Iasonas

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This is a script I'm writing for my Writing for Stage and Screen class's final assessment/assignment.

I've been having a lot of fun writing it, and I want to show it off with the world :)

Progress so far:
12 pages
1215 words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iasonas

By Autumn Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characters (In order of appearance):

-Iasonas: Welcoming, straightforward, passionate yet demanding, neither selfish nor selfless, good mannered, attentive, rebellious when rules get in the way, protective, fast learner, placid, advocates for change, somber

-Thalis: Likeable, aggressive when needed, sincere, self-assured, cannot tolerate conflict, good mannered, discreet discipline, wild rebelliousness, thoughtful, practical, placid, lively lifestyle

-Asclepius: Caring, healing, compassionate, ready to help (as long as he doesn’t need to physically step in)

-Oracle Mideia: First class, Mysterious

-Hermes: Mischievous, merry, tricky, good liar, witty

-Thanatos: Personification of death, unforgiving, indiscriminatory, merciless

-Cerberus: Hound of Hades, guarded the Underworld, prevented those who entered from leaving

-Hades: Stern, pitiless, unmoved by prayer or sacrifice, forbidding, aloof, wealthy, gloomy, hospitable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FADE IN:

The scene starts with a montage of Iasonas growing up. It shows his mother dying from childbirth, and how Iasonas grew up with only a father, living a lower-class life. The montage shows Iasonas growing up to pray to Asclepius, to which he started getting guidance in medicine from the god.

 

FADE OUT

A dark screen shows the current date in which the story takes place: Fifth Century BC

 

FADE IN:

Int. Scene – Bedroom 1, Day

The camera pans to show Thalis’s bedroom, eventually landing on Thalis, sickly, laying in bed, with Iasonas tending to him.

 

THALIS

Iasonas…

 

IASONAS

Yes, father?

 

THALIS

Iasonas, my beautiful son…

Thalis coughs a few times.

Let me die…

 

IASONAS

No, father, I can’t. You know I can’t. I can save you; I can heal you.

(MORE)

THALIS

My son, my time has come… You know it has…

 

IASONAS

But it doesn’t have to be your time!

 

THALIS

Your mother…

 

Iasonas stops what he’s doing.

 

IASONAS

Wh-What about her?

 

THALIS

That beautiful woman… You have her eyes and her hair. You have her skin. You have everything I’ve ever missed about her.

 

Iasonas turns to look a Thalis.

 

IASONAS

What are you getting at here, father?

 

THALIS

Iasonas, I wish to see her again…

 

Iasonas stops everything he was doing, to stare at Thalis. The heartbreak is evident on Iasonas’s face, as Thalis coughs more.

(MORE)

THALIS

I’ve missed her face every second she’s been gone. I’ve missed her bells of a laugh, the joy in her voice. She was everything I’ve ever wanted, until she showed what more she could give me.

 

IASONAS

Father…

 

THALIS

She gave me you, Iasonas. And now I wish to return the favor and see her one last time.

 

IASONAS

But… But that would mean…

 

THALIS

Yes, my son. That would mean I die…

 

Iasonas keeps staring at Thalis, frozen from the shock of what his father is saying.

 

THALIS

But death is a part of life, is it not? Hades can’t allow the heroes to return, if no one dies.

 

IASONAS

I…

 

 

(MORE)

THALIS

So, Iasonas, do this one thing for me… Take the poison Asclepius taught you to make, and kill me…

 

Heartbroken and forlorn, Iasonas hesitantly hands a small vial to his father Thalis. Thalis, too week to lift his hands, looks at Iasonas until Iasonas helps Thalis drink from the small vial.

Unable to turn away, Iasonas watches as life fades from Thalis’s eyes.

A few seconds of silence passes.

 

IASONAS

I could have saved you, father…

 

FADE OUT

 

FADE IN:

Int – Bedroom 2, Night

 

The camera fades in to Iasonas restlessly sleeping in his bed.

 

FADE TO:

Int – Dark room

 

The camera pans down to show Iasonas looking around the dark room. Despite lack of visible light sources, Iasonas is well lit.

Asclepius seems to appear from thin air in front of Iasonas.

 

 

(MORE)

IASONAS

A-Asclepius… What are you doing here…?

 

ASCLEPIUS

Iasonas, my mentee…

 

Iasonas waits for Asclepius to continue

 

ASCLEPIUS

I saw what you did earlier…

 

IASONAS

I… I’m sorry, Asclepius. My father didn’t give me a choice! I wanted to help him, I wanted to save him, but he wouldn’t let me!

 

ASCLEPIUS

What you did was brave… It’s okay…

 

Iasonas looks up at Asclepius from where he was groveling

 

IASONAS

I… What?

 

ASCLEPIUS

It was brave of you to follow your father’s wishes like that…

 

 

(MORE)

IASONAS

I… Th… Thank you…

 

ASCLEPIUS

But now…

 

IASONAS

Now what?

 

ASCLEPIUS

Now I ask you to follow my wishes…

 

IASONAS

Y… Yes, of course. Anything you need.

 

ASCLEPIUS

There is a plague consuming your village. That very plague is what killed your father.

 

IASONAS

WHAT?! If you knew, why didn’t you stop it?!

 

Asclepius patiently held up a single hand, to signal Iasonas to quiet down.

 

ASCLEPIUS

You already know, Iasonas. As a god, I cannot step in for mortal matters. I can only provide guidance.

 

(MORE)

IASONAS

Then… Why… Why are you telling me this? Is it your intention to make me suffer?!

 

ASCLEPIUS

No, Iasonas. I took you in as my mentee, because you resemble my own children. I wish to help you and your village.

 

IASONAS

How?! You just said you couldn’t do anything!

 

Asclepius sighs.

 

ASCLEPIUS

I request that you embark on a quest.

 

IASONAS

A quest?! Me?!

 

ASCLEPIUS

Yes. Now, be quiet before I make you silent.

 

Iasonas gulps in fear, nodding.

 

ASCLEPIUS

You are to find the cure for this plague.

 

Iasonas stares at Asclepius, dumbfounded.

(MORE)

IASONAS

Excuse my interruption, but why can’t you just tell me the cure?

 

ASCLEPIUS

Learning will not be obtained, if I just give you the answer.

 

IASONAS

But aren’t quests dangerous?!

 

ASCLEPIUS

Aren’t plagues dangerous? Now, my father arises. It is time for you to wake up.

 

The scene starts fading away

 

ASLEPIUS

And remember. Don’t go, and your whole village may die.

 

SNAP TO:

Int- Bedroom 2, Morning

Iasonas snaps awake, abruptly sitting up in bed.

He looks around a little, sniffing the air, before making a face of disgust.

Iasonas gets out of bed and walks to his father’s bedroom.

 

 

 

 

(MORE)

FADE TO:

Int- Bedroom 1, Morning

Iasonas looks at his now dead father, fresh grief washing over him.

 

IASONAS

Oh, father… I could have saved you… I could have kept living a happy life, with you guiding me through this messed up world…

 

Iasonas sighs.

 

IASONAS

I could have avoided this burial… At least until I brought wealth to our home…

 

Iasonas carefully wraps Thalis in sheets, before carrying him to a nearby crematorium.

 

FADE TO:

Crematorium, midday

Once there, he has an inaudible chat with someone who works there, before paying, leaving the body, and heading home.

 

FADE TO:

Int - Bedroom 2, Day

 

Iasonas is curled up on his bed, letting the grief of his loss get to him.

 

 

(MORE)

IASONAS

How could you do this to me…

 

Iasonas curled up into a ball

 

IASONAS

How dare you take my father, Thanatos. How dare you accept his soul, Hades. HOW DARE YOU GIVE HIM THIS DAMNED PLAGUE!

 

Iasonas breaks into tears.

The camera fades dark, only the audio of Iasonas crying plays for a few seconds.

The camera fades back in, to show Iasonas sitting upright on his bed, his head hung low, his fingers interlocked with each other, while his arms rest on his legs.

 

The camera pans closer, Iasonas’s muttering becoming clear.

 

IASONAS

The village can go to Hades, for all I care… They gave my father death… They can experience his pain, too…

 

FADE OUT


Submitted: June 09, 2021

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