When Things Get Difficult

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“WHEN THINGS GET DIFFICULT”


EXT. GARDEN - DAY 


HOLLY sits in a chair in a backyard garden with vines and flowers. She holds a musical instrument. She clearly doesn’t like practicing. She is trying a series of notes over and over and doing terrible. 


HOLLY

I hate this.


She tosses the instrument in frustration into some bushes. The bushes yelp in reply.


BUSH

Ouch!


HOLLY jumps up suddenly and backs away from the BUSH. 


HOLLY

Did you just… I thought I heard…


A strange forest creature covered in leaves and branches emerges from the bush. He is angry.


BUSH

You hurt me!


BUSH has the instrument in his hand and charges toward her. HOLLY stumbles back, afraid of the creature.


HOLLY

Please, stop, no! I didn’t mean to.


BUSH stops and wags a finger at her.


BUSH

I’m going to teach you a lesson.


HOLLY

Don’t threaten me.


BUSH

Too late. It’s already been done. Go! And never return.


BUSH pushes her into the bushes behind her and they engulf her. He grabs for BUSH and manages to get her instrument but it falls with him into the bushes.


EXT. FOREST - DAY


HOLLY tumbles through branches and leaves and gets tangled up. She struggles to get free and finds herself somewhere strange and unfamiliar. The forest has twisted trees and foliage of unnatural colors.


HOLLY

What happened? What is this place?

An animal like creature, part animal, part human peaks from behind a tree. 


FAWN

This is not a what.


HOLLY sees the strange animal and slowly approaches.


HOLLY

How about where am I? 


FAWN

This is not a where. This is a why.


HOLLY
A why? What do you mean?


FAWN

Too many whats. Not enough whys.


HOLLY
You’re talking so weird. Everything here is so strange.


FAWN

And do you know why?


HOLLY

I don’t. I don’t know any of this.


FAWN

Well, my name is Fawn. Now you know me.


HOLLY

I’m Holly.


FAWN

Nice to meet you, Holly.


FAWN gets excited when she sees HOLLY’s musical instrument.


FAWN

Is that…


FAWN reaches for the instrument and HOLLY gladly gives it to her. 


FAWN

It’s glorious.


HOLLY

You can keep it. I don’t want it anymore.


FAWN

Why? It’s amazing.


FAWN begins to sing and the instrument plays in reply on it’s own.


HOLLY

How did you do that?


FAWN

I speak to things and they speak to me.


FAWN sings again and the instrument joins her. Suddenly there is a roar. A MONSTER runs out and FAWN drops the instrument and hides. HOLLY falls and can’t get away. The MONSTER runs up to the instrument. 


MONSTER

What is that horrible sound? 


MONSTER picks up the instrument. 


MONSTER

Who brought this here? This is forbidden.


HOLLY

I’m so sorry, sir. I didn’t know…


MONSTER

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.


HOLLY

I would be happy to go and leave here. I just don’t know how.


MONSTER

No one leaves here. Once you come, you don’t go.


HOLLY

Why not? Why can’t I go?


MONSTER

That’s the rule.


HOLLY

Well, it’s a stupid rule.


MONSTER

No rules are stupid. Rules are good.


HOLLY

They’re only good for those who make them.


MONSTER

Hmm… but rules are rules. And you broke them. So you must be punished.


FAWN pokes her head out.


FAWN

Wait. It wasn’t her. It was me.


MONSTER grabs FAWN. 


MONSTER

Then you shall face judgement.


MONSTER takes FAWN. HOLLY tries to pursue them, but MONSTER pushes her down and exits with FAWN. HOLLY lies on the ground hurt and crying. She picks up her instrument and gets a weird look on her face. HOLLY plays her instrument badly. Then she plays louder. The MONSTER roars in the distance. HOLLY plays even louder. The MONSTER’s roar is louder and closer. HOLLY keeps playing. The MONSTER stumbles in. 


MONSTER

Stop! You’re hurting my ears!


HOLLY

Not until you change the rules.


MONSTER

Never!


HOLLY plays even louder. The MONSTER is in pain. 


MONSTER

Fine! Whatever! What rule do want changed? You want to go home? Then go!


HOLLY considers this. But instead she says…


HOLLY
I want you to allow music to be played.


MONSTER

Wouldn’t you rather go home?


HOLLY
I would rather you release Fawn. 


MONSTER snorts and waves to FAWN who runs to HOLLY. The MONSTER leaves.


FAWN

You helped me.


HOLLY
I did. That was so unfair. 


FAWN

But you lost your chance to go home.


HOLLY

I couldn’t go knowing someone was in trouble because of this stupid instrument of mine. It’s a curse.


FAWN

It could be a blessing if you let it.


HOLLY
What do you mean? Or should I ask why?


FAWN

Why indeed.


FAWN starts to go.


HOLLY
Wait. Are you leaving?


FAWN

I must go. 


HOLLY
Don’t leave me. Please.


FAWN

It’s time.


FAWN runs away. HOLLY starts to go after her but can’t see where she went.


HOLLY

Wait! 


HOLLY falls to the ground.


HOLLY

That’s what I get for trying to help.


HOLLY is alone and sad. She takes her instrument and throws it.


HOLLY

All because of you.


The woods grow darker. HOLLY cries.


HOLLY

Because of me.


Suddenly there is a little light and her instrument starts to play.


HOLLY

I’m always giving up.


The instrument plays more and the light grows.


HOLLY

I hate it when things get difficult.


The instrument plays more as does the light.


HOLLY

But there is only one way to get better.


HOLLY picks up her instrument and the light becomes blindingly bright and HOLLY can’t see for a moment. She runs and stumbles through the bushes and suddenly finds herself back in her garden. 


HOLLY

I’m home.


She settles into her chair with her instrument and gets out some sheet music. She takes a deep breath and tries again. The instrument plays beautifully in reply. FAWN peaks through the bushes and smiles and then dances happily nearby.


END OF SCRIPT


Low Cost PDF of script: https://sellfy.com/p/ZzTm/


Word document version of screenplay:

https://sellfy.com/p/8xqs/