excerpt from "the little town in the hills" (working title)

 

NARRATOR

They traveled on for hours, picking pretty flowers

looking high and low, calling out ‘hello?’

 

BOY & GIRL

Hello-o, hello?

No luck!

We’ll have to keep on looking.

But--!

 

GIRL

Oh dear, oh my, we have come to a fork in the road

One side goes into the woods, one side goes into a field

 

BOY

Which way did the grownups go, the grownups go?

 

(A FOX appears, sly and crafty)

 

FOX

Hello little children, it seems you’ve lost your way

I have a little challenging game you must play.

If you guess my riddle, I shall tell you where

the grownups went! Was it there? Or was it there?

If you guess it wrong, then you shall be

a nice fresh dinner for my family!

 

(The BOY and GIRL jump back, frightened)

 

BOY & GIRL

Oh, tell us your riddle, we will try our best

to guess the answer and continue our quest.

 

FOX

You can walk into me, but only halfway

and deep inside there is no light of day.

Once you’re halfway through, you are walking out,

there are leaves and branches and twigs all about.

 

(The BOY and GIRL confer, eager to escape the sinister fox)

 

GIRL

Walk inside, but only halfway

 

BOY

And deep inside, no light of day

 

GIRL

When halfway through, you’re walking out

 

BOY

Leaves and branches all about

 

(The BOY, GIRL, and FOX wait for the answer----!)

 

BOY & GIRL

The forest, the forest!

The grownups are through the forest!

(They race past the FOX, who runs away, deafeated, and into the forest)