(MORE)

A WISPS WHEEL

ISTEN

(singing)

On the long, long road to glory,

No shortcuts will you find.

No course to cut the journey, but

This song’ll pass the time.

For to get where you are going, you

Must do more than talk.

No time to spare, to make It there

You must walk, walk, walk.

And we walk and walk and walk and

walk and walk and walk and walk.

And we walk and walk and walk and

walk and walk and walk and walk.

There are some who may say saunter,

there are others who say stride,

But we all agree, as you plainly

see,

You must walk, walk, walk.

KEVIN

(while Isten is singing)

Ugh. This is a fate worse than

death.

ORA

(while Isten is singing)

It’s not that bad. Spirit seems to

enjoy It, don’t you girl?

SPIRIT

(Whinnies)

ORA

(while Isten is singing)

I stand corrected. This is worse

than death.

ISTEN

Everybody!!!

ISTEN (CONT'D)

(singing)

On the long, long road to glory,

No shortcuts will you find.

No course to cut the journey, but

This song’ll pass the time.

For to get where you are going, you

Must do more than talk.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

No time to spare, to make It there

You must walk, walk, walk. And we

walk and walk and walk and walk and

walk and walk and walk.

And we walk and walk and walk and

walk and walk and walk and walk.

There are some who may say saunter,

there are others who say stride,

But we all agree, as you plainly

see...

KEVIN

Ya know, I blame you for his

singing!

ORA

What? How is this my fault?

KARRAS

(grunts)

KEVIN

Oh, be quiet! She started It

by...ya’ know...wanting the world

to be better...and stuff...

ORA

Okay, so how is the singing my

fault?

KEVIN

I don’t know! But who else am I

going to blame?

KEVIN (CONT'D)

Oof. Hey!

KARRAS

Keep moving!

ORA

(laughs)

Well, it’s getting dark soon

anyway, I’m sure he’ll stop any

time now.

KEVIN

Then we just have to deal with

Karras' night gas... Every-time we

light a camp fire, I fear for our

lives.

KARRAS

(grunts)

KEVIN

Nothing! Love you!

KARRAS

Hummmm

ISTEN

(singing)

You must walk, walk,

walk.SOOOOOOOOOO, we walk and walk

and walk... etc.

ORA

Don’t forget; after we make camp,

we’re practicing sword fighting

again.

KEVIN

Are you kidding? That’ll be three

days in a row! How are you not

dead?

ORA

A Lusus Naturae won’t care if

you’re tired.

KEVIN

But...what if I’m really, really

tired?

KARRAS

I’ll fight. Training scrawny man is

kinda’ like sharpening cow dung.

KEVIN

How would you sharpen cow...?

ISTEN

Everyone stop!

KARRAS

Corrupted?

ISTEN

Shhhhh. Don't...move.

KARRAS

(grunt)

ORA

Karras, what’s he doing?

KEVIN

Perhaps he realized a man on a

horse has no business singing about

walking all the time...

KARRAS

Go. Hide. You’re good at that.

KEVIN

Go git your head on a rock. You’re

good at that.

ORA

Oh stop It.

What do you see?

ISTEN

Ora, come with me.

You two, stay here.

KEVIN / KARRAS

No! / No.

KARRAS

(grunts)

ISTEN

I thought you said you’d follow me,

no matter where this journey takes

us.

KARRAS

(grunts)

ISTEN

...and that you’d do what I say,

without question.

KARRAS

(sighs)

ORA

What’s going on?

KEVIN

He’s trying to force you to go off

alone into the monster filled woods

in the dark.

ORA

He’s not forcing anyone...

ISTEN

Kevin, the forest is hardly full of

monsters...

KEVIN

Maybe, maybe not, but even the

forest moves around and tries to

kill you sometimes, so...

ISTEN

Enough! Safety, the kind you seem

to crave, is an illusion. Nowhere

out here is “safe.”

Now, there are things in the woods

that we cannot simply ignore.

Dangerous, but not deadly.

ORA

Why can’t we all go?

ISTEN

Well...We’d be too loud, especially

with the horses. And, Karras has

many skills, but stealth is not one

of them...and Kevin...well...is

Kevin.

KARRAS

(Chuckles)

KEVIN

At least I can sing.

ISTEN

Trust me on this. It wont be dark

for another hour yet, and we will

be back in plenty of time.

Who knows, you might even enjoy

yourself.

ORA

Fine. I’ll go.

KEVIN

I don’t think this is a good idea.

ORA

I’ll be fine.

KEVIN

I’m not worried about you...

ORA

You’ll be fine, too.

Hey Karras, can you look after

Kevin for me?

KARRAS

(grunts)

ORA

(Laughing)

See? You’ll be fine!

KEVIN

I don’t like any of this.

ORA

I still believe in him...and I want

to see what he’s up to. If he leads

me to danger, well, that’s why I

have a sword.

KEVIN

You’re far too trusting.

ORA

Alright Isten, I’m ready.

ISTEN

You two, unload the horses and set

up camp.

You, follow me, leave your sword

where It is...you wont need It, and

I don’t want you stabbing me in the

back.

KARRAS

(singing)

Well, we’ll walk and walk and walk

and walk...etc.

KEVIN

Oh great...

ORA

How far are we going?

What’s that sound?

ISTEN

Do you not understand what quiet

means?

We’re here.

ORA

Where is here?

ISTEN

A wisp’s wheel. Big one, by the

sound of things.

ORA

Uh...huh. A wisp wheel.

ISTEN

Don’t you know what a wisp is?

ORA

No.

Are they...dangerous?

ISTEN

No, no.

Actually, I’m glad you don’t know.

This will be so much

more...exciting.

ORA

What do you mean?

ISTEN

Wisps are tiny insects, like

fireflies. But unlike fireflies,

they’re rare and extremely useful.

Of course, since you didn’t know

what they were, you couldn’t have

known how amazing It is that I can

track them. I can sense them...from

quite a distance.

ORA

...I see...

ISTEN

It’s actually pretty impressive.

ORA

Is that what’s causing the buzzing?

ISTEN

Ha. Well, it’s not so much

buzzing...why don’t you take a look

for yourself? Just look behind that

patch of bushes right there.

ORA

What in the world...?

ISTEN

Remarkable, aren’t they?

(MORE)

ORA

They’re beautiful! So many... so

many different colors...

ISTEN

I know. It’s a shame they’re such

tiny horrors.

ORA

What?!

ISTEN

Well, notice how each one is a

different color? That color comes

from their diet. Some feed on

trees, others drain the rivers and

lakes, some even subsist on the

blood of the woodland creatures;

the color corresponds to their

particular appetite. Eventually

they kill off everything near the

wheel and move on. That’s part of

what makes them so hard to find, by

the time you notice the damage,

they’re long gone. This swarm must

have just settled in here, but in

just a matter of days this part of

the forest will be entirely devoid

of life.

ORA

That’s...terrible.

ISTEN

Yes, It is. But don't worry, the

forest always heals itself, in

time.

ORA

They’re really mesmerizing. Is this

why we had to be quiet? You just

wanted to show me these?

ISTEN

Well, yes, that was the plan, but

now that I’m thinking about It,

would you like to have one?

ORA

What? Like...Like a pet?

ISTEN

Well they’re a destructive menace,

and capturing them helps the woods.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

Plus, they are beautiful and you

never know when they might come in

handy.

ORA

Really? How so?

ISTEN

Oh, you’ll find out. I always carry

a few myself, just in case.

Here, take this jar and go to that

clearing there and wait. And once

one flies into the jar, you just

put on the lid.

ORA

What’s in this?

ISTEN

It’s just water.

Don’t worry! We’re not going to

hurt them. This way you can get

really close to them, too. It’s

like...being in the middle of a

rainbow.

ORA

Alright.

ISTEN

Now, go slow so as not to surprise

them.

ORA

You’re sure this is safe?

ISTEN

Sure, I’m sure!

ORA

This is magical...they’re singing

to me!

ISTEN

Hold up the jar.

She holds up the jar and starts coaxing the wisps.

ORA

Oh, ha, hello there! You’re all so

beautiful. Oh ha. Would one of you

like some water? Hu? Yeah? You

thirsty?

Oh! I got a blue one!

ISTEN

The lid! The lid

ORA

It’s Okay. It’s Okay...shhhhhh.

Yeah. And here we go! OH... ugh!

What?

ISTEN

You were perfect.

ORA

What just happened?!

ISTEN

What happened? You just caught a

wisp! Wasn’t It exciting?

ORA

It doesn’t seem very happy about

It...

ISTEN

There! It’s got holes in the lid to

breathe and we’ll give It food

later.

ORA

What a minuet. It’s not glowing as

brightly as before. It was such a

bright blue and now it’s...dull.

ISTEN

That’s just because of the glass.

Changes the light. Now come on,

let’s go back.

ORA

Can I hold It? Ugh!

ISTEN

Why don’t you let me hold It till

we get back.

ORA

That’s so strange...I didn’t see

that root at all.

ISTEN

It’s getting dark, it’s easy to

lose your footing when you don’t

know the woods as well as I do.

Now, keep up.

KEVIN

I realize the concept is probably

too advanced for you, but my point

wasn’t that you’re too stupid to

ride the horse, it’s that the horse

is too smart to let you.

KARRAS

You’d die in fight against a pack

of toddlers.

KEVIN

At least I’m smarter than a pack of

toddlers.

KARRAS

You just don’t know horses.

KEVIN

Oh! Believe me, I have taken care

of more horses then you’ve seen in

your whole life!

Isten appears at the tree line.

ISTEN

Boys, calm down.

KEVIN

You’re back! Where’s Ora?

ORA

I’m here.

KEVIN

Are you okay?

ISTEN

She’s fine. Now, the sun’s about to

set...why isn’t camp set up?

KARRAS

The tall one talks fast, but works

slow.

KEVIN

Bah, go chew on some pebbles,

caveman!

Hey, are you really okay? What

happened out there?

ORA

It was bizarre. I’m not exactly

sure...

KEVIN

Your knees, are you bleeding?

ORA

Oh that, I just tripped over some

roots on the way back.

KEVIN

What did-

ISTEN

Kevin! Drop the rest of Spirit’s

bags and go fetch us some water.

KEVIN

Oh great!! I finally get to ride

rather than...

(mock signing)

...walk and walk and walk and walk

and walk and walk and walk.

(laughs)

Hey. Did you find water out there

or should I backtrack to that

stream we passed?

ORA

We found something amazing. You

wouldn’t believe-

ISTEN

Yes, yes, but no water. Now hurry

up. You don’t want to be out riding

in the dark.

KEVIN

Welp, backtracking It is.

ORA

Just hurry back. I have to tell you

about the-

ISTEN

Kevin! Here!

Take this with you for luck. You

never know when you might need It.

SPIRIT

(whinnies)

KEVIN

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa girl! Easy,

easy, easy...

What is It?

ISTEN

It’s for luck.

KEVIN

It looks like...is It a dead bee?

ISTEN

It’s not.

ORA

In a Jar? Is It alive?

KEVIN

Well... I don’t think so, it’s not

moving.

Oh! I think It might be glowing a

little...

KARRAS

Stop! Don’t open that....

KEVIN

There It goes, now it’s moving! Oh,

It has wings!!

SPIRIT

(Neighs)

KEVIN

Woah, woah! Eah! Spirit. Ah. Sprit

Stop!

ORA

Kevin!

KARRAS

I’ll get him!

KEVIN

Spirit. Spirit Stop!

KARRAS

Heya!

ORA

What did you do?

ISTEN

Hey! I didn’t tell him to open It!

I cannot believe he broke the jar!

ORA

Was that a wisp?!

ISTEN

Don’t worry. It was a really old

one. Not good for much beyond a

little light.

ORA

I have to go after them!

ISTEN

They’re both on galloping horses.

Even if you run, you won’t catch

up. Karras will find Kevin and

he’ll bring him back.

ORA

You don’t understand! Last time...

Godrick he... What if, what if

Kevin dies?

ISTEN

He won’t. If he could handle Spirit

bolting like that, he can hold on

until she calms down. And Karras

will catch up with him soon.

ORA

It’s my fault. I knew Spirit was

jumpy. Damn It, I knew that. I knew

It. I always make excuses for her.

ISTEN

Try to stay calm. Why don’t you set

up camp so they can rest when they

return? I’m going to go behind a

tree...and make It my tree. I’ll

come back around when I see the

fire.

ORA

How are you so relaxed?! Karras,

basically your only friend, is

galloping through the trees in the

dark!?

ISTEN

Worry’s just a prayer for

misfortune. You know what would

calm you down? Setting up camp.

SCENE BRAKE

ISTEN

Food’s almost ready.

(MORE)

ORA

It’s been too long. It’s almost

totally dark! I should have gone

after them.

ISTEN

Karras is an expert woodsman. He

probably caught up to Kevin and

they decided to make camp where

they were rather than riding back

in the dark.

ORA

Well...I hope so...

I just, I can’t imagine the two of

them out there alone together. I

hope they don’t kill each other.

ISTEN

Well, Karras may not like Kevin,

but he’ll keep him from harm.

How did you end up with Kevin,

anyways? He can’t fight. He’s lazy.

And he constantly talks back.

ORA

Eh, well. He’s my friend.

How can I claim that I’m going to

help fix the world if I can’t even

protect my friends?

ISTEN

I’’ll tell you a secret. You can’t

save everyone. Even if you’re the

Chosen One.

ORA

What do you mean?

You talked a lot about how you

fulfill both Prophecies, but you

never mentioned how or when you

figured out you were the One.

ISTEN

It’s not a pretty story.

ORA

I don’t need a pretty story, I need

the truth.

ISTEN

Yeah, well...I grew up in a small

village, probably not so different

from yours.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

(MORE)

My parents were both drunks, I

hated them; but they did do one

good thing, for my 10th birthday

they gave me a perfect, younger

brother. He was a beautiful

child...good, kind. Well, I

couldn’t leave him alone with them,

I thought I’d wait until he grew up

and then I could go find my

fortune. But fate had different

plans.

ORA

What happened?

ISTEN

A Lusus Naturae killed my mother.

Then thieves came and my father

tried to stop them, but he was so

drunk he could hardly stand and

they killed him right in front of

us. And after that, It was just me

and my brother...and I vowed that

nothing would harm him.

But even the sharpest sword

couldn’t protect him from the

pestilence.

He was only nine.

ORA

I’m so sorry.

ISTEN

As soon as he was dead in the

ground, I took a new vow: I would

drink anything and everything I

could get my hands on. I’d drink to

forget...and if the drink took me,

so be It. One day, I came upon a

lady ale-smith peddling her wares

in some foul ratskeller I’d

stumbled into. And as the night

wore on, my fellow inebriates found

themselves much worse for wear and

by morning...they were all dead.

Turns out, the ale had been

flavored - not with wild grapes as

the ale-smith thought - but with

moonseed. I was the only one who

drank It and survived. At the time

I thought alcohol had rotted my

body so much that it’d take more

than poison to kill me.

ISTEN (CONT'D)

Now, I understand that It was a

sign of the Prophecy.

Ah, perfect. Hand me that spoon,

would you?

ORA

You were right, this isn’t a pretty

story.

ISTEN

Do you still want to hear It?

ORA

Yes.

ISTEN

I got by on the pity of strangers

for a while. I was a sad man with a

sad story. But, eventually the pity

dried up and I drank myself into

debt. And I found myself forced

into being a miner to pay It off.

They shoved a pickaxe in one hand,

a candle in the other and sent me

deep under ground. I was powerless.

They controlled what I ate, when I

slept, and would beat me if I so

much as looked at them wrong. Worse

still, you had to watch your back

against your fellow laborers. They

were all debtors and they all would

turn on you if It meant their debt

would go down; I was the same.

ORA

That’s horrible.

ISTEN

The only good thing I got out of

being a miner was swinging the

pickaxe; It made me strong. Then,

after a year there, I got trapped

in a cave-in. I was certain I was

going to die. The idea of dying

didn’t bother me, but to die in a

dark, sulphur-smelling hole in the

ground...and sober! I got so angry

and so hot, that...flames appeared

in the air. It was magic. I had

used magic.

ORA

Magic?! Was there anyone else

around?

ISTEN

A few people, yes. So after they

dug us out, I knew I had to escape

before the Vigiles came for me. I

know they’re only supposed to take

people with evil magic, but I

didn’t want to take the risk.

ORA

They don’t only take or kill those

with a certain type of magic.

They’ll kill anyone.

ISTEN

Hu... I guess it’s a good thing I

ran then, isn’t It?

Looks like it’s going to rain. I

have some business to attend to

before It does.

ORA

Rain, huh? I guess we didn’t need

Kevin to go get water then, did we?

ISTEN

He’ll be fine. Like I said, Karras

will take care of him.

ORA

How did you two meet?

ISTEN

After fleeing the mining camp, I

didn’t have anywhere to go. I ended

up with a group of hunters.

ORA

Hunters?

ISTEN

Lusus Naturae hunters. Towns pay

them to take care of nearby Lusus

Naturaes or sometimes the hunters

kill one and sell the corpse for

profit.

ORA

Who would want to buy a corrupted

corpse?

ISTEN

You’d be surprised. You can sell

anything if you find the right

buyer.

ORA

Blech.

ISTEN

The hunters were a mix of failed

mercenaries looking to make a name

for themselves and ex-Vigiles who

left after their first punishment.

They accepted me because I was

strong and they taught me how to

fight. That’s where I met Karras.

ORA

What do you mean “Vigiles’ first

punishment”?

ISTEN

I was with them for a few months

and then something strange

happened. We were hunting a Lusus

Naturae that looked like a cross

between a vulture and lizard. Since

It could fly, we were having

trouble tracking It. Karras and I

were scouting ahead and suddenly It

landed right in front of me. My

horse reared and threw me. I hit

the ground and the beast peered

over at me, looked me dead in the

eye and I swear It said, ‘Kill me.’

ORA

It talked?!

ISTEN

It sounded like rocks grating

against one another, but I heard

It. The creature lowered its head

and I cut It off. It didn’t even

try to move.

ORA

That’s impossible!

ISTEN

Never seen the like since.

Karras was the only witness, and he

had grown up hearing stories about

the Chosen One. From then on, he

believed I was the One, but he

didn’t say anything.

Sometimes I wonder if things would

have been different if he had.

(MORE)

ORA

I suspect this isn’t going to end

well, either.

ISTEN

The mining company put a bounty on

my head when I escaped. A small

one, but It was still money I

didn’t have. The hunters got wind

of It, and despite us having risked

our lives fighting together for

months, they tied me up and were

planning to turn me in. That night,

Karras cut me free and we escaped

together. I told him to go his way

and I’d go mine, but he insisted on

following me. That’s when he told

me about the Prophecy...and

everything made sense. It felt

right.

ORA

And you didn’t doubt It?

ISTEN

Not for a second.

I did everything I could to get

Karras to leave, but he refused.

Finally, he made the same pledge

you did and we’ve been together for

about a year now. Even done some

good together.

ORA

You did save my life.

ISTEN

Just a day in the life of the

Chosen One.

Ora, I know you and Kevin talk

about me. Kevin telling you I’m not

the One. He can have his doubts,

you can too, but It doesn’t change

the truth.

ORA

Why are you doing this? You didn’t

try to take the Lusus Naturae

corpse when you saved Kevin and me.

And you didn’t ask us for money.

You don’t strike me as someone who

would only act for the greater

good.

ORA (CONT'D)

So, if you’re not doing this for

profit or honor, then why try to be

the Chosen One?

ISTEN

Because I want to save the world.

But not because I’m kind and good.

My brother was kind and good and

the world was happy to watch as he

withered and died. No. I want to

save the world because I want the

world to owe me: a debt of

gratitude; a debt for a lifetime of

suffering.

Get some rest. I’ll take the first

watch and wake you when Kevin and

Karras return.

ORA

Goodnight, Isten.

ISTEN

Sweet dreams, Ora. Or better still,

none at all. The world is harsh

enough without dreams to compare It

to.

END OF EPISODE 10