VOICE IN THE DARKNESS: In the darkness.
Writer switches on light.
SHEEP: There you go.
WRITER: (points) It’s you. You’re back.
SHEEP: I never left. I’ve been waiting. (turns in a circle) Look at me! Aren’t I magnificent?
WRITER: You’re certainly….
WRITER: Wait. I’m searching for the right word.
SHEEP: (sighs) That’s not a good sign.
WRITER: Shhhh. Wooly. That’s the word.
SHEEP: I was going for luxuriant, but wooly will do.
WRITER: Why are you so wooly?
SHEEP: Because, it’s time to shear. Shear me.
WRITER: But all that wool-growing must have taken time.
SHEEP: It did. Weeks. Months. Concentrated hours of growing. Great swathes of time devoted to lengthening the wool.
WRITER: And you want me to shear you?
SHEEP: This wool isn’t doing me any good. It’s hot. It’s tangled. How can it get made into stylish garments or accessories if it stays attached?
WRITER: You have a point.
SHEEP: I’m not Rapunzel.
WRITER: I get it.
SHEEP: (tilts head) Do you?
SHEEP: Well done. I’ll make a writer out of you yet.
WRITER: I'll get out the shears.
SHEEP: Oh. Just in case this hasn’t all been a metaphor about editing a manuscript, could you take some of the wool and knit some booties for the royal baby?
WRITER: I’ll see what I can do.
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Antonelli, Author.