The Tourist Mystery

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The Tourist Mystery cartoon

This screenplay was written by young adults from the National Learning Network Hub in Tallaght over four weeks in November 2022.

For more information about the National Learning Network, visit their website here.

A Screenplay by Dean, Eva, Rebecca, Evan, Kazeem & Martha

Characters:
Thom.com, 25, Administrator at Amazon.ie, happy, likes to work and likes to party.

Aiyla.com, 26, Hairdresser, loves fashion, just got married to Thom.com.

Rodriguez, Late 20s, Tour guide.

Dave, A fugitive.

Scene One

In the middle of November, the year 2027 a Dublin tour bus picks up a couple from Turkey on Eden Quay and takes them on a tour of Dublin on an open top bus.

Rodriguez

Ladies and Gentlemen, is everybody having a good time?

Thom.Com

Isn’t it lovely weather we are having today?

Aiyla

At least it’s better than the rain we had this morning.

The bus pulled away from Eden Quay.

Rodriguez

If you look to the left you will see the River Liffey, there are some speed boats and tall ships and a lot of people walking up and down the boardwalk. In the summertime if you want you can swim in the Liffey but I would not recommend it . . .

 

Rodriguez looked down at the couple, he hadn’t a clue where they were from. So he asked.

Hello, Sir and Madame and can I ask where you are from in Turkey?

Thom.com

I’m from Istanbul and my wife Aiyla is from Izmir.

Rodriguez

What a beautiful name, it sounds fabuloso.

Aiyla

Well, actually it’s Aiyla.Com

Rodriguez

That’s a weird and interesting surname.

Thom .Com

Sir, I feel from your tone and choice of words that you are coming off as negative and annoying.

Rodriguez

I’m not like that. 

Aiyla

We can’t answer that. It’s too personal.

The bus had moved towards the outskirts of Dublin. They were coming into Tallaght village.

Rodriguez

Okay the bus is going to pull over and we are taking a short break, we will be stopping at Costa and if you are part of the tour you get a 25% discount off of everything.

Thom .Com

We have to go and get something to eat and drink.

Aiyla

Yes, but be careful remember Rodriguez is a stranger and we are new here so don’t tell him about our secret lives.

They get back on the bus.

Rodriguez

Where are you going on your honeymoon?

Thom .Com

Sir, why are you making that assumption?

Aiyla

The thing is Sir, this is our honeymoon in Ireland and we are enjoying it and by the way how did you know that we are celebrating our honeymoon when you shouldn’t even know we are married?

Rodriguez started to shake as the bus went around a corner. 

Rodriguez

Sorry, you just seem like the type? 

Thom .Com

Sir, are you following us?

Rodriguez

No - not at all!

Aiyla.com

Are you trying to make up a story for this for a newspaper?

Thom.com and Aiyla got off the bus at Tallaght and went to see Black Adam at Movies @ The Square for a one O’Clock showing. Thom.com was having a bottle of beer and looked down at his spy watch pretending that he was looking at the time but he was actually looking to narrow down the search using a DNA scanner. And suddenly it shows up as a negative of the fugitive Dave that he is trying to find. Dave is up front with popcorn and nachos with a large coke with ice. The movie is in 3D and as Aiyla looks down towards Dave with the 3D glasses on and she pretends she is watching the movie but is actually tracking Dave’s every move. O.M.G. 🫣

Meanwhile Rodriguez is up where the projector is, in a sniper position pointing a gun towards Thom.com and Aiyla.com

Rodriguez

Roger back to base this is Bravo one to Bravo two, targets are in sight.

Meanwhile . . .

Thom.com

Watch out as I do something I might regret. I’m gonna go in for the kill.

Aiyla sees the red tracking light from Rodriguez’s gun and screams  . . .

Aiyla

GET DOWWNNNN!!!!!

She jumps and grabs her husband Thom.com and they fall to the ground. 

Thom.com

What just happened?

 Dave turned around to see what happened in the back row. He recognises the symbols on their jackets and knows who they are.

Dave

I’m getting out of here, leave me alone.

He runs out and gives his nachos and soggy popcorn to two people who were going into the cinema. He then gives the large coke to the bus driver and says . . 

Dave

Go go go go go!! Drive me away from those two crazy people please and thank you.

Dave sits down on the bus and takes out his phone and calls a mystery stranger and says.

Dave

Mission compromised we need to relocate.

Aiyla and Thom.com remain in the cinema on the ground gathering their thoughts and trying to come up with a game plan for what will happen next.

Aiyla and Thom.com spot an emergency/fire exit to the left of the cinema screen and make a dash out the door.

Aiyla

Oh my gosh Thom.com somebody was trying to kill us! I saw that you were about to be targeted.

Thom.com

Are you serious? Who might be out to get us?

Aiyla

I have my suspicions that it was that dastardly bus driver. I never trusted him.

After the commotion in the cinema Rodriguez made a quick escape and camouflaged himself among the other cinema goers. He finds a quiet place near a bin and switches his I.D. with a new one and then burns and destroys the old one.                             

Rodriguez

Bravo do you read?

Mission Control

Roger that Bravo 3.

Rodriguez

Mission aborted. Targets fled scene. Need to change plans and regroup.

Thom.com’s watch has another function, that of a GPS. Mission Control are able to access their location, they give Thom.com and Aiyla coordinates to meet a distraction in a secluded part of Tallaght near Mc Donalds.

Meanwhile, Dave is driving a van. Rodriguez is also in the van and he has a gun. They hack into Mission Controls GPS and find out the location at McDonalds.

Dave

You know what? I’m hungry and let’s use this as a pit stop.

Rodriguez

Damn it man. We’re on a mission and the first thing you think of is food?

Rodriguez bangs his head on the dashboard as they pull up at the window of the drive thru.

Dave

I’d like to have a Big Mac and Fries.

Server

Is that everything, Sir?

Rodriguez

Actually can I have a Fanta, this is thirsty work.

Thom.com and Aiyla.com spotted the van and knew something was wrong. Dave and Rodriguez were eating their food and were distracted. Thom.com and Aiyla take out their weapons and approach the van and scream . . .

Thom.com

Oiii!! you twat Dave - you are under arrest, you stole valuable goods from our country.

Aiyla

You will need to come back with us to Turkey because our Turkish government needs to talk to you. We will take you there as soon as possible. We will need the names and identities that you stole of those that are in witness protection.

Rodriguez turns his gun on Dave and just in that moment Dave realises that Rodriguez is a double agent.

The End!