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Rebel Treasure thirty fifth post

Rebel Treasure thirty fifth post

EXT WATERFRONT NANTES – POMPADOU SALVAGE – PRESENT
The trio piles out of the cute little French car and leave it on the street in front of the ancient stone building. It is recognizable as the same used by Ross Keenan, only a century older and more begrimed.

RILEY
(to Ben)
Looks like Ebenezer Scrooge lives here.

Ceci ushers them through the building to:

INT THE SALVAGE BOAT
MARGUERITE POMPADOU, a tugboat of a woman, rises from feeding a passel of mewing kittens. Her surprise dissolves when she catches sight of her sister.

MARGUERITE
Cecille? Qu’est-ce que c’est?

CECI
Allo, ma cherie soeur. Ce sont mes amis nouveaux.

Ben’s gaze falls on a painting mounted on the wall.

BEN
Riley! Look!

There in canvas and oils is a depiction of the encounter of the Gray Whale with the Preble. Ben is dumbstruck.

RILEY
Well, I’ll be!

CECI
Mon grande arriere grand-pere, he painted it.

BEN
Are there any other records?

MARGUERITE
Pah! Old men’s stories! More crazies, fools in search of this submarine?

Ben places his gold ingot in the palm of her hand.

EXT THE SALVAGE BOAT – DAY
The basso profundo CHUG CHUG of the boat’s diesel engines reverberates across the waters of the river Loire. She easily overtakes and passes boat after boat.

ON SHORE
With binoculars held in one hand and a satellite phone in his other, Rance follows their progress and listens:

HORATIO (ON PHONE)
You are never to do that again. I told you to follow, not to go it on your own.

RANCE
But, sir, I thought…

HORATIO (ON PHONE)
I do the thinking. And now I’m going to have to call in extra help.

RANCE
But, sir, if you bring in the French…

HORATIO (ON PHONE)
They won’t know who they’re helping. Now, get back here!

Rance switches off the phone in disgust.

INT WHEEL HOUSE – THE SALVAGE BOAT
With a meerschaum pipe clenched in her teeth, Marguerite has full command. Swearing under her breath she reaches for the signal chain and yanks a couple of angry BLASTS on the horn. She mutters something else.

BEN (to Ceci)
What did she say?

CECI
I am embarrassed to say.

Marguerite addresses a question to Ceci.

CECI (CONT’D)
(to Ben)
She is asking about your qualifications to dive.

BEN
Tell her, I was trained in the U.S. Navy. I can handle it.

Ceci passes on the word, and gets a reply.

CECI
She says good. She has a lot riding on this venture.

BEN
Judging by those papers she had us sign I don’t doubt it.

At this, Marguerite turns from the wheel and grins.

EXT THE SALVAGE SHIP – OFF THE ISLAND
Riley looks up from a monitor and smiles at Ceci.

RILEY
Your sister has a nice remote.

She smiles in return and points at the screen.

CECI
Why are you heading it that way?

INSERT OF MONITOR SCREEN
A very rocky bottom swims by under the lens of the remote viewing device.

RILEY
This is the bearing we have from our source. He has been very accurate.

BACK TO SCENE

BEN
Hold it! Back it up and head down to the right.

Ben points at a dark area on the screen.

BEN (CONT’D)
(to Ceci)
Ask your sister to move us in closer.

[next pt 36]

About rwoz2

Poet, historian, writer for stage and screen. Responder to Jesus (Romans 5:8)

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