Part 9: In the Witch's House
57 EXT. WITCH’S CASTLE, COURTYARD - NIGHT
Edmund steps through the swirling snow and into the courtyard.
Suddenly, A SHADOW FALLS OVER HIM. HE SPINS TO SEE A TOWERING GIANT (RUMBLEBUFFIN).
EDMUND FREEZES. THE GIANT STARES. THEN, SLOWLY, SNOW BUILDS ON THE GIANT’S TOE.
Edmund reaches out and touches the giant. Nothing. Stone.
Edmund recovers and walks further inside.
THE STATUES CONTINUE, TORTURED CREATURES FILL THE COURTYARD.
Edmund comes upon a dead fire, he picks up a piece of burnt wood and scrawls GLASSES AND A MOUSTACHE ON A STONE LIONESS.
Edmund climbs a flight of stairs to the castle. He raises his leg to step over the statue of a HUGE GRAY WOLF blocking the entrance. Suddenly:
THE WOLF SNARLS TO LIFE, PINNING EDMUND TO THE GROUND.
Be still, stranger, or you’ll never move again. Who are you?
Edmund freezes. The wolf’s yellow eyes beam at him.
I’m Edmund. I met the Queen in the woods. She told me to come back here. I’m a...Son of Adam
Maugrim suddenly removes his paw.
My apologies, fortunate favorite of the Queen.
(looks him up and down)
Or else, not so fortunate.
Maugrim leads the way. Edmund slowly stands.
A58 INT. WITCH’S CASTLE - ENTRY WAY - NIGHT
Track with Maugrim as he leads Edmund through a hallway with enormous columns. They reach a grand staircase leading them to the Great Hall.
Right this way
58 INT. WITCH’S CASTLE, GREAT HALL - NIGHT
Maugrim leads Edmund into A VAST, ARCHING HALL, BUILT ENTIRELY OF GLITTERING ICE.
Maugrim leaves Edmund alone in A GREAT HALL.
At the end of the hall sits...AN EMPTY, FROZEN THRONE.
Edmund approaches, hesitant.
He runs his hand across the ice.
Finally, he sits on the throne, cautious. He looks out at the empty chamber and smiles.
WHITE WITCH (O.S.)
Edmund hops off and spins around. The Witch and Ginarrbrik approach from behind the throne.
The dwarf eyes Edmund with hatred.
She runs her long fingers across his cheek.
I thought you might.
Tell me, Edmund, are your sisters deaf?
And your brother, is he...unintelligent?
Edmund smiles mischievously.
Well, I think so...but Mum says-
THEN HOW DARE YOU COME ALONE?
Edmund hangs his head, choking back tears.
Edmund. I ask so little of you
And you couldn’t even do that.
The Witch sighs and RAISES HER WAND.
I did bring them...Halfway! They’re in the little house on the dam. With the Beavers.
The Witch sit on her throne, eyeing him.
Well, I suppose you’re not a total loss then, are you?
Edmund swallows, hopeful.
I was wondering, could I maybe have some more Turkish Delight now?
Our guest is hungry.
Ginarrbrik smiles, ALL BROWN TEETH AND BLACK GUMS.
This way for your num-nums.
He takes Edmund by the arm.
Maugrim steps from the shadows.
WHITE WITCH (cont’d)
You know what to do.
Maugrim lets out a HOWL. SENTRY WOLVES emerge from the doorways and arches, snarling.
Maugrim breaks into a run as the others follow, racing past Edmund and out the door.
Edmund’s face goes white and cold.
59 EXT. WITCH’S CASTLE - NIGHT
THE WOLVES BURST THROUGH THE GATE, nearly tripping over themselves in their frenzy.
They run, snarling through the forest.
60 INT. BEAVERS’ LODGE - NIGHT
Beaver and Pevensies burst through the door.
Hurry, Mother! They’re after us!
Oh, Right then...
Mrs. Beaver immediately begins packing food in a teatowel.
Beaver and Peter look at each other, incredulous.
What’s she doing?
You’ll be thanking me later. It’s a long journey and Beaver gets pretty cranky when he’s hungry.
I’m cranky now.
Susan jumps in to help. She passes Mrs. Beaver a jar.
Do you think we’ll need jam?
SUDDENLY, THE BAYING THE WOLVES PIERCES THE NIGHT AIR. The group freezes, TRAPPED.
Only if the Witch serves toast.
61 EXT. NARNIA, BEAVER DAM - NIGHT
The wolves rage across the river. They leap onto the dam, surrounding the Beavers’ home.
The pack savagely TEARS at the mound.
62 INT. BEAVERS’ LODGE - NIGHT
SPLINTERS FLY as the wolves burst through the door. They ransack the room, shredding everything.
63 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT
Beaver leads the group through A DARK TUNNEL. Peter and Susan crouch to avoid low-hanging beams.
Badger and me dug this. It comes up right near his place.
You told me it led to your mum’s!
Beaver rolls his eyes.
Lucy’s long coat catches on a root. She falls to the ground. Susan reaches to help, but...
Everyone freezes. Lucy’s eyes widen in fear.
They’re in the tunnel.
Quick! This way!
64 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT
HOWLS ECHO IN THE TUNNEL. WOLF SHADOWS PLAY ON THE WALLS.
65 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT
The group barrels around a corner and hits...A DEAD END.
You should’ve brought a map.
There wasn’t room next to the jam!
Beaver scrabbles up a rock, reaching for the ceiling.
66 EXT. ALLIES’ ENCLAVE - NIGHT
Beaver pops his head out of a hole formed between the roots of a large tree. Beside it sits AN ALE BARREL.
The others scramble out behind him.
Come on, Lucy.
Mrs. Beaver notices the barrel and gives her husband a glare. Beaver smiles sheepishly. He ROLLS THE BARREL OVER THE HOLE.
The Pevensies gaze around, realizing they’ve come up in the middle of A TINY VILLAGE. It stands silent and empty.
Lucy stumbles. She looks down to see she’s tripped over:
A TINY FAMILY OF STONE SQUIRRELS. The mother hunches awkwardly over her babies.
Mrs. Beaver stares, stunned. MR. BEAVER AND THE OTHER LOOK UP HORRIFIED TO SEE
67 EXT. BADGER’S HOUSE - ALLIES ENCLAVE - NIGHT
The Pevensies look around, frightened to find other stone creatures in the shadows.
A STONE BADGER FIERCELY GUARDS HIS HOME. Beaver kneels, distraught. Mrs. Beavers moves to put a hand on him.
I’m so sorry dear...
He was my best mate
What happened here?
This is what becomes of those who cross the Witch.
Everyone turns to see a FOX at the edge of the wood.
BEAVER SPINS, FULL OF VENOM, BEARING HIS TEETH.
Take one more step, traitor, and I’ll chew you to splinters.
The Fox smiles disarmingly.
Relax. I’m one of the good guys.
Yeah? You look an awful lot like the one of the bad ones.
An unfortunate family resemblance.
WOLF HOWLS POUR OUT OF THE TUNNEL
But we can argue breeding later. Right now we’ve got to move
THE BARREL TEETERS.
What did you have in mind?
68 EXT. ALLIES’ ENCLAVE - NIGHT
THE BARREL FLIES ASSIDE AS WOLVES pours out of the hole, ravaging the empty town until they come upon...
Fox, casually sweeping the snow with his tail.
Fox smiles innocently.
Lost something, have we?
Don’t patronize me. I know where your allegiance lies
We’re looking for some humans.
Humans? Here in Narnia? Well, that’s a valuable piece of information, don’t you think?
He leans against a tree.
TILT UP THE TRUNK, high into the air, where...Peter, Susan, Lucy and the Beavers watch from a platform.
Peter grits his teeth, exchanging a nervous look with the Beaver.
Below, Fox grooms his tail.
Maugrim’s lieutenant, VARDAN, CLAMPS DOWN ON FOX’S NECK.
Lucy gasps. Peter claps her hand over her sister’s mouth.
Maugrim leans into Fox’s trembling face.
Your reward is your life.
Vardan tightens his jaws. Fox yelps.
It’s not much, but still...Where are the fugitives?
Slowly, FOX RAISES HIS PAW TO POINT...
Beaver scowls. Peter’s hand clenches into a fist.
But Fox points off INTO THE FOREST.
North. They ran north.
Peter relaxes his hand. Beaver exhales.
VARDAN THROWS FOX TO THE GROUND.
Smell them out.
MAUGRIM HOWLS, leading his pack away.
FOLLOW THE WOLVES INTO THE NIGHT...
Up above, the children and the Beavers slowly poke out their heads.
They stare down at the Fox’s motionless body. Silence.
A69 EXT. NARNIA, FOREST CLEARING - NIGHT
A SMALL CAMPFIRE FLICKERS...
They were helping Tumnus and the Witch got here before I did. OW!
Are you all right?
THE FOX WINCES as Mrs. Beaver attends to his wounds.
Well, I wish I could say their bark was worse than their bite...ohhh!
Stop squirming. You’re worse than Beaver on bath day.
Beaver leans in to the Fox, confiding:
Worst day of the year.
Fox smiles gallantly at Mrs. Beaver.
Thank you for your kindness...
(he kisses her paw)
But I’m afraid that’s all the cure I have time for.
The Fox stands, making to go.
Lucy looks up, startled.
It has been a pleasure, my Queen, and an honor.
He gives a slightly pained bow.
But time is short and Aslan himself has sent me to gather more troops.
You’ve seen Aslan?
What’s he like?
Like everything we’re ever heard. You’ll be glad to have him by your side in the battle against the Witch.
Peter looks troubled. He’s about to speak when:
Look, we’re not planning on fighting any witch...
Peter shoots his sister a glare. Fox looks to him, confused.
But, surely, King Peter, the prophecy...
We can’t go to war without you.
Peter offers weakly:
We just want to get our brother back.
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