Hotel Cairo (Scene 6)

11th of December 2016

The family drove out to the Nile before dawn to take a boat back to the other side of the city. They kept thinking this was just a trip, how - then- could it take away their child? They arrived with the sun at the desert coast, a mountain behind and the other side of the city ahead. Mother and father spread a sheet and sat at the back of this scene sobbing, while the young man and sister sunk their feet in the river.

He thought of the creature of the Nile that was known to heal misery - a penguin in the size of a dinosaur - and why it was not here, when he suddenly hears its elephant sound coming from a far away distance. He looks ahead and there it was - approaching, with broken chains on its flippers, stumbling from the heat under its feet and all the buildings and dust in the air - desperately trying to find the Nile.  The young man knew that the police must have taken it hostage, far from water, and what he and his family were witnessing was its ultimate escape.

Human instinct in its original form runs to other's aid, but this changes with extreme circumstances where humans become self-absorbed rather than self-observant. The young man asked mother and father to help the creature but they had no interest to do so. Out of fear, out of negligence, out of revenge? it didn't count. The young man waited until the creature reached the Nile and swam slowly towards their coast, giving it a bowl of chicken bones that his sister had eaten from earlier.

A plant starts growing before the young man's eyes. Is this real? Is this a nightmare? A white, palest of branch, with black buds; it reminds him of the insect dragon that killed his brother. The creature starts to shrink at the same time; turning human-like, and soon after, the buds start to pop and shoot a numbing liquid. He runs in fear through the desert immersed in poison. His sister follows him into an abandoned garage. A hurricane struck through the emptiness and echo of the space. She starts throwing spells at him. He worries he is being played; turned into something.

With a face wrinkled from old age, he wakes up years after, alone at a dingy hotel room, watching a window blocked in concrete and reminiscing the two that once gave him a visit, and a moment so bright and blurry, it never ends.

Hotel Cairo (Scene 5)

11th of November 2016

There's a limit to love, but the galaxy between them never found earth. This moment is not ending, could it be a trap? He thought in dread. The other man tells her something (also in french); she opened her fist and gave him a branch - a white, palest of branch, with black buds - that she had in her palm. The young man was unaware at this point; he slips into oblivion and passes out the minute they leave the room. 

He spends the night on the floor of the most prestigious suite in the hotel. This suite had a window overlooking the deep valley that creatures flew over. He woke up the next morning, poured himself a drink, and as he stood by the window observing the empty desert, he saw them from a distance; the two from last night - they were climbing from the bottom of the valley; wearing camping bags and clinging onto a robe.

He glanced at the building on their side, and through one of its windows he saw an Egyptian woman in colorful housecoat and a head wrapper. He couldn't have anticipated her next move when she calmly opens the window shutter and jumps. From the highest building in the area, the woman falls steadily in one line, landing on the robe. Three of them fall together down the valley. He sees creatures flying over this scene and taking the bodies away - but these creatures were human-like.

He writes this down.

Hotel Cairo (Scene 4)

11th of October 2016

The Nile separated two coasts; one was green, populous, congested with buildings, and the other a desert ground. The creatures lived in the dry part of the city; a part that the citizens later chose to inhabit, but it did not belong to them. Hotel Cairo - like the other Gothic constructions beside it - was built on creature's land.

Story roamed around the city about the incident and the young man eaten by the mating creatures. Investigations showed that the powerful creatures that were once harmonious with the citizens had become violent due to their exposure to a poisonous plant. Afterwards, a tactic was created by the police in which each of these creatures would be put under the most uncomfortable living situations until they'd eventually leave the city.

Back at the hotel room that had witnessed the crime scene, window to the roof was closed shut with concrete, and the two mating creatures abandoned.

Hotel Cairo (Scene 3)

10th of December 2016

The Gothic structure of the building was most visible in the attic, where a young man and his family spent a night. They had beds on top of one another under pointed arches, and a large window with a view blocked by the next concrete building. Darkness tasted like history in here; rich and bitter.

The family couldn't have known about the mating creatures on the other side of the roof, even when they'd heard dolphin sounds early in the morning. At night, however, stranger creatures flew in between the buildings; making the window a circus show.

A five year old boy - the young man's brother - stood on the window's railing, watching a dragon in the size of an insect; it was waiting for something. The young man called out his mother to see, and suddenly the insect dragon disappeared. A second later they heard his little brother shouting as he stepped away from the railing. Mother had to take him to the emergency room.

The young man stayed in to look after his sister. They were on the bed when off comes an animal through the window. A familiar one this time, he thought... a lion! But how did it get to the attic? His sister was calm to this event, like she had befriended a few lions before. The lion started walking around the room and purring as it came closer, the young man reached out his hand and pet the lion. It started taking a liking to him, in the way it was biting his fingers. He had to ask his sister to lead it back to the window.

Mother returns late at night with father but without boy. The young man and his sister wake from sleep, and soon after, four of them leave the hotel.

Hotel Cairo (Scene 2)

10th of November 2016

Sunlight at dawn calls for intimacy. In a room with rise-filtered corners and delicate sheets kissed by the sun, the young man was on his bed when he heard a gentle knocking on the door. He put down his notebook.

They wore towels as they let themselves in; a girl in her mid-twenties with the tallest of figure and the blackest of hair, and a man walking before her, undressing himself. She smiles as she approaches; casting a spell from a distance. Did she keep starlight in her fist? Is that why she grabs on to the towel so tightly? How intriguing it would be to kiss her, he thought. She didn't tell him anything, but the way she stared at him told a tale with a mysterious ending; have they met before? The other man was distracted, but this young man had to acknowledge euphoria; he asked them to stop before they reached him. A quiet moment followed where the three of them stood still staring at one another.

Every detail of this moment felt like a Godard film. She must be thinking this too because she smiled at the thought, and then she said something; it's french. The other man stares in incredulity. But this young man is ecstasized - so quietly alienated from reality - and the moment: so bright and blurry, it never ends.

Hotel Cairo (Scene 1)

10th of October 2016

There was a man alone in a big hotel room at downtown Cairo. The room had an open window to the roof. The window was bed for two mating creatures. The creatures were strange; furry and rat-like but in the shape of polar bears, he thought, he'd never seen similar animals. They could be his friends, he thought, but they didn't see him.

His bed was across from theirs, and he looked up every morning; they greeted the sun with dolphin sounds - moved around during the day; finding food for one another - their bodies didn't suggest that they were light in weight, but he sensed that they were. He was wrong.

One night, as the man laid in bed and they laid above, he noticed that one of them had eyes wide open, and for the first time, it was glaring at him. He tried to avoid it but a communication occurred without intent, and he feared that to them he could not be a friend, because he's invasive... He occupies! One wakes the other up; making sound signals, like a cat eager to a attack a moth.

They jump to his bed.