Heart of Clouds
by Adrienne Wilson
*adaptation of my novel, for FILM
*chapter “The Language of the Heart” p. 107
EXT. OCEAN. UNDERSEA.
Tut and his grandfather swim the depths. Tut is a baby, his grandfather very old.
One day my Tut, humans will forget the Language of the Heart, and it will be your job to remind them of what that is.
(turtles swim to an ancient grotto)
Many years from now Tut, you will have the most important task in the world. You will meet a boy who can understand the language of the air. And he will meet a young girl who can understand the language of the heart. He will be meeting her at a time when the world has lost a love of humankind and the planet Earth. It will be a very dark time, Tut.
You will be the last of our kind, and the last guardian of the language in the grotto, with the ancient scrolls. Our language is the language of the sea, my Tut.
(turtles swim to a giant clam shell, Tut sits atop it)
It will be a time, my Tut when the world will be in grave danger because the sea has been poisoned by things humans have thrown into her. It will be your task to show this to the boy. It shall be on the darkest day for the world, that you my Tut will speak to the boy named Devlin in his dreams.
(nodding at his grandfather)
You must promise me that you shall never forget, little Tut
I won’t grandfather
You must tell Devlin you are one his guardians and that there are others
EXT. TEENIE and JAX. FOREST. DAY
Jax teaches Teenie the language of the heart, from trees, old redwoods at the Sur
EXT. REDWOOD FOREST. DAY
The forest creatures sleep inside it, Teenie
See the little burrow, just here?
And the birds make their nests high in the branches
(looking up into the cavernous interior of the old redwood)
Teenie if you ever need to know if all is right with the world just ask a tree. Ask the heart of a tree.
(Jax teaches Teenie how to count tree rings)
(pressing his heart to the tree)
You must always love the trees, Teenie
If you need a place to take your heart, take it to a tree
*to page 111 in my novel Heart of Clouds