Scene 20

[Knocks on the door] 

ELLIE

Hello? Hello? Author! We need you! Come on! I can’t believe I’m still going by your words! It’s freezing! Besides, if we don’t go sooner or later we’ll turn into ice lollies, and those funny things-

KATE

…Elves. 

ELLIE

Yes, elves will eat us alive!

KATE

Don’t be so pathetic, we’ve only been here for about two minutes!

ELLIE

But, so say…what if she wasn’t at home? What if…she, well wrote herself into the Lord of the Rings to save us? That’s possible, right?

KATE

Don’t be so stupid! She wouldn’t have; besides…she wouldn’t risk her own life for us…we haven’t been doing anything so far apart from messing her about.

ELLIE

Aw, Ellie, don’t say that – you’re only making me feel bad too!

KATE

It’s the truth! We haven’t been respecting her at all, besides, she was the one who did all of this for us at the start. I mean, what would we be doing now if it wasn’t for her? You’d probably still be crying yourself to sleep now about Matt and all.

ELLIE

[Tears start to come into her eyes] Our dear author. Oh Kate! 

[KATE and ELLIE start to cry stupidly on their knees, but then hear a strange noise] 

[ELLIE jumps up in fright] 

ELLIE

What was that?!

[KATE looks around, wiping away her tears] 

KATE

Shh! Listen!

ELLIE

[Stutters]

You don’t suppose – well, you don’t suppose it was a e-e-elf do you? 

KATE

Oh for goodness sake – get over the damn thing will you?

[Door starts to open; ELLIE starts to scream stupidly, KATE starts to get scared and hugs onto ELLIE screaming] 

AUTHOR

[Rubbing her bed-head] What’s all this noise? Ellie! Kate! Is that you? Oh! Oh! I was so worried – where have you guys been?! I re-read the script a billion times to make sure I didn’t send you to Dracula’s house or somewhere similar!

[ELLIE starts to cry and hugs AUTHOR’s feet] 

ELLIE

Oh! Our poor dear author! We’re so sorry for everything, really it was our fault! We shouldn’t have had forced you into our plans in the first place!

AUTHOR

Is she drunk?

KATE

I’m quite sure not…I don’t think the elves gave us any wine – did they?

AUTHOR

Oh! You met the elves! How wonderful! How were they – I heard they were very hospitable.

KATE

Yes! They were-

ELLIE

Oh no! The elves, they were horrible creatures! Absolutely horrible! They captured us and made us tell them things! Don’t send me there again – please!

AUTHOR

What?! That’s not possible! Well…maybe it is, but I’ve read about them, and they were nothing like that!

KATE

A little exaggeration is all it takes to keep the mind going…

AUTHOR

Ah, I see. Now the two of you come in! It’s freezing here! Brrrr- oh gosh! I wish I’d put a coat on. Hurry up! Before the either of you catch a cold. You won’t be able to travel to another story tomorrow if that happened.

KATE and ELLIE

Another story? Oh no! 

The End

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