LUNA, 22, stands before KING JORDAN, 50, fidgeting.
What do you have to say for yourself, Luna?
I don’t know.
You don’t know? Do you know what you’ve done?
Luna stands quietly, her head hanging.
KING JORDAN (CONT’D)
Throughout your entire life, you have made one bad choice after another. You have followed a gang of thieves. You have run away to avoid circumstances you don’t like. And you have stolen!
King Jordan pauses, waiting. He shakes his head.
KING JORDAN (CONT’D)
Do you understand the potential consequences of your actions?
King Jordan sighs, exasperated.
I will give you one last chance, Luna. If you fail again, I will banish you forever! Do you understand?
Yes, sir! I won’t fail, I promise! Thank you, sir. Ohhh, thank you!
In the south part of the kingdom, in the poorest town, there is a widow with three children, the youngest a four month old infant girl. Do you know the town, Luna?
Yes, sir, I know of it.
Go there and find this family. Your duty will be to protect the infant girl from the English soldiers. The mother and older children must work to provide for the home. She leaves the infant at home alone. You must protect her at all costs. Do you understand me?
Yes sir, I understand. You have my word. I will protect the child from the English barbarians.
Good! Then go and be safe.
Sir? I have just one question.
What is it?
Would it be alright if I take my horse, Gunner, with me? He would be a great help. And, he won’t eat at all while I am gone if I leave him!
Yes, of course you can take him. Now go and be safe!
Thank you, sir!
The King turns away as Luna whistles softly for Gunner. He gallops to her quickly, nuzzling her neck softly. Luna scratches his neck gently.
Hi, boy! Where have you been, huh?
Gunner neighs quietly to her question.
Let’s go, Gunner. We have a long trip ahead of us. I think it’s about two and a half days ride to the village, so we’ll do just fine.
She mounts Gunner. The pair heads off in the opposite direction of King Jordan.
Gunner trots along, with no reigns or saddle. He only takes Luna’s verbal commands.
EXT. DENSE FOREST – EVENING
Luna and Gunner, tired and hungry, camp by a brook.
Gunner, this looks like a good place. What do you think?
Gunner neighs softly, grazing. Luna finds berries and sits on a mushroom to eat. She watches Gunner chomping happily.
She finishes eating, hops down from the mushroom, and goes to the nearby brook and drinks water. She walks back to Gunner.
Gunner, let’s go to sleep.
Gunner lies down on the forest floor, while Luna snuggles against his neck. They quickly doze off.
EXT. CAMP AREA – MORNING
Luna wakes first, gently nudging Gunner awake.
Wake up, Sleepyhead, it’s time to go!
Gunner snorts but stands and stretches. He quietly walks to the brook for a cool drink. He turns to look at Luna and neighs loudly.
Luna laughs and walks to him. She hops onto his back and he quickly jumps over the brook and heads out through the forest.
EXT. FOREST – NIGHT
They set up camp by another brook. After eating and drinking from the brook, they settle down for the night.
I’m a little worried, Gunner. I hope I can do this. It seems like an awfully daunting task, don’t you think?
Gunner neighs softly.
I know you understand, Boy. I’m really glad I have you with me.
She snuggles against him and falls asleep.
EXT. FOREST – MORNING
Luna eats berries and drinks water from the brook while Gunner grazes nearby. She hops on Gunner’s back and the pair continues on.
Luna listens to the birds and watches the bees buzzing.
EXT. FOREST – LATER
They come to the edge of the forest. Gunner pauses, his ears forward, listening intently.
What is it boy? Do you hear something?
Gunner relaxes and starts across the field at the forest’s edge. In the distance, Luna can see hills. She urges Gunner into a trot.
EXT. VILLAGE – LATER
They reach the village and enter. PEOPLE mill about. She stops a bedraggled MAN, 70.
Excuse me, sir. Do you know of a young widow with three children?
No! Don’t know no widow!
He runs off down an alley. Luna turns to an old WOMAN, 65.
Excuse me, mam. Do you know of a young widow with three children?
The Woman looks her up and down.
Yeah, Missy. She lives down the end of that road there.
The Woman points to a road to the north.
She’s in the cabin with the patched roof and chickens runnin’ around.
Thank you so much!
The Woman heads down the same alley the bedraggled Man took.
Luna and Gunner head for the road to the north.
EXT. STREET – MID DAY
Luna looks at each cabin. At the very edge of the village, she sees a rundown shack.
Gunner, stop. Look at that.
Gunner stops and looks a moment, then continues on. He stops at the shack, waiting patiently. Luna stares.
With a sigh, she hops off Gunner’s back, goes to the door and knocks. She knocks again, louder. After a moment, she hears a baby.
She magically opens the door, enters, and closes it.
INT. DARK CABIN – CONTINUOUS
Looking around, she spots a cradle near the fireplace and flies over to look inside. Inside is a beautiful Baby.
The baby looks up and gurgles at her, smiling. Luna is spellbound.
No one can see me but you, my love.
She sits with the baby, watching her play quietly. Luna flies about, singing and entertaining the baby girl. After a long moment, the baby starts to fuss.
Luna looks around. No food. The baby cries loudly.
Hush, sweetness. We don’t want the soldiers to hear us.
Luna waves her arms, sprinkling fairy dust, and whispers.
Fall into a magical sleep, sweetness.
The baby is soon sleeping. Luna breathes a sigh of relief.
INT. DARK CABIN – EVENING
Luna is still with the baby when the MOTHER, 30, JOHNNY, 10, and SEAN, 8, come home. They cannot see her.
The mother brings milk for the infant and rocks and feeds her while the Boys prepare potatoes. The Mother kisses the baby.
My precious Adelyn.
Luna stays nearby, watching Adelyn eat. Adelyn watches Luna flying around and just being silly, entertaining her. Adelyn coos. The Boys bring dinner to the table. They eat quickly.
Boys, don’t forget your outside chores today.
Yes, mama!/ Okay!
The boys exit.
INT. CABIN – LATER
Sean and Johnny enter. Adelyn is asleep in Mother’s arms.
Mama, can you read to us please?
Of course. Whose turn is it to choose a book?
Okay, Sean, go ahead.
Sean chooses a book. Johnny moans.
Hush now! It’s Sean’s turn. If you don’t want to listen to it, then you can go on to bed for the night.
Johnny is silent. Still holding Adelyn, she begins to read.
Luna slips out an the open window.
INT. BARN – NIGHT
Luna flies in and sees Gunner along with a pig and some chickens. Gunner follows Luna to a corner filled with hay.
I’m not sure what to think about this, Gunner. The family is so poor, they eat only potatoes. The baby only eats two or three times each day.
Gunner listens. He looks unhappy.
I’ve got to figure something out, Gunner! I have to help this family! I’ve only been here one day and I’ve already fallen hopelessly in love with Baby Adelyn!
Gunner neighs softly, nuzzling her neck. Leaning on him, she sighs.
And the boys are such good boys. They mind the mother, they help with chores, and they’re so polite.
Luna steps in front of Gunner, pressing her forehead against his.
I wish you could talk, Gunner. You’re so smart, maybe you would have the answer I’m looking for.
Gunner wraps his long neck around Luna and gently pushes her to the pile of hay in the corner. He lays down and waits for her to join him. She does, and after several moments she doses off.