Act 3, Scene 3: Let There be Cake


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Abe (softly): "Eva … hey … come on … wake up!"

Eva: "Hrmblbrmglbmlml"

Abe: "I've got great news!"

Eva (sleepy): "*yaaaawn* What? What is it?"

Abe: "Florence just called!"

%ACT% Eva sits up

Eva (suddenly wide awake): "Really? Where is she? How is she doing?"

Abe: "She's in St. Eliza, she's free, and she's doing fine!"

%ACT% Eva lets out a big sigh of relief

Eva (relieved): "Oh, thank god … is she still on the line? Can I talk to her?"

Abe: "Sorry, she called about an hour ago."

Eva (slightly cranky): "Why didn't you wake me up right away!"

Abe: "You lay awake the whole night. I didn't have the heart to wake you up. Besides she was calling from the post office and she had a long line behind her. I've got the motorbike fixed up, and I'm going to pick her up in St. Eliza in about an hour. She'll soon be here and you'll be able to talk to her in person. She's got one hell of a story to tell."

Eva: "Did she tell you what happened?"

Abe: "Only the essentials. She escaped, she's fine, she knows everything about the conspiracy against you, and she needs our help to end it!"

Eva: "Wait, what?"

Abe: "You heard me right. She has a plan, and she insists we play along."

Eva: "We'll see about that."

Abe: "She wants us to get her and a friend into the palace. They'd still let you in, wouldn't they?"

Eva: "Only when I'm making a delivery. But my kitchen was in my house and my house went up in flames. I won't be making deliveries for a while."

Abe: "But if you could, you could get us in?"

Eva: "Maybe."

Abe: "Hah! Excellent. I once fixed a friend's car for free, and now he owes me a favor. His sister owns Cantrell's Bakery in Herringstown, and she has everything we need. She expects you to be there at noon."

Eva: "Abe, I'm not even fully awake yet …"

Abe: "Oh, and since you won't be able to do it alone, I've also sent the neighbor's boy to wake up all of your employees and send them to Herringstown right now."

Eva: "Be honest, Abe, the only reason you didn't wake me up was that you were afraid I'd stop you. This is crazy, even by Florence's standards!"

Abe: "Do you think she'd have accepted no as an answer? She's Peter's girl after all!"

Eva: "You didn't even tell me what the plan is!"

Abe: "I can't, because if I did, you'd stop me. Now, if you will please excuse me …"

Eva: "Abe, for heaven's sake! Where are you going?"

Abe: "To St. Eliza. Picking up Florence and Cal."

Eva: "Cal? As in Cal Davis?"

Abe: "Oh, didn't I mention he's on our side now?"

Eva (groaning): "I need a cup of coffee."

Abe: "On the kitchen table!"

Eva: "I … uh … erm …"

Abe: "What are you waiting for? Time to get ready!"

Eva: "FOR WHAT?"

Abe: "To bake a cake. FOR THE QUEEN!"


%HND% Curtain - open

%LIG% LX 3310 - Lights on

%AMB% AMB-1101 - Banquet Noisy
%MUS% MUS-1101 - Cue 01

%ACT% Guests are sitting at the table, chatting to each other, drinking. (Lord Eldercrown (Guest1), Lord Whisperwind (Guest2), Lady Goldeneyes (Guest3))

%ACT% Florence [5] and Cal [3] are standing next to the cage, disguised as guards, carrying long rifles with bayonets on them.

%ACT% Welsh is sitting in his chair

%ACT% The queen is sitting in her chair

%SND% PRE-1101 -Guest1 (bored) : "*yaaaawn* Oh, I hate ceremonial occasions. Always the same people, always the same endless smalltalk. Such a waste of time."

Welsh: "Well, this one is going to be different, let me promise you that!"

%SND% PRE-1102 - Guest1: "Really? Well, we'll see. The best thing about these receptions is usually the cake."

%SND% PRE-1102 (cont.) - Guest2: "Didn't you hear? Eva Harrington's shop burned down!"

%SND% PRE-1102 (cont.) - Guest1: "What? No cake at all? All right, that's it. I'm leaving …"

%ACT% Welsh stands up, hitting his glass with a spoon.

%MUS% MUS-1102 - Cue 02 (ladies and gentlemen)
%AMB% AMB-1102 - Banquet Quiet

Welsh: "Ladies and Gentlemen, let's raise our glasses to Irdis the First, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Kingdom of Great Astar, Defender of the Faith!"

%ACT% Everybody stands up and toasts to the queen, then applauds briefly.

%SND% SND-1102 - Everybody: "The Queen!"

%SND% SND-1102 (cont.) - Everybody applades

%ACT% Everybody sits down again

%MUS% MUS-1103 - Cue 03
%SND% PRE-1103 - Queen: "My Lords and friends of the Royal Family. The people of Great Astar are diligent and fertile. But we do not know for how long the land that our thriving industry is built upon will be able support it. We have reached a point where our borders are no longer restricted by opposing territories, but by the mere coastline of our continent. To conquer new lands we must now go, where no one has gone before. In this matter, I have invited the esteemed Mr. Welsh who is going to talk about his latest discoveries."

%ACT% The Queen gestures to Welsh to take over.

%ACT% Welsh stands up

%ACT% The audience applauds (in a very lackluster way)

%SND% SND-1103 - Faint Applause
%AMB% AMB-1103 - Banquet Noisy

%ACT% Welsh bows

Welsh: "Thank you, thank you, thank you. A few weeks ago, we have returned from our Trans Oceanic Expedition and …"

%SND% SND-1104 - Door opens, squeaky wheels!
%MUS% MUS-1104 - Cue 04

%ACT% Everybody turns around to see who is coming in, and mumbles

%SND% SND-1104 (cont) - Audience reaction!

%ACT% Welsh peeks around his chair

%ACT% Eva Harrington comes in from [7], pushing a service cart along in front of her. On the cart is the most magnificent, mouth-watering cake ever to be shown in a pawpet show. The cart itself is covered by a white tablecloth.

Welsh: "Who in God's name is … EVA HARRINGTON!"

%SND% SND-1105 - Applause!
%SND% PRE-1104 - Guest1 (relieved): "And she brought the cake!"

%SND% PRE-1104 (cont.) - Guest2 (starry eyed): "It's so beautiful!"

%ACT% The audience applauds (twice as loud as for Welsh, in the prospect of getting cake)

%SND% PRE-1104 (cont.) - Eva: "I'm so sorry Mr. Welsh, I didn't mean to interrupt you! Please, go on!"

%ACT% Welsh walks up to the cake

Welsh: "Alright, what kind of game is being played here?"

%SND% PRE-1105 - Eva (surprised): "I beg your pardon, sir? I'm delivering the cake you ordered!"

Welsh: "How is this even possible?"

%ACT% Welsh starts examining the cake and the cart

%SND% PRE-1106 - Eva: "By the skilled work of artisan pastry chefs!"

Welsh: "This is a trap, right?"

%SND% PRE-1107 - Eva: "No … It's a family recipe!"

Welsh: "Well then, thank you for the cake, Mrs. Harringon. YOU MAY NOW LEAVE."

%ACT% Eva salutes.

%SND% PRE-1108 - Eva: "God save the Queen!"

%ACT% Eva turns and leaves to [7].

%SND% SND-1105B - Door close
%MUS% MUS-1105 - Cue 05

%ACT% Welsh picks up a large knife that came with the cake.

Welsh: "Now look at this work of art! So much CHOCOLATE (stabs the cake)! And CHERRIES (stabs the cake again) on top!"

%ACT% The audience gasps and stares at Welsh with disbelief

Welsh: "Hmmm… fine! But I bet you didn't expect that I could do THIS!"

%ACT% Welsh pulls the tablecloth that covers the service cart away from under the cake with his left hand. There is nothing under the cart.

Welsh: "HAH!"

%ACT% Welsh stabstabstabstabs the empty space under the top of the cart.

Welsh: "Uhhhhh…."

%ACT% Welsh holds up the tablecloth, looking at the guests

Welsh: "Nice trick, huh? My father used to be a magician!"

%SND% SND-1106 - Slow Clap

%ACT% The audience awkwardly slow-claps

%SND% PRE-1109 - Queen: "Mr. Welsh, your behavior is most peculiar. Is everything all right with you?"

Welsh (very nervous and timid): "Oh, yes, of course, your Highness, of course. I am so sorry, I think the workload is getting to me. Anyways, let's go on with the presentation."

%MUS% MUS-1106 - Cue 06

%ACT% Welsh walks back to the cage. His tone has changed. He is scared for his life, and fails to overplay it.

Welsh: "Where was I …"

%ACT% Welsh sticks the knife into the bread on the table *SCHACK*

%MUS% MUS-1107 - Cue 07 (whom we prevailed)

Welsh (totally forgetting his prepared speech, improvising): "Ah yes, the ex-oceanic transpedition… I mean, the Trans Oceanic Expedition. Eh … at the perils of our lives, my men and I have found a new continent, that shall from now on be known as Irdisia, in honor of … uhm … her Majesty the Queen of Great Astar! It's a land … rich of … many riches. Trees … mountains … rivers. The coast is guarded by flying beasts, against whom we prevailed, and one of which I hereby present to you, your Majesty, as a gift and sign of loyalty! Behold, THE BEAST!"

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%ACT% Florence swiftly pulls the drapes away from the cage

%LIG% LX 3311 - Ortha Spot ON

%SND% SND-1107 - Oooh, Aaah, Applause

%ACT% Ortha hisses angrily!

Welsh: "As you can see … it is very … dangerous!"

%ACT% Florence reaches into the cage, and touches Ortha

Ortha: "IT'S WELSH! RIGHT THERE! Open the cage! Now!"

Florence (thinking): "Ignore Welsh, Ortha. Remember our plan? Go for the Queen! The rest will sort itself out!"


%ACT% Ortha begins to thrash around in her cage, baring her teeth, growling and hissing

%ACT% Florence jumps back, breaking contact

Cal: "Florence! Now?"

Florence: "NO! Don't open the cage! Something's seriously wrong with her!"

%MUS% MUS-1108 - Cue 08

Cal: "But we can't wait any longer! It's now or never!"

%ACT% Cal opens the cage

%HND% Open the Cage!

%SND% SND-1108 - Cage Opens & Panic
%AMB% AMB-1104 - Banquet Quiet
%AMB% AMB-1103 - FADE

%ACT% Ortha roars!

%ACT% The Guests panic and scream and run away!

%ACT% Cal raises his weapon, and aims at the Queen


%SND% PRE-1110 - Queen: "WHAT?!"

Florence: "NO!"

%ACT% Ortha immediately throws herself at Welsh

Welsh: "AAH!"

%ACT% Ortha grabs Welsh with her jaws, lifts him up, shakes him violently

Florence: "Ortha, what are you doing?!"

%ACT% Ortha throws Welsh towards [7].

Welsh: "AAH!"

%ACT% Ortha lets out a battle cry, and half-flies-half-runs after Welsh

%ACT% Florence jumps in her way, but Ortha just jumps over her.

%ACT% Ortha turns around

%ACT% Florence tries to block off Ortha with her weapon

%ACT% Welsh appears and hides under the service cart with the cake on it.

%ACT% Ortha bites into the weapon, looking Florence in the eyes.

Florence: "Quick, get inside the cage … it's the only place you'll be safe!"

%ACT% Welsh propels himself forward with the cart, like a scooter, clambers into the cage, closes it.

%SND% SND-1109 - Squeaky Wheels

%SND% SND-1109B - Close Cage

%HND% The cart rolls silently off stage towards [1]

%ACT% Florence makes contact with her paw

%MUS% MUS-1109 - Cue 09

Ortha: "What now Florence? Are you going to shoot me?"

Florence: "No!"

Ortha: "THEN … GET … OUT … OF … MY … WAY!"

%MUS% MUS-1109 - Cue 10

Florence: "No!"

%ACT% Ortha pushes Florence away with a flick of her neck.

Florence: "ARGH!"

%ACT% Ortha attacks the cage

%ACT% Welsh cries and whimpers …

Welsh: "Help me! I don't want to die! Heeeeelp!"

Cal: "What the hell is Ortha doing?"

Florence: "Her hate for Welsh is so strong, it almost knocked me off my feet! She's out of control!"

Cal: "You have to get her back to her senses!"

Florence: "You can talk!"

Cal: "We're going to die. Does she want us to die? ASK HER THAT!"

%MUS% MUS-1111 - Cue 11

Florence: "No, I have a better idea."

%ACT% Florence takes the knife from the bread

Florence: "Hey, Welsh! Here, take the knife! You need something to defend yourself with!"

%ACT% Florence holds the knife far enough that Welsh has to reach through the bars of the cage to get it

Welsh: "Why are you doing this?"


%ACT% Welsh reaches for the knife.

%ACT% Florence drops the knife, and grabs Welsh's arm, pulling him against the bars of the cage.

Welsh: "Hey! What are you doing? Let go of my hand!"

Florence: "This is going to be painful, but it's for your own good."

%ACT% Florence touches Ortha with her other paw.

%SND% SND-1110 - Woosh!
%MUS% MUS-1112 - Cue 12


%LIG% LX 3312 - Ortha telepathic


Ortha (cold): "You killed my neighbors. You killed my friends. And you killed my brother. This is how it feels, Welsh! THIS IS HOW IT FEELS!"


%AMB% AMB-1105 - Sea Shore
%SND% SND-1111 - Sound of wind, motors, and large automatic guns being fired
%MUS% MUS-1113 - Cue 13
%SND% PRE-1111 - Sitho: "Sister, what is going on?"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Ortha: "Sitho! The flying machines are shooting at us!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Sitho: "What? From this distance?"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Ortha: "I don't know what is is … but it's much faster, and much deadlier than arrows! They killed Urnith and Thorna … and we'll be next if we don't retreat!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Sitho: "But we have to defend ourselves!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Ortha: "Brother, please! Turn back!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Sitho: "NEVER!"

%SND% SND-1111 (cont.) - Sound of an airplane attacking

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Sitho: "AAARGH!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Ortha: "SITHOOOO! SITHOOO! NO!"

%SND% PRE-1111 (cont.) - Ortha cries


%SND% SND-1111 (cont.) - Sound of an airplane attacking again


%SND% SND-1111 (cont.) - Splashing Water, Bubbles.


%SND% SND-1111 (cont.) - Woosh!
%AMB% AMB-1105 (cont.) - Banquet Silent

%LIG% LX 3320 - Light back to normal

%ACT% Florence gasps, overwhelmed by all the memories

%ACT% Welsh sobs and cries, also overwhelmed by Ortha's feelings, and his own guilt.

Welsh: "Oh my god … oh my god … so much … pain … so much … hate …"

%ACT% Ortha calms down

Ortha: "What … what have I done?"

Florence: "You made sure his mind will never be at peace again for the rest of his life."

Ortha: "I nearly killed him … He's in pain! … Oh my god, I must have broken every bone in him … I … I didn't mean to do this! I'm so sorry!"

%ACT% Florence stands in front of Ortha, and gently touches her snout.

Florence: "I never realized how much grief and hate you were carrying around with you."

Ortha: "I hid it from you."

Florence: "Why?"

Ortha: "I didn't want to burden you with it. And … I was ashamed. I didn't want you to ever see me like that."

%MIX% Jyanon: OFF

%ACT% Florence hugs Ortha

Cal: "Sorry to interrupt your intimate moment, but you do realize we're going to die soon, don't you?"

%MUS% MUS-1114 - Cue 14
%SND% PRE-1112 - Queen: "Can someone explain to me what on earth is going on here? I've seen you before. You used to work for Welsh. And you're Eva Harrington's daughter, right? "

Florence: "And this is Ortha. Ortha, bow before your Queen."

%ACT% Ortha bows before the Queen

%MUS% MUS-1115 - Cue 15

%SND% PRE-1113 - Queen: "She does tricks? What is she? Some kind of pet?"

Florence: "She is a person, and no more an animal than we are. Welsh did terrible things to her and her people."

%SND% PRE-1114 - Queen: "If it is like you say, why doesn't she talk to us?"

Florence: "Oh, she'd love to. All you have to do is touch my paw."

%SND% PRE-1115 - Queen: "I beg your pardon?"

%ACT% Florence walks closer to the Queen.

%ACT% Ortha follows.

%ACT% Florence stretches our her arm.

Florence: "Look, I'm not armed. And Cal is going to drop his gun, too."

Cal: "Am I?"

Florence: "Absolutely."

%ACT% Cal reluctantly lowers his gun, then drops it.

%MUS% MUS-1116 - Cue 16 (However)

Florence: "This is not a revolt. You are my Queen, and I do not have the right to force this upon you. However, I know that you are a good person."

Cal: "What separates a good person from a bad person is, that a good person can change, and they will always find new ways."

Florence: "Decide to end our lives now, and everything will stay the same, and ignorance will prevail. Choose to trust me, and you will learn things that are of utmost importance for you and the entirety of your kingdom, and many new ways will open up for you to take. The choice is yours, my Queen."

%MUS% MUS-1117 - Cue 17

%ACT% Florence bows her head, but keeps her paw outstretched.

%ACT% The Queen hesitates.

%ACT% The Queen reaches out, then pulls back … then reaches out again.

%ACT% The Queen touches Florence's paw.

%SND% SND-1112 - Wooosh

%LIG% LX 3399 - Lights out

%MIX% Fade Ambience, SFX and Music with LX 3399

%HND% Curtain - close

%MIX% Mute all but Video

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