Redmption Fish

Written by
/u/talkingbook
Copyright (c) 2014 Fish Draft
08/18/2014
EXT. HOT SUNNY AFTERNOON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN -
DAY
The ocean extends in all direction with no end. The sea
rolling and lapping, churning in random patterns.
A tiny speck of metal breaches the surface. An alien looking
metal eye poking it's head out out from beneath the inky
blue sea.
A submarine periscope. It looks around in all directions.
A massive neon-yellow submarine surfaces.
The ROAR of chopter blades and the REV of small boat
engines, as an entire SUPPORT and RESCUE team converges on
the sub. The most interesting aspect of these support
vehicles are the flags of they bear, all different
countries.
Fast boats and low flying whirly-birds surround the chopper.
At least a dozen.
The hatch of the neon-yellow sub opens as a MAN pops out and
lights a green flare.
INT. COMMAND DECK, CRUISE SHIP - DAY
The Captain-At-Sea DAN AHN looks on through a pair of
binoculars. He and his crew speak 'Japanese' unless
otherwise indicated.
DAN
Bring us about. Four degrees
starboard.
His younger compatriot, CHIEF OFFICER KIMBERLY 'KIMBO' AIKO,
comes to his side.
KIMBO
If we move any closer...
DAN
Four degrees.
Speaking into her radio.
KIMBO
Four degrees starboard.
EXT. INDIAN OCEAN, NEON-YELLOW SUB - DAY
The massive cruise ship comes up right along the, in
comparison, tiny sub, and drifts to a stop.
The man holding the green-flare extinguishes it and looks up
towards the deck of the cruise ship.
A small army of Japanese crew men and women look down at
him.
The man speaks in English.
MAN
Any one have any jumper cables?
The Japanese crew share awkward, confused, looks with each
other.
INT. CRUISE SHIP, LOWER DECKS
The man is ushered towards the bottom decks where the neon-
green sub is being lowered into it's cargo hold.
A strap strains under the weight of the sub and it pitches
to the side.
MAN
Take it easy!
JAPANESE CREW MEMBER
You should not be here. Please go
rest.
MAN
Take it easy with that ship!
JAPANESE CREW MEMBER
Please, sir. Please. You must be at
ease. You must rest.
MAN
Where's the captain?
JAPANESE CREW MEMBER
I do not understand?
MAN
Captain? Man in charge? Cap-Tain!
Interrupting them the captain and his chief officer enter
the cargo bay.
(CONTINUED)
2.
They speak English.
DAN
I'm the captain of this ship.
MAN
Thank you Captain...
DAN
Kim. Who are you?
MAN
Justice Rowe. And that's MY ship you
have hanging there!
The ships straps loosen sending the ship close to falling.
DAN
Dan Hanaka. We detected your
emergency beacon. You are lucky we
were close.
JUSTICE
Yes, thank you. I'm glad for the help
but I need access to my ship.
DAN
Once it is made safe on our vessel,
you will have access to it.
(beat)
I understand you've had an emergency.
But if you would please come with me
to the ships doctor--
JUSTICE
You don't understand. I need to get
on my ship.
DAN
We will see that you do. Once we
reach port at Muscat.
JUSTICE
Muscat?
DAN
The closet port we can land at.
JUSTICE
What kind of ship is this?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED:
3.
DAN
A research vessel. The Kibo is on a
three year research mission studying
anadromous fish migration, fish that
live their adult lives at sea before
migrating towards fresh water. The
hope is we can better understand,
amongst other things their biological
desalinization methods.
JUSTICE
I understand that. My boat is a
research vessel as well with very
sensitive data on board. It's
important it is not tampered with.
DAN
I need to know if there are any
hazardous materials on board that may
be a threat to my crew.
JUSTICE
No. All I want to know is when can I
get my boat back?
DAN
As soon as possible. Now would you
please come with me?
JUSTICE
After you, Captain.
INT. CAPTAINS QUARTERS - DAY
Dan and Justice stand and look out of the port windows
towards the vast ocean.
DAN
What are the nature of your studies?
Since your ship has no manifest and
was found in international waters,
you realize how important it is I
understand what I'm dealing with.
JUSTICE
Specimen studies. Deep sea aquatic
life.
DAN
Care to elaborate?
(CONTINUED)
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4.
JUSTICE
Only enough to say that what I have
on board is very delicate.
DAN
I'm afraid I need to know more. Any
hazardous materials.
JUSTICE
Hazardous?
DAN
Yes.
Justice puts his hand on the port window.
He cocks his neck, making a cracking sound.
JUSTICE
Do you know what happens when sea
water is deprived of oxygen?
Everything dies. The question to ask
yourself is what deprives sea water
of air? The answer quixoticly is too
much air, not enough respiration. Too
many pollutants and not enough
receptacles for those pollutants has
choked the sea. I am looking for the
sources of such pollution.
Justice's hand changes from burnt red-white, to yellow, the
same hue as Dan's.
JUSTICE (cont'd)
his voice sounding (
exactly like Dan's)
Certain fish have learned to adapt to
this new environment. But they are
not friendly fish. They are
infiltrators. I have found one such
species, that detects danger and
adapts with amazing accuracy.
Justice turns revealing his face to be a near copy of
Captain Dan's.
JUSTICE (cont'd)
It's a mimic. A fish that, over most,
may do it with better grace, but I do
it more naturally.
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(CONTINUED)
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