Selenophilia

This fairytale is inspired by the moon, the stars, and lonely nights.

FADE IN:

EXT. NOCTURNAL SKY – NIGHT

Bright in the nocturnal night, surrounded by stars, shines the full moon in all its beauty. Mystery cloaks around it as fine lines write into the blackness of the night:

Selenophilia Concept Art

SELENOPHILIA, (n) loving the moon and finding it soothingly captivating.

One of the stars, close to the moon, breaks free from the sky. Like a firefly it swirls through the night, leaving a trace of glittering magic behind it — A STARFLY.

The starfly races over the waves of the ocean to the rocks where the waves break and reach like wet spiderwebs up to the mighty castle.

EXT. MIGHTY CASTLE – NIGHT

Made out of gold, silver, and marble, with shining windows and unreachable towers, the castle rests on the cliff and watches over the ocean.

Curiously the starfly finds its way along the castle walls up to one of the open windows.

RANI (O.S.)
You will obey the tradition, Adhira.

Through the open window, the starfly spots the INDIAN QUEEN, RANI (30s), as beautiful as she is uncompromising, wrapped in colourful traditional clothes and sparkling jewellery.

INT. MIGHTY CASTLE – ADHIRA’S ROOM – NIGHT

Rani stands in the middle of the room, stern and solid as a rock. Her authority cuts through the air like a knife.

RANI
You will marry tomorrow.

Between endless treasures, paintings, and elegant furniture, PRINCESS ADHIRA (16), the spitting image of her mother in younger age, but with a fierce and loving heart, trembles with anger.

Selenophilia crying eyes

Adhira
I don’t know the man you chose for me. What if I don’t love him?

RANI
You will learn to love him.

ADHIRA
Like you “love” Baba?

Rani’s eyes harden.

RANI
There will be no further discussion, Adhira. You won’t dishonour us.

ADHIRA
But, Maa,–

SLAM. The door locks behind Rani and Adhira is left alone in her room, devastated.

RANI (O.S.)
You will obey, Adhira.

Adhira CRIES OUT in agony. This can’t be her fate. She stumbles to —

I/E. ADHIRA’S ROOM – WINDOW – NIGHT

— the open window, staring at the full moon with tearful eyes.
The SOUND of waves CRASHING against the sharp rocks wake Adhira’s attention. Cold wind pushes through the window and makes her shiver.

With trembling breath, she bows out of the window, looking at the dark ocean and the rocks. It’s a death trap. Or is it a siren’s call for freedom?

Adhira steps on the windowframe, determined. Her fingers clench the frame while she leans forward–
— WOOSH.

Startled, Adhira stares to the starfly that dances in front of her eyes.

ADHIRA
What … are you?

The starfly BLINKS in a mysterious answer and leads her gaze to the full moon.

Fascinated and transfixed, Adhira takes in the beauty of the shining moon. Tears run down her cheeks when suddenly a thought strikes her.

Show the moon princess crying

ADHIRA
Wise goddess of the moon, gracious guardian of the loved ones, I beg you to have mercy on me and take me away from this place.

Adhira closes her eyes in prayer.

ADHIRA
Please … please …

When Adhira opens her eyes again, the starfly is right in front of her. There’s an understanding between them. Like they’re kindred spirits.

ADHIRA
(whispers)
Who are you?

The starfly touches Adhira’s forehead gently. Adhira GASPS and falls down–

EXT. MIGHTY CASTLE – NIGHT

–out of the window, into the cold night. Towards the deadly rocks and the crashing waves.

Before she hits the ground, her body starts to glow in the moonlight. It transforms into a sparking light and with a burst, made out of stardust and magic, Adhira becomes–
— A STARFLY.

EXT. NOCTURNAL SKY – NIGHT

Two starflies swirl through the night, playing with each other, soothed by their freedom. Watched by the loving moon.
Until they take their places next to their sparkling sisters in the night sky.

FADE OUT.

Copyright (c), August 2020


Find out more about my stories, fairytales, and screenwriting HERE.

If you’re interested, you can read the original script HERE.

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