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Poseidon has set for me. Am I to get past the Cyclops and Circe, elude the Sirens and the call of Hell, avoid maelstroms and monsters, only to become ensnared by your innocence?
NAUSICAA
(sobbing in his arms)
Please. PLEASE...
ODYSSEUS
(strokes her hair)
You forget: I was offered immortality, to become a God myself, were I to forgo my quest. If I am not to be a god, neither will I be another woman's husband. (to Alcinous) I want to go home.
Silence, only broken by the sobs of Nausicaa. Finally-
ALCINOUS
Then go home you shall, noble Odysseus. I myself will provide you with a ship and crew - the journey from here to Ithaka is not
a long one.
ODYSSEUS
I thank you but I must decline your generous offer and fend for myself. Anyone who helps me risks the anger of Poseidon. As one who has experienced that anger first hand, I do not
recommend it.
Alcinous walks before the green statue of Poseidon and contemplates the grim visage. Then -
ALCINOUS
I will take that risk. Before this evening was begun we made sacrifice to the God. If he does not honor our devotions he cannot be worthy of them. Tomorrow you will sail for home, Odysseus.
ODYSSEUS
(moved)
I thank you, great King - and I know my son, wherever he is, thanks you, as well.
EXT. ROAD FROM SPARTA - DAY
Telemachus, in his chariot, going away from Sparta, returning to Pylos and his ship...
SEVERAL SHOTS
of his journey...
EXT. HARBOR OF PHAEICIA - DAY
Alcinous and Odysseus make ready to board as the ship prepares to sail. Various well-wishers have come to see Odysseus off and he
says goodbye to the COURTIERS who so sympathetically listened to his story...
Including Nausicaa, who stands apart from the rest.
Odysseus sees her, comes up and takes her hands.
ODYSSEUS
Well...
NAUSICAA
I was so sure.
ODYSSEUS
Sure?
NAUSICAA
That you were my prince. The one I'm waiting for.
ODYSSEUS
(smiles)
He'll be here one day... One day soon...
NAUSICAA
(crying)
But he won't be you.
ODYSSEUS
He'll be better.
NAUSICAA
Was I not beautiful enough?
ODYSSEUS
Beautiful? The most beautiful. Even Helen herself could not compare...
NAUSICAA
(laughs through her tears)
Liar.
ODYSSEUS
There, you see? Nausicaa, thank you - whatever happens to me, thank you for saving my life, for showing me simple goodness. I will remember.
He kisses her tenderly on the cheek and then rushes up the gangway where Alcinous tactfully waits.
As Nausicaa watches, the SAILORS cast off and the ship starts to move...
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. HARBOR, PYLOS - DAY
where Telemachus is saying farewell to Peisistrata. Like Odysseus, he holds the girl's hands in his own.
PEISISTRATA
You'll come back? You promise?
TELEMACHUS
I want to...
PEISISTRATA
I'm so frightened. I love you so much...
He kisses her hands.
TELEMACHUS
You are the only sweetness I have ever known. I'll remember...
Abruptly he tears himself away and races aboard, stopping to kneel before old Nestor and kissing his hand, as well.
As Peisistrata watches, the SAILORS cast off, the ship begins to move and Telemachus, at the rail, waves to her...
DISSOLVE TO:
DOUBLE EXPOSURE
One opposite sides of the SCREEN, Nausicaa and Peisistrata, both tear-stained, watch by the shore...
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. ITHAKA - DAY
seen on the near horizon. WIDEN TO REVEAL
ALCINOUS' SHIP
with its crew. ALCINOUS turns to the CAPTAIN.
ALCINOUS
Ithaka?
CAPTAIN
Aye, sir.
ALCINOUS
Where is the Lord Odysseus?
The Captain gestures to where Odysseus sleeps on deck in the sunshine.
CAPTAIN
He sleeps like a babe.
ALCINOUS
(smiles)
No need to wake him.
EXT. ALCINOUS' SHIP - DAY
as it approaches the coast of Ithaka.
ON DECK
Odysseus is still asleep.
LATER
THE SHIP GENTLY NUDGES a stretch of BEACH.
ON BOARD
Alcinous signals and SEVERAL CREWMEN lift the sleeping Odysseus on his pallet and gently carry him ashore.
EXT. ITHAKA - DAY
the MEN carry him off the beach and set him down gently beneath the shade of an OLIVE TREE.
Alcinous kneels beside the sleeping man.
ALCINOUS
(quietly)
Good luck, wanderer. You are home at last.
Odysseus stirs but doesn't wake. Alcinous signals his men and they move off...
LATER
EXT. OLIVE TREE - DAY
THICK MIST ROLLS IN FROM THE SEA. The chill causes Odysseus to wake. He looks around in puzzlement. FOG everywhere.
Odysseus stands, realizing he is on land. FOOTSTEPS in the FOG tell him someone is approaching. He squints.
HIS POV
through the fog a YOUNG SHEPHERD approaches, stops at the sight of Odysseus, who thinks fast.
ODYSSEUS
Greetings friend...
YOUNG SHEPHERD
And you, stranger...
ODYSSEUS
I pray you, do not think me mad but can you tell me the name of this place?
YOUNG SHEPHERD
You do not know where you are?
ODYSSEUS
If I did I would have no need to ask.
YOUNG SHEPHERD
This is the kingdom of Ithaka.
ODYSSEUS
(poker-faced)
Ithaka indeed? I have heard of it.
YOUNG SHEPHERD
(puzzled)
How did you get here and not know your destination?
ODYSSEUS
I will tell you the truth. I come from Crete and there I killed a man who tried to rob me. I made my escape, paying Phoenician sailors to carry me beyond the reach of the law. We encountered a great storm which drove us from our course and then discovered this island where we stopped for water. I must have fallen asleep and they pushed off again without me.
The Young Shepherd laughs - and laughs, and laughs -
YOUNG SHEPHERD
Odysseus, teller of tales, will you never cease to employ your imagination?
Before Odysseus' astonished eyes, the shepherd metaMORPHoses into the goddess ATHENA, complete with her Helmet and Spear - she is the statue come to life...
ATHENA (cont'd)
(still amused)
I do declare there was never so devious a man since the world was framed.
ODYSSEUS
Athena!
He kneels before her.
ATHENA
Yes, your grey-eyed protector. Could not recognize me?
ODYSSEUS
How could I, when you took care that I should not? Is this really
Ithaka? Or is this another island and another cruel trick of the sea God?
ATHENA
You are home, Odysseus.
He trembles with the news. Bends over and kisses the earth.
The Goddess watches compassionately as he lies there, his body shaken with sobs. She sits next to him under the tree, crooking the spear in her arm. They are boon companions.
ODYSSEUS
Home.
ATHENA
Aye, home - you have beaten Poseidon, but all's not done yet. Your house is infested with vermin. You will have to plan carefully if you are to regain your kingdom and your wife.
ODYSSEUS
Will you help me?
ATHENA
As always, for I could never resist the appeal of your ingenuity. (sighs) You and I, what can I say? a match that should have been made in heaven. What a pity you are merely mortal.
ODYSSEUS
(tactful)
My loss, surely. You are the only woman


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