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Waking Up - The Story
This document is the actual story for the film Waking Up.


Table Of Contents The Characters Benjamin Michaels Aweena Biancha Ayo Eara The Story Background 2014 Ben Dies Waking Up 2112 The Hospital Outside the clinic Back at the hospital At the ET3 tube station NYC transformed Seeing the new world Seeing the new world 2 Aweena’s Family and their Kin Domain Eara Aweena’s other boyfriend Ben goes looking for his daughter Ben in India Aweena re-appears


The following is assumed: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● The world has had a positive development (maybe against all odds) towards the year 2112. The future is highly developed both socially, technologically and spiritually. The prevailing economic system is resource and skill based, without money and ownership. There are no wars, pollution, corruption or any of the devastating problems of today, even though there might be other problems.... Everything is shared and the world works from a combination of interest and need. This story is more or less based on the document The World, which describes what this world looks like. The film has no budget yet, and we write as if it is unlimited and think about financing later.


The Characters
A lille questionnaire helping us think up stuff for the characters: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Profession: what role does he play in society Admitted Fear: what holds him back Secret: what he doesn't reveal to others (or even to herself) Nature: what kind of personality/behavior is typical for him Role, purpose in story: what do we want to communicate especially through this character, how does she contribute to the plot Conscious goal: what is he trying to achieve Personal motivation: what motivates him to strive for this goal Inner need: what is his underlying driver, what keeps him going Flaw that is blocking need: why/how it's difficult for him to fulfill this need Dominant, core trait: what is he known for Other traits: secondary behavior patterns Imperfections, quirks: what makes him believable/human, what mannerisms he has, what makes him special Dialogue Style: how does he communicate Physiology: how is his body and what does it tell us Appearance: what skills/knowledge he's known for, what does he wear, what other props make him unique Point of view: what beliefs and attitudes he holds and communicates to others Psychology, Sociology: how does he view the world, what's going on inside his head Relationships to others: how does he relate to other characters, what unspoken dreams and aspirations there are, who does he like/hate and why Recent history: what event(s) have recently upset his life and why Back-story: how did he become like this, what was natural for him since birth and how did he environment shape him, how was his family/peers/friends, who about education, what crisis and successes were on the way how has he changed over the years and why, what is the effect of all this in his relations to other characters.

Benjamin Michaels
Called Ben. 4

A hard and ruthless business man with a penthouse office with panorama windows on wall street. A childhood drama/event causes him to hide his feelings. He has been brought up in a capitalistic family and to him the world is either communism or capitalism, and he is very scared of communism and thinks everyone in the Occupy and Zeitgeist movement is a communist. Ben is also afraid of heights, flying and death. Ben is terminally ill with an incurable cancer and has lost his hair from chemotherapy. He has less than 6 months to live. His fear of death and love of HIS life with lots of money, properties, businesses, servants, cars, boats, leisure activities, etc makes him decide to freeze himself in the hope of waking up at a later time to continue his life of wealth. Ben is ruthless as a businessman and has broken up a lot of companies causing many employees to lose their jobs and homes. He thinks mainly of himself, his company and his profit. Despite all of this, he does have a heart deep inside. He shows this in interaction with his daughter. Deep inside, he also loathes some of what he does at times, even though he is not aware of this himself, totally brainwashed as he is from the money and profit driven world he lives in.

Aweena is Ben’s great granddaughter, but adopted into the family, even though she doesn’t know this, yet. She is about 30 years old when Ben wakes up in 2112. Ben is then at his ‘death age’ at about 35. Aweena is very interested in history and is a hopeless romantic.


She has known about ‘Ben in the freezer’ for a long time and has been eagerly awaiting his revival, wanting to learn from him about how it was in ‘the old world’, look at his reaction to this new world, show him this world, etc. Without wanting it she gets unexpected feelings for Ben.

Ben’s daughter, Aweena’s grandmother. She is 4 at Ben’s freeze. Already then she is concerned about the planet and Humanity. After Ben’s freeze she grows up to become a doctor, researcher, spiritual person and leader in ‘the resource based movement’. She gets a son (Ayo) with an African man and lives in Africa before moving to India.

Aweena’s father. Still lives in Africa. Divorced from Aweenas mother, Eara.

Aweenas mother. Lives in a Kin Domain in America with a new man.

The Story
Remember, everything that is written here has to be transferred into the screenplay and then interpreted by the director and then the editor. Many details can be changed, left out or replaced up until the shooting, and even in the actual cut of the film. 6

Thus, it is the OVERALL story we want to focus on here, not too many tiny details that can be changed and decided upon later. The details that are important are the ones that DRIVE THE STORY FORWARD. The main questions are: What What What What What does Ben do? does he experience? gets him there? creates tension, drama and excitement? elements can drive the film forward?

The story so far is both CHARACTER DRIVEN and PLOT DRIVEN. It is CHARACTER DRIVEN when Ben decides he want to cryogenically freeze himself. This is something he decides for himself based on his own personality, of his CHARACTER. It is PLOT DRIVEN when Ben wakes up in a very unexpected world to him. This world makes him flee the hospital because of his fear of communism. At this point, the film is both character AND plot driven. Try to think of more elements that can be either character or plot driven and that can drive the film forward. Examples of driving elements/plot points in the story so far are (Chronologically): ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Ben’s daughter makes Ben promise he will find her when he wakes up. Ben flees the hospital. Aweena gets a crush on Ben, and doesn’t tell him she’s his great granddaughter. Aweena is eager to meet Ben and shows him around. Aweena eventually takes Ben to their Kin Domain where she has a quarrel with her mother for not telling Ben she is his great granddaughter. Aweena decides to ‘forget’ Ben and sees someone else. Ben sees this and gets mad at this other guy and creates a scene. Ben decides he want to leave ‘this place’ and go look for his daughter ALONE. Ben hears that BIANCHA is in a town in Africa. Ben goes there, but TAKES OFF his lenses and communication device (since he is tired of having them on), making him waltz into an abandoned city scheduled for demolition where he almost gets killed. 7

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Ben gets picked up by his GRANDSON, Ayo, who tells him Biancha is in India. Ben goes to India but puts his lenses back on, showing Aweena where he is. Ben DISREGARDS signals from his lenses that he has to get to a hospital to take care of some cell damage. Ben collapses in the city in India where his daughter is supposed to be. The city has only one hospital, and this is where he is taken, and treated. Biancha is working here, and meets Ben when he wakes up again. Aweena has seen where Ben is and goes there too. Biancha is Aweenas grandmother, but Aweena hasn’t seen her for 20 years. It’s a tear dropping reunion. Aweena has checked her and Ben’s DNA and concluded they can be together after all. Ben can here either decline, saying he is satisfied having his family back, OR say ‘it is weird’, but that he can get used to it.


Ben is a ruthless wealthy businessman, thinking mainly of himself and his business empire. He is an ego and profit driven stubborn, angry and stressed out man. He gets leukemia, and starts to plan his cryogenic preservation, since he really doesn’t want to leave this world and his empire so soon, only 35 year old. He has a wife and a 4 year old daughter, Biancha. Ben puts most of his money into a trust, which he hopes to access when he wakes up again. The rest is left to his wife and daughter. Biancha grows up and learns about her father through her mother, and dedicates her life to building a new moneyless world that truly works for everyone. She uses Ben’s money to build the first new city, before money is abandoned for good. Eventually she succeeds together with millions of people all over the planet in creating this new world. She becomes a leading personality in the global ‘RBE movement’, becomes a doctor and professor in medicine and develops and invent a lot within medicine. The part about Ben’s daughter is not shown in the film, but is only told here to explain the backdrop of what happens while Ben is in the freezer. Biancha is only shown as a 4 year old in the beginning of the film, and as a 102 year old in the end of the film. Ben wakes up again in 2112 and is shocked about this new world. After a self searching process, he decides he want to contribute to society and find his daughter, which is now 102 years old, but in good health because of healthy living and new technology.

Time: 00:00:00 Wall Street. Thousands of voices thundering in protest. The streets are packed with people. Shouting, waving signs, fists raised in 9

dissent. Concrete barriers line both sides of the street. Police and military guards keep protesters far from the barrier. We see them from above (camera on a flying drone...?), passing over angry people, and then, up up up up along the tall Freedom Tower building until we reach the top office. Through the window we see Ben talking on the phone. (Or cut directly to Ben in the office). We see him from behind talking on the phone against a huge panorama window with a view over New York city. He is having an angry conversation with a client, saying something like ‘I don’t care what they say! Buy this company now! We’ll brake it up and sell it off in pieces later. (the other person says something) Ben: Are you doubting my ability here? I own 15 mansions around the world, lots of property and more than 50% of over 40 companies in 10 countries. Do you think I know what I’m doing? Buy it!’. He slams down the phone. We see that he is bald, with only some wispy hairs on his head. When he turns around, we see he looks pale and sweaty. He’s obviously on chemo therapy. He calls to his secretary for a glass of water. As she comes in, he looses his tie and dries his sweat. He asks her to get the car to the front door. When she leaves, he packs up his briefcase, straighten his tie, puts on his jacket and puts on a wig that lies on his desk. He tells his secretary to cancel his last appointment that day as he walks out. Outside is the waiting crowd. Through this melee, a sleek black Escalade slides up to the entrance of the Freedom Tower. A contingent of armed guards form a line from the building to the rear door of the Escalade. A man dressed in dark blue Armani emerges and strides confidently into the limo. The roar of the crowd increases. "It's Ben Michaels." The crowd grows even more agitated… "Stop the destruction! Stop the destruction!". Ben disappears into the Escalade. They drive through some poor areas with homeless people, etc. Ben asks the driver why they go this way. The driver answers that the highway is blocked, and the GPS suggested this route.


They finally get home to his big mansion outside of the city. He goes in and is greeted by his wife and 4 year old daughter who runs up to him with a drawing. The wife goes into the living room, while he picks up his daughter and looks at the drawing, which is a drawing of planet earth. She already shows interest in Humanity... He comments on the drawing, puts her down and goes into the living room, while the daughter runs into another room. His wife looks concerned. They are having a conversation about Ben having this disease which is determined untreatable. He has been given less than a year to live. The wife asks the nanny to take the daughter to her room. They start to have a discussion about Ben’s decision to freeze himself. ‘I don’t want to leave this’, Ben says. Wife: ‘You’ll leave it no matter what! You don’t know when you will wake up again or IF you’ll wake up again. It might all be gone then’. Ben: ‘I’ve been living my life taking chances, and that is just another chance I have to take’. She’s overwhelmed, shaking her head, looking down. ‘This is too difficult for me, Ben’. ‘I can’t live with you in a freezer. Maybe you’ll wake up again before I die! How can I (crying) live with this...?’. Ben: ‘We’ve talked about this. This is what I have to do. I have to do it’. ‘Maybe I’ll wake up again, maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll wake up in 50 years, a 100 years or 200 years, or maybe never. But I want to have the chance’. Wife: ‘If you wake up again before I die, Ben, I don’t think I want to know about it. When you’re gone now, I have to consider you gone’. Ben: ‘I understand that, and that’s ok. But you can freeze yourself as well when you die...’. Wife: ‘We talked about that. I don’t believe I can freeze my soul. I believe my body is just a shell, and when it dies, my consciousness moves on’. ‘Well, we’ll see’, Ben says. Ben’s daughter comes in. She looks at Ben with big eyes. Ben bends down to her, looking into her eyes. Before Ben gets to say anything to her, she says: ‘Promise you will come and find me when you wake up again’. ‘I promise’, Ben says.

Ben Dies

Cut to a hectic hospital scene with Ben being rolled down a hallway with doctors and nurses conversing. ‘Quick quick, we have to get him to the preparation room’. They get to the room where the cryo staff is waiting. The doctor comes in with Ben on the rolling bed and says ‘He is declared dead now, he’s all yours’. The cryo doctor: ‘Thank you’ To himself: ‘He might be dead to you, but to me his body is only temporarily on pause until we find a cure for him...’. While he starts to drain Ben’s body for fluids he starts to explain the cryogenic process. ‘With the techniques we have available today, it’s very likely he will be revived some day’. Patting Ben’s head: ‘Don’t you worry, you’ll probably wake up’. They continue to prepare the body. Cut to cryogenic tank put into storage. Fade slowly to black, with only a musical note hanging from the music into the blackness. Time: ca. 00:10:00 HERE COMES THE TITLE OF THE FILM Then, out of the blackness credits come up mixed with some of Ben’s memories from childhood, and maybe some of what he’s experiencing during the 100 years in cryo, assuming his mind is a separate entity from his body. He can see dead relatives and maybe ‘the Light’ during a little sequence. Then into blackness again. Titles and credits are mixed in here.

Waking Up 2112
Time: ca. 00:12:00 Ben is being pulled out of the 'freezer' and is put on a table, still bold. We see a timelapse with doctors working on him. He lies in bed for a good while, restituting. His hair grows while he lies there. We see the hospital surroundings. Cool. Modern. Automatic. Not many people. Caring robots. 12

It takes time to revive him and his cells to regain themselves, and it's all done before he regains consciousness. ‘All systems are working now’. We hear doctors talking about parts of the process it took to revive him. Specifics with Ben. Male voice: ‘This guy was pretty easy’. Female: ‘Yeah. Very little cell damage’. Male: ‘Yeah, they had come quite far in 2014 with the vitrification process. These people actually have a chance. Only 10 years earlier and they are mish mash. With this guy we only had to do some minor cell restructuring. Female: ‘His heart is beating by itself now, and he should breath when we remove the respirator’. Time: ca. 00:13:00 Ben wakes up in 2112. Science has come much further; now they thaw many of the frozen people and revive them. Not all come alive, but Ben is one of the few who ‘makes it’. They thaw him up in a very modern hospital. Eventually he wakes up feeling very disoriented. It takes a long time for him to understand where he is, what has happened and that he has actually awakened in a completely new world.

The Hospital
Eventually he remembers that from his previous life comes his money and his properties it all is now, and wondering he used to be a very rich man and scenes back to him. Ben starts to think about and everything he owned, wondering where about this new world.

He asks the hospital staff about where he is, about his company, money, properties, family and what’s ‘out there’. They don’t tell him too much as they want to break it to him slowly. All they say is that ‘There is no money or property anymore. You’ll see when you get out there...’. In Ben’s former life, there could only be one of two ‘economic systems’. One was capitalism and the other communism, which he loathed fearfully. He falls asleep again and starts having a nightmare with hellish images about what he pictures as communism. He wakes up with a jerk, sweaty and scared.


He has only one thought in his mind: ‘Communism! I have to get out of here!’. He panics. It’s early morning, and no one is around. Since he is allowed to get out of bed when he feels like it, no one, or thing (robots), reacts when he gets out of bed and start to put on some clothes left by the bedside. The clothes are basic hospital clothes, and not really meant for outside, thus he look a bit silly, but there’s no other clothes choice. He hasn’t been shaved since his wake up either, and he has a healthy hair and beard growth, which makes him jump when he passes a mirror in the hallway, looking at himself. He walks down the hallway and encounters a robot that is. ‘Very good, thank you’, he says. ‘Only stretching ‘I’m glad to see you’re up. Have a nice day’ says the out on the street, with thoughts blurry and confused, think of is to ‘not be captured’. His only thought is and back to ‘his world’ in New York City. asks him how he my legs...’. robot. He gets and all he can to ‘get home’

Outside the clinic
The hospital is in Arizona (this fits with Alcor, the cryogenic institute, where he was frozen). Ben is afraid and suspicious. He walks fast with a bowed head, looking over his shoulder. Even though they said at the hospital that there isn’t any money anymore, he still thinks that he needs money to do what he has to do in this world. He has only hospital clothes, and only slippers as shoes. In his paranoid state, he enters a cafe where people sit and eat, and desperately plans to rob it. He asks one person where the cash register is. BEN 14

(low to a close person) Where is the cash register? THE GUY Cash register? BEN Yes. Where do they keep the money here? THE GUY Money? What are you talking about man? BEN (somewhat louder) Ok, give me your wallet then! THE GUY Take it easy man, I don’t have a wallet. Ben pretends to have a gun in his pocket and points it at the guy. BEN Ok, give me your jacket! THE GUY What...? BEN (shouting) Your jacket! I have a gun here! Motioning to his finger in his pocket. Other people in the restaurant notices the spectacle. THE GUY Chill man. Sure, here take it. But you can print out one like it anywhere, so I don’t know why... BEN And your shoes! 15

THE GUY Whatever man, take them, I’ll print out a new pair. Hope they fit you. Ben puts on the jacket and the shoes and grabs a flower patterned bag from a woman sitting at the next table. BEN (still motioning to his imaginary gun in his hospital clothes pocket) (to the woman) Ok, put your money in here! THE WOMAN I...I...don’t have any money. Ben goes further into the restaurant and approaches other people. BEN (with a paranoid look) Ok, you then, put your money in here. Motioning to the bag. THE PERSON I...don’t have any... BEN Doesn’t anyone here have any money??!! Well, put your belongings in here, then! Ben takes jewelry and what ever people might have and puts it in the bag and runs out of the cafe. He is a hilarious looking character at this point, wearing a turquoise colored hospital suit with an unmatching jacket, a pair of odd looking shoes and a flower patterned bag together with his uncut hair and beard. Ben is in a real paranoid state, and walks fast down the street, looking constantly over his shoulder.


He literally bumps into a guy coming the other way. The guy senses Ben’s distress and asks if he can help him. THE GUY Hey...sorry...can you? Ben looks mistrusting at the guy. BEN (looking around) Emm...yeah...New do I get to New York...? THE GUY Well, that’s easy, you just take the tube. BEN The tube? To New York? Where are we, anyway? THE GUY We’re in Tucson, Arizona. Ben just stares at the guy. THE GUY Are you from the hospital? I recognize that suit... BEN What? No, never mind that. Just tell me how to get there. THE GUY Sure, but you can obviously... BEN Just tell me! THE GUY Ok, ok. He orders an autonomous car with his lenses.


THE GUY There, just wait here, and a transport to the tube station will arrive soon. Have a nice trip! He pats Ben on the shoulder before he starts walking as an autocar comes driving up the street and stops in front of Ben. A door opens on the side and a voice sounds from the car. THE CAR (with a nice female voice) Transport was ordered to this location. Please enter. Ben looks around and enters the car hesitantly and sits down inside. The door closes and the car drives off.

Back at the hospital
Cut to the guy Ben just met on the street. He is walking down the street towards the hospital. It turns out he works there. He swings in the front door, as he meets Aweena on the way out. They know each other and Aweena asks the guy if he has seen Ben. AWEENA Hi John, have you seen Ben, my wake up? JOHN Aum...what does he look like? AWEENA Well, has a healthy brown hair and beard growth by now as we haven’t shaved him yet. About your height. JOHN That...that might be the guy I just met up the street. He seemed pretty paranoid and said he wanted to go to New York. AWEENA Oh my Oneness! That is Ben! 18

AWEENA (as she runs out the door) Thank you! I go after him!

At the ET3 tube station
Ben arrives at the ET3 station. The door opens, and he can obviously leave the car without paying. Puzzled, he looks around and expects he has to pay or something, but none of that is demanded. Ben gets out and gets on an ET3 transport which takes him directly from Arizona to NYC in less than 60 minutes. Somewhat shaken, he gets out, still puzzled no one is asking for a ticket.

Time: About 00:30:00

NYC transformed
Ben gets off of the ET3 and steps out at the platform in NYC. He stops as he looks up at a green and totally transformed city that shines at him. He is gaping at what he sees and can’t believe his eyes. Most of the houses are replaced with greenery. Of the few skyscrapers that are left, most are used as ‘vertical farms’. Aweena has caught up with him, and comes up at him from behind. AWEENA Do you like the city...? BEN (turn around) Who are you...? AWEENA I am Aweena. I am your BEN My great guide? AWEENA 19

Your guide, yes. I have been awaiting your awakening, coming to the hospital every day for the last week. But today you weren’t there. Are you OK? You weren’t supposed to run around like this at this moment. She had planned to tell him she is his great granddaughter, but holds it back the moment she sees him in real life. Instead, she says she is ‘his guide’, which of course isn’t a lie, since she was going to be that as well.

Seeing the new world
BEN I’m fine. So, what are you going to do. Put me to work on a field somewhere? AWEENA What? BEN I get it. The commies won, right? China has taken over. They told me at the hospital. There’s no money or property. No choice. AWEENA What??? No, no! Ben, you’ve totally misunderstood! BEN So, I don’t have to do labour with the comrads? I know how this works. No possessions, right? I can’t own anything? AWEENA Ben...calm down! It’s far from that. It’s not like that. BEN Ok, what’s it like then. AWEENA Well, that’s what I’m here to show you. If you...let me. And...what’s with...your clothes...and your...bag? She is pointing to his flower patterned bag. BEN Oh, eh....I guess I freaked out a bit back there.... 20

AWEENA Seems like you suffer from some wake up anxiety. It has happened before, even though I have never seen anyone actually escape from the clinic. Ben looks out over the city. BEN (sighs) You know, I was a rich man. What has happened to that now? Everything I owned? AWEENA Well, it’s...all there...and much more. More than you can dream of, Ben. Maybe not the exact things that you owned, but others, serving the same purpose. BEN It’s still here? So, I can go and use it? AWEENA Whatever it is that you used in your old life, you can use in this life, times one hundred. BEN So, I don’t have to work on a field somewhere? AWEENA No, Ben, you can do whatever you like, what interests you. BEN (looking down) What interested me was to earn money and control property. AWEENA Well, there are games you can play that might fulfill that interest. But I’m sure this society will trigger new interests in you that you had never thought of before. Ben, listen. Let’s go and find you some new clothes, ok? And maybe get you a shave and a haircut...? And I’ll get you a pair of lenses and the CD. BEN Lenses and CD? AWEENA Yes, it’s....don’t worry, I’ll show you. BEN 21

Well, ok, as long as they don’t put me in a camp somewhere. AWEENA Camp, Ben?! Please, give it a break! BEN I know how this communism works. If you’re against it.... AWEENA This is not what you called ‘communism’ back then, Ben. BEN Then, what is it? AWEENA (Starting to walk) Well, we call it a ‘society of love’. BEN (laughing) Society of love?!? Yeah right. If I live to see that day... AWEENA You HAVE lived to see that day. That’s what this is. You have awakened in a Society of Love. BEN I have...? AWEENA Yes, and I’ll prove it to you. If you let me. Come on let’s go! BEN Where... Aweena doesn’t answer, but walks toward an IGV (Inverse Gravity Vehicle) standing parked close to them. AWEENA We can use this one, it’s not booked. A door opens on the side of the IGV and Aweena enters. Ben waits on the outside. 22

BEN Where are we going? AWEENA I’ll take you to the coolest DC on this continent! BEN DC? AWEENA Distribution Center. They showcase all kinds of cool stuff there and we can get you new clothes and anything you might desire. It’s a lot of fun! Get in! Ben gets in, the door closes, and they see only the beige inside of the craft as there is no windows. Suddenly the inside disappears and it’s like they are sitting in mid air. BEN Holy shit! What is this!? AWEENA We’re flying! Isn’t it great? BEN I hate flying! Take us down! Ben holds on to his seat looking scared down. AWEENA Don’t worry Ben! It only takes a minute down there! Just close your eyes and breathe slowly. Ben closes his eyes and breathes. BEN (with eyes closed) Can you please put the floor back, at least? The floor comes back, and there is only windows. They fly down and land just outside the big distribution center. 23

AWEENA Here we are! She walks out of the IGV with Ben following suit, somewhat pale. The DC is a huge place full of people talking and walking around checking out new stuff. Ben and Aweena walks through the center, while she comments on stuff and greets people along the way. Ben is following her, still with a somewhat sceptical and disturbed look on his face. They arrive at a clothing section where Ben can look at a multitude of styles of clothes and shoes and feel all kinds of different fabrics and materials. They find something suitable for him, before they head over to a machine that can both cut Ben’s hair and beard and attach the CD and put on his lenses.

Seeing the new world 2
From here, over several days, Aweena takes Ben to his old office (which is a part of a vertical farm), they meet Aweena’s friends, they see a new city being built. Ben becomes confronted with this new world along with his old mindset and way of living. This part isn’t developed in detail yet, but elements can include: ● ● ● ● ● Ben gets lenses and discovers a ‘whole new world’. They go to a city being built automatically. They go to a resort in the Caribbean. They go to a meditation session where focused thought is used to clean and energize water. They experience a spontaneous ‘dance party’ where everyone dances in ‘silence’ with synchronized individual sight and sound through their CD/lenses. They visit some of Aweena’s friends in The Green City, and Ben gets to know some of them and what they do. They meet several people and experience several things representative for different aspects of this new world. 24

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Ben, afraid of flying as he is, involuntarily ends up in and IGV (Inverse Gravity Vehicle), which takes him straight up into the air, scaring him stiff. much as we have room for. Funny quirky stuff too.

During their travels and experiences, Ben senses that Aweena has some feelings for him, and he gets attracted to Aweena as well. In one scene they even kiss...

Aweena’s Family and their Kin Domain
Eventually, Aweena takes Ben to see her family, which of course is Ben’s family as well, except he doesn’t know it yet, since Aweena still haven’t told him. Aweena’s family lives a bit outside The Green City in their Kin Domain. A Kin Domain is family uses and can raise their invite friends, a plot of land about 1-3 hectares in size, that one has responsibility for as long as they want. Here they kids, grow their food, be close to their own nature, get born, die, be buried, relax and enjoy life.

Most families have these kinds of ‘KinDoms’. Still, many, especially younger people, choose to live in the cities, travel around the world, meet a lot of people and have a lot of experiences before they ‘come back home’ after some years. Still, with the transportation of these times, they are never far away from their Kin Domain, even if they’re on the other side of the planet. Aweena is one of these youngsters, and Ben is her ‘latest excitement’. They land in the KinDom with an IGV. The place is very idyllic, with a beautiful food forest surrounding the houses.

At Aweena’s house, Aweena’s mother Eara, understands that Aweena hasn’t told Ben she is his great granddaughter. Eara knows Aweena is a hopeless romantic, as she has fallen in love with too old men before. But THIS surprises Eara. 25

Ben is in the living room, while Aweena and Eara is in the kitchen. EARA You haven’t told him yet??? AWEENA (whispering) I will! I will! EARA (also whispering) He is your GREAT GRANDFATHER! For Oneness’ sake! AWEENA (still whispering) Please don’t tell him, let me tell him myself. I promise!

Aweena’s other boyfriend
After her mother’s reprimande, Aweena decides to ‘forget Ben’, and starts spending more time with another friend/boyfriend of hers. Ben experiences some of this world by himself. In a scene somewhat later, Ben, who has not suspected anything, and has developed feelings for Aweena, sees Aweena and her ‘new boyfriend’ kissing. Ben, still in his old mindset, gets angry and starts to pick a fight with this other guy. The other guy has trained Aikido, and not wanting to hurt Ben, dodges Ben’s every move, while Aweena shouts Ben to STOP! Ben gets thrown around and ends on his back with all his air blown out of him. The other guy; ‘I’m so sorry! Are you OK? I don’t want to hurt you’. Ben gets up but is exhausted and can fight no more. Aweena is devastated by this, and clearly in heavy distress. BEN (panting) Who’s this guy?! AWEENA 26

Ben....I’m so sorry...! There’s... something I should have told you a long time ago. Ben just looks at her, panting. AWEENA I am your....great grand daughter. BEN You’re what?! AWEENA I know. I...I was going to tell you right away, but...I’m a hopeless romantic, and I got some sudden unexpected feelings, and....I skipped the great granddaughter part, and... Ben is clearly disappointed. AWEENA But during this time, I’ve started to really.... BEN (interrupts her) Forget it. Ben starts walking away. AWEENA Ben! Where are you going? BEN (without turning around) What do you care?!

Ben goes looking for his daughter
After this, Ben is really pissed and disappointed about Aweena and this whole thing. He has heard Biancha used to live in a small city in Africa, and Ben decides to go there. He is tired of this whole technological world, and takes of his lenses and earpieces. Also since he doesn’t want to be contacted by Aweena or anyone. Ben takes a gravity train to Africa, which can go to many places on (through) the planet in only 42 minutes. The city he has heard Biancha 27

might be in is remote, and Ben is told he can only go there with IGVs. Since he hates flying, he goes out of his way to find other transport, and finds an old electric car with an old GPS screen and manages to punch the address into the GPS, which finds it. He has to drive the car himself, and drives on a road that gets more and more dusty and bumpy, and he is wondering if he is on the right track, or if he’ll ever get there. Finally, he arrives at a town that looks completely abandoned. It turns out the town is scheduled for demolition, but Ben doesn’t wear his lenses, and doesn’t know. The car he drives is very old, and even though it’s battery lasts for a long time, it is now drained, and the car stops, but not too far from the city. Ben gets out and does the rest of trip on foot. In his head on approach, he doesn’t heed the signs around the city, saying ‘Warning! Do not enter city! Scheduled for demolition!’. The city is empty and abandoned and dusty. It doesn’t look like anyone has been there for a good while. He finds the street and number, but no one is there. He looks into the windows, looks around, until he hears a frightening rumble in the distance. The rumble closes in rapidly, and a huge cloud of dust rises up over the houses. Big eyed, he stares at this spectacle, until he sees the contours of some huge machines in the dust, tearing the whole city down. He starts to run, but the machines are faster, and catches up with him. He is hit in the head by a flying rock, faints and falls to the ground. The machines gets frighteningly close, until they suddenly stop. Their sensors had sensed him in the nick of time. The dust settles and an IGV comes flying in. Two persons come out and pick up Ben and flys away. Ben is taken to the new city they have built not too far from there. When Ben wakes up, it turns out his rescuer is his grandson, Ayo. As Ben is opening his eyes. AYO Are you ok? BEN Aaaahhh....I think so...apart from a terrible headache. 28

AYO What on earth were you doing there in the old city??? Didn’t you see the signs?? BEN Obviously, I didn’t see the signs... AYO What were you doing there? Giving Ben a pill. AYO Here, take this, it will ease the pain. BEN (holding to his head while taking the pill) Thank you. I was....I was looking for my daughter. AYO Your daughter? BEN Yes. Maybe you know her? Her name is Biancha. AYO Biancha? You must be kidding me. You say you are Biancha’s father? BEN Well...yes. AYO But that’s....that’s impossible. There’s only one Biancha here, well, was, here, and she’s now... over a 100 years old. BEN know her? AYO I sure do... I’m her son. 29

BEN Which makes you my....grandson.... You see....I was frozen....and got thawed up again..... AYO is true.... Biancha didn’t want to talk about it, but I heard it as a rumor from someone else... Wow....

Ayo tells Ben Biancha doesn’t live there anymore, but is in India. Ben gets the name of the city in India and, after having talked to Ayo for a while, and healed his head, he sets off to India. Ayo strongly advises Ben to put his lenses back on. Ben complies, as he doesn’t want to experience something like this again.

Ben in India
Biancha is a bit difficult to find. Partly because she went ‘underground’ after having been threatened during her RBE work, and partly because she moved more or less to an ashram and changed her name, and left the ‘old world’ behind. Ben ventures on to India to look for her, but he gets complications with his body. After being frozen for so long, he needs to get regular treatment for a while to stay healthy. His CD (communication device) lenses informs him that he needs to visit a hospital since some cells are starting to malfunction and they need to be repaired. But now he is so determined on finding his daughter that he disregards the messages. He starts to feel it in his body as well, but he keeps going. He gets worse and worse and collapses in the city he thinks his daughter is. Here he is picked up by someone again and taken to the only hospital that is there. He gets the treatment he needs and after waking up yet again, he is met by Biancha, who has taken part in establishing this hospital. She has gotten word Ben is there, and comes to his room to see him. It is a tear dripping meeting and a surrealistic scene, since he is no older than 35 years in body, while she is 102, but looking remarkably good because of new medical technology. 30

Aweena re-appears
Ben and Biancha are walking together on a path outside the hospital while Aweena turns up down the path. Biancha and Ben stop. Aweena has found Ben, since Ben made himself available again through his lenses. Aweena gets closer to them, and it is yet a tear dripping meeting between Aweena and Biancha, who haven’t seen each other in over 20 years. Biancha is Aweena’s grandmother, and Aweena has had fond memories of her all her life after Biancha left and didn’t stay in touch. They talk a bit, until Aweena looks at Ben. AWEENA Ben, I....did a DNA test of us. BEN You did...? AWEENA Yes. And....for all practical purposes....we are as good as from two separate families... BEN mean that... Aweena nods. BEN (smiling crooked) Hm.... I have to think about this for a while... Ben puts an arm around Biancha and the other around Aweena and starts walking down the path. BEN It feels quite weird...but... I think I might get used to it... For now, I’m just happy I have gotten my family back. The End...?


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