SEASON 1/EPISODE 6: Heads Will Roll

Content Warnings: Animal death, animal eating habits, animal mating habits, animal violence, animal injury, human death, body horror, gore, surgery, drowning, violence, a haunted house using a hanging as a prop, references to an attempted suicide, mental illness

SCENE 1

 

EXT. DUSK. SLEEPY HOLLOW CARNIVAL HAUNTED HAY RIDE.

 

Adventurous music plays

 

Corny lightning.
 

P.A. Announcement

Face your FEARS. Don’t lose your head. Hua-ha-ha-ha-haaa. 

FLYNN

Don’t worry. I’ll protect you from all the big bad monsters.

 

SEBASTIAN

Sure you will. 

 

Corny rain. A machine jumps out. It giggles.

 

FLYNN

Ah shit!

 

SEBASTIAN (CONT’D)

You were saying?

 

FLYNN

Shut up.

 

COACHMAN

Hello, travelers, are there only four of you? How… disappointing. Well, step inside. You’ll just have to do. 

 

You hear the four of them shuffle onto the hayride. SEBASTIAN trips.

 

SEBASTIAN

Oof. Ow.

 

FLYNN

(Amused)

You okay?

 

SEBASTIAN

(Amused)

Yeah.

 

COACHMAN

The Headless Horseman rides tonight. Didn’t you hear? He roams these hills in search of a head, but I’m sure you’ll be fine. He won’t hurt a hair… Well, apart from the ones on your head! The veil between our world and his are  beginning to blend together. The spirit world is bleeding into ours and the Horseman’s brought some friends along

for the ride.

 

ANNABETH

(Whispering)

Will it be this corny the whole time?

 

SEBASTIAN

Hey. Shush.

 

COACHMAN

And remember, most of all: keep your hands, arms, legs, and heads inside the vehicle.

 

FLYNN crosses over.

FLYNN

You spoke too soon.

 

COACHMAN

Off we go… Yah! 

 

The horse goes and begins clopping down the road.

 

BECCA

Flynn. Why are you inching towards the

middle?

 

FLYNN

The sides are uncomfortable, okay? 

 

ANNABETH

Don’t worry. Nothing’s going to grab the carriage… yet.

SEBASTIAN

Hey, what’s up?

 

FLYNN

Just wanted to hold your hand.

 

SEBASTIAN

Or I could do this. Better?

 

FLYNN

Yeah. Much better.

 

ANNABETH

Hey, fake town up ahead.

 

A thunderclap.

 

BECCA

And there go all of the lights.

 

COACHMAN

Hold on. The horse is scared of this part.

 

The sounds of screams in the distance. The sounds of a murder.

 

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

Ghosts! We’ve gotta get out of here!

 

More unearthly wails and screams.

COACHMAN

Oh no! There pushing us out towards the bridge! As soon as we cross we’re in

the Horseman’s land!

 

The horse cross from dirt to wood and the horse slows down. You hear the creaking silence of the wood as it moves through the wind.

 

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

Here’s where Ichabod Crane died. They sayhis ghost still wanders this place.

 

Silence. Ghostly sighs.

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

Of course… He’s not the only one.

 

A creak of wood. A louder one. Then footsteps along the roof. Then you hear the

ceiling come down.

 

ANNABETH

Oh fuck!

 

You hear the swinging of a rope as a man tries and fails to breathe. The rope stays still.

 

SEBASTIAN

The makeup is really… really good. Jesus.

A clap of thunder. The horse hooves transition from wood to dirt again. A crow

caws off in the distance and you hear the fluttering of wings as it flies away. The caws become more intense.

 

COACHMAN

That’s the Horseman’s church. They say he was buried there. The ghosts love having company here. They like it when you stay forever.

 

BECCA

Wha- How are you doing that with your eyes?

 

COACHMAN

What?

 

BECCA

Your eyes- That’s really cool. The purple contacts. How are you getting them to glow?

 

COACHMAN

Th-Thanks. 

 

Another pop-out scare. The Horseman laughs off in the distance.

 

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

It’s him! We have to go! Yah!

 

The horse skidaddles. You hear the sound of swatting branches and people popping out. You hear the sound of an axe swing and hit wood. Laughter maniacally crying out. Then comes the sounds of flames and a “pumpkin” squashes against a tree.

 

BECCA

(Laughs)

Woohoo!

 

COACHMAN

Watch your heads!

 

SEBASTIAN

Wait-When did you put that mask on?

 

COACHMAN

What?

 

FLYNN

What mask?

 

SEBASTIAN

The mask he’s wearing!

 

COACHMAN

How can you-- Who are you people?

 

The driver yanks on the reigns.

 

BECCA

What are you doing?


 

FLYNN

Hey! You’re going to hit the--

 

The horse yells.  The group gets launched out of the cart after a loud crash

and a splinter of wood.

 

Silence.

 

SCENE TWO

EXT. DUSK. THE FOREST.

 

SEBASTIAN

Shit. Everyone okay?

 

FLYNN

Ye-Yeah. I think so.

 

FLYNN

Where’s the coachman?

 

SEBASTIAN

I don’t know. We need to make sure he’s okay. He could be hurt.

 

FLYNN

Wait! Don’t. He wasn’t wearing a mask, Sebastian.

SEBASTIAN

What?

 

FLYNN

You said he was wearing a mask. They looked just like anyone else to me.

 

SEBASTIAN

What do you mean?

 

FLYNN

I think he’s a fae.

 

SEBASTIAN

No, that can’t be right.

 

FLYNN

Yeah.

 

SEBASTIAN

No… No, that’s not… That’s not possible.

 

FLYNN

Why not? If mermaids are real, then why not?

 

SEBASTIAN

Because I don’t know what they are.

 

FLYNN

That can’t be where you draw the line.

 

SEBASTIAN

I’m not drawing a line.

 

FLYNN

Then why not just call it out like it is? 

 

SEBASTIAN

Because that doesn’t make sense.

 

FLYNN

Do other people-looking fae exist?

 

SEBASTIAN

No. I mean, maybe elves-- but we haven’t even found out if they ever existed or not.

 

FLYNN

Then it’s not a stretch.

 

SEBASTIAN

It’s still a stretch. We would have no idea how that fae works or what they can do.

 

FLYNN

We can start with the basics. You gave us all iron, right? You and I have  the necklace, Becca and Annabeth have the bracelets. Hey-- What about his eyes? Did you see them?

 

SEBASTIAN

Yeah. They were purple and glowing.

 

FLYNN

Then how did Becca see them? She can’t do what you do.

 

SEBASTIAN

She probably just got lucky.

 

FLYNN

The veil isn’t a guarantee.

 

SEBASTIAN

Exactly.

 

SEBASTIAN and FLYNN walk up to ANNABETH.

 

ANNABETH

(To horse)

Sh... Hey, there, you’re going to be just fine. No sprains… Just a few scratches.

 

SEBASTIAN

Where’s Becca?

 

ANNABETH

I thought she was with you.

 

FLYNN

The coachman.

 

ANNABETH

The coachman-- What’s up with the driver? He okay?

 

SEBASTIAN

He might be a fae.

 

ANNABETH

What? What kind of fae are… 

 

SEBASTIAN

I don’t know.

 

ANNABETH

Shit. Shit. Becca said she saw you and she ran after you.

SEBASTIAN

Me? She ran after me?

 

FLYNN

She ran after him.

 

SEBASTIAN

He can shape-shift.

 

ANNABETH

Or-- Or just control how we see him.

 

FLYNN

None of those sound good.

 

SEBASTIAN

Shit. What if it’s both? And-- What if Becca and I saw through it?

 

BECCA screams.

 

FLYNN

The churchyard. That came from the churchyard. 

 

BECCA

What the hell are you? 

 

COACHMAN

What the hell are you? How could you and your friend see me?

 

BECCA

I-I don’t know.

COACHMAN

You don’t know? You don’t know? Which one of you has the sight? I don’t make mistakes.

 

BECCA

The-- The veil’s not a guarantee, right?

 

COACHMAN

(Laughs)

Oh… I knew you knew more than you were letting on.

 

You hear sick and twisted crunching noises.

 

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

Let me show you just how right you were.

 

BECCA screams some more. The COACHMAN roars. A fist pounds into the pavement, another knocks into a gravestone.

 

ANNABETH

Becca! 

 

BECCA

Annie! 

 

SEBASTIAN

Hey loser! Have you gotten your iron today?

 

SEBASTIAN grunts. You hear the clink of his necklace and then sizzling. The COACHMAN screams.

 

COACHMAN

Fuck. Off!

 

SEBASTIAN gets whacked by the COACHMAN.

 

FLYNN

Sebastian!

 

COACHMAN

Awww… Look at the four of you… So cute and tiny. I could just eat you up. Let’s start with you…

 

FLYNN

Sebastian! MOVE!

 

SEBASTIAN

What? Oh shit!

 

The COACHMAN yells as a fist comes down and breaks a headstone.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn! My bag!

 

FLYNN

Where is it?!

 

SEBASTIAN

Over there!

 

FLYNN runs over as another fist comes down.

 

ANNABETH

Come on, I’m getting you out of here.

 

BECCA

What? No. Seb and Flynn--

 

ANNABETH

They will be fine. The church. Now.

 

ANNABETH lifts BECCA up. BECCA whimpers in pain.

 

BECCA

My-My leg.

 

ANNABETH

Can you walk?

 

BECCA

Yeah.

 

ANNABETH

Good.

 

ANNABETH wraps her arm around BECCA and pulls her over to the church. ANNABETH shuts the door.

 

ANNABETH

Shit.

BECCA

Did you expect it to be a real church or something?

 

ANNABETH

Kind of.

 

A switch is flipped. A fluorescent light kicks on.

 

BECCA

What the hell?

 

ANNABETH

Why is everything covered in webs?

 

BECCA

I-I don’t know. I hate spiders. I really, really hate spiders.

 

ANNABETH

Well, I guess the good news is that hulked out scrappy doo out there doesn’t have eight legs.

 

There is a sound of SCUTTLING off in the corner. A small squeak.

 

BECCA

Annie?

 

ANNABETH

Oh hell no.

 

You hear the sound of thousands, hundreds of thousands of little legs skittering across the room.

 

BECCA

Open the door. Open the door.

 

ANNABETH tries.

 

ANNABETH

I can’t.

 

BECCA

Annie open the door, please.

 

ANNABETH

It’s locked!

 

The lights flicker. The bulbs pop. ANNABETH breathes in frustration, BECCA in fear. 

 

BECCA

Annie?

 

Nothing. The skittering is closer

 

BECCA (CONT’D)

Annie I can’t feel you! Annie! Annie!

 

Cut to. The sound of another gravestone crumbling over. FLYNN is digging through the bag. 

 

FLYNN

What am I looking for? 

 

SEBASTIAN

The thing that doesn’t belong!

 

FLYNN

Thanks! That’s so helpful!

 

SEBASTIAN

Can’t tell you what it is because then he’d know! It doesn’t belong there!

FLYNN

That’s a lot of things! Oh- Oh! I got it! 

 

The sound of rushing air. Flynn gets knocked aside.

 

COACHMAN

Enough!

SCENE 3

INT. SEBASTIAN'S APARTMENT

 

The soundscape changes. The edges of this world are frayed and dark. Then you hear the sound of a shower going off.

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

What? The… What am I doing at the apartment? Hello? Seb?

 

Nothing. FLYNN takes a step forward. The sound of the shower drizzling continues. 

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

Hey. Seb. You left the shower running. Seb! 

 

Nothing. Just the drizzling shower. Flynn walks closer and the sound of wood turns into the sound of a puddle.

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

Seb… Please. Seb, answer me. Seb.

 

Flynn keeps walking.

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

Stop.

 

Keeps walking.

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

Stop. No. Not again. Please, please. Not again.

 

The door creaks open. The sound of the shower keeps on going.

 

FLYNN (CONT’D)

Sebby, no. No, no, no, no. No. Please no.

 

Cut to. (Weird schh-luck noise for cut) ANNABETH breathing as she wakes up. A heartbeat monitor is going off. It becomes erratic.

 

ANNABETH

Shit- Shit. I’m losing her.

 

You hear the whining of a dog.

 

ANNABETH (CONT’D)

No. No. Don’t wake up. Don’t wake up. I need more anesthetic! I need more! Where is everyone? I need help here!

 

The monitor flatlines.

 

ANNABETH (CONT’D)

Fucking dammit! No!

Annabeth groans in frustration. Silence. And, then, a heartbeat. And then another.

 

ANNABETH (CONT’D)

What the…

 

You hear the noises of scrunching flesh. The animal keeps whining.

 

ANNABETH (CONT’D)

Why won’t you die? Why won’t you die?

 

SCENE 4

EXT. DUSK. THE FOREST.

SEBASTIAN

Flynn! Flynn! I’m right here! Flynn!

 

FLYNN

(Crying)

No, no, no. No!

 

COACHMAN

Oh… He’s a little distracted right now. So are the rest of your little friends.

 

SEBASTIAN

What the hell did you do?

 

COACHMAN

Something scary. Of course… It’s all distance-based. You’ll be getting the worst of it. 

SCENE FIVE

EXT. DAY. RAINFOREST.

 

The sound of a rainforest, water rushing, crying, screaming. The COACHMAN’s voice morphs into something higher overlaying with their deeper usual tone.

COACHMAN

Why’d you leave me?


 

SEBASTIAN

You’re not real. You’re not real.

 

COACHMAN

Why did you do that to me? You were my friend.

 

SEBASTIAN

Shut up! You’re not him!

 

COACHMAN

Do you know how much it hurt when it took me under? Its claws digging into me as it forced my mouth open. How much it hurt when all of that water came rushing in and burned my lungs?

 

SEBASTIAN

Please. Stop! I’m not scared of you!

 

COACHMAN

I felt it bite into me. Feed on me.

 

SEBASTIAN

Shut up!

 

SEBASTIAN screams and punches the COACHMAN.

 

COACHMAN

(Laughs)

Oh… This’ll be fun. 

 

SEBASTIAN plummets into water with a splash. He is underwater. You hear him thrashing about. All of a sudden, in the distance, you hear crying. It comes closer.  

 

COACHMAN (CONT’D)

Oh… Poor little Sebastian Verwood. My, oh my, do I love feeding off of you. Your pain. Your guilt. I took a look at your tiny little brain and, boy, did I like what I saw. At first I thought you were scared of the thing that killed your friend, then what your friend went through… but, no… No… What scares you the most…  Is when people learn what you did to him.

Imagine what will happen when I tell Annabeth… Or Flynn. I know your little secret. Never mess with a boogeyman. It’s too bad… I’d have been fine feeding off of your fear on the hayride, but I can’t have someone knowing who I am, now can I?

 

BECCA

Yeah screw you too!

BECCA yells and a shovel makes contact with the COACHMAN’s head.

 

COACHMAN

AHH. Did you really think that’d work?

 

FLYNN

No! But this will!

 

FLYNN grunts and throws salt onto the COACHMAN. A circle of salt is poured around the COACHMAN.

COACHMAN

No! No! 

 

ANNABETH

Oh shut up! You lost. Get over it.

 

FLYNN

You can’t cross a salt circle unless one of us breaks it.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn.

FLYNN

Oh thank god. Oh thank god. I was-- I’m just happy you’re okay.

 

SEBASTIAN

I love you.

 

FLYNN

I love you, too.

 

BECCA

What do we do with him?

 

SEBASTIAN

The boogeyman?

 

ANNABETH

Aw, Jesus, are you kidding me? A boogeyman?

 

FLYNN

Makes me wonder what happens if we leave him out until daylight.

 

COACHMAN

What-- No. No. Please. Not that. Please. Please not that.

 

SEBASTIAN

Then what? What are we supposed to do with you?

 

COACHMAN

I just feed on people around Halloween and then I move onto haunted houses elsewhere. I could-- I’ll do anything you want. Just-- Just don’t kill me. Please. I’m sorry. When I read his mind I thought you were hunters.

 

ANNABETH

Hunters?

 

COACHMAN

Th-There are people out there killing people like me. 

 

FLYNN

Maybe they should.

 

ANNABETH

What people?

 

COACHMAN

I don’t know who they are. They just come and kill fae who make themselves known. Please, please, I just want to leave.

BECCA

Excuse us. Are you joking? We can’t make a deal with this thing. The-- The things it

did to me.

 

SEBASTIAN

He… He was scared.

 

FLYNN

I don’t care. He could have hurt us or killed us or worse. I say he goes up in smoke.

SEBASTIAN

We aren’t doing that. We can’t.

 

ANNABETH

No, we can’t.

 

BECCA

What?

 

ANNABETH

We scared him, he acted out. If he’s willing to make nice, I say we make nice.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn, Becca… Is this okay with you?

 

BECCA

Yeah.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn?

 

FLYNN

You do whatever you want. I’m… going to go for a walk.

 

FLYNN walks away.

 

ANNABETH

Seb, what did he mean, by reading your mind--

 

SEBASTIAN

He just saw what I do for a living and probably got confused.

 

ANNABETH

Yeah, I imagine it’s easy to put the two together if you’re already scared of someone finding out what you are. Have you heard of this before? Hunters?

 

SEBASTIAN

No. I’ll have to ask around and see.

 

ANNABETH

Okay. Sounds good.

 

SEBASTIAN

I’m-- I’m going to go after Flynn. Should I, you think?

 

BECCA

Yeah.

 

SEBASTIAN

Okay. Okay. I’ll, um, be right back.

 

SEBASTIAN rushes to catch up.

ANNABETH

We’re going to… release you. 

 

COACHMAN

Thank you. Th-thank you.

 

ANNABETH

Under one condition.

 

COACHMAN

Anything.

 

ANNABETH

You come in for check-ups.

 

COACHMAN

I come in for what?

 

SEBASTIAN runs through the leaves.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn! Wait!

 

FLYNN

What?

 

SEBASTIAN slows.

 

SEBASTIAN

What… What happened? What did you

see?

 

FLYNN

He showed me April. Last year

 

SEBASTIAN

Oh.

FLYNN

Yeah.

 

SEBASTIAN

Flynn… That wasn’t… You… can’t blame yourself for that. That was me. That was my fault. Okay? Look at me. Look at me. I’m okay now. I’m in a better place now. 

 

FLYNN

I know… But… Seeing you like that…  I’ve never been so scared in my life. I- I just… It felt so real. It felt like it was happening all over again.


 

SEBASTIAN

Hey. Hey… I love you. I won’t do that again. I wouldn’t ever do that again.

 

FLYNN

(Not reassured)

I just… I need--

 

BECCA

Hey lovebirds!

 

FLYNN

Hey there.

 

BECCA

Turns out we have… three more hours left of this carnival and I’d really like to wash off the memory of being almost eaten by a giant spider with a load of cider. You guys with me?

 

SEBASTIAN

I think a drink and some candy would be good right now. Just no apple bobbing.

 

BECCA

Alright! It’s settled. No bobbing for apples, spiders, and only fun rides from now on. Cute stuff. 

 

ANNABETH

  And we can check back on our pumpkin.

 

SEBASTIAN

Gourd-asaur. 

BECCA

Yeah, gourd-asaur.

 

FLYNN

And what about Oogie-Boogie? 

 

ANNABETH

He agreed to come in for weekly tests at the clinic and, then, once he leaves New York state after November, we’ll move on to a  bi-monthly basis. It’ll be cool to see just how his abilities work.

 

SEBASTIAN

Think he’ll keep up with that?

 

ANNABETH

He was… actually pretty willing to try. I don’t think it’ll be a problem.

 

SEBASTIAN

How’s the horse?

 

ANNABETH

They’ll be more than fine. Just a little spooked. I’ll send by a friend of mine to double check on them.

 

SEBASTIAN

Sweet. Alright, come on, let’s go win a carnival prize or two. I’ll get you a teddy bear.

 

FLYNN

(Distant)

Sounds good.

 

BECCA

Hey, Seb?

 

SEBASTIAN

Yeah?

 

BECCA

Did you really say “hey loser have you gotten your iron today?”

 

SEBASTIAN groans. Everyone else laughs.

 

END OF EPISODE.

CREDITS:

 

The Viridian Wild is created, written, and produced by Davis Walden with creative consulting by Nicole Miller. This episode was directed by Nicole Miller. Our music is composed by Daryl Banner. This episode features the voice of Davis Walden as Sebastian, Leslie Gideon as Annabeth, Tara Santora as Becca, Kyle Nishimura as Flynn, and Ryan James as The Coachman.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as The Viridian Wild or email us at theviridianwild@gmail.com. Learn more and find transcripts of this episode at theviridianwild.com. We would like to thank our first Adventurers joining us on this journey: Joe and Mandy Walden. You can support Sebastian’s study of the magical world around us on our patreon at www.patreon.com/theviridianwild and gain access to bonus material such as bloopers and book recommendations. The Viridian Wild is a product of Always in My Head Productions. Till next time, happy trails! We will see you in the summer of 2020.