Screenplay ~~- The Baby-Making War

Jacob Talks Rachel & Leah Into Running Away

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EXT. SYRIAN HIGHLAND PLATEAU - DAY

As morning dawns, Rachel and Leah run to the field where Jacob is grazing his flocks.

Jacob leans in to powwow with his wives:

JACOB
I'm seeing from the look on your Dad's face that he wants me dead, NOW! But Yahweh, my Father's Elohim, is coming to protect me.

Rachel & Leah look up to the sky, as if expecting an army of angels to swoop down.

JACOB
You know that I served your father with all my power.

LEAH
Yeah.

JACOB
But your father repeatedly deceived me. He cut my wages 10 times!

Jacob FLASHES back to when Laban put a tiny copper coin in his hand, while Laban carts away a truckload of gold...

JACOB
But Elohim didn't let your conniving Dad hurt me.

RACHEL
Yeah.

JACOB
Laban said, โ€˜The speckled [newborn calves] will be your pay,โ€™ and [pow,] all the cattle birthed speckled [calves]!

Jacob points Rachel & Leah's gaze to his herd of speckled goats.

JACOB
Laban said, โ€˜The striped [calves] will be your compensation,โ€™ and [wham,] all the animals birthed striped [calves]!

Jacob points Rachel & Leah's gaze to his herd of striped goats.

JACOB
So Elohim seized the cattle of your father,โ€”
(points to sick herd)
โ€” and gave them to me.

Jacob points his huge healthy herd.

JACOB
And, [miraculously,] during mating season, I lifted up my eyes, and looked in a dream, and saw [that all] the rams mounting their does were striped, speckled and mottled.

RACHEL
Wow...

JACOB
And the angel of Elohim spoke to me in a dream, saying, "Jacob." And I said, Here I am."

LEAH
Huh?

JACOB
And [the angel] said, "Lift up your eyes now, and see: all the rams who mount [their] females are striped, speckled, and spotted, [so their offspring will be yours, paying you back for] all the [abuse] I've seen Laban heap on you.


EXT. BETHEL - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

YAHWEH'S ANGEL
I am the EL [you experienced at] Beth-El [house of EL], where you poured [oil on] the standing-stone - where you vowed your vow to me.

In the flashback, Jacob pours oil on the pillar, holds his hands to heaven, praying...


BACK TO SCENE:

YAHWEH'S ANGEL (O.S.)
Now get up and get out of this land [before Laban kills you]. Return to your [family's] land where you were born.

RACHEL
Fine, let's leave!

LEAH
We've lost all] share [of father's wealth,]

RACHEL
and [we've lost our] inheritance in our father's estate!

LEAH
There's nothing for us here--

RACHEL
None of our father's wealth will come to us anyway.

LEAH
(cries on Jacob)
Laban counts us as strangers.

RACHEL
(on Hacob's other shoulder)
He sold us!

LEAH
(wails with Rachel)
He totally devoured our money!

LEAH
(looks over rich herds)
Yet, all the riches Elohim took from our father have become ours to pass on to our children.

RACHEL
(sprinting away,yells)
So do whatever Elohim told you!

Jacob and Leah look at each other, puzzled at Rachel's running...