The Captain motions to one of the technicals and the Weirdings start toward the vehicle.
Jack passes, Miles and he grabs Jack roughly by his bound hands. A knife appears in his hands from nowhere and he removes the plastic strap from around Jack's wrists.
Miles gives Jack an evil grin. Jack rubs his wrist and returns Mile's foul look with his own intense stare.
INT. TOWN HALL - SAME
The Weirdings are escorted into the large wooden structure in the center of town. This obviously was once the town hall, but it now serves as Col. Aidid's headquarters.
The original floor has been ripped out of the structure. The new floor is where the basement used to be. This gives the hall a dark cavernous feel. The windows have all been painted over to keep out the hot African sun.
Five ceiling fans slowly rotate driving the heat out of the building.
The Weirdings descend via the stairs at the entrance into this dark place. Col. Aidid sits at a small table at the other end of the hall. His table sits on an old stage so he is above his subjects.
The walls are lined with various animal hides. The dirt floor is also covered with tanned skins.
Most of the furniture consists of squat stools and hide covered tables. A number of women lounge around the stage. Many of the Colonel's men lounge about the room their weapons nearby. A few teen age boys sit near the Col. They too are not far from a firearm.
The Weirdings are escorted to the Col. They are watched like circus freaks by the various inhabitants of this dark hall.
They are brought to the foot of a short flight of stairs that lead up to the stage where the Col. works at his desk.
The Col. is a large man, but not fat. He is in his late forties and sports some distinguished gray hair at the temples. His uniform is neat but not gaudy. He stops scribbling on the papers in front of him and looks up at the group before him.
The Col. stands and fairly rushes to greet the Weirdings. They are taken aback. The Col. descends the stage and grabs Jack's hand like he is a long lost friend.
The Col. grabs elizabeth's hand.
The Col. grabs johnny's reluctant hand.
The Col. delicately takes susie's hand.
The Col. turns to elizabeth.
Elizabeth turns to miles with a sneer.
Col. Aidid smiles at this and begins to circle the Weirdings as he talks.
Susie walks up beside the Colonel and yanks on his sleeve.
The Colonel looks down at her with a frown at first and then smiles.
The Colonel turns to one of the Somali women and barks some orders at her in Somali.
The Colonel Motions to a doorway off to one side of the stage and the Weirdings follow the Somali women through there. Miles joins the Colonel.
The Col. nods in agreement and watches the Weirdings leave the room.
INT. THE HALL - EARLY EVENING
Col. Aidid sits at the end of a long low table made of tanned hides. A feast has been set out on the table with the Weirdings sitting next to the Col.
A few incandescent bulbs hang on long spidery wires to dangle twenty feet over the dinners. The room is dark and smoky from the cooking fires that are built in a makeshift stove at one end of the building.
The Weirdings pick at their food while the Somali's attack this rare feast. There are a number of crates near the cooking area that are all marked with the Red Cross emblem.
A few African women move among the men at the table serving the food and wine.
The Col. slams the table.
The Colonel starts to shake, he is so angry.
Like the time when you saved my sorry arse right Colonel?
The Colonel has a wild eyed look about him. He regains his composure with Miles' words. He shoves a couple of forkfuls of food in his mouth and visibly relaxes. After a brief silence he sits back against the large pillows stacked behind him.
The Col. breaks into laughter.
The Col. points a fork at miles.
Elizabeth pulls Susie close to her as if to shield her from the Colonel's story.
Miles stuffs a hunk of bread into his mouth and laughs out loud.
Miles drops his fork and the Colonel goes wide eyed.
The Colonel is silent for a second and then a look of realization passes his face.
Elizabeth shuts her mouth.
The Colonel shoots Miles an evil stare, and Miles replies with a smile. The Colonel's glare is eventually replaced with a smile.
The Col. motions around the room.
The Colonel motions to a teenager leaning up against one wall. The boy joins the Colonel at his side. The Colonel puts his arm around him.
The Colonel gives the boy a loving pat.
The Weirdings relax with this and Susie giggles.
The Col. smiles at susie.
Miles points at the Col.
Now I am sure you have had a long day. The Captain will show you to your quarters and tomorrow or maybe the day after you can be on your way home.
INT. SPARTAN BEDROOM - LATE MORNING
The sun shines in behind some rags that cover the single bedroom window. The Weirdings are all asleep in a king size bed that looks like it once belonged to a homeless person.
There is a CRACK and everyone but Susie awakes to the sound of gunfire. Jack peers out the window through the curtains and sees a bunch of the Colonel's men target shooting at stones.
Jack pulls himself out of the lumpy bed and makes for a basin filled with water on a small table. He splashes some water on his face and dries it of with a piece of cloth that somewhat resembles a towel.
Jack stares at the rag for a second.
Jack sits down on the edge of the bed and starts to pull his boots on. Johnny takes his turn at the basin. Jack gets up to leave.
EXT. FIELD AT THE END OF BAMADU - SAME
Ten Somali men are set up in front of a dusty field shooting at rocks about a hundred yards from their position. None of them is Davey Crocket, but they do manage to hit a stone every now and then.
Jack and Johnny walk up behind them, and one of the Somali's makes the Weirdings presence known. The other Somalis turn and obviously make jokes about the two Americans.
Jack watches for a few seconds and then gets bored with the Somali's poor marksmanship.
Jack's gaze drifts off to a field that is opposite their position. An older African, in his early seventies is struggling with a plowshare. A young man, probably his grandson is strapped into the harness where an ox should be.
The field only has two bent rows carved out of it and the task looks hopeless.
One of the Somali's nudges Jack. Jack turns to him and he hands Jack an old M1 rifle. The Somali holds up one finger and points to the chamber of the rifle to indicate there is only one bullet in the gun. He then points to all the men with all the other guns. The message is clear.
Jack looks at the gun and then looks back at the old man at the plowshare. Jack hands the gun back to the Somali and heads over to the old man. The Somali who was handing Jack the gun scratches his head and looks confused.
Johnny goes over to one of the men who has a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle. He indicates to the man that he would like to shoot at the stones and the Somalis all start laughing. He shakes his head no. Johnny is persistent and the man finally relents.
Johnny takes his position on the firing line and takes a deep breath.
He turns to smile at the men behind him and then snaps the weapon into position. He fires off ten rapid shots sending all the stones flying. He turns with a smile to the chagrined Somalis.
Johnny looks past the men and sees his father strapping himself into the plow. Johnny tosses the rifle back to the owner and runs off to join his father.
EXT. OUTSIDE THE TOWN HALL - SAME
Elizabeth watches the Somali women pound millet to grind it into flour for the morning meal. A couple of the women are smiling and talking to her in Somali.
Elizabeth smiles politely and nods. She obviously doesn't have a clue as to what the women are saying.
One of the Somali women rises and takes Elizabeth's hand. Elizabeth is unsure at first, but the women brings Elizabeth to where they are working and shows her how to grind the millet.
Susie strokes her Barbie's hair and leans up against a wall while all of this is going on. A little Somali girl joins Susie.
She shows Susie a doll someone has made for her out of straw and bits of rag. The two girls find a spot to sit down and play with their respective dolls.
EXT. FIELD AT THE END OF BAMADU - A COUPLE HOURS LATER
The Somali men have stacked all of their weapons against each other teepee fashion. They've joined Jack and Johnny in the fields.
Two more plows have been manned and help to till the earth. Those without plows tend to the ground with hoes while others pull weeds. The men sing out loud in Somali while Jack and Johnny try to hum along.
Miles leans up against one of the stucco buildings watching the activity with a blank expression. The Colonel comes up silently behind him and stares at his people.
Miles shrugs his shoulders.
Miles turns and looks at him like he's an idiot.
EXT. THE FIELD AT THE END OF BAMADU - AROUND NOON
The field is mostly plowed now. The Weirdings and the villagers sit on a makeshift picnic table constructed of plywood and upended fifty-five gallon drums.
A spartan meal of bread, some kind of porridge and water lines the table. No one at the table is complaining though since the men are obviously famished from their long day in the field.
You would not know that the Weirdings are hostages the way they are laughing and joking with their hosts. Although most of the conversation is in Somali, the Weirdings are able to communicate via sign.
Jack sits at the head of the table flanked by Elizabeth on one side. On his other side is DUNAR who was the old man who first started plowing of field. Johnny and Susie sit further down the table next to village children their own age.
Jack takes a slug of water.
Elizabeth points at a smiling somali woman.
Elizabeth's mouth drops open.
Elizabeth goes to swat him in the back of the head and he ducks out of the way.
The Somalis start to laugh and point at Jack and Elizabeth. Jack grabs her and kisses her and there is a chorus of woo-woos. The table breaks out into laughter again.
EXT. BAMADU, NEAR THE PICNIC - SAME
The Col. watches his people, unobserved from the shadows.
EXT. THE FIELD AT THE END OF BAMADU - AFTERNOON
The entire village is in the field now helping to seed the newly plowed earth. Jack has a yoke balanced across his shoulders that has two large water jugs tied to either end of the wooden beam.
Elizabeth and Susie pour a bit of water on to each newly planted seed. Several of the men are doing this as the women poke holes in the ground with wooden stakes and fill them with seeds.
All of this activity is accompanied by song from the villagers.
EXT. OUTSIDE THE TOWN HALL - EVENING
The villagers have set up a long makeshift table under a tarp. Nearby a number of fifty-five gallon drums have been cut in half and serve as fireplaces.
A meal much like the earlier one has been set along with some UN rations. There is much chatter from the table except from the Weirdings who are obviously physically exhausted.
Dunar sits at the end of the table. He eventually calls the table to silence. He stands and holds his glass out to the Weirdings and in Somali toasts them.
The villagers raises their glasses and the Weirdings return the toast with a weary smile.
INT. THE WEIRDINGS SPARTAN BEDROOM - NIGHT
The Weirdings are passed out in their bed, dead to the world. In the dark, at their door a cigarette glows. On closer inspection the dark face of the Col. is revealed. He seems cold and aloof. His intentions are not clear.
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