Fairy Tale Friday – The Bitter Woods – Chapter 10

Have been busy with the workshop of my new play.  Marq as Unread.  Still, I want to celebrate Fairy Tale Friday with Chapter ten of my story, though it really is Saturday Afternoon.  OY!

The Bitter Woods

by Montserrat Mendez

all rights Reserved

She throws the slippers into the fire. They hover amidst the flames transforming themselves into two daggers of GLASS.

INT. CAVE CHAMBER — CONTINUOUS

Cinderella and Alex sleep side by side. A nightmare wakes Alex. She sees the light from the fire and rises. She spies the weapon being formed. CLOSE ON the fire — and we

CUT TO:

INT. DUNGEON CELLS — CONTINUOUS

Michael sleeps. GUARDS GRAB HER! She immediately awakens, but it’s too late. She is dragged away.

INT. QUEEN’S CHAMBER — CONTINUOUS

The guards throw Michael into the chamber.

SNOW WHITE
You have impressed Mortalia much.

MICHAEL
Mortalia?

SNOW WHITE
You know the name.

MICHAEL
…the town fountain. The woman who poisoned and left you for dead.

SNOW WHITE
She was.

MICHAEL
But she was executed for that crime.

SNOW WHITE
We found she was not as easy to kill as we expected.

MICHAEL
Why not?

SNOW WHITE
I ordered her dead because I wanted vengeance. I still do. Which is why I cannot kill her. She gave her soul to the mirror once and only one who kills with kindness can have her life.

MICHAEL
She does not seem so evil. Just lost.

SNOW WHITE
I like you Michael, I liked you when you were a man, and I can love you now as a maiden. But I need to see your heart for myself.

Snow opens the Secret door extends her hand for Michael to follow. Before you know it, they stand in FRONT OF THE MIRROR. But while Snow White is reflected, Michael is not.

SNOW WHITE
How rare, a noble heart. This mirror didn’t reflect me at all once.

MICHAEL
There is nothing noble about me.

SNOW WHITE
But there is great good, and that rekindles hope for my son.

MICHAEL
For your son?

SNOW WHITE
To wed a future queen. Now what would you have as a wedding gift.

CUT TO:

A BOX — CONTINUOUS

Hands open the box, inside it are TWO GLASS DAGGERS. Picking them up, the weapons change in CINDERELLA’S hands to suit her. The huntress picks up a piece of kindling and pitches it at her.

THE HUNTRESS
Catch.

Cinderella manages to cut it in half.

ALEX
Incredible.

THE HUNTRESS
Indeed.

Cinderella grins.

THE HUNTRESS
Smash them!

Cinderella throws the daggers against the wall. They SMASH but then reappear in her hands. OFF of her smile.

INT. DRESSING ROOM — CONTINUOUS

The Stepmother is flung into the room. The door locked behind her. Michael awaits at the ledge of a great window.

STEPMOTHER
What is going on?

MICHAEL
We have been spared. You are to live in the tower and only travel from there to this room to work as the queen’s dressmaker.
(beat)
Mother. I had to make a choice. To spare you or Alexandra. I chose you.

The mother begins to cry.

MICHAEL
You cannot cry mother. Look at me, do not cry. You have been commanded to create the finest wedding gown ever to have been seen in this kingdom. The prince marries at the first sign of spring.

STEPMOTHER
No… no… you can’t.

MICHAEL
(whispers.)
I will.

EXT. THE BITTER WOODS — DAY

The Seven Maidens still search.

TERCERA
We have searched for weeks. The woods reveal nothing.

SEXTA
We will not fail our queen.

TERCERA
Our queen? Our queen has grown mad. She looks to revenge the death of her son. A son we very well know was full of evil intentions.

SEGUNDA
You are a maiden of the crown, you will do as you are told.

TERCERA
I am a maiden of the queen, not of liars and rapists. Or have you forgotten what he did to you when you first arrived?

SEGUNDA
(in a whisper)
I have not forgotten.

TERCERA
There was a child from that night. Tell them what happened to the child sister.

SEGUNDA
Bedford robbed him from his cradle and drowned him in the river.

TERCERA
And you cried on my shoulder. Perhaps they were tears of delight.

Silently they walk on, then in a RAGE Segunda raises her sword striking at Tercera. The others turn on Tercera as well, and she finds herself in a fight with the other six maidens. One of the Maidens, Quinta, fights with a WHIP. Yes, a fucking whip, she’s good with it too. Tercera is a skilled fighter, but so are the six, she is brutally taken down.

SEXTA
She has always been the weak link.

SEGUNDA
What do we tell the queen?

SEXTA
We tell her she strayed from us. If her body is ever found. None of us will be suspected.

They leave —

ANGLE ON THE MAIDENS BODY

CRANE HIGH as her blood spreading out across the snow.

INT. CHATEAU CHARMING – GREAT DINING HALL — NIGHT

GLASSISTER
I will not marry her.

SNOW WHITE
I’m afraid son you have no choice.

GLASSISTER
Father.

The father puts down his goblet.

KING CHARMING
Do what she says.

SNOW WHITE
Son, I have more than your happiness to think about. I also have to insure the survival of the kingdom.

GLASSISTER
To hell with the kingdom. I don’t want to be king.

SNOW WHITE
But now your brother’s dead. And someday you will be king. Much to my despair.

KING CHARMING
Doesn’t matter if you are king, the people will always love the queen more.

He takes another drink.

SNOW WHITE
I wish you would stop drinking.

KING CHARMING
You wish a lot of things that will never come to pass!

Michael enters looking stunning. Glassister, was unaware of her beauty, he pulls up a chair.

MICHAEL
Thank you.

GLASSISTER
(to his mother)
Thank you.

Snow smiles.

INT. CHATEAU CHARMING – LIBRARY — NIGHT

The king reads from a history book. He looks up and sees the queen has fallen asleep with ledgers in front of her, always hard at work. He stands over her brushing hair from her face.

KING CHARMING
(in a whisper)
It’s not fair at all, is it? How we managed to turn away from happiness.

INSERT TEASER – a YOUNG KING CHARMING, then a PRINCE, finds Snow in a GLASS COFFIN in the WOODS. He kisses her.

RESUME SCENE

Enraptured by his memories, he stares, but then A SONG, a hypnotic hum frees him. He stands and walks towards the sound. Snow White opens her eyes, stands and follows her husband at a distance. The king finds himself in front of the DRESSING CHAMBER of the QUEEN. The door slightly ajar, he sneaks in. MOONLIGHT illuminates the STEPMOTHER. He pulls closer. The spindle wheels turns and turns. In his attempt to get a better view he trips one of the wooden mannequins.

STEPMOTHER
Who’s there?

KING CHARMING
Forgive me, I did…

The stepmother curtsies.

KING CHARMING
I heard your singing.

STEPMOTHER
I apologize.

KING CHARMING
No, it is I that’s sorry for now you have stopped. And I’ve ruined your dress.

It is now that the Stepmother realizes she has not taken her foot off the spindle pedal causing the WEDDING dress to accumulate at the top. She tries to retrieve it, placing her finger on the needle, she draws blood. She looks at it and faints, falling into the waves of white lace. She resembles an angel. We now see how Stunning Stepmother really is. The king leans down for a kiss.

STEPMOTHER
I’m sorry.

KING CHARMING
Don’t be. That’s the way I wake up women.

The Stepmother laughs.

STEPMOTHER
Does that line work on all maidens?

KING CHARMING
Only princesses.

He stands and pulls her up, they stand very close.

STEPMOTHER
Well, I’m certainly not that.

KING CHARMING
Yes, You are… A very good…Dressmaker.

They separate.

KING CHARMING
My apologies for the intrusion.

STEPMOTHER
It’s time for me to return.

KING CHARMING
To the tower?

STEPMOTHER
Yes… the tower.

They walk together into the

HALL.

For a second they look at each other and then go in different directions.

ANGLE ON SNOW WHITE

watching them separate. She walks to the Spindle, and takes the needle from it.

INT. MIRROR ROOM — MOMENTS LATER

Holding up the needle up to the Mirror.

SNOW WHITE
This blood belongs to my enemies and…

THE REFLECTION
…Blood draws blood.

Holding out the needle, it hovers between the mirror and Snow. And then the needle dissolves into the MIRROR.

THE REFLECTION
If her daughter’s blood is ever spilled, even a single drop. The mother will fall into a deep sleep, and lead you to them.

Snow White smiles.

INT. CABIN CAVE — MORNING

Alex stands outside watching the trees. They are coming back to life. Spring! She goes into the CABIN/CAVE and prepares to go. Cinderella meanders out of the cave, yawning.

CINDERELLA
Where are you going?

ALEX
I’m going into town.

CINDERELLA
No.

ALEX
It’s been a long winter.

She throws a cape over her shoulders. And picks up the cane.

CINDERELLA
No.

ALEX
I’m going mad in this place. And we need supplies, and I’ll be fine. Let me at least feel like I’m doing something.
(beat)
I’m going, whether you like it or not.

CINDERELLA
Be careful.

Alex leaves.

INT. CHATEAU CHARMING – HALLWAY — CONTINUOUS

Snow surrounded by members of her council and her maidens. One of the elders speaks quite seriously.

COUNCIL MEMBER
The south is overtaxed, the land east does not yield much fruit. It’s over-farmed. Everywhere you look we are overextended, there are too many of us and not enough land.

The DOORS to the THRONE ROOM swing open. They all walk in behind their queen.

SNOW WHITE
Options.

COUNCIL MEMBER
The lands of the east are rich, its armies primitive. Their resources numerous.

SNOW WHITE
I will not wage war for resources.

EXT. ROAD — CONTINUOUS

ANGLE ON THE HUNTER’S HORSE

Hunter carries the decayed body of TERCERA.

RESUME SCENE

COUNCIL MEMBER
Much too long have you kept us separate from the world at large. We must remind them of our strength or the east will someday move upon us. All trace of our history our existence will be erased.

SNOW WHITE
I will not walk a path of war. There must be other options. OPTIONS!

COUNCIL MEMBER
We could bring down the woods.

Silence. She looks around. The elder council member takes out parchment MAP OF FEREWEIGH. THE FOREST IS FOUR TIMES THE SIZE OF THE KINGDOM.

COUNCIL MEMBER
Even bringing down a third would make us the most powerful kingdom of the age.

SNOW WHITE
We ARE the most powerful kingdom of the age.

Just at that moment the DOOR BURSTS OPEN. The Hunter walks in with TERCERA’S BODY throwing it on the meeting table. No one seems more shocked than the six maidens.

SEXTA
How?

SEGUNDA
Was it wolves?

THE HUNTER
A wolf with a mighty dagger.

Snow White stands.

SNOW WHITE
(to the maidens)
Take her away, please.

She turns away.

SNOW WHITE
Everyone out. Get out. OUT!

She throws a goblet. Everyone but the Hunter exits.

EXT. CHATEAU CHARMING — CONTINUOUS

Glassister arrives on his horse.

INT. THRONE ROOM — CONTINUOUS

Snow sits on her throne silently looking out.

HUNTER
Enough.

SNOW WHITE
What?

HUNTER
You’ve let everything get out of control.

SNOW WHITE
That girl murdered my son. ~Now one of my maidens. I will have her head on a spike if I have to chop it off myself.

THE HUNTER
What happened to you? How could you have turned?

SNOW WHITE
I think it’s what happens when you are given power. I’ve tried to be good.
(beat)
You should have ripped out my heart when you had the chance.

THE HUNTER
I couldn’t.

SNOW WHITE
You could have saved so many this suffering.

THE HUNTER
I love you. I have killed for you. Waiting for the day when that love would be returned. You loved me once.

INSERT TEASER: The Hunter and Snow White make love in the forest. Just as The HUNTRESS had described it.

RESUME SCENE

SNOW WHITE
That was not love it was self-preservation.

He grabs her!

THE HUNTER
I have waited enough.

He kisses her passionately.

ANGLE ON THE DOOR

it opens.

GLASSISTER
Mother, I have heard about…

SNOW WHITE
Son.

GLASSISTER
I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have barged…

He stumbles away. Out of the castle…

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