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ODYSSEUS' VOICE OVER
Kalypso had spoken the truth. The island WAS pleasant and time did pass. All would have been well, if only I could have burned my memory. I had no way of knowing that my life was about to change - again...
HIGH AERIAL SHOT - DAY
We are GLIDING RAPIDLY OVER THE SEA, DESCENDING, as we approach Kalypso's Island... the ocean gives way to land and TROPICAL JUNGLE as we DESCEND into the midst of it where
Kalypso is harvesting FRUIT. There's a NOISE as we land and she turns, reacting to us, going pale.
KALYPSO
You. Why have you come here?
REVEAL HERMES
HERMES
You know why.
KALYPSO
You cannot take him from me.
HERMES
Athena has conferred with father Zeus. It is time for him to go.
KALYPSO
(desperate)
He will never succeed; Poseidon has decreed it.
HERMES
Poseidon is away.
KALYPSO
Away?
HERMES
(smiles)
In love. Come, you must help him.
KALYPSO
He will not go. He loves me.
HERMES
(fractional pause)
We shall see.
He leads the way and she follows, reluctantly.
SEVERAL SHOTS
as they make their way to the shore. There, sitting with his back to us, is Odysseus. Hermes and Kalypso look at each other - Hermes waves her forward; he himself steps into the trees and vanishes.
Odysseus stares at the sea, TEARS streaming down his face. Kalypso sits next to him, strokes his arm lightly.
KALYPSO
Can there still be water for so many tears? I would have thought by now your eyes were dry as desserts. (he doesn't answer) Do I never make you happy?
ODYSSEUS
(finally)
Sometimes. I would be lying if I said you didn't. You are loving beyond men's dreams and beautiful beyond imagining.
KALYPSO
Odysseus, listen to me. (he looks at her) I can make you immortal.
ODYSSEUS
(startled)
Immortal.
KALYPSO
(urgent)
Yes - like me, always to be young, beautiful, to be a god yourself and never know infirmity, grief or age...
ODYSSEUS
(tempted)
Never to know grief...
KALYPSO
We can make love, pleasing each other
forever...
ODYSSEUS
(caresses her cheek)
If - ?
KALYPSO
If only you promise to love me and stay.
ODYSSEUS
(smiles)
Immortal?
KALYPSO
(eyes shining)
Love for all eternity. Am I not desirable? The Gods themselves dream of me.
ODYSSEUS
(sadly)
I'm only a man. I can only desire what mortals dream of...
KALYPSO
(the light fades)
Home.
ODYSSEUS
Yes.
KALYPSO
Your wife.
ODYSSEUS
Yes...
KALYPSO
Your child...
ODYSSEUS
Yes...
She puts her head in her hands for a long time, then lifts it up, blinking away her own tears.
KALYPSO
I will help you.
She rises to walk away but he grabs her hand; looks up.
ODYSSEUS
(suspicious)
Why? Why now?
She looks down at him.
KALYPSO
Because I must.
She withdraws her hand and walks into the trees. Surprised by this turn of events, Odysseus follows her...
EXT. CLEARING - DAY
A LARGE STAND OF FIR TREES
as Kalypso leads Odysseus to it. He regards the trees with wonder.
ODYSSEUS
I never saw these.
KALYPSO
I did not intend you to.
He looks at her.
ODYSSEUS
I will need tools.
KALYPSO
You shall have them.
A BANGING OVER
EXT. TELEMACHUS' ROOM DOOR - DAY
as Antinous BANGS on it.
ANTINOUS
Telemachus?
He looks at the others.
ANTINOUS (cont'd)
Break it down.
A DOZEN SUITORS hurl themselves at the door, which smashes open, REVEALING
Telemachus' empty room - with the SHEET strung out the window.
Antinous reacts goes forward to the window and looks down, in time
to see Leocritus running BELOW and shouting up -
LEOCRITUS
He's taken a ship and twenty men went with him!
ANTINOUS
(stunned)
Bound for?
LEOCRITUS
No one seems to know...
EURYMACHUS
(also at the window)
Or they're not saying... I didn't think the boy had it in him...
ANTINOUS
I told you one day that cub would bare his fangs...
There's a GASP from behind and they turn -
Penelope stands on the threshold.
ANTINOUS
Your son has fled, madam.
Ignoring him, Penelope moves forward through the Suitors and the room. Gently she touches the bed where the sheet is entwined and follows the sheet to the window and over the sill.
She sits on the sill, looking at the room full of Suitors.
PENELOPE
Now I have lost all.
She buries her head in her hands.
INT. BANQUET HALL - DAY
The Suitors are taking counsel together.
LEOCRITUS
We don't even know where he's headed.
ANTINOUS
Sparta, any fool can see that. He'll go to Menelaus and ask for an army to see him home.
EURYMACHUS
Menelaus will never give him troops - he's too old for campaigning now.
ANTINOUS
We can't take that chance. We must prepare for the boy's return.
LEOCRITUS
How prepare?
EURYMACHUS
A ship must be outfitted to intercept him.
ANTINOUS
Correct. Let it stay beyond the point, just outside the harbor. Telemachus has proven himself a rash adventurer - and accidents befall adventurers. The son of Odysseus won't be the first member of his family never to reach home. (pause) But he will be the last.
Silence as they contemplate this.
EURYMACHUS
And once the boy is out of the way..?
ANTINOUS
Then Queen Penelope has no heir. She MUST remarry.
He starts briskly out as -
EXT. THE BANQUET HALL - DAY
Eurycleia has been listening. Now she moves quickly off...
EXT. ITHAKA HARBOR - DAY
The SUITORS' killer ship puts out to sea... Leocritus with the
Helmsman.
LATER
The killer SHIP conceals itself, disappearing around the point outside the harbor.
INT. PENELOPE'S BEDCHAMBER - DAY
Sprawled on her bed, the queen sobs convulsively. Eurycleia stands next to her, stroking her mistress.
EURYCLEIA
Lady, be comforted, your son is escaped from this den of rogues.
PENELOPE
(lifts her head)
But if he lives he will return - and you tell me they lie in wait to kill him...
ON EURYCLEIA
what can she say? She watches, helpless, as Penelope sobs.
PENELOPE (cont'd)
(frantic)
Odysseus! Odysseus, my love, come back to me! End this endless torment...
SOUNDS OF AN AXE OVER
CU AN AXE CHUNKING INTO A TREE - WIDEN TO REVEAL


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