Scene 18 (Don't ask where 17 went)

[KATE and ELLIE are walking together with the ELVES towards a circle of tree stumps. There are two ELVES dressed in grey cloaks sitting there already] 

KATE

Don’t panic, Ellie.

ELLIE

How come you’re so calm? Do you know what they’re planning?

KATE

Nope. We’ve just got to trust them. Honest, everything is going to be okay.

ELLIE

I wish people would stop saying that … it’s really getting on my nerves now.

ELF1

You have been brought into the presence of our Elders …

ELF ELDER 1

Welcome, mortals. What brings you to Middle Earth?

KATE

We’re not supposed to be here. We come from a different world. Our Author sent us here to warn you about the fact you’re just characters – to tell you that you can speak out and rule your own lives, instead of following the plans your Author had for you. But it seems you already know. Now we’re trying to get back.

ELF ELDER 2

Ah, messengers from the land of Men. Tell me, what is it like there?

[ELLIE gulps loudly and then speaks.] 

ELLIE

Very different from here. We have machines to travel in that run without animals pulling them, and other machines which mean we can talk to people in different countries. We access information written by people on the other side of the world and it takes only seconds…

ELF ELDER 1

These are wonders indeed … I should like to see them some time.

ELF1

If it please you, sir, they want to be sent back to their own land. I thought perhaps you might be able to help?

ELF ELDER 2

We can help, but we do not undertake this task for nothing. The mortals must do a task for us.

[KATE looks terrified. ELLIE looks at her, also showing fear on her face] 

KATE

What sort of a task? Nothing … difficult?

ELF ELDER 1

There is just one thing we wish for you to do. We know that we are ruled by an Author. You are, too. However, our Author is dead. We cannot talk to him. We would like to know what our original story was.

ELLIE

You want us to get a copy of the book for you?

ELF ELDER 2

Exactly. Is that possible? Your Author could write it into this story for us …

KATE

I suppose so. It might take a while to persuade her … but yes, we’ll try.

ELF ELDER 1

Then we will write you  back into your own story. Now, go. We need peace and quiet for this.

[ELF ELDER 1 takes out a sheet of paper and a quill pen. ELF ELDER 2 stands up, walks over and joins him. They start writing, muttering under their breath as they do so. ELF1 gestures to KATE and ELLIE who stand up. They walk off the stage, looking nervous. KATE looks up at the sky as though wondering what the time is] 

[BLACKOUT]

The End

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