|SCENE: Wonderland. Past. Alice and Cyrus are gazing at the night sky near their campfire.
Alice: I believe I was promised falling stars. And yet... just stars.
Cyrus: Be patient. It's almost time.
(She gasps in amazement as the stars begin falling from the sky downwards like snowflakes.)
Alice: That's incredible.
Cyrus: You know, they say one kiss under the falling stars and it brings you good fortune.
Alice: If you want to kiss me, you don't have to make up a story.
Cyrus: It wasn't a story.
(They laugh, and then kiss passionately for several seconds. Alice pulls away when she grabs hold of a compass hanging around Cyrus' neck. Its needle spins continuously in a circle.)
Alice: What's this?
Cyrus: It's a trinket. It's nothing. (He tries to kiss her.)
Alice: It's a very nice nothing. (He pauses.) Was it from another girl?
Cyrus: In a way. (Alice looks stunned.) It's... my mother gave it to me.
Alice: Your mother? I didn't know genies had mothers. Was she a genie as well?
Cyrus: No, she was quite human. As was I when I was born.
Alice: You mean, you haven't always been a genie? Why didn't you tell me?
Cyrus: Ah, because I'm a genie now and I fear I shall be a genie for the rest of my days. My life as a human was a long time ago.
Alice: And your mother? Is she still—
Cyrus: I don't know. This compass... it has great magic. It always pointed me towards her. It was the only thing I kept with me in the bottle for all those years I was a prisoner. It provided me comfort. I knew she was out there. And some years ago, it just stopped pointing.
Alice: I'm sorry.
(Suddenly, a sword is drawn under Cyrus' neck by an assailant.)
Genie Hunter: Stand up. And step away from the girl. (Cyrus complies as two other men approach as accomplices.) It took us a long time, boys, but we finally found ourselves a genie. Looks like wishes do come true.
Cyrus: I will give you whatever you desire, but please let her be.
Genie Hunter: (Chuckles) What would I want with her? Once I get my wishes, I can get a hundred of her! (He throws Cyrus to the ground as all three men point their swords at him.) Now, where is your bottle, genie?
Cyrus: It's far from here, but I can take you to it.
(Alice remains sitting, but grasps her blade.)
Genie Hunter: You better be telling the truth now. I am not to be trifled with!
Cyrus: (Glances at Alice) Fortunately, neither is she.
(Alice gets up to swipe one of the men off his feet. She attacks the genie hunter in sword-to-sword combat. After injuring him, she jumps on top the third one and deals damage to his head. She and Cyrus end up backed up against each other as they take down the trio. The men retreat.)
Alice: I guess the stars did bring us luck. They barely even scratched me. (Her expression becomes pained as she puts a hand to her abdomen. She passes out in Cyrus' arms as blood spurts out of her wound.)
Cyrus: Alice! Alice! No.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The woods. Alice watches from behind a tree as guards cloaked in red are combing the woods for someone. She is startled by snapping branches and pulls out her sword, but it is only Knave.
Alice: Knave. You gave me a fright. Where were you?
Knave: Sorry, nature was calling.
Alice: Really? What did it say?
Knave: Nothing you want to hear. So those guards out there, they're looking for us?
Alice: No, they're looking for someone who's escaped. They're looking for Cyrus.
Knave: Oh, well, that's good, then.
Alice: How is that good news?
Knave: 'Cause if they're still looking for him, it means they haven't found him yet. But it's only a matter of time, so I suggest we start looking, too.
Alice: Actually, we don't have to.
Knave: Why's that?
Alice: Because I know where he's going.
Knave: Where might that be?
Alice: The only place where he knows he'll be safe.
Knave: In Wonderland? With Jafar and the Red Queen after him? I doubt such a place exists.
Alice: There is. He just needs to get there best before they get him.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The woods. Cyrus has taken off running to escape his pursuers, but his leg is caught by a grapevine and ends up dangled upside down.
Cyrus: (Struggling against grapevine) Ugh, what is this? Ugh.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Wonderland Maze. Tweedledum walks past the grapevine plant and hears Cyrus' audible struggling.
Tweedledum: The genie. Thank you, grapevine. I believe the Queen will be quite pleased. (He heads back to the castle, but sights his brother Tweedledee hurrying off deeper into the maze.)
(Curiously, he follows to investigate. Tweedledum is shocked to see his brother meeting up with Jafar.)
Tweedledee: As you requested, sire.
Jafar: You were able to procure it with no incident?
Tweedledee: Yes. The Queen has no idea.
(Tweedledum sticks his head out to see Tweedledee handing a bag to Jafar.)
Tweedledee: You-you'll protect me from her?
Jafar: Soon, she will no longer matter. Thank you for your sacrifice. (Leaves)
(Tweedledum hides out of sight as Tweedledee turns around.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Wonderland Castle. The Red Queen is partaking in flower arrangement as Tweedledum walks in.
Tweedledum: Your Majesty.
Red Queen: Hmm?
Tweedledum: I've heard something through the grapevine.
Red Queen: Yes?
Tweedledum: Um, the genie has been captured in the forest. He's yours now.
Red Queen: Spectacular! Let's go retrieve him, shall me? (She strolls off, but Tweedledum remains fixed in his standing position.) I'm sensing you're not sharing my enthusiasm. What is it?
Tweedledum: It's my brother.
Red Queen: Darling, your sibling rivalry does not interest me.
Tweedledum: I fear he may have done a bad thing.
Red Queen: Considering both of your mental limitations, I'm not sure it's something I need to worry about. (Continues walking)
Tweedledum: I saw him give something to Jafar!
Red Queen: (In stun) What?
Tweedledum: A bag. Handed to him in secret.
Red Queen: What was in it?
Tweedledum: I-I don't know. But I came to you right away. I don't know what it is and I'm sorry.
Red Queen: No need for apologies. Now leave before I decide to kill the messenger.
(Tweedledee departs. The Red Queen opens a cabinet and pulls out a checkered box from a drawer. She lifts the lid and sees the bottle is missing from the case. She slams it shut; infuriated.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Alice and Knave are travelling through the woods.
Knave: So where are we headed? Where exactly is this safe place of yours?
Alice: The Outlands.
Knave: We're going to walk all the bloody way to the Outlands? You couldn't have picked some place closer like... anywhere else.
Alice: Back when Cyrus and I were together, we made a deal that if we ever got separated or if anything ever happened, we'd always meet back there.
Knave: Any chance you left any food there? I could use a bit.
Alice: We just need to make a stop before we arrive.
Knave: Oh, of course, we bloody do. Where now?
Alice: The White Rabbit's house.
Knave: Oh, come on. (Stops walking) I know you're ticked off about how he betrayed us, but is this really the time to settle a score?
Alice: I don't want revenge, Knave. I want help.
Knave: From him? He's a bloody traitor.
Alice: And he's our only way out of Wonderland. Don't you see? With Jafar and the Red Queen alive, we'll never be safe here. You, me and Cyrus. We need to leave today. And the Rabbit's the only one that can take us away.
Knave: You can't trust him. Not after what he's done.
Alice: He and I were friends once. Good friends. It just doesn't make sense.
Knave: Maybe he just got a better offer. (Alice contemplates this silently.) Sometimes people turn on you and you never understand why.
Alice: No, for him to betray us like that, there has to be a reason.
SCENE: Wonderland. Past. During the night, Cyrus carries a passed out Alice to the White Rabbit's house.
Cyrus: Open up! Please, Rabbit, open the door!
White Rabbit: (From inside house) Alright, alright! Keep it down. You want to wake the whole fam— (Puts on his glasses and sees Alice) Alice. What happened?
Cyrus: We were attacked. We need help. Help only she can provide.
SCENE: Wonderland. Past. Inside the White Rabbit's house, Mrs. Rabbit pours water over some herbs in a cup.
Mrs. Rabbit: (Sets down kettle) All right, now. Ugh! You two, get out of my way! (Gestures for Cyrus and the White Rabbit to move) Shoo. Excuse me. Standing in front of my willow root. (Grabs it from the table)
Cyrus: Is she going to be all right?
Mrs. Rabbit: This poultice will help her along. Your fretting, not so much.
Cyrus: I can't just do nothing.
White Rabbit: (Shushing him and pointing to bed) The children.
(The White Rabbit and Mrs. Rabbit's two children are fast asleep in a nearby bed.)
Cyrus: Sorry. Forgive me. I burst into your home.
Mrs. Rabbit: And good thing you did, or she wouldn't survive the night. But the best way to help her now is to let me do my work.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Cyrus is still dangled upside down by the grapevine. In the distance, the Red Queen closes in while riding on a horse-drawn carriage.
Cyrus: Come to finish the job?
Red Queen: Not exactly. (She releases him from the grapevine, to which he falls into the backseat of the carriage.) Shall we go for a ride?
Cyrus: (Stands up) Well, that depends on where we are going.
Red Queen: Are you blind, darling? Back to your bottle. (She starts the carriage.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. In his lair, Jafar opens the box containing the ever elusive bottle Tweedledee stole for him.
Jafar: (Holding bottle) At last.
(He places it a cabinet next to the two other bottles, but notices something amiss. Taking out the second bottle, he compares the weight of both in his hands. Upon closer examination of Cyrus' bottle markings, it begins rubbing off. The bottle is a fake.)
Jafar: (In realization) No. (Smashes the bottle against the table into pieces)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Alice and Cyrus arrive at the White Rabbit's house.
Knave: Nice spot. There's something wrong in the world when a Rabbit has a nicer flat than you do.
Alice: It looks different here. (Looking at ground) The grass is overgrown. The carrots are all moldy.
Knave: Maybe he abandoned the place.
Alice: Or maybe that's just what he wants people to think he did. (Knocks on door) Rabbit, it's me. It's Alice. (Knocks door again) Rabbit!
Knave: Any other idea where we might find him?
Alice: Yes. (Kicks open door) In here. (She stoops down and goes in as Knave follows.) Rabbit? Where are you? I know you're in here.
White Rabbit: (Walking out from back room) Over here, Alice. Do what you want with me. Everyone else has. (He sadly drops onto the couch seat)
Alice: (Kneeling down) What happened to you?
White Rabbit: I... I betrayed you, Alice. You and Cyrus.
Knave: And me.
White Rabbit: Yes, even you, Knave.
Alice: Rabbit, we already know. We have for quite some time.
White Rabbit: Then... then why are you here?
Alice: Because I need your help one last time.
White Rabbit: Oh, Alice.
Alice: Cyrus is free. We're going to be reunited. And when we are, I need you to be there so we can go home. And leave this behind for good.
White Rabbit: I'm sorry, but I... I can't.
Knave: You can. And you bloody well will. After everything you've done, you owe her that much.
White Rabbit: (Standing up) I owe her more. But there's a difference between what I should do and what I'm able to do. The Queen... she has my family. My wife. My children. Everything I've done, I've done to keep them alive. I'm sorry you had to suffer because of me, but you know better than anyone when someone you love is in danger, you'll do anything to save them.
Alice: (Nods and stands up) I do understand. (She jabs Knave to chime in.)
Knave: Me too. I also apparently understand.
Alice: No one has to know that you helped us, Rabbit.
White Rabbit: The Red Queen would know. And even if you found another way out of Wonderland, she'd blame me. It was my job to stay with you, to be her ears, to tell her everything you were doing.
Alice: What if... we rescued them? Your family? And we could all live together.
White Rabbit: Well, you'd have to find them first. I've already searched every place I can think of where the Queen would hide them and failed miserably.
Knave: All right, maybe I can help. I might not know where the Queen might stash something important, but I know where Anastasia might.
White Rabbit: Who's Anastasia?
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The Red Queen draws the carriage through the woods as Cyrus sits beside her with his wrists bound by the grapevine. She stops the carriage in front of an abandoned wagon and descends down.
Cyrus: What is this place? What are we doing here? (She uses the grapevine to shove him back down into sitting position.)
(Wordlessly, she throws the wagon door open with magic. Inside, her old pink dress is hanging. She gazes it at longingly, and then moves on to a case. In the background, a tinkering noise is coming near the ground. Opening it, the real bottle lays safe and sound. She extracts it and leaves for outside. Cyrus notices the bottle in her hand.)
Red Queen: Yes, that's right, genie. You have a very big decision to make.
SCENE: Wonderland. Past. Outside the White Rabbit's house, Cyrus awaits news about Alice's current condition. The White Rabbit pops out of the house.
White Rabbit: Cyrus. She's going to be fine.
Cyrus: (Sighs in relief) Thank you.
White Rabbit: For now.
Cyrus: What does that mean?
White Rabbit: It means it's a damn good thing we were here to help, but what if we hadn't been home? What about next time?
Cyrus: Next time I'll be more careful.
White Rabbit: And the time after that? What kind of life is this for Alice? Always hunted and sleeping under trees?
Cyrus: It's a life we chose. Together.
White Rabbit: Just because you chose it doesn't make it right for you or her. I've known Alice since she was a little girl. She always wanted a place to call home.
Cyrus: I'm her home now. As she is mine.
White Rabbit: Must you always speak in metaphors?
Cyrus: It's the truth. You know we may not have a warm hearth, or a roof to sleep under, but our life together is better than we could have ever imagined.
White Rabbit: As I said, for now. But we both know this can't go on forever.
Cyrus: You know, I spent years alone in that bottle. You're telling me I should be alone once more?
White Rabbit: If my family were in danger, I would do whatever it took to protect them. Perhaps the only truly protect Alice is to let her go.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The Red Queen's castle. Jafar storms in as all of the Red Queen's servants scurry out of the room.
Jafar: (Bellowing) YOUR MAJESTY!
(No one remains in the room except him. A lone red box sits on a pedestal.)
Jafar: Where is everyone? (He notices the box, which is addressed to him. He rips it off and opens it to find Tweedledee's severed and bloody head.)
Tweedledee: I think she's onto us. (Jafar drops the lid back on.)
(Jafar strolls into the Red Queen's parlor and casts a spell on the items on the table. He discovers a stray blonde hair of the Red Queen's from a hairbrush, and takes it. As Jafar flies out of the castle, he sets the building on fire. It combusts in flames.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The Red Queen drives the carriage on an open road. In the distance, she sees her castle is now on fire. Cyrus notices the castle as well.
Cyrus: Jafar's on your side of the board, Your Majesty. Looks like you're running out of moves.
Red Queen: He may have destroyed a few pieces, but in the game of chess, there's only one Queen and she's more important than all of them put together.
Cyrus: Perhaps. But it doesn't look like Jafar is playing games.
Red Queen: Neither am I. Now tell me, where is Alice?
Cyrus: Why would I ever tell you that?
Red Queen: Because she's going to be found. The only question is whether by him or us. The choice is yours.
SCENE: Wonderland. Past. Cyrus wanders into a location belonging to the Caterpillar. Various tables and chairs crowd the area. A woman is unconscious on the floor.
Caterpillar: We're closed. Party's over.
Cyrus: I'm not here for that. (Stepping over unconscious woman) I'm here for your help.
Caterpillar: Hmm. I've been called many things. (His guards come out from behind with swords.) Helpful isn't one of them.
Cyrus: I've heard you can make people disappear. People who never want to be found again.
Caterpillar: Perhaps. But the cost of such a thing is significant.
Cyrus: I've only got the one thing of any value. You help me— (Holds up compass) —and it shall be yours. (The Caterpillar looks interested, so Cyrus tries to walk closer, but the guards draw their swords to block him.) It's called a Lost and Found.
Cyrus: It'll point you to anything you've lost in your life and you wish to find again.
Caterpillar: Ooh, you must really want to disappear to give up this.
Cyrus: It's the only way I can keep someone safe. Someone I care about very much.
Caterpillar: (Chuckles) I may be able to help you. (Cackles)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Alice and the White Rabbit follow Knave to an abandoned wagon, which is the same one the Red Queen entered previously.
White Rabbit: You and the Red Queen used to live here?
Knave: No, the Queen wouldn't be caught dead in a place like this. But a girl named Anastasia and I, yeah, we had a few laughs here.
Alice: What makes you think this is where she would be holding Rabbit's family?
Knave: Every now and then either she or I acquired something valued that we would want to keep hidden. Our wagon turned out to be a lovely hiding place. See, if it looks shabby on the outside, no one ever bothers checking inside. Wait here. (He goes into the wagon.)
(He swings the door open and touches the fabric of the old pink dress. Knave spots a box and opens to see the empty placeholder for a bottle.)
Knave: Always a step ahead, aren't you? (Hears clinking under a cloth table. He lifts and looks underneath.)
(The scene switches to outside where Alice and the White Rabbit are waiting.)
White Rabbit: I'm telling you, it's no use. Alice, what if the Queen... what if my family is...
(The wagon door creaks open. Mrs. Rabbit and her two children appear in the doorway.)
White Rabbit: Charlie! (His children run to him.) My babies!
Mrs. Rabbit: (Calling to White Rabbit) Percy! Percy! (They have a group hug.) (To her husband) I'd thought we'd never see you again. (To Alice) Alice, thank you for whatever you did to bring us back together.
Alice: You're welcome.
White Rabbit: (To his children) Okay, now, remember what I always told you about keeping your promises. Well, your father has to keep one of his now. (To his wife) Take them to your mother's. I'll meet you there tonight.
Mrs. Rabbit: Be careful, dear.
White Rabbit: Aren't I always?
Mrs. Rabbit: (Crosses her arms) Do you really want me to answer that?
White Rabbit: Fine, fine. I'll be careful.
Mrs. Rabbit: Okay, you two. Let's go. (She and her children depart.)
White Rabbit: (To Alice) Okay, where to?
Alice: Where Cyrus is going. The Outlands.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The carriage ride continues on.
Red Queen: (To Cyrus) Why are you so sure she'll be in the Outlands?
Cyrus: Because she's sure I'll be there.
Red Queen: Hmm. You two have quite a lot of faith in each other, don't you?
Cyrus: Well, if you can't believe in love, what can you believe in?
Red Queen: What I believe in is of no concern to you.
Cyrus: You have a secret, don't you?
Red Queen: Don't pretend to know me.
Cyrus: I don't have to. Being a genie so long, I've learned how to read people. To know they're wish even before they ask.
Red Queen: I wish for you to shut up.
Cyrus: You wishes are very deep, aren't they?
Red Queen: Don't fret, genie. You won't have to worry much longer. You're about to find out. Now, tell me how much further until we're there.
Cyrus: Soon. Very soon.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. In his lair, Jafar takes the hair strand and places it inside a container.
(He adds various other ingredients and then casts a spell on it. Quickly, he covers the container with a lid just as a thunderstorm seeps out of it. Jafar brings it near the window to release it out.)
Jafar: Find the Red Queen and kill her.
(It creeps out into the air and begins searching for the Red Queen.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Past. Cyrus and Alice arrive at the Outlands.
Alice: So I've heard sometimes of this mountain top. We can literally stand on top of the clouds.
Cyrus: Yeah, sounds nice.
Alice: I think we should try it... when I'm better.
Cyrus: (Distractedly) Um-hm.
Alice: Cyrus? What's wrong?
Cyrus: Alice, you're still healing. And the fact is, wherever we go, whatever adventure we pursue, you'll never be safe with me.
Alice: Cyrus, you've told me all these dangers and I still choose you.
Cyrus: But look what happened.
(Alice glances down at her bandaged up wound.)
Cyrus: Maybe we are lost in fantasy. I thought I could protect you, but, well, clearly I can't.
Cyrus: I would do anything to protect you. Even if I suffered for it.
Alice: Are you trying to run away from me?
Cyrus: Well, what if that's the only one I can keep you safe?
Alice: Did you ever think, that maybe I'm the one keeping you safe?
Cyrus: (Laughs) You are pretty handy in a fight.
Alice: I'm not afraid of this life, Cyrus. The only thing that could hurt me is being apart from you.
Cyrus: (Smiles) I thought you might say that. Which is why I've got something for you—for us.
Alice: What is it?
Cyrus: (Pointing in distance) Look right there. Next to that big rock.
Alice: I don't see anything.
Cyrus: Exactly. (He holds out his arm to her. She links her hand to his arm.) Follow me.
(They walk a short distance forward and breach a barrier that takes them inside a tent furnished with a sitting area, a bed and washing tub all illuminated around with candles.)
Alice: (In amazement) What is this?
Cyrus: Somewhere we can disappear. It's invisible from the outside, but on the inside, it's quite cozy. It's not a perfect solution, but it's a start. Now we can go on any adventure we desire and we'll always have this. A place we can return to.
Alice: A home.
Alice: Oh, it's perfect. (They kiss.) How did you get such a place? If your magic could create it, why wait until now?
Cyrus: It wasn't my magic.
Alice: Cyrus. What did you give up for this?
Cyrus: What I gave up is nothing compared to what I gained. You know they say sacrifice is the measure of true love, and I would sacrifice anything for you.
Alice: And I for you. (They kiss again.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. Alice, Knave and the White Rabbit reach the Outlands.
Knave: Is this where Cyrus is supposed to meet ya?
Alice: Yes. (Shouting) Cyrus!
Knave: I don't want to burst your bubble, Alice, but your safe place isn't all that safe. You could be seen for miles.
White Rabbit: And maybe—maybe he's hiding.
Alice: Maybe he's just inside.
Knave: Inside? Inside what? (He watches her walk through a barrier and disappear.) Bloody hell. (Goes to follow, but noticed the White Rabbit isn't moving) You comin'?
White Rabbit: Uh, better I stay out here. Keep watch in case anyone comes looking for us.
Knave: Don't try anything funny. I don't want to make rabbit stew, 'cause I will.
White Rabbit: Oh, of course not, we wouldn't want that.
Knave: (Heads into the barrier and ends up in the tent) All this time we've been using rocks for pillows when we could have been sleepin' here.
Alice: (With a distressed expression) We were on the move.
Knave: Wouldn't have been a bad place to rest me weary feet is all I'm sayin'. (He test out the bounce of the bed.) Is that a bathtub?
Alice: (Glancing around room) This doesn't make sense. He should be here.
Knave: Anywhere else he might've gone?
Knave: Maybe he's left a note.
Alice: What do you think I'm looking for?! There's nothing here! (Pauses) I know what you're thinking.
Knave: Not thinkin' anythin'.
Alice: You're thinking he's been captured.
Knave: Never said that.
Alice: You think he died trying to escape or do you think he didn't really escape in the first place?
Knave: I think he's not here, Alice. (Standing up) Which means we are running out of time and options. Now, the Rabbit's outside. If we are going to leave Wonderland--
Alice: We're not leaving without Cyrus! (She walks off.) We're not. (She pulls aside the tent curtain to look outside. Stunned, she sees Cyrus approaching in the distance.) Cyrus?
Knave: Alice, I'm sorry.
Alice: (Happily) Cyrus!
Cyrus: (Hears her from the outside) Alice?
Alice: (Runs out towards him) Cyrus!
Cyrus: Alice! (He starts running, too.)
(She jumps into his arms as the they reunite.)
Alice: I thought you'd never see you again. Even in my dreams, I was afraid to imagine this moment and fear it would never come true. But it's here. You're here.
Cyrus: I'm here. It's over. (They kiss.)
Red Queen: (From behind) Well, I wouldn't quite say "over". (The two turn to look at her.) Hello, Alice.
Knave: (Approaching) What the bloody hell is she doing here?
(The White Rabbit looks away nervously.)
Cyrus: She's here to help us. (Alice looks from him to the smiling Red Queen in disbelief.)
(The noise of rumbling thunder sounds in the background.)
Alice: She's going to help us? You've got to be joking.
Red Queen: No time for joking, darling. (Points at sky) You see that storm cloud coming? (They all look up.) That is Jafar. And he's coming for us. For all of us.
Cyrus: She's telling the truth, Alice.
Alice: Why would he be after you? You're his partner.
Red Queen: Was his partner. Yes, it's true, we used to work together, but I am not like him. When it became clear he was no longer playing by the rules of the game—
Knave: Don't believe a word. She knows how to lie, this one.
Red Queen: We can argue all you like when we get out of Wonderland, but for now, dig, bunny! (Gestures at White Rabbit, who is too frightened to do anything)
Knave: (To Alice) I'm not going anywhere with her.
Cyrus: (Looking at storm cloud) We may not have a choice.
Alice: What if Will is right? What if this is an elaborate ruse?
Red Queen: Alice, what more do you want me to do? I brought your bloody genie!
Alice: You took him from me, too!
Red Queen: Alice, you need to trust me.
Alice: I will never trust you.
Alice: (Looks from Cyrus to Red Queen) Tell me why. Why you did all of this? Why you made an alliance with a madman, and I'll go, but I need a reason. I need something.
Red Queen: (Quietly) Thought it could get me what I want.
Alice: And what was that?
Knave: You're got everything. What more could you need?
Red Queen: You, Will. (Walking over to him) I wanted you. I want you back.
Knave: More lies.
Red Queen: No, I'm telling the truth now. I'm telling the truth.
Knave: You had me. All of me. My heart, my soul, my life. And you tossed me aside like a piece of rubbish all for a little red crown.
Red Queen: I made a mistake! I see that now, don't you see? That's why I've done all this. So Jafar can change the laws of magic so we can undo the mistake. Change the past, Will! (She becomes desperate when he starts walking away.)
Alice: Will, wait.
Red Queen: (Tearfully) I would give up my crown, I would give up anything, everything just to go back to a time when you loved me. (Will remains stone-faced.) Please, Will. I want you back.
Knave: You'll never have me. (He walks away as the Red Queen is heartbroken.)
(He as well as Alice and Cyrus notice the storm cloud closing in.)
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. In his lair, Jafar looks out the window where the storm cloud looms in the air.
Jafar: There you are, darling. See you soon.
SCENE: Wonderland. Present. The Outlands. The sound of thunder snaps as lightning peeks out of the storm cloud. The Red Queen turns around in horror.
Red Queen: You don't have to accept my apologies, but you do have accept my warning! The genie's here, the bottle's here, the wishes are here. What do you think Jafar is going to do when he arrives, eh?
Alice: We'll go and you'll have to answer to him.
Red Queen: No, 'cause you're forgettin' something. I have the bottle.
Alice: (Unsheathes sword) I'll gladly relieve you of it.
Red Queen: (Freezes Alice in place) Alice, there's no time to fight. There's only time to die. We need to leave now. We have to leave! Please, I'm telling the truth!
Alice: I will never trust you.
Knave: Neither will I.
Cyrus: I do. I knew you had a secret wish. (To Alice) She's telling the truth, Alice.
Red Queen: (Releases Alice) Please, let's take the bottle and get out of here!
Alice: Rabbit, dig your hole!
White Rabbit: Where to?
Alice: Anywhere but here.
(The White Rabbit begins opening a hole in the ground.)
(Suddenly, something threatens to erupt out of the storm cloud.)
Cyrus: Look out!
(A blue lightning bolt shots out. The Red Queen blocks with the bottle, but it bounces off and hits Knave. He is thrown back several feet and begins to succumb to his wound. In the distraction, the bottle is dropped and rolls away. The storm cloud begins retreating as the Red Queen rushes over to Knave's side.)
Red Queen: I've got you. I've got you.
Alice: What happened? Is he— (A glow of magic washes over her. She collapses just as Cyrus catches her.)
Cyrus: Alice! What is it? What's happening?
Red Queen: The first wish she made! She protected Will from Jafar.
Cyrus: "If the Knave dies, then I do, too." Alice. Alice. I need you to listen to me, okay? That last wish. You need to use it to save yourself.
Alice: No. I'm not gonna put you back in the bottle. I'm not gonna make you a prisoner again.
Cyrus: I would gladly spend an eternity in that bottle if you could live.
Alice: I love you. (Closes her eyes and faints)
Cyrus: Alice, don't go. Don't you do this to me. I've only just found you. I'm not going to lose you again.
Knave: (Rasping) Cyrus. I can save her.
Knave: Because that's my bloody wish.
Cyrus: What's he talking about?
Red Queen: I don't know. What, Will?
Knave: Alice promised... if I helped find you, I'd get a wish.
Cyrus: That's good enough for me. Be very careful what you wish for, Will.
(The last and third wish materializes in Knave's palm.)
Knave: I wish... to end Alice's suffering. (A gust of magic sweeps over him.)
Cyrus: Alice? (She wakes up.)
Alice: (Weakly) Cyrus. (He hugs her tightly.) Cyrus.
Cyrus: You're alive.
Alice: (Crying) But how?
Cyrus: The Knave. He used his wish.
Alice: But that was the third wish. Why aren't you in the bottle?
(Cyrus touches his wrist. The genie bracelets that bound him to servitude are missing.)
Cyrus: My binds. They're gone. They're gone. Alice, I'm free.
Alice: I don't understand.
White Rabbit: The Knave. He wished to end your suffering. Part of your pain was not being able to be with the one you loved.
Cyrus: Will, you're a genius! (Turns to Knave, but he's nowhere to be seen) Where is he?
Red Queen: He's gone. He was here and now he's gone.
Alice: What do you mean? (She gets up as Cyrus steadies her.) What happened to Knave?
(The Red Queen shakes her head.)
Cyrus: (In realization) Oh no.
Red Queen: Where is he?!
Cyrus: Where's the bottle?
(Everyone looks around, but the bottle is gone.)
(The scene shifts to Knave waking up in an unknown location. He finds himself on a loft of pillows as the room around him turns and tosses. He gets up with a start, and pulls up both sleeves to see genie bracelets on his wrists.)
Knave: (In dismay) Oh, bloody hell.
(The view of the bottle zooms out from inside to the exterior, revealing Knave is in the genie bottle. Splashes of water push the bottle as it travels down a waterfall.)