OK guys, I was planning a new radioplay to possibly mix during the summer. But I wasn't quite sure how it flowed so I want to offer the pilot script to you all and see what you think. Enjoy! ^^
Future Perfect (Mirai no Kanzen/未来の完全)
Entry #1: She Came From The Stars
Scene 1 – A Derelict Station
From the dark recesses of a station, two figures appear in the darkness. They are carrying what looks like a baby and some papers. They do not wish to be spotted.
Norman: Come on, dear! We must hurry! If we’re spotted, it’ll…
Esrel: Yes, yes…it’ll change our present beyond recognition. I’ve heard the lecture too many times, Nor…
Norman: Ssssshhh! Don’t say my name out loud!
Esrel: Who’s going to know it’s you?
Norman: It’s not that…I just don’t like it.
Esrel: What? Norman?
Norman: Doh! Damn and blast it, woman! Will you be serious for once?
Esrel: *sniggers a couple of times* OK, dear. *sigh* *bored* Just where is this ancestor of yours anyway?
Norman: This way…
Scene 2 - Outside a house at night
The house of Norman’s ancestor is in shot and they walk towards it.
Norman: This is the place.
Esrel: Wow. It looks as beautiful as it does in the picture.
Norman: Indeed. Shame they only had film cameras in this time period. I’d have loved to have seen this up close.
Esrel: You and your cameras.
Norman: *ahem* *steadies himself* Well…let’s do this. Come along, dear.
Esrel: Do we have to? Can’t we just let her stay with us?
Norman: *serious* We can’t risk it, Esrel. Vigilantes want my head on a platter. I don’t want Aiko to be involved. *sigh* This is the best place for her to grow up.
Esrel: You’re right, Norm. It is for the best.
Norman places the baby on the porch of the door.
Norman: Well, are you ready?
Esrel: *resigned* Ready as I’ll ever be.
Norman presses the doorbell. They both run quickly away out of sight. They then turn around and watch the house from a distance.
Esrel: Are you sure she’ll have a good life?
Norman: Oh yeah. James was known in our family for being a big softie. She’ll be fine.
Esrel: *unconvinced* Did we really have to give her to them that way?
Norman: But that’s the way they did it back then! I’ve seen it done in movies!
Esrel: But they’re just that! Movies!
Norman: Does it matter? See, he took her in. Once he reads the letter, he’ll understand...
Esrel: I have to admit you’re good at explaining things.
Norman: It’s what we generals have to do on a daily basis! Anyway, we best get back. Come on, Esrel.
Esrel programs the time portal as Norman looks back at his daughter one last time.
Norman: [take your time] Aiko…be good, ok? *wells up* I’ll see you kid. *starts to cry as he walks away*
The time portal closes and the scene is left desolate. We then cut to the house.
James is stunned. He and Maxi (his wife) are leaning over Aiko cooing over her.
Maxi: How could anyone leave such a beautiful child out in the cold?
James: I don’t know. But it sure must’ve been tough for them. It seems like they had a good reason judging from the size of this letter.
Maxi: It makes you wonder. We’ve always wanted a baby and then one magically appears before us…it’s almost as if she came from the stars.
James: Speaking of which, what’s that on her forehead?
Maxi: Hmm…*she examines Aiko’s head* It looks like a star. *gasp* Maybe she did come from the stars! *swooning* Ooh, how romantic!
James: *bemused* Yes…*normal* I hope kids won’t make fun of her when she’s older because of it.
Maxi: She won’t. She seems to be a strong one. Did the letter have a name for her?
James roots around for the letter.
James: I think so…yeah it does. Right here. *pause* Aiko.
Maxi: Aiko? She doesn’t look Japanese to me.
James: *confused* Does it really matter?
Maxi: Well…I guess not. Besides, it’s not a bad name at all. Actually, it’s really nice.
James: It is. It really is.
Aiko yawns softly and rolls over.
Maxi: Come on, Jamie. Let’s get her to bed.
James: OK. I’ll read the letter in the morning.
James places the letter to one side as he and Maxi walk upstairs.
Maxi: Our own baby, Jamie. Aren’t you excited?
James: I am. Just think what adventures she’ll have growing up…
****MUSICAL TRANSITION – 15 YEARS LATER****
Maxi: Aiko! It’s time for school!
Aiko: Okay, mom! I’m just off now!
Aiko runs downstairs and quickly opens the door.
Maxi: But you haven’t eaten any breakfast!
Aiko: I’ll get some on the way! Bye, mom!
The door slams behind her. The sun shines on her jewellery as she happily strides to school.
Aiko: *happy laughter – about 5 seconds*
Student #1: Good morning, Aiko!
Aiko: Good morning!
Student #2: Heya, Aiko!
Darick: Looking good today, young miss!
Aiko: Hell...*scream as she lands flat on her face from the surprise* …o?
Darick: Are you alright, young miss?
Aiko: *suspicious* Young miss? What’s that supposed to mean?
Darick: Young miss is young miss.
Aiko: *thinks* Who IS this weirdo?! What should I do? *normal* Excuse me, but who are you anyway?
Darick: Who, me? I’m just a messenger. I am nobody.
Aiko: Oh. Whatever.
Darick: *frantic* Bu…bu…but my name is Darick if you must know!
Aiko: Darick? I’ve never heard that name before. *thinks* Not only does he dress like some space freak, his name’s so cheesy! You could practically cut it up and serve it for lunch! Bleh!
Darick: Hmm, it’s not a common name in your ti…*gasps as he gags his mouth*
Aiko: Huh? *her watches go off* Crap! I’m late! Look, Darick, it was nice meeting you, but I gotta get to class.
Darick: Huh? Class? No, you can’t! I need to tell you something! Something important!
Aiko: Look I can’t stay! I’ll get in trouble!
Darick: No! *he stands in her way* I can’t let you go….woah! *he’s knocked over to the floor*
Aiko senses where he was going to move to and quickly side-steps in time. Consequently, she knocks him over.
Aiko: Uhh! I’m sorry!
Darick: *confused, dazed* How…how did you know I was gonna be there? Humans don’t have telepathy! Crap! *he covers his mouth*
Aiko: *stunned, scared* How…how did you know? *grunt as she starts to run away*
Darick: Wait! Young miss! Come back! Young miss!
Aiko: *thinks* How did he know? Nobody’s supposed to know that I can read minds! Not even mom and dad!
Aiko stops and thinks for a moment.
Aiko: Wait. He didn’t say it. I merely assumed…*sigh of relief* That’s a comfort! It was just me! *giggle*
The bell goes off again.
Aiko: Ack! Damn it! I’m done for! *pants as she runs towards school*
Aiko (v/O): My name is Aiko Nayleigh. I just turned 16 last week and I go to the best school in the state, Electra High! I’m hoping to become a physicist after I leave college. Huh? *realises* I know. I don’t seem like the kind of girl who’d be interested in science right? Yeah I get that a lot! Mostly from the wannabe princesses that pollute the school like the plague!
Aiko: (v/O): I don’t know really, I guess I’ve always been interested in science. I suppose my telepathy explains it somewhat. Ever since I was a kid I could anticipate certain events before they happened. *proud* Much better than any clairvoyant! *normal* Just little things. It does help every now and again, but other times it’s just annoying!
Mark: Hi, Aiko!
Aiko: *pants* Oh! Hi Mark!
Aiko (v/O): Mark Collins: one of my best friends. He’s always been at my side ever since I came to Electra High. When no-one else would talk to me because of my dorkiness, he stuck by me and helped me become what I am today.
Mark: Teacher’s gonna be mad!
Aiko: Oh god! I’m doomed!
Mark: Well, at least we can face him together!
Mark: I’m late too!
Aiko: Oh! *laughs* That’s true! Come on, let’s try and make amends with him!
Mark: I hear that!
Teacher: So today class, we’re looking at the theoretical principles behind the fabled art of time travel. I bet some of you wish you could use it *sniping at Aiko’s tardiness* so you could get here on time for once!
Aiko: *sigh* At least the topic’s interesting. He’s not as vicious as he could’ve been. Huh?
Aiko looks out of the window. She spots Darick in the bushes looking up at her.
Aiko: *thinks* What the? What’s he doing here?
Darick: *scared, yet comical yelp as he hides*
Aiko: *thinks* What is he? Some kind of stalker? *sensually* Well, I can’t blame him for that! *giggles*
Teacher: Ms.Nayleigh! Explain to the class what wormholes have to do with time travel.
Aiko: *ahem* By accelerating one end of the wormhole relative to the other, and then sometime later bringing it back; relativistic time dilation would result in less time having passed for the accelerated wormhole mouth compared with the stationary one, meaning that anything which entered the stationary wormhole mouth would exit the accelerated one at a point in time prior to its entry. The path through such a wormhole is called a closed timelike curve, and a wormhole with this property is sometimes referred to as a "timehole." (Have a break between sentences and I’ll cut it up for you. It’s very daunting I admit! )
Class: Oooh! *clapping*
Teacher: *sarcastic* Impressive, Ms.Nayleigh. You managed to read that from the book all by yourself(!)
Aiko: Huh? No, I didn’t! I know about wormholes. It’s one of my favourite topics!
Teacher: A likely story! It still doesn’t excuse you for not paying attention in class! The outdoors is for people outside, not inside. You just landed yourself in detention, Nayleigh!
Aiko: *sigh* Yes, sir. *thinks* Bitter old vulture!
Teacher: *sniping* What was that?
Aiko: Nothing! *thinks* Don’t tell me HE can read my minds too! *sad sigh*
To be continued...