Unearthly Underwater Experience

  • By Prachi Bhatia, Emirates International School – Dubai

Scene 1 (in third person perspective)

The blue water moves along, shafts of sunlight cuts through the water and in the distance, a school of fish can be seen swimming through the seaweed and a pile of rocks. A wrecked ship can be seen and next to that, a mini underwater volcano. The protagonist, Eaton, mid-20s, around 6ft tall, fit, with a brown beard and light brown hair, his clothes, black shirt and grey jogging tracks, floats around, asleep, and nearby is a plastic bag.

Eaton struggles to breathe and then wakes up, thrashing his arms and legs. Looks around and swallows the water, and spits it out of his mouth.

Eaton: Yuck! It’s salty!

School of fish pass by and his eyes shut (as if curtains are being shut).

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Scene 2 (in first person perspective)

(Curtains open) Dunes are visible and the sun is bright.

Eaton turns around in a slow movement, observing this new landscape.

As he turns, the camera shakes as Eaton falls/trips on something. Eaton’s hand can be seen grabbing onto some rocks, and then a newspaper.

The screen is blue again, back underwater.

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Scene 3 (in third person perspective)

Eaton can be seen ‘falling’ to the bottom of the sea and the camera zooms in to his hand and the newspaper it holds.

The audience can see the date on the newspaper, 2048, and the masthead saying ‘Tokyo Times’. The main headline reads: ‘ISIS almost wipes out world population’. Other minor headline says ‘Economic Crisis and Recession’.

Eaton maybe the only one alive as there’s no other human in sight.

Short vignettes of his family, friends and house to show his sadness (sad music playing in the background).

END OF SCENE

Scene 4 (in third person perspective)

Flashback:

A younger, fitter and happier looking Eaton is on a Japanese aircraft. The newspaper in his hand shows that the year is 2020. Suddenly an explosion, and the plane goes crashing into the Pacific Ocean. People on the plane die except for Eaton (he’s special, like a Divergent).

Scene 5 (Back to the Present)

Close up of Eaton, followed by scenes from a show he used to watch: The Flash. Eaton’s face in close up again. His face shows determination – he could go back in time and save the world.

END OF SCENE

The New STREAK

By Vinesh Mirpuri, Emirates International School – Dubai

Lack of oxygen, weakness – I feel really wet and dehydrated at the same time. I open my eyes and see different shades of blue. At first everything looks normal, until I stare into the distance and see a small little clown fish at my eye level. Nothing seems normal. Everything is unnatural. For some reason, I don’t smell anything. I think I might have lost my sense of smell down here or something. I taste the saltiness, like I was in an ocean. Wait a minute! I think I am under the ocean!

I hear a sudden noise; I look behind me and see a school of fish. I struggle to breathe, as there is little or no oxygen down here. I try to remember what happened before I woke up, but my head is entirely blank. How can I survive under water? How long have I been down here?

I look into the distance and see a few big rocks stacked on top of each other. They are approximately 10 km away from my current location. Could I be close to land?  In the blink of an eye, I’m by the rocks, without struggle or fatigue. How can I move from one location to another – 10 km away – so fast?

I’ve heard of the anonymous Streak in Central City who is the fastest man alive. Could I be another Streak? I climb up the rocks looking for land, and as I erupt from the ocean, I see Tokyo. I walk onto the Tokyo harbour, cautiously looking for any clues. I suddenly see a newspaper with the year 2048 printed on it. I’ve been underwater for 25 years!

As I browse through the newspaper, I read about economic struggles, and how ISIS almost killed the entire world’s population in 2047. I finally put together that I might be the only person alive in the world. I continue to walk through Japan.

Suddenly it all comes back to me.  The year was 2020, and the particle accelerator was going to be launched in five minutes. I was on a plane heading to Tokyo. On the flight I was watching the Dr. Wells announce the launching of the accelerator in Central City. As soon as the accelerator went on, a big, massive explosion of colors lightened up the sky. The plane’s engines stopped working and it went crashing down into the sea. Nobody had survived.

I’ve heard of how Flash can travel back in time. Can I do that too? Can I go back in time and save the world?