INT. MOUSE BURROW – DAY
Underground on a Virginia farm, Marlow wakes up in his
burrow and realizes he is alone. He looks through the trash
and fur covered walls to the sun light coming down the hole.
Marlowe grabs his possessions – a human watch on a chain and
two rings which he drags to the top and looks out towards
the house and the barn.
EXT. VIRGINIA FARM - DAY
Marlowe takes off towards the house pulling his treasure all
the way under the porch and into the darkness under the
INT. UNDER HOUSE - DAY
A large dark spider with green eyes leers across at Marlowe
as he hops across the dirt to an old sub floor.
He pulled his treasure up to the subfloor and then back
further into darkness where he leaves it as he peers up
through a hole in the real floor into a kitchen.
Marlowe crawls up and reaches the hole when a huge cat’s paw
slaps down across the opening and knocks Marlowe to the
What have you got down there
cat? Lloyd, have you seen this
hole down by the stove?
Haven’t seen it yet. I’ll come
Marlowe waits and explores until he spies another hole where
the gas line goes up behind the stove. He crawls up the gas
line and waits for his eyes to focus.
He could see dust, old food particles, a dead mouse further
under the stove and out in the kitchen Marlowe could see the
cat and the dog playing.
He hopped back towards the hole but discovered kernels of
dog food which he picks up, sniffs, licks and sniffs again
and then he eats the nuggets and goes to sleep.
Marlowe wakes up from the purring of the cat who walks up
and back in the kitchen waiting. Marlowe sees the stairs on
the far side of the kitchen and decides it is now or never.
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
The mouse tears out from under the stove and hops like a
deer to the stairs. The cat is instantly right behind him.
Marlowe bounces up the stairs, two stairs at a time until he
hits the landing.
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
The cat is just behind him. Marlowe picks the first door in
front of him and dives under the doorway as the cat smashes
into the door and bounces off.
INT. COLE’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
Eleven year old Cole sits up in the darkness.
What was that? Who’s there?
Cole hears his mother outside the door.
Oh my God. Miss Penny knocked
herself out. Lloyd, the cat is
I’m coming, I’m coming for darn
Cole, are you all right in
What happened mom?
It’s all right son, you go back
to bed now, the cat just knocked
herself out hitting your door.
Must have been chasing something.
Good night son.
Good night mom, dad.
All is quiet as Marlowe steps out from the darkness and
examines the room. There are balls, bats, gloves, shoes,
clothes, books, belts, backpacks, toys, toys and more toys.
Marlowe sees, in the middle of a pile of toys – a miniature
house, just his size. He carefully scampers over to the toy
house and crawls in the front door.
INT. TOY HOUSE – NIGHT
There are rooms and rooms of small furniture made just for
a mouse. Upstairs there are beds and tables and bureaus
with drawers to hide treasure in. Marlowe is beside
He finds a mirror and suddenly sees himself for the first
time. He looks long at the mirror – changing his pose,
cropping his ears, holding his whiskers back and finally
turning so he can see his tail and his back.