Romeo & the Beanos
an original screenplay by J. Thomas Wells
“Eventually the people's wishes won and the eggs were left out in sheltered shrines in public places. At night as the people lay in their huts they could hear the tiny voices of the eggs as they mimicked the songs that had been sung to them during the day.
“Then one day the Gru’kiba (resembling a pre-historic parrot with dark metallic blue feathers) returned. It dropped screeching from the sky and gorged on the eggs. The people tried to fend it off as it burned down the shrines that sheltered the eggs. So the shaman came and gathered up the few remaining eggs and took them to the nearby coffee plantation and hid them amongst the coffee beans.”
The scenes from Galdifore’s words fades back to the real environment, the rain had lessened to a drizzle, a few cars pass by in the late night city. Galdifore continues: “So they are much safer here. I will be close by, watching over them. They will need you again, you must be vigilant and ready. They will find you or you will find them. Your destinies are entwined.
Encouraged Romeo steps out of the tent and crosses the street. He hears a muffled flapping sound. He looks back across the street to an empty sidewalk, no sign of the shaman or the tent. He looks about bewildered, and continues crossing the street.
The next morning Romeo awakens, his wet clothes strewn about his room, his cell phone ringing. “Hello Papa”. He tells his father about losing his job. “Come back home for a while son.” His confusions are calmed by the family connection. He packs his backpack for travel. Next scene Romeo is walking past his former Starbucks. Through the window he sees the usual morning bustle with his buddies carrying on without him. He looks across to the corner where the shaman’s tent had been. Pedestrians crossing the street in the bright sun light makes it hard to imagine the scene the night before. He shakes his head, trying to make sense of it all.
Romeo purchases a bus ticket to Henderson Nevada, his family’s home. On the bus he dozes off. When he wakes up there’s a pretty girl in the seat beside him, reading a book. Still groggy he half whispers, “Good book?” Engrossed in her read, she does not respond. He dozes back off. He’s startled awake by the bus driver announcing the upcoming meal stop. The girl closes her book. Romeo speaks, “How far are you going?” With an annoyed look she blurts, “Wherefore doth thee asketh carriage strang'r?” Startled, Romeo replies, pausing between his words, “Do – you – speak – English?” “That is English Mister. Haven’t you read any Shakespeare?” “Well no, but I saw the movie.” She shakes her head and rolls her eyes, thinking - Oh God, another semi-functional illiterate.
All the passengers file into a busy diner which quickly fills up. Those who didn’t get a seat order takeout Romeo included. With his takeout order in hand he heads for the door when he sees a small table for two with only one occupant. He walks over to it. The one person is the girl who just dissed him on the bus. He asks if she’d mind sharing the table. She replies curtly, “Listen mister, just cause you’re sitting next to me on the bus ...” Romeo, “Sorry, didn’t mean to bother you”, and heads for the door. As he walks away she calls him back apologizing, “That was rude of me, please sit”.
They eat their meal in a polite silence. Eventually they exchange brief personal details, Romeo losing his Starbucks job and she flunking out of college but with a love for Shakespeare.