TRANSCRIPTS

EPISODE 1: THE STORM
EPISODE 2: …WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING
EPISODE 3: ATABEY
EPISODE 4: LA MAESTRA
EPISODE 5: TORN
EPISODE 6: ORDINARY LIVES
EPISODE 7: BROKEN
BONUS: CONSOLACIÓN
EPISODE 8: CHANGING TIMES
EPISODE 9: INVISIBLE
EPISODE 10: ANSWER THE CALL
MINISODE: THIS IS ME

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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


EPISODE 7: BROKEN

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm...

SOUND: RAIN; DISTANT THUNDER. 

CLARA:
More antipasto?

RAMIRO:
No, thanks. Pizza should be out any minute. And I'm ready.

SOUND: BAROMETER FX.

ALEXA:
Be right back.

RAMIRO:
Hurry, or I'll eat your slices.

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 - THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

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

HORACIO:
Hola, primos. What have you been up to?

ALEXA:
We were about to eat pizza.

HORACIO:
Pizza. Oh. To eat pizza again.

ATABEY:
Former humans don't require caloric intake.

HORACIO:
I'm not thinking about calories.

ATABEY:
Let's do this, shall we? 

HORACIO:
Clothing.

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

HORACIO:
Stylish.

ALEXA:
Can these sleeves be any poufier?

BENI:
I'm so gonna have hat hair.

SOUND: HOLOGRAM ZAP; BAROMETER - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Synching barometer: mil ochocientos noventa y siete / eighteen ninety-seven / Ponce, Puerto Rico / Teatro La Perla / Cosme Tizol / padre / father / Claudio Brindis de Salas / Cuban / cubano / Stradivarius / promise / Lolita Tizol / nena / girl / violinist / violinista / broken / promesa. Your quest: Retrieve a broken promise from Ponce. Quest begins now.

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


SCENE 2 - 1897. PONCE, PR. HOUSE/BACKSTAGE OF TEATRO LA PERLA.

SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER.
MUSIC: END OF "CONSOLACIÓN" (C. BRINDIS DE SALAS) ON VIOLIN.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI ARRIVE WITH A WHOOSH, AND THEN HOLD BACK LAUGHTER.

BENI:
Shh. We can’t. It’s a concert.

SOUND: AUDIENCE APPLAUSE AND PEOPLE RISING TO THEIR FEET.

ALEXA:
Whoa. It's standing room only.

BENI:
(shouting towards the stage) Woohoo!

ALEXA:
Did you just woohoo?

BENI:
What? That's what Pa does at jazz concerts at NJPAC.

ALEXA:
Where do you think we'll find a broken promise?

BENI:
I don't know. This place is huge. It could be anywhere.

SOUND: AUDIENCE DIN AS PEOPLE LEAVE THE THEATRE.

YOUNG LOLA:
He was amazing, Papi!

COSME:
Si, Lolita.

YOUNG LOLA:
And to think he came all the way here to play for us.

COSME:
For us, and a few hundred other Ponceños. Mira, an usher just went through that door leading backstage. Quick. Got your violin? Follow me, Lolita. 

SOUND: COSME AND LOLA SHUFFLE DOWN THE AISLE OF THE THEATRE.
SOUND: COSME OPENING A HEAVY DOOR.

YOUNG LOLA:
You think we're allowed, Papi?

COSME:
No one's said otherwise.

SOUND: LOLA AND COSME WALK THROUGH THE DOOR.

BENI:
Maybe there's a broken promise backstage?

ALEXA:
You read my mind.

SOUND: THE TWINS ENTER BACKSTAGE; DOOR CLOSES.
SOUND: PUSHING ASIDE A HEAVY THEATRICAL CURTAIN.

BENI:
Here. Behind this curtain.

STAGEHAND:
Pero…it was an honest mistake, Señor. You see, some musicians request that we put away their instruments following a concert.

SOUND: THE STAGEHAND'S FOOTSTEPS AS HE PUSHES A CART BACKSTAGE.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
I will put away my Stradivarius. Gracias.

SOUND: STAGE HAND FOOTSTEPS LEAVING.

ALEXA:
Stradivarius? 

BENI:
Sounds like a dinosaur.

ALEXA:
It's a violin. They're crazy rare.

COSME:
Con permiso, Señor.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
¿Sí? Do I know you? 

COSME:
Cosme Tizol. I heard you teach the violin in every city you visit.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Bueno. I try.

SOUND: YOUNG LOLA STEPS UP TO BRINDIS DE SALAS.

YOUNG LOLA:
I've never heard anyone play the violin like you.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Gracias, m’ijita. I see you've brought your own instrument. 

YOUNG LOLA:
I can play it for you.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
I hope you'll understand I only teach serious students. 

COSME:
Lolita is serious.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Serious male students.

COSME:
Maybe it's time to change that.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
I'm afraid my time in Ponce is all booked up. Lo siento.

YOUNG LOLA:
Excuse me, but...how far away is Havana?

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Ah, you know my hometown in Cuba. You've studied me.

YOUNG LOLA:
I know that your island is to the west of ours and that we share a sea. 

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
That's more geography than I knew at your age.

YOUNG LOLA:
Is it close enough that you'll come here again? Or perhaps, my family can visit you?

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Ah, mira. You are quite serious.

COSME:
Let her play. Then you can decide.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Show me your best thirty seconds, niña.

SOUND: LOLA TAKES HER VIOLIN OUT OF ITS CASE.
MUSIC: LOLA PLAYS A PORTION OF "CONSOLACIÓN"; CONTINUE UNDER DIALOGUE.

BENI:
She's really good. You think her violin is the artifact?

ALEXA
I hope not. I don't want to take this girl's violin.

MUSIC: LOLA FINISHES PLAYING.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Impressive. Bueno, me llamo Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido.

YOUNG LOLA:
I know that. They also call you the King of Octaves.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Asi es. And your name?

YOUNG LOLA:
Lola Tizol.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
I will teach you, Lola. But only if you commit to the violin, to make it your life's passion.

YOUNG LOLA:
I promise.

BRINDIS DE SALAS:
Meet me here tomorrow afternoon after school lets out.

COSME:
Gracias, Señor Brindis.

YOUNG LOLA:
I won't let you down.

SOUND: BRINDIS DE SALAS’S FOOTSTEPS.
SOUND: TUGGING OF THEATRICAL CURTAINS.
SOUND: COSME AND LOLA'S FOOTSTEPS PASS; DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES.

BENI:
Shouldn't we follow them? That girl, literally, just made a promise. That's gotta be a clue.

ALEXA:
She made a promise. She didn't break one. The artifact's got to be in here somewhere.

SOUND: ALEXA'S FOOTSTEPS CROSSING THE STAGE.

BENI:
Alexa. What are you doing?

ALEXA:
Whoa. Can you imagine performing on this stage with those seats full? People applauding and cheering--

BENI:
We don't have time for this. We need to find a broken promise.

ALEXA:
What if the stagehand promised not to touch the Stradivarius? Would that count?

BENI:
You think the artifact is the crazy rare violin of a world-famous musician?

ALEXA:
You have a better idea?

BENI:
I thought you were against stealing violins?

STAGEHAND:
What are you kids doing on stage? 

ALEXA:
We're...uh...students?

BENI:
Yeah.

STAGEHAND:
Si, aren't we all? You can stay out in the lobby until the storm passes. But you can't be--

SOUND: BAROMETER - CONTINUE UNDER.

STAGEHAND:
What's that sound?

ALEXA:
My brother's pocket watch. It's loud. Probably should get that fixed, Benito.

BENI:
No, no, no. Not yet. We don't have a broken--

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

SCENE 3 - THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

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

BENI:
Hey! We didn't even have enough time to figure out what the broken promise was.

ALEXA:
Was it the Stradivarius? 

HORACIO:
Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido's Stradivarius? Now, that would be an impossible quest.

ATABEY:
You got what you needed from that time.

BENI:
Nothing?

HORACIO:
The artifact is in nineteen-oh-seven. You were in eighteen ninety-seven. 

ALEXA:
So, there wasn't a broken promise in that theater?

ATABEY:
Affirmative. You were there to witness a moment that will help you identify the artifact.

BENI:
Which moment? 

ALEXA:
Yeah. What were we there to see?

HORACIO:
It'll be clear soon. Time to head back: clothing!

SOUND: A ZAP; WHOOSH CLOTHING CHANGE; BAROMETER - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Synching: mil novecientos y siete / nineteen oh seven / Ponce, Puerto Rico / Cosme Tizol / padre / father / Saturnina Tizol / madre / mother / promise / Lola Tizol / young women / señorita / violinist / violinista / broken / promesa. Quest continues now.

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

SCENE 4 - 1907. PONCE, PR. ON THE PORCH OF THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: RAIN ON A ZINC ROOF - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.

SOUND: CHICKS CHIRPING.

ALEXA:
Aw! How cute are the little chicks?

SOUND: SOMEONE WALKING INSIDE THE HOUSE; PORCH DOOR OPENING.

COSME:
I didn't realize Lola was teaching today. Come in, come in. 

ALEXA:
Us?

COSME:
Of course! Your names?

SOUND: THE TWINS FOOTSTEPS ENTERING INTO THE HOUSE.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Benito.

ALEXA:
Alexandra.

SOUND: FOOTSTEPS IN HOUSE SLIPPERS.

SATURNINA:
Hola.

ALEXA / BENI:
Hola, senora.

SOUND: DOOR OPENING.

LOLA:
I'll take it from here, Ma. Thank you. Ah. New students.

COSME:
Benito y Alexandra.

SATURNINA:
You promised to cut back on your hours, Lola.

LOLA:
Ay, Mami. What would you prefer? That I refuse them?

ALEXA:
Oh...no, we can't leave yet. 

BENI:
Uh, our parents would be so disappointed if we didn't start our lessons today.

COSME:
Lola can study after dinner.

SATURNINA:
Fine. But remind that school that you no longer teach on Wednesdays.

LOLA:
Bueno? Who's first?

ALEXA / BENI:
Oh...wow...I... / First...uh...

BENI:
You can go, Alexandra.

ALEXA:
You sure you don't want to go, Benito?

BENI:
Ladies first. I insist.

ALEXA:
Great. Thank you.

COSME:
What a kind young gentleman.

BENI:
I know, right?


SCENE 5A - 1907. PONCE, PR. SIDE ROOM IN THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: LOLA OPENS THE CASE OF THE VIOLIN.

LOLA:
Here's a practice instrument. 

ALEXA:
Oh..uh. Thanks.

SOUND: LOLA HANDS THE VIOLIN TO ALEXA.

LOLA:
Oh. It's your first time holding a violin, isn't it? 

LOLA:
We'll start at the beginning then: resting position. Stand with your feet together. Place the violin under your right arm, like so. Careful not to squeeze the bridge. Good. Now, before I hand you the bow, make a limp hand...y los dedos...aqui...and then...your pinky...así. 

SOUND:  ALEXA HITS STRINGS.

LOLA:
Don't worry, you're doing just fine.

SCENE 5B - 1907. PONCE, PR. THE FRONT ROOM IN THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: PLATE IS PLACED DOWN ON THE TABLE.

SATURNINA:
Mira, m’ijito. Bread.

BENI:
Oh. No, thanks.

SATURNINA:
It wasn't a question.

COSME:
She makes good bread. Buen provecho.

SOUND: SATURNINA SLIDES PLATE.

BENI:
Okay...gracias.

SOUND: BENI TAKES A BITE OF BREAD.

BENI:
Mmm.

SATURNINA:
Does your sister make bread?

BENI:
No.

SATURNINA:
Bueno, she's still young. Now, Lola should be making bread. But between school, teaching, and that violin.

COSME:
Ay, Saturnina, she's keeping her word.

SATURNINA:
It always comes back to this. The promise she made backstage at a concert a long time ago.

BENI:
Backstage. Teatro La Perla.

COSME:
How many children get to learn from Brindis de Salas? Let alone how many girls?

SATURNINA:
Perhaps no other parent would stand for their daughter devoting their lives to music.

COSME:
She's gifted, Saturnina. Brindis saw something in her. Her passion, her promise. 

SATURNINA:
That was ten years ago, Cosme. We're in a new century. And so much has changed. We've all had to let some things go. Mira, more bread, Benito.

BENI:
No, thanks...oh, that wasn't a question. Thank you.

SOUND: BENI TAKES A BITE OF BREAD.

SCENE 6A - 1907. PONCE, PR. SIDE ROOM IN THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.
MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.

LOLA:
Orta vez, from resting position to playing position. 

ALEXA:
Do mind if I stretch out my neck a little?

LOLA:
Go ahead. You can place the instrument in the case right there.

SOUND: ALEXA PLACES THE VIOLIN IN THE CASE.

ALEXA:
You're a good teacher.

LOLA:
That's kind of you. My mother would be thrilled to hear it. She wants me to forget the violin and become an educator. Now, I really do believe that teaching is an excellent profession, but...

ALEXA:
Is it what you want?

LOLA:
I made a promise once.

ALEXA:
A promise?

LOLA:
To dedicate my life to music. Of course, it was years ago. Back when we were still subjects of Spain. Before Hurricane San Ciriaco wiped away so much across the island.

ALEXA:
And you haven't broken your promise in all that time?

LOLA:
I've never gone more than a couple days without playing since I gave him my word. The teacher who changed my life. Claudio--

ALEXA / LOLA:
Brindis de Salas.

LOLA:
You know of him?

ALEXA:
I learned about him recently. The King of Octaves.

LOLA:
I still have the bow he gave me during my final lesson. I promised to use it for my first professional performance.

SOUND: LOLA OPENS A DRAW A RETRIEVES A BOW.

ALEXA:
Wow. Can I hear you play with it?

SOUND: LOLA PLAYS A BIT OF "CONSOLACIÓN.”
SOUND: A KNOCK ON THE DOOR.
SOUND: LOLA'S FOOTSTEPS; ALEXA FOLLOWS; DOOR OPENS.

SCENE 6B - 1907. PONCE, PR. FRONT ROOM IN THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.

LOLA:
Si, Papi?

COSME:
Sorry to interrupt. Lola, a letter's come for you. I thought you'd want to read it at once.

SATURNINA:
Cosme, I told you to let me see it first.

COSME:
The envelope is addressed to Lolita. She should be the one to open it.

BENI:
Alexa, any luck?

ALEXA:
Not yet.

SOUND: COSME HANDING LOLA AN ENVELOPE.

LOLA:
It's from the school in Boston. 

SATURNINA:
Boston?

ALEXA:
Here, I'll...hold your bow.

LOLA:
Gracias.

SOUND:  LOLA TEARS OPEN THE ENVELOPE.

LOLA:
It's a scholarship. To study music. 

COSME | ALEXA | BENI:
De verdad? | Nice! | Whoa!

SATURNINA:
What about the teacher training program in Alabama?

LOLA:
This school can train me to be a professional musician. They believe in me. Just like Brindis.

SATURNINA:
What do you think? You'll tour the world as he did?

LOLA:
Oh, to travel all over and play concerts halls just like Teatro La Perla. Don't you see? I can keep my promise to him.

SATURNINA:
A little girl made a promise. You're a woman now, Lola. And a musician's life is not for you. 

SOUND:  SATURNINA REACHES FOR THE PAPER; LOLA STEPS BACK.

LOLA:
No. You won't touch this letter. You can't stop me! 

SATURNINA:
Here's what I can do.

SOUND: SATURNINA GRABS THE BOW OUT OF ALEXA'S HAND.

LOLA / ALEXA:
My bow! / Wait!

SOUND: SATURNINA CRACKS THE BOW IN TWO.

COSME:
Saturnina!

ALEXA / BENI / LOLA:
It's broken.

LOLA:
How could you? You have no idea what you've done.

SOUND: LOLA RUNS ACROSS THE ROOM AND OUT ONTO THE PORCH.

COSME:
Lola!

ALEXA:
I'll deal with Lola. Get the artifact.

BENI:
The bow. I'm on it.

SOUND: ALEXA EXITS THROUGH THE DOOR ONTO THE PORCH.

SCENE 6C - 1907. PONCE, PR. THE PORCH OF THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST A ZINC ROOF - CONTINUE UNDER.

ALEXA:
I'm sorry that your bow is broken. 

LOLA:
Thank you. You know, if I were a boy she'd probably throw me a party. 

ALEXA:
It's so unfair.

LOLA:
What are you? Thirteen?

ALEXA:
Twelve.

LOLA:
A couple of years until people start setting limits for you.

ALEXA:
I think it'll be different for me. Things change with time. 

LOLA:
I thought things would be different for me, too. When my father took me to see Brindis in concert, and I saw him on that stage playing a Stradivarius - that was it. The life I wanted. To perform. To command an audience's attention. To capture sound then let it ripple away.

SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER.

ALEXA:
Sounds incredible.

LOLA:
But that wasn't even his greatest gift to me.

ALEXA:
The bow.

LOLA:
The bow's special, but no. Brindis made me believe in my promise. How I wish I could have studied with him longer. But he's busy performing on the most famous stages in the world.

ALEXA:
You said he changed your life. Not the performer, but Claudio Brindis, the teacher. Maybe that's how you can change lives, too. Lola Tizol, the teacher.

SCENE 6D - 1907. PONCE, PR. THE FRONT ROOM IN THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST WINDOW SLATES - CONTINUE UNDER.

COSME:
Why couldn't you just talk to her? That bow meant the world to Lolita.

SATURNINA:
It was from her childhood, Cosme. It's time that you recognize she's not a little girl anymore. 

COSME:
I do, Saturnina. But why does that have to mean shutting the door on her dream?

SATURNINA:
Think about life for a young woman. Not some dream, but real life. 

COSME:
I thought maybe, by the time Lolita came of age, becoming a musician would be an option for her. As it should be.

SATURNINA:
You know it isn't. 

SOUND: SATURNINA PLACES THE BOW ON THE TABLE.

BENI:
The bow.

SATURNINA:
I had no choice but to break it. You know a musician's life isn't for our daughter. And you must tell her this, Cosme. She won't hear it coming from me. Ahora, I must finish dinner.

SOUND: SATURNINA'S FOOTSTEPS LEADING BEHIND THE HOUSE.

COSME:
Your lessons will need to be postponed.

BENI:
We understand. I'm going to grab the last piece of bread. I'll be right out!

SOUND: COSME EXITS THROUGH THE DOOR ONTO THE PORCH.
SOUND: BAROMETER - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Glowing blue. This bow is the artifact. 

SOUND: BENI SLIDES THE BROKEN BOW UNDER HIS SHIRT.

BENI:
Thank you, flowing white shirt, for keeping my cover. It's switching to purple. The portal's opening.

SCENE 6E - 1907. PONCE, PR. THE PORCH OF THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

SOUND: BENI EXITS THROUGH THE DOOR ONTO THE PORCH.
SOUND: CHICKS CHIRPING.
SOUND: RAIN AGAINST A ZINC ROOF - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
I've forgotten to feed the chicks, Alexandra. A quest that must be done. Let's go!

ALEXA:
Right!

BENI:
Adios!

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI PASS THROUGH A WOODEN GATE.

COSME:
Do you hear that?

LOLA: 
That's the strangest noise I've ever--

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


SCENE 7 - 1907. PONCE, PR. THE PORCH OF THE TIZOL HOUSEHOLD.

SOUND: RAIN AGAINST A ZINC ROOF - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: CHICKS CHIRPING.

COSME:
Nice kids. A little strange, pero...

LOLA:
Too bad I can't teach them again.

COSME:
I think your mother will let you continue teaching students if...if you train to be a teacher in Alabama. You can teach and play violin on the side.

LOLA:
A hobbyist.

COSME:
Nothing wrong with that.

LOLA:
Of course not. But...Brindis only taught serious students. And he taught me.

COSME:
When you were a girl.

LOLA:
You called me a serious student back then. You believed in me, like he did.

COSME:
I still believe in you, Lola. Y en orta vida? You'd tour the world as famous as they come.

LOLA:
In another life, I would have been a serious music student at that school in Boston.

COSME:
But you're a young woman living here and now. And your mother's right...you wouldn't be respected as a musician. Teaching is an honorable profession.

LOLA:
I know. Alexandra told me I'm a good teacher.

COSME:
Smart girl.

SOUND: CHICKS CHIRPING.

LOLA:
The broken bow, I can't bear to see it again. Will you throw it on the stove? 

COSME:
Ay, Lola.

LOLA:
Please, Papi.

COSME:
As you wish.


SCENE 8 - THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

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

HORACIO:
Welcome back. Bueno, that was tricky a one.

ALEXA:
How'd you get the bow from Saturnina, Beni?

BENI:
She put it down on the table. But...I kinda feel like I just stole something.

ALEXA:
So, how is retrieving an artifact different from, you know, theft?

ATABEY:
In the original timeline, Lola never saw the bow again. She insisted Cosme throw it on the stove out back. 

BENI:
That's harsh. Here it is: a broken promise.

SOUND: BENI TAKES THE BOW OUT FROM UNDER HIS SHIRT.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud emerge.

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD RHYTHM - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Artifact attained.

SOUND: ARTIFACT FLOATING INTO CLOUD.

BENI:
It's so weird seeing that broken bow floating up there like that.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud retreat. 

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD - CUT.

HORACIO:
Clothing!

SOUND: A WHOOSH OF A QUICK COSTUME CHANGE.

HORACIO:
Nos vemos--

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


SCENE 9 - MARIO'S FAMOUS PIZZERIA.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.
SOUND: PIZZERIA CHATTER - DISTANT.

BENI:
Is it weird that I feel sad for Lola back in nineteen-oh-seven? Having to break her promise like that?

ALEXA:
Lola kept her promise. She's not the one who broke it.

BENI:
You're right. It was broken for her.

ALEXA:
I wonder what her life would have been like if she'd been allowed to keep her promise.

BENI:
I guess we'll never know. Hey, I think that's Mario with pizza.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS.
SOUND: PIZZERIA CHATTER - CLOSER.
SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER; RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.

RAMIRO:
Find it?

BENI / ALEXA:
What?

CLARA:
The rack for your raincoat and umbrella.

ALEXA:
Oh. Yeah.

BENI:
It's still next to the bathroom.

MARIO:
A Grandma and Margherita pie!  

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.
SOUND: ALL SOUNDS - CUT.


CREDITS

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. Young Lola was played by Isabella Ramirez, Lola Tizol was played by Isabel Pask. Cosme Tizol was played by Ernio Hernandez. Saturnina Tizol was played by Marilyn Ricco. Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido was played by A. R. Garcia. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. With special guest musician: Aurora Méndez. You can also hear her play on this episode’s version of the theme song. Also featured were Michael Aquino and Emilio Zappa.

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 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! 

SOPHIA:
Hello. My name is Sophia. I’m twelve years old and I live in the United States. For my time-travel share-out, I want to share about where I would time-travel to. I’d go to New York City, where I lived when I was baby. I think New York City is cool now, and I want to see if in the year 3010 there are flying cars, other high-tech stuff, and to see how tall the buildings have gotten.

NARRATION:
Seeing New York City from a flying car? What a view that would be! Thanks for sharing Sophia. 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 7: BROKEN


BONUS: CONSOLACIÓN

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION INTO “IN THE TIMESTORM” (INSTRUMENTAL)

NARRATION:
Hey there, listeners. I’m Dania Ramos, Timestorm series creator and writer. This is a bonus episode where we here at Cocotazo Media share some behind-the-scenes details about recording the music for Episode 7: Broken. If you haven’t heard the episode yet, we recommend giving it a listen first and then coming back to this one. If this is your the first time listening to Timestorm, welcome! The show is an ongoing series, so if you want to avoid spoilers, feel free to catch up on the first seven episodes before joining us for this peek inside our home recording studio.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN" TRANSITION.

NARRATION:
In episode 7 of Timestorm, the Ventura twins travel to Ponce during the turn of the twentieth century to retrieve a broken promise. They meet future educator Lolita Tizol and world-famous violinist Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido. From early on, we knew that violin would play an important part of this episode. Michael Aquino, our amazing sound designer, writes and performs the original music you usual hear on the show: the theme song—

MUSIC: CLIP OF “IN THE TIMESTORM”

NARRATION:
transitions—

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

NARRATION:
and underscoring.

MUSIC: “SO LONG, AND THANKS” - PLAYS UNDER UNTIL “CREATIVE TEAM”

NARRATION:
But since we don’t have a violinist on our creative team, we invited Aurora Méndez, a talented local musician, to join us as a special guest. Aurora is a violinist and concertmaster and her credits include the Chilean National Youth Orchestra and Orchestra of the Americas.

We decided to feature the composition Consolación, or Consolation, written by Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido, who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1852. The song, first published in 1875, is in the public domain. This means it can be freely recorded and used in a movie, or television show, or a fun podcast about time-traveling twins.

SOUND: WHOOSH, WHOOSH!

NARRATION:
In the episode, the song is played in three different situations, and Aurora played all three. It was fascinating to hear how she to performed each moment with honesty and accuracy. We’re about to play a clip of the song with Aurora performing as Young Lola who meets Brindis de Salas backstage after hearing him in concert at Teatro La Perla in 1897. The world-famous musician asks the seven-year-old girl for her best thirty seconds of violin and this is what she plays for him.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN” CLIP: YOUNG LOLA

NARRATION:
Now, we’ll hear Aurora play as a teenage Lola, ten years later. By nineteen-oh-seven, she’s teaching violin lessons to children and she has dreams of becoming a career musician.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN” CLIP: LOLA

NARRATION:
And now, here’s a snippet of Aurora playing as Brindis de Salas performing on stage at Teatro La Perla.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN” CLIP: BRINDIS DE SALAS

NARRATION:
It’s amazing to think how all three of those clips were performed by Aurora. In addition to being a gifted musician, she also brought a lot knowledge about the history of classical music. For example, we talked about how musicians played differently according to the trends of their time and you can tell that Aurora is thinking about this as she brings to life these musical performances by Lolita Tizol and Brindis de Salas. In the episode, you get to hear snippets of of Consolation, but we have a treat for you. We also recorded the entire song with a 3D microphone from 3Dio Sound. That means, if you listen with headphones and close your eyes, it’ll sound like you’re in the room with Aurora and her violin. And even if you don’t have headphones, what you’re about to hear is pretty extraordinary. 

This is Aurora Méndez playing Consolación, composed by Claudio Brindis de Salas Garrido.

MUSIC: "CONSOLACIÓN”

NARRATION:
We hope you enjoyed this bonus episode of Timestorm. Special thanks to 3Dio for being a sponsor of the series. Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. We’re taking a break next week, but we’ll be back the first week of September with episode eight.

As always, thanks for listening.


EPISODE 8: CHANGING TIMES

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm:

DATU:
Hey, It’s Datu. I’m pulling the L. J. Ortega sketch out of storage. Seems like both Ventura twins are fans of L. J. Ortega now. 

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

BETINA:
Maybe we should tell people to bring their donations to the main branch.

JOSE LUIS:
...you gotta have a drop-off right in the neighborhood.

MS. THOMPSON:
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. 

CLARA:
You're both on restriction through the weekend.

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. 

SOUND: ALL SOUNDS — CUT.
M
USIC: THEME SONG - "IN THE TIMESTORM"

Witness. Find. Remember.
The hidden past seeks its dawn, showing us that we 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 - 2017. MARIO’S FAMOUS PIZZERIA.

MUSIC: “PIZZERIA” TRANSITION.
SOUND: RAIN - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: RESTAURANT CHATTER — CONTINUE UNDER.

MARIO:
A Grandma and Margherita pie!  

SOUND: TRAYS SLIDING ONTO TABLE.

CLARA:
Holá, Mario, how are you doing today?

MARIO:
Doing just fine now that you all are sitting here. Clara, is the library still taking donations? I might have some more dry goods and canned food I can send over.

CLARA:
Honestly, we’re a little short on space right now. We just got a truckload of donations and we’re worried we’ll have to turn it away if we don’t find more room to store things.

MARIO:
It’s good that people are still donating though. I wish I could do more, but I’ve got a lot on my hands with us selling the store next month.

BENI:
Wait, Mario’s Famous Pizzeria--

ALEXA/BENI:
--is closing?

THE VENTURAS:
Why??

MARIO:
É ora. All my kids have moved. And none are interested in taking over the business.

RAMIRO:
But you make the best pizza in Newark. You’ve got a gift!

MARIO:
Ah. That’s kind of you.

CLARA:
The street won’t be the same without you, Mario.

MARIO:
Grazie, grazie. You’ve been such amazing customers. But it’s time. Italy is calling my name.

RAMIRO:
It’ll be sad to see you go. 

BENI:
Yeah.

ALEXA:
We’ll miss you.

MARIO:
It’s been a pleasure, please. Mangia, mangia. Enjoy. And Clara, I’ll send whatever I can to the library.

CLARA:
We’ll take anything if you’ll spare it, Mario. I appreciate it. 

SOUND:   ALL SOUNDS — CUT.

SCENE 2 - 2017. A NEIGHBORHOOD STREET. NEWARK, NJ.

MUSIC: “STREET SCENE” TRANSITION.
SOUND: CITY STREET SOUNDS — CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
I can’t believe Mario is moving away.

CLARA:
And to Italy? Good for him, but that’s so far away. Maybe we can send him a card for Christmas?

ALEXA:
Where are we going to go for pizza now?

RAMIRO:
Well, there’s that Italian place over on Mount Prospect. They’ve got great subs there. Oh, and Anjelica’s over on Broadway has those calzones you like, Beni.

BENI:
Yeah, but they aren’t easy to walk to.

CLARA:
Ay, the neighborhood is changing, isn’t it?

RAMIRO:
It happens all the time. Beni, remember how upset you were about the electronics store closing down? And then Taíno Comics and Games opened in that space and now you couldn’t be happier. 

BENI: 
Hey, can we stop there on the way home?

ALEXA:
Yeah! I want to see Datu.

RAMIRO:
Clara, didn’t you say he left a message about something that’s ready for pick up? 

ALEXA/BENI:
The sketch!

CLARA:
You’re both still grounded. Right, Beni? Didn’t I say no comic books?

BENI:
But it isn’t a--

CLARA:
You need to be focused on school work.

RAMIRO:
Clara, it’s been a stressful week. Maybe we can let one comic book slide.

ALEXA:
It’s not a comic book. It’s an art piece. 

BENI:
A sketch. You didn’t say no art, Ma.

RAMIRO:
See, Clara? Art.

CLARA:
Alright. Alright, we’ll go. But not too long!

RAMIRO:
Know what? You all go ahead, I think I’ll head home. Between the delayed flight and the jetlag, I’m pretty exhausted. Tell Datu I said, “hello.”

SCENE 3A - 2017. INT. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES. NEWARK, NJ.

MUSIC: “TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES” TRANSITION.
SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND:  DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS — CUT.

DATU:
Beni! Alexa!

BENI/ALEXA:
Hey, Datu!

CLARA:
Holá, Datu. Ramiro says hello.

DATU:
Clara, it’s so good to see you. I’ve been meaning to reach out to you about updating the library’s graphic novel reading list.

CLARA:
Oh, yes! I haven’t forgotten, but it’ll have to wait a little longer. With all the donations and hurricane relief efforts, the library’s been pretty busy. I’m sorry.

DATU:
Oh, no. I understand. You all are doing such great work. Now, let me just get that artwork--

SOUND: DATU OPENS A DRAWER WITH A KEY.

CLARA:
That must be some special art to keep it under lock and key.

DATU:
Yeah, it’s a one-of-a-kind L. J. Ortega original sketch. One of the best things she’s ever drawn, I think.

SOUND:   DATU PLACES PLASTIC SLEEVE ON THE CHECKOUT COUNTER.

BENI:
Whoa.

ALEXA:
Ooh. When you said sketch, I wasn't expecting this.

BENI:
Is the barometer changing colors?

FLASHBACK FROM EPISODE 3, SCENE 5:

ATABEY:
...that barometer you hold...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. 

SOUND: ECHO FX - SEVERAL SECONDS.

FLASHBACK END.

CLARA:
You two knew that was a barometer?

ALEXA/BENI:
Yeah.

DATU:
Looks like metallic pencils. I've never seen anyone use them like this. From this angle, it's definitely // blue.

BENI/ALEXA/CLARA:
Blue.

DATU:
And then, when you look at it this way, there's no mistaking it - that's // purple.

BENI/ALEXA:
Purple.

DATU:
And now, it's all yours.

ALEXA/BENI:
Thanks!

CLARA:
Wow, Datu. That’s quite a set up in the back. I didn’t realize how much the store has changed since it opened last year.

ALEXA:
Hey, Beni, do you wanna show Ma the gaming area?

BENI:
Huh? Why? She’s been here before.

ALEXA:
Yeah, but…not since the new stuff was added. Go ahead. I’ll keep the artwork safe. 

SOUND:  PLASTIC SLEEVE SLIDING INTO A PAPER BAG.

BENI:
Okay. Come this way, Ma. I’ll give you the grand tour.

SCENE 3B - 2017. INT. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES. NEWARK, NJ.

SOUND: BENI AND CLARA WALK TO THE GAMING ROOM.

BENI:
Over here, we’ve got Datu’s pride and joy. The gaming area! Oh, hey guys!

SOUND: DICE ROLLING.

KID 2:
Hey, Beni!

KID 1:
So since you rolled an eight, that puts you right in the view of the Beholder, so you’re frozen in place until one of us breaks you free.

KID 2:
But I rolled double fours, don’t I get to roll an extra d4?

KID 1:
Uh, I don’t know… 

SOUND: RULE PAMPHLET BEING OPENED UP.

BENI:
Whatcha playing?

KID 2:
Gaze of the Beholder.

KID 1: 
Huh, you’re right! My bad. These rules are going to take some getting used to.

SOUND: DICE ROLLING; A GAME PIECE BEING MOVED.

CLARA:
Wow, this is nice. This place is looking good. 

BENI:
Janelly and I spend a ton of time right in this spot. Datu got us some tables and chairs. Even some paints for game pieces. It’s legit!

CLARA:
You’d never guess there was so much space back here. 

BENI:
It gets packed on weekend nights, and most of Sundays with tourneys and stuff.

SCENE 3C - 2017. INT. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES. NEWARK, NJ.

DATU:
Hey, Alexa, got any requests now that you’re into Take Back Time? Is there a series you’re interested in? Alexa?

ALEXA:
Sorry, I was just…Datu, I was wondering. Could you use upstairs as a temporary gaming space?

DATU:
If I moved some things around, maybe I could make it work. Might be a little tight though. Why do you ask?

ALEXA:
It’s just that, my mom and the library don’t have enough space for all the donations they’re getting. I was hoping we could maybe store some stuff here?

DATU:
That’s a great idea.

SOUND: BENI AND CLARA RETURNING TO THE COUNTER.

BENI:
What’s a great idea?

DATU:
Alexa was just asking if we could move the gaming room upstairs, and then turn the back area into storage for your hurricane relief donations.

BENI:
Wait a minute--

CLARA:
Datu, that would be amazing. It’d be perfect for collecting, storing, and organizing all the bottles of water and canned goods and the baby food, oh, Datu, the baby food, there’s just so much of it. Wait, I’m sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. I really wouldn’t want to impose on you—

DATU:
Oh, no. Not at all, I love the idea. But first, I’ll reach out to the owner for approval.

CLARA:
Thank you, Datu. I’d really appreciate you asking about it.

BENI:
(under his breath) Maybe the gamers should… 

SOUND: BENI SIGHS.

DATU:
What was that, Beni?

BENI:
I’m just thinking that it might, you know, get kinda crowded upstairs during the weekends. 

DATU:
Well, sure. But it would only be temporary. One weekend? Maybe two.

CLARA:
It’s hard to say. Anyway, we can figure those details out if we move forward. When’s the owner around usually?

DATU:
Oh. Well...the owner’s really busy with the other store. But I’ll put in a call today. 

CLARA:
Alexa, I think it’s a wonderful idea.  

BENI:
Just kinda unfair.

CLARA:
What do you mean?

BENI:
For Alexa to spring this on Datu like that. What about us regulars? She just asked without talking to the other people that use the space. I mean, We won’t all fit upstairs.

CLARA:
Beni, I’m surprised at you. Can’t you see what good this could do for your neighbors and all those in need in PR. It would only be temporary, after all.

BENI:
I know, I get that, I do. I want to help too. But this—I guess...I just wish you had talked to me about it, Alexa. We could’ve figured out another spot for storage.

ALEXA:
I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to leave you out.

BENI:
You know this is my place. It’s just…I feel safe here.

CLARA:
Beni...

ALEXA:
But it’s not the ONLY place you feel safe, right? 

CLARA:
Alexa, let’s listen to your brother for a second—

ALEXA:
What about when you’re running around the streets of Old San Juan, or even—

CLARA:
San Juan?

BENI:
Stop trying to brush it off— 

ALEXA:
I’m not trying to—

BENI:
You don’t know what it’s like to be picked on constantly. I’ve got to have my guard up at school all the time. But not here. Datu, he takes care of me. Takes care of ALL of us!

DATU:
Look, Beni. Beni. Beni, man. Look, if we do this, I’ll take care of my regulars. I’ll stagger the schedule so everyone gets to play.

CLARA:
And after this weekend, when you’re no longer grounded, you can invite friends over to our place to play, okay? Janelly, whoever you want.

ALEXA:
Hey. Maybe I’ll even join in on a game.

BENI:
You’d so lose.

ALEXA:
Not true.

CLARA:
Benito.

BENI:
She would, though.

CLARA:
You okay with this, if it happens?

DATU:
I’ve got your back, Ben.

BENI:
Yeah, it’s cool. Let’s help.

SCENE 4 - 2017. A DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: DISTORTED VOICEMAIL BEEP.

DATU:
Hey, Josie, it’s me, Datu. I don’t know if you got my message from last week since I haven’t, umm, heard back from you yet. The North End Branch of the library is collecting donations for hurricane relief efforts. They’re struggling with finding space to store and organize it all. I was thinking, that if it was okay with you, we could use the back area to collect donations. Of course, so many of our customers have family affected by the hurricane, and…well, I don’t have to explain this to you. You know what? I’m going to go ahead with this and approve their request. I don’t know if I’m going to hear back from you anytime soon and these people could really use the help. Thank you, Josie. Um…I hope to hear back from you soon. Bye.

SOUND: VOICEMAIL BEEP.

BETINA:
Clara. It’s Betina. You’re never going to believe this, but I’ve got amazing, amazing news. Please, call me back as soon as you can, okay? Okay? Ahh! I can’t wait, I can’t wait, okay. So I just got word that an anonymous friend of the library has offered to pay all of the shipping costs to get supplies and food sent to PR. Well, it’s not exactly anonymous. It’s Lucretia from the board of trustees -- but she doesn’t want us to say it’s her. Anyway, we just need to take care of securing a charter jet, but Lucretia’s taking care of the bill in full. Oh, I’m so grateful...I’m so excited. Anyway, call me back as soon as you can, we’ve got so much to figure out and prepare. 

SCENE 5 - 2017. INT. RAFAEL HERNANDEZ SCHOOL CAFETERIA. NEWARK.

(Monday, mid-day.)

MUSIC: "BELL, LOCKER...CLASS!” TRANSITION.
SOUND: LUNCH TRAYS BEING SET DOWN; CHATTER — CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Hey, Janelly. Sorry I didn’t text you, but Ma--

JANELLY:
Okay. Just admit it, Beni - you hate playing Ancient Americas.

BENI:
No way. Do you wanna play tonight? I’m done with my project. With your Redwood Atlatl and my Spectagon, we should be able to push through some of the areas we’ve been struggling with.

JANELLY:
Yeah, sure.

BENI:
I sense a but. Is there a but?

JANELLY:
I just want to know if you’re going to flake on me again.

BENI:
Flake? What are you talking about?

JANELLY:
You know, leave me hanging?

SOUND: SONIA SETS TRAY ON THE TABLE.

SONIA:
Yeah, speaking of, why didn’t you go to the open mic, Alexa? You promised you’d be there.

SOUND:ALEXA SETS TRAY ON THE TABLE.

ALEXA:
Oh, Sonia, I’m so sorry! It’s just…— Ma took our phones away this weekend. She kinda grounded us.

JANELLY:
Both of you?

BENI:
I would’ve texted you, Janelly, really. But I couldn’t.

ALEXA:
Exactly! I would’ve told you I couldn’t come if I had my phone.

JANELLY:
Wow, Alexa grounded? 

BENI:
She wasn't even allowed to knit.

JANELLY:
Must’ve been serious.

ALEXA:
It was Beni, too.

JANELLY:
Yeah, but that makes sense.

BENI:
Hey!

SONIA:
I guess that makes me feel a little better. Not that you were grounded, but that you didn’t just forget about my show. Did you at least get a chance to listen to the demo I sent you? 

ALEXA/BENI/JANELLY:
Demo?

SONIA:
I worked really hard on that song, guys.

ALEXA:
No…but, I’ll listen to it right now!

SOUND:  ALEXA PULLS OUT HER PHONE AND PLAYS SONIA'S SONG; IT PLAYS MUFFLED - UNDER.

BENI/JANELLY:
We’ll listen to it too!

SOUND: RUSTLING OF BACKPACK ITEMS & TWO PHONE NOTIFICATIONS.

JANELLY:
Wait, what is this? Beni, check your phone. Did you get a notification from—

BENI:
Taíno Comics and Games? Yeah. I meant to tell you--

SONIA:
What does it say, Janelly?

JANELLY:
“In partnership with the North End Branch of the Newark Public Library, Taíno Comics and Games will now act as an additional drop-off site for hurricane relief donations.”

SONIA:
Oh, that’s pretty cool.

SOUND: ALEXA HUMMING ALONG TO SONIA'S SONG -- CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
It’s just supposed to be temporary. 

JANELLY:
Wait, did you know about this, Beni?

BENI:
A few days ago Alexa talked to Datu about the idea. She thought it might help Ma and the library.

SONIA:
Does your mom need any volunteers? I’d love to help out.

JANELLY:
You at the comic book store? Please.

BENI:
Alexa’s been hanging out there more and more too.

SONIA:
Nice! We can go together, Lex.

ALEXA:
(she’s singing - badly - along to demo) I don’t know what you are like.

SOUND: BENI LAUGHS AT ALEXA’s SINGING.

JANELLY:
Yeah, no kidding! I mean, I thought I knew what everyone’s like. But…what is happening? First, Thad wants to hang out at Taíno’s and now Alexa and Sonia? And...and Datu is...is canceling our entire gaming space? Where are we supposed to go? Are we postponing game nights? What about our ongoing sessions?

BENI:
Datu isn’t canceling anything, he’s going to fix up the upstairs room for us.

JANELLY:
The tiny reading room? Right. We won’t all fit and we’ll argue about who’s turn it is to play. That’s going to be perfect.

SOUND:   A CHAIR SCRAPING THE FLOOR AS JANELLY STANDS.

JANELLY:
Just another thing that’s changing, I guess. That’s our place, Beni. I mean, we’ve got things set up on certain tables and...ugh…maybe I should text the others. You know, Alexa doesn’t know how important that space is for us, but you, Beni… 

BENI:
What? I didn’t do anything!

JANELLY:
You should have told me this was coming. 

BENI:
I couldn’t. I was grounded!

JANELLY:
I’ll see you all later.

BENI:
Janelly!

SOUND: JANELLY EXITS.
SOUND: SONIA BREATHES IN AND OUT.

SONIA:
Wow, okay.

ALEXA:
Sonia, this song is amazing!

SONIA:
Do you really think so?

ALEXA:
I love it, seriously.

SONIA:
Thank you! That means a lot!

ALEXA:
Hey, where did Janelly go?

BENI:
Datu sent out an announcement about accepting donations for PR.

ALEXA:
Wait, really? That's great!

BENI:
Not for Janelly. 

SONIA:
Yeah. She’s stressing, big time.


SCENE 6 - 2017. A DIGITAL SPACE.

VOICE: Please leave your message.

SOUND:  VOICEMAIL BEEP.

RAMIRO:
Hey, there! It’s me, Ramiro Ventura. I know it’s been a while since we last talked, but I’m cashing in that favor you owe me after I helped you steal all those piñatas back when we were in school. I took the blame for you, remember?Anyway, I’m not gonna lie, this is a big ask. Our neighborhood is really making things happen with hurricane relief efforts. It’s amazing what Clara’s been able to accomplish through the library. We’ve got a ton of donated items that we’re trying to get to PR. Things that can do some real good, make a real difference, but I need your help getting a charter jet so we can deliver it all. Whatdya say? For old times’ sake? Get back to me when you can. Cuidate.

SCENE 7 - 2017. INT. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES. NEWARK, NJ.

MUSIC: “TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES” TRANSITION.
SOUND: TEXT MESSAGE ALERT.

CLARA:
Ramiro’s driving the first truckload over. He should be here soon.

DATU:
Sounds good. Alexa, Beni, can you stay behind the counter and watch for customers while I show your mother what we’ve done in the back?

ALEXA | BENI:
Yeah. | Sure, Datu.

SOUND:  DATU AND CLARA WALKING TO THE BACK AREA.

DATU:
So, we’ve moved some of the shelves to make as much room as possible for donations. And then you can use these gaming tables for sorting.

CLARA:
Wow. This is great, Datu, really.  Thank you again for everything. I can’t tell you how much the extra space is going to help us.

DATU:
Anything to help my community.

SOUND: BENI RIFFLES THROUGH CARD PACKS. 

ALEXA:
What’s this thing? Hold for Thad until...it had today’s date but it’s crossed out. 

BENI:
Oh. That’s the mask Thad was pretending to want for his brother wanted. 

ALEXA:
Looks like Datu’s holding for another week.

BENI:
Ooh. Microbia expansion cards. I should let Janelly know.

ALEXA:
She seems really mad about things changing in the gaming area. 

BENI:
I mean, I wasn’t too happy about it either.

ALEXA:
Yeah, but…you don’t think there’s something else going on, do you? 

BENI:
Remember how things used to be?

ALEXA:
The four of us together all the time. 

BENI:
I guess it’s not the first time things have changed between all of us. But it’s different now. We can’t tell our best friends about the most major thing to ever happen to us.

ALEXA:
Yeah. Do you think Sonia and Janelly will give up on us?

BENI:
I hope not. 

ALEXA:
I still feel awful about missing Sonia’s songwriter showcase. I...I don’t think I’ve been a very good friend lately.

BENI:
It’s not just you. Janelly said I flaked on her.

ALEXA:
Flakey friends. Both of us. I’m sorry Janelly’s blaming you.

BENI:
Using the gaming space for donations is a smart idea, Alexa. It’s really going to help Ma out. And I think, deep down, Janelly gets it, too. She might just need some time to deal. 

ALEXA:
Kinda like how, last week, I needed time to figure out if I wanted to help Horacio.

BENI:
Exactly. I know we thought traveling through the time wouldn't change things here. But I guess we were wrong.

ALEXA:
Maybe it's us. We’re the ones changing, Beni. We're meeting people like…like Lola Tizol, Celestina  and Rafael Cordero. 

BENI:
I kinda did a search for the Corderos the other day. 

ALEXA:
Me too! There’s way more about Rafael than—

BENI/ALEXA:
Celestina.

ALEXA:
And, last night, I found a video of people playing that song be Brindis de Salas on YouTube.

BENI:
At a university? I watched the same one!

ALEXA:
So, I guess…time-traveling? It's going to affect us. We have to accept that.

SOUND:  BAROMETER FX.

ALEXA:
Do you have the barometer?

BENI:
Yeah, I do.

ALEXA:
Ready to change times?

BENI:
Let’s do this?

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP INTO PORTAL FX.
SOUND:  ALL SOUNDS — CUT.

MUSIC: THEME SONG: “IN THE TIMESTORM” (INSTRUMENTAL) — UNDER.

NARRATION:
This episode of Timestorm was written by Andrew Siañez-De La O; story by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, design, and original music 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. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Janelly was played by Frances Ramos. Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. Datu Ancheta was played by Joel Arandia. This episode also featured Trevor Brown, Amanda Faison, Emilio Zappa, and John Diego Zertuche. 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!

FLORENCE:
Hello. My name is Florence. I live in Montclair, New Jersey. I'm eight years old. And today's Share-out, I'm going to talk about Spain with my cousins. Well, first we went to camp where I learned a little bit of Spanish. Then I went to the beach where we had fun. Then I went to the pool and I had a birthday party there and I swam with my cousin, Noa Jo. Bye.

NARRATION:
Wow, Florence! It sounds like you had a lot of fun swimming with your cousin, Noa Jo. 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 8: CHANGING TIMES


EPISODE 9: INVISIBLE

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm:

CELESTINA:
Please show my girls equal respect. They deserve it. 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.

COSME:
...en orta vida? You'd tour the world as famous as they come. But you're a young woman living here and now. [...] you wouldn't be respected as a musician. Teaching is an honorable profession.

LOLA:
Alexandra told me I'm a good teacher.

COSME:
Smart girl.

LOLA:
What are you? Thirteen?

ALEXA:
Twelve.

LOLA:
A couple of years until people start setting limits for you.

ALEXA:
I think it'll be different for me. Things change with time. 

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. HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - ESTABLISH; CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.
SOUND: TELEPORT FX FOR HORACIO.

HORACIO:
(from behind) Hi!

SOUND: TELEPORT FX X2.

ALEXA/BENI:
(from behind) Hi!

SOUND: TELEPORT FX FOR HORACIO.

HORACIO:
(from front) Hi!

SOUND: TELEPORT FX X2.

ALEXA/BENI:
(Beni far right, Alexa far left) Hi!

ATABEY:
Are you done with your human diversion?

BENI:
Almost.

SOUND: TELEPORT FX X2.

ALEXA/BENI:
(Alexa far right, Beni far left) Hi!

HORACIO:
That was like a choreographed dance. 

SOUND: TELEPORT FX X2.

ALEXA:
We're naturals when it comes to teleporting.

ATABEY:
Shall we get to the quest at hand?

BENI:
Where are we going?

ATABEY:
The seventies.

BENI:
Eighteen seventies? Seventeen seventies?

HORACIO:
A bit more recent. Clothing!

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

ALEXA:
Are these bell-bottoms?

BENI:
Plaid bell-bottoms?

HORACIO:
Groovy.

SOUND: HOLOGRAM ZAP; BAROMETER - CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Synching barometer: mil novecientos setenta y cinco / nineteen seventy-five / Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico / University of Puerto Rico / La IUPI / Monserrate Román / science / la ciencia / microbiology / la microbiología / laboratory / el laboratorio / microbes / microbio / nena / girl / NASA space station / la estación espacial de NASA / illness / la enfermedad / invisible / invisible. Your quest: Retrieve an invisible danger from Rio Piedras in nineteen seventy-five. Quest begins now.

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

SCENE 2A - 1975. UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCIENCE BUILDING, MICROSCOPE LAB. 

SOUND: MOVEMENT IN A LAB: FOOTSTEPS, STOOLS MOVING.
SOUND: SPANISH TALK RADIO IN THE BACKGROUND - CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI LAUGH AS THEY LAND.

ESTELA:
You think this is funny?

MONSI:
Funny? I just want to use one of your microscopes.

ESTELA:
I heard you laugh.

ALEXA:
(whispering) She heard us.

BENI:
(whispering) How do we just appear from behind this cabinet without looking super suspicious?

MONSI:
Please let me into the lab, Estela.

ESTELA:
How do you know my name?

MONSI:
Name tag. I’ve got one too. See?

ESTELA:
Rio Piedras Science Fair participant. Monserrate Román Cerezo. 

MONSI:
You can call me Monsi.

BENI:
I like her.

ALEXA:
She’s pretty cool. 

BENI:
Ooh. Look, medicine droppers and those microscope slides.

ALEXA:
Don't touch them, Beni! 

BENI:
What?

ALEXA:
Can't you read? Sterile materials. Please use gloves.

ESTELA:
Monsi, congratulations on being part of the science fair. It’s great to have young students on campus for the day. But you should be with your teacher and fellow students at the fair.

MONSI:
It's delayed and since I’m waiting, I thought I'd check out the lab. 

ESTELA:
This isn’t a playground. Microscopes aren’t toys. 

MONSI:
I’m not playing. I’m gathering data about microbial growth in our everyday lives.

ESTELA:
What exactly are you testing?

MONSI:
See these shoes? They’re new. I’ve only ever worn them today. I’d like to swab the bottom of each and see what’s accumulated since I started wearing them. 

ALEXA:
Uh. Gross. 

MONSI:
Inquiry: What have my feet collected on my journey here?

ESTELA:
Ay, nena.

MONSI:
Inquiry: Will the microbes be the same on each shoe?

ESTELA:
This lab for important research.

MONSI:
Inquiry: What invisible world lurks on the walkways and floors of this fine campus?

SOUND: BENI HOLDS BACK LAUGHTER.

ALEXA:
Beni? What’s so funny?

BENI:
She sounds like she's playing Microbia.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI BURST INTO LAUGHTER.

ESTELA:
Who is laughing?

SOUND: ESTELA FOOTSTEPS ON TILE; MONSI’S FOLLOW.

ESTELA:
Who are you and why are you in here?

ALEXA:
Uh, hi. I’m Alexa.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI STEP FORWARD.

BENI:

Beni. Groovy to meet you.

MONSI:
Groovy to meet you? I like that.

BENI:
Thanks. I like your idea about germs on your shoe.

ESTELA:
So, the three of you have planned this little charade to infiltrate the lab.

MONSI | BENI | ALEXA:
I don’t know them. | Infiltrate? | There’s no plan.

ESTELA:
Oh no? It’s just a coincidence that three primary school students from the science fair are trying to sneak in to use our microscopes at the same time?

BENI:
We weren’t--

ALEXA:
You’re right! We shouldn’t have strayed away from the science fair. We...three science friends...will see ourselves out the door. Thanks so much!

SOUND: ALEXA, BENI, AND MONSI’S FOOTSTEPS EXITING INTO HALLWAY.
SOUND: RADIO INCREASES AS THEY CROSS THE ROOM.


SCENE 2B - UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCIENCE BUILDING, OUTSIDE THE LAB: 1975. 

MONSI:
So, you two don’t go to my school.

ALEXA:
Nope. We’re from--

BENI:
Escuela Baldorioty. We’re actually here as...guests...because we’re thinking about entering next year's fair. 

ALEXA:
Yeah, I did a science fair a couple of years ago. You know, back in the early seventies.

MONSI:
What was your project on?

ALEXA:
How we use phones to...call people.

MONSI:
What else would you a phone for?

BENI:
Uh...what’s your project?

MONSI
A model of a station in space that orbits the earth. Last year, I did an exhibit on mold.

ALEXA:
Gross.

MONSI:
No way. I love seeing the invisible world become visible. 

ALEXA/BENI:
Invisible?

MONSI:
Microscopic life, so small we can’t see it with the naked eye. 

ALEXA:
I’m surprised your project isn’t about the germs on your shoe.

MONSI:
My teacher says we should always try to think in new ways. So she asked me to create a model for a space station that lets humans stay in orbit longer than the current record: eighty-four days.

ALEXA:
Wow.

MONSI:
Space is pretty cool. But then, so’s the invisible world on the bottom of my shoes. It's just too bad I can’t prove it in the lab. Guess it’s back to the fair. Come on, I’ll show you my project.

SCENE 3 - INT. UPR SCIENCE BUILDING, BALLROOM

MUSIC: DISCO!! TRANSITION.
SOUND: CHATTER OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.
SOUND: NOISES OF PROJECTS - MOTOR RUNNING, CRANK TURNING, ETC.

ALEXA:
That’s a lot of science projects.

BENI:
And bell-bottoms.

ALEXA:
Look, Beni! Old-school robotics!

BENI:
Whoa!

MONSI:
What do you mean old-school?

ALEXA:
Oh. Uh, you know, classic.

BENI:
It’s groovy.

MONSI:
(laughs) Sure. A groovy robot.

DANNY:
Monsi.

MONSI:
Hi...Danny.

DANNY:
Meet Ricardo.

MONSI:
Looks an awful lot like last year’s robot.

DANNY:
Oh, you mean Pedro - first place winner in last year's fair?

MONSI:
Yeah, yeah. I was there, Danny.

DANNY:
But your friends weren’t. Hi, I’m Danny, reigning champion.

ALEXA / BENI:
Congrats. That’s great.

MONSI:
The judges probably won’t award first place to the same project two years in a row.

DANNY:
It's not the same project. Ricardo has new capabilities. Like turning its head around and...

SOUND: ROBOT HEAD MOVING, BUT THEN GETTING STUCK. 

MONSI:
Getting stuck?

DANNY:
It needs charging. It was all ready to go at the scheduled time.

MONSI:
Any word about what's going on?

DANNY:
They're saying they might postpone the entire fair because the judges aren’t here.

BENI:
None showed up?

DANNY:
There’s only one in the faculty lounge. Profesor Reyes. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to re-charge my creation.

SOUND: MONSI, BENI, AND ALEXA WALK TO ANOTHER TABLE.

MONSI:
Here's my project. La Iguaca Space Station.

ALEXA/BENI:
Woah!

BENI:
It looks like a flying bird.

MONSI:
The outside is meant to look like the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Bright green on top, and then sky blue underneath.

ALEXA:
You made this by yourself?

MONSI:
Yep. The exterior was the easy part. The interior needed to meet a lot of specifications that could sustain life for more than three months.

SOUND: TURNING OF PROJECT.

ALEXA | BENI:
Whoa. | Wow.

ALEXA:
Hey, Monsi. This space station model. Would you say there’s an invisible danger on it?

MONSI:
Like a toxic bacteria or a virus? Probably not, or I would have been infected by now.

SOUND: SEÑORA RAMIREZ’S FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
I’ve been up and down these hallways looking for you, Monsi. 

MONSI:
Hola, Señora Ramirez. These are my friends, Alexa and Beni.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Mucho gusto.

ALEXA | BENI:
¡Hola! | ¿Como estas?

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Latest I've heard from one of the student assistants is that all but one of the judges aren't here because they've been...well, vomiting.

MONSI | ALEXA | BENI:
Really? | Gross. | Not good.

VOICE OVER MICROPHONE:
All classroom teachers, please report to the podium at the front of the room.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Maybe they’ll have some news about a new starting time.

SOUND: SEÑORA RAMIREZ'S FOOTSTEPS.

BENI:
Barfing. That could have been caused by an invisible danger, right?

MONSI:
Sure. If all of the judges are puking, I’d bet there’s a microbe to blame. Question is, was it passed from human to human, or was it ingested?

ALEXA:
Is there any way to find out?

BENI:
None of the judges are here.

MONSI:
Except for one. Profesor Reyes. Danny said he’s in the faculty lounge. Follow me.

SOUND: MONSI STARTS TO EXIT.

ALEXA:
Beni. If the invisible danger is what’s causing the judges to barf, how are we supposed to bring that back to the timestorm?

BENI:
I don’t know. 

ALEXA:
We are not bringing back puke to the timestorm.

BENI:
We don't control the quests, remember?

VOICE OVER MICROPHONE:
Science fair participants are welcomed to help themselves to pan de agua during this delay.

ALEXA:
With all this talk of puke, I’ll think I’ll skip the bread. 

SOUND: BENI LAUGHS.

BENI:
Come on, let's go an invisible danger.

SOUND: BENI AND ALEXA’S FOOTSTEPS.

SCENE 4 - THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - ESTABLISH; CONTINUE UNDER.

ATABEY:
Something on your mind, Lieutenant Méndez?

HORACIO:
I toured La IUPI's campus in 1969. I had plans to go to university before I was drafted.   To see Alexa and Beni walk those halls only six years after my visit is...

ATABEY:
Does it look the same?

HORACIO:
Pretty close. I miss Puerto Rico.

ATABEY:
Lieutenant.

HORACIO:
I know. It's no use reminiscing because of the mission and the twins and an invisible danger.

ATABEY:
Monserrate is leading them to the artifact. She also went to that same lounge in the original timeline. Now, well, she’s got new friends joining her.

HORACIO:
Alexa and Beni have met their match. What a precocious girl. Always seeking a challenge.

ATABEY:
She's still like that in two thousand seventeen.

HORACIO:
Oh. Of course. Monserrate is still alive on Alexa and Beni's time. Where’s Monsi now?

ATABEY:
Huntsville, Alabama. She works at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. 

HORACIO:
NASA? Whatever happened her wonder of the invisible world on the bottom of her shoes?

ATABEY:
She traded that for monitoring the invisible world on the International Space Station.

HORACIO:
No me digas.

ATABEY:
She worked on the station back in the nineteen nineties. In nineteen seventy-five, she's about to unknowingly steer the twins to the artifact.

SCENE 5: UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCIENCE BUILDING, LOUNGE.

MUSIC: DISCO!! TRANSITION.
SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING DOOR.

ALEXA:
So this is the faculty lounge.

MONSI:
That's him there, reading the newspaper and drinking tea.

BENI:
Profesor Reyes.

MONSI:
Let's see what he knows about the puking judges.

SOUND: DOOR OPENING.
SOUND: NEWSPAPER RUSTLE.

PROFESOR REYES:
¿Qué es esto?

MONSI | ALEXA | BENI:
Hola. | Hola, profesor. | Hola.

PROFESOR REYES:
This room is reserved for judges. 

MONSI:
Of course. So sorry. I'm Monsi Román. Second place in last year's fair.

SOUND: PROFESOR REYES GRUNTS.

MONSI:
Second place. The mold experiment?

SOUND: PROFESOR REYES STIRS HIS TEA.

MONSI:
Guess you don't remember.

PROFESOR REYES:
Bueno, since you are not judges, you should probably head back to the ballroom.

BENI:
Heh. That makes this the second room we've been kicked out of today.

PROFESOR REYES:
You seem proud of that.

ALEXA:
He's just stating the facts. 

PROFESOR REYES:
Here's a fact: You all risk disqualification from the fair for disobeying the rules.

BENI:
Disqualification?

MONSI:
It's okay, Beni. Rules are rules, right?

PROFESOR REYES:
Exacto. 

SOUND: MONSI TAKES A FEW STEPS AROUND THE LOUNGE.

MONSI:
And you've got lots pressure on your shoulders with all the other judges getting sick. I mean, they should probably let you judge the fair by yourself.

PROFESOR REYES:
Are they considering this? 

SOUND: ALEXA TAKES A FEW STEPS AROUND THE LOUNGE.

ALEXA:
I think so. People are saying you're the best judge of them all.

PROFESOR REYES:
I'm glad somebody noticed.

MONSI:
I mean, who doesn't love a super-serious, rule-loving judge for a kid's science fair?

SOUND: MONSI TAKES A FEW STEPS AROUND THE LOUNGE.

PROFESOR REYES:
Science is serious.

BENI:
As serious as barfing.

ALEXA:
Uh, there's a rumor that's what the other judges are doing right now. Is it true?

PROFESOR REYES:
No sé que pasó. Everyone seemed fine last night at the banquet.

SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI TURN TO PROFESOR REYES.

ALEXA:
A banquet? Maybe there was bad milk?

PROFESOR REYES:
I had milk with my tea and I'm fine.

ALEXA:
Undercooked chicken? 

BENI:
Bad fish?

MONSI:
Trichinosis in pork?

PROFESOR REYES:
They served vegetable lasagna. 

BENI:
I love lasagna.

PROFESOR REYES:
It was pretty good.

ALEXA:
So you ate it, too?

PROFESOR REYES:
We all did.

MONSI:
I see.

SOUND: MONSI OPENS A CABINET; ALEXA AND BENI EXAMINE ITEMS.

PROFESOR REYES:
What are you doing?

MONSI:
Oh, just looking around. It's so nice in here.

BENI:
Sofa, tables, chairs, wood-paneled walls. Groovy.

SOUND: BENI PATS THE WALL.

ALEXA:
Sink, refrigerator, coffee maker. 

PROFESOR REYES:
I thought I made it clear that you should be headed back to the fair.

SOUND: ALEXA BUMPS INTO THE WATER COOLER.

ALEXA:
Whoops. Didn't see the water cooler there.

BENI:
Good thing it's almost empty.

PROFESOR REYES:
It was pretty full yesterday before the judges drained it making pot after pot of coffee. It was a long day. 

ALEXA:
So, the judges were in the building yesterday?

PROFESOR REYES:
First thing in the morning until early evening. It was for the high school science fair. 

MONSI:
They made pot after pot of coffee. Was everyone drinking it?

PROFESOR REYES:
Everyone, except for me. I brought two thermoses of tea from home. 

SOUND: BENI GRABS THE COFFEE POT.

BENI:
Hey, there's still a little bit of coffee in here. 

MONSI:
There is? Alexa, please hand me a paper cup from the stack next to the water cooler.

ALEXA:
Sure. Here you go. 

MONSI:
All we need is a few drops.

SOUND: MONSI POURS THE LAST DROPS OF COFFEE INTO THE CUP.

ALEXA:
Beni!

SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS.

PROFESOR REYES:
Hey! I could report this incident and have you disqualified!

SOUND: DOOR CLOSING.

SCENE 6 - UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCIENCE BUILDING, THE MICROSCOPE LAB.

MUSIC: DISCO!! TRANSITION.
SOUND: DISTANT THUNDER.
SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI FOOTSTEPS.

MONSI:
Here's the plan. We walk in quickly and Alexa, you grab gloves for each of us on the way in. 

ALEXA:
Got it.

MONSI:
I'll get the bottles of methanol and stain. Beni, you get the sterile slide and medicine dropper. You saw where they were, right?

BENI:
Near where we were hiding before.

MONSI:
Operation Puking Judges: begin.

SOUND: DOOR CREAKS OPEN; MINOR MOVEMENT AND LOW CHATTER.
SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS.
SOUND: RADIO PLAYS UNDER.

ESTELA:
You're back? 

MONSI | ALEXA | BENI:
It's been too long, Estela! | How's it going? | ¿Qué tal?

ESTELA:
Didn't I just say it? You're not allowed in here.

MONSI:
This beaker holder is the perfect size for this paper cup.

SOUND: MONSI PLACES CUP IN HOLDER.

ALEXA:
Here you go. One-size-fits-all gloves.

SOUND: MONSI, ALEXA, AND BENI PUT ON GLOVES.

ESTELA:
For adults. They are not meant for children.

SOUND: BENI PLACES THE ITEMS ON THE COUNTER.

BENI:
Here's a sterile slide and medicine dropper.

ESTELA:
You can't just help yourself to whatever you want.

ALEXA:
And the possibly toxic coffee is ready in the beaker holder.

SOUND: MEDICINE DROPPER SUCKING UP LIQUID.

MONSI:
I just need a half drop.

ESTELA:
You absolutely cannot bring a contaminant into my lab.

MONSI:
Don't worry. It's not transmitted by air.

SOUND: MEDICINE DROPPER SQUEEZING OUT LIQUID ONTO A SLIDE.

ESTELA:
I'm calling the faculty supervisor.

SOUND: ESTELA & SEÑORA'S FOOTSTEPS.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Ah, there you are, Monserrate.

MONSI:
(distant) I'll be right there, Señora. I'm just doing a quick experiment.

ESTELA:
No, actually. She's leaving.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
It does look to me like she's in the middle of analysis.

ESTELA:
These are your students, I assume?

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Monserrate is. I've only just met her friends. Soy Señora Ramirez.

ESTELA:
Estela. 

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Mucho gusto.

ESTELA:
Same here.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
It's great that you let young students use the facility. After all, they are the future of science.

ESTELA:
I didn't let those three in. They shouldn't be here.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
According to?

ESTELA:
Standard laboratory procedure.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Hm. You have to admit, Monserrate looks quite at home.  

ESTELA:
I'm sure she's promising. But we're doing real research. These kids can play somewhere else.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Where you can't see them?

ESTELA:
I don't care where they go as long as it's not in this laboratory.

SOUND: THUNDERCLAP.

MONSI:
...and so, you see, the stain helps to identify microbes.

SOUND: BENI PICKS UP A GLASS TEST TUBE AND POURS COFFEE INTO IT,

BENI:
Hey, these test tubes with the little stoppers are pretty groovy. Know what? I'll pour the rest of this coffee in here - just for fun.

SOUND: BENI PLACES THE STOPPER ON THE TEST TUBE.

MONSI:
You want to do your own experiment, Beni?

BENI:
Thinking about it. 

SOUND: BAROMETER FX - FADE AFTER A COUPLE OF SECONDS.

BENI:
(whispering) Blue. We’ve got it!

SOUND: MONSI PLACES THE SLIDE INTO THE MICROSCOPE.

MONSI:
And the specimen is ready to view in the microscope. Huh. Gram-positive bacteria. Rod-shaped. Wanna look?

ALEXA:
Sure. Ooh. 

SOUND: A CRACK OF THUNDER.
SOUND: BAROMETER FX - CONTINUE UNDER.

ALEXA/BENI:
It's purple.

MONSI:
How would you know, Beni? You haven't even looked?

ALEXA:
It's been fun, Monsi.

BENI:
So groovy!

ALEXA | BENI:
But we've gotta go. | See ya!

MONSI:
Okay.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS RUSHING TOWARD THE EXIT.
SOUND: RADIO - CLOSER AS THEY RUSH BY.

ALEXA/BENI:
Adios!

MONSI:
Bye!

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Oh! Uh...Adios?

ESTELA:
No running!

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI'S FOOTSTEPS EXIT INTO THE HALLWAY.

ALEXA | BENI:
Got the test tube? | That was close!

SOUND: BAROMETER FX - CUT.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI YELL, TRAVELING THROUGH THE PORTAL.

SCENE 7 - UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCIENCE BUILDING BALLROOM.

SOUND: CHATTER IN THE BALLROOM.

MONSI:
And so, based on my observation in the lab, and the short time it took for the onset of symptoms, I'd say the puking was caused by bacillus cereus. 

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Well done, Monserrate. We can let the fair organizer know about your findings before we leave. Now, would you like me to roll up this poster board?

MONSI:
Yes, thank you. There's a rubber band in that little pencil box. I'm glad I did this model of a space station. You know how much I love the invisible world, but it was pretty cool to think about something so huge.

SOUND: DANNY WHEELS HIS ROBOT P TO MONSI.

DANNY:
Too bad the fair was postponed, huh, Monsi?

MONSI:
Maybe by the time they reschedule it, you'll be able to come up with a new idea for the fair.

DANNY:
I told you, this robot is different from last year's project.

MONSI:
Sure. Whatever you say, Danny.

DANNY
Adios, Señora Ramirez.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Adios, Daniel.

SOUND: DANNY WHEELS HIS ROBOT AWAY.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
I thought you deserved to win over him last year.

MONSI:
Robots are impressive and memorable. Mold? Not so much. 

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Second place is still impressive.

MONSI:
No impressive enough for Profesor Reyes to remember me.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Ay, Profesor Reyes. 

MONSI:
He didn't remember me at all. Or the mold project.

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Forget the Profesor Reyeses of the world who can't be bothered to acknowledge your efforts. And the Estelas? Eh, they think know where you do and don't belong. Forget them, too. Stick with your love of science, Monserrate. Go with your gut, nena.

MONSI:
You sound like mi abuela. She says when she was my age, she had limits placed on her. But she tells me, Not even the can sky can limit you, Monsi. 

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
Smart woman. She's right, you know. There's no limit to the heights you'll reach.

MONSI:
The question is what kind of microbes will be there?

SEÑORA RAMIREZ:
(laughs) I'm sure you'll let us all know, Monserrate. 

SCENE 8 - THE TIMESTORM. HELICOPTER CABIN.

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

ALEXA:
Whoa! That was so much fun!

BENI:
Yeah! Monsi's pretty cool.

HORACIO:
You can go to Alabama and see her again.

ATABEY:
She manages several educational programs for NASA in the Marshall Space Flight Center. 

BENI:
We can meet her as an adult?

ALEXA:
We should get Ma and Pa to take us one day.

HORACIO:
Just don't mention anything about toxic coffee and vomiting judges.

ALEXA | BENI:
Right. | Got it.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud emerge.

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD RHYTHM - CONTINUE UNDER.

BENI:
Here you go: an invisible danger. Not the day-old coffee, but the bacteria in the coffee.

ATABEY:
Artifact attained.

SOUND: ARTIFACT FLOATING INTO CLOUD.

ATABEY:
Artifact cloud retreat. 

ALEXA:
Don't mind sending that into the artifact cloud.

SOUND: ARTIFACT CLOUD RETREATING.

HORACIO:
Clothing!

SOUND: A WHOOSH OF A QUICK COSTUME CHANGE.

BENI:
Aw. I'm going to miss my groovy outfit.

HORACIO:
You know, there were some things I never missed when I traded in my civilian clothes for a military uniform. Like bell-bottoms. I looked awful those things.

SOUND: WINDSHIELD ZAP.

ATABEY:
The weather’s changing in New Jersey. Autumn. The next time you return, you'll have lived through six months. 

HORACIO:
That’s right. By then it’ll be--

BENI:
Spring. 

ALEXA:
Twenty eighteen.

HORACIO:
And half a year is a long time, Alexa. A lot can happen.

BENI:
Wait a minute. Do you know what happens to us?

HORACIO:
I don't, Beni.

ATABEY:
Lieutenant Méndez only knows what I show him.

ALEXA:
So...you know our future?

ATABEY:
Knowledge. Such a human concept.

ALEXA:
Ugh. We're not getting an answer, are we? 

HORACIO:
Not from Atabey. 

SOUND: BAROMETER FX - CONTINUE UNDER. 

HORACIO:
Now, remember, you can still continue the mission on earth in your own time. 

BENI:
Really?

ALEXA:
How?

HORACIO:
It’s different from the quests, of course. Atabey won't give you a riddle to solve and you won’t be chasing artifacts. But when you return to your ordinary lives, you can still help--

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: BAROMETER, RAIN, HOLOGRAM, HELICOPTER INTERIOR - CUT.
SOUND: PORTAL FX.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI YELL, TRAVELING THROUGH THE PORTAL.


CREDITS

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

NARRATION:
This episode 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. Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. Monsi Román was played by Liliana Zertuche. Estela was played by Angelica Ubiera. Señora Ramirez was played by Maria Diaz. Profesor Reyes was played by Deivis Garcia. Danny was played by John Diego Zertuche. 

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! 

LAINEY:
Hello. My name is Lainey. I’m twelve years old and I live in Arizona. For my adventure share-out, I want to share about the time I traveled with my family to England. We went hiking and we found these huge waterfalls. They were amazing! And next to the waterfalls, there was a rope that you could walk across the river to these big mossy rocks. But the rope was so thin. There were two ropes at the top to hold onto while you walked across, but my parents wouldn’t let me go. I bet because they thought I’d die it I did. So, it was beautiful, but next time, I will go on the rope.

NARRATION:
Thanks for sharing, Lainey! And if you do go back and cross over the river on that rope bridge, be careful and have fun. 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 9: INVISIBLE


EPISODE 10: ANSWER THE CALL

NARRATOR:
Previously, on Timestorm:

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

CLARA: 
That storm looks like a monster.

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

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

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

DATU:
Hey, Josie. It's me. Datu. I hope you're okay. [***] ...just know that the store in Newark is doing fine. [***] Hey, it’s me. Datu, that is. I don’t know if you got my message from last week [***] I hope to hear back from you soon.

RAMIRO:
Hey there. It’s me, Ramiro Ventura. We’ve got a ton of donated items that we’re trying to get to PR. I need your help getting a charter jet so we can deliver it all. Whatdya say? For old times’ sake?

ATABEY:
The next time you return, you'll have lived through six months.

HORACIO:
A lot can happen. Now, remember, you can still continue the mission on earth in your own time. When you return to your ordinary lives, you can still--

SOUND: DRAMATIC THUNDERCLAP.
SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI YELL 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 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 - 2017. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES.

MUSIC: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES TRANSITION.
SOUND: TRUCK HONKS.

SOUND: DATU AND CLARA’S FOOTSTEPS.

DATU:
Looks like your Dad’s here with a truckload of donations from the library. 

CLARA:
That was quick. Datu, if you don’t mind helping Ramiro with some of the heavier donations.

DATU:
Sure thing, Clara.

CLARA:
Alexa and Beni can help take care of dry goods and extra clothes. When you’re bringing things in, make sure you’re putting it all in the proper place. 

SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: RAMIRO ENTERS.

RAMIRO:
I brought sub sandwiches. Who’s hungry?

ALEXA/BENI:
Me!

CLARA:
Oh. Now that you mention it, I’m starving.

SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS - CUT.

RAMIRO:
I figured with you all hard at work here that you might not have had dinner.

SOUND: RAMIRO PLACES BAGS ON THE COUNTER.

CLARA:
Thank you, mi amor.

RAMIRO:
I’ve got food in here for you too, Datu.

DATU:
Oh, you’re too kind, Ramiro. Thank you. Here, how about I take back the front counter from these two so they can eat? You two have any trouble up here?

ALEXA / BENI:
Nope! / Smooth sailing!

CLARA:
Now, go eat. We’ve got a long night ahead of us.

RAMIRO:
I got both of you anchovy and mayo sandwiches. Your favorite.

ALEXA / BENI:
Ew. Anchovy! / Ugh. No, you didn’t!

RAMIRO:
(laughing)
I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

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

SOUND:  DISTORTED VOICEMAIL ALERT.

VOICE:
Please leave your message.

DATU:
Josie! It’s Datu. You should see this place. We got the back space all set up with tables and we pushed aside some of the shelves for more room. We’ve been able to fit so many cases of water, diapers, extra clothes, canned foods. It’s amazing. Clara said that if it wasn’t for this extra space, she would’ve had to turn all this away. Now, it can all go to the people on the island who need it most. I really wish you were here with us. I think you and Clara would really get along. Both of you have that ‘go get’em’ energy. And the twins, Alexa and Beni? They’ve been such a big help and...they’d be so excited to meet you. I know the timing needs to be right for your return to Newark, but I hope that time is soon.


SCENE 3 - 2017. EXT. STREET, NEWARK, NJ.

MUSIC: “STREET SCENE” TRANSITION.
SOUND: STREET SOUNDS.

JANELLY:
I mean it, Sonia. It really is great that Datu's helping out with donations. I just wish Beni had given me a heads up about it.

SONIA:
Yeah, I get that. It's your place. You and Beni.

JANELLY
Is it though? I've hardly seen him these past two weeks. And, I know, things have been crazy since the hurricane. But, still...I get this feeling Beni's keeping something from me. 

SONIA:
It's the same thing with Alexa. It’s like both of them have a secret.

JANELLY:
Exactly. 

SOUND: A GIRL'S FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING.

GIRL:
Gringa.

SOUND: A GIRL'S FOOTSTEPS LEAVING AS SHE LAUGHS.

JANELLY:
Did Emely just call you ‘gringa’?

SONIA:
It's not the first time. It started, like, last year. Emely and her friends whispering about me in Spanish. Of course, they don’t know that even though I stink at speaking Spanish, it doesn’t mean I don’t understand what they’re saying. They can be really mean. That new song I wrote? It's pretty much about them.

JANELLY:
I wish I could write songs about my issues. My cousin taught me how to play the ukulele little. But I don’t think I could write a song. And you know me and singing.

SONIA:
What about you and singing?

JANELLY:
Uh...second grade chorus? Mr. Longo told the whole class that I mumbled so much, I might as well not sing at all. Everyone laughed and you told me I should stick to video games.

SONIA:
Janelly, I said you should sing about video games. Like, maybe you’d be more comfortable.

JANELLY:
Oh. Anyway, you're the musician now. And you’re so good at everything, it'd be hard not to compare myself to you.

SONIA:
Not everything's a competition. 

JANELLY:
Am I hearing you right, Sonia?

SONIA:
Okay, I'll admit that I have to keep reminding myself of this. But, it’s true, sometimes you just have to write a song to write it. And then maybe rewrite it seventeen and a half times.

JANELLY:
Seventeen and a half?

SONIA:
It still feels like something's missing. Oh my gosh. I just had a great idea. And with your help, I can have it ready for December.

JANELLY:
What's in December, Sonia?

SONIA:
I've been talking to my music teacher about organizing a fundraiser show for Puerto Rico. 

JANELLY:
That sounds like a great idea. I mean, as long as your music teacher says so. We probably need an adult to help organize it all.

SONIA:
Oh, I'm pretty sure they'll say yes. It’ll be the perfect time to try out the new, new, new version of my song. You'll help, right, Janelly?

SCENE 4A - 2017. NEWARK. THE VENTURA HOME; THE OFFICE.

(Thursday.)

MUSIC: "HOME" TRANSITION.

BENI:
"New donation drop off. The North End Branch of the Newark Public Library has partnered with Taino Comics and Games to collect and organize donations for Hurricane Maria the relief effort." And I added the list of all the items you're accepting - ooh, and packing supplies needed - just like you wanted.

CLARA:
Look at the flag in the background. It’s perfect, Beni. I'll print out copies for the library. Oh, Betina made a Facebook group for us. I should share it on there, too. Oh! There’s a new video on the Ponce Se Levanta group. That's Mami and Papi's neighbor, Leti.

SOUND: CLARA TAPS ON HER PHONE.

NEIGHBORS:
Hola. No sé quien puede ver este video, pero...voy a contarles...first...no hubo ni una muerte, okay? Everyone is accounted for. Hector y Migdalia Rios, Dona Isa, la familia Cruz, Wilfredo y Conchita Vasquez, // Noni Perez y todos su ninos, Don Jorge. Lo que si paso es que todas las casas hecha de madera fueron destruidas. Además, tampoco tenemos luz. Algunos have generators, pero, that's it.

Por favor, tengo algo que decir. Billy y Vanessa, tell your parents we're all right? Te quiero muchisimos.

CLARA:
(overlapping)
Ay! Gracias a Dios! 

BENI:
Abuela y abuelo are okay?

CLARA:
Rami! Alexa!

SOUND: ALEXA AND RAMIRO'S FOOTSTEPS RUSH IN.

RAMIRO:
What is it?

BENI:
Abuela and abuelo are okay!

ALEXA:
For real?

CLARA:
Leti from the neighborhood.

RAMIRO:
Leti?

CLARA:
Leti. She posted a video. And she said their names. They're okay. 

RAMIRO:
Ay! That’s such good news!

CLARA:
I know!

ALEXA:
Wow. Go, Leti, with your cell phone.

BENI:
Hey! Go, Leti! Go, Leti!

ALEXA:
(laughing)
Oh my gosh. Beni!

BENI:
(overlapping)
Go, Leti, with your cell phone. Go, Leti, with your cell phone...

ALEXA:
(laughing)
Oh no.

RAMIRO:
(overlapping)
Le-ti, Le-ti, Le-ti, Le-ti, Le-ti...

CLARA:
(overlapping) 
Go, go, go, go, go, go...

ALEXA:
(overlapping)
Go, Leti, down in Ponce. Go, Leti, down in Ponce...

SOUND: THE VENTURAS LAUGH.
SOUND: RAMIRO'S CELL PHONE RINGS.

RAMIRO:
Maybe more good news? 
(going off mic)
Carlito! Blast from the past! How are you?

SOUND: CLARA'S CELL PHONE RINGS.

CLARA:
We're just too popular.

SOUND: TAPS HER PHONE.

CLARA:
(going of mic)
Hi, Datu! 

BENI:
I can’t believe what they’re saying about the water down there. 

ALEXA:
Invisible danger. But everywhere.

BENI:
Wonder what Monsi would think. 

ALEXA:
She’s still alive, remember? Works for NASA over in Alabama.

BENI:
Then I wonder what she's thinking now. It’s, like, we’re connected in some weird way.

ALEXA:
The island connects us.

BENI:
Is it weird to feel homesick for a place where we've never lived?

ALEXA:
Nope. I feel the same way.


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

MUSIC: HOME TRANSITION, ABBREVIATED.

CLARA:
Thanks for the heads up, Datu.

RAMIRO:
I can't thank you enough, Carlito. Cuidate.

SOUND: CLARA AND RAMIRO TAP THEIR PHONES.

CLARA:
Datu says the donations are coming in so fast, we'll need to rally the volunteers tomorrow to sort and pack it all.

RAMIRO:
Well, then. Carlito couldn't have better timing.

CLARA:
Carlito?

RAMIRO:
He has arranged a private jet to Aguadilla. We’ll be able to fill it all up and get all of these donations down there next week.  

CLARA:
Tell me you're not joking Because if you're joking // it's not funny.

RAMIRO:
(overlapping)
I'm not kidding, Clarita. I told you we'd make it happen.

CLARA:
Ah! Such good news. I just hope you’ll hear from Tía Ingrid.

RAMIRO:
Si, pero...I’m...I’m sure my cousins are taking care of her. 

CLARA:
I still can't believe this is real life.

SCENE 5 - 2017. INT. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES. 

MUSIC: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES TRANSITION, ABBREVIATED.
SOUND: COMIC BOOK STORE CHATTER; ITEMS PULLED FROM A BAG.

ALEXA:
Baby wipes. More diapers. Toddler size.

BENI:
That's good. Ma said we needed more of that size. 

ALEXA:
And here’s some more bottled water.

SOUND: CLARA'S FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING.

CLARA:
You're both working so hard. Pero, please. Unpack items in the back so it's easier to sort. 

ALEXA:
Ma, I keep bumping into people back there.

CLARA:
Mira, Datu cleared out a new aisle so everyone can navigate around easier. 

ALEXA | BENI:
Okay. | Got it.

SOUND: ALEXA AND BENI GRAB BAGS; FOOTSTEPS HEADED TO THE BACK.
SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS — CUT.

SONIA:
We'll keep working on the lyrics, though. It's over a month away.

CLARA:
Hola, Sonia. Janelly.

SONIA | JANELLY:
Hey, Mrs. V. | Hi, Mrs. V.

CLARA:
Here to help?

JANELLY:
Yep.

SONIA:
We heard you needed it this weekend.

CLARA:
Do we ever! The twins are bringing this stack of items to the back. If you want to--

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

CLARA:
Hello! Here to help?

SONIA:
Thad? Help?

THAD:
Uh...actually, I'm looking for...uh...a guy...

JANELLY:
Datu?

THAD:
Uh...yeah.

CLARA:
I let him know. Grab whatever you can carry and follow me, girls. 

SONIA:
On it!

SOUND: SONIA AND CLARA PICK UP A BOX.

JANELLY:
I'll meet back there in a sec.

SOUND: SONIA AND CLARA'S FOOTSTEPS HEADED TO THE BACK.
SOUND: CHATTER FROM VOLUNTEERS - INCREASES AS THEY APPROACH.
SOUND: SONIA PLACES THE BOX ON TOP OF ANOTHER.

SONIA:
Hey, guys.

ALEXA | BENI:
Hey. | Hi.

BENI:
Isn't Janelly with you?

SONIA:
Uh, she's just in the front talking to Thad.

BENI:
Janelly's talking to Thad?

ALEXA:
That's weird.

SONIA:
Right? And what was his deal the other day? 

RAMIRO:
(distant)
A crate of water bottles incoming!

SONIA:
I can't believe how packed it is in here. 

BENI:
Yeah. People really want to help.

ALEXA:
We should probably get the rest of the stuff up front.

SOUND: SONIA , BENI, AND ALEXA'S FOOTSTEPS HEADED TO THE FRONT.
SOUND: CHATTER FROM VOLUNTEERS - DECREASES.

JANELLY:
I should get to the back. See ya, Thad. Hi, Beni. Alexa.

THAD:
Uh...hey.

ALEXA/BENI:
Hey.

SONIA:
We're taking this stuff here. I think we can get it all between the four of us.

MUSIC: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES TRANSITION, ABBREVIATED.

CLARA:
All right. Mira, Sharpies for each of you.

SOUND: ALEXA, BENI, SONIA, JANELLY PLACES DOWN BAGS.
SOUND: SHARPIE AGAINST PLASTIC.

CLARA:
Mira. Make sure the SKU code is completely blacked out. Así. Everyone got a Sharpie?

ALEXA | BENI | JANELLY | SONIA:
Yep. | Got mine. | Uh-huh. | Plus, a back-up!

BENI:
You just happen to have a Sharpie?

SONIA:
I read the flyer very carefully.

CLARA:
These bags will keep you busy for a while. Then onto those boxes.

RAMIRO:
(distant)
Where should we put all these tins of sardines, Clara? 

CLARA:
With the tuna fish over at table seven. Near the poster of La Borinqueña.

SOUND: RAMIRO PLACES SARDINES ON A TABLE.
MUSIC:TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES TRANSITION, ABBREVIATED.

SONIA:
Maybe in a couple more weeks when we're a little closer to the fundraiser.

BENI:
What fundraiser?

SONIA:
The one Janelly and I are organizing at Brick City Cafe to raise money for Puerto Rico.

JANELLY:
Sonia's guitar teacher just booked the cafe for the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

ALEXA:
Um. Have you guys been planning this for a while?

SONIA:
I had the idea last week and I told Janelly about it on Monday.

BENI:
Monday? Oh, I get it. You're getting back at me for not telling you about Datu's plan.

SONIA:
Hey. Don't blame Janelly. The song and the fundraiser were my ideas. We're telling you both now.

BENI:
Seemed like it was by mistake.

ALEXA:
Right?

RAMIRO:
How’s everything over here?

ALEXA/BENI/JANELLY/SONIA:
Fine.

SOUND: JANELLY SLAMS DOWN SHARPIE.

JANELLY:
Look, Beni. I get that you busy. I mean, you haven't even had time to play Ancient Americas.

BENI:
Why don't you play with Thad? Since you two like to talk now.

JANELLY:
Uh, I swear. Sometimes you're in your own bubble.

SOUND: JANELLY SLAMS DOWN PACKAGE AND THEN RUNS OFF.
SOUND: SONIA TAKES A DEEP BREATH IN AND OUT.

BENI:
I'll be back.

SOUND: ALEXA SETS A PACKAGE ON A TABLE.

ALEXA:
Oh, man. This has a bunch of outer plastic.

SONIA:
I'm on it. 

SOUND: SONIA SNAPS SCISSORS.

ALEXA:
You brought scissors?

SONIA:
And three kinds of tape.

ALEXA:
Hey, is the fundraiser just for musicians?

SONIA:
Not at all. You want to help?

ALEXA:
I mean, I'm not going to sing anything. But you know I like to help plan stuff.

SONIA:
Of course. That'd be great.

SCENE 6A - 2017. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES.

MUSIC: YO SOY AMERICA TRANSITION.
SOUND: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES INTERIOR - MUFFLED CONT. UNDER.
SOUND: BENI WALKING UP CREAKING STAIRS.

BENI:
Hey, Janelly.

JANELLY:
Hey.

BENI:
What are you reading?

SOUND: PAGE TURNING.

JANELLY:
Take Back Time.

BENI:
What’s that, like your fourth, fifth read through?

JANELLY:
Seventh.

BENI:
(nervous laugh)
So, uh, the shop’s changed a lot, huh?

JANELLY:
Yeah. But it’s cool what the store’s doing.

BENI:
Yeah, and Datu’s done a great job making sure game nights can still happen. Feels like forever since this place first opened, doesn’t it? Remember our first game night? What did we play—

JANELLY:
Mount Olympus, that weird card game where you got to play as different Greek gods.

BENI:
That’s right! Wow, I was never into card games until the store came around.

JANELLY:
Me either. Actually, a lot of the stuff I play and read is thanks to Datu. Even Take Back Time. Remember when he first showed it to us?

SOUND:  TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES INTERIOR - MUFFLED; CUT.

SCENE 6B - 2016. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES

SOUND: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES  TRANSITION, FLASHBACK VERSION.
SOUND: DOOR OPENS/LASER BELL/CITY STREET SOUNDS.
SOUND: REVERB FX ON DIALOGUE.

BENI & JANELLY:
Whoaaaa.

SOUND: DOOR CLOSES; CITY SOUNDS — CUT.

JANELLY:
A lightsaber door sensor!

DATU:
Oh, hey there! Excuse the mess, we’re still getting set up in here.

BENI:
This place is amazing.

DATU:
Welcome to Taíno Comics and Games. I’m the manager. My name’s Datu.

JANELLY:
I’m Janelly, and this wide-eyed boy wonder here is Beni.

DATU:
It’s a pleasure to meet you both. 

BENI:
You have so much cool stuff in here.

DATU:
Yup, we’ve got quite the collection of comics and games, tabletop and video. Is there anything you’re looking for in particular?

JANELLY:
We were wondering if you have the new Ancient Americas game?

DATU:
We do. I placed an order as soon as they announced it. It should be in the back, I’ll show you.

SOUND: DATU, JANELLY, AND BENI WALK TO THE BACK.

DATU:
You can find most of our video game selection over here. Ahh, here it is. Ancient Americas: Explore the ancient world as you discover magical artifacts and search for the answer to a long-forgotten mystery. 

JANELLY:
Oh, sweet!

DATU:
Sounds exciting!

BENI:
This place is way bigger than I thought it was.

DATU:
I’ve been trying to think of what I can do with some of this extra space. Maybe I’ll turn this area into a game room to host gaming nights and tourneys. Do you think people would be interested in that?

BENI:
Are you for real? People would love that.

JANELLY:
Yeah, I bet a bunch of kids from school would come to those.

DATU:
Oh, that’s great to hear. I’ll get it set up as soon as possible.

JANELLY:
We’ll spread the word around.

BENI:
Hey! Do you have the Space Race comics? I think I’m a few issues behind.

DATU:
I do. You know, if you both like ancient history and are into sci-fi, I think I have a great comic recommendation for you. Have you read Take Back Time?

SOUND: REVERB FX ON DIALOGUE - CUT.

SCENE 6C - 2017. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES.

SOUND: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES  TRANSITION, ABBREVIATED.
SOUND: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES INTERIOR - MUFFLED, CONT UNDER.

JANELLY:
Datu is so good at recommending stuff.

BENI:
Yeah, I’ve loved everything he’s shown me.

JANELLY:
I don’t think I would’ve ever read Take Back Time if it wasn’t for him.

BENI:
He works really hard around here. Even with all the donation stuff and game nights, I’d be so stressed.

JANELLY:
Yeah, but Datu...I think he enjoys it all, you know? Like, he’s just happy to have people around.

BENI:
Yeah. I like that. I better head back down and help out with the donations.

JANELLY:
I’ll come with.

SOUND: BENI AND JANELLY WALKING DOWNSTAIRS.

JANELLY:
You know, there’s something that still bothers me about Take Back Time. The last page. 

BENI:
What?

JANELLY:
She will change everything. You ever figure out what it means?

BENI:
Uh, well...I only know what L. J. Ortega said: It means--

BENI/JANELLY:
--what it means.

JANELLY:
Right. It’s just a weird ending, I guess. I’m still hoping for a surprise sequel. I keep wondering about whatever happened to Lieutenant Méndez out there floating in the timestorm. 

BENI:
Yeah. He’s a pretty cool character.

SOUND: TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES INTERIOR - MUFFLED; FADES.


SCENE 7 - THE TIMESTORM. A HELICOPTER CABIN.

MUSIC: TIMESTORM TRANSITION.
SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - ESTABLISH; CONTINUE UNDER.

HORACIO:
Do you think they’re ready?

ATABEY:
They’ve proven themselves thus far. Are you concerned?

HORACIO:
They’re still just kids.

ATABEY:
They were kids when they went to Old San Juan. And when they went to Ponce and Rio Piedras.

HORACIO:
I know. You’re right. You’re right. They’re our best chance at seeing the mission through.

ATABEY:
Sounds like you think they are ready.

HORACIO:
Yes, I do. We’ll give them the quest we’ve been holding onto. The one that’s going to require traveling to multiple locations. Multiple centuries.

ATABEY:
Come spring, when the twins return to us— 

HORACIO:
Spring! I keep forgetting it’ll have been six months for them.

ATABEY:
Six months for your cousins, yes—

HORACIO:
But will they be the same?

ATABEY:
A lot can happen in six months.

HORACIO:
A lot can happen...a lot can happen. I know! That’s what I’m worried about. They’re…

ATABEY:
They’re…

HORACIO:
They’re growing up. For this next quest, they’ll need to know more. And I...I feel like I should know more, too.

ATABEY:
All in due time.

HORACIO:
Time is immeasurable here.

ATABEY:
It’s just a saying, Lieutenant Mendez.

SOUND: HELICOPTER CABIN INTERIOR - FADES.

SCENE 8 - 2017. NEWARK. TAÍNO COMICS AND GAMES

MUSIC: YO SOY AMERICA - ESTABLISH, CONTINUE UNDER.
SOUND: VOLUNTEER CHATTER. 

ALEXA:
Hey, Beni. I was telling Sonia you could make the graphic art for the fundraiser in November.

JANELLY:
What a great idea!

BENI:
Sounds cool. I'm in.

SONIA:
So..we're all...good. Right?

ALEXA/BENI/JANELLY:
We're good.

SOUND: SHARPIE SOUNDS; BACKGROUND CHATTER.

THAD:
Uh...can I, like, help?

ALEXA:
You want to help, Thad?

THAD:
Uh... so, our mosque was vandalized last year, everyone from the neighborhood came to clean up and fix the damage. Maybe I could return the favor?

SONIA:
Here. Take my back up Sharpie. Cross out the bar code and then place items into one of those piles.

RAMIRO:
Atención! Turn down the music a second? We just got second private plane donated!

SOUND: CHEERS.

PERSON:
Para Puerto Rico!

CROWD:
Para Puerto Rico!

SOUND: MUSIC IS TURNED UP; LAUGHS, CLAPS, SHOUTS.

THAD:
Uh...that's strange to see.

BENI:
What is?

THAD:
People celebrating when there's so much that's gone wrong with this hurricane.

ALEXA:
That's just how we are. 

SONIA:
Come on. Let's dance!

SOUND: MUSIC PLAYS FOR SEVERAL SECONDS AS DANCING CONTINUES.
SOUND: PHONE RINGS UNDER CROWD.
SOUND: PHONE RINGS CLEARER X2.
SOUND: PHONE RINGS A FINAL TIME THEN ALL SOUNDS AND MUSIC ABRUPTLY STOP EXCEPT FOR ECHOING RING.


SCENE 9 -  2017. A DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: THE BEEP OF A VOICEMAIL ALERT.

JOSIE:
Hi, Datu. It...it’s Josie. Thanks for leaving all those voice mails. De verdad, gracias. I was finally able to listen to them. When I heard that you’re using the store to collect donations, I was…I was proud. I’m trying to imagine what the store looks like full of volunteers. Must be quite a sight. So...I know it's been a while since I’ve been in New Jersey, but I think it's time. I'm coming back to Newark.

SOUND: A BEEP.


CREDITS

MUSIC: THEME SONG: “IN THE TIMESTORM” (INSTRUMENTAL) — UNDER.

NARRATION:
This season 1 finale episode of Timestorm was written by Dania Ramos and Andrew Siañez-De La O; story by Dania Ramos. Audio engineering, sound design, and original music were by Michael Aquino. “Yo Soy America” was written by Deivis Garcia, performed by the United States of Boogaloo, and recorded and mixed by Johnny Kray at Kray Studios.

The role of Alexa Ventura was played by Leilany Figueroa. Beni Ventura was played by Claudio Venancio. Clara Ventura was played by Jennica Carmona. Ramiro Ventura was played by Walter Rodriguez. Datu Ancheta was played by Joel Arandia. Janelly was played by Frances Ramos. Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. Horacio Méndez was played by Orlando Segarra. Atabey was played by Alicia Rivas. Thad was played by Philipe AbiYouness. This episode also featured Angelica Ubiera.

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.

We’re excited to announce that the team behind Timestorm will be attending two events this fall. On October twentieth, we’ll be at Podtales in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And on November second, we’ll be at the Nerdtino Expo in Philadelphia. We’ll have links to both of these events in our show notes.

Thanks for listening to season 1 of Timestorm. We’ve got minisodes and bonus content that we’ll be releasing about every other week through Thanksgiving. We’ll be back in your feed on September 30 with a minisode.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

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

END OF EPISODE 10: ANSWER THE CALL


MINISODE: THIS IS ME

NARRATION:
Hey there! It’s Dania Ramos, Timestorm series creator. This is the first of three Season 1 minisodes. If you haven’t heard episodes one through ten, we recommend giving those a listen first and then coming back to this one. In today’s minisode, we’ll learn a bit more about the character of Sonia, one of Alexa and Beni’s friends. Remember when she says this: 

SONIA:
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.

NARRATION:
How about this text message:

SONIA:
Hi Lex, Wanted to let you know that the showcase is at seven, Friday night. Brick City Cafe. Singing the new song I wrote. Rewrote the last verse. I think it's good enough. Maybe I should rewrite it again. Super nervous. Hey, I’ll send you a recording of the song. If you have time, let me know what you think?

NARRATION:
And then a few episodes later she asks her friends:

SONIA:
Did you at least get a chance to listen to the demo I sent you? 

ALEXA/BENI/JANELLY:
Demo?

SONIA:
I worked really hard on that song, guys.

NARRATION:
Okay. Maybe you’re wondering about this song that Sonia keeps talking about. Well, you’re about to hear how she wrote it.

RECORDING ONE: DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: PHONE RECORDING APP STARTS.
SOUND: BIRDS CHIRPING.

SONIA:
September fourth, two thousand seventeen. I've got an idea for this new song. Oh, it's Labor Day. Ugh. Summer just flew by. I’m really liking the progression I came up with, but the lyrics, I just don't know... Okay, here's verse one, I think, of..."Untitled Song Written on Labor Day." Okay.

SOUND: THE GUITAR STARTS STRUMMING OVER:

SONIA:

I'm eating alone 
She comes up to me 
And says, "You talk like a bunny.”

SOUND: GUITAR STOPS ABRUPTLY.
SOUND: GRILL IGNITING.

SONIA:
That's not going to work. I need to think. I need to focus. I need a burger. Dad just fired up the grill. To be continued.

RECORDING TWO - DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: PHONE RECORDING APP STARTS.
SOUND: BATHROOM DOOR CLOSING.

SONIA:
Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay! September tenth, two thousand seventeen.

SOUND: KNOCK ON THE DOOR.

SONIA:
(shouting to family outside)
No one come in this bathroom: I'm recording!
(back into recorder)
This chorus just came out of my brain and I think it's killer. Stop what you're doing, world-of-no-one, and listen to this. Here goes...

SOUND: THE GUITAR STARTS STRUMMING - PLAYS UNDER SINGING.

SONIA:

I don’t know what you are like. 
I don’t know what you are like. 
I don’t know what you are like, 
But this is me!

It's simple, yeah, I know, but I think I'm liking it. Oh, and just you wait, verse two is coming! Verse two, how I love thee!

SOUND: PICKING UP RECORDER TO STOP IT.

SONIA:

I don't know what you are like...


RECORDING THREE - DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: PHONE RECORDING APP STARTS.
SOUND: SONIA FLIPS NOTEBOOK PAGE.

SONIA:
September sixteenth, two thousand seventeen. Oh, verse two, how I hate thee. You're giving me such issues. Verse two brainstorm: 

Words that grow
From my head
They mix 
Together
Until they’re dead
To me

Too dark.

Birds that flow

Wait...Birds. BIRDS? WORDS.

SOUND: SONIA FLIPS NOTEBOOK PAGE.

SONIA:

Words that flow from my—

No, no. Flow...flow...waves flow?

WAVES that flow 
From my head,
My…my skin, my eyes
They get...red.
This is me.

SOUND: SONIA FLIPS NOTEBOOK PAGE.
SOUND: SONIA FLOPS BACK DOWN ON HER BED.

SONIA:
What is it allergy season?! I don't know about these lyrics. But...it's a start.

RECORDING FOUR - DIGITAL SPACE.

SOUND: PHONE RECORDING APP STARTS.

SONIA:
Okay. September twentieth, two thousand seventeen. Demo one of...I think I’m calling it: "This is Me.”

I’m at this party, they stare at me, 
whispering, “She talks so funny!”

All I want is to stand and scream: This is all I’ve got. 
This is me.
This is me!

Hey, I don’t know what you are like. 
No, I don’t know what you are like. 
So, I don’t know what you are like, but this is me!

Waves that flow from my head
My skin, my eyes
So misread
This is me.

All I want is to stand and scream: This is all I’ve got. 
This is me.
This is me!

Hey, I don’t know what you are like. 
No, I don’t know what you are like. 
So, I don’t know what you are like, but this is me!
But this is me!

I grab my hand, years ago.
I hold it tight and won’t let go 
Fly to the sand and waves of blue 
We sing so loud...
We sing so loud...
We sing our truth!

Hey, I don’t know what you are like.
No, I don’t know what you are like.
So, I don’t know what you are like, but this is me!
But this is me. 
But this is me. 
But this is me.
This is me, yeah.

This is me.

NARRATION:
That was demo one of Sonia’s song. You’ll get to hear another version of “This Is Me” in Season 1 special that we’ll be releasing in November. But before then... 

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

NARRATION:
...we’ve got a couple more minisodes to share. The next one arrives October 11.

This minisode of Timestorm was written, sound designed, and engineered by Michael Aquino. Story by Dania Ramos. Michael Aquino also wrote the original music. The role of Sonia was played by Jessica Bracken. “This Is Me” vocals were by Jessica Bracken with Michael Aquino on guitar.

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.

We’re excited to announce that the team behind Timestorm will be attending two events this fall. On October twentieth, we’ll be at Podtales in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And on November second, we’ll be at the Nerdtino Expo in Philadelphia. We’ll have links to both of these events in our show notes.

We want share a review we got on Apple Podcasts. Meowkitty187 wrote: I’m 11 and I love it! Make more please! ALL HAIL TIMESTORM! We’re so grateful for the listener reviews. If you haven’t already left one, we’d love to hear from you, too.

As always, thanks for listening.

ATABEY:
Witness. Find. Remember.

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

END OF MINISODE: THIS IS ME