S01E01 GUNS AND BUTTERFLY By MINNA DAVIES




JULY 1968, SOMEWHERE IN THE EAST

BLACK SCREEN…

Echos of gun shots and people running and crying for help.

 

CHIDI

Please... please, I will do anything, do

Not kill my wife,

Let her go.

 

The bang of the gun echos with her last cry.

 

Immediately scene opens in the Bush with Chukwuemeka (11 year old) and Chidi his father.

 

Chidi is standing behind Chukwuemeka who is holding a 1911 pistol. He obviously just fired at an empty can and didn’t miss

 

CHIDI

Good shot.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Why do I have to learn how to shoot

I don’t want to fight, I want to be

An engineer, I will not need to kill

Anybody.

 

CHIDI

It is better to be prepared, than to wait.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Prepared for what?

 

CHIDI

Anything.

 

Chiid takes the gun and puts in some more bullets.

 

CHIDI

What happens when a wild animal comes

For us, how will kill it?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Kill it? Can’t I just talk to it?

 

 

 

 

 

CHIDI

(Hands him the gun)

Some animals cannot be reasoned with,

And your first responds is to save yourself.

(Pointing to the can)

Again.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

After this, can I go and play with my friends?

 

CHIDI

Yes you can.

 

Chukuemaka aims for the last can with one eyes closed and BANG.

 

 

VILLAGE PLAY GROUND

Chukuemeka running towards his friends who are using a big guava fruit to play ball.

 

John

Ahhhh, see who is here?

 

All

Daddy’s boy.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Stop it, I do not like it.

 

JOHN

Okay where were you?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

With my dad.

 

They all laugh.

         

JOHN

(sarcastic)

It is okay, it is good you are here now.

Come and show us some of your daddy skill.

 

Everyone laughs

 

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

(angry)

I am not playing again

 

 Chukuemeka walks away to sit on the ground at the edge of the filed.

 

JOHN

Haba, come now… we are just joking.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Joke with yourselves.

 

NNAMDI

Let us leave him alone.

 

Nnamdi continues the game and the other guys follow.

 

Chukuemeka lost in thought drawing on the ground did not notice Ketumi standing by his side.

 

KETUMI

That is a very interesting way to draw a head.

 

Chukuemeka staggers a little seeing Ketumi, He looks back at his drawing

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

It is John’s head.

 

KETUMI

(Laughs)

It looks like his head.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

(Smiles)

I can draw your head too.

 

KETUMI

God forbid.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

You don’t trust me.

 

KETUMI

No, I do not.

 

She sits beside him.

KETUMI

Why are you not playing with them?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

I don’t feel like.

 

A whistling sound of a jet passing nods everyone’s head up to see what is in the sky.

 

Most of the children there are excited waving at the jet as it passes.

 

John runs towards Chukwuemeka

 

JOHN

Did you see that, fast aeroplane?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

No aeroplane have pass this place before.

 

 

They watch till the plan zoom to the village.

 

Chukwuemeka sees something fall out of the plan and just before he could scream, BOOOOM, a loud explosion scattering everyone in the field, as they run.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

NOOOOOOOO!!!

 

The village is on fire.

 

John and Ketumi along with others in the field are running away from the explosion, but Chukwuemeka is still standing confuse.

 

JOHN

Emeka!!

 

John runs to pull him with him, Chukwueemeka resist.

 

JOHN

What are you doing?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

My dad is still there.

 

JOHN

Do not be stupid, he might be dead,

 the bush is safer, let us go.

 

KETUMI

Emeka please, let us go.

 

Chukwuemeka softly nods no and runs towards the village.

 

John takes Ketumi and run towards the bush.

VILLAGE, CHIDI’S HOUSE

 

There are soldiers everywhere, and the not soothing sound of gun shots fills the atmosphere.

 

Emeka is at the backyard hiding behind a the door a man run past him and before he could go far, the man is shot dead.

 

Emeka almost letting out a scream, a hand grabs his mouth shut.

 

 

KENECHUKWU

Don't scream...

 

The rough texture voice of Kenechukwu comforts him, he will recognize his sisters voice anytime.

 

SOLDIER

(giddy)

I no fit miss.

 

SOLDIER 2

Did you hear anything?

 

SOLDIER

No, just the sound of my perfect shot.

 

SOLDIER 2

There you go again.

 

SOLDIER

Let us round this up and leave.

 

They leave.

 

She releases his mouth, he hugs her afraid.

 

Kenechukwu is his elder sister, she is 15 years old.

 

KENECHUKWU

It is okay.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Where is mom and dad?

 

KENECHUKWU

They are hiding inside.

 

The front door is kicked open. With soldiers shooting randomly at will. Kicking every door open.

 

Chukwuemeka makes to go in but Kenechukwu stops him promptly.

 

KENECHUKWU

What are you thinking?

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

I want help.

 

KENECHUKWUl

Are you stupid, do you want to die?

 

The soldiers drag them out

 

SOLDIER

So you think you can hid abi? Kill her.

 

Chukwuemeka trying to go away from her grip crying.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Let me go please.

 

KENECHUKWU

Shut up.

 

CHIDI

Please... please, I will do anything, do

Not kill my wife,

Let her go

 

The bang of the gun shot echos with her last cry.

 

CHUKWUEMEKA

Mummmmm!!

 

Chidi sees his children standing at the back door.

 

CHIDI

Run.

 

A soldier shoots Chidi dead immediately.

 

Knenechukwu carries already crying Chukwuemeka on her shoulder to run

 

One of the soldiers aim to shoot at them as they run.

 

SOLDIER 1

Don’t miss

 

SOLDIER

I never miss.

 

He fires and BANG

 

 

 


Comments

  1. So captivating. Full of suspense, I can't wait to read the next episode. Well-done.

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  2. Can’t wait for the next episode..

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