The Gate of Shambala

                                     By

                              Timothy Sheridan

                               (c) 2013-2015

                              EDITED VER. 1.2.7

                              info@theubie.com

         
          

          

          

          

          
 
OPEN

EXT/INT. CUBA LARGE VILLA LATE AFTERNOON

Father and Son are in black tie and walk to a large
villa.  The father carries an object in a mall box.

                              ERNST
                    How do I look.       

                              KIT
                    Good.       

                              ERNST
                    Now pay attention. Iíll show you how
                    this is done.       

                              KIT
                    Yea, Sure.
 
                              GREETER
                    Buenos Nochas

                              ERNST
                    Ernst Aton and his Son Kit.

                              GREETER
                    Right this way please enjoy your
                    visit.

     Ernst and son traverse the grand foyer to a large reception
     room.  They wait in a short line and greet their host.

                              ERNST
                    How do you do Mr. Presidente.  And
                    Mrs Presidente.

                              EL PRESEDENTE
                    Ah, Seinor Aton. Your reputation
                    precedes you.  You have the item? 

                              ERNST
                    Yes, Here it is Mr. Presedente.

                              EL PRESEDENTE
                    Ah, I would like to present
                    this at dinner. 

                              ERNST
                    Of course.

                              EL PRESEDENTE
                    Naturally the University will
                    receive these precious items.
                    (points)  Please make your selves
                    comfortable.  Dinner will begin in
                    a few minutes.

                              ERNST
                    Weíll wait for the introductions
                    then weíll leave. These things can
                    go all night.   Hi.    

                              KIT
                    Iím ok.        

                              ERNST
                    Hey, donít drink it all at once.    

                              KIT
                    This is my first one.        
 
                              ERNST
                    Yea I know.        Hi..       

                              INTERESTED GUEST
                    Mr Aton I have read of your work 
                    in pre-Columbian history.        

                              ERNST
                    Thank you. We're finding tribal
               history is much older than the
               text books would have you think.

                              INTERESTED GUEST
                    Oh. 

                              ERNST
                    Yes. The accepted 4000 year
                    timeline is only a starting point.
                    Last year we found artifacts at
                    much lower strata than the
                    traditional kiln fired work.  I
                    think we can add centuries to the
                    accepted time line for habitation.        

                              INTERESTED GUEST
                    Really, I will be very interested
                    to hear more of this.

                              ERNST
                    The University will be publishing
                    very soon.  It's the start of a
                    whole new era for the field.

                              INTERESTED GUEST
                    Ah..mm..

                              STEWARD
                    If you will come this way dinner is
                    ready.

          Guests assemble at dinner.

          INT. DINNING ROOM LATE AFTERNOON

          A guard speaks something to the presedente who then welcomes
          guests. He introduces Ernst and son and explains the art items.

          All sit.
 
                              EL PRESIDENTE
                    Thank you all for coming. And
                    sharing this meal with us. This is
                    a time of struggle and challenges. 
                    But it is good to have with us so many
                    friends. We hold strong to our
                    beliefs and history. And tonight
                    we have two distinguished guests,
                    senior Aton and his son, who bring
                    to us a special piece of our heritage
                    for our national museum, a very
                    rare pottery which, is thousands of 
                    years in age.

          Rebels storm the entrance and glass breaks from shots.
          Guests duck and shriek.  The president is hurried away.
          Guards turn to the commotion. Guns fire.

                              ERNST
                    This doesn't look good.  Come on. 
                    Stay down.

          The soldiers take the front entrance and make their way
          toward the guests.  Soldiers are of little help. A few
          drop or duck.  The guests are hurried to another room.

          Ernst Grabs the Item. He and kit run. But they are trapped.
          They observe the commotion and yelling as more shots are
          fired.

                              KIT
                    Jesus what are they doing?

                              ERNST
                    Things broke apart faster than I
                    expected.

                              KIT
                    You expected this?

                              ERNST
                    Expected? No. There's been some
                    problems.. But I uh..,  Can we talk
                    about this later?  Ok come on, go!

          Ernst and kit circle around and duck from the cross fire.
          They run to a closet under the stairs careful not to disturb
          a drum set.

                              KIT
                    So were, doing this in the
                    middle of a revolution.
 
                              ERNST
                    Sometimes countries have problems.

                              KIT
                    Problems?

                              ERNST
                    Itís not my fault!  Alright, lets go.

          Someone runs past. Ernst and son make their way upstairs
          into a well-appointed study and climb out on the balcony.
          
          EXT. BALCONY

          Ernst jumps a guard taking his hat and gun.  Kit must 
          climb down the trellis.

                              ERNT
                    come on.

                              KIT
                         (climbing down)
                    Just a second.

                              ERNST
                    We donít have time for this.

          Ernst fights another soldier.

                              ERNST
                    The cars are blocked. Get the keys.
                    (from the other soldier)

                              KIT
                    Got em.

          A soldier keeps guard but as he turns back Ernst subdues him
          from behind a corner.

                              ERNST
                    Ok this could get a little hairy.

          Ernst and son flee across the yard to the cars and take a truck.
          Ernst loosens his tie.

                              ERNST
                    Hey.. Hey.. Ok.. Let's just hope
                    they stay put..

                              ERNST
                    You alright?

                              KIT
                    I'm disillusioned. But I'll be ok.
 
                              ERNST
                    Hold on.. looks like we got
                    trouble.

          A second truck follows them ...chase.. bump, push, bump,
          push, turn, turn, Ernst and son are pinned down in a circle
          with a fountain. Now they are surrounded by police. The
          rebels close in and begin shooting it out with police.

                              ERNST
                    Woa.. This isnít our fight.  Letís
                    go.  Come onÖ

          Ernst and son flee down an alley. They hotwire a car.

			      ERNST cont..
                    Over here. Go get in.

                              KIT
                    Uh isn't this stealing?

                              ERNST
                    Only if they stop shooting.

                              ERNST
                    Ok.  Hold on.

                              KIT
                    You better move it.

          Ernst and son turn a corner but are stopped surrounded by
          more police and arrested. They lose the bribe money and the
          item.

                              ERNST
                    Woa. Looks like the jig is up. Just
                    stay quiet. Let me do the talking.

          EXT/INT. JAIL

          Ernst and his son are taken to jail.

                              JAILER
                    What is it?

                              COP
                    A couple car thieves.

                              JAILER
                    Put them in the back.

                              KIT
                    Were not!..

                              ERNST
                    Hey, donít bother. 
               	    They're not interested.
                    Just sit tight. I made a couple
                    plans. Police use radios now.

                              KIT
                    Good.  Cause they don't look too
                    friendly.

          They are slammed in to a cell.

		FADE TO

          INT/EXT. JAIL CELL

          Moments later a friend frees them and strums some money,
          plucking some out handing Ernst the rest and some keys. 

                              ERNST
                    Benne. Am I glad to see you. 

                              BENNE'
                    I should think so.  There's not
                    much time. 

                              ERNST
                    You have it?

                              BENNE'
                    Here.  This should get you there.
                    And here's something for the air
                    field.

                              ERNST
                    Thanks. Iím going to need a car.

                              BENNE'
                    In the back. Just pump the gas
                    petal.

                              ERNST
                    Thanks Benne.  Another time.

                              BENNE'
                    Another time.

          INT. THIRD CAR RIDE

          Ernst and son flee in an old car provided by the friend. But they
          no longer have the item.

                              ERNST
                    That was close. You all right?   

                              KIT
                    Yea Iím learning a lot.  Thanks.  
 
                              ERNST
                    Thereís no need to be sarcastic. We
                    had a little obstacle. These things 
                    happen sometimes.

                              KIT
                    I think we hit another one..
                    (pursuer)      

                              ERNST
                    Yea. Hold on.

          They are rammed by the same truck which gives chase down a
          long plantation road along an irrigation ditch.

                              KIT
                    They're shooting at us!

                              ERNST
                    You don't have to tell me!

                              KIT
                    Well what do we do?

                              ERNST
                    Benne was supposed to leave a pistol
                    in the glove box.

                              KIT
                    Oh..  so What was this for?

                              ERNST
                    For contingencies.  Here.. (checks
                    it)  Just point and shoot.  Not too
                    fast.

                              KIT
                         (pow, pow ,pow)
                    Itís not working!

                              ERNST
                    It rarely does.

                              KIT
                         (pow pow pow)
                    Ok I got to reload.

                              ERNST
                    Oh Damn. 

                              KIT
                    What?
 
                              ERNST
                    Looks like the bridge is out.  Hang
                    on I'm going to have to make a
                    short cut.

                              KIT
                    huh? Oh. no. No no. I can walk.

                              ERNST
                    There's no time for that.

                              KIT
                    Oh no. No.  No no no no no no no.

          Kaflump crash klang. The car lands on the other side of the
          irrigation ditch. But the soldiers are not far behind and
          the car is wrecked. 

                              ERNST
                    Sheís' stuck.  Let's go.

          Ernst and his son flee the car and run across a banana
          field.  But the pursuers who are making their way across the
          stream. Ernst runs into a can of petrol and lights a fire in
          the field to thwart his pursuers. There is a light wind.

                              ERNST
                    Here.  Watch out.  This ought to
                    slow them down.

                              KIT
                    Hurry theyíre getting across.

          Ernst throws a burning leaf on the petrol which flashes and flairs 
          across the small furrow.

                              ERNST
                    Just wait.  There.  Come on!

          They run from the flames. Ernst and kit find the plane 
          hidden in the bushes.

                              ERNST
                    Over here.  Get in.

                              KIT
                    Whatís a matter? no hanger space
                    left?

                              ERNST
                    It's still here isn't it? Go just
                    turn it.

                              KIT
                    Good point.   It's not starting.
 
                              ERNST
                    Let me try.

                              KIT
                    Are you pumping it?

                              ERNST
                    Yea I'm.. You try again.

                              KIT
                    Nothing.

                              ERNST
                    Weíre running out of time. 
               You get in.

          They are spotted. Ernst rips off his sleeves, throws open
          the engine cover and pumps the engine as Kit tries to start
          it. He hits it repeatedly with a wrench, to unload the plugs 
          and carburetor. It starts!

          Ernst hunches over the wing as the plane circles.  He climbs
          in the cockpit.

                              KIT
                    Woa!

                              ERNST
                    Thereís not enough runway! We'll
                    have to turn around! 

                              KIT
                    And they're shooting at us!

                              ERNST
                    Ok just hold it there and pull up
                    when I tell ya!

          Ernst shoots, blam blam..

                              ERNST
                    Ok now.  Pull up!  Pull up!

          He shoots more.. blam blam..

          The plane takes off narrowly missing a small house and a
          truck with men who shoot at them. They soar upward through
          the raging flames of the plantation. The ember sunset
          reflects off the sea as father and son fly to Florida.

          
          OPENING CREDITS
          

          INT. HOME  BREAKFAST TABLE

          Ernst is finished breakfast and reading the paper.  He canít
          sit still.

                              ERNST
                    Congress, holds more hearings. 
                    Since when it is illegal to join a
                    political party?

                              JOY
                    What do you think about a vegetable
                    Garden? We can grow our own
                    saffron.

                              ERNST
                    Look at this. The Russians have the
                    bomb, music is all jitterbug and
                    our guys are putting monkeys in
                    space!  Can you believe it? 

                              JOY
                    Oh thatís just how they test the
                    rockets.  My instructor says its
                    Dharma.

                              ERNST
                    Donít start with that.  Iím
                    serious. Next thing you know
                    theyíll want to land on the moon. 

                              JOY
                    But maybe thatís our bliss?

                              ERNST
                    The only bliss around here is when
                    people come home at a reasonable
                    hour. Where were you? 

                              KIT
                    I had things to do. 

                              ERNST
                    You were out all night.

                              KIT
                    I was with friends. 
 
                              ERNST
                    Your mother was worried. 

                              KIT
                    Sorry. 

                              ERNST
                    Whatís this?

                              KIT
                    Stereos.

                              ERNST
                    Your selling stereos? 

                              KIT
                    Iím helping a friend. 

                              ERNST
                    Well apologize to your mother.

                              KIT
                    Yes. 

                              ERNST
                    What?

                              KIT
                    Yes sir. I'm Sorry.

                              ERNST
                    Thank you. 

                              KIT
                    Oh, and Iím suspended. 

                              ERNST
                    What?

                              KIT
                    I wasnít cheating!  They were
                    copying me! 

                              ERNST
                    You expect me to believe that?

                              KIT
                    Yes.

                              ERNST
                    All right. If you say so, then I
                    believe you. 
 
                              KIT
                    Thanks. 

                              JOY
                    See thatís your karma.  The peace
                    maker. 

                              ERNST
                    Donít start with me! 

                              JOY
                    Fine.  I believe you.

                              KIT
                    Thanks mom.

                              ERNST
                    Things are going to have to change
                    around here!

          INT. ERNST AT WORK

                              ERNST
                    Iím broken up about it too.  There
                    was no way out.  We were trapped.

                              BOSS
                    I understand. There was nothing any
                    of us could do. But it does put us
                    in a bind.

                              ERNST
                    Iím Sorry     

                              BOSS
                    It wasnít your fault.

                              ERNST
                    No but I should have seen it
                    coming.

                              BOSS
                    Well it has set us back.  
                    We were counting on the deal.

                              ERNST
                    Iíll get you something.  Thereís a
                    dig in Guatemala.  Iíve already
                    made arrangements.
 
                              BOSS
                    We need you in Paris.  The school
                    has made a deal to exchange you in
                    return we receive artifacts from
                    the Louvre and British museum.

                              ERNST
                    You sold me?

                              BOSS
                    We need you.

                              ERNST
                    You sold me. And.. cheap.

                              BOSS
                    I have no choice in the matter.  We
                    could send Commings or Steadman.

                              ERNST
                    You sold me. 

                              BOSS
                    Think of it as a sabbatical.

                              ERNST
                    Iíll think it over.

          INT. HOME GATHERED IN LIVINGROOM FOR FAMILY TALK

          Ernst sits the family down in the living room and demands
          the family go on a vacation.

                              ERNST
                    Iíve decided to take a sabbatical.
                    Weíre going to travel together.   

                              KIT
                    We just took a vacation. You set
                    the place on fire.

                              ERNST
                    Yea well this is different.

                              KIT
                    I canít. I have school.

                              ERNST
                    You're suspended!     

                              KIT
                    I have friends.     
 
                              ERNST
                    You can see them when you get back.

                              JOY
                    I have my class.  The sensei feels I
                    have a very bright aura.

                              ERNST
                    You can take the book! 

                              GROUP
                         (hemming and hawing)

                              ERNST
                    Weíre going to take this vacation.

                              GROUP
                         (Hemming and hawing)   

                              ERNST
                    We're going to Paris - as a family!

          EXT. PARIS  HOTEL. LATE MORNING

          A taxi stops and out rises Father with duffel bag (case
          with strap) on his shoulder.  Then out comes Mother with
          several suit cases a hat box, cosmetic case and two coats. 
          They drag this a slight distance toward the doorman who
          assists.  The kid appears with a small case, his jacket and
          a map.

                              ERNST
                    Ah.. Paris.    City of lights.  

                              JOY
                    Oh just a minute. Let me this and
                    uhh thank you.. oh. Thank you.

                              KIT
                    I donít know. It looked bigger in
                    the picture. It's all right.

          INT. HOTEL

          The family enters emboldened.  And the hero knows the staff.

                              ERNST
                    Piereí how are you?

                              PIERRE
                    Ah misure. 
 
                              ERNST
                    Got the family on vacation. 

                              PIERRE
                    And youíve come to spend a little
                    time in Pari, wonderful.   

                              ERNST
                    Itís good to see you again. 

                              PIERRE
                    Oui, Se bon.  And Mrs. Aton

                              JOY
                    Hi Pierre.

                              PIERRE
                    And this..

                              KIT
                    I'm Kit. Were a family.

                              PIERRE
                    Eh Bien

                              ERNST
                    Iíll be needing a bigger room. Of
                    course. (waives) 

                              PIERRE
                    Ah Oui, Take measur' and his family
                    to the balcony suite.

     Son sees many beautiful women in the hotel.

                              ERNST
                    Pace yourself; itís a big city.

                              ERNST
                    Here.  
                  (placing a handkerchief in
                        Kits Pocket) 
               Now you look like a gentleman.

                              KIT
                    What's this?
 
                              ERNST
                    It was your grandfather's.

                              KIT
                    Monogrammed.  Thanks.

                              JOY
                    It looks nice on you.

						Kit
				Thanks

                              JOY
                    Remember materiality is an
                    illusion. 

                              ERNST
                    Yea an expensive one.

           
          INT. MUSEUM LOADING DOCK

          Ernst oversees the loading dock of the museum.  They intake a
          Sarcophagus with the unknown star map.. and a curse.. referring
          to constellations which indicate truth, protector and 
          avenger.                           
          
                              ERNST
                   Ok Steady.  Take it down. Good.
                   Letís get it open. Mentuhotep
                   the second. Early Middle kingdom. 
                   Itís unusual it has a star clock
                   Tells the rising star for each
                   hour of the night. And the offset 
                   for each month.

                              CURATOR                  
                   Whatís that?
                     
                              ERNST
                   A curse.

                              CURATOR                  
                   Oh

                              ERNST
                   And to them who are false in the
                   presence of the pharaoh, death.
   
                              CURATOR
                   A curse of truth. 

                              ERNST
                   Yea. He didnít mess around. A good 
                   piece. Weíll have it cleaned and
                   mounted in a couple days. 
                   Listen, Iím meeting the misses and 
                   some friends for dinner at the 
                   cafť de France your welcome to 
                   join us.

                              CURATOR
                   Thank you, I think I will.

                              ERNST
                   Great. See you there. Oh Enri,
				 (the watchman)
                   youíll take care of the
                   pharaoh for us?

                              ENRI
                   Yes sir Mr Aton.  
                     (checks locked door)
 
          EXT. MUSEUM 5:00PM

          Ernst finishes work and leaves the museum. There is Joy who is
          now laden with shopping bags..       

                              ERNST
                    I though you said the material
                    world was an illusion.        

                              JOY
                    I though you said it was
                    expensive. 

                              ERNST
                    He helps her with the bags.

          Around the corner(same shot) is the son is kicking
          around the city alone.  He enters the boulangerie.        

                              KIT
                    What is this?  Give me one of
                    these. And this.

                              ANDELECE
                    Deux franks.

                              KIT
                    I donít know what is this?

          She picks the coins out of his hand.     

                              KIT
                    Uh  Thanks.  So you work here?  Do
                    you make all these?  All these. 
                    You make all these?  This one?  You
                    make this.  How do you do that? Is
                    that baked?  You bake them?  And
                    that stuff, you put that on after
                    or before? 

          She smiles.

                              KIT
                    Hey you know. Maybe um. Well you
                    Know, why donít you,  you know.. 

          She hangs up her apron, rinses and hangs a towel. 

                              KIT
                    What time do you get off of work? 

          She turns the sign on the door. Locking it behind as they
          leave.  They proceed down the steps.  She starts to leave.
 
                              KIT
                    Oh well um its early. How about we
                    take a walk?  You wanta take a
                    walk?  Your probably hungry. You
                    wanta to go to a cafe?

                              ANDELECE
                    Une Cafe uhhh oui.. 

                              KIT
                    Youíre hungry?        

                              ANDELECE
                    un petite. 

          They walk..

          INT. CAF…

	        Kit and Andelece sit in a sunlit corner cafť as they
	        get comfortable with one another.

                              KIT
                    This is good.  Oh I like this.  We
                    have these. So tell me about you. 

                              ANDELECE
                    Vous, les Amťricains. Je travaille
                    ŗ la boulangerie. Je ťtudie ŗ
                    l'Ecole debosart. Mais je pars pour
                    un semestre. nous verrons.   

          (translation : You Americans.  I work at the bakery.  I
          study at the ecole debosart. But I'm off for a semester. 
          We'll shall see.)   

                              KIT
                    Oh I don't understand you but um..
                    that sounds good. 

          They laugh..

          EXT. WAlKING IN PARK BY RIVER

                              KIT
                    So Iím here with my family. Itís a
                    working vacation.  Dad works at the
                    museum.  Heís a um well, he does a
                    lota different stuff.    Hey you
                    should see it.  Do you go to
                    museums? You like that? Come on.

          EXT. DARK ALLEY BEHIND MUSEUM

          Kit jimmies the lock of the dock entrance.
 
                              KIT
                    It's alright my father works here. 
                    I come here at night.  I just have
                    to. Come on its kind of
                    interesting.

                              ANDELECE
                    I think perhaps you are a criminal?

                              KIT
                    Huh?  Nah. Come on?  You'll see.

          INT. MUSEUM RESTORATION

          Kit grabs a flashlight from a closet..

                              KIT
                    just a minute.. here..  You take
                    one.  Now we go over here. see..
                    lights.   See look at all this
                    stuff. See? This is some kind of
                    ancient writing.  And this is like
                    a mummy or a pharaoh or something. 
                    These symbols all mean something..
                    but this is a calendar.. and these
                    are uh extra stars or something. 

                              ANDELECE
                    …toiles

                              KIT
                    yea.  And here,

          He gives her a pith helmet. He takes a visor with magnifying
          lens.. (they laugh)  He spreads out ďhis new handkerchiefĒ
          and reveals a split of Champagne and the stuff he bought at
          the bakery.  He feeds her.  They are picnicking on the cask
          of mentuhotep. 

                              KIT
                    Here you take this. 

          She brushes him with a brush. He uses the magnifying glass on her
          and they laugh.  She leans in closer.  A beat.  There is a sound !

                              KIT
                    Itís alright. Itís probably the 
                    guard. 
 
          But itís a truck which bursts through the dock door. Out
          come men with tommy guns followed by a well decorated Asian
          general.        

                              KIT
                    Woa! Just stay down.. the watchman
                    never comes back here.

          The kids hide behind the sarcophagus as men ransack the other
          room.  The men take the sarcophagus.  But the kids hide.
          One of the gunmen hears something.  He opens fire. Ba da da da.

                              GUNMAN 1
                    Lung bein peing kenu
                         (It's just a rat.)

          He shoots it.  Then he hears the kids in a scaffold above.
          He strafes the scaffolding with bullets.  The scaffolding
          collapses and the kids rise from the debris with hats on.

                              GUNMAN 2
                    Nem por cow!
                         (Bring them!)

          Two other soldiers load the kids and sarcophagus into the
          back of a truck.

          Enri the security guard arrives in the hall.  His appearance
          in the doorway draws machine gun fire splintering the
          doorframe.  He high-steppes back into the hall sweating and
          panting against the wall.

                              GUNMAN 2
                    clin ya pay mah
                         (move it !)

          The sarcophagus is loaded into the truck.

          The other security guard arrives. The two nod and open fire
          from the doorway.  The same soldier strafes the door again.
          And the two guards swim-run out of the way taking cover
          flanking the doorway.

          A third guard arrives.  The two guards eye each otherís
          frightened resolve.

          The gunman watching the doorway draws near the hall door.
          But the other gunman calls to him.

                              GUNMAN 2
                    Bi-ken-ker ! (Let's go)
 
          The first security guard grabs a look and runs after the
          truck into the shade of the alley. His gun is wobbling. He
          takes aim. But he does not see a shot.

          INT. CAFE D' FRANCE

          The parents dine with friends at the cafe. 
          The gendarme enter and ask for Ernst.

                              ALEX
                    So he here plucks it out of his 
                    hands and says, too late I 
                    already bought it.

                              GROUP               
          		    (laughter)

                              CURATOR
                    I bet they were surprised.

                              ALEX
                    Not as surprised as the university
                    when they saw the bill.

                              GROUP
                 (laughter)

                              GENDARME
                    Monsieur Aton there has been a
                    burglary. You will come with me?     

                              ERNST
                    Hey pal we walked here.

                              GENDARME
                    You are Ernst Aton who works at the
                    Paris museum.        

                              ERNST
                    Yea whatís this about?

                              GENDARME
                    The Museum has been Robbed.
 
                              CURATOR
                    Robbed? Sir, Iím Gilean Sebastion
                    I curate the Egyptology department.

                              GENDARME
                    Then I must also ask you to come
                    with me.

                              ERNST
                    You stay here.

                              JOY
                    No I'm going with you.

                              ALEX
                    I'm going too.

          INT. MUSEUM

          Ernst, joy and friends arrive at the museum and there are
          police.  They enter the back room and find the handkerchief
          and an earring.

                              ERNST
                    Jeffrey, Enri, whatís going on?

                              JEFFERY
                    Theyíve taken Mentuhotep.

                              ENRI
                    They entered through the loading
                    dock.  

                              INSPECTOR
                    You were the last to see the..?        

                              ENRI
                    Sarcophagus. yes      

                              ERNST
                    Actually this is the sarcophagus
                    but it contained an inner cask.  

                              INSPECTOR
                    And you were the last to see the
                    cask?        

                              ERNST
                    Yes. Mentuhotep II, first pharaoh
                    of the middle kingdom. Known for
                    justice and rule of law. We were
                    cataloging its return to France. 

                              JEFFREY
                    But who would take it?  It would be
                    almost impossible to sell, even on
                    the black market.

                               ENRI
                    That is what we will find out. You
                    can vouch for Monsieur Aton and his
                    wife?        

                              ALEX
                    Yes we were having dinner at the
                    restaurant.    

                              INSPECTOR
                    And can you identify this? 
                        (handkerchief)

                              ERNST
                    That belongs to Kit.  My son.

                              INSPECTOR
                    And where is your son?     

                              ERNST
                    I donít know he was supposed to
                    meet us at dinner.

                              INSPECTOR
                    Can you explain what he was doing
                    here?  

                              ERNST
                    He must have been here when they
                    took the pharaoh and inner coffin
                    but.. 

                              INSPECTOR
                    And this? 
                        (an earring)

          Ernst grins.

                              ERNST
                    Heh.. There must have been someone
                    with him. I can assure you he's not
                    involved.

                              INSPECTOR
                    You will remain available?

                              ERNST
                    Yes of course.
 
          EXT. MUSEUM

          Father and wife leave the museum and hasten to contact a
          friend at the Moulin Rouge. They hail a cab.

                              ERNST
                         (to wife)
                    I didnít want to tell the gendarme
                    but if anything is going on in this
                    town I know somebody who can tell
                    us what it is.

          INT. MOUIN ROUGE

                              ERNST
                    Rusty how are you?    

                              RUSTY
                    Ernst Aton this is a surprise.  
                    How long has it been?

                              ERNSTS
                    Too long. 

                              RUSTY
                    But now, am I seeing double?

                              RUSTY
                    Rusty this is my wife Joy.

                              RUSTY
                    Itís a pleasure madam.

                              RUSTY
                    Rusty we have a problem.  My son is
                    missing and there was a robbery at
                    the museum.       

                              RUSTY
                    That is a problem. But not
                    unexpected.        

                              ERNST
                    No?  What do you hear?

                              RUSTY
                    Well thereís been a lot of odd 
                    characters in here. And not the
                    kind you would want. One of them
                    is right over there. 
 
          The suspicious character sees them talking about him. Ernst
          approaches him.  Ernst waives and says hello. But the spy
          hastens away behind the stage!  Ernst follows.  
          
          INT. BACK STAGE MOULIN ROUGE

          The spy enters a small room with chairs and coats a desk and
          a podium. 

                              ERNST
                    I just want to ask you a couple
                    questions. 

          Ernst grabs his shoulder but the SPY turns and throws a
          punch and runs overturning a podium. He heads down another
          hall.  Ernst follows. The spy turns and lunges. The two
          begin fighting in the dressing room.         

                              ERNST
                    Who robbed the Museum!?

          They struggle landing in the dress rack.         

                              ERNST
                    They stole a sarcophagus, who was
                    it?

          A kick separates them scattering a table of cosmetics.  

                              ERNST
                    Iím not going to harm you they have
                    my Son. 

          The spy overturns a small cabinet and runs out another exit 
          as Ernst grabs him. They whirl through the curtains onto the
          stage.

          INT. ONSTAGE WITH THE CAN CAN

          The two exchange punches causing them to reel back and
          forth behind the dancers. The spy tries to flee as Ernst
          grabs him. They spin as dancers recede behind the two
          men. The two weave between them. More punches tip the men
          off balance.

          The audience cheers. 

          The dancers ignore them and duck the men effortlessly. 

          The dancers come forward as others recede. The spy is
          doubled over by a punch and rushes Ernst pushing him back.

          Ernst lifts the spy by the collar.
 
                              ERNST
                    Who was it?

          The spy pushes him away rolling under the curtain.  Ernst
          searches for him under the curtain.  The can-can separates
          as the spot light lands on Ernst.  He turns to the audience
          and smiles.

          The dancers close in again.  Ernst turns and leaves under
          the curtains.

          The bartender sees Ernst and leaves the bar to assist.

          Ernst runs down a hallway and sees the spy climbing up a
          Ladder and grabs his legs but is kicked away.  Ernst climbs
          the ladder. The spy hits him with a chair as he reaches
          the top.  Ernst grabs his leg and pulls him down.

          INT. THE MOUIN

          Ernst and the spy tumble in the glare of the low sun searing 
          through a small window against the dark frame of the 
          walls.  They are inside the windmill.  It is full of chairs and 
          boxes of paper.  The spy leaps up and tries the window but is 
          pressed against it by Ernst, breaking it.  The spy hangs out of 
          the window.

                              ERNST
                    Who knocked over the Paris
                    Museum? 

          The spy grabs a window blind and presses it against Ernstís 
          throat pushing him away. The two of them twirl into a pile of 
          chairs. Ernst blasts the Spy with a chair. The spy falls then
          runs down an adjoining stairwell. Ernst grabs him and the two 
          tumble down the stairs. Smashing through the landing and rolling 
          onto a buffet of plates and cups.  The Can-Can is still loudly 
          covering their activities.

          INT. MULOIN RUGE 1ST FLOOR AGAIN

          The spy runs searching his way through the layers of
          curtains and leaps off the stage.  Ernst follows, leaping
          through the center of the can-can into the audience over a
          table and into the crowd as the two scramble for the exit. 
          The Spy passes the bar and looks back to see Ernst politely
          making his way.  The spy is struck by a whiskey bottle and
          lands hard on the crowded floor. 
 
          Joy holds the broken bottle end.  She is frozen in a moment
          of disbelief that the vacation has led her to such intrigue. 
          Ernst arrives at the bar.  He eyes his wife who shrugs.  He 
          grabs the spy and questions him. 

                              ERNST
                    Who was it?   

                              SPY
                    The General. He robbed the museum.
                    Military types. From Bangkok.  But
                    youíre too late. The train has
                    already left.

                              ERNST
                    Sorry for the mess Rusty, we need a
                    plane.        

                              RUSTY
                    Well thereís an airfield a couple
                    minutes from here.  I can take you
                    there I know the colonial.

                              EANST
                    Alright.

          EXT. CAR RIDE TO AIRPORT

                              RUSTY
                    Word is, there was a delegation
                    from Bangkok, a rich general and
                    some shady characters but nothing
                    out of the usual. But what does he
                    want with a Egyptian mummy?

                              ERNST
                    Beats me. Not easy to sell
                    something like that, even on the
                    black market. It changes hands a
                    few times then somebody gets left
                    holding the bag.        

                              JOY
                    What do they want with Kit?        

                              ERNST
                    I donít know.

          EXT. AIRFIELD -AFTERNOON

                              RUSTY
                    Thereís been a robbery at the Paris
                    Museum. Were here to See Colonel
                    Anderson.   
 
                              AIR GUARD
                    I canít let you in.    

          Rusty shows a military ID.    

                              AIR GUARD
                    Oh Sorry lieutenant.
			            (salutes)

          EXT. HANGER

          They exit the car and talk with the hanger guard.

                              RUSTY
                    Jack I need a plane.  Tell Anderson
                    There was an attack on the Museum. 
                    And they've got a hostage.
                        (shows ID again)
               Go!        

                              HANGER GUARD
                    Yes sir. But the only thing I have
                    with fuel right now is that old
                    Crop-duster.      

                              ERNST
                    It'll due.

          They enter the hanger.

          Grabbing headgear and jackets as they walk.

                              RUSTY
                    You know what youíre doing?

                              ERNST
                    Iíll be all right. The train runs
                    on the hour weíre not that far
                    behind.  Iíll catch up to them by
                    Leon.  Have somebody there in case
                    we need help.

                              ERNST
                    Here.. It gets cold up there. 

          Ernst wiggles the wing. Rusty bangs on the side of the
          plane.

                              RUSTY
                    You got gas.

          Ernst looks at the machine gun mount.
 
                              ERNST
                    Does this work?

          Rusty hands him the machine gun for the plane.

                              RUSTY
                    It does now.  Letís hope you donít
                    need it.    

          Ernst fixes the gun to the plane.

          Joy ratchets the gun to readiness.

                              ERNST
                    Careful with that thing.  You point
                    up! 

                              JOY
                    Oh.. 

                              ERNST
                    And donít hit the wings. 

                              JOY
                    Right.

          Ernst starts the engine and they take off.  Buzzing into the
          air.

          EXT. IN THE AIR

          Ernst and Joy pursue the train and find it but are intercepted
          by three other planes.

                              ERNST
                    Alright there's the train station.
                    The train departs east.  I'll take
                    it east from here.  The Generalís
                    entourage should be easy to spot.  
                    Theyíll follow the main roads. Keep
                    your eye out for a couple trucks.
                    Iíll try to get ahead of them.

                              JOY
                    There.

                              ERNST
                    Hey whatís this?
 
          A plane pulls up alongside. 

                              ERNST
                    Oh Weíve got trouble.

          The plane begins shooting.  Ernst dives.

                              ERNST
                    Hold on.

          The other plane dives but they see a second plane as they
          do.  The pilot grins.  Ernst pulls back and flies his
          landing gear into the second plane which veers off.  A third
          plane aligns next to them.  The first plane begins shooting
          with a machine gun.  Ernst rolls away.

                              ERNST
                    Ok! Start Shooting!

                              JOY
                    I am! This thing is stuck!

          The second plane draws back and fires making inconsequential
          holes.  Ernst turns toward the sun and flies low. 

                              JOY
                    The generalís getting away! 

                              ERNST
                    I know that!

          The three planes follow.  Two begin shooting again. 
          Ernst Veers as he passes over the river.  He climbs and
          rolls.  Ernst climbs back and flips the safety.

                              ERNST
                    Here!  Aim up! 

          Joy begins shooting at the planes. She is quickly out of
          bullets. 

                              JOY
                    Iím out. What we you do now? 

                              ERNST
                    I donít know!  Iím winging it, 
               Hold On! 
 
          He narrowly avoids a collision with one two of the planes.
          He makes a severe roll. The machine gun falls off. A tool box 
          floats up into Joy's arms. The other plane is below. And Wife 
          begins throwing the tools. She chips the propeller of the other 
          plane as its sound changes.  Smoke begins to pour from the 
          engine as the damaged pursuer descends.

                              ERNST
                    What are you doing?

                              JOY
                    Iím Winging it!  Look out!

          The planes soar into them ripping their upper wing. 
          Ernst flies lower to evade the pursuers. He runs along the
          river but the pursuers shoot more.

                              JOY
                    Woha!  If we make it out of this
                    youíre in big trouble.

                              ERNST
                    Not now.

          Ernst looks ahead.
  
                         JOY
               Look out!

          They pass under a bridge on the seine and lose their top
          wing.
                              JOY
                    I said look out! 

                              ERNST
                    I was!

          The pursuer crashes into the bridge.  Ernst and Joy cheer. 

                              BOTH
                    Hooray. Ha haaaa!

          But another plane is heading right for them.  Ernst veers over 
          some mansard roofs taking out a weather vane and a clothes 
          line. 

          Ernst flies along a busy street, past alley ways, buzzing a
          cafť, a flower shop, a small park with a pedestrian and a
          dog on a leash.  But the other plane is in hot pursuit.
          The planes fly over a topiary garden in succession.
          The pursuer fires again.  

          Ernst pulls upward again over the place de Concorde and 
          down the Champs Isleseí.  
 
          Ernst flies side to side in the larger street and over the
          arch de triumph. 

          Ernst climbs upward.  The other plane follows.  It shoots. 

          Ernst begins to stall then swoops straight down. The other 
          plane follows, fires more holes in the remaining wing. Ernst
          continues his long decent and swoops under the Eiffel Tower.

                              JOY
                    Oh No..  Ohhh!

          She closes her Eyes and ducks.  The Parents make it through
          the Eiffel Arch.  But the last pursuer clips his wing on the 
          tower struggling to maintain stability he lands roughly 
          against the statue d' liberteí. Spinning and flopping to a halt.
          The parents see this and cheer.

                              BOTH
                    Yeaa..  Haaaa!!

          Earns looks up to heaven and rolls his eyes.  
          They follow the train again. 

                              ERNST
                    You all right?

                              JOY
                    Yea! But youíre in hot water mister.

                              ERNST
               Good. Weíre not far behind. Keep your 
               Eyes open.  We need to find that train
               before dark. 

                              JOY
                    There is it is !

          They fly nearer.

                              ERNST
                    Thatís it!  Thatís the Generalís
                    Train!

          They pull up along-side the train. 

                              JOY
                    Good now what?  

                              ERNST
                    Iíll take us ahead to the next
                    station!   

          They pull away and pass it. But they begin running hot
          then sputtering.  They are out of gas.  They land in a
          field.

          EXT. PLANE - FARM FIELD -DUSK

          Ernst and Joy land in a Farm field.  Ernst must hop over
          several hey stacks before landing.
 
                              JOY
                    Look out!  Oh!   Oh!  Oh!

          They land.

                              JOY
                    Nice flying, sailor.        

                              ERNST
                    They must have got the fuel tank. 

                              JOY
                    Well fix it.      

                              ERNST
                    I would but were out all the
                    tools. 

                              JOY
              	    Well I had to do something.

                         ERNST
                    Donít worry weíll find
                    them.  Weíll get the next train.
                    Iíll have Singer cable ahead.

          INT. PARIS CONSULATE

          Singer and Ernst make plans.

                              ERNST
                    If he gets across the border weíll
                    never find him. 

                              SINGER
                    Even if we cable ahead they may
                    intercept the communique.  I
                    recommend you take the next train. 

                              ERNST
                    Weíll stay on his heels.

                              SINGER
                    Iíve arraigned for you to meet Our
                    man in Bangkok. He should have
                    something for you by the time you
                    arrive. 

                              ERNST
                    Thanks. 

		                 SINGER
               	    Oh and Be careful these
                    fellas are not RAF.

                              JOY AND ERNST
                    I will.
 
                              SINGER
                    Oh, youíre not taking the Misses?

                              JOY
                         (flairs with anger)
                    You listen.

                              ERNST
                         (pulls her away)
                    Come on Honey we donít want to be
                    late.  Thank you for your help.

          EXT. BANGKOK STATION ĖLATE MORNING

          A massive locomotive steams through the Asian jungle toward
          Bangkok station. It stops and the parents exit. A hot breeze
          sweeps over them.  The smell of rattan and roasting meat
          fills the air.  They meet Lieutenant Roderick Codwell II.

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Mr. Aton?  Mrs. Aton. 

                              ERNST
                    Hello. 

                              ERNST
                    Lieutenant Codwell II.  Iím sorry
                    to hear of your predicament.  Let
                    me assure you we will do all we can
                    to find your son.  Come with me. 
                    Iíve arraigned a meeting with a
                    local art dealer.  If anything has
                    come in he should know about it. 
                    Fella by the name of Saurus.

                              ERNST
                    Galen Saurus?

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Why yes.

                              ERNST
                    Attended Oxford a couple years
                    deals in black market antiquities,
                    mostly fakes.  Published some
                    theories about Pre Mesopotamian
                    Astrology being the root of 
                    Egyptian Ontology.        

                              LIEUTENANT
                    If the Sarcophagus is here he
                    should know.
 
                              ERNST
                    Actually, Itís not a Sarcophagus but
                    the inner Burial Cask. It holds the
                    Mummy.        

                              LIEUTENANT
                    yes. Right. We had better go.

          EXT. SAURUS ESTATE

          Ernst and Ltnt. Roderric Codwel II Investigate a Local Art
          Dealer by the name Of Galen Darian Saurus. The lush
          vegetation does not conceal the sizable two story estate.
          They pull into the circle and knock.  A butler answers. 
          They find Saurus in his ĎAviaryí of stuffed birds, among
          jars of deformed fetuses and two headed animals.

                              LIEUTENANT
                    How do you do Iím lieutenant
                    Codwell and this is Mr & Mrs Aton
                    we are here to speak with Mr.
                    Saurus.      

                              BUTLER
                    Right this way.        

          INT. SAURUS ESTATE    

                              SARUS
                    Ah, Mr Aton. 

                              ERNST
                    Hello Galen. 

                              SAURS
                    and..

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Codwell, Lieutenant Codwell the
                    second.  

                              SARUS
                    What a pleasant surprise. Iím sorry
                    for your misfortune. How can I
                    help?        

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Weíre looking for a Sarcophagus
                    which went missing from the Paris
                    Museum along with a young man. 
                    What can you tell us about it?   
 
                              ERNST
                    A burial cask, early middle
                    kingdom, contains the remains of
                    Mentuhotep II.        

                              SAURUS
                    Obviously I have no knowledge of
                    it. Why? Are you interested in
                    it?    

                              ERNST
                    They Have my Son.        

                              SAURUS
                    Iím sorry. That is very serious.  
                         

                              LIEUTENANT
                    We understand you deal in artifacts
                    of uncertain origin. Weíd like any
                    information you can provide. This
                    would remain strictly confidential.      

                              SAURUS
                    I only know that a General Twang 
                    controls most of the trade in
                    this region. If it were here he
                    would be the most likely front.  
                    If he has them, they would be held 
                    at the Generalís Warehouse on the 
                    river. And you Mr. Aton, have you 
                    uncovered any artifacts of 
                    uncertain origin?    

                              ERNST
                    I sell to museums, Galen.        

                              SAURUS
                    Of course you do.(tea arrives)
                    Gentlemen I wish you the best of
                    luck.

          INT. CodwellíS OFFICE -DAY

          Parents and Codwell discuss the situation over tea -without 
          sitting down.

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Of course weíve been monitoring 
                    him for some time.

		                  ERNST
                    Heís dirty.

		                 LIEUTENANT
                    I think we agree.
 
                              ERNST
                    What happened to the Generals
                    train were you able to spot
                    anything?         

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Iím afraid not.  He may have used
                    another route in to the city.

                              ERNST
                    Iíll need a look at that 
                    warehouse.

                              LIEUTENANT
                    I understand.  But you see things
                    here are somewhat complicated.  

                              JOY
                    Canít you just search the warehouse?

                              ERNST
                    Our treaties are somewhat tenuous.
                    Repercussions could be serious.
                    The General controls most of the
                    business in town. His men are
                    very loyal.

                              JOY
                    So where is my Son?

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Iím afraid the General has little
                    to fear here. I recommend caution. 
                    I am somewhat limited in what I can
                    do.  However if you were to pay
                    him, a visit.        

                              ERNST
                    I understand.     

                              JOY
                    So you canít just search the
                    place.        

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Iím afraid that might start a civil
                    war. And it would not be
                    advantageous. But I can help you
                    with logistics.     

                              ERNST
					(sarcastic)
                    Great.      
 
                              LIEUTENANT
                    I understand your concern. I will
                    do what I can from here.
                    The Generalís Warehouse is here.
                    Best access is going to be from the
                    alley here.  Weíll have men here
                    and here.  But Iím afraid we will
                    be of little help against the
                    Generalís men should things so
                    rotten.         

                              ERNST
                    The whole thingís rotten.       

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Yes it is. But weíre behind you. 
                    And weíll be close by.

                              ERNST
                    Thank you for your help. Letís hope
                    I donít have to come calling. 

                              LIEUTENANT
                    Good Iíll brief the men.  God
                    speed.

                              ERNST
                    Thanks.

          EXT/INT. BANGKOK WAREHOUSE

          The Parents case the warehouse. Ernst quietly enters
          the warehouse and finds the sarcophagus.  But a curtain
          draws away and behind it are two soldiers with machineguns.
          Ernst waves and smiles.  He tips the sarcophagus toward the
          men and runs across a long well-appointed table which is
          diced by gunfire. He slides and rolls off behind a crate
          which is blistering from shots.  He runs behind a large vase
          which breaks away under fire.  The gunmen advance. Ernst
          climbs up the crates and pushes them over toward the
          gunmen.  He swings from the chandler over them and runs
          through the narrow isle between more crates. He quietly
          spies the gunmen splitting-up to corner him.
 
          Ernst is trapped in a short isle of crates. He throws a
          goblet in one direction then waves to one gunman at the
          other end. He turns back, placing his hat on a statue. A
          moment later the two gunmen open fire from opposite
          directions on the wobbling statue with the hat. Ernst rolls 
          over from atop the boxes looking back down at the
          vanquished gunmen.  

          Ernst crawls over the crates and through a window. He sees two
          more men running to the warehouse. He drops to an interior
          court yard then slips down the opposite hall fighting another
          guard along the way. He comes to a small front courtyard. The 
          door reveals a gate. He is trapped and the machinegun he took 
          from the guard in the hall is useless because they are behind 
          him now. On the other side of the gate soldiers hold his wife.

          INT. GENERAL'S OFFICE

          Ernst and Joy are taken to a second location and questioned
          by the general. They are reunited and do family introductions
          with the Pastry Girl. Husband and wife argue that they would
          be invaluable if the general is seeking artifacts. 

                              GENERAL'S AID
                    Here they are sir. We caught them
                    trying to steal the sarcophagus.

                              GENERAL
                    You are accused of very serious
                    crime. What do you have to say for
                    yourselves?

                              ERNST
                    That Sarcophagus is stolen. It belongs
                    to the Paris museum and Were not
                    the only ones who know about it.
                    Weíre willing to make you a deal. Hand
                    it over to the museum and I can 
                    arrange a fee, no questions asked.

                              GENERAL
                    Tempting Offer. But you are in no 
                    position to negotiate.

                              ERNST
                    Oh, well if you plan to sell it.
                    You'll need someone who can verify
                    it. We're experts. We can guarantee
                    its authenticity. We can draft a
                    provenance, a detailed history,
                    for a small fee of course.

                              GENERAL
                    Ah but I already have experts.
                    Where are my two experts?

                              GENERAL'S AID
                    Bring them in.

                              KIT
                    Stop your pushing. You really have
                    a problem you know that?

                              ERNST
                    Kit

                              JOY
                    You're all right.

                              KIT
                    You see I told you my father'd come
                    for me.

                              GENERAL
                    You know these people?

                              KIT
                    Them? Yea. You're in trouble now. 
                    Cause, tell em. Go on. Let emí
                    have it.

                              ERNST
                    These are no experts. That's my
                    son. And... uhh

                              KIT
                    Oh uh.. mom dad this is...

                              ANDELECE
                    Andelece.

                              ERNST
                    Oh hello.
 
                              JOY
                    I'm his mother. It's nice to meet
                    you.

                              ERNST
                    It's a pleasure.

                              GENERAL
                    I am not interested in
                    introduction! Now I have four
                    experts. I don't need four experts!

                              KIT
                    Oh see that's where you're wrong.
                    He's Really smart with old stuff
                    you know. And she's really good
                    with cultures. See that's in
                    addition to us. We are different
                    experts. You know, writings
                    and wood. Things made of wood.
                    Whatever you need exerts for,
                    that's all of us. That's what we
                    do. They're invaluable. Invaluable
                    to our work.

                              GENERAL
                    Silence! You are all different
                    Experts?

                              KIT
                    Yea that's right.

                              ERNST
                    Well..

                              JOY
                    Basically. Yea. Yea So what do
                    You want?

                              GENERAL
                    Put them away, we sort this our
                    later.

                              KIT
                    Hey just watch it. I told you
                    before.

                              ANDELCE
                    Ceci est votre famille?
                          (This is your family?)

                              KIT
                         (embarrassed) 
               Yea.

                              ADELECE
                    They seem, nice.

                              KIT
                    Thanks.

          EXT. STEAMER ON A TROPICAL RIVER DAY

          A small steamer chugs up a tropical river. Steep valley walls 
          rise on either side. A thick humid mist lays on the water. The 
          first mate leaves a bowl of slop and a loaf of bread. The four 
          captives are resolute in their plan to wait for an opportunity 
          to escape.

                              ERNST
                    I figure were about half way up the
                    Mi-jang. But I canít be sure.

                              KIT
                    I can do it.  Iíll swim to shore
                    and get help.  

                              ERNST
                    You'll get shot and ruin a nice
                    vacation. The whole trip will be
                    for nothing. Besides the waterís
                    teaming with those.  (Kimono
                    dragons) And when thereís a lot of
                    em, you can bet theyíre hungry.
                    Weíll hold tight until thereís an
                    opportunity. 

                              JOY
                    Can you at least give us some idea
                    where youíre taking us?

                              CAPTAIN
                    Youíre in no position to ask.      

                              KIT
                    Iím telling you I can take them.

                              ERNST
                    Settle down.  Weíll need our
                    strength wherever were going.
                    Theyíre up so something. Maybe
                    something valuable. 
 
                              JOY
                    Oh Thatís just like you.  Always
                    thinking of material gain.    

                              ERNST
                    Yea and were gona need it if we
                    donít recover that pharaoh.      

                              JOY
                    Can you tell us how much longer?  

                              ERNST
                    Donít bother. Look.

          Though the mist they see it. The Giant Buddha. The statue is
          carved into the cliff face and rises ten stories above them.

                              ERNST
                    Itís supposed to be a legend.  The
                    men must have uncovered it from the
                    undergrowth.

          EXT. GIANT BUDDHA DOCK

          At the dock there is a flurry of activity. Men prepare
          scaffolding and ropes in the oppressive heat. The family 
          de-boards at gun point, through the crowded new dock. The 
          family meets their captor, the rich Collector from Bangkok!

                              SAURUS
                    Ah Good.  They are all in one
                    piece.  Excellent.  Mr. Aton itís so
                    nice to see you again.  I hope your
                    trip was pleasant.  I see you have
                    found your Son. 

                              ERNST
                    You donít need the kids Saurus.  
                    Let them go.

                              SAURUS
                    Iím afraid I cannot do that.  You
                    see it was a fortunate mistake 
                    finding them.   The men thought
                    they were kidnaping you. But there
                    is so much to discuss after you
                    locate the secret temple.    

                              ERNST
                    I donít know what youíre talking
                    about. 
 
                              SAURUS
                    The Secret Temple of Indra. Surly
                    you have read the myths. The early
                    Mithrians worshiped their sun god
                    in caves.  And time does not forget
                    such things.

                              ERNST
                    What does that have to do with a
                    Hindu deity?   

                              SAURUS
                    The future is always built atop of
                    the past, Mr. Aton.  I believe this
                    statue conceals something very
                    unique. And you are going to
                    find it for me.

                              ERNST
                    You already found the statue.  Why
                    donít you quit while your ahead?

                              SAURUS
                    Ah, but I neither sell it nor take
                    it with me.         

                              ERNST
                    Then write a book.        

                              SAURUS
                    Ha ha.  No, I want what the statue
                    conceals. That is where you come
                    in. Take them. (the children)    

                              JOY
                    No..

                              ERNST
                    No.. (struggle, guns a-ready.)    
                    Alright Iíll do what you ask, just
                    donít hurt them.        

                              SAURUS
                    Always a reasonable man.

     The party proceeds to the statue.

                              KIT
                        (quietly)
                    Weíll take em. When we get to the
                    top, weíll take em.

                              ERNST
                        (quietly)
                    Slow down.  First, letís see if
                    thereís anything in it for us.
 
                              KIT
                    I have to get in to that?      

                              SAURUS
                    Iím afraid so.    

                              ERNST
                    Just do what he says.

                              SAURUS
                        (to guard)
                    If he moves, shoot him.


          They are forced to climb high in the rickety lift then repel
          onto the face of the great sculpture to find to find the
          Secret Temple of Indra.
                              
                              ERNST
                    If thereís an earlier temple on
                    this site then itís probably
                    accessed through the upper chakra. 

                              KIT
                    Huh? 

                              ERNST
                    The head. Early sun worshipers held
                    their initiations underground. 
                    Probably for safety. But theyíd
                    have to leave an air hole. If itís
                    out there Iíll find it.  Have your
                    men throw down some ropes.

                              WORKMAN
                    churlee shuo ! (ropes here!)

          The men throw down two ropes. Ernst ties the other ends to
          the scaffold and tests them. The sweat drips from his brow.
          He hands one rope to the Son.

                              KIT
                    Oh no. Thisís not good for me.      

                              ERNST
                    Whatís a matter?    

                              KIT
                    This is your line of work. Iím not
                    good with falling.

          Ernst grabs the rope tightly Wrapping it around his arm.    

                              WIFE
                    No!  
 
                              ERNST
                    Itís alright. Well get to the
                    bottom of this.

          He steps to the edge preparing to swing across.

                              ANDELECE
                    (gasp) 

                              ERNST
                    Sorry.    

          Ernst swings across.
          
          He finds nothing in the upper head. Then he traverses and
          lowers himself to the face.  The massive eye.  The nose. 
          The rope dislodges some rocks at the top.  He falls inches. 

                              ANDELECE
                    (Scream)

                              JOY
                    I canít look.

          The rope holds. He lowers himself again and walks
          precariously across the chin. He clears a hand hold and
          finds a snake in a ledge just at eye level. He rolls away in
          revulsion.  He resists his fear and swats it off the ledge. 
          He tries to see if any more remain.  Then he repels across
          the cheek to the ear on the near side.  Then the far side.

          He moves a large rock then stands on a ledge. There is just
          enough room to turn a stone and slip in.

                              ERNST
                    I found it!  Have your men lower
                    the scaffolding!

          He crouches inside the Ear of the giant statue.

          EXT/INT. GIANT BUDDAH CAVE ENTRANCE DAY

          The workmen bring scaffolding (establishing shot music) The
          family is forced to enter the giant Buddha, followed by the 
          villains. Inside they can stand. There are bats covering the 
          ceiling. A guard disturbs them. 

          The Father shouts ďDuckĒ. Bats swarm out of the cave.   

                              ERNST
                    Duck.

                              OTHERS
					(9 sec)
                    Oh! Ahhh! Ahhh!  Ahhhhhhhhh! 
 
                              ERNST
                    Theyíre just bats. 

          INT. CAVE TEMPLE

          Ernst and family enter. The workmen bring in a table, lights
          and equipment.  The rich collector enters. He is accompanied
          by a Kidnapped Gypsy, a Blind Sketch Artist and a Technical
          Person who arranges various psychic ephemera.  

                              ERNST
                    Looks pre vedic, a temple to
                    Mithra.  But this looks like a
                    statue of sache and Indra her
                    husband.  First kingdom maybe
                    older.        

                              SAURUS
                    Much older if I am correct. You
                    should be happy to know you have
                    discovered the secret temple of
                    Indra.

                              ERNST
                    It predates the others by
                    centuries.        

                              SAURUS
                    By a thousand years Mr Aton. As
                    you see this temple its self was
                    built upon a temple of Mithra
                    before it. 

                              ERNST
                    The Eye.  Heís right.    

                              SAURUS
                    You are all so very lucky to
                    participate in my discovery.

                              ERNST
                    All right you found your temple now
                    let us go.        

                              SAURUS
                    Oh but we are just beginning.  
                    Asia is full of temples.  I am
                    seeking something more
                    illuminating. This temple holds the
                    memory of the origin. The eternal
                    city. 
 
                              ERNST
                    Eternal city?

                              SAURUS
                    Surly you have heard of the legend
                    of Shambala.        

                              ERNST
                    According to the Vedas. Itís where
                    the last incarnation of Buddah will
                    rule forever.

                              SAURUS
                    You have done your homework.  
                    The legend recalls that 150 years
                    after his death, an image of the
                    Buddha visited king Manjusrikirti 
                    while on an excursion in the south
                    of India. There he instructed him
                    on the path to enlightenment. He
                    named his kingdom after the
                    teachings. He called it Shambala.  
                    I am seeking that original city. 
                    The true Shambala.

                              ERNST
                    Your insane. Shambala is a myth. A
                    spiritual city. A city of the
                    mind. Explorers have scoured the
                    Himalayas for thousands of years
                    and found nothing. 

                              SAURUS
                    Oh but the ancient texts agree with
                    me.  From Adam and even to the
                    Kalachakra Tantra.  From Hinduism
                    to Buddhism, Mr. Aton. Even the old
                    testament records the lost Eden.  

                              ERNST
                    Those writings have a thousand
                    meanings.    

                              SAURUS
                    Ah yes, but a common origin.  An
                    ancient city.  And I am going to
                    find it.

          Work men have installed table and chairs and gear. The
          sarcophagus is carried in with a pole and two ropes. An 
          assistant starts the arc generator and smoke vessel. 
          The Sťance begins. But Ernst secretly unties the rope.
 
                              SAURUS
                    Good. Leave us.  Now that we
                    are all assembled. I am sure you
                    want to know what you are doing
                    here.

                              KIT
                    Yea what is all this?

                              SAURUS
                    Archeology is such a tattered
                    science. So little remains of the
                    past. So I plan to contact the dead
                    to uncover the truth. Think of the
                    impact on a world at war to find
                    the ancient Eden.  Have you ever
                    participated in a sťance Mr. Aton?  
                         

                              ERNST
                    Hocus pocus parlor tricks. Youíre
                    out of your mind.        

                              SAURUS
                    Am I?  Here, we have already found
                    the secret temple of Indra by your
                    own admission.  Built upon the
                    ruins of an older Mithran cave, 
                    built by ancients to mark the path 
                    we must follow.  But forgive
                    my manners, let me introduce you to
                    Dr. Sawgunoff, whoís work I think
                    you will find most enlightening. 
                    He will assist Mrs. Beenalova. Her
                    powers have already yielded much
                    success.  And this is Mr. Tendow his
                    special skill is to record what we
                    cannot see.  I trust you are
                    already acquainted with the Pharaoh
                    who was so kind to lend his abode.
                    The ancients knew the answers we
                    seek. And you, my young friend, are
                    going to tell us.      

                              KIT
                    You can forget it. Iím not going to
                    tell you anything. Youíre wasting
                    your time.
 
                              SAURUS
                    I would not be so sure. This relic
                    before you was chosen for a
                    purpose.  Perhaps you are aware
                    that it bears a curse which insures
                    that we will be fruitful in our
                    endeavor.  I must warn you it is a
                    curse of death, upon the
                    untruthful.  The Pharaohs of the
                    middle kingdom were strict in their
                    worship and law.

                              KIT
                    You can go ahead but Iím not saying
                    anything.

                              ERNST
                    You want to find the city of a
                    future Buddha?

                              SAURUS
                    According to the kalichacra. Yes 
                    And here we are in the great future
                    Buddha they constructed to mark the
                    trail.  

                              ERNST
                    The Future Buddha. That could mean
                    anything, Christ, Mohamed or even
                    Lau Tsu.  Your grasping at straws.

                              SAURUS
                    Am I? We shall soon find out. Our
                    work requires someone with a
                    detailed knowledge of ancient
                    history.  Which I have. 

                              ERNST
                    Youíve got me, so let the others go.  

                              SAURUS
                    Oh but they have a connection to
                    you which will aid in our work. 
                    I'm told someone of relative
                    youth.  The appearance of your son
                    and his acquaintance was simply my
                    good fortune. Their youth will
                    enhance the connection as well. 
                    Doctor if you will.

          The lights dim and the sťance begins.
 
                              MRS BEENALOVA
                    Yes, we begin.

                              KIT
                    What connection?

                              MRS BEENALOVA
                    Forces of darkness. Mystery. 
                    Mystery. Forces eternal.  Rise. 
                    Rise.

                              SAURUS
                    We appeal to you here shielded from
                    your great eye in the eternal
                    darkness beneath the earth. In all
                    your incarnations.  Great Eye.  We
                    call upon you.  Reveal. Reveal.

                              MRS BEENALOVA
                    From Death Reveal.  Reveal. Reveal
                    the ancient Shamballa.  Keeper of
                    the secrets. (She lurches)  Place
                    your hands upon the ancient
                    body.  uhhhhhhhhhhhAhhhhhh!

                              ERNST
                    Go on, just do what they say.

          Crackling arc generator. Kitís eyes grow heavy.

                              SON
                    Itís nothing. Iím fine. 

                              SAURUS
                    Tell me way to the ancient
                    Shambala.

          Crackle wizzzzz!  The son lerches.

                              KIT
                    Oh is that all you got.  Itís
                    nothing. Iím having a party. Iím
                    not saying anything. You'll never
                    make it across the gate.

                              MRS. BEENALOVA
                    Where?  Where is it? Where is the
                    ancient gate? Tell us the way?

                              KIT
                    Uh Uh. mm. no Iím thinking of
                    nothing.  Nothing.  You can forget 
                    it.  Iím clearing my mind.
 
                              MRS. BEENALOVA
                    Lead us to the gate of shambala!

          Crackle sizzle.. pop pop Wizzz..! Shreeek!

                              KIT
                    Ahhhh!  Ahhhhh!  No.  No.  I donít
                    know. Aghhh..

          Enter smoke and mirrors

          The sťance gets freaky. The thereon monitor and electric arc
          enricher begin shrieking and crackling wildly at the
          appearance of the image in the smoke retention vessel.  The
          shocked Son feels the curse. His veins throb. He breaks and
          tells the father various trivial white lies he had kept from
          him earlier.

                              KIT
                    Uuuhhhh  Ahh! Oh I said I was
                    Studying, all night at school 
                    and we had a big exam, but I just
                    wanted the car so I could go out
                    drinking with my friends.  All
                    night.  Just drinking, with my
                    friends. I was wrong. There I
                    said it.  I just want to get that
                    off my chest, ok?.. Iím fine.
                    Nothing. You're getting nothing.

                              MRS.BEENALOVA
                    Reveal.  Reveal.

                              KIT
                    Ahhhh..  Ahh! I shirk on my chores.
                    You know. I put the lawn clippings into 
                    Mr. Wilkís garbage.  Alright? There.
                    Iím a garbage poacher. Ok?

                              MRS. BEENALOVA
                    More.. more..

                              KIT
                    Ahhhhh Ahh! Naaah I broke the
                    window in the den.  We were doing a
                    stupid stunt with a bat. Iím
                    an idiot. Iím sorry.  It cost you 2
                    dollars and fourteen cents and Iím
                    sorry. Ahhh! No! Iím not telling
                    you anything.  Youíll have to find
                    somebody else. Uhhhhh! Ahhh! Mmm!.
 
                              MRS.BEENALOVA
                    Lead us. Lead us. Oh great one. 
                    Lead us to the Shambala.

          Then it gets scarier. The sonís face darkens with veins. He
          is near death.
                              JOY
                    Stop! 

                              ERNST
                    Saurus! 

                              JOY
                    Your Killing him.

          Kit becomes possessed.  He mumbles strange things.  The
          gypsy interprets. The proceedings reveal they cannot enter
          Shamballa without the ďqutaraĒ- a golden sword.  The blind
          sketch artist confirms.

                              KIT
                         (Mumbo jumboÖ)

                              MRS.BEENALOVA
                    The way you cannot go. Sealed by
                    fire. Prison of darkness. The
                    Qutara, The Qutara. Sword of fate.
                    Only with the Qutara shall any
                    pass.

                              ERNST
                    That translation is closer to sword
                    of fire. But it could mean sword of
                    death or truth.  Youíve got what
                    you want.  Now Let him go!

          The villain presses for more information.

                              SAURUS
                    The Qutara. Tell us how. How do we
                    find the Qutara?  Where is it?

                              MRS.BEENALOVA
                    The Qutara is forever hidden
                    without the sacred words.

                              SAURUS
                    And what are they? Tell us the
                    incantation. What is it? Reveal to
                    us the Qutara!
 
                              KIT
                         (Repeating)
                    Ny hery Mahery...
                         ('the force is strong' in malagasey)

          

          The possessed Son begins toppling objects, chanting in an
          unknown language. Ernst rushes the guards. The lights go
          out, sparks fly and a small fire is begun. Shots light the
          cave. Father rushes one of the guards. The participants
          begin fighting, ducking, hiding.

          The Son grabs a stone sword from a Shiva sculpture. He
          swings it wildly yelling, panting, chanting. It is covered
          in clay which begins to break away. It glistens freakishly.
          Kit wields it back and forth. It bumps the wall and blasts
          the cliff-side out and a guard with it.  The son regains his
          senses.  He is shocked.  The sword is crawling with moving
          flame engravings.  He drops the blade. 

          Light streams in from the gaping hole in the cave.

          The fight continues. Guns are kicked, punches are thrown,
          lamps overturned, hopping across tables, ducking, crawling,
          punching, guns sliding on the floor. A table leg is swung.

          JOY grabs a stick of dynamite and lights it on an overturned
          lamp fire.  She grins intently at her triumph.

          Everyone Stops. 

          Reality sets in and she yells Run!  She throws the stick. 
          The family runs into the cave. The villains jump to the
          scaffolding.  The blast explodes.

                                 SAURUS
                    Find them! Bring the crane! Go, Go!
                    
          INT. TEMPLE CAVERNS

          The Carved walls of the cave branch in many directions. 
          Ernst Stops in a moment of indecision then takes one.

          (CUT AWAY)
          Men follow into the cave.

                              SAURUS
                    Lower the scaffold!

          INT. TEMPLE CAVERN CONT.		

          The Family races around obstacles and through the half glow.
          There is a massive spider web. Water runs into a deep hole
          they must step around to cross. Some villains fall in. 

          Family reaches the end of the tunnel overlooking the river.
          Father pushes stones away revealing the light.
 
                              KIT
                    Woa,

                              ERNST
                    Itís too high to jump. Stay back.

          They see men running in through the missing temple wall.
          Father throws a stick of dynamite into the opening. Stone
          and scaffolding break away. Men scream and fall away and
          leap from the opening to the scaffolding.  The blast throws
          the family to the edge. A billow of smoke puffs out from
          behind them. Ernst helps some of the family members. They
          are spotted. Men open fire. The family crawls back inside.

          Father throws a stick of dynamite at shooters below. The men
          are lowering the lift. Father grabs a rope from the
          collapsed scaffold and swings toward the Buddha landing on
          the lift. There is more shooting. He lodges a stick of
          dynamite and swings back. The lift blows up, causing it to
          fall crashing onto the rocks below, scattering the shooters.

          From a scaffold Saurus directs the general to the family.
          The General directs a large gun at the cliff face. Father
          loosens a large rock which falls taking out more men. The
          Family turns back. The Generalís aim widens the opening
          after they leave.

          The family returns to the deep hole with water flowing in.
          But there are more men and they duke it out.  Knocking out
          one, then another falls into the hole. But instead of
          crossing the hole, the Family takes another path. Then there
          is another split. The Father stops and lights his zippo.  He
          sees which way it blows.

                              ERNST
                    Come on this way. 

          The family runs run as flashlights and voices follow in the
          labyrinth. They pause to hear them. There is a room of
          stalagmites, a room of stalactites. They run up a raised
          tunnel and enter a large rocky area. Bones litter the
          floor.  They proceed cautiously through the piles of bones.

          A white tiger appears from the darkness on a large rock
          snarling. The Hero bends the length of cord like snake and
          stings the beast the nose. He whips again. It snarls.

                              ERNST
                    Stand Still.  Donít look at him.
 
          The pursuers arrive.  They grin at the situation.  Then they
          turn their guns from the family to the tiger. Ernst yells.

                              ERNST
                    No! Donít fire! Youíll frighten it.

          The beast snarls loudly. But they shoot and the Tiger
          attacks the shooters as the family escapes.

                              ERNST
                    That tiger means thereís another
                    exit.

          Ernst spies more bats near one direction.  Quieting the
          group he points. They go that way. There are smaller
          stalactites. The Family finds a room with a hole in the
          ceiling.  They hear more shooting and screaming from the 
          caves. Father climbs up through the leaves of the forest 
          into the tangled jungle.  He helps the family through.
          They start off through the leafy groundcover.
 
          EXT. DAPPLED JUNGLE DAY

          The Family walks through a small tree filled glen. It is a 
          kimono dragon den. They are cornered.  They run across the 
          stream rocks as Ernst whips the Dragons on either side. They 
          press their way through the jungle and see the upper villain
          encampment.
 
          EXT. VILLAIN UPPER ENCAMPMENT

          Ernst leaves the family in the tree line and runs across The
          clearing to steal a truck.  He punches a guard, pulls other
          out of a truck, jumps in and rams into the other truck
          pushing it over the edge of the cliff. Villains begin
          shooting, a villain climbs in. They fight as the truck spins
          close to the cliff, then Ernst kicks him out. He hits another
          with the truck door while turning around Then he rear-ends
          the crane, which falls into the building. The building
          explodes from some just-damaged gas barrels. Ernst picks up
          the family near the edge of the wood. They Speed off.  But a
          third truck was just returning. The returning truck picks up
          four monks who have cudgels with long blades on either end.
          They speed after the family.                              
          
                           JOY
                    Think you made them mad enough?
                              
                           ERNST
                    I wasnít thinking about
                    protocol.
                             
                           JOY
                      (looking back)
                    Well you better start.

          The villains follow and twirl razor sharp cudgels atop the truck.
          They ram the truck, push and shove. The long sharp cudgels slash
          the canvas of the truck frightening the Kids who are in back. 
          The kids fight back with bits of lumber.

                            ERNST
                    Take the wheel!

                            JOY
                    What?  Oh!

     Two monks jump onto the truck and man the doors. 
     Ernst opens his door throwing off one. More are on 
     the top of the truck stabbing at the kids through 
     the canvas. The kids reel side to side. The other 
          monk is at Joyís door. Ernst bumps into the other 
          truck crushing the other monk and throwing the stabbers 
          to the other truck.

          But one monk remains and stabs the cab! Ernst slips 
          out the door and climbs up on the truck. The cudgel is 
          stuck! He punches the guy off and removes the cudgel.

          But the other truck rams back! And two more monks step onto 
          the canvas. Ernst punches one and kicks the other off. Joy is 
          annoyed and rams back. As Ernst stands he is thrown to the 
          other truck!  And three more monks have climbed on top.

          A monk swings at Ernst with a sharp cudgel. Ernst ducks and 
          jumps. The trucks collide. The trucks collide again and they are 
          now all on Ernstís truck!

     Ernst ducks and spins one as the others reels back. Ernst punches
          him and he falls away hanging on his pole between the two
          trucks. The Kids poke at him with lumber.

          Ernst now has a cudgel. The other villain jumps off the truck.
          Ernst runs across The stuck pole to take the other truck but two
          more villains climb on the other truck. He swings clashing
          with the other villains. 

          The villains chop the blade off the end of Ernstís cudgel.
          Ernst is cornered over the cab. They chop the other end off. 
          Ernst throws the stub at the two monks who wince.

          Ernst rushes them. They struggle getting over him. 
          They stab at him as he lays on the top of the truck. 
          Ernst kicks back the monk hanging on the stuck pole who falls
          back and hangs on the pole again. Ernst ducks side to side as 
          they stab at him. He grabs the two cudgels. The villains
          pull. This elevates Ernst. He punches one and kicks 
          the other. The kicked villain loses his balance and falls. 
          
          Ernst struggles with the last villain. They struggle over the
          cudgel. He punches. The cudgel is lost. They lock. They roll 
          back and forth on the villain truck and fall off. The villain
          falls away but Ernst is now hanging on the pole between the two
          trucks.

          He punches the villain hanging on the pole.  He punches Again 
          the villain falls away.  The trucks separate. Ernst hangs by the
          hooked pole. He climbs on the villain truck removing the driver 
          and steers the truck back toward the other and climbs back over 
          to drive again. The other truck tumbles away into a ditch. 

          But before he can get in the cab, a third truck arrives with the
          same configuration of crazed monks whirling cudgels. Ernst 
          exhausted to fight them. He hangs outside the door. 
          He raps on the window signaling to roll it down. Joy acquiesces
          Ernst steers across the road and takes the other lane.  As the
          monks pulls up, he smiles and waves hello then veers pushing them
          into the rice paddy. Splashhhhhhhh. The monks are stuck.
          Ernst climbs back into the cab with the family.

          INT. TRUCK (OPEN CAB TO REAR)

                            ANDELECE
                    Mon Dieu!

                            KIT
                    Are you alright?

                            ERNST
                    Were fine.

          		        JOY
                    Your father just wanted to show
                    us a good time.

                               ERNST
                    What were you doing back there?

                            JOY
                    Defensive driving!

                               KIT
                    Listen, that sword in the cave 
		    looked really valuable.

                             ERNST
                    Yea Itís the Qutara according to
                    that psychic.

                              KIT
                    I had it right in my hand.

                              ERNST
                    The sword would have brought a good
                    price but it wonít pay for the
                    sarcophagus we lost in the
                    explosion.

                              KIT
                    That was no explosion, that was the
                    sword with some kind of magic power.
                    It blasted those men out of the cave. 

                              ERNST
                    I donít know what you saw, But That
                    was dynamite kid.  And right now
                    were out the cost of the trip and
                    the goods too. 

                              KIT
                    Yea.

                              ERNST
                    Thatís just not how it works in
                    this business; Iím going to have to
                    go get it back. 

          The Family protests vehemently.

                              FAMILY
                    NoÖ / Absolutely notÖ / Oh no wayÖ 
                    MeardĒ. 

                              ERNST
                    ! I didnít say I was dumb enough
                    to go up against the General and
                    his men to get it !
 
                              FAMILY
                    Well then how are you..? / Then
                    itís impossible./  Mais alors
                    comment allez-vous faire cela?
                    qu'il est impossible?Ē (Mais
                    qu'est-ce donc?)

                              ERNST
                    ! No, I plan to use my head! Iím
                    going to have to see an old
                    friend.

          The truck drives into the distance.

          EXT/INT. INDIA MAHARAJAíS PALACE --MID DAY

          Knowing only that the rich villain was trying to find ďThe
          Gate of ShambalaĒ, Father consults the Raj in Delhi. There
          are farm protests and festivals.

                              ERNST
                    Ernst Aton a friend of his
                    highness.      

                              ROYAL ATTENDANT
                    Come this way.

                              JOY
                    Oh look at this. Itís so.      

                              KIT
                    This guy does pretty good for
                    himself.        

                              JOY
                    Oh I like your tiara. Thatís a
                    beautiful sari.

                              ROYAL ATTENDANT
                    The others will wait here.  

                              KIT
                    Yea fine.  You want a drink of
                    water? Is this a drinking fountain?

          The Father is admitted while the others are entertained.  He
          enters the inner palace like Moses parting the red sea. He
          and the Raj share old times and the amazing artifact he once
          recovered for him.  The intrigued Raj makes him an offer.
 
                              ROYAL ATTENDANT
                    Ernst Aton Antiquities

                              RAJ
                    Mr. Aton.        

                              ERNST
                    Your Highness.        

                              RAJ
                    You may step forward. Ernst.  

                              ERNST
                    Dale.    

                              RAJ
                    How have you been?    

                              ERNST
                    Oh you know. Ups and downs.      

                              RAJ
                    Itís good to see you. How long has
                    it been?      

                              ERNST
                    Too long.        

                              RAJ
                    Yes it has.  I wish to tell you how
                    grateful I am for your help.  Thank
                    you.  The stone is a treasured part
                    of our history. 

                              ERNST
                    Thank you, your highness. 

                              RAJ
                    Do you want to see it. 

                              ERNST
                    May I?    

                              RAJ
                    Please.
                         (leaning forward to show the
                         stone in his turban)
 
                              ERNST
                         (leaning forward to see it)
                    There is none finer in all the
                    world. 

                              RAJ
                    I think so.

                              ERNST
                    You have good taste.    

                              RAJ
                    I am indebted to you for recovering
                    it.  So what brings you to India? 

                              ERNST
                    A quest, your highness.  A quest
                    for enlightenment.      

                              RAJ
                    Ah now I am intrigued. Go on.  

                              ERNST
                    We just uncovered a cave in Leshan
                    with a Temple of Indra.  There was
                    a sword called a Qutara. Itís
                    linked to an ancient legend. A Gate
                    of Shambala.  We need to find the
                    ancient myth that tells the way to
                    it.  I hoped perhaps your highness
                    would have some record of it in the
                    ancient manuscripts. 

                              RAJ
                    Shambala I have heard of.  But this
                    sword I do not know.

                              ERNST
                    Itís some kind of key to open the
                    gate.    

                              RAJ
                    Well my friend I have not forgotten
                    our rugby matches. My libraries are
                    open to you.  You will tell me the
                    outcome? 

                              ERNT
                    I will. 

                              RAJ
                    And, if you are successful, there
                    will be an expedition? 
 
                              ERNST
                    Yes.    

                              RAJ
                    Then I will supply all you need for
                    the expedition. (raises a finger a
                    footman bows)        

                              ERNST
                    You wonít regret it.

          They shake then hug.

                              RAJ
                    Take care my friend.  

          INT. ROYAL LBRARY --DAY

          Ernst is accompanied to the library by one of the Rajís
          men.  They find the books but one is missing.

                              ROYAL ATTENDANT
                    By his excellence the Maharajah.

                              LIBRARIAN
                    Enter.  How may I assist you.

                              ERNST
                    Iím looking for the Gate of
                    Shambala.

                              LIBRARIAN
                    You may want the Bhagavad-Gita, It
                    has a reference to the city of
                    Shambala.  Here are the
                    Upanishads.  And various
                    prophesies.

                              ERNST
                    There is a volume missing? 

                              LIBRARIAN
                    Oh. That book is not kept here. It is
                    kept by the Yogi, fara-sadra-nanda.
                    (solemn and quiet)

                              ERNST
                    How do I find him?

                              LIBRARIAN
                    He has the villa a mile from the
                    palace near the city.    
 
                              ERNST
                    Thank you.

          INT. RETURN TO OUTER PALACE --EARLY AFTERNOON

          Ernst goes through the big doors again.

          INT. PALACE OUTER CHAMBERS --EARLY AFTERNOON

          The ladies are dolled up in eastern dress.  The Son is fed
          canapťs which he picks over.

                              ERNST
                    Weíve got access to the royal
                    library.        

                              KIT
                    Oh.        

                              ERNST
                    Donít yawn kid. The archives have
                    been closed to all but the royal
                    family for centuries.        

                              KIT
                    Yea ok. Itís a big honor. Iím with ya. 

                              ERNST
                    Whereís your mother?  Joy. Look at
                    you.  

                              KIT
                    I hope your happy. 

                              JOY
                    Delighted.

                              ERNST
                    Not planning on staying are you? 

                              JOY
                    I considered it.

                              ERNST
                    I bet you did.  Come on.  Youíll
                    fit right in.

          EXT/INT. THE YOGI RESIDENCE ĖDAY

          They arrive at the Yogi residence.  
 
                              ERNST
                    We need to speak with his holiness
                    the Yogi. 

                              YOGI AID
                    This way. 

                              ERNST
                    Your grace, We seek the prophesy
                    of the Gate of Shambala. 

                              YOGI
                    Shambala.  How do you come to be on
                    such a quest? 

                              ERNST
                    We have found a temple of Indra and
                    an object called the Qutara.  A
                    sword with power to open the Gate
                    Shambala.

                              YOGI
                    Do you have the sword?

                              ERNST
                    No.

                              YOGI
                         (laughing)
                    Then you will need much help. What
                    can I do? 

                              ERNST
                    We need to know the route to
                    Shambala.

                              YOGI
                    Ah.. that is in the book of
                    prophesies. But I do not have it. 

                              ERNST
                    Who does?

                              YOGI
                    The swami.  You must see the
                    swami, One mile toward town near
                    the square. 

                              ERNST
                    Thank you. 
                        (makes a small donation)
 
          EXT. STREETS --DAY

                              ERNST
                    Weíve got to find that book.
                    We need to know exactly what that
                    legend says. The swami should be
                    able to translate.

          EXT/INT. SWAMI RESIDENCE --DAY

          The swami lives near a busy square. There is a large
          protest and numerous religious events. The Swami tells the
          myth of how to find the mythical Shambala.

                              ERNST
                    We are here to see the Swami.

                              AID
                    What is this concerning?

                              ERNST
                    He has a book from the Yogi.  It's
                    part of the Maharaja's
                    collections.  We need to see it. 
                    and ask his help in the
                    translation.

                              AID
                    Come this way.  
                        (he whispers to swami) 

                              SWAMI
                    ah travelers.  I am blessed.  How
                    may I help you?

                              ERNST
                    We need to know the legend of the
                    route to Shambala.  His holiness
                    the Yogi tells us you have a book
                    of prophesies.

                              SWAMI
                    Yes this is true. In the seventh
                    century the wife of the third yogi
                    wrote an epic poem.

                              ERNST
                    Can you tell us what it says about
                    the route to Shambala?

                              SWAMI
                    Yes. But I should also tell you no
                    one has ever found it.  The monks
                    believe it is located in Tibet.
 
                              SWAMI
                    It is here.  The passage reads East
                    from the face of the great river,
                    through the river of the serpent. 
                    And onto the mountain of light.   

                              ERNST
                    That's it?

                              SWAMI
                    I am afraid so.

                              ERNST
                    Thank you for your time your
                    excellency.

          Ernst makes a donation. 

                              SWAMI
                    Your generosity is blessed.   The
                    streets are very busy.  Please take
                    the rear exit for your safety.

          EXT. SWAMI RESIDENCE REAR Ė TOWN CENTER --DAY

          The family exits and discusses the matter.  But they are
          Overheard.

                              JOY
                    So what does all this mean? East
                    from the great river?

                              KIT
                    Yea I think he was playing us. 
                    River of the serpent.  Mountain of
                    light.  That could mean anything.

                              ERNST
                    We have a long trip ahead. 
                    According to legend, xa-in-gala was
                    somewhere in eastern India. But
                    that sword was Assyrian or early
                    Mesopotamian. Theyíre not talking
                    about the Ganges. Theyíre talking
                    about the tigress river. Itís not
                    Sha-im-bala, its Ka-ding-arra.   
                    Ancient Babylon.  Weíll depart from
                    Bagdad. 

                              KIT
                    This gives us an advantage!  Weíll
                    beat Sarus to the site!
       
                              ERNST
                    It's Saurus's men!  This way! 
                    We'll lose them in the square.

          The family flees toward the commotion. The streets are full
          of protesters. The family climbs a platform in the square to
          see which way to go.

                              ERNST
                    Up here. (beat) That swami double
                    crossed us!.

                              THE CROWDS
                    Yea!!

                              ERNST
                         (turning to the crowds)
                    No not you.

                              THE CROWDS
                    No!! 

          He motions for them to quiet down but the crowd imitates him
          and begins chanting.

                              THE CROWDS
                    Mayhee, Mayhee, Mayhee. (no Ö)

                              ERNST
                    No!

                              THE CROWDS
                    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

          The crowd cheers and a riot breaks out.  

                              ERNST
                    No No No.. Come on!

          The family runs as commotion overwhelms the square. The
          streets are filled with chaos. The henchmen grab the pastry
          girl and get punched.

                              KIT
                    Look out!

                              ANDELECE
                    (Scream) Ahhh! 

          Thwalp. Pow.

          The family runs to another platform then jumps onto some
          horsemen.  
 
                              ERNST
                    This way. Up here.  We'll be safe
                    at the palace. We need to get to
                    the other side. 

                              ANDELECE
                    Oh non. Regarde!

                              ERNST
                    Come on!

          But the crowds are too dense and the family must climb over 
          horses then trucks and carried shrines. Some of the occupants
          complain, others, carrying the shrine cheer.

          The family flees down an alley. But the crowds are blocking
          the other end. There are three snake charmersí. The Father
          grabs an oboe and throws the cobras at the villains who
          scream.

          The Family climbs upon a retaining wall and runs along it. 
          They descend to a less dense area and run through the
          crowd. 

          INT. BUILDING WITH BALCONY --DAY

          The family hides in a building but fighting bursts in.  So 
          they run to the second floor.  From the inner balcony they 
          see the villains follow. The family runs to the outer balcony.

          The Family must leap onto gigantic elephant gondolas
          (howdahs). They climb inside to hide. But the villains jump
          into more passing gondolas.

                              ERNST
                    Over here. Jump!  Go.

                              JOY
                    They are so majestic.

                              ERNST
                    Not Now Joy. Jump!

                              JOY
                         (Scream)
                    

          EXT. ATOP ELPHANTS  --DAY

          The family rides three elephants in the dense crowds the
          young elephant guides flee in fright. The family is followed
          by villains in elephants.
 
                              ERNST
                    Stay there Iíll.. Iím come to you !

                              JOY
                    Aton I hope you know what your
                    doing!

          Ernst is overtaken first.  The villain jumps Ernst. They
          fight and Ernst throws him off.

          A second Villain attacks. Ernst Dispatches that villain.

          The other villains are gaining on the family.

          Ernst lags all.  The brawling crowds are throwing things.
          Ernst finds a switch or rope in the howda.
          The hero creates a stampede by whipping the elephantís
          butt with it. Ernst whips elephant.  Elephant rears up and 
          begins running.  The crowds flee screaming with hands in the
          air.

          Charging Elephant approaching.  Elephant passing. Elephant
          view as crowds flee. Elephant coming.  Elephant view as
          crowds flee.

          Ernst rams the villain elephants which also rear up. They run 
          into the family knocking them down in their gondolas. This 
          causes all the elephants to run. 

          All Elephants coming. Elephant view of people fleeing elephants. 

          Ernst must whip again to catch up.

          The massive riot is now frantically running. The elephants
          are galloping. They hit a truck knocking it out of the way
          as the fleeing crowds swarm out of the way. The elephants 
          trample a kiosk.

          The family tries to unite into the same gondola. Joy,
          Villains, Kids, Villains.

          Ernst is jumped by pursuers. He fights and throws them off.
          Joy fends off an attacking gondola. Ernst jumps to the
          villainís gondola and fights. The villain falls into the
          stampede. 

                              VILLIAN 1
                    Uh! Uh! Ahhaa!

          One henchman approaches the kids but is flung off by a tree
          branch. 

                              VILLIAN 2
                    Uhhhhg!

          Another henchman prepares to jump the kidsí gondola.
 
                              JOY
                    Look out!

          The kids defend from another villain with an umbrella. The
          Joy takes a poke at villains. Andelece hits villain with a
          brass carafe. 

          Thwack thwack..  Pow..  Klunk..

          Ernst whips his elephant to intercept then jumps to the
          villainís elephant. 
          They duck tree branch as Cavalry are pressed out of the way.

          Before Ernst can jump to the kids villainís elephant another
          villain jumps on to the back of his gondola and they fight.

          He dispatches that villain throwing him off. He jumps to the
          gondola attacking the kids. He fights and throws the villain
          over the back. But the two men roll off the back. Ernst catches
          himself as the villain falls away. But the wood breaks. He
          grabs another piece but loses ground.

          He falls off the back of the elephant! Ernst lands on the
          tusks of his former elephant up to his shoulders. He rights
          himself toward the elephant still up to his shoulders.

          A villain jumps onto the tusks and Ernst throws his legs up
          and hurls vaults the villain in front of the stampeding
          elephant. 

          Ernst climbs up to sit on the elephants tusks, clinging for
          Safety, hugging it's massive head.

          The kids are saved by another passing tree which separates
          the pursuers elephant from theirs.

          Still galloping, Ernst slowly climbs up to stand but there
          is another villain waiting for him with an evil grin. 
          Ernst, now angry, just throws the villain out of the
          gondola.

          Ernst is standing on the tusks trying to get back atop the
          elephants head.

          A villain tries to reach for Joy from a gondola. Joy wallops
          the villain with the cushion from her gondola holding him at
          bay. 

          Ernst now jumps to the villainís elephant and struggles with
          the villain, punching him.

          wack wack..
 
          The villain falls hanging on the tusks.  Father tries to
          whip the villainís hands but the whip is stuck on the tusk.

          Another pursuer jumps on stepping on the firstsí fingers,
          forcing him to fall away.

                              VILLIAN 3
                    Ahhhh!

          Ernst struggles with the new villain then punches him and he
          falls away.  But the whip is still stuck.

                              VILLIAN 4
                    Ahhhhh!     Ah!

          The other elephants rear-end Ernst with a jolt. He falls 
          backward. The remaining villains are near the Joy's elephant.

          The kids steer to push the villain out of the way.

          Before Ernst gets to his feet, A tall villain jumps on to the 
          head of Ernst's elephant and towers over Ernst with his sword. 
          Ernst crawls back away from him. The villain raises his sword. 
          But Ernst pulls the stuck whip, the elephant bucks and slows as 
          the villain tumbles backward screaming into the stampede.

                              TALL VILLIAN
                    AhhAhh!

          Joy thwarts knife-swings from a passing gondola.

          Ernst jumps to the back of joy's gondola and climbs down to
          the ground. He is running with the bulls.  He runs under the
          pursuerís gondola and begins unhitching it. Tusks and trunks
          are swinging around his head. But the giant belt is stuck. 
          He is hanging on the buckle, his feet are barely touching
          the ground. 
          One villain climbs out to jump Joy. Ernst pulls him off the 
          villain gondola.

                              VILLIAN 4
                    Ahhh! 

          Finally the belt breaks free. Ernst hangs a moment longer to
          regain his footing. He runs back and climbs into Joy's
          gondola.  The villain gondola draws closer but Ernst kicks
          it.  It rolls off into the stampede and the remaining villain
          with it.

          The villains are vanquished.  Joy and Ernst cheer.

                           JOY AND ERNST
                  Ha Ah!

          The stampede slows at a fork and comes to a halt in a clearing 
          of trees.
 
          The family dismounts in the country side as small children
          run to collect their elephants. But now, they have the
          mythical route to Shambla.

                              ERNST
                    Is everyone all right? 

                              KIT
                    Were fine.

                              ERNST
                    All right.  Listen.  With what we
                    have now, the Maharaja will fund
                    the expedition!  Were back in
                    business!

          EXT/INT. LARGE SHIP - CARGO HOLD - DAY

          Father sees the camels and speaks with an assistant (Adize),
          making sure the plans are correct.

                              ADIZE
                    Ten Camels, 4 for your party,
                    three for local guides and three for
                    supplies.        

                              ERNST
                    The camels, theyíre good for.?  

                              ADIZE
                    Twenty days, thirty if anything
                    goes wrong.    

                              ERNST
                    Good and supplies. 

                              ADIZE
                    We have water and dried foods. 

                              ERNST
                    Weíll pick up the rest when we
                    dock.    And protection..    

           Adize pats rifle and holster.

                              ADIZE
                    My men are good a shot.  No
                    problems on the trail. 

                              ERNST
                    Thanks Adizes.  Youíll dine with us
                    to night. 
 
                              ADIZE
                    Yes sir. Thank you.

          EXT. SHIPíS DECK - MID DAY

          The young lovers play cards on the main deck. Father climbs
          to the deck and enters the quarter lounge.

                              KIT
                    Look Three aces, thatís three of a
                    kind.  Beats two of a kind.  See
                    like this, thatís a full house. 
                    You have three of a kind.  Letís
                    try again.

                              ERNST
                    Hey go easy, donít wear out your
                    luck.

                              KIT
                    I donít know.  Sheís a natural. 
                    Iím down two to one.  Itís not
                    fair. 

                              ERNST
                    It never is. Come on in youíll want
                    to hear this.

          INT. QUARTER LOUNGE --MID DAY

                              ERNST
                    Alright were fully supplied. Ten
                    camels, three guides and two for
                    supplies.  This is going to be a
                    dangerous two-day trek across open
                    desert, the most inhospitable place
                    imaginable.  The earth is bone
                    dry.  The sand storms can bury a
                    camel overnight.  Weíll have to
                    take camels because the trails
                    disappear as fast as theyíre cut.
                    It itís too dangerous to bring all
                    of you.  So Iíll have to go in alone. 
                    You can stay in Bagdad. But I
                    should be back in a week, maybe
                    two.

                              JOY
                    Oh no. No you donít.  You know our
                    rule. 
 
                              ERNST
                    Rule?  That was about me being away
                    with work, all the time.  This is
                    different.  Your with me! 

                              JOY
                    You know how I feel about our time
                    together.

                              ERNST
                    Oh do we have to talk about this
                    now? Pardon us for a minute.  Iím
                    not risking you and them out there
                    in the unknown.     

                              JOY
                    Unknown? Youíre forgetting I grew up
                    in the Desert.  I know it just as
                    well as you, maybe better. 

                              ERNST
                    Thatís what Iím worried about. 
                    Itís dangerous. 

                              JOY
                    Not as dangerous as if you leave me
                    behind.   

                              ERNST
                    Behind? Youíre staying in Bagdad.

                              JOY
                    Iím going with you. 

                              ERNST
                    NO youíre not!    

                              JOY
                    Yes I am.
                         (grabbing Andeleceís arm)
                    Were in this together.

                              ANDELECE
                    Oui Solidard. 

                              KIT
                    What? I donít even get a say?

                              ERNST
                    Fine.  Were leaving at 0800.

                              JOY
                    Fine.
 
                              ERNST
                    Now listen.  We head east toward
                    the desert and across the bad
                    lands. If our directions are
                    right that should put us in range of
                    the next landmark. Adiez will
                    arrange with the locals for three
                    guides.  And by day two we meet the
                    foot hills and the river of
                    the serpent.

          a beat

                              ERNST
                     What?

                              JOY
                     I just love it when you admit
                     you're wrong.

          EXT. STAGING AREA NEAR DOCK --LATE MORNING

          FADE IN

          The men unload the boat and pack camels.

                              ERNST
                    Thatís nine camels.  Whereís ten? 
                    
          From the boat Adiez leads a stubborn camel

                         CAMMEL  
                    Errrrrhh! 

                              ADIZE
                    Come on! Come on!. You beast.

                              CAMEL
                    Phhhhh!  Errrhh! 
                        (stubborn camel antics)

                              ADIZE
                    There you are ten.

                              ERNST
                    Ten?  Iím not.. 

                              JOY
                    Just pay the man Aton and letís get
                    out of here. 

                              ERNST
                    Here.  Keep in mind I might be
                    back. 

                              ADIZE
                    But I do not know this.
 
                              ERNST
                    Yea I bet you donít. All right!
                    Letís get these animals ready.

                              MOZIRE
                    Hesmadulahum! (pack them)
                    Duh-hydruka!(move)         
                    Lenasheba! (lets go)

                              ERNST
                    Weíll have supplies for a week. And
                    the animals can last a month. These
                    are our three local guides. This is
                    MOZIR, BACHIR, and ROCKMAN. 

                              ROCKMAN
                    How do you do. 

                              ERNST
                    Mozere is the leader.  If you need
                    anything you ask to him.  Were
                    loosing daylight so we had better
                    get a move on.  Weíll want to
                    travel early.

                              ERNST
                    Put them over there.  Thanks
                    Adize.  

           The men pry the crate begin handing everyone a rifle.   

                              JOY
                    Whatís this?    

                              ERNST
                    What do you mean. 

                              JOY
                    Rifles?  

                              ERNST
                    You bet your sweet..

                              KIT
                    I donít think thatís such a bad
                    idea.    

                              ERNST
                    Yea itís a good chance for the Boy
                    to learn how to shot.    

          Andelece does a one handed reload.

          (A beat)

                              ANDELECE
                    Oh, le Cinema?
 
                              JOY
                    I donít like this. 

                              ERNST
                    Look, Weíve been lucky so far.  But
                    were up against some bad
                    characters.  I donít want any
                    problems. 

                              KIT
                    Yea Heís right 
                         (Slinging a belt of ammo 
                          over his shoulder.)

                              ERNST
                    Iíll teach him, the basics. They
                    can handle themselves.

                              JOY
                    Aton.    

                              ERNST
                    Itís for safety. 
                   (a beat) 
                   Itís just a precaution. 
                   (a beat) 			
                    Theyíll stay in the holster!    

                              JOY
                    Fine.

                              ERNST
                    Ok get on em.

          They mount the beasts.

                                  ERNST
                    You just watch Mozir..
                    Ok. See just break down and hop
                    on.  Come on you. 

          The stubborn camel ignores him.

          Kit helps pastry girl then gets on his.

                              KIT
                    Woahh.    

          Mother is more tactful. 

                              JOY
                    Come on dear. Hah..
                         (the camel rises)
                    See that?
 
                              ERNST
                    Come on you stinking, pile of.. 

                              CAMEL
                    pffffffhhhhh

                              ERNST
                    Camels.

          He knees it in the leg and it drops.

                              ERNST
                    Good Boy.

          Camel turns its head.

                              ERNST
                    Watch-it you.  (Mounts)  Ok Up!..

          The camel still does nothing.

          Ernst gives a sigh.. then kicks. the camel rises.
          
          ECU

          A beat.

                              ERNST
                    Ok Letís Go!

          EXT. DESERT

          The heroes embark on a trek across the desert.  The vista is
          wide.  The trail is long.  The trail is hot.  The travelers
          are persistent.  They stop at an oasis.

          EXT. OASIS LATE AFTERNOON

          There is life in the desert. The tired travelers break at
          sundown.  The oasis is alive with people.  A young woman
          bakes bread. The sun sets over the camp.  

                              ERNST
                    Weíll camp here for the night. 
                    According to Mozir this is the last
                    waterhole before the mountains so
                    drink up.

          Son breaks up a chocolate bar for a couple small children
          then deals some salt for bread.
 
                              KIT
                    Here.  Look see? Salt.
                    You eat it.
                                                    
          				  BEDIOUN
                    No no..

                         KIT
                    See look good quality. Taste it.
                   
          				BEDOUIN
                    Ah  ya.. mm..
                   
          				KIT
                    Thanks good choice..  Mmm..
                         (mouth full)
                    Oh.. mm. Yea.. Oh..
                    Hey..! we have breadÖ

          Ernst ascends a rise near the camp and looks out over the
          horizon. Wife joins him.

                              JOY
                    Itís beautiful isnít it.  

                              ERNST
                    Yea. Itís beautiful.  But it worries
                    me.  Call it instinct.

                              JOY
                    Were alone out here.  Nobody in
                    their right mind would follow this
                    far out.

                              ERNST
                    Thatís what bothers me. Saurus
                    wonít stop till he finds what heís
                    looking for.  If heís out there,
                    there could be trouble.

                              JOY
                    Donít get soft on me now. I know
                    that look. 
 
                              ERNST
                    That sword was at least 4 thousand
                    years old. But that's not what
                    bothers me. The ancient Babylonians
                    had sophisticated astronomy.
                    Sophisticated enough to find their
                    location anywhere on earth. The
                    angle of the sun would give them a
                    latitude. The rising star on the
                    shortest day of the year would tell
                    them longitude. If this thing is
                    lost, then itís lost for a reason.

                              JOY
                    So weíll find out.

                              ERNST
                    Yea. I know.

          EXT. OASIS --NIGHT

          Parents join the Kids at the camp fire. Father and Son
          decipher the cartouches from the Sarcophagus which the Son
          has written on his sleeve during his captivity. This makes
          the Father wonder if he really was cheating in college. But
          the Mother defends him. There is music and dancing under the
          moonlight.

                              ERNST
                    Did you get enough to eat?

                              KIT
                    Yea this is great. 

                              ERNST
                    Oh? The snake or the locust?

                              KIT
                    This one.

                              ERNST
                    Oh the locust. Yea thatís good. 
                    More bread?

                              KIT
                    No thanks.  I thought we packed
                    food.

                              ERNST
                    We donít want to be inhospitable.
                    Here try the goats milk.
 
                              KIT
                    Thanks, I like to have a big
                    breakfast.

                              ERNST
                    Whatís this?

                              KIT
                    After we were captured I wrote down
                    the star patterns from the
                    Sarcophagus. 

                              ERNST
                    uhh?

                              KIT
                    Uh Inner cask.. I thought it might
                    be useful.

                              ERNST
                    Let me see that.  So this how you
                    study?

                              KIT
                    What are you saying?  That Iím
                    cheating?  We were captured.

                              JOY
                    Where was he supposed to write them
                    down?

                              ERNST
                    Well it looks a little damning.

                              KIT
                    It helps me remember.

                              JOY
                    I think itís resourceful.

                              KIT
                    Thank you.

                              ERNST
                    Now stop taking his side.  Iím just
                    saying that it could be confused
                    with cheating.

                              KIT
                    Well itís not.
 
                              ERNST
                    Let me see that. These are the
                    rising stars for hours of the
                    evening. And they repeat offset for
                    each week of the year. The rising
                    star changes throughout the year.
                    So this is a weekly calendar and
                    clock.  But this.  And this.  This
                    is Sirius the brightest star in the
                    sky which would rise at dawn during 
                    the start of the rainy season. The 
                    beginning of their year. But this is
                    a number.  The height of the sun
                    measured against the horizon. This
                    is a latitude.  A location for the
                    calendar. When the star and was 
                    directly overhead on the shortest 
                    day of the year It would be the 
                    center of the world according to 
                    their system.

                              JOY
                    That a boy.

                              KIT
                    Oh so now itís useful?

                              ERNST
                    Well. yea.  But 4 thousand years
                    ago the stars would be rotated
                    slightly.  So thereís no way to
                    know exactly.  But it looks like
                    were on course.

          A woman dances for the music.

          EXT. DESERT DAY TWO

          Day two, the family leaves the oasis.  The little children
          wave good bye.  A long trek across desert. The day is hot
          again.  Hey pause to water themselves.

          				ERNST
                    Weíre should be near the location
                    on that star map.  Drink up.  Have
                    some of this. You need the salt.
                    (to the guides)  Were coming up on
                    the location. Not far. Letís head on.
 
          The expedition continues on. But the guides will not
          continue past the desert into the foothills which hum
          beneath their feet.

                              ROCKMAN
                    Ohh woa..  Mela-Ona.

                              BACHIR
                    No.. Mela-ona..

                              ERNST
                    Whatís the matter?

                              MOZIR
                    The men. They will not go further.
                    The hills, they say are cursed. 

                              ERNST
                    Itís just singing sand.  

                              MOZIR
                    We cannot go into the hills.

                              ERNST
                    Tell him its just the noise of the
                    sand.

          He leaps off his camel and runs to the top of a dune then
          runs down thumping causing more sound.  He men talk among
          themselves. 

                              ERNST
                    You see? Just sand.

                              MOZIR
                    He says itís not the sound of the
                    sand but the demons live out
                    there. 

                              ERNST
                    Well what am I paying you for?

                              MOZIR
                    If your quest is honorable, Allah
                    will protect you. We will wait for
                    you at the Oasis. 5 days.

                              ERNST
                    I canít believe your gona walk off
                    on us. 
 
                              MOZIR
                    Weíll take one of the supplies
                    camels.

                              ERNST
                    Alright we go alone from here!

                              JOY
                    Well this is optimistic. 

                              KIT
                    Arenít you glad I brought a star
                    map?

          The family continues in the hilly landscape.  The singing
          sands chanting beneath them.  The Son pauses before marching
          down the next hill. There is a dung beetle. The sun beats
          down relentlessly. Water jugs are passed around.

          Ernst spots vultures in a valley among the dunes.  He leaps
          off his camel and runs to the top of a dune.  He sees the
          villains.  He runs down.

                              ERNST
                    Itís Saurus and his men.  Wait
                    here. 

          He runs through the dunes and spies the villains.  One of
          their trucks is stuck.  He runs to it and looks in the
          back.  There are two crates.  He opens the large one and
          itís the sarcophagus.  He opens the smaller one and itís the
          sword.  He eyes its freakish flame engravings. He starts to
          take it but puts everything back and returns. 

                              ERNST
                    Itís them.  They have the cask and
                    the sword. Weíll have to wait till
                    dark to recover them.

                              KIT
                    Why didnít you take the sword?

                              ERNST
                    And tip Saurusí men?  Weíd loose
                    the sarcophagus.

          The Sun sets.  The Family refreshes and eats  Father checks
          his watch. The Son runs down the hill.

                              ERNST
                    In another hour Iíll be able to go
                    in.
 
                              KIT
                    You better come see this.

          A sand storm is approaching on the horizon filled with light
          of the setting sun.

                              ERNST
                    Change of plans.  Get these camels
                    down.  Hold them.  Donít let them
                    up!  Cover the supplies.  Stay here
                    till I get back.  Donít move.

                              JOY
                    What are you going to do?

                              ERNST
                    Iím not sure but I wonít have long.

          EXT. VILLIAN CAMP

          As the sand storm approaches there is a flurry of activity
          at the villain camp.  They cover trucks and collapse tents. 
          The men working on a stuck truck are told to stop.

                              SAURUS
                    Leave it!  Secure the supplies! 
                    Everyone in the trucks!

          Ernst cowers under the 400 foot wall of dust. 

          The sandstorm strikes.  The silt is oppressive.  He wretches
          and coughs and covers his face.  Borrowing against the winds
          as he breaks for the villain camp. 

          EXT. VILLIAN CAMP --LATE AFTENOON SANDSTORM

          He overcomes the two drivers and steals the truck but its
          stuck. The wheels spin hopelessly in the storm.

          Flashlights pierce the dust and Ernst runs behind the truck.
          He opens the truck and climbs inside. He removes the sword
          placing it in the sarcophagus crate.  But the crate is too
          heavy so he takes the sarcophagus out of the crate. He
          extends it over the back of the truck.  He climbs down and
          shoulders the sarcophagus.

          The villains see the flapping burlap on the back of the
          truck and begin scurrying around. Ernst takes the
          sarcophagus and continues but the winds and Dust are too
          much. The villains search the area around the truck. Ernst
          must drop the cask behind a small dune and flee.
 
          Nearly suffocating, Ernst tries to find his way back.  But
          heís lost. He must hold out the night in the dunes under his
          scarf.  The moon is only occasionally visible through the
          thick clouds of sand.

          EXT. DESERT MORNING

          Ernst wakes and finds the trucks gone.  The sarcophagus is
          nowhere to be found.  He circles around and finds the family
          half buried in sand.  The camels are gone.

                              ERNST
                    What happened?  I leave you for
                    five minutes.

                              KIT
                    They ran off. The camels, went
                    crazy and ran off.

                              ERNST
                    Saurus and his men are gone. I
                    should have kept the sword but it
                    wonít bring the kind of money that
                    weíd get for a pharaoh. Where are
                    the supplies?  Is this it?

                              KIT
                    We have to find the camels. 

                              ERNST
                    No. We have to find water.  Come
                    on.

          EXT. AMONG THE DUNES --LATE MORNING

          The family is alone in the vast desert. They continue east
          on foot toward the mountains to look for water.  Suddenly
          they are surrounded by horsemen. The Father is quick to
          strike a stand-off which the horsemen respect. They laugh
          and take the family to the Yazidi leader. 

                              ERNST
                    Donít make any sudden moves. 
                    El-ar-a-be-at-o ?  (Arabic?)
                    Da-hed-da-so-brad-bay ? (Speak
                    Arabic?)

                              HORSEMEN
                    Ha ha ha..
 
          The leader points a pistol at him. Several rifles are
          raised.  Their leader is amused.

                              REBEL LEADER
                    Ahh..  Ak-ha-Hr-hum! (bring them)

          The family is given two horses and they climb on.

                              ERNST
                    Go on.

                              KIT
                    Get on?

                              ERNST
                    Theyíre helping us. You donít want
                    to be a poor guest.  Weíll sort
                    this out when we get where were
                    going. Just follow my lead.

                              KIT
                    Travel the friendly skys, see the
                    world.

          EXT. REBEL CAMP

          The family eats and drinks with the yazidi.  There is music.

                              ERNST
                    Theyíre probably an offshoot of the
                    yazidi. Considered rebels by their
                    own people. Considered devil
                    worshipers by the outside world. If
                    Iím right theyíll take us to their
                    leader.

                              JOY
                    Yea.. with any luck we could get
                    sold into slavery and not die in
                    the desert.

                              ERNST
                    Donít knock it.  This is as good as
                    it get around here.

          The family is presented to the tribal leader who offers them
          water and food.  
 
                              ERNST
                    Theyíve been isolated in this part
                    of the desert for 2000 years. 
                    Maybe theyíd like some company. Just
                    eat whatever they give you. 
                    Hello.  By-hah-lend

                              TRIBAL LEADER
                    Ah baheed dahala edjsoluso
                    (greetings come sit)

                              ERNST
                    I think he wants us to sit with
                    him.  The dialect is hard to
                    understand.

                              TRIBAL LEADER
                    (Claps) Bahabud  Bahabud  
                    (bring bring)

          A feast is laid out.  They refresh themselves as the young
          lovers make eyes at each other and the parents listen to the
          old man tell stories.

                              ERNST
                    He says they have lived in this
                    part of the desert since the
                    beginning. But they rarely see
                    young people from the outside. 
                    Their people are the regional
                    people descended from Adam. And
                    the hills are sacred to them. But
                    most outsiders are unfriendly. He
                    says they will give us what we need
                    to continue.

                              JOY
                    Tell him thank you.  His karma is
                    very kind.

                              ERNST
                    She says thank you. Sucrend.
                    (Thankyou) Deshcoriba (many thanks)

          The old man is told that the day is ĺ with a gesture from a
          younger man.

                              ERNST
                    He wants us to follow him 
                    (the younger man)
 
          The leader gives them their own supplies back and they
          prepare to depart. But a guard stops them.  He questions the
          Father in a foreign language and becomes angry.  

                              ERNST
                    Theyíre giving us our supplies
                    back.  Minus one of the supply
                    camels it looks like.  
                        (To the stubborn camel) 
                    Good. Itís about time we got 
                    rid of you.

                              CAMEL
                    ppppppshhh

                              ERNST
                    Thank you. Sucrend. (Thankyou)

                              JOY
                    What is it?

                              ERNST
                    I donít know. He wants something.
                    What? What do you want?  I canít
                    understand itís too fast. 

                              JOY
                    Thank you for your hospitality.

                              ERNST
                    Listen pal I donít know what your.

          The father offers water.  It is rejected.  He offers food. 
          It is rejected.

                              ERNST
                    Here.  No?  Take it.  No? Here.

          The shouting is more intense and he is knocked to his
          knees. 

                              ERNST
                    I donít know..  Ugh..

          The family Squirms.  The Guard is adamantly shouting.  Then
          the father removes something from his pocket.  The guard
          raises his sword.  Itís a small transistor radio with an
          earplug.  The Father turns it on.  There is nothing. 
          Nothing but static.  Static.  Static. Static. Then a channel
          with Glen Miller.  The guard lowers his sword. 
 
          The guard takes the radio to the leader who is amused.  The
          Guard is suddenly friendly again and encouraging the Father
          to get up.  The Group agrees the gift is good.  The family
          is saved.  They bid Farwell to the tribe.

                              JOY
                    Well you pulled it off Aton.  Iím
                    proud of you.

                              ERNST
                    Were not out of this yet.  But
                    letís get a little distance.

                              KIT
                    Yea Iím fresh.  How are you.

                              ANDELECE
                    Bon.

          EXT. DESERT AFTER YAZITI

          The Family continues on.  The day is long and hot.  They
          reach the end of the dunes near the foothills.

                              ERNST
                    Alright we go on foot from here. We
                    donít want to override the camels. 
                    Itíll give them time to rest.

          EXT. DESERT SHADE

          The family breaks for a tiny sliver of shade in an outcrop
          of rock.

                              KIT
                        (exhausted) 
                    Ok.. Iím fine.

                              ERNST
                    Your dehydrated.  Take more salt
                    from the pack. Weíre looking for
                    the river of the serpent.

                              KIT
                    River!, There isnít water in a
                    hundred miles of here. 

                              ERNST
                    Yea but ten thousand years ago this
                    region was a fertile grassland. 
                    This arroyo should be the largest
                    for several miles. We follow it.  
 
          The family comes upon an outcrop of rock that looks like a
          cobra.

                              ANDELECE
                    C'est Áa

                              KIT
                    There it is!

                              ERNST
                    And Sirius is nearly setting. Were
                    close. Very close. Now we follow
                    this river until the mountain of
                    light. 

                              JOY
                    What does it mean?

                              ERNST
                    I donít know.  Keep your eyes open.
                     

          More marching. A snake confronts them. Father whips the
          snake.

                              ANDELECE
                    Scream!

                              ERNST
                    Look out! (pistol shot) Must be a 
                    dry year.  They usually keep to
                    themselves.

          Then they see it.  The sun has set across the desert but one
          mountain stands out illuminated.

                              ERNST
                    There it is. 

                              JOY
                    The mountain of light. 

                              ERNST
                    We go there.

          EXT. MOUNTIAN

          Arriving the mountain the family discovers the villains down
          in a deep rift.  They look down on the villain camp.

          
 
                              ERNST
                    Ok Listen. If we take the sword
                    theyíll scour the hills for us. 
                    Weíll need to disable the
                    vehicles.  Iíll go in you stay
                    here.

                              JOY
                    No we can help.  Itíll be faster.

                              ERNST
                    I canít risk it.  I need you here
                    if things go bad.

                              JOY
                    What do you mean if things go bad? 

                              ERNST
                    I donít know yet.

                              JOY
                    Yet? 

                              ERNST
                    Yea, Yet.

                              JOY
                    That doesnít sound very good.

                              ERNST
                    Well it was never this complicated.

                              JOY
                    Whatís that supposed to mean.

                              ERNST
                    Can we talk about this later?  Just
                    wait here.

          EXT VILLIAN ENCAPMENT -DUSK

          The father tries to steal the sword but is captured in a net
          and apprehended.  The mother and kids are devastated.  They
          decide to take action.  The Son and Girl drain the gas tanks.
          But they are caught.  The mother tries to rescue them but is
          also captured.

                              SAURUS
                    Mr. Aton.  How surprised we all are
                    to see you.  Did you really think
                    you could take this?  Now where are
                    they?  That lovely family of
                    yours?  (to guards) Find them.  We
                    are just preparing for our ascent. 
                    Iím sure you wonít be joining us.

           Above the encampment watching.

                              KIT
                    No!  Itís up to us.  We have to
                    do something. Iím going in there.

                              ANDELECE
                    Non.  Solidarde.

                              JOY
                    Yea, weíll do this together.
                   
          Ernst is marched at gunpoint to the camp center is the
          sarcophagus, lights and two large flaming torches. Aton
          is under gunpoint. Then the trucks blow up.

                              SAURUS
                    You know success is a fickle
                    mistress.  But patience is a golden
                    virtue.  And we have been very
                    patient.  Havenít we?  Now where are
                    they?

          Kaboom! fire ploom. Kaboom!.. another fire ploom.

                              SAURUS
                    Ah.  The young ones.  Get them.

          The guards find the Son. Then the women appear with rifles. 
          The guards point machineguns at the Father and Son.

                              JOY
                    Hold it right there. Youíre
                    wrecking my bliss buster.

                              SAUURUS
                    Oh. How do you do misses Aton? But
                    tell me. Which of them are you
                    going to shoot first?

          The Mother raises her gun at the one guarding the Kit.

                              SAURUS
                    But what about your husband?

          The pastry girl lifts her gun and points at the guard near
          the father.  Saurus laughs dismissively. The girl flicks the
          safety.

                              SAUUS
                    Huh huh..   Such bravery.  But I am
                    afraid you are out gunned.
 
          He pulls a revolver from his pocket and points it at the
          Father then raises toward his head.  

                              SAURUS
                    Two against three.

          The Women lower their weapons.

                              SAURUS
                    Iím glad we could all be reasonable. 
                    Light the fires!  Prepare the
                    table. While you were ransacking
                    the world for treasures I was
                    seeking wisdom.  Yes. Mr Aton. The
                    Egyption book of the dead.  And I
                    have it. The original light, in the
                    pen of the prophet.  You 
                    followed riches.  But I have
                    followed stars hune on the tombs
                    of kings.  Now we are here before
                    the Patala. The Nashi-mu.  Vaejah, 
                    Avalon. We stand before The Gate Of
                    Shambala!  Now we will summon the
                    mighty Origin. But the ancient
                    prophets were very clear.  The
                    spells can only be read by a young
                    male who has not known women.

                              KIT
                    Oh, well, now youíre done.  Your
                    plans are over, Cause It wonít
                    work!  I can tell you right now.

                              SAURUS
                    Oh but I think it will. I have seen
                    you look at the girl.

                              KIT
                    Yea well.  Thatís just me. You
                    know. Iím worldly. But itís not
                    going to work. Ok. Thatís all I
                    can tell ya.

                              ERNST
                    It just means unmarried. Go on.
                    Do what he says.
 
                              KIT
                    Pachiyambi, ndinu woyamba yekha
                    wangwiro. Kutsegula njira kwa ife. 
                    (In the beginning, you are the
                    First, the only, the perfect. Open
                    the Gate to us.)

          As he reads the sky turns darker.  Lightening encircles the
          mountain.  It wrecks the camp as the villain laughs
          manically. It begins to rain violently then stops.  They
          have stirred the forces of the divine. 

                              SAURUS
                    Thank you. Gather the equipment!
                    Prepare to ascend the mountain!

          Suddenly a roar, an enormous torrent!  A quick scuffle and
          some punches.  The entire arroyo is washed away, the tents,
          the trucks, the villains and the gear. The family takes
          shelter behind a giant boulder as the water roars around
          them.  When the water stops the mountain is now aglow in
          light. They hug. The family proceeds up the mountain.

                              ERNST
                    Were safe for the moment.

                              KIT
                    We go up, donít we?

                              ERNST
                    We go up. Looks like his way. 
                    Watch your step.

                              KIT
                    Uhh..Are you sure about this? 
                    Cause I feel like weíre getting
                    beyond archeology here.   

                              ERNST
                    This is what we came for. Youíre
                    not gona back out now are you?    

                              KIT
                    No, IĎm sure this is a typical
                    for you. Business as usual right?  

                              ERNST
                    You can ask your mother about that.

                              JOY
                    Things happen.
 
          EXT. ROCK FACE DUSK    

          The family reaches the rock face and the father finds a
          fissure in the rock.  The opposing edges donít match.  They
          move a rock and proceed inward. The walls are covered with
          spiders.

                              ERNST
                    Alright were here.  The Tibetan
                    legends speak of an underground
                    cave. Over here.  These edges donít
                    match.  Give me a hand. This glow
                    is probably an electrical property
                    of the rock.

                              JOY
                    Thereís something on the walls.

                              ERNST
                    Just spiders. 

                              KIT
                    Spiders?

                              ERNST
                    Relax, Itís all right, as long as
                    theyíre not the jumping kind.

          EXT. ROCK FACE

          A beat, they all come running out of the cave screaming and
          flailing. They proceed back in with more torches.

                              ALL
                    Ahhhh.  Ahhh!  Ahhhh!  Oh ooooh
                    Aghhh Ak! Oh Ah!..

                              KIT
                    I though you said it was all right.

                              ERNST
                    I didnít say make friends with
                    them. Now come on. Just donít
                    touch the walls.

          They reach a dead end.

                              ERNST
                    This rock, itís been sealed. Itís
                    some kind of door but weíd need a
                    crane to break through.
 
                              KIT
                    I got a bad feeling about this.

          The villain arrives with two guards. He carries a 
          recording of the incantations the Son spoke in the sťance
          and it activates the sword which opens the wall of rock.

                              SAURUS
                    Ah, but I have a very good feeling
                    about this. Yes, very much alive. 
                    And my two friends.  I have solved
                    this impediment.  If you will stand
                    away from the encasement. 
                    Thoroughness is a habit of mine and
                    this sojourn is so very important
                    to me.

          Astonishment and curiosity at the recording and the sword
          activating.

                              SAURUS
                    It was no leap of faith that the
                    Qtara is the fabled sword of fire. 
                    You see the legends are not wrong
                    they are merely difficult to
                    obtain.

          The villain  touches the sword to the rock which cracks and
          blasts away. Inside they discover an elaborate Babylonian
          temple with an unadorned wall flanked by two pillars and
          lion statues.  There is a golden tablet which the villain
          reads.

          They proceed inward flanked by the guards.

                            JOY
                    Ok Aton, what have you got us into
                    now?

                              KIT
                    What is it?

                              ERNST
                    Not a tomb.  Maybe a temple.  But
                    pre Zoroastrian.  Very early.

                              SAURUS
                    I donít wish to interrupt but it is
                    the Cave of Adam itís self.  And
                    now we shall see.  Mr. Sang, the
                    scrolls.  Kutsegula kwa ife wakale
                    njira. (Open to us the ancient way)
 
                              KIT
                    It is not working. 

                              SAURUS
                    Keewah.. KaywahhÖ  Kutsegula kwa
                    ife wakale njira. (Open to us the
                    ancient way)

                              SAURUS
                    It is not working.  Bring the Boy.

                              KIT
                    No I donít think so.

                              SAURUS
                    Take her. If he resists, shoot her.

                              ANDELECE
                    Ohh..

                              KIT
                    No, No! Donít hurt her.  Ok, Iíll
                    read it.  Kutsegula kwa ife wakale
                    njira. 
                      (Open to us the ancient way)

                              KIT
                    Ok You found a golden tablet. You
                    should be happy.  You can let us
                    go.

                              JOY
                    Not so fast.  Look.

          Then slowly.. the wall becomes a portal.  The mist swirls
          and the faint trees glisten unnaturally on the other side. 
          There is a stream in the vignette.  The wall is alive with
          imagery.

                              SAURUS
                    HA HA!  

          The portalís landscape becomes more tranquil. 

          ECU
                              SAURUS
                         (to him self)
                    Edenu.  HA HAÖ! The Eden
 
                              GUARDS
                    Jen-atu-add-na! (eden) Ad-dno..(The
                    Eden) Mu-kudesun (holy) 
                    El-th-lru-lena (Forgive us)

                              SAURUS
                    Get up you fools.  I hold the
                    sword.  It is me you should fear.

                              GUARDS
                    Mu-kudesun Jen-atu-add-na! 
                       (holy eden)  
                    El-th-lru-lena, El-th-lru-lena.. 
                       (Forgive us, Forgive us)

                              SAURUS
                    It is Shambala! The great portal!
                    And I shall Enter!

          The Villain marches forward with the golden sword.  But an
          ethereal 14í apparition in a tunic appears and defends the
          portal from him. Its sword moves instantly reappearing in
          position each time. First piercing the ground in front of
          the villain sending him backward.

          One guard opens fire. He is pierced by the apparition whoís
          scale changes making his arm and sword longer.  The guard is
          dissolved in flame. The other guard moves defensively.  He
          raises his gun and is also dissolved. 

          Saurus lowers his sword and steps closer testing the angel.
          The angel no longer defends the portal.  He steps forward into 
          the 4 foot light emanating from the portalwall.  Saurus now 
          glows with the light of the portal.  He steps forward and now
          becomes translucent.  He drops the sword in amazement and walks
          slowly toward the siren song of the portal. Ernst yells.

                              ERNST
                    Saurus ! Donít do it!

          As Saurus enters he is consumed by the portal as his flesh is 
          torn away layer by layer and seeping into his bones which also
          wither to a wisp of dust. This leaves a shocked young 
          spiritbody, humbled, cowering as it flees into the scene. 
          In the distance an ancient figure receives him. He waves as
          some rocks become birds..

                              KIT
                    Woa.  Itís over.
          
                              ERNST
                    Itís over.

                              KIT
                    Iíll get it.  Its ok, as 
                    long as I donít cross to the 
                    other side.

          Kit walks cautiously toward the emanation. Ernst shouts no!
          But it is too late. Kit has crossed into the glowing light.

                              ERNST
                    No!

                              KIT
                    Iím ok.  Itís so peaceful.
                    IÖ IÖ

          Kit Steps forward closer to pick up the sword.  But now heís
          glowing translucent.  He turns to the family.

                              KIT
                    I have it !  But I..  I..

                              ERNST
                    Just stay where you are!
                    Donít move!

          A joyful glaze comes over his eyes. He turns toward the portal!

                              ANDELECE
                    No!

          Andelece runs to grab him! She looks back then toward Kit then
          back again unable to move.  Indecision comes over her. Andelece
          turns toward the portal and starts to enter still holding Kit.

                              JOY
                    STOP!
          
          Joy steps just into the glow holding Andelece.

                               JOY
                    Hold on!  Donít do it!

                              ERNST
                    JOY !

          Ernst Reaches into the glow pulling on Joy and the others.
          His face penetrates the glow.  His jaw drops.  But he strains 
          to keep his face outside the light.  He can just reach the alter
          behind him and pulls on a hand hold in the unhewn rock.
          Ernst pulls them free.  Each awakens from their trance as the
          emerge from the emanating glow of the Gate..

                              KIT
                    Ok I've seen enough.

                              ERNST
                    Me to.

                              JOY
                    What are you going to do?

          The family is horrified. The Father picks up the sword and
          hurls it into the scene where it is consumed by fire. There
          is a quake and the exist is sealed. Flames pour out of the
          wall.
 
                              ERNST
                    Look out!

                              KIT
                    No!  It's sealed!

                              JOY
                    You are in such trouble.

                              ERNST
                    Get Down!

          The flames grow stronger and stronger until they become a
          wind from the portal.  Nearly scorching them family.  They
          family ducks away from the intense heat.

          Then a powerful white light begins to surround the portal. 
          It grows stronger and stronger nearly overwhelming the
          family who fall to the ground from the intense light.  The
          light overcomes them.  But as the light grows stronger the
          ethereal apparition becomes more visible. Its shadow
          protects the family from the overwhelming illumination.  Its
          outstretched wings sheltering them.  The intense light
          subdues the flames.  Then seemingly without dimming, the
          light simply dissolves into the peaceful glowing rock of the
          cave.  It is over.  And they have prevailed. The sword falls
          from the wall onto the dust of the cave.

          The father rises and walks cautiously forward.  He looks up
          at the blank stone wall and lifts the golden tablet.  He
          turns to the family.

                              ERNST
                    Weíre not meant to walk into
                    paradise, were meant to build it,
                    here, in this world.

          Kit grabs the golden sword.

          They family turns to find the exit was reshaped shaped by
          the wings of the apparition during the flames.  They walk
          through the now rounded arch of rock into the predawn.
 
          EXT. DESERT ARROYO -DAYBREAK

          Ernst secures the sarcophagus, tablet and sword then boards
          his Camel. The recorder bulges from the rear of the pack.
          The family rides briskly into the sunrise.

          [Theme Music]                                   FADE

          INT. MUSEUM                            DECENDING CRANE

          The parents present the golden tablet.

                              MUSEUM DIRECTOR
                    This piece is on loan with thanks
                    to Ernst Aton and his Wife.  Mr.
                    Aton. 

                              ERNST
                    Thank you. This was recovered from
                    a cave in the southern Ararat
                    mountains.  Itís believed to be pre
                    second millennium BC and as you can
                    see it has an inscription which is 
                    a prayer to return to eden.  We
                    were also fortunate to recover the
                    Cask or inner sarcophagus of
                    Mentuhotep the second which is on
                    display here in the Egyptology
                    wing.  Thank you.

          INT. MUSEUM EGYPTOLOGY WING

          The kids give museum tours about the restored sarcophagus
          with the star map and they dismiss the last tour of the
          day. 

                              KIT
                    And uh this is the cask of
                    Mentuhotep.  Which we recovered
                    when it was nearly destroyed in a
                    flood.  It has a star calendar
                    which tells the rising star for
                    each hour of the night.  And this
                    little thing here is actually a
                    star map. For the rising star at
                    sundown.  Take your time enjoying
                    the exhibit.  The museum will be
                    closing soon.
 
                              ANDEECE
                    Ce tonneau est Mentuhotep. Cela a
                    ťtť rťcupťrť ŗ partir d'un suivi
                    terribles. Le motif ťtoile que vous
                    voyez est un calendrier pour les
                    heures de la nuit. Et un peu carte
                    des ťtoiles il au fond  
                         (Translation: This cask is
                    entuhotep. This was recovered
                    from a terrible flood.  The Star
                    pattern you see is a calendar for
                    the hours of the night.  And a
                    little star map there at the
                    bottom.)

          EXT. PARK BENCH

          After work, the young couple makes-time on a park bench near
          a famous fountain.

                              KIT
                    Over here. Do you want to sit
                    down.  So uh you never told me your
                    last name.

                              ANDELECE
                    Veronique.

                              KIT
                    Oh.  Hm..

          They kiss.

          EXT. HOTEL BALCONY

          The parents celebrate on a balcony with a sunset view of the
          Eiffel tower.

                              ERNST
                         (pouring Champaign)
                    I have it right here. There you
                    are.

                              JOY
                    There we are.   We needed a break.
                    Didnít we?

                              ERNST
                    Yea we did.

                              JOY
                    So what are you planning now Aton?
 
                              ERNST
                    Iíll let you know.

          A beat  

          They kiss.

          END