I hear the scream of the smoke detector as soon as I open my car door but I don’t think much about it. The sound is distant and I have a trunkful of groceries to deal with. Its thanksgiving weekend and someone is bound to burn their turkey somewhere in my neighbourhood. I don’t think much about the screaming alarm until I notice her pacing in her driveway. We have lived across the street from her for two years now and I don’t know her name. I worried about her once when the power went out in the summer. I knew she lived alone and was on my way to check on her when her son arrived. Her lawn and garden are always perfect, the grass cut weekly by some young man, maybe a grandson. I like my privacy and so I assume others do to, but I have thought of her from time to time.
I pause for a moment...
The city, she breathes with me. The rolling fog on sleeping streets is our exhalations. I make my way past closed shop signs and lightless windows, a smile without teeth. I seek the cracks and crevices for unspoken truths and an untold history. I feel her watching me as I walk and I know I must be one of the few people awake at this hour. The city and I are drinking in our solar wine, the first few flares peaking over the horizon. She holds no grudges and bares me no prejudice. Though I’ve moved too often to call a particular city mine, every city I visit I make my home. I find the pulse and let her flow freely through the chambers of my heart, until we meet again.
The Thousand Steps
1. EXTREME CLOSE UP ON MAN
- Long ago, I began my journey. And it has finally led me here.
2. EXTREME WIDE OF STRUCTURE
- The Thousand Steps.
3. MEDIUM ON MAN
- Legends tell that enlightenment awaits those who reach the summit.
4. PANNING DOWN THE STRUCTURE, ARRIVING ON BACK OF MAN LOOKING UP
- I am weary, but the first step beckons me.
5. MAN’S LEGS ON HIS FIRST STEP
- And so I begin the climb.
6. CLOSE ON MAN DETERMINED
- Rumors abound, but no one knows who, or what, is up there.
7. MAN PASSING CRAZY STATUES
- A shaman? A demon? A god?
8. MAN PERSISTING THROUGH RAIN
- Step and step again. Step and step again.
9. MAN’S FEET, HIS WALKING STICK
- Each movement seems to echo.
10. SYMMETRICAL STATUE AS HE NEARS THE TOP
- And with every pace, a pang of deja vu.
11. ANOTHER CRAZIER SYMMETRICAL STATUE
- I feel my...
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Octopus Mom (SCRIPT)
An Octopus mother can lay up to two-hundred-fifty-thousand eggs, fastening them to the walls of her den.
Every day, she caresses the eggs with her tentacles, keeping them clean, making sure algae doesn’t grow on them. She also makes sure they have enough oxygen, by constantly keeping the water around them moving.
It takes the eggs up to six months to develop before they hatch.
During all that time, the Octopus mom never leaves her eggs. Not even for a second. Not even to go out and hunt for herself.
So she gets hungry. But she still doesn’t leave. She stays in her den, and cares for her eggs, growing weaker and weaker from...
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