Wanderers/Episode 6 Script: A Game of Chance and Fire


Wanderers Episode 6 – A Game of Chance and Fire

Act 1 Scene i

(Makoto and the others wander on. The Shrine of Wind, despite having a library full of information, had given them no lead to how they could possibly get home. They are getting more desperate. To reach the Fire Priestess, they need to travel across the desert. In the middle of day time… with little water left.)

Alielle (whining) – Makoto… I gotta have water!

(Makoto decided to give her water, but… he checks the pouch. Shaking it with his right hand, he concludes there is no water.)

Makoto – Sorry, but you already drank the last of mine.

(Fujisawa tries to get some water from his pouch, but none comes out.)

Fujisawa – Just one cold beer! I’m DYING here!

(He throws his pouch away. Far away.)

Alielle – Ohh… look there! Up ahead! That’s Volcano Lasve! There’s a town there! Water!

(And for some reason, for some BIZZARE reason, she becomes a cannonball and barrels through Makoto and Fujisawa and takes off, leaving them in the dust. I guess she feels her needs are more important than guarding Makoto, eh?)

Alielle – Yahoo! Water, water, water, water, water…!

(Makoto and Fujisawa were knocked down from the feral Alielle. They’re all right. Fujisawa did take in quite a bit of sand, though…)

Fujisawa – Even if it is a mirage, I hope they serve good mirage beer!

End Act 1 Scene i

Act 1 Scene ii

(The town of Lasve. A lively place full of people, Makoto and Fujisawa are in a diner. Fujisawa downed three drinks since they got there. Makoto is still working on his first one.)

Fujisawa – Ahh! Uh huh! That hit the spot! When I get back, I’ll make a commercial about how good beer tastes after crossing the desert! (Makoto laughs, though I’m not sure if it’s a comfortable laugh) Hey! One more over here please! (He whispers to Makoto, covering the left side of his mouth) Y’know, that priestess Afura was kind of tough, but I thought she was basically okay. Didn’t you?

Makoto – (low sigh) I thought we were going to hit one over the wall with her, but we missed the foul pole.

(They both proceed to sigh.)

Fujisawa – Now that you mention it, she wasn’t playing fair at all. She was just out, left field.

Makoto – Worse than that, we’re now down to our last strike.

(Alielle came in from the door, actually bringing good news.)

Alielle – Makoto! I found out where it is! (Comes to Makoto’s right side.) The best news is we can get there soon by walking and it’s a really easy trip.

Makoto – Good job. Drink up!

Alielle – Thanks a lot, master!

(Alielle drinks the orange-juice-stuff up. Makoto stands up.)

Makoto – Mr. Fujisawa, it’s time to get going!

(That’s NOT what Fujisawa wanted to hear at that moment.)

Fujisawa – Huh? Yea, I guess we should.

(They all proceed to leave.)

End of Act 1 Scene ii

Act 1 Scene iii

(They climbed the cliff-side of a volcano. As usual, you can expect Fujisawa to be very excited about the idea.)

Fujisawa – (hums an introduction) The mountain is singing! Hear the summit’s call!

Alielle – I hope THIS priestess doesn’t fall in love with him like the way Miz Mishtal did!

(Fujisawa looked back and concurred with a sigh. They get to the top and smell something strange. Makoto and Fujisawa both hold their nose with left hand.)

Makoto and Fujisawa – Ew, rotten eggs!

Fujisawa – I hate the smell of sulfur. Please tell me this isn’t the Shrine of Fire.

Makoto – I guess it is, but who can live in such a place?

Fujisawa – Maybe somebody who couldn’t breathe?

Makoto – Look!

(Makoto spotted something moving down there.)

Makoto – That thing moving down there! What is it?

(Certainly an odd thing. It looks like a rug with feet. Fujisawa may know what it is.)

Fujisawa – A tied-up, walking carpet. (After it falls over) That uh… falls over.

Makoto – Someone’s inside it!

(Makoto ran off, dropping his stick. He takes the hill at a very high speed. He gets to the carpet…)

Makoto – Hey! Are you okay?

(…And looks inside and sees a red-haired woman.)

Makoto – It’s a woman.

(Fujisawa and Alielle made it down the hill.)

Fujisawa – Is it still alive?

Makoto – There’s a woman inside it. I think she fainted.

Fujisawa – Hmm… ridiculous! It’s just a walking carpet! See? Huh?

(Fujisawa not only manages to prove himself wrong, but… it’s a naked woman inside of it!)

Fujisawa – (yelling) Alielle! Get over here! (Covers Makoto’s face with his hands) You’re female! Please try to save the victim!

Alielle – Yes, sir! I’ll try to!

(Alielle covers her with the paper.)

Fujisawa – Uh, let’s get her to the shrine. Maybe they could help us there!

(Since they don’t show it, one can only assume they tied the paper up again and carried her to the shrine.)

End of Act 1 Scene iii

Act 1 Scene iv

(Inside the Shrine of Fire. They learn something they did not expect.)

Makoto – She’s Shayla Shayla? The Fire Priestess to whom you shall see after you cross five burning deserts?

Fire Servant – She sure is! But she usually dresses better.

Fujisawa – You know what? I think she’s another foul ball.

Makoto – She’s more like a swing and a miss.

(They ALL proceed to sigh. They enter the bedroom of the sleeping priestess. She’s dressed.)

Makoto – Excuse us, Miss Shayla Shayla, but we have a question to ask.

(No response.)

Fujisawa – You see, we were just wondering if you happen to know how to get us back to Shinanome in our dimension?

(Despite not knowing that they traveled through dimensions, you just have to assume.)

Shayla – Shut up!

Fujisawa – Huh?

Shayla – I said SHUT UP!

(They were forced back by the power of her yell. Then, she goes back to sleep.)

Alielle – I don’t think she wants to talk to us.

Fujisawa – Well, if you don’t mind, maybe we could have a little look around the shrine while you take your nap.

Shayla – Go look around all you want like I really can allow it.

(Then, he heard a woman scream. Big cloaked figures come through the door. </p> <p>Makoto – What’s going on?

(And the little one starts attaching red strips all over (even the wanderers).)

Fujisawa – Hey… oof!

(Shayla starts to laugh nervously. Fujisawa mumbles madly.)

Alielle – "This shrine is attached."

Makoto – "Attached"? What does that mean?

Alielle – "It belongs to me now, keep you hands off!"

Makoto – Oh, this is awful! It means you can’t look around!

End of Act 1 Scene iv

Act 2 Scene i

(They were thrown out the shrine. Someone else now owns it and they can’t look around for anything at all (among other things).)

Fujisawa – This is terrible! What if the answer we need is in that shrine?

Makoto – (putting his right hand out) Miss Shayla Shayla, what’s going on? How did you lose your shrine?

(She holds a card up with her right hand.)

Shayla – I lost it with this.

Fujisawa – Uh, I don’t get it.

Alielle – She’s been playing pettan.

Makoto – What’s that?

Alielle – It’s a game! You can win it by overthrowing your opponent’s card by turning it over or by slapping it down hard enough so you can blow the other guy’s card away.

Fujisawa – Similar in history to pogs or Sumo Wrestling.

Makoto – Hey, Shayla, what’s pettan got to do with losing your shrine?

Shayla – I was gambling. Suddenly, I was an evil, terrible man.

(Flashback – Evil, Terrible Man versus Shayla.)

Evil, Terrible Man – Uuuaah! (Slap!) One! (Slap!) Two! (Slap!) And three! You lose!

(Shayla made a loud, long whimper. The bugs took her stuff, including her clothes (in front of public?) and threw her out with her inside tied up paper.)

Shayla – (Laughed very oddly) He won everything I ever owned. The Shrine, the whole volcano, and he even all of the clothes I was wearing! (She stopped laughing and groaned) That scrawny creep even won away from me the Lamp of Fire.

Makoto – (quietly, covering the right side of his face) Translate please! What’s a "lamp of fire"?

Alielle – (quietly, covering the left side of her face) Each priestess has a holy object that helps to control her element.

Makoto – (quietly, not covering his face) I get it! She controls fire!

Fujisawa – You bet your shrine and almost everything you owned on Tiddilywigs?

Shayla – Pettan is really fun!

(Shayla begins to laugh nervously.)

Makoto – Miss Shayla, what are you laughing at? You lost the holy shrine of fire.

(Shayla laughs a bit longer, then groaned.)

End of Act 2 Scene i

Act 2 Scene ii

(They entered into an arcade of some sort. They are looking for the Evil, Terrible Man (but if you haven’t gotten who it is yet, you will soon).)

Makoto – It’s just like what we have. It’s an amusement center.

(The place is very active. There seems to be a large concentration on one part of the room.)

Jinnai – Uuuuaaah! Loser! Ha, ha, ha! Do you dare think you can beat me?

(Shayla barrels through the crowd with Makoto and Fujisawa and Alielle.)

Shayla – Move it!

Makoto – Excuse me, please! Aah!

(It’s Jinnai.)

Makoto – It’s Jinnai. I don’t believe it.

Jinnai – (arms crossed) I’ve been waiting for you, Makoto.

Makoto – I guess it figures. Only someone who’s a snake like you could take away Miss Shayla’s Shrine!

Shayla – (brandishing a fist, right hand) A snake who better give it back!

Jinnai – (looks to the right) Oh, you must be joking! (Looks forward) I won that Shrine fairly in a game of chance. Is it MY fault that you’re such a lousy player?

(Shayla is locked in her groaning stance (her 2 arms up to the chest area). Makoto draws near.)

Makoto – All right, Jinnai! Stop playing around! What is it you want us to do so you can give the shrine to her?

(Jinnai thinks, placing his right hand on his chin, then says…)

Jinnai – (pointing to the ground, left index finger) You could kneel down. I just might give the shrine back to her if you beg me to hard enough.

Makoto – Beg you to?

Jinnai – You don’t have to ENJOY it!

(Makoto was thinking of doing something else, but he decided to kneel down.)

Alielle – Don’t do it, Master!

Shayla – You can’t!

Makoto – Don’t worry.

(Shayla recoiled. Makoto kneeled down lower, placing his head at about spine level.)

Makoto – Please give the shrine back.

Jinnai – Hold on, I’m thinking. (Placing his right hand on his chin) Makoto’s begging me to give the shrine back. (Hits his palm with his right hand) Well, after lengthy consideration, the answer would be no.

(Fujisawa, Shayla, and Alielle are in raucous argument. Makoto speaks.)

Makoto – Give it BACK!

Jinnai – I was just kidding around. What’s the matter, can’t you take a joke?

(Makoto gave off a long sigh.)

Shayla – So are you giving the shrine back, or not?

Jinnai – Yes, I can arrange to give it back… on condition.

Fujisawa – What condition?

(Jinnai, being very dramatic, showed his "Jinnai" card.)

Jinnai – On the sole condition that you win it back! Mizuhara, I challenge you to beat me in a fair game of Pettan to win the shrine back.

Makoto – Whenever did you fought fairly?

Jinnai – It will be a fair game. And if you just happen to win, I shall give to you my shrine of fire.

Makoto – Okay, you got it. It’s a bet.

(Jinnai was surprised.)

Jinnai – You idiot. What kind of bet is it if you aren’t betting anything? If I win I have to get something from you, you dummy.

Makoto – Like what? I don’t have a shrine!

(Jinnai can’t believe that Makoto didn’t get it yet, but Jinnai has another idea coming.)

Jinnai – I know what you can bet on! You can just simply bet on your own self!

Makoto – I don’t get it. Bet myself?

(Right before he makes the announcement, he gives the most dramatic point with his right hand you would ever see.)

Jinnai – Makoto will bet himself! If I win you shall become my slave for the rest of your life!

(This situation has gotten bad for Makoto. Everyone gasps. Now, he is fending for his own freedom. Will he be able to win or will he become the eternal slave of Jinnai? Jinnai will laugh for quite the bit.)

Shayla – Become his slave?

Makoto – I don’t get it. What do you need a slave for?

Jinnai – Oh, you know… polish my shoes and grovel, clean the bathroom and grovel, polish my shoes again for the rest of your life!

Shayla – (brandishing a fist, right hand) That’s insane! Only a fool would bet on something like that!

Jinnai – (noting) And who’s foolish enough to bet the Shrine of Fire?

(Shayla is peeved.)

Makoto – Okay, it’s a bet, Jinnai.

Shayla – (looks at Makoto) Huh?!

Jinnai – (holds his chin, right hand) And your bet is accepted. It’s a pity. (He looks around the room) This audience is too small to witness my glory of the moment in which I win the game and Makoto, humiliated, becomes my lifelong slave. (Getting an idea, he hits the palm of his right hand) That’s great! I got it! We shall play the game in the city’s coliseium! (Points at Makoto with right hand, and a lust for winning) That way, everyone from miles around can come and witness your ultimate defeat!

Makoto – When is it?

Jinnai – I’m afraid you’ll have to have some patience. But don’t worry, we’ll be ready soon enough.

(Laughing, he walks off.)

Shayla – (to Makoto) You idiot! Do you have any idea what you are doing? If he wins, you’ll be his slave for life!

Makoto – Yeah, but if I win you’ll get the shrine back. I can’t think of anything more important than that. Can you?

Shayla – (thinking) He’s sacrificing the rest of my life for me!

Makoto – What’s wrong? Don’t you want the shrine back?

Shayla – (away from Makoto, obviously too shy to say anything else) Of course I do! That’s beside the point, stupid!

Makoto – Oh?

End of Act 2 Scene ii

Act 3 Scene i

(The next day. A large group has come to see the games. They want to know who will win/keep the Shrine of Fire! Okay, a REALLY large group. While the crowd is coming, there is something else in big demand…)

Man at Table 1 – Hey girl! We ran dry. We need another beer over here!

(Guess who?)

Nanami – Yes sir! I’ll be there right away! I sure don’t know what kind of festival these people are having today, but it really is bringing in the business!

Man at Table 2 – Hey, waitress! Another round here!

Nanami – Okay!

End of Act 3 Scene i

Act 3 Scene ii

(At the stadium, Makoto and Jinnai prepare to battle to the end. Makoto is doing some stretches in the waiting area. His friends are there to support him.)

Alielle – (feeling pumped) I just know you’re going to beat him, aren’t you Makoto?

Shayla – You just gotta annihilate him. You know the consequences, don’t ya?

Makoto – (to Shayla) Yeah, I know. I’m just going to try my best.

(In the other room, Jinnai is getting massaged and fanned by his cronies. He is getting prepared in a different way.)

Jinnai – Soon, I’ll be the winner of the game and Makoto will be my slave for life!

(Jinnai just couldn’t resist! He starts to laugh and laugh and laugh. His cronies spoke in bugrom.)

Crony 1 – * Did he have to do that? *

Crony 2 - * You know how he is… *

(Outside the chambers lies the stadium exterior. The crowd is at full force for this event. Makoto exits first.)

Makoto – Wow… I didn’t realize this many people would be here!

Alielle – (making a point) Having a Pettan game to decide the fate of the Shrine of Fire is a really big deal!

Shayla – (in anguish, her hands twitching) Morbid gore hounds! Feeding on my misfortune!

(Jinnai enters. He begins to think.)

Jinnai – Today is the day that everyone will see Makoto Mizuhara as the worthless loser that only I have always known he was.

(They take their spots. Jinnai is on the left and Makoto is on the right. An emcee anounces.)

Emcee – In the red corner… Student Council President, owner of the Shrine of Fire, and soon-to-be-ruler of this world… Katsuhiko Jinnai!

(The crowd cheers.)

Makoto – It’s pretty obvious who wrote that introduction.

Emcee – And the other guy in the blue corner is Makoto Mizuhara.

(The crowd cheers and Makoto waves.)

Alielle – I’m just SURE you can win Makoto!

Shayla – Mop the floor with him!

Fujisawa – Don’t forget it kid! We’re all behind ya!

Makoto – (to the people in the back) You got it. I’ll give it my all!

(Makoto approaches Jinnai, hoping to walk away a free man.)

Jinnai – I’m surprised you didn’t turn chicken and run like I thought you would.

Makoto – Shut up and let’s just get this over with!

Jinnai – Pah, pretty eager to become my slave, aren’t you? (Pulls out a large version of his "Jinnai" card. He points at it.) The rules are very simple. You win by turning the opponent’s card over OR by knocking it out of the ring. (Makoto pulls out a large version of Shayla’s card. Jinnai pulls out a coin…) There are three matches in the game. A coin toss tells who goes first.

Makoto – Heads!

(… And the coin is shown to be Tails.)

Jinnai – Sorry. Tails. I get to go first.

(Makoto places his card on the ring. Jinnai shows that the coin is double-sided. He gets his card out.)

Jinnai – Makoto, prepare yourself for defeat!

(He swings the over-sized card into the ground and Makoto’s card flies into the sky.)

Makoto – Hey! What’s going on?

(Makoto’s card stays stable for a second and lands… face up. The crowd cheers.)

Makoto – How the heck did he do that?

Alielle – Aah…

Shayla – We’re ruined.

Fujisawa – Maybe he’s got superhuman powers, too?

(Jinnai laughs at the quick win, then goes into deeper thought.)

Jinnai – (thinking) Fools! That’s way too much!

(If you haven’t guessed yet, he’s been cheating at this match. There is a large power generator built underneath the stage. Bugrom are working the mechanics. The Groucho Crew are working their exoskeletons running the generator)

The Groucho Crew – (in repeated succession) * Left, Right… *

Jinnai – All I have to do is push this switch and my card will stick to the floor by the power of the giant magnet I built underground. But if they have that much energy built up, the switch won’t work. Makoto will win. Those idiots!

(One of the cloaked bugrom is looking down at Jinnai. Waiting for something, no doubt. Jinnai will send out signals.)

Jinnai – (in signal)

Pulling hand back – You nitwits!

Puts tips of fingers together – The output level…

Shakes his fists above his head - …is too high.

Puts fingertips together in a downward motion – Put it down.

Cloaked Bugrom - * Roger. *

(He heads downstairs to the bugrom generator.)

Cloaked Bugrom - * Stop working. *

The Groucho Crew - * Huh?! *

(At the stadium level. Makoto is preparing to deliver his attack.)

Shayla – Go on! Do it! Make him wish he’d never been born!

Fujisawa – We’re rootin’ for ya!

Makoto – All right! Huoooo-ha!

Jinnai – You lose… by the simple press of this little switch.

(Click. Slap! The card floats up into the air.)

Jinnai – Wha?! (Runs over to the card, clicking the switch) You aren’t supposed to do that!

(He tries to blow the card so it lands face down.)

Alielle – Move! Move!

Shayla – Flip over, you stupid card!

(Fuijsawa blows back.)

Jinnai – (thinking and blowing his card) – I pushed the switch. Get back! (Flips face up.) Huh?

Makoto – I won!

(Fujisawa, Alielle and Shayla cheer on the win. Jinnai is steamed. He relays more messages.)

Jinnai – (in signal)

Slides his right palm from his chest area – Boneheads!

In a steering wheel position and moving his hands up and down– Start it…

Waves his right hand in front of his nose – up again.

Placing his right hand in front of his mouth – I said turn it down…

With left hand, grabs his arm at elbow – … not…

Moves both palms of his hand towards the floor – shut it off!

Cloaked Bugrom – * Yes sir. Right away. *

(The Groucho Crew were relaxing with drinkable fruit and fans. The cloaked bugrom comes down the stair.)

Cloaked Bugrom – * Alright, start up again. *

(Moaning, they started up the generator again. Let’s head back to surface.)

Jinnai – Listen! (Points at Makoto, left hand) I know you’re trying to cheat! But, you’re not going to win this next one! Urrrrraaah!

(Slap! The card would have done nothing to Makoto’s, except…)

Jinnai – Gotcha!

(Zap! It blasted Makoto’s card into the air.)

Makoto – Whoa!

Jinnai – Come on! Face up, you idiot card!

Alielle, Fujisawa and Shayla – Face down! Face down!! Face down!!!

(The card spins around and lands… face down. Makoto breathes a sigh of relief.)

Jinnai – But… that’s just not supposed to happen! Grr!

(He goes back to signal them for the last time.)

Jinnai – (in signal)

Places his arms in criss-cross form – You’re killing me out here!

Right hand out streched, pushes his left hand up next to it – You have to…

Lifts both palms into the air – …get the output up!

Places his hands on his hip – I have to win on the next throw!

Puts his hands 0n his chest – Understand?

(Alielle, being wary of what’s going on, sees Jinnai’s suspicious actions.)

Alielle – Mr. Fujisawa, what is he doing? Why is he moving around like that?

Fujisawa – Huh?

(Jinnai continues to signal, most likely to tell them the importance of the toss.)

Fujisawa – I’d say it’s pretty obvious. He’s sending out signals to someone.

Shayla – That little cheat!

Jinnai – (one more signal)

Waving from left to right with whole body straight up – Can’t you see me? Turn it up!

Cloaked Bugrom - * Roger. *

(They get into a huddle.)

Alielle – See that big guy?

Fujisawa – Yeah… something fishy’s going on.

Shayla – That’s right! Let’s follow him.

(They follow him down the stairs. Back at the surface…)

Makoto - Huoooo-ha!

(Slap! Jinnai presses the switch and the card stays down. He has a real chance to win now. Underground, the Groucho Crew is working continuously on the generator.)

Fujisawa – He’s rigging the game some way with that big machine.

Shayla – So THAT’S how he won… I thought something was strange when we played.

(Shayla makes her presence known. She knocks down the big, cloaked bugrom.)

Shayla – You dare cheat the fire priestess?!

(At the surface, Jinnai gives the "your doomed" speech he wrote last night.)

Jinnai – Makoto Mizuhara, you lose and I have won! You’re now my slave.

(Makoto is still hanging in there, but just barely. Shayla gives some bugrom a good smackdown. She’s doesn’t last too long.)

Shayla – (out of breath) This would be… a lot easier… if I… had a… Lamp of Fire.

(Fujisawa and Alielle are worried for her safety. Fujisawa then looks for something.)

Fujisawa – Look over there!

(All of Jinnai’s won loot was conveniently stored in the corner. There was one thing that caught his eye.)

Fujisawa – Huh… (Picks up an article of clothing) Sure looks like something Shayla would wear.

(The Lamp of Fire clangs onto the floor.)

Alielle – (picks up the lamp) That must be it! I think this is her Lamp of Fire!

Shayla – Oh? That’s it! Toss it, quick!

(Fujisawa takes the lamp and throws it at her. She catches it with her left hand.)

Shayla – Anyone for roasted bug?

(She places the lamp on her left hand and lets off a huge fireball. The power blasted the stage apart. Fuijsawa caught Makoto as he fell and Jinnai landed on the cloaked bugrom. He was winded.)

Shayla – You darn little cheat. He had the whole game rigged underground!

Makoto – Uh… he did?

(The crowd boos Jinnai.)

Jinnai – Retreat, you idiot! They’re going to kill us! Retreat! Retreat!

Shayla – You’re not getting away THAT easy!

(Shayla starts blasting fire at Jinnai.)

Shayla – Take that! (A miss…) And that! (Another miss…) And that! (Jinnai’s goose is cooked.) Yeah.

Alielle – Mm… wow, Shayla, that was neat! You fried him!

Makoto – At least the new ruler of the world’s got a good suntan.

End of Act 3 Scene ii


(Back at the Shrine of Fire. They take a look at the stone tablets and… nothing!)

Makoto – Looks like we struck out again! There’s nothing here that can help us.

Fujisawa – Well, I guess we’ll just have to start all over again.

Shayla (shouting from the side) – Hey! Makoto! Are you gonna play Pettan or not?

Alielle – C’mon, it’s really a lot of fun! Ha! (She slaps her card on the ground)

Makoto – Shayla, haven’t you learned a lesson?

Shayla – Oh don’t be like that! The only reason I lost was because it was a rigged game! Ha ha, let’s play!

Makoto – Whoooaaah!

(Shayla played and Makoto’s card was flipped.)

Makoto – What?!

Shayla – You see? I can win ya every time!

This is Wanderers Episode 6 in Engish.

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