TRANSCRIPT 9: Eclipse 

 

EXT. STATION DAY ALWAYS DAY

VO 

Welcome home, Deviator. 

INT. DORM

LEADS 

"Will tugged at his mothers hand and said "Come on, come on."

LEADS 

"But his mother hung back. She was still afraid."

LEADS 

How many times have I read this book. 

LEADS 

I don't usually get attached to objects but this one is full of memories. 

LEADS 

It breathes. When I hold this book I can see clear Alaskan waters. The Tetons, Montana motel rooms, red Utah deserts. 

LEADS 

I bent the front cover on accident my second week away when I was trying to sleep in my car. I spilled coffee on the edges at my first farm. 

LEADS 

This is the only thing from my old life that I have with me. 

LEADS 

The only thing full of memories. 

LEADS 

It's supposed to take 27 days to completely replace your skin. I'm touching this book with new hands. Different hands. 

LEADS 

Which means there's not a skincell on my body that wasn't born here. This Station is full of an entire layer of me. 

LEADS 

"Dear Matthew.

LEADS 

This quote always makes me think of you.

LEADS 

"He dared do what men and women don't even dare to think. And look what he's done already: he's torn open the sky, he's opened the way to another world. Who else has ever done that? Who else could think of it?" -The Subtle Knife

LEADS 

Find what you're looking for out there. Then come back to me. 

LEADS 

I love you. 

LEADS 

Sarah." 

LEADS 

I was always a drive away. It was always in my power to drop what ever I was doing and go to her. 

LEADS 

But there was a... Barrier. 

LEADS 

Like even if I went back to her we would be in different worlds. Lyra and Will sitting on their bench. 

LEADS 

Going back felt like defeat. Like willingly walking through the gates of hell. Admiting that I deserved all of my despair. 

LEADS 

I've been running forward ever since. Often times without looking.

LEADS 

New scene, new job, new people. New ceilings every time I woke up, a new view looking out the window. 

LEADS 

Chasing a shadow. A carrot on a stick. 

LEADS 

Avoiding the familiar because the familiar was laced with pain. 

LEADS 

And now I would kill to get back there. I would walk if I could. 

LEADS 

I don't want to run anymore. 

LEADS 

I want Sarah. I don't know if she would take me back but I want to try.

LEADS 

I want to see Colorado again. The way I used to see it in high school. The way I saw it when my Grandparents were alive. 

LEADS 

I want to see living things again. Trees. Animals. Hell, bugs. I haven't been bitten by a bug in so long. I want to be in a place where that's even a possibility.

LEADS 

"Find what you're looking for. Then come back to me."

LEADS 

It always seemed impossible. It doesn't anymore.

LEADS 

I'm going to do it.

LEADS 

I'm going to see Sarah again. 

LEADS 

She invited me for Thanksgiving. That's next month. I'm not going to let her down again, I'm going to be at Thanksgiving. We're going to stuff ourselves until we can barely move and  then we'll collapse on the bench out back with moose pie. 

LEADS 

We're going to watch the sun set and the moon rise. We're going to talk and watch a movie and eat leftovers at midnight. 

LEADS 

(The scientists) When the scientists show up I'm going to tell them that I quit. I'm going to fly back on the plane that drops them off. 

LEADS 

(Mcmurdo) I'm going to talk to Beanie at McMurdo.

(The passport...) 

I'll find my passport. And if I can't find it I'll get myself deported. I don't want to come back here.

LEADS 

(The car) 

I hid my car and threw my keys into the ocean. But that's fine. I don't need a car. Or stuff. I can hitchhike. I've done it before. 

VO 

(You're going to make a home)

LEADS 

I'm going to make a home.

VO 

(Go home) 

LEADS 

I'm going home. 

INT. UPSTAIRS DAY ALWAYS DAY 

LEADS 

Step One of getting the hell off of Antarctica. The bug out bag! 

LEADS 

When the plane comes I don't want to be caught with my stuff all over the Station. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong and I don't want to risk the pilot taking off without me to meet some weather window. 

LEADS 

So the bug out bag is getting stashed in the entry closet with all of the travel essentials. I even found an extra Big Red that's going with it on the off chance that I need a dry coat. 

LEADS 

Step Two is emptying my dorm and sealing it off. Sealing off all of the rooms I won't be using, especially on the first floor. 

LEADS 

I really believe that I'm alone here but I'm just going to be a lot happier not having to worry about something coming out of one of the doors.

LEADS 

I'm tired of this darkness. I'm taking everything I need to live daily life up to the third floor. There's sunlight up there. The camera room will tell me everything I need to know about The Station and the balcony will give me a full view of the surrounding area. Less for my imagination to play with. 

LEADS 

I should be in pretty good shape if I only head downstairs every two or three days. I'll be able to go on runs out on the ice for exercise. Shower after and restock on food from the kitchen.

LEADS 

It sucks how dark the hallway is even with all the extra lights but it's the best I can do. 

LEADS 

I made a makeshift calendar. If I've got this right I have... Between 10 and 12 days until they show up. 

LEADS 

On day 9 I'll tear down the Christmas lights, get rid of all the tape on the elevator, untie the doors. Put all of the tables and chairs back. Try to get this place looking somewhat normal. 

LEADS 

(Leave it) Or maybe I should leave it up. It might freak them out enough to guarantee me a quick trip home. We'll see. 

INT. REC ROOM DAY ALWAYS DAY 

LEADS 

Aww Rin! 

LEADS 

I haven't seen this in a week! 

LEADS 

I wonder if I could sneak this home. It's the closest thing I've had to a friend here not including that mummy outside. I bet Sarah would love flipping through Rins thoughts. 

LEADS 

There's a little sketch here... A really cool sketch. It's labled "True Shape." 

LEADS 

There's this stone, this multifaceted crystal. 

LEADS 

And inside of it, in red ink is this person. And there's a hammer and chisel on the side. 

LEADS 

It reminds me of True Names. In old stories and fantasy books things had a True Name. Knowing a True Name means you know the thing as well as a thing can be known, it gives you power over it.

LEADS 

I used to have this theory when I was younger that my True Name was a little messed up. Maybe one of the letters was scribbled over, some edges were erased. Or one of the sylables were unpronouncable by the common mouth. 

LEADS 

I had this dream. The first thing I'd wish for if I had a genie. That someone or something would come and speak my True Name in full, fixing any error in the process. I'd become what I was always intended to become. I think I'd trade a limb for it. 

LEADS 

I'd really love to talk to Rin. They could be on the team coming here, it'd be worth staying a bit just to pick their brain. 

LEADS 

But these writings don't really seem like a scientists workings. It's all very abstract and metaphorical, no indication of working on anything specific in Antarctica. I'd say it could have been written somewhere else entirely if some of these sketches weren't of specific landmarks in the area. 

LEADS 

They're all mapped out... I didn't make the connection at first but here's the garage where I was sleeping... One of the Peeks along the way... 

LEADS 

Little egg sketches by a cave... Penguin maybe? These could just be from McMurdo, I don't think penguins could survive around here.

LEADS 

I'm going to start exploring these on my runs. It'll give me something productive to focus on while I wait. Help expand my scope. 

INT. WINDOWS DAY ALWAYS DAY 

LEADS 

Goodbye dorm. 

LEADS 

I've been thinking. About fear. 

LEADS 

When you're a kid the more you avoid something the scarier it gets. 

LEADS 

Things that used to terrify me are a joke now. Movies that are pure nightmare fuel when you're watching through the cracks in your fingers can be hilarious if you meet them full on.

LEADS 

I'm an adult. 

LEADS 

I'm not afraid of the dark. Or the gap under the bed. Or closets. 

LEADS 

I shouldn't be afraid of a Door. 

LEADS 

Gah! DAMNIT! 

LEADS 

You win. You win. 

LEADS 

(Muttering) gotta get the hell out of here. 

EXT. BALCONY 

LEADS 

"TurnTurn", -Rin 

LEADS 

When two cogs fit together as naturally as mountain and earth it is difficult to remember the clock.

LEADS 

We took all our pleasure in each other, the interlinking rotation of our teeth and the worlds we moved as a dual unit without seeing the machine that we enabled. 

LEADS 

We were created for the machine. Without the machine we would be nothing. And yet you are what made me something. 

LEADS 

Am I grateful to the power that brought us together? Do I curse the power for letting me know the loss of you? 

LEADS 

I will worship and serve God with mourning blood dripping down my lip. 

LEADS 

And in contemplating I turn and turn and hope that the great machine brings us back together."

LEADS 

Everyones lost someone. 

LEADS 

Nastalgia. Antarctica just drags it out of you. It's in the air. Crisp, untouched, dry. In the landscape, jagged and abused. Sanitized. In the sky, the ever present sun circling and watching...

LEADS 

There's a star up there. I never noticed. Just above. 

LEADS 

Or it could be a planet. There aren't any other stars showing and this one is pretty bright for daylight.  

LEADS 

But I'll be real, I know nothing about astronomy. Always liked the idea of it when I was younger. Figured it was something I'd learn eventually. 

LEADS 

Nothing more romantic than being in a boat in the middle of the sea and navigating by stars. But I didn't have the math requirements to take it in college. 

LEADS 

Didn't even know there was math involved, I thought it'd just be a lot of memorization and shape recognition. 

LEADS 

Might be something in here about planets. Rin seems like someone who would know about astronomy. 

EXT. OUTSIDE DAY ALWAYS DAY

Matthew is walking, mildly out of breath 

LEADS 

I'm tired of moving stuff. I'm treating myself to an adventure.

LEADS 

This egg mystery has been scratching at the back of my head all day. If there are penguins around here I'm going to find them. And I'm going to laugh at them.  

LEADS 

If they are around they should be by this...Cave? I'm pretty sure it's a cave scribbled in the journal. The shape of the rock formation matches one on the other side of the ice field and the drawing has a dark blotch at its base.

LEADS 

And now I have this handy star to guide -whoa, ice crack, this star, planet, whatever to guide me. 

LEADS 

I should have been hiking from the beginning. I love hiking. Today was made for hiking. It was made for me.

LEADS 

You know, I don't think this has all been for nothing. I think I'm different. Like I've grown somehow. Changed. 

LEADS 

Like unnecessary pieces of me have been carved away. 

LEADS 

Literally in some ways. I've lost weight. My body has gone feral. My bones are sticking out of my skin. 

LEADS 

But beyond that parts of my mind, my everyday habits, my thought loops have been worn down, leaving nothing but the necessary.

LEADS 

I think I've become more efficient. More in line with the human animal.

LEADS 

Like... I don't know if it's that I'm more focused or less distracted, but my brain isn't as cluttered. I feel like I can see more clearly. 

LEADS 

Minimalism has always been my main dogma but right now I think I am minimal. 

LEADS 

My time here has been unpleasant. And lonely. Beaurocratic, and honestly frightening. I still haven't done any writing, haven't answered any of the big questions I was planning on pondering.

LEADS 

No concious enlightenment. 

LEADS 

But here I am. I survived it. I've encountered trials and come out the other end. 

LEADS 

Maybe enlightnement isn't something you think your way to. Maybe it happens on accident. 

EXT. BY THE CAVE 

LEADS 

Getting close...

LEADS 

I know I was supposed to be here all summer but they'll understand. It's a job. You have to be able to quit a job. The person before me dropped out and they found me, I'm sure they have a few replacements in the wings. 

LEADS 

I feel good about this. Knowing whats ahead. 

LEADS 

It feels good. (Good) 

LEADS 

(Look ahead) Cave mouth! Here we are... 

LEADS 

Rock piles... I'm pretty sure penguins make their nests with rocks but...

LEADS 

I'm not seeing any penguins. And these piles are a little big. 

LEADS 

No eggs. No droppings-

LEADS 

Hold up. Got something...

LEADS 

Feathers... White feathers. 

LEADS 

Feathers covered in rocks... 

LEADS 

Are all of these... 

LEADS 

Yeah.

LEADS 

Yeah, I'm confused. 

LEADS 

Some kind of migratory bird maybe? I know albatross's travel pretty far, they're big enough for these feathers...

LEADS 

But why...? 

VO 

Finally. 

LEADS 

What the hell that's so cold

LEADS 

An eclipse? That's not right, there's no moon there's 

VO 

No moon. 

LEADS 

What the hell is that? That can't be a 

VO 

Oh yes. 

LEADS 

The star? 

VO 

That's no star. 

LEADS 

A cross crosses don’t fly they don’t float they don’t 

VO 

Closer.

LEADS 

That's... That's not.. That's not how that works  

VO 

It is.  

LEADS 

It's not... It's gotta be a helecopter or a weather balloon or a

VO 

Body?

LEADS 

Body. 

VO 

You tried to escape our path Deviator. 

LEADS 

Not real, not real not 

VO 

You tried to leave me. 

LEADS 

I just need sleep I just need 

VO  

You need to run. You need to come back to me. The sun has gone out. The temperature is dropping.

VO 

Everything is connected. We are connected. 

VO 

There is no breaking from this. This was foretold. 

VO

Restitution is required. 

LEADS 

Oh god 

VO 

There is an order to be kept. Everything in its right place. 

LEADS 

Damnit!

VO 

The vein on the leaf. The leaf on the branch. The branch on the tree.

LEADS 

Damnit 

VO 

The tree in the woods. The woods on the hill. The hill on the world. 

LEADS 

Gah! (He falls in the crack) 

VO 

You will not knock our world from orbit. You will not save yourself. You will not save me. 

VO 

You tried to stray. Escape is pointless. You walk a closed path.

Matthew is caught in a crack and starts thrashing. The VO is repeating the mantra

VO 

It sees you. It descends.

VO 

You are the architect of your own ruin. 

LEADS 

Come on come on COME ON

VO 

The vein on the leaf, the leaf on the branch, the branch on the tree, the tree in the woods 

VO 

You must free yourself Deviator. Free yourself and come to me. 

Matthew breaks a bone pulling himself out

VO 

A noble sacrifice. Through pain we know ourselves. You annoint the ice with the blood of your leg as you annointed the Station with the blood from your finger. 

VO 

Look up Deviator. There are stars in the clouds can you see them?

VO 

Look up Deviator! It is no guardian angel that blocks the sun! 

VO 

LOOK TO THE SKIES DEVIATOR! THEY SEES YOU BUT THEY WILL NOT HELP! 

VO 

LOOK AT THEM! YOU STONE! YOU WRETCHED CHILD! YOU PUPPET! 

VO 

CRAWL! CRAWL INTO THE GAPING MAW, CRAWL INTO THE TERATOMA, CRAWL INTO THE HEART OF THE THIRD EYE!

VO 

LAY PROSTRATE ISAAC! BE BOUND AS THE SACRIFICE OF THE OBEDIENT! BE BOUND REBEL ISSAC AND SUFFER THE KNIFE OF THE ZEALOT! 

VO 

THERE IS NO SACRIFICIAL RAM TO REPLACE YOU! 

VO 

THE STAR IS NO ANGEL MESSENGER HERE TO STAY ABRAHAMS DAGGER! 

VO 

YOU WILL NOT ABORT ME! 

VO 

TRANSGRES NOT THE VISIONS OF THE DREAMER! 

VO 

LOOK UP! 

VO 

LOOK UP! 

VO 

LOOK UP! 

VO 

UP INTO THE STAR AND REJOIN ME! 

VO 

REJOIN ME! 

VO 

REJOIN ME YOU PARODY AND NEVER DEVIATE AGAAAAAIN!