The Actual Movie - Episode 4

BLADE MOUNTAINS - NIGHT

The sky is cloudy, a full moon is visible behind the mountains. ARTY stands sideways before a cliff that is several hundred meters deep. To her left is the path, and on the other side of it, there’s a terrace on which NOOB, AWOL, and SKY are resting, and is surrounded by the steep mountainside. Arty’s cannon is moving about as she checks the surrounding area through her artillery sights. Sky shows up and moves to her side.

SKY

So, ...

Arty flinches as she notices Sky. She turns to look at her.

skY

(in a grinning tone)

... any idea how we should call ourselves? A team needs a name, after all.

Arty shakes her cannon.

ARTY

I’m not … good with names.

SKY

Hm.

(pauses before going on in a grim tone)

We’ll have to find some fuel soon, we’re all pretty empty.

Arty nods.

ARTY

There’s none nearby. Not even track marks or anything. I don’t think anyone’s been here in a while.

(crestfallen)

A miracle wouldn’t be too bad right now. Otherwise things are looking dire.

Sky slaps Arty’s side.

ArTY

Ow!

SKY

(chiding)

What’s with that negative talk? You stop that right now.

(confidently)

We’ll find something, I’m sure.

Arty shrugs.

ARTY

It’s just what I’m thinking …

She shrugs again and turns to leave.

SKY

Hey, ...

Arty stops.

Sky

... you can stay if you want.

ARTY

(in a smiling tone)

That would be nice.

She returns to her previous place. Both tanks silently look down the path.

BLADE MOUNTAINS - LATER

Arty’s cannon suddenly perks up. She instinctively backs up a bit.

ARTY

Sky!

BLADE MOUNTAINS - CONTINUOUS

REX and FOX are driving further down the path. We only see their wheels as they drive by. INTERCUT BETWEEN THE HEAVIES AND THE TANKING LEAGUE Sky looks at Arty.

ARTY

Two tanks approaching.

Sky nods and points her cannon down the path as she reverses towards some rocks and foliage while Rex and Fox approach.

SKY

Can you tell me what models?

Arty shakes her cannon.

ARTY

I don’t know, it’s hard to -

We get a better look at Fox.

arTY

… I think one of them’s a King Tiger!

Fox is in full view.

SKY

(determined)

That’s a tier 8. I can take him on. Can you describe the other one?

Arty adjusts her cannon.

ARTY

Very rectangular.

We get a better look at Rex.

arTY

Rear-mounted turret. Most likely German …

Rex and Fox are both in full view.

SKY

(grimly)

That’s a VK 45, Ausführung B…astard. That’s bad. Very bad.

Down the path, the silhouettes of the two heavies appear. Arty turns from side to side in search of cover.

SKY

Load your gun, looks like shit’s about to get real.

Sky nods at Arty, who looks back. Then, Sky disappears behind the cover. Rex and Fox disappear behind a bend in the road for a moment. Arty drives out into the middle of the path. As Rex and Fox appear again, they are close enough to notice Arty. They slowly stop and point their cannons at Arty. For a moment, no one says anything. The only sounds are the GROWL OF THEIR ENGINES and the WIND.

ARTY

(nervously)

… good evening, Gentlemen! Enjoying your drive?

Rex and Fox remain silent for a moment.

REX

(warily)

Fox, should we shoot her?

Fox slightly moves his turret from side to side.

REX

It could be a trick. Let’s not take any risks.

FOX

(thoughtfully)

Artillery, are you alone?

Arty wobbles on her tracks and seconds pass in silence. Fox points his cannon at Arty again.

FOX

Too long.

Rex and Fox LOAD THEIR CANNONS.

SKY (O.S.)

(shouting)

Hey, asshole!

Sky bursts out from her cover and drives past Fox, shooting him in the side while his turret turns too slow to shoot back.

FOX

Augh!

Rex fires at Sky, but misses as she swerves to the side and disappears behind rocks.

FOX

(growling)

Leave this to me.

Rex turns his turret to face the spot where Arty was, but she is gone. He quickly averts his cannon as there is suddenly an explosion in front of him. His gaze darts around. Fox fires and part of the rocks that Sky is hiding behind blow up. Sky appears from behind the rocks again. Fox turns his turret pre-emptively, but she approaches him from the other side. He stops traversing his turret and turns it to the other side instead.

SKY

(shouting)

You goddamn cowards!

Sky drives past Fox again and shoots him in the side again.

SKY

Attacking a low tier? Really?

REX

(yelling)

Shut up!

Sky makes another turn. Fox takes aim and fires.

BLADE MOUNTAINS - MOMENTS LATER

The sound of an EXPLOSION can be heard.

FADE IN:

Noob and Awol wake up from the noise and quickly drive to the edge of the terrace they were sleeping on. They look down on the fight. Sky gets hit by Fox’ shell, which blows off part of the back of her turret.

NOOB

We must help them!

AWOL

(distressedly)

But how? They won’t even feel it if we shoot them!

Noob drives towards Rex and Fox, approaching them from a dead angle. Rex takes aim at Sky too, who is struggling to drive in a straight line. Rex shoots her turret too. Sky is knocked unconscious and skids a bit farther before coming to a halt.

FOX

Good shot!

Awol stares at Sky.

AWOL

(shouting)

Sky!

His shouting makes Rex and Fox turn their cannons towards him. Only part of Awol is sticking out from the terrace from their perspective.

FOX

Might be another Sturmpanzer.

Rex nods. Awol backs up. An EXPLOSION blows up at Fox’ side. He turns his turret to the source of the shot - a bush. Suddenly, a SMALL SHOT and a DING sound can be heard. There is a little dent visible on Rex’ rear. Rex and Fox slowly turn their turrets around. Noob is standing behind Rex and shaking. After a moment of silence, Fox starts laughing.

FOX

(delighted)

What are you guys supposed to be? The Kindergarten Brigade?

Rex starts laughing too.

REX

We’re not fighting a bunch of kids.

(more serious)

What are you doing here? Is this your base?

Arty and Awol both peek out again.

AWOL

(pleading, in a shaky voice)

This isn’t our base, we’re just passing through here because we are looking for fuel. We’re sorry we attacked you. We don’t want any trouble, really! If this is your territory, we will try to leave as soon as we can.

REX

(waving his cannon at Sky)

What about her?

AWOL

She’s my sister. She was trying to protect us. We thought you were going to kill us.

Rex and Fox look at each other. After a moment, they turn to Awol again.

FOX

Fair enough. We are on our way to Falkendorf. Our team camps there. If you want, you can come with us. Obviously, you can’t stay there, but we could give you a little fuel at least so you can continue your travel.

Awol slumps.

AWOL

(relieved)

That would be very generous of you. Thank you a lot for the offer.

FIELDS - MORNING

REX, FOX, SKY, AWOL, ARTY, and NOOB are driving through a hilly landscape with mountains behind them. Rex is driving to one side of Sky, Fox on the other. Arty is driving behind them. Awol and Noob are further in the back.

REX

Sorry about that earlier. We thought you were a high tier team with a misfit [Anhängsel].

Sky chuckles.

ARTY

Hey!

SKY

It’s alright. Shit, I thought that was going to be the end of us.

FOX

Well, another shot from us and you would have been done for, that’s for sure. I don’t know if we wouldn’t have let the rest of you go, though.

Fox shrugs.

FOX

There’s no honour in slaughtering lambs.

Rex and Sky nod.

SKY

I respect that.

Noob and Awol are not listening to the conversation and instead talk to each other.

NOOB

Like I said, you shoot them in the butt. Always works, I told you.

Awol giggles.

AWOL

(in a smiling tone)

You were right.

NOOB

Of course I was!

FIELDS - EVENING

Rex and Sky are still driving next to each other. Fox and Arty are driving behind them. Behind them, Noob, and Awol are driving next to each other.

REX

(casually)

What are you guys for real, though? You are few for a team. And really mismatched.

SKY

(matter-of-factly)

We are a team. We just found each other, and since we get along, we decided to travel as one.

REX

So what’s your team name then?

Sky remains silent for a moment.

SKY

We don’t have one yet.

FOX

You could call yourself the Seal Tanking League.

SKY

Very fucking funny.

(pauses a moment)

Leave out the seal and you can call us that.

ARTY

I like the name.

Arty turns to Noob and Awol.

ARTY

(shouting)

What do you guys think? Do you like it?

NOOB

(cheerfully)

Totally! What are we talking about?

Sky’s turret turns back.

SKY

We’re thinking about calling ourselves the Tanking League. Any objections?

NOOB

Sounds good to me!

Awol nods.

AWOL

It has a nice ring to it.

Sky looks ahead again.

SKY

(contentedly)

It is decided then.

She raises her cannon.

Sky

Good luck to the Tanking League!

Rex

Good luck!

Fox

Good luck!

AwoL

Good luck!

Noob

Good luck!

ArTY

Good luck!


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