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"About this time, too, it was laid down as a rule that when a pig and any other animal met on the path, the other animal must stand aside"
-George Orwell (Animal Farm)



MOTHER 3, ACT FIVE


The voice of an adult Lucas cuts in to narrate the scene through the darkness.

LUCAS
(voice-over)
That's how it all began. We thought Mom's
death was the worst of it, but then all of
the violence, the men in strange masks, and Claus.
(pause)
I've learned how to live again, but Father
never forgave himself for any of it. He spends
all of his time in the mountains, searching, and
comes home at night, sometimes with things he's
sure belonged to Mom and Claus. I take care of
the farm, too afraid to tell him that, after
five years, his son is never coming home...

FADE IN

EXT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : FARMHOUSE : NIGHT :


A view just outside the sheep pen is seen, all animals resting in silence while ocean waves collide with the shore off-screen. Out of the east, a streak of light cuts across the sky and strikes the feeble structure, setting it ablaze.

FLINT and LUCAS emerge from the FARMHOUSE, visibly dazed. Their shouting is incomprehensible among the chaos. BONEY barks from an unknown location as they race down the hill to the shoreline with buckets in hand, and then back to the burning pen. This continues as focus shifts onto the flames.

FADE TO:

INT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : FARMHOUSE : MORNING :


Sunlight breaks in through the open window just over the bed where LUCAS lies asleep. He is now fourteen years old, with longer hair that sits at odd angles on his head. On his body is a handmade shirt covered in stains.

The sound of hammering on wood can be heard coming from outside. LUCAS awakens and exits.

CUT TO:

EXT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : FARMHOUSE : MORNING :


LUCAS emerges from the FARMHOUSE, which has become more untidy after five years. Its right side is charred from fire, and the pen is little more than a pile of ash and blackened wood beside it.

The property is overrun with tall grass and weeds, which the surviving sheep graze on while BONEY keeps watch. LIGHTER constructs a fence at the far end of the yard. FUEL, now a young adolescent, tends to a pile of singed carcasses and debris. He acknowledges LUCAS with a silent gesture.

LIGHTER
(to LUCAS)
Finally awake?

LUCAS
(rubbing his face)
Has my dad gone up to the mountains?

There is no response.

FUEL
We're sorry about the pen, and your sheep.
Lightning, right? Happened to our house
maybe last week or something.

LUCAS
(horrified, speaking to LIGHTER)
You never said-!

LIGHTER
Jackie and Betsy have always kept a room
open for us at the Inn. Even after all
this time.

Their conversation ends and LUCAS watches them work, but soon begins to fidget.

LUCAS
I want to help.

LIGHTER quits, smiling, and leans in close to LUCAS.

LIGHTER
Go into town, see if you can find Bronson.
He may have some tools we could borrow.

CUT:

Fully dressed in handmade clothes--a bright striped shirt, awkwardly stitched together, that is almost long enough to cover his frayed shorts--LUCAS kneels beside BONEY while he straps a leather harness and saddlebags to him. BONEY, now close to six years, communicates with LUCAS through a disembodied voice, suggesting a telepathic bond.

BONEY
Am I taking you for a walk today?

LUCAS
Just into town, boy.
(adjusting)
That feel all right?

BONEY
I'm ready.

LUCAS leads BONEY through the yard. LIGHTER and FUEL continue to work, watching the departure.

LIGHTER
(calling to LUCAS)
I'd avoid the town square, if possible.
Take the long way around. No rush.

A pause, after which LUCAS continues and a bright green frog hops into his path, croaking.

FROG
Pigs at the bottom of the hill!

It leaps out of sight.

CUT:

At the foot of the slope, PIGMASK soldiers have gathered. They converse in a garbled speech that mimics the sounds of pigs, gesturing to the decimated structure above, but stop to stare at LUCAS as he passes.

CUT TO:

EXT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : MORNING :


The village formerly built on dirt and hand-cut stone now boasts paved roads and late 20th century structures. At the north end, where white townhouses once stood, there are individual family homes and a brown-brick mansion with luxury cars set up like lawn ornaments. In place of the well is a grassy promenade, the heart of the village, where couples and children rest on park benches and FASSAD's voice rings out loudly.

LUCAS enters on the south road beside YADO INN, which has expanded upward, and shifts onto the concrete walk as cars roll by. He stops at the corner to watch the gathering around FASSAD.

LUCAS
Every day he's there. Just like every day
Dad goes out to look for Claus.

BONEY nudges him.

LUCAS (CONT.)
It just seems like things were better
before he came, but maybe it's just me.

They walk on.

CUT TO:

INT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : BLACKSMITH SHOP : MORNING :


The interior of the shop is divided into two sections, with home furnishings at one end and a workspace at the other. A wide gray kiln with digital panel sits at the back, not far from a pink box encasing a television screen. The feed is grainy, partially obscuring an image of a pig while a marching tune plays.

Behind a cluttered table, BRONSON and JACKIE stand together in mucky orange coveralls, laughing.

BRONSON
No, no-

JACKIE
I'm tellin' ya! It could be. He looks
just like him. It's been so long.

BRONSON
Exactly. And if he were still alive,
he would've come back by now.

JACKIE
Unless he didn't wanna come back.
(pause)
Think about it. Old Man Wess was
always on his case. He's old enough
to take care of himself. Maybe he
just wanted to get away.

Their conversation fizzles out when LUCAS enters with BONEY.

BRONSON
(smiling)
Well hey, a customer.

JACKIE
Haven't seen you in a while, Lucas.
You're gettin' big.

BRONSON rounds the table to meet him.

LUCAS
I'm sorry, was I interrupting?

BRONSON
Nah, ol' Jack just thinks the bass player
down at Club Titiboo looks like Duster.

LUCAS
Duster?

JACKIE
(speaking to BRONSON)
I would swear on my life that's him!

BRONSON
Then it's your life, but it's been five
years and I say he's no more alive now
than Claus-

He cuts himself off abruptly and looks at LUCAS, who stands silent and expressionless.

BRONSON (CONT.)
(sighing)
I'm sorry, kid. It's just your old man-

LUCAS
I know. Dad won't give up, though.

BRONSON moves behind the table again.

BRONSON
(uncomfortable)
You hear about the lightning last night?

LUCAS
That's why I'm here, actually. We got hit,
but we managed to stop the fire before it
spread to the house.

JACKIE
(stunned)
Damn.

BRONSON
The second in a month. And it hasn't been
too long since Alec's place burned down.
(pause)
He still live at the center across the
bridge, your grandfather?

LUCAS
Wouldn't stay with us, even when we asked
him. He said it made him feel sad.

A lull in conversation, which gives them time to fidget before talking again.

BRONSON
So, what is it you need, kid?

LUCAS
Just to borrow some tools, please.
Lighter and Fuel are helping put up a
fence on the hill.

BRONSON leads him across the workspace to a storage cabinet, kneeling before it. LUCAS watches the broadcast on the screen nearby. It flips through photographs of a brightly lit city while it continues playing the same fanfare.

LUCAS
You still have that Happy Box thing?

BRONSON
Why wouldn't I?
(standing, tools in hand)
Here, these should help. If you need
anything else, let me know.

LUCAS whistles for BONEY and puts the tools into his saddlebags.

BRONSON (CONT.)
Don't you have one yet?

LUCAS
What?

BRONSON
A Happy Box. They're really great, gives
me something to do at night. Couldn't
imagine living without one.
(speaking to JACKIE)
Ain't that right?

There is a nod from JACKIE, but he does not respond. His attention has shifted out the window along the right wall, which offers a view of the street and central promenade.

JACKIE
Ain't that Old Man Wess out there?

BRONSON
(moving to window)
Well I'll be damned. He's a glutton for
it, all right. Ever since Duster up
and disappeared. It's like he can't be
happy with life anymore.

JACKIE
All the more reason to tell him!

LUCAS exits with BONEY at his side.

BRONSON
What? Your crackpot theories? No, let
it go. I know you're wrong, and the
truth would kill him. He's not what
he used to be.

JACKIE
No. He's gotten worse.

CUT TO:

EXT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : MORNING :


Emerging from the shop, LUCAS moves toward the south road. He stops when the noise picks up across from him and turns to the promenade.

A larger gathering has swelled around FASSAD, a half-circle on his right side. He watches WESS from a paved island within the grass. The older man is slow to approach, bent slightly, hindered by his dirty clothes.

WESS
(angry)
You think we don't see? You believe us
all to be fools?

FASSAD glances about the promenade and adjacent streets.

WESS (CONT.)
I'm old, but I'm not blind. I've watched
you kill us slowly for years and I won't
have it anymore!

FASSAD
Another tirade, old man? You really should
be home relaxing.

WESS
(shouting)
Your pigs destroyed my home!

The crowd hushes. LUCAS waits for the street to clear, and then crosses with BONEY, merging with the onlookers.

FASSAD
(laughing)
Mr. Wess, you gave it up of your own free
will, don't you remember? It's now the home
of the elderly, the less fortunate and
retired, like yourself.
(approaching WESS)
Come now, you're in no condition to be out
wandering alone-

WESS pushes FASSAD away.

WESS
Keep your hands off me. And take your filthy
snouts out of our affairs. Life was good
until the pigs came to town.
(speaking to the crowd)
Am I right? Anyone remember when our lives
were simple? When lightning strikes were a
rare and accidental happening?

Noise within the crowd rises. LUCAS appears uncomfortable, ignorant of BONEY's quiet attempts to get his attention.

FASSAD
(annoyed)
I'm sorry, what is it you're saying?
You can't possibly think-

WESS
As I said, I'm no fool.

A pause, and then FASSAD bursts into laughter, which is joined by much of the crowd.

FASSAD
Old Mr. Wess, I'm so glad there are people
willing to take care of you in this fragile
time of your life. Perhaps you ought to
go home. Consider ways in which you too
can find happiness in life.

FASSAD approaches again and WESS backs off, spitting at the ground in front of him.

WESS
Keep your damn happiness and lies.

First stunned and then complacent, FASSAD waves two burly BLUE PIGMASKS into the promenade. They grab WESS, one at each arm, and haul him away without effort.

WESS
(shouting)
Send in your filthy swine, but you
can't ignore me forever, Fassad!

LUCAS steps out of the crowd but is intercepted by FASSAD, who ignores the distant cursing.

FASSAD
(feigning surprise)
Young Lucas! How very quiet you are.
I would have never known you were here.
And doggy as well-

BONEY growls.

FASSAD (CONT.)
(undaunted)
So, have you come to learn of our progress,
or did you at last decide to purchase a
Happy Box for your home?

WESS shouts from somewhere off-screen, capturing LUCAS's attention.

LUCAS
I think I'll find my own happy, thanks.

He exits, watched closely. FASSAD resumes his speech to the crowd.

CUT:

A side street between two small shops, where trash and propaganda fliers have accumulated. WESS lies among them in a smattering of blood, his face swollen and purple on one side. The PIGMASKS beat him down when he tries to stand.

WESS
(exhausted, angry)
Going to torture an old man for speaking
his mind? Go ahead! I'm not the only one
who sees what's going on.

One PIGMASK crushes WESS's hand and he screams.

LUCAS enters. The soldiers turn on him, grunting through the snouts on their helmets.

LUCAS
(gesturing)
Boney, go!

Both soldiers back off of WESS as BONEY lunges, catching one on the arm. He squeals, wrapping his free limb around BONEY's throat. The second PIGMASK makes a dash toward LUCAS, who is snatched at the midriff and pulled screaming into the fray.

BONEY ducks under the arm of his captor and launches onto the second PIGMASK, tearing off its helmet in the process. The soldier's face is revealed, bloated and misshapen, with scars snaking across his hairless scalp. His nose is upturned, elongated and broad, and his ears hang as loose flaps of skin.

The PIGMASK drops LUCAS, backing away into his partner with an expression of fear. He tries to speak, but his voice is no more than a shrill squeal. This is followed by a pause in which both soldiers stand their ground. BONEY issues a warning growl and they retreat, the unmasked shielding his face with both arms.

WESS lifts himself out of the pooling blood, leaning into the wall.

CUT TO:

INT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : RETIREMENT CENTER : LATE MORNING :


Threadbare sheets speckled with the stains of bodily fluids hang off the bed. There are no matching pieces of furniture to accompany it, only a nightstand propped up with books, a rusted serving cart and used trays, and a table in the opposite corner where a Happy Box buzzes tirelessly beside a caged pigeon. The walls and floors are cracked, painted with more mysterious stains. Narrow barred windows near the ceiling provide tiny slivers of sunlight, which do little to brighten the room.

LUCAS eases WESS onto the bed as he holds a wet cloth over his face to sop up any leftover blood. BONEY drops to the floor beside them, sighing.

WESS
(exhausted)
It's all right, I'm fine! Good Heaven-
(pause, lying down)
I'm not an invalid yet.

Several moments of silence pass. LUCAS backs away until he hits the cart, knocking several trays to the floor as he fumbles to catch them. WESS looks at him.

WESS
Just leave them. Maybe I'll clean up
this place later, after I've had a
bit of rest.
(pause)
You ought to stop in to see Alec.

LUCAS
(gathering trays)
I don't want to make Grandpa upset.

WESS
Lucas, no one could ever be upset by
a visit from you. Certainly not your
own grandfather.

LUCAS
He just gets sad sometimes, thinking
about Mom and Claus, and Dad, too.

WESS
Yes, well, your father is-

He stops when LUCAS turns to him, sighs, and sits upright.

WESS (CONT.)
He's just trying his best.

LUCAS
(supporting WESS)
Let me help you. Maybe I could get
you lunch?

WESS
No! No, I'm fine. I don't have much
of an appetite anyhow.

A pause, in which WESS hangs his legs over the bed and stares ahead. LUCAS roams over the walls, taking in a pair of iron shackles hanging between two windows, and then abruptly looks away.

WESS
(sorrowful)
I seem to recall a story. Or maybe it
was something someone said, I don't know.
(pause)
We are to be judged by how we treat
the least among us.

LUCAS
(sitting beside WESS)
I've never heard that one before.

WESS
Couldn't tell you where I got it from,
but it reminded me of you.
(pause, looking around)
This used to be my home, a place for
me and my son. Now I wouldn't take
it even if they paid me. Just look
at it! And the smell! It's like pork
stew gone horribly wrong.

LUCAS
(brief smile)
Yeah your son, Duster. I remember him.
And I've heard some people talking lately.

WESS
(angry)
All nonsense, I suppose. Like the rest
of the sheep, they're happy just to
follow whatever comes their way.

The screen on the Happy Box switches to a brighter picture, displaying a waving flag with the nose print of a pig at its center. It plays the familiar marching tune.

WESS
(scoffing)
There it is again. What a load of-

LUCAS
Should I turn it off for you?

WESS
It doesn't turn off. Day and night it
plays. I've learned to sleep through
all the noise.

LUCAS
(smiling)
We could break it.

WESS
Tried that a couple years ago.

WESS looks up along the walls to where the shackles hang. LUCAS stares down at the floor and shivers.

LUCAS
(unnerved)
So, um, is there anything else you need?

WESS
Humor an old man for a while. What was
it you've heard about my son?

LUCAS
Oh, well nothing bad! Just that some
people were talking like they'd seen
Duster not too long ago.

WESS fidgets.

LUCAS (CONT.)
They think someone at Club Titiboo looks
like him. Do you know that place?

WESS
Yes. Just down the tracks, by the factory.

Silence, and then WESS slides off the bed and hobbles to the far table. LUCAS follows.

LUCAS
Mr. Wess, please sit down. If you want
something, let me get it for you.

WESS
I do want something, Lucas, though it's
quite a big favor to ask.

LUCAS
I don't mind.

WESS turns around with the caged pigeon in hand.

WESS
Although it may be a long shot, I want
you to find my son Duster for me.
(handing over the cage)
Call me a fool, call me desperate and
otherwise hopeless, but this is the
only chance I've got. I've nothing else
to live for, although-
(pause)
Heckling that pot-gut Fassad is quite fun.

He laughs. The bird flutters in its cage, staring at LUCAS.

LUCAS
Are you sure, Mr. Wess? What if it's not
him? What'll I do?

WESS
Then bring back the bird in its cage, no
harm done. But if by some miracle we're
right, set it free. It will fly back here,
and then I'll know.

WESS returns to the bed as LUCAS straps the birdcage to BONEY's harness, setting it upright on his back.

BONEY
(to LUCAS)
This is a bit much.

LUCAS
Mr. Wess, I have some tools with me.
I'll have to take them home first.
Lighter and Fuel are helping us fix
our sheep pen.

WESS
You were the ones hit by lightning
last night.

LUCAS
(surprised)
How did you know?

WESS
(bitter)
A lucky guess. Don't worry about them.
I'll take whatever they need. Maybe
I can convince Alec to join me.

LUCAS
Are you sure? Because I can go!

WESS
No, I can manage. It's about time I
had a chat with Lighter anyhow.

LUCAS
(kneeling beside BONEY)
Oh, well thank you.

WESS
Just hurry back, protect yourself and
be extra cautious! Stay far away from
the pigs, if you can. They're nothing
but trouble.

LUCAS empties the saddlebags and WESS piles the tools onto the bed.

CUT TO:

EXT : TAZMILY VILLAGE : CROSSROAD : TRAIN STATION : AFTERNOON :


Paved roads lie in place of dusty trails, running south into the village and west toward the forest. The northbound road to SUNSET CEMETARY is still composed of dirt and appears mostly unused. Stretching to the east are train tracks that merge with a manmade tunnel carved through the surrounding cliffs.

Crowds of people mill about the station, which is little more than a raised platform at the end of the road, an awning and guardrails accented by flower boxes and white park benches.

LUCAS enters on the south road with BONEY, approached by a line of PIGMASKS who stare at them as they move off into the grass. An airship passes overhead, filling the CROSSROAD with thunderous noise. The marching tune plays and all soldiers stand at attention, saluting and squealing while the civilian crowd drops to its knees.

BONEY
What's happening? It's so loud!

LUCAS
Just keep walking, boy.

They continue toward the station beneath the shadow of the airship. People stare at LUCAS. A PIGMASK breaks formation to draw a gun from his belt and take aim.

LUCAS is pulled to the ground from a force off-screen--ISAAC, clothed in the same dingy coveralls as BRONSON and JACKIE. He wraps an arm around LUCAS, who struggles.

ISAAC
(shushing him)
Just be still a moment!

LUCAS
(confused)
Mr. Isaac?

He is shushed again and goes quiet. BONEY waits beside them, whimpering until the airship has passed, its song and engine roar fading into the background.

The crowd and assembled PIGMASKS resume normal activity. ISAAC and LUCAS stand.

ISAAC
You must be crazy, kid. Don't you
know the rules by now?

LUCAS
Rules? It was just an airship passing.

ISAAC
(shaking head)
I wouldn't talk like that around people.
A lot of them aren't so understanding.
(hesitation)
So, where you off to in such a rush?

LUCAS
An errand for Mr. Wess. I need to use
the train.

ISAAC
Train, huh? Got yourself a ticket?

LUCAS
Ticket?

The trigger-happy PIGMASK passes through, grunting fiercely at LUCAS.

ISAAC
Gotta have a ticket to ride the train.
You should go buy one.

LUCAS
Oh, well I don't have any money.

ISAAC
(uncomfortable)
Sorry, kid. Maybe you could earn some,
though. Do odd-jobs in town. Shouldn't
take too long.
(walking away)
Say hi to Flint for me.

He exits. LUCAS looks at the tracks as a small passenger train rolls out of the tunnel, an engine at both ends, and stops in front of the station.

CUT:

Puffing out thick plumes of smoke from its rear engine car, the train grinds back out of the station into the tunnel, ruffling LUCAS's clothes and hair as it passes. Once gone, LUCAS steps onto the tracks, the pitch blackness of a seemingly endless path lying in wait before him.

LUCAS
It went through there. We could just
follow it on foot. Walking doesn't
cost any money.

BONEY
I'll make sure you don't get lost.

A station ATTENDANT in brown uniform shouts at LUCAS from the platform.

ATTENDANT
Hey you kid! Get off the tracks!

LUCAS
(to BONEY)
Let's go.

They exit.

CUT TO:

EXT : TRAIN TRACKS : AFTERNOON :


LUCAS walks side-by-side with BONEY into the dark, their bodies rimmed by the sunlight behind them.

LUCAS
Just like going down the road.
Shouldn't take too long, I hope.

They continue in silence. All available light begins to fade. Suddenly, BONEY is alert.

BONEY
I hear something.

LUCAS
What boy? I can barely even see.

BONEY
There is light not far from us,
but pay attention. There are
unfriendly smells here.

An animal darts past them, unseen in the darkness. BONEY gives chase while LUCAS struggles to keep up.

LUCAS
Boney, wait up! Sit boy!

CUT:

Another burst of light at the tunnel opening, which gives way to an enclosed valley beyond. Here the soil and surrounding cliffs are redder, the vegetation sparse.

At the mouth of the tunnel BONEY engages the animal, a small white terrier with various species of mushroom growing out of its back. There is a clump of them atop its head, sprouting from the eye sockets, though its vision is not impaired.

LUCAS enters the shot, breathless.

LUCAS
(unnerved)
What is it?

The terrier snaps at LUCAS, and then cries out when driven back by BONEY. It lunges but he steps aside.

LUCAS
I can't hear its voice. It's like
there's nothing there!

BONEY
Keep away, Lucas. It is sick.

BONEY snarls and the smaller dog flees back into the tunnel. Inside its cage the pigeon is restless, but falls asleep when LUCAS puts his hand over the bars.

LUCAS
I wonder where it came from.

BONEY
No place safe. Follow me now, the
sounds are closer to us.

LUCAS
I still don't hear a thing.

CUT:

They emerge from the tunnel. LUCAS shields his eyes, stumbling off the tracks as BONEY races toward the northern cliffs where a lime-green dress and matching shoes lie beside the mouth of a cave. He scours the immediate area with his nose, but LUCAS hangs back, stunned by the sight of an immense white feather near the abandoned clothes. It is half the length of his body.

LUCAS
Look at that!

BONEY sniffs it and moves on.

BONEY
I don't recognize the smell.

LUCAS
But it's huge! I've never seen any
birds that big-

A voice emanates from the cave and sings softly to itself. LUCAS and BONEY follow it inside.

CUT:

The cave is only large enough to hold a low outcropping of rock and natural hot spring. IONIA lounges within it, eyes closed. LUCAS enters, then screams when he sees her, arms over his head. She awakens with a start.

LUCAS
(nervous)
I'm sorry! I'm sorry, I just heard
someone in here! I didn't mean anything!

IONIA
(surprised, laughing)
Oh! Well, you gave me quite a scare,
little one. It seems you've caught me
with my trousers down, as the saying goes.

IONIA approaches the edge of the pool, resting her arms on the bare rock. LUCAS keeps his face covered.

IONIA
It's all right, dear. I'm quite
comfortable. Let me see your face.

He unwinds his arms and looks at her with red cheeks.

IONIA (CONT.)
There we are. You look so much like
him, your brother.

LUCAS
You knew Claus?

IONIA
I met him once several years ago,
just a tiny thing with hair like fire.

LUCAS
(bothered)
He's gone now.

IONIA
Yes, I felt his presence leave this
world, but yours is still just as
strong. It's very easy to pick you
out from the rest of the humans.

BONEY lies beside the pool, completely at ease, but LUCAS backs off. His expression is full of concern.

IONIA (CONT.)
Are you all right, dear? You look as
though you've eaten something awful.

LUCAS
Who are you?

IONIA
My name is Ionia. I am a Magypsy.

LUCAS
(stammering)
A what?

IONIA
(subtle laughter)
It's nothing for you to worry about
now, dear. I sense loads of spiritual
power coming from you. Have you not
felt it yourself?

A pause, and then IONIA speaks to BONEY through telepathy.

IONIA
He's a bit slow, isn't he?

BONEY
And he trips a lot.

LUCAS
(embarrassed, speaking aloud)
Hey!

IONIA
(to LUCAS)
Ah! So you can hear us.

LUCAS
I've always been able to do that.

IONIA
Yes, my dear, but you can do so much more.
(gesturing)
Come join me for a while.

LUCAS
(dumbfounded)
In my clothes?

IONIA
(smiling)
However you prefer. I'll turn around,
if you like.

She looks away while LUCAS waits on the edge. In a flurry of movement, he begins to undress.

CUT:

IONIA turns back as the water ripples around her. LUCAS clings to the rock, submerged from the waist down. When he lets go, he drops into the pool, which covers him up to his neck. IONIA approaches.

IONIA
There we are. It's like the water's
trying to tempt you further, isn't it?
Just lean back and let it take you.

Water sloshes around LUCAS. He flinches when IONIA touches him.

LUCAS
(unnerved)
What're you doing?

IONIA
Just endure it, little one. There's
a lot in you and it's going to take
some effort to draw it out.

Again LUCAS flinches, trapped between IONIA and the wall of the cave. Their bodies touch. She wraps both hands around his head as his breath quickens. The sound of his heartbeat begins to pervade the scene, growing in intensity. LUCAS thrashes but she maintains her hold.

IONIA
Not much longer, my dear. Try to relax.

Back arching and beads of sweat dotting his exposed flesh, LUCAS screams. He attempts to break free from IONIA but she forces him down again. His eyes well up with tears. Then, they part. IONIA is flung across the pool, her face infused with scarlet.

IONIA
(breathless)
Oh! Oh my-
(laughing)
It has been a very, very long time
since anyone has made me blush.

LUCAS stares at her, exhausted and gasping for air.

IONIA (CONT.)
You sly devil, you. Harboring such
immense power and not even knowing.
(pause)
I am sorry if I've hurt you, dear,
but someone with your talents doesn't
come along too often. I do hope you'll
make good use of them, but for now I
suggest sleeping it off. The pain will
subside in time, but to strain yourself
now could prove deadly.

IONIA rises out of the pool and focus shifts to LUCAS, who watches her exit.

IONIA (CONT.)
(from off-screen)
We may see each other again sometime,
my sweet Lucas. Until then, take care.
Ta-ta, darling!

A rush of wind blows into the cave, upsetting layers of dust. LUCAS emerges from the hot spring when the air clear and sits beside BONEY, covering his lap with his clothes.

LUCAS
What just happened?

BONEY looks at him, turns over, and rests his head in his lap.

LUCAS (CONT.)
I feel different, but I'm not sure how.
It's like-
(hesitation)
Like opening a big door to somewhere new.
(yawning)
At least it doesn't hurt anymore.

He closes his eyes and, within seconds, is asleep.

FADE TO BLACK
END ACT FIVE.
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Wow, sorry this one took me a while to write. It's not even that long! I struggled, mostly with being overly-concerned with stupid little things. But overall I had fun. Can I say that I absolutely love the scene with Ionia? If it seems like there are a lot of innuendos passing through there, then you would be right. The original scene from the game was quite provacative and I truly love that quirky/disturbing aspect of it, so I decided to play that up a bit.

Hope you like my additions. Please share your thoughts! Enjoy, lovelies~<3
And also, I am very glad to dedicate this act to
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REVIEWS APPRECIATED!!


This script is an adaptation of the Mother/Earthbound video game series created by Shigesato Itoi.

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PLEASE NOTE: An adaptation means just that. It is adapted from an original plot and not meant to be an exact copy. Movie scripts are never the same as the novels they emulate. One must take into consideration the pros and cons of both mediums and adapt the story to fit. I have added, deleted, and changed dialogue and character action in order to provide a richer story for [possible] moviegoers.
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tailsprowerdzx Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
OMG RAPIST! RUN LUCAS! SHE WANTS YOUR INNOCENCE! RUN FOR GOD'S SAKE! RUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!
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mrguy22594 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I once read animal farm and I gotta say it was good. Makes sense to put it in this screenplay.
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Writer
I'll be a monkey's uncle if Itoi wasn't inspired by it.
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mrguy22594 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At least you made sense out of the whole scene where Ionia unlocks Lucas' PSI potential. The game made it look really weird.
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Writer
That was probably my favorite scene to write >3
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mrguy22594 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A little bit creepy but okay.
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Writer
That's what made it more fun :) Plus Ionia is my favorite Magypsy
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mrguy22594 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She is also the most important. But still nonetheless it was a good version. I'm a bit more of a writer than a drawer.
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arcane-phoenix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course I could just contact you on AIM and ramble about how much I love all of this, but I want to say this here before I lose my train of thought.

I am in absolute love with how you wrote the Ionia scene just like everyone else! I always imagined that scene as having a very sexual feel to it and I'm glad that you played off that angle for the screenplay. I felt that the awakening of Lucas' latent PSI powers was sort of like a rush into puberty, too, and it coincides well with his age at that point in the story and his new role as the primary protagonist. I read in an interview somewhere that Itoi relates the awakening of new PSI with menstruation. The PSI user feels a presence growing within them and feels uneasy/lethargic/etc until the power finally emerges. (PK Cramps activate! *bricked*) I enjoy that Mother 3 tied PSI in with the growth of the body and I'm so glad that you played up that point here.

Lucas' characterisation here is spot on (you knew I would look for this). He retained the gentle and shy aspects of his personality while steadily developing a stronger side, too. I'll be following this through the rest of the screenplay for sure. And haha Boney and Ionia teasing him via telepathy! That was ADORABLE. Speaking of that, I like that you exemplified the fact that Lucas was always able to communicate with wildlife through telepathy and that he was unable to "speak" to the Muttshroom chimera.

Ahaha I'm pretty sure I know what the lion and bird are, but that's because I saw other things on your dA account already (namely the ice stag picture). XD
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Writer
:'D Wow! Thanks so much! I didn't expect to get a big chunk of feedback on my screenplay, so this really brightened my day! I'm glad you enjoyed the part with Ionia. She became my favorite Magypsy just from writing this screenplay and I hope that it shows. The others are great, but I felt she was pretty special and wanted to work with that.

PSI is so much fun and I'm glad I've had time to do some reading on the subject. I'm starting to feel, now, that it shouldn't be classified as paranormal, certainly not supernatural. I feel it's a very natural thing for those that have it (or develop it? it appears it can be developed as well, but not as strongly as someone who is a natural like Lucas). So it should, of course, have a huge impact on other bodily functions as well. And yes lol the menstruation thing. Lucas has been pretty PMS for a while. It's time he finally had his period XD

I hope you like the rest of it as well! Let me know if you have any ideas :3 And thanks for the fav
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...Um...I think I understood what was going on in the scene with Ionia, but it sounded a bit like rape to me....Which brings me to my question. Do you think you can clarify what is ACTUALLY going on in that scene, other than what I think is going on.....Please? It'd put ease in my (kinda) pure mind if you did. Please and Thank You.

Also, great job on the airship thing! Makes me wonder, was the Commander inside that airship? Is that why the pigmasks were saluting it and the townspeople where neeling donw?
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Haha the scene with Ionia XD Did you play the Mother 3 game? If you did, then you'll know that during this scene, the screen is completely black and you only get Ionia's dialogue. I show a lot more here, which may or may not be a good thing XD (I had a lot of fun writing the scene at least). We're never totally sure of what happens, but most people consider it to be something pseudo-sexual. I see the awakening of Lucas's PSI a bit like a sudden burst into puberty. So, really, this is open to interpretation. But thanks for the comments and favs :D
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Well, I never really got to play it. But I watched Chuggaaconroy's LP of it on youtube. And I'm so glad I watched it, because now, I'm in love with Mother 3! It's made me the Claus fangirl I am today.

And to tell you the truth, when I actually got to that part in the LP with the whole hot spring/Ionia thing...Well, lets just say this was my expression: :omg: *Eye Twitch* :faint:

Yeah, I had quite a few moments like that throughout parts of the game....XD
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ICPopo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
"He's a bit slow, isn't he?"

"And he trips a lot."

Omg :D. This was my favourite act so far! You portrayed it so hilariously but at the same time you managed to maintain that serious feel to it. (Particularly so for wess' parts)

You really are incredibly talented in this field. Hope to be more amazed on the following acts. :D
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Writer
I hope you will be too! :D Yeah I had too much fun writing the scene with Lucas and Ionia. Ionia's got a special place in my Magypsy-lovin' heart. So I'm going to make sure that she doesn't go out quietly when it's her time.

Thanks again for commenting :D
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HyrulePirate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
WHAAAT?! No way! How can you give up on your brother returning, Lucas?! Although... five years is a very long time to wait... :cries:

Damn Pigmasks, always blowing stuff up...

"I want to help" :D I love Lucas, he's just so sweet! :heart:

Lol I always love how Boney asks if he's taking Lucas for a walk. There's something cute and touching about it...I dunno. ^^;

Creepy piggies, staring at my baby...*glares at them* WHAT 'CHU LOOKIN' AT?! Man, if they try anything :threaten:

I'm glad Lucas sees Fassad for what he is...even if he himself doesn't know it.

*glares* Nasty ol' Fassad, having the Pigmasks haul Wess away...just because he knows the truth. Just ignore him, Lucas. Just walk away...

"I think I'll find my own happy, thanks." I think you mean happiness...?

:wow: Oh my GOD, I didn't think you'd have them in a fight already! SHOOT! Those lousy bastards are gonna get it for trying to put Wess down!

:O_o: O-Oh my...the description of the soldier's face...*shudders* :dead:

I love how self-reliant Wess is, even as Lucas helps him. You really flush it out here, showing how independent he prefers to be, but still managing to give off the occasional "nice-guy" vibe. Very well done.

The shackles in particular really seem to bother Lucas, don't they...? I don't blame him. Shackles in one's own home? :no:

Adding the Muttshroom was a nice touch and keeps the plot moving well. And, for some reason, I really like how Lucas putting his hand on the cage calms the pigeon and makes it fall asleep.

Woohoo! Enter Ionia! <3

"He's a bit slow, isn't he?" "And he trips a lot." "Hey!" :rofl: Sorry, Lucas!

:O_o: ...Okay, I'm not sure what happened exactly with that...eh, 'rape' scene, but I'll go with it. I mean, I could picture everything very well, but I...oh, I don't know! *flail*

And that's that. Welcome to the world of PSI, Lucas. Sure, you've had it, but talking with Boney was all you've done, and that's like...well, looking through a window. But now the door's open, and there are many new things out there for you. You'd best be ready for it.
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Writer
Thank you hun!! I missed your long-winded reviews so much :D They're a joy to read because you get in-depth and look at everything that's happening. You're such a sweetheart. Please get on AIM sometime soon so we can talk more :D

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Oink squeal~
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DarK-Karito Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
It´s been like a month from the last time I read this screenplay :faint:

Just great!! I loved that last scene XD for a moment I thought that she was really raping Lucas XD

The part of the unmasked pigmask scared me a bit :O It makes me wonder if the soldiers are punished very hard...

Anyway, I liked reading this a lot. Keep the good work !!:icongreatjobplz:
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Writer
Wow thanks! :D I'm glad that part scared you. I imagine it would be frightening on a movie screen, so it's good to hear that kind of feedback. The last scene was definitely my fav XD But there is possibly something wrong with me
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Yami-Mono Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh I'm sorry, I've been somewhat inactive on dA lately.

I like this act just like all your other acts, your writing is really lovely. The extra parts you added really added to the overall awesomeness of it all. :D
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks :3 And it's okay, we all get busy. I've been that way myself. Could I ask you to elaborate a bit please?
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Luke-Fon-Fabre1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
I'm liking Lucas' personality. His change from a shy boy to a grown man is pretty realistic. Also lol at Ionia Scene,
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Writer
LOL thank you! I was hoping to do him justice. And yes, that scene... it's the latest craze apparently. Gave me such a rush to write it :3
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Wyrmhatchling Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! My first review of the Screenplay!

Ok, first, epic, how you describe PK Love and its users, second, original, because its not exactly like the game, and overall love, basically the main reason I have you on my watch.

As for ideas... Maybe Club Titiboo is also a strip club or something... So Violet... jk, but Claymen could actually look like people (if you didn't use them yet... I don't remember), and one thing... If Pigmasks can't speak, how the heck is Lucas getting employed? Maybe it's a normal person, idk.

Anyways, I love this, keep going. :)
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Writer
Pigmasks can speak. If you have read the other chapters, they do speak in them. But they also make pig noises as well.

Thanks for the review!! :heart:
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Wyrmhatchling Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And sorry I forgot that they could speak. X(
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Mastershambler Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
What a powerful chapter! The crushing of Wess's hand is well placed and meaningful! I loved the revealing of one of the pigmasks! I had an instant visual as soon as I saw the face! Wess's character is perfect. He truly loves his son and loves having him around for entertainment lol.
I imagined Mr. T by the tracks entrance when they entered and i'm glad you described the Muttshroom! No close train encounters I see.
Ionia's scene is very meaningful and powerful and anyone who would watch this without understanding what is going on would surely think rape scene but I know better :) Very emotional and well thought out from the simple sprite scene in game! Boney's character is witty and wise with age. He acts like a one liner comedic spider-man. Lucas as a character is perfect. You have his character down to a T. Exactly like I imagined him ingame with a voice. Wiser with age and not foolish. His past is developing him into a Flint of a man :D
Nice job on the save frog and animal speech! The blimp scene really gives the watcher a powerful image of what the folks of Tazmily are really dealing with. I'm serious as to what would have happened if Lucas didn't duck down! These are some ruthless Pigmasks! I'll be sure to make mine just as unforgiving!
Lots of love and Tonda Gossa! -Shambler
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks always Chasen! You make me happy with your thoughtful comments. You're one of the many reasons I'm writing this!!

Glad you like Lucas. It's hard to write for characters who don't have much of a voice, because you have to give them that and shape them, but it's a lot of fun. I'm developing new and deeper appreciations for a lot of things in this story, which makes me happy. I hope I'm giving that same feeling back to people.
Also thanks for commenting on the scene with the airship. It was one of the additions I hoped would go over well with people. As Wess said, they're all just sheep. And I also can't wait to see your Pigmask cosplay!
Much love back to you, and Tonda Gossa as well! We'll be having some more of that in the next installment :heart:

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ALL HAIL THE PIG KING!
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Mastershambler Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
This is really turning into one of those movies that is regarded as a timeless classic with blood, sweat, tears, love, sorrow, action, mystery, suspense! You hitting it all just right-So says your official reviewer! :iconpigmaskplz:
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
Why thank you, King P~<3 I can't wait until I get to the end of the script so that I can write in the dialogue of our awesome leader!
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ExtraTerrestraPhobia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
End scene=WIN.

Also I loved how you portray the Pigmasks with their masks off; it was an awesome addition of detail. >w< Kind of creepy but awesome.

If this was a movie, I would watch it for those two parts like eight times. No joke.
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
Haha wow, thank you! :D I'm glad I'm hearing things back about the unmasked Pigmask, because it's telling me I did that scene right and it was one of the parts I struggled through because I am super picky about details. Well, I'm glad that it seems to have turned out all right.

Also very happy that people are loving the last scene as much as me XD Should I feel guilty that I had fun writing it? ~:heart:
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ExtraTerrestraPhobia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It turned out great! You did an awesome job~ <3

xD You felt guilty having fun writing it and I felt guilty having fun reading it! <3
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
XD I guess it works out for both of us
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ExtraTerrestraPhobia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
xD Guess so!
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HAK2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES

YESSSS!

you're back!

I couldn't wait for this one, and I liked what I read!

still haven't figured out the fire maned lion, though...
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
Oh really? I thought I made it more obvious. Well it seems there's a huge bird to figure out now as well ;D
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starvingartist152 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
I'm happy how you've portrayed the pigmasks as almost less then humans and more savage, giving them the strict, militia feel that they were lacking in the game. Ionia's scene was still as strange as the game so it does justice. x_x Overall wonderful. Once more impatiently eager for the next installment. :D
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Writer
Haha thanks! I think I had way way way too much fun writing the scene with Ionia. It has a very arousing feel to it, though you know nothing sexual is actually happening. But that's what I love about Japanese storytelling: they would not be afraid to make connections like that and I'm very sure Itoi intended for the innuendos. Thanks for the fav!
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CruxianAzelf Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really liked the scenes between Wess and Lucas, for some reason -- the overall character development is something that really makes me happy, and the way you're taking things is interesting, it leaves me wondering.
Maybe it's just me, but I haven't seen as much personality potential in Lucas as I've seen in other characters from the series, and this helps me make a big picture of things in my mind, so I like that.
...and now I'm not making any sense, so I'll be quiet. But yeah, wonderful as always. <3
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Writer
Thank you so much :D Yeah it's hard to see personality in the characters that don't talk much, so obviously I have to give Lucas a voice and build him from the ground-up. But I'm having fun with it.
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aipe-hirokareo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Nice work on the 'rape' scene~
Made me laugh
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Writer
Rape always brings the lulz. I loved writing it. Hands down it's gotta be one of my favorite scenes so far <3
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aipe-hirokareo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I can understand that XD
It is one of, if not the best part of the game
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Writer
I definitely have a deeper appreciation for it now! :heart:
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aipe-hirokareo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
It's so much funnier when you name Lucas' attack 'RAPE'
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KyoAkiyamako Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome chapter. I would pay damn good money to see this on the big screen for that last scene *wink*
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Writer
LOL oh lawd, you and them young mens :heart:
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GalenaLarkin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Writer
Haha long posts are okay! I like hearing people's insights. Like, how they interpreted certain parts of my writing because they often have new ideas and look at things in a way that would have never occurred to me. That's probably my favorite thing about writing fiction.

As for your question about the Pigmasks, I decided to unmask the one because of the grotesque imagery it would provide. I wanted to show that not only are the animals being made into chimeras, but the soldiers you fight are chimeras themselves. You're right that the masks make them less human, but I also wanted to show that they're not quite human underneath, to make them frightening and disgusting underneath. Not that it's entirely their fault. It's Porky's doing of course, but we love him :heart:

For the part about Wess, thanks for mentioning it! I'll have to look into it and see if there's anything I could use.

Super glad you liked this! You deserve the dedication. I'm going to hide your comment from the public since it contains a spoiler. But I'll still be able to see it :) Always much appreciated!
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