Misadventure

EXT. FRONT YARD – DAY

DAMIAN (10, mousey) sits beside a small dam, his pants half rolled up, his legs are wet, scratched, and a number of leeches suck on them. His sister ANGELA (14, energetic) stands beside him, dry,  and watches as he pulls the leeches from his legs.

ANGELA
You know, I don’t even think there are frogs in this dam. Oh well, what game can we play next? I know!

Angela runs to a big concrete pipe beneath the driveway.

ANGELA (CONT’D)
We’re a treasure hunting team that tracked down this dragon’s cave. You’re going to crawl through it.

DAMIAN
My legs hurt, can’t you crawl through it?

ANGELA
I’m too big. I’ll stay up here and protect you from the dragon.

DAMIAN
I could get stuck! I don’t want to do this.

ANGELA
You never want to play with me! This is my game and we’re going to play it!

DAMIAN
But I’m scared, I don’t want to.

ANGELA
If you don’t crawl into that cave I’m going to bash you!

Grim, Damian kneels down. He looks into the blackness of the pipe, then up at his sister, and starts to shuffle forward into it. Outside Angela watches as his head then shoulders disappear.

ANGELA (CONT’D)
What treasure can you see?

DAMIAN
(panicky)
I can’t see anything, I want to get out!

ANGELA
No, the game isn’t finished yet, you have to go through to the other end. I’ll wait for you there.

DAMIAN
I think I might be stuck!

ANGELA
You’re not stuck, keep going forward.

Damian shuffles forward more until only his legs are stick out from the end of the pipe. He stops.

DAMIAN
Angela, I’m stuck! I’m stuck. I can’t move.

Damian starts to cry as Angela runs to his legs.

ANGELA
Are you sure? Try to move backwards.

DAMIAN
I can’t move. I’m stuck. I can’t get out. Get me out! Get me out!

ANGELA
It’s alright. Hey, stop crying, shhh, it’s alright. Just calm down and start moving backwards.

DAMIAN
(sobbing)
I can’t move! I’m going to be stuck in this pipe forever!

Angela looks around nervously as Damian’s crying gets louder.

ANGELA
Shhh, shhh, be quiet, I’m here. I’m going to pull you out.

Their MUM pulls up in her car as Angela is pulling on Damian’s legs, straining. She quickly jumps out of the car and jogs towards them.

MUM
Angela what have you done!

DAMIAN
(wailing)
I’m stuck. Mum, I don’t want to live in a pipe!

ANGELA
(starting to cry)
We were just playing. I didn’t know he’d get stuck.

MUM
You never think about the consequences.

Mum takes over and manages slowly to pull Damian out of the pipe. He emerges filthy, scared and unable to stop crying. Mum starts to walk Damian over to the house.

MUM (CONT’D)
We’ll talk about this later, Angela.

ANGELA
(to herself)
I just wanted someone to play with me.

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