EXT. GRASSY SLOPE – SLIDELL RANCH
Ben turns the map in his hands to align the “Y” of the two creeks joining, to the scene before him. He looks behind him to the farmhouse far in the distance. Toby’s van sits in front.
Well, I suppose that explains the “Lon” reference. It’s his house. Now for the other two.
Riley and Toby appear in the distance and wave to him. Ben returns the wave and points to the “JJ” side of the slope. As he crosses to that side, the two head in his direction, with Toby eagerly in the advance.
Ben is stooping, combing through the tall grass when the boys catch up to him.
Ben stops what he’s doing and straightens up.
Don’t worry. The door’s unlocked, so I’m sure they’ll be back soon.
Okay, we’ll just see what we can find in the meantime. But no digging.
Why don’t you get the detector and check the other side.
What am I looking for?
My guess is that you’ll find a buried knife.
Ah. And see which direction it points and follow it up.
Riley departs at a jog for the van.
And what are we looking for?
The mystery of “JJ.”
THE JJ SIDE OF THE GRASSY SLOPE
Hot damn. This is exciting!
Toby takes one more step and face plants.
C. U. TOBY’S FOOT
Something shiny glitters in the grass.
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Hold on! I think you found it!
Toby flips around to look. He parts the grass to reveal a metal disc flush with the ground. Ben drops down beside him.
C. U. OF THE DISC
A series of dots run around the circumference with a random letter assigned to each. Ben’s finger points to the first “J.”
So, we just line up this “J” with the other to get our bearing. Ingenious, if you don’t have the letters, you don’t have the bearing.
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Ben and Toby race off on the line of bearing, and stop where they can see it will intersect with the line that Riley is pursuing. Riley stops swinging the detector and makes a beeline for them. Toby is hopping up and down, barely able to contain his excitement.
We got it now. I can taste it.
Riley motions them to step aside as he comes straight in on their position. The detector breaks out in a furious clicking.
Whoa! Have we got something here!
Ben and Toby crowd in to view the screen.
Ah! There’s nothing but a lot of junk.
C. U. OF THE SCREEN
Reveals various odds and ends – an axhead, bed springs, a straight stick of some sort and a large circle.
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Oh, that’s not junk.
(pointing at the circle)
That’s a huge glass jar. Maybe one or two gallon.
Just what we need two gallons of great-grandma’s preserves.
What’s the matter with preserves? I like preserves.
Glass jars were the favorite backyard bank of the pioneers in this region.
Toby drops to his knees and starts to scoop up the earth with his hands, but stops.
I forgot. You’re right. We should get permission first.
Ben looks around at the still empty house and the setting sun.
Looks like we better call it a day, gentlemen. We’ll come back first thing tomorrow morning.
I know a nice, clean motel where you can spend the night. My house still isn’t put back together, I’m afraid.
(looks at Riley)
Okay. No problem.