EXT. THE QUADRANGLE – DAY
All the trainees are lined up military style. Ultimate Bad is out the front finishing his pep talk.
By the end of your training you will be my perfectly trained and able army of lackeys… you’re lucky to be my lackeys, give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve earned it. Feel the love, feel the love. Now, is there any questions?
A THUGGY FELLOW slowly puts up his hand. Ultimate smiles like the cat about to get the cream.
Yes? You there!
He waves to Thuggy who moves to the front of the crowd.
You have something you wish to say?
Thuggy puffs out his chest.
Yeah. What if I don’t want to join your army of lackeys?
A murmur runs through the trainees.
You don’t want to be one of my self effacing servants and help me overtake the world?
Ultimate considers this.
Is there anything else?
Thuggy tries his luck.
Yeah. I’m hungry.
Yeah. I haven’t had a bite since you dragged me from that bar.
Ultimate nods to Gormenghast, who clicks his fingers to a SERVANT, who clicks his fingers to ANOTHER SERVANT. This happens down the line till from the main building saunters a RAVISHING SLAVE GIRL carrying an ordinary cookie jar as if it was a Ming vase.
The Slave Girl passes the jar to Gormenghast who delivers it to Ultimate.
Then perhaps you’ll like …. a cookie?
Another murmur mutters through the crowd. Thuggy looks around him for support but receives none.
He puffs out his chest even further, sets his jaw.
Sure. Why not.
He swaggers closer to Ultimate and takes the lid off the jar. He looks into the jar to get his cookie. SWOOSH! A VENOMOUS COBRA springs out and attaches itself to his face.
Thuggy tumbles to the ground and writhes, screaming in pain, until the Snake has finished him off. Thuggy lies there dead, the snake curls itself up on its new kill.
Ultimate addresses the masses.
What we have just witnessed there are two very important lessons. One: Never disobey me or I will kill you! And the second: Never takes candy from strangers, didn’t your parents teach you anything?!
Ultimate hands back the jar to Gormenghast.
And now, I leave you in the capable hands of my Number Two. Gormenghast, they’re all yours.
Gormenghast salutes his master and Ultimate strides back to the main building.
(to Slave Girl)
Come Annabelle. I’m in desperate need of a hard rub down.
Ultimate and the Slave Girl return to the main building.
Gormenghast is still holding the cookie jar. He suddenly feels foolish, so drops the jar and steps away.