The Pope turns to the second scribe as the crowd stands back up from kneeling.
The Pope wrote:Yes, all in due time,... uh... what is your name - I don't think you ever told me.
fourth scribe wrote:Yeah, they all say that the next morning. Quest my ass!
sixth cleric wrote:Looks like he's already got one! nudge nudge say-no-more
The second scribe is about to speak but is interrupted by the First Cleric.
First Cleric wrote:There is one piece of news you might be interested in.
the Pope wrote:Don't tell me. Another BlitzGirl has arrived and been crowned in my absence.
First Cleric wrote:How did you know?
the Pope wrote:Let's just say I'm not as dumb as you look. I would like to meet this new BlitzGirl. I take it all went smoothly.
The entire crowd bursts into laughter.
The Pope wrote:That's what I was afraid of. Fill me in later, right now we're both pretty tired, and I think my pillow needs company.
There is a great rushing sound, as if from the sea. (cue 62)
and the sky darkens. (cue 63)
Then there is a lighning flash and the sky turns red, then yellow, then green, and the colors start swirling around in psychedelic patterns. (cue 64 flash, linked to follow-cue: multicolor chase sequence #4 on sky)
. A low rumbling is heard, which builds, (cue 65)
as general pandmonium takes over. The timewaiters all point at the sky, shouting about another BlitzGirl arrival.A second BlitzRocket is slowly lowered from the sky, (cue 66)
amid steam and smoke. (cue 67: backlight through fog - link to cue 68: restore normal daylight over 20 sec.)
It bears a medallion of flames surrounded by the outline of a red cross.The BlitzRocket lands, the hatch opens, and taixzo steps out from the craft, emerging from the fog.
taixzo wrote:This is a good world.
There is general cheering, and taixzo is lifted up over the heads of all the timewaiters, and is carried offstage by the crowd during the rest of this scene.
First Cleric wrote:Welcome taixzo, BlitzGirl the Next!
The Pope wrote:Wait a minute - taixzo didn't go anywhere. I spoke with taixzo just a week ago!
the second scribe wrote:That explains the scroll. Look.
The second scribe shows the Pope the scroll with the flame and cross emblem on it.
the second scribe wrote:This was written in a hurry. Recently. Look at the date.
The Pope wrote:That's impossible! Nobody can blitz the whole thread in a week.
the First Cleric wrote:Not only has taixzo done it, but so has CasCat.
The Pope looks blankly at him.
the First Cleric wrote:The other BlitzGirl... The one you said you knew about?
The Pope wrote:Oh, yes, that one. I think maybe you'd better tell me all about this now, rather than later. Where is this CasCat?
the First Cleric wrote:She's been spending all her time with his Meojesty.
The Pope wrote:edfel? I want a word with him also. About those... maps... of his.
The Pope and the First Cleric exit stage right, as the First Cleric begins filling him in about the events of the past few days. The second scribe is left alone with the sixth cleric and the two BlitzRockets. The sixth cleric follows the second scribe as she walks over to Taixzo's craft to inspect it.
the sixth cleric wrote:The Quest... did you find what you were looking for?
the second scribe wrote:I think so.
the sixth cleric wrote:And the Pope? If I may ask, how was he?
The second scribe pauses a moment, and looks her straight in the eye.
the second scribe wrote:Brave.
Blackout. End of scene 11.(cue 69 blackout.) (cue 70 sc 12)
Act 1, scene 12
At rise: A tent in the campsite. The back of the tent is open, facing the audience, so we can see inside. His Meowjesty edfel is cuddled up with CasCat. Upstage, the Pope and the First Cleric approach the (closed) entrance of the tent. The First Cleric addresses them from outside.
the First Cleric wrote:Your Meowjesty - you have a visitor.
edfel wrote:You ain't kiddin'! Go away.
the First Cleric wrote:I mean... you have another visitor.
edfel wrote:Is she cute?
CasCat wrote:What am I? Chopped molpy?
edfel wrote:I didn't mean it that way. Well, ok, actually I did mean it that way, but I didn't mean what meaning it that way means, if you know what I mean.
the First Cleric wrote:It's the Pope. And he wishes audience with both of you.
CasCat and edfel look at each other.
CasCat wrote:It would be an honor.
The Pope and the First Cleric enter through the tent flap, and CasCat bows before the Pope. Reluctantly, edfel follows suit.
CasCat wrote:It is an honor to be even in your presence, your Pontiffness.
The Pope wrote:No, it is the other way around. I am merely a Pope. You, however, have done something which is far more awesome and humbling. Is it true what they say - that you have Blitzed the entire thread? The One True Thread?
CasCat wrote:Yes, indeed. It was a most wonderful and relaxing experience. I am far the richer for it. And also, by having done so, for meeting his Meowjesty.
The Pope wrote:Yes, I have a few words for him myself. But that can wait until later. For now, I want to ensure that you get your proper and due recognition as BlitzGirl the Next.
CasCat wrote:Oh, I already have. Or, I think I have. The First Cleric held a ceremony just the other day for me. There was a bit of pandemonium at the end though, when he read the pronouncement.
The Pope turns to the First Cleric.
The Pope wrote:Oh? You seem to have omitted that part.
the First Cleric wrote:Well, there was so little time - I couldn't explain everything on this little walk here.
CasCat wrote:Things got a little out of hand with the dancing, and then there was that berry juice something-or-other.
The Pope wrote:I've heard stories, and I have a feeling I'll be hearing a few more in the next few days.
CasCat wrote:I'm sure it's fine, but you have another party in mind, I never turn down a party.
The Pope wrote:Good. I love a party too. So, it's settled. But I have one question for you. I am told that you Blitzed the entire thread in only one week. That's seven hundred pages. Is that right?
CasCat wrote:Seven hundred thirty three, to be exact.
The Pope wrote:A hundred pages a day! That's... well, that's not only a record, that is a whole new category! In fact, it's a whole new kind of category!
CasCat wrote:Category. I like that.
edfel looks at CasCat.
The Pope looks at the First Cleric
The Pope wrote:A lot can be accomplished in very little time, if you have the mind to put to it. Make ready the celebration! Tell the hearalds to sound the ram's horn the highest hills! This is an awesome day!
The First Cleric leaves, and the Pope turns to edfel and hands him the map.
The Pope wrote:Now, about this map.
edfel wrote:It needed updating.
The Pope wrote:Needed updating? We were on Holy Quest, and this obsolete map put the second scribe and I in great danger, perilous peril, and also a bit of a pickle. I was only able to save the day by looking out the window of the BlitzRocket and recognizing a few things from memory. Our second scribe deftly brought the craft home while I was glued to the window, telling her what I thought I saw.
edfel wrote:It needed updating. The second scribe asked to borrow it; I didn't expect you to use it on Quest!
The Pope wrote:Expect? Expect? This is a most Holy Quest! We must be prepared for anything! Even the Spanish Inquisition!
The three of them look at the tent flaps and wait for it, but nothing happens.
edfel wrote:Anyway, I have an updated map. Here. I've drawn lots more lines and labels and symbols and things.
The Pope takes the new map from edfel, and looks at it.
The Pope wrote:Very nice. Very very nice. I especially likes the lines, and the labels. And the symbols. And all the... things.
edfel wrote:I couldn't have said it better myself.
The Pope wrote:Now, if you both will excuse me, I have to make up some badly needed sleep before our pronouncements. It has been an honor.
The Pope leaves through the tent flap, as edfel turns to CasCat.
edfel wrote:Those things have windows?
CasCat wrote:Yes, but I never use them. They show the outside. Very dangerous.