EXT. QUADRANGLE – DAY
A large sunny high walled quadrangle. Half the Recruits are milling around the other end of the area. Gormenghast stands raised on a platform near a large painted “X” on the ground. Cronies still stand guard.
Weapons are one of the most important tools of being a Henchman. Not only does it give you the opportunity to easily kill someone, it also means you have the ability to do it from quite some distance away. Now, you’ve all got your partners. Pair Number One!
SHOOTER #1 timidly approaches the “X”. He is holding a convoluted futuristic rifle.
Against the wall shuffles his partner TARGET #1. He is holding a large bull’s eye target, which he holds out at arm’s length to his side.
Shooter #1 takes aim, then reconsiders.
Are you sure about this?
Do you want to swap places?
Shooter #1 takes aim again.
Target #1 starts to wobble.
I’m not feeling comfortable about this Sam!
Just stop wiggling, will ya!
Target #1 hold out the target even further.
BANG! Shooter #1 shoots, completely missing the bull’s eye, but shooting Target #1 dead. Two Cronies come and drag the body away.
Dean, are you all right? … Dean?
(to Shooter #1)
Go practicing your aiming.
SHOOTER #2 enters and takes up her spot with a larger barrelled firearm than the previous one. TARGET #2 is pushed in place by a couple of Cronies.
You’ve done this before, haven’t you Ruth?
Once at the county fair.
Did you win anything.
Just do your best.
Shooter #2 takes aim. She is shaking so much the gun barrel looks like it’s beating time.
BANG! Target #2 is now only hold half a smoking bull’s-eye. Target #2 looks over the top, terrified.
Shooter #2 is elated and jumps out in rapture.
I hit it! I hit it! I hit it!
Yes, very good. Next!
It’s Thunderhead. He’s got some sort of machine gun with the ammunition belt rapped over his shoulders like a sash. Against the wall shuffles Jim with his bull’s eye target.
Jim gulps and holds the target above his head. He shuts his eyes tight.
Thunderhead begins to take aim then looks up at Gormenghast.
Dude, I’m a pacifist!
You’ll be a dead pacifist if you don’t aim at that target.
Thunderhead takes up aim again.
I’m sorry Jim Dude!
(eyes still clenched)
It’s all right Thunder, I believe in you!
Thunderhead shoot – POW POW POW POW POW POW POW! – the bullets go everywhere, eventually running out of ammo. He looks across through the smoke to the wall.
As the smoke clears, there is Jim with his bull’s eye target intact, but all around him in the wall is dotted row of bullet holes.
He falls FLUMP! face down onto the ground, stiff as a board, leaving the perfect bullet outline in full view.
Thunderhead rushes to help his friend.
Dude, you all right?
The shell-shocked Jim looks at the wall.
You see Thunder, I told you I believed in you!
Thunderhead helps his friend away as Sally, carrying an enormous weapon, and Lex, with a bull’s eye target take their places.
Sally can barely carry her weapon.
I’m sorry but you don’t think that this… thing might just be the wrong size for me?
Hmmm, perhaps you’re right.
Gormenghast clicks his fingers and Cronies surround Sally. When they disappear she now has a bazooka cannon strapped to her shoulder.
Try that instead.
Come on Sally, you can do it!
But I’ll kill you!
No you won’t! I’ll just hold the target out really far like this.
He holds out the weapon at arm’s length in front of him and spreads his legs to get a better balance.
See, I’m all protected now!
Lex, are you kidding? If I push this button you’ll be –
She accidentally pushes the button. The force of the recoil of the cannon throws Sally back into a pile of garbage bins and old boxes by the Kitchen entrance at the far end of the Quadrangle. Meanwhile Lex has been blown through the wall. He lies there amongst a bunch of school desks, still holding the target in front of him.
He rubs his head trying to sit up. Likewise, so does Sally.
Ooooo, that’s gonna hurt.
INT. SLEEPING QUARTERS – NIGHT
Sally in a singlet top is examining her bruise – her entire shoulder is an alarming purply red. It looks extremely painful.