My latest submission to my CHPerc Group. I'm trying to get used to using Celtx for Script Frenzy in April, so for some of the prompts, I'm attempting to write in screenplay format -- which isn't easy when one is supposed to be using the prompts for "free writing."
Some of the prompts I used, either the words or in spirit:
A time when I felt awe/wonder/reverence was then
When I no longer live on earth, I shall miss
My biggest surprise in life
If necessary, I would have been willing to die for
INT. INTERNATIONAL MOON BASE STATION - OBSERVATION DECK - NIGHT KENT (25 - 40) is standing in front of the enormous window on the Moon Base Observation Deck, watching the Earthrise
There are a few others on deck, having private conversations, walking in and out of the scene in the background.
ALICE (25 - 35) walks up and joins him. KENT (Noticing Alice’s arrival) Kind of romanitic, isn’t it? ALICE Almost makes me miss it. KENT Almost? I thought you had some leave time coming up. ALICE (Smiling) Just long enough to get my earthly affairs in order. KENT (Excitedly) You got assigned to one of the colonies? ALICE Just found out this morning! KENT You lucky dog! Man! I would almost die for a chance to live on the moon! ALICE Uh, hello? You have been living on the moon for the past two months! KENT You mean I’ve been deployed here. ALICE Same thing with the colonies. I’ll still be serving for the next eighteen months.
KENT And then what? ALICE Depending on how things go, I’ll have the option to stay in the colony as a civilian, or I can re-enlist and stay on in the service, with promotions, of course. And then there’s the option of becoming a civilian and going back to Earth... KENT You say that like it’s a bad thing. Not that I disagree, but still, there would be a few things I would miss. ALICE Like what? KENT Like any of my friends and family members who are still back on earth. Like certain foods and products that won’t be available in the colonies yet. ALICE My family is gone except for a few distant relatives, who I can keep up with online --if I even want to do that. The vast majority of my friends are the ones I made in the service. Many of them will already be in the colonies, or will be there soon. If not, again, that is what we have the internet for. KENT What about surfing? Going to the beach? Skiing? Even with the terraforming, they won’t have real beaches or snowy mountain tops. ALICE Are you aware that a significantly large number of Earthlings live in states or territories that are landlocked, and will never see the ocean in person? The same goes for snowy mountain tops. You’ve seen the pictures of the results of the
terraforming, and it’s beautiful there! They have lakes, rivers, streams. KENT So, you’re going to live in a cabin in the woods on the Moon? ALICE Ha ha. Not quite. At least, not while I’m still in the service. KENT (Shaking his head) Well, I still envy you, Lt. Pleasance. ALICE Actually, Lt. Clark, you don’t have to envy me... Alice pulls a folded document from her back pocket ALICE (cont.) Your orders came in today! Kent grabs the document from Alice. KENT He is very excited, and can barely contain himself. Ho-lee shi--(Kent looks around, remembering there are other people nearby) This is fantastic! ALICE The Captain let me tell you, but he wants to see you in his office A.S.A.P. KENT On my way! Kent excitedly goes to hug Alice, then remembering where he is, starts to give her a fist bump, aborts that, salutes and exits. END SCENE.