The Journey for the Crystal: The Grand Adventure of Steve and Riley

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The Journey for the Crystal: The Grand Adventure of Steve and Riley

Fighting Words Outreach, WALK Programme, Walkinstown, 5th & 11th May 2023

This wonderful screenplay was written in May 2023 by students who are part of the WALK PEER programme in Walkinstown.

A Screenplay by: Kyle, Michael, Matthew, and Nate.

Steve, 16, bit of a sceptic, a good friend, a dreamer that wants to have a big adventure.

Riley, 17, nervous, afraid of monsters and other creatures, meteors and heights, he means well but his nervousness gets in the way, he would like to overcome his fears.

Knight, from Mars, Bad demon, loyal to his master, his master is looking for a source of power, there is a map on planet earth.

Carlos, 27, bit of a prankster, friendly, huge sceptic.

Doctor Jones, Early 60s, goofy, has a fascination with ancient history.

Scene One

Friday 13th October, 2023, Night time. Dublin, Ohio. Steve and Riley are watching a movie waiting for the pizza to arrive. Loud Bang.

Steve

What the heck was that?

Riley

 I’ve no idea!

Steve

It must be the neighbours, they’re usually loud.

Riley

  Yeah - but not that loud.

Steve

What do you think it could be?

Riley

You know that I read that a meteor was due to crash sometime this week.

Steve

 Dude, you’ve been reading too many click bait articles.

Riley

 Yeah . . .  I’m in a support group for that but now is not the time, what was that?

Steve

Alright, alright Dude. Keep your shirt on, I’ll go and investigate what’s going on.

Riley looks for a baseball bat. Steve goes out into the back garden. He sees a glowing light and a smoke-like fire.

Steve

What in the name of Ohio is that?

Carlos

Hey Steve, what are you doin’?

Steve

What am I doin’ . . . can’t you see the small crater bellowing with smoke in my garden?

Carlos

No.

Steve

What do you mean no?

The crater and smoke disappear.

Carlos

I think maybe you’re watching too many movies.

Steve

I have not.

A demon looking creature appears in the garden holding Riley captive. 

Riley

STEVE!!!!!

Steve

What’s happening?

Scene Two

Thursday 12th October 2023. In the basement of Steve’s house. They are looking through old boxes for cool stuff to mess around with.

Riley

What’s this?

Steve

What’s what?

Riley

This. It’s like a weird ball.

Steve

Weird ball?

Riley

Yeah look.

Riley hands a golden sphere to Steve.

Steve

I don’t know what this is. I’ve never seen it before.

Riley

Be careful because who knows what could happen.

Steve

It’s just a golden looking ball. Hey wait . . . there’s a lock on it!

Steve turns the key and all of sudden a light appears.

Riley

Steve, what did you do?

Steve (in shock)

I just turned the key and all of a sudden it’s like disco ball.

Riley

I don’t like this . . . at all.

Suddenly the sphere opens, and an origami bird takes flight around the basement.

Steve (shouts)

What the hell!!!???

Riley

This is too much for me. I’m going home.

Steve

Hey get back here you coward, you’re the one who found this first.

Riley runs out of the basement. The origami bird lands on the table and folds out into a map. Steve inspects the map and notices that there are different and strange looking islands.

Steve

This looks like some sort of archipelago.

Steve puts the map into his jacket pocket and forgets about it.

Steve

Hey Riley wait look . . . .

Scene Three

Friday 13th. Back at Steve’s back garden.

Steve

Who the heck are you?

Carlos

What the heck are you?

Knight (Softly)

AHHHHHHHHH . . . . Hand over the map.

Steve

What map . . . what are you talking about?

Riley

Would somebody help me please?

Knight

Be quite, Human.

Starts choking Riley with one hand.

Steve (Shouts)

Leave him alone!!

Knight

What did you say???

Carlos

He said, ‘Leave Riley alone!’

Knight

If you want me to let go of your friend, then come and make me.

Dramatic pause. Carlos throws Steve a shovel.

Carlos

Steve, throw this shovel at him!

Steve

Thanks.

The shovel hits Knight square in the face. He was stunned and accidentally lets Riley go. Riley sees a baseball bat close to the back door and quickly picks it up and thwack’s Knight on the head.

Knight is seeing stars.

Knight

AAAARRRRGHHHHH . . . You Humans!!!

Steve takes the map out his pocket remembering he had it the whole time.

Steve

Hey big ugly are you looking for this?

Knight sees Steve holding the map.

Knight

Give it to me!

Carlos

Why are you holding a piece of paper?

Steve

It’s a map.

Riley

A map?

Steve

Of course, it’s a map, have you never seen one in your life before?

Knight

Enough of your chit-chat, give the map to me already.

Steve

No.

A heavy rain starts to come down from the sky. There was thunder too. A lightning bolt hits the demon. He screams.

Knight

AAAARRGGGGHHH!!

Riley

Well, that was convenient.

Carlos (Annoyed)

Run!! Run guys run. Stop bantering and run.

Steve

I agree with Carlos Riley. Let’s get out of here while whatever the hell that thing is, is distracted.

Scene Four

The World of the Past Museum. It says on the sign:

The World of the Past Museum Dublin, Ohio.

Only 60% plastic dinosaurs.

Steve

Doctor Jones, we need your help with this map.

Doctor Jones

Let me examine this first.

Long pause. Two hours later.

Carlos

How much longer is he going to take?

Doctor Jones

I’m nearly done, give me ten more minutes.

Cuts to six hours later.

Doctor Jones (excited)

Guys I’m finished.

Cut to Steve and Carlos asleep on the floor.

Riley

Guys wake up Doctor Jones says he’s done.

Doctor Jones

I thought it was a myth!

Carlos

What myth?

Doctor Jones

The myth of the unity crystal!

Steve

What’s the unity crystal?

Doctor Jones

No one should have that power.

Riley

Can you give us some context please?

Doctor Jones

The Unity Crystal can give anybody their deepest wishes. Many people sought after it. However, the crystal can only be used by pure of heart people. The crystal is in the pyramid of tombs. Those who are corrupted are not able to use the power of the crystal, if they try to use it they get cursed into monster like forms. They are sealed away to far far away planets that are deserted. Once a person tried to get the crystal with dark magic so that they wouldn’t be cursed into monstrous forms. The person ended up becoming more than a monster they became a demon! He used his power to destroy the pyramid and thought if he couldn’t have the power no one else could.

 He ended up sealed away on Mars while the pyramid was left as rubble and the crystal seemingly was lost for good. Until now . . .  . . with this map.

We see Knight approaching the museum wielding a shovel. Just before we cut to black the shovel lights on fire.

To be continued . . . .

The End!