Curtain - open
1101 - Apocalypse Underground
Lights stay out (eventually 10% depends on torchlights)
Vesonia and Aurelia breathe sickly
1102 - Door Opens + Outside Apocalypse
Marcus comes in through the "door" , wearing his makeshift respirator, carrying Vinnie on his back
Maybe we should put a bandage on Vinnie, with a visible blood clot on it.
(fiery red light (like a single red PAR64 off stage ) and smoke comes in, then the door closes again and it gets dark)
1102 (cont.) - Door Closes
Marcus (carefully) drops Vinnie
Vinnie wakes up, coughing
Vinnie: "Marcus? I knew you wouldn't abandon us ... I knew it ..."
Marcus drops the respirator and draws a deep breath
Marcus: "I should never have left you."
Vinnie: "Nobody's perfect. You came back to save us, and that's all that counts."
Marcus: "Well, at least for the time being. We know that this room will still be intact in 2000 years, but I'm afraid the air won't last quite as long."
Vesonia and Aurelia begin to stir, coughing and moaning
Marcus produces another torch and lights it with the other torch
Vinnie follows Marcus closely
Marcus walks towards Vesonia and Aurelia, shining the light on them, carefully checking them out
Marcus: "Vesonia? Vesonia!"
Vesonia wakes up. She coughs miserably.
Vinnie checks out Aurelia
Vesonia: "Marcus? Is that you? I'm so glad to see you!"
Marcus: "You almost didn't make it. But you're safe now! The gas nearly killed you."
Vesonia: "What are you talking about?"
Marcus: "Sulphur Dioxide. It comes from inside Mount Vesuvius - you can't see it, but it burns your lungs, and it poisons the air."
Vesonia: "I've never heard of Sulphur Dioxide before."
Marcus: "No wonder. It hasn't been discovered yet."
Vinnie: "Marcus! Aurelia's barely breathing!"
Vesonia stops looking at Marcus, stands up, and turns her attention towards Aurelia
Vesonia: "Oh, my poor little sister. She really looks awful."
Vesonia looks around, checking out the room
Vesonia: "I wish we had fresh water to clean her wound with. And yours, too."
Vinnie: "I can stand all the pain in the world as long as I know Aurelia will be alright."
Aurelia (faint): "Vinnie? Sister? Everything hurts! Am I going to die?"
Vinnie hugs/holds Aurelia
Vinnie (anxious): "No! Not as long as I am here, I promise!"
The torch in front of the statue flickers, then goes out.
Lights dimms out
1103 - Swishhhhhhhh
Vesonia and Vinnie gasp!
Aurelia: "What ... what was that?"
Marcus: "We're running out of air. I had hoped we'd have more time."
The torch Marcus is holding goes out, too. It's now pitch black.
1104 - Swishhhhhhhh
Setup for Scene 3-4 begins in the darkness while the dialogue continues. We need to figure out if we need to close the curtain or not.
Vinnie (very nervous): "Oh no! What's your plan, Marcus?"
Marcus: "I'm out of plans."
Vinnie: "So the next lights going out will be ours?"
Marcus: "I hope not. You know, I thought a lot about which divine providence brought us here, and why. And I think we're here for a reason."
Vinnie: "You're not talking about the chocolate sacrifice, are you?"
Marcus: "Do you remember how you asked the Goddess to make my greatest dreams come true?"
Vinnie: "For a mars bar? But that was supposed to be a joke!"
Marcus: "And yet the Goddess pitied us. Although, for such a meager sacrifice, she decided to make it a challenge."
Vinnie: "How do you know?"
Marcus: "I had a dream in which the Goddess talked to me. And despite all misery, most of the things I had wished for have indeed come true."
Vinnie: "But not all of them."
Marcus: "No. One final wish remains. And one final achievement. Vesonia?"
Marcus: "I love you."
Vesonia: "I love you, too, Marcus. And I am so sorry for lying to you ..."
Marcus: "I know you had no choice. But you know what? I'm not a carpenter from Vindobona either. I'm a scientist from the future. Can you imagine that I saw the ruins of this city, two thousand years from now? If I had told you the truth, would you have believed it?"
Vesonia: "No. But I believe you now. Because I also sent my wishes to the Goddess. And they all came true as well ... except for one. And I think it's the same as yours."
1105 - Increasing rumble
Vinnie: "Oh shit! That was the final blast!"
Vesonia: "Does that mean our fate is sealed?"
Marcus: "No. There is no fate. Just a world of possibilities. Hold on tight."
1106 - Great Collapse
1101 - FADE
1105 - FADE
Curtain - close(?)