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Hey! It’s 2011! Scroll Back, Ya Varmints!

January 2, 2011

2011.  A new me and a new you.  WordPress was kind enough to summarize the previous years posting for AMRFP… check it out!

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 408 posts. There were 162 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 12th with 56 views. The most popular post that day was John Lennon Sat Here….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, google.com, stumbleupon.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for socially unacceptable behavior, 27 club conspiracy, 49 bye byes, how to succeed in amway, and advantages of respect.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

John Lennon Sat Here… September 2010
3 comments

2

rude, crude, lewd and socially unacceptable behavior October 2007
8 comments

3

The illegal immigration solution, conclusion… a.k.a Illegal Immigrant for President! (he’ll do the work George Bush won’t) June 2007
9 comments

4

songs to play at your funeral April 2008
16 comments

5

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Lying April 2008
10 comments

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I’d like to thank WordPress for hosting such a cool site which in turn enables a writer’s whimsy to see daylight on the Internet and finds audiences such as you whom I otherwise might not have met!  (Hey! a little rhyme there!)

So from the bottom of my heart to the top of the apple cart…(I can’t help it)  thanks for reading!  I look forward to adding future posts in 2011 here at Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play. 

There really are… you know.

Peace.

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Where Have All the Flowery Posts Gone?

May 23, 2009

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Okay, dang… just when I get to thinking I am a serious blog hack, someone comes along and declares I need reform.  Perhaps it is time for an overhaul, after all… this month marks three years of AMRFP!

In the past three years we have talked about politics, love, religion, music, books, and movies.  There has been social injustice, chaos  and anarchy.   We seem to teeter on the brink of disaster yet all in good humor and forced optimism because… what else is there?  We obviously cannot pack up our things and relocate to another planet because no one would have us.  We know we are the root problem and reason for disunity in the world but we cannot seem to eradicate this self-destructive urge.  We are constantly bombarded with information, yet how can we decipher it, knowing which is accurate and which is merely bunk?  Here’s another controversy…

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My life has turned dramatically since I first fostered this blog on a whim three years ago.  I set out to discover if there was any use in my attempting to write, wondering if I  “had the goods”.  I found my audience to be somewhat sporadic and the subjects I held near and dear to my heart less popular than the ones I thought to be frivolous, so therein lies the paradox.  What I enjoy writing may not be what I am good at, what I am good at may be drudgery.

My most popular post to date has been;  Songs to Play at Your Funeral from April, 2008, which I wrote based on what had actually transpired between my business partner and I one day during a light conversation on death.  It has garnished twice the hits of the runner up;  The Illegal Immigration Solution Conclusion, from June, 2007.  While the latter post has had twice the exposure it has fostered less activity.  I have posted poetry, short stories, a screenplay and the rough draft of my story, Shades of Hemingway. I have progressed (slowly) in my ability to add pictures and video (thanks YouTube) to my posts while trying not to use them in place of good (?) writing.  And after three years, 340 posts, 333 tags, 96 categories, 1004 comments, 37,045 hits and 28,496 spam I am virtually right back where I started from, questioning my validity as a writer.

There has been one bright spot.  Actually, the greatest reward I can think of has come on to me while doing this experiment.  Like most things that we find to make life worthwhile it came unexpectedly, yet has been the difference between merely existing and living.  She sits at my side right now, not realizing I am writing about her.  My beautiful wife, Chantal.

I have proven myself by winning her attention,  admiration and love.  She has faith in my ability and confidence that one day, the world will see what she sees in me, though that confidence in myself wanes and falters.  Through our love of writing; whether via our blogs, to each other publicly or privately, or in our imaginations,  we have accomplished something that would not have materialized otherwise.  We have become each others hero and fan club.  We have become kindred spirits.  Chantal and I are glorious.  I have not failed as a writer, I have acquired a following of one, as she has found in me.

I am living in Canada now, which is quite the contrast from spending most of my life in Florida.  The economy has put a strain on my ability to make a living through my trade and I am still struggling to adapt to life as a foreigner.  But my beautiful girl has the utmost confidence in me so that is a hurdle I will easily overcome with patience.  I am learning to accept that I cannot always have things my way.  But I need to concentrate on making a living and right now it does not look like writing is the way of prosperity for me, at least not financially.

I started this blog in May of 2006 not sure of where it would go, how I would do or how long it would last.  But I feel it has served it’s purpose, at least for a while.  The archives will remain and comments will still be directed to me via e-mail, but I plan on taking a little hiatus.

This month, May 2009, is heading towards being my most active month ever, with seven days left it will easily accomplish this.   The second most active month was back in November of 2007.

I’d like to think that on that note, it is a good time to bow out gracefully.

Thanks for reading  Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play…

there definitely are,  you know.

peace.

It’s New Year’s Day 2009! (scroll back, ya varmints!)

December 31, 2008

Another year has passed and what have we learned? As AMRFP enjoys it’s 304th post we begin to realize this blog will not take no for an answer! (what was the question?) Some people just have more audacity than others and will not go away!

2008 will be happily placed in our rear view mirror as we look with infertile optimism to a new Democratic majority across the board in American politics. Has there been another year in recent memory that has been as foul as this one? Most people would be hard pressed to find one that was, causing them to look back with disdain and relief at 2008 passing.

But in reflection, there have been some fine posts for one and all to enjoy on this site (humbly submitted by yours truly) and I’d be remiss not to mention the fact that my life changed dramatically (and for the better) this past year because of this little blog. For that reason alone it shall continue… not to mention the sheer joy I get at ranting on like I do and of course, the pleasure I derive from the remote possibility of your company.

Despite the difficult time I had at being regular the past three months because of my move to Canada and the fact that I posted a short story, a screenplay and the continuation of the Shades of Hemingway series,… my readership actually increased. AMRFP approaches the 32,ooo hits mark which made it the best year to date as far as averages go. Akismet has blocked over 25,000 spam comments (mostly porn but some insurance quotes are trying to muscle in as well) While some friends have faded into the depths of the black hole of the blogosphere, new friends have risen up which makes this site a pure joy each time I acquaint myself with a different prospective on life.

I met my lovely wife through the postings of our blogs, and while some may view the online relationship with trepidation I must say it has been the most exhilarating experience I have ever known. We were married in March of this past year and I was finally able to relocate here in Canada in October. But future posts will address our relationship as it progresses, suffice it to say I am thrilled by her love each and every day. That in itself should provide some interesting fodder…

So without further ado and for your discerning review, from the latest entry to the first of the year… Advantages of Mutual Respect and Fair Play 2008.

Scroll back… ya varmints!

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1) 12-23-08 – A Sand Road Christmas Card. Remembering the holidays of my youth back in Iowa. In the good ol’ days, when times were bad.

2) 12-20-08 – It’s Been a Long, Long, Long Time. Having just come off three months of creating and posting the third installment of the Shades of Hemingway series along with moving and adjusting to the climate of the North and making my excuses for being preoccupied with life in general and love in particular.

3) 12-16-08 thru 9-17-08 – Shades of Hemingway / Deja’ Voodoo. Parts 1 – 12 and Epilogue. My readership plummeted through the time I took to post this, which I knew it would. But I feel it also was because it generally takes about six weeks for the series to run through it’s entirety. When my circumstances dictated otherwise it took me 12 weeks and I feel I alienated myself from some of the faithful readers (both of them!) of AMRFP. But my own true love assured me from the beginning that it was MY blog and I should be able to go in the direction of my choosing, so I am glad I saw it through to the end. Now is the time to recapture our imaginations and I will do that to the best of my ability in the coming weeks… I promise.

4) 9-14-08 – Prelude to Shades of Hemingway / Deja’ Voodoo. You can’t say I didn’t warn ya. One day I’ll finish this story… and yes, post it here! Some people just will never learn… sigh.

5) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Presley Hound Dog, the complete performance. One of three videos I inserted for the post, Politics and the Billboard Top 100 Hits of All Time… pathetic.

6) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Jailhouse Rock. The second of three videos for the same post.

7) 9-13-08 – Video. Elvis Twist with Elvis. The third of three videos for the same post.

8) 9-13-08 – Politics and the Billboard Top 100 Hits of All Time… pathetic. You know the cool thing about these best of lists is that it gets our dander up. But picking The Twist because of the insertion some formula instead of just counting airtime play and sales smacks of favoritism. Too bad.

9) 9-11-08 – Born Laughing Out Loud. A little review I did of Steve Martin’s book, Born Standing Up, which I throughly enjoyed.

10) 8-29-08 – McCain/Palin? Bravo! (oh! bomb awed). I’m not much on politics, obviously. My beautiful girl and I go round and round about American politics (good naturedly) and it is an eye opener to think that we may be our own worst enemy. But I thought the picking of Palin was a good thing for McCain’s candidacy. While Obama landslided McCain in the electoral college, he only received 52% of the total vote per population input. Popular opinion not withstanding, I was sure nothing short of a miracle would put another Republican in the White House… and I was right.

11) 8-29-08 – return of the dreaded sequel, part 1. I had thought Deja’ Voodoo would have been up and presented way before this time, but you know… life gets in the way.

12) 8-19-08 – Spending the day with Tropical Storm Fay. Gosh I had fun with this one. I have lived in S.W. Florida for the better part of 36 years and you never get used to the weather in paradise.

13) 8-17-08 – you must remember this. Memorable movie kisses, what are yours?

14) 8-16-08 – Video. 1984. A funny thing happened on youTube… I meant this vid for another post and it somehow got crossed up in cyberspace then appeared sometime later on my blog. I don’t remember the subject or even if I posted it, but I liked the premise of 1984 knocking on your door (from Spirit) so I left it in… hm.

15) 8-16-08 – Video. Shawn Colvin – Catch the Wind. I chose this as one of two vids for the post, Catch the Wind, but it got lost in cyberspace at the same time I was foolin’ around with 1984. And since I am not all that great at shifting things around on my blog (lazy brained) I just left it in at the time it appeared. Yes, sometimes this blog takes on a life of it’s own.

16) 8-11-08 – Not your favorite cover. Another one of those “best of” lists and my opinion which you all hold your breath for.

17) 8-7-08 – don’t know much about the Hadron Collider. A little parody that just conjured itself up when I read of this multi- billion dollar effort to smash things together. Scientists on a controlled hissy fit.

18) 8-4-08 – oh the humanity! and the cost of celebrity… Paris Hilton’s mom decrying the media for it’s portrayal of her talented daughter.

19) 8-02-08 – Choosing a running mate. McCain can win if… Hey! he may or may not have listened to me on this one but you gotta admit McCain’s choice made the race interesting.

20) 7-29-08 – Hey… told you so! Senator Ted Stevens and his exploits have been discussed several times on this blog, glad justice was served on the jerk.

21) 7-26-08 – Catch the Wind. The things we can and cannot control cause me to wax on, wax off in contempt and sentiment… my favorite forms of expression.

22) 7-23-08 – Video. Donovan-Catch the Wind. The original that was meant to be accompanied by Shawn Colvin’s rendition, but perhaps better as a stand alone vid.

23) 7-12-08 – Let My Gonads Go! a.k.a. nuts to you, Jesse Jackson. Gosh, I loved doing this little parody considering the riff comes from a freedom song sung by the oppressed slaves during the Civil War. Jesse Jackson and his infamous utterance deserved to be ridiculed loud and long.

24) 7-7-08 – Where the light is, John Mayer. Occasionally cool things happen and I was thrilled to see this DVD/CD released. I bought it the very first day.

25) 7-5-08 – Quick Draw (Tim) McGraw and his rootin’, tootin’ wild west outlaw show. Got some negativity on this post but you know…

26) 6-29-08 – throw mama (and junior) from the plane! If any post could divide my sweetheart and I… this one could. I’ve looked at flight from both sides now.

27) 6-28-08 – the hippie dippy weatherman no longer sweats the ICBMs. The death of George Carlin caused a wee bit of reflection in my heart.

28) 6-28-08 – Video. Religion is bullshit. The late George Carlin expressing his opinion in true comedic form.

29) 6-28-08 – Video. the hippy dippy weatherman. George Carlin in less sarcastic form.

30) 6-17-08 – inner-mission. Left you to your own devices for a few days, did you break anything?

31) 6-15-08 – Happy Father’s Birthday. A slip of the tongue by my French speaking step-son tugs at my heart.

32) 6-15-08 – Video. Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes. Selected to go along with, Happy Father’s Birthday, I feel this is a song Eric did that could have gotten a little more acclaim but seems to be coming around again… which is cool, you can’t keep a good song down.

33) 6-12-08 – that’s right, you’re what’s left (screwed, blued and anti-socially tattooed). Gee, folks… just learn to live with it. Our government is not accountable.

34) 6-12-08 – Video. water as energy. We have the technology, we need the direction.

35) 6-8-08 – It was/is a Wonderful Life. The death of young “George Baily,” Bob Anderson, inspired this post. It was one of my favorites from the 2008 year simply because I got to review one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite movies of all time. “… you really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a shame it would be to throw it all away?”

36) 6-6-08 – Public Displays of Effection. What effect does PDA have on you? This post was inspired by a case of supposed discrimination… you be the judge.

37) 6-4-08 – Obama Surrender (Hillary concedes). I love these little parodies that just pop into mind. Funny how the resilient Ms. Clinton still has a place in her opponent’s heart.

38) 6-3-08 – Video. Jemima Surrender. Try as I might I couldn’t find a vid by the Band performing this song, but this rendition is still good.. in case you couldn’t catch the riff in Obama Surrender.

39) 5-31-08 – what goes around Karmas around? I’m not that sure of Karma. I mean… if it were true, why do the wicked seem to prosper while the good suffer? Sharon Stone is a dunce.

40) 5-28-08 – double checking reality bounce. One cannot be too careful, or so I thought…

41) 5-21-08 – Blogging for Dummies (what was Scarlett Johansson thinking?) Sometimes you just gotta wonder…

42) 5-21-08 – Video. Falling Down by Scarlett Johansson. You decide…

43) 5-16-08 – “Jawbone” George Bush and the Saudi Oil Shriek a.k.a. the Blame Game. Hey George, just tell them to open up the spigot a little…

44) 5-16-08 – Video. Shirley Ellis – the Name Game. Bush, Bush, bo-shush, sittin’ on his tush.

45) 5-16-08 – creative foreplay. I find that looking for inspiration comes with no effort at all… really.

46) 5-10-08 – they are dumbing down our Rock and Roll! Who is the greatest recording artist of all time? The answer may surprise you.

47) 5-10-08 – Video. Mariah Carey – touch my body. For your comparison.

48) 5-10-08 – Video. Eric Clapton – Layla (live). For your enjoyment.

49) 5-7-08 – God’s Yard Sale. The world is in chaos… does God really care about us?

50) 5-5-08 – Waiting for Zed. An expose’ on why the term “zed” was removed from the American lexicon. A real eye opener… or perhaps not.

51) 4-30-08 – friends. There are many forms of friendship and those we choose as best.

52) 4-30-08 – Video. The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Chosen to accompany the post, friends.

53) 4-20-08 – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Lying. One of my favorite posts of 2008.

54) 4-17-08 – The Great American Boycott. I think we as consumers deserve better.

55) 4-12-08 – Why Obama? Sometimes these little parodies play so well in my mind…

56) 4-12-08 – Video. The Knack – My Sharona. For those of you who could not catch the riff in Why Obama?

57) 4-11-08 – Cheney’s Sunglasses – Not a Rosy Reflection. Your imagination runs wild.

58) 4-8-08 – Video. The Beatles – And I Love Her. Follows the post, Songs to Play At Your Funeral because I do.

59) 4-7-08 – Songs to Play At Your Funeral. This post has been on my blog for less than 9 months but it has become a runaway best topic since it’s inception and continues to pull away from the rest of the crowd at a rapid pace. I realize it is more the topic than the content, but even so it has become an easy #1 post for 2008 and the all time winner for top post so far at AMRFP. A distance second is, Let me call you sweetheart, posted on 1-6-07. Bringing up the rear at 7th is, the Rock and Roll Conspiracy, posted on 8-26-06. So it is quite the accomplishment in comparison. The fact that the conversation actually happened in the way I recorded it makes it all the more enjoyable for me because it is real life and that is the best sort of living.

60) 4-7-08 – Video. Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman – Time to Say Goodbye. For my fair Chantal.

61) 4-6-08 – Goodbye / Charlton Heston. 2008 saw many great stars passing, this was one of them.

62) 4-1-08 – Why are we here? The question of the ages, I found my reason.

63) 3-29-08 thru 2-20-08 – Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran. I had written this screenplay ages ago, but when the new film Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was about to be released I thought perhaps Indy might enjoy a sort of renaissance and an interest might be piqued in this tale. Too bad their story didn’t live up to the hype while mine didn’t live up to expectations… but oh well. It is preserved for prosperity.

64) 2-17-08 – Free Indy. The story behind my writing, Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran. I liked my story better than theirs, didn’t you? (please say yes)

65) 2-13-08 – Economic Stimulus Plan. You know, I still think my idea would work and I have not met any opposition to it.

66) 2-9-08 thru 1-20-08 – My Dog Sam. I don’t remember what caused me to write about that dog of mine, but I’m glad I did. I have thought about taking several of my recollections and compiling them into one story. Funny how things work in my mind, but I began the year with thoughts of Sand Road and my dog, Sam… then concluded the year with A Sand Road Christmas Card. They say you can never go home, but I think home never goes.

67) 1-18-08 – An Evaluation of the Bush Administration (2000-2008). Not too favorable to ol’ King George and my apologies for that. Will history be kind to him? With the worst rating of any sitting president… it is difficult to say.

68) 1-15-08 – …so you wanna be a Rock and Roll star? Rethinking some music and impressions of artists.

69) 1-15-08 – Video. The Byrds-So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star. To accompany the post of the same name.

70) 1-7-08 – New Year… knew you. I met my own true love twice in a lifetime.

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So there you have it. 70 different topics posted in 103 segments. While we may have had some bumps in the road of 2008, it has been a year that I have realized it is not the miles but the destination that makes the journey tolerable. It is not the smoothness of the pavement but the direction we are headed in that make the traveling light. It is not the degree of difficulty to proceed, it is the strength of our resolve to begin. It is not the complexity of the task but the undertaking with the commitment to see it through. Life indeed goes on…

And it is my sincere hope that whatever you may have had to endure, whatever your losses may have been, whatever your disappointments and fears… and we live in a world governed by and propagandized with fear, that you may face 2009 with optimism and hope. We may never understand the powers that be, but the power to be you and me holds the key to our happiness… it all comes from within.

Have a joyous and safe 2009… and thanks for reading.

peace.

Inner – mission

June 17, 2008

As of today I’ll be out for a while… but fear not, I shall return.

There are distant voices calling me,

there is a heart I yearn to have

beating in unison with my own…

up close, in sync… beautiful harmony.

So I will travel to the Great White North…

we will wine and dine 

cram as much living as we can

into the next few days.

There are always the archives…

even I check them out once in a while

just to see where I was

and if I still am.

You’ll be fine… trust me.

peace.

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

March 29, 2008

CUT TO:  Indy hurrying down the stairs to the first floor and meeting Angela and Vivian at the bottom.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Vivian, I must find Bryant.  Do you know where he is?

                                         VIVIAN

I believe he is still in the parlor.

                                          ANGELA

Indy, did you meet with the High Lama?

                                         INDIANA JONES

There isn’t time now, Angela.  See if you can locate Shorty and send him to the parlor.  I must see Bryant.

Indy leaves the foyer and heads into the parlor.  CUT TO:  Bryant in the parlor reading by the fire, Indy enters.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Bryant!  You told me about some equipment you had brought in, where is it stored?

                                         BRYANT

Got a project dreamed up all ready, have you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Boy, I’ll say.

CUT TO:  Indy leaving the parlor and meeting Shorty in the foyer.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, where’s Bogart and Gable?

                                         SHORT ROUND

They’re still with the dog.  Angela only called for me, should I go and get them?

                                         INDIANA JONES

There isn’t enough time!  You’d better come with me now.

CUT TO:  A storage facility away from the monastery.  Indy forces the door open and raises a lantern.  There are the tools and supplies Bryant had spoken of earlier.  CUT TO:  Shueller wandering into the parlor and finding Bryant still there, appearing somewhat pleased with himself.

                                         SHUELLER

Must be a good book, you seem to be enjoying it immensely.

                                         BRYANT

Naw… read it a dozen times all ready.

                                         SHUELLER

Then what’s with the shit eatin’ grin?

                                         BRYANT

Oh… I think I just inspired someone.

                                         SHUELLER

And who might that be?

                                         BRYANT

Indy… he just came in all excited a few minutes ago and wanted to know where some excavating equipment was.  I think he has a project brewing… thanks to me.

                                         SHUELLER

Excavating equipment…  for what?

                                         BRYANT

Oh… a plumbing project I dreamed up a while back.  I had the porters bring it all in, you know.  (he ponders the same information he had given Indy earlier)  Do you realize the people in the valley still tote their water?  Well, my plan would have changed all of that… had enough dynamite to get me through the rock…

Shueller doesn’t stay to hear the rest, hurriedly he exits.

                                         BRYANT (calling after him)

Might have a job for you, too… if you’re interested.

CUT TO:  THE GAME ROOM.  Kleinschmit and the other Germans are entertaining themselves when Shueller comes in.  He separates them from Kleinschmit and begins talking but they appear reluctant to listen to him.  Kleinschmit maneuvers to get close enough to over hear.  Frustrated, Shueller leaves the game room alone.  CUT TO:  Shueller storms into his room knocking items out of his way as he hurries to his bed and pulls his revolver out from under the pillow.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE GRAND PROMENADE.  DAY.  Indy and Shorty have packed some of the equipment on their backs and are leaving the monastery, heading up towards the crag’s entrance.  Angela meets Indy by the fountain.

                                         ANGELA

Indy, what are you going to do?

Indy directs Shorty to continue his ascent.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I don’t have time to explain now, Angela.  Stromberg and Von Haus could be closing in on this place as we speak.  I’ve got to try to stop them from ever finding the crag’s entrance.

Conway, Sondra and Chang come out of the monasteries entrance and stop at the head of the stairs, Bryant and Vivian are not too far behind them.  Alex and Quie come out from the hanging gardens.  Indy turns to address all of them.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You have a way of life here that mankind has always dreamed of and hoped for.  (he looks at Angela)  Don’t change any of it.

Kleinschmit and the other soldiers come out from the foyer and watch along with the others as Indy kisses Angela then runs to catch up with Shorty, who is halfway up the ascent.  Kleinschmit approaches Bryant.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

What is happening?

                                         BRYANT

I think Indy is going to try to seal off the entrance.

Kleinschmit looks off to where Indy and Shorty are and smiles.  CUT TO:  Shueller coming out of his room with his revolver in hand.  Bogart and Gable meet him in the corridor and Shueller holds them at bay until he runs out of the foyer.  CUT TO:  Shueller at the monastery entrance running to the stairs and brushing aside several people.  Conway turns and sees him coming then steps forward to intercept him, but Shueller stops and raises his revolver.

                                         CONWAY

Lt. Shueller, you would be doing me a great service if you could put down your weapon and tell me what this urgency is all about?

                                         SHUELLER

I’ll shoot anyone that stands in my way!

Kleinschmit comes up from behind in an attempt to subdue him but Shueller turns, fires once and drops Kleinschmit in front of Bryant and Vivian.  Chang steps in front of Conway and Sondra.  Bryant and Vivian bend down to assist Kleinschmit, the other soldiers back away.  Bogart and Gable come out to the entrance and witness Shueller taking off again until he meets Alex and Quie but he quickly sidesteps them and runs up the ascent.  Indy and Shorty are nowhere to be seen.  CUT TO:  Indy and Shorty at the crag, Indy has dynamite with blasting caps attached and he is climbing the outer rim of The Crest, stringing cable behind him.  He places the explosives behind a large boulder that juts out at the heart of The Crest.  He hurries back down to where Shorty is waiting with the detonator.

                                         INDIANA JONES

This should bring the entire mountainside down!

Both men crouch down as Indy drives the plunger home, but nothing happens.  Indy looks up at The Crest.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The contacts must be corroded.

Indy drives the plunger home again and again, but still nothing happens.  He checks the connections and sees a spark being produced by the detonator.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Maybe there’s a break in the cable, Dr. Jones!  I’ll go check it!

                                         INDIANA JONES

No!  I’ll go!  Just watch for my signal.  Then count to a hundred and push the plunger down.

                                         SHORT ROUND

But what about you, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, count to 100…

                                         SHORT ROUND

1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 30…

                                         INDIANA JONES

No!  Shorty, 1, 2, 3, 4… like that!  Got it?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Okay!  Got it, Dr. Jones!  Like hide ‘n’ seek!   

                                         INDIANA JONES

Wait for my signal! (then under his breath)  olley olley outs and free!

Indy begins examining the cable and retraces his steps back up the ridge.  As Shorty watches him climb higher, Shueller appears with his revolver drawn and pointed at Shorty.

                                         SHUELLER

Get back!  (Shorty steps back with hands raised)  Where’s Dr. Jones?

CUT TO:  Indy in the midst of his climbing, checking the cable periodically for breaks.  CUT TO:  The crag’s entrance to Shangri La.  Shueller sees the detonator, picks it up and rips the wires out of it then hurls it into the crevasse below.  Shueller follows the cable up the ridge with his eyes then smiles.  He turns and strikes Shorty with the butt of his revolver, rendering Shorty unconscious.  Then Shueller begins climbing after Indy.  CUT TO: Indy reaching the place were the dynamite has been placed.  He finds it frayed at the point of attachment and then remakes the cable’s connection. He moves towards the outer rim to look down at the crag’s entrance but does not see Shorty.  CUT TO:  Shueller cautiously making the climb up to intercept Indy.  CUT TO:  Indy making the descent back down and meeting Shueller about halfway.  Shueller raises his revolver and fires at Indy, missing him.  Indy ducks down behind the drifts of snow and rock.  CUT TO:  The lower plateau on the opposite side of the crag’s entrance.  Professor Stromberg and Captain Von Haus along with his soldiers are encamped there  They react to the echo of the shot fire by Shueller.  Von Haus orders sharpshooters position themselves while Stromberg scans the upper ridge behind The Crest with field glasses.  CUT TO:  Shorty lying unconscious on the ground.  A shadow crosses over his face.  CUT TO:  Shueller advancing up the ridge, revolver raised.  Indy is retreating back up to the top.  Shueller calls out to him.

                                         SHUELLER

Dr. Jones, I have destroyed your detonator! Your attempt to conceal the entrance to Shangri La has failed!

CUT TO:  Indy’s reaction to Shueller’s taunting.  He continues backing up the ridge.

                                         SHUELLER

I’m afraid that Shangri La is about to meet it’s new High Lama, the pride of Germany!

                                         INDIANA JONES

What did you do to Shorty?  If you have harmed him…

                                         SHUELLER

Do not worry about your little friend!  He will soon be the happy subject of the Third Reich!

                                         INDIANA JONES

You can’t win!  Germany has all ready been defeated!  Your “High Lama” Adolf just doesn’t know when he’s licked!

                                         SHUELLER

Mere circumstance, Dr. Jones.  Shangri La will preserve his legacy, his dream of a greater Reich the world has never known!  I will see to it personally!  I will be in that parade after all, Dr. Jones!                

                                         INDIANA JONES

That dream of a better world is here, can’t you see that?  Neither Hitler nor anyone else can improve upon it.  You had to feel it, Shueller… you have to know it is true!

Shueller continues to jockey for position up the ridge as Indy backs up towards the summit where the dynamite has been placed.  CUT TO:  Shorty unconscious on the ground.  A man’s hands check to see if Shorty is still breathing.  The hands lift Shorty to a sitting position and leans him up against the crag’s entrance.  CUT TO:  The Germans at the plateau, searching the ridge with their field glasses and spotting Indy at an opening in The Crest.  Von Haus directs his sharpshooters to open fire.  CUT TO:  Indy ducking down as bullets whiz past.  CUT TO:  Shueller advancing up and also looking down at where the shots are being fired from.  CUT TO:  Another set of feet advancing up the ridge, stumbling, regaining control and continually climbing up.  CUT TO:  Shorty coming around, regaining consciousness.  CUT TO:  Indy reaching the point in the ridge near the center of The Crest and the jutting boulder where he has placed the dynamite.  Indy looks back from where he came then looks to the other side of the ridge towards the plateau.  He makes his way past the boulder and looks for an exit on the other side.  There is a sheer slope resembling the side of a glacier several hundred feet long that swirls around past the back side of the plateau.  Indy shudders and retreats back.  CUT TO:  Shueller reaching the peak of the summit, looking for Indy and searching the ground, finally seeing the dynamite.

                                         SHUELLER

It’s no use, Dr. Jones!  I have beaten you!

Indy steps out in full view of Shueller, hands raised.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It’s not too late, Shueller.  A better world for both of us without prejudice lies just inside that entrance.  You and I have seen it, it isn’t just a dream.  We’ve seen it in action, we know it’s real.  A better future for mankind is here!  Mankind’s fate lies in our hands!

                                         SHUELLER

Merely pawns, Dr. Jones.  Contentment for the weak minded and faint of heart.  I’m afraid that does not appeal to me.  (He raises his gun and takes aim)  Over your dead body?  All right.  Goodbye, Dr. Jones. 

In that moment from the boulder over head the sled dog appears and growls.  Shueller turns and fires as the dog leaps at him.  The bullet enters the dog’s shoulder and the momentum of his leap carries him over the opposite edge to the pathway below.  Indy seizes the opportunity and lunges at Shueller.  They begin to wrestle for the gun, Indy strikes Shueller’s wrist and knocks the gun away.  CUT TO:  The dog lying on the pathway below bleeding and hurt badly.  A pair of feet appear and then hands reach out and pick up the dog.  CUT TO:  Shorty still at the entrance, watching for signs of  Indy.  The camera shows the back of the man carrying the sled dog down the pathway towards Shorty.  CUT TO:  Shorty accepting the dog from his rescuer and smiling gratefully to him, still unseen from the camera.  CUT TO:  Indy and Shueller still fighting.  Indy is knocked down by Shueller, who scrambles for the gun.  Indy leaps on top of him and they struggle again.  Shueller raises the weapon and strikes Indy on the head, knocking him down and dazing him.  He points the revolver at Indy and steps back.

                                         SHUELLER

So much for fate… no more intervention, no more hope.  The prize is won!  You lose, Dr. Jones!

Indy looks up and sees Kleinschmit coming up behind Shueller.  He is stumbling and weak from his wound.  Indy groggily looks at Shueller.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Maybe… we both do.

Shueller looks momentarily puzzled and that is just enough time for Kleinschmit to tackle Shueller and wrestle him to the ground.  The revolver is once again thrown clear.  CUT TO:  Shorty holding the dog in his arms.  Shorty looks up at the ridge.

                                         SHORT ROUND (calling out)

Indy!  Are you all right?  Indy! 

CUT TO:  Stromberg with his field glasses zeroing in on the echo of Shorty’s calling out and finds the crag’s entrance.

                                         STROMBERG

Captain!  There it is!

Captain Von Haus trains his eyes to where Stromberg is pointing, then orders his men to advance down the steep trail leading through the chasm.  The sharpshooters fire upon Shorty who ducks down as bullets whiz past.  The remaining German patrol leaves the plateau and makes for the crag.  CUT TO:  Kleinschmit over powering Shueller to the point of exhaustion.  Kleinschmit grabs the revolver and crawls to where the dynamite has been placed.  He points the revolver point blank at the explosives, turns to look at Indy and smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, Kleinschmit… we’ll use the detonator.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

There is no time, save yourself and the valley.

Shueller begins to stir and sees Kleinschmit’s intentions.

                                         SHUELLER

Kleinschmit!  Don’t be a fool!  The valley can heal you!

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (turns to face Shueller)

It all ready has!  (turns back to Indy with a smile)  It all ready has!

Shueller rises to his feet cursing, Kleinschmit ignores him.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (whispering to Indy and nodding towards the crag’s entrance)

Go now, my friend!

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’re saving the dream of mankind…  and saving us from ourselves.

CUT TO:  Indy waves farewell to Kleinschmit while Shueller continues to argue and curse.  Indy reaches the pathway down, but a volley of bullets from the sharpshooters below sends him stumbling back.  He glances down and sees the German patrol inching their way through the chasm.  He races back across the summit past Shueller and Kleinschmit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Do it, Kleinschmit… before it is too late!  They are coming up the chasm!  Shoot now! 

Indy dashes across and plunges down the slope on the opposite side.  CUT TO:  Shueller’s face as he realizes Kleinschmit is about to fire into the dynamite.  He screams.  CUT TO:  Kleinschmit determinedly firing, causing an explosion that begins to crumble The Crest.  CUT TO:  The avalanche caused by the explosion causing the entire glacier to collapse.  CUT TO:  Indy sliding down the slope as over head The Crest begins to fall down around him.  CUT TO:  Shorty watching as the wall of The Crest begins to cave in.  CUT TO:  The avalanche caused by the explosion burying the Germans on the pathway and the sharpshooters on the plateau.  CUT TO:  Indy continuing to slide down, swirling and pitching with the rumble of the avalanche causing the earth to shake.  CUT TO:  Shorty witnessing the entire side of the ridge crashing down upon him, making any chance of leaving Shangri La impossible.  He backs into the crag carrying the dog just in time to avoid being buried.  CUT TO:  Indy making his way down and finally resting to a stop as the final stages of the avalanche settle into the chasm.  CUT TO:  Indy’s face, realizing he has succeeded in sealing off the entrance to Shangri La but placed himself on the opposite side.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and the porters approaching from behind Indy.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE SIDEWALK OF LONDON.  DAY.  1990’s.  Indy is gradually regaining consciousness.  There is a crowd of people gathered around him.  The three oriental men have crouched around him, one has been trying to revive him.

                                         STRAW HAT

Dr. Jones!  Indy!  Are you all right?

Indy opens his one good eye and looks at the man cradling Indy’s head in his hands.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Who the hell wants to know?

Straw Hat laughs, as does everyone else in the crowd.

                                        STRAW HAT

Don’t you recognize me, old friend?

Indy squints to get a better look.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hell no!

                                         STRAW HAT

We shared many adventures, you and I!

Indy gives another look, then his eye widens with astonishment and disbelief.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Short Round!  What are you… how did you…?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Shhh… yes!  it’s me!

                                         INDIANA JONES

But I… we destroyed the only entrance…

                                         SHORT ROUND

Only KNOWN entrance, Dr. Jones.  Mr. Bryant… he discovered another one.  Only took him 40 years to dream up another project.

The crowd begins to disperse as Indy is helped to a semi-sitting position.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What project?

                                         SHORT ROUND

A starting point for bungee jumping!  Ha ha!  Life is good in Shangri La, Dr. Jones!

All three of the Orientals begin to laugh and Indy sees that it is Bogart and Gable that has accompanied Shorty.

                                         INDIANA JONES

But… why are you here?  You’ve grown old out here…

                                         SHORT ROUND

We’ve grown old looking for you, my friend.  Old and tired, too!  After we found the second entrance the porters told us that you had survived the avalanche.  Now we’ve found you and we’re going to take you back!

Indy shakes his head.  Wearily he leans back on Shorty while wiping his brow with a handkerchief.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I can’t make it, Shorty.  You’re too late to save me, get back there before it is too late for you.

                                         SHORT ROUND

It’s not too late, Dr. Jones!  Conway says where there is life there is hope!  You are still alive, we still have hope!

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, Shorty… it is my time.  Tell Angela… tell Angela that I love her.  Tell her that I have always loved her.

Indy begins to fade away in Shorty’s arms.  He reaches up to touch Shorty’s face, but his hand drops heavily… lifeless.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy!

Shorty shakes Indy trying to revive him.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy wait!  Angela needs you!  She sent us to get you!  Don’t go, Indy!  Wake up!

Indy stirs and opens his eye.  Quickly Shorty instructs one of his cousins to open a box he has been carrying.  Inside there are some Parasol flowers in a pot.  Shorty brings them up out of the box.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy, look!  Angela asked me to bring these to you!

Indy reaches out to the flowers.  He puts his finger in one of the flowers and wiggles it.

                                         INDIANA JONES (whispers)

Chinamen’s hats… ah so!

Shorty places them below Indy’s face.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Smell them, Indy… smell the flowers that Angela has sent you!

Indy takes a slight whiff and instantly, but only momentarily… his age drops in half.  Indy’s eye widens as he discovers renewed vigor with that effort..  Shorty raises the flowers to his own face  and breathes in deeply.  Indy catches his breath when he sees Shorty shed 30 years in an instant.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Touch the soil, Dr. Jones!

Indy reaches into the pot, pinches a bit of soil between his fingers and returns to a healthy 40 year old in a heart beat.  He raises his hand, pulls up his eye patch and grins.  The cousins help him to his feet and the four men greet each other warmly.  Indy takes a small portion of earth from the pot and closes his palm around it.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… what are we waiting for?

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PROMENADE TO SHANGRI LA.  DAY.  Angela runs up to Indy and falls into his arms.  The others are coming up from behind to welcome him back.  Angela and Indy kiss.

                                         CONWAY

Welcome back, Indy!  (he pats him on the back and they shake hands)  Glad you could rejoin us!

The others clamor around as well, hugging Indy and shaking his hand.  The sled dog is barking excitedly.  Indy bends down to pet him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hello, old friend.

                                         ANGELA

Henry, (Indy looks up at her)  the boys named the dog Indiana.

Indy stands with a smile.  Arm in arm Indy and Angela walk towards the monastery with the others close behind.  CUT TO:  A private room in a hospital, an old man has I.V.’s and a heart monitor plugged into him.  He lies there as if he is asleep with one arm stretched out, his hand holding a telegram.  CUT TO:  the message delivered in the telegram reads:  HAVING A LOVELY TIME!  WISH YOU WERE HERE!  JUNIOR.  Henry Jones, Sr. gives a faint smile as the monitor starts to flat line.  CUT TO:  A wedding ceremony being held on the steps to Shangri La’s monastery.  Conway is conducting with Sondra nearby.  In the audience is Chang, Alex, Quie, Bryant, Vivian, Shorty, his cousins and the sled dog, along with the remaining German soldiers plus servants and various people from the Valley of the Blue Moon.  The bride is Angela Santamaria.  The groom is a vibrantly renewed Indiana Jones.  He smiles.

FADE

PLAY THEME SONG. 

ROLL CREDITS. 

                                        

             

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

March 27, 2008

EXTERIOR.  BY A WATERFALL.  DAY.  Indy, Angela, Alex and Quie are sitting on a large quilt having  a picnic.  Angela runs her hand across some flowers growing nearby.  She bends low to smell them.

                                         QUIE

They are called the Parasol Flower.

                                         ANGELA

They are so lovely, Indy.

                                         QUIE

They seem to thrive here in Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

As does everything else… or so it would appear.

                                         ANGELA

They look like little Chinamen’s hats.  (she hooks one on her finger and wiggles beneath it)  Ah so!  (she smiles at Indy)

                                         ALEX

Indy, there is something I’ve been meaning to tell you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why I am here?

                                         ALEX

You are here as my guest, Indy… as I have told you.  I will admit paradise does have it’s limits.  I missed the banter we had between us, especially concerning you, Angela.  I missed our competition, our discoveries together… perhaps I was a little bored.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You Alex?  Never!

                                         ALEX

Yes, you know me too well, my friend.  Angela, I regret the way I left you back in the States, perhaps I was afraid of making the commitment… but I did intend to return.

                                         ANGELA

I know, Alex.  I was a bit afraid myself… but it is in the past.  Things have way of working themselves out.  (she smiles at Indy)

                                         ALEX

Yes, normally I would say you were right.  But this time I fear something must be done and I didn’t know who else to turn to.  So you see, my invitation was not a purely selfish motive. 

                                         ANGELA

Alex, what are you getting at?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I think I know.  I’m here… we’re here, because of the Dance of Aldebaran.  You knew it would point the way to Shangri La’s entrance and you knew that the Germans were outside looking for that entrance.

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy… but there’s more to it.  The Valley of the Blue Moon has an ore that resembles an amethyst.  The natives used to mine it and make little trinkets; rings and medallions, jewelry… and use it to trade with the porters for goods and services.  Later it was determined that gold was plentiful and far more in demand so the ore was forgotten.  Now it only serves us as a beacon.

                                         ANGELA

Beacon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The full moon that accompanies the Dance of Aldebaran reflects the light from the valley and emits it through the crag, showing outsiders the way in.

                                         ALEX

I’m afraid that is only partly right, Indy.  Every full moon reflects some portion of the hue from the valley, each month to a greater or lesser degree, sometimes for longer intervals depending on the season.  But all a person need do is look in the right spot.

                                         ANGELA

How is that possible?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The Earth reflects light, much the way the moon does.

                                         ALEX

Yes, and the light reflected from Shangri La is so intense at times, well…  they don’t call it the Valley of the Blue Moon for nothing.  The Earth is 80% water and bounces light like a crystal.  Shangri La contributes to the phenomenon with each full moon.  For that brief moment we are the peak source for the earthlight reflected back into outer space.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So we didn’t leave the Germans out there waiting for another dance to occur two hundred years from now?

                                         ALEX

The Dance of Aldebaran points the way to the plateau at the foot of The Crest.  From there a person only need wait a maximum of one lunar cycle to witness Shangri La’s aura.

                                         INDIANA JONES

With my charts from the Roof of the World they’ll eventually reach the plateau and there is nothing we can do about them finding this place if the moon is right?

                                         ALEX

I’m afraid not.  Two hundred years ago Father Perrault, our first High Lama, was lost in the mountains and would have died if not for a villager he met near here.  The villager was from the tribe we now refer to as “porters.”  He actually saw the beacon from the crag and brought Father Perrault here.  As Father Perrault’s strength returned, he realized the powers of rejuvenation this place had.  He built the monastery with the help of this one man and of the people from the valley below.  Father Perrault has since died and a new High Lama has taken his place.  But the man that found the valley is still with us.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Chang!

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy.  He looks 90 but has the fortitude of a man scarcely 40.

                                         ANGELA

But Alex, over two hundred years old?

                                         QUIE

Age is one of the barriers you Europeans place before your minds.

                                         ALEX

Chang was about Shorty’s age when he came here and has shown no signs of slowing down.  Here in Shangri La, the age process as we know it seems to be normal until about age 30.  Then it goes into low gear, to where a man’s appearance could go perceptively unchanged for decades.  It also appears that outsiders regress in age, as you have seen in me.  Bryant is around 60 and appears to be my younger brother.  Vivian was a silent screen star over 20 years ago but looks the same as her last films image.  Conway arrived here in his mid-forties but has polished up like a shiny, new penny.  Sondra has been here since she was a child.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No wonder the Germans are so interested in finding this place.  They want to hole up Hitler and some of his top brass until the war blows over.  He figures he can outlast his enemies here, that they couldn’t pass through the generations and confront him.

                                         ALEX

That is precisely their plan.  Once they reach the plateau it’ll only be  matter of time before the next full moon lights the pathway here.

                                         INDIANA JONES

If they wait on the plateau.  We’ve been here around 3 weeks or so, I doubt they’ll just be camped outside waiting for the next full moon.

                                         ALEX

Why would you doubt that, Indy?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why would they?  My calculations will lead them to the plateau which will seemingly be a dead end.  They’d have no more reason to camp there and wait then the Man in the Moon…

                                         ANGELA

Unless they knew in advance about the beacon, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Naw… the only way they could know is if… (he looks at Alex for several seconds and realizes…)  You?  You told them about the aura and the light through the crag?

                                         ANGELA

Oh, Alex… why?

Alex is silent for a moment. He reaches out to touch Quie’s hand, then with the other hand he reaches for Angela’s.

                                         ALEX

Love, Angela… love makes a man do strange things.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Love, Alex?  For whom?  Adolf Hitler?

                                         ALEX

Love for a cause, my friend… for an ideal.  Nazism did not begin to be the monster it is now.  In the beginning my relationship with Stromberg was vested in our mutual belief of a better world through the Third Reich.  Years ago I thought only by man’s hand could paradise be achieved.  Coming here I found how much I had been mistaken.  But I realized it too late.  I’d all ready made contact before the full benefits of Shangri La had claimed me.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Professor Stromberg!  No wonder he was so sure of finding this place!  You sent him that ring he wears!  All he needed was to find the threshold, he all ready had the key.

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy.  Finding the plateau… that is what has thwarted past attempts.  The Dance of Aldebaran points to the apparent spot where one can “Descend into the Valley of the Blue Moon.”  A dance that occurs once every two hundred years.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… you can bet they are out there by now.  The moon will be full in a few days and they’ll be watching for that reflection.

                                         ALEX

That would be my guess.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Have you told the High Lama?

                                         ALEX

He has declared it to me.

                                         ANGELA

He knows they are there waiting?

                                         ALEX

Yes, Angela… the High Lama is aware of everything concerning these mountains and this monastery.

                                         INDIANA JONES

But… what is to be done, Alex?  Hitler will ruin this place, his intention of building a Third Reich will flourish within the confines of these mountains.

                                         ALEX

I struggle with the knowledge that I paved the way for it to happen, Indy.  My only hope was that I could somehow counter act what I have done and restore balance to Shangri La once again.  Stromberg will find this place… unless somebody stops him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You mean me…

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy, I mean you.  I didn’t intend for Angela to be even requested that she make the trip.  I wouldn’t have risked her welfare… or yours.  But you were the only person I could think of that couldn’t resist the chance to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of Shangri La. 

                                         INDIANA JONES

And charge in to the rescue?  I led them here, Alex!

                                         ALEX

No Indy, Aldebaran’s dance led them here, as it led you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What of the High Lama?  If he has known about this impending disaster, why didn’t he take steps to avoid it?

                                         QUIE

Shangri La has always been open to everyone.  There are no strangers here, only guests.  So it has been for over two hundred years.

                                         ALEX

It has been the belief of the people that Shangri La can change everyone for the good, given enough time.  The people here won’t put up even passive resistance.  They rely on these mountains, this valley and this monastery to provide an Ambassador of good will that will disarm even the most hostile invader.  It is not in them to fight.

Indy stands up and helps Angela to her feet.  He brushes himself off and stands looking down at Alex and Quie.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you know that is a bunch of malarkey.  There are things that any man if pushed hard enough will defend.

                                         ALEX

I’m sorry to have gotten you into this, my friend.  Your choosings are contrary to our beliefs.

                                         QUIE

Violence is not the way of my people.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are some things that are just worth fighting for!

 Indy takes hold of Angela and they head back towards the monastery.

                                         ALEX

Where are you going, Indy?

                                         INDIANA JONES (over his shoulder)

To see your royal Highness!

                                         ALEX

But He only grants an audience when HE feels the need to do so…

                                         INDIANA JONES (stops and turns)

He’ll feel the need, trust me.

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE MONASTERY.  DAY.  Indy comes across Chang in the foyer.

                                         CHANG

Good afternoon, Dr. Jones.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Chang, I need to find Conway right away!

                                         CHANG

That is most interesting, Dr. Jones.  He has asked me to locate you!  Please accompany me.

They head off towards a staircase leading to the next level and find Conway waiting at the top.

                                         CONWAY

Good afternoon, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Conway, it is imperative that I meet the High Lama at once!  I have an urgent matter to discuss with him that will not wait another minute!

                                         CONWAY

Yes, of course, Indy.  I’ll be pleased to accompany you and make the introduction.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You will…?  Fine, fine… then let’s go.

                                         CONWAY

Please excuse us, Chang.

Chang bows and exits back down the stairs.  Conway and Indy walk down the hallway.

                                         INDIANA JONES

This place is in danger; all of you are in grave danger!  The High Lama must be reasoned with before it is too late!

                                         CONWAY

The High Lama is always reasonable, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Let’s hope so.

CUT TO:  An interior room, dimly lit with an oversized chair.  Indy and Conway walk in and Indy looks around.  He turns to Conway.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Conway, there isn’t much time, please have the High Lama meet with me now.

                                         CONWAY

Indy, when you meet the High Lama… will you listen to Him?

                                         INDIANA JONES

It is he that must listen, Conway!  There are powers at work here that he must be prepared for!

Conway walks to the chair and strokes it’s back for a moment.  He turns and looks at Indy.

                                         CONWAY

The High Lama will grant you an audience, Indy.

Then Conway takes a seat on the chair and gazes at Indy.  Indy is silent for a moment, then realizes he is in the presence of the High Lama.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You!

Conway/the High Lama bows from his seat.

                                         CONWAY

How may I help you, my son?

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’re the High Lama?  Why did you keep it secret from me?  … from all of us?

                                         CONWAY

There are no secrets, Indy, only the truths we do not know.  I find it easier to read men’s hearts when they are relaxed and free of apprehension.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Have you read my heart?

                                         CONWAY

I have found you to be a good man, Indy.  A man dedicated to the fine fight; trustworthy and honorable, a man whose friendship I value greatly.  A man worthy of these surroundings.  Shangri La has benefited greatly from your being here.

Indy moves to Conway/the High Lama and sits at his feet.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You know of the trouble that approaches your community?

                                         CONWAY

I have sensed it for a long time.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Won’t you warn your people of the impending danger?

                                         CONWAY

There are forces at work that are beyond our powers to comprehend, at present.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are forces at work that seek to destroy your way of life and yet you will do nothing to stop it?

                                         CONWAY

Events were set into motion that must run their course.  Shangri La and it’s people have endured for centuries by conducting themselves to one simple rule… to be kind.  Kindness will overpower all adversity, Indy.  It has been that way since the founding of the Earth.

Conway/the High Lama leans forward and places his hand on Indy’s shoulder and smiles.

                                         CONWAY

Do you recall the various emotions that accompanied your group when you arrived here just a few short weeks ago?  Animosity, anxiety, fear and suspicion?  Have you not noticed the tranquility amongst your fellow travellers?  Even your dog has taken to eating straw.  In Shangri La, “the Lion has lied down with the Lamb.”

                                        INDIANA JONES

You are the reader of hearts.  Doesn’t a person need to be inclined towards goodness before he can be persuaded to succumb to it?

Conway/the High Lama sits back and nods thoughtfully.

                                         CONWAY

You are a wise man, Indy.  It is true that not all souls are receptive to the benefits of Shangri La.  It is an oddity that still defies logic.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Some people are just plain crazy.

Indy stands before Conway/the High Lama, he thinks for a moment then backs away.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are times when kind must be returned in kind.  There are times when you have to fight to do what’s right, and times when it is right to fight.  I respect your valley, it’s people, it’s beliefs and ethics… but there comes a time when things like these must be protected… fought for, if necessary.

                                         CONWAY

And we respect your convictions, Indy.  But if you take to using the sword… Shangri La will neither assist or hamper you.  If it is your choice, I’m afraid you must go alone.  Violence is not our way… it only begets more violence.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Sometimes… it is the only way, the only thing that your enemies understand because kindness begets advantage… advantage to the aggressor!  I would rather the world gather at your feet and sing Koom-Bi-Ya but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

                                         CONWAY

So you are determined to go your own way in this, my son?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Every fiber of my being tells me I must try to stop this madness…

Indy bows and then exits.

                                         CONWAY

Go in peace, my son.

Chang re-appears in the doorway.

                                         CHANG

This one is as difficult as your brother was.

                                         CONWAY

With the exception that this ones motivations are pure, Chang.  Self sacrifice is the noblest of all virtues.

                                         CHANG

Will he return?

                                         CONWAY

He has a helper, and one he has not counted on.  I see his heart will remain with us, he will spend a lifetime seeking to regain it.

(to be continued with the conclusion of Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran) 

                                      

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

March 24, 2008

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)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3

March 16, 2008

INTERIOR.  THE TEMPLE FOYER.  DAY.  Conway and Chang lead their guests inside and begin directing servants to accompany each one to his individual room.  Indy pauses with Angela a bit awkwardly.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Er… Chang, Angela and I was expecting to find Alex here…

                                         CHANG

Oh yes.  He would be in the valley conducting class for the children of the village.  But he will return in time for lunch, you can meet him then… if you like.

                                         CONWAY

Alexander and Mrs. Lovett will be thrilled upon hearing of your arrival.  Your hosts have been very anxious to see you, Indy.

Indy and Angela look at each other.

                                         ANGELA

Mrs. Lovett?

CUT TO:  Shueller and his men being assigned individual rooms.  Shueller enters and quickly surveys his accommodations, going to the window and throwing open the shutters, noticing there are no bars.  The view over the valley is a sharp drop of over a thousand feet.  He studies the village below.  Then Shueller reaches inside his coat and pulls out a revolver.  Hesitating for a moment, he walks over to the bed and sticks it under the pillow.  He then begins to undress.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins passing by a banquet hall and noticing several attractive young women arranging place settings.  They smile at Shorty and his cousins, who then reciprocate.  Passing on a few feet they begin whooping it up until they reach their rooms.

                                         SHORT ROUND (imitating Chang)

Welcome to Shangri La… ooo la la LA!

They all laugh.

FADE

INTERIOR.  INDY’S ROOM.  DAY.  Indy does a slight inventory of his room, admiring artwork, the furniture and pottery.  He walks to a large, bay window and looks out at the lush gardens, then beyond to the snow capped mountains that surround the valley.  He walks to the desk and thumbs through a book, then begins to disrobe.  Outside his room he hears faint footsteps growing louder as they approach his door.  There is a rapid knocking and then a man bursts in.  Indy looks up, startled.  It is his old friend, ALEX.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex?  Alex!

                                          ALEX

Henry!  It is you!

Alex strides in and gives Indy a hearty handshake and pat on the back.  Indy follows suit then pulls back to look him over, both men are all smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you haven’t changed a bit!

Alex beams a little sheepishly.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, I mean it.  Alex… you haven’t changed a bit!  How is that possible?

                                         ALEX

Haven’t I?  C’mon man, it’s been over a dozen years, everyone changes.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Everyone but you!  Al, what’s going on here?  I mean, pinch me ’cause I must be dreamin’.  Where the hell am I?

                                         ALEX

You mean where the hell aren’t you!  Come now, Henry, you didn’t travel half way around the world to discuss my appearance and such.  How are you?  What’s new at the University and the big, bold, beautiful world?

Indy motions for Alex to sit down and both men find chairs near the bay window.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, you know… of course, that there’s a war going on?

                                         ALEX

There is?  Against whom, who started it and what for?

Indy begins to feel uncomfortable and begins searching for a way to begin until Alex bursts into laughter.

                                         ALEX

Cri-men-netly, Henry… we ain’t completely in the dark in these here parts, ya know!

Indy laughs nervously.  Alex reaches out and puts a hand on his shoulder.

                                         ALEX

It is going to be great having you here… like old times!

                                         INDIANA JONES

More than you realize.

                                         ALEX

How do you mean, my good man?

Indy takes a deep breath.  Alex removes his hand and sits back in his chair.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Al, … Angela is with me.

Alex sits up, surprised… and then sits back, relaxed and begins to chuckle.

                                         ALEX

Oh, you nearly had me there, old chum!  Yessir, nearly had me good!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, I’m not joking… Angela is here… with me.

Alex sits back in a slump, his face full of wonder.

                                         ALEX

You don’t say, really?  Oh, well!  Nothings changed with you, I can see.  The minute I turn my back, there you are… making a move on my girl!  Some friend you turned out to be!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex!  It’s been 12 years!  We thought… we thought you were… well, dead!  No one’s heard from you and then, poof! out of the blue… “Having a lovely time… wish you were here!”

                                         ALEX

Oh yes, that.  You got that, right?  Right!  Otherwise you wouldn’t be here.  Ha ha!  She’s here?  Oh Henry, you sure got me there.  It’s going to be like old times!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you must understand.  It wasn’t like that, it was never like that.  Angela took her betrothal to you very seriously.  For years she held on to the hope that you’d come back.

                                         ALEX

And you two accidentally came together on this trip and the rest is history?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Bringing her was Dad’s idea.

                                          ALEX

Henry, Sr.?  How is the old man?  Still searching for the grail?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Found the grail, now he’s president of the University.

Alex’s mouth drops.

                                         ALEX

I don’t know which sounds more preposterous!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Believe me, Al… it’s all true.

                                         ALEX

I have been away too long!

Indy leans forward on his chair closer to Alex and lowers his tone.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You mean, you’re ready to come back?

Alex throws his head back and lets out a hearty laugh.

                                         ALEX

Oh good heavens no!  Henry, that is just a figure of speech!  I’m perfectly content here… have a wife, you know.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So I heard.  Now who had their back turned?

Both men begin laughing and Alex slaps his knee.

                                         ALEX

Good one, Henry!  You are sharp as a tack, my friend.  How I’ve missed you and these little banters!

                                         INDIANA JONES (seriously)

So tell me about your wife and your time here.  12 years, Al… long time no hear from.  What happened?  Why did it take you so long to get in touch with us?  and what about Angela?

Alex slaps his knee again and stands up, walking over to the window and looking up at the mountain peaks.  His mood turns somber.

                                         ALEX

You always were one who didn’t beat around the bush, Henry.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and you were always the one that set fire to it!

Alex chuckles, then leans on the window ledge and faces Indy.

                                         ALEX

We were kidnapped, really.  Conway and myself, a few others.  Held against our will at first.  Guests of Chang, it was said.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m not quite sure of all his guests, but go on.

                                         ALEX

Well, this placed changed us… it will change you, if you’ll let it.  Not brainwashed, mind you.  But, well… reborn, sort of like a renewed sense of purpose.  Like a caretaker relationship with the Earth and all it’s creation.  The outside world just grew less and less important, and with that… any desire I’ve had to leave here.  Later on… I met my wife, she’s a native of the valley.  The years, Indy, literally flew by.  We hear news of the world; reports of wars and such, but time stands still in Shangri La.  I’ve never known such harmony.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why, then… am I here?

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE MONASTERY ENTRANCE.  DAY.  Conway is standing at the top of the staircase looking out at the promenade’s hanging gardens and main fountain.  Chang comes out from inside and joins him.

                                         CONWAY

How many souls today, Chang, ten?

                                         CHANG

Yes, Mr. Conway… and the dog, of course.

                                         CONWAY

Ah yes!  (he laughs) We mustn’t forget him!  Man’s best friend!  (he returns to being solemn)  We haven’t seen that many all at once since…

                                         CHANG

Since your arrival, Mr. Conway.

Conway smiles and nods in agreement.

                                         CONWAY

All bedded down, right?  Room enough for everyone, I presume?

                                         CHANG

This monastery contains 29 individual rooms for guests, Mr. Conway, more than adequate accommodations, I might add.

                                         CONWAY

Oh yes, quite.  Thank you, Chang.

                                         CHANG

Will the High Lama be making arrangements to interview the new arrivals soon, Mr. Conway?

Conway turns to Chang, places a hand on his shoulder and smiles.

                                         CONWAY

We’ll allow Shangri La’s ambiances to soften their hearts a little while first.

Chang bows and exits.  Conway turns to look out at the grand spectacle of the mountains surrounding him.

                                         CONWAY

Could anything touch a man’s heart more convincingly?

FADE

INTERIOR.  A LARGE STEAM BATH.  DAY.  Angela enters attended to by two young women.  She steps into the pool and relaxes on one side.  After a few moments, Shueller, Kleinschmit and the rest of the German men enter and step inside the pool at the opposite side.  Kleinschmit is nearest to Shueller and he looks over at Angela.  Shueller speaks incoherently and the others laugh, but Kleinschmit remains silent.  Angela nervously gathers up the courage to get up and exit the pool as Kleinschmit is watching her every move.  She hears the laughter of the men as she hurries away.  CUT TO:  Angela’s room, she enters from the steam bath.  Closing the door, she props herself behind it and breathes a sigh of relief.  Looking over towards her bed, there is a note left there.  She walks over, picks it up and begins to read:  “I’LL BE IN THE GARDEN BY SIX.  INDY.”  A slow smile crosses her face as she holds the note to her breast.

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE MAIN CORRIDOR.  DAY.  Angela leaves her room and makes for the Foyer when Alex steps out of a nearby doorway.  She stops and catches her breath.

                                         ANGELA

Alex!

                                         ALEX (rushing up and taking her by the hands)

Angela!  How wonderful to see you!  (they embrace)

                                         ANGELA

Oh Alex, how have you been?  This is incredible!  This whole place is so incredible and you…

                                         ALEX

… look incredible, too?  (they laugh)  Angela, you are absolutely radiant.  (they embrace again)

                                         ANGELA

You must tell me everything!  What happened to you and how did you come to be here?

                                         ALEX

Oh not now, darling… just let me look at you!

Angela’s mood shifts slightly.

                                         ANGELA

Alex, it has been so long… and Henry and I… well…

                                         ALEX

Angela, I know all about it!  It’s wonderful!  You and Henry after all this time!

                                         ANGELA

And you, I understand you’ve married?

                                         ALEX

Yes, to a lovely native girl… you’ll adore her.  I’ll introduce you tonight at dinner.

                                         ANGELA

Alex, walk with me to the gardens, we’ll talk…

                                         ALEX

… and talk and talk and talk some more!  I’d be delighted!

They exit and FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE HANGING GARDENS NEAR THE PROMENADE.  DAY.  Indy is sitting on a stone bench as Angela appears.  He rises up to meet her, they kiss and embrace.  Hand in hand they walk the garden area, taking in the wild life and scenery.  Rounding a corner they happen upon Bryant and Vivian relaxing under a shade tree.  They turn to see Angela and Indy, then rise to their feet to greet them.

                                         ANGELA

Oh please, don’t get up.  We didn’t mean to disturb you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Yes, excuse us.  We are just sort of wandering around…

They both smile.

                                         BRYANT

Easy enough to do, grand place to get lost in.  Welcome to Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We are delighted to be here.

                                         BRYANT

Please join us, won’t you?

                                         ANGELA

We don’t want to intrude…

                                          VIVIAN

We’ll have none of that, join in with us.  We’ll attend dinner together.

They all sit below the tree.  Angela admires the landscape.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I couldn’t have imagined it more beautiful.

                                         BRYANT

Precisely how we felt, eh Viv?

                                         VIVIAN

It never ceases to amaze me, I discover more each time I walk in the gardens.

                                         ANGELA

How long have you been here in Shangri La?

Bryant looks at Vivian. 

                                         BRYANT

What say you , Viv… about 12 years or so?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Then you arrived about the time Conway and Alex did?

                                         BRYANT

Came in with them.  Our plane crashed into a mountain and we were rescued together.

                                         ANGELA

It must have been terrible!

                                         VIVIAN

Not really, wouldn’t have met Bryant if not for that trip.

                                         BRYANT

And that put me about a million miles from my former self, let me tell you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What were you before?

                                         BRYANT

Ever hear of Chalmers Bryant before the stock market crash in ’29?  I’m him, dear and glorious plumber… that was me!  That was another crash I was able to walk away from!  Only cost me everything.  (hugs Vivian)  Worth every penny, though… eh, Viv?  (they laugh)

                                         ANGELA

So you actually didn’t meet until you arrived here?

                                         VIVIAN

Didn’t like him at first, but he grows on you!

                                         BRYANT

Blame it on the climate, me love.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hold on a minute!  Chalmers Bryant came on the market about 30 years ago during the First World War… you must have started out very young!

Just then a gong is heard.  Bryant and Vivian begin to get up with Indy and Angela following.

                                         BRYANT

Saved by the bell!  One thing they like you to be is prompt about here and that’s chow time.  Kinda like the Army in that respect.

Bryant puts his arm around Vivian and they stroll back towards the monastery with Indy and Angela behind them.  Indy is scratching his head and shrugging his shoulders while Angela hushes him.

(to be continued)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

March 13, 2008

INTERIOR.  LARGE CAVE.  NIGHT.  Indy, Shueller and the two soldiers are seated, hands and feet bound with hoods over their heads.  An off camera voice addresses Indy.

                                         V.O.

So… we meet again, Dr. Jones!

Indy’s hood is removed.  He struggles to adjust to the light but then recognizes Shorty and Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty!  Where did… how did…?  (looking at Angela)  Are you all right?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, thanks to Shorty and his cousins.

                                         SHORT ROUND

No thanks to me, thanks to porters!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Porters?

Indy looks around the cave.  Dozens of Mongolian looking men and women are working at stacking boxes and crates, separating items and loading packs on sleds.  Shorty works at untying Indy while Angela explains.

                                         ANGELA

Porters, a whole tribe of them!  Shorty and his cousins met them after I was injured.  Apparently they deliver shipments to the people of Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shipments?

                                         ANGELA

Supplies, books… even artwork and furniture!  It’s like an entire department store here!

                                         SHORTY (pointing to the others)

And they don’t like Germans!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm… I like them already.  (to Angela)  But how did you get away from the base camp?

                                         ANGELA

Shorty rescued me, thumped that one with a chunk of firewood!  (points to Kleinschmit who is hooded along with the others.)

Freed from his bonds, Indy stands.  He hugs Angela and shakes Shorty’s hand.  The sled dog comes up and barks.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Where did you get the dog, Dr. Jones?

Indy stoops down and ruffles the dog’s ears.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why, we’re old friends!  aren’t we, pal?  And I didn’t get him, he got me!

                                         SHORT ROUND

Can we keep him?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, I dunno… who’s in charge here?  I’d like to thank him for his hospitality and our good fortune.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Fortune smiled, yes… but they were looking for us, Dr. Jones!  They’d all most given up, say you way over base!

                                         INDIANA JONES (wryly)

Off base, Shorty… way off base.  How were they looking for us?  Who sent them?  No one knew we were…

A commanding voice is spoken off camera from behind Indy.

                                         V.O.

The High Lama sends his greetings to you, Dr. Jones.

Indy turns to see a man standing behind him.  There are several others with him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The High Lama?  Who is he… and how did he know we were coming?

                                         SHORT ROUND

This is Tenzin, the tribal elder.  The High Lama is who they work for.

                                         TENZIN

… and the High Lama knows everything that goes on in these mountains, Dr. Jones.  He is anxious to meet you.

Tenzin bows out of respect, as do his followers.  Indy follows suit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and I am anxious to meet him!  Where is the High Lama?

                                         TENZIN

My people will have the pleasure of accompanying you to our meeting place… it is not far from the entrance to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Indy motions to the Germans still held captive.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What becomes of them?

                                         TENZIN

They will be turned over to the High Lama, these mountains are under His protection.

Indy shakes hands with Tenzin and bows to the group accompanying him.  He places his arm around Angela and tussles Shorty’s hair.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Of course we’ll keep the dog!

FADE

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE CAVE ENTRANCE.  DAY.  The large party begins their climb.  MONTAGE:  Indy and Angela climbing together.  Shorty and his cousins climbing together.  The German prisoners, still hooded and bound, being assisted up the slope by several porters.  The sleds being pulled by the men.  The entire assembly making it’s way down a gully.  Indy pauses to admire the grand spectacle of the mountain range.  Tenzin leading the entourage to a small plateau.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela stopping together and marvelling at the sight ahead of them.  The pathway drops down a ravine but on the left side the rim of the mountain advances higher and makes a majestic curve that is shielded over head by a canopy of snow and ice several hundred feet high.  On the right side of the narrow walk the cliff drops off into a steep crevasse that they cannot see the bottom of.  The sheer wall of the mountainside capped off with the crown of snow resembles a crashing wave caught frozen in time and space.  What looks slightly more than a stones throw away across from the plateau they see the pathway slopes up, turns and disappears from view.  Tenzin leaves the front of the line and comes back to where Indy and Angela are standing.  They gaze up at the breath taking arch.

                                        TENZIN

The Europeans from the Valley of the Blue Moon call it The Crest.  It has enveloped and guarded the only known entrance to Shangri La since the world’s beginning.

                                         ANGELA

It’s magnificent!

                                         INDIANA JONES

The only known entrance?  I don’t see anything!

                                         TENZIN

Looked for, the entrance cannot be seen.  One must know where it is.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Thus the only “known” entrance?  I presume you know where it is, when do we climb over?

                                         TENZIN

My tribe has served the High Lama for over two hundred years, the people of Shangri La never venture out beyond this point, and we shall go no further.  Their lookout will inform Him of our arrival.  We will camp here.  It is not very far, but the path is indeed treacherous… only with the aid of a skilled guide would the inexperienced one make it across.

                                         ANGELA

But I thought you said we were expected?

                                         TENZIN

My people never breach the valley of The Crest; it is considered a natural buffer to the people of Shangri La, a last defense against a hostile world.  Our services end here on the plateau, so it has been for two hundred years.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What about the Europeans?

                                         TENZIN

They are considered guests of the High Lama.

                                         INDIANA JONES (to Angela)

That explains Alex’s invitation.  (to Tenzin)  Why not scale The Crest?  Must be some way over it.

                                         TENZIN

No one from this side has ever attempted it.  The path through the ravine is dangerous in itself, but to climb The Crest from this vantage point would be impossible, it is shear ice and snow.  One false step and you would surely slide down to your death. 

As the porters work to make camp, a horn is blown until another horn is heard in the distance.  The sky becomes dark.  The night sky is blanketed with stars  A full moon comes into view.  Higher and higher it rises until across the ravine a blueish hue from a slight crag shines through directly across from the plateau.  The Crest begins shimmering from behind with the aqua blue reflection emitted from the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PLATEAU.  DAY.  The entire ensemble has slept out beneath the stars and the dawn causes much commotion.  Across the valley of The Crest, a line of men are coming down from the direction of the crag and heading towards the plateau.  At the beginning, two men are blowing horns and one of the porters answer their call.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela awakened by all the activity.  Shorty and is cousins are already up and excitedly preparing to meet the group from across the valley.

                                        SHORT ROUND (pointing towards the approaching group)

It’s the High Lama!  I can see him up front!

Everyone clamors to the edge of the plateau.  They watch as the men continue to advance along the narrow pathway.  Finally they come up from the trail in the shadow of The Crest, march up the slope and stand at the threshold.  There is an elderly looking man in the lead, but he does not appear to be frail.  He is tall, upright and regal in appearance.  He steps forward while the others remain behind.  Tenzin approaches the stops and the two men give each other a slight bow.

                                         TENZIN

Chang!  How good to see you, my friend!  It has been too long!  Please, you and your people make yourselves comfortable and we’ll serve up refreshments!

Chang smiles.  He motions to his followers to move closer then he slowly looks trough the crowd of porters until he spots Indy standing nearby.  He bows to him.

                                         CHANG

Tenzin.  The mounains have not been too much for you to bear on this journey, I presume?

Tenzin gives a hearty laugh.  His tribe all laugh in unison.  Indy, Angela, Shorty and his cousins all join in the laughter.

                                         TENZIN

These mountains cuddle my people like we are babes in it’s arms.  When we walk, it is like we are walking on clouds and when we sleep it is if we lay on a bed of duck down. Praise be to the High Lama for guarding them and continuing to bless all of those in His care.

Chang smiles and nods then again looks towards Indy.

                                         CHANG

You have brought guests to Shangri La.

Chang moves forward and the porters surrounding Indy fan out in either direction until Chang stands before him.

                                         CHANG

Dr. Jones, I presume?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Henry Jones, at your service, sir.

                                         CHANG

Alex has told us so many stories about you, it is a pleasure to finally meet you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Tales told at my expense, no doubt.

Chang is pleased, he looks at Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

And may I present Miss Angela Santamaria…

                                         ANGELA

It is such a pleasure to finally meet the High Lama of Shangri La!

The porters and the men from the valley all mildly chuckle, Chang is slightly amused.

                                         CHANG

Oh my dear child; I am not the High Lama, merely His servant, as we all are!  But I am sure you will meet him in due time. 

                                         ANGELA

Forgive me, I didn’t mean to… well, your followers seem to revere you so that I just assumed…

                                         CHANG

Please, Miss Santamaria, no apologies… we are very informal at Shangri La.  You may call me Chang.  (He bows)  …and I’m afraid any reverence is a custom due to age, as I am the oldest of our party, it is my privilege to lead… but all are equal under the eyes of the High Lama.

 CUT TO: Indy and Angela introducing Shorty and his cousins while the rest of the porters begin helping the servants load packs and ready sleds to make the trek back across the valley.  Chang bends low to shake “hands” with the sled dog.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and Chang briefly talk and move back to where the Germans are.  CUT TO:  After a few more words with Chang, Tenzin removes the hoods from the German’s heads.  Then producing a knife, Tenzin cuts the ropes in order to free them.  CUT TO:  Chang speaks to Shueller and then turns to rejoin his group.  Shueller and his men look about and then resign themselves to following the servants.  CUT TO:  Chang and Tenzin embrace, Tenzin gestures towards a fire with a steaming kettle, Chang holds up a hand and shakes his head with a smile.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela gathering their packs, Shorty and his cousins joining them.  CUT TO:  The entire entourage with Chang in the lead, descending down the pathway into the ravine.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and his tribe of porters waving goodbye as they gradually make their way across, some turn and wave back.  CUT TO: A walk through the narrow passage, Indy looking up at the canopy of snow and ice that is The Crest, hundreds of feet above them.  CUT TO:  the far side of the ravine,  Chang standing at the crag’s entrance as the other servants enter.  Indy and Angela blend in with them until they are at the entrance.  CUT TO:  Indy reaching Chang.

                                         CHANG

Welcome to Shangri La, Dr. Jones.

They pass through the mountain wall and look down into the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PROMENADE LEADING TO THE TEMPLE.  DAY.  Chang is followed by his guests towards the temple of the High Lama.  The servants carrying their supplies follow behind.  The guests are held in awe by the beauty and peacefulness of their surroundings.  CUT TO:  The top of the temple staircase, two European looking men and two women are standing there awaiting the group.  CUT TO:  Chang and the guests advancing up the staircase, the guests still enthralled by the serenity and grandeur of the temple and it’s surroundings.  They stop just short of the top of the stairs.  The servants pass from behind and advance inside of the temple doors.  One of the men steps forward to greet Chang.

                                         CHANG (turning to the group)

May I present Mr. Conway; he will oversee your stay here in Shangri La.  Any questions you might have should be directed to him. 

                                         CONWAY

Welcome! May Shangri La prove to be an invigorating retreat for all of you!

                                         INDIANA JONES (extending his hand and Conway shaking it)

You are Robert Conway, England’s “Man of the East?”  I expected a much older man.

                                         CONWAY (beaming)

Good Heaven’s, man, I haven’t been bestowed that title in years!  But I am flattered.  You my call me Robert, but I prefer Conway or Mr. Conway, if you must formalize it.  And you sir, may I presume you are Dr. Henry Jones?  I’ve heard a great deal about you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Merely a fraction compared to what I have heard of you, sir!  … and my friends call me, Indy.  Allow me to introduce Miss Angela Santamaria.  Angela, Mr. Conway.

                                         CONWAY

I am charmed, Miss Santamaria, welcome to Shangri La!

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and also… Shorty, along with his cousins Bogart and Gable.

                                         CONWAY

Devotees of the silver screen, no doubt?  Gentlemen!  Shangri La is at your disposal!

The sled dog barks for attention.

                                         CONWAY

And who do we have here?  A stowaway?

                                         INDIANA JONES

More like a life saver.

Indy ignores the German soldiers, but Conway will have none of it.  He steps down to extend his hand to Shueller.

                                         CONWAY

Welcome!  Welcome all of you!

                                         SHUELLER

Lieutenant Heinz Shueller.  (stiff bow)  My men and I are not here of our own free will, Herr Conway.  We were forced at gunpoint.  I’d like to make arrangements for our departure as soon as possible.

                                         CONWAY

Forced?  at gunpoint?

Conway laughs and returns back to the top of the staircase.  He puts his arm around one of the women.

                                         CONWAY

This is my wife, Sondra.  (turning to the others)  This is my good friend, Bryant and his wife, Vivian.  (they nod and smile)

                                         CHANG

I’ve invited Lieutenant Shueller and his men to be my guests, Mr. Conway. 

                                         CONWAY

And so they shall be, Chang!  Everyone!  We should not remain on the staircase landing at the entrance to the temple when it is so much more pleasant inside!  Come!  Refresh yourselves and rest from your journey.  I have made the sojourn below The Crest to the plateau many times and I know it certainly can make one weary.  Please, I beg you.  Come inside and enjoy our unparalleled hospitality!

The group follows Conway and Sondra leaving Bryant and Vivian to look at each other and smile.  The camera pulls back to take in the grand spectacle of the monastery, the hanging gardens and the fountain.

FADE

(end of Part 2)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

March 10, 2008

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN LEDGE.  DAY.  Shorty and his cousins are looking over the edge down at the German base camp below them.  Shorty turns around in surprise when the muzzle of a rifle taps him on his shoulder.  The others turn and instinctively raise their hands.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  One of the soldiers is feeding the sled dogs, acting particularly fond of one of them.  CUT TO:

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Professor Stromberg is growing restless and tired of Indy’s defiance.  He nods to Shueller who moves towards Indy and back hands the coffee cup off of the table.  Then he grabs Indy by the lapels and raises him up off of the chair.

                                         SHUELLER

Too many men…  too many good men have died searching for something that does not exist.  If it takes you dying a slow death to convince certain people that this is a futile exercise… then so be it!

He throws Indy back into his chair.  Stromberg is amused.

                                         STROMBERG

You’ll have to excuse Lieutenant Shueller’s bitterness, Dr. Jones.  He imagined himself a hero of the Reich before finding himself isolated in these mountains, far from the glories of war.  He is anxious to return and prove himself.

                                         SHUELLER

My loyalty is to the Fatherland… not to some illusion of immortality that old men grasp at like so much hot air.

                                         STROMBERG

Still… it is to me you have been assigned and my cause has become your cause.  (He looks at Indy feigning sympathy)  You could have accompanied us on the greatest discovery mankind has ever known.  Good bye, Dr. Jones.  Kleinschmit!

The guard, Kleinschmit approaches menacingly but then the sound of barking dogs and men approaching is heard.  The front door bursts open,  Captain Von Haus and his patrol enter, bringing Angela with them.  She falls to the floor writhing in pain from her twisted ankle.  She looks at Indy with recognition, though he shakes his head to dissuade her.  Strombeg sees the connection between them and smiles.  Von Haus removes his gear and looks at Shueller, then Indy.

                                         VON HAUS

These mountains are strange.  Just when you think they will reveal nothing…

                                         SHUELLER

He was captured at the North end of the camp.

                                         VON HAUS

She was found abandoned inside the cave south of here.  (He turns to Indy)  Are there any more like you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No.

                                         STROMBERG

He has the invitation, some calculations and a chart… this is Dr. Henry Jones of Mid-Western University in the United States.  (turning to Angela)  But you, lovely one… who are you and why are you here in this desolate place?

Angela cowers back and says nothing, rubbing her ankle.

                                         VON HAUS

It is late.  We’ll set out in the morning.  Tie the two of them together.

Kleinschmit grabs Angela roughly and stands her up, briefly pausing to bring his face close to hers and sniffing her hair.  She winces and cries out in pain.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, call off your goon.  I’ll take you where you want to go, just leave her out of this.

                                         VON HAUS

I am afraid it was you, Dr. Jones, who should have left her out of this.  Now she is very much in the middle…

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, those readings may be deciphered eventually but I can take you where you want to go… to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Kleinschmit is still holding Angela close to himself, enjoying her discomfort and helplessness.  He looks at Stromberg who nods.  Kleinschmit leads Angela carefully to the table and backs a chair up to Indy’s, preparing to tie them together.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Leave her loose, will ya?  Can’t you see she’s been hurt?

Von Haus moves to one of the bunks, throws a mattress down on the floor by the table and directs her to it.

                                         VON HAUS

Remain in full sight, please.

Kleinschmit allows Angela to drop to the mattress at Indy’s feet then offers a scowl.  Indy glares back.

                                         STROMBERG

Tomorrow we set out to find a great treasure for the Reich!

                                         INDIANA JONES (under his breath)

Or die trying…

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP.  THE NEXT DAY.  The men are set to exit the cabin with full gear, leaving one sentry at the door and Kleinschmit inside with Angela.  CUT TO:  EXTERIOR OF CABIN.  Indy’s hands are being tied to the sled with a leader of rope.  One of the sled dogs comes near and Indy stoops low to pet him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Looks like both of us are being forced into servitude, eh boy?

The dog is led away by his feeder.  The sled dogs are harnessed to the sled, which is loaded with equipment.  Indy is in tow behind.  The dog feeder is in the sled, cracking a whip and hollering commands.  They head out of the compound travelling up the wooded slope towards the spot Indy had reached before being captured.  MONTAGE:  the men and dogs working up through the woods.  Indy being led by the sled.  The group making it’s way to the top, a shot from the heights above where the base camp is clearly seen from below.  As the sun climbs higher in the morning sky it becomes warmer, icicles are seen dripping water.  Finally they reach a point where a snow bridge connects two ledges  The group begins to cross one man at a time, beginning with a soldier who is tied off .  Once he reaches the other side another soldier crosses holding onto the rope, joins the first and they both brace themselves holding the rope taut for the others to use as they cross.  Next is Von Haus, then Stromberg, followed by the remainder of the patrol.  Indy and Shueller are at the rear as one of the last men to cross notices a shifting of the snow bridge.

                                         STROMBERG

The bridge will not sustain the weight of the loaded sled, we must carry the packs over one at a time!

                                         VON HAUS (to Shueller on the opposite side)

Empty the sled!  Carry the equipment over!

                                         SHUELLER

The sled is useless!  Shoot the dogs!

The dog feeder protests as another soldier hoists a pack over his shoulders and begins heading across, guided by the rope.  Indy crouches next to the lead dog and ruffles his fur.

                                         INDIANA JONES

They’ll never do it, pal.

The soldier on the snow bridge inches his way across but the combined weight of his equipment and the additional pack is too much.  The bridge collapses, sending the soldier below to his death and separating the group, with Indy, Shueller and five soldiers left on one side.  As the bridge collapses, Shueller’s feet lose their footing and he drops off the edge to a small ledge several feet below, unharmed but out of reach.  The remaining soldiers try to help Shueller while Indy seizes the moment and makes a break for the camp.  He leaps into the sled, grabs the whip with both hands and expertly cracks it over the heads of the sled dogs. 

                                         INDIANA JONES

eeyah! yah!

The sled lurches away as the soldiers on the other side of the ravine raise their rifles to shoot but Stromberg stops them.

                                        STROMBERG

Hold your fire! You’ll bring an avalanche down on top of us!

The sled takes off like a shot with Indy frantically trying to untie his hands and hang on.  The soldiers work to get to Shueller.

                                         STROMBERG

Hold your fire!  He can’t get too far!  Lieutenant!  He’ll head back to the camp, you return there.  We’ll move on!

                                         VON HAUS

But we’ll need him to read the chart!

                                         STROMBERG

No more delays!  I shall interpret it, Captain!  We are too close to wait any further!

They leave the ledge and proceed away from the men on the opposite side.  The soldiers have a rope on Shueller and begin assisting him back to the edge.  CUT TO:  Indy making his way back down the path, reaching the point where the base camp compound is visible below. 

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Kleinschmit is inside looking out the window and then turns to face Angela.  She is sitting up on the mattress by the table.  He gives her a slow look over, smiles and then approaches, removing his hat and ammo belt.  Angela begins to move away, protesting as Kleinschmit lunges for her.  He falls on top of her and sprawls her out on the floor.  He begins to paw and tear at her clothing, all the while kissing her mouth with so much pressure as to muffle her screams.  CUT TO:  The sentry outside, hearing the scuffling from inside the cabin he tries the door.  CUT TO:  Shueller successfully being pulled up the side by two of the soldiers.

                                         SHUELLER (to the other three)

Don’t wait for me!  Get after him and bring him back!

The other three get into their snow skis, take off individually as each is ready and begin THE CHASE.  CUT TO:  Indy on the dog sled racing down the mountain still working at freeing his hands and trying to guide the sled.  Occasionally looking over his shoulder he finally works his hands free.  CUT TO:  The soldiers are in single file, each separated from the other by a short distance and in hot pursuit.  CUT TO:  As the first soldier appears to be gaining Indy flings out remaining gear at him knocking him to the ground.  CUT TO:  Down the slope and approaching the wooded area the next soldier pulls out his rifle and begins firing.  CUT TO:  Indy begins weaving the sled, slaloming between the trees.  One turn is too sharp and the sled tips over, smashes against a tree, sending the dogs and Indy tumbling.  CUT TO:  The second soldier lowering his rifle, not seeing where the sled is.  Suddenly he is knocked off his feet by the rope Indy has placed in his path.  Indy quickly subdues the soldier then works at freeing the dogs from their harness.  CUT TO:  The third soldier now reaching the wooded slope, pulling out rifle.  CUT TO:  Indy freeing the dogs, all but the lead dog run off, he hesitates.  Indy reaches down to him with a pat on the head.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Go on, boy!  Before they shoot both of us!

The lead dog scampers off.  Indy rummages through the sled debris and pulls out the lead runner. He sees the soldier’s rifle several yards away in a thicket but opts to flee instead.  Dropping the runner he jumps on “snow board” style and continues to plunge down the mountain.  CUT TO:  The third soldier gaining on Indy and firing his rifle.  CUT TO:  Bullets whizzing past Indy and chipping into the trees around him.  Indy finally loses his balance and once again is sent sprawling.  CUT TO:  The third soldier pulls up just short of Indy and brings up his rifle.  Indy raises his hands to surrender but the soldier grimly takes aim.  CUT TO:  The lead dog leaping out of nowhere at the soldier, biting down on his arm and knocking him to the ground.  The two briefly scuffle in the snow until Indy can knock the soldier unconscious with the rifle butt.  Indy puts the rifle down and hugs the dog.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Atta boy!

The dog licks at Indy’s face, then turns and runs off.  Indy smiles behind him.  CUT TO:  Shueller finally pulled up to the edge and gathering himself together.  He puts on his skis and gestures to the other soldiers to follow him.

                                         SHUELLER

He can’t have gone far, let’s go!

CUT TO:  Indy making his way back to the clearing of the compound on skis and skidding up to the cabin.  CUT TO:  The open door of the cabin,  Indy rushes inside but it is empty.  He runs out of the cabin and searches in all directions, but here is no one in sight.  He drops to his knees and searches the ground for footprints.

                                         INDIANA JONES (whispering)

Angela!

Sobbing in the snow for several moments Indy is over come with emotion.  Soon Shueller and his soldiers come up from behind Indy and bring him to his feet.

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Indy is sitting at the table, hands tied behind his back.  Shueller is pacing in front of him.

                                         SHUELLER

They’ll reach the valley without us!  I’ve come so close to finding it and now we are left behind… for what?  To wait for their return?  Ha!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I thought you didn’t believe it existed.

Shueller stops, grabs Indy and pulls him up off the chair, then smiles and releases him, letting him drop back to his seat.

                                         SHUELLER

You think you will find the girl… but I think not.  She must have tried to escape, but my men are excellent shots.  They will either re-capture her or shoot her, then bury her in a snow drift.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I can show you the way.

Shueller’s interest is piqued, but he is wary.

                                         SHUELLER

You’ve lost your equipment, they’ve taken your readings, your notes and chart.  You are just buying time, Dr. Jones.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We can just sit here and wait… but what if I’m right?  We might even reach it before they do.

                                         SHUELLER

And why should I trust you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because you have no choice… and neither do I.

Shueller ponders for a moment, this time Indy smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Now is your chance for some of that Nazi glory, Shueller, are you just going to stay here and let someone else take it from you?  Stromberg will have trouble reading that chart.  I’ve got it all right here!  (points to his head)

                                         SHUELLER

I will have you shot if you try to escape.

                                         INDIANA JONES

If I escape out there… I’m dead anyway.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY Indy, Shueller and the two remaining soldiers head in a new direction.  They travel in single file with Indy leading.  Indy looks along the ground as he walks, as if looking for clues.  They begin climbing.  CUT TO:  Angela with a hood being removed from her head.  Kleinschmit and the sentry are close by, all three are bound and gagged.  She trys to adjust her eyes to the fire light but can only make out shadows.  CUT TO:  Von Haus, Stromberg and the group of soldiers struggling up a narrow pathway, from behind and at a safe distance several figures are watching them.   CUT TO:  Indy rounding a corner and reaching a dead end,  Shueller and the two soldiers come up from behind.  Indy shrugs and they begin to double back.  CUT TO:  They reach another dead end.  CUT TO:  Another dead end.  Shueller containing Indy with a drawn pistol, the soldiers behind him with their rifles lowered.

                                         SHUELLER

This is it, Dr. Jones, no more wild goose chase… no more dead ends.

Indy is backed into a corner.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You won’t find the valley without me.

                                         SHUELLER

It appears we won’t find it with you, either.

Indy looks up above their shoulders and raises his hands slowly.

                                         INDIANA JONES (indicating they should look behind them)

I’d say somebody doesn’t want any of us to.

Shueller skeptically glances behind him to see half a dozen men pointing weapons at them.  At their feet is the lead sled dog.  Shueller and his men lower their guns.

FADE

(to be continued)