AT THE SKEET RANGE

 

 
 

 

EXT. SKEET RANGE - DAY

MAIDEN AMERICA and SAGE walk gravel path towards skeet range. Both carry identical 20 gauge, 30" skeet choked, over-and-under Krieghoff K-80’s.


SAGE
The concept is so elementary you or anyone doesn’t require a college degree to understand. 


MAIDEN AMERICA
Maybe I’m just not too bright then.
 

SAGE
It’s got not a thing to do with how your genes made your brain, my dear. 
(a beat) 
You first. 


SAGE takes hold of electrical cord trigger hanging from the side of the left skeet tower. MAIDEN AMERICA steps onto the cement square of station one, breaks the stock of her shotgun and then removes a shotgun shell from holster belt pouch, placing the shell into chamber of shotgun. Closing the breech MAIDEN AMERICA brings herself into a practiced stance while raising the shotgun to her shoulder and pointing forward. The low bass-tone voice of the MAIDEN AMERICA is crisp and clear, as if from song.

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
Hey!


SAGE depresses circular, rubber button on handle of electrical cord and a single clay pigeon is expelled from skeet tower directly in back of where MAIDEN AMERICA stands. Not three-quarters of a second of time passes before the clay pigeon is locked-on and burst apart with a quick, direct blast of buckshot. MAIDEN AMERICA brings the gun to waist level, removes the empty shell and inserts a new one. Closing the breech, MAIDEN AMERICA holds the shotgun at waist level.

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
Hey!

 

Clay pigeon flies out from opposite tower. MAIDEN AMERICA is quick to raise shotgun to shoulder, aim and fire. The pigeon cracks and scatters into three large pieces that travel overhead and to her left. Empty shell is removed from chamber and two shotgun shells are then placed into each chamber. MAIDEN AMERICA brings the gun to her shoulder, raising the barrel motionless at a point up towards the sky where the flight line of the two clay pigeons are anticipated to travel.

 

MAIDEN AMERICA

Hey!
 

Quick to swing the barrel of the shotgun towards the far skeet tower and MAIDEN AMERICA locks on to follow the trajectory of the clay pigeon spinning towards her, and fires. A scattering of pellets cracks the clay pigeon, pulverizing half the bird while the remaining and still intact half-piece of clay bird twirls itself to ground …, and SAGE watches second clay pigeon traveling farther away, almost out of range. SAGE turns towards MAIDEN AMERICA at second shot. SAGE refocuses eyes into distance to watch pieces of second clay bird sprinkle down upon the grass.


SAGE
(with a smile and chuckle) 
Almost got away.

 

 
 
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The MAIDEN AMERICA’S smile back to SAGE is forced. She doesn’t want to show hurt. She's self-conscious now since asking SAGE how does he know some things can’t come from nothing.


SAGE
There’s nothing wrong with the way you think or your perceived lack of an education that makes you or millions of others like you unable to appreciate the logic for what is said. 
It’s the spineless, gutless intellectual cowards running today’s media and the real rats in academia who foist all the crap on people that makes you and others uncertain and then unable to take a stand. 

 


MAIDEN AMERICA steps off cement platform and SAGE hands her the electric trigger. SAGE listens to MAIDEN AMERICA speak as he walks away.
 

MAIDEN AMERICA
You’re saying that the initial, raw, naked force/energy of the Big Bang could not have come from nothing; from some thing that doesn’t even exist. 
All that huge amount of force/energy, or that huge quality of attraction/repulsion that is characteristic of the four major forms of energy inside the universe now today, this force/energy could not have originated from nothing. 
OK, that I can understand totally. 
But then you said that the force/energy could not have transformed itself and made the things inside the universe ALL BY ITSELF. 
That the force/energy needs a system or a method or something else to work and involve itself with in order to transform itself into some thing else. 
How do you know that? 
And remember now, you’re the one always emphasizing the word know. 
 

SAGE
Because the force/energy of the Big Bang is similar to the energy in a battery, but a zillion times more powerful. 
The force/energy of the Big Bang is like the energy inside the magnet, but again the energy at the moment of the Big Bang was a zillion times more powerful. 
All the different types of force and energy we are familiar with can’t change into some thing else all by itself. Something has to be hooked up to an energy source in order to make use of that energy. 
Energy and force no matter how large can’t change itself into some thing else all by itself. 
 

MAIDEN AMERICA
So what do you know? And I mean know.
 

SAGE raises shotgun to shoulder.


SAGE
Murg!

 

MAIDEN AMERICA presses button and clay pigeon flies out from tower behind SAGE. Soft metallic click of trigger mechanism from shotgun is heard.

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
Lost bird.

 

SAGE didn’t load shotgun, intentionally. I’m a little daffy, not her, is the want to make her feel now.

 

SAGE
Even were there an infinite number of universes, as one theory posits, and given the random, probabilistic quantum nature of thought we’re all suppose to know and think so wonderfully with, and that it’s only luck or chance we exist the way we are in this one universe, the question and then the answer is, what is the source of origin for the force/energy of this universe, and all the other universes? 

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
No one knows. 
You want to do that shot over?


SAGE
Nah.

 

SAGE loads a shell into the chamber and raises shotgun to shoulder.

 

SAGE
Murg!

 

SAGE follows and then points a little farther ahead of speeding clay pigeon, locks on to it and pulls the trigger.

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
Dead bird. And so what’s the answer? 

 

SAGE
The source of origin for the force/energy is responsible for hooking up the system or the method which transformed the force/energy into something else. This Source wrought the system and ultimately caused the transformation of the energy into all the things inside this universe, and all the other universes too, if you want to include them too, in thought. This statement, that the Source Of Origin is responsible for our human existence, 
(a beat) 
and the answer defines the nature of this Source Of Origin. Like, ‘ya know, one could soberly and intelligently surmise that the Source Of Origin is without sentience, of any kind. The Source Of Origin for the force/energy of the Big Bang is ...? It's some non-living entity like a rock or a log or a puddle of water. Could be that way, correct? I mean, who knows? Right? How absurd for academia to even consider plausible that the Source Of Origin could be a sentient entity and allow investigative thought to be. 

 

MAIDEN AMERICA

Absurd? 

 

SAGE
Hey! 

 

Two shotgun blasts in quick succession,

 

MAIDEN AMERICA
Two dead birds.

 

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