Feminist Fairytales

Interlude- Jennie and Madeleine Come Home

November 12, 2021 Madeleine Regina and Jennie Bissell Season 1 Episode 2
Feminist Fairytales
Interlude- Jennie and Madeleine Come Home
Show Notes Transcript

 After being gifted a shared vision of a forest, Jennie and Madeleine make their way into a park to find what’s been calling them from deep inside. What they find feels both familiar and somehow dangerous as they are sucked into their first adventure.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Feminist Fairytales Intro Music]

Mysterious Storyteller:

That night, they were gifted a shared vision one that led them into a park close to home.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Intro Music Concludes] [Cars Driving. Cricket Chirps. Footsteps on leaves.]

Jennie:

One of these has to be it.

Madeleine:

[Whistles nonchalantly] Just two friends in a park examining trees. Normal Friday night stuff. No drugs involved!

Jennie:

The louder you say that the more likely people are to think you're on drugs.

Madeleine:

I think no matter what we're gonna seem like we're on drugs. [Immitating an officer] "What are you two doing here?" [As herself] "Oh, nothing officer just following a shared dream vision that told us to find a tree that will lead us to a magical realm." Do you think they still use straight jackets on people?

Jennie:

Should we have tried an actual forest not just a city park? I feel like if the only thing that stood out to us in our vision was a tree then it can be any tree.

Madeleine:

This is as good a place to start as any. Although the vibe's a little less mystical with all this garbage lying around

Jennie:

Look for some sign, I think they're supposed to be an entrance. Maybe we could see something in the moonlight turn off your phone light.

Madeleine:

There's too many streetlamps. I don't think the moon would make a difference. Can you see anything?

Jennie:

No, I can't. Wait, do you hear that?

Madeleine:

Hear what?

Jennie:

Listen. It sounds like something breathing.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Heavy breathing and bark chipping]

Madeleine:

Is it coming from that tree?

Jennie:

Put your hand here? Do you feel that?

Madeleine:

Oh my God. It is breathing. I didn't think I was that drunk.

Jennie:

Just a couple glasses of wine. I don't think this is a hallucination.

Madeleine:

Yeah. One shot of tequila. No, this bark is shivering.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Gasps. Bark twisting and bending.]

Madeleine:

Do we trust a door that sprouts from a tree? I want to say the answer's no.

Jennie:

Wait. I remember this. I remember this door.

Madeleine:

Have you been here before?

Jennie:

Not to this particular park. But I know this door.

Madeleine:

Hang on. Yeah, this does look familiar.

Jennie:

I have this feeling.

Madeleine:

Yeah?

Jennie:

I think it wants us to go in.

Madeleine:

The tree?

Jennie:

Or not. I don't know. It's just that I can't shake this feeling, like I'm drawn to it. I can feel it here.

Madeleine:

In your boobs?

Jennie:

No, in my chest. Weirdo. It's always boobs with you.

Madeleine:

What? Boobs are funny.

Jennie:

Okay, let's just open the magical door and see what's on the other side. I can't see a thing.

Madeleine:

Did you think we'd actually find the door?

Jennie:

No. Did you?

Madeleine:

No. But I'll go in if you do!

Jennie:

Let's do it together!

Madeleine:

Well, shit.

Jennie:

I guess going back isn't an option anymore.

Madeleine:

Hey, Jenny, will you hold my hands? I can't see where I'm goi-AH

Jennie:

Watch the step!

Madeleine:

Ugh. That hurt.

Jennie:

Are you okay?

Madeleine:

My tailbone shattered. But other than that, I'm fine.

Jennie:

Come on, I've got you. If we stay next to each other and have our hand out to the wall, we can navigate this better.

Madeleine:

Would it kill whoever made this staircase to install a sconce or two?

Jennie:

All of this feels so... there's something about it that just sits somewhere in my head. But cloudy, more like a daydream than a memory.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Distant whistling]

Jennie:

Come on!

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[Running feet]

Madeleine:

This place is a labyrinth.

Jennie:

As long as there's no minotaur I think we'll be okay.

Madeleine:

What?!

Jennie:

Another door. Well?

Madeleine:

Might as well. Can't go back. Open it.

Jennie:

It's locked.

Madeleine:

Let me try. [grunting]

Jennie:

There's something written above the door.

Madeleine:

It's really dark. Can you read it?

Jennie:

Burn it down and drown it. Create and nourish it. The world begins and ends when you say so.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Door creaking open]

Jennie:

A Library?

Madeleine:

Of all the things you could find in a magical hole in a tree, a library was not what I was expecting.

Jennie:

What were you expecting?

Madeleine:

Honestly, I don't know. But, but the less drunk I feel the more I think this was a bad idea.

Jennie:

Come on. We're already here. Let's check it out. This place is huge.

Madeleine:

I can only see one wall over here. I wonder how far it goes. [Echoing shout] Hello.

Jennie:

Shh! We don't know what else is in here.

Madeleine:

It's hard to see when everything's so dark. My phone light only goes so far.

Jennie:

It looks like the shelves have been built into the roots of the tree.

Madeleine:

And the roots are ginormous. This can't be the same tree we walked into.

Jennie:

I thought we were looking for a forest. How did we end up in a library?

Madeleine:

Maybe we went too far down?

Jennie:

There were no other doors. It's so dark in here. I can't see the book titles. Go back and get a torch.

Madeleine:

By myself?

Jennie:

Yeah.

Madeleine:

Uh. Okay.

Jennie:

There's nothing written in here.

Madeleine:

Hey, Jennie!

Jennie:

Yeah.

Madeleine:

The entrance to the tunnel. It's gone.

Jennie:

What? Somehow that doesn't terrify me like it

Madeleine:

At least that makes one of us. I hate that it is so should. dark in here. I don't like not being able to see what's around us. There's no torch, and my phone is gonna die. And we'll have no flash- [laughs in disbelief] And there it goes. Do you have yours?

Jennie:

Mine is dead too. I thought I charged it before we left.

Madeleine:

No phones. No flashlight. No idea where we are.

Jennie:

Hey, I've got you.

Madeleine:

You know I hate the dark.

Jennie:

I know. I'm here. I've got you Madeleine. Take a breath with me.

Jennie and Madeleine:

[Deep breath]

Jennie:

There you go. We're okay. Let's just give our eyes some time to adjust.

Madeleine:

Why aren't you freaking out?

Jennie:

I don't know. I. I don't feel unsafe here. Hey, look, do you see that light?

Madeleine:

See what? Why can you see everything?

Jennie:

It looks like someone lit a candle. Come on this way.

Madeleine:

Oof, ouch. Stupid root. Hey, slow down.

Jennie:

Look, there's a desk. It looks like someone was just sitting here studying these books.

Madeleine:

If this turns into the Magic Treehouse on acid, I am going to be real pissed.

Jennie:

Why? That sounds like fun.

Madeleine:

Okay, yeah, that does sound like fun. But even if someone could read a book, just by the light of this one candle alone, there's nothing written in it.

Jennie:

Just like the others.

Madeleine:

What?

Jennie:

There's nothing written in any of them.

Madeleine:

A library built into the roots of a tree with books that have nothing written in them.

Jennie:

Wait, look at the page. I thought I saw something.

Madeleine:

Again with the seeing things. How are you seeing all of these things?

Jennie:

Because I'm not fighting it. There! Did you see it?

Madeleine:

Yeah?

Jennie:

It's like the words are swimming to the surface of the page.

Madeleine:

What does it say?

Jennie:

It says Lina, and there's a picture of a tiny girl inside of a flower.

Madeleine:

Lina?

Jennie:

Maybe it's like Thumbelin-AHH

Madeleine:

JENNIE! Oh, God, she sucked into a book. What the hell? Oh God. Shit shit shit shit shit. What do I do? Jennie? Can you hear me? Of course you can't you got eaten by a book! What am I even saying.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Whispered voice says "Breath"]

Madeleine:

Okay, creepy voice you want me to breathe? You want me to just go with it? Fine. I'm not gonna get my ass left behind.

Feminist Fairytales Podcast:

[Breath and a scream] You've been listening to Feminist Fairytales, an audio drama podcast that reimagines the genre of fairy tales through a feminist lens. This is an anthology series that features the work of many writers. Tune in on November 19. For the next installment. This episode was performed by Madeleine Regina and Jennie Bissell. Episode script by Madeleine Regina. Sound Design by Emma Love. Music by Juliana Marin. We'll see you next time in the forest of Feminist Fairytales.