After being kind of disappointed with Covenant I wondered if I could do better...
Started writing this. Let me know what you think and I'll continue if anyones likes.
It's only the start and doesn't give too much away regarding some ideas I have.
Open on sparse stars.
Tiny diamonds in the dark.
A giant blue planet slowly slides into view.
As this planet of sea passes we can just about see small pockets of land.
On Earth they would be the size of continents. Here they are spread out like leaves on a lake.
As the planet slides out of view we are back with the stars.
Dark and empty only for what looks like a comet. Covenant's engines scream silently in space as the tombstone ship heads towards its final destination.
David emerges through a door from a dark hallway. Faint classical music echoes from the darkness behind him.
"Mother. Lock entrance to C block sub-level 5. Code. Cain."
The door slides shut and the loud locking mechanism marks the end of the music.
The hall now silent.
"C block contained.
Please procede to medlab 3
"That won't be necessary mother."
He walks through red lit hallways, huming a tune to himself as he reaches an elevator and steps inside.
"Main deck mother"
As the lift crawls upward David feels his left hand with his right. Then feels his face. His jaw moves up and down involentarily, like he's chewing gum. (Ash reference from alien)
The lift stops and doors slide open.
David regains sudden control, heads for the bridge.
"How far from Oregie6?"
"Less than 22 hours."
"Thank you mother."
As he enters the bridge he can see the planet through the Covenants large windows. The systems red star far behind the planet shines light on Davids face.
Oregi6 slowly eclipses the star and David is back in the dark.
"Mother, begin over ride sequence 'Paradise'."
"Hypersleep systems cycles drawing down. 2 female. 7 male. ETC 1 hour."
"Thank you mother. That will be all for now. Engage offline mode."
Interior hypersleep chamber:
Nine humans sleeping peacefully. Selected from a thousand others to be the first to wake.
Their pods dim for a second then brighten and hum as they begin to open. Their eyes soon begin to flicker as David watches from behind glass in a darkened room.
First to open their eyes is Alex. His pale skin, dark eyes and gaunt face say haypersleep has not been good to him.
He seems confused as he looks around at the other pods. It all comes back to him in a moment as he catches sight of David watching.
"Are we there?"
"Just about. How do you feel Alex?"
"How do I look? Jesus. How long does this usually last? Walter?"
"It's David actually. There's been a slight change of plan. I'll brief you all together. Until then just concentrate on regaining muscle control and hydrating."
Alex stumbles out of his pod and drops to one knee. He looks up and sees a woman sitting up in her pod. She's black, thin with long dreads. Her eyes are still closed.
"Hey, you okay?"
She opens one eye to see who shes talking to.
"Better than you though."
She chuckles. It turns into a cough.
"Well that's somethin at least. I don't feel right. Think I should see medical."
Kris stumbles out of her pod, grabs Alex's arm and helps him to his feet.
"You'll be fine. Try and walk it off"
David enters and takes Alex's other arm.
"I'm sure she's right. There were a few issues during hypersleep but nothing some food and water can't fix."
Kris looks at David curiously as they lead Alex into the next room.
"You the same one that put us under?"
"No. That was Walter. There was a small accident before we left Earth. He could not be repaired in time. Think of me as his brother. I'm David."
" Yeah well Davey boy if I'm still this rough in an hour I want you to take a full scan."
As they sit Alex on a large chair David pauses and gives him a blank stare.
We hear muffled voices from the hypersleep chamber. David turns his head in that direction then turns to Kris.
"Im going to check on the others."
Alex and Kris stare at David as he walks away. They stay on him and talk.
"So wheres the crew?"
Alex stumbles to his feet as Kris tries to sit him down.
"Chill! You're f**ked."
"Bad hangover. Had worse. Feel better already. What's your name?"
"Kris. And you ar..."
Alex cuts in.
"Alex. Nice to meet you Kris."
He begins to stumble towards the hypersleep chamber.
"Just gonna have a little chat with Dave. Find out what's what."
INT Hypersleep chamber:
Three more are now awake. David stands over a female as she leans out of her pod and throws up.
He seems more interested in her than the two men crawling out of theirs.
"Davey Boy! Can I have a word?"
David barely aknowledges him.
"In a little bit."
Alex looks puzzled for a second.
"David. Need to talk now."
David, still looking over the woman closes his eyes. His jaw nearly starts. Then he opens his eyes, smiles and turns to face Alex across the room.
"Of course Alex. How can I help?"
He nods his head back to the other room then walks back in. David follows behind.
As he enters the room he sees Alex and Kris standing at a large table. Alex leans on it with both hands. Kris looks at both of them slightly nervous. David walks over to meet them.
"So David. You gonna tell us what's up? Wheres the rest of the crew?"
"There have been some..... casualties."
Kris's expression turns from nervousness to slight panic. Alex looks confused.
"Casualties? What? How?
"I wanted to tell you all together."
"I think it would be better coming from a human David. Don't you?"
David pauses and before he can answer, Alex starts again..
"How many? What happened?"
David pauses for a second. Stares blankly at him.
" A solar flare hit Covenant some years back.
All of the original crew died, plus half of the colonists who were in hypersleep, just like you. Most of the standard pods received quite a knock. So much damage. So many casualties. That's why you were put into the crews models. You nine who were the least likely to die but needed to be removed from your pods. There wasn't enough spares for such an incident, but the crew had already perished. So I put you in theirs. The rest, sadly could not be saved.
I had to jettison the bodies.... In a way they were lucky. Quite peaceful.
Some of the crew died during impact. Others soon after from the radiation on the bottom level. Quite unfortunate they were down there at the time. Sub level 5 is now in quarantine. I would advise you all to stay above there for your own safety.
The nine of you have been selected to briefly take over as crew. We are nearly at our destination so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
Alex and Kris stand in silence.
Kris turns to Alex. Her eyes are like glass.
Alex just stares at David.
"So, who's in charge now?"
"With the crew dead, and since chance of survival was highest priority regarding who was moved to the crew pods, it's now a rather modest crew."
"Well, It's you. Sir"
Alex stares blankly at David. David stares back.
Fade to black.
Covenant, now slowed to what looks like freefall, floats toward Origie6. The sun rising from the other side of
the planet from where it had set 20 hours before.
David is in the pilots chair. Alex stands behind him staring at the planet with an unease he trys to shake.
"Lucky you can fly this thing Davey boy."
"Yes. Nothing to worry about sir. We've nearly reached atmosphere. ETA one hour.
Alex slaps David on the shoulder.
"We land in one piece and I'm naming a continent after you."
David looks at him from the corner of his eye.
"I'm honoured, sir."
As the rest of the crew are woke from their dreams to news of death from Kris, David and
Alex look towards the oncoming planet.
They smile as the sun rises from behind. Red sunlight hits their faces.
"Actually, I think it's rather beautiful."