MOUSEHUNT
MOUSE HUNT OF THE SUN 1

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        THE MOUSE HUNT OF THE SUN

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Story type - PLOT: CHASE
Concept : Catgirl Sneak regales an old friend with a tall tale that may be true. To save the present She had to fix the past




EXT. OUTER SPACE - ASTRONOMICALLY NEAR THE CATPAW
               NEBULA

               From a wide view of space a single star system comes into
               focus. 

               Then a single Blue, green planet. 



               PLANET LOAM -- DAY

                                   HARVEY (V.O.)
                         Most livable planets start out like
                         our Loam. Everything in balance. 



               NORTH AHMENIA -- DAY 

               Close inspection reveals a continent shaped like a stylized
               moose head. 

                                   HARVEY (V.O.)
                         Loam has a stronger electromagnetic
                         grid, ley lines then most places.
                         That's why we're a bit different.
                         Each of us has two talents.



               HAVEN 

               Even closer to show on the left 'antler' (your left)
               geometrically perfect laid out cities and fields of grain.

                                   HARVEY (V.O.)
                         One is almost unique to each of us.
                         That's our Magick. There's one
                         thing each of us can do real good. 



               HAVEN IN THE CLOUDS

               Closer still, we see an alabaster city floating above the
               landscape. The buildings glow white in the sunlight. 

               HARVEY an old white rabbit hops through a well manicured
               garden. A reddish tan weasel-like kit with horizontal stripes
               on her back and tail, MERCY, follows him to a stone bench. 

                                   MERCY
                         Yeah like my mom can get people to
                         like her. A lot! She told me not to
                         use or tell anyone what I can do
                         yet. 

                                   HARVEY
                         Good idea. When your Magick is
                         known, people expect you to do it
                         all the time. 

                                   MERCY
                         ...And the other magick we have...

               Mercy and Harvey change into furries (anthropomorphic
               versions)Mercy is a young, sable - Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf)
               hybrid, girl. 

                                   HARVEY
                         Strange how that scares offworlders
                         more than our personal talents. 

                                   MERCY
                         Dad says "So you see we were and
                         always will be weres. We can
                         only be what we were which is a
                         were. Clear?" 

                                   HARVEY
                         He says things like that. 

                                   MERCY
                         Use your talent, please-- Where is
                         MOLDRED THE MALCONTENT, wizard and
                         my pop. And where's SHIRLEY
                         GOODNESS, Information and recovery
                         expert or spy and thief. 

                                   HARVEY
                         Your ma's coming home today from a
                         wild adventure. Your dad is
                         starting a new one...



               EXT.  PLANET LOAM - VAST OCEAN - DUSA ISLAND - DOCKS 
               - NIGHT

               An almost cloudless sky over a tropical isle
               dominated by an active volcano.
               Frigates, schooners, brigantines, galleons and
               barques float at anchor or are moored to the quay. 

               A city of gold-streaked, igneous rock buildings. A
               faint blue dome of light stands between the town and
               volcano. 

               A black frigate with the name INVICTUS On the side
               bobs at the quay. 

               A cloud covers the moon and the scene darkens.

               Two creatures slink off the ship into the town. SNEAK
               moves with cat-like grace while MOLDRED, the larger
               one, clumps bowlegged behind. 



               EXT. DUSA CITY -- NIGHT

               The Two creatures flit from shadowed alleys, down
               narrow back streets towards the blue dome. One is a
               calico cat and the other is a Thylacine (Tasmanian
               Wolf) 

               They hug the shadows as an armed patrol in khaki
               shirts and Bermuda shorts marches by. 

               The Two creatures reach the edge of the dome. 

               The two creatures pass through the dome of light into
               a more technological area, filled with fuel trucks,
               electric lights, gantries, traveling cranes and
               rocket ships.

               The armed patrol stop outside the dome composed of
               blue shimmering light.

                                   Armed Patrolman
                         Outta our jurisdiction.
                         Spaceport's Imperial. Back on
                         watch.



               EXT. DUSA SPACEPORT -- NIGHT

               As they approach the ramp onto the luxury star
               cruiser "EMPRESS Yolinda" the two creatures
               transform. Sneak, a small wiry  female,
               anthropomorphic (animal features on a humanoid body)
               calico cat, has on a brief, brown, ragged outfit.
               Moldred, a graying but still robust furry Thylacine
               (Tasmanian Wolf) male wears a blue wizard robe and
               high-laced black boots. He leans on a staff. 

                                   Sneak
                         We made it, Bofs, and...

               RIPPER a big anthro tigress approaches.

                                   RIPPER
                         Luggage is stowed in our cabin.
                         EVERYTHING!. Safely.

                                   Moldred
                         Good to know. Next stop Sumer
                         TM, and the living is easy. 

                                   SNEAK?
                         Fish are jumping? 

                                   MOLDRED
                         Not this trip. Ripper did you
                         get those pamphlets from the
                         Purser? 

               Ripper reads aloud and hands each one to Sneak. 

               Sneak frowning, folds them up and puts them out of
               sight. 

                                   RIPPER
                         "Required Conduct for Citizens
                         of Loam When Offworld." And "
                         Rules Governing Visitor's to
                         Sumer Trade Matrix"

                                   MOLDRED
                         Sneak-sneak, please read and
                         memorize those. We do not need
                         a repeat of what happened on
                         Geode. 



               - FLASHBACK - INT. PLANET GEODE - CAMP JUAN DA FUCA -
               CELL BLOCK C - NIGHT

               SUPER:
               FIVE YEARS AGO

               The cells consist of three barred sides and one
               concrete wall. On one wall is stenciled BLOCK C.
               There are no windows all light is florescent. The
               lights are dimmed for sleep cycle. JULIE RAYNE a cute
               anthro ocelot hugs her knees and tries to sleep.
               Every sound makes her ears prick up and her eyes open
               wide. 

               Motion and voices alert her to approaching guards. 

               Using her blanket to hood her face Julie watches as
               the guards BURTON, a Hyena and SCHROEDINGER, an
               Alsatian, lead a scruffy looking calico cat girl to
               the cell next to Julie's. 

               The girl is cuffed at wrist and ankles, yet walks
               with a light step and a smile on her face. 

               Burton has a nervous habit of shouting random words. 

                                   Burton
                         Here's your NEW accommodations
                         LADY Bast. Only from now on
                         it's furn candidate SECOND
                         class 5640.

                                   SNEAK
                         Tanks fellas. You can call me
                         anything except "late for
                         dinner" 

                                   Schroedinger
                         Shut it furn. You will speak
                         only when spoken to!

               The guards uncuff her and leave. 



               INT. JULIE'S CELL --NIGHT

               Julie remains still. A small hand gently rubs her
               back. 

                                   SNEAK
                         Those bat-turds been giving you
                         a hard time. I kinda liked the
                         full cavity search. 

               Julie jumps off her cot. 

                                   JULIE
                         Hhhow did you get in here?

                                   SNEAK
                         For-in national with no papers.
                         Sort of stole a fish. 

                                   JULIE
                         No I meant in my cell.

               Julie examines the bars dividing their cells. They're
               solid. 

                                   SCHROEDINGER (O.S.)
                         I would like to know as well.

               Schroedinger drags Sneak back to her own cell and
               chains her ankle to the wall, takes her bedding and
               leaves. Sneak addresses Julie.

                                   SNEAK
                         The 'dirty cows' call me Bastet
                         but youse can call me Sneak.
                         Ninja trick I picked up.

               Julie's eyes widen and her ears perk up.



               INT. JULIE'S CELL - DAY 

               Julie, legs crossed, watches Sneak's every gesture as
               the calico spins a ripping yarn. 

                                   SNEAK
                         ...so that took out one of them
                         flying snakes. I pounced one
                         more and the mongoose guy threw
                         a wool poncho over the last
                         one. Celestine, the looney
                         mousey was pissed. It was her
                         best poncho.  

                                   SCHROEDINGER (O.S.)
                         You can't follow orders can
                         you? 

                                   SNEAK
                         I wasn't born to follow...

               Schroedinger enters the cell, cuffs and leashes
               Sneak. 

                                   SCHROEDINGER
                         Maybe a week in the 'box' will
                         make you a better furn.



               INT. CELL BLOCK C - INDOOR EXERCISE YARD -- DAY

               A high walled wide room with concentric circles
               painted on the floor. 

               Near one wall is a black bin just big enough for one
               furr (anthropomorphic creature). 

               Schroedinger leads Sneak into the room and ties her
               wrists and ankles together. 

               Schroedinger opens the bin and lifts a bound Sneak
               into it.  

                                   SCHROEDINGER
                         Time in the dark with no food
                         should tame you. There's a
                         small tube which will supply
                         drinks - sometimes.

                                   SNEAK
                         And other times? 

                                   SCHROEDINGER
                         Ah, you picked up on that.
                         Every time you suck on the tube
                         there's a three in one chance. 

               Schroedinger counts on his fingers and smirks. 

                                   SCHROEDINGER
                         It could be water. It could be
                         knockout drops or - it could be
                         pure cobra venom. Each suck
                         spins the wheel. Bye!   

                                   SNEAK (V.O.)
                         It's time to go. Fun's over. 



               INT. CELL BLOCK C -- NIGHT 

               The P. A. system comes to life just above Julie's
               cell.

                                   The p.a. (V.O.)
                         Furn candidate second class
                         5640 A. K. A. Bastet or Bast,
                         was killed trying to escape
                         tonight. There is no escape. As
                         you well know...

               Julie stops listening. The rest of the announcement
               is babble.

               Schroedinger walks by mumbling. 

                                   SCHROEDINGER
                         First she was in the box, then
                         she wasn't in the box, then
                         part of her was there and part
                         wasn't...



               - END FLASHBACK - 



               EXT. DEEP SPACE - STARLINER THE EMPRESS YOLINDA 

               The rotund and baroque, luxury starliner sedately
               plies the starways.



               INT. EMPRESS YOLINDA - CATPAW LOUNGE -- NIGHT (BY
               SHIPS CLOCK) 

               A Long narrow bar spans one side of the compartment.
               Wide tables are bolted to the floor. Chairs in
               grooved tracks circle each. Fore and aft are
               submarine like doorways. Port and starboard are wide
               reinforced viewports. On the walls between doors are
               long buffet tables.  CHARLIE TWOCLOUDS (coyote) and
               Moldred sit opposite each other at one  of the
               tables. Sneak and Ripper sit close by. Ripper looks
               out the viewport in awe. Sneak is holding up a
               pamphlet to mask the fact her eyes are shut. 

                                   MOLDRED
                         ...so you can imagine we're not
                         very popular with the Dusa
                         government. 

                                   CHARLIE TWOCLOUDS
                         And all Loamans can shapeshift? 

               Ripper continues to watch the stars but speaks over
               her shoulder. 

                                   RIPPER
                         Not shape shift. I can't turn
                         into a coyote. Just become as
                         we were. 

                                   MOLDRED
                         So you see we were and always
                         will be weres. We can only be
                         what we were which is a were.
                         Clear? 

               Charlie rubs his nose in thought and glances over at
               Julie who has just entered.

                                   CHARLIE TWOCLOUDS
                         Noooo... My co-pilot here.
                         Explain it to her. 



               INT. CATPAW LOUNGE -- NIGHT

               Julie sees Sneak. 

                                   Julie
                         Sneak? Bast? You're still
                         alive? 

               Sneak doesn't look up at first.

                                   SNEAK
                         Sorry. Is that a problem? 

               Sneak opens her eyes and does a double take. See's
               the green collar on Julie's neck, looks daggers at
               Charlie. Bares her fangs.

                                   SNEAK
                         So they sold you to this S. O.
                         B. You'll be free in a minute. 

               Julie steps between Charlie and Sneak. 

                                   JULIE
                         Put a lid on it. He's my guy. -
                         The guards said you were shot
                         trying to escape, but I heard
                         Schroedinger...

                                   SNEAK
                         That the Alsatian? 

                                   JULIE
                         Yeah. I heard him muttering
                         "First she was in the box then
                         she wasn't in the box, then she
                         was half there and half not..." 

               Sneak chortles. 

                                   SNEAK
                         Hrf! On Geode, I couldn't let
                         on I was from Loam. My "talent"
                         is whenever I get stressed, I
                         port elsewhere. I actually
                         tried to reverse it but
                         couldn't. 

               Julie gives Sneak a big wet sloppy kiss and they hug. 

                                   JULIE
                         Who cares now. Loaman? So you
                         can change into a cat and
                         appear and disappear at will?

                                   SNEAK
                         Loamans are weres, period. I
                         can't always port, like when
                         Gyrrrl, Ripper over there, and
                         I went mouse hunting in the
                         Noraloco jungles of South
                         Ahmenia...



               INT. Catpaw lounge -- night

               Julie and Sneak sit together away from the others.
               Julie's eyes are wide and her ears are pointing
               forward.  

                                   JULIE
                         One of your stories... This is
                         so great. Tell me a story like
                         you did in furn lockup. Those
                         tales really helped my spirits.  

               Sneak talks excitedly at her rapt audience. She
               pronounces archaeologist - "archie-o-low-jest"

                                   SNEAK
                         okay-- okay. Well, Bofs,
                         Moldred over there's old wizard
                         school was sending money to an
                         archaeologist name o' CELESTINE
                         KRAT studying the Maykatec
                         Ruins on top of one of the Amos
                         Mountains in Boglima...



               - SNEAK'S TALE - START



               EXT. Loam - South Ahmenia - Boglima - the Amos
               Mountains - Maykatec Ruins -- day

               Celestine, a Kangaroo rat, runs between tumbled
               stones with Incaic glyphs pursued by quetzalcoatls,
               feathered flying serpents. Celestine is skinny, has
               on baggy shorts and a colorful coarse woolen poncho. 

                                   SNEAK (V.O.)
                         She's obsessed with the idea
                         there's some kinda mystical
                         power in the Maykatec Glyphs.
                         Crazy as a quail. 

               Celestine falls through a hole and disappears. The
               feathered serpents mill and then flap off. 

                                   SNEAK (V.O.)
                         She found a hidden chamber. 



               INT. Maykatec Ruins - underground chamber -- day

               Celestine traces the marks on a number of gold and
               bronze tablets feverishly. 

                                   Celestine
                         Chizchdaplatina, a great city
                         of platinum lies six days
                         journey down the great river
                         and four nights towards the
                         moonrise.
                         When the moon fills the night
                         and the ring of Coniraya...

               Celestine shuffles some tablets and finds a map
               engraved on one. She traces it. 

                                   SNEAK (V.O.)
                         The mad mousy now wanted to
                         mount an expedition up the
                         Noraloco river. 



               EXT. NORTH AHMENIA - MIDGARDON - THE FORESTED HILLS -
               MOLDRED'S COTTAGE -- DAY

               Woodland clearing. a modest stone cottage. Sneak
               dozes in cat form on a window sill. A small hole
               appears in midair. It grows and plumes of wispy smoke
               escape. FYRY FYANG, a black footed ferret (in anthro
               form) flows to the ground as the hole evaporates. 

                                   Fyry
                         Honorable Miss Sneak? Where may
                         this one find your master? 

               Sneak jumps off the window sill and goes anthro in
               mid leap to a land fully changed in front of Fyry. 

                                   SNEAK
                         Bofs? Master Moldred the
                         Malcontent, is not here. On a
                         secret mission for Queen Catty.
                         Can I help? 

                                   RIPPER (O.S.)
                         Who's there fuzz... Oh, 

               Ripper sticks her head out the window.

                                   RIPPER
                         Headmistress Fyang, what brings
                         you here? Is my Dad okay?

                                   FYRY
                         The General is Fine. Your
                         talents are needed ladies.
                         Pack for an extended journey.
                         Here is all you'll need. 

               Fyry hands over a sealed envelope and then evaporates
               into her portal. 

               As Sneak turns to enter the house a ball of striped
               brown fur, MERCY, bursts from the woods and bowls her
               over. 

                                   Mercy
                         Auntie Sneak! 



               INT. Moldred's cottage - kitchen -- day

               In a spacious old fashioned kitchen MERCY, an eleven
               year old sable/thylacine hybrid girl play wrestles
               with Ripper while SHIRLEY GOODNESS, mother of Mercy,
               chats with Sneak. 

               Shirley has a parka tied between two snow shoes. 

                                   Shirley
                         ...The Hosts of Haven want me
                         to find a clear diamond in a
                         land of ice and snow. Gotta
                         support Moldred's daughter
                         somehow. 

                                   RIPPER
                         We would love to have Mercy
                         stay with us but we have
                         undertaken...

                                   SNEAK
                         Don't mention undertakers. We
                         are coming back. We're going
                         south on a "quest"

                                   SHIRLEY
                         okay. I'll ask Vive, Moldred's
                         OTHER girlfriend. 



               EXT. Midgardon - Crossroads Inn -- day

               The Inn is a three storied, "U" shaped building. Some
               parts are ancient stone blocks, other sections are
               weathered wood and the upper floors are wooden beams
               in plastered bricks. 

               Vive, a red vixen in a modest chambermaid outfit has
               a hand on Mercy's head as they stand on the front
               steps facing Shirley, Sneak and Ripper. Ripper has a
               backpack, Shirley her arctic gear and Sneak a
               shoulder bag. 

                                   Vive
                         Mercy can sleep in her dads'
                         old room. Thank you for
                         entrusting her to me MS.
                         Goodness. She'll have no bad
                         influences while she's here. . 

                                   SHIRLEY
                         I would expect no less MAID
                         Vivica. 

               Shirley kisses Mercy goodbye and leaves. 

               Ripper and Mercy split a piece of turkey jerky. 

                                   VIVE
                         Sneak-sneak dear are you sure
                         you and Ripper can do this on
                         your own? 

               Sneak straightens to her full 5'1" height.

                                   SNEAK
                         Yeah. I'se been on me own
                         before. Let's went Ms. Tee-Neow
                         -- Ripper,Gyrrrl.

                                   VIVE (V.O.)
                             (thinks)
                         Last time she was on her own,
                         she got arrested and almost
                         sold into slavery.

               Ripper realizes she's being addressed. 

                                   Ripper
                         Nobody calls me by my last
                         name. Sorry. 

                                   VIVE
                         Have a nice trip, girls. Sneak?
                         Think twice, act once. 

               INT. HEL - CAVE OF THE BLACK DRAGON 

               High vaulted Carlsbad type cavern with wide central area and
               an underground stream. Jewels, ornate weapons, gold jewelry 
               and piled coins lay about. A few guttering torches barely
               light the area.

               Dragonoir Schwarzerdrache Dracoaquilum, The BLACK DRAGON lies
               amid his wealth. He's huge with horny, ebony skin and blank
               white "Orphan Annie" eyes. He looks relaxed but his muscles
               are ready to spring into action in a split second. He thinks
               he knows everything. He might...

               Fyry steps out of her portal and bows low. 

                                   FYRY
                         The players in our little drama are
                         gathering as you predicted. Once
                         Shirley is on her way...

                                   BLACK DRAGON
                         Get the kitties down there two
                         steps behind her. After that hands
                         off. 

                                   FYRY
                         By your command.

               Fyry leaves the way she came. 

               B. D. Lifts his head and sniffs. 

                                   BLACK DRAGON
                         I smell a bunny. An old, crazy,
                         white bunny.

               Harvey steps out of the shadows. 

                                   HARVEY
                         You think I'm crazy 'cause I gave
                         up power.
                         In order to gain anything something
                         of equal value must be given up.
                         Just got tired of making that
                         trade.

                                   BLACK DRAGON
                         So what are you going to do? 

                                   HARVEY
                         Advise and nudge. As little
                         interference as possible. 

                                   BLACK DRAGON
                         Either way you'll still be here.

                                   HARVEY
                         E-yeah. Loam and me we're a set.
                         Can't have one without t'other.



               EXT. MOORS NORTH OF THE CROSSROADS INN -- DAY 

               As the sun sets in the west, Shirley watches the
               north bound road from a hilltop. Both a non-anthro
               (full animal with no humanoid traits) tiger and a
               calico cat race away from the Inn barely visible to
               the south.

               A speck in the sky resolves itself into a condor. 

               Shirley waves her arms and then changes into a full
               sable. 

               The condor swoops down and snatches the sable up and
               flaps off. 



               EXT. BOGLIMA - AMOS  MOUNTAINS - MAYKATEC RUINS --
               NIGHT. 

               The condor drops the sable, who turns back into
               Shirley. 

               Shirley tosses a gold coin in the air. 

               The condor catches it and flaps off. 



               EXT. Midgardon - safe harbor - docks - day 

               Ripper and Sneak pad down the wharf towards the
               Invictus. 

                                   SNEAK
                         ...Be nice to see me old
                         shipmates again.

                                   RIPPER
                         And to eat Kalam's cooking
                         again...

               Fyry appears in front of them.

                                   Fyry
                         Most humble pardons. Change of
                         plans. Please to come with...



               EXT. SOUTH AHMENIA - BOGLIMA - BOGLIMA CITY - HEL'S
               EMBASSY COMPOUND. -- DAY

               Boglima City lies twixt the ocean and the Amos
               mountains.

               Between the iron gates surrounding it and the
               darkened stucco, 2 story Embassy, a smoky portal
               appears. 

               Sneak and Ripper fall out of the portal, followed by
               a huge, scaled claw. The claw retracts and Fyry steps
               out smoothly. 

                                   FYRY
                         It has been stated: "Do not
                         feed or annoy the vorms"



               INT. Hel's embassy - Fyry's room

               A Spartan room with only a futon and a mat on the
               floor. A candle and a cast iron tea set grace a low
               table. Ripper and Fyry sit in lotus posture on the
               mat. Sneak sprawls on the bed. 

                                   SNEAK (V.O.)
                         Fyry, Ms. Inscrutable's the
                         best saucer esse and visible
                         boss of a major power but she
                         lives like a nun. 

               Fyry gestures out the window at the distant peaks.

                                   Fyry
                         Our minions inform that
                         Celestine is not on this side
                         of the mountains. 

               Sneak stretches lazily. 

                                   FYRY
                         It is known that there is no
                         one in residence at the
                         Maykatec Ruins atop the sacred
                         mountain. 

                                   SNEAK
                         okay. So the mouse is where? 

                                   FYRY
                         Unknown. But it is written
                         "Knowledge begins with that
                         which you do not know"

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