Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3 (continued)

CUT TO:  A small banquet room.  One large table with seating for all.  Shueller and his men line up on one side; Indy, Angela, Shorty and his cousins sit opposite.  Alex enters with his wife, QUIE.

                                         CONWAY (standing at the head of the table)

Welcome, Alex!  Fashionably late as usual?

                                         ALEX

It is never too late for good fashion, Conway.    Everyone!  (the guests give their attention)  Please allow me to introduce my lovely wife, Quie.  (Vivian and Bryant provide polite applause, Quie nods towards them with modesty)

                                         QUIE

Oh, thank you… you are too kind!

Alex pulls out a chair for her, she sits down.  He then pulls out the chair next to her.

                                         INDIANA JONES (to Angela)

Now that’s what I call the royal treatment.

                                         ANGELA (to Indy)

Hmm… I could use some of that myself.

Indy raises an eyebrow.  Alex takes his seat as the commotion dies down.  After Conway introduces the guests and residents he sits down.  Chang enters with several servers, some that Shorty and his cousins recognize from earlier.  The Germans are stiff and methodical, Vivian and Bryant have paired off like two teenagers, Alex dotes over Quie, leaving Indy and Angela to converse with Conway and Sondra as the portions are served.

                                         CONWAY

How are your accommodations, Dr. Jones?  Miss Santamaria, is there anything that you might require?

                                         ANGELA

Oh no, Mr. Conway, it couldn’t be more perfect!  And please, call me Angela.

She glances over at Kleinschmit who then turns his eyes from her.

                                         CONWAY

I am pleased to hear that, Angela… and for you, sir?  Everything to your liking?  Anything we might be able to do to make you more comfortable?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No,  everything is fine…

                                         SONDRA (smiling)

I recognize that tone!  Everything is fine with the exception of… 

                                         INDIANA JONES

Understanding how this all came about?  This place, your being here and the rest of us being the guest of someone else.  Who pays for it all and where did this come from?  (holds up a gravy boat)

                                         SHORT ROUND (chiming in)

… and the High Lama, when do we get to meet him?

                                         CONWAY

All in good time, Shorty!  The High Lama is anxious to meet all of you, but first… enjoy the hospitality of Shangri La.  Understanding comes simply, from the heart… not from the hamperings of one’s mind.  Meet her people and share in her tranquility.  And remember, you are our guests.

                                         SHUELLER

More like your prisoners!  There are some of us who would like to get back to civilization as quickly as possible!

                                         CHANG (hovering nearby)

Excuse me, Lieutenant, but are you certain that you are that far from it?

                                         SHUELLER (ignores Chang)

We are soldiers, Mr. Conway… our duty is to the Fatherland. (several soldiers murmur their agreement)

                                         QUIE

It is the custom of my people to allow a guest seven days of rest and relaxation before any business discussions are entertained.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and quite an honorable one at that!

                                         SONDRA (raising a glass)

Here, here!

                                         CONWAY

Given time, Lieutenant… Dr. Jones, all of your questions will be answered.  (addressing Shueller)  Surely the war will rage on fine without you for a little while longer? (Shueller sulks and says nothing)  Now I must insist!  Let us enjoy our dinner together, tomorrow will start a whole new perspective of your surroundings…  I guarantee it!

The guests continue to enjoy the evening meal as Angela squeezes Indy’s hand under the table.  FADE TO MONTAGE:  Indy awakening the next morning, sitting up in bed and stretching.  He goes to rub his neck and then realizes it doesn’t bother him, he shrugs and gets up.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela walking hand in hand accompanied by Alex and Quie through the hanging gardens.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins helping the young servant girls with their chores.  CUT TO:  Shueller and his men in the village below; inspecting the architecture, watching the natives tending their livestock, seeing the children in open air classrooms with Alex conducting and the women doing laundry in a nearby stream.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela watching a fiery sunset from over the mountain range while horseback riding.  CUT TO: Shorty and his cousins receiving tips on proper etiquette from Sondra to the amusement of the young servant girls.  CUT TO:  Shueller and his men at a piano in the music room singing songs of the Fatherland.  CUT TO:  An open field where Shorty, Bogart and Gable are with their young female friends playing a form of tag football.  The sled dog is chasing the ball carrier and barking excitedly.  Indy and Angela appear on the scene.

                                         BOGART

Indy!  (he pitches the ball to him)

                                         INDIANA JONES (catching the ball and immediately passing a lateral to Shorty who runs with it)

Oh no!  not me!  that’s a younger man’s game!

After handing the ball off Indy works his shoulder then smiles, surprised at how good it feels.

                                         ANGELA

And who says you’re not a younger man?

Indy shrugs and grins.  The sled dog runs up to Indy and he bends down to pet him.

                                         GABLE

Have you named him yet, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm… I haven’t thought about it.  I usually wait until I see a clear personality before I choose a name.  (he stands)  Why don’t you guys come up with something?

                                         GABLE

O. K. Dr. Jones… we will!  (he runs back to join the others)

Indy turns to Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It’s only been a week and yet I feel like I belong here.  Being with you like this… (Indy takes Angela in his arms)  I don’t ever want to leave.

                                         ANGELA

We don’t have to.  (they kiss)

They walk back towards the monastery.  CUT TO:  Indy alone in a massive library.  CUT TO:  Angela with Vivian and Sondra playing gin rummy.  CUT TO:  Conway in a discussion with Shueller and his men at the fountain.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins swimming in a nearby pond with the sled dog.  CUT TO:  Indy in the parlor, watching the fireplace and deep in thought.  Bryant enters.

                                         BRYANT

Excuse me, Indy, but have you seen Viv?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Off with Angela… not sure where, they’ve been practically inseparable these past few days.  Men can know each other for years and not get as close as women can with a single meeting.

                                        BRYANT

They call it sisterhood.  (he smiles)  Left you to your own devices, eh?

                                         INDIANA JONES

In a manner of speaking.  Say… maybe you could answer a few questions for me?

                                         BRYANT

Of course!  Well, that is… if I am able.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Some subjects taboo here in paradise?

                                         BRYANT

Oh, no… not at all!  just limited knowledge on my part.  Merely a plumber, you know.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, let’s begin there.  What do you do for entertainment around here?  What work do you do?  What is the purpose of all of this? (Indy lifts his arms to encompass the enormity of his question)

                                         BRYANT

Entertainment?  A pleasant diversion, perhaps?  Well, I guess I have no need for recreation since my life is so full with the surroundings afforded me here.   There is no need to escape on my part.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What about work, a sense of purpose… making a contribution to the community?

                                         BRYANT

A sense of purpose?  Ah yes, the need for work.  Well, I like to think I do my part, when needed.  I fix things occasionally, arrange things somewhat.  Once I had an idea to add plumbing throughout the lower village.  The natives still tote water, you see.  I even had the porters bring in some tools and equipment.  Had enough dynamite to get me through the rock.  I even had it all drawn up to scale.  But you know, the natives have been carrying water for generations here.  They do it in such a ritualistic fashion that… well, it seemed a shame to disrupt it.  So I decided they didn’t require my meddling and adjusted myself to their custom.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So what about progress?  Shangri La’s people shouldn’t move forward with the advances of human achievement?

                                         BRYANT

Progress?  My friend, I have progressed by leaps and bounds over my former self.  And it is all up here.  (he points to his head)  Shangri La doesn’t need us, we need it!  (he pauses and looks around)  Viv’s got to be around here somewhere.  Well,  good chatting with you Indy… I hope you find it!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Find what?

                                         BRYANT

Why… your purpose in the midst of all this chaos!

Bryant exits leaving Indy to ponder what he has told him.

FADE

INTERIOR.  INDY’S BEDROOM.  NIGHT.  The room is dark, Indy is awake in bed.  The sled dog is resting at the foot of the bed.  A shadow crosses the light shining in under the door.  The dog begins a low growl.  Indy swings his legs over and sits up on the edge of the bed.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Easy boy, I see it.

Indy gets up, walks softly to the door and opens it a crack.  He sees the back of someone slipping outside to the terrace.  Donning a robe, Indy soothes the dog and then quietly exits his room.  Closing the door behind him, he heads towards the terrace.  Entering the terrace, he sees Lt. Shueller standing at the rail smoking a cigarette and looking up at the stars.  Shueller hears Indy approaching and begins to turn towards him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Those things’ll kill you, ya know… not that I mind.

Shueller completely turns and leans against the rail, facing Indy.  Indy walks up to the rail nearby.  Shueller draws deeply and exhales, then looks at the cigarette thoughtfully.

                                         SHUELLER

You mean this?  Non-tobacco Dr. Jones.  An herb grown in the valley that is enjoyed by it’s natives on occasion.  Non-addictive, harmless really.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Next you’ll say it has powers to enlighten.

                                         SHUELLER

Let’s just say it relaxes me.

                                          INDIANA JONES

You must be tossin’ ‘n’ turnin’ a lot these days.

                                         SHUELLER

You think so?  And why is that, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because your cohorts have been left out in the cold!  They missed their chance at Nazi glory!  The Dance of Aldebaran has passed and the entrance to Shangri La remains concealed.  Doesn’t look like you’ll be seeing that parade in front of the Fuhrer after all.

                                         SHUELLER

Absteigen in das tal des blauen mondes, Herr Jones.  Descend into the Valley of the Blue Moon.  I am here, others will follow.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The entrance is nearly 500 meters from the plateau, we couldn’t see it standing ten feet in front of it.  Stromberg and his goons will run out of supplies, freeze to death and not even know how close they were.

Shueller seems amused, he turns back towards the stars and smiles.

                                         SHUELLER

We are not so different, you and I.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m sorry you think so.

                                         SHUELLER

Do you really think there is a difference here in Shangri La?  One group holding a position over another, one in privilege the other group in servitude?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I would expect a Nazi to see things that way.

                                         SHUELLER

How would you describe this hierarchy, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Peaceful co-existence, something your Fuhrer will never understand.

                                         SHUELLER

Perhaps he will, given the proper setting.

Shueller looks about him, taking in the terrace and all of it’s surroundings.  He smiles again, goes to take another drag off his cigarette but Indy reaches out and grabs his wrist, preventing him.  Indy takes the cigarette and drops it to the ground , ceremoniously grinding it beneath his foot.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Over my dead body.

Indy shakes a fist in Shueller’s face, then returns to the monastery.  Shueller turns back to looking out at the stars… sighing.

                                         SHUELLER

As you wish, Dr. Jones.

FADE

INTERIOR. MONASTERY FOYER. DAY.  Angela enters with Viv just as Shueller, Kleinschmit and the other soldiers are leaving.  Kleinschmit hesitates and Shueller turns to see what he is up to.  Just then from down the main corridor come Shorty and his cousins.  Realizing there is a confrontation developing between Angela and Kleinschmit, Shorty races up and jumps between them, his cousins right behind him.  Seeing this as a test of wills, Shueller waves his men back and the 5 Germans face off with Shorty and his cousins.

                                         ANGELA

Vivian, find Indy… quickly.

                                         VIVIAN

No, I’m not…

                                         ANGELA

Vivian… now, please hurry!  (Vivian exits)

Shueller steps up beside Shorty and Kleinschmit with a smile.

                                         SHUELLER

No club this time, little man?  Kleinschmit remember this one?

Kleinschmit nods and shifts a little in his stance, Shorty eyes him with grim determination.  His cousins watch the others, one on either side of Shorty.

                                         SHUELLER

You are a brave one.  We should be allies, you and your cousins with us.

Shorty says nothing, his eyes do not waiver from Kleinschmit’s.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty, please don’t… there are too many of them.  Just leave with me now.

Shorty shakes his head slightly but keeps his eyes fixed.  Shueller grows impatient, he gives Kleinschmit a little shove.

                                         SHUELLER

Pulverize this little runt.

Kleinschmit does not budge.  Shueller raises his hand to press him again, but Kleinschmit’s face turns purple with rage at Shueller as his arm shoots up to block it away so fast it makes Shorty jump back in a defensive stance, his cousins react, too.  Kleinschmit holds Shueller’s arm and twists it, even as Shueller tries to fend him off.  Gradually Shueller is brought down to his knees with the pain.  The other soldiers stare at Kleinschmit in disbelief.  Even Shorty and Angela look on a bit confused.  Kleinschmit turns from his glaring at Shueller to a softer, humbler look at Angela.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (softly)

Miss Santamaria?

                                         ANGELA

Yes?

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (clearing his throat)

Miss Santamaria… I’d like to, I want to… apologize for my behavior… earlier, at the camp.

Angela looks in slight disbelief.  Shorty is wary but relaxes a little.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

I have a wife… and a son, what I did was a disgrace to them… and myself.  I’m sorry.

Kleinschmit turns away, releasing Shueller from his grip.  He walks past the other soldiers and out the entrance just as Indy, Alex and Conway come up the main corridor with Vivian and Sondra.  Indy approaches Angela while Conway and the soldiers help Shueller to his feet.

                                         CONWAY

Angela, are you all right?  Lt. Shueller… here let me help you!

But Shueller brushes himself off then marches outside with his men on his heels.  Indy turns to Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What was that all about?  Are you sure you are all right?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, yes… I’m fine.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, what happened here?

Shorty looks at Angela who slightly shakes her head.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Beats me, Dr. Jones… I guess he slipped!

He and his cousins laugh and then leave by way of the opposite corridor.

                                         ALEX

Are you sure you are all right, Angela?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, of course I’m sure, why does everyone keep asking me that?  C’mon Viv… let them sort it out.

Angela and Vivian exit with Sondra.  Conway, Alex and Indy are left looking at each other.

                                         ALEX

It would appear that Kleinschmit has met with the High Lama.

                                         CONWAY

So it would.

They all three stand bewildered for a moment until Conway finally lets out a laugh.  He pats each man on the shoulder and guides them towards the parlor.

                                         CONWAY

And in here we have a lovely bottle of brandy, class of ’33, I believe…

They exit and FADE.

(to be continued)

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