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By Cole J. Davis

GENRE: Action, Drama, Sci-fi
LOGLINE: One man's eternity is another's nonexistence.


"Opening of Nos Galan Gaeaf" … A Quantum Burrower creates immortality for Jonathan Aethers in exchange for a false world.


SC1. EXT. CARDIFF BAY HARBOUR - NIGHT - 2014 [BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE WATER, A SUNK WW2 GERMAN SUBMARINE IS SETTLED IN THE SILT. THE TOP IS PROPPED OPEN. A DIVER IS HOVERING ABOVE THE OPENING. THE DIVER ATTACHES AN HOURGLASS SHAPED OBJECT CONNECTED TO VARIOUS WIRES AND EXPLOSIVES TO THE INSIDE OF THE OPENING. ON THE WATER‘S SURFACE, A RED MOTORBOAT IDLES IN THE DISTANCE.] CUT TO: - SC2. INT. PRIVATE HOSPITAL ROOM - SAINT PAUL‘S HOSPITAL - DAY - VANCOUVER - 2014 [JONATHAN AETHERS; 35, LIES IN A COMA IN A HOSPITAL BED. WEARING HOSPITAL PYJAMAS, JONATHAN’S HOOKED UP TO VARIOUS LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES AT THE HEAD OF THE BED.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “Jonathan Aethers has lain in a coma in an Isolation Ward since nineteen twelve. His body, it’s like it’s frozen in time. He doesn’t age, he won’t die, but he’s not really living, either.” [DOCTOR BAILEY O’BANNION ENTERS.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “A bit more then a century ago, Jonathan set out to prove the existence of dark energy. He was laughed out of all the major British research institutions. The University College of London thought him a lunatic; he was anything but.” [BAILEY TAKES A LOOK AT THE VARIOUS LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES. BAILEY MARKS DOWN THE RESULTS IN A SMALL NOTEBOOK.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “In nineteen ten, signals got crossed; Jonathan was under the mistaken belief he’d been offered a position with the CPB; that we were setting up a lab for him. We’d never even heard of him as far as I knew. Jonathan spent the next two years working the docks of Bute for passage to Canada, arriving in Vancouver in nineteen twelve. Poor guy, there was no job for him.” [BAILEY PERFORMS A PHYSICAL EXAM ON JONATHAN.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “I thought Jonathan may have been on to something, so I did what I could to help him out. I was able to get a granting agency to provide funding for a private lab. I helped Jonathan set it up in a warehouse on the corner of West Cordova and Richards Street; where the Harbour Centre is now.” [BAILEY EXITS, CARRYING A SET OF PHYSICAL SAMPLES TAKEN FROM JONATHAN.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “The last time I spoke to Jonathan, he told me about a new machine he’d built. His aim had been to detect the presence of ‘dark energy’. The man was about a century ahead of his peers. The Time Line Investigation Unit in Bloomsbury, the Shropshire Patrol Company, the bases in Melbourne and Sydney; they all work off the foundational work of Jonathan’s core ideas. As far as the rest of the world is considered, the term ‘Dark Energy’ wasn’t coined until nineteen ninety eight by Michael Turner. Nowadays it’s considered to be one more basic component to our universe. Back then it wasn’t taken seriously by anyone.” [THE ERA CHANGES TO NINETEEN TWELVE. JONATHAN’S HOSPITAL PJAMAS REVERT TO AN EARLIER STYLE. THE LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPTMENT REVERTS TO AN EARLIER TECHNOLOGICAL LEVEL.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON(V.O.) “Intrigued by his plans, I waited to hear back on the results. I hadn’t heard from Jonathan in days, I was getting impatient for news of his latest findings. Eventually, I decided to go see him. I found him lying on the floor of the warehouse.” [COLE JACOB BILLINGTON ENTERS. CHARLIE DENTON ENTERS, FOLLOWED BY DOCTOR BLAINE GIANCOMO. CHARLIE IS MID THIRTIES, POSH WELSH, DIRECTOR OF THE CPB.] CHARLIE DENTON “Let’s set up an isolation ward, we don’t want this spreading to the other patients. I’ll look into arranging a private lab and let’s keep this out of the society pages fellows.” CUT TO: - SC3. INT. MAIN ROOM OF CPB BASE - DAY - 1912 [JONATHAN IS STOOD IN THE CENTRE OF THE ROOM, PERPLEXED. COLE, CHARLIE AND BLAINE ARE STOOD NEARBY. EMILY IS SAT AT THE DESK THAT WILL ONE DAY BECOME BRITTANY‘S. EMILY IS WORKING ON HER BOOKKEEPING DUTIES. EMILY’S BROWN FRIZZY HAIR IS DONE UP IN A BUN. JONATHAN SPINS AROUND, FACING COLE.] JONATHAN AETHERS “Cole, how did I get here? The last thing I remember, I was in the warehouse.” COLE JACOB BILLINGTON “What warehouse?” JONATHAN AETHERS “The warehouse you helped me get for my laboratory. You set it up for me.” [CHARLIE STEPS FORWARD.] CHARLIE DENTON “Your lab’s where it’s always been Jonathan. Down the corridor, past the med lab. There was never any warehouse.” JONATHAN AETHERS “No, but there was. I came here, thinking I had a position, and there was nothing. No job. I worked two years at the Bute docks in Cardiff to afford the passage, but there was nothing. Nothing until Cole worked out an arrangement with a granting agency to help me rent out a warehouse to do my work in. I was all on my own.” COLE JACOB BILLINGTON “That never happened. We’re glad to have you on our Team Jonathan. Your mind is amazing.” CHARLIE DENTON “He’s right lad, I’d a been a fool to turn you away. I know brilliance when I see it, you Jonathan are brilliant. You are just the man we need in this new century of ours.” [BLAINE LEADS JONATHAN TOWARDS THE MED LAB.] DOCTOR GIANCOMO “Come on lad, let’s go check you over to see what’s going on in that head of yours.” CUT TO: - SC4. INT. PRIVATE HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY - 1912 [JONATHAN LIES IN A COMA IN THE HOSPITAL BED. THE CENTURY PASSES AS THOUGH VIA TIME LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY. THE SCENE AROUND JONATHAN’S BED APPEARS TRANSPARENT. JONATHAN’S PJAMAS CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE DECADES. THE BEDSPREAD CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE DECADES. THE LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGICAL LEVEL THROUGHOUT THE DECADES. VARIOUS DOCTORS, NURSES, CLEANING TECHNICIANS, INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS ENTER, FIDDLE WITH THE EQUIPMENT, TAKE PHYSICAL SAMPLES FROM JONATHAN, CLEAN THE ROOM, OPEN THE CURTAINS TO LET THE SUN SHINE IN AND SIT WITH JONATHAN THROUGHOUT THE DECADES. COLE SITS WITH JONATHAN, HIS CLOTHING AND HAIR STYLE CHANGING, READING VARIOUS BOOKS THROUGHOUT THE DECADES. EMILY VISITS WITH BLAINE. CECIL SMITH VISITS WITH GENERAL TYSON MONTGOMERY, ROBERT CHU, DOCTOR GILLES FONTAINE AND DETECTIVE CALVIN EDWARDS. REBECCA JONES VISITS WITH ELIZABETH MAY, GEORGE GALLOWAY AND BAILEY. COLE VISITS WITH SAMUEL PETERS, BRITTANY LONGFELLOW AND DOCTOR REGINALD DESMOIRE.] CUT TO: - SC5. INT. CARNEGIE COMMUNITY CENTRE - DAY - 2014 [BRITTANY IS SAT AT A TABLE. ACROSS FROM BRITTANY IS SAT KARA. MEAGHAN IS SAT IN A STROLLER.] KARA “I’m worried about Meaghan’s father; he’s been selling his body to help me and Meaghan out. It feels wrong profiting off the avails of prostitution. Not to mention, am I breaking the law, accepting the cash he gives me? It goes to looking after Meaghan. Legally, he has to help out, seeing as he’s the father; but not at the expense of his self respect.” BRITTANY LONGFELLOW “It does pose a dilemma. Its perfectly legal for him to do that, but you inadvertently take on the role of a madam by accepting cash. But if you don’t accept the funds, he can be held liable for not looking after his financial obligation to his daughter. I have a friend dealing with that issue, selling their body due to a lack of better options. You can try to get him to come see me for career counselling. Its good that you realize that’s not a path you should take.” CUT TO: - SC6. INT. CPB PRIVATE LAB - SAINT PAUL‘S HOSPITAL - DAY - 2014 [BAILEY ENTERS FROM A HOSPITAL CORRIDOR. WE SEE THE WORDS ‘CPB PRIVATE LAB’ WRITTEN ACROSS THE DOOR. SAMUEL PETERS ENTERS BEHIND BAILEY. THE LAB IS SET UP WITH TABLES OF CHEMICAL VIALS, DNA SAMPLES AND COMPUTER MONITORS RUNNING QUANTUM SIMULATIONS. BAILEY TYPES A CODE INTO THE CLOSEST COMPUTER. A SIMULATED QUANTUM BURROWER TAKES SHAPE ON THE MONITOR. THE CREATURE IS A BLACK SLUG SHAPED LIKE A CRESCENT MOON.] DOCTOR BAILEY O’BANNION “We’ve finally got the technology to see what we’re dealing with here. I give you the Quantum Burrower’ Sam.” [SAMUEL STEPS UP TO SEE THE IMAGE ON THE MONITOR.] SAMUEL PETERS “That’s in Jonathan’s brain? Yeesh!” DOCTOR BAILEY O’BANNION “Technically its nested in the quantum foam making up the atoms forming his brain. This is why he’s materially stuck in one instant in time, because the quantum foam creates a shield of timelessness.” CUT TO: - SC7. INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT - VANCOUVER - 5080 [IFAN FENCIS IS SAT AT A TABLE. A GREY METAL WATER FOUNTAIN IS SET NEARBY IN THE CENTRE OF THE ROOM. WE SEE THE VIEW OF IFAN’S TABLE THROUGH A WINDOW FROM THE STREET. ACROSS FROM IFAN IS SAT CORA FENCIS. NEXT TO IFAN, ON HIS RIGHT IS SAT CAPTAIN MYRA BAINBRIDGE. IFAN, CORA AND MYRA HAVE PLATES OF ASPARAGUS AND HONEYED NECTARINES AND PINEAPPLE.] CAPTAIN MYRA BAINBRIDGE “I need to find a new research intern, now that you’ve seconded Liz Carnegie.” IFAN FENCIS “Sorry about that, let’s just say she’s a family friend and leave it at that.” CAPTAIN MYRA BAINBRIDGE , “Are you enjoying Canada, Cora?” CORA FENCIS “This end of it, definitely. Must have been here before, in another life.” CAPTAIN MYRA BAINBRIDGE “Definitely.” CUT TO: - SC8. INT. CPB MAIN ROOM - DAY - 1913 [THROUGH THE AJAR DOOR OF THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE, WE SEE CHARLIE SAT AT HIS DESK. EMILY IS SAT AT HER DESK, DOING THE BOOKKEEPING. LEANING OVER EMILY’S DESK, BLAINE IS STOOD NEXT TO HER. COLE ENTERS FROM THE LOUNGE. COLE SPORTS A FEDORA WITH A FEATHER IN ITS BRIM ON HIS HEAD.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON "Hello Emily, Doctor." CHARLIE DENTON(O.O.V.) "Captain." COLE JACOB BILLINGTON "Charles." [BLAINE STRAIGHTENS UP. CHARLIE STEPS INTO THE CORRIDOR FROM HIS OFFICE.] EMILY "You’re just the man we were speaking of." COLE JACOB BILLINGTON "Good things, I hope." [CHARLIE STEPS INTO THE ROOM.] CHARLIE DENTON "Actually; we were debating the merits of your theatrical skills." COLE JACOB BILLINGTON "Excuse me?" [EMILY GETS TO HER FEET. STEPPING CLOSE TO COLE, EMILY PLACES A HAND AGAINST HIS HEART.] EMILY "There's trouble down by the Hastings Mill. The city's vagrants have made a lot of noise pertaining to some monster preying on them." [COLE RUNS A HAND ALONG EMILY’S ARM.] COLE JACOB BILLINGTON “Oh?” [STEPPING FORWARD, CHARLIE HANDS COLE A STACK OF PAGES.] CHARLIE DENTON "We need you to go undercover amongst the hard luck cases, make them believe you are one of them, get their trust." EMILY "Shouldn't be too hard, I should think." COLE JACOB BILLINGTON “You want to dirty me up a bit, Emily?” EMILY “I doubt that needs to be a two person affair, Captain.” CUT TO: -

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