The Fairy Tale Adventures of Tom Wolf

by Dr. Pelham Mead

THE FAIRY-TALE ADVENTURES OF TOM WOLF
Written by
Dr. Pelham Mead III
(c) 2015
ACT ONE- BEDLAM HOSPITAL, LONDON, 1800’S.
INT. -POEM-DAY.
TOM O’ BEDLAM
1800’s Poem By Anonymous
Note: The poem is to be read by a narrator with a deep voice and slowly with emphasis.
From the hag and hungry goblin
That into rags would rend ye,
The spirit that stands by the naked man
In the Book of Moons defend ye,
That of your five sound senses
You never be forsaken,
Nor wander from your selves with TOM
Abroad to beg your bacon,
While I do sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
Of thirty bare years have I
Twice twenty been enragèd,
And of forty been three times fifteen
In durance soundly cagèd
On the lordly lofts of Bedlam,
With stubble soft and dainty,
Brave bracelets strong, sweet whips ding-dong,
With wholesome hunger plenty,
And now I sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
With a thought I took for Maudlin
And a cruse of cockle pottage,
With a thing thus tall, sky bless you all,
I befell into this dotage.
I slept not since the Conquest,
Till then I never wakèd,
Till the roguish boy of love where I lay
Me found and stript me nakèd.
And now I sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
When I short have shorn my sow’s face
And swigged my horny barrel,
In an oaken inn I pound my skin
As a suit of gilt apparel;
The moon’s my constant mistress,
And the lowly owl my marrow;
The flaming drake and the night crow make
Me music to my sorrow.
While I do sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
The palsy plagues my pulses
When I prig your pigs or pullen,
Your culvers take, or matchless make
Your Chanticleer or Sullen.
When I want provant with Humphrey
I sup, and when benighted,
I repose in Paul’s with waking souls
Yet never am affrighted.
But I do sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
I know more than Apollo,
For oft, when he lies sleeping
I see the stars at bloody wars
In the wounded welkin weeping;
The moon embrace her shepherd,
And the Queen of Love her warrior,
While the first doth horn the star of morn,
And the next the heavenly Farrier.
While I do sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
The gypsies, Snap and Pedro,
Are none of TOM’s comradoes,
The punk I scorn and the cutpurse sworn,
And the roaring boy’s bravadoes.
The meek, the white, the gentle
Me handle, touch, and spare not;
But those that cross TOM Rynosseros
Do what the panther dare not.
Although I sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
With a host of furious fancies
Whereof I am commander,
With a burning spear and a horse of air,
To the wilderness I wander.
By a knight of ghosts and shadows
I summoned am to tourney
Ten leagues beyond the wide world’s end::
Methinks it is no journey.
Yet will I sing, Any food, any feeding,
Feeding, drink, or clothing;
Come dame or maid, be not afraid,
Poor TOM will injure nothing.
FADE IN:
EXT. -RAINY NIGHT-NIGHT.
NARRATOR:
It was a dark and gloomy night as the horse and carriage traveled over the cobblestones of Moorfields in London, England. There was a crescent moon that night that lit the pathway to St. Mary of Bethlem hospital, also called Bedlam. It was a notorious mental hospital having been rebuilt in the late seventeenth century. As the carriage entered the grounds of St. Mary of Bethlem Hospital, the crescent moon shown on the two human statutes of wracked with suffering named “Melancholy,” and “Raving Madness,”near the peak of the main building. The statute called “Melancholy” appeared with a blank, and vacant stare lying sideways and naked. “Raving Madness” the second human statute is bound in chains and shows fury on it’s face as it lies naked in the night.
The massive size of Bedlam was most impressive, as it stretched on for many meters. The horse and black carriage entered the half circle path in front of the main building. The driver and his assistant got down from their bench on the carriage, and unlocked the door of the carriage. Inside was a decrepit man bound in chains and dressed in rags. His hairy arms and legs stood out like a fur coat. His face was contorted, and hairy with a full black and grey beard. His eyes were dark and small. He howled with pain from the shackles and chains. The driver and his assistant dragged the poor wretch from the carriage up the marble steps to the main building at Bedlam Hospital.
Crashing through the doors the men dragged the poor chained man into the huge lobby which was surrounded with pictures of famous doctors who had served at St. Mary of Bethlem Hospital before.
FADE IN:
GEORGIE, BEDLAM ATTENDANT (40)(DRESSED IN A WHITE LAB COAT WITH LONG BLACK HAIR AND A MUSTACHE).
How may I help you gentlemen this evening?
MARKS LEBLUE, CARRIAGE DRIVER (50)(DRESSED IN A BLACK RIDING COAT AND BOOTS. STANDING SIX FEET TALL WITH A BLACK WIDE BRIMMED HAT AND GLASSES).
Aye, you may. We have here a prisoner from the public jails who seems to have lost his mind. He claims he is a wolf and howls all night long. We have been asked to remove him from the London prison and take him here for evaluation as to his mental condition.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
What is his name?
CARRIAGE DRIVER
I believe his name is TOM Wolf or that is what he told us?
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Alright, I will put his name down as TOM Wolf. How old is the prisoner? Ummm patient that is?
CARRIAGE DRIVER
We don’t know, but we estimate him to be in his forties.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Where does the patient live?
CARRIAGE DRIVER
We do not know. He was found drunken in an alley in London.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Well then, let’s take the chains off of him and put him in a room for the doctor to examine TOMorrow morning.
CARRIAGE DRIVER
Give me a hand in unlocking these locks on these chains. Easy, that is it. They are all removed.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Thank you. Now let’s take him to his room for the night. We will give him a shower and de-lice him TOMorrow when we have more attendants on staff.
CARRIAGE DRIVER
Aye, let’s throw him in this room. He is heavy and my partner and I are tired. Be gone with him now.
The carriage driver and his assistant dragged the unchained wretch to a room with a thick metal door with a small window. They open the door and throw the wretch into the room.
CARRIAGE DRIVER
Our job is done. The hell with ya. We are in need of a drink at the pub. Goodbye to ye.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
I will lock the room. Thank you for coming this late at night. The patient will be fine here I am sure. Dr. Von Hess will see him in the morning.
TOM WOLF (40’S)(A VERY HAIRY FACE AND LONG NOSE AND BEADY EYES WITH GREY AND BLACK COLORING).
Ahhhh, my ribs are killing me. Someone help me. Is there anyone there? Help, help.
FADE OUT.
INT.- THE FIRST INTERVIEW-DAY.
After a long night of sleeping on the floor TOM Wolf awakens to find himself locked in a room with a steel door and a tiny window high above the floor with bars on the window. The sun is creeping through the window bars and casting a shadow on the floor. TOM looks at the stark dirty white walls with cracks running through them and roaches running everywhere on the floor. There is a rusty drain on the floor in the middle of the room and a privy seat in the corner. Suddenly, a man dressed in white knocks on the door.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT (30’S)(A TALL BLACK MAN WITH A BEND OVER SPINE AND SHORT BLACK HAIR).
Up and at ‘em lad. Doctor Von Hess wants to see ya. Come on get up now.
TOM WOLF
Where am I?
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
You are in St. Mary of Bethlem Hospital called Bedlam for short. Come let me help you get up. Easy now. Stand up. That is good. Now let us good and see the Doctor. After you meet with the Doctor you will get breakfast porridge.
TOM WOLF
My legs are killing me from the chains. Why am I here? All I did was have a few drinks at the local pub.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
Never ye mind. Come lad and let’s talk with the Doctor. Doctor Von Hess this is the new patient brought in last night from the London jail. His name is TOM Wolf.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS (50’S)(SPOKE WITH A GERMAN ACCENT, AND WORE RIMLESS GLASSES AND HAD SIDEBURNS TO HIS JAW).
What is your name lad?
TOM WOLF
TOM, TOM Wolf.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Wolf is it. TOM Wolf, is that right? Where were you born Mr. Wolf?
TOM WOLF
I do not know. Why am I here?
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
No need to get upset. Perhaps after you have had some porridge you will feel better? Attendant take this patient back to his room and give him a bowl of porridge and some water.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
Yes, Doctor Von Hess. Right away sir.
TOM Wolf is taken back to his room and given a small bowl of porridge and a small jug of water.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
Here is your porridge and water. I will come back in a few hours to take you to Doctor Von Hess again.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
(Speaking to another attendant) Let’s give Mr. Wolf a sedative to calm him down. I will meet with him again this afternoon.
2ND BEDLAM ATTENDANT (40)(A SHORT NONDESCRIPT MAN WITH HORN RIMMED GLASSES UNDER SIX FEET TALL AND OVERWEIGHT).
Yes, sir. I will take the pill to him right away.
Later that day.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
TOM it is time to visit with Dr. Von Hess again. He wants to see what is bothering you. Can you walk by yourself?
TOM WOLF
Yes, thank you. I am feeling less dizzy now. I can walk on my own.
BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT
Let’s go see the Doctor then. (A few minutes later) Doctor Von Hess, Mr. Wolf is back to see you again.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Welcome back Mr. Wolf. How are you feeling now? I gave you a pill to make you feel better. Are you more relaxed now? I will have a nurse bandage those sores on your wrists and ankles from the irons and chains. Now let’s talk about your previous life and why you are here. The jail guards said they you told them that you were a wolf in real life. But your name is Wolf. Was there some misunderstanding here?
TOM WOLF
No, Doctor. I was once a wolf that prowled the forests of England.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really? How is that possible. You seem very human to me. Where are your wolf teeth and wolf face with the long nose?
TOM WOLF
It is a long story.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Well I have all the time in the world. Tell me Mr. Wolf how it is that you think you were at one time a wolf. Are you a Werewolf by any chance?
TOM WOLF
No, Just a plain old wolf who lived in the woods.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
How is you know yourself to be a wolf in another life?
TOM WOLF
It all began when I was a Wolf and I met a rich family called the Swine family who live on a hill near my town. The father was named William Swine and his wife Julia had triplets called Sam, Sally and Sanford Swine. I sold farms for a living and I came to know the Swine family when William Swine was very old and fearful of dying soon. He told me he made out a will to give his riches to one of his three triplets who showed him the best business sense in buying a farm and building a new manor house on it. He asked me to help his children find the land they needed to build their manor house.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Did not Mr. Swine feel strange dealing with a wolf?
TOM WOLF
Not at all. I was a wolf but respected in the community because I did not eat or kill sheep or children. Most of the towns people trusted me.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
I see. That is strange?
TOM WOLF
The first triplet I met was Sam Swine who was in his twenties at the time. I showed Sam a farm that used to raise wheat and straw of 200 acres. The farm was hundreds of miles from the brick factory or the hills where the stone quarry was. Sam Swine bought the 200 acres cheap because the farm was so far away from the town or the brick mill.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
What did Sam Swine build on the farm land?
TOM WOLF
He was cheap to the bone and realizing he could not get brick to his farm without shipping it hundreds of miles and paying a fortune for it, he decided to build a manor house out of straw and mud.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Straw and mud you say?
TOM WOLF
Yes, straw was already being grown on his farm land and was dirt cheap. This way he could say hundreds of dollars in building costs. I was jealous of his wealth and was happy that he was so foolish.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Did you encourage him to build his manor house out of mud and straw?
TOM WOLF
Of course, I did not want him to receive the fortune from his father. I suggested the straw and mud would be the cheapest way to build a manor house and he believed me.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
So what happened next?
TOM WOLF
Well Sam Swine had his manor house build by local masons and he paid them little for their services. One day a severe storm hit the straw and mud manor house and all the mud washed away and the house collapsed on Sam Swine killing him under a ton of mud and straw.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really? What about the other Swine children? What did you do for them?
TOM WOLF
I met with Sally Swine and we talked about what she wanted to buy which was a large farm near the town of Lakeview in Northern England. The property was about 200 acres of unused farm land with a forest on a portion of the land. The brick mill was over 200 miles away and so was the stone quarry.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
So, did you sell Sally Swine the property?
TOM WOLF
Yes, I did with joy because I knew she would make the same mistake her brother had made because she was cheap. Since she did not want to pay for shipping the brick or stone hundreds of miles she decided to use wood to build her manor house from the forests on her property.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
She decided to build her home with wood instead of brick and stone?
TOM WOLF
Yes, she did with my help. I told her she would save hundreds of dollars by cutting down her forests and building her manor house with wood.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
And did the wooden manor house last?
TOM WOLF
No, I lit a fire to the manor house when Sally was inside. She burned to death.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really? Then you are guilty of murder.
TOM WOLF
Yes and No. Normally I would have eaten her, but instead I cooked her. Ha
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Attendant, take Mr. Wolf away, and put him in a cold treatment tank for a few hours. I will prescribe a heavier dose of medicine because he is suffering from hallucinations.
2ND BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Yes Dr. Von Hess. Cold tank for several hours and more medicine. Come on Mr. Wolf back to your room.
FADE TO BLACK.
So TOM Wolf was put in a cold therapy tank for four hours to cool him down and was then given a stronger dose of medicine.
The next day Dr. Von Hess met with TOM Wolf again.
FADE IN:
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Hello TOM. Do you remember what you told me yesterday? Do you still believe you were once a wolf?
TOM WOLF
Yes, but you did not let me tell you the best part of the story. The third child, Sanford Swine came to me and told me he wanted to buy land the same time that his sister and brother wanted to buy some land. I suggested many farms, but he was smarter and realized that he needed to buy a farm near a brick mill so he could build his manor house of brick that would last forever. So, I reluctantly sold him 200 acres of farm land for grazing cows and the brick mill was close by the land.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
So what happened next?
TOM WOLF
Well, Sanford Swine was so happy he held a party for his father and surviving members of his family and myself. His father was most proud of Sanford and since Sam and Sally were dead and spent their money foolishly, William the father decided to leave all his money to Sanford Swine for building and investing his money most wisely. The problem was Sanford built only one door, the front door in his brick house and there was no back door or side door to escape in case of fire or danger. Seeing this mistake I invited my wolf friends to attend the party with me and we killed and ate all the Swine ourselves having trapped them in the brick house with no escape door.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really, you killed and ate all the pigs? I mean all the swine family? That make you a murderer again.
TOM WOLF
That is why I was a Wolf. Wolves know only killing and eating, not being nice to pigs.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Attendant take TOM Wolf away and give him electrical shock and chain him to the wall in his cell until he admits he was never a wolf.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Come on TOM, time for a little charge of electric to refresh you mind. Then we will hand you up on the wall in your room.
FADE OUT.
So TOM Wolf was taken and tied down and given electrical shock to get him to admit he was not a wolf and all his stories were just fake. TOM howled and howled when given the electrical shock but never relented that he was once a wolf. The attendants took TOM to his room and chained him to the wall in a standing position with his arms over his head to torture TOM into changing his mind about being a wolf.
FADE IN:
INT.- DR. VON HESS’ OFFICE-DAY.
A week later, Dr. Von Hess again called for TOM Wolf to be taken to his office.
FADE IN:
TOM WOLF
Where are we going?
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Hello TOM. How are you today? Is your thinking clearer now? How are the medication pills helping you? Do you still think you were once a wolf?
TOM WOLF
Yes, I am what I am, a Wolf.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Do you have anymore tales to tell me of your Wolfing days TOM?
TOM WOLF
Yes, when I met the love of my life Little Red Riding Hood. Her real name was Rodalia Green and she was a little rich girl from Greenwood Glen. I first met Rodalia in the forest on her way to her Grandma’s house. I stopped and asked her where she was going and what was in the basket around her arm.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (14)(FIVE FOOT TWO INCHES TALL, RED HAIR AND PALE WHITE SKIN, WEARING A LONG RED COAT WITH HOOD).
My name is Rodalia Green and I have a basket of sweet buns for my Grannie who lives in the forest. Who are you?
TOM WOLF
My name is TOM Wolf and I live in the forest too.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Really? I have never seen you before.
TOM WOLF
That is because our paths have never crossed before. That is a beautiful red riding hood you are wearing. Where did you buy it?
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
My grannie made it for me out of sheep skin.
TOM WOLF
I knew there was something familiar about the smell of the red riding hood. Can I walk with you to grannies house?
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
No, that will be fine. My mommie told me not to talk to strangers. Besides I am late to grannies house now.
TOM WOLF
Alright, well maybe we will meet again. May I call you little red riding hood? You have such a beautiful little red coat.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
If it pleases you Mr. Wolf. Good bye for now.
FADE OUT.
Rodalia skipped away into the forest leaving TOM Green standing there.
FADE IN:
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
What did you do next TOM?
TOM WOLF
Well, I gave it a lot of thought and decided that I liked Rodalia Green. I knew she might never get to like me because I was a wolf. I devised a plan to win her affection. I planned to meet with her again.
A week later TOM met Little Red Riding Hood in the forest again.
FADE IN:
TOM WOLF
Hello Little Red Riding Hood, I mean Rodalia, ha..laughing.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Well it is you again Mr. Wolf. How are you today?
TOM WOLF
I am fine and how are you little one?
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
I am off to see my grannie with fresh baked buns and sweat things in my basket.
TOM WOLF
Can I join you Little Red Riding hood?
RoDALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
No, My mother told me not to talk to you. Sorry. I am off to grannies house.
FADE OUT.
Seeing that he was getting no where TOM WOLF decided to take a short cut through the forest to get to Grannies house before little Red Riding Hood got there.
FADE IN:
TOM WOLF
(Knocking on the door of Grannies house) Hello, hello, I am a friend of Rodalia. Open the door please.
GRANNIE GREEN (70’S)(GRANNIE WORE LITTLE SPECTICLE GLASSES A LONG FLOWERY DRESS AND HAD TOTALLY WHITE HAIR IN A BUN).
Who is there?
TOM WOLF
It is me, Rodalia’s friend TOM.
GRANNIE GREEN
Well alright then, come on in the door is unlocked.
FADE OUT
When TOM Wolf entered the house he hit Grannie over the head and knocked her unconscious. Tying her up he put a gag in her mouth and put her in the basement of the house. Quickly before Rodalia came to the house he dressed himself up in Grannies clothing.
FADE IN:
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
(Knock, knock) Hello Grannie it is me, Rodalia.
TOM WOLF
Come in my dear, I am in bed with a cold.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Grannie, I have brought you some hot buns and sweets that my mother baked for you. How are you feeling?
TOM WOLF
I have a cold and a horse throat my dear.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
I will make you some tea grannie to make you feel better.
TOM WOLF
Thank you deerie.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Grannie here is your tea. My what a big nose you have grannie.
TOM WOLF
The better to smell you with my dear.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
How is the tea grannie? My what big ears you have grannie. Is the cold making your ears swell?
TOM WOLF
Ahh, the better to hear you with dearie.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Grannie, what big eyes you have. Is the cold making your eyes big?
TOM WOLF
No, they help me better see you my dear.
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
But, grannie why are your teeth so big?
TOM WOLF
The better to eat you Little Red Riding Hood.
FADE OUT.
Just then TOM Wolf jumps out of the bed and attempts to catch Little Red Riding Hood. They race around the house and Little Red Riding Hood runs out the front door and into the forests yelling for help.
FADE IN:
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Help, help, the wolf intends to eat me. Help.
FADE OUT.
Nearby was a HUNTER and he heard Little Red Riding Hood crying for help in the forest and he ran to help her.
FADE IN:
HUNTER (A TALL WHITE MAN IN A PLAID SHIRT AND FARMERS JEANS WITH BROWN HAIR AND A FULL BEARD).
Hello, hello, I am here in the forest little girl. Who is chasing you?
RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Thank God you can save me. The Big Bad wolf is chasing me and he wants to eat me.
HUNTER
I have a gun little girl, do not be afraid. I will shoot the wolf when I see him.
FADE TO BLACK.
Just then TOM Wolf jumps out of the bushes and attempts to attack the HUNTER and Little Red Riding Hood. The HUNTER grabs his rifle and shoots.
FADE IN:
HUNTER
Back away Mr. Wolf or I will shoot you through the heart.
TOM WOLF
Do not be afraid, we are only playing a game of tag.
HUNTER
I am giving you two seconds to turn and run away before I shoot you dead Mr. Wolf.
TOM WOLF
Thinking about the possibilities I think I will run into the forest instead. Maybe some other time little red riding hood.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Well, that was quite a story TOM. Once again it seems you escaped again. Do your still believe that you were a wolf in another life?
TOM WOLF
Yes, I do but no one including you, Doctor, believes me.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Attendant come in here. Take Mr. Wolf and put him in a straight jacket and hang him upside down in his cell for a day or so. Mr. Wolf is delusional and needs more therapy. I will triple the dose of medicine for him also.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Yes, Dr. Von Hess. I will take care of it. Here TOM put your arms in this straight jacket so I can tie your arms at your sides. Come with me to your cell.
FADE OUT.
Taking a hook handing from the ceiling the attendant lowers a rope from the ceiling with a hook and attaches it to TOM Wolf’s feet that are tied together, and he hoists TOM into the ceiling upside down and leaves him there for two days.
FADE IN:
INT. DARK DUNGEON CELL-DAY.
FADE IN:
After two days the attendant returns to TOM Wolf’s cell and lowers him down from the ceiling and takes off the restraining jacket from TOM.
BEDLAM ATTENDANT
Come TOM. Dr. Von Hess wants to see you right away. How are you feeling? Do you still think you are a wolf?
TOM WOLF
Howling….
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Hello TOM. How are you feeling today. Do you still think you are a wolf? Did the therapy help you focus on whether you are a man or a wolf?
TOM WOLF
No really doctor.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Do your have any more silly stories to tell about your life as a wolf?
TOM WOLF
A few stories if you are interested.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really? After all the therapy and medicine we gave you. You still claim to be a wolf?
TOM WOLF
Once when I was in Russia I met a boy named Peter who lived with his grandfather in a little cottage in the middle of a meadow.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really, Russia you say?
TOM WOLF
Yes, Peter had many animal friends in the meadow, the duck, the bird and the cat. Everyday he would play with his animal friends. The bird in the tree would chirp, “All is well Peter.” Then his friend the duck came waddling around. Peter was told by his grandfather not to leave the gate open because of the bad wolf in the forest. This day Peter forgot to close the gate and from the edge of the forest I could see the duck heading to the lake to take a swim. Ducks taste very good. The bird and the duck got into an argument. The bird asked what kind of bird are you when you cannot fly? The duck said, what kind of bird are you when you cannot swim? Suddenly Peter noticed some movement in the high grass nearby and was worried. It was a cat.
THE CAT (NAMED KITTY,TABBY WHITE AND ORANGE COLORED FUR).
That little bird is busy arguing with the duck. I will just grab him while he is busy!
Very carefully the cat crept forward in the high grass.
PETER (15)(A TALL THIN BOY WITH SHORT BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE EYES).
Look out!
The little bird flew to safety in the tree.
THE DUCK (MR. QUACK, A MALLARD).
Quack, quack, go away cat. I am in the middle of the pond and you cannot swim.
FADE OUT:
Suddenly, Peter’s grandfather came out of the house.
FADE IN:
GRANDFATHER (60’S)(A WHITE HAIRED OLD MAN IN FARMERS PANTS, BROWN COAT AND BOOTS WITH A FULL GREY BEARD).
Peter what are you doing? Why did you let the duck out of the yard and the fence open? The meadow and forest are dangerous because the wolf lives there. If a wolf should come out of the forest, what will you do? You would be in great danger.
PETER
It is OK Grandfather. I am not afraid of the wolf.
GRANDFATHER
Take my hand Peter and lets us go into the house and lock the gate behind us. Come on duck, get into the yard behind the fence for your safety.
TOM WOLF
Just then I came out of the forest looking for something to eat for dinner.
THE CAT
Help me. I am going to climb up the tree. The wolf cannot get me high up in the tree.
THE BIRD (A BLUE BIRD).
Help me, I will fly away to safety from the wolf.
THE DUCK
Help, I forgot to come inside the yard. I cannot out run the wolf. Help Grandfather.
TOM WOLF
It was easy pickins for me to catch up with the big fat duck and I caught him and ate him on the spot, leaving just feathers.
PETER
Grandfather. Look out the window. The wolf has killed the duck because he did not come into the yard behind the fence for safety. What should we do?
GRANDFATHER
Stay in the house Peter. The wolf is too big and mean for you.
PETER
I am not afraid of the wolf but I must make a plan to kill him. Little bird, come here, I have a plan. Go and fly around the wolf’s face and taunt him into chasing you. Meanwhile, I will take a rope and make a lasso and lay it on the ground under the tree outside the cottage.
THE BIRD
I will fly around the Wolf’s head as you suggest Peter the bird chirped.
FADE OUT.
Flying around and around the wolf’s head the bird distracted TOM Wolf into following the bird to the tree where at the base was a lasso which Peter had placed.
FADE IN:
PETER
Now when the wolf steps into the lasso I will pull the rope over the tree branch and pull the wolf up into the air by his tail.
TOM WOLF
Come here you little bird. I will get you and eat you for sure. Just slow down so I can bite you. Oh, no what has happened I am hanging upside down by a rope. Help.
FADE OUT.
Just then two HUNTERs came out of the forest. They had been tracking TOM Wolf and wanted to kill him.
FADE IN:
TOM WOLF
Wait, wait, do not kill him. Let us take the wolf in a cage to the zoo.
So the HUNTERs lowered TOM Wolf into a cage and took him to a local zoo for the rest of his life.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Is that the end of the story TOM?
TOM WOLF
Yes, I was fortunate enough to be spared being killed by the HUNTERs and brought to a zoo in Russia. Later on the zoo in Russia traded me for a Siberian tiger from the London zoo and that is how I was found in London after I escaped my cage in the London Zoo.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Really? That was quite a story TOM. I am going to have to put you in a dungeon cell and chain you to a wall until you change your story.
TOM WOLF
Oh, please Doctor. Don’t put me in a dungeon. I have tried to be truthful and tell you the whole story about my life as a wolf and you still do not believe me.
FaDE TO BLACK.
Suddenly, it was dark out and a full moon shone over Bedlam hospital with light seeping through the windows in Dr. Von Hess’ office. Suddenly, TOM’s face began to change and grow hair. His body became bent up and his legs became hair also. Before Doctor Von Hess knew it, TOM had changed into a werewolf right in front of him.
DR. SAMUEL VON HESS
Oh, my God. What the hell?
Just then TOM Wolf became a Werewolf and jumped at Dr. Von Hess’ neck and bit him.
TOM WOLF
Well, this ought to convince you Doctor Von Hess as I bite you in the neck.
With that TOM leaped out Doctor Von Hess’ office and ran off into the distance never to be seen again.
The END

Published by skyking119

Professor of Instructional Technology, Doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University-1993. Worked at NYU, St. Johns Univ., The College of Mount Saint Vincent, and the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, College Tutor and published Novel writer specializing in Historical Fiction. In the works, Sister Angelina CIA Nun, The Night is a Child (a mystery story of Africa), and The Personal Diary of Anne of Cleves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII.

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