November 19, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Tutankhamen: Page One

Another "rerun" day... this is the first page of an unfinished script about King Tut. Original writings begin again tomorrow.

EXT. EGYPTIAN DESERT - DAY

A copper sun beats down on the Egyptian desert. From a canyon cutting through the sand, a cloud of dust rises.

SOUNDS FADE UP from the canyon... shouts of triumph, cries of fear, moans of dying men: the language of COMBAT.

Within the bleached-white arroyo, a small band of Hittite CHARIOTEERS battles the Egyptian HOPLITES manning a small border outpost.

Amidst clouds of dust and the splatter of blood and sweat, swords CLANG and bowstrings SING.

A CHARGING CHARIOTEER

runs down a fleeing Egyptian foot soldier, cutting his legs out from underneath him.

A LONE EGYPTIAN ARCHER

fires down at the Hittites with the last of his arrows. Next to him, his dead comrades hang over the side of the battlements. Suddenly, a Hittite arrow

WHIZZES THROUGH THE AIR

and finds his chest. He slumps down, joining his fellow archers in death.

On the other side of the canyon, a WOUNDED EGYPTIAN SOLDIER heaves with all his might on an overturned chariot. Righting the vehicle, he hops aboard and whips the horse into motion. He races down the canyon.

A Hittite archer lets loose a volley of arrows, but they miss their mark. The fleeing soldier rounds a bend and escapes.

As the dust settles, not one Egyptian soldier remains alive.

 

©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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November Columns:

11/28: Family Willow
11/27: Thankful
11/24: Nuclear North Korea
11/21: All Jacko, All the Time
11/20: Mantrimony
11/19: Tutankhamen: Page One
11/18: The Dying Light
11/16: Back to the Grind
11/13: Overpriced
11/12: Land's End
11/11: Veterans' Day
11/10: Cabo Bound
11/9: Supercharged
11/8: Internet Buzz
11/7: Recharged?
11/5: Open Mouth, Insert Foot
11/4: No Wiggle Room
11/1: A Week Lost in Time
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