20 EXT: LABYRINTH - DAY
Another part of the wall. HOGGLE pushes a bush aside and shows SARAH a tiny door. She looks at it dubiously.
HOGGLE: This'll take ya into the maze, that's the first part of the labyrinth ...
SARAH: The first part! What comes after that?
HOGGLE gets down on his knees and starts to crawl through the door.
HOGGLE: Then there's the Garden Maze, then the Forbidden Forest ...
SARAH: That sounds inviting ...
He is through the door. He is still talking but SARAH can't hear him. She quickly tries to follow.
SARAH: Wait! Wait! I can't hear you ...
21 INT: LABYRINTH - DAY
HOGGLE is through the door.
HOGGLE: ... then comes the castle ...
SARAH's head appears.
HOGGLE: ... that's surely where Jareth's keepin' the babe ...
He looks down at SARAH, she is through the door to her waist and straining to get the rest of herself through. HOGGLE sighs and grabs her hand. With a groan he tugs on her and pulls her through the doorway. She lands flat on her face.
HOGGLE: Ya don't seem ta be able ta do nuthin' without my help, do ya?
He chuckles and SARAH gives him a look that could kill as she gets up and dusts herself off. She looks around and the environment seems rather benign. The brick walls are open to the sky, here and there a flower peeks through a crack.
SARAH: Oh, I think I can handle it. In fact, this place doesn't seem so bad at all.
And with that, she jauntily heads down the nearest corridor.
22 INT: CORRIDOR 1 - DAY
SARAH turns a corner and comes face to face with a FACE. It is huge and grotesque and protrudes out of the wall.
FACE: Go back! Go back before it's too late!
SARAH screams and backs away from it, moving further down the corridor. She backs into something and whirls around. It is ANOTHER FACE.
FACE 2: Turn back while you still can!!
SARAH turns and runs back the way she came.
23 INT: LABYRINTH - DAY
HOGGLE is still standing by the door, an amused smile on his face. SARAH comes rushing toward him.
SARAH: Oh, I'm so glad you're still here! They were horrible ...
HOGGLE: You don't mean the False Alarms, do ya?
He shakes his head and goes off in the direction that SARAH just came from.
HOGGLE: If ya gonna let a little thing like them scare ya, Missy, ya haven't a hope o' makin' it to the castle.
SARAH quickly follows.
SARAH: False Alarms?
24 INT: CORRIDOR 1 - DAY
The corridor of faces. HOGGLE enters and the FACES start in on their routine. SARAH comes up behind him, shuddering at the ghastly sight.
FACE 1: This is the path of no return!
FACE 2: Beware! Beware!
HOGGLE: Just ignore 'em.
SARAH: Are you sure?
HOGGLE sighs and turns to the NEXT FACE.
FACE 3: Abandon all hope ...
HOGGLE: Oh, shut up, will ya?
SARAH is wide-eyed at HOGGLE's defiance.
FACE 3: But I was just getting to the best part!
HOGGLE: All right. But don't expect us to pay any attention.
FACE 3 (winks at Sarah): You're going to love this ... Abandon all hope ye who enter here, for this is the road to destruction!!!
HOGGLE (bored): Very nice ...
SARAH is dumbstruck. HOGGLE takes her hand and yanks her along.
FACE 3: Come back any time ... I mean, you're doomed, doomed!
25 INT: CORRIDOR 2 - DAY
HOGGLE and SARAH continuing down a similar corridor.
HOGGLE: Ya see, things aren't always what they appear to be around here, Missy ...
SARAH (shrugging): Whatever. All I'm interested in is getting my brother back from that creep.
She starts to look around for something.
HOGGLE: I admire yer determination, but it takes more'n that to beat Jareth.
SARAH picks up a rock.
SARAH: Well, maybe I'm beginning to get the hang of this labyrinth business.
She takes the rock and uses it to mark an X on the floor.
SARAH: See, now I'll know which way we came in case I get lost.
HOGGLE (sighs): Missy, goin' back the way ya came is par fer the course around here, what ya want to do is go forward.
SARAH: Look, Hoggle! I've got to find Freddie and I don't need you to discourage me!
HOGGLE: And I don't need to be wastin' me time goin' around in circles with you!
SARAH: That's fine with me! (she starts off) I know you're only after my ring, anyway!
She turns a corner and HOGGLE looks after her, hurt and pity crossing his face. He takes a few steps in her direction and an officious little creature, a BRICKKEEPER, emerges from the brickwork of the floor, takes out the cobblestone that SARAH marked, and replaces it with the marked side hidden. It looks up at HOGGLE.
BRICKKEEPER: Some people got no respect for property!
HOGGLE sticks his tongue out at the CREATURE just as it goes back into its hole.
26 EXT: AERIAL SHOT - DAY
The WHITE BIRD flies over the maze and WE SEE SARAH marching along. She thinks she's going forward but she's heading right for HOGGLE.
27 INT: CORRIDOR 2 - DAY
SARAH emerges into the corridor and comes face to face with HOGGLE.
SARAH: But ...
She whirls around to look behind her, then back at HOGGLE again.
SARAH: ... but you were just behind me! I'm sure of it!
HOGGLE shakes his head as she runs by him and looks down at the floor.
SARAH: My mark! It was right here!
HOGGLE comes up beside her.
HOGGLE: I told ya, Missy. Things aren't what they appear to be around here ...
JARETH (VO): Except when they are.
JARETH, in all his glory. SARAH and HOGGLE whirl around and BOTH gasp with surprise and fear.
JARETH: We meet again ... Sarah.
SARAH: Where's Freddie?!! What have you done with him!?
She starts to rush toward JARETH but HOGGLE holds her back.
JARETH: Nothing ... yet.
He walks toward them and they automatically step backwards. He looks down at HOGGLE.
JARETH: And what have we here ... Hoghead, isn't it?
HOGGLE is humiliated.
HOGGLE: Me name's Hoggle.
JARETH: Ah, yes. Now I remember. (he moves closer to Hoggle) You're the greedy little coward who lives outside the gate. Shouldn't you be back there minding your own business ... Hedgehog?
He chucks HOGGLE under the chin, and is quite rough about it. HOGGLE fumes silently. SARAH doesn't like this.
SARAH: Why, why don't you pick on someone your own size?
He looks her up and down.
JARETH: Whom did you have in mind?
SARAH tries to brazen it out.
SARAH: I don't have time for any games. I want Freddie, and I want him now!
JARETH throws back his head and laughs.
JARETH: Ah, Freddie. An adorable little imp. I'm really growing rather fond of him.
SARAH: Where is he?!!
JARETH: He's in my castle, and seems to be enjoying himself immensely.
He ambles toward them and they can't help themselves, they BOTH step backwards.
JARETH: In fact, he likes being with goblins so much, I'm considering turning him into one.
SARAH thinks this is crazy.
SARAH: You can't do that!
JARETH (grinning): Oh yes I can.
SARAH looks down at HOGGLE and speaks under her breath.
SARAH: Can he?
HOGGLE nods glumly.
JARETH: But let's make it interesting. I won't do it for ... thirteen hours. If you make it to the castle before then you might be able to save him. If not, well, I think little Freddie will mike an adorable goblin prince, don't you?
He laughs and holds up both hands and WE SEE that they are empty. He then closes them and when he opens them again there is a gold watch in one hand. He throws it to SARAH, but HOGGLE intercepts it and eyes it greedily. Annoyed, SARAH snatches it out of his hand. She looks at it and sees that it has 13 hours marked on it. When she looks up again, JARETH is gone.
WORM (VO): Well, good riddance to bad rubbish!
SARAH and HOGGLE BOTH jump and then look at where the voice is coming from. It is a little WORM, poking its head out of a hole in the brickwork.
WORM: That's what the missus always says, she does. Why the last time she found that one around here she sent him packing.
WORM: She don't take to his kind of nonsense, that's for sure. Now, how about a nice cup of tea? The missus has a kettle on.
SARAH looks down at HOGGLE, who shrugs. She then looks up at the WORM and gives him a beaming smile.
28 INT: CORRIDOR 2 - DAY
SARAH and HOGGLE are sitting on the floor.
SARAH: Do you think Jareth will give Freddie back if I make it on time?
HOGGLE: It's hard to say, Missy. But if I were you, I'd worry 'bout first things first.
SARAH: What do you mean?
HOGGLE: I means ya got ta find the castle before ya can go savin' the babe and I mean ta see that ya do!
SARAH is thrilled and leans over and gives him a kiss on the cheek.
SARAH: Oh, Hoggle! Thank you, thank you so much!
HOGGLE gets all flustered and tries to act gruff.
HOGGLE: Seems to me I could be gettin' that ring from ya after all if I plays me cards right.
SARAH regards him affectionately.
SARAH: I know you don't mean that. You're helping me because you're really nice.
HOGGLE: I ain't nice! I just likes the way ya stood up ta him is all. (he is thoughtful for a moment; almost to himself) Too bad more've us haven't had the guts to do the same.
The WORM reappears.
WORM: How about a biscuit? The missus just took a fresh batch out of the oven.
SARAH: Thanks, but we really don't have any time. We've got to get to the castle.
HOGGLE: Ya wouldn't happen to know a shortcut, would ya?
WORM: Well, you might try taking that first left.
SARAH and HOGGLE look down the corridor.
SARAH: But there isn't any left turn.
Just then a strange FIGURE seems to come through the left wall and walks toward them. He is dressed in long flowing robes and wears a hat shaped like a bird.
WORM: See, there's a left turn right there, where that Wise One just came in.
SARAH: A Wise One! Maybe he knows the best way to the castle!
HOGGLE: I wouldn't bet on it.
But SARAH is excited about the possibility of getting more help.
SARAH: Excuse me, Sir. Could you tell us the best way to get to the castle?
WISE ONE: The best way to the castle, hmmm. I'm glad you asked that question.
To SARAH's and HOGGLE's surprise, the HAT joins into the conversation.
HAT: Now you've done it, gone and asked him a question. We'll be here all day!
WISE ONE: A castle, or fortress, or as it is sometimes known, a stronghold or citadel -- or, that which has a turret and barbican, but usually not a portcullis ...
HAT: What did I tell you? There's no stopping him now.
WISE ONE: ... often there is a rampart or bulwark, and then a parapet -- perchance an actual vallum or counterscarp ...
HAT: Shut up down there!
WISE ONE: ... and for entrenchment; a moat, drawbridge and sally-port
SARAH looks at HOGGLE.
SARAH: This was not one of my better ideas.
HAT: Well, I told you that, didn't I? But nobody ever listens to me!
He looks down at the still mumbling WISE ONE.
HAT: Enough! Nobody cares!!
The WISE ONE blinks and looks at SARAH and HOGGLE.
WISE ONE: Did one of you say something?
SARAH thinks quickly.
SARAH: Oh, no. We never talk to strangers.
WISE ONE: That's very wise. An idea worth savoring.
HOGGLE nudges him.
HOGGLE: Yeah, but keep it under your hat!
HOGGLE thinks this is hilarious. The HAT doesn't.
HAT: Ve-ry funny!
The WISE ONE continues on his way.
WISE ONE: The stranger, hmm. I'm glad you brought that up. The stranger; one not indigenous, also known as the alien, or one from beyond the sea ...
HAT (hysterical): I quit! I can't take it anymore!
And then they are gone, passing through the righthand wall as if it wasn't there. SARAH watches after them, stunned.
SARAH: How did he do that?!!
HOGGLE: And how can we make sure he doesn't come back?
SARAH gives him a look and turns to the WORM.
WORM: Just go over to that bit of wall there and walk right through it. The important thing is to forget what you think you know. It doesn't apply around here.
SARAH and HOGGLE walk down to the part of the wall where the WISE ONE entered. Once there, they can see that a section of the wall is actually a passageway-width behind the rest of the wall. SARAH yells back to the WORM.
SARAH: Thank you! And tell the missus we're sorry we missed her biscuits!
And then they walk through the wall and are gone.
29 INT: CORRIDOR 3 - DAY
SARAH and HOGGLE appear through the wall and SARAH laughs with delight. HOGGLE wasn't as pleased with the experience and feels the wall as if testing to see if it really happened. SARAH sees that they are in a corridor where the walls are crumbling and she climbs up to the top of one and looks over.
SARAH'S POV - THE TURRETS OF THE CASTLE
SARAH (excited): I can see the castle! It doesn't look far at all!
HOGGLE is still feeling around the wall, trying to figure out how they got there. SARAH jumps down and starts to run down the corridor.
SARAH: Come on, Hoggle. Let's go!
HOGGLE sees her retreating figure and hurries after her.
30 INT: CASTLE - DAY
JARETH's great hall. He stands by a window and looks out over the labyrinth -- from this vantage point he can see clear across it: the hovels that surround the castle walls, the arid plain that leads to the dense forest, encircling that, the complex maze. He seems lost in thought. The WHITE BIRD enters the window and lands on his shoulder. Behind him FREDDIE is having a grand time. His slippery crawl is too much for the GOBLINS that scurry about, trying to mind him. Meanwhile, a particularly stupid looking GOBLIN begins to approach JARETH. He saunters across the room and is stopped short by a FEMALE GOBLIN. She grabs hold of his shirt and hisses a warning.
FEMALE GOBLIN: Remember! It's bow and scrape ... bow and scrape ...
The STUPID GOBLIN nods and she lets him go. He then continues his approach to JARETH, only this time he does a little bow and then scrapes his foot across the floor, then repeats the action.
STUPID GOBLIN (to himself): Bow 'n scrape ... bow 'n scrape ...
JARETH turns and sees the GOBLIN.
JARETH: Well, what is it?
The GOBLIN can't answer and do his bow-and-scrape at the same time so continues his painfully slow approach.
STUPID GOBLIN: ... bow 'n scrape ... bow 'n scrape ...
Annoyed, JARETH walks over to the GOBLIN and lifts him up by his shirt front. The GOBLIN is still bowing.
JARETH: I said, what is it?!!!
STUPID GOBLIN: Th ... the girl and Hoggle, sire. Th ... they're halfway th .... through th ... the maze.
JARETH drops the GOBLIN hard on the floor. FREDDIE sees this and laughs with delight. JARETH walks over and scoops the BABY up in his arms. He then carries him over to the window. He calls over to an ARMED GOBLIN by the door.
JARETH: I think it's time they had some company.
ARMED GOBLIN: Yes, Sir!
Be then salutes, causing his visor to close on his face, then stumbles around looking for the door. JARETH shakes his head.
JARETH: You'll make a much better goblin than that, won't you,
FREDDIE's response is to clap his sticky baby's hand on to JARETH's face. JARETH, pretending he doesn't mind, carefully removes it. He then looks down to the courtyard below.
31 EXT: CASTLE - DAY
ARMED GOBLINS are pouring out of the castle.
32 EXT: CORRIDOR 4 - DAY
SARAH and HOGGLE are striding down a corridor. They are about to come to a corner.
SARAH: Are you sure Jareth can turn Freddie into a goblin? I mean, that's really weird ...
They turn the corner and HOGGLE stops short. SARAH becomes alarmed.
SARAH: What is it?
HOGGLE gestures for her to be quiet and then we can hear what he hears -- marching. They look back the way they came.
SARAH'S AND HOGGLE'S POV - A BATTALION OF ARMED GOBLINS, marching right towards them!
They look at each other, then turn and run. HOGGLE tries to get through the wall the way the WORM showed them.
HOGGLE (quoting the worm): Just forget what you think you know and ...
He smacks headlong into the wall. He stops to rub his nose and SARAH flies by him.
SARAH: Come on!
33 INT: CASTLE - DAY
FREDDIE is now sitting on the lap of a GOBLIN, happily bopping it on the nose. JARETH snaps his fingers and a GROUP of sleepy MUSICIANS in the corner stumble over themselves to pick up their instruments. They begin to play and JARETH looks out the window and begins a song. He sings about the labyrinth; what it is -- his domain, and what it is to OTHERS -- a test, a proving-ground, not for the faint of heart.
34 INT: MAZE MONTAGE - DAY
While JARETH sings, SARAH and HOGGLE try to escape from the GOBLINS. They get a lead on them for a while and come to another corridor with crumbling walls. They scamper up to get a look at their position and see dust rising from several parts of the maze. The GOBLINS are everywhere.
In another corridor, they are stopped in their tracks by DOZENS OF
LITTLE FUZZY CREATURES who scurry towards them out of the way of the
oncoming GOBLINS. They turn and run back the way they came and as
they do WALL CREATURES chatter nervously and then disappear into the cracks between the bricks.
In a corridor with very short walls they are able to see the tips of spears on either side of them, going in the opposite direction.
They enter a corridor with several arches curving over it, forming small, intermittent bridges. Thinking they are safe, they stop for a breath, and soon realize that a BATTALION is right behind them. They scurry up the walls, and as the song comes to an end, they each lie across an arch hopefully out of sight of the GOBLINS below.
35 INT: ARCHED CORRIDOR - DAY
SARAH and HOGGLE huddle above the corridor on their arches as TWO GOBLINS bring up the rear.
GOBLIN 1: I can kill better than you can.
GOBLIN 2: But I'm better at maiming. Everybody says so.
And they are gone. Shaken, SARAH and HOGGLE slide down from their hiding places.
SARAH: Do you think they're gone?
HOGGLE: Sure they are. Goblins ain't known fer their intelligence, ya know. They has as much trouble findin' their way through the maze as you do.
He folds his arms and leans against the wall.
SARAH: I'm not sure, but I think you just called me stupid ...
Suddenly HOGGLE yells and disappears. He has accidentally leaned on another secret wall opening. SARAH quickly follows.
36 INT: CORRIDOR 5 - DAY
HOGGLE and SARAH are now in the long circular corridor that divides the maze from the beginning of the second ring of the labyrinth -- the Garden Maze.
HOGGLE (excited): I think I know where we are!
SARAH: That'll be a nice change.
He ignores her and looks around excitedly.
HOGGLE: This place is the end o' the maze! That means we're near the entrance ta the second ring o' the labyrinth.
SARAH: The second ring? What's that?
HOGGLE starts down the corridor.
HOGGLE (happily): The Garden Maze!
SARAH (gloomy): Sounds like a great place ... what's it like?
HOGGLE: Don't know, I ain't never made it this far before.
He is skipping happily down the corridor when SARAH hears something. It is a strange clanking sound.
SARAH (frightened): Hoggle! What's that sound?!!
HOGGLE stops skipping and sighs.
HOGGLE: Now don't go gettin' all girly on me, Missy, now that we's finally safe ...
SARAH: So you think we're safe, do you?
HOGGLE (annoyed): Didn't I just say so?!!
SARAH: Then tell me what you think of that.
SARAH points behind them where the clanking noise is coming from. It is now much louder. HOGGLE comes over to her and takes a better look. He screams.
THEIR POV - A SLASHING MACHINE is coming right towards them. (A slashing wall is made up of rows of furiously spinning knives, and chopping cleavers, and has brushes along the bottom to clean up whatever it encounters in its path.) And there is no way around it because it completely fills the corridor.
HOGGLE desperately tries to walk through the wall the way they came in, but it is to no avail. He just keeps smashing his face. SARAH starts to run for it.
SARAH: Come on!
HOGGLE follows, every so often trying, and failing, to get through the wall.
SARAH, who is far ahead of HOGGLE, comes to a door! And hanging on a hook next to it is a bunch of keys. She looks back at HOGGLE.
SARAH: Hoggle, hurry!
SARAH'S POV - HOGGLE running toward her, and making slow but steady progress toward them BOTH -- the slashing machine.
SARAH fumbles with the keys, furiously trying key after key in the door but to no avail. She is terrified.
SARAH: None of the keys work!
Desperate, she starts banging on the door. HOGGLE is just a few yards away from her.
HOGGLE: Why don't you just try it?
He then tries once more to walk through the wall. SARAH tries the knob and sure enough, it opens. She is delighted. What she doesn't see is HOGGLE suddenly disappearing through the floor.
SARAH: It's open! Hog ...
She turns around and he is gone! And the slashing machine is just a few yards away! She screams and, in her terror, falls backwards through the door. It slams shut just as the slashing machine reaches it WE CAN SEE that FOUR GOBLINS in sanitation workers' uniforms have been pushing the machine all along. They grunt and strain, cranking the wheels that turn the knives and pushing all at the same time.
37 INT: PICTURE GALLERY - DAY
SARAH emerges into a large room. The walls are covered with large paintings in ornate gilt frames. She is a bit stunned by the clone call with the slashing machine as she approaches the first painting.
SARAH (to herself): What in the world ...
She stops short in front of the first painting and cannot believe her eyes. It is a painting of the watch with 13 hours on it. The hour hand is on the 9. SARAH fumbles into her pocket and finds the watch that Jareth gave her. It also has the hour hand on the 9.
SARAH: Only 9 hours left!
The next picture is of a BABY surrounded by gruesome GOBLINS. On closer inspection, the BABY is obviously FREDDIE. She chokes back a sob and runs over to the next one, it is a picture of a rotunda with staircases going off in all different directions on different planes of gravity. It is an Escher room, and a closer look shows a GOBLIN happily standing on the ceiling. She shakes her head and goes by the next painting and gasps involuntarily. It is a compelling portrait of JARETH, and she moves even closer. Then she shakes herself out of it.
THE PORTRAIT'S POV - SARAH wills herself away and moves on, and we hear the sound of JARETH's breathing.
SARAH is nervous and eagerly looks for a way out. She rushes by another painting, giving it merely a glance. But something makes her go back for a better look. It is of a lovely, manicured hedge maze. In the distance WE CAN SEE the turrets of JARETH's castle. And in the sky nearby flies a beautiful WHITE BIRD. And then SARAH is amazed by what she sees. A closer look at the painting reveals that the WHITE BIRD is flying! It moves over the hedges and WE SEE a FIGURE waving.
SARAH, disturbed, backs away from the painting. And then, because it really is as wonderful as it is scary, she goes back for another look and over her shoulder WE CAN SEE HOGGLE waving and we hear his tiny voice.
HOGGLE: Missy! Over here! This is the way to the castle!
And SARAH strains to hear, and leans toward the painting, stretching her hand out and touching the painting, which makes it turn into a shimmering wall that her hand goes right through. And then she disappears right through the painting.
THE GALLERY. And JARETH's portrait is now blank.
38 EXT: HEDGE MAZE - DAY
SARAH rushes up to HOGGLE and throws her arms around him.
SARAH: What happened to you? I was afraid I'd never see you again!
HOGGLE: Ya know that trick with the wall? Damn, if it don't work with the floor, as well!
SARAH laughs and hugs him again.
39 INT : HEDGE MAZE - DAY
SARAH and HOGGLE have been walking through the maze a long time. They are tired and bedraggled. SARAH pulls the watch out of her pocket and sighs.
SARAH: An hour's gone by and I don't think we're more than four feet from where we started.
HOGGLE: That's 'cause ya won't do what I tells ya. It's clear as day we should be goin' this way ...
He turns a corner and walks smack into a hedge dead end. He howls in pain and SARAH sighs and follows him.
HOGGLE disentangling himself from the hedge.
SARAH: Got any more suggestions?
Before HOGGLE can answer they are interrupted by a terrible gut-wrenching scream. It is positively unearthly. SARAH whirls around.
SARAH: It sounds like it came from over there!
HOGGLE points in the opposite direction.
HOGGLE: Then let's go this way.
SARAH frowns at him as the scream begins again.
SARAH: Hoggle! It sounds like someone's being hurt!
HOGGLE: Exactly why we should be headin' in the othermost direction!
SARAH shakes her head in disgust and runs off as the screams become more unbearable.
SARAH, running through the hedge maze. Driven by the sound of the screams, she has an unconscious ability to find her way through. HOGGLE, trying to keep up with her, keeps running into dead ends.
SARAH emerging from the maze. She is stopped in her tracks by what she sees and quickly covers her mouth to prevent herself from screaming. HOGGLE emerges a moment later, barely pauses before he heads right back into the maze.
40 EXT: CLEARING - DAY
SARAH'S POV - FOUR GOBLINS are torturing a huge creature (LUDO) that they have hung by his ankle from a tree limb. They have also taken pains to bind the CREATURE, who it is obvious could take an most of them and win in a fairer fight. He is about nine feet tall, powerfully built, and his screams of frustrated agony are truly unbearable. The GOBLINS have devised a unique method of harassing him. They ALL carry long sticks which have small, fierce, biting CREATURES on the end of them. The GOBLINS bat their sticks at LUDO, who bellows and tries to swat back. Since he is tied, the NIPPERS are free to bite him whenever they get near.
SARAH, distraught, peeking out from behind a hedge.
SARAH: The poor thing!
HOGGLE peeks out from behind SARAH, then quickly ducks back. SARAH looks for a way to stop the torture. She picks up a rock and carefully aims it at the nearest GOBLIN. It hits his head and knocks his helmet visor over his eyes. Blinded, the GOBLIN lurches around, swinging his nipper stick at the OTHER THREE.
BLINDED GOBLIN: Hey! Who turned out the lights?
The OTHER GOBLINS see a new target and poke their nipper sticks towards him. He takes off and runs blindly into the hedge maze. The OTHER THREE chase him, carrying the nipper sticks upright no that WE CAN SEE their progress in the BG.
SARAH desperately tries to untie the huge knot that holds LUDO suspended upside down. She can't undo it and yells for HOGGLE
SARAH: Get out here, you coward!
HOGGLE appears from behind his hedge. He hesitates, then pulls a dagger from his belt and joins SARAH. He cuts through the rope in one hack, and LUDO falls to the ground with a thud.
The nipper sticks start yammering away as they see SARAH and HOGGLE freeing LUDO over the top of the hedge. The GOBLIN chase stops and they head back to the clearing. HOGGLE dives for the bushes but a determined SARAH stays and pulls off the ropes. When LUDO is free, he picks up a huge log. As the FOUR GOBLINS come roaring back into the clearing, LUDO waves the log over his head. The GOBLIN charge immediately shifts into a GOBLIN retreat, the nipper sticks yipping in fear.
LUDO puts down the log and sits, his big shaggy head hanging down. He taken one hand and wipes away a tear.
LUDO: Ludo ... hurt.
SARAH's heart breaks. This thing is the ultimate stuffed animal.
SARAH: Is that your name? Ludo?
He nods and wipes away another tear.
LUDO: Goblins ... mean to Ludo.
SARAH: Oh, I know! They were terribly mean to you. (she moves closer and pats his arm) But it's all right now.
LUDO sniffs and then breaks into the most endearing big dumb smile you have ever seen.
SARAH: That's right, Ludo! I'm your friend. I'm Sarah.
LUDO: Sarah ... friend!
HOGGLE has come out from hiding during this exchange. He finds the whole scene a bit nauseating. And an unnecessary nuisance. If there's one thing he doesn't want, it's competition for SARAH.
HOGGLE: I think I'm about ta be sick.
They ignore him and LUDO grins for all he's worth as SARAH beams up at him. HOGGLE pulls her over to one side.
HOGGLE: I hope yer not thinkin' o' lettin' the beast traipse along, Missy. He'll just slow us up.
SARAH: Are you kidding?! He'll be a great help! The goblins are scared of him because he's so fierce ...
Just then LUDO shyly offers SARAH a flower that he has just picked for her. She takes it and smiles at him.
HOGGLE (sarcastically): I sees what ya mean.
SARAH shrugs and gives LUDO a pat. HOGGLE sighs with frustration.
HOGGLE: I just thinks we was doin' fine on our own.
SARAH: And we can do even better with Ludo. (turns to Ludo) You want to help me save my baby brother, don't you, Ludo?
LUDO: Save ... baby. Good!
SARAH nods with satisfaction and strides into the hedge maze. LUDO right behind her. HOGGLE follows, clearly unhappy