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Missing leaders on Horandia? Dag and his crew can find them!
Written for The Monthly Script Writing Contest. Genre: Sci-fi

ADVENTURES IN OUTER SPACE

“Missing Leaders”

TEASER ACT


FADE IN:

INT. — THE CONTROL ROOM — SPACE

DAG (20 Earth-years), floppy dog-like ears, brown hair, half human, round black nose, sits on his captain seat. RANADA DATINO MADINASAD, (14 Earth-years; 47 Horandian-years), looks like a crow – including her beak, can fly using her wings, is incredibly intelligent, Linguistics Officer of the ship, sits in another seat. RYAN ANDERSON (19 Earth-years), full human, pilot, doesn't talk much, steers the ship. Several other crew members in the room wait for whatever Dag tells them. The big screen blinks red, then black, over and over again, telling them someone is trying to contact them.

                                                 DAG
                             Who is it?

                                                 RANADA
                             Unknown, Captain.

                                                 DAG
                             Bring it up, er, turn on the
                             communications.

The screen turns to static for a moment as it focuses on the subject. Only a little static remains while KARLINAW DATINO DARSHEWT (19 Earth-years; 64 Horandian-years), female, orange-feathered Horandian, pretty smart, has a job as a trader between Horandia and Kaltuni, slowly appears on the screen.

                                                 KARLINAW
                             Ranada! I need your help.

                                                 DAG
                             What do you need help with?

                                                 KARLINAW
                             The Kaltunian traders have
                             disappeared. But not all of them.
                             Just the few I know and often
                             trade with. None of their stuff is
                             gone, though. I'm having trouble
                             finding others who want to trade.

                                                 DAG
                             What concern is this to us?

                                                 KARLINAW
                             Ranada knows that I am one of the
                             main traders from Horandia. If
                             Horandia does not get resources,
                             then we will not be able to
                             survive.

                                                 RANADA
                             What about our resources. We once
                             survived before we were able to
                             trade with Kaltuni.

                                                 KARLINAW
                             We still had the World Leaders
                             then. Now? They've disappeared,
                             too.

FADE OUT


END OF TEASER ACT



ACT ONE


FADE IN:

INT. — THE CONTROL ROOM — SPACE

Nothing moves since the last scene.

                                                 DAG
                             Who disappeared?

                                                 RANADA
                             The World Leaders are the
                             representatives from different
                             parts of the planet. Karlinaw, was
                             it all of them?

                                                 KARLINAW
                             No, just two.

                                                 RANADA
                             What about the World Leaders in
                             training?

                                                 KARLINAW
                             There aren't any that are old
                             enough. We need you to find them,
                             or our planet will fall to ruin.

The screen turns fully to static and, after a moment, is turned off. Everyone looks at Dag.

                                                 DAG
                             Don't worry, Ranada, we'll get the
                             World Leaders back. Ryan, to
                             Horandia!

Ryan nods his head, then turns back to his instruments and steers.

EXT. — JUST OUTSIDE THE WORLD LEADERS' BUILDING — MIDDAY

Dag walks to the four-foot tall entrance, with Ranada flying above him. Ranada effortlessly swoops inside. Dag looks down the hole before jumping down the entire ten feet to the floor and landing on his hands and feet, then he stands up again. Inside, PERSIMOL ONITAD KATLINY (28 Earth-years; 97 Horandian-years), dark blue-feathered Horandian, Horandian World Leader, stands next to Ranada.

                                                 PERSIMOL
                             I thank you for coming to our aid.

                                                 DAG
                             Well, we couldn't ignore the call
                             for help.

                                                 PERSIMOL
                             This is the room where we meet and
                             live, most of the time. The others
                             each went to the big party, but I
                             had to stay to work on bias test.
                             They never came back. Ranada, I am
                             surprised you didn't go.

                                                 RANADA
                             I was busy. I would have loved to,
                             though.

                                                 PERSIMOL
                             So would I. At any rate, they were
                             not here last.

                                                 DAG
                             What do they look like?

                                                 RANADA
                             Um, like me.

                                                 DAG
                             No, I mean, what color are their
                             feathers?

                                                 RANADA
                             Oh, they're both black-feathered.
                             Although that color is the rarest,
                             it's easier for Horandians with
                             that color to become World Leaders.

                                                 DAG
                             Oh. Should we search the site for
                             clues?

                                                 PERSIMOL
                             No!

                                                 DAG
                             Why not? I thought we were going
                             to try to find the other World
                             Leaders.

                                                 RANADA
                                       (whispering to Dag)
                             No offense, but normally outsiders
                             aren't even allowed on the planet.
                             Party sites are even more
                             restrictive of the kinds of people
                             on it.

                                                 DAG
                                       (whispering back)
                             Could you go?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (whispering)
                             Of course! I'm a Horandian.

                                                 DAG
                             Well, then, should Ranada search
                             the site for clues?

EXT. — THE PARTY SITE — MIDDAY

Ranada flies past a group of Horandians and into an underground room with a glass roof. The room is mostly empty, except for a table. IGNATE ONITAD LORTIND (29 Earth-years; 100 Horandian-years), green feathers, Horandian Enforcer, She lands upright, then bends down, looking for anything unusual.

                                                 IGNATE
                             Looking for clues as to the
                             disappearance?

                                                 RANADA
                             Yes. Were you here when the World
                             Leaders were found missing?

                                                 IGNATE
                             Yes, although I was not on duty.

                                                 RANADA
                             Oh.

Ranada sees a piece of paper underneath the table and picks it up.

                                                 RANADA
                             This is weird.

                                                 IGNATE
                             Is that that there's paper here?

                                                 RANADA
                             Yes.

                                                 IGNATE
                             They usually only have that on
                             Kaltuni.

                                                 RANADA
                             Right. Were there any traders here
                             yesterday?

                                                 IGNATE
                                       (ruffling feathers)
                             No, not that I recall.

                                                 RANADA
                             And, of course, no foreigners.

                                                 IGNATE
                                       (shakes his head)
                             No foreigners.

                                                 RANADA
                             And what's written is even odder.

Ranada pulls out a communicator and turns it on.

                                                 RANADA
                             Dag, I found evidence.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             What sort of evidence?

                                                 RANADA
                             A note. Written on paper.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             Uh, yeah, paper.

                                                 RANADA
                             No, Horandia doesn't produce paper.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             Okay, then. What does it say?

                                                 RANADA
                                       (reading in Kaltunian)
                             Prunith, we need your help.
                             Foreigners are —

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             I mean in English!

                                                 RANADA
                             Oh, sorry, it's written in
                             Kaltunian.
                                       (clears throat)
                             Prunith, we need your help.
                             Foreigners are not allowed on
                             Horandia. Please abduct Larnish
                             and Portop at the party.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             So who are all those people the
                             note mentions?

                                                 RANADA
                             Larnish Datino Otrod and Portop
                             Onitad Inyupit are the two other
                             World Leaders. Prunith must be
                             Prunith Datino Darshewt, Karlinaw's
                             nestmate.

                                                 DAG (O.S.)
                             Who wrote the note?

                                                 RANADA
                             I don't know. However, we have a
                             suspect to question.

FADE OUT


END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO


FADE IN:

INT. — THE DARSHEWT HOUSE — MIDDAY

Dag and Ranada stand in front of PRUNITH DATINO DARSHEWT (19 Earth-years; 64 Horandian-years), female, blue-feathered Horandian, really smart, a young house-builder.

                                                 DAG
                                       (in an accusing voice)
                             Where are the World Leaders?

                                                 PRUNITH
                             What do you mean?

                                                 DAG
                                       (with the note in hand)
                             You took the World Leaders.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             Oh, I see the note now. I'm sorry,
                             you've got the wrong Horandian. I
                             think you meant to fly into the
                             house about seventy meters west.

                                                 DAG
                             Really? There's a Prunith there?

                                                 RANADA
                             Impossible! We don't work like that
                             Our naming scheme causes only one
                             Horandian to have a certain name at
                             a time.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             Ha! You couldn't have done some
                             research before coming?

                                                 DAG
                             Ranada is my research. Now tell us
                             where the World Leaders are — now!

                                                 PRUNITH
                                       (in Horandian)
                             Fine. They are with the Kaltunian
                             traders. They —

                                                 RANADA
                             In English, Prunith.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             Fine. They are with the Kaltunian
                             traders. They should be at the
                             take-off place by now. Fly quickly,
                             and you might just catch them
                             before they leave the planet.
                                       (snickers at Dag)
                             Oh, right, you can't!

                                                 DAG
                             No, I suppose I can't fly. But I
                             can call my crew back up at the
                             Anhordia and —

                                                 PRUNITH
                             You let Ranada choose the name of
                             your ship?

                                                 DAG
                                       (into his communicator; in Drogish; English subtitles)
                             I need someone at the take-off
                             place, er, you know what I mean.

Ranada nudges Dag, who then notices that Prunith is smiling.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             Impressive. Drogish, however, is a
                             required language at Kan Pat. And
                             I, of course, finished that level.

                                                 DAG
                             All the same, my crew is coming.
                             Now, come with us.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             What do you take me for? I'm just a
                             respectable house-builder who
                                       (yelling)
                             finished Kan Pat!

                                                 DAG
                             We have proof that you were in on
                             it, though.

                                                 PRUNITH
                             Where do you think that piece of
                             Kaltunian paper is going to get you?

Dag's communicator makes a noise, and he pulls it out.

                                                 DAG
                             Good, good. Great job, Natalie. Is
                             Ryan with you?
                                       (pause)
                             Nice! Alright, you can come get us.
                             Make sure to tell the police about
                             Prunith.
                                       (pause)
                             Prunith Datino, um, Darshewt.

FADE OUT


END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE


FADE IN:

INT. — THE CONTROL ROOM — SPACE

Dag once again sits on his captain's chair. Karlinaw is once again on-screen.

                                                 KARLINAW
                             Thank you so much, Dag, Space Crew.
                             The World Leaders have returned,
                             the traders were proclaimed guilty
                             and are now forbidden to trade
                             again, besides being banished from
                             both Kaltuni and Horandia. I have
                             permission to trade with the others
                             now. All thanks to you.

                                                 DAG
                             Well, it was more of a team effort.

                                                 RANADA
                             Oh, Captain Dag, don't say it. You
                             don't really mean that. You did
                             most of it.

                                                 DAG
                             No, I mean it. In fact, I will be
                             promoting you on the team.

                                                 RANADA
                             What to?

                                                 DAG
                             Ranada, you are now not only the
                             Linguistics Officer of the ship,
                             but are also the Assistant Captain.

                                                 RANADA
                             Thank you, Captain, but I don't
                             need it. I'd rather not. Besides,
                             I don't know if that's a real
                             position you can give me.

                                                 DAG
                             Well, fine. If you don't want it.
                             Anyway, where to next?

                                                 RANADA
                             There seems to be a problem on the
                             planet Rewt.

                                                 DAG
                             Let's go!

FADE OUT


END OF ACT THREE
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