Episode #9

Notes: Scene changes and character actions are in italics.

Most of us inhabit at least two worlds, the real world, where we're at the mercy of circumstance, and the world within, the unconscious, a safe place where we can escape. The Maxx shifts between these worlds against his will. Here--homeless--he lives in a box in an alley. The only one who really cares for him is Julie Winters, a freelance social worker, but in Pangaea, the other world, he rules the outback and is the protector of Julie, his jungle queen. There, he cares for her, but he always ends up back in the real world. And me? Old Mr.Gone? Only I can see that the secret which unites them, could destroy them. I could be helpful--ah, screw it--I think I'll have some fun with them first....

Doctor's Office

Machine: Recording

Doctor: Test one two three corner slug, 47, 53. According to the police this kids name was Tiggo, they found him in a box in some alley. Which is probably why his clothes smell so bad-feh. Eh, these dead fellas are suppose to be __ before I get them. Huh? It almost seems like he's change shape the closer I get to his skin. What the--that isn't the way he looked a second ago. It's a nightmare. Huh Iz laughing

Julie's apartment

Julie: Maxx? Are you out there? The bathroom door is stuck. Maxx? Are you asleep?

Maxx: No, Julie, I have the strangest feeling...

Julie: Maxx!

Outback

Maxx: ...like I forgot something back at the house

Julie: Probably nothing important

Maxx: Yeah well, this is it. The outback. The place I've been telling you all about these months, a place you existed was a figment of my diseased brain and now you're here. You can see it, you can stand right here and--

Julie: Oh and now you expect me to fall to my knees and beg for forgiveness for ever having doubted you?

Maxx: Well not in so many words and certainly not in that tone of voice

Julie: Good, cuz I'm not having a good day.

Maxx: Ya know everything seemed a lot bigger last time I was here. Like those, I know they're Susadones, half rabbit and half...something, they hop--

Julie: Well duh, I could have told you that. What are those thingies?

Maxx: What thingies?

Julie: Those, the little ickys you're grinding to jelly.

Maxx: Looks like little bitty Izs

Julie: Ya know, if we're not dreaming, do you think we could get killed here?

Maxx: Oh absolutely, I'm sure of it

Julie: Now there's a happy thought

Maxx: But we won't die here, we're the biggest things around

Julie: Uh...guess again

the beast and Maxx fight

Julie: HEY! Will two cut it out. This is suppose to be my chance to work through a bunch of cathartic crap. Geez. I didn't come here for you two to be poster boys of serious orthodontic mishaps. And you Mister, I'm too good to hold in my stomach--

Maxx: Uh oh

Julie: Look!

Maxx: Iz, lots of 'em

Julie: Don't worry about me, you guys just run for that cliff I'll stay right...here they run such much for chivalry. Doufs.

Julie: wandering off I don't know, something’s drawing me out there. It's very intriguing. Huh? I thought I saw something. Guess not.

Sarah's school

Sarah: I hate inventory, almost as much as I hate Mrs.Brusseles. One stupid box, two stupid boxes, three stupid boxes.

Clay: Life sucks, doesn't it? Down here kiddo. Hi Sarah, I'm a magic piece of talking clay.

Sarah: Great

Clay: No really, I can help you if you sneak me into Julie Winter's house

Sarah: You know about Julie? You must get around for a piece of clay

Clay: Well, yeah, for a piece of clay I do

Sarah: Why should I betray Julie for you?

Clay: I think it's important for every writer to know just how rotten she can be

Sarah: Oh god! Get out of my head! she runs out

Clay: You'll be back and we can talk...and play games and...oh, I don't know

Julie's hallway

an Iz is trying to breaking into Julie's apartment, dressed as a child

Old Lady: Calvin, I don't think that Julie is home

Iz: Meep meep okay meep thanks meep meep

Old Lady: Such a cute boy

Iz opens the door and Maxx is sitting in his chair, he is suddenly shrunken

Maxx: I am Maxx protector of this land his voice is notably higher It would be an Iz it attacks him except they are small and light colored and gray. Maxx will run and lose the Iz in the giant grasslands of his beloved Pangaea *Iz chases him around the kitchen* Maxx will leap across this mountains and plateaus like a powerful leapfrog. Maxx will the led the monster away with his wilderness cunning.

Julie: I know you're still out there Maxx. I can hear you moving around! You better be out there Maxx.

Underpass

Clay: So Sarah, do you bring all your dates here? laughs Just kidding

Sarah: Look, just because I brought you out here, doesn't mean I'm going to betray her

Clay: What makes you think I want to hurt her? Maybe I just want to be her friend.

Sarah: Yeah, right

Clay: Well, I knew that wouldn't fly. Okay, let's cut the crap Sarah you get me in the house and i get you--

Sarah: Shut up! Stop screwing with my head!

Clay: I know things Sarah. I know about the latitude and longitude of people. I know about their fault lines. See Sarah everybody snaps. I mean look at you, talking to a piece of clay. And everybody has a spirit animal that helps them over the rough spots; yours might be...a horse. A large spirited Arabian, I can see him passing like fire through the wall you build around your soul. You've built a wall from all the mean, nasty, negative things people have said about you. They're just ideas, words, you hear them long enough and eventually you buy it. But if you know how to find your animal, then it will teach you how to navigate through life. How to tear down that wall. I can lead you straight to that horse. Sarah?

Sarah: So, when do we go to Julie's?

Julie's kitchen

Maxx: Maxx rests under decaying body of air whale. Now Maxx runs! Maxx will seize the spilt tail of this sleeping scorpion and--Swing for freedom! Ah! How refreshing. The bubbly waters of the spring of life have revived me. Now Maxx will end this with the fleshy blade ___ which I draw from this stone. Back monster! Maxx would not say it, but would rather be your friend. Eat steel bad Iz!

Julie: Ugh, Maxx! I can hear you sneaking around! Maxx!

Maxx: Maxx fine. Iz find Maxx. Maxx will swing open brass temple door and bury monster in flood of lava.

Sarah: Uh, she's not home

Clay: Are you sure you have the right place? Ouch, be careful Sarah, I'm a sensitive piece of clay.

Sarah: Will you shut up. I don't even know why I'm doing this. My world might suck but at least it's kinda normal. And once I get rid of you, it will be...sane.

Clay: Sarah? You stopped talking Sarah, I can't hear you. I am inside right? You haven't played a joke on old Mr. Clay, have you? Sarah? *slams door* SARAH?!

Outback

Julie: What a funny little house. Looks just like the one I made out of clay and popsicle sticks when I was a little girl

Mr.Gone: She's starting to remember. Not now, it's too soon. If we all return to normal I'll probably end up without a head. But if I nail that thing with a poison dart, it'll buy me some time.

Julie: I remember now, I was a jungle queen, ruler of a vast domain. And whenever evil appeared, I would fight it. Heh, it's just like I remember it.

Mr.Gone: No, no, no

Julie: And I had a pet bunny but he died

Mr.Gone: No time left, I have to do it now! a roar comes from behind Julie

Maxx is hanging off a cliff

Maxx: Julie? JULIE!