1EXTERIOR FOREST NIGHT
Huge trees taper upward like columns supporting the roof of heaven.
Moonlit dewdrops spangle a delicate spiderweb. The setting is
tranquil and utterly majestic.
Over the brow of a distant hill, a pair of brilliant light beams
scintillate in an etheral ballet.
Numerous small animals gather to behold this wonder. They stand on
the hillcrest, staring down as if at the Nativity.
Squirrels, quail, hedgehogs, mice, pheasants and badgers, natural
enemies untied by the radiant LIGHT.
A magnificent stag watches, numbers of tiny songbirds perched in his
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from the hilltop, through ferns and brambles to a steep
embankment where umbrella-sized toadstools cluster.
A snarling face APPEARS under a mushroom cap. This is BLIX a brigand
goblin hunter. Clad in decrepit armor and slung with savage weapons,
he is a terrifying figure.
Blix WHISTLES. The SOUND is unexpectedly lovely, a nightingale's
Further back, three other goblins return the BIRDCALL. They bristle
with weaponry. POX is a pig-faced fop wearing tattered lace and
flithy brocade. Tiny BLUNDER and TIC are both masked by grotesque
helmets. Swarms of gnats drone above their hidden heads. They creep
forward to join Blix.
1B GOBLIN'S POV : HILLTOP
The distant animals silhouetted by dazzling LIGHT.
1C EXTERIOR FOREST NIGHT
Blix signals an advance and the goblins creep through the forest
towards the hilltop.
A moth lands on a twig two feet from Tic's head. He turns. His
incredibly sticky tongue uncoils from within the helmet seizing the
moth and retracting with it, quick as a flash.
As the goblins near the hilltop, the fantastic LIGHT gradually
illuminates their hideous features. A tiny mouse runs out of the
eye-slits on Blunder's helmet, circles the crest, and runs back in
on the other side.
Blix signals silently for the other goblins to spread out.
The goblins crawl separately through the underbrush.
Pox comes snout to snout with a wild piglet. Terrified, the little
shoat SQUEALS and scampers off.
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Alerted by the NOISE, they face the impending threat. The startled
animals run for cover down the hillside.
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Blix charges forward, brandishing his crossbow.
Kill. . . . !
Blix runs over the top of the hill and down into the gully beyond,
closely followed by Tic, Pox, and Blunder. Brilliant clumps of
forget-me-nots are everywhere, like disgarded jewels.
3B GOBLIN'S POV : DISTANT FOREST
The pair of shining LIGHT BEAMS race away between the trees.
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The goblins watch the LIGHT BEAMS disappear. Blix GROWLS in
. . . . Fast as a hound dog with his ass on fire. .
Blunder spots a SHINING silver hair caught on the bark. He reaches
up and plucks it free.
What's that . . . . ? L-l-let me see, old chap.
No! It's mine!
Blunder hides the hair behind his back, but Pox quickly grabs the
Give it to m-m-m-me!
Both goblins pull on the hair. Miraculously, it does not break, but
stretches between them like spun steel.
Turn loose, anus features!
A furious tug of war. Pox pulls his knife and tries unsuccessfully
to cut the hair.
It's mine you rectum! Mine! Mine!
Blix marches up and furiously bangs their heads together. Pox and
Blunder fall dazed to the ground.
Blix holds the silver hair shining above his head and studies it.
Disgusting and pure, like a prayer. . ..
There be magic in this hair.
The beast ran off, faster and faster.
We must take this to our Master.