Romeo & the Beanos

 an original screenplay by J. Thomas Wells

And then it happens, there’s a startled scream from someone in the audience and then from another. The singing never stops but there are pockets of commotion in the audience. Those who had screamed now approach the stage, each one smiling broadly and each one carrying a small, freshly hatched chick. 


The concert continues to attract more and more people who come to witness the magic. The monitors are all showing the tray which has been converted to a makeshift nest with the chicks that continue to hatch from the beans. Several women and children are beside the nest feeding and caring for them.

 
TV news shows are reporting on the miracle at San Manuel and of the traffic shutdown in the San Bernardino area where the streets have filled with cars and RVs,  as the concert continues into the next evening. All news reports include a clip of the chicks from the concert screens. When the older chicks begin to stand up and move around, their distinct features become apparent, a claw at the elbow of the wing and their beaks have little teeth.. The media flares into action over this – aliens from Mars, creatures from hell, mutants from nuclear explosions, etc. 


Meanwhile at San Manuel, Romeo and Juliet, hand in hand, are walking through the outer lawns where people are settled in with lawn chairs, tents and charcoal grills.   


They walk over to Galdifore’s tent. He’s sitting outside smoking his pipe and enjoying the concert. Romeo, “Where’s the Gru’kiba? ” The shaman points to the tent. The flaps are open, inside  a small ordinary looking parrot is perched on the edge of a lawn chair. Romeo exclaims, “What happened?” Galdifore explains, “Too much good in one place, a keajaiban occurred.” Romeo, “A what?” The shaman continues. “The old became the new, destinies fulfilled. The beans became birds and the Gru’kiba became a parrot.” The parrot flies out of the tent and heads toward the stage. Romeo and Juliet look alarmed. They rush back to the stage. They find the parrot in the nest with the chicks cuddled around and under her as she covers them with her protective wings.  


On Access Hollywood  the Beano Concert is the hot topic. They introduce Richard Attenborough, who through a live feed gives an authoritative presentation on the events at San Manuel: “The features of these chicks at San Manuel do strongly suggest the Archaeopteryx....” Inserted images of fossils and artists depictions of this prehistoric creature, Attenborough’s voice behind the images, “. the small, prehistoric, feathered creature that links dinosaurs to birds. The Beanos are evidently pre-historic eggs that somehow had stayed in a dormant state perhaps by entering into a symbiotic relationship with the Indonesian people who had found and cared for them for thousands of years. But why they waited till now to hatch is the lingering question.”  Archaeopteryx being too big a mouthful, they settle on calling these birds Ryx. 
 
Back at San Manuel, the concert is over and people are beginning to migrate out of the area. The Ryx are fluttering about in the air over the crowds. Some are on the ground where children are tossing bits of food to them. Romeo and Juliet walk off arm in arm. A Ryx flutters over them, and then lands on Juliet’s outstretched hand.      


                                                                                      THE END 


Behind the final credits: an aerial  view of the same Indonesian isle shown in the beginning. This view expands out to include the giant osprey flying back home. On his back is Galdifore, the parrot and the flock of Ryx, some clinging to the osprey and some fluttering in the air.  

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