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Scene: 2 - EXT. DOCKSIDE - DAY

A ship is in the process of unloading people and goods. ANTHONY JOHNSON is speaking to the ship's CAPTAIN. As they converse, Anthony sizes up his new African-born servant.

The forty-one-year-old Anthony Johnson has a sturdy build. His short-cropped African hair is showing signs of early gray. He has an executive aura about him, as if he’s the man in charge.

JOHN CASOR is standing nearby, grasping a small, woolen satchel. He appears about twenty years of age.

He is tall, with a pleasant face, and is built like an Olympic athlete. His hair is long and natural, and severely disheveled.

He motions for John Casor to come closer.

He pulls out his coin pouch.

Anthony hands him the coins. The captain pockets the coins and shows him a piece of paper.

He folds it in half and hands it to Anthony. Anthony folds it in half again and goes to place it into his coat pocket. Unbeknownst to him, it doesn’t nest securely into the pocket and falls to the ground.

The captain salutes and walks away.

Anthony motions to John Casor.

Anthony turns and walks off. John Casor picks up the piece of paper, places it into his pocket, and follows Anthony.

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Scene: 2 - EXT. DOCKSIDE - DAY