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Part 2 – Voluntaryist ORIGINS – THE BEGINNING (Part 2 of the Story)

SCENE: DREAMING

Farm

Cuts to MAIN CHARACTER (CAP). He is a child and is out with his father on the farm. He is about 8 years old and is running along to catch up to his dad. As he approaches the sky in the distance darkens and the wind begins to blow. MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) looks up and sees pieces of asteroids coming through the sky with chunks of machinery (like space junk). The pieces approach, begin pummeling the ground in the distance. Father shouts “RUN!” Sounded slightly faded as MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) begins running toward the house. The rocks and metal keep coming closer and closer until the smoke and flamers appear to engulf the farm behind the child. A final rock crashes in front of MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) and explodes and screen becomes black.

END SCENE.

Cuts to MAIN CHARACTER (CAP)’s bedroom. He wakes up sweaty in his room. The asteroids were a dream. He looks around. He is back home, but he is startled. It appears he is still adjusting to being at home. (Home is in VA).

MOTHER (V.O.)

Son! Your breakfast is up.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(calls out to mom from room) What time is it?

MOTHER (V.O.)

It’s 10:30. I thought you  might want to sleep in, so I waited a couple extra hours to make your food.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(Looks for phone) Where is my phone, ma?

MOTHER (V.O.)

Don’t you remember? You left it charging down here when we got in last night?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Oh yeah. Sorry, guess I’m just exhausted… Thanks mom! Be right there!

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(Mutters to self.) I forgot that part about living at home  – my schedule is no longer mine.

Comes downstairs.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Smells great! What is it?

MOTHER (V.O.)

Only the best! We got a round-table of steak, eggs, cornbread, beans, carrots, peas, sweet-potato, macaroni…

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Sounds more like dinner than breakfast. Delicious!

MOTHER (V.O.)

Well, I figured you would want a hearty meal full of protein instead of my usual pancakes and waffles since you’ve had so much energy spent.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

You really do know me mom, don’t you?

MOTHER (V.O.)

At least your stomach.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

You have no idea how much I have been missing your home cooking.

MOTHER (V.O.)

Oh, I know. Your father would rather have my slow-cooked sirloin than the finest steak-house restaurant in this town.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Please tell me that was not a double-entendre.

MOTHER (V.O.)

(laughs) I do that too often.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Gross, mom.

Dad walks in from outside using crutch.

MOTHER (O.C.)

Hey papa! You really shouldn’t be walking on that leg.

FATHER (O.C.)

Well, someone has to take care of the business around here, and I don’t see those crops watering themselves.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I’ll take care of it dad. I need to get my sleep schedule adjusted.

FATHER (O.C.)

You’re fine son. You’ve worked hard. You deserve some extra rest before getting to all the hard, painful chores I got for yah.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Please tell me you are just being cute.

FATHER (O.C.)

If you call mending fences, fixing the tractor, and sealing the leaks in the watering system  cute, then I’m downright adorable.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I’m starting to miss my calculus classes.

MOTHER (O.C.)

Oh stop it you two. The work isn’t terribly bad. And I know you are talented at efficiency son.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I’m just joking. Of course I want to help. I just want to be able to use some of what I learned to make this farm better.

FATHER (O.C.)

Absolutely son. I am giving you the reins. This is your chance to be creative. Your help may be the last chance we got.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I don’t know that I want that much responsibility on my shoulders.

FATHER (O.C.)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not throwing this on you. I’m just saying that you are going to be doing something great. You really are going to help your mother and I make it through until I can take care of business.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I just don’t want you to lose anything because of me.

FATHER (O.C.)

We won’t. I believe in you. Clearly, your school and teachers do too. You got this and I will help you along the way.

MOTHER (O.C.)

Now how about we start eating before this food gets cold.

FATHER (O.C.)

Don’t have to tell me twice. But first, let’s pray.

Dear Father, we thank you for the abundance of this table, and for the hands that made it. We are grateful for every day that we are blessed with on this earth, and are thankful to spend time with MAIN CHARACTER (CAP). Please give us the patience and strength to make it through this time together as a family, and let MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) use all that he has learned to bless this farm and others.

MOTHER (O.C.)

And heal papa quickly!

FATHER (O.C.)

Amen!

BEGIN EATING.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

So what have yall been up to while I was away this past year?

MOTHER (O.C.)

Nothing too crazy. We’ve been keeping steady at the local church. I’ve been helping to teach Sunday school.  Your father was working on a new addition to the church that will be the homeless halfway house.

FATHER (O.C.)

Yeah, until this whole hip thing. Now I’ve just been cooped up at home, reading books I’ve been planning to get to but hadn’t had the time for.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Like what?

FATHER (O.C.)

A lot of history, especially history which you won’t find in public education. History on the Federal Reserve, the CIA, black ops.

MOTHER (O.C.)

The type of stuff people call you a “conspiracy theorist” for even thinking about.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(Laughs) You mean what people call you for reading beyond the textbook?

FATHER (O.C.)

Yup. The good stuff. You won’t believe some of the stuff I have been reading about government secrets, and how they cover it up using this thing called the “states secrets doctrine.”

MOTHER (O.C.)

Careful hun, you  might get put under for a long time if you say that around the doctor. (Laughs)

FATHER (O.C.)

Yeah well, it’s a real shame that people won’t think critically about everything they’re told.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

You did always teach me to respect authority, but do your own critical thinking and research.

MOTHER (O.C.)

That’s right. It’s good to think for yourself, but don’t be rude now.

FATHER (O.C.)

You’ll have to read this one book I got when I’m done…it’s called (sudden  knock on door).

MOTHER (O.C.)

Who is it? (Heads toward door).

FATHER (O.C.)

Better not be one of those morons trying to buy out our land again.

MOTHER (O.C.)

I think it is.

FATHER (O.C.)

Do I need to get my shotgun?

MOTHER (O.C.)

Cool it papa.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

What’s going on with that dad?

FATHER (O.C.)

We’ve been having a lot more people come by trying to offer us cash for the land. Something about this land seems to attract a number of developers. I’m not exactly sure why…it may be due to the city over getting a lot of growth.

MOTHER (O.C.)

(Answers door). May I help you?

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Hello. My name is GOVERNMENT WORKER. I am with the CITY and wanted to talk for just a brief moment about some projects going on. Do you have a moment?

MOTHER (O.C.)

Alright, I have a minute.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

May I come in?

FATHER (O.C.)

I think we can talk out here.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Alright. Well, the short of it is that the city is looking to expand and needs a decent site for its water treatment center and energy center. I figured I would come by and see if y’all were in the market or were considering a sale in the near future.

FATHER (O.C.)

We’ve lived here quite a long time and I think we’re going to keep on doing that for a long time.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

I understand. It’s a beautiful place out here. There’s a lot of fresh air and history. I know your father owned this place and his father homesteaded it.

FATHER (O.C.)

I see you keep records.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Of course. Well, I was hoping that maybe we could reach an agreement. The city would make it worth your while. Provide you with relocation, a house, and a living stipend that could be comparable to a reverse mortgage. You wouldn’t have a want for anything.

FATHER (O.C.)

Except for these 700 acres and my liberty.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

You would be closer to the city, but think about the benefits. Less to take care of. Plenty of money to give your wife a pleasant retirement.

MOTHER (O.C.)

I’m content, but thank you.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Well. I understand. This is not an easy decision and I don’t expect an immediate answer. How about this? I leave you  my card (hands mother card). You take a few weeks to think this over and we can get back in touch? Fair?

FATHER (O.C.)

I think you missed my cues.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Mr. FATHER. I only mean the best. This land could provide resources to allow for 100,000s of people to move here. It’s good business and its good for the economy.

FATHER (O.C.)

I prefer my liberty to the economy.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Sometimes the rights of a few are sacrificed for the benefit of the many.

FATHER (O.C.)

That’s not the American way.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Maybe not…depending on what period of time you read your constitution.

In any case, I don’t want to have this come to any bitter ends. Compensated takings are constitutional, and I hope that we can work something out without resorting to the courts, especially when budgets are tight.

FATHER (O.C.)

I think your time here is up, and I don’t take kindly to trespassers.

GOVERNMENT WORKER (O.C.)

Good day Mr. FATHER. Please consider this carefully. We’ll be waiting to hear from you.

FATHER (O.C.)

Oh, you’ll be hearing from me then alright.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

What was that about?

FATHER (O.C.)

The city has finally resorted to threatening us with eminent domain.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

What’s eminent domain?

FATHER (O.C.)

You had a 3.9 GPA and didn’t learn what eminent domain was?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Engineering and chemistry dad.  I didn’t go to law school.

FATHER (O.C.)

In many ways, that’s for the best.  Let’s go get some work done.

END SCENE

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