EXT. Amos Mountains - trail to Maykatec Ruins atop the sacred mountain -- night It's a starry night with a three quarter moon. Ripper and Sneak toil up a steep, narrow path. SNEAK Clestine's bivouac'll give us a hint where she went. Ripper scans about. Alert. RIPPER Do those flying snakes come out at night? SNEAK Dunno. I spent half a day here, seven years ago. You'll see em tomorrow anyway. Wait, there's a big one. Sneak points out away from the mountain. RIPPER Where? Oh WOW! EXT. THE NASSCAR PLAINS -- NIGHT A vast flat area crisscrossed by lines that form pictures when viewed from the Mountains. The moonlight makes them look neon. The central image is an immense stylized winged serpent. INT. CELESTINE'S TENT -- NIGHT Sneak and Ripper rest on a camp bed next to a collapsible table. They glance, by lamplight, through the newest looking of a pile of journals. CELESTINE (V.O.) ...Also in the city was hidden the "Agratala" green gem of growth from the "Crown of Glory". It gives the holder power over all flora and mycelium... Ripper points at page. Ripper Her what? Sneak mycelia. Mushrooms. The rest of her notes have been torn out. Sneak puts the open book down on a folding table. Some pages are gone. RIPPER Sniff. There's a strange mousy scent on this blanket. Very strong. Must be Celestine and another more familiar smell... Sneak opens her mouth a little and sniffs. RIPPER and Sneak Shirley! EXT. Amos MOUNTAINS - eastern edge of Maykatec Ruins -- night. Tumbled blocks of stone, covered with glyphs, that was a city at one time. The sky has become heavily overcast. To the north the mountains have snow caps. Sneak If we were at sea I'd say a squall was coming. But this is land. It'll blow over. Let's move. Ripper has picked up a smooth tree limb to use as a staff. A few snow flakes drift down. RIPPER Briskly too. INT. Cave -- night Sneak and Ripper huddle in a cave while a blizzard rages outside. SNEAK Did you know it snows in the tropics? RIPPER It snows where you see snow, senior apprentice. Ripper breaks her staff in pieces. Sneak looks scared. SNEAK I'm sorry Ripper! Calm down. Ripper smiles and breaks the wood into smaller pieces. Ripper Firewood. Sneak feels around on the cave floor and finds some paper. SNEAK We can use this to get it started. Ripper rubs sticks together in tinder and a small spark begins to glow. When she dumps it on the paper it illuminates writing. Sneak snatches the paper up, dumping the ember. SNEAK This is in the mouse's handwriting. EXT. Amos MOUNTAINS - eastern edge - wide trail -- day The upper slopes are buried in drifts. Ripper plows through snow up to her waist. Sneak follows in her wake. SNEAK (loudly) ...missing pages. Last one had said she knew some river otters who would take her down river. Ripper you listening? Ripper (sotto voce) Avalanches. SNEAK WHAT? A mass of snow and ice detaches itself from above them and sweeps down. EXT. BASE OF MOUNTAINS -- DAY Large pieces of snow and ice dot a jungle clearing. A wagon trail leads east. To the north a wide waterfall cascades from the mountains. Sneak and Ripper soaked and bruised check their weapons. A map and the found pages dry in the sun. SNEAK Packs and money are lost. But there's Angelus Falls the source of the Noraloco. RIPPER The money was going to pay our guide? SNEAK I'll think of something. EXT. NORALOCO RIVER - ANGELUS TOWN - BIG JUAN'S TAVERNA -- DAY EDSEL, a buff black panther dude, surveys the damage to the front wall of the taverna along with JUAN, a short fat river otter guy. EDSEL ...he was cheating, jefe. Then the Bembo pulled a knife. I'll pay you after this job I have. JUAN You can start tonight by tending bar. EXT. BIG JUAN'S TAVERNA -- NIGHT Ripper and Sneak stand outside the bar looking in through the loosely boarded up hole in the wall. SNEAK See the Panther yet? RIPPER Only black cat is tending bar. He looks very manly. Bet he's strong... SNEAK A lot of male patrons? I could pick a pocket or two. Nay to risky. Rent our favors out? RIPPER NO! -- Maybe the bartender... SNEAK They never pay for it. Come on. INT. BIG JUAN'S TAVERNA -- NIGHT Sneak counts coins as Ripper helps a capybara man back to his feet near their table. The rodent is holding one arm limply. Sneak The offer still stands, fellas. Anyone who can beat this frail girl at arm wrestling gets both of us for the whole night. Place your bets. A large BOAR sits opposite Ripper. They clasp hands, elbows on the table. Boar Ready for a night of fun? RIPPER Ready! SNEAK Go. Ripper slams the boars arm down hard. He throws Sneak some coins and waddles off. The other bar patrons disperse. Edsel comes over with two mugs of a cold milky looking drink. EDSEL These are on the house. You the nenas, ladies from El Norde. I'm to be your guido. This, drink serving, is just a tempo gig. I can not bet money but I'll offer the same deal. If los tigress guapa, the pretty tiger, wins you may do with me as you will all night. Sneak and Ripper have a whispered tete-a-tete. Sneak shakes her head. Ripper begs. Sneak looks Edsel up and down, nods. Sneak Deal. INT. BIG JUAN'S TAVERNA - upstairs bedroom -- NIGHT In a room out of a Van Gogh painting, Sneak and Ripper lie on either side of Edsel in a wide bed. All three fast asleep and have big canary-eating smiles. Their clothes are piled on the floor. The clothing pile moves. A non-anthro sable crawls out with a rolled up paper tube in her mouth and scampers off. INT. BIG JUAN'S TAVERNA - FRONT DESK -- DAY Juan counts out coins while Sneak and Ripper search through their belongings. Edsel stands off to one side looking a little tired. SNEAK ...Can't find the map. You? Ripper Nope. JUAN You Machuas from up north? That makes three last night. SNEAK Three? Juan A sable lady with red hair checked out an hour ago. Wanted to catch the first packet down river. Sneak and Ripper run out the door. SNEAK (O.S.) Which way to the boats? EDSEL Wait for me. EXT. Noraloco river - packet boat dock -- day An aged wooden pier juts out into a wide river. Edsel, Sneak and Ripper are on the dock as the boat moves out of reach down the river. Shirley is in the rear of the boat waving the map. SHIRLEY Have a nice trip home, girls. SNEAK Not likely, first I gotta ring your scrawny neck. EXT. Jungle trail by NORALOCO RIVER -- day Sneak, Ripper and Edsel follow the trail along the rivers edge. EDSEL The map said Caballoloco Landing? RIPPER Celestine wrote it in. South side of river, fifty klicks? Sneak is panting from the heat. SNEAK How long is that for little feet? Edsel Three days, But the Packet takes Five. More stops. Re purr, you and I could do better time if we four-foot it and carry Sneak. They all go non-anthro and Sneak jumps on Ripper's back. Ripper Grrr owwl. (subtitle) Pull in your claws. EXT. Caballoloco Landing - jungle trail -- day At the closer end of a sleepy tropical village a narrow trail winds into dense foliage. Large bugs and small lizards dart around. Shirley starts off into the jungle. A striped paw reaches out and drags her into the bush. EXT. OUTSIDE CABALLOLOCO LANDING - FURTHER DOWN THE TRAIL -- DAY Ripper holds Shirley while Edsel frisks her. Sneak looks through Shirley's pack. SNEAK Where's the map? SHIRLEY Sir, you are taking liberties with my person I don't usually allow. SNEAK Edsel would you like to do a full cavity search? Edsel smiles and starts to unbutton Shirley's shorts. SHIRLEY You wouldn't... SNEAK No need. Ripper tie her hands and put her on a short leash. Sneak holds up the map. Ripper whispers in Shirley's ear as she ties her. RIPPER I wouldn't have let them. EXT. JUNGLE TRAIL - clearing -- night Shirley, Edsel, Sneak and Ripper eat by a camp fire. Shirley has her hands free and her feet tied. Edsel holds one end of a rope leash around the sable's neck. SNEAK Ferret-face, Keep both hands where we can see 'em. "Keep ya friends close, and your enemas closer" SHIRLEY What if I gave my word? SNEAK I stepped in something worth more than your word. SHIRLEY okay, tall, dark and handsome, I'm done. Want to do me? Shirley puts down her plate and holds out her wrists to Edsel. SHIRLEY You better sleep real close so I don't escape. Ripper looks at Shirley and then at Edsel. Edsel is tying Shirley's wrists behind her back and she's got her hands resting on the front of his shorts. RIPPER I vote we tie her to a tree. Less chance of escape. Julie (V.O.) Why couldn't the weasel just turn were or whatever and slip away. SNEAK (V.O.) If you change with your arms behind your back it dislocates your shoulders. Very painful. Back to present - INT. CATPAW LOUNGE -- NIGHT Julie and Sneak sit in lotus posture on the deck looking out the viewport. JULIE We're coming up on the jump. Go get some coffee and a snack. Ripper, you'll want to see this. SNEAK ...Tell you the rest after the jump. INT. CATPAW LOUNGE -- NIGHT Moldred and Charlie eat. Ripper, Sneak and Julie stare out the viewport. Charlie Twoclouds I still do not comprehend where your belongings go when you change. MOLDRED They always come back when we return to this form. There's a bunch of theories... SNEAK Need anything Bofs. MOLDRED No. Sit down and eat. Then see if you can pry Ripper away from the window. She ought to eat too. The stars outside the porthole turn to streaks, then swirls, then wink out. Moments later a new set of stars appear. JULIE Where were we? SNEAK Shirley was on her best behavior as we left the trail... - Sneak's Tale - EXT. NORALOCO jungle -- day Edsel leads the way with confidence, wielding his machete like a pro. Shirley follows and then Sneak and Ripper. Shirley's wrists are tied behind her and Sneak holds her leash. Ripper brings up the rear. SNEAK Hey, Edsel, know where you're going? Edsel That is my thing. If I know where someplace is supposed to be, I can go there by the shortest route. SHIRLEY Are we close? Edsel chops a wall of vines and pushes them aside, disappears as he falls forward from a low hillock. Shirley looks through the vines and sees Edsel getting back to his feet on an overgrown stone paved road. SHIRLEY We're close. EXT. CHIZCHDAPLATINA (THE CITY OF PLATINUM) -- DAY Ruins of a large city like both Angkor Watt and Chichen Itza. In the center of the main plaza is a stone ring that resembles the Mayan Calendar and the stargate of "Stargate SG1". Edsel kneels on a road paved with large blocks of stone as the girls climb down from a low cliff. Ripper Are you okay, Mr. Edsel? Edsel Si. Just broke my wind. I founded the lost city. SNEAK We helped. One task done. Now we find the rat girl. INT. CHIZCHDAPLATINA CENTRAL PYRAMID -- DAY Near sunset, in a stone chamber with glyphs on the walls, Ripper cleans her sword and watches Shirley. Shirley is hanging by her forearms from a beam. There's a pile of rocks helping to support her weight. SHIRLEY Thanks for the rock pile. My poor arms were getting numb. You've grown a lot since we trained at your father's army base. Remember when we used run into the Mess tent yelling "Morry, Kalam The General's coming better get decent." Ripper chortles. RIPPER My brother would run out the back pulling his kilt up. Kalam would be so pissed. We'd only eat off other peoples plates for days in case she put a philter in ours. Ripper looks off nostalgically. Shirley subtly tries to untie her knots. Sneak enters. SNEAK Shirley, I see those busy fingers. Stop it. We've searched half the city. No Celestine and 'fore you ask weasel teats, no green gems. RIPPER Is dinner cooking? SHIRLEY Do I get to eat? Ripper pulls a ninja star from her bandolier and smoothly tosses it at Shirley's bound arms. THWACK and the ropes part. No longer supported, Shirley falls on her butt. SHIRLEY OW. Come on Ripper, still pals? RIPPER Ask again, when we get home safe. EXT. Chizchdaplatina central plaza - Stone ring -- night A starry night with a full moon rising. Sneak, Ripper, Edsel and Shirley eat from bowls on one side of the upright ring. They sing along as Edsel plucks a three string guitar. Sneak "You gotta rea lies..." RIPPER "...Dat we are one peep hole..." SHIRLEY "... or dare will neva, never be..." Edsel "...No love atoll." The moon shines through the stone ring and a moment later the view changes. Through the center of the stone ring, what was the overgrown ruins of Chizchdaplatina, now looks newly built. Furrs in feathered kilts and dresses walk in the midday sun. SNEAK You see that? Someone jumps over them and sprints towards the ring. It's Celestine. She's holding something that glows green. She mumbles an incantation in some obscure ancient tongue. CELESTINE Mareseat oads n dozey doats -- Chizchdaplatina RIPPER The rat girl. SHIRLEY The gem. Before anyone can react the moon moves off and the view returns to normal. SNEAK What just happened? INT. Chizchdaplatina central PYRAMID -- night Sneak, Ripper, Edsel and Shirley bed down for the night. Shirley has Edsel's oversized work gloves over her tied hands and Ripper's much larger boots tied over her feet. SNEAK Peasant dreams. We'll sort this out in the morning. Edsel There's a legend about a ring that leads to... Sneak blows out the one candle lighting the room. SNEAK Say good night, Ripper. RIPPER Good night Ripper. EXT. BOGLIMA PREFECTURE - PLATINUM CITY - MUSEUM OF ANCIENT TIMES -- DAY Some of old Chizchdaplatina remains in the museum grounds but the rest of the city has modern skyscrapers, sleek gasoline engine cars on paved street, telephone and power lines on metal poles hum overhead. Where a sign reads MUSEUM OF ANCIENT TIMES a s.w.a.t. Team arrives in a van, check their weapons and enter the museum. INT. MUSEUM OF ANCIENT TIMES -- DAY A rifle barrel prods Sneak awake. On the other end is a female in heavy riot gear. Ripper, Edsel and Shirley are handcuffed and lined up against a wall. The female swat leader LISA removes her helmet to reveal a face similar to Julie's. A patch on her uniform says LT. RAYNE . Lisa What were you four, armed civilians, doing sleeping in a public building. Sneak looks outside in disbelief. SNEAK It didn't look like this last night. Lisa Put a lid on it, as my sister... SNEAK Julie? Lisa's jaw drops. LISA Something funny's going on. Take these perps downtown and collect all their gear. EXT. PLATINUM CITY (CHIZCHDAPLATINA) - GEODE SPACEFLEET GROUND POLICE HEADQUARTERS -- DAY A squat modern building made from local stone and mirrored glass. The upper floors have much smaller windows. A plaque reads SPACEFLEET GROUND POLICE HEADQUARTERS LISA (V.O.) ...Sneak, an appropriate name, you met my sister Julie in furn training? Only two problems with that... INT. GROUND POLICE HEADQUARTERS - INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY Gray drab windowless room. Lisa on one side of a gray table. Sneak and Ripper sit between Edsel and Shirley on the other side. The four prisoners rest their cuffed hands on the table. On the table is a pitcher of water, five glasses and a microphone. Along one wall is a two-way mirror. LISA Field Utilized Recreational Nexi were phased out of the military ten years ago. My sister is a college student in a small suburb on another planet. SNEAK Bellwood, North Parklands, Planet Geode. She has two pals named Azreal and Bilail... Lisa leans forward triumphantly. LisA Got you. You got the location. I don't know how. But there's no such furrs as... SNEAK Are they a fossa and a fennec? Is the fennec named Franny? Lisa shuts off the mike and douses the lights. With the lights out they see there's no one behind the two way mirror. LISA Tell me quick, how do you know all this? INT. GROUND POLICE HEADQUARTERS - LOCK-UP -- DAY A narrow corridor runs between two rows of cells. Sneak, Ripper and Shirley are in one cell opposite the one Edsel's in. Shirley reads a book titled WHY WE'RE HERE: Guide to the occupation. Sneak works on Rippers cuffs. Shirley and Sneak are already un-cuffed. SHIRLEY Geode invaded Loam to stop the self styled "Goddess Celestine" from dominating this sector. RIPPER Loam invaded Geode? Why? Shirley flips ahead. SHIRLEY After bringing all of Loam under her rule, "Goddess Celestine" decided to expand into the nearest systems. Ripper's cuffs spring open. SNEAK Ripper, Edsel, Shirley? Listen. Our Magick is very weak in this kind of techy place. So save it for when you need it. Shirley finishes picking the lock on Edsel's cell. As they head down the row of cells, a white furred hand sticks out from one cell. It's HARVEY, a white rabbit in a white suit. HARVEY Greeting and Salutations my fellow Loamans. If you would be so kind as to aid in my egress, I would be most grateful and informative. Shirley makes short work of the lock. SNEAK Know the shortest way to the stone circle in the old city? HARVEY Right this way. Follow me to your destiny.
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