401 words Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth (snippet)


The following is a scene from my take on what Indiana Jones 5 could be. It starts with Indy and Mutt in a hospital corridor outside of Marion’s room:

“This is bullshit! It’s not fair!” Mutt said.

His father barked out a harsh laugh. “What gave you the idea that life is fair?”

“Why aren’t you doing something?” Mutt said, ignoring him.

“What do you mean? There’s nothing to do.”

“I’ve heard all the stories, from Ox and others. They’re true, aren’t they? You found the Holy Grail, didn’t you? You actually held it in your hands.”

“Well, yeah. But kid—”

“And did it really save your dad’s life?”

Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr. sighed as he pushed up his trademark fedora and scratched his head.

“Answer me!”

“Yes, it did. For a little while. But he still died. We all die.” Indy said. “Besides, the Grail was lost.”

“C’mon,” Mutt started pacing. “You must know something that can save her. Some ancient Egyptian talisman, or Aztec idol. Some… Something.

“Stop it! Do you even hear yourself? None of those things exist. Even if they did, you need to face the facts; We can’t save your mother.” Indy’s brows creased. “Son, she’s been smoking cigarettes for decades. It’s done too much damage. We can’t change that. No one can.”

“Don’t give me that. There’s gotta be—How about the Fountain of Youth?

Indy paused for moment. “That wouldn’t help.”

“So you’re saying it’s real?” Mutt stopped pacing. “It actually exists out there somewhere?”

“Well. Yeah, I think it’s real. I mean, an old colleague of mine was sure the tomb of Christopher Columbus held the key to finding it. But that’s beside the point. You don’t understand—”

“Understand what?” Mutt jabs his finger towards Indy. “That you know something that can save mom but won’t do anything about it?”

“These things, kid.” Indy shook his head. “They always come with a catch. Horrible ones, usually.”

“I don’t care! Between the two of us, we can find a way around it. Or through it.” He took a step forward. “We can figure it out. Why won’t you help me?”

“I’m trying to.”

“Why won’t you save your wife?

Indy frowned.

Mutt looked at him, his eyes glistening. “Why won’t you save my mom?”

Indy took a deep breath and looked at his son. Then he turned and walked back into Marion’s room.

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