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FINAL FANTASY

CRY OF THE PLANET


Character Listing for Part 6

 

CLOUD STRIFE

BARRET WALLACE

TIFA LOCKHEART

AERIS GAINSBOROUGH

RED XIII

YUFFIE KISARGI

SEPHIROTH

RUFUS

HEIDEGGER

SCARLET

REEVE

RENO

RUDE

TSENG

ELENA

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

SHINRA CAPTAIN #5

SHINRA SOLDIER #15

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

SHINRA SOLDIER #17

SHINRA SOLDIER #18

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

SHINRA SAILOR #1

SHINRA SAILOR #2

SHINRA SAILOR #3

BOAT CAPTAIN

BARTENDER

CIGAR MAN

TOWN CITIZEN

 

ELMYRA

MARLENE

PRISCILLA

AARON

RAPHIELLA

DREAM VOICE (VO)


 

Set Listing for Part 6

 

Interiors

 

AERIS’ HOUSE - BEDROOM

AERIS’ HOUSE - HALLWAY

AERIS’ HOUSE - MAINROOM

AARON’S HOUSE - DINING ROOM

AARON’S HOUSE - HALLWAY

AARON’S HOUSE - PRISCILLA’S ROOM

INN - ROOM 1

INN - ROOM 2

INN - HALLWAY

JUNON CITY - COMMAND ROOM

TAVERN

MILITARY BARRACKS - CORRIDOR

MILITARY BARRACKS - LOCKEROOM

SHINRA BOAT - CONTROL ROOM

SHINRA BOAT - CARGO BAY

SHINRA BOAT - STORAGE BAY

 

Exteriors

 

OPEN WORLD - OUTSIDE FORT CONDOR

OPEN WORLD - NEAR JUNON

JUNON TOWN - STREETS

JUNON TOWN - OUTSIDE ELEVATOR

JUNON TOWN - ELEVATOR

JUNON - SHORES

JUNON CITY - STREETS

JUNON CITY - ALLEY 1

JUNON CITY - ALLEY 2

JUNON CITY - NORTH RUNWAYS

JUNON CITY - WEST RUNWAYS

JUNON CITY - DOCKS

JUNON CITY - ROOFTOPS

JUNON CITY - ATOP MAKO CANNON

SHORES - STEEL PILLAR

MIDGAR - SECTOR 5 SLUM STREETS

SHINRA BOAT - OUTSIDE DECK

SHINRA BOAT - SHIP HEAD

OCEAN
Part 6: Welcoming Reception

 

FADE IN

 

INT. AERIS’ HOUSE – BEDROOM – DUSK

 

ELMYRA snuggly tucks MARLENE in bed.

 

ELMYRA

You must sleep, child.

 

MARLENE

I want daddy.

 

Elmyra sighs.

 

ELMYRA

I know, I know.

 

She kisses Marlene on the forehead, turns off the light and leaves.

 

INT. AERIS’ HOUSE – MAIN ROOM – DUSK

 

Elmyra walks down the stairs and into her main room. She grabs a cup of coffee from the counter and goes to sit down. She sips the coffee when someone KNOCKS on her front door. She goes sets her coffee down and goes to the door. Before the knob is completely turned the door BURSTS open. A SHINRA CAPTAIN with a squad of SHINRA SOLDIERS enters.

 

ELMYRA

What is going on here!?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Elmyra Gainsborough?

 

ELMYRA

Yes.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

You’re under arrest under the order of the President of Shinra Incorporated.

 

The soldiers grab her by the arm.

 

ELMYRA

This is outrageous! Unhand me!

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Negative, Ms. Gainsborough. You are to be transported to Junon immediately.

 

A THUD! is heard from the second floor.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Are you alone?

 

ELMYRA

Yes, now let me go.

 

A few beats; then

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

(to a soldier)

Check it out.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #15

Yes sir.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

(to Elmyra)

We will see if you’re telling the truth.

 

INT. AERIS’ HOUSE – HALLWAY – DUSK

 

The soldier walks down the hallway with his gun raised. He checks one bedroom from the hall and sees nothing. He progresses to the next door and pushes the door open with the barrel of his gun. He walks into --

 

INT. AERIS’ HOUSE – BEDROOM – DUSK

 

The soldier quietly flips the light switch on with his gun raised at the bed. Nothing. The bed is empty. The soldier walks deeper into the room.

 

Meanwhile, UNDER the bed Marlene hides silently.

 

ABOVE

 

The soldier looks around and exits the room.

 

INT. AERIS’ HOUSE – MAIN ROOM – DUSK

 

The soldier walks down the stairs back into the main room.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #15

There’s nothing sir.

 

A few beats; then

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Let’s go. The president needs her in Junon by the time he gets there.

 

ELMYRA

I already told you, I’m not going anywhere.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

We can kill you now, if you’d like.

 

Elmyra sighs and holds out her hands to the captain. They escort her out.

 

EXT. OPEN WORLD – OUTSIDE FORT CONDOR – DAY

 

CLOUD, BARRET, AERIS, TIFA, RED XIII, and YUFFIE walk the plains of the open world. Yuffie’s hands are still bound and she is falling behind.

 

BARRET

(violently shoving Yuffie forward)

Keep walking!

 

Yuffie lets out a small cry of pain.

 

 

TIFA

Barret!

 

BARRET

What?

 

CLOUD

He’s alright. The girl deserved it.

 

Yuffie snarls at Cloud from behind. Red XIII looks to north east and sees a tall tower fortress on the rocky terrain of the plains. On top of the fortress is a large golden statue of a bird.

 

RED XIII

What’s that?

 

CLOUD

Fort Condor, one of the only places on the planet that has refused to let Shinra in. In Shinra’s eyes they’re rebels.

 

AERIS

Is Shinra at war with them?

 

CLOUD

You can call it a war if you want. Shinra’s contently trying to invade them. They’ve actually held them off for quite some time.

 

BARRET

A small band of rebels in a fort are able to hold Shinra. Amazing.

 

CLOUD

Right now, Shinra’s got bigger concerns.

 

TIFA

You think the fort will ever fall?

 

CLOUD

The men in there would rather die than be clients of Shinra.

 

RED XIII

Perhaps they need our help.

 

CLOUD

We can’t. Not now. We’ve got our own mission. Just keep walking.

 

Aeris, disappointed, watches as Fort Condor starts to disappear on the horizon, while Yuffie attempts to chew through the vine binding her hands.

 

CLOUD

It’s no use. Those vines are some of the strongest the planet has.

 

YUFFIE

(biting the vines)

I’m not going to Junon with you!

 

Cloud smiles.

 

YUFFIE

(CONT.)

I’d rather be dead.

 

CLOUD

That can be arranged.

 

(BEAT)

 

If you want.

 

Yuffie, intimidated, stops gnawing at the vines. A few beats; then

 

AERIS

Are we really going to just give her to Shinra?

 

CLOUD

Why not?

 

AERIS

You know what they’ll do to her.

 

CLOUD

That’s her problem, not ours.

 

AERIS

She’s a human being, Cloud.

 

YUFFIE

The girl’s right. Why not just let me go?

 

CLOUD

Because I don’t want to. I have no sympathy for thieves.

 

YUFFIE

I told you, it was my job!

 

CLOUD

Yeah? It’s the Turks job to run around and kill people. Should we just them go too?

 

Yuffie is speechless.

 

BARRET

He’s got a point, little lady.

 

Yuffie sighs.

 

EXT. OPEN WORLD – NEAR JUNON - DUSK

 

The party continues to walk the open world. Off in the distance is Junon built into a cliff face on the shore. A 500 hundred foot canon stretches from the base and points all the way out to the sea.

 

TIFA

Is that it!?

 

CLOUD

Junon Harbor.

 

BARRET

Look at the fuckin’ cannon!

 

 

CLOUD

Just wait ‘till we there. It’s much bigger than it looks.

 

AERIS

Unbelievable.

 

RED XIII

Are you positive we’ll make it in unnoticed?

 

CLOUD

There’s a small town at the bottom of the base. The people there are pretty normal.

 

TIFA

This is suicide! Cloud there’s no way you can get to Rufus, much less kill him.

 

CLOUD

I’ll find a way.

 

(BEAT)

 

Besides if Sephiroth can get in, so can I.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN - STREETS – NIGHT

 

Cloud and the others walk into the town at the bottom of Junon. The houses and streets are run-down but not as bad as the slums. On the west side of town is the large cargo size elevator leading to the base.

 

CLOUD

(scanning the town)

What happened to this place?

 

AERIS

Have you been here before?

 

CLOUD

Once. I was in SOLDIER and they assigned me here.

 

AERIS

You think anyone would recognize you?

 

CLOUD

Probably not. It was a long time ago.

 

AERIS

You never know, Cloud.

 

Suddenly a TOWNSMAN (32) walks up to the group.

 

TOWNSMAN

Can I help you folks?

 

CLOUD

Who are you?

 

TOWNSMAN

Just a citizen living here. We’re not used to visitors.

 

TIFA

We’re looking for a way up into the base.

 

The man looks at everyone in the group. A few beats; then

 

TOWNSMAN

What for?

 

Cloud grabs Yuffie, drags her forward, and stands her upright in front of the man.

 

CLOUD

We got a prisoner to turn into Shinra. We’re bounty hunters looking to collect.

 

YUFFIE

They’re lying! He’s going to assassin—

 

Barret plows his gun-arm into the back of Yuffie’s head knocking her unconscious. Tifa catches her as she falls.

 

BARRET

The bitch is scumbag thief. You can’t believe anything she says.

 

The man is skeptical.

 

TOWNSMAN

What’s going on here?

 

AERIS

Like my friend said, we are bounty hunters and we must turn this woman in.

 

TOWNSMAN

Why is it that a pretty lady like you chose to be a bounty hunter?

 

CLOUD

Enough! We told you our business not move aside!

 

TOWNSMAN

This is our home. We’ve had enough of scum like you screwing with this town.

 

CLOUD

We don’t care about your town. All we need is to get into the base. That’s all.

 

TOWNSMAN

Well you’re out of luck. Shinra closed access of the elevator.

 

CLOUD

You sure?

 

The man points to the elevator and two SHINRA SOLDIERS guarding it.

 

 

TOWNSMAN

(pointing at the elevator)

Those soldiers won’t let anyone through. No one.

 

CLOUD

Why not?

 

TOWNSMAN

Word is that there’s a big ceremony for Rufus, the new president of Shinra. Security’s tight.

 

CLOUD

Is there any way up?

 

TOWNSMAN

Not that I know of.

 

CLOUD

(BEAT)

Alright, thanks.

 

A few beats; then

 

TOWNSMAN

You promise to be outa’ here once you’re done with your business?

 

CLOUD

Once we drop off this prisoner, you’ll never hear from us again.

 

The man sighs to himself and rubs his forehead.

 

TOWNSMAN

As long as you don’t shit up the town, you’re welcome to stay. I’m Aaron.

 

Aaron extends his hand and Cloud shakes it.

 

AERIS

Thank you.

 

AARON

You can get some rooms in the inn and bring this town some profit.

 

Aaron spits a chunk of saliva on the ground and walks away.

 

CLOUD

Let’s get to the inn.

 

The party walks toward the inn. Tifa drags the unconscious body of Yuffie.

 

INT. AARON’S HOUSE – DINING ROOM – NIGHT

 

Aaron, the townsman, walks to his countertop and grabs a bottle of liquor. He opens it and quickly swigs a fourth of the bottle. His eyes blink rapidly like he’s half-drunk.

 

AARON

(looking at the bottle of liquor)

Damn.

 

He takes another swig and walks to the window. Aaron watches from the window as Cloud and the others walk to the inn. Suddenly Aaron’s wife, RAPHIELLA (30), walks in wearing old-style clothing.

 

RAPHIELLA

What are you staring at?

 

AARON

We got visitors.

 

Raphiella walks to the window and watches next to Aaron as Cloud and the party enter the inn.

 

AARON

(CONT.)

I don’t trust ‘em.

 

RAPHIELLA

Maybe they’re travelers.

 

AARON

They say they’re bounty hunters.

 

RAPHIELLA

Bounty hunters?

 

AARON

Yeah. That one I talked to was lying through his teeth, though. Bounty hunters, my ass.

 

RAPHIELLA

How do you know they’re lying?

 

AARON

I looked at the one in the eyes. Those aint the eyes of bounty hunters. I’ve seen eyes like that before. Eyes like that belong to people in SOLDIER.

 

RAPHIELLA

SOLDIER? If he was in SOLDIER, wouldn’t he have told you?

 

AARON

They’re hiding something.

 

Raphiella backs away from the window.

 

RAPHIELLA

Just forget about it, Aaron.

 

AARON

No. I’m letting our home die at the hands of Shinra stooges.

 

RAPHIELLA

You really have to stop drinking. Shinra already took away our son. We won’t let them take Priscilla.

 

Raphiella starts to walk toward the hallway.

 

 

 

RAPHIELLA

(CONT.)

Speaking of Priscilla, where is she?

 

(BEAT)

 

Priscilla!

 

No answer.

 

RAPHIELLA

(CONT.)

Priscilla!

 

Still no answer. Aaron continues to look at the inn trying to see through the windows.

 

RAPHIELLA

Aaron?

 

Hypnotized, Aaron still looks out the window.

 

RAPHIELLA

Aaron!

 

He turns to face his wife.

 

AARON

What?

 

RAPHIELLA

Where’s our daughter?

 

AARON

(BEAT)

In her room?

 

RAPHIELLA

(extremely worried)

Son of a bitch, Aaron.

 

Raphiella walks out into--

 

INT. AARON’S HOUSE – HALLWAY – NIGHT

 

She walks to the stairs and climbs up to--

 

INT. AARON’S HOUSE – PRISCILLA’S ROOM – NIGHT

 

The room is empty.

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla! Come out if you’re hiding.

 

Raphiella goes to Priscilla’s closet and opens it. Nothing. She lets out a deep sigh of worry.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – NIGHT

 

On the second floor of the inn the party enters their room. Tifa lays Yuffie, who’s still unconscious, on a bed.

 

TIFA

Finally.

 

BARRET

(jokingly)

What? Too heavy for you?

 

TIFA

Barret?

 

BARRET

Yeah?

 

TIFA

Shut up.

 

A beat,

 

CLOUD

I got two rooms. Who wants to stay here with me and Yuffie?

 

AERIS

I’ll stay.

 

CLOUD

Fine. The rest of you have the next room.

 

TIFA

(jokingly)

Yes, sir.

 

CLOUD

Try to get as much sleep as you can. We have to find a way inside that base.

 

RED XIII

And what if our “little prisoner” escapes in the night?

 

CLOUD

She won’t.

 

(BEAT)

 

And if she does, Barret can shoot her.

 

Barret lets out a laugh.

 

BARRET

With pleasure.

 

TIFA

See you in the morning then, Cloud.

 

AERIS

Goodnight, Tifa.

 

Red XIII, Barret, and Tifa leave.

 

CLOUD

(to Aeris)

Lock the door.

 

Aeris walks to the door and locks it. She then walks to her bed and sits down.

 

AERIS

I can’t believe how ignorant I was.

 

CLOUD

What?

 

Cloud walks to bed and unties Yuffie.

 

AERIS

(as Cloud ties Yuffie to the bed)

I thought Midgar was the only place that needed saving from Shinra. I was wrong.

 

Cloud tightens the knot on the vines locking Yuffie into place.

 

CLOUD

(unsheathing his sword)

At least they have a home. They won’t if Sephiroth gets his way.

 

He places his sword under his bed and sits down.

 

AERIS

Being an Ancient…a Cetra, I know it’s my responsibility to help these people.

 

CLOUD

You’re doing your best.

 

AERIS

I know. It’s just that I can’t see anything helping. No matter what I do.

 

Cloud gets up and walks to Aeris bed. He sits down next to her.

 

CLOUD

There’s something you need to know…about Sephiroth.

 

AERIS

What?

 

CLOUD

He cannot find out who you are.

 

AERIS

Why not?

 

CLOUD

Right now, he thinks that the only two Ancients left on the planet are him and Jenova. If he finds out who you are he’ll come after you. You will be all that stands in his way of reaching the Promised Land.

 

AERIS

I understand.

 

CLOUD

Good. So don’t go getting yourself killed.

 

Cloud gets up and sits back down on his own bed.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN – STREETS – NIGHT

 

Raphiella bursts out of her house.

 

RAPHIELLA

(yelling)

Priscilla!

 

No answer. Aaron appears in the doorframe of their house.

 

AARON

You find her?

 

RAPHIELLA

Just don’t talk to me right now, Aaron!

 

AARON

She’s my daughter, too.

 

RAPHIELLA

This is your fault, you alcoholic bastard!

 

Raphiella walks down to the --

 

EXT. JUNON – SHORES – NIGHT

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla!

 

She walks down the rocky sands of the shores to the dark polluted water. A large steel support column stretches out from the ocean to the base above.

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla!

 

No answer. She looks next to column and sees her daughter PRISCILLA (6), swimming and playing with the dolphins. Raphiella lets out a sigh of relief.

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla! Get over here.

 

PRISCILLA

Hi mommy! Look, I’m playing with the dolphins.

 

RAPHIELLA

(calmer)

Priscilla, it’s late. Time to come home.

 

PRISCILLA

I’m having fun.

 

(to dolphin)

 

Hello Mr. Dolphin. My name’s Priscilla. Can you say it? Pri-scil-la.

 

RAPHIELLA

Come on! You can play tomorrow.

 

PRISCILLA

What if the dolphins aren’t here tomorrow?

 

RAPHIELLA

They will be. Now come home. You know what kinds of monsters are out.

 

As if on cue the dolphin suddenly swims away. The water starts to bubble. It starts to slow and gets faster and more violent.

 

PRISCILLA

Mommy?

 

RAPHIELLA

(screaming)

Priscilla! Hurry!

 

The little girl attempts to swim back to shore but is too slow. SHLASH! A huge fish-like water beast shoots up from the water. Priscilla SCREAMS.

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla!

 

PRISCILLA

(being sucked under water)

Mommy help!

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – NIGHT

 

RAPHIELLA (OS)

Help!

 

Startled, Cloud gets up.

 

CLOUD

What was that?!

 

AERIS

I don’t know.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 2 – NIGHT

 

Red XIII, Barret, and Tifa also react to the screams.

 

BARRET

What the hell is going on?

 

He and Tifa walk to the window and look out. He sees Raphiella running toward the soldiers guarding the elevator.

 

RED XIII

What do you see?

 

BARRET

Something’s happening.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN – OUTSIDE ELEVATOR – NIGHT

 

Raphiella runs to the soldiers guarding the elevator.

 

RAPHIELLA

Please! You’ve got to help me! My daughter is drowning!

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

What?

 

RAPHIELLA

My daughter is drowning! This giant water thing is about to kill her.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

Bottomswell?

 

(to the other soldier)

 

Didn’t we get rid of that thing already?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #17

Yeah, a few months ago.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

Oh yeah. That thing kept feeding on the oil in the water.

 

RAPHIELLA

Aren’t you going to do anything!?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

About what?

 

RAPHIELLA

My daughter!

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

Who?

 

Raphiella groans and runs off back to Priscilla.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – NIGHT

 

CLOUD

(grabbing his sword)

Aeris, stay here. Make sure Yuffie doesn’t go anywhere if she wakes up.

 

AERIS

Where are you going?

 

CLOUD

To see what’s happening.

 

Cloud sheathes his sword, unlocks the door, and leaves.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 2 – NIGHT

 

Barret, Red XIII, and Tifa, hear Cloud close the door shut with a THUD!

 

TIFA

That’s Cloud.

 

RED XIII

Perhaps I’ll join him.

 

BARRET

What? This isn’t our problem.

 

TIFA

So stay here.

 

Red XIII charges the closed door and bursts through it shattering it to pieces.

 

INT. INN – HALLWAY – NIGHT

 

Tifa and Red XIII run down the hall to aid Cloud.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN- STREETS – NIGHT

 

Hearing his wife’s cry for help Aaron runs out onto the streets.

 

AARON

What’s going on?

 

RAPHIELLA

Priscilla! She’s drowning!

 

AARON

Shit!

 

Aaron joins his wife and they run to the --

 

EXT. JUNON – SHORES – NIGHT

 

Just as Aaron and Raphiella arrive Priscilla goes under and the large water beast swims around her.

 

AARON

Priscilla!

 

Aaron runs into the water and starts swimming toward his daughter. The Bottomswell beast sees him and snarls. It swims forward blocking Aaron’s path.

 

AARON

Get out of the way!

 

The beast snaps its jaws at Aaron. Suddenly Cloud, Tifa, and Red XIII run out onto the shores.

 

 

 

TIFA

(seeing Bottomswell)

Whoa!

 

RAPHIELLA

Please, you’ve got to help my husband! Our daughter’s drowning.

 

RED XIII

Move aside.

 

The group moves aside and Red XIII backs up a few paces. He runs then LEAPS twenty feet into the ocean swimming toward the fallen Priscilla.

 

CLOUD

That thing will kill all of them.

 

TIFA

We have to stop it.

 

Cloud takes out his sword and charges the water with Tifa. The two battle Bottomswell.*

 

Red XIII dives under water and grabs Priscilla. Cloud and Tifa kill the Bottomswell as Red XIII pulls Priscilla to shore.

 

RAPHIELLA

(checking Priscilla’s breathing)

She’s not breathing!

 

Aaron swims to shore.

 

AARON

Someone do something! Anyone know CPR?

 

He looks at Red XIII.

 

RED XIII

Whoa, not me. I do declare that you need another human for the job.

 

Cloud and Tifa reach the shore.

 

CLOUD

Move.

 

TIFA

Is she okay?

 

AARON

She aint breathing.

 

TIFA

Cloud, administer CPR!

 

CLOUD

Me? Mouth to mouth?

 

TIFA

That’s what CPR is!

 

CLOUD

But she’s just a girl.

 

TIFA

Do it!

 

CLOUD

Fine.

 

Aaron, Raphiella, Red XIII, and Tifa back away giving Cloud room. Cloud gets on his knees and administers CPR to Priscilla. Raphiella and Aaron are arm in arm waiting for a response. Finally Priscilla COUGHS. She spews out water and sits up. Raphiella goes to hug her.

 

AARON

(as Cloud stands up)

Thank you.

 

CLOUD

Don’t mention it.

 

Tifa lightly hugs Cloud.

 

TIFA

You did it!

 

RAPHIELLA

I have to take her to the doctor’s.

 

Cloud looks at Priscilla and notices a necklace that has a small red sphere on it. His eyes widen as he realizes that the red sphere is materia. Before he can say anything Raphiella takes her away.

 

AARON

We’ll let you know in the morning how she is.

 

TIFA

Okay. I hope she’ll be fine.

 

AARON

Me too. Again, thank you.

 

Aaron goes to join his wife. A few beats; then

 

RED XIII

What a rush eh?

 

INT. INN – HALLWAY – NIGHT

 

Cloud, Tifa, and Red XIII walk down the hallway of the inn back to their rooms. Two INN EMPLOYEES are gathering the mess that Red XIII made when he crashed through the door.

 

RED XIII

Sorry about the mess.

 

INN EMPLOYEE #1

(to Cloud)

What?

 

Cloud points down at Red XIII indicating it he who talked. The employee’s eyes widen and his jaw drops.

 

RED XIII

Sorry ‘bout the mess.

 

INN EMPLOYEE #1

(BEAT)

What are you?

 

Tired of answering the same question, Red XIII sighs and walks back into his room.

 

TIFA

(to Cloud)

See you in the morning.

 

CLOUD

Yep.

 

Tifa walks into her room.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – NIGHT

 

Aeris sits on her bed watching Yuffie, who is now AWAKE.

 

YUFFIE

You always do what he says?

 

AERIS

You’re a thief and deserve to be turned in. Why should I listen to you?

 

YUFFIE

I don’t know. Why are you?

 

They’re interrupted when Cloud opens the door and enters the room. When he’s in he closes and locks the door.

 

CLOUD

Look who’s awake.

 

YUFFIE

Fuck you.

 

Cloud smiles and unsheathes his sword. He places it under his bed and sits down.

 

AERIS

What happened? Barret said he saw some woman running around town.

 

CLOUD

A girl almost drowned.

 

AERIS

Is she okay?

 

CLOUD

Yeah. Red rescued her.

 

A few beats; then

 

CLOUD

(CONT.)

You should get some sleep.

 

(to Yuffie)

 

And you, I’ll be all night. So you’re not going anywhere.

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – (LATER THAT) NIGHT

 

The room is dark. Cloud sits on his bed staring at Yuffie who appears to be asleep. Aeris is sound asleep in her bed. As he watches, Cloud struggles to stay awake. His eyelids are heavy and are falling. He fights the urge to sleep. A few beats; then Cloud’s eyes shut.

 

YUFFIE

 

Yuffie’s eyes open. She looks and sees that Cloud is asleep. A beat; then she makes her move. Her wrist is pulled free from her bindings. She goes for the other wrist but it is too tight. A few beats; then she sees her pouch where all her weapons are stashed. With her arm extended she attempts to grab the pouch with her fingers. Yuffie is only inches away.

 

YUFFIE

(whispering)

Come on.

 

There NOISE. Startled Yuffie looks and sees that the noise came from Cloud falling from his sitting position and into a laying one. She sighs in relief and then finally grabs the pouch. Yuffie quickly grabs a few shurikens from the pouch and stashes them in her pocket.

 

YUFFIE

(whispering)

Yes.

 

She tosses the pouch back and slips her wrist back in the binding.

 

CLOUD

 

ZOOM IN as Cloud sleeps. His eyes flicker.

 

FADE TO

 

PITCH BLACK SCREEN

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

…that reminds me.

 

CLOUD (VO)

You again! Who are you?

 

The dream voice laughs.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Is that the only thing on your mind? There are so many more important things to think about.

 

CLOUD (VO)

Like what?

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Like what? How about what happened 10 years ago?

 

CLOUD (VO)

10 years ago? Sephiroth…Nibelheim.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

When you went to Mount Nibel, Tifa was your guide, right?

 

CLOUD (VO)

Yeah. I was surprised.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Where was Tifa other than that?

 

CLOUD (VO)

(BEAT)

I don’t know.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

It was a great chance for you to see each other again.

 

CLOUD (VO)

You’re right.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Why couldn’t you spend time with her alone?

 

CLOUD (VO)

I don’t know.

 

(BEAT)

 

I don’t remember.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Why don’t you ask her?

 

CLOUD (VO)

Yeah.

 

DREAM VOICE (VO)

Then get up!

 

CUT TO

 

 

INT. INN – ROOM 1 – DAWN

 

Cloud’s eyes open. He sits up and sees that Aeris is gone and Yuffie is still in her bed. Tifa is also there.

 

CLOUD

Tifa.

 

TIFA

Morning Cloud.

 

CLOUD

(BEAT)

Where’s Aeris?

 

TIFA

She went for something to eat.

 

CLOUD

Oh.

 

A few beats; then Cloud sees Barret walk passed in the hallway.

 

CLOUD

Barret!

 

Barret walks into the doorframe.

 

BARRET

Yeah?

 

CLOUD

Take Yuffie down with you.

 

BARRET

You got it.

 

Barret walks in the room, unties Yuffie and drags her to her feet. He rebinds her hands and starts to escort her out.

 

BARRET

Come one, little lady.

 

He escorts her out. A few beats; then

 

TIFA

We still need to find a way in Junon.

 

CLOUD

Tifa, when Sephiroth and I came to Nibelheim, where were you?

 

TIFA

I was with you.

 

CLOUD

The other time.

 

TIFA

I don’t remember. It was ten years ago.

 

Cloud sighs.

 

CLOUD

Alright.

 

TIFA

Come on, we’re all waiting for you.

 

Tifa leaves. Cloud sighs and rubs his eyes.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN – STREETS – DAWN

 

Cloud walks down the outdoor staircase and down to the streets of Junon. The group is there waiting.

 

AERIS

Cloud!

 

CLOUD

Hi.

 

A huge ROARING sound is heard above. They all look up and see Shinra planes pass over the town.

 

BARRET

It’s started.

 

TIFA

They’re shipping in all the executives for Rufus’s ceremony.

 

BARRET

We gotta pay our respects to him.

 

CLOUD

No. Rufus is mine. It’ll be easier for just me to get to him.

 

RED XIII

Speaking of which, how are we supposed to get inside?

 

CLOUD

Take the elevator. Turn in Yuffie and board a boat heading for Costa Del Sol.

 

AERIS

What’s that?

 

CLOUD

A tropical resort. I’ll meet you there.

 

BARRET

What if you don’t show?

 

CLOUD

If I’m not there by nightfall, leave without me. I’ll be either caught or killed.

 

BARRET

Fine with me.

 

RAPHIELLA (OS)

Excuse me, sir!

 

They look and see Raphiella, Aaron, and Priscilla walk toward them from their house.

 

TIFA

Hey it’s the little girl.

 

AARON

Her name’s Priscilla.

 

TIFA

Hi Priscilla.

 

AERIS

(to Cloud)

Is that the girl you saved?

 

CLOUD

Yeah.

 

RAPHIELLA

We just want to thank you before you leave. Priscilla will be okay.

 

CLOUD

It was no problem.

 

PRISCILLA

(pointing at Red XIII)

Mommy look!

 

They look at Red XIII.

 

AARON

Your pet?

 

RED XIII

Hardly.

 

PRISCILLA

He talked!

 

RED XIII

That’s right, my dear. I’m also quite intelligent for my species.

 

PRISCILLA

Can I pet you?

 

RED XIII

By all means. I haven’t been pet in years.

 

Priscilla moves in and pets Red XIII. Meanwhile Cloud’s eyes lock on the amulet with the materia around Priscilla’s neck.

 

RAPHIELLA

Alright Priscilla, it’s time to go.

 

Priscilla goes back to join her mother.

 

RAPHIELLA

(to Cloud)

Again, thank you.

 

CLOUD

What’s that around your daughter’s neck?

 

Raphiella looks at the amulet.

 

AARON

It was left here by one of your comrades in SOLDIER before she was born.

 

CLOUD

Do you know what it is?

 

AARON

No. We saw it in a shop and Priscilla thought it was pretty.

 

Cloud gets on one knee and looks Priscilla in the eyes.

 

CLOUD

Priscilla,

 

(BEAT)

 

I’m going to ask you if I have that amulet around your neck. Can I?

 

Priscilla looks at her parents.

 

RAPHIELLA

What do you need it for?

 

CLOUD

That red sphere inside is materia. Do you know what materia is?

 

AARON

Heard of it.

 

Priscilla takes her amulet off and gives it to Cloud.

 

PRISCILLA

Thanks for saving me.

 

CLOUD

(looking at the amulet)

Thank you, Priscilla.

 

He pockets the amulet and stands up. A few beats; then

 

AARON

You still looking to get into the city?

 

TIFA

Yeah.

 

AARON

The elevator’s still closed off. They aint letting anyone up.

 

BARRET

We’ll find a way.

 

PRISCILLA

The steel thing.

 

AARON

What?

 

PRISCILLA

The tall steel thing by the beach.

 

RAPHIELLA

She’s talking about the rig.

 

AARON

She’s right! It leads right up into the city.

 

CLOUD

Thank you.

 

TIFA

We’re indebted to you.

 

AARON

If anything, we’re indebted to you. You saved our daughter’s life.

 

(BEAT)

 

We wish you luck.

 

TIFA

Thanks.

 

Aaron shakes Cloud’s hand he goes back into his house Raphiella and Priscilla.

 

BARRET

So there’s a plan now?

 

CLOUD

Yeah.

 

BARRET

What is it? We all can’t climb that rig, especially with Yuffie all tied up.

 

CLOUD

You’re not climbing the rig. I am.

 

BARRET

How the hell are we supposed to get in?

 

CLOUD

That’s not my problem. Find a way. Just be at Costa Del Sol.

 

 

AERIS

What if he shows up?

 

TIFA

He?

 

CLOUD

Sephiroth. She’s talking about Sephiroth.

 

AERIS

What if he shows up?

 

CLOUD

I’ll kill both him and Rufus. We’ll end it all here.

 

(BEAT)

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get climbing.

 

BARRET

You’re leaving now?

 

CLOUD

Why not?

 

RED XIII

We’ve yet to work out plan to get us inside the city.

 

CLOUD

Correction, you haven’t worked out a plan yet. I’m putting mine into action.

 

Cloud walks off toward the beach.

 

BARRET

He’s still a stubborn son of bitch.

 

TIFA

He always has been.

 

A few beats; then

 

RED XIII

We still haven’t figured a way up into the city.

 

BARRET

I know.

 

RED XIII

Well?

 

BARRET

What the hell you looking at me for?

 

AERIS

Why can’t we just take the elevator?

 

BARRET

It’s blocked off.

 

TIFA

Since when has that ever stopped you?

 

EXT. JUNON – SHORES – DAY

 

Cloud walks from the dirty sand into the water. He trudges toward the tall steel grated pillar leading up. He slowly begins his accent.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN – NEAR ELEVATOR – DAY

 

Barret and the remaining members of the party walk toward the two Shinra soldiers guarding the elevator.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

Can we help you?

 

BARRET

We’ve got a prisoner.

 

Tifa pushes Yuffie forward in front of the group.

 

BARRET

(CONT.)

We’d like to know where to turn her in.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #17

You’ll have to turn her in up in the city.

 

BARRET

Then will you let us by?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

By order of the president himself, we can’t let anyone in.

 

BARRET

This woman is a thief and has no doubt killed many of your soldiers.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

Have you any proof?

 

BARRET

No.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #17

Then beat it.

 

Barret looks at the rest of the group lost on ideas. A few beats; then

 

BARRET

You won’t let us through then?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #16

That’s right. Now beat it.

 

BARRET

Okay. Restrict this!

 

BOOM! Barret fires and kills both soldiers with his gun-arm.

 

TIFA

Barret!

 

BARRET

I had no choice. Get rid of the bodies.

 

Red XIII and Aeris drag the bodies backward toward a well next to the elevator.

 

BARRET

Take off their uniforms.

 

Aeris starts to strip the soldiers of their uniforms. Meanwhile Barret walks over to a TOWN CITIZEN who saw the whole scene. He pulls out a small bag of gil to the citizen.

 

BARRET

What happened here?

 

TOWN CITIZEN

The lazy soldiers, they left their posts and never came back.

 

Barret lets the citizen take the bag of gil. He then walks back over to the party. Aeris has full stripped both soldiers.

 

BARRET

Dump the bodies.

 

Tifa drops both bodies in the well.

 

BARRET

(tossing a uniform to Aeris and Tifa)

Put those on.

 

INT. JUNON CITY – COMMAND ROOM – DAY

 

A view of the vast ocean as the sun reflects off the water.

 

PAN BACK to

 

President Rufus standing with his hands behind his back staring out to sea. A Shinra captain (#3) enters.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Sir, we have her.

 

RUFUS

(still looking out to sea)

Where is she?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

She is in our containment facility.

 

RUFUS

I want her brought here.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Sir?

 

RUFUS

Is she dangerous?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

I believe not, sir.

 

RUFUS

Then I want her here. Understood?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

Understood.

 

RUFUS

Now leave me.

 

The captain salutes Rufus and exits. As he exits SCARLET enters.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #3

(saluting Scarlet)

Executive Scarlet.

 

SCARLET

(returning the salute)

As you were.

 

The captain nods and leaves as Scarlet walks up to the table.

 

 

 

RUFUS

(turning around to face her)

Scarlet, welcome.

 

SCARLET

Hello, Rufus.

 

RUFUS

Have all my executives arrived?

 

SCARLET

No. Reeve is still in Midgar.

 

RUFUS

(angered)

What?

 

SCARLET

He felt it wasn’t safe to have all of Shinra’s executives here in one place. Plus he wanted to survey the damage to Sector 7.

 

Rufus SLAMS his fist on the table.

 

RUFUS

It was not his decision! For his sake my plan better work.

 

SCARLET

Speaking of that, Mr. President, do you think your plan will work? You’re using all of us and the woman as bait.

 

RUFUS

AVALANCHE will take the bait, and we will be ready.

 

SCARLET

And then Sephiroth will slip right between our fingers.

 

RUFUS

Hojo tells me that this Cloud has a history with Sephiroth.

 

SCARLET

What did he say?

 

RUFUS

I haven’t gotten all the details. All I know is that if Cloud runs into Sephiroth we can kill two birds with one stone.

 

SCARLET

(BEAT)

I’m still skeptical.

 

RUFUS

Trust me. Today will be a glorious day for Shinra.

 

EXT. SHORES – STEEL PILLAR – DAY

 

Cloud is seen climbing up the pillar. He is already a hundred feet up and continues to climb. After a few seconds he stops to catch his breath and looks down. His eyes widen at the height. Despite fear he continues upward.

 

EXT. JUNON TOWN – ELEVATOR – DAY

 

Barret closes the steel grated elevator doors. Both Aeris and Tifa are dressed in the Shinra uniforms.

 

TIFA

This won’t work.

 

Barret presses a button on the control panel and the elevator starts to go up.

 

BARRET

Yeah it will. Just don’t do anything stupid.

 

AERIS

Are women even allowed to serve in Shinra’s army?

 

RED XIII

As sex slaves, yes.

 

Aeris groans.

 

BARRET

Don’t worry. With that helmet people won’t notice anything.

 

A few beats; then

 

TIFA

What about you and Red? How will you guys find a way to the boat?

 

RED XIII

We’ll find a way.

 

BARRET

You two will have to handle Yuffie and turn her in. You’re the only two that can get by doing it. You sure you can handle her?

 

YUFFIE

(sarcastically)

Yeah, you sure you can handle me?

 

BARRET

Shut up.

 

TIFA

Don’t worry, we can do it.

 

BARRET

Good.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – NORTH RUNWAYS – DAY

 

The elevator reaches the top and the group disembarks. They see a few SHINRA SOLDIERS patrolling.

 

BARRET

(seeing the guards)

Shit! Red and I will have to disappear.

 

He pulls out the PHS.

 

BARRET

(CONT.; handing the PHS to Tifa)

Here take this.

 

She grabs the PHS phone.

 

TIFA

For what?

 

BARRET

You have to keep in contact with Cloud until Red and I find a way aboard. Just dial ‘333’ to reach him.

 

TIFA

Got it.

 

Barret nods and he runs for cover with Red XIII.

 

TIFA

(pushing Yuffie forward with her rifle)

Get moving.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – WEST RUNWAYS – DAY

 

On the west side of the runways, Cloud pulls himself up from below. He then gets up and immediately starts running toward a military barracks building off to the left.

 

INT. MILITARY BARRACKS – CORRIDOR – DAY

 

Cloud peeks from around a corner and sees the coast is clear. He casually walks down the hallway watching the television monitors on the wall. They show a military parade preparing.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4 (OS)

Hey!

 

Startled, Cloud looks around at the Shinra captain who just walked into the corridor. Cloud stares think he’s been caught.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Why are you still dressed like that?

 

CLOUD

(loss of words)

I,…uh

 

The captain walks toward him.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Late, huh?

 

CLOUD

…Yeah.

 

The captain sighs.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

You’re holding up the whole platoon. Come on and get changed.

 

CLOUD

Right.

 

The captain escorts Cloud through a door and into--

 

INT. MILITARY BARRACKS – LOCKEROOM – DAY

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

We have to present ourselves to president Rufus in a few minutes.

 

CLOUD

What?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Just get changed.

 

Cloud walks to an open locker and grabs the soldier uniform inside. He hesitates before undressing and looks at the captain.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

(jokingly)

What’s wrong? Shy?

 

Cloud sighs and quickly undresses. He then puts on the uniform and throws his sword and clothes in the locker.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

The helmet?

 

Cloud sighs again and grabs the helmet. He puts it on.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Now how do you feel?

 

CLOUD

Brings back memories.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Yeah, yeah, it happens to the best of us. You live through a war but still feel you’re fighting. Happens to me all the time.

 

(BEAT)

 

I’ll be waiting outside.

 

The captain leaves. A few beats; then

 

CLOUD

(to himself)

I was so proud when I first put this on.

 

He grabs his rifle and checks the ammo. He’s got a full clip. Cloud smiles when he realizes he holds the pristine weapon he needs to kill Rufus.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4 (OS)

Hurry up!

 

Cloud exits.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

The streets of Junon are crowded. Citizens line the sidewalks waiting for the parade to commence. The city itself has an old New York style to it. Among the people in the streets are Tifa and Aeris in disguise. Aeris is dragging Yuffie.

 

AERIS

So where do we drop her off?

 

TIFA

I don’t know.

 

AERIS

Rufus should start his speech soon right?

 

TIFA

(looking back at Aeris)

Hopefully, so we can get the hell out of here.

 

BOOM! Tifa knocks into RUDE of the Turks. Tifa staggers but Rude doesn’t budge. She stares in Rude’s eyes through his shades.

 

RUDE

Watch where you’re walking.

 

TIFA

I apologize sir.

 

Rude snarls and walks past. Aeris walks up to join her.

 

AERIS

That was close.

 

TIFA

You’re telling me this?

 

(BEAT)

 

Let’s go.

 

INT. TAVERN – DAY

 

The doors of a smoke filled tavern opens and Rude walks in.

 

BARTENDER

Hey, how you doing, Rude?

 

RUDE

Hi.

 

There at the bar are RENO, TSENG, and ELENA, the rest of the Turks. Rude walks to them and sits down.

 

TSENG

‘Bout time you showed up.

 

RUDE

Hello to you too.

 

(to Reno; jokingly)

 

And same to this piece of shit.

 

Reno flips Rude off and takes sip of his drink. Rude laughs.

 

RUDE

(jokingly)

How you doing after your beating on the Sector 7 pillar?

 

RENO

Hey, we accomplished the mission. That’s all that matters.

 

RUDE

But you got your ass kicked by Cloud.

 

Reno takes another sip of his drink.

 

ELENA

Did you really, Reno?

 

RENO

How would he know? He wasn’t there.

 

Meanwhile a man (CIGAR MAN) is smoking a cigar and inadvertently blows the smoke in Rude’s direction. Rude simply pats the smoke away.

 

ELENA

You guys think it’s wise for us to be drinking?

 

RENO

Still a rookie.

 

TSENG

This place has more that five-thousand troops here. Our jobs are covered.

 

RUDE

Plus, Rufus gave us the night off.

 

The man again inadvertently blows smoke in Rude’s direction. Annoyed, Rude pats the smoke away again.

 

RENO

(taking out a cigarette)

I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do.

 

He lights the cigarette.

 

RENO

(CONT.)

I’m gonna find me some bitch and have a long night.

 

The Turks laugh.

 

RUDE

Yeah it’s been awhile since I last had some.

 

(BEAT)

 

How ‘bout it Elena?

 

Elena lets out a groan of disgust.

 

RUDE

Is that a ‘yes’?

 

ELENA

You wish.

 

They laugh again. Again the man blows smoke at Rude. Rude snaps back and SLAPS the man. The cigar man wallows in pain.

 

RUDE

Blow that fuckin’ smoke somewhere else.

 

TSENG

Take it easy. We got the night off.

 

CIGAR MAN

What the fuck’s your problem!?

 

Angered, Rude stands up and faces the man.

 

RUDE

Do you know who I am?

 

CIGAR MAN

Yeah I do. You’re a piece of shit who thinks he walk all over people.

 

Rude stares down the man.

 

BARTENDER

Whoa. I don’t any trouble in my bar.

 

BOOM! Rude punches the man. He then grabs a full bottle of whiskey and smashes at against him.

 

RENO

Whoa!

 

TSENG

Rude, that’s enough.

 

Rude ignores Tseng and continues to beat the man. He then wrenches the man’s throat and squeezes. We watch as Rude strangles the man to death.

 

ELENA

Dammit, Rude.

 

Rude kicks the body and sits back down.

 

RUDE

I’m done now.

 

TSENG

Good.

 

BARTENDER

I told you! I told you I didn’t want any trouble in my bar!

 

RUDE

Mind your business.

 

Swiftly the bartender pulls a shotgun from the bar and aims it at Rude. Just as quick Reno stands up and pulls out his pistol.

 

TSENG

(trying to calm the bartender)

Let’s not do something we’re gonna regret. Just put the gun down.

 

The bartender ignores him and still aims the shotgun at Rude. Rude calmly stands up and pulls out his pistol.

 

RUDE

Are you deaf? The man told you to put the gun down.

 

BARTENDER

That man you killed was my friend.

 

RUDE

Good for you.

 

The bartender’s hands begin to shake.

 

RENO

I’m gonna count to five. If your ass isn’t out of my sight by then, you’re dead.

 

The bartender looks at Reno but doesn’t respond.

 

RENO

One.

 

(BEAT)

 

Two.

 

RUDE

Fuck this.

 

BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Rude and Reno fire their pistols killing the bartender. Tseng and Elena don’t react. After the bartender falls to the ground dead, Rude and Reno sit back down.

 

TSENG

Was that necessary?

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

Tifa, Aeris, and Yuffie continue to walk through the streets of the city.

 

AERIS

Barret’s probably at the boat by now.

 

TIFA

We don’t know that. Just keep walking.

 

Meanwhile Yuffie starts to pull out one of the shurikens she pocketed.

 

 

INT. JUNON CITY – COMMAND ROOM – DAY

 

Rufus sits in the executive chair of the command room as HEIDEGGER enters with Elmyra.

 

RUFUS

Elmyra, my dear. How are you?

 

Elmyra doesn’t respond and Rufus stands up.

 

RUFUS

Do you know who I am?

 

ELMYRA

Rufus. You’re the president’s son.

 

RUFUS

Ex-president. My father is gone, and I have taken his place.

 

A few beats; then

 

ELMYRA

What are you going to do with me?

 

RUFUS

It’s a surprise. One worth waiting for.

 

(to Heidegger)

 

Has Reeve arrived yet?

 

HEIDEGGER

No, Mr. President. You’ll have to start without him.

 

RUFUS

Damn that man!

 

ELMYRA

Two minutes in as president and you can’t even keep track of your own executives. You’re pathetic.

 

A few beats; then Rufus smiles.

 

RUFUS

We’ll see.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

The parade is about to begin. Festive ceremony music already echoes throughout the streets.

 

TIFA

We have to drop Yuffie off.

 

AERIS

No one’ll take her.

 

Yuffie holds the shuriken in her palm.

 

YUFFIE

Excuse me, miss.

 

Tifa turns around to face Yuffie. Yuffie starts to throw the shuriken. Aeris sees is.

 

AERIS

Look out!

 

Tifa moves and the shuriken catches her in the arm and knocks her over. She screams in pain. Her helmet flies off as she falls. A nearby soldier sees it.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #18

It’s a woman!

 

ZOOM! Yuffie runs off. Aeris decides not to chase her. She goes to aid Tifa.

 

AERIS

Are you okay?

 

Tifa pulls the shuriken out. She looks and sees the soldier running toward them.

 

TIFA

We have to get out of here.

 

They get up and start running.

 

AERIS

(running)

What about Yuffie?

 

TIFA

We have to find her! She could report that we’re here.

 

The two race down the streets after Yuffie. Meanwhile, they are being pursued by the soldier.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ALLEY – DAY

 

Yuffie runs into an alley. She ducks down and pulls out a shuriken. Quickly, she cuts the vines freeing her hands. Suddenly a steel door OPENS. Yuffie stops moving and watches. A Shinra soldier walks out with a captain.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

(looking at his watch)

Shit, the parade’s starting. We got to get moving.

 

CLOUD

Where should I go?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Follow me.

 

Cloud follows the captain through the alley. They walk opposite to Yuffie.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

The parade has started. The festive music is playing and soldiers orderly march down the streets. Cloud and the captain walk out onto the sidewalks.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #4

Get in there!

 

 

CLOUD

Now?

 

The captain pushes Cloud out into the parade. He staggers but quickly goes to join the other soldiers.

 

Meanwhile, Tifa and Aeris continue to run down the streets. The soldier chasing them stops.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #18

(into his radio)

Calling all on-duty units, we have two women disguised as soldiers running throughout the streets.

 

INT. TAVERN – DAY

 

Tseng picks up the soldier’s message on his radio.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #18 (VO)

Suspicious activity is detected. I repeat, two women are among us dressed as soldiers.

 

The soldier signs off. A beat; then

 

ELENA

I guess we got to handle it.

 

RUDE

(reloading his pistol)

Let’s go work.

 

The Turks get up and exit the tavern.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – DOCKS – DAY

 

Barret and Red XIII watch from behind a crate as two SHINRA SAILORS pack crates onto the boat.

 

BARRET

That’s our ride.

 

RED XIII

How do I get on?

 

Barret hesitates.

 

BARRET

I don’t know.

 

They are interrupted when one of the sailors walks toward them.

 

SHINRA SAILOR #1 (OS)

Where you going?

 

SHINRA SAILOR #2

Heidegger wants the gun parts taken.

 

SHINRA SAILOR #1 (OS)

Fine, but that’s it. We won’t have any more room.

 

The sailor (#2) picks up the crate next to the large one Barret and Red XIII are hiding behind. Barret sneaks his way up behind the sailor and grabs him in a chokehold. SLAM! The crate falls from the sailor’s hands. The other sailor sees this.

 

SHINRA SAILOR #1

Stop right there!

 

BAM! Barret kills the sailor with one single shot from his gun-arm. He continues to choke the other sailor until he passes out.

 

RED XIII

(sarcastically)

Nice job.

 

BARRET

Shut up and help me.

 

Barret carries the body of the sailor he choked and throws it off the docks. Red XIII drags the body of the second sailor and starts to roll it off the docks.

 

BARRET

Wait!

 

RED XIII

What?

 

BARRET

(bending down)

This guy’s about my size.

 

RED XIII

What are you talking about?

 

Barret undresses the sailor and then kicks the body in the ocean. He quickly puts the sailor suit on over his clothes.

 

BARRET

Let’s go.

 

A beat.

 

RED XIII

(sarcastically)

Where’s my suit?

 

BARRET

You really want one?

 

RED XIII

No! How are you going to get me aboard?

 

Barret looks around and sees an empty crate.

 

BARRET

That’s how.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

Cloud continues to march with the other soldiers. He looks to the right and sees Aeris and Tifa running. The two look and see Yuffie ahead about fifty yards on the sidewalk.

 

AERIS

There!

 

Before Cloud can speak, Aeris and Tifa run off after Yuffie. Cloud looks again and sees Reno of the Turks.

 

RENO

(into his radio)

I have visual.

 

TSENG (OS)

Do not pursue. I repeat, do not pursue.

 

RENO

Why not?

 

TSENG (OS)

Rufus needs us for the after-show.

 

RENO

Roger.

 

Reno pockets his radio and walks off.

 

INT. JUNON CITY – COMMAND ROOM – DAY

 

Rufus and Heidegger start to walk toward a door off to the left. The door leads to a platform attached to a rail. The rail stretches diagonally all the way up the city.

 

RUFUS

It’s time.

 

HEIDEGGER

What about Reeve?

 

RUFUS

I will deal with Reeve when this is over.

 

Rufus heads for the door when Heidegger stops him.

 

 

HEIDEGGER

Sir.

 

RUFUS

What?

 

HEIDEGGER

(BEAT)

He’s here.

 

RUFUS

Who?

 

HEIDEGGER

Sephiroth.

 

Rufus turns to face Heidegger.

 

HEIDEGGER

(pulling photos out from his pocket)

Look at these.

 

Rufus looks at the pictures. They are that of the bodies of soldiers.

 

HEIDEGGER

Witnesses said they saw a man in a black cloak.

 

Rufus smiles.

 

RUFUS

(handing the photos back to Heidegger)

It’s time indeed.

 

He laughs and walks through the door and onto the rail platform.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

The soldiers stop marching. They all stand at attention up at the rail platform in the sky. Cloud watches as Rufus emerges with Heidegger. The soldiers cheer.

 

CLOUD

There you are.

 

Above on the platform Rufus begins his speech. The cheering ceases.

 

RUFUS

Welcome.

 

(BEAT)

 

Welcome to beginning of a new era. Shinra Incorporated will give birth to a new world. A world of prosperity and wealth. It will be a world where our adversaries will be our slaves. I’m talking about a world of fear. The powers bestowed in fear are so much more powerful than money.

 

(BEAT)

 

Of course, wealth will come to all those who join us.

 

Meanwhile down below, Cloud slowly maneuvers to a nearby building.

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

How does one achieve that much wealth? The answer is simple. Shinra has embarked on the greatest mission since the Jenova Project. We will find the Promised Land!

 

The crowd cheers loudly. Down below Aeris and Tifa follow Yuffie all the way out of the parade.

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

In a matter of weeks, we will triumph. Shinra will own the planet!

 

As he speaks Cloud sneaks into--

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ALLEY 2 – DUSK

 

Cloud throws his helmet to the ground and starts climbing the steel staircase on the side of a building.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

Believe nothing our enemies say. Everyone knows what happened to AVALANCHE. They destroyed the Sector 7 slums in Midgar. I ask you, are these the heroes of the planet? Are these the ones who fight for you?

 

The crowd boos.

 

RUFUS

(BEAT)

Or is your true ally…Shinra?!

 

The crowd cheers.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

Cloud sneaks atop the rooftops of the buildings. He walks to the edge and readies his rifle.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

Ladies and gentlemen, as the president, the world will bow to us. Soon every city will be a province of Shinra. Our Mako distribution is the key.

 

The crowd yet again cheers.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

Cloud lays down at the edge of the rooftop. He aims his rifle and looks through the scope.

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

We see the crosshairs focus on Rufus giving his speech. Cloud starts to pull the trigger when he sees something odd. We see the crosshairs move to the right.

 

OUTSIDE SCOPE:

 

Cloud’s jaw drops.

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

We a man in a black cloak perched on the rooftops. His cloak sways in the wind. Cloud moves the crosshairs back to Rufus.

 

OUTSIDE SCOPE:

 

His finger starts to pull the trigger.

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

He doesn’t fire. Instead he zooms back to where the black cloaked man was. The man is gone.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DAY

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

That’s right! I tell you our enemies are among us. There are here! Is it not time to dispose of them?

 

The crowd cheers.

 

RUFUS

Then with that I conclude my speech.

 

The rail platform begins to move. It moves up the rail even with the Mako Cannon. BOOM! BOOM! Fireworks erupt in the sky.

 

RUFUS

Let us begin with the glorious after-show.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – NIGHT

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

The crosshairs line up on Rufus. Suddenly off to the left on to the cannon Cloud sees five people. It is Elmyra and the Turks.

 

OUTSIDE SCOPE:

 

Cloud lifts his head up from the scope.

 

CLOUD

Elmyra!

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ATOP MAKO CANNON – DUSK

 

Fireworks continue to EXPLODE in the sky. Tseng pushes Elmyra forward on the cannon.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

Suspended in the air on this platform, Rufus speaks.

 

RUFUS

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Elmyra Gainsborough, a traitor to Shinra.

 

The crowd below boos and ‘kill her’ chants begin.

 

RUFUS

I warn my enemies, come forth or Elmyra dies!

 

The crowd cheers.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ATOP MAKO CANNON – DUSK

 

The Turks all line up like a firing squad in front of Elmyra, who is weeping.

 

RENO

You better hope your baby Aeris comes to save you.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

Cloud grunts and goes back to the scope of his rifle.

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

The crosshairs align on Rufus. A few beats; then, uneasy, Cloud focuses back to the scene on top of the cannon.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

RUFUS

This is your last chance Cloud! Show yourself or she dies!

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

Cloud struggles to fire at the Turks but focuses back on Rufus.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

RUFUS

Fine!

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ATOP MAKO CANNON – DUSK

 

Tseng looks at Rufus, who nods to him. Simultaneously all the Turks pull out pistols and aim them at Elmyra.

 

 

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

VIEW THROUGH SCOPE:

 

Cloud focuses back on the scene on the Turks and Elmyra.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ATOP MAKO CANNON – DUSK

 

BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! The Turks all open fire on Elmyra. The barrage of bullets destroys her chest.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

CLOUD

No!

 

Cloud buries his head back in the scope. Quickly he focuses on Rufus and FIRES.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – STREETS – DUSK

 

BAM! The bullet hits the large rail attached to the platform. Rufus and Heidegger hit the ground for cover. Meanwhile the Turks run off the cannon back onto a platform.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ROOFTOPS – DUSK

 

The soldiers below are FIRING at Cloud stopping him from firing again. He gets up and starts to run across the rooftops toward the cannon.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – ATOP MAKO CANNON – DUSK

 

Cloud runs on the cannon toward Elmyra’s body. He bends over to look at the body. She is for certain dead.

 

CLOUD

No.

 

ELENA (OS)

Don’t move!

 

Cloud looks behind him and sees the four Turks walking back out on the cannon with their guns raised.

 

TSENG

End of the line!

 

Cloud stands up and throws his rifle of the cannon. It fall hundreds of feet to the ocean.

 

RENO

Long time no see.

 

Cloud falls to his knees and puts his hands behind his head. The Turks move in for the arrest.

 

EXT. JUNON CITY – DOCKS – NIGHT

 

Tifa and Aeris run to the docks.

 

AERIS

I swear she came this way!

 

TIFA

Well where is she?

 

Aeris looks and sees Yuffie running. She chases after her. PLOW! Yuffie runs into a SHINRA SOLDIER, who was on a break.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

Who are you?

 

Aeris and Tifa stop their pursuit and hide when they hear the soldier.

 

YUFFIE

You’ve got to let me through!

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

And why is that?

 

YUFFIE

Listen, there’s someone here that’s gonna assassinate Rufus.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

He’s been neutralized.

 

YUFFIE

What?

 

From behind a crate Aeris and Tifa hear.

 

AERIS

They got Cloud?

 

YUFFIE

 

The soldier sees Aeris, still dressed in uniform behind the crate.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

Hey!

 

Aeris gulps and walks out from the crate.

 

YUFFIE

That’s her! She’s part of the assassination plot!

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

Her? Nice try. The army doesn’t take women.

 

(to Aeris)

 

You know anything about this?

 

AERIS

(disguising her voice)

We caught her stealing from our platoon.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

A thief, eh?

 

YUFFIE

What!? She’s lying!

 

 

 

AERIS

(disguising her voice)

We’re taking her in.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #19

Alright we’ll take her on the boat with us. Then we’ll take her in front of President Rufus.

 

YUFFIE

What!

 

The soldier cuffs Yuffie and escorts her aboard the boat.

 

AERIS

(to Tifa)

Come on.

 

Tifa runs out from behind the crate. She grabs the soldier’s helmet, which he left, and puts it on. They board the boat.

 

FADE OUT

 

EXT. MIDGAR – SECTOR 5 SLUM STREETS – NIGHT

 

FADE IN

 

Marlene sits on the ground crying. A few beats; then REEVE appears walking down the street. He is being escorted by two SHIRNA SOLDIERS.

 

REEVE

(to soldiers)

The damage was greater than expected.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

With all due respect, it doesn’t matter. We did get rid of AVALANCHE.

 

REEVE

It’d be insane not to rebuild.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

Sir, I’ll stand behind the president no matter what.

 

Reeve notices Marlene crying in the street.

 

REEVE

(to the soldiers)

Stay here.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

Yes, sir.

 

Reeve walks over to Marlene.

 

REEVE

Hi there.

 

Marlene doesn’t respond. A few beats; then

 

REEVE

My name’s Reeve. Who are you?

 

MARLENE

(wiping away tears)

Marlene.

 

REEVE

Hello, Marlene. Did you lose your parents in the accident?

 

MARLENE

Accident?

 

REEVE

That big explosion in Sector 7 last week.

 

MARLENE

I don’t know.

 

Reeve sighs.

 

REEVE

Are you alone? Where are your parents?

 

MARLENE

My daddy’s far away.

 

REEVE

And your mother?

 

MARLENE

I don’t have a mommy.

 

A beat.

 

REEVE

Who’s looking after you?

 

MARLENE

Ms. Elmyra.

 

REEVE

And where is she?

 

MARLENE

They took her.

 

REEVE

Who did? Who took her?

 

MARLENE

(pointing at the soldiers that were with Reeve)

They did.

 

Reeve sighs again. Meanwhile, one of the soldiers is speaking on his radio.

 

REEVE

Marlene, who’s your father?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20 (OS)

Excuse me, sir.

 

Reeve looks behind and sees both soldiers standing over him. He stands upright.

 

REEVE

What?

 

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

You have to come with us, now.

 

REEVE

What’d you say?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

We just received a call from Heidegger. President Rufus wants to speak with you.

 

REEVE

Shit.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #20

We must leave now.

 

REEVE

(BEAT)

Alright.

 

(to Marlene)

 

See you later, Marlene.

 

MARLENE

Bye.

 

The soldiers take Reeve away.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

TRANSITION SHOT: the Shinra boat sails the ocean. It is the dawn of a new day.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CONTROL ROOM – DAY

 

Cloud is stood upright by a SHINRA SOLDIER. He has been stripped of the soldier uniform and now stands naked. The door opens and Rufus along with Heidegger enter the control room.

 

RUFUS

(mock sincerity)

Cloud, my friend, it’s so good to see you again.

 

Cloud ignores his comment.

 

RUFUS

(to soldier)

Bring in the stuff.

 

The soldier nods and leaves. A few beats; then


HEIDEGGER

(to Cloud)

You failed, miserably.

 

RUFUS

I hope this whole experience only proves to you that Shinra is always one step ahead of everyone else.

 

Cloud still remains silent.

 

RUFUS

(CONT.)

It’s really too bad what happened to Elmyra. It was bound to happen some day.

 

CLOUD

You’re a piece of shit.

 

RUFUS

In your eyes, maybe. But to the world I am their ruler.

 

The soldier returns with Cloud’s clothes and sword.

 

HEIDEGGER

His equipment.

 

Rufus grabs Cloud’s sword and looks at it.

 

RUFUS

Amazing weapon. It must cut through flesh quite easily. You should know.

 

CLOUD

Let me test that theory.

 

Rufus laughs.

 

RUFUS

Two times! Two times you had the opportunity to kill me, but failed. If I knew this was the quality product coming out of SOLDIER, I’d dispand the program.

 

CLOUD

You know what they say, Rufus. Third time’s a charm.

 

RUFUS

Perhaps.

 

Rufus gives the sword back to the soldier.

 

RUFUS

Do you realize how predictable you really are?

 

(BEAT)

 

You know, Sephiroth was at Junon. He killed a few of my men. Who knows, maybe he’s here on this ship.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CARGO BAY – DAY

 

Down below, Barret casually walks amongst the other sailors. He attempts to hide his gun-arm behind his back as he walks. A THUD is heard from a nearby crate. Barret walks to the crate.

 

RED XIII (VO)

(inside crate)

How long must I stay in here?

 

BARRET

Until we reach the other side.

 

RED XIII (VO)

(inside crate)

I don’t know if I can make it.

 

BARRET

Just keep quiet.

 

RED XIII (VO)

(inside crate)

Easier said than done, my friend.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CONTROL ROOM – DAY

 

The door again opens and Tifa, still in disguise, and a SHINRA SOLDIER walk in with Yuffie. Yuffie’s hands are cuffed. Tifa quietly gasps at the sight of Cloud.

 

HEIDEGGER

Who’s this?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

The prisoner was taken on the docks. She is a thief and suspected of being involved with the assassination attempt.

 

RUFUS

(to Cloud)

Friend of yours?

 

CLOUD

Never seen her before.

 

RUFUS

I see.

 

(to soldier)

 

You can keep her here.

 

The soldier throws Yuffie forward. Meanwhile Cloud is examining the other soldier. He realizes it’s not a man and squints his eyes with suspicion.

 

HEIDEGGER

(to soldiers)

Get back to your posts.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

Yes, sir.

 

The soldier and Tifa exit the control room. A few beats; then

 

RUFUS

So Cloud, you know something about this…thief?

 

CLOUD

I told you, I’ve never seen her before.

 

Knowing Cloud is lying, Rufus stares at him. A beat; then he walks over to Cloud’s gear, which is now on a table. He finds the pouch of materia.

 

RUFUS

(holding one of the materia spheres)

You’ve come prepared, I see.

 

He finds the red materia and pulls it out.

 

RUFUS

(looking at the red sphere)

What’s this?

 

He gazes at the sphere like he’s hypnotized.

 

RUFUS

Where’d you get this?

 

Cloud ignores him. The group is interrupted when the door opens and the soldier from before enters.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

Sir, your presence is requested by my captain.

 

RUFUS

Can it wait?

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

I’m afraid it’s urgent.

 

Rufus puts the sphere back in the pouch and walks to the door with Heidegger.

 

RUFUS

(to the two soldiers in the room)

You two stay here and watch them.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #21

Yes, sir.

 

The two soldiers stand at attention and Rufus and Heidegger leave.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

Tifa runs toward Aeris at the back of the boat.

 

TIFA

Aeris! I saw him.

 

AERIS

Who?

 

TIFA

I saw Cloud. He’s here on the boat.

 

AERIS

Where!?

 

TIFA

Rufus has him.

 

AERIS

Rufus is alive? That means Cloud failed. Where are they?

 

TIFA

They’re in the control room.

 

AERIS

We have to get him out of there!

 

(BEAT)

 

What about Yuffie?

 

TIFA

She’s there too.

 

A beat.

 

AERIS

We have to find a way to help him!

 

TIFA

We can’t blow our cover though.

 

Tifa stops and thinks. She is stricken with inspiration.

 

TIFA

I got an idea!

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CONTROL ROOM – DAY

 

The room is silent. Cloud and Yuffie both stare at the Shinra soldiers that are guarding them.

 

A few beats go by then several RINGS echo throughout the room. Cloud’s PHS is ringing. This catches the soldiers off guard. BAM! Cloud rams his shoulder into one of the guards. The other soldier aims his rifle at him. ZOOM! Yuffie hurls a shuriken, from her pocket, into the soldier’s jaw.

 

YUFFIE

Cut me loose.

 

Cloud absorbs a green materia sphere from his gear. Suddenly his wrists heat up and the cuffs melt off. He then starts to put his gear on.

 

 

YUFFIE

(holding out her wrists)

What are you waiting for?!

 

Cloud finishes getting dressed and starts to leave.

 

YUFFIE

Hey, I just saved your life!

 

He stops.

 

CLOUD

Promise me you won’t try anything.

 

YUFFIE

What am I going to do. We’re surrounded by miles of water.

 

CLOUD

Give me your word!

 

YUFFIE

Fine. I give you my word I won’t try anything.

 

Cloud walks to Yuffie and melts her slices her cuffs off with his sword.

 

CLOUD

Now let’s go.

 

Stealthy, Cloud, followed by Yuffie, walks to the door and walks out onto--

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

Cloud looks for any soldiers. There aren’t any. He sees Tifa and Aeris run toward him.

 

TIFA

Cloud!

 

Both she and Aeris take off their helmets revealing their identities.

 

 

AERIS

Glad to see you alive, Cloud.

 

CLOUD

Thanks. Where are Barret and Red XIII?

 

TIFA

We don’t know. They might not even be aboard.

 

VOICE (VO)

(over ship’s loudspeaker)

Emergency alert! Reports of suspicious character aboard. Search the ship. I repeat, search the ship.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CARGO BAY – DAY

 

BARRET

Shit! I think they got us.

 

RED XIII (VO)

(inside crate)

What!?

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – SHIP HEAD – DAY

 

At the head of the ship, Rufus, Heidegger, and a SHINRA CAPTAIN hear the announcement,

 

RUFUS

What’s going on!?

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #5

I haven’t the slightest clue, sir.

 

RUFUS

Give me your secondary.

 

The captain hands Rufus his pistol.

 

RUFUS

(checking ammunition)

Are the Turks aboard?

 

HEIDEGGER

Negative. They’re taking alternate transport.

 

RUFUS

Captain, have your men search the ship. Shoot anyone you don’t recognize.

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #5

Yes, sir.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

TIFA

That could be Barret!

 

CLOUD

What part of the ship haven’t you two been on?

 

AERIS

Our posts were up on the outside deck. We haven’t been below in the holds.

 

CLOUD

That’s where we’re going then.

 

As the group runs toward the path leading to the holds, the whole area grows DARK despite it being daytime. Everyone on the ship stops in awe.

 

EXT. OCEAN – DAY

 

OUTSIDE SHOT of the ship. A huge cloud of darkness shrouds the ship.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

TIFA

What’s going on?

 

CLOUD

…Sephiroth.

 

The area grows NORMAL again.

 

SHINRA SOLDIER #22 (OS)

Hey!

 

The soldier opens fire on the group. They all find cover. Tifa and Aeris return the fire. Soon more soldiers appear.

 

CLOUD

Cover me!

 

TIFA

Gotchya’!

 

Cloud makes a run for the path leading to the holds.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CONTROL ROOM – DAY

 

Rufus, Heidegger, and the Shinra captain burst into the control room and see that it’s empty.

 

HEIDEGGER

He’s escaped.

 

RUFUS

Find them!

 

SHINRA CAPTAIN #5

Yes, sir.

 

RUFUS

I want them dead.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CARGO BAY – DAY

 

Barret cautiously paces the cargo bay. He runs into one of the other sailors.

 

SHINRA SAILOR #3

The president’s ordered us to search the ship! Let’s –

 

The sailor sees Barret’s gun-arm.

 

SHINRA SAILOR #3

You’re one of them!

 

He starts to pull out a gun. BLAM! Barret shoots him in the chest. The other SOLDIERS in the cargo bay hear and start to run toward the mayhem. A gun fight breaks out in the cargo bay.*

 

One soldier sneaks up on Barret with his gun raised. SHOOSH! Cloud appears from nowhere and slices the soldier across the chest. Barret turns around.

 

BARRET

Cloud!

 

CLOUD

Where’s Red?

 

BARRET

In one of the crates.

 

BOOM! Bullets hit the crates right next to Cloud’s head. He hits the ground for cover.

 

CLOUD

Tifa and Aeris are above. They need our help!

 

BARRET

We have to get Red!

 

Meanwhile, the small platoon of soldiers continues to fire at Cloud and Barret. BOOM! Red XIII knocks open one of the crate he’s in and it crashes on top of the soldiers.

 

CLOUD

Red!

 

RED XIII

Cloud. Glad to see you in one piece.

 

Red XIII goes to join Barret and Cloud.

 

BARRET

We’ve got to find a way out of here. Let’s go!

 

Barret and Red XIII run toward the stairs. Cloud stays and stares at a large steel doorway at the end of the bay.

 

BARRET

Cloud? What’s the hold up! We’ve got to go before more Shinra show up.

 

Cloud, hypnotized, ignores him and walks to the door. He pushes it open and walks into--

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – STORAGE BAY – DAY

 

The large storage bay is empty except for a MAN. It is SEPHIROTH. He stands with his back to Cloud.

 

SEPHIROTH

(sensing Cloud’s presence)

After a long sleep the time has finally come.

 

Barret and Red XIII enter the bay.

 

BARRET

Who the hell’s this?

 

Sephiroth turns around to face the three.

 

CLOUD

Sephiroth. So you are alive.

 

BARRET

You mean this pansy is Sephiroth?

 

SEPHIROTH

Witness the power of the Cetra!

 

The whole area goes BLACK again. A few beats later it returns to light.

 

 

BARRET

Enough of the magic tricks! Time to die, Sephy!

 

He aims his gun-arm at Sephiroth.

 

SEPHIROTH

It’s useless, Barret.

 

BARRET

(shocked)

How the hell do you know my name?

 

Sephiroth laughs.

 

SEPHIROTH

(to Red XIII)

And you…you’re Red XIII. A specimen of Hojo’s. It appears you and I have something in common.

 

(to Cloud)

 

But who are you?

 

CLOUD

You don’t remember me? It’s me, Cloud.

 

SEPHIROTH

Cloud?

 

CLOUD

What do you think you’re doing?

 

SEPHIROTH

It’s time.

 

RED XIII

Time for what?

 

SEPHIROTH

She’s here!

 

CLOUD

Who is?

 

BOOM! Something slams into the boat from the water. The ship ROCKS back and forth.

 

BARRET

Shit, what’s going on?!

 

BOOM! Something slams into the ship again.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

Tifa, Aeris, and Yuffie all feel the slam of whatever is knocking into the boat.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – STORAGE HOLD – DAY

 

SEPHIROTH

Jenova is here!

 

Sephiroth suddenly begins to levitate off the ground. He bursts through the ceiling.

 

CLOUD

Sephiroth! No!

 

BARRET

We’ve got to get above.

 

The three run for the stairs.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

Rufus and Heidegger have joined the platoon of soldiers firing at Tifa, Aeris, and Yuffie.

 

RUFUS

What’s going on!?

 

HEIDEGGER

I don’t know sir!

 

BOOM! The ship rocks again. Tifa and Aeris look over the side of the ship and see a huge circular silhouette beneath the water.

 

AERIS

What is it!

 

SPLASH! A tentacle flies up from the water and tightens itself on the edge of the boat. It starts to pull.

 

TIFA

It’s trying to sink us!

 

The soldiers all run to the edge of the boat and fire into the water. Meanwhile Cloud, Barret, and Red XIII all come up from the holds. BOOM! The beast crashes into the boat again.

 

TIFA

Cloud, something’s down there!

 

CLOUD

It’s Jenova.

 

Several soldiers pull out grenades and throw them in the water. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! They explode. Another tentacle emerges from the water and SWIPES the ship. It knocks five soldiers overboard. Rufus and Heidegger make a run for a safe room.

 

BARRET

What do we do?

 

RED XIII

We’ll perish if this thing still keeps its grip.

 

They see the tentacle pulling on the boat.

 

BARRET

There!

 

Barret, Tifa, and Aeris all fire at the tentacle. Suddenly Cloud gets an idea. He reaches in his side pouch and pulls out the red materia.

 

RED XIII

Cloud, they need our help!

 

Red XIII joins the fray. Cloud starts to absorb the red materia sphere until BOOM! The beast crashes into the ship again. The impact knocks Cloud to his feet making him drop the materia. It rolls toward Aeris.

 

CLOUD

Aeris!

 

She looks over at Cloud.

 

CLOUD

The materia, use it!

 

Aeris picks up the materia and is hesitant. She holds it to her bare abdomen and absorbs it into her body. A few beats; then Aeris VANISHES.

 

TIFA

Aeris?

 

BARRET

Where is she?

 

Suddenly the sky grows dim and a light snow develops.

 

RED XIII

(confused)

It’s snowing.

 

From the heavens, a tall ice goddess-like creature appears. She has pale blue skin and dark blue hair. She is the summon, SHIVA. Cloud smiles at the sight of her.

 

CLOUD

Shiva.

 

BARRET

(dumbstruck)

What the fuck is that?

 

Everyone on board looks up at the goddess as Jenova continues to sink the ship.

 

RED XIII

Oh my!

 

Shiva extends her arm downward and SHOOTS waves of ice dust all over the place. The water begins to freeze. Jenova’s tentacle freezes as well. After a few seconds the entire boat is covered in frost and the ocean is frozen.

 

BARRET

Whoa.

 

Shiva vanishes. Cloud seizes the opportunity and slices Jenova’s frozen tentacle off with his sword. The water starts to thaw and ship trudges through the ice.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT – CONTROL ROOM – DAY

 

HEIDEGGER

What just happened?

 

RUFUS

They used a summoning.

 

(BEAT)

 

Get this ship going!

 

BOAT CAPTAIN

Aye, sir.

 

The boat captain presses buttons and ship is now at its maximum.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

The group watches as the ship moves away from the ice. They can’t see Jenova stuck.

 

BARRET

We got to find somewhere to hide.

 

TIFA

What about Aeris.

 

SPLASH! Aeris reappears unconscious and splashes into the water.

 

BARRET

Talk about being right on time.

 

RED XIII

Might I suggest we save the sarcasm? The girl’s sinking.

 

Cloud rushes to a life-ring on the wall and grabs it. He pulls it free from the rope and ties to the robe to his waist.

 

CLOUD

I’ll get her.

 

TIFA

Be careful.

 

Cloud dives in the water and swims toward Aeris. Meanwhile as the ice thaws Jenova become mobile.

 

EXT. OCEAN - DAY

 

JENOVA

 

The beast sees two bodies in the water and lets out a high pitched SCREECH. It then fires bursts of energy through the water.

 

CLOUD

 

SPLASH! The energy explodes right next to him.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

BARRET

It’s Jenova again!

 

TIFA

Fire at it! I’m out of ammo.

 

BARRET

I can’t. It’s too far away.

 

TIFA

Dammit!

 

YUFFIE

Excuse me, but shouldn’t we be finding a hiding place before Rufus and his army shows up.

 

TIFA

They’ll make it.

 

EXT. OCEAN – DAY

 

Cloud continues to swim toward Aeris as Jenova continues to fire at him.

 

JENOVA

 

The beast breaks free and at extreme speed, swims toward Cloud.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

BARRET

Shit, that thing’s free!

 

TIFA

Don’t worry! They’ll make it.

 

EXT. OCEAN – DAY

 

The beast is one hundred yards away from Cloud and closing. Cloud dives down and sees Aeris. He swims to her. Jenova is fifty yards away. Cloud grabs her. Jenova is ten yards away and towers over Cloud. ZOOM! The rope’s slack is out and the boat pulls Cloud and Aeris out of harm’s way. Jenova SCREECHES and swims after them. It cannot catch up.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

TIFA

Yes! I told you they’d make it.

 

Everyone sighs.

 

YUFFIE

We’re not free yet! We’re still on a boat filled with Shinra.

 

EXT. OCEAN – DAY

 

Cloud pulls on the rope and pulls himself toward the boat.

 

EXT. SHINRA BOAT – OUTSIDE DECK – DAY

 

Barret helps Cloud and Aeris up onto the deck.

 

CLOUD

Aeris isn’t breathing. Come on we have to take her to the holds.

 

Barret picks Aeris up and the group walks down into --

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT - CARGO BAY - DAY

 

They take Aeris to an open space and lay her down.

 

BARRET

Who’s going to do the CPR?

 

A beat; then

 

CLOUD

I will.

 

TIFA

Are you sure?

 

CLOUD

I did it on a little girl already. How hard can it be?

 

Cloud kneels over and gives Aeris CPR. She finally comes conscious. Aeris coughs several times and sits up.

 

RED XIII

Well, she’s okay.

 

CLOUD

(holding Aeris)

Are you alright?

 

AERIS

Fine.

 

They look into each other’s eyes briefly.

 

AERIS

(CONT.)

You saved me again.

 

She leans in and gives him a quick kiss. Tifa looks jealous.

 

YUFFIE

Save it, can we? We must hide!

 

Cloud and Aeris get up.

 

CLOUD

Right. If we’re lucky Rufus’ll think we fell overboard.

 

YUFFIE

If we’re lucky.

 

BARRET

We can hide in the crates.

 

CLOUD

Alright.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT - CONTROL ROOM - DAY

 

Rufus sits in a control chair and Heidegger stands next to him.

 

HEIDEGGER

What now?

 

 

 

RUFUS

Have my meeting with Reeve rescheduled.

 

(BEAT)

 

And have a helicopter ready for me when we get to Costa Del Sol.

 

HEIDEGGER

Yes, sir.

 

(BEAT)

 

What about the ship?

 

RUFUS

Search it. If you find Cloud, kill him.

 

HEIDEGGER

Yes, sir.

 

INT. SHINRA BOAT - CARGO BAY - DAY

 

Barret walks in one of the crates. Tifa, Aeris, and Red XIII are in a separate one. Tifa walks in her crate.

 

TIFA

See you on the other side, Cloud.

 

CLOUD

You too.

 

Tifa smiles and closes the side from inside the crate.

 

YUFFIE

(inside crate)

Come on, Cloud.

 

Cloud walks in and closes the side.

 

FADE OUT

 

THE END