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SEASON 1

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EPISODE 1: THE STORM

SCENE 0 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: CHOPPER INTERIOR.
SOUND: WINDSHIELD ZAP INTO BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Twins. Twelve years old.

HORACIO:
Kids? The mission isn't a game.

ATABEY:
You're right. And it's a mission that you can't meet alone, Lieutenant Méndez. You need help. Besides, these aren't just any children, they're your family.

HORACIO:
Let me guess--

ATABEY / HORACIO:
Cousins.

HORACIO:
How many dozens of family members have I brought into the timestorm already? Primos, tíos, tías. Every one of them convinced they were having a nightmare or losing their minds. I had to send them right back to earth. Why should these kids be any different?

ATABEY:
Watch this.

SOUND: CHANNEL CHANGE; ALEXA AND BENI’S VOICES ARE DISTORTED.

ALEXA:
It's your turn to load the dishwasher, Beni.

BENI:
I want to finish reading this comic book.

ALEXA:
Same excuse every time you have chores.

BENI:
You'd probably like this one, Alexa. The main character's Puerto Rican like us.

ALEXA:
Really? Let me see. Take Back Time. American soldier Lieutenant Horacio Méndez is fighting a war on a foreign shore when he's pulled through an inter-dimensional portal into a timestorm.

BENI:
How cool is that?

ALEXA:
I don't do inter-dimensional portals.

SOUND: CHANNEL CHANGE.

HORACIO:
That's me. She said my name. The war, the timestorm, the inter-dimensional travel. Pero, how can this be? How does that comic book even exist?

ATABEY:
Focus, human. The mission. You need help. And it sounds like this boy will believe you.

HORACIO:
Sure, there's a chance with him. But you heard the girl, she doesn't do inter-dimensional portals.

ATABEY:
She'll come around. It is her twin brother, after all.

HORACIO:
Twins. Two people traveling together. Yes, twins might work well.

ATABEY:
We're in agreement then.

HORACIO:
Yes, I'm summoning Alexa and Benito Ventura into the timestorm.

SOUND: SCI-FI FX.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.


MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni
take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.


SCENE 1 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. DINING ROOM.

NARRATOR:
September seventeenth, two thousand seventeen. Newark, New Jersey.

SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER; RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: PLATES AND SILVERWARE CLINKING.

RAMIRO: 
Dinner table rules. Beni!

BENI:
What? I don't have my phone. It's in my room.

RAMIRO:
The comic book.

BENI:
I was about to put it away. No one's even taken a bite yet.

ALEXA:
How can you tell if your nose is stuck in one of those stupid comic books? 

BENI:
Oh, please. You're mad because Pa won’t let you knit at the table.

ALEXA:
Nope. I just don't like comic books.

BENI: 
Better than the boring stuff you read.

ALEXA: 
Biographies are not boring. Tell him, Ma.

CLARA: 
Librarians stay neutral. Pass the seltzer, please.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP.

RAMIRO: 
Whoa. That storm sure is close.

CLARA:
Bueno, I’m glad you're not scheduled to fly a plane in this.

BENI: 
Can we turn on the air?

RAMIRO: 
You know the rules. No air-conditioning after—

ALEXA / BENI / RAMIRO:
Labor Day.

RAMIRO:
When I was growing up in Puerto Rico we just—

ALEXA / BENI / RAMIRO:
—cranked open the window.

RAMIRO:
That's right. We didn't have the luxury of air-conditioning. Your grandparents didn't believe in it.

CLARA:
Speak for your own side of the family because we always ran in the air in Ponce. In fact, Mami said they've been keeping theirs running on a generator ever since Hurricane Irma hit the island.

RAMIRO:
Can you imagine running a generator for a week and a half?

BENI:
Can we run the air for a minute-and-a-half?

SOUND: CLARA OPENS WINDOW.
SOUND: RAIN THROUGH OPEN WINDOW - CONTINUE UNDER.

CLARA:
Ya. There. Window's open.

SOUND: GUST OF WIND.

CLARA:
Ay! Grab the napkins!

SOUND: RAMIRO FUMBLES AND GRUNTS, TRYING TO CATCH NAPKINS.

RAMIRO:
Whoa! I-- That's some wind!

SOUND: BUZZ OF ELECTRICITY GOING OUT.

CLARA:
Y se fue la—

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP INTO PORTAL FX.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE PORTAL.


SCENE 2 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.
SOUND: CHOPPER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Ah, man, that tickled.

ALEXA:
What just happened?

BENI:
Where are we?

HORACIO:
It worked!

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI YELL IN SHOCK.

HORACIO:
Perdón. You're probably confused. But there's no need to be frightened. I can’t believe you're here! Twins. Benito and Alexa Ventura. Tremendous!

ALEXA:
Do we know you?

HORACIO:
My name is Horacio. Somos primos.

BENI:
Cousins? 

ALEXA:
Yeah, right. This whole thing is super sketchy.

BENI:
Where did our parents go?

HORACIO:
They're right where you left them. 

ALEXA:
Is this is a YouTube hidden camera prank?

HORACIO:
YouTube?

ALEXA:
Oh, please. Quit the act. I don't know why you dragged me into this. It's way more Beni's scene with this weird fake helicopter.

BENI:
A helicopter. Horacio. Wait a minute. What's your last name? 

HORACIO:
Méndez.

BENI:
Lieutenant Horacio Méndez?

HORACIO:
Affirmative.

ALEXA:
I feel like I've heard that name before.

BENI:
No way! We're pretending we're inside a timestorm! You're supposed to be Horacio Méndez the comic book character!

ALEXA:
Ugh. This is a cosplay thing? That's why you're in that old soldier costume?

HORACIO:
Cos play. What's that? 

ALEXA:
Dressing up as your favorite character. Like you are. Right now.

HORACIO:
Oh...you think I'm just a character from the comic book.

BENI:
Take Back Time.

HORACIO:
Take Back Time. Bueno, I do have questions about this comic book. But, no, they must wait. I need to stay focused and help you understand that, one: you are not dreaming.

ALEXA:
You sure about that?

HORACIO:
Two: you are not losing your mind.

BENI:
This is a weird list.

HORACIO:
And, three: I'm not pretending to be Horacio Méndez. I am Horacio Méndez. 

BENI:
Whoa.

HORACIO:
I was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico in...nineteen forty-nine.

ALEXA:
Yep. I’m dreaming. I'm at the table, snoring into Ma's arroz con pollo.

HORACIO:
I was a U.S. soldier in the Vietnam War. 

ALEXA:
Vietnam? That's intense.

BENI:
Vietnam? Wow. 

HORACIO:
Records show that in nineteen seventy, my helicopter crashed after it was struck by lightning. Pero, no wreckage was found. That's because the helicopter was yanked through an inter-dimensional portal. Now, I exist in this timestorm. I can't go back.

ALEXA:
What? We can't go back?

BENI:
(overlapping) Wait a minute. What do mean: we can't go back?

HORACIO:
No, no, no. You can go back. Both of you will go back to that beautiful mess of a world that I miss like crazy. No, what I'm trying to say is that...I can never return because...

BENI:
You're dead on earth.

ALEXA:
Okay! Ay, ay, ay, ay. This dream needs to end!

HORACIO:
But back on earth, you're both alive. You can travel in time and whenever, wherever you arrive on earth, you'll exist alive as can be. You can help me.

ALEXA:
No. We can't. I mean, do you hear yourself? You're asking us to travel in time and change history.

HORACIO:
Not change. The mission is to witness, find, and remember history.

ALEXA:
Hello? That's what the internet and books are for? 

HORACIO:
Too many moments and people from our culture have been overlooked. Lost. Forgotten. Your parents, and generations before them, were all born in Puerto Rico.

ALEXA:
Yeah. But we never lived there.

HORACIO:
Our ancestors came not just from the Caribbean, but from Africa and Europe as well. All this is in our blood, part of our identity wherever we are. 

ALEXA:
I'll stick to New Jersey two thousand seventeen, thanks.

HORACIO:
You can witness pivotal moments, find the people who blazed our culture's path. We need it more than ever. Think of what’s happened in Puerto Rico. How this hurricane's changed everything.

ALEXA:
Hurricane Irma? 

HORACIO:
Irma. What date is it for you back on earth?

BENI:
September seventeenth. 

HORACIO:
It's too soon.

SOUND: HORACIO REACHES INTO HIS POCKET AND RETRIEVES AN ITEM.

HORACIO:
Here. Take this.

BENI:
A compass!

HORACIO:
A barometer. Made of bronze. I took it with me to Vietnam and, one night, it started glowing. That’s when I felt its power. I know it sounds crazy, but the barometer’s control was so strong...it was as if I had to do it. I flew that chopper right into the heart of the storm.

FLASHBACK - 1970. THE SKY OVER VIETNAM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP; RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: BAROMETER BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

CAPTAIN:
(all CAPTAIN lines are over two-way radio) Lieutenant Méndez. I've received word that you've gone on an unauthorized solo flight. This is unacceptable. 

HORACIO:
I've got a mission, Captain. 

CAPTAIN:
Not ordered by the U.S. military. Expedite your return. That's an order.

SOUND: BUZZ INTENSIFIES.

CAPTAIN:
What's that sound? 

HORACIO:
My mission.

CAPTAIN:
That sound is your mission?

HORACIO:
The sound of tempus.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP; PORTAL FX.
SOUND: HORACIO SHOUTS AS HE TRAVELS THROUGH THE PORTAL; THEN HE LAUGHS.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.

FLASHBACK ENDS.

BACK IN THE TIMESTORM.

HORACIO:
The barometer led me here into the timestorm. See the labels along the edge? 

BENI:
Very dry, fair, change, rain, stormy. 

HORACIO:
When a time portal opens, another zone appears to complete the circle.

SOUND: BAROMETER BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
There it is. T-e-m-p-u-s. 

BENI/ALEXA:
Tempus.

ALEXA:
That's 'time' in Latin.

HORACIO:
This is what time sounds like. The sound of tempus.

BENI:
The barometer's glowing purple!

HORACIO:
You're about to return to earth at the exact moment you left. You both have a choice. The weather will guide you. Remember to check the barometer. There's a knob on top. Press it, Beni.

ALEXA:
What will that —

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: BAROMETER, RAIN, CHOPPER CABIN INTERIOR, AND BUZZ  - CUT.
SOUND: PORTAL FX.
SOUND: SHOUTING AS THEY GO THROUGH THE PORTAL.

SCENE 3 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. THE DINING ROOM.

SOUND: RAIN THROUGH OPEN WINDOW - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: GUST OF WIND.

CLARA:
Ay! Grab the napkins!

SOUND: RAMIRO FUMBLES AND GRUNTS, TRYING TO CATCH NAPKINS.

RAMIRO:
That's some wind!

SOUND: BUZZ OF ELECTRICITY GOING OUT.

CLARA:
Y se fue la luz.

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SUDDENLY ARRIVE LAUGHING.

RAMIRO:
Are you two laughing at my napkin-catching fail?

BENI:
Yeah, that's it.

SOUND: CLARA SHUTS WINDOW.
SOUND: RAIN THROUGH CLOSED WINDOW - CONTINUE UNDER.

RAMIRO:
I guess it’s dinner by flashlight then.

SOUND: RAMIRO'S FOOTSTEPS EXITING DINING ROOM.

CLARA:
Mira eso. Whole neighborhood is pitch black.

RAMIRO:
(off mic from the kitchen) Clara, did you move the flashlights? 

CLARA:
They're in the drawer.

RAMIRO:
I’m looking in the drawer.

CLARA:
Well, I didn’t move them.

SOUND: CLARA'S FOOTSTEPS EXITING DINING ROOM.

BENI:
Alexa. Look. The word 'tempus.' It’s fading.

ALEXA:
No, no. It's just a stupid toy. It's just a stupid toy.

BENI:
It’s not a toy. It’s proof the timestorm exists. We were both there.

ALEXA:
Put the barometer away, Beni. I'm not joking. 

SOUND: RAMIRO AND CLARA FOOTSTEPS ENTERING DINING ROOM.

RAMIRO:
All right, who's up for shadow puppets?

ALEXA:
Sorry. But I...

CLARA:
What's wrong? You were so happy a minute ago.

ALEXA:
Uh...my stomach's bothering me.

CLARA:
Pues, let me get you some ginger ale.

ALEXA:
No! No. Thank you. I...I just need to lie down.

RAMIRO:
Here. Take a flashlight.

ALEXA:
Thanks.

SOUND: ALEXA STANDS AND SHUFFLES OUT OF THE DINING ROOM.

SCENE 4 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. THE KITCHEN.

MUSIC: MUSIC: "HOME" TRANSITION
SOUND: FLASHLIGHT CLICKING ON AND OFF SEVERAL TIMES.

CLARA:
Rami. Por favor, either on or off with that flashlight.

RAMIRO:
What’s it been? About an hour, you think?

CLARA:
I know you’re not complaining. Not with family down in Puerto Rico who haven’t had power since Irma hit ten days ago.

RAMIRO:
It was an honest question. I wasn’t complaining. 

CLARA:
Sorry. I just…feel guilty sometimes, you know?

RAMIRO:
Guilty? You've done so much with that donation drive at the library.

CLARA:
All of my co-workers are working hard. Betina's been the best.

RAMIRO:
I disagree. I think you're the best.

CLARA:
(laughs) Rami... (sigh) Sometimes I wish my parents would just move to the states.

RAMIRO:
You know they're not going to leave the island.

CLARA:
Has the airline said anything about that new tropical storm?

RAMIRO:
It's gaining strength. Might become a hurricane tonight.

CLARA:
You're still scheduled for that flight to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday?

RAMIRO:
They'll cancel if it gets bad.

CLARA:
Irma a week and a half ago and now this storm…it's Minerva, right?

RAMIRO:
Maria.

SOUND: BUZZ OF ELECTRICITY RETURNING; MICROWAVE BEEP.

RAMIRO:
Oh. There we go.

CLARA:
Thank goodness.

SCENE 5 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. ALEXA'S ROOM.

ALEXA:
Finally. Light.

SOUND: A KNOCK ON THE DOOR.

ALEXA:
Come in.

SOUND: BENI OPENS THE DOOR.

BENI:
Hey. Were you just knitting in the dark?

ALEXA:
I had a flashlight.

BENI:
I found something you might...it's related to history, so I thought...

ALEXA:
What is it, Beni?

SOUND: BENI CLOSES THE DOOR.

BENI:
The symbol on the barometer is a Taíno pictogram.

ALEXA:
The sun.

BENI:
You already knew?

ALEXA:
Ma has earrings with the same symbol. I asked her what it meant when I borrowed them once.

BENI:
Oh. 

ALEXA:
Are you always going to walk around with that barometer now?

BENI:
You can take it sometimes.

ALEXA:
No, thanks.

BENI:
Fine.

ALEXA:
You want the timestorm to be real. The ultimate role-play. Live in a fantasy where you don't have to deal with reality.

BENI:
The timestorm is reality. Just different than we're used to. Horacio said we both have a choice. You can choose to stay. And I can choose to go without you.

ALEXA:
Oh, right. You fly around in some other century. I’ll hang here, wondering if you're ever gonna return.

BENI:
You won’t even notice I’m gone.

ALEXA:
I don't get it, Beni. You're afraid to bike to school alone. But traveling to other dimensions and centuries by yourself—you’d be okay with that?

BENI:
Nobody would know me there. I could be...

ALEXA:
What? A hero?

BENI:
Not a hero. But more than some kid who gets made fun of for reading comic books and playing video games.

ALEXA:
I'll...I'll stop getting on your case about that stuff, okay?

BENI:
It's not just you. Sometimes, I want to be someone else, far away in some other...

ALEXA:
Time?

BENI:
Believe me, Alexa, part of me thinks this is all completely nuts. 

ALEXA:
And the other part?

BENI:
It wants to time travel.

ALEXA:
Okay. Have fun.

BENI:
Have fun?

ALEXA:
Let's pretend that the crazy dream was real. It kinda sounds like you wouldn't want me there.

BENI:
I never said that. 

ALEXA:
I know you, Beni. Not just comic books and video games. I know you better than anyone. So if you're looking to travel far away and be someone else, why would you want me around?

BENI:
Because you're...smart. You ask the right questions. You see things for what they are and...and why are you looking at me like that?

ALEXA:
You're complimenting me. You must really want me to go with you.

BENI:
Don't get a big head about it. You're still a pain in my butt. 

ALEXA:
Whoa. Guess you're done with the compliments then.

BENI:
You're my sister. If I'm going to travel through time, I want you with me. 

ALEXA:
If the timestorm actually existed...I'd go with you. 

BENI:
Really?

ALEXA:
But it's not real. Time travel is impossible.

SOUND: BENI OPENS AND THEN CLOSES THE DOOR.

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song were by Michael Aquino. The role of Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. This episode also featured Joseph Langham.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to Timestorm on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! Here's an adventure share-out sent in by J. D. from New Jersey.

J. D.:
Hello. My name is J. D. I want to tell you about this one time I went to Mexico. But since this is about Mexico and they speak in Spanish, I'm going to say - Hi. My name is John Diego - in Spanish. Ready, set, go. Hola, mi nombre es Juan Diego. That was good, right? Hope you liked it. Anyway, my adventure in Mexico was when I went to the dolphin place. The lady who worked at the dolphin place threw fish into the dolphin's mouth. And the dolphin was also a girl. Whenever we splashed the dolphin, it splashed us back. It was so hilarious. I had the time of my life. Then we also went to the ocean - had a breeze - and went all around, ran around the beach. Mexico's so beautiful. I hope I can come back there again. Bye!

NARRATION: 
Thanks, J. D.! Those dolphins sound pretty funny! 

Hey, listeners, we want to hear from you. We're seeking voice recordings of up to one minute in the following categories: Adventure, Culture, Community, and Time-travel. To learn more about how to submit your own Share-out, please visit TimestormSeries.com.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

END OF EPISODE 1: THE STORM


EPISODE 2: ...WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

ATABEY:
Twins. Twelve years old. 

HORACIO:
Kids? The mission isn't a game.

ATABEY:
You're right. And it's a mission that you can't meet alone, Lieutenant Méndez. You need help. Besides, these aren't just any children, they're your family.

BENI:
I want to finish reading this comic book.

ALEXA:
Take Back Time. American soldier Lieutenant Horacio Méndez is fighting a war on a foreign shore when he's pulled through an inter-dimensional portal into a timestorm. I don't do inter-dimensional portals.

ATABEY:
We're in agreement then.

HORACIO:
Yes, I'm summoning Alexa and Benito Ventura into the timestorm.

SOUND: PORTAL FX.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI YELL AS THEY TRAVELING THROUGH PORTAL.

HORACIO:
I can’t believe you're here! Twins. Benito y Alexa Ventura. Tremendous! You can travel in time and whenever, wherever you arrive on earth, you'll exist alive as can be. You can help me.

ALEXA:
No. We can't.

RAMIRO:
It's gaining strength. Might become a hurricane tonight.

CLARA:
Irma a week and a half ago and now this storm…it's Minerva, right?

RAMIRO:
Maria.

ALEXA:
If the timestorm actually existed...I’d go with you. 

BENI:
Really?

ALEXA:
But it's not real. Time travel is impossible.

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni 
take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.

SCENE 1 - 2017. NEWARK. RAFAEL HERNÁNDEZ SCHOOL.

MUSIC: "BELL, LOCKER...CLASS!” TRANSITION

NARRATOR:
September eighteenth, two thousand seventeen. Rafael Hernández School. Newark, New Jersey.

MS. THOMPSON:
...but what Washington couldn't anticipate was that the winter of seventeen eighty would turn out to be the harshest of the Revolutionary War. Despite this, the General kept the encampment in Jockey Hollow until...? Yes, Sonia?

SONIA:
June. That's when the British were all - We can take this Continental Army! But Washington's troops were like - Nope, you can't have New Jersey!

MS. THOMPSON:
That's one way to put it, Sonia.

SOUND: BELL RINGS. 

MS. THOMPSON:
Okay, the link to tonight’s homework and review questions can be found on the digital homework // portal.

FLASHBACK:

HORACIO:
(overlapping) ...portal... That's because the helicopter was yanked through // an inter-dimensional portal. 

SOUND: ECHO FX ON INITIAL "PORTAL" OVER REMAINDER OF LINE.

FLASHBACK END.

ALEXA:
No. No. No!

SONIA:
Something wrong, Lex? 

ALEXA:
Huh? Oh. No. Why?

SONIA:
I can’t remember the last time you made it through an entire social studies class without raising your hand. 

SOUND: STUDENTS LEAVING CLASSROOM.

ALEXA:
Just, uh, thinking about that report due Thursday. 

BENI:
Ugh. I haven't even started. 

SONIA:
I finished mine. Just have to proofread. 

SOUND: HALLWAY DIN - CONTINUE UNDER.

JANELLY:
Have you ever not finished something early, Sonia?

SONIA:
And stress myself out? No, thank you.

BENI:
I think my best ideas come to me last minute.

SONIA:
Too risky. Well, I’ve got to run to my guitar lesson, then vocal coaching. I’m getting ready for the musician’s showcase this Friday. I’m debuting my latest original song. I think. But I kind of want to rewrite the last verse before then. If I have time. Ugh. Maybe, I’ll just sing a cover.

JANELLY:
Yeah. You don’t want to stress yourself out.

SONIA:
I know, right?

BENI:
Sonia, when do you sleep?

JANELLY:
Maybe she snagged Hermione's // Time-Turner.

FLASHBACK:

HORACIO:
(overlapping) ...time... Take Back Time. // I exist in this timestorm.

SOUND: ECHO FX ON INITAL “TIME” OVER REMAINDER OF LINE.

FLASHBACK END.

ALEXA:
No. That's impossible.

JANELLY:
I was just kidding.

ALEXA:
No, I didn't mean... Sorry. I was just...never mind. I'll walk with you, Sonia. See you at home, Beni. Later, Janelly.

SONIA:
Peace, my lovelies.

BENI/JANELLY:
Bye.

JANELLY:
What was that about?

BENI:
Just my sister being weird, as usual.

SOUND: HAND SLAMMING AGAINST A LOCKER.

BENI:
Ugh.

THAD:
Uh, Jaiden? Did you just hear some loser call his sister weird?

JAIDEN:
Yeah. Totally heard it.

JANELLY:
No one was talking to you guys.

THAD:
Who would you say is the weirdo in that family?

JAIDEN:
That'd be Ben-ji-mi-ah.

BENI:
My name is Benito.

THAD:
Weirdito?

SOUND: THAD AND JAIDEN LAUGH.

JAIDEN:
Hey, weirdito? Do you, like, boss around your sister? Hey, Alexa, open the lamest video game ever. Hey, Alexa, search for a comic book big enough to hide my sorry face.

BENI:
Ha ha, joke’s on you, Jaiden. We don't even have smart speakers.

JAIDEN/THAD:
Weirdito!

SOUND: THAD AND JAIDEN LAUGH AS THEY WALK AWAY.

BENI:
Don't they have better things to do than to listen to our conversations?

JANELLY:
Yeah. For real.

SOUND: LOCKER CLOSING.

SCENE 2 - 2017. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES.

MUSIC: “TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES” TRANSITION

NARRATOR:
Thirty minutes later. Taíno Comics and Games.

SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS - CUT.

JANELLY:
…and he seriously said that he didn't even read the Ultimate Comics: Spider-man series because Miles Morales doesn't "look" like Spider-man.

BENI:
He's got the bodysuit.

JANELLY:
I don’t think he means the bodysuit.

DATU:
Hey, Beni! Janelly! How's it going?

BENI | JANELLY:
Hi, Datu. | Fine.

SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS - CUT.

THAD:
Cool. (clears his throat) Ooh. Look it's Weirdito.

BENI:
What are you doing here?

DATU:
Hey, hey, hey. First time in the store?

THAD:
Uh, yeah.

DATU:
I'm Datu. What's your name?

THAD:
Uh, Thad.

DATU:
Thad! Please refrain from calling my customers names.

BENI:
Yeah. He's the manager.

THAD:
Uh, okay.

DATU:
So, what can I help you with?

THAD:
Uh, I'm looking for a Star Wars mask...for my little brother. He wants to be Kylo Ren for, like, Halloween.

JANELLY:
Your brother wants a Kylo Ren mask, Thad?

THAD:
Uh, yeah. There's, like, this one that changes your voice.

SOUND: DATU SLIDES MASK ACROSS THE COUNTER.

DATU:
Hm. Oh, is this what your brother's looking for?

THAD:
Cool. I mean...uh, yeah, I guess, whatever.

DATU:
Wow. This one's pricey. It's eighty dollars a pop.

THAD:
Uh...guess I should ask my parents if they want to buy it for him.

DATU:
So...I can set it aside until Friday for you.

THAD:
That'd be good. Uh, thanks.

SOUND: DATU SLIDES MASK OFF THE COUNTER.
SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS - CUT.

JANELLY:
For his brother? Yeah, right.

BENI:
Thanks for sticking up for me, Datu.

DATU:
Look, you guys are always safe here. Hey, we've got some new games in the back.

JANELLY:
Ooh! Let's go check them out.

SOUND: JANELLY AND BENI WALK DOWN AN AISLE.

JANELLY:
Alexa?

BENI:
What are you doing here?

ALEXA:
What? I used to come here...every once in a while.

BENI:
But not to read comics.

SOUND: JANELLY GRABS THE COMIC BOOK.

JANELLY:
Nice. I love Take Back Time. Doesn't Beni have a copy at home?

ALEXA:
Can I have it back?

JANELLY:
Here you go. I'll be by the games.

SOUND: ALEXA TAKES COMIC BOOK; JANELLY WALKS DOWN THE AISLE.

BENI:
Why are you reading this? 

ALEXA:
I thought it'd help me understand my dream from the other night. Do you know what this last page means? She will change everything. Who's she supposed to be?

BENI:
People have lots of theories. But the creator of TBT has never confirmed any. 

ALEXA:
Creator? Oh. Written and created by L. J. Ortega. 

BENI:
She's super mysterious. No one knows what she looks like. Plus, Take Back Time is the only thing she's ever published. And then she vanished. Like a phantom.

ALEXA:
Really? A phantom, Beni? 

BENI: 
A spectre?

ALEXA:
You think Datu would know what the last page means?

BENI:
Nah. We've talked about it before. He doesn't know either.

ALEXA:
How about...maybe the owner of the store would know?

BENI:
I don't think I've ever seen the owner. Datu's pretty much in charge.

ALEXA:
I guess we'll have to figure it out on our own.

BENI:
Hey. You can borrow my copy of TBT anytime.

ALEXA:
I kinda want my own. You know, for research.

JANELLY: 
Beni, they've got Microbia!

ALEXA:
Microbia?

BENI:
Role-playing microbes.

ALEXA:
Gross.

BENI:
Not if you're Master Acidophilus.

ALEXA:
Still gross.

SOUND: BENI WALKS DOWN THE AISLE; ALEXA WALKS TO THE FRONT.

DATU:
Alexa!

ALEXA:
Hi, Datu.

DATU:
It's been a few months since I've seen you. What happened to knitting in the reading room upstairs? 

ALEXA:
You know, homework and stuff.

DATU:
Of course. Whatcha got there? Ooh, Take Back Time. Guess it's a family favorite.

ALEXA:
What do you mean family?

DATU:
I mean your brother.

ALEXA:
Oh, Beni. Of course. 

SOUND: CASH REGISTER.

DATU:
In fact, I've got an unpublished sketch by the creator of Take Back Time in storage. Beni might be interested in it. A beautiful rendering of um...I don't know...I think it's a compass?

ALEXA:
Barometer?

DATU:
That's it.

ALEXA:
We'll take it.

DATU:
So, you're interested, too? 

ALEXA:
Beni said that Take Back Time is the only thing the creator ever published.

DATU:
Yep. TBT. And that's it.

ALEXA:
Then I definitely want to see this sketch.

DATU:
Okay. I'll pull it out of storage. And then how about I give your mother a buzz when it's ready?

ALEXA:
That would be so amazing. You have no idea what that means to us.

SOUND: DATU CLOSES THE REGISTER AND HANDS HER THE COMIC BOOK.

DATU:
Well, I'm glad to hear of your newfound interest in comic books.

ALEXA:
Thanks, Datu!

SOUND: ALEXA RUSHES TO THE BACK.

JANELLY:
...any time an amoeba is on the board, the game is in sudden death mode.

ALEXA:
Ooh. Sounds scary. 

JANELLY:
Microbiology's intense.

ALEXA:
Hey, Beni. Make sure you ask Datu about a sketch he has in storage. It's of a barometer.

BENI:
Really?

JANELLY:
You like barometers?

ALEXA:
Oh, it’s a family thing.

BENI:
So amoebas — bad guys, huh?

JANELLY:
Uh, yeah...

SCENE 3 - A DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: DISTORTED PHONE DIAL.

VOICE:
Please leave your message.

DATU:
Hey, it's Datu. I just wanted to let you know that I'm pulling the L. J. Ortega sketch out of storage. You were right: I knew exactly when to bring it up. Seems like both Ventura twins are fans of L. J. Ortega now. 

SCENE 4 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. OFFICE AND BENI’S ROOM.

MUSIC: "HOME" TRANSITION

ALEXA:
Hey, Ma?

CLARA:
Si, mi amor. 

ALEXA:
Are we related to anyone who fought in Vietnam?

CLARA:
Mi tío, Fermín. He was a combat medic.

ALEXA:
What about on Pa's side of the family?

CLARA:
I think a few of his older cousins are Vietnam vets. 

ALEXA:
Cousins?

CLARA:
Here. Let me check our Heredity account.

SOUND: CLARA TYPING.

CLARA:
Here we go...our family tree. Let's see...military service. There's my Tío Fermín. And on your father's side of the family…Sergeant Miguel Arroyo. Corporal Ricardo Pérez. Lieutenant Horacio Méndez. 

ALEXA:
Horacio Méndez. Did you or Pa know him...I mean, any of them?

CLARA:
Not that I remember. They're all distant cousins. Hm, what's this star next to Horacio Méndez? What a shame. 

ALEXA:
Missing in action.

CLARA:
A helicopter pilot.

ALEXA:
I can't believe it.

CLARA:
I know. So young. Only twenty-one. 

SOUND: EMERGENCY ALERT SIGN-ON (VIA COMPUTER). 

COMPUTER:
Alert from The Forecast Station OnDemand.

CLARA:
Oh. I've been waiting for this. I set up the computer for automatic weather updates.

WEATHER REPORTER:
The latest from the Caribbean: Maria is now a category five hurricane. 

CLARA:
Ay, no. // It's gaining strength like it's on steroids. 

WEATHER REPORTER:
(overlapping) With the eye passing right over Dominica, we expect this system to add to Irma's recent destruction on those islands. Our fellow citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are in the direct path of this major hurricane.

CLARA: 
That storm looks like a monster.

FLASHBACK:

SOUND: ECHO FX.

HORACIO: 
Think of what’s happened in Puerto Rico. How this hurricane's changed everything.

ALEXA: 
Hurricane Irma? 

SOUND: ECHO FX - CUT.

FLASHBACK END.

ALEXA: 
It's not Irma.

CLARA: 
You're right. I think Hurricane Maria's going to be worse.

SOUND: ALEXA FLIPS COMIC BOOK PAGES.

CLARA:
What are you doing with Beni's comic book?

ALEXA:
It's mine. I bought it with my allowance.

CLARA:
I thought you hated comics.

ALEXA:
This one's not so bad. 

SOUND: CELL PHONE RING.

CLARA:
(exiting) Rami, what's the airline saying about the storm? 

SOUND: ALEXA FLIPS TO THE LAST PAGE OF THE COMIC BOOK.

ALEXA: 
"She will change everything." It's Maria. Hurricane Maria will change everything.

CLARA:
(off mic) I never thought I'd be so happy to hear you're flying to Albuquerque.

SOUND: ALEXA RUSHES DOWN THE HALL; SHE KNOCKS ON BENI'S DOOR.
SOUND: KNOCKING FROM INSIDE BENI'S ROOM.
SOUND: VIDEO GAME SOUNDS - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Got the Spectagon. Ooh, Janelly, watch your back.

JANELLY: 
(through headset) Ah! I didn’t even see it coming!

ALEXA:
(through the door) Beni!

BENI:
I can blast through the enchanted door if I can just —

JANELLY:
(through headset) No! I’m gonna fall!

SOUND: VIDEO GAME LOSS.

BENI:
Ah man!

JANELLY:
(through headset) Wanna try again?

ALEXA:
(through the door) I think I know what the last page of Take Back Time means!

BENI:
I've gotta sign off, Janelly. Be back in ten.

SOUND: BENI SHUFFLES TO DOOR AND OPENS IT.

BENI:
You know what now?

SOUND: ALEXA CLOSES THE DOOR.

ALEXA:
"She will change everything." 'She' is Maria.

BENI:
Maria who?

ALEXA:
The hurricane. 

BENI:
Do you know how many people on the Comic Book Orbit message board have argued about the meaning of the final page? You read Take Back Time once, and you think you've figured it all out? 

ALEXA:
Maria's headed straight for Puerto Rico. Category five. Ma's freaking out. 

SOUND: ALEXA WALKS TO DOOR AND OPENS IT SLIGHTLY.

CLARA:
(in office, off mic) Mami, por favor, ve al refugio. Put Pa on the phone, I'll convince him to take you to the shelter. You can replace the house. I can't replace you.

SOUND: ALEXA CLOSES THE DOOR.

BENI:
Okay. Ma's freaking. Doesn't mean you're right about the last page. 

ALEXA:
Think about how strange Horacio got talking about Hurricane Irma.

BENI:
Wait a minute. Are you finally admitting that meeting him wasn't a dream?

ALEXA:
Ma went on that genealogy website. Horacio's listed on our family tree. He was telling the truth. He's our distant cousin.

BENI:
Does this mean you want to go back to the timestorm and help him?

ALEXA:
I...I don't know. It's not like we can do anything about...never mind.

BENI:
The hurricane. You think we could actually do something about it?

ALEXA:
No. Nothing can stop a hurricane. It was a silly idea. I wish I could just do a report on Jockey Hollow and forget I ever met Horacio Méndez.

BENI: 
Forget your family?

ALEXA:
We've never really met him. Or at least, not on earth.

BENI:
Because he died fighting for our country before we were even born. Horacio's history too. Only no one's writing a report on him.

ALEXA:
Then you write a report on him.

BENI:
We can do more with Horacio. You admit he's real. Let's go help him. 

ALEXA:
I don't think we’re the ones to do it. We’re not superheroes, Beni.

BENI:
Then why'd you practically knock down my door to tell me about the meaning of the last page, and how Ma found Horacio in the family tree? Something's changed for you, hasn't it? Alexa?

ALEXA:
I hope I'm wrong. I really hope 'she' isn't Hurricane Maria.


SCENE 5 - 2017. NEWARK, NJ. THE VENTURA HOME. COMPUTER ROOM.

MUSIC: "HOME" TRANSITION

NARRATOR:
September twentieth, two thousand seventeen.

SOUND: BENI TYPES ON THE COMPUTER.

BENI:
Ms. Thompson. Period eight. American History. (typing stops) Why didn't I start this sooner?

SOUND: EMERGENCY ALERT SIGN-ON. 

COMPUTER:
Alert from The Forecast Station OnDemand.

SOUND: CLARA AND ALEXA'S FOOTSTEPS RUSHING INTO THE ROOM.

CLARA/ALEXA:
Is that —

BENI:
Yep. // Another hurricane update.

WEATHER REPORTER:
Hurricane Maria is leaving the West coast of Puerto Rico this evening. The energy grid has failed across the main island, and the storm has destroyed most avenues of communication both in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. // It is now clear that tomorrow morning hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens will awaken to a home they don't recognize.

SOUND: EMERGENCY ALERT SIGN-OFF. 

CLARA:
This is why we haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone.

SOUND: INCOMING SKYPE CALL. RAMIRO IS HEARD VIA COMPUTER.

ALEXA:
Hi, Pa.

BENI:
(overlapping) Hey.

CLARA:
(overlapping) Hi.

RAMIRO:
Hey, everyone.

CLARA:
Ay, Rami, I wish you were here.

RAMIRO:
I'm on a couple west coast flights before I head back on Friday. It can't come soon enough. You get in touch with any family?

CLARA:
No. You?

RAMIRO:
Same here. 

BENI:
Pa, you see that video where the road looks like a river?

RAMIRO:
I saw it, Beni.

ALEXA:
It's like everything's been washed away. Disappeared overnight.

RAMIRO:
Clara, you look exhausted.

CLARA:
I stayed up all night checking all those Facebook groups, hoping to see names I recognized. 

RAMIRO:
I've been doing a lot of that, too.

CLARA:
I feel so useless. I wish we could reach them, help them. 

RAMIRO:
We will, Clara. In time.

CLARA:
Can't we fly down there? You should have special clearance, right?

RAMIRO:
Clara—

CLARA:
I just want to know they're okay. I want to see for myself what's happened.

RAMIRO:
The kids have school. We've got work. And we should go down when we're able to help in some way. What's up with you two? What's that look about?

BENI:
Nothing.

ALEXA:
Twin thing.

CLARA:
We'll never understand these twin things, Rami.

RAMIRO:
Of course not. Love you. Muah.

ALEXA | BENI | CLARA:
Love you. | See you. | Safe home.

SOUND: SKYPE CALL DISCONNECTING; EMERGENCY ALERT SIGN-ON. 

COMPUTER:
Alert from The Forecast Station OnDemand.

CLARA:
Another alert? // So soon?

WEATHER REPORTER:
We're back with a local advisory. The New York City metro area is under an extreme weather watch. Many of the counties affected by last night’s storm should expect more rain, lightning, and localized flooding. This system should reach northern New Jersey in about an hour. 

SOUND: EMERGENCY ALERT SIGN-OFF. 

FLASHBACK FROM SCENE 2:

SOUND: PORTAL FX.

HORACIO: 
The weather will guide you. 

FLASHBACK END.

CLARA: 
I'll get the flashlights. Just in case. While I do that, why don't you two set the table? Dinner's almost ready. 

ALEXA:
Beni?

BENI:
Yeah?

ALEXA:
Horacio says we can't change the past, but —

BENI:
Maybe there's a loophole.

ALEXA:
Exactly.

BENI:
You're finally ready?

ALEXA:
Where's the barometer?

BENI:
In my room. 

ALEXA:
Good. According to the report, we've got an hour before the storm comes.

BENI:
Wait a minute. We should eat dinner first.

ALEXA:
Good idea. Fuel up. Then we'll meet in your room. 

NARRATOR:
One hour later.

SOUND: RAIN; BAROMETER FX - CONTINUE UNDER.

ALEXA:
There it is: the sound of tempus!

BENI:
It’s glowing purple! It's time. Ready?

ALEXA:
I'm so ready.

SOUND: KNOCK ON THE DOOR.

CLARA:
(through the door) Beni? Have you seen your sister?

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: RAIN AND BAROMETER - CUT.
SOUND: PORTAL FX - CONTINUE INTO NEXT SCENE.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY GO THROUGH THE PORTAL.

SCENE 6 - 2017. INSIDE THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.

HORACIO:
Alexa! Beni! You made it! Welcome back.

SOUND: CHOPPER CABIN INTERIOR - INCREASE VOLUME.
SOUND: BAROMETER PURPLE - INCREASE VOLUME.
SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song by Michael Aquino. The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. Janelly was played by Frances Ramos. Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. Datu Ancheta was played by Joel Arandia. Thad was play by Philipe AbiYouness. This episode also featured Christine Mariani, Alexis Pérez, and Emily Smith.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to the show on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! Here's a community share-out sent in by Liliana from New Jersey.

LILIANA:
Hi. My name is Liliana and I am ten years old. I would like to tell you about a time where I helped out in my community. It was around Christmas time when you would usually write a letter to Santa Claus. When writing my letter, I thought about how many toys and stuff I had. I didn't really want much. I was happy with what I had. It got me thinking about the kids who didn't have much. Eventually, I decided to ask Santa Claus to bring me many different things, of which I decided to donate to homeless kids, or kids' families who don't have enough money to buy these things on their own. A few days before Christmas, Santa Claus gave me these things I asked for. It felt really good to be helping out in my community. What can you do for your community.

NARRATION:
Thank you for being so kind and generous, Liliana! 

Hey, listeners, we want to hear from you. We're seeking voice recordings of up to one minute in the following categories: Adventure, Culture, Community, and Time-travel. To learn more about how to submit your own Share-out, please visit TimestormSeries.com.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

END OF EPISODE 2: ...WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING


EPISODE 3: ATABEY

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

ALEXA:
No!

SONIA:
Something wrong, Lex? 

ALEXA:
Huh? Oh. No. Why?

SONIA:
I can’t remember the last time you made it through an entire social studies class without raising your hand. 

DATU:
Hey, Beni! Janelly! How's it going?

BENI/JANELLY:
Hi, Datu. / Fine.

DATU:
Hey, we've got some new games in the back.

JANELLY:
Ooh! Let's go check them out. Alexa?

BENI:
What are you doing here?

ALEXA:
Written and created by L. J. Ortega. 

BENI:
Take Back Time is the only thing she's ever published.

ALEXA:
Do you know what this last page means? She will change everything. Who is ‘she’ supposed to be?

DATU:
It's Datu. You were right: Seems like both Ventura twins are fans of L. J. Ortega now.

CLARA:
They're all distant cousins. Hm, what's this star next to Horacio Méndez? What a shame. 

ALEXA:
Missing in action.

CLARA:
A helicopter pilot.

WEATHER REPORTER:
The latest from the Caribbean: Maria is now a category five hurricane.

CLARA: 
That storm looks like a monster.

HORACIO:
Think of what’s happened in Puerto Rico. How this hurricane's changed everything.

ALEXA:
Beni! I think I know what the last page of Take Back Time means! She will change everything. 'She' is Maria.

BENI:
Maria who?

ALEXA:
The hurricane.

BENI:
Pa, you see that video where the road looks like a river?

ALEXA:
It's like everything's been washed away. Disappeared overnight.

CLARA:
I feel so useless. I wish we could reach them, help them. 

RAMIRO:
We will, Clara. In time.

ALEXA:
Horacio says we can't change the past, but —

BENI:
Maybe there's a loophole.

BENI:
It’s glowing purple! It's time.

CLARA:
Beni? Have you seen your sister?

SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.
MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni 
take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.

MUSIC: THEME SONG "IN THE TIMESTORM" ENDS.

SCENE 1 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

MUSIC: "TIMESTORM" TRANSITION
SOUND: PORTAL FX - SEVERAL SECONDS.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAND AND LAUGH.

HORACIO:
Alexa! Beni! You made it! Welcome back. I'll give you the tour.

SOUND: TELEPORT FX.

ALEXA:
Horacio? Where'd he go?

HORACIO:
(off-mic) Over here!

BENI:
By the--

SOUND: TELEPORT FX.

ALEXA:
Beni?

BENI:
(off-mic) --cockpit!

ALEXA:
I didn't see you move. How'd you get over--

SOUND: TELEPORT FX.

ALEXA:
--hey, now I'm here too.

HORACIO:
Nice, right? By simply thinking about moving, we can...tu sabes, p'allá p'acá. 

BENI:
Teleporting! That's amazing! 

HORACIO:
Super chévere, ah? It’s only within the helicopter. but still.

ALEXA:
Hey, isn't a cockpit supposed to have seats?

HORACIO:
They were gone after the trip through the portal. Remember, rules about time and space are different in the timestorm. 

ALEXA:
How will we ever learn it all?

HORACIO:
I'm here to help. And then there's this!

SOUND: WINDSHIELD ZAP INTO BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: (VIA WINDSHIELD) CROWD CHEERS AT A BASEBALL GAME.

ALEXA:
The windshield turns into a screen?

BENI:
It's like a private movie theatre.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR:
(all commentator lines are via the windshield) This could be a big one for Bobby. Sure has got the crowd behind him.

ALEXA:
Whoa! You stand here and watch whatever you want?

HORACIO:
Bueno, I don’t control the transmissions.

SOUND: (VIA WINDSHIELD) CRACK OF A BAT, BALL HIT.
SOUND: MORE CHEERING.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR:
Bobby hits it into left-center field! That's the one!

BENI:
Hey! Hey, this is Roberto Clemente's three-thousandth hit.

ALEXA:
Yeah, his final one. Pa made us watch this on YouTube.

SPORTS COMMENTATOR:
And it's a double! Everyone's on their feet for Roberto!

SOUND: (VIA WINDSHIELD) CHEERING INTENSIFIES.

BENI:
Wait a minute. If you don’t control these transmissions...who does?

SOUND: WINDSHIELD ZAP; VIDEO ENDS.
SOUND: BUZZ - CONTINUES UNDER.

HORACIO:
Atabey.

SOUND: CHANNEL CHANGE FX.

ATABEY:
I told you not to call me that. 

SOUND: ALEXA SCREAMS.

BENI:
The windshield’s alive!

ATABEY:
Depends on what you mean by alive. Humans get so hung up on the physical.

HORACIO:
There’s no need to judge all of humanity, Atabey.

ATABEY:
That's not my name. I don’t require a name. I simply am.

ALEXA:
You simply are...what?

ATABEY:
I am. I exist outside of the physical realm. 

BENI:
Wait a minute. You control what we see in the windshield?

ATABEY:
Affirmative.  

HORACIO:
Atabey's picked up on my military speak. We spend a lot of time together. 

ATABEY:
Humans are so obsessed with time. Time is immeasurable here.

HORACIO:
It's just a saying, Atabey.

ALEXA:
Why do you call the nameless non-physical thingy Atabey?

HORACIO:
In Taíno mythology, Atabey is the all-knowing earth mother.

ATABEY:
It's his way of calling me a know-it-all.

ALEXA | BENI:
You should call it Beni. | You should call it Alexa.


SCENE 2 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. THE KITCHEN.

MUSIC: "HOME" TRANSITION
SOUND: CELL PHONE RING.

CLARA:
Hi.

RAMIRO:
Hey. The kids in the room with you?

CLARA:
No. We just finished eating. They ate and loaded the dishwasher like they were in some kind of a race. Beni's working on his project, or at least he better be. Y Alexa...I think she's in her room reading a comic book.

RAMIRO:
Alexa? Our daughter? Reading a comic book?

CLARA:
It's been a strange couple of days.

RAMIRO:
How are you doing? For real?

CLARA:
I can't stop thinking about...not just my parents. I'm thinking about everyone there. Even the animals. I’m thinking about the feral cats en el Paseo del Morro, and you know I'm not an animal person like that, pero...Rami - the houses, the trees, the streets. I can't hold it all in my head.

RAMIRO:
I looked into flights to San Juan.

CLARA:
Oh?

RAMIRO:
The entire airport is shut down. The main tower's out of commission. No word on when commercial flights will resume. I'm sorry, Clarita.

CLARA:
I knew it was a long shot. Thanks for finding out.

SOUND: CALL WAITING.

RAMIRO:
Maybe your parents?

CLARA:
Let me check...oh, Datu from the comic book store. I'll let him leave a message. Probably something is ready for Beni to pick up.

RAMIRO:
Or...Alexa?

CLARA:
Who knows these days? I think the two of them are plotting something.

RAMIRO:
Maybe they're arranging a surprise date night for us.

CARLA:
Bueno. I'm not gonna hold my breath.

SOUND: RAMIRO AND CARLA LAUGH.

CARLA:
See you soon.

RAMIRO:
Can't wait, Clarita.

SCENE 3 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

MUSIC: "TIMESTORM” TRANSITION
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: WINDSHIELD BUZZ -  CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Hey, do we get an inter-dimensional travel guidebook. Ooh! And dictionary?

ALEXA:
Yeah. We don’t know the languages and traditions of every country on earth. For every time period. And, um, hello? Clothes?

HORACIO:
The timestorm will help. 

SOUND: A ZAP; WHOOSH OF A QUICK COSTUME CHANGE.

BENI:
Whoa! I wish it was that easy to get dressed for school.

ALEXA:
Hey, that shirt was a Christmas gift and I knitted that headband myself! 

HORACIO:
I promise your clothes are safely stored.

SOUND: CHANNEL CHANGE.

ATABEY:
Here. Take a look at yourselves.

ALEXA:
Ooh. The timestorm knows how to braid hair.

BENI:
White shirt, white pants.

SOUND: A RUMPLE OF CLOTHING. 

ALEXA:
Super long white skirt. We haven't worn matching outfits since--

ALEXA/BENI:
Pre-school.

HORACIO:
Bueno, in that sun, you'll be grateful for the light colors in that sun.

ALEXA:
Ooh. This old-timey bag is pretty cool.

ATABEY:
The clothing the timestorm provides for you holds the knowledge you’ll need for your journey. The language and customs of the time and place you visit.

BENI:
Our outfits let us understand and speak any language? 

HORACIO:
Pretty neat, eh? The way I hear it, we’ve been speaking to each other in Spanglish. Mostly in Spanish con un poquito de ingles.

ALEXA:
Yeah. I hear Spanglish, too. Only mine’s mostly English.

BENI:
Yeah. Spanish words pop up here and there. Like at home.

ATABEY:
The timestorm automatically translates any language you don’t know to what you’re used to hearing and speaking.

BENI:
Wait a minute. Horacio, Who came up with that idea?

HORACIO:
Who, indeed, Beni.

ALEXA:
Ugh. Anyway...we’ll understand all the languages and traditions of everywhere...and everywhen.

ATABEY:
Affirmative. The clothes and the barometer are of this realm and will help you with the mission: Witness. Find. Remember.

SCENE 4 - 2017. A DIGITAL SPACE.

(Clara's voice mail.)

VOICE:
Please leave your message.

SOUND: CELL PHONE BEEP.

DATU:
Hello, Mrs. Ventura. It's Datu Ancheta from the comic book shop. Just wanted to let Beni and Alexa know I've got that sketch ready for pick up. Hope everything's okay with your family down in P. R. You have a good night, okay? Bye.

(Beni's voice mail.)

SOUND: CELL PHONE BEEP.

JANELLY:
Hey, Beni. It's Janelly. So...I think we said we'd try to finish level nine tonight? But when we talked, you were kind of spacing out. Maybe you're doing your project, and you meant tomorrow night? Either way, it should be easier to beat it now because I just got the Redwood Atlatl! Weren't expecting that, huh? Of course, I lost way too much life force while retrieving it. Could've really used your Spectagon. Probably shouldn't have tried this level on my own. But I had some reserve elixir to bring my power back up. I know, I know, we want to save that for when we get to that underwater part, but I think we'll be fine. I guess, call me...or I'll try you later. Unless...I mean, if you're, like, starting to hate this game, just tell me. We can totally switch to something else, you know? See ya. 

(Sonia's home.)

SOUND: SIRI TURNING ON; SONIA TYPING ON HER PHONE UNDER.

SONIA:
(dictating a text) Hi Lex, Wanted to let you know that the showcase is at seven, Friday night. Brick City Cafe. Hope you can still make it. Let Beni know in case he wants to come. Singing the new song I wrote. Rewrote the last verse. I think it's good enough. (beat) Maybe I should rewrite it again. (beat) Super nervous. Hey, I’ll send you a recording of the song. If you have time, let me know what you think? See ya. - Sonia. Send.

SOUND: SWOOSH OF MAIL BEING SENT.

(Unknown voice mail.)

VOICE:
(distorted) ...message.

SOUND: CELL PHONE BEEP.

DATU:
Hey, Josie. It's me. Datu. I hope you're okay...and that the other store is...well, I guess business is never easy, right? I know it must feel like so much is up in the air right now...but if anyone has what it takes to power-through, it's you. I hope to hear from you soon. No pressure, of course. And...just know that the store in Newark is doing fine. Talk soon? I hope.

SCENE 5 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

MUSIC: "TIMESTORM” TRANSITION.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: WINDSHIELD BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

ALEXA:
And how exactly do we accomplish this mission?

ATABEY:
Through a series of quests.

HORACIO:
Unas búsquedas.

ALEXA:
See, I heard that in Spanish.

BENI:
Me too.

HORACIO:
Quests.

ALEXA/BENI:
English.

ALEXA:
So, it goes--

ALEXA/BENI / HORACIO:
--back and forth. / P'aquí, p'allá.

HORACIO:
Yeah, pretty much.

ATABEY:
Focus, humans.

HORACIO:
Your quests will be to meet certain people and witness certain moments. And then retrieve artifacts that will help preserve that history.

BENI:
We know that’s what the mission's about: Puerto Rican history. But —

ALEXA:
What if the mission could focus on Puerto Rico's emergency situation?

ATABEY:
Which emergency? There have been many.

ALEXA/BENI:
Hurricane Maria.

ATABEY:
You think you can control the weather?

HORACIO:
They're new to this, Atabey. They're learning the rules.

ATABEY:
Your quests are designed so that you won't alter the course of history.

BENI:
But you said we're supposed to take stuff - artifacts - from that time.

ATABEY:
Retrieving the artifacts only causes a tiny energy wave in spacetime.

BENI:
Energy wave?

HORACIO:
Una onda. It doesn't alter the timeline, just makes it flutter.

ATABEY:
If your actions changed anything beyond that, an alternate history would spin off from that point. But your original dimension would remain as is.

BENI:
Oh. No matter what, Hurricane Maria happens.

ALEXA:
Okay. So we can't stop the storm, but how about warning everyone and making sure they're ready? 

BENI:
Yeah. And not just in Puerto Rico, but everywhere that was hit.

ATABEY:
People aren't always able to prepare even when they are warned.

HORACIO:
And what about other hurricanes? Fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes.

ALEXA:
We get it. We can't warn everyone. 

BENI:
So much for saving history.

HORACIO:
About the word 'save' —

ATABEY:
Humans always want to be the hero. The guts, the glory. Slay the dragon, save the day. The mission isn't about being the saviors of a culture.

BENI:
We never said it was.

HORACIO:
It's about preserving and raising up what's already there. 

ATABEY:
You still can make a difference, but in order to, you'll need to redefine what it means to save history.

ALEXA/BENI:
Witness. Find. Remember.

ATABEY:
Beni, that barometer you hold is sensitive to these spacetime energy waves. When a portal opens —

BENI:
It glows purple.

ALEXA:
Right. The word ‘tempus’ appears in between ‘stormy’ and ‘very dry.’

HORACIO:
Yes. And when you're in the past, it'll glow blue if you’re on the right track for the quest. Remember the barometer and these clothes carry the knowledge you’ll need. Let's sync them with the timestorm.

SOUND: WINDSHIELD ZAP AS IT SYNCS WITH THE BAROMETER:

ATABEY:
Mil ochocientos trenta y ocho / San Juan / Rafael / native-born / Puerto Rico / Puerto Ricans / Cordero / eighteen thirty-eight / hermanos / educators / African descent / Celestina Cordero / escuela publica / niños / descendientes Africanos / siblings / educadores / niñas / San Juan / colonia de España / started public schools / Celestina / Rafael / Borinqueños / Celestina. 

SOUND: ECHO FX ON "CELESTINA."

SCENE 6 - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME. THE KITCHEN.

SOUND: THREE BEEPS.
SOUND: ZELLO APP.

ZELLO APP USER 1:
(via phone) ¿Alguien sabe de Alma Martinez de la calle siete en barrio Borinquen?

SOUND: ZELLO APP.

ZELLO APP USER 2:
(via phone) Eh'te....el barrio Borinquen no tiene luz. Nadie tiene luz.

SOUND: CLARA SIGHS.
SOUND: DIALING; PHONE PICK UP.
SOUND: LIBRARY GUESTS ARE HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND.

BETINA:
(BETINA’s lines are all through the phone) Newark Public Library North End Branch. This is Betina.

CLARA:
Betina? I was expecting to leave a voicemail on your extension. What are you still doing at the library?

BETINA:
People are still congregating here. Some brought donations. Others want to know if we've got any news.

CLARA:
Of course. Anyway, my message was going to be about calling a staff meeting. We need to plan how we're going to deal with the community response to the hurricane.

BETINA:
This is like nothing I've ever seen.

CLARA:
Truth.

BETINA:
Any word from your parents?

CLARA:
I think it's going to be a while.

BETINA:
That's what everyone keeps saying. (to the library guests) Hold on a sec.  Please, leave the computer on the live stream with that David guy. Thanks! (to CLARA) Sorry. Trying to stay on top of these updates.

CLARA:
You must be exhausted. Haven't you been there since we opened today?

BETINA:
I'm fine. People need a place to come together.

CLARA:
Need me to come relieve you?

BETINA:
You have enough on your plate. See you in the morning. I'll open the conference room first thing. Try to get some sleep tonight?

CLARA:
Thanks, Betina.

SCENE 7 - INSIDE THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

MUSIC: “TIMESTORM” TRANSITION.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.

HORACIO:
All synced up.

ATABEY:
And ready to go.

BENI:
Like right now?

ALEXA:
What if we get hurt? Or lost? 

BENI:
Or make a mistake?

ATABEY:
You have the barometer and clothing to guide you.

HORACIO:
Atabey wouldn’t send you unless you were ready.

SOUND: BAROMETER PURPLE - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Your quest: Retrieve a plea for equality from San Juan, Puerto Rico in eighteen thirty-eight.

SOUND: ECHO FX ON "EIGHTEEN THIRTY-EIGHT."
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song were by Michael Aquino. The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. Janelly was played by Frances Ramos. Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. Datu Ancheta was played by Joel Arandia. This episode also featured Ernio Hernandez and Amanda Faison.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to Timestorm on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! This one comes from Chaska, who co-hosts of the Book Power for Kids podcast featured on the KidsListen app. 

CHASKA:
Hello. My name's Chaska. I'm twelve years old and I live in Kissimee, Florida. My adventure share-out is about the Legionnaires trail in Switzerland. Our family got an awesome Rownan backpack, filled with all sorts of cool stuff. And we walked around and visited the old Roman buildings where the Legionnaires lived and trained. The cool thing about the aqueduct in this camp is that nobody's found its source yet. We also got to play a quiz game about the buildings we visited and there was a cool audio drama that we listened to about life in the camp during Roman times. All in all, it was a great experience and our family learned a lot about Roman times.

NARRATION:
Ooh. A Swiss adventure! Thanks for sharing, Chaska!  

Hey, listeners, we want to hear from you. We're seeking voice recordings of up to one minute in the following categories: Adventure, Culture, Community, and Time-travel. To learn more about how to submit your own Share-out, please visit TimestormSeries.com.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

END OF TIMESTORM - EPISODE 3: ATABEY


EPISODE 4: LA MAESTRA

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

ALEXA:
The windshield turns into a screen?

BENI:
It's like a private movie theatre.

HORACIO:
Bueno, I don’t control the transmissions.

BENI:
...who does?

HORACIO:
Atabey.

ATABEY:
I told you not to call me that. That's not my name. I don’t require a name. I simply am. I exist outside of the physical realm.

BENI:
Whoa! I wish it was that easy to get dressed for school.

ATABEY:
The clothing the timestorm provides for you holds the knowledge you’ll need for your journey. The language and customs of the time and place you visit.

HORACIO:
Your quests will be to meet certain people and witness certain moments. And then find and retrieve artifacts that will help preserve that history.

ATABEY:
Beni, that barometer you hold is sensitive to these spacetime energy waves. When a portal opens —

BENI:
It glows purple.

HORACIO:
And when you're in the past, it'll glow blue if you’re on the right track for the // quest.

ATABEY:
Your quest: Retrieve a plea for equality from San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1838.

SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.

MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.


SCENE 1 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. A PORTICO AND INSIDE CELESTINA'S CLASSROOM.

SOUND: THUNDER: RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAND; AND THEN LAUGH.

ALEXA:
Holy humidity.

BENI:
Where do you think we are?

ALEXA:
San Juan. Eighteen thirty-eight.

BENI:
I meant the building.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP.

ROMÁN:
Hello?

ALEXA:
Hi! 

ROMÁN:
Are you a new student?

ALEXA:
Yes. I am.

BENI:
So am I. But not at this school.

ALEXA:
Of course not. Because boys and girls don't attend school together.

BENI:
That's right. That's just how life works around here.

ROMÁN:
Are you new in town?

ALEXA:
Yes. This is all so new. 

ROMÁN:
No need to be nervous. Celestina Cordero is most welcoming. Some say she's the best teacher in San Juan. For girls, anyway. No one can match her brother, Rafael. I used to be his student. 

BENI:
Rafael Cordero?

ROMÁN:
I assume you are headed to the school for boys, now that you're done chaperoning your sister.

BENI:
Yes. I see you are safe. Now I can leave you...and go to school.

ALEXA:
Thank you, dear brother, for...you know...chaperoning me.

ROMÁN:
I'll be passing the boys school on Luna Street on my way to the seminary. If you want to travel with?

SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER.

BENI:
That'd be excellent. I'm Benito.

ALEXA:
I'm Alexa...ndra. 

ROMÁN:
Román. Un placer.

ALEXA/BENI:
A pleasure.

SOUND: STUDENT RECITATION OF ANIMAL SPECIES (DISTANT).

ROMÁN:
To la maestra's classroom. She awaits my arrival. I run errands for her on Friday mornings. You can follow me in, Alexandra.

ALEXA:
Right now?

ROMÁN:
Bueno, class has already started, as you can hear.

BENI:
I'll be back for you at the end of the school day, hermana.

ALEXA:
If you'll excuse us, Román. Hermanito? How about a hug?

BENI:
Really?

SOUND: ALEXA THROWS HER ARMS AROUND BENI. 

ALEXA:
I don't like us splitting up in the nineteenth century. 

BENI:
Not like we have a choice. Here. Put the barometer in your purse thingy.

SOUND: ALEXA SHOVES BAROMETER IN THE SATCHEL.

ALEXA:
Keep an eye out for anything that could be a plea for equality.

BENI:
You too.

SOUND: THE TWINS STEP BACK.

ALEXA:
Be careful out there, hermanito.

BENI:
Enjoy your lessons, hermana.

SOUND: TWO SETS OF FOOTSTEPS ON WOOD APPROACHING THE DOOR.

CELESTINA:
(behind door) Taxonomy ranks. Ready? 

SOUND: DOOR OPENS.

CELESTINA:
Begin.

STUDENTS:
The tree of life. Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species.

CELESTINA:
Good. Now, pair up and list five single-celled organisms on your slates.

SOUND: CLASSROOM SOUNDS - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: CELESTINA'S FOOTSTEPS CROSSING TO ROMÁN AND ALEXA.

CELESTINA:
Bienvenidos. 

ROMÁN:
Hola, Doña Celestina. This is Alexandra. A new mind to cultivate.

ALEXA:
A pleasure to meet you, Maestra Cordero.

CELESTINA:
Girls, please welcome Alexandra to our class.

STUDENTS:
Bienvenida.

ALEXA:
Thanks.

CELESTINA:
Why don't you sit by Marina y Patricia? You can share a slate with them.

SOUND: ALEXA CROSSES TO MARINA AND PATRICIA.

CELESTINA:
Román, today's errand is special. Let's speak at my desk.

ROMÁN:
After you.

SOUND: CELESTINA AND ROMÁN CROSS THE CLASSROOM.

ALEXA:
Hi.

PATRICIA:
Hello. 

MARINA:
Hi.

ALEXA:
I think I'm sharing this bench with you?

SOUND: MARINA AND PATRICIA SHIFT.

PATRICIA:
You'll have to put your satchel underneath.

MARINA:
Hardly any room as you can see.

ALEXA:
Oh, that's fine. I'll just sit right here on the end.

SOUND: ALEXA SITTING AND SLIDING HER SATCHEL UNDER THE BENCH.

MARINA:
We need to write five single-celled organisms. Do you want to write them?

ALEXA:
Sure. Thank you. Uh...

SOUND: ALEXA GRABS THE SLATE AND CHALK.

PATRICIA:
Why so confused?

MARINA:
Have you never seen a slate before?

PATRICIA:
Have you never seen chalk?

SOUND: MARINA AND PATRICIA GIGGLE.

CELESTINA:
Román, please see this correspondence makes its way to the newspaper office.

SOUND: CELESTINA HANDS ROMÁN THE PAPER.

ROMÁN:
It will be at La Gaceta within a quarter of an hour.

CELESTINA:
I'm ever grateful for your help. Buenos días.

ROMÁN:
Adiós, Doña Celestina.

SOUND: ROMÁN'S FOOTSTEPS EXITING.
SOUND: CHALK FALLS TO THE FLOOR.

PATRICIA:
Careful!

MARINA:
Look what you've done.

ALEXA:
Sorry. I didn't mean for it to—

PATRICIA:
There's not enough chalk to go around.

CELESTINA:
Is this the first time chalk has fallen in this room?

MARINA/PATRICIA:
No, Maestra Cordero.

CELESTINA:
Well then. It's hardly anything to remark on. Please resume your writing.

SOUND: CHALK ON SLATES.

SCENE 2 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. A STREET.

MUSIC: "LA MAESTRA" TRANSITION.
SOUND: AN OX CART ON A DIRT ROAD; VARIOUS ANIMAL SOUNDS.
SOUND: BENI AND ROMÁN WALKING ALONG THE ROAD.

BENI:
Do you run a lot of errands for Celestina Cordero?

ROMÁN:
Well, only on Fridays when my lessons at the seminary start later in the morning. How lucky am I to go from Rafael Cordero's classroom to el Seminario Conciliar de San Ildefonso?

BENI:
Wow. You really love school.

ROMÁN:
Back in Ponce, my family was as poor as they come. But then we moved to the capital when my parents heard how Don Rafael was changing lives in his classroom. 

SOUND: A ROOSTER CROWS.
SOUND: PEÑA'S FOOTSTEP'S APPROACHING.
SOUND: BOOMING LAUGHTER.

PEÑA:
A free black man teaching children. The Queen should outlaw it at once. 

ROMÁN:
I'm grateful to have learned from Rafael Cordero. He showed me that education is the way to justice and freedom.

PEÑA:
You learned about freedom from a black man? 

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.

PEÑA:
Que porquería. What is that in your hand?

ROMÁN:
I'm delivering it to La Gaceta.

PEÑA:
Give it here.

ROMÁN:
It's not mine to give.

SOUND: PEÑA SNATCHES THE PAPER FROM HIS HAND.

PEÑA:
Now let's see who has sent you on this little errand.
(reading)
Dear Editor, I request the following announcement is printed in the next issue of La Gaceta as follows: // I ask the island government...

MUSIC: "SO LONG, AND THANKS" - PLAYS UNDER.

CELESTINA:
I ask the island government, under the rule of the Spanish crown, to fulfill my request for supplies for the San Juan School for Girls. I have made similar appeals in private letters to the governor and the Council of San Juan. Since my personal pleas remain unanswered, I now ask in this public forum. My students work hard, I work hard. It's unfair that being born female prevents us from being acknowledged for our efforts. I seek the same allocation of supplies offered to the school for boys on Luna Street. Please show my girls equal respect. They deserve it. Sincerely, // Celestina Cordero.

PEÑA:
Celestina Cordero, Educator, San Juan Public School for Girls.

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS; ECHO FX.

BENI:
(to himself) A plea for equality.

SOUND: A ROOSTER CROWS.

PEÑA:
The only thing more ridiculous than a free black man educating boys is a free black woman educating girls. How delusional must this woman be to think La Gaceta would publish such a desperate notice? Here’s what I think of it.

SOUND: CRUMBLING OF PAPER.

BENI:
No. It's important. Can't you understand that?

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.

PEÑA:
You think you're fit to judge such things?

SOUND: BENI PICKS UP THE PAPER AND SMOOTHES IT OUT.

BENI:
It wasn't right to throw this notice to the ground like that.

ROMÁN:
Ay, por favor. A a little dirt and a few wrinkles won't stop us from delivering it to La Gaceta.

SOUND: SNATCHING PAPER FROM BENI.

PEÑA:
You can't deliver what is not in your possession. I'll take this to the governor, so he can see how close a lowly spinster con woman came to mocking him in print. 

ROMÁN:
Celestina Cordero is brilliant.

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.

PEÑA:
I suggest you leave. We like to keep the streets clear of porquería.

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.
SOUND: CIVIL GUARD'S FOOTSTEP'S (BOOTS) LEAVING.

BENI:
I can't believe him! He doesn't have the right to do that. Does he?

ROMÁN:
Some civil guards think they can do whatever they want. That their class and European blood makes superior. 

BENI:
Celestina's only asking for what's fair.

ROMÁN:
If that officer goes to the governor and paints Celestina as con woman, this plea could backfire on her.

BENI:
You think they'd shut her school down?

ROMÁN:
I don't know. How I wish I could to run up to that officer and— No. I can't risk it. Certainly not with you in my charge.

BENI:
I can handle plenty.

ROMÁN:
¿Oh, sí? Getting arrested before arriving at your first day of school? 

BENI:
Arrested? For what?

ROMÁN:
Bueno, sometimes they don't need a reason. Come on. We'll tell Rafael what's happened.

SOUND: THE BOYS' FOOTSTEPS RUNNING ON DIRT.

SCENE 3 - THE TIMESTORM.

MUSIC: "TIMESTORM" TRANSITION.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR AND WINDSHIELD ZAP INTO BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

HORACIO:
Ah! He had it! The artifact was right in Beni's hand. 

ATABEY:
The quest was never going be that easy.

HORACIO:
You know where that civil guard's headed with the artifact. Y ahora, mira, Alexa and Beni are separated and stuck at...at school.

ATABEY:
The twins can each handle being in Celestina and Rafael's classrooms. A quest isn't simply about retrieving an object from a space and time. It is about who they meet and what they experience along the way.

HORACIO:
Oh, so now the artifacts aren't important? You've always made such a big deal about them. Los artefactos. But if it's all about the experience then why bother finding them?

ATABEY:
You humans need your artifacts. Something to guide you on the journey. A reason why.

HORACIO:
Are you saying the artifacts are meaningless? That they've traveled all that way for a piece of paper?

ATABEY:
You tell me: what is a plea for equality worth to Celestina and those girls?

SCENE 4 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. INSIDE CELESTINA'S CLASSROOM.

MUSIC: "LA MAESTRA" TRANSITION.

CELESTINA:
What is El Fortín San Juan de la Cruz known for? Go ahead, Marina.

MARINA:
It's the smallest of the five forts in the capital.

CELESTINA:
Precisely. ¿Si, Patricia?

PATRICIA:
And it was built underwater on purpose, so you needed a boat to get there.

CELESTINA:
Excellent. And last but not least, La Fortaleza was originally built as a fort, but what distinction does it hold now? Alexandra? Do you know?

PATRICIA:
She hasn't said a word since she sat down.

MARINA:
Hasn't put that broken piece of chalk to the slate even once.

ALEXA:
It's the executive mansion, home of the governor of Puerto Rico.

PATRICIA:
Everyone knows that.

MARINA:
Easiest question to answer.

ALEXA:
It's also known for...uh...

CELESTINA:
¿Si, Alexandra?

ALEXA:
All the international leaders that have stayed there, including kings, queens, and U. S. presidents.

SOUND: ENTIRE CLASSROOM LAUGHS.

CELESTINA:
¡Niñas!

MARINA:
American presidents!

PATRICIA:
Can you imagine? George Washington slept here.

ALEXA:
Not George Washington. The Kenn— Oh. Never mind...forget it.

CELESTINA:
Stop this laughing. ¡Ahora mismo! (Beat) A vibrant imagination is an amazing thing to possess. And that’s exactly what it takes to envision a future where an island governor hosts a foreign president en La Fortaleza. 

SOUND: CHURCH BELL TOLLS ONE O’CLOCK.

CELESTINA:
Time for lunch. 

SOUND: STUDENTS SHIFTING IN SEATS AND MURMURING UNDER SCENE.

PATRICIA:
What's wrong, Miss America?

ALEXA:
Nothing.

MARINA:
As in nothing inside of that satchel of yours?

SOUND: MARINA AND PATRICIA LAUGH.

CELESTINA:
Alexandra? Come to my desk, please.

SOUND: ALEXA WALKS ACROSS THE ROOM.

ALEXA:
Maestra?

SOUND: CELESTINA TEARS A LOAF OF BREAD IN TWO.

CELESTINA:
We all forget our lunch sometimes. Have some of my bread. Please. Take it. Our stomachs must be fed along with our minds.

ALEXA:
Thank you, maestra.

SCENE 5 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. RAFAEL CORDERO'S CLASSROOM.

MUSIC: "LA MAESTRA" TRANSITION.
SOUND: ROMÁN OPENS THE DOOR.

ROMÁN:
Here we are. Rafael Cordero's school. 

SOUND: DIN OF STUDENTS PRACTICING VARIOUS ART FORMS - SINGING, INSTRUMENTS, SHAKESPEARE RECITATION, PAINT BRUSH STROKES.

ROMÁN:
Ah, how I miss Luna Street.

RAFAEL:
Román! You've arrived during free art practice.

ROMÁN:
It was always my favorite. Don Rafael, I'd like to introduce you to Benito, a new student. I ran into him while stopping by your sister's school.

BENI:
It's an honor to be in your class, Maestro Cordero.

RAFAEL:
Pleasure is mine, Benito. Román, have you delivered Celestina's request for supplies to La Gaceta?

ROMÁN:
A civil guard stopped us on the street and confiscated the notice before we made it to La Gaceta. He even said he was going to tell the governor that she was trying to humiliate him.

RAFAEL:
Did you catch the guard's name?

ROMÁN:
No. He was average height. Dark hair, mustache. Wore that uniform.

BENI:
His laugh.

RAFAEL:
What about it?

BENI:
Sounded like a demon.

RAFAEL:
Peña y Ruiz.

ROMÁN:
You know him?

RAFAEL:
Thinks he's untouchable because he guards the governor's residence during the afternoon shift. 

ROMÁN:
I was afraid to risk being arrested on the spot, but I wanted so badly to go after him and snatch Celestina's notice right from his pocket.

RAFAEL:
It is best for you to leave this alone, Román. I'll let my sister know what has happened.

ROMÁN:
Ooh. I can't stand witnessing injustice and doing nothing about it.

RAFAEL:
Don’t lose that righteousness. But understand this is Celestina’s fight. Stick to your studies for now. 

ROMÁN:
Está bien. I’ll head to the seminary at once. Much luck to you, Benito.

BENI:
Thank you for your help.

ROMÁN:
My pleasure. I'm sure we'll cross paths soon enough. Hasta la próxima.

RAFAEL:
Adiós, Román.

SOUND: ROMÁN'S FOOTSTEPS LEAVING.

RAFAEL:
Bueno, Benito. Join any art group you'd like. 

SOUND: A VIOLIN PLAYS.

RAFAEL:
Is music your calling?

SOUND: BRUSH AGAINST CANVAS.

RAFAEL:
Painting with little Francisco?

RAFAEL:
Or perhaps drama with Alejandrito, our little prince of theatre?

ALEJANDRO:
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them!

SCENE 6A - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. INSIDE CELESTINA'S CLASSROOM.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC: "SO LONG, AND THANKS"

CELESTINA:
See you on Monday, girls.

STUDENTS:
Hasta la próxima, Maestra Cordero.

SOUND: STUDENTS SHUFFLING OUT OF THE CLASSROOM.

MARINA:
See you Monday, Miss America.

ALEXA:
(under her breath) Hopefully not.

PATRICIA:
What did you say?

ALEXA:
See you on Monday.

SOUND: MARINA AND PATRICIA EXITI; STUDENT BUSTLE - FADES.

CELESTINA:
Sometimes it’s hard, being new in town.

ALEXA:
Yeah, you could say that.

CELESTINA:
Where’s your family from?

ALEXA:
Ponce.

CELESTINA:
A long way. You’ll do fine in my classroom. You've got quite an imagination. 

ALEXA:
That's what everyone says about my brother. Loves stories and all that.

CELESTINA:
I'm glad he's encouraged for it. But it is important for others to credit your strengths as well.

ALEXA:
Oh, I totally get credit.

CELESTINA:
Totally?

ALEXA:
What I mean is...my other teachers let me know that I'm smart.

CELESTINA:
I didn’t realize they had a girls school in Ponce.

ALEXA:
It was more like homeschooling. Family members who taught me and my brother.

CELESTINA:
I'm glad they understand the importance of educating young women. Many still don't, even here, in the capital. I'm fighting hard for my girls to get an equal education. Just today, I sent Román with a request for supplies. 

ALEXA:
A plea for equality. 

CELESTINA:
I intend for it to be published en La Gaceta. In the past, I've appealed to the governor directly, but my words have fallen on deaf ears. Here’s hoping it makes its way to print.

ALEXA:
En la Gaceta. Uh, I should probably start heading home. It’s a bit of a trek.

CELESTINA:
You aren’t walking alone, are you?

ALEXA:
My brother, Benito, should be here any moment.

CELESTINA:
I didn't catch your last name.

ALEXA:
Ventura.

CELESTINA:
The mason's daughter?

ALEXA:
No, my father's a pilot.

CELESTINA:
Ah, a boat captain.

ALEXA:
Right. He pilots boats. Down here. At sea level.

CELESTINA:
A great profession on an island. See you Monday.

ALEXA:
I won't be...my mother might need my help around the house in the coming weeks. I'm not sure when I'll be back.

CELESTINA:
Hasta la próxima. Whenever it may be.

ALEXA:
Maestra...

MUSIC:  "SO LONG, AND THANKS" – PLAYS UNDER.

CELESTINA:
Yes?

ALEXA:
Thank you for the warm welcome into your classroom. And for everything you're fighting for. Even if you don't ever get the government to treat us equally, I'm sure generations of girls will benefit from your efforts. 

CELESTINA:
There you go predicting the future again. I'll make a prediction of my own. I think you'll do amazing things, Alexandra Ventura. Buena suerte.

ALEXA:
Thank you.

SOUND: ALEXA OPENS THE DOOR.

SCENE 6B - THE TIMESTORM.

SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR AND WINDSHIELD ZAP INTO BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
You tell me: what is a plea for equality worth to Celestina and those girls?

HORACIO:
Everything. 

ATABEY:
And in the original timeline, it's been lost forever. There's only one way to get it back.

HORACIO:
They must get that artifact.

SCENE 6C - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. PORTICO OUTSIDE OF CELESTINA'S CLASSROOM.

ALEXA:
Beni?

ALEXA/BENI:
I'm so glad to see you.

BENI:
You wouldn't believe // what happened today.

ALEXA:
I know what the artifact is.

BENI:
Me too.

ALEXA:
So, it's at La Gaceta?

BENI:
Not quite.

ALEXA:
We should probably—

BENI:
Can we find somewhere to—

ALEXA/BENI:
Yeah.

MUSIC: TRANSITION MUSIC: "SO LONG, AND THANKS"
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.

EPISODE CLOSE

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song were by Michael Aquino. The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. With special guests J. F. Seary as Celestina Cordero, Juan Cartagena as Rafael Cordero, Alexis Pérez as Román, and Carlos Ponton as Peña. Also featured were Alyssa Bracken, Amanda Bracken, and Yadier Johnson.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to Timestorm on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! 

TREVOR:
Hi, my name is Trevor. I'm eleven years old from Montclair, New Jersey. My time-travel share-out is about Area 51. Shhhhh! It's a top secret U.S. Air Force location in Nevada. I would travel back to nineteen forty-seven and investigate the Roswell UFO crash. I would find out for myself if there really is life outside of Earth. 

NARRATION:
Your secret is safe with us, Trevor. Thanks for sharing.

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As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

END OF TIMESTORM - EPISODE 4: LA MAESTRA


EPISODE 5: TORN

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

ROMÁN:
Are you new in town?

ALEXA:
Yes. This is all so new. 

ROMÁN:
No need to be nervous. Celestina Cordero is most welcoming.

ALEXA:
A pleasure to meet you, Maestra Cordero. 

CELESTINA:
Román, please see this correspondence makes its way to the newspaper office.

ROMÁN:
It will be at La Gaceta within a quarter of an hour.

CELESTINA:
My students work hard, I work hard - it's unfair that being born female prevents us from being acknowledged for our efforts. Sincerely, Celestina Cordero.

PEÑA:
How delusional must this woman be to think La Gaceta would publish such a desperate notice?

RAFAEL:
You've arrived during free art practice.

BENI:
It's an honor to be in your class, Maestro Cordero.

ROMÁN:
A civil guard stopped us on the street and confiscated the notice before we made it to La Gaceta.

RAFAEL: 
Did you catch the guard's name?

BENI:
His laugh. Sounded like a demon.

RAFAEL:
Peña y Ruiz.

ALEXA:
Thank you for the warm welcome into your classroom. And for everything you're fighting for.

ATABEY:
You tell me: what is a plea for equality worth to Celestina and those girls?

HORACIO:
They must get that artifact.

ALEXA:
Beni?

ALEXA/BENI:
I’m so glad to see you!

BENI: 
You wouldn't believe // what happened today. 

ALEXA: 
I know what the artifact is. 

BENI: 
Me too. 

ALEXA: 
So, it's at la Gaceta? 

BENI: 
Not quite.

MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni
take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.

SCENE 1 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. AN ALLEY.

MUSIC: "LA MAESTRA" TRANSITION.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS TURNING A CORNER STOPPING.

ALEXA:
You actually had the artifact in your hand and you let this dude take it away?

BENI:
Oh, like you would have been able to stop him.

ALEXA:
Maybe not physically. But you could have used your brain, you know.

SOUND: A DOG BARKS IN THE DISTANCE.

BENI:
How about I figured out what the artifact was hours ago, and you figured it out just now.

ALEXA:
I was in class all day being laughed at by two giggling, nineteenth-century know-it-alls. Do you know how hard it is to not say things from the future?

BENI:
Uh, I brought up graphic novels in a discussion about primary colors. And then when someone asked me where I was from, I just blurted out, "Loíza!" That's where a bunch of Pa's family's from, right?

ALEXA:
Yeah. I told Celestina, "Ponce."

BENI:
Maybe we should get our stories straight for the future.

SOUND: THUNDER AND A DOG BARKING IN THE DISTANCE.

ALEXA:
But right now we need to find this civil guard and get that notice back.

BENI:
According to Rafael, his name is Peña y Ruiz and he guards the governor's residence in the afternoon.

SOUND: BAROMETER INSIDE SATCHEL.

ALEXA:
The barometer. It’s glowing blue.

BENI:
We’re on the right track.

ALEXA:
Guess we're going to La Fortaleza.

BENI:
Didn't we visit that place with Ma and Pa?

ALEXA:
Yep. Let's go find this creepy civil guard.

BENI:
Wait until you hear him laugh.

SOUND: THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE.
SOUND: A DOG BARKS IN THE DISTANCE.

SCENE 2 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF LA FORTALEZA.

MUSIC: "LA MAESTRA" TRANSITION.
SOUND: LIGHT RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.

ALEXA:
Rain feels good.

BENI:
The building looks so different. Smaller. And like an actual fort.

ALEXA:
It won't be renovated to look more like a house until sometime in the next decade.

SOUND: PEÑA PACES ON BRICK.

BENI:
That's him there. Peña y Ruiz.

ALEXA:
Pretty average looking, if you ask me.

BENI:
Look! The paper is still there in his front pocket.

ALEXA:
Celestina's plea.

SOUND: THUNDER, STILL DISTANT, BUT CLOSER.

BENI:
How are we supposed to get it?

ALEXA:
I have an idea. I think I can grab it.

BENI:
You can't just walk up to him. You're a girl in eighteen thirty-eight.

ALEXA:
That can work to our advantage. Stay hidden just around this corner. 

SOUND: ALEXA HANDS BENI THE SATCHEL WITH FORCE.
SOUND: BENI GRUNTS.

ALEXA:
Here. Hold onto my old-timey bag.

BENI:
Fine. But just...be careful.

SOUND: ALEXA STEPS FORWARD.

ALEXA:
Help me! Oh, woe!

PEÑA:
Who's there?

BENI:
Oh, woe?

ALEXA:
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay! 

SOUND: HEAVY FOOTSTEPS.

PEÑA:
What is the meaning of this? This is no place for a girl. Leave at once.

ALEXA:
I feel so faint. I need your help, Papá.

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.

PEÑA:
I'm not your father.

ALEXA:
Ay, the rain...the rain...

SOUND: ALEXA FALLS ONTO PEÑA.

PEÑA:
Ave Maria purisima.

ALEXA:
Papá, it's getting...so...dark.

PEÑA:
Eh?

SOUND: ALEXA SLIDES THE PAPER FROM HIS POCKET.
SOUND: BAROMETER FX.

BENI:
She's got it.

ALEXA:
Thank you for your help. I feel much better now.

SOUND: ALEXA STEPS AWAY.

PEÑA:
Not so fast. I'll take this back.

SOUND: BAROMETER - CUT.
SOUND: PEÑA GRABS HER ARM AND SNATCHES THE PAPER AWAY.
SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS; ALEXA SHRIEKS.
SOUND: BAROMETER FX - FADES.

BENI:
Let go of her.

SOUND: PEÑA GRUNTS.
SOUND: THUNDER APPROACHING.

ALEXA:
Get it, Beni!

SOUND: BENI GRABS THE PAPER.

BENI:
This paper isn't yours!

PEÑA:
You again?

SOUND: PEÑA REACHES FOR THE PAPER, RIPPING IT IN HALF.

ALEXA:
(gasps) It's torn in two.

BENI:
Give me the other half.

PEÑA:
You dare give an order to a civil guard officer?

SOUND: PEÑA GRABS BENI.
SOUND: BENI STRUGGLES.

BENI:
My arms! 

ALEXA:
Let him go!

SOUND: PEÑA LAUGHS.

PEÑA:
Scamper off, little girl.

ROMÁN:
(yelling from several feet away under a portico) Would you look at this? The entrance to La Fortaleza is unguarded. Perhaps I'll pay the governor a visit.

PEÑA:
Who's there? 

SOUND: BENI STRUGGLES.

BENI:
Román!

PEÑA:
Keep still, silly boy.

SOUND: ALEXA GRABS THE OTHER HALF OF THE PAPER.

ALEXA:
Got the other half!

BENI:
Grab the satchel, Alexa!

SOUND: ALEXA GRABS THE SATCHEL.

PEÑA:
Ay, niños malditos.

SOUND: BENI WRIGGLES FREE.
SOUND: BAROMETER FX IN SATCHEL - CONTINUES UNDER.

BENI:
Ha-HA!

ROMÁN:
Run, Benito! Corre, Alexa! Complete the errand!

ALEXA:
Come on!

BENI:
Let’s go!

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI RUN; BAROMETER FX - FADES.

PEÑA:
I'll have you arrested, young man!

ROMÁN:
Perhaps the governor would frown upon one of his civil guards arresting the top student in the seminary.

PEÑA:
What is your name?

ROMÁN:
Román Baldorioty de Castro. 

SOUND: ROMÁN STEPS OUT FROM UNDER THE PORTICO.

ROMÁN:
You have no right to take private property. And you have no right to kick me from the streets on my San Juan.

SCENE 3A - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. ANOTHER ALLEY.

SOUND: RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: THUNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI RUN; THEY SLOW TO A STOP, LAUGHING. 

BENI:
How amazing was Román back there?

ALEXA:
He came out of nowhere!

BENI:
Peña's no match for him.

ALEXA:
That laugh!

SOUND: ALEXA IMITATES PEÑA’S LAUGH.

BENI:
I told you!

ALEXA:
His uniform smelled like it's never been washed.

BENI:
(imitates ALEXA) The rain...the rain...Papá it's getting so dark.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH.

BENI:
Shame the paper's torn. Here. Put both pieces in your purse thing.

ALEXA:
Good idea. We don't want it to get anymore destroyed before we get to La Gaceta.

BENI:
La Gaceta?

SOUND: THUNDER - CLOSE BY.

ALEXA:
Román said to complete the errand.

BENI:
He doesn't know what we know.

ALEXA:
You should've seen La Maestra's face. She's just trying to get what the girls deserve.

BENI:
We can't go back without this artifact.

ALEXA:
But delivering this notice seems like such a minor thing.

BENI:
La Gaceta never published this notice. It has to stay that way. 

ALEXA:
Celestina cares so much about her students. This is her life's work. 

BENI:
We’re not supposed deliver this to La Gaceta. We can't mess around with history.

SCENE 3B - THE TIMESTORM.

SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR AND WINDSHIELD ZAP INTO BUZZ - CONTINUE UNDER.

HORACIO:
You're right, Benito. Ugh, why can't I just tell him? I can use the barometer. 

ATABEY:
Not yet.

HORACIO:
So we're going to let them alter history and create another timeline when I have the ability to speak to them?

ATABEY:
They haven't altered history yet. You need you to trust your cousins. They need to trust themselves. They've got this.  

SCENE 3C - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. AN ALLEY.

ALEXA:
Fine.

SOUND: ALEXA STEPS AWAY.

BENI:
Alexa!

ALEXA:
What?

SOUND: BAROMETER FX - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
See? We're doing the right thing. 

ALEXA:
Tempus.

BENI:
Here we go...

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDER; PORTAL FX.

SCENE 4 - 1838. SAN JUAN, PR. INSIDE CELESTINA'S CLASSROOM.

MUSIC: “SO LONG, AND THANKS” PLAYS UNDER SCENE.
SOUND: DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING.
SOUND: RAFAEL'S FOOTSTEPS ENTERING THE CLASSROOM.

RAFAEL:
Hola, hermana. Another week of lessons completed.

CELESTINA:
Rafael. How did your students fare today?

RAFAEL:
Tremendous. And yours?

CELESTINA:
They managed well enough. My class continues to grow. I had to assign three girls to share a slate today.

RAFAEL:
I hope this helps.

SOUND: RAFAEL PLACES DOWN A FEW SLATES.

CELESTINA:
I don't want to take slates away from your boys.

RAFAEL:
It's rare that all my slates are in use at one time. 

CELESTINA:
I appreciate your generosity, but I’d prefer to claim what’s rightfully ours. Let us first see what my public announcement in La Gaceta yields.

RAFAEL:
I'm afraid the notice was intercepted.

CELESTINA:
What's this?

RAFAEL:
I spoke with Román. That arrogant Peña y Ruiz swiped the paper from him before he reached La Gaceta. 

SOUND: CELESTINA STANDS, SLIDING CHAIR BACK.

CELESTINA:
They want to silence me. To make it seem like I don't exist. No, it’s worse than that. They want to erase the fact that there are girls in here everyday thinking and speaking their minds. Smart girls who can grow up and be better teachers than I could ever dream of being. 

RAFAEL:
I'm sorry, Celestina.

CELESTINA:
I thought maybe when Queen Maria Cristina put a halt to the slave trade to Puerto Rico that more freedoms would follow. But here we are, three years later, and I can't offer my students what they need.

SOUND: CELESTINA SLAMS A STACK OF PAPER ON HER DESK.

RAFAEL:
Is that paper? Why are the sheets torn?

CELESTINA:
I tore each sheet into four smaller pieces. It will last longer this way.

RAFAEL:
Ay, Celestina. Please, accept these slates. I'm repaying a debt.

CELESTINA:
You owe me nothing.

RAFAEL:
I'm a teacher because of you. You changed my life when you started that first school here in San Juan. How lucky I've been to have a big sister to lead the way. 

CELESTINA:
You would have started one soon enough. After all, you are a Cordero.

RAFAEL:
Ah, but I could never match your perseverance. Standing up to the city council to get accreditation after years of rejection. 

CELESTINA:
And the rejection continues. I'm so tired, Rafael.

RAFAEL:
Then rest your mind for the new week. Your students need you.

CELESTINA:
Thank you for the slates. The girls will benefit from them.

SOUND: CELESTINA PLACES THE SLATES NEXT TO THE OTHERS. 

RAFAEL:
Debt repaid?

CELESTINA:
You don’t owe me, hermanito. 

RAFAEL:
Ay, Celestina, so many of us do.

MUSIC: “SO LONG, AND THANKS” PLAYS OUT.

SCENE 5 - THE TIMESTORM. THE HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE PORTAL.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH.

HORACIO:
Welcome back. How was the trip?

BENI:
Kind of crazy.

ATABEY:
Lots of running around. 

BENI:
You could see us in the windshield?

HORACIO:
Not the whole time. We check in to make sure you're safe.

BENI:
How long were we there? You know, in earth time? 

HORACIO:
You completed the quest in just under eight hours.

SOUND: ALEXA RETRIEVES THE PIECES OF PAPER FROM THE SATCHEL.

ALEXA:
Here you go. A plea for equality. Torn apart.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud emerge.

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD RHYTHM - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
What in the world? It's like one of those mobiles for a baby's crib. 

ALEXA:
Only...for junk.

ATABEY:
Artefactos.

HORACIO:
This is the artifact cloud. You can see objects already up there.

ALEXA:
An instrument. An old book. Ooh, a mask. 

BENI:
Why is everything changing size like that?

ATABEY:
In the cloud, matter changes form according to the cloud's rhythm.

BENI:
But where did these other artifacts come from?

ATABEY:
A question for another time. Artifact attained.

SOUND: ARTIFACT FLOATING INTO CLOUD.

ALEXA:
Whoa. Okay. There it goes.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud retreat.

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD RETREATS.

HORACIO:
 ¿Qué pasa, Alexa?

ALEXA:
The notice should have been published instead of floating around in a weird-looking cloud.

HORACIO:
If you had delivered it to La Gaceta, it would have created another timeline.

ALEXA:
So, we just hold on to what happened, knowing that we could have done more?

BENI:
You saw Celestina teach. We found and retrieved the plea for equality.

ALEXA:
What does bringing back a muddy, torn piece paper of from eighteen thirty-eight do exactly?

ATABEY:
A question for another time. 

BENI:
Wait a minute. I thought time was too human for you.

ATABEY:
It’s just a saying, Benito Ventura. Now, before the time portal closes—

SOUND: A WHOOSH OF A QUICK COSTUME CHANGE.

BENI:
Ah. Twenty-first-century clothes are so comfortable.

HORACIO:
You'll be back for your next quest before you—

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: BAROMETER, RAIN, HOLOGRAM, HELICOPTER INTERIOR - CUT.
SOUND: PORTAL FX.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE PORTAL.

SCENE 6 - 2017. NEWARK, NJ. THE VENTURA HOME. BENI'S ROOM.

(Wednesday early evening.)

SOUND: RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: TELEVISION IN THE DISTANCE.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BEI LAUGH - MUFFLED.
SOUND: CLARA MUFFLED KNOCK THROUGH THE DOOR .

CLARA:
(through the door) Beni? (in the hallway) Have you seen your sister?

SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.


EPISODE CLOSE

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song were by Michael Aquino. The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. With special guests J. F. Seary as Celestina Cordero, Juan Cartagena as Rafael Cordero, Alexis Pérez as Román, and Carlos Ponton as Peña y Ruiz.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support by PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to Timestorm on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! Here's Leilani, who co-hosts of the Book Power for Kids podcast featured on the KidsListen app. 

Hi. My name’s Leilani. I’m ten years old and I live in Kissimmee, Florida. My adventure share-out is about my vacation to Thailand. My family and I were staying at a family resort and we got to plant trees by the riverbank. Our boat driver was steering the boat through the river when we saw some monkeys on the shore. We looked at them and took pictures, but the excitement really began when two of them climbed over to us. One came from trees and dropped onto the plastic canopy on top of the boat. The the others swam up near us and jumped up the side of the boat. Our driver immediately got out of the boat and grabbed a bamboo pull to fend off the monkeys with. One of the monkeys grabbed a bag of rice we were going to have for lunch, but the driver wrestled it away. It was a crazy, amazing experience, and one that I will never forget.

NARRATION:
Sounds like those monkeys wanted to party with you. Thanks for sharing, Leilani. 

Hey, listeners, we want to hear from you. We're seeking voice recordings of up to one minute in the following categories: Adventure, Culture, Community, and Time-travel. To learn more about how to submit your own Share-out, please visit TimestormSeries.com.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) ENDS.

END OF TIMESTORM - EPISODE 5: TORN


EPISODE 6: ORDINARY LIVES

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

ALEXA:
Just, uh, thinking about that report due Thursday. 

BENI:
Ugh. I haven't even started. I think my best ideas come to me last minute.

JAIDEN:
Ben-ji-mi-ah.

BENI:
My name is Benito.

THAD:
Weirdito?

JANELLY:
Hey, Beni. So...I think we said we'd try to finish level nine tonight?

SONIA:
Hi, Lex. I’ll send you a recording of the song. If you have time, let me know what you think?

ALEXA:
"She will change everything." It's Maria. Hurricane Maria will change everything.

BETINA:
Newark Public Library North End Branch. This is Betina. People are congregating here. Some brought donations. Others want to know if we've got any news.

CLARA:
We need to plan how we're going to deal with the community response to the hurricane.

BENI:
That's him there. Peña y Ruiz. Look! The paper is still there in his front pocket.

ALEXA:
Celestina's plea. Get it, Beni!

HORACIO:
You completed the quest in just under eight hours. You'll be back for your next quest before you —

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE PORTAL.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT. 

MUSIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we all belong.
Horacio, Alexa, and Beni
take back time, find history in the timestorm.
Witness. Find. Remember.


SCENE 1 - 2017. THE VENTURA HOME.

(Wednesday night. Newark, New Jersey. Beni's room.)

SOUND: RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: BENI AND ALEXA LAUGH - MUFFLED.
SOUND: CLARA KNOCKS ON THE DOOR.

CLARA:
(in the hallway) Beni? Have you seen your sister?

SOUND: BENI AND ALEXA LAUGH - MUFFLED.

CLARA:
(in the hallway) What's so funny?

SOUND: DOOR OPENING.

CLARA:
Alexa?

ALEXA:
Hey, Ma. Beni just told me the funniest story.

CLARA:
Oh si? You wait until the last minute to write your report, and then you decide it's comedy hour? Benito Ventura, get your butt in front of the computer.

SOUND: BENI’S STOMACH GROWLS.

CLARA:
Was that your stomach?

BENI:
I'm so hungry.

ALEXA:
Yeah, I’m starving, too.

CLARA:
Okay. Fifteen minutes ago you two were in a rush to finish eating. And now that I’ve packed everything away in the Tupperwares, you act like I’m not feeding you.

SOUND: BENI AND ALEXA KISS THEIR MOTHER.

BENI:
Your food is the best.

ALEXA:
So much better than bread.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI WALK PAST HER AND INTO THE HALLWAY.

CLARA:
Pero, I don't understand these children.

SCENE 2 - 2017. THE VENTURA HOME.

(An hour later. The office.)

MUSIC: “HOME” TRANSITION.

CLARA:
How’s it coming along, Beni?

SOUND: BENI JOLTING UP IN THE OFFICE CHAIR.

BENI:
Huh?

CLARA:
Were you sleeping?

BENI:
Just resting a minute. I’m pretty tired. 

CLARA:
It’s seven o’clock.

SOUND: BENI SNORES.

CLARA:
Benito.

BENI:
Sorry. 

CLARA:
Honestly, with everything that’s been happening, I’m exhausted, too. But we can’t let this hurricane completely disrupt our lives. We all have to make sure we’re getting our sleep. How about this? I'll set an early alarm and you can finish the report before you leave for school. Okay?

BENI:
Thanks, Ma.

SCENE 3 - 2017. NEWARK. RAFAEL HERNÁNDEZ SCHOOL. 

MUSIC: "BELL, LOCKER...CLASS!" TRANSITION.
SOUND: HALLWAY SOUNDS CHATTER - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
I'm serious, Janelly. I don't know what I'm going to say to Ms. Thompson. 

JANELLY:
So, why didn't you finish the report again?

BENI:
I thought my best ideas would come to me last night. But I kept falling asleep.

JANELLY:
Guess that's why you never called back?

BENI:
Called back? Oh, man. We were supposed to beat that level in Ancient Americas. I totally forgot, Janelly. I’m sorry. We've got a lot going on right now.

JANELLY:
I hear you. The hurricane, right?

BENI:
We haven't heard from our grandparents yet.

JANELLY:
We can't reach our cousins.

BENI:
Epic stuff.

JANELLY:
Seriously. Like Magneto ripping out Wolverine's adamantium epic.

BENI:
Yeah. Like destroying the Death Star epic.

JANELLY:
Inter-dimensional travel epic.

BENI:
(nervous laughter) Hey, Alexa! There you are!

ALEXA:
I checked the stairwell, tore apart my bag, even looked by the school entrance.

JANELLY:
No report?

ALEXA:
I bet I left it in my room under that blanket I've been knitting. Ma's going to kill me.

JANELLY:
What about the portal?

FLASHBACK FROM EPISODE 1, SCENE 2:

HORACIO:
Inter-dimensional portal.

SOUND: ECHO FX - SEVERAL SECONDS.

FLASHBACK END.

ALEXA / BENI:
What?

JANELLY:
Didn't you upload the report onto the homework portal?

ALEXA:
Of course. I'll print it out again in the library.

THAD:
Look who it is, Jaiden.

JAIDEN:
Weirdito and crew.

STUDENT:
Thad, what's in there?

SOUND: STUDENT YANKING OFF THAD'S BACKPACK.

THAD:
Hey! Hands off my stuff!

SOUND: THAD TRIPPING AND FALLING ON HIS HANDS.
SOUND: CHANGE FLYING IN EVERY DIRECTION OF THE HALLWAY.

STUDENT:
No way.

BENI:
Um, I think you dropped something.

SOUND: LAUGHTER FROM KIDS IN THE HALLWAY.

THAD:
Shut up!

JAIDEN:
What's with all the change, Thad?

THAD:
Never mind, okay?

JANELLY:
Um, Thad, you probably don't want to lose these bills.

BENI:
Maybe you should get a wallet.

STUDENT:
And a change purse!

SOUND: RESPONSES: "OOH" "BRUTAL" LAUGHTER.
SOUND: THAD SCRAMBLING TO PICK UP CHANGE.

THAD:
Stop it! Stop laughing.

STUDENT:
Look at him. He's over there, trying to pick up nickels.

JAIDEN:
Yo, I’m out of here.

STUDENT:
Whoa-ha-ha. Wow.

SOUND: JAIDEN RUNS OFF.

THAD:
Great. Thanks a lot, Jaiden.

SONIA:
(singing) I don't know what you-- (to THAD) Whoa, Thad. You looked stressed. 

SOUND: THAD  STORMS OFF.

SONIA:
Morning, my lovelies.

ALEXA | BENI | JANELLY:
Hi, Sonia. | Hey. | Morning.

SONIA:
Whoa, Lex. Um. Excuse us.

SOUND: SONIA GRABS ALEXA.

ALEXA:
Ow. Hey, watch the sleeve.

SOUND: SONIA FLINGS OPEN THE GIRLS BATHROOM DOOR.

ALEXA:
What is it?

SONIA:
I'm going to let go of the fact that you didn't text me back…which, I'm guessing, means you didn't listen to my song.

ALEXA:
Sorry. I--

SONIA:
Don't worry. I ended up reworking the whole thing after sending you that file. Right now, we've got an emergency situation happening.

ALEXA:
Emergency?

SOUND: SONIA RUMMAGES THROUGH HER PURSE.

SONIA:
Lex, I know your mom doesn't let you wear makeup, but she can make an exception about a tiny bit of concealer because you are rocking serious bags under those eyes.

SOUND: SONIA OPENS A TUBE OF CONCEALER.

ALEXA:
Yo. Get that concealer out of my face.

SONIA:
Just a few dabs.

ALEXA:
That's not even my color and my mom would definitely notice. Besides, I don't think that bags under my eyes counts as an emergency.

SONIA:
Fine. No concealer. But tonight you should put teabags over your eyes.

ALEXA:
Sonia. 

SONIA:
For the puffiness.

ALEXA:
I'm sorry that I didn't listen to your song. 

SONIA:
You can listen while you're knitting.

ALEXA:
I was doing some stuff for...family.

SONIA:
Oh, wait...you guys still have grandparents down in PR, right?

ALEXA:
Yeah. A bunch of family, actually.

SONIA:
Mom's really upset and she doesn't even have relatives down there anymore. On the news, they showed the town where she was born. I didn't even recognize it.

ALEXA:
I forgot that you've been down there.

SONIA:
It was years ago. But I still remember.

ALEXA:
We went last summer. You're right. It looks completely different on the news. 

SOUND: BELL RINGS.

SONIA:
Oh no. Two minutes to haul it over to the other side of the building.

SOUND: BATHROOM DOOR OPENS. 

ALEXA:
Blame the bags under my eyes.

SONIA:
You're so funny.

SOUND: BATHROOM DOOR CLOSES.

SCENE 4 - NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY NORTH END BRANCH,

MUSIC: “LIBRARY” TRANSITION.
SOUND: CLARA MOVES CARDBOARD BOXES.

BETINA:
Clara? Are you in here somewhere?

CLARA:
Yeah, behind the pile of Pampers boxes.

SOUND: CLARA LIFTS A CARDBOARD BOX.

BETINA:
Oh, hey. I just put up more “Section Closed” signs and roped off the area. 

CLARA:
We’ll have to find more room for these donations.

BETINA:
How about upstairs?

CLARA:
We’ve got so much scheduled for the community room.

BETINA:
I know. But we can’t remove any more tables. Or block shelves or computers.

LENA:
Hola. Hello. Yo traje unas baterías y también traje unas...ay, como se dice...eh’te...tarps.

SOUND: CARDBOARD BOX PLACED ON TOP OF OTHER BOXES.

CLARA:
Si, si. Las llevaré.

LENA:
Mira. Aqui, Jose Luis!

SOUND: SHUFFLING OF FEET AND GRUNTS.

JOSE LUIS:
Yo, these D batteries are heavy.

CLARA:
Especially when you’re carrying that many. They must weigh more than you. Mira, right around here.

SOUND: GRUNT AND HEAVY BAGS SET ON THE GROUND.

BETINA:
It’s nice to see you helping your mom.

JOSE LUIS:
She can’t be carrying around those batteries.

CLARA:
Muchas gracias, señora.

LENA:
Ay, mamita. Ni lo menciones. Esa es mi gente.

JOSE LUIS:
Looks like you’re running out of room. 

BETINA:
I don’t know. Maybe we should tell people to bring their donations to the main branch.

JOSE LUIS:
See now...you wouldn’t find us dragging this stuff all the way over there. Ma doesn't even go downtown since her foot surgery, and my lunch break's the only time I can help her. Anyway, you gotta have a drop-off right in the neighborhood.

CLARA:
You’re right.

LENA:
Ay, pero mi’ja, tu te ves bien cansada.

CLARA:
Si, pues. I am exhausted.

SOUND:  A GROUP OF TODDLERS APPROACH THE DONATIONS.

BETINA:
Clara! Toddlers from the reading hour are in the maze of donations. (to toddler) No, don’t climb on the Similac!

FIRE MARSHAL:
Excuse me, Ms. Ventura?

CLARA:
Hi. Dropping off donations?

FIRE MARSHAL:
Not quite. I'm the fire marshal. I'm here to conduct an inspection.

SCENE 5 - 2017. A DIGITAL SPACE.

(Clara's voice mail.)

SOUND: CELL PHONE BEEP.

MS. THOMPSON:
(via phone) Hi, Mrs. Ventura. It’s Ms. Thompson, Alexa and Beni’s social studies teacher. The twins seemed...a little off today. Beni didn't have his report and...both of them fell asleep in class. Now, I know a lot of my students are waiting to hear from family down in Puerto Rico. If that's the case with the twins, it's certainly understandable. I'm happy to give Beni an extension, but if I don't have his report by Monday, I'm afraid it'll affect his grade. And listen, I'll be devoting all of tomorrow to a discussion about Hurricane Maria. Maybe it’ll help some students process the situation. I just hope everything's okay, you know? Have a good day.

SCENE 6 - 2017. THE VENTURA HOME. OFFICE.

MUSIC: “HOME” TRANSITION.
SOUND: BENI TYPES.

BENI:
During that cold, harsh winter in Jockey Hollow in Morris County--

ALEXA:
Hey, Beni. Oh. Sorry. You're doing your project.

BENI:
Please, interrupt me.

ALEXA:
Even after the way Ma laid into you when she got home from work?

BENI:
Why'd Ms. Thompson have to go and call her like that?

ALEXA:
And why'd she have to tell her that I fell asleep in class?

SOUND: ALEXA FLIPS THROUGH TAKE BACK TIME.

BENI:
Don't let Ma see that. She said no comic books until I'm done with the report.

ALEXA:
Really quick, do you know why L. J. Ortega never published anything besides Take Back Time?

BENI:
There's a theory that she did. Only it was under a different name.

ALEXA:
Where'd you hear that?

BENI:
It's ComicKidsOrbit.com.

SOUND: BENI TYPES, CLICKS, AND SCROLLS.

BENI:
Wait a minute: there's a new post.

ALEXA:
What?

BENI:
(reading) Secret audio of the elusive L. J. Ortega!

ALEXA:
Wait. What?

SOUND: ALEXA CLICKS AND SCROLLS.

BENI:
(reading) Greetings Take Back Time fans, I found a short clip of audio with the voice of the mysterious L. J. Ortega. I can't say where I got this, but the original cassette tape was definitely real. It was transferred to this MP3 file. Link can no longer be found!

SOUND: ALEXA CLICKS AND SCROLLS.

ALEXA:
Hey. There's an update from the person who posted the link.

BENI:
(reading) A moderator said I can't post an audio file if I don't say where it came from. Here's a password-protected page instead. For the audio: figure out the password with this clue.

SOUND: DOOR CREAKING AS CLARA ENTERS THE ROOM.

CLARA:
What's going on? Benito, I said no comic books until you're done….pero, qué es esto? You're not even working on the assignment? You're supposed to ask me before going onto that site.

ALEXA:
It was my idea, Ma. 

CLARA:
And the comic book?

ALEXA:
It's mine.

CLARA:
I think you're covering up for your brother. You're both on restriction through the weekend. 

BENI:
How am I getting in trouble for this?

CLARA:
No comic books, video games, no going online except for school work. No knitting.

ALEXA | BENI:
Not fair! | Come on!

CLARA:
I'll take your phones.

ALEXA:
What?

CLARA:
Nah-ah-ah. No, no, no, señor. We're dealing with too much right now. We're still waiting to hear from family down in P. R. Things are crazy at work. I don't need you adding to the chaos. Okay? Your phones. Dame.

ALEXA | BENI:
All right. | Fine.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI HAND HER THEIR PHONES.

CLARA:
Mira, your father comes home tomorrow…and I'd like to have a somewhat ordinary weekend. I know this hurricane has kicked my nerves into overdrive, but you two shouldn't have to take that on. I don't want to see it affecting your school work.

ALEXA:
No, it's not you, Ma.

BENI:
Really, it's not you.

CLARA:
¿Seguro? There's nothing else you want to tell me?

ALEXA/BENI:
No.

CLARA:
Two pages typed before you go to bed, Benito.

BENI:
Got it.

SOUND: THE DOOR CREAKS AS CLARA EXITS.
SOUND: ALEXA ROLLS CHAIR AWAY FROM THE DESK.

ALEXA:
This is getting out of control. 

BENI:
What is?

ALEXA:
Keeping all this a secret. Making excuses for being super tired all the time.

BENI:
Think about it, Alexa. We stole a plea for equality from that Peña guy in San Juan eighteen thirty-eight. We can do this.

ALEXA:
Maybe you're fine with missing assignments, but I'm not okay with forgetting my homework and falling asleep in class. We need to plan out these trips. 

BENI:
Like Atabey said, we can't control the weather. 

ALEXA:
We don't have to travel every time there's a storm. Maybe we just stick with weekends?

BENI:
This isn’t like scheduling a gaming tournament. We’re following laws for another dimension, Alexa. I think we kinda have to go with it.

ALEXA:
Ugh. I'm gonna make a really huge blanket. 

SCENE 7 - 2017. THE VENTURA HOME. LIVING ROOM.

MUSIC: “HOME” TRANSITION.
SOUND: KEYS IN DOOR; DOOR OPENING.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI HUG RAMIRO.

BENI / ALEXA:
Papi!

RAMIRO:
You haven't called me Papi in years.

ALEXA:
Feels like we haven't seen you in years.

CLARA:
Rami.

BENI:
Hey, Ma said we could go to Mario's for pizza since I finished my history report last night.

RAMIRO:
Mario's sounds perfect right now. 

BENI:
Pizza's always perfect.

RAMIRO:
Sorry I got in late. Had to alter course to avoid a string of pop-up storms.

ALEXA | BENI:
Ooh, really? | Coming this way?

CLARA:
Oh. I was thinking we'd walk to Mario's, but if it's raining...

RAMIRO:
Eh. We can walk in the rain for a few blocks. When I was growing up in Puerto Rico we--

ALL:
--danced in the rain.

RAMIRO:
That's right!

ALEXA:
I'll get my raincoat. You know, something I need for this...um...weather.

BENI:
Yeah, I have to grab...an umbrella.

RAMIRO:
There's a bunch by the door.

BENI:
I mean, an old one I have - it's my favorite.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI WALK OUT OF THE ROOM.

RAMIRO:
Beni has a favorite umbrella?

CLARA:
They've been saying strange things all week.

RAMIRO:
Ay. Have you heard from any family?

CLARA:
No. You? 

RAMIRO:
Nothing yet. Lots of people stopping by the library?

CLARA:
Oh, si. Including a surprise inspection by the fire marshal. 

RAMIRO:
Oh no.

CLARA:
We've got to find another place for the donations as soon as possible.

RAMIRO:
Can't you send people over to the main branch of the library?

CLARA:
People want a donation drop-off in this neighborhood. 

RAMIRO:
Of course. Well, we'll work on getting these items down to Puerto Rico sooner than later.

CLARA:
You said there were no flights going down there.

RAMIRO:
No commercial flights to San Juan. But I've been talking to other pilots about flying into airports on the western side of the island.

CLARA:
Of course! In Ponce and Aguadilla. We’ve been so focused on the airport in San Juan.

RAMIRO:
With all of us pitching in, Clarita, we'll see this through.

CLARA:
I know we will. 

RAMIRO:
But first: pizza.

CLARA:
You know it.

SCENE 8 - MARIO'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA.

MUSIC: “MARIO’S FAMOUS PIZZA” TRANSITION.
SOUND: THUNDER; RAIN THROUGH THE STORE FRONT.
SOUND: DIN OF A BUSTLING PIZZERIA.

CLARA:
More antipasto?

RAMIRO:
No, thanks. The pizza should be out any minute. And I'm ready.

SOUND: BAROMETER FX.

RAMIRO:
You hear that? Is it someone's cell?

CLARA:
Not like any I've ever heard.

SOUND: ALEXA GRABS RAIN COAT AND STANDS.

ALEXA:
I want to put my rain coat on the coat rack down the hall.

SOUND: BENI GRABS UMBRELLA AND STANDS.

BENI:
Yeah, my umbrella, too.

CLARA:
Okay?

ALEXA:
Be right back.

RAMIRO:
Hurry, or I'll eat your slices.

BENI:
That was a close call with Ma and Pa hearing the barometer.

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP; PORTAL FX.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI SHOUT AS THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE PORTAL.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT. 

MUSIC: THEME SONG: "IN THE TIMESTORM" (INSTRUMENTAL) - UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and theme song were by Michael Aquino. The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Janelly was played by Frances Ramos. Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. Thad was played by Philipe AbiYouness. This episode also featured Trevor Brown, Amanda Faison, Alina Figueroa, Luis Figueroa, Christine Mariani, Alexis Pérez, and Edward Terhune.

Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. If you enjoy the show, please tell two friends about it, and then, ask your parents to subscribe to the Timestorm on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or the KidsListen App. Transcripts and resources are available at TimestormSeries.com.

Now, it's time for our Listener Share-out! 

EMILIANA:
Hello. My name is Emiliana. I’m seven years old and I live in New Jersey. For my culture share-out, I want to share my trip to Puerto Rico. We went to the beach in Isabela and it was so much fun! After that, we had arroz con pollo - it was muy rico! My favorite Timestorm characters are Beni and Alexa y Rami. I love Timestorm!

NARRATION: 
We’re so glad you enjoy the show Emiliana. And I love arroz con pollo, too!

Hey, listeners, we want to hear from you. We're seeking voice recordings of up to one minute in the following categories: Adventure, Culture, Community, and Time-travel. To learn more about how to submit your own Share-out, please visit TimestormSeries.com.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

END OF TIMESTORM - EPISODE 6: ORDINARY LIVES