Progression by R.L. Galbraith | Script Revolution

Progression

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What if we die and go to another universe with our souls intact and our bodies replicated? That’s exactly what happens to Eliza Dupree where she pursues her mother’s killer.
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Eliza Dupree, young and beautiful, is killed in a collision when she hits a truck head on. The next thing she knows, she’s sitting in a dark room that looks like a library study. She’s introduced to a man called The Curator. He has a lot to say but the bottom line is she progressed like millions of other souls; now residing in Petanoma, a universe well removed from our universe. She’s informed life on earth was an experiment that no one ever realized, and she could progress to an even greater universe of knowledge and understanding if deemed worthy. After she meets with The Curator, she sees The Administrator who ensures she knows all the rules she must obey.

Living in a communal group called a Pod, she befriends several souls. She especially likes Roscoe who was a sheriff and lived in New Mexico; dying in 1862. He hasn’t aged a bit, but that’s normal in Petanoma. She learns that they are living on the continent of Dominion where all good souls reside. Peregrine, the adjacent continent is where evil lives. As you can guess, it’s not a nice place. Knowing her mother’s alleged killer was executed several weeks before she died, she believes he has to be somewhere in Peregrine. Against the wishes of The Curator and The Administrator, she elicits the help of Roscoe and off they go to find her mother’s killer.

Traversing the wasteland of Peregrine proves to be difficult at best: running into intelligent robots, meeting Karl Marx, socialism must be considered evil, and being chased by unknown species of animals. They finally locate Barlow. After a lengthy discussion, he denies killing her mother, but implicates her father as the killer, but he is still alive. What can she do now? She returns to Dominion.

Weeks later, she finds out her father, Bingham, has arrived in Dominion. How could this be, she thinks, considering he could be a cold-blooded killer. Shouldn’t he be in Peregrine? Should she investigate? She does. After confronting her father several times, he admits he killed her mother. He figures it doesn’t matter given where he now calls home. After another harrowing visit to Peregrine, she convinces Barlow to come to Dominion. They all meet and The Curator decides Barlow must trade places with Bingham; a decisive win for Eliza.

There’s good news all around. Eliza is chosen to progress to another universe. Not knowing exactly what to expect, she accepts.

It would be wonderful to know when you die, you would go to a place where your soul is completely preserved and you can communicate like a real human being. This is not the case with Eliza. At least one can dream, but is there such a thing as progression?

Submitted: September 5, 2018
Last Updated: July 25, 2020

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The Writer: R.L. Galbraith

I grew up in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I retired from the United States Air Force in 1992 after 24 years of service. Following my Air Force career, I pursued a career in industry supporting intelligence agencies as a researcher and intelligence specialist. I am now retired. I have been writing for a number of years; now that I’m free from long hours and difficult caseloads, I have time to finalize much of my work. I feel like I have good stories to tell, and ready to turn my scripts into marketable, plausible films Go to bio

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