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Part 3 – Voluntaryist ORIGINS – THE BEGINNING (Part 3 of the Story)

Storm Brewing

(Cut to working on the farm.)  Scenic shots of the farm. Grass, hills, crops etc. Sun. Drop down to father and son in shed. Red  pickup (1970s).

FATHER (O.C.)

Alright son. I’ve got a number of projects for you…is there any particular field you want to start with?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I can get working on the tractor first if you want. By the way, what happened to Miguel?

FATHER (O.C.)

Miguel left to get an education just like you. He was a real hard worker, and he saved up every penny he could over this past year. Finally got enough money about a month ago to make it out of town. He wished he could have met you in person.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Mom said good things about him on the phone. Said you couldn’t have broke even without him.

FATHER (O.C.)

It’s true – he kept things going when the weather was getting rough. Me and him were able to protect most of the crops.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Yeah, I heard a little bit about it. Sorry I didn’t get to speak with you as much this past year. It was rough finishing out my thesis and working part-time.

FATHER (O.C.)

It takes two son. I’m sorry I was so busy with work. I wish we could’ve come visited. But I’m glad we can make up for that now, right? (Laughs)

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Can we go out fishing like old times then?

FATHER (O.C.)

You bet. As soon as we get these issues fixed, me and you are gonna take a camping trip. I think it’s time we went to that one place you’ve always been wanting to visit.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Estes Park?

FATHER (O.C.)

You betcha. Beautiful mountains. Clear, crisp lakes with all the fishing we care to take on.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I’ve been wanting to go back so bad ever since me you and ma went when I was 13.  I can never get over those green hills set in the middle of snowy mountains. It was perfect.

FATHER (O.C.)

It’s going to happen son. And it’s going to be great trip after this old hip gets fixed!

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

In that case, I better get to working! What needs to be done with the tractor.

FATHER (O.C.)

That’s the thing. I’m not exactly sure. Darned engine started chuggin and screechin’ bout two months ago. I rode it along but eventually it kicked out. Miguel helped me tow it into the garage and it’s been sitting there ever since. Had to make more trips with the truck because of it. Couldn’t get to working on it because my hip went shortly thereafter.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Seems like we’re having a bent of bad luck these days?

FATHER (O.C.)

Ahh…That’s just life. You have to look for the good in things son. The learning experiences. If you focus on the negative, you’ll kill yourself. There’s always something to complain about, but finding the blessings in the midst is what makes a man great.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

So what blessings should I be looking for in this tractor?

FATHER (O.C.)

That’s up to you. I think you should start under the hood and take a look at the PTO shaft.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Will do.

FATHER (O.C.)

Forgive me for not sticking around too long. I need to reset the watering system and confirm with your ma my next doctor’s appointment.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

No problem pa. I got this…I think (laughs.)

FATHER (O.C.)

Don’t be afraid to ask me anything. You got your phone, right?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

In my pocket.

FATHER (O.C.)

Well then you call me if you need anything. I’ll tell ma to squeeze up some lemonade for you.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Thanks dad. I appreciate it.

FATHER (O.C.)

No problem son. See you for dinner.

Father walks with crutch to the truck. Hops in and drives back to the house. Son begins working under the truck.

NIGHT SCENE

Cuts to son finishing up on the truck. The sun has just set and it is slightly dark out. Father and mother are at home and call son to tell him to do one last thing before coming in. MAIN CHARACTER (Cap) is seen working under the truck with black grease on his hands and face. MAIN CHARACTER (Cap) tightens a lug-nut then stands up, looking over the truck.

Cell phone rings.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Hey dad. What’s going on?

FATHER (O.C.)

Hey son. Dinner is going to be ready in 30 minutes. Before you come back, would you go by the north gate with the 5 fencing rolls I left in the garage? Mr. Stone is going to be picking them up in the morning and bringing them back painted new with reflective material for our south exit.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

No problem dad! What’s mom got us for dinner?

FATHER (O.C.)

Let’s just say there’s a lot of protein with some of your favorite sides.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

So it’s a surprise, huh?

FATHER (O.C.)

I think you’ll enjoy it. Hurry up now, I want you to get here when it’s right hot.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Alright. See you soon. (Hangs up).

MAIN CHARACTER (Cap) grabs 5 fence rolls and throws them into the back of the pick-up truck. Drives out to the north gate and begins unloading them.

SUDDENLY, CLOUDS OPEN UP. FLASHES IN SKY. Cap looks up and sees what looks like a constellation heading toward him. He runs but it is too late. Light flashes down. A distant radio tower is struck and catches fire. The field around MAIN CHARACTER (Cap) is on fire. Father and mother see in the distance and call the fire department.

Father rushes out with truck and finds Cap. Cap is burned in many places with 2nd degree burns. Ambulance arrives and takes Cap to hospital. Fire trucks put fire out. Mother and father are tearing up.

NEXT DAY

Mother and Father at bedside with son. Son wrapped with burn wrap and breathing tubes. Condition is stable. Face is only slightly burned on one side. Doctor comes in and gives prognosis that son is stabilizing but they are not sure yet how traumatic the damage is internally. Son appears to be in deep sleep.

Hours later.

Father standing over son with cane. Son suddenly wakes up.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Father?

FATHER (O.S.)

Son! Thank God you are alive. We thought we would lose you…(tears up). How are you feeling son?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(Groggy) Ehh, been better. But I feel this weird tingling across my body.

FATHER (O.S.)

It may be that your body has burns across it. More than half of you. The doctor says you are lucky to be alive. (Turns to wife) Let’s call the doctor in. DOCTOR!

(Nurse and doctor walk in).

DOCTOR (O.S.)

(Doctor begins taking vitals). How are you feeling Cap?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Not great, but there is this weird tingling across my body…

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Likely your nerves are giving you conflicting signals due to your burns. Is it a painful tingle?

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

No actually. It’s hard to describe. It’s kinda like my funny bone was hit, but across my body.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Hmm…Well it appears that your body is stable for now. (Takes a look under wrap. Doctor looks a little surprised). It appears you are seeing some signs of healing already – that’s unusual. I’m going to have to monitor this closely. We’ll see if we can do some scans later today.

MOTHER (O.S.)

That’s good news though, right?

DOCTOR (O.S.)

It should be, it’s just a little fast. I’m seeing some plasma build over already. It’d be great if your son happened to heal faster, but what I am seeing is still unusual.

FATHER (O.S.)

So how long do you think he’ll be in for?

DOCTOR (O.S.)

With the injuries we saw, several weeks just to get out of bed. Then there’s physical therapy. I’ll let you know after we run a few more tests. We’re doing everything we can.

(Doctor begins to exit room).

NURSE (O.S.)

I’ll be monitoring every 30 minutes while the Doctor is out. Don’t hesitate to reach me via this call button if you need anything.

FATHER (O.S.)

Thank you.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I guess I should get some more rest then, huh?

FATHER (O.S.)

I think so, but please stay out of a comatose state if you can , (slight chuckle).

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

(slight laugh and smile) I’ll try. I love you mom and dad. Thanks for always being there for me.

NEXT DAY

Doctor comes in with readings. He clearly is stunned by something he discovered.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Well I have some good news.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

What is it?

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Seems like you are healing fast. A little too fast in fact. We took a small tissue sample and analyzed it. It looks like your body is healing at a rate we have never seen before. Something 4-5 times faster than the average person.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I guess that explains why I felt pretty good when I woke up.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Well you should. It’s as if you have already recovered 60-some percent overnight. And I think your healing is accelerating – exponentially.

FATHER (O.S.)

What does this mean?

DOCTOR (O.S.)

I’m not sure. We’ve sent the sample down for some more tests to see why. I’ve never encountered anything like this before. I would like to keep Cap here if we could a few more days beyond recovery if this continues.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

I certainly don’t want to leave before being healed, but I don’t want to take my mom and dad from needed work. Can we work this out?

FATHER (O.S.)

Son, your recovery is most important. Your mother and I will figure something out in the mean time. You just rest.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

I think that would be best for now until we can get a better picture.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

O.K. Let’s go for it then. But I would like to help out at home as soon as I am able to.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

At this rate, that may be sooner than later.

NEXT DAY

Cap is fully healed. He is in bed but anxious. Begins to unravel some of his coverings as he notices that the burn marks are not visible. Presses button to get doctor with mom asleep in the room.

MAIN CHARACTER (CAP) (O.S.)

Hey Doctor! I think I might be better already.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Let’s check and see. This is unreal if you are. (Doctor monitors vitals and begins to cut through some of the wrappings.  Doctor is shocked when he sees that Cap is not only healed, but completely normal looking without any signs of trauma).

I’m speechless. Cap, you clearly look healed, but I don’t know why. You shouldn’t be. Let’s get you into the scanning room pronto. I think we need to see if this is a just a dream.

(Goes to CAT-scan room. Scans are done and Cap is clearly whole from head-to-toe. Doctor brings scan sheets to mother and son).

Well, I don’t know what to say except that you are clearly brand new. It’s nothing short of a miracle. We need a week to get the lab results back on your tissue. I would prefer that you stayed here at least until then, but I honestly have no reason to keep you based on your current diagnosis. How about you let me monitor your condition from home. I won’t charge you. This is potentially mind-boggling for science.

MOTHER (O.S.)

I appreciate your help doctor. I think it’s a good idea to monitor, but let’s keep this a private matter for now. Cap needs some time to rest and recover from this ordeal. Don’t you agree.

CAP (O.S.)

I guess so. These past two days have been too weird. Still, all I can think about is making sure you and Dad don’t lose the farm. Doctor, If you could come by the farm, I would be grateful

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Absolutely. I will come by each evening to check on you until we get the lab results back. This will be between us and you have my utmost confidentiality.

CAP (O.S.)

Thank you. I’m just so happy to be alive right now.

DOCTOR (O.S.)

Nurse. Please give them their check-out forms and put a note for my schedule that we will be doing home visits.

NURSE (O.S.)

Yes sir.

MOTHER (O.S.)

Let’s go home son.

END

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3 responses

  1. I have a burning desire to learn why Cap has recovered so quickly.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  2. John Sambdman

    Awesome and engrossing read. I’m excited to be a small part of this. I would like a book as well. Can’t wait to read your comic.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    • Thank you John! I very much appreciate your support and you do make a big difference! I appreciate you! ( :

      November 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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