Romeo & the Beanos
an original screenplay by J. Thomas Wells
In line to board the bus Romeo is startled to see two green strings of cloth hanging from the crack of the luggage hatch. He asks the driver about it. The driver responds, “Don’t know, let’s take a look.” He opens the hatch revealing Romeo’s Starbucks apron crunched in amongst the luggage. “That’s my work apron. How did that get there?” “You can’t leave it there like that Mister”, and hands it to Romeo. The apron with its contents literally jumps to him, clinging to the side of his leg. Romeo jokes, “Ha, static cling. ”The bus driver misses it but the girl goes bug eyed. Romeo turns to her, “Crazy story, if I figure it out I’ll let you know”.
They settle in to their seats as the bus pulls out onto the highway. Romeo has the folded apron on his lap but the girl has her eye on it. She asks for an explanation of what she saw outside the bus. "First", Romeo says, “We should introduce ourselves, my name is Romeo. What’s yours?” She’s startled, and with her hands to her face she whispers to herself, “Oh God, and I was just starting to like you”. Romeo inquires, “Are you OK?” Hushed and serious, she quotes the Bard, “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo”. The poetry and her seriousness stun Romeo.
“Is that Shakespeare?” She nods, “And you’re Juliet? She nods again. Romeo pauses and reflects. “When was that story written?” Juliet, “In the 16 hundreds”. Romeo, “Wow, is that a true story? Juliet nods no. Romeo, “Whew, you had me going there for a minute”. Juliet chuckles and wipes her eyes which had teared up a bit. Romeo, “Well, my name is Romeo from Togo, West Africa. Juliet, “I ‘m Juliet from Los Angeles.
Romeo, “Well now that we’ve met, I shall have to tell you my crazy story. He holds up the apron. “This is why I got fired”. He hands it to Juliet. “Your apron?” “No, what’s inside it - the Beans. She peeks in on the Beans. “I’m not following you, you got fired over some coffee beans in your apron. Did you steal them?” “No no, I was protecting them”.
From the back of the bus we hear a group of teenagers who begin singing a popular song. There’s a rustle of movement from the apron. Juliet almost drops it. As the singing behind them continues, they begin to hear the low voices of the Beans as they mimic and harmonize with the song. Juliet holds the apron away from her looking at it. Other passengers have joined in the singing as does Romeo. He turns to Juliet and nods, “Crazy story”. Juliet nods. She carefully hands the apron to Romeo, but he hands it back. Romeo, “Oh, I think they have taken a liking to you”. She surrenders with a grin and cuddles them in her lap.
An outside view of the bus at night speeding down the highway emitting the sounds of song from within. Then a thousand feet up we see the shaman perched on the back of a large osprey following the bus. As the huge bird flaps its wings we recognize the flapping sound that Romeo had heard the night the shaman and his tent had disappeared. A few thousand feet above an Air Force jet roars past them.
In the cockpit of the jet, the pilot is reporting on the UFO he has been scrambled to intercept. ‘It’s actually a bird, a very big bird with a . . .” He is cut off by laughter in his headset, “A big yellow bird with a fluffy tail?” The pilot counters, “No, it’s not yellow, but it looks like it’s landing.” “10-4 , We’re sending a chopper out to check on your bird.”
In a large open field we see the shaman lounging outside of his tent. Then to the chopper above as the pilot reports, “There’s a small tent and a guy reading a newspaper, no bird.” “10-4, report back to base.” It’s now dusk, as the sound of the chopper diminishes away, the shaman stands up as does the tent as it transforms back into the osprey which he mounts as they resume their journey.