Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Dark Recesses

The Dark Recesses



OPENING SCENE:



EXT DAYTIME SHOT OF POKEY OAKS



MS. KEANE'S VOICE: The city of Townsville is a safe place!



BUTTERCUP'S VOICE: But that's not what people say!



BUBBLES'S VOICE: Yeah, it's scary!



CUT TO:



INT SHOT OF POKEY OAKS



MS. KEANE: What exactly are people saying?



BLOSSOM: That Pokey Oaks has a a basement, and it's haunted!



BUBBLES: By a ghost!



MS. KEANE: Oh, that's just silly!... I'll tell you what -- you can spend your recess looking for this fictional basement, and if you find it, you can go down and play with this ghost.



BUTTERCUP: We don't want to play with him, we want to bust him!



MS. KEANE (rolling her eyes): Whatever.



DISSOLVE TO:



INT SHOT OF POKEY OAKS



MS. KEANE: Recess!



CHILDREN: Yay!



[The CHILDREN methodically and seriously examine the classroom. Finally BUTTERCUP encounters something in the cloakroom.]



BUTTERCUP: Hey! Come look at this!



[The CHILDREN flock to her.]



CUT TO:



A CLOSEUP OF BUTTERCUP



[She becomes darker as she reaches towards the CAMERA.]



CUT TO:



A POV BEHIND BUTTERCUP



[She pushes aside a panel. We see stairs and a railing. The CHILDREN turn around and glare accusingly at the CAMERA.]



WHIP PAN TO:



MS. KEANE



[She forces a smile and looks away nervously.]



WHIP PAN TO:



THE CHILDREN



[They suddenly turn and scurry down the stairs.]



CUT TO:



INT SHOT OF A BASEMENT IN DEEP BLUE



BUTTERCUP: Where's the light switch?



BLOSSOM: Eyes on high beams!



[The PPG'S eyes light up.]



BUBBLES: There! (she switches it on): Okay, where's that ghost?



BUTTERCUP: Come out, Mr. ghost. we want to see you.



BLOSSOM: If you're a law-abiding ghost, you have nothing to fear.



A BOY'S VOICE: Go away.



CHILDREN: Huh?



WHIP PAN TO:



A SMALL BOY SITTING ON A CHAIR



[Beside him there's a lamp, some books, lunch boxes, juice boxes, and apple cores. The CHILDREN approach him.]



BLOSSOM: Who are you?



MS. KEANE'S VOICE: Stephen?



[He gets off the chair and presses his face against the wall, trying to hide.]



STEPHEN: Go away.



BLOSSOM: What's going on, Ms. Keane?



MS. KEANE: Stephen had a bad experience with bullies. Everyone thought he'd run away.



STEPHEN: I won't go back. You can't make me go back.



MS. KEANE You don't have to go to school, Stephen. Your parents can get you a tutor. The important thing is that we get you back home. Your parents miss you dearly.



[BUBBLES flies up and hugs STEPHEN.]



BUBBLES: Oh, you poor boy!



CUT TO:



HEARTS AND STARS



NARRATOR: And so, the day, and Stephen are saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!



[The PPG appear.]



NARRATOR: Oh, thank you, Girls! My wife and I are so glad to have Stephen back!



SOUND EFFECTS: Bump.



BLOSSOM: What was that?



NARRATOR: Oh, just an old juice box falling over.



The End

Powerpuff Girls fanfiction, also posted at fanfiction.net as rayb07

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