(written for Creative Writing, first screenplay I’ve attempted, and yes, I know it’s a horrible piece of crap)
Scene 1
The first scene is short and is here mostly to show that Tikwid’s tribe is a traveling group and otherwise establish a short amount of time for the necessary opening credits. The scene follows Tikwid’s tribe as the camera floats high above them as they travel through a ruined cityscape in a single file line. Most members of the tribe are carrying something, whether it be some sort of equipment or a backpack or a baby and a few are pushing shopping carts. They are traveling out of said city and into a large wooded area, presumably a park. There is no dialogue in this scene, though there are a few specific things that should be shown. 1 ) Chieftain and Redmen are the head of the group, though Redmen is constantly looking back at the tribe, and Chieftain’s eyes stare cold and always forward. 2) Wherever Tikwid is in the line of the tribe, his friends are with him, also. These friends are: Stephen, Jenny and Lars. Toto the dog trails behind Tikwid’s feet. Other than those two things, the only thing to keep in mind about this scene is to keep it short, and not make whatever music there is, if any, triumphant. The way the camera is shot should be high and wide, as this will be reminiscent in future Yellowbrick Road scenes. Once the opening credits are finished on the screen, the main title should be shown, and in the background of the title the tribe begins making camp. The title is quickly faded, however, after about two or three seconds, and the scene will change abruptly into the next scene.
Scene 2
The second scene is a campfire scene, and will show the characters Tikwid, Jenny, Stephen, Lars, Uncle Redmen and of course Toto, but primarily the first four. Tikwid, Jenny, Stephen and Lars sit around a small campfire. It is night out. Clockwise around the campfire, Tikwid (who has Toto resting at his heels) sits on his own log, as does Jenny beside him, and Lars and Stephen share a log, and the logs form a triangle with the fire as it’s center. Tikwid leans forward and stares into the blaze while resting his head on his hands, bored. Jenny does the same, as does Lars. Stephen however leans into the fire and pokes it’s base with a stick. Jenny is the first one to speak.
Jenny (still bored): Hey.
No one says replies, or even acknowledges she had said something. Stephen continues to poke the fire.
Jenny (a little angry, a little playfully): Hey!
Tikwid (uninterested): What.
Jenny (discouraged): Nothing.
Lars: No, really. What?
Jenny (uninterested but with a small smile and fake desperation to her voice): No, really. It’s nothing.
Stephen (sarcastically): Don’t hold is in such suspense, Jenny. You have to tell us now.
Jenny (smiling): Okay.
Stephen pokes the fire and it flares up high. He smiles at this, and tries to recreate it, unsuccessfully.
Jenny: We’ve lived together our entire lives, right? And nothing ever exciting has happened.
Silence. Stephen manages to cause the fire to flare again.
Tikwid (looking at Jenny): So?
Jenny: Sooooo. Aren’t any of you guys bored by this?
Lars: No.
Stephen: Yeah.
Jenny: I am.
Lars: Why? It’s a nice life here.
Stephen: It’s a boring life here.
The fire flares again, and Stephen laughs loud. Toto is frightened by this, and Tikwid reaches down to cup his dog’s head.
Lars: Would you really want to leave, though? I mean, there are no surprises with this life. It’s easy.
Jenny: I guess I wouldn’t leave, but I’d like to have a little more fun. All we do is walk. All we do.
There’s another silence, and Jenny looks at Tikwid, noticing his silence, and Tikwid notices her noticing with his eyes, but he doesn’t move his head.
Tikwid (staring back into the fire): I’d leave.
Stephen (excited): That’s what I’m talking about! Who needs this boring tribe life anyway? I want to go and adventure and. (Stephen takes the stick he had been poking the fire with and closes one eye, and sword fights the air, with a silent beat) And I’d fight pirates.
Jenny (swiftly): Pirates?
Stephen (nodding and excited): Yeah, those things with the long necks? I’d fight them.
Jenny: You’re an idiot.
Lars laughs.
Tikwid: I’d leave.
Jenny: Why?
Tikwid: I want to meet new people. You know, we’ve been walking for seventeen years, and I haven’t seen a new human being since Dad left.
A beat. Another beat.
Jenny: That’s it?
A beat.
Tikwid: No.
The friends are silent. Redmen approaches the group.
Redmen: Put this fire out. (Redmen points at the sky) Chieftain says it’s going to rain. You all need to be under your tents.
Jenny nods, and gets up to go to her tent, Lars does the same. Redmen leaves. Tikwid and Stephen sit across from each other, and Stephen pokes the fire again.
Stephen: Would you really go?
Tikwid is silent.
Tikwid: I’ll put the fire out.
Scene Three
This scene is another without dialogue. This is the infamous tornado to Oz scene. As Redmen had predicted earlier, it has begun to rain. Tikwid lies under his tent on a mat, and is on his back. Toto lies asleep at Tikwid’s side. Tikwid rolls over onto his left side, and this should suggest sleep. Right after this, as soon as he’s on his side, lightning strikes, and the wind begins to howl harder than it was. The clouds above begin to swirl, and a tornado forms from it. The wind begins to rip up things off the ground, tents, people. Tikwid awakes when his tent is ripped up from above him, and he immediately grabs up his dog and holds him against his chest. Tikwid stands up, wet in his blue jumpsuit, and stares up at the wide head of the incoming tornado. He’s hopeless, and he begins to weep, and cries into the back of Toto. The tornado then picks him up and swings him up into the tornado, and he’s flung from the swirl of air. This is the end of the scene, as the screen will fade to black once Tikwid flies from the tornado.
Scene Four
Tikwid is lying in a soft patch of grass, and Toto is licking at his face. Tikwid gets up, and looks around, and the camera widens to show that Tikwid has landed on the side of a highway that leads into a broken and ruined cityscape. Tikwid looks ahead at the city.
Tikwid: Where are we, Toto?
Tikwid looks at his dog.
Cut to Tikwid and Toto walking down the highway, away from the city. A red and brown blur zooms past Tikwid. And then another, and another. Toto begins to bark.
Tikwid: What the heck were those.
Jenny’s voice rings in Tikwid’s ear, suddenly.
Jenny: Follow them.
Another blur flies behind Tikwid, and bumps into him, knocking him over. Toto barks at the blur, and begins to chase after the blurs.
Tikwid: Toto!
Tikwid gets to his feet, and races after Toto. The camera follows Tikwid and bounces to the running rhythm of Tikwid. He runs down the highway for a few seconds before, over Tikwid’s shoulder, we see Toto turn and take off into the woods.
Tikwid (panting): Dammit, Toto!
As he reaches the point where Toto turns, he turns too, abruptly, but the camera doesn’t follow him. As Tikwid has turned, he has also revealed a large green city sign on the side of the highway. It reads “– ow leaving Kansas Ci –“ as the rest of the print has fallen victim to decay and rust.
We catch up with Tikwid, who is now running deeper and deeper in the woods, jumping over tree stumps and through vines, and the camera zooms out, revealing that we’re watching Tikwid through a large TV screen, and we’re in The Witch’s lair and into Scene 5.
Scene 5 (set-up part 5)
A grey pale young blonde lady stands viewing, on a large television screen that covers the entire wide wall of the room, Tikwid as he runs through the woods. The surrounding atmosphere of the room is like a hospital, a sterile white general environment. She wears a name tag that says “Mimi.” The young lady is our Wicked Witch. She stares blankly at the screens for a second, and then walks over to a door and presses a button on an intercom machine beside the door. In a northern American accent, and void of any emotion, she says into the speaker:
Witch: Monkey two-three-nineteen.
She turns back and views the screen. Tikwid is still chasing after his dog. The door opens, and a chimpanzee in a red jacket enters the room. He walks like a human, but drags his knuckles on the floor.
Monkey 2-3-19: You called.
The witch turns to the monkey, and he shuts the door behind him and enters deeper into the Witch’s room.
Witch: Who is that?
Monkey 2-3-19: I don’t know, ma’am.
Witch: And why is that?
Monkey 2-3-19: I don’t know, ma’am.
The witch turns back to the screen.
Witch: More importantly, why is he running to the Lollipops? To warn them?
Monkey 2-3-19: I –
Witch (interrupts him): “Don’t know, ma’am.” I heard you. Send four more flying squads to join the other three in the Lollipop operation.
Tikwid, on the screen, catches up with his dog, who has stopped on top of a hill. Tikwid and Toto look forward into what looks like a concert with hundreds of people dancing in front of a large wooden stage, and dozens of people on stage. There are giant speakers surrounding the crowd. The witch walks to the screen and taps on it, and the video feed to Tikwid is cut, and the screen becomes a window, and from this window you can see into a grey and green broken down ruins of what once was some American city. Some buildings still stand, but most do not.
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes, ma’am.
Monkey 2-3-19 makes his way to the door, and pulls on the handle and is about to leave.
Witch: Two-three-nineteen.
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes, ma’am.
Witch: I’m coming, too.
ACT 2, Scenes 6 – 7 (setup and rising action)
Scene 6
The scene cuts from the Witch to beside Tikwid and Toto. Both of them stand on top of a hill and they’re about a football field’s length away from the crowd, just far away to feel and hear the boom of the bass, but not close enough to hear the music. In the background you can see a storm and a tornado, possibly the same one that sent Tikwid flying. There is a band on the wooden stage, four men and three women, and they stand and play their instruments, two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, a pianist, an electric keyboardist and the lead singer. The lead singer is the most important of these characters. The entire group is dressed as hippie-rave types, bright colors and loose fit clothes, no jean pants, but vests and bellbottom pants and blankets and tattoos and face paint. Somewhere, on most of the crowd and all of the band members, is the same design of a tilted swirly lollipop. The lead singer wears a green vest with the design on his back. Everyone else’s costume design doesn’t necessarily matter. The crowd is a large one, hundreds of people, all excited and jumping and partying and moshing against each other. The blurs from before zoom towards the group and into it, and the screams begin. First, the screams sound like a part of the sound; they’re partying, they’re screaming. The music stops and the lead singer screams into the mike.
Lead Singer (angry, urgent): Lollipops! Flyers!
Then the screams get louder and more shriek like, and people begin to disperse. Tikwid begins to run towards the crowd. Toto barks and the crowd disperses even more. Now there are a few dozen people on the field, and they’ve conglomerated into groups that are being attacked by the mentioned blurs. The blurs have slowed to the point of visibility, and we can now see that they are monkeys with jetpacks. The monkeys hover over the groups and zoom down quickly to attack and knock down some of the partiers. The band has left the stage and dispersed to the groups and began swinging their instruments at the monkeys.
Jenny’s Voice: Their packs.
Tikwid has made it to one of the groups, which is being protected by the lead singer, and as a monkey zooms down to hit him, Tikwid grabs him and rips off the jetpack and the monkey hits the ground and begins running away.
Lead Singer: Good work!
Tikwid nods and the band members and the lead singer follow his example, waiting to be attacked by the monkeys and then ripping off their jetpacks. Toto continues to bark. Once the monkeys realize what’s happening, that they’re being beaten, the remaining flyers turn around and head back the way they came.
Lead Singer: Damn fine work!
Tikwid and Toto walk over to the Lead Singer. The partiers are happy and cheering, and other partiers begin to walk back out of the woods. The Lead Singer holds out his hand to Tikwid.
Lead Singer (smiling): We represent the Lollipop Guild. Who might you be?
Scene 7
The scene changes to see the Witch, who is flying with a group of monkey flyers in a white jumpsuit. You can see the tornado in the background. The Witch looks angry and her white-blonde hair flows in the rush of wind. The camera zooms out and away from the woman’s face, and it is revealed that she is flying with thirty-two monkeys behind her, in a V formation. The POV goes back to Tikwid and the Lollipop Guild, and Tikwid is shaking the Lead Singer’s hand.
Tikwid (smiling): I’m Tikwid. This is Toto.
Lead Singer: This is my band, The Munchkins, and these are our people. Thanks for the help with the flyers.
Tikwid: Flyers?
Lead Singer: It’s what we call them. They work for the Witch.
A beat.
Tikwid: …A witch?
Lead Singer (winks): The Witch. It’s what we call her. She sends some of those flyers every now and again to attack us and we end up losing some people and eventually moving. She thinks she owns us.
Cut to the Witch and her flyers in the air again. They’re above the group and the Witch looks down at the Lollipops and Tikwid, and she turns her momentum and begins flying down at the group. Cut to POV behind and looking up at Tikwid, and over his shoulder the Witch and her monkeys descend like a flock of birds and zoom at Tikwid.
Tikwid: Uhm. Well. Okay. Anyway, me and my dog, we’re kind of –
Lead Singer: Duck!
The Lead Singer and the Lollipops duck just in time to not be hit by the flyers or the Witch. Tikwid is knocked to the ground by a flyer and he rolls and gets up. The tornado still roars in the background. The Witch and her squads land on the stage and some Lollipops scream “The Witch! The Witch!” and Tikwid gets up. The Witch begins to talk, while she and most of her flyers stand on the stage together, some other flyers hover slightly above it. The Witch faces the crowd.
Witch: You rotten Lollipops!
Lead Singer: Lollipops, disperse!
Witch: No, none of you are going anywhere! Monkeys, surround them!
Some monkeys from the stage fly and surround the crowd.
Witch: You damn Lollipops. You’ve been running amok in my land for far too long. And you (the witch points at Tikwid and Toto), you and your damn dog, you two think you can just come into my land! Who sent you?
Tikwid: Who sent us? What the heck are you talking about, lady! We landed here!
Witch: Don’t lie to me, I’ll kill you! I’ll kill each and every damn rotten one of you!
The tornado in the background flings something from it and a large rectangular shape begins flying at the group.
Lead Singer: Do it, then, Witch!
The rectangle is revealed to be a large mobile home, and it continues its arc toward the stage. No one notices it.
Witch: Fine, I don’t know why I put up with you as long as I did. Monkeys! (she points a crooked finger at the crowd) Kill th — !
The Witch is cut off by the mobile home, as it lands on the stage, and smashes into her and crushes down the stage. The monkeys all hoot and shriek and disperse and fly away. The mobile home lies on its side, and the Witch’s legs up to her shin are shown to be the only part of her body not smashed. The Lollipops go wild and the monkeys fly away.
Lead Singer (to Tikwid): How did you do that?
Tikwid (confused): I, what? I didn’t. Uhm. I didn’t do that.
Lead Singer (smiling): You don’t have to tell me.
Tikwid: Okay.
Lead Singer (to the crowd): Lollipops! Rejoice! The Witch is dead! Ding dong, the Witch is dead!
The crowd begins chanting it “Ding dong, the Witch is dead, the Witch is dead, the Witch is dead” and the Lead Singer turns back to Tikwid.
Lead Singer: We have to thank you somehow. Is there anything we can do?
Tikwid: Well, like I was saying, me and my dog are sort of lost. We don’t have any idea where we are.
Lead Singer: You don’t? Why, you’re in the West part of Oz, a land (he chuckles) previously controlled by the Witch. That wicked Witch. Where are you from?
Tikwid: I don’t know. We travel.
A beat.
Tikwid: I, we. I need to find my family.
Lead Singer: Oh! That we can help you with. Have you ever heard of Yellowbrick Road?
Tikwid (waits a bit, as if the question was rhetorical): …No.
Lead Singer (points east): If you walk through the woods for a short bit you’ll come across Yellowbrick Road. If you follow that road then you’ll make it to the city, where there’s a Wizard.
Tikwid: A Wizard? (a beat, Lead Singer nods) Seriously.
Lead Singer: Don’t doubt the Wizard.
Jenny’s Voice: Don’t doubt the Wizard.
A beat.
Tikwid: You know what, what the heck. Best chance we got, right Toto?
Tikwid begins to walk in the direction the Lead Singer pointed, and into the woods. The Lead Singer stands and watches them leave, and then the bassist speaks up.
Bassist: Sir?
The Lead Singer turns around, and the bassist stands holding the Witch’s two legs upside down, and wires hang down from it. The white clothe of the jumpsuit is torn and curls up on the leg, revealing a metallic skin.
Bassist: I don’t think this was her.
Quick cut to scene 8.

ACT 3, Scenes 8 – 12 (the rising action)
Scene 8
Tikwid and Toto exit the woods and come upon the Yellowbrick Road. The Yellowbrick Road is a highway painted mostly yellow with street signs on it that read “Yellowbrick Rd”. Tikwid looks up at the sign.
Tikwid (to himself): You have got to be kidding me.
Tikwid continues walking down the road with Toto. The road goes through broken down cityscape like the one earlier described. A green hue in each of the next scenes unless otherwise stated causes the road to look almost yellow-blue.
Scene 9
A homeless dirty man dressed in brown rags and loose clothing is lying on the corner of a building by the road, and three men are kicking him, calling him names. The homeless man looks like Stephens, but Tikwid doesn’t notice this. The men are all wearing blue jumpsuits and leather jackets with a crow emblem on the back. The Crows kick at the homeless man (Scarecrow) and taunt him.
Crow 1: Come on, get up stinky!
Crow 2 (laughing): Yeah!
Scarecrow (pathetic, slow): You’re… Stinky!
Crow 3 (kicking): Real funny, smart guy!
Crow 2 (laughing): Yeah!
Scarecrow (pathetic): Stop guys. It’s not funny anymore.
Crow 2 (laughing): Yeah!
Tikwid approaches, and Toto runs at the Crows, barking.
Crow 1: Whose dog is this?
Scarecrow starts to rise.
Tikwid: It’s my dog.
Crow 1: Well get it out of here.
Crow 2 (laughing): Yeah!
Tikwid: Excuse me?
Crow 3: You heard him. Get out of here.
Jenny’s Voice: Don’t go. Help him.
Scarecrow stands up, and pleads to Tikwid.
Scarecrow: Just go, kid! They’ll hurt you.
Crow 1 punches Scarecrow in his gut, and Scarecrow drops to his knees.
Tikwid (surprised): What the heck was that man!
Scarecrow lies on the ground, and coughs.
Crow 1: That’s what happens when you don’t get.
Crow 3: Out.
Crow 2 (laughing): Yeah!
Tikwid (at Crow 2): What is wrong with you!?
Crow 1: What’s wrong with you? Get out of here!
Tikwid looks at Scarecrow.
Tikwid: No. Not unless he comes with me.
Crow 3: Then fine!
Crow 3 charges at Tikwid, and Tikwid moves, dodging, and Crow 3 falls to his feet. Crow 3 begins to weep.
Crow 1 (at Tikwid): What’d you do!
Crow 3 (weeping): Awwww! He hurt me!
Crow 2 (angry): Yeah!
Crow 2 charges at Tikwid, and Tikwid moves again, and Crow 2 falls. Scarecrow has stopped coughing, and gets back up.
Crow 1 (at Tikwid): What is wrong with you, you psychopath!
Crow 2 (weeping): Yeah!
Crow 1 walks over to his fallen comrades, and helps them up.
Crow 1: Let’s go Crows. This guy is crazy.
As the Crows run, Scarecrow stands, and Tikwid helps to straighten Scarecrow up, and get his balance.
Scarecrow: Thanks. You didn’t have to do that.
Tikwid: Well. Yes I did.
Scarecrow: Thanks. God, I wish I could defend myself, but I can never think, you know?
Tikwid: I have no clue what you’re talking about.
Scarecrow: I just wish I could react quicker, faster. (Scarecrow grabs Tikwid’s shoulders and shakes him) I need a new brain.
Tikwid: I don’t think that would help.
Scarecrow: Sure it would.
Tikwid: That’s not how the brain works.
Scarecrow: Sure it is.
Tikwid: It’s not one bit at all how the brain works.
Scarecrow nods.
Tikwid: Okay. Well. (a beat) What’s your name?
Scarecrow: I don’t know.
Tikwid: That’s incredibly weird.
Scarecrow: Those Crows called me “Scarecrow” and laughed. It’s the closest thing I got to a name.
Tikwid: Scarecrow it is, then. I’m Tikwid.
Tikwid begins to walk down the road and wave’s goodbye to Scarecrow.
Scarecrow: Wait! Where are you going?
Tikwid turns back around to answer him.
Tikwid: We’re off to see the Wizard.
Scarecrow: Who?
Tikwid: I don’t know. This guy. Someone told me he could help me get home.
Scarecrow: Do you think he could give me a new brain?
Tikwid: Probably not.
Scarecrow is saddened by his reply, and it shows in his face.
Tikwid (sighs): I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to give you a new brain.
Scarecrow (happy, excited): So I can come with you?
Tikwid (sighs): Sure. The more the merrier.
The party continues to walk down the Yellowbrick Road.
Scene 10 (rising action 5)
Tikwid and Scarecrow continue walking, Scarecrow behind Tikwid, bouncing as he walks, Tikwid in front and Toto ahead of both of them. They’ve walked quiet a bit, as they’re out of the city and now traverse the road with woods on both sides of them. Not far ahead of them, they see a man who looks frozen in mid-walk. They approach him, and see that the man is made almost entirely of metal, and has an axe. Inquisitive, Scarecrow pokes the Tinman with his finger.
Tikwid: Don’t do that.
Scarecrow: Sorry.
Tikwid stands beside Tinman, and Tinman looks down at the ground. Tinman looks much like Redmen.
Tikwid (to Tinman): Helloooooo, sir?
Tinman (muffled response): Helllooo?
Tikwid: What are you doing?
Tinman (muffled, as if said without moving the lips): Oilllll.
Tikwid: You’re what?
Tinman (muffled): Oillll. Chest container.
Tikwid examines the Tinman, and notices a compartment with a handle on it on his chest.
Tikwid: Okay. Ew.
Tikwid opens the compartment and a can of oil falls out. Scarecrow squints his eyes at the oil can.
Scarecrow: I would not touch that.
Tikwid: Shut up.
Tinman (muffled): Oillll. Owff.
Tikwid: What?
Tinman (muffled): Oillll. Owff.
Scarecrow squints his eyes at Tinman.
Scarecrow: Mouth?
Tikwid: Mouth? Oil your mouth?
Jenny’s Voice: He has to talk.
Tinman (muffled): Uh-huh.
Tikwid uses the oil can and oils the Tinman’s jaw. Tinman moves his jaw left and right, loosening his mouth.
Tinman: Whew, whew. Thanks so much. Do you mind doing my shoulders?
Tikwid does his shoulders, and Tinman loosens his shoulders.
Tinman: Oh, thanks so much! Could you do my elbows? My fingers, my legs?
Tikwid oils said joints.
Tinman: Oh, thanks so much, thanks so much! My wrists, my knees, my ankles, toes?
Tikwid oils the joints as he names them.
Tinman: Oh, thanks so much!
Tinman stretches and jumps and moves his arms and legs as if he were about to run a marathon.
Tinman (smiling): Thanks so much! I’m Tinman.
Tikwid: Uh. Tikwid.
Scarecrow: People call me Scarecrow.
Tinman: Oh, what such good names! Thanks so much, Tikwid, Scarecrow! I don’t know what I would’ve done without you two!
Scarecrow (elbows Tikwid, laughs): Probably been a lot more quiet, huh?
Tikwid: Hush.
Tinman: God, these joints, they have to stay totally lubricated for me to move. They didn’t tell me all this when they made me this way, you know.
Tikwid: I honestly don’t.
Tinman: Well, it doesn’t matter. (sad) I miss being human. (more so depressed) I miss having a heart.
Tikwid: I bet.
Tinman: You know, it’s a lot different. When you do have a heart, when your blood pumps, you can never feel it, but when you don’t have blood anymore, you can feel it not there, you know? And you can never remember how it felt.
Scarecrow: What?
Tinman: It’s like knowing you’ve lost something but you don’t know what you lost. You can’t remember. (a beat) You just know you’ve lost something. You’ve lost your humanity. Your heart.
Scarecrow (excited): Oh! The Wizard can help you with that!
Tikwid wipes his hands down his face.
Tinman: The Wizard?
Scarecrow: Yep. He’s going to help me get a brain! And help Tikwid get home! I bet he can help you with your heart, too!
Tinman: Really?! I’d love to come with you, if that’s okay.
Tikwid (distressed): I don’t know.
Scarecrow: Sure you can, come along! (He nudges Tikwid) The more the merrier, right?
Tikwid (sighing): Sure. Sure. Let’s just come on.
Tikwid and Toto continue their walk down the road, and behind them Tinman and Scarecrow walk and chat.
Scene 11
The Witch stands watching as Tikwid and his party walks down the Yellowbrick Road. She stands in the same room she stood in at the beginning and looks into the same window. She walks to the intercom.
Witch (to the intercom): Monkey two-three-nineteen.
The Witch walks back to the screen, and watches them walk down the road. The monkey enters.
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes, ma’am?
The monkey gulps.
Witch (still watching the screen): Why aren’t they dead?
Monkey 2-3-19: Well, ma’am, the operation wasn’t successful.
Witch: Obviously.
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes.
Witch: Why wasn’t it successful, 2-3-19?
Monkey 2-3-19: Well, more variables than we previously would’ve thought possible were present.
Witch: Like what?
Monkey 2-3-19: Well. Besides the (the monkey gulps), besides this new man and that dog, there was something else.
Witch: Yes?
Monkey 2-3-19: Your Witch-bot was smashed, ma’am.
Witch: Yes. I know. Tell me why.
Monkey 2-3-19: A, er, well, a mobile home from the sky smashed it.
A beat. Another beat. Another.
Witch: Monkey two-three-nineteen?
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes?
Witch: Don’t worry about that Tikwid anymore. I think I know where he’s going anyway. Commence with operation Wizard Fall. I’ll be accompanying the initial attack.
Monkey 2-3-19: Yes.
Witch: Let’s go.
The two exit her room.
Scene 12
Tikwid, Toto, Scarecrow and Tinman all walk down the Yellowbrick Road. They’ve come to another city section, and pass a court house. A deep, gruffy voice, is blared through speakers that hang around them.
Voice: Get out.
Tikwid, Scarecrow and Tinman all jump, and look around. Toto begins to growl.
Voice: Get. Out.
Tikwid: Where are you?
Voice: Leave.
Tikwid: We’re just passing through here. We don’t want any trouble.
Voice: You don’t pass through here. Turn around.
Jenny’s Voice: Stand your ground.
Tikwid (nods): Uhm. No.
Through the speakers, a deep roar shakes the party. The doors to the court house open, and a large man comes striding out.
Man: Leave!
Tikwid: We were. We are. We’re just trying to follow the road, man.
Man: Turn around!
Tikwid: Hey, we’re not causing any trouble!
The man rushes at Tikwid, and pushes him down. Toto immediately begins barking at the man and Scarecrow goes over to help Tikwid back to his feet. Tinman begins to yell at the man. The man is wearing a yellow-brown battle armor, and looks much like Lars.
Tinman: Hey! That was uncalled for!
Scarecrow: Yeah! What’s wrong with you!
Tinman walks toward the man, and the man begins to cower.
Man: Don’t hurt me! Stop!
Tinman stops.
Man: Please, don’t!
A beat.
Tinman: What’s wrong with you?
Tikwid is on his feet again. He begins to approach the man.
Man (whimpering): Stop, please…
Tikwid: Are you okay?
The man is on the ground, weeping, and curled up into a ball.
Man: I’m sorry.
Tikwid: Why’d you do that?
Man: I’m sorry, this is just. This is supposed to be mine! (he gestures around him) And I can’t even defend it! What sort of Lion am I?
Scarecrow: Lion?
Tikwid: We were just passing through.
Lion: I’m sorry. Still, I should’ve been able to scare you!
Tikwid: That’s not very nice.
Lion: It’s true. I’m such a coward.
Scarecrow: You want courage?
Lion: Of course I do!
Lion gets up and begins pacing.
Lion: I need courage; you can’t be a Lion without it.
Tikwid: Wait, what’s all this Lion stuff?
Lion stops and looks at Tikwid, looking almost appalled.
Lion: I’m a lion.
Lion continues pacing.
Lion: I’m the Lion!
Tikwid: Right, of course you are.
Scarecrow (suddenly): You can come with us! We’re all going to see the Wizard!
Tikwid (surprised): What?
Lion: The Wizard?
Tikwid (still surprised): He can come with us?
Lion: I can come with you?
Scarecrow: Why, of course you can! The more the merrier, as Tikwid always says.
Lion: Who’s this Wizard?
Scarecrow: Tikwid says he can help me. We’re all looking for something. I need a brain, you see. Tikwid, tell him what you wanted.
Tikwid: I want to go home.
Tinman (smiling): I want a heart.
Lion: And I need courage.
Scarecrow: Exactly! So come on with us!
Lion: Could I?
The Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tinman all look at Tikwid.
Tikwid (sighs): Of course. Absolutely.
Lion (smiling): Thanks!
Tikwid: Yeah, yeah.
Tikwid, Toto, Scarecrow, the Lion and Tinman continue their journey down the Yellowbrick Road. The screen fades to black.

ACT 4, Scenes 13 – 15 (the climax)
Scene 13
Tikwid and party continue down the Yellowbrick Road. They have come to an area where they’re surrounded by wilderness, no city in sight behind them. They can’t see too far ahead of them; it’s gotten darker and foggy. The group walks silently. Suddenly, blurs zip back and forth in front of them, and Tikwid realizes what it is.
Tikwid: Crap.
The monkeys hover above Tikwid and gang for a second, and then stop. Some of them look down at Tikwid and turn their head, but then they fly forward, following the airspace above the Yellowbrick Road. Tikwid and his friends watch as each of them fly over. The legions of flyers zoom over them, and the bunch all together looks like a red and black cloud. Tikwid looks up at the cloud. The camera zooms to his face.
Tikwid and Jenny’s Voice: …Oz.
Tikwid begins to run under the monkeys. His party follows him.
Lion: Tikwid! Why are we running?!
Tikwid: Oz! They’re attacking Oz!
Tikwid and gang continue to run under the dark cloud of flyers, and the camera zooms out to reveal Oz city, which is a city surrounded by great green walls, is under siege by flyers.
Scene 14
The city of Oz is under attack by flying monkeys. Everywhere, tall men and women in green armor ward off the flying monkeys with long dull green pikes. Other citizens in peculiar clothing run through the streets, ducking into buildings, trying to escape from the flying monkeys. It’s chaos, and much of the city is on either on fire or otherwise broken. A large green mural to the Wizard has been knocked down. The gates to the city are open, and monkeys fly through the open gate and over the walls. Tikwid and company push through the cloud of monkeys and make their way into the gate and into the city. The group each sees different things they could do to help and runs off in different directions to help. The POV first follows the Lion. The Lion looks up at the flyers and swings at them.
Lion (angry): Get down here, you retched things!
The lion manages to grab one of the monkeys by it’s leg, and he throws it towards a building, and knocks it out.
Lion (pumped): Hoo-hah! I am the king of the jungle, and you’re all in my jungle now!
The Lion continues smashing the flying chimpanzees as the POV finds Tinman. Tinman is standing defending himself from the monkeys when he sees a small child standing and crying under a crumbling bridge. Tinman begins to run towards the child, almost being knocked down repeatedly by the chaos of the flying monkeys around him.
Tinman (urgent): Kid!
The kid turns toward Tinman, wiping his eyes, and the bridge above him crumbles more so and begins to fall down. Tinman still runs at the child.
Tinman (surprised, urgent): Kid! Move, kid!
The kid looks up at the falling debris, and, just in the nick of time, Tinman tackles the child and they make it through the disaster. Tinman stands up with the kid in his arms, and he looks down at the child and smiles, and the POV turns away from Tinman to find Scarecrow. Scarecrow stands in front of the gate, and he’s pulling at the gigantic doors, but can’t get them to move. Then, Scarecrow sees a worn column beside the open door, and gets an idea. Scarecrow runs over to the column and kicks it, with all his strength, which knocks over the top heavy column and lands on the side of the large gate door, and as the column slides down the door, the column pushes the door shut. Jumping and hollering, the POV leaves Scarecrow to go find Tikwid. Tikwid has been picked up by a flying monkey and is being carried towards the Witch.
Scene 15
Tikwid is being carried by a flyer that holds Tikwid by his underarms and drags him through the air. They fly high above the city of Oz, and below him, Tikwid can see the chaos that the monkeys have caused: dozens of battles between the green armored men and the flyers rage. Fires have been started all over the city. The monkey carries Tikwid to the Witch, who is standing, guarded by a legion of monkeys, on top of a large green bridge. The dark and smoke around them dull the already dim green. She stands facing the opposite direction of Tikwid, leaning on the railing of the bridge and looking over into the water. She spits in it.
Witch: Tikwid.
A beat. Tikwid throws his hands up.
Tikwid: What do you want from me!?
Witch: For you to go. You’ve no idea the trouble I’ve had since you’ve shown up.
Tikwid: That’s why I am here, lady! For me to leave!
The Witch turns around.
Witch: I can’t just “let you go” now, Tikwid.
Tikwid (to himself): I thought as much.
Witch: I’ll have to kill you, Tikwid. So this entire land will be mine!
The Witch rushes up a hand, and clasps the air as if she was the hand of god clutching Earth.
Tikwid: That was a little dramatic, don’t you think?
Witch: I hate you, Tikwid. I just want you to know. Monkeys! Kill him!
Tikwid’s body tenses. His mind scrambles for an idea. And he gets one.
Jenny’s Voice: Go for it.
Tikwid begins to run at the Witch and the monkeys fly at him, but they miss.
Tikwid: Aahhhhhh!
Tikwid hits the Witch with such force it sends her flying back, over the railing, and down into the water below. The Witch doesn’t come back up, and Tikwid watches for her. The monkeys around him are all flying around hysterically, in the lost of their master. When she doesn’t come back up, he speaks.
Tikwid: Huh. I didn’t think that would work.
ACT 5, Scenes 16 (the resolution)
Scene 16
It’s light again, and Tikwid, Toto, Tinman, the Lion, and Scarecrow all sit in a circle around a campfire. They sit outside a large tower, not talking, not doing anything. A man in green armor exits the tower and comes over to them.
Man: The Wizard will see you now.
The group gets up and follows the man back inside the tower. The man and the group walk through a glamorous purple lobby and to a large set of green doors. The man in the armor stops just short of the door, and motions them in. Tikwid pushes his way into the door, and his group follows. They enter a large room with a green-metal glow to it. The floors and walls are metal tinted green. There is a purple carpet that leads up to the middle of the room, where a raised platform sits. Above this raised platform is huge, slightly transparent floating green head. The head spoke as soon as the group was settled.
Head: Hello. I am the Wizard.
The Lion gulps.
Wizard: For each of your bravery in last night’s battle, for your bravery in protecting me and the citizens of Oz, I thank you.
Tikwid smiles. The head stays stern.
Wizard: As a reward, I would like to offer each of you a wish as a reward.
Tikwid smiles brighter, as does the rest of the group.
Wizard: Now who would like to go first?
The group looks at each other, and they nod at each other, and it is silently decided that the Lion will go first.
Wizard: Lion. What is your wish?
The Lion is bashful, and can’t look the Wizard in his large eyes. The Wizard’s face flickers, and fades.
Wizard: What-What-What is your wish?
The Wizard’s face disappears completely, and the booming voice of the Wizard turns into a squeaky mockery of what it once was. It comes from the now visible speakers in the middle of the room.
Speaker: What is your-your-your wish?
Tikwid looks past the speakers and sees a curtain.
Speaker: Pay-pay-pay no attent-attent-attention to the man behind the curt-curtain. What is your wish?
Tikwid approaches the curtain, and pulls it back. A man that who shares the same physical features as the Chieftain sits and speaks into a microphone.
Speaker/Man: Pay no attent-attent-attent… Oh, I give up.
The man gets up and walks over to the curtain, and through it. He speaks to Tikwid, and his friends.
Man: Don’t tell anyone about this.
Scarecrow: Are you the Wizard?
Man: I’m no Wizard. I’m just a man.
He kicks the speakers, and points at them.
Man: That, that was the Wizard! I’m just a man.
Tikwid: But. You are the Wizard, right?
Man: No. Yes. No. I control the Wizard.
Tikwid: Then you are the Wizard.
Man: Yes. I suppose so. Yes! (he smiles) I am the Wizard.
Tikwid: (after a beat) …Okay. So, you can help us.
Man: Yes, I can help you. One wish each, yes. (he points at the Lion) You were first, yes?
The Lion: Yes. (he gulps) You see, sir. I’m hardly a Lion. I can barely defend my jungle. I’m a coward, sir.
Man: Oh, you’re no coward. You’re a fierce beast! I saw you take on those flying monkeys last night. You weren’t scared of anything.
The Lion: I wasn’t?
Man: No, no, of course you weren’t! You fought them calmly and bravely! You already have courage, dear Lion!
The Lion: I do? I do!
The Lion laughs.
The Lion: It seems so silly now. I’m the Lion! I have courage!
Man: Yes. Who is next, then?
They all nod at Tinman.
Tinman: I’m Tinman, sir. I’ve lost. I’ve lost something I can’t get back. I’ve lost my heart. My humanity. I’m always cold, sir.
Man: Your humanity, you say?
Tinman: Yes, sir. I miss feeling human. I want a heart.
Man: Oh, a heart would do you no good. And to say you’ve lost your humanity; well, Tinman, you displayed a warm human effort last night, saving that young boy, didn’t you?
Tinman: Well, yes, sir I did.
Man: And you felt warm inside once you saved him, didn’t you? After risking your life for his, you felt wonderful, yes? I could see it in your smile.
Tinman: Yes, I did. Hahah, I did!
Man: Wonderful, wonderful. You never lost your humanity, your heart. You’ve had it all along.
Tinman: Thanks so much, sir!
Man: Don’t think me, I didn’t do a thing. Next, is you, then? (he points at Scarecrow)
Scarecrow: I suppose, sir. I’m Scarecrow.
Man: What would you like, Scarecrow?
Scarecrow: Well, I’d like. I’d love, even, I’d love a brain.
Man: A brain?
Scarecrow: Yes! A new one, a better one! The one I have now doesn’t work as fast as I want it to.
Man: Hahahah, oh, you’ve already a well brain!
Scarecrow: I don’t think so, sir. I get picked on, a lot.
Man: You closed the gate, last night, all by your lonesome. Do you know how many men it takes to open that gate?
Scarecrow: No, sir.
Man: Many, Scarecrow. (he smiled) Many many. You’ve already gotten a good brain, Scarecrow. You shouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Scarecrow: Yes… Yes sir. (nodding) I understand. Thank you sir.
Man (smiles): And that leaves you, Tikwid. Brave killer of the Witch. What would you like?
Tikwid: Well, sir, I believe I want to go home.
Man: Is my Oz not enough for you, lad?
Tikwid: Oh, no, it’s great. I just. I don’t believe I’m saying this. I miss my family. I miss my friends.
Man: Oh, Tikwid. (laughing)
A beat.
Tikwid: What?
Man: Just like your friends here, you’ve had that ability as soon as you entered my land. It was just deep inside you.
Tikwid: What, sir? I’m not sure I understand.
Man: You just have to want hard enough, Tikwid.
Tikwid: I do want. I need. I need to go home, to see my friends, and my family, and travel! I want to travel sir, with my family!
Man: There’s no place like home, is there, Tikwid?
Tikwid: No, sir. Not at all. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home…
The screen fades to black.
Scene 17
Tikwid: There’s no place like home…
Tikwid lays in his mat, his tent shoved to the side, his friends and family surrounding him. He awakens, to Jenny smiling in his face
Jenny: He’s up!
Tikwid’s friends and family rush to him. He looks at them strangely, as they all hug him and kiss him in relief. His eyes dart from Stephens, to Lars, to Redmen, to stern-faced Cheiftain.
Tikwid: Scarecrow… Lion. Tinman. Wizard!
Jenny (laughs): What are you talking about?
Tikwid: I had a dream, Jenny. And you were in it!
Tikwid begins to point to his various family members.
Tikwid: And you were there! And you were there!
Jenny: Well, it’s not a dream anymore!
Tikwid: Oh, I know, it was such a great dream though! I’m glad to be home.
Chieftain: We’re glad to have you home, Tikwid. There’s no place like home.
Tikwid (nods, agreeing, laughing and crying): You’re right, sir. There’s no place like home.

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