interior, day. Complete blackness
, as the BlitzRocket has gone dark. There are the sounds
of fumbling around, and also of the water against the BlitzRocket and the approaching waterfall.
the second scribe wrote:I am not waiting for it; the new commandment is RUN. We've got to get out of this tin bucket!
The Pope wrote:I thought you liked the BlitzRocket
the second scribe wrote:I don't know if you noticed, but it's not doing the Blitz thing any more.
The Pope wrote:Yes, I did figure that out. We should still wait for it, but that doesn't mean we can't do anything while we wait.
In nominae unium verium auctorus, et per auctorii heretecii, openium da porti des bahia pod.
A sliver of light splits the screen horizontally and the noise increases. Two shadows move in front of the slit.
the second scribe wrote:Amazing! How did you do that?
The Pope wrote:I'm the Pope. Now help push this open and let's get out.
As the two push up, the clamshell top opens wide and in the blinding light we can see the water, which is fairly calm given what lies ahead. The BlitzRocket floats low in the water, which is starting to pour into the cabin.
medium shot: the BlitzRocket, from outside
The Pope wrote:Let's go!
, bobbing in the water. The edge of the water, where the waterfall begins, can be seen in the distance. The Pope emerges and stands on the water's surface, reaching out to the second scribe. She takes his hand and emerges from the BlitzRocket, which sinks below the surface a few seconds later.
the second scribe wrote:You're walking on water! How are you doing that??
The Pope wrote:You're walking on water too.
the second scribe wrote:Yes.... how about that! How am I doing that?
The Pope wrote:It's holy water. There's just a lot more of it in one place than we've ever seen. Now do you remember the commandment of the New Testament?
the second scribe wrote:You mean, "RUN."?
The Pope wrote:Yeah, that one. Now would be a good time to follow it. That way!
The two begin running on the water's surface, towards some distant hills. They are still being carried by the current however, and as the camera helicopters up and backwards, and tilts up towards the hills on the horizon
, they appear smaller and smaller in the image, until edge of the waterfall comes into view and the camera stabilizes showing the two dots our characters have become. They are far closer to the waterfall than to the hills towards which they are running.cut to: interior - taixzo's BlitzRocket.
The camera is in the back, looking forwards. A dancing paperclip is depicted on one of the screens.
the dancing paperclip wrote:It looks like you are trying to find the Pope. Can I help you?
The First Cleric wrote:How do you stop this thing??
taixzo wrote:Usually it stops by itself if I crash the BlitzRocket.
The First Cleric wrote:Let's not do that.
taixzo wrote:For the first time, I agree with you.
the leftmost Sciscitor Stellar Navigation screen, and a map of what appears to be a large body of water appears on it. With the tap of a few buttons, the word ENLARGING appears, and the screen shows a strait. A few more taps, the word ENHANCING, and three dots appear on the screen with circles and arrows, and a paragraph appears on the rightmost screen explaining what each one was.
The First Cleric wrote:That's them! But what are they doing in the water?
taixzo wrote:I'll refrain from saying it's the backstroke. We're going in.
With a slight move of the control glove, taixzo eases the BlitzRocket down and what will later be known as the Gibralter Waterfall fills the window.
The First Cleric wrote:I think I'm going to be seasick. Or airsick. Or something.
close-up: taixzo, preparing for approach.
the dancing paperclip wrote:It looks like you are about to throw up. Can I help you?
taixzo wrote:Strap in. It's time to molpy up, not throw up.
exterior - day: the Pope and second scribe
The First Cleric wrote:Uh... I had molpy for breakfast.
running towards the hills in the background. A bright dot of light appears in the sky. It streaks past in a rainbow of colors, curves around, and then the entire sky lights up in psychedelics.exterior - day: medium shot of the Pope and second scribe
running towards the camera. The BlitzRocket passes behind them; they stop, turn around, and look at it approach and hover just in front of them. The fire and cross emblem of taixzo is visible on the side. The hatch opens, and the First Cleric looks at them.cut to: the First Cleric's POV
, with the Pope and second scribe standing on the water, keeping pace with the current that is taking them towards the waterfall, whose edge is now visibly much closer.
offscreen, The First Cleric wrote:How are you doing that??
the second scribe wrote:He's the Pope.
offscreen, taixzo wrote:Would you like a lift, or do you have some more trickses you'd like to show us?
The Pope wrote:I wouldn't want to deny your hospitality - we'd love to see your BlitzRocket!
offscreen, taixzo wrote:Permission to come aboard!
The First Cleric reaches a hand out to the second scribe, who gets on board, and then to the Pope, who also climbs in.Sound FX: There is a huge crashing sound
as another part of the waterfall's edge gives way, and the entire surface of the water they had been standing on just moments before gets sucked down into the rapids.
the second scribe wrote:That was close!
[close-up: the Pope]
taixzo wrote:Where to?
settling into the BlitzRocket. It's pretty crowded; the Pope and second scribe crouch down in the back behind the pilot's seat.
The Pope wrote:We're going to have to do something about this new influx of Holy Water. Too much of a good thing, you know. But I can't do it alone - we'll need the entire clerecy. So, let's start there.
lifts the control glove and pushes the red button.
[exterior - day: wide shot of the Gibralter Waterfall
the dancing paperclip wrote:It looks like you're trying to sit down. Can I help?
, with the BlitzRocket departing in an arc above it, towards the camera. The camera fast-pans and rights itself as the BlitzRocket passes overhead with psychedelic exhaust and a mighty roar.
offscreen, The Pope wrote:Almost makes me miss HAL.
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