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Grade: 10

Cleveland School of the Arts

Instructor: Brittainy Quinn

Inside the Home of the Lost Lady

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Inside the Home of the Lost Lady

CHARACTERS
CHARLOTTE
ZOEY
LOST LADY
MOSS STATUE 1
MOSS STATUE 2
MOSS STATUE 3

Establishing Shot/Long Shot - Afternoon, Practical Lighting/Low Key Lighting. CHARLOTTE and ZOEY are shown crawling through a dimly lit tunnel. There are scuffed-up drawings and paintings scattered throughout. CHARLOTTE takes the lead, her coffee-brown hair tucked behind her ear. ZOEY is following her, taking time to examine the art that is sprinkled throughout the walls. There seems to be a larger cavern at the end of the tunnel. It's covered with cloth, and soft light peeks out from the edges.

ZOEY traces one of the drawings with her finger - it's a figure with bright, colorful flowers growing at their feet.

They both reach the end of the tunnel. CHARLOTTE pulls back the cloth to reveal what's on the other end. We see a large, glowing blue figure with its back facing the camera. This is the LOST LADY. There are also three stone figures with coats of moss. These are the MOSS STATUES. All are standing on a plateau filled with water, and conversing indistinguishably. Stone statues are facing this plateau, each having different, human-like features. Fairy lights are hung above them, casting a soft glow. There are hums of music that seem to reverberate through the cavern.

CHARLOTTE

(Whispering, turning around to face ZOEY)

Zoey! I think - I think we're here.

ZOEY

(Nodding her head)

Wow.

CHARLOTTE

Do you think they're friendly?

ZOEY

Who- What?

CHARLOTTE

(Points finger to the figures)

Those things.

ZOEY

I don't know, but it would probably be safer to skirt around the edges

than ask them for directions.

CHARLOTTE

(Disappointed, thoughtful)

Hm. But we do need directions.

ZOEY stares at CHARLOTTE with a confused and concerned look on her face. There's a pause between the two of them.

CHARLOTTE

(Smiling)

Well, what's the harm in trying?

Y'know what. I'm gonna talk to them.

ZOEY

(Exasperated, Freaking out)

What?! No! Wait —

CHARLOTTE slips out of the tunnel and begins to walk towards the figures.

ZOEY

(Whisper-yelling)

CHARLOTTE!

CHARLOTTE slowly makes her way to the platform. When she begins to walk up the stairs, the blue figure suddenly turns around and gasps. CHARLOTTE abruptly steps down, surprised.

LOST LADY

(Curious, Soft)

Are you - a visitor? A friend of the saoraidh?

There's a pause. CHARLOTTE freezes.

CHARLOTTE

(Raising arms in defense, Confused)

Don't worry, I come as a friend.

LOST LADY

(Smiling)

In that case -

The LOST LADY moves back, allowing more space for CHARLOTTE to step up.

LOST LADY

- Don't be afraid, child. Join us for a celebration.

CHARLOTTE climbs up the stairs but pauses when she reaches the top.

CHARLOTTE

Celebration?

MOSS STATUE 1

The saoraidh will set us free, lads!

The other MOSS STATUES cheer.

While CHARLOTTE and the LOST LADY are talking, ZOEY slips out of the tunnel and edges around the stone statues. She hides behind one close to the plateau and looks over.

CHARLOTTE points to the stone statues, then to the moss ones. She looks at the LOST LADY.

CHARLOTTE

(Confused)

Why are they -

LOST LADY

Anyone who comes here turns to stone, eventually. We celebrate while we can.

CHARLOTTE

Why aren't you stone?

LOST LADY

I am the one who has been banished here. They run out of time, but keep me sane.

MOSS STATUE 1 wedges themself in between the LOST LADY and CHARLOTTE.

MOSS STATUE 1

That's enough, lads! We've gotta sing while we can!

MOSS STATUE 2

(Raising their hand and waving it around)

Ooohh! Ooo! Can I sing?

MOSS STATUE 3 hands a drum to CHARLOTTE.

MOSS STATUE 3

Here! You play. You play like this.

MOSS STATUE 3 takes out a drumstick and plays the drum, then hands the stick to CHARLOTTE.

MOSS STATUE 1

Okay!

The MOSS STATUES start to play their instruments. CHARLOTTE joins on the drum.

MOSS STATUE 1

The Saoraidh song is bright,

To waken all who follow,

Manannan will lead,

And Tir na nOg will follow.

ZOEY turns around to see everyone singing. CHARLOTTE is playing the drum that was given to her. The LOST LADY is dancing along to the music, but not singing.

(EVERYONE EXCEPT ZOEY, CHARLOTTE, and the LOST LADY)

Dulaman Na Binne Bui,

Dulaman Gaelach,

Dulaman Na Farraige,

Be'fhearr A Eirinn.

The MOSS STATUES pause.

MOSS STATUE 1

Wonderful job, lads!

MOSS STATUE 3

(To CHARLOTTE, gesturing towards the stone statues)

If you listen hard enough, you can hear 'em cheerin for ya!

MOSS STATUE 1

Right! Who's next?

MOSS STATUE 2

Here! Here! I sing.

MOSS STATUE 1

Fine, fine.

MOSS STATUE 2

(To CHARLOTTE)

Tell us your name, friend! So we can sing the next verse!

CHARLOTTE freezes up. She doesn't know she's supposed to talk.

ZOEY sighs, and takes a breath. She's still behind one of the stone statues.

ZOEY

Her name is CHARLOTTE.

There's a pause. The MOSS STATUES look surprised.

MOSS STATUE 2

CHARLOTTE!

MOSS STATUE 2

CHARLOTTE and the Saoraidh

Will go and save the day,

The fairies who rescued them

Will sing and celebrate.

(Everyone except ZOEY and the LOST LADY)

Dulaman Na Binne Bui,

Dulaman Gaelach,

Dulaman Na Farraige,

Be'fhearr A Eirinn.

CHARLOTTE sings. She's becoming familiar with the chorus.

ZOEY recognizes the song.

Glowing sprouts begin to blossom at CHARLOTTE's feet. She laughs.

MOSS STATUE 1

Augh, I can't remember the last verse! How did that happen??

MOSS STATUE 1 sighs, and there's a small pause.

ZOEY

Long, long we prayed,

To hear the Saoraidh Song,

And now we pray again,

That their song will never end.

The MOSS STATUES perk up. MOSS STATUE 1 smiles.

MOSS STATUE 1

Thank you!

MOSS STATUE 1 gestures to the stone statues.

MOSS STATUE 1

Which one of you had it?

There's silence.

MOSS STATUE 1

...Nevermind! On with it, lads!

(EVERYONE EXCEPT the LOST LADY)

Dulaman Na Binne Bui,

Dulaman Gaelach,

Dulaman Na Farraige,

Be'fhearr A Eirinn.

ZOEY joins in on the chorus, softly. When everyone's done, she slowly stands up and walks to the platform, hesitantly.

The LOST LADY steps in front of the MOSS STATUES and squints her eyes.

LOST LADY

Who might you be?

CHARLOTTE

(Surprised that ZOEY reveals herself)

Wait!! She's my friend! Don't worry. She won't hurt you.

MOSS STATUE 1 pushes past the LOST LADY and points their hand towards ZOEY.

MOSS STATUE 1

YOU were the one who gave us the last verse!

ZOEY nods, relieved.

ZOEY

Listen, we can try to find a way to help you, but we need to know where to go,

and one of our friends is also missing.

ZOEY

(Hesitant)

We think she might be stuck in the same place.

LOST LADY

Your friend's name?

ZOEY

Sunati.

The LOST LADY opens her eyes.

LOST LADY

Follow the crystals and don't touch the wombs;

They will drag you into the otherworld's tomb.

ZOEY looks frustrated, and sighs.

ZOEY

Real directions?

LOST LADY

That's all I'm allowed to tell you. It's part of the Saoraidh's prophecy, everyone here knows it.

CHARLOTTE hands her drum to MOSS STATUE 3 and steps off of the platform.

CHARLOTTE

Thank you, but we've got to go.

LOST LADY

I understand. Be careful.

CHARLOTTE nods, as she and ZOEY walk towards the exit.

The MOSS STATUES start cheering, and sing anew as a parting gift.

END SCENE