The Man from the Ocean
By Manuel Ontiveros
[Derick and Tim are sitting on the same towel at a beach. They are each enjoying a corn dog and all the things there is to see.]
Derick: Hey Tim... Do you think the two of us sitting here on the beach together eating corn dogs makes us look... kinda gay?
Tim: What? No, Derick, don't be stupid.
Derick: I mean, look at us. We don't even have our shirts on...
[Tim notices something in the ocean. Adjusting his eyes he sees it is a young man that seemed to have come from nowhere and is struggling to get to shore.]
Tim: Dude! There's somebody in the ocean!
Derick: Really? [The man is getting closer to land] Oh crap, I see him!
[The two buddies drop their corn dogs and rush into the water. Flash forwards to when they get the Man on shore. We see that he is wearing a white button-up shirt and brown pants that are torn up. The Man is breathing heavily and groaning loudly in agony with a little joy to be alive. He lays on the wet sand as Tim and Derick look over him.]
Tim: Are you alright, Sir?
Man: (coughing out water) I'm-- (cough) I'm alright. (breathes heavily)[Gets up on his feet]
Derick: Whoa! Your arm! [The Man's left arm has a lot of red marks on it] Did you get stung by a jellyfish?
Tim: Don't worry, I know how to take care of it. [proceeds to undo his bathing suit]
Derick: Dude! You're just gonna willingly whip out your dick in front of some guy you don't even know? Now do you see what I was taking about earlier?
Man: (To Tim) No, no! That won't be necessary, my friend. I'm alright. I'm alive. I'M ALIVE! GOODNESS GRACIOUS I'M ALIVE! [Laughs a bit then puts his hands on his face and starts sobbing]
Derick: Who are you?
Man: [Suddenly stops sobbing and quickly looks at Derick] My name is Henry Sinclair, (with pride) my father was Augustus Sinclair, the founder of Sinclair Solutions, the most prestigious business and research company in Ryan Industries.
Tim: How did you get in the ocean? Where did you come from?
Man: [Dramatically looks into the ocean] Where I came from, was a place that was destine to collapse. A beautiful underwater utopia, unlike the world has ever seen. Created by the greatest minds on the planet, who also developed the most incredible scientific marvels, centuries ahead it's time; plasmids that can alter your genetics and grant you amazing super human abilities, and even powers. My father was the big cheese of the plasmids, with his company and all. But all that power went to every body's heads. The plasmids were turning everybody into homicidal maniacs; Mutants gone mad. My Father--
Tim: Wait. This sounds a lot like Bioshock.
Derick: Yeah, I was wondering if all that sounded familiar. It's the plot of Bioshock.
Man: What is this Bio-shock?
Tim: It's a video game.
Man: A what?
Tim: A video game. Like, you play it on the Xbox 360.
Derick: I have it for PS3.
Man: Hold on... You fellas know about Rapture?
Man: And Ryan?
Derick: Yeah, Andrew Ryan. In the game he created the city of Rapture and Adam and Eve and the plasmids and stuff.
Man: [The Man is very puzzled] Does everybody know about Rapture and Andrew Ryan?
Tim: Yeah, dude. It's a very popular game. It's like one of the highest selling games of it's time. And it's pretty much my favorite. I played it through all the difficulties and watched all three endings.
[The Man seems very upset and confused]
Derick: Wait a minute, so you came from Rapture? The city on bottom of the ocean?
Man: (with an "uh, yeah!" tone of voice) Yes.
Derick: With all the mutants and people going crazy and killing each other? And the Big Daddies and Little Sisters? That actually happened?
Man: Yes, yes. I-- I can believe people on the surface know about this.
Tim: Well, we didn't think it was real. We thought it was just a video game.
Man: (upset) Well, it's not just a video game! I-- (sigh) How could this be? Wait, who made this... video game you speak of?
Derick: Uhhhhh.... 2K.
Man: Who is this 2K?
Tim: It's not a person it's a game developing company, they made the game and the story to it.
Man: But, how would they-- [pauses and has an epiphany] (Really upset) Ohhhhh I bet it was that Steve fellow! He kept saying how everything was exciting and how it would make a great story and all that jazz. I reckon he found his way out of Rapture and sold the story to this... 2K! Ah! That's... That's just... Fucked! That is fucked up! A lot of good people died form what happened. My Mother was killed by splicers and my Father was stuck in Persephone! I had to fend for myself with a group of fighters in the civil war! And Steve! And the Adam was getting people off there wagon, they needed it to stay alive. They would do anything to get a drop of Adam! I've seen terrible things! Terrible Things!
Derick: We know... It was in the game.
Tim: Wait a minute, you seem really young to have been living in that time period. Did you stay in a Vita-chamber for a few decades?
Man: (Surprised) Decades? I must've done something wrong with the vita-chamber when I tried to heal myself. I've heard of a few folks doin' that...
Derick: Yeah, that's in Bioshock 2.
Tim: ( To Derick) Yeah, then when he woke up he must have escaped in a bathysphere to try to get to the surface.
Derick: Yeah but man, in the middle of the ocean... You are one lucky bastard.
Man: ........ Bioshock 2? There was another one made?
Tim: Yeah, it followed a different story a few years after the first Bioshock but takes place in the same city and stuff.
Man: (He is lost for words) How can human beings profit from humanity turning against itself. Not just from killing each other, but oppressing their fellow man when they vowed to do good.
Derick: I think they tried to make a movie out of it too.
Man: (Lost for words again) ...They made a talkie?!
Derick: No, they pulled the plug on that.
Tim: Hey, is there also a real city in the sky that was made in the early 1900's that's floating around on huge balloons?
Man: [Looks at Tim, upset] What? No, that's stupid. Why would you think that?
Tim: Oh... Well, they're making another game like that. It's like Rapture, but in the sky....
Man: [His mouth is open in disbelief] Unbelievable. I seriously can not believe this.... [moment of silence] (in an "I give up" tone) [Sigh...] What year is it?
Man: (Inhales deeply from hearing that) Great...
Tim: Well, I bet you're glad you're alive!
Man: Yeah... So you fellas are just hanging about at the beach together?
Man: That's pretty gay.
[Another moment of silence]
Man: Can I live with one of you guys?