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THE FAIRY-TALE ADVENTURES OF TOM WOLF

Written by
Dr. Pelham Mead, Western Writers Association 2015.

THE FAIRY-TALE ADVENTURES OF TOM WOLF

Written by

Dr. Pelham Mead III

(c) 2015

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ACT ONE- BEDLAM HOSPITAL, LONDON, 1800’S. SCENE 1-INT.-DAY-POEM.

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,

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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;

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2.

(CONT’D)

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.

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3.

(CONT’D)

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
Yet will
feeding,
Feeding,
Come dame or maid, be not afraid, Poor Tom will injure nothing.

SCENE 2-EXT.-NIGHT-RAINY NIGHT

it is no journey.
I sing, Any food, any

drink, or clothing;

NOTE: THE SCENE OPENS ON A CRESCENT MOON, DARK AND DREARY NIGH IN LONDON, ENGLAND.

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.

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4.

NARRATOR: (CONT’D)

“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.

GEORGIE, BEDLAM ATTENDANT (40)

How may I help you gentlemen this evening?

MARKS LEBLUE, CARRIAGE DRIVER. (50)

Aye, you
prisoner
seems to
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.

may. We have here a
from the public jails who have lost his mind. He

BEDLAM ATTENDANT What is his name?

5.

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 showe,r 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.
NOTE: 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 (CONT’D) Our job is done. The hell with ya.

We are in need of a drink at the pub. Goodbye to ye.

6.

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.

note: tom wolf had a very hairy face and long nose and beady eyes with grey and black coloring).

TOM WOLF (40’S)

Ahhhh, my ribs are killing me. Someone help me. Is there anyone there? Help, help.

SCENE 3-INT.-DAY0 THE FIRST INTERVIEW.

NARRATOR

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.

FADE OUT.

FADE IN:

NOTE: BENJAMIN’S APPEARANCE.A tall black man with a bend over spine and short black hair.

BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT

(30’S)

Up and at ‘em lad. Doctor Von Hess wants to see ya. Come on get up now.

TOM WOLF Where am I?

7.

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 go and see the Doctor. After you meet with the Doctor you will get your 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.

FADE TO BLACK. Note: Dr. Von Hess appearance. Spoke with a german accent,

and wore rimless glasses, and had sideburns to his jaw.

DR. SAMUEL VON HESS (50’S)

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.

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8.

BENJAMIN MEDLEY HOSPITAL ATTENDANT Yes, Doctor Von Hess. Right away

sir.

Note: 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 (CONT’D) 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.

FADE OUT. Note: Second attendant’s appearance. A short nondescript man

with horn rimmed glasses under six feet tall and overweight.

2ND BEDLAM ATTENDANT (40)

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?

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9.

DR. SAMUEL VON HESS (CONT’D)

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 misunderstanding here?

TOM WOLF No, Doctor. I was once prowled the forests of

there some

a wolf that 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 lived 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.

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TOM WOLF (CONT’D)

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 consisting 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?

11.

TOM WOLF
Yes, straw was already being grown

on his farm land and was dirt cheap. This way he could save 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?

12.

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 OUT.

13.

NARRATOR

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.

NARRATOR (CONT’D)

The next day Dr. Von Hess met with TOM WOLF again.

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 had spent their money foolishly, William the father, decided to leave all his money to Sanford Swine for building and investing his money most wisely.

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TOM WOLF (CONT’D)

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.

NARRATOR

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 TO BLACK.

15.

SCENE 4-INT.-DAY-DR. VON HESS’ OFFICE.

NARRATOR

A week later, Dr. Von Hess again called for TOM WOLF to be taken to his office.

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.

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Rodalia Green-Little Red Riding Hood

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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.

16.

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.

NARRATOR

Rodalia skipped away into the forest leaving Tom Green standing there.

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.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE OUT.

17.

NARRATOR

A week later Tom met Little Red Riding Hood in the forest again.

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?
I am off to see my grannie with

fresh in my

Can I hood?

baked buns, and sweet things basket.

TOM WOLF
join you Little Red Riding

RODALIA GREEN-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.

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NARRATOR

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.

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)

Who is there?

TOM WOLF
It is me, Rodalia’s friend Tom.

18.

GRANNIE GREEN
Well alright then, come on in the

door is unlocked.

NARRATOR

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.

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.

19.

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.

NARRATOR

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.

RODALIA GREEN-LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Help, help, the wolf intends to eat

me. Help.

Nearby was a HUNTER and he heard Little Red Riding Hood crying for help in the forest and he ran to help her.

HUNTER (40)

FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN:

NARRATOR

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.

20.

NARRATOR

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.

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.

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21.

BEDLAM ATTENDANT (CONT’D)

Here Tom put your arms in this straight jacket so I can tie your arms at your sides. Come with me to your cell.

NARRATOR

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 TO BLACK.

SCENE 5- INT.-DAY- DARK DUNGEON CELL AT BEDLAM HOSPITAL

NARRATOR

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.

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22.

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. That 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

That little bird is busy arguing with THE DUCK. I will just grab him while he is busy!

NARRATOR

Very carefully the cat crept forward in the high grass.

PETER (15)

NARRATOR

The little bird flew to safety in the tree.

Look out!

23.

THE DUCK

Quack, quack, go away cat. I am in the middle of the pond and you cannot swim.

NARRATOR

Suddenly, PETER’s grandfather came out of the house.

GRANDFATHER (60’S) 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
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.

24.

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.

NARRATOR

Flying around and around the wolf’s head, THE BIRD distracted TOM WOLF

into following THE BIRD tree, where at the base which PETER had placed.

PETER
Now when the wolf steps

to the
was a lasso

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. FADE IN:

25.

NARRATOR

Just then the HUNTER came out of the forest. He had been tracking TOM WOLF, and wanted to kill him.

PETER Wait, wait, do not take the wolf in a

NARRATOR

kill him. Let us cage to the zoo.

FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN:

So the HUNTER 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 HUNTER 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. FADE IN:

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

26.

The END

NARRATOR

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?

NARRATOR

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.

NARRATOR

With that Tom leaped out Doctor Von Hess’ office, and ran off into the distance never to be seen again.

FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN:

27.

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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