I have no idea what exactly changed between 1.0 and 1.1 – likely spelling and the removal of any fart jokes. Already we have our hero (TR) entering the scene from a train car. This was due to the fact that we felt we needed to introduce our hero first…and the fact that we found a location willing to let us shoot a period train station.
Steampunk Short Draft 1.1
EXT. MAP - DAY A WORLD MAP depicting the STEAMPUNK EARTH in the 1890’s. We spiral down across the Mississippi to a railroad line. We follow the line past the Iron Belt and come to rest over the great metropolis of Vulcandale Sandwiched between Bessemer and Birmingham. FADE TO: TRAIN STATION: DAY A spectacled man in his late thirties dressed in western military-esque garb, carrying a WALKING STICK exits a rail car and takes his Bering amid a bustling rail station. Airships loiter overhead and travellers in complex and unlikely steam-assisted garb mill about. MAN Bully! He exits the boarding platform area. A SHADY FIGURE steps into view, watching THE MAN egress. CAMERA SCANS ACROSS PLATFORM TO REVEAL Two guards, festooed in English looking steam garb step off the first class travelling coach and scan the crowd for potential threats. LADY VICTORIA NOBLE, a beautiful woman in her twenties steps off the coach with the assitance of the guards. She is dressed in an elegant gown, hat and parasol. The exit the platform and passing the station ladie’s facilities, Lady Victoria pauses. LADY VICTORIA (looking at the retrooms) excuse me for a moment gentlemen. Lady Victora steps into restroom dorway. Without hesitation, the guards follow in step. LADY VICTORIA (cont’d) Gentlemen, I realize my father is concerned for my safety and well being but I think even he would prefer you not accompany me into the loo. The guards break their single-minded tance, look up at the sign. VICTORIA’S GUARD 1 (embarrassed) Yes my lady. Lady Victoria proceeds into the restroom. VICTORIA’S GUARD 2 Bloody div.. Guard 1 gives guard 2 the two finger salute. WOMAN’S RESTROOM: DAY Lady Victoria quickly disposes of her dress and veil and with a few adjustemnts becomes a lady about town with riding goggles, goves and apropriate attire. Her discarded gown dumped uncerimoniously into the dust bin. At that moment, two other women are heading back out the doorway. Lady Victory falls in step. TRAIN STAION: DAY The two women and the now disguised Lady Victoria exit the restroom and walk away. The guards take no notice. Guard 2 pulls out a fob wach and checks the time. EXT. CITY STREET: DAY THE MAN saunters down the busy street. All manner of trade and negotiation transpire around him. MAN From the jungles of vine and tree to the jungles of brick and cobblestone. WE SEE The Peanut Trading Company. MAN Peanuts! Bully! THE MAN quickly enters the Peanut Trading Company and partakes of its wares.The SHADY FIGURE moves into view, watching. Some time later, THE MAN returns to the busy street with a bag of fresh, hot peanuts. He eats them enthusiastically. From across the street, we see the SHADY FIGURE steady himself and take at at THE MAN apparently. The SHADY FIGURE takes his shot. The bag of peanuts in THE MAN’s hands exlodes only to be replaced by a cylindrical message tube. THE MAN is confused and amazed. He looks across the street to find the SHADY FIGURE inexplicably still standing there. The SHADY FIGURE realizes that THE MAN sees him and quickly runs off down the street. MAN (cont’d) You owe me a bag of peanuts you vagabond! (mutters) This city has no end of bizarre characters. THE MAN opens the cannister and retrieves a piece of paper. He reads it and then frantically looks around. He sees a small boy offering hot steam recharging to the various mechanicals along the street. MAN (cont’d) Lad, could you direct me to the Hamilton Ship works? STEAM BOY Yessir. It’s just down Tessla Avenue past the post office. You’ll see the air-docks from there, sir. THE MAN looks up to see the air docks towering in the distance. EXT. AIRSHIP YARD - DAY The complex buzzes with activity. Every port has an AIRSHIP tethered to it, with the conspicuous exception of the absence of a ship at the MAIN PORT. SUBTITLE Hamilton Shipworks 1891 INT. WORKSHOP The room contains CALIBRATION DEVICES and INDUSTRIAL MACHINES. There is a TABLE stacked with SCHEMATICS and NOTEBOOKS. Professor Deter Metz (PROFESSOR), a disheveled Germanic man in his late fifties/early sixties dressed in laboratory garb, frantically grabs and hordes the schematics and notebooks, along with an odd, apple-sized METAL BALL. He turns to leave and we see: TWO ARMED SOLDIERS THUG 1 (OC) Goin’ somewhere, Professor? PROFESSOR (German accent,) smiles nervously) Gentlemen, I was just... Professor looks at the THUGS looking at his hand full of booty, and resigns to his fate. THUG 1 lifts a PHONE off of the wall, and speaks into it. THUG 1 We have ‘em Commodore. Looks like we arrived just in time to interrupt some overoptimistic travel plans. INT. OFFICE Fashionably decorated with a nice DESK full of BRIC-A- BRAC, a plush RUG, and some SHELVES with BOOKS. There is a row of PHONES. COMMODORE TERRENCE HAMILTON (COMMODORE), a dapper southern gentleman in his late thirties, is scrutinizing a large set of drafting papers. There is a knock. COMMODORE Gentlemen. How uncharacteristically timely. Do enter. THE DOOR OPENS. Commodore stands with his back to the door. He hears it open. He draws his sword. COMMODORE Bring me that thieving rat so that I may personally cut off his... FEMALE VOICE (OC) Vermin trouble dear? Commodore whirls around to see Lady VICTORIA NOBLE (Lady) now in her street garb. COMMODORE My, who is this strange and sensual flower bathing my eyes in beauty. FEMALE VOICE Perhapse a wily theif come to releave you of your fortune? COMMODORE In that case I would referr you to my able body guard. Should I have him search you? FEMALE VOICE I preferr you did that yourself. Thai takes this exchange as his cue to leave. He gives a nod to the Commodore and exits through the door. COMMODORE Well then I had better get started before my ladyfriend arrives. Lady Victoria removes her hat and goggles. Commodore bows, sheathes his sword. COMMODORE (cont’d) Oh. Imagine my surprise as it turns out indeed to be my ladyfriend! LADY VICTORIA Oh, I don’t think you are too terribly surprised... (they kiss) ...yet. COMMODORE I had not expected you until next week. LADY VICTORIA (cont’d) You aren’t happy to see me? COMMODORE Of course, I just have some pressing matters that...need my personal attention. LADY VICTORIA What could be more pressing than me? The office door flies open and Thugs with Professor in tow appear. THUG 1 Commodore, we... (noticing Lady Victoria) ...Oh, hello Ma’am! Thugs all tip their hat, Thug 2 looks menacingly at Professor who gets the hint and does the same. Lady Victoria curtsies in response. COMMODORE Ah Professor. Good of you to join us. Feel free to place all of my property on my desk there. PROFESSOR I do not feel free. COMMODORE Then feel compelled. Devices of all sorts flow from the Professor’s coat and are placed on the desk. After a time, the flow ebbs. COMMODORE (CONT’D) All of it, Professor! More devices, papers and weapons appear... LADY VICTORIA Darling, are these long arms necessary? This gentleman does not appear dangerous. Objects continue to trickle from the pockets, hem and longcoat of the professor. COMMODORE Looks may be deceivin’, dahlin’! For example... Commodore approaches Professor, reaches into his coat and after some searching pulls out a STEAM PISTOL, that has a DIAL on the side. COMMODORE (CONT’D) ...this...clever device is as potentially powerful as all three of those rifles. (to Professor) And it is my property. LADY VICTORIA What is this all about, Terrence? COMMODORE A minor contract dispute, my dove. Britain and France want their weapons From the Germanic Confederation. And the Germanic Confederation wants me to fill a little production shortfall. All just good business...except that my technical liaison wants to scamper off with some of my trade secrets... The Commodore mocks shame... Forgive me dear. I would ask that you say, “hello” to my back-stabbin’ technological liaison! PROFESSOR That is not true! I have taken nothing! All this... (indicates the pile on the desk) ...work...is mine! COMMODORE I beg to differ professor. I have a stack of invoices that state emphatically otherwise. PROFESSOR You have no right to my designs! They belong to–- THUG 2 hits Professor in the stomach, causing the Professor to double over. The Commodore reaches over and removes yet ANOTHER scroll from the Professor’s coat. COMMODORE ...Me I’m afraid. Including this airship which you insist is unfinished despite all evidence to the contrary. (indicating scroll) Now, should you agree to simply... LADY VICTORIA I am sure this is not necessary! (to Commodore) Darling, are you condoning this brutality? COMMODORE Of course not, dahlin’! (points at Thug 2) Gentlemen! You were trained better than that. You know I expect fair treatment and civility from all in my charge. Professor looks up in disbelief. PROFESSOR Are you entirely well, Commodore? The smile of the Commodore’s lips quavers. COMMODORE Capital, Professor. I offer you this. As forgiveness is a fundamental part of my character, you may show me how to start my ship and I’ll let you linger and enjoy its inaugural flight before...letting you go. (to Professor and Thugs) Gentlemen! Commodore motions them to the exit. Thugs lead Professor out. COMMODORE (CONT’D) (to Lady Victoria) Now, dahlin’, you probably prefer to remain here whilest I... LADY VICTORIA Nonsense! I wish to see this little drama to its conclusion, and I would very much like to see this new ship! COMMODORE But, dahlin’... LADY VICTORIA Let’s go, then! Lady Victoria exits. The Commodore, quickly defeated, follows with guards and the Professor. EXT. WALKWAY Professor leads the group followed closely by Thugs and Lady Victoria and Commodore bringing up the rear. MAN (OC) Afternoon, gentleman! They all whirl about to see the source of the voice, who is THE MAN from the rail station. Sensing that this man is a threat, the thugs turn their steam rifles on him. There is some confusion about which Thug threatens which interloper with which rifle. After some switching back and fourth, Thug 1 keeps his rifle on Professor, while Commodore (with pistol) and Thug 2 & 3 aim at TR. MAN (cont’d) Afternoon gentlmen. COMMODORE Stand aside Sir, you are inpeeding private busines. MAN I’m afraid I cannot do that. (indicates note) For I am here to negotiate the release the of this lovely young lady and that fine gentleman. LADY VICTORIA Excuse me. PROFESSOR Indeed? COMMODORE Excellent! Gentlemen, prepare to open fire. MAN Everyone remain calm, I am dropping my stick... (drops stick) ...and thus, I am completely disarmed! COMMODORE As you can see, we are quite heavily armed! MAN (smiles) And, so you are! COMMODORE I believe our impetuous stranger has the advantage of us, gentlemen! MAN You may call me “TR!” THUG 2 Who is this clown? COMMODORE The only TR of which I am aware is decidedly no clown. (simmers) LADY VICTORIA ...indeed. (seems irritated as well) TR You flatter me sir. And you honor me with your presence, Ma’am. TR reaches for the hand of the Lady Victoria but again, after some switching between the Professor and TR, the thugs cut the action short by menacing TR with the barrels of their rifles. Lady Victoria smiles, but then stops when she notices Commodore who is glaring at her. TR Well Ma’am, help is at hand! COMMODORE Look here, sir, I... TR So, why not avoid an unnecessary mess by handing the Lady and older gentleman over into my custody? COMMODORE ...because I have have three marksmen with powerful long arms? The Commodore turns his pistol on TR. As does the Thug pointing his rifle at the Professor. The Commodore gives that Thug an angry glare. Another exchange of rifle barrels ends with a different Thug aimed at the Professor and all other guns leveled at TR. TR Let me suggest this. FIRST FIGHT SEQUENCE Suudeny, with a few, swift moves, TR takes out the Commodore (acquiring the steam pistol in the process) and all three Thugs. The Commodore, recovering from the ground, takes out a WHISTLE and blows it. The shrill noise echoes through the cramped complex. TR (wiggling a finger in his ear) Oww? From far down the piped passageway, THAI, an athletic Asian in his late 30’s and THUG 4 appear from around a bend. Immediately, they start firing at TR. LADY VICTORIA (to Commodore) The very...how dare you? TR Madam, Sir...this way I believe. LADY VICTORIA But... A hail of steamy bullets strikes the beam very near the Lady Victoria. TR grabs Lady Victoria and Professor and leads them into the cover of the steam stacks. Thai and Thug 4 join and help to their feet their fallen comrades. COMMODORE Shoot them! The Thugs look at each other then back to the Commmodor withtrepidation. THUG 1 Even Lady Victoria, sir? COMMODORE (cont’d) Well, shoot...carefully. Thai, and thugs 3 and 4 give chase. Thug 1 and 2 run a different route. EXT. BOILER ROOM TR leads Lady Victoria and Professor inside. INT. BOILER ROOM LARGE ENGINE with accompanying PANEL of dials and instruments. The three enter the room. TR (to Professor) Do you have a way to get out of here? PROFESSOR Absolutely! Everything is already set! LADY VICTORIA (to TR) TR, there is something you need to know... A STEAM BLAST slams close to TR’s head. TR In a moment it, Ma’am! We need to go! The three of them break for cover. INT. BOILER ROOM TR, Lady Victoria, and Professor run through the boiler room. Pursued by firing guards. PROFESSOR That way! The gang reaches what would be the entrance to the tunnels only to find it blocked by a metal gate. Armed guards take cover and continue at our heroes. TR, using the STAEM PISTOL returns fire knocking each of them back the way they came. TR Professor, we need to get through that door. Sugestions? PROFESSOR Turn the dial on the side of the pistol for more power, ja? TR cranks the dial on the side to the highest number, and points the gun at the gate. PROFESSOR (cont’d) Not so close! TR fires, the gate blows open. TR flies back landing on hs rear. TR (recovering) Bully! PROFESSOR This way! Professor runs as TR and Lady Victoria follow. They go down some stairs into, INT. TUNNEL It is dark and damp with entrances at either end. Thai and Thug 4 drop down the entrance at the end of tunnel where TR, Lady Victoria, and Professor head. TR turns and starts toward the way the came in, only to see Commodore with Thug 3 sealing off the other end. Commodore and all Thugs move in, weapons pointed and poised to fire. TR raises the pistol and fires, but it is out of power. TR drops the weapon, and all the bad guys move in close. Commodore sees TR eying the thug’s weapon, for he has moved in close to TR. Commodore moves the thug back a little while looking warily at TR. TR Nobody panic, we’re not finished, yet! LADY VICTORIA Actually, I am finished. This has been...exhilarating...but as I was trying to tell you earlier TR, I did not send that note. TR What? So...he is not your father? (points at Professor) LADY VICTORIA Hardly. (Slaps TR) I met that man only a few minutes ago. And, in fact, this gentleman is a very close friend of mine. She moves over beside Commodore, who smiles smugly...until the Lady Victoria hammers his jaw with a short, right-cross. COMMODORE ...Oww? LADY VICTORIA Why in good grace were your goons firing at me...ME...your betroved? COMMODORE (recovering) I told them to be careful? LADY VICTORIA And what care were they exercising when they pierced my hat with one of their projectiles? COMMODORE The ut-most, dahlin’. I assure you... TR (to Professor) So, your daughter did not send the note? PROFESSOR I do not have a daughter that I am aware of. TR Criminey! I must be slipping. PROFESSOR There there...we all have bad days from time to time. COMMODORE You seem like an educated man, TR. Which makes me wonder why you would put so much stock in a hand written note from an anonymous source. TR If you must know, sir, I once ignored such a note. Many good men died. COMMODORE Well, just so you know, I caught this vermin... (nods at Professor) ...stealing things I paid him to design and build. TR Is this true? PROFESSOR No...yes...not exactly! (points to COMMODORE) Your money financed the construction of my experimental weapon designs. But I discovered that we were constructing them off-book. You had no intention of shipping them to the Confederation! For whom are we actually working? PROFESSOR (cont’d) (to TR) What I do know is that one of these designs...the one most closely guarded...could shift the balance of power for the whole world! LADY VICTORIA (whirls around to stare at Commodore) Is that true? COMMODORE Dahlin’, it’s all just good business. I merely rearranged the original terms to terms more favorable...for me. LADY VICTORIA Well if any of these terms were with Great Britain, my father will be informed! COMMODORE I’m afraid I cannot allow that, dahlin’. Besides, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. In the end, I believe they will be asking for forgiveness from me... LADY VICTORIA (suddenly grim) My father would never beg from anyone. Not even you. COMMODORE Give him time. Commodore turns the gun on her and motions her to stand with the other two. COMMODORE Dahlin’, your fate I fear remains with your new friends. LADY VICTORIA But..you said you loved me! COMMODORE I said a lot of things, dear. There’s always another train coming in. LADY VICTORIA You are a bastard! Commodore shrugs his shoulders in resignation. PROFESSOR (whispers to TR) So now you wave your hands about so the bad guys will fly around and we will run, ja? TR I already played that hand. We need another distraction. The Lady Victoria hears TR. LADY VICTORIA Not a problem. Lady Victoria fiddles with an attachment on her back and her corset flies off. We see the present company look into her corset with some confusion. ANGLE CORSET Under her clothing is an expertly crafted breastplate of brass and copper. LADY VICTORIA (cont’d) Oh, silly me... The Lady Victoria turns a clasp. FROM BEHIND we see the breast plate hinge out and up over he shoulders. THIS garners the sudden and undivided attention of all present. COMMODORE (wide-eyed) I’m sure going to miss that. The Lady Victoria prods TR in the ribs. She nods her head at the Thugs. TR Uh, yes, of course. TR flies into action, stunning Commodore and the Thugs and then leads Lady Victoria (who covers herself up) and Professor down the tunnel to a blast door. TR and Lady Victoria rush through but the Professor has an idea. PROFESSOR One second! The Professor pulls a lever and a solid, steel blast door drops from the ceilng closing off the tunnels for the Commodore and thugs. INT. TUNNEL Thai, the Commodore and the thugs reach the closed blast doors. COMMODORE Dammit to hell! (to his men) Back to the junction. We’ll go around. EXT. WATER TOWER TR, Lady Victoria and the Professor move toward the mooring towers. Halfway to their goal, a group of workers in dirty technician’s coveralls stop the fleeing heroes. TECH #1 That’s far enough trespassers. LADY VICTORIA I beg your pardon. TECH #2 Oh, not you ma’am. TECH #1 That’s far enough...Uh...trespassers and ma’am. LADY VICTORIA Thank you. TR Gentlemen. Please do not be offended. But we are bereft of time. So I ask you to understand when I inquire - who is going to stop me? The group points. An extremely large and lethal looking steam mech clanks up to the group. The driver can be seen protruding from its mechanical neck. STEAM MECH DRIVER That would be me, sir. TR looks to the Professor and the Lady Victoria. PROFESSOR This is being your area of expertise I think. The Professor and Lady Victoria back away. TR (sighs) Fine. Let’s have it. The Mech moves to TR with surprising speed and grace. TR is grasped and thrown. Landing on the Bricks, TR recovers and raises a fist. TR (cont’d) Now see h... Again the Mech tosses TR. TR lands and regains his bearing. TR spies a nearby wrench and quickly grabs then hurls it at the driver but finds the Mech all too capable of defecting the projectile. TR then rushes the Mech only to be thrown to the ground. The Mech steps back to look at TR who recovers the discarded wrench a second time. TR thrusts the wrench up into the body of the mech jamming two interlocked cogs. The mech freezes. TR stands again then casts a murderous glance back at the dirty technicians. They lower their wrenches and make apologetic gestures. TR (cont’d) Very well. TR and the gang make for the stairs across the shipyard. EXT. MAIN PORT The three are at the base of the stairs leading up to the main sport, where there is no ship docked. PROFESSOR Up here. Hurry! TR There? (looks) What is the matter with you? There is nothing up there but a dead end and us! PROFESSOR No, trust me! Professor climbs the stairs, TR and Lady Victoria reluctantly follow. GANTRY ABOVE SHIPYARDS The professor, breathing hard, reaches the top of the gantry. The runs directly to an isolated podium standing up from the otherwise featureless deck. He begins to fumble with a large ring of keys. TR looks back down the ladder. At the base of the ladder, an exhausted Commodore and his thugs mount the rungs. TR They are still coming! Professor tosses TR the metal ball. At that moment, Thai and the soldiers approach the top of the ladder. PROFESSOR Turn the dial and throw it in front of them! TR does so, as the metal ball clanks to the deck at the top of the ladder, it issues a powerful jet of steam. As the steam escapes, a MOUND OF ICE begins to grow and engulf the ladder encasing the first soldiers just now arriving, with the exception of Thai who evades the deadly trap and now lunges at TR! On the ladder and just below the ice wall, the Commodore and his men reach the platform but are blocked by the ice. COMMODORE Rifles! Empty breaches! Commodore and the other Thugs can be seen blasting through the ice with the steam guns. Meanwhile TR meets Thai head on. TR Lady Victoria, run! PROFESSOR No, stay! It’s here, somewhere... there! The last key fits. The Professor pulls a lever. One by one, GIANT MIRRORED PANELS each clank ninety degrees revealing a CUTTING EDGE AIRSHIP. Professor takes Lady Victoria and runs toward the airship and begins to open a BAY DOOR. TR manages to defeat Thai and runs to the bay door, where Professor and Lady Victoria await with outstretched arms. INT. WHEELHOUSE An ornate interior with STEERING WHEEL and a CONSOLE with other GUIDANCE EQUIPMENT. PILOT, a strapping African American man in his early thirties dressed in pilot’s garb, turns to look at the three. PROFESSOR You can fly us out of here, ja? CAPTAIN LAPIERE I gather that you are responsible for my ship being fired upon? PROFESSOR My ship! CAPTAIN LAPIERE I'm the captain of this ship! PROFESSOR I BUILT IT! TR (labored breath) Shut up, the both of you! We are taking fire so get us out of here! The hull rings as its hit with steam rifles from outside. COMMODORE My dear Captain LaPiere, unless you want to be fired and have at least two nations chasing you, you will open the door and relinquish my property! LADY VICTORIA I am not your property! TR I believe he means the ship. CAPTAIN LAPIERE If there is a good reason why I souldn’t open that atch and let the Commodore aboard, I need to hear it right now. TR Because that man is a murderous basterd who plans to start a war! LADY VICTORIA (pulling a paper from her vest) I have a blank note from the Bank of England with my father’s signature on it. CAPTAIN LAPIERE (smiles) That works. LADY VICTORIA (to TR) A woman’s wiles can only get a Lady so far. CAPTAIN LAPIERE Now which of you has the key? TR and Lady Victoria both look at the Professor. PROFESSOR Right here. Professor runs up to a console and presses his hand on a blank panel. When he does so, gears and levers surround his hand, then when all of them lock into place, the ships engine starts up. TR Bully! CAPTAIN LAPIERE Grab something solid! LaPiere engages the engine. PROFESSOR The...the moorings! EXT. AIRSHIP The mooring cable grow taut then rip the mooring rings right off the surface of the deck. PROFESSOR ...were obviously inadequate. EXT. MAIN PORT The ship takes off as Commodore watches the Thugs fire their steam weapons. The ship recedes unfettered. COMMODORE Gentlemen, please tell me what you hope to achieve by shooting little balls at an aluminium airship? The Thugs look at one another. Commodore’s expression lightens from furious, to almost pleased. As the Commodore watches the airship recede, two other ships rise from the shipyards and glide toward the escaping vessel over the watching Commodore. EXT. SHIPYARD - OPEN SKY. The airship continues to gain altitude. From behind its gasbags, two other sleek and military airships rise above the towers of the shipyard. INT. WHEELHOUSE CAPTAIN LAPIERE (checks a periscope) We have company. At that moment, Thai explodes from the doorway and tackles TR. PROFESSOR Indeed but I believe that our rough riding friend will take care of him. PILOT I was referring to the company aft. The pilot indicates the rear of the ship. The Lady Victoria and Professor run to the nearest porthole or window. EXT. SHIPYARD - OPEN SKY. The other airships open fire. INT. WHEELHOUSE PROFESSOR We’re cooked! CAPTAIN LAPIERE Cooked? No. A little braised maybe. The pilot pulls levers and throws the wheel hard to port. The tilting of the deck forces the battling TR and Thai to roll across the wheelhouse. TR (to Thai) How did you even get up here? The Lady Victoria sidesteps the combat. The Airship climbs and reaches a thick bank of clouds. Firing, the military airships follow into the cotton white quagmire. INT. WHEELHOUSE CAPTAIN LAPIERE Professor, if you have not already done so, now may be a good time to test the new equipment you installed. PROFESSOR What? Oh! Quite! The professor throws levers. Noises emanate from the airship. The hair on the Lady Victoria’s head begins to stand on end. Thai delivers a devistating blow to TR which knocks him out of the cabin. Thai follows... EXT. AIRSHIP WALKWAY. The Airship rises through dark clowds. Thai lunges after TR. There is a brief struggle resulting in TR being thrown over the low railing. He catches a lower wrung and is hanging by one hand over a cloudy oblivion. Thai smiles and directs a heel smash at TR’s fingers. In that instant, TR snaps his grasp from the rail to Thai’s leg. He pulls himself up and with one move pulls Thai off the walkway and secures a grasp on the railing. EXT. CLOUDS - DAY We see Thai plummeting toward the clouds below. INT. WHEELHOUSE A frazzled TR enters the cabin. CAPTAIN LAPIERE You may want to hang onto something. TR You have no idea. EXT. AIRSHIP - CLOUDS The military airships are gaining on the Professor’s airship, firing. Suddenly, lightning arcs from the clouds to the Professor’s airship. It bounces between the gas bags of the Professor’s airship gaining potential. Finally, it leaps back toward the lead military airship which EXPLODES and wounded, gyrates back the way it came. The second military airship, unable to avoid the sinking first, STRIKES the wounded ship and itself decomposes in a boiling ball of fire. The Professor’s airship finally rises out of the clouds. A clear blue sky stretches before us. INT. SHIP - WHEELHOUSE A new, unfiltered sunlight fills the cabin. La Piere flies along, the others squint in the virgin sunlight. TR Bully! La Piere is struck by TR’s turn of phrase. CAPTAIN LAPIERE I thought you looked familiar! TR Pardon? You have me at a disadvantage, sir! CAPTAIN LAPIERE You are the hero of Chanselor Ville, yes? TR There were many heroes that day sir. CAPTAIN LAPIERE But only one crazy enough to take on two cannon batteries with a repeating rifle and a pitard, sir. TR (suspiciously) A pitard auspiciously air dropped by the most fearless dirigible captain I have ever served with... CAPTAIN LAPIERE Captain Jon LaPiere at your service, sir! (snaps a salute) TR My God man. If there is a devil in the sky he fears your name! TR grabs LaPiere’s hand and gives it a vigorous shake. CAPTAIN LAPIERE Just doing what I can to save the men on the ground. So, destination? PROFESSOR Why, Germany! I must let the Confederation know that the device works...and that it may now be a bigger threat than the one it was designed to combat! LADY VICTORIA No! England! My father and the other powers to be must be alerted to the Commodore’s attempt to proliferate these weapons throughout the Americas. (thinks) And, that I now have an ex-fiancé. TR Just set course for the nearest free port until we can sort this all out. We can wire both the German Confederation and your father from there. Anyway, we have a more pressing question. LADY VICTORIA What? TR Who sent me that note? EXT. THE GREAT BLUE SKY The airship flies away into adventure. EXT. CLOUDS - SUNSET We see Thai still falling to the ground. Streets and airships can be seen below him. Thai sets his teeth to a determined grin. He pulls his goggles over his eyes. EXT. CLOUDS - SUNSET Thai plummets to the ground below... BLACK END