The Dragon Who Breathed Letters
Goog (the Dragon!)
It’s true, all dragons are born from eggs!
And from a very early age, they can breath fire. But Goog was different.
(Other baby dragons, maybe in nappies, crawling, on their backs, etc, breathing fire. Goog sitting in middle of them, looking blankly at nothing)
He tried and tried, but could only breath letters!
(Goog making “Oo” expression with mouth, but the letters GOoG are tumbling out. Thin typeface, the second O is on its side in the grass, the second G is slightly buried in the ground. We must establish that these letters are solid, real objects)
As a teenaged dragon all the other dragons would laugh at Goog.
(Letters P Q L P t T OT e f q ? B dribbling out of Goog’s mouth.)
The local castle’s knights were a REAL problem, though. They kept taking all the dragon’s land, and killing them and stuff. And not one of them could speak dragon!
When the dragons protested, all the knights would hear was “ROAR!”
‘This is my chance…’ Goog thought.
But Goog didn’t know how to speak English any better than the other dragons!
(Goog, straining expression, only Q, P, o, v ? # coming out, landing in the dirt.)
Villagers used his letters as coffee tables! Others in their gardens.
Some knights would poke him, just to get letters for their kids.
(Peasant kid overloaded with letters)
One little girl seemed to be nice, though. She was always on her own. And reading books!
The little girl borrowed all sorts of books for Goog from her library.
(Goog and girl on picnic blanket under tree. Goog has an ABC book in hand, goggle-eyed, small, whistle-like “Oo” shape to mouth, rough D e F G falling out of mouth, ABC already on the ground. Girl sitting opposite him, smiling, book in her hand, too.)
Goog learned and learned!
(Book in hand, letters fallen all around: C A t letters lying in a pile with cat in the middle of them. W A t T e r letters in river, some floating, others half submerged. Girl squashed under letters G I r L. Goog is looking up at the S U n)
He even read by candlelight.
(Girl leaning out of her peasant hut window, night gown and night hat on, holding a candle up, while Goog, leaning against her wall, reads, the letters M O o N fallen by his side.)
Goog thanked the little girl and went to save his fellow dragons.
(Goog running, finger out in front, the word C H A r g E ! falling out of his mouth, trailing in the ground behind him. Girl behind, waving good-bye, the letters THaNkS lying flat at her feet.)
The human settlers had been busy while Goog was away, building shopping malls and fast food drive-throughs on sacred dragons land!
(Dragons dead, or in cages, while, in the middle of a clearing, there is a shopping centre).
By the time Goog got there, everybody was fighting!
(Dragons and knights fighting, Goog running through them all, his words falling out, nO! WAiT STOp! But everyone ignoring him.)
The knight Sir Voip the Voluminous attacked!
(Goog leaping into air, holding his bum, the word – large skinny letters – hEY! is coming out, as the knight uses his spear to stab Goog in the bum.)
“Your skull will look good on my wall!” Sir Voip called.
(Knight stabbing Goog in the belly. Goog swiping, words falling out, QUIt iT! CaN’T WE jUsT tALk?)
“Talk?” Sir Voip protested. “I’ve never heard of anything so absurd!”
Fighting was so pointless! It was time for Goog to use what he had learned.
He closed his eyes…
thought of fire…
(Close-up of Goog, eyes scrunched shut, lots of fighting behind him between dragons and knights)
(Words tumbling out of mouth towards startled knight, who is falling back)
(Knight splayed across top of the word. A couple of fighting dragons and knights stopping to watch.)
(Most of word SILLY compacted into ground. Knight crushed between it and the words RUSTY UNDIES Now villagers are watching, too. At least one of them is holding a baby. Most are smiling.)
HONeStLy, tAKE A LOoK aT YouRseLVEs. YoU NEEd TO GrOW Up…
(Words stacked on top of each other, forming a circular cage, that three main knights are in, holding letters as if they were bars.)
(Wordless page of Goog being held/thrown in air by celebrating, happy peasants, knights shuffling away, embarrassed/mortified.)
The knights were so embarrassed it gave the dragons time to fly into the sky, where they still live today.
(Dragons taking to the sky, while Goog coughs out the words, GoOD-Bye)
If you look real hard, you can still see their shapes in clouds sometimes.
Googs words were turned into a memorial playground, so that the next generation would never forget…
(Some of the words from HONeStLy, tAKE A LOoK aT YouRseLVEs. YoU NEEd TO GrOW Up… now have swings and slides and kids using them like monkey bars, or running/climbing across the top, sandpit underneath.)
And: rEAD a BOoK oR SomETHInG. FIghTiNg iS NuTS.
As for Goog, some say he lived in a cave after that, where he learned to… whisper…! And, with a LOT of practice, he got his words so small, he managed to write many stories…
(Goog whispering, small letters tumbling out, into pages of book)
Including THIS book.
(Goog, holding book with the same cover as this, tilting head to be smiling slyly/winking at reader.)