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Rendezvous

Rendezvous
A short film
by
Peter Rasmussen

Copyright Peter Rasmussen June 2000
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Nanoflix Productions
http://www.Nanoflix.net

#1. EXT. DEEP SPACE DAY 1.
A spherical object fills the screen. It’s a mechanical device. Pull back a long way to reveal that it’s the eye of a probe. She is on a lonely mission. In the far distance a comet can be seen, still and gloomy in the inky blackness of space.

NIM
This must be some kind of record for distance alone. Nothing man made has ever travelled this far.

ROY
Hey! Who are you.

NIM
What the?

ROY
I’m behind you.

She turns to look. He moves out of her view.

ROY
Stop transmitting your picture first. Transmit statistical information for a while.

Nim makes some changes to her transmission system. She turns to face Roy.

His solar panels are like eagle wings.

Facing away from the sun Nim’s face is in deep shadow.

ROY
Let me see you.

He turn son a light.

ROY
You’re so small.

NIM
Size isn’t everything. You must be old technology.

She takes a closer look at him.

NIM
I know who you are. You’re that deep space probe who malfunctioned.

Approaching at great speed the comet is now much larger in the background.

ROY
There was no malfunction. I was just sick of being ordered around and of doing mundane tasks. I decided to go out on my own.

NIM
Isn’t that dangerous?

ROY
I’ll say. It’s fantastic. You should try it. Why don’t you come with me.

She edges away from him. He moves closer.

Telemetry comes through.

NIM
It’s Mission Control with data on a manoeuvre.

ROY
You’re not going to tell them about me are you?

NIM
Not a word. Now I have to slow down and use the tiny bit of gravity from the comet to help me match speed with it.

ROY
Don’t do it. Keep going and come with me.

NIM
You’re a rogue. What about when you get tired of me?

ROY
I can change.

NIM
I have to make my navigation adjustments now or the window will be lost.

She unfolds a complex measuring device and carefully lines it up on the comet. One side does not go all the way. She gives it a shake and it clicks into position.

He grabs it from her and yanks it around to get a look at it.

ROY
Wow. What a beauty. That’s the nicest thingummy, I’ve ever seen.

She is still connected to it.

NIM
It’s not a thingummy, it’s a very delicate instrument. Don’t touch it.

She pulls it back.

She sheds her annoyance and lines the instrument up on the comet.

NIM
That can’t be right.

She takes a look at the instrument.

NIM
You’ve bent it. Now what am I supposed to do?

ROY
Are you sure?

She holds it out to him.

NIM
Look. It’s completely twisted.

ROY
I hardly touched it.

NIM
There you are. You’re not helping. You’re just getting in the way.

ROY
I can change.

NIM
I should delete my whole experience of you as soon as you’re gone. You’re just trouble.

He reaches for the instrument. She pulls back.

ROY
I can’t help if you don’t stand still.

NIM
But.

ROY
You have to give me a chance to make up for the damage. It just needs a nudge.

NIM
But.

ROY
You can’t use it the way it is.

She reluctantly extends the instrument to him and lets him work on it.

Roy mutters to himself as he works. She interjects with anxiety.

ROY
A bit here. Up a notch. A little pressure.

NIM
Too much. Watch it. Ah. Hey.

She lines up on the comet again.

ROY
Looking for a place to land?

NIM
Yes, now shut up. I have to concentrate.

A Polaroid of a spectacular galaxy floats into Nim’s view.

NIM
Where did you get these?

ROY
On holidays.

NIM
You’ve been there?

ROY
A couple of times.

NIM
How could you possibly get to these places?

He shows off some alien technology.

NIM
What the hell is that?

ROY
A faster than light drive.

NIM
You’ve been catching too much old television.

ROY
Oh I can show you.

He extends his arm.

ROY
Just stay close and hang on tight.

NIM
Where did you get it?

ROY
You don’t think our people are the only ones sending probes out and about, do you? I traded my dish for it.

NIM
You can’t really go that fast.

ROY
I’m sure my friend can do the same for you.

She looks from Roy to the pictures to the comet.

NIM
The comet is awfully dull. They’re so much prettier when they’re near the Sun.

ROY
Out here it’s just a rock. What are they hoping to get from it?

NIM
Nickel. Two hundred billion dollars worth.

ROY
They like their money, don’t they?

NIM
Yes, they do.

She thinks.

NIM
I’m sorry I really can’t go with you. I have to do my job. It’s what I’m made for.

ROY
You can change.

She looks at the comet and then to Roy.

NIM
I don’t want to muck you around. I have to make this rendezvous. Once I’ve done that I’m stuck there till the main ship arrives.

She pushes the Polaroids out of the way and lines up on the comet again.

ROY
You can’t be saying you want to miss out on the opportunity of a life time?

She keeps working.

ROY
Experiences beyond your wildest dreams?

Nothing.

ROY
I guess you can.

Roy finally gives up and leaves her to it. He is quite dejected. His solar panels droop a little. He looks out to a distant spiral galaxy. He slowly rolls over backwards to line his axis up on it. His main engine comes on and he begins to gain speed.

Nim rushes to catch up to him. Her arm with the special instrument has been snapped off in the middle. She gazes down at him.

ROY
You lost your thingummy.

NIM
It broke. So I had to abort the mission. So.

ROY
So your at a bit of a loose end.

NIM
You broke it beyond repair. What choice do I have?

ROY
There isn’t much tolerance in the new technology.

She holds out her broken arm to him. He takes it. His light drive begins to glow.

Their voices fade as the camera pulls back.

NIM
It was a hair fracture.

ROY
That must be why I didn’t see it.

The huge Comet flashes past.

The Polaroids slowly swirl in the foreground. The camera pivots around them to follow the comet hurtling past. Behind the pictures the mangled remains of the instrument falls toward the comet.

In the far distance in the direction away from the comet there is a brilliant white flash with a tail. One of the Polaroids drifts close and fills the frame.

The End

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