EXT. MEADOW – DAY
FOUR CHICKENS excitedly gobble down STALE BREAD CRUMBS.
Hey girls. You like that?
ANGLE ON THE GODDESS as she peers through the fence from the BACKYARD.
One chicken in particular – we recognise BUFFY from our earlier episode – looks up before gingerly moving her right wing: we see that a number of feathers have been shorn in an unnatural but geometric straight line.
EXT. BACKYARD – CONTINUOUS
The Goddess grasps a fence paling in one hand as --
Look, it hurt me much more than it hurt you to do that.
It was for your own good.
INT. KITCHEN – LATER
Our WRITER enters with some DIRTY DISHES. Movement outside catches his eye.
EXT. BACKYARD – MOMENTS LATER
Buffy stretches her wings defiantly as she approaches the GARDEN.
We hear a backdoor opening.
The books said clipping one wing would work.
Buffy manages a few panicked strides before she’s in The Goddess’s arms.
She and her captor stare at each other, not moving.
The chicken cranes her neck to eye her captor RIGHT IN HER FACE. She doesn’t blink.
A muscle twitches in The Goddess’s cheek.
A long beat.
The Goddess strides into the HOUSE, chicken in arm.
TITLE: TO BE CONCLUDED