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Warstories

Watson & Keur


WARSTORIES

NATHANIEL

OH TAKE ME BACK

WHEN THEIR WORDS WERE NOT BURNT BROWN

OH TAKE ME BACK

TO A QUIET PEACEFUL TOWN

OH MEMORIES

BURN MY MIND LIKE FIRE FROM HELL

AND THAT'S WHY WE ALL HAVE WAR STORIES TO TELL

CHARLES

WAR NEVER COULD HEAL THE PAIN OF WHAT WAS LOST

WHAT ABOUT OUR BOY

WHAT WAS THE COST

MAN AND WOMAN

GUNNER

YOU CAN'T FORGET

WHEN YOU GRACE THE PITS OF HELL

ALL

AND THATS WHY WE ALL HAVE WARSTORIES TO TELL

OOH

OOH

NATHANIEL

Tonight I'd like you to join me considering a true story

A story of war

A story of Peace

of Love

Of Hate

Of Brothers

MEREDITH

PEARCE

MAVIS

CHARLES

GUNNER

NATHANIEL

A story from a very long time ago

WOMEN

AND THAT'S WHY WE ALL HAVE WAR STORIES


2.

MEN

AND THAT'S WHY WE ALL HAVE WAR STORIES

ALL

AND THAT'S WHY WE ALL HAVE WAR STORIES TO TELL

SPECIAL

MEREDITH

WHEN I WAS A BOY

THE OTHERS WOULD ALL LAUGH AT ME

CALL ME NAMES

TELL ME I WOULD NEVER BE SPECIAL

NEVER BE SPECIAL

NOW I'M HERE

ON THIS ISLAND NATION CONTINENT

GONNA SHOW THEM

WHERE ALL OF THEIR ASSESSMENTS WENT

SPECIAL

GONNA BE SPECIAL

GONNA FIGHT IN ALL THE GREATEST WARS

AND MAKE A NEW CAREER

WHEN THEY TURN AND LOOK AT ALL I'VE DONE

THEY'LL ALL STAND UP AND CHEER

OHH SPECIAL

I WILL BE

BACK ON THE FARM

THE BIRDS WOULD RUN ACROSS THE LAND

INTO TOWN

ASK ANY WOMAN KID OR MAN

HAVOC

BIRDS WOULD WREAK HAVOC

I SAW THEM

IN ALL THEIR DEVASTATION

I MADE A PROMISE

I FOUND MY MOTIVATION THROUGH HAVOC

I WOULD STOP HAVOC

SO I'LL FIGHT IN ALL THE GREATEST WARS

AND WIN THEM FOR THE KING

I WILL TAG UP INTO EVERY FIGHT

AND STEP INTO THE RING

GUNNER

AND THEY'LL CALL YOU SPECIAL


3.

I WILL BE

MEREDITH

CAUSE I GREW UP A NO ONE

BUT NOW I'LL PROVE

THAT IF YOU'RE IN MY WAY THEN YOU CAN MOVE

I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY

I'M READY TO LEAD

THEY SAY IT'S MAJOR MEREDITH

THAT MAN IS ALL WE NEED

SO I'LL FIGHT IN ALL THE GREATEST WARS

FOR ANY KING OR QUEEN

I CAN STOMP ON EVERY SINGLE MAN

TILL I GET WHAT I NEED

AND THEY'LL CALL ME SPECIAL

I WILL BE

YEAH I'LL FIGHT IN ALL THE GREATEST WARS

CAUSE THAT'S WHAT BROUGHT ME HERE

WHEN THEY TURN AND LOOK AT ALL I'VE DONE

THEY'LL ALL STAND UP AND CHEER

I WILL SHOW THEM WHO I AM WHAT I STAND FOR AND HOW I LEAD

AND SHOW THEM I'M SPECIAL

I WILL BE

I WILL BE

I WILL BE

SPECIAL

ACT I SCENE I

Nathaniel Brown sits at a typewriter reading as he

types

NATHANIEL

I first met sir George Foster Pearce in Perth back in 97'

covering the story of a young man leading a labor strike.

Never before had I seen a drive to rise to the top than I did

in him.

Cutting across to a youthful George Pearce leading a

crew of protesters

YOUNG PEARCE

No man should be worked into the ground! We will rise up

against our oppressors and come through with regulation! With

Law! And with Liberty!


4.

Ensemble ad. Lib cheers and agrees. The crowd

dissipates as the focus goes back to Nathaniel.

NATHANIEL

That was until I was introduced to a young man by the name of

G.P.W. Meredith almost 30 years later. He was a natural

leader, the ambition he had to rise up and make a name for

himself was paralleled only by that young protester who now

serves as Australia's minister of defense. In a series of

articles titled WARSTORIES I will reveal to the public the

untold truth behind The Great Emu War of 1932.

The typewriter dings

SECRETARY

Mr. Brown your presence is requested by the minister of

defense

NATHANIEL

Thank you, I'll be right there.

Nathaniel gives the audience a knowing look before

getting up from his typewriter leaving his desk

We transition to the office of George Pearce who is

already talking to GPW Meredith, Gunner O'Hallera

Meredith, and Charles Williams.

ENTER NATHANIEL

PEARCE

Ah Nathaniel, please come in. Gentleman this is Nathaniel

Brown, an old journalist friend, I've asked him to tag along

and report your progress back to me. He's been filled in on

the task at hand.

The men rise

Mr. Brown, a pleasure

MEREDITH

Meredith and Nathaniel shake hands

NATHANIEL

The pleasure is all mine, and please call me Nathaniel. You

must be Major Meredith

PEARCE

Meredith is a bright young man

NATHANIEL

So I've read, your bravery during the War was more than

respectable


5.

Thank you sir

MEREDITH

PEARCE

Nathan this is Meredith's younger brother Gunner

Good to meet you

GUNNER

they shake hands

PEARCE

Gunner certainly lives up to his name, he was a talented

marksman with the volunteer regiment in Russia

NATHANIEL

You served in Russia? That is certainly impressive.

Thank you sir

GUNNER

PEARCE

And last but not least is Charles Williams

Mr. Brown

CHARLES

They shake hands

PEARCE

Charles served in Meredith's battalion back at the end of the

Great War

Right

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

So now that that's out of the way let's get back into things

The now 5 men take a seat, Nathaniel begins to take

notes, Gunner smokes a cigarette and flicks a lighter

open and closed, and all are quite comfortable in

their environment except Charles who's hands fidget

with the box of a wedding ring subtly

PEARCE (CONT'D)

As you all know the farmers have struggled in the past few

years profiting from their yields. They are threatening a

strike on production and as you could imagine not delivering

their crops to the government would be a loss to everyone

involved. Now the issue is easily fixable, they are just

requesting military assistance against the emu mobs

overwhelming their farmland.


6.

That's where we come in

MEREDITH

PEARCE

thats right. The ministry of defense has allocated a jeep, a

lewis gun and 10,000 rounds of ammunition to solve the

problem.

In and out, easy

GUNNER

PEARCE

Easy indeed, and you three have more than enough experience

to deal with the threat. It shouldn't take you more than a

couple of days and i'll have Margaret send the details to

your flat.

MEREDITH

Thank you sir, we won't let you down

PEARCE

You never do Major, dismissed.

All get up to exit but Charles who remains seated with

an anxious manner

You coming Charles?

MEREDITH

CHARLES

I'll meet you back at the flat.

Exit Meredith, Gunner and Nathaniel

An uncomfortable silence fills the room

PEARCE

If you've got something to say spit it out son

CHARLES

Sir, I want to marry your daughter

PEARCE

Have you already proposed?

CHARLES

No I wanted your blessing

PEARCE

And you've thought about this?


7.

CHARLES

I've known I wanted to marry Mavis since the day I laid my

eyes on her she got me through the war sir. I don't want to

spend another second of my life where she's not mine

PEARCE

You never struck me as a sentimental man Williams

People change I suppose

CHARLES

PEARCE

That they do. I'll tell you what, you help me and I'll help

you. Finish the task at hand and she's yours.

Thank you.

CHARLES

PEARCE

You're a good man Charles I know you've been with Mavis since

before you were deployed and I know This time you'll serve

your country well

Nathaniel appears outside the scene addressing the

audience

NATHANIEL

Pearce's words affected Charles reminding him of the

shortcomings of his past. A past that despite his best

efforts he just couldn't seem to shake.

Don't let me down son

I won't sir

Dismissed

PEARCE

CHARLES

PEARCE

Exit Charles

SECRETARY

Mr. Pearce your daughter is here.

Pearce lets out a sigh and becomes visibly annoyed

Send her in

PEARCE

NATHANIEL

And Mavis had her own problems, between a father who couldn't

hear her and a boyfriend who wouldn't listen, she felt

trapped and she was ready for for someone to listen


8.

Enter Mavis Pearce

Busy Morning?

MAVIS

Not looking up from the papers on his desk peace

addresses his daughter

What can I do for you

PEARCE

MAVIS

I wanted to tell you that I am leaving Charles

(Beat)

I know you like him but things change and people change. I

wanted to let you know beforehand as a courtesy

A courtesy?

PEARCE

MAVIS

Yes, its something ive been thinking about for quite some--

PEARCE

You're not leaving Charles

But I just told you--

MAVIS

PEARCE

You're going to marry Charles.

Dad I--

MAVIS

PEARCE

You're going to marry charles and thats final. You are

getting too old for this and If you think that some white

knight prince charming character is going to come sweep you

off your feet, you're wrong. Besides I've already promised

him your hand and I will not be made a liar out of a little

girl who thinks she's entitled to make up her own mind. Am I

understood?

Silence

Am I understood?

Yes sir.

PEARCE (CONT'D)

(yelling)

MAVIS


9.

PEARCE

Now I have a meeting to get to. Clean yourself up before you

leave, you're a mess.

Pearce with briefcase in hand leaves the room to Mavis

MAYBE

MAVIS

MAYBE MY LOVE LIFE DOESN'T MATTER

MAYBE MY LUCK IS RUNNING DRY

MAYBE OR NOT I COULD MAKE UP MY OWN MIND IF HE'D LET ME

TRY

MAYBE I’LL CITE A SEPARATE CHAPTER

MAYBE I’LL WRITE A DIFFERENT BOOK

MAYBE IF I WIN THIS WAR THAT'S BEING FOUGHT

I CAN MAKE HIM LOOK

CAUSE I WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT

I WON'T LIVE WITH NO RAT

MAYBE I WON'T WEAR HIS FEATHER IN MY HAT

IF ONLY YOU'D CUT ME SOME SLACK HERE?

I KNOW I'D STAND FOR WHAT'S RIGHT

I KNOW THAT I COULD MAKE CHANGES FOR THE BEST IF YOU LET

ME FIGHT

AND I KNOW I'M A FIGHTER

YOU'LL SEE IN A NAIL BITER

ONE DAY GIRLS WILL SAY THAT "I COULD BE LIKE HER"

IT’S NOT LIKE I’M ASKING FOR YOUR BLESSING

IT'S ALWAYS FAR TOO HIGH A PRICE

GIVE ME MY LIFE AND THEN I'M OUT OF YOUR HAIR,

YOUR MOLD YOUR VICE

AND I NEED YOU TO HEAR ME

MAYBE EVEN TO FEAR ME

ONE DAY YOU WON'T EVEN WANT TO BREATHE NEAR ME

MAYBE

MAYBE

MAYBE

MAYBE

MAYBE OR NOT

AND IF NOT?

WELL IF NOT.

YOU’LL REGRET IT.


10.

ACT I SCENE II

Transition to the crews hotel style flat, Meredith is

plotting points on a map, Nathaniel is unpacking and

cleaning a vintage camera, and Gunner is cleaning his

rifle, cigarette in mouth

Enter Charles

Gentleman I have news

CHARLES

MEREDITH

You're back quick and in a better mood, what happened?

GUNNER

Stop in Fortitude valley? You really are quick.

NATHANIEL

For any of you wondering that's Queensland's red light

district

Who are you talking to?

GUNNER

CHARLES

No no nothing like that, I'm getting married

GUNNER

To a prostitute? That's gotta be expensive is it by the hour

or?

MEREDITH

Gunner please, Charles congratulations

So, what's her name?

NATHANIEL

CHARLES

You'll see it on the wedding invitations, you're all invited

I'll drink to that!

GUNNER

Nathaniel reveals a flask and shares it with Gunner

MEREDITH

There will be plenty of time for celebration tonight, lets

review the plans for tomorrow

The crew gathers around a table with a map spread out

over it


11.

We strike at dawn...

MEREDITH (CONT'D)

Meredith contenues addressing the crew as Nathaniel

addresses the audience

NATHANIEL

The plan was simple, elegant. Meredith had the military mind

of a genius as well as the cunning and charm of a fox. He was

the type of man who would jump in front of a bullet for any

member of his betallian. In fact he wouldn't tell you

himself, but he had saved Charles' life in that very manner.

But more on that later.

Nathaniel resumes his place among the crew

The plan was set

Lewis guns and jeeps

In and Out

No man left behind.

NATHANIEL (CONT'D)

MEREDITH

CHARLES

GUNNER

CHARLES

So why is it that we're the ones tasked with glorified pest

control

MEREDITH

When the Minister of defense himself asks you for a favor,

you do whatever he wants

That's fair

CHARLES

NATHANIEL

Major how did you meet the minister?

MEREDITH

I was decorated after the war, we met then. How about you?

NATHANIEL

Covered the story of his first protest back in 97'

MEREDITH

I always looked up to him, he came from nothing and look

where he is now


12.

NATHANIEL

It is a compelling story isn't it. How about you Charles? How

did you meet the Minister?

Call it family friends

CHARLES

GUNNER

You stayed back and talked to Pearce and now you're engaged,

I'd say you're more than "Family friends"

CHARLES

Okay fine you caught me, his daughter is my soon to be wife

GUNNER

Bold. Marry a man's daughter to assert your dominance, I like

it

MEREDITH

Gunner you're out of your element, Charles is that really

what you discussed with Minister Pearce?

It is Major

CHARLES

MEREDITH

Bold indeed,

(A pause)

Well Gunner and I are going to the Pub, you in?

CHARLES

I've actually quit drinking

MEREDITH

Really? We couldn't get you away from the bottle back in

France

CHARLES

We've all got to change sometime

MEREDITH

I suppose you're right. Mr. Brown?

NATHANIEL

I have a bit of writing to finish up

MEREDITH

Alright, see you in the morning. Looks like it's just you and

me kid

GUNNER

Call me kid all you want lightweight, I beat russians in

drinking competitions


13.

Yeah yeah

MEREDITH

Exit Gunner and Meredith

Charles sits in his bed staring at an engagement ring

NATHANIEL

You haven't proposed yet, have you?

No, not technically.

CHARLES

NATHANIEL

You know, proposing to a father isn't the same as the girl

Excuse me?

CHARLES

NATHANIEL

Everyone is always so certain

CHARLES

If you're trying to say something, say it.

NATHANIEL

I'm not the one with the question Mr. Williams, you are.

Nathaniel lights a cigarette

NATHANIEL (CONT'D)

I'm going out. See you in the morning.

Exit Nathaniel leaving behind a silver flask perched

on the table

Charles left in a state of uncertain anxiety looks at

the ring, closes the box sees the flask, considers it,

and following his better judgement doesn't pursue it.

With a sigh he lays down to rest.

ACT I SCENE III

Outside walks Nathaniel smoking the same cigarette

writing in his notebook. Unaware of his surroundings

he encounters a distought Mavis Pearce struggling on

what to do about the current state of her love life.

Uncle Brown?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

Mavis Pearce, look at the woman you've become


14.

MAVIS

It has been a very long time hasn't it?

NATHANIEL

Indeed it has. What are you doing out this late?

Avoiding my problems

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

You know your mother used to take long walks when she had

something on her mind. Your father would look for her for

hours and get all mad when she finally came home.

They sit together on a stoop

MAVIS

I don't remember much about her

NATHANIEL

She was a good woman, your father got lucky convincing

someone like that to marry him

That he did.

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

So what is heavy on your heart not so little Ms. Pearce

MAVIS

It's my father. He is making me marry a man who I don't love

anymore. He told me to stop waiting around for a knight in

shining armor to sweep me off my feet

NATHANIEL

This man, tell me about him

MAVIS

We were High school sweethearts believe it or not, but he

went off to fight in the war and came home a different man

What do you mean?

NATHANIEL

MAVIS

He used to be gentle and caring, but when he came home... the

light had faded from his eyes. He's short tempered and even

violent at times.

NATHANIEL

So what are you going to do?

MAVIS

I don't know yet. What would you do?


15.

NATHANIEL

Do you remember your aunt Doris?

MAVIS

How could I forget, I must have spent every other weekend

with you guys when I was little

NATHANIEL

That you did. She was my everything

What happened?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

She got really sick. But let me tell you something;

Every moment I spent with that woman was a gift from God.

Till her last breath I stood by her side and I know that if I

were the one on that bed she would have done the same for me.

That's the thing about love Mavis when you know you know.

What about my father?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

I've known your father for a long long time and if there's

one thing he knows it's that in the pursuit of love and the

pursuit of war failure is never an option. I have an early

morning so I better go but I know you'll figure it out.

You're just like your mother.

Nathaniel Exits with a warm smile

Enther Meredith & Gunner from the pub

MEREDITH

Excuse me miss are you alright?

MAVIS

What? Oh yes, yes of course

MEREDITH

Its awful late to be out alone

I suppose you're right

MAVIS

GUNNER

You know my brother here is a war hero

Is that so?

I wouldn't say that

MAVIS

MEREDITH


16.

GUNNER

The Australian military would, you took a bullet for one of

your men

MAVIS

And what might your brothers name be?

G.P.W Meredith

Major G.P.W. Meredith

MEREDITH

GUNNER

MEREDITH

Alright Gunner I think you've made your point

GUNNER

You know, he's right it is awful late to be out alone. Maybe

you want a decorated soldier to walk you home.

Maybe I would

Thank me later

MAVIS

GUNNER

(aside to Meredith)

Exit Gunner

MEREDITH

Sorry about my brother, he spent far too long drinking in

Russia

I don't mind at all

So what's your name

MAVIS

MEREDITH

MAVIS

Mavis Pe..., Mavis. Just Mavis.

MEREDITH

Well Mavis, Just Mavis, where am I taking you

Just Up the street,

MAVIS

They begin to walk alongside one another

MAVIS (CONT'D)

So Major Meredith, where did you serve?


17.

MEREDITH

All over, France, Turkey, anywhere I could really

Anywhere you could?

MAVIS

MEREDITH

Well I grew up in a farm town, everyone did what their

fathers did and when they grew up they would teach their sons

the same. I just wanted to be more you know? I wanted to

feel..

Special?

MAVIS

MEREDITH

Exactly. Well War broke out and our dad went to serve and

never came back, I was left with Gunner and he took it really

hard. We were just kids.

Gunner?

MAVIS

MEREDITH

My brother. I wouldn't say it to him because he'd get a big

head about it, but I love him more than anything

That's sweet

MAVIS

MEREDITH

My dad made me promise I'd always look after him and I intend

to keep that promise

MAVIS

You're a good guy he's lucky to have you.

You barely know me

MEREDITH

MAVIS

I don't need to, I can just tell. So Major Meredith what

happened next?

MEREDITH

I knew that there was only one way out, I went to serve like

my father, likewise so did my brother, and now I'm here with

the very lovely Mavis, just Mavis

MAVIS

So you felt like the only way you could become anything, was

to get out of the situation you were in?


18.

MEREDITH

Well I suppose that's one way to think about it

MAVIS

And the change, it was good?

MEREDITH

It brought me here, didn't it?

MAVIS

That it did. I have to go

What?

MEREDITH

MAVIS

Thank you for the escort and... thank you for your service

She gives him a quick peck on the cheek and disappears

into her building, she has a lot to think about

No problem

MEREDITH

(Confused and disappointed

that she left)

ACT I SCENE IV

The crew loads the jeep full of duffle bags and ammo

boxes. The jeep is Nathaniel's desk repurposed

Nathaniel packs his camera into its case entering and

exiting during the scene, Charles carries bags,

Meredith ammo boxes, and Gunner the lewis gun

GUNNER

So how'd it go with that girl last night Meredith?

CHARLES

Major Meredith met a girl?

GUNNER

With a little help from yours truly, yes

CHARLES

What was her name, how was it?

MEREDITH

Her name was Mavis, and we just talked

GUNNER

You came home awful late to have "Just talked"


19.

CHARLES

(suspicious)

Did this Mavis have a last name?

MEREDITH

I went and had another pint, I walked her home and nothing

came of it, and No charles, she didn't tell me her last name

Charles retreats into his own thoughts

GUNNER

Well did you get her number?

Her number?

MEREDITH

GUNNER

Yes or any way to contact her?

I didn't get her number

Figures

Yeah yeah

MEREDITH

GUNNER

MEREDITH

Meredith pushes his brother with a playful manner

Enter Nathaniel urgently

NATHANIEL

Gentleman, the newspaper just came

What about it Mr. Brown

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

The weather calls for heavy rain in the west.

Lets see

MEREDITH

Gunner and Meredith examine the newspaper

This doesn't look good

GUNNER

MEREDITH

Can the jeep handle the mud?


20.

GUNNER

Depends on the rain, I mean we're just sneaking up on a bunch

of flightless birds, how hard could it be

Charles?

Whatever you want Major

MEREDITH

CHARLES

He thinks about it

MEREDITH

We hold off. Nathaniel send a telegraph to the defense

office, Gunner bring everything inside and Charles cover up

the jeep. I don't want to take any chances

Yes sir

Yes sir

NATHANIEL

GUNNER

A pause

Charles?

Yes sir.

MEREDITH

CHARLES

Transition to Pearce

Any messages?

Two sir.

Read them to me

PEARCE

SECRETARY

PEARCE

Pearce leans back in his chair as His assistant reads

him his telegrams

SECRETARY

Due to the harsh weather in the north we have delayed action

in the west STOP. Despite our best efforts the jeep can only

handle so much mud STOP. The major would like to ensure you

that everything will be taken care of STOP. Unrelated to the

mission I spoke to your daughter last night and as a friend

want to remind you that a sympathetic ear can go a long way

STOP. With best intentions, Nathaniel Brown STOP.


21.

PEARCE

Where does he get off telling me how to parent my kid

SECRETARY

Sir you have one more telegram

Read it to me

PEARCE

SECRETARY

I'm in need of change and i'm sorry if you disagree STOP.

Who is it from?

Your daughter sir

PEARCE

SECRETARY

PEARCE

She's going to regret that

Exit Pearce

ACT I SCENE V

Times elapsed to night

Nathaniel is writing as the rain presses on, Gunnar

cleans the lewis gun, Meredith reads a book and

charles glares at Meredith still thinking about the

conversation they had that morning

GUNNER

Hey look, the rain is dying down, let's get out of this place

NATHANIEL

What did you have in mind?

GUNNER

The bar down the street? A night on the town? We've been

stuck inside all day

I'm in

As am I

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

GUNNER

Maybe we can find that girl from last night

Maybe so...

CHARLES


22.

Charles you coming?

MEREDITH

CHARLES

I actually have plans with my fiance

MEREDITH

That's wonderful, Enjoy your night

I'll try my best.

CHARLES

Exit Gunner Meredith and Nathaniel

Enter Mavis

Charles

Mavis.

MAVIS

CHARLES

MAVIS

Charles we need to talk.

That we do.

CHARLES

MAVIS

I've been thinking a lot about it and

CHARLES

You're seeing someone else aren't you

What?

You're cheating on me

No i'm not

Don't lie to me Mavis

I'm not lying

MAVIS

CHARLES

MAVIS

CHARLES

MAVIS

CHARLES

I know what you've been up to


23.

A pause

MAVIS

I am breaking up with you Charles

A more intense pause

I knew it

CHARLES

MAVIS

I can't do this anymore I'm sorry

Charles moves in Changing tactics, he holds her at the

hips and looks at her

CHARLES

(softly)

Don't be sorry, you're just not thinking straight

MAVIS

I'm not thinking straight?

CHARLES

Your feelings will blow over and things can go back to

normal, I promise.

No we're over Charles

MAVIS

Mavis goes to pull away only for charles to grab her

wrists and pull her back in

CHARLES

Im afraid thats not up to you

Let go of me

MAVIS

CHARLES

(exploding)

You don't get to leave, you don't get to leave me behind

Charles!

MAVIS

CHARLES

You belong to me, your father gave you, to me. You and I are

getting married

(Pleading)

Look!

Charles reaches into his pocket and pulls out an

engagement ring and tries to force it on her finger


24.

Stop! Stop!

Marry me Mavis.

MAVIS

CHARLES

MAVIS

I don't love you anymore!

Charles let's go and they stare at each other in

silence

CHARLES

(Slowly)

You take that back.

It's the truth

MAVIS

Charles grabs Mavis by her hair

You take that Back!

CHARLES

MAVIS

(Pleading)

Charles please! please stop! it hurts!

Charles lets go snapping out of his fit of rage

CHARLES

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to do that I--

Stay away from me.

Mavis!

MAVIS

CHARLES

Exit Mavis

Charles is left with an empty engagement ring not

knowing exactly what just happened.

ACT I SCENE VI

The crew - Meredith, Gunner and Nathaniel walk towards

the bar

NATHANIEL

So Major Meredith, you've been awful quiet


25.

MEREDITH

Well I met that girl last night and I felt like there was a

real connection

How'd you blow it?

GUNNER

MEREDITH

That's the thing, I didn't. She kissed me on the cheek and

left, just like that

GUNNER

Well that's life, tonight we find you a new girl

MEREDITH

I don't want anyone else, I've been thinking about her all

day

NATHANIEL

Fate always finds a way Major

MEREDITH

Here we are, first rounds on me

HIT THE TOWN

MEREDITH

25 YEARS I'VE DREAMT ABOUT

THE DAY I'VE HAD TODAY

STUDYING HARD AND ALWAYS MAKING FRIENDS

NOW THAT IT'S HERE I MUST ADMIT

IT'S LESS THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

BUT EVERYDAY ENDS

ANOTHER BEGINS

CREW

SO LET'S HIT THE TOWN BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER

WE'LL ACT LIKE A FOOL BE CRAZY AS A ROVER

WE'LL TELL THE WORLD THAT WE GOT WHAT WE WANT

MEREDITH

TOMORROW WE FIGHT BUT LET'S DRINK TONIGHT

CREW

TO CELEBRATE WHAT'S TO COME

MEREDITH

YOU KNOW WE DESERVE A GOOD NIGHT OFF


26.

MAJOR OHH

CREW

GUNNER

I STILL REMEMBER OUR PAPA'S WORDS RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT FOR

THE WAR

WILLING TO SERVE EVEN THOUGH IT COST HIM HIS LIFE

HE SAID TO US "BOYS IT MIGHT SEEM CRAZY THE THINGS I'M

WILLING TO DO BUT EVERY MAN LEARNS"

NOW WE'VE GOT OUR TURN

CREW

SO LET'S HIT THE TOWN CAUSE WE'VE ALL GOT A STORY

ABOUT WHY WE FIGHT THOUGH IT MAY BE GROSS AND GORY

WE'LL MAKE SURE THE WORLD KNOWS WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE

TOMORROW WE FIGHT, BUT LET'S DRINK TONIGHT

TO CELEBRATE WHAT'S TO COME

YOU KNOW WE DESERVE A GOOD NIGHT OFF

MAJOR OHH

Mavis enters the bar looking around unsure what to do

with herself

GUNNER

There she is! That's the girl! What was her name?

Mavis

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

(recognizing her)

Im sorry, did you say Mavis?

MEREDITH

Her name has been in my head all day. Mavis, just Mavis

Well, Go talk to her

GUNNER

MEREDITH

Well what if the other night she left because she doesn't

like me?

GUNNER

What are you four? Go buy her a drink!

What do I say?

MEREDITH

GUNNER

How are we related, don't make me go talk to her for you

again!


27.

That doesn't help me

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

(tipsy)

Tell her you only have an hour and a half to complete the

story arc

What?

MEREDITH

GUNNER

He's drunk, tell her how pretty she is

MEREDITH

TOO AFRAID

TOO MUCH TO SAY

HOW COULD I TALK TO A GIRL LIKE THAT

THIS NIGHT HAS BEEN A CRAZY SPIN

HOW DO I TALK TO THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS

CREW + COMPANY

DO IT NOW

DO IT NOW OR YOU'LL REGRET IT FOREVER

YOU NEED IT HERE

BUT STILL YOUR SCARED

JUST TAKE A CHANCE

MEREDITH

So "Just Mavis" what brings you out again so late

Its you!

MAVIS

She wraps her arms around him

Are you okay?

MEREDITH

She lets go realizing she may have overstepped her

bounds

I don't think so

What can I do to help

MAVIS

MEREDITH

MAVIS

I don't know... I just burnt a lot of bridges and there's

nothing to do

Hey

MEREDITH


28.

MEREDITH (CONT'D)

TOMMORROW YOU'LL FIGHT

BUT LETS DRINK TONIGHT

FORGET ABOUT WHATS TO COME

YOU KNOW YOU DESERVE A GOOD NIGHT OUT

MAVIS

MAYBE HE GETS ME

MAYBE FOR ONCE

I COULD FIND SOMETHING NEW

BE HAPPY FOR US

MAYBE I'M CRAZY

MAYBE I'M OUT OF MY MIND!

MEREDITH

Do you wanna go get some air

Lead the way

MAVIS

They exit to the street where they met and start to

walk

MAVIS (CONT'D)

Meredith, Have you ever been in love?

I'm not sure

MEREDITH

MAVIS

I was

(Beat)

I fell in love with a brilliant brave man

What happened

MEREDITH

MAVIS

He changed... He was a soldier, like you

MEREDITH

War can change a man, It can bring out the parts of you that

you didn't know were there. Many of my men couldn't cope with

coming back

MAVIS

He's so sick and there's nothing I can do

MEREDITH

All we can do is love them for who they are


29.

MAVIS

I broke things off with him, was it a mistake

MEREDITH

That's not what I said, You deserve more than that

You really think so?

MAVIS

MEREDITH

I think you deserve the world

No one's ever said that

MAVIS

SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

MEREDITH

YOU CLAIM THAT HE'S THE BEST

YOU THINK HES THE GUY

IT'S TIME TO ADMIT

YOU TOLD YOURSELF A LIE

YOU KNOW THAT I COULDN'T WISH TO SCRATCH A DENT IN THE ONE

THE MAN THAT YOU'VE INVENTED, IT'S A LITTLE OVERDONE

BUT IF YOU GIVE ME A REASON WHY YOU SHOULD RUN AWAY THEN

I'LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU SHOULD STAY

AND IF YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND I'LL

SHOW YOU THAT KNOW YOU LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND

THEY SAY EMUS LOST THEIR ABILITY TO FLY

BY EATING TOO MUCH AND FALLING OUT OF THE SKIES

BUT I KNOW THAT THE REASON THEY STAY ON THE GROUND

IS THAT THEY GOT USED TO WAITING AROUND FOR SOMEONE

TO SWEEP THEM OFF THEIR FEET.

MAVIS

SO MAYBE I WAS WRONG

HE'S NOT THE ONE FOR ME

HE DOESN'T REALLY FIT

THE PERSONALITY

YOU KNOW I HAVE SOME OFFERS

YOU KNOW I HAVE A PLAN

AND IF HE'S NOT GONNA BE THE ONE FOR ME

I'LL FIND IT WITH ANOTHER MAN

MEREDITH

BUT IF YOU GIVE ME A REASON WHY YOU SHOULD RUN AWAY

MAVIS

ILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU SHOULD STAY


30.

MEREDITH

AND IF YOU’RE TELLING ME THAT I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND

MAVIS

ILL SHOW YOU THAT I KNOW YOU LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND

BOTH

THEY SAY EMUS LOST THEIR ABILITY TO FLY

MAVIS

BY EATING TOO MUCH AND FALLING OUT OF THE SKY

BOTH

BUT I KNOW THE REASON THEY STAY ON THE GROUND

IS THEY GOT USED TO WAITING AROUND FOR SOMEONE

FOR SOMEONE

IF YOU AND I COULD TAKE TO THE SKIES

IT WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH BUT AT LEAST IT WOULD BE SOMETHING

IF YOU AND ME COULD JUST TAKE A KNEE

WE WOULDN'T HAVE ARRIVED BUT AT LEAST WE WOULD BE RUNNING

ADD COMPANY

IF YOU AND I COULD TAKE TO THE SKIES

IT WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH BUT AT LEAST IT WOULD BE SOMETHING

IF YOU AND ME COULD JUST TAKE A KNEE

WE WOULDN'T HAVE ARRIVED BUT AT LEAST WE WOULD BE RUNNING

(X3)

BOTH

YOU ARE

JUST THE

ONE THAT

I WANT

IF YOU

LET ME

SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET (X2)

AHH

COMPANY

ALL

BUT IF YOU GIVE ME A REASON WHY YOU SHOULD RUN AWAY

THEN I'LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU SHOULD STAY

AND IF YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND

I'LL SHOW YOU THAT KNOW YOU LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND

THEY SAY EMUS LOST THEIR ABILITY TO FLY

BY EATING TOO MUCH AND FALLING OUT OF THE SKY

BUT I KNOW THAT THE REASON THEY STAY ON THE GROUND

IS THAT THEY GOT USED TO WAITING (X2)


31.

MEREDITH

BUT IF YOU

BUT IF YOU

BUT IF YOU

TO SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

They kiss

Goodnight Meredith

Goodnight Mavis

MAVIS

MEREDITH

As Mavis turns to leave charles stumbles out near the

bar holding Nathaniel's flask. He sees Mavis and

Meredith say goodnight to each other but neither of

them see him

CHARLES

(laughing)

Oh I'm gonna kill him. He thinks he can take the one thing

that I have left? I'm going to make him pay

Enter Gunner

GUNNER

Hey buddy looks like you had a few too many, let's get you

home

Gunner!

CHARLES

(Still laughing)

Gunner takes the flask

GUNNER

Okay, here we go, one foot in front of the other, early

morning ahead.

Im gonna kill em

CHARLES

GUNNER

Yeah were gonna kill all those dirty birds tomorrow but we

have to get home first lets go

Blackout.

ACT I SCENE VI

Enter Meredith bringing coffee to the crew in their

messy flat


32.

MEREDITH

Rise and shine, the suns out not a cloud in sight

GUNNER

Let's go make feathered hats out of these pests

CHARLES

Oh God what happened last night

You drank, a lot

GUNNER

CHARLES

I don't remember anything

GUNNER

You were way out of your mind

MEREDITH

Up and atem charles, I got you coffee, trust me it'll help

Thanks

CHARLES

Enter Nathaniel

NATHANIEL

Morning gents, the jeeps all gassed up and ready to go

MEREDITH

Perfect, lets hit the road

Exit Nathaniel and Gunner with Lewis gun in hand

What happened...

CHARLES

MEREDITH

C'mon Charles you can sober up on the way it's a long drive

Exit Meredith

Meredith.

CHARLES

(realizing)

BATTLE I

EMU COMPANY

CAN YOU FEEL THE FREEDOM THAT IS COURSING THROUGH OUR

VEINS

CAN YOU FEEL THE THOUGHTS ALL RACING THROUGH OUR VEINS


33.

EVERYDAY IS A FIGHT OR FLIGHT AND BEING FLIGHTLESS BIRDS

WELL INFER WHAT YOU MIGHT

BUT WERE FREE

TO ROAM THE LAND AND WONDER

EATING ALL THE CROPS WE SQUANDER

YEAH WERE FREE NO ONE CAN EVER HOLD US DOWN

WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT AND WHO'S GONNA STOP US?

A QUARREL WOULD SOUND ABSURD

WHEN YOU'RE AS FREE AS A BIRD

EMU SOLO I

THE HUMANS TRY TO ROPE US OFF

AND CALL THIS LAND THEIR OWN

EMU SOLO II

GATHER UP IN GROUPS OF SIX

A WALL OF STONE

EMU SOLO I AND II

AND WHEN THEY SCOFF WE'LL SAY PISS OFF AND KEEP LIVING THE

LIFE THAT WE'RE MEANT TO BE

EMU COMPANY

CAUSE WE'RE FREE

WE'RE FIFTY STRONG AND KICKING

RIPE FOR ALL THE FIGHTS WE'RE PICKING

YEAH WE'RE FREE NO ONE CAN EVER HOLD US DOWN

WE DO WHAT WE WANT AND WHO'S GONNA STOP US A QUARREL WOULD

SOUND ABSURD

WHEN YOU'RE AS FREE AS A BIRD

MEREDITH

MAN THE GUN AND GET THE CAR AND OUT TO SEA WE'LL BARGE

THANK THE FARMERS FOR THEIR HELP AND FOR THEIR CHARGE

PULL THE CORDS AND PUSH THEM FOR'D AND

SET AN ATTACK THEY'LL NEVER SEE

GUNNER

HEY WE'RE FREE

TO CUT SOME BIRDIE HEAD OFF

TEAR EM UP AND--

Music stops

What?

GUNNER (CONT'D)


34.

EMU COMPANY

YEAH WE'RE FREE

THEY DREAM OF POINT BLANK FIRE

SHOOT US UP UNTIL WE TIRE

BUT THEY'LL SEE NO ONE CAN EVER HOLD US DOWN

GUNNER

WE CAN SHOOT WHAT WE WANT AND WHO'S GONNA STOP US

MEREDITH

Here we go make sure you're not heard

Guns fire

MEREDITH (CONT'D)

WE MISSED? BUT HOW? NOT A SINGLE BIRD SHOT?

NATHANIEL

WITH GUNS THIS OLD WE SCARED THEM THOUGH WE GAVE IT ALL WE

GOT

MEREDITH

BUT STILL. WHAT GIVES? CAUSE WE'RE LOOKING KIND OF SLAMMED

GUNNER

IF YOU DON'T MIND ME SAYING CHARLES' LEWIS GUN IS JAMMED

MEREDITH

Charles, are you alright? What happened?

What?

CHARLES

MEREDITH

CHARLES YOU ZONED OUT AND NOW THE BATTLE IS ALL DONE

GUNNER

YOU SHOT TO FAST AND NOW YOU'VE JAMMED OUR LEWIS GUN

Oops

CHARLES

(Smiling)

MEREDITH

Never mind. Let's regroup. We'll be back again tomorrow.

EMU COMPANY

YEAH WE’RE FREE

THEIR HOPES ARE DISSIPATED

BULLETS LOST THEIR PRIDE DEGRADED NOW WE’RE FREE NO ONE

COULD EVER HOLD US DOWN


35.

WE DO WHAT WE WANT AND WHO IS GONNA TO STOP US

A QUARREL WOULD SOUND ABSURD X3

Add Charles and Meredith the second time add rest of

crew third time

EMU COMPANY (CONT'D)

WHEN YOU’RE AS FREE AS A BIRD

END ACT I

ACT II SCENE I

Enter Nathaniel aside

NATHANIEL

Tensions rise as failure looms over an un-united crew

Pearce is in his office

Enter Charles aggressively

CHARLES

You need to get your daughter under control

Who?

Your daughter. Mavis.

PEARCE

CHARLES

PEARCE

Charles, I'm feeling awful generous today so I'm going to

give you the opportunity to come back in to my office and

address me properly.


36.

Not as one of your war buddies but as your high superior and

the father of the woman you are so infatuated with. Then and

only then may you solicit my counsel for whatever you thought

was so important you had to come disturb my morning

Mavis refused me

And?

CHARLES

PEARCE

CHARLES

You promised me that she was mine!

PEARCE

Charles i'll advise you to bring down your tone

CHARLES

She was at the bar with Meredith

Pearce gets up from his chair

PEARCE

She was probably was curious as to what it feels like to be

with a real man

What did you say to me?

CHARLES

Pearce advances Charles getting in his space

PEARCE

I can't blame her, I wouldn't want my daughter marrying a

little boy who can't keep his precious emotions in check

CHARLES

George I swear to God i'll

Pearce is so close that charles is forced to sit in

the chair that is behind him

PEARCE

You'll what? Continue to disappoint everyone you come in

contact with? Desert the army again? You thought i'd forgot

hadn't you? Now before you say another word I want you to

remember that I bailed you out, I covered your messy, lazy,

cowardice tracks because your life was in the best interest

of my daughter.

(a beat)

Tell me about yesterday

Yesterday?

CHARLES


37.

PEARCE

What are you slow? Yesterday, the battle that according to

Mr. Browns reports you messed up

CHARLES

No the gun was 100 years old

PEARCE

(Reading a report)

"while the evasiveness of the flightless birds was more than

the crew accounted for the lewis gun handled by Charles

Williams jammed after firing less than 50 rounds. While no

blame should be cast wholly on one member of the team, Mr.

Williams' ineptitude was unproductive and one of the primary

factors of loss"

It was an old gun

CHARLES

PEARCE

Charles I'm detecting a pattern in you nothing seems to be

your fault.

He takes a drink from a crystal glass sitting on his

desk

Why are you here

PEARCE (CONT'D)

CHARLES

I want to marry your daughter.

PEARCE

God! It's like talking to a broken record. Do you remember

the deal I made you?

Yes sir

CHARLES

PEARCE

And do I strike you as a man who goes back on his word?

No sir

CHARLES

PEARCE

Then why are you still in my office? You do your part, I'll

do mine. Dismissed.

He takes another drink as charles begins to go

PEARCE (CONT'D)

Oh and Charles, for your sake: Failure is not an option.


38.

Nathaniel re enters and looks at charles concerningly

Not an option.

CHARLES

BATTLE II

Charles joins Nathaniel and the crew behind the

writing desk turned jeep. Charles drives Nathaniel

types, Gunner shoots and Meredith stands above them

ready to give orders

As the song progresses Nathaniel should add pages to

his story

COMPANY

TENSION. DISCOVERY. EXPOSURE. AND FAILURE.

Company repeats under the chorus

NATHANIEL

PROWESS COMES AND POWERLESS FALL

THE LAWS OF NATURE ALWAYS STAY

WHEN IT COMES TO THE END OF IT ALL

THE CALMER HEAD WILL WALK AWAY

SOLDIERS KNOW WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

THE BROTHER'S NOT A BONE TO PICK

EMUS FEEL IF THE CLIMATE GETS ROUGH

TOGETHER IS HOW WE SHOULD STICK

CAUSE IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

ALL IS FAIR

IN A FIGHT FULL OF STRIFE

THERE'S NO CARE

AND IF YOU LET EMOTIONS GET TO YOU

GOD FORGIVE THE THINGS THEY'LL DO FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE AND

LIVE

MEREDITH

ARE ALL THE FARMERS READY FOR THE SNEAK ATTACK?

GUNNER

THEY'RE STANDING BY WITH BUNDLES TIED ACROSS THEIR BACKS

NATHANIEL

WHEN FEELING INSECURE HATE CAN BE A CRUTCH

THE PROBLEM WITH OUR CREW TODAY IS THEY FEEL TOO MUCH

TENSION

COMPANY


39.

NATHANIEL

THE FARMERS SURROUNDED THE EMUS

PULLING ON THE ROPES HUNGRY WITH HIGH HOPES

TENSION

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

BUT EMUS CAN SENSE ON THE AIR THAT TENSION ISN'T RIGHT

MAYBE WE TAKE FLIGHT?

DISCOVERY

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

WHEN SOLDIERS SET UP AN ATTACK ON UNSUSPECTING FOES, WHAT

DO WE CALL THOSE

AMBUSH

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

RIGHT! AND THE SOLDIERS HAD SET ONE

BY A LOCAL DAM, OFFERING A RAM

COMPANY

TENSION. DISCOVERY. EXPOSURE. AND FAILURE.

Company repeats under chorus

NATHANIEL

PROWESS COMES AND POWERLESS FALL THE LAWS OF NATURE ALWAYS

STAY

WHEN IT COMES TO THE END OF IT ALL THE CALMER HEAD WILL

WALK AWAY

CAUSE IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

ALL IS FAIR

IN A FIGHT FULL OF STRIFE

THERE'S NO CARE

AND IF YOU LET EMOTIONS YOU

GOD FORGIVE THE THINGS THEY'LL DO FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE AND

LIVE

GUNNER

I SEE EMUS RIDING IN ONE THOUSAND STRONG

MEREDITH

WAIT TILL THEY'RE CLOSER WE DON'T WANT TO DO THIS WRONG


40.

NATHANIEL

WHAT THEY DON'T NOTICE IS THEIR BROTHER'S ANGER WHISK

IF THEY CAN'T CALM HIM DOWN IN TIME, WELL, THEN THEY RISK

EXPOSURE

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

NOW CHARLES LETS HIS ANGER CONSUME HIM

MUDDLING HIS MIND HITS HIM FROM BEHIND

EXPOSURE

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

LIKE EMUS THAT RUN THROUGH A VALLEY

ALL THE WORLD CAN SEE, WHO YOU TRY TO BE

FAILURE

IS NOT AN OPTION

FAILURE

IS NOT AN OPTION

FAILURE

IS NOT AN OPTION

FAILURE

IS NOT AN OPTION

COMPANY

CREW

COMPANY

CHARLES

COMPANY

NATHANIEL

CAUSE IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

ALL IS FAIR

IN A FIGHT FULL OF STRIFE

THERE'S NO CARE

AND IF YOU LET EMOTIONS GET TO YOU

GOD FORGIVE THE THINGS THEY'LL DO

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE AND LIVE

GUNNER

WE GOT TWELVE BIRDS

BUT NOW THE GUN IS JAMMED AGAIN

MEREDITH

CHARLES IF YOU'RE GOING TO FOCUS PLEASE JUST TELL US WHEN

FAILURE

COMPANY


41.

NATHANIEL

THE SAD THING ABOUT ANY WAR IS

NEITHER SIDE IS WRONG

TILL WE RING THE GONG

AND MEREDITH'S ABOUT TO LEARN

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO FAIL.

ACT II SCENE II

Major Meredith addresses the Media in a press

conference format

MEREDITH

If we had a military division with the bullet carrying

capacity of these birds it could face any army in the world.

They can face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks.

They are like Zulus whom even dum dum bullets could not stop.

NATHANIEL

(To audince)

That's a direct quote

Cameras flash and news reporters are all trying to get

his attention Ad. lib questions chaotically

Pearce replaces Meredith

PEARCE

Gentleman of the press, as we all know war is a tricky thing

to handle, just know the department of defense has it under

control, thank you no further questions.

The mob of reporters ad. Lib questions and

interjections as Pearce leaves the podium

Pearce addresses the crew in private

What the hell happened?

PEARCE (CONT'D)

MEREDITH

They were faster than our jeep

PEARCE

We gave you machine guns

GUNNER

They're resilient I'll give them that

PEARCE

Is this some kind of joke to you son?


42.

No sir

Let me explain

GUNNER

MEREDITH

PEARCE

You speak when spoken to Major, you've embarrassed this

office enough for one day. Your father would be ashamed

GUNNER

Don't you dare talk about our father he was a hero

PEARCE

(to Gunner)

I'm sorry Mr. Meredith was I addressing you?

NATHANIEL

C'mon Gunner let's take a walk

Exit Nathaniel and Gunner

PEARCE

Charles give me a moment alone with the Major

Gladly

CHARLES

Exit Charles

PEARCE

Meredith let me be frank, I know about you and my Daughter

Your daughter?

Mavis Pearce

MEREDITH

PEARCE

MEREDITH

I didn't know that she..

PEARCE

(interjecting)

I'll Remind you one last time to only speak to me when I

speak to you. As I was saying, I've already promised my

daughters hand to another man. Now a question i've had to ask

too many people in the last week, do I strike you as the type

of man to go back on his word?

No Sir

MEREDITH


43.

PEARCE

You will back off and never see her again, am I understood?

Sir I

MEREDITH

PEARCE

If the next words out of your mouth aren't 'Yes Sir' consider

your worthless career over. Am I understood?

Yes sir.

Now go do your job

MEREDITH

PEARCE

Exit Pearce leaving meredith alone on the stage unsure

of what to choose

Enter Charles out of Meredith's sight smiling grimmly,

he has a plan

Exit Meredith

ACT II SCENE III

Enther Nathaniel standing behind his desk, the pile of

papers larger than they were before

NATHANIEL

Charles Williams was a sick man, changed by war his humanity

had been stripped away. Having very little left to lose he

devised a plan of his own. Draft a letter to his beloved

signed by someone she'd trust

Nathaniel steps aside as Charles composes a letter

CHARLES

"Dearest Mavis,

As someone concerned for your well being I can

not stand idly by as you are deceived by those around you.

You and I both know your father to be a Crooked politician

with nothing but his own self interest in mind. I was

suspicious of his wrong doing and upon further investigation

I know for a fact that the man who you believe to be

Mavis reads this same letter as charles types

MAVIS

G.P.W. Meredith is a fraud. Nothing but a spy to infiltrate

your life and collect information for your father. I tell you

this with great confidence.


44.

To me you will always be that beautiful little girl who I met

21 years ago. With discretion and love, Uncle Nathaniel Brown

Charles looks across to Mavis pleased with himself and

exits

MAVIS (CONT'D)

You have got to be kidding me

MAVIS SONG

MAVIS

FIRST I POURED OUT ALL OF WHAT'S INSIDE MY HEAD

SO BY THE WAY IF HE SHARES THAT

YOU CAN BET YOUR CAP HE'S DEAD

THEN I FIND HE'S KILLING OFF AN EMU MOB

WORST OF ALL I MISS HIM AND IT MAKES ME SOB

OH HOW CAN I LOVE HIM,

OH WHY CAN'T HE SEE

HE FOLLOWS HIS ORDERS

THEY DON'T INVOLVE ME

EVERYDAY’S A STRUGGLE BETWEEN WHAT'S WRONG AND WHAT IS

RIGHT

AND WHAT I WANT IS WRONG

WHY CAN'T IT BE RIGHT

TO SIDE WITH HIM WOULD MEAN GOODBYE TO WHAT I KNEW

SENT BY PEARCE TO SPY ON ME? HOW COULD ANY WORD BE TRUE

IS IT TIME TO FACE THE FACTS THAT HAUNT MY HEAD

I WOULD GIVE IT UP JUST FOR SOME LOVE INSTEAD

OH HOW CAN I LOVE HIM

OH WHY AM I HERE

I TRY TO GET OUT THERE

HE BUILDS HIS CAREER

EVERYDAY'S A STRUGGLE BETWEEN WHAT'S WRONG AND WHAT IS

RIGHT

AND WHAT I WANT IS WRONG

WHY CAN'T IT BE RIGHT

AND THE WORST IS WHEN IT'S OVER

I WON'T KNOW

IF THE WAY THE STORY ENDED

IS HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO GO

OH, HOW COULD I LOVE HIM

MY JOY, ON HIM DEPENDS

OH, HOW COULD HE LOVE ME

HE'LL FIGHT TO THE END

EVERYDAY’S A STRUGGLE GOING BACK AND FORTH AND BACK AND

FORTH

I'M LOSING MY MIND


45.

AND WHAT I WANT IS WRONG

WHY CAN'T I BE RIGHT?

ACT II SCENE IV

Mavis

MEREDITH

MAVIS

I have nothing to say to you

What's the matter?

MEREDITH

MAVIS

You're Spying for my father, Major.

MEREDITH

That's not true, I didn't even know that Pearce was your

father was until today

Then explain this.

MAVIS

Meredith takes the letter and beguins to read it

MEREDITH

Nathaniel Brown? Why would he write this?

Because its the truth

MAVIS

MEREDITH

I dont know whats going on here but I can explain

MAVIS

The letter does all the explaining I want to hear, get out

Mavis!

Get. Out.

MEREDITH

MAVIS

ACT II SCENE V

Meredith crosses to Nathaniels desk and slams down the

letter

Explain.

MEREDITH


46.

Nathaniel reads the letter in confusion

NATHANIEL

I didn't write this Major, that isnt my signature

Then who the hell did?

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

I don't know, but I wouldn't say those things they simply

aren't true.

They share a moment of confusion and anger

Charles

What?

NATHANIEL (CONT'D)

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

It was Charles, He's the only one who knows we're close

MEREDITH

He's the man that she was talking about? Charles isn't a bad

guy

NATHANIEL

Love and War can do a lot to a man

Exit Nathaniel

Enter Charles

You wanted to see me

Have a seat

CHARLES

MEREDITH

Charles sits

Explain this letter

MEREDITH (CONT'D)

Charles reads the letter and smiles

CHARLES

So she really bought it huh?

How could you?

MEREDITH


47.

CHARLES

How could I? How could I? How could you? You stole her from

me, Meredith. You are the one who put lies in her head that

she was unhappy with me, we were engaged!

No you weren't

She was mine

MEREDITH

CHARLES

MEREDITH

She doesn't belong to anyone. Why would you do this?

CHARLES

Meredith let me cue you in on something, as much as you'd

like to think so, the world doesn't revolve around you.

I never said it did.

MEREDITH

CHARLES

You've never cared about anything but your own self intrest

MEREDITH

I took a bullet for you Charles

CHARLES

So what you're some hot shot hero for taking a bullet? Anyone

can do that, your dad sure did

Watch yourself

MEREDITH

CHARLES

Did it ever occur to you that maybe I was in front of that

gun for a reason? Did you ever consider that?

What are you saying?

MEREDITH

CHARLES

Im saying I wanted out and you took that from me, and then

you took away the only other thing worth living for. You're

the villain Meredith not me

MEREDITH

Charles you're off my crew, go get some help

CHARLES

You're The Villain Meredith! I'm the Hero and you're the

villain!

Exit Major Meredith


48.

Charles breaks down

CHARLES SONG

CHARLES

OH TAKE ME BACK TO WHEN SHE WAS MINE

OH IS MY LIFE JUST ONE BIG LIE?

WIN THE WAR SHE’S YOURS,

THAT’S BEEN THE DEAL THE WHOLE TIME.

COULD THIS BE THE WAR STORY I HAVE TO TELL?

WAS A BROTHER IN THE TRENCHES WITH ME

WE WERE ALLIES ON ONE SIDE OF HISTORY

AND WE FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO GO HOME AND LAY DOWN AND BE

FREE

WHEN I CAME BACK FROM THE WAR I WAS LOST

WE HAD WON BUT WHAT WAS THE COST?

I WOULD DRINK, I WOULD CRY, WATCH MY LIFE PASS ME BY, I

WOULD SAY:

MY BROTHER IN ARMS HAD THEN GONE AWAY

PROMOTED, ADVANCED, ALLEGIANCE ASTRAY

ALONE IN AUSTRALIA UNTIL THAT ONE DAY

I FOUND HER MY MUSE

MY MAVIS

OH HOW SWEET

SHE PICKED ME UP AND BRUSHED OFF THE DUST

SHE WON MY HEART AND EARNED ALL MY TRUST

MY SAVIOR THAT DAY MADE THE DOUBT GO AWAY

GO AWAY, GO AWAY

I FELL INTO LOVE HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE

HER WIT AND HER CHARM, THEY PUT ME ON TRIAL

MAVIS OH MAVIS JUST STAY FOR A WHILE

SHE SWEPT ME AWAY MY ONLY

I GAVE HER MY LIFE AND SHE RIPPED OUT MY HEART

I LEFT HER ALONE AND HE TORE US APART

HE MAY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE BUT NOW HE TAKES IT AWAY

MY BROTHER IN ARMS HAS LEFT ME BETRAYED

HE’S DEAD TO ME NOW, MY DEBTS BEEN REPAID

ALONE IN A PRISON CELL UNTIL THAT ONE DAY

I’LL HAVE MY REVENGE

OH MAVIS OH MAVIS

COMPANY

CHARLES

I’LL TAKE WHAT HE GAVE


49.

(OH MAVIS OH MAVIS)

MEREDITH

MAVIS

(SHE WAS THE ONE FOR YOU)

CHARLES

AND HE'LL KNOW MY PAIN

ONE OF US WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

ACT II SCENE VI

Enter Meredith to the crews flat that houses only

Gunner

Get your gear lets go

MEREDITH

GUNNER

What? What about the other guys?

MEREDITH

Charles is no longer working with us and Nathaniel will just

slow us down

But he's our friend

GUNNER

MEREDITH

he can come separately if he really wants to

GUNNER

Whats going on with you? I haven't seen you like this in a

long time

The phone rings Meredith picks it up

MEREDITH

What? Tell the secretary it'll be taken care of. And I'll say

it again. I don't give a damn what he thinks about my

abilities, I have never let him down before and i'm not going

to start now

He hangs up the phone

Are you ready?

MEREDITH (CONT'D)

GUNNER

We're not going anywhere till you tell me whats going on?


50.

MEREDITH

(Snapping)

Gunner you may be my brother but you need to remember that i

am also your commanding officer, and when I tell you to pack

your things that's an order am I making myself perfectly

clear?

Lets go, Major

GUNNER

ACT II SCENE VII

Transition to Mavis on the stoop where she spoke to

Nathaniel

Enter Nathaniel

NATHANIEL

Mavis I need to speak to you

MAVIS

Uncle Nathan I wanted to thank you for your honesty

NATHANIEL

That's just it Mavis, that letter, it wasn't from me

Who was it from then?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

Charles, he found out about you and Meredith

What?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

The letter was from Charles, he forged my signature

MAVIS

I have to find Meredith, I have to apologize

NATHANIEL

Him and Gunner already left for the West

What am I going to do?

MAVIS

NATHANIEL

You can come with me, lets go

They exit


51.

ACT II SCENE VIII

Enter George Pearce

PEARCE

I was hoping I'd find you here

CHARLES

I'll do whatever I need to, just give me one last chance

PEARCE

Things aren't looking so good for that team of yours

CHARLES

They're not my team anymore

PEARCE

All the better. Listen to me we're going to bury this, this

silly little war is never going to have happened. Do we

understand each other?

Tell me what to do

CHARLES

PEARCE

I like this new spark Charles, you remind me of me. Have I

ever told you the story of how I got to where I am today?

OUTTA MY MIND

PEARCE

I WAS BORN I WAS RAISED IN A ONE HORSE TOWN

DIDN'T HAVE MUCH GOING FOR ME

THEN ONE DAY IN THE WOOD SHOP A MAN WALKED IN

HAIR DONE UP WITH POMADE AND GHEE

HE SAID "SON WHAT CHA DOIN COOPED UP IN THIS SHED?

I WANT TO SEE YOU COME WORK WITH ME"

I LOOKED UP TO HIS FACE WITH DISGUST IN MY EYE

I SAID "SIR, YOU MUST BE OUTTA YOUR MIND"

AND THOUGH I NEVER EVER

THOUGHT THAT I WOULD GO WITH HIM

JUST TURN AROUND AND LOOK AT ME NOW

SO TAKE ME TO TOWN LEAVE MY OLD LIFE BEHIND

THEY'LL SAY THAT I'M OUTTA MY MIND

JUMP STRAIGHT TO THE TOP RIGHT PAST ALL OF HIS KIND

YEAH, THEY KNOW I'M OUTTA MY MIND

THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO RIGHT NOW

THEY'LL HAVE TO WATCH IT ALL ON REWIND


52.

OH NO NO

WHERE DO WE GO

FROM HERE

COMPANY

CHARLES

EARLY TO BED COULDN'T HOPE TO COVER THE NOTION OF HOW

EARLY I'D RISE

PLENTY OF HIGHER UPS LAUGHED AND SAID

MY CAREER WOULD MEET AN EARLY DEMISE

BUT NOW I'M HERE AND WE'RE MEETING TODAY

AND YOU WON'T EVEN SEE A SMIRK IN THEIR EYES

STILL THOUGH I HEAR SOME VOICES BEHIND ME,

“LOOK AT HIM HE’S OUTTA HIS MIND!”

AND NOW SOME PUNK WITH A DREAM THINKS HE CAN TAKE IT BACK

HE TAKES MY GIRL AND THREATENS MY JOB

SO TAKE HIM AWAY

LEAVE THESE DREAMERS BEHIND

COMPANY

CHARLES YOU KNOW YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR MIND

CHARLES

YOU KNOW I'M OUT OF MY MIND

PEARCE

YOU'LL GO STRAIGHT TO THE TOP RIGHT PAST ALL OF YOUR KIND

THEY'LL SAY THAT YOU’RE OUTTA YOUR MIND

COMPANY

YOU TWO ARE OUTTA YOUR MINDS

CHARLES + PEARCE

AND IF THEY CAN'T SEE WHAT WE DO RIGHT NOW

THEY'LL HAVE TO WATCH IT ALL ON REWIND

OH NO NO

WHERE DO WE GO

FROM HERE?

COMPANY

PEARCE

IF MEREDITH IS GIVING YOU TROUBLE

MAYBE WE SHOULD WORK ON THE DOUBLE

I'M GIVING YOU THE LAST OF YOUR CHANCES

CHARLES (SPOKEN)

The foxtrot IS the smoothest of dances.


53.

PEARCE

FOR I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE KEY TO HEIR MY NAME

BUT IF YOU WANT MY KID, YOU'LL HAVE TO PLAY MY GAME

I WILL NOT SURRENDER THE EARNINGS OF MY LIFE

YOU WON'T SCREW THIS UP IF YOU WANT A WIFE

ADD COMPANY

IT'S ALL ON YOU CHARLES

IT'S ALL ON YOUR SHOULDERS

NOW!

CHARLES

YOU GOTTA BE OUTTA YOUR MIND

COMPANY

WE KNOW HE'S OUTTA HIS MIND

TAKE EM TO CHURCH IN A ONE HORSE TOWN

BECAUSE NOW WE KNOW THEY'RE OUTTA THEIR MIND

CHARLES + PEARCE

WE KNOW WE'RE OUT OF OUR MIND

COMPANY

LOCK EM IN WHITE LIKE AN OLD WEDDING GOWN

YEAH WE KNOW THEY'RE OUTTA THEIR MIND

CHARLES + PEARCE

YOU SAY WE'RE OUT OF OUR MINDS

COMPANY

AND IF THEY CAN'T SEE WHAT YOU DO RIGHT NOW, THEY'LL HAVE

TO WATCH IT ALL ON REWIND

OH NO NO

WHERE DO WE GO

FROM HERE

WE KNOW THEY'RE OUT OF THEIR MIND.

LOVE AND WAR SPOKEN

NATHANIEL

ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR

MEREDITH

BUT AS HEARTBREAK AND HANDS GROW SORE

MORAL IS LOW

AND TENSIONS HIGH

GUNNER

MAVIS


54.

CHARLES

HEAD IS RAISED TO MOONLESS SKY

NATHANIEL

BUT WHEN SUN BEAMS DOWN

GUNNER

AND BLOOD BLEEDS RED

CHARLES

UNFORGIVING THINGS ARE SAID

LOVE WAS BLIND

FORCED TO WED

MEREDITH

MAVIS

CHARLES

DARKER THOUGHTS RUSH THROUGH MY HEAD

NATHANIEL

HE'S ON HIS WAY WITH GUN IN HAND

GUNNER

THE CREW MUST MEET THIS GRAND DEMAND

AND MAVIS WELL,

SHE HAS HER PLAN

NATHANIEL

MAVIS

CHOOSE BETWEEN A WORD OR MAN

WHO WILL WIN

WHO WILL LOSE

MEREDITH

GUNNER

CHARLES

ONLY GOD IS BOUND TO CHOOSE

NATHANIEL

THOUGH ALL HAVE SO SO MUCH TO LOSE

LOVE AND WAR THEY CAN'T REFUSE.

BATTLE III

MEREDITH

WELL THIS IS IT THE FINAL BATTLE HAS ARRIVED

NOW COMES AN ENDING TO THIS QUARREL WE'VE CONTRIVED


55.

HERE COME THE EMUS NOW

WAIT WE’LL LET THEM PASS

KEEP FOLLOWING THEIR TRAIL

AND SHOOT THEM THROUGH THE GRASS

ALL

CAUSE IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

I CAN WIN

MEREDITH

ALL

IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

I CAN DO THEM IN

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

BUT IF YOU LET EMOTIONS GET TO YOU

GOD FORGIVE THE THINGS HE'LL DO

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE FROM HIM

CHARLES

THIS WILL SHOW HIM WHAT WILL HAPPEN

IF SHE EVER LEAVES AGAIN

MEREDITH YOUR TIME IS HANGING BY A THREAD

GUNNER

IT'S BEEN FOUR DAYS AND NOT A SINGLE TARGET HIT

THEY'RE KEEPING WATCH

THEY'RE PRETTY SMART YOU MUST ADMIT

MEREDITH

IT'S CLEAR WITH SPEED LIKE THIS

WE WON'T GET VERY FAR

SO MOUNT THE GUNS ONTO THE DASHBOARD OF THE CAR

I'm sorry what?

GUNNER

GUNNER (CONT'D)

ARE YOU ALRIGHT

ARE YOU SURE YOU AREN'T SICK

MEREDITH

I'VE GOT A BETTER QUESTION

ARE YOU SURE THAT YOU DRIVE STICK?

GUNNER

THE GUNS

THE CARS

ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE THINKING STRAIGHT?


56.

MEREDITH

JUST CALL ME REVOLUTIONARY

YOU THINK I'M IRATE?

GUNNER

I'M JUST TRYING TO CALM YOU DOWN

CAUSE YOU'RE ACTING LIKE A CLOWN

MAJOR YOU'VE LET YOUR FRUSTRATION GET TO YOU

BUT NOW WE HAVE A JOB TO DO

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE AND WIN

COMPANY

IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

I CAN WIN

MEREDITH

GUNNER

JUST TRYING TO CALM YOU DOWN

ALL

IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

I CAN DO THEM IN

MEREDITH

GUNNER

REMEMBER WHEN WE HIT THE TOWN

(NARRATOR SINGS UNDER GUNNER)

I TOLD

YOU WHAT

NATHANIEL

(UNDER GUNNER)

BUT IF YOU LET EMOTIONS GET TO YOU

OUR DAD SAID

NATHANIEL + GUNNER

GUNNER

LAY ASIDE YOUR LIFE LIKE HIM

COMPANY

TENSION AND TENSION AND TENSION...

CHARLES + NARRATOR

PROWESS COMES AND POWERLESS FALL

GUNNER

THE LAWS OF NATURE ALWAYS STAY


57.

CHARLES + NARRATOR

WHEN IT COMES TO THE END OF IT ALL

GUNNER

YOU WON'T CATCH UP TO THEM TODAY

THAT REPEATS AS MEREDITH STARTS

MEREDITH

GONNA FIGHT IN ALL THE GREATEST WARS

...

I'LL MOUNT THE GUN MYSELF I CLEARLY DON'T NEED YOU

Meredith!

MAVIS

MEREDITH

Mavis you shouldn't be here

I needed to see you

MAVIS

Charles enters

Charles

MEREDITH

CHARLES

Well would you look at that, the flightless love birds have

found their way back to each other

MEREDITH

What are you doing here?

CHARLES

I have orders to kill you, Major.

From who

MEREDITH

CHARLES

Let's not get lost in logistics old friend

Charles, you need help

Let us help you

MEREDITH

MAVIS

Charles pulls his Pistol pointing it at Mavis

CHARLES

Haven't you done enough?


58.

MEREDITH

It doesn't have to end like this

Charles stop! Listen

GUNNER

Charles is taken back by Gunners voice

GUNNER (CONT'D)

I know you feel like there is some sort of justice to be had

but I promise whatever you do here will stick with you way

longer than whatever happened back on the battlefield, we're

your friends

CHARLES

You are my friend Gunner, you are the only one who has been

consistently kind to me, which is why I want to say that I am

so sorry for what's going to happen next

MEREDITH

If you feel like you need to shoot me, go ahead and do it but

leave them out of it

CHARLES

Meredith you took away the only thing I had to live for so

i'm going to do the same.

He points the gun at Mavisony for Meredith to throw

himself in front of her

Charles aim switches from Mavis to Gunner and He pulls

his trigger only for the scene to freeze

No!

MEREDITH

NATHANIEL

(With great Sorrow)

Charles Williams was a sick young man, changed by War his

humanity had been stripped away. Having very little left to

lose he devised a plan of his own; To take the life of a

friend.

Gunfire rings out

Charles drops the gun and walks away pleased

Meredith holds his brother as he takes his final

breath

GUNNER

I STILL REMEMBER OUR PAPA’S WORDS

RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT FOR THE WAR

HE WAS WILLING TO SERVE EVEN THOUGH IT COST HIM HIS LIFE


59.

HE SAID TO US BOYS IT MIGHT SEEM CRAZY

THE THINGS I'M WILLING TO DO

BUT EVERY MAN LEARNS

NOW IT'S MY TURN

Gunner.

MEREDITH

Meredith weeps

NATHANIEL

CAUSE IN A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

NO ONE WINS

YOU CAN HOLD THE CAVERN OPEN

OR LET IT CAVE IN

BUT IF YOU LET EMOTIONS GET TO YOU

GOOD FORGIVE THE THINGS THEY'LL DO

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE

FOR YOUR LIFE

FOR YOUR LIFE

FOR YOUR LIFE

WHY WE LOST

NATHANIEL

They Mourn, never forgetting their fallen friend who now lay

at peace lost to the hatred of war. It is said that there is

freedom in victory, however in the face of defeat, that is

when we learn who we truly are

MEREDITH

MY BROTHER REMINDS ME WHAT OUR FATHER SAID

RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT FOR THE WAR

HE SAID EVERY MAN LEARNS HIS PLACE IN THE WORLD

ONE WOULD HOPE THAT ID LEARNED IT BEFORE

HE WOULD SAY TO US BOYS IT MIGHT SEEM CRAZY THE THINGS

THAT IM WILLING TO DO

YOU'LL BOTH BE SPECIAL UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT

NO MATTER WHAT IT'S TRUE

AND IF I FELT THIS WAY

MY BROTHER'D BE HERE TODAY

BUT I CANT

AND HES NOT

NOW HES GONE

SO IN HIS MEMORY

I'LL TRY TO HELP THEM SEE

WHAT I AM

WHAT THEY THOUGHT

WAS JUST A WEAKNESS IS ACTUALLY

A BRAND NEW BREAKING DAWN


60.

CAUSE NOW I KNOW WHY WE LOST

AND NOW I KNOW WHAT IT COST

IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW REACH OUR GOALS

IT'S NOT IF WE GET THERE AT ALL

NOW I KNOW HOW TO WIN

THE ANSWER HAS ALWAYS BEEN

IF OUR HEARTS AREN'T IN THE FIGHT

WELL THEN WHY ARE WE FIGHTING AT ALL? FIGHTING AT ALL

MAVIS

I FELL FOR A BOY WITH HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE

WITH A DREAM OF JOINING THE CORP

BUT ALL THAT THE MAN WHO CAME BACK COULD ACHIEVE

WAS PUSHING ME DOWN TO THE FLOOR

BOTH

CAN I APOLOGIZE

FOR RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY EYES

WAS A MAN

NEEDING HELP

WHO I IGNORED

NOW IN MY IGNORANCE

MEREDITH

HE SHOT MY ONLY DEFENSE

AND I RAN

AND I CRIED

MAVIS

MEREDITH

BOTH

AND IF I RUN AWAY AGAIN MY LEGACY WILL BE ABHORRED

BOTH (CONT'D)

CAUSE NOW I KNOW WHY WE LOST

AND NOW I KNOW WHAT IT COST

IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW REACH OUR GOALS

IT'S NOT IF WE GET THERE AT ALL

NOW I KNOW HOW TO WIN

THE ANSWER HAS ALWAYS BEEN

IF OUR HEARTS AREN'T IN THE FIGHT

WELL THEN WHY ARE WE FIGHTING AT ALL?

FIGHTING AT ALL

ACT II SCENE IX

Nathaniel sits at his typewriter for the last time


61.

NATHANIEL

Charles Williams was never never charged for the murder of

Gunner Meredith, in fact Mr. Williams was never heard from

again. The Defense office ordered for press to cease print on

any and all stories regarding the war as it was an

embarrassment to the department as a whole. The coverup of

such an even is nothing short of censorship, a crime which I

hold very little tolerance for. History shall not be

silenced.

This is my last report.

In loving memory of Gunner O'Hallera Meredith

-- Nathaniel Brown. 1932

SECRETARY

Mr. Brown the defense secretary is here to see you

One moment please

NATHANIEL

Nathaniel in a hurry gathers his articles to hide them

from Pearce

Enter Pearce

Mr. Brown

George

PEARCE

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

No doubt you know why I'm here

NATHANIEL

You'll have to be more specific

PEARCE

Don't play dumb Nathan, the articles "Warstories"

They're not here

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

What's that on your desk

It's-

Let me see it.

It's nothing

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

NATHANIEL


62.

PEARCE

Then surely you won't mind me taking a look

Nathaniel hands over the files with great reluctance

PEARCE (CONT'D)

Just as I thought, Thank you Nathan your services will no

longer be needed

You can't take that

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

Sure I can, its property of the state

NATHANIEL

What will you do with them

PEARCE

Maybe kindling for a barbeque oh what the hell why wait?

Pearce drops the files into a waste bin lights his

lighter and drops it leaving the papers to burn

One of your men died

NATHANIEL

PEARCE

Not according to history, Mr. Brown

Exit Pearce leaving behind flames

Nathaniel extinguishes the flames however nothing is

salvageable

SECRETARY

Sir you told me to block off your whole afternoon, where

should I say you are if someone asks?

A wedding

NATHANIEL

Transition to the wedding of Mavis Pearce and GPW

Meredith


63.

THE WEDDING (SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET)

NATHANIEL

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a

story of love, a story of hate, of war, of peace, a story of

lovers

MEREDITH

I FEEL SO OVERDRESSED

LET ME FIX YOUR TIE

MAVIS

MEREDITH

(PLAYFUL)

SHOULD WE INVITE YOUR FATHER

MAVIS

ILL GIVE YOU A BLACK EYE

MEREDITH

I KNOW THAT YOU HAD SOME OFFERS

SO TO YOUR PLAN STAY TRUE

YOU'RE ALWAYS GONNA BE THE ONE FOR ME, SO MAVIS, DO...

I DO

MAVIS

ALL

BUT IF YOU GIVE ME A REASON WHY YOU SHOULD RUN AWAY

THEN I'LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU SHOULD STAY

AND IF YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND

I'LL SHOW YOU THAT KNOW YOU LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND

THEY SAY EMU LOST THEIR ABILITY TO FLY

BY EATING TOO MUCH AND FALLING OUT OF THE SKIES

BUT I KNOW THAT THE REASON THEY STAY ON THE GROUND

IS THAT THEY GOT USED TO WAITING

AROUND FOR SOMEONE

TO SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

MEREDITH

BUT IF YOU

BUT IF YOU

BUT IF YOU

TO SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET

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