Bunyip Whispers in The Dreamtime

© Suzanna Joy


Chapter 6

Finding Bruce

(INTERIOR WITH BUSH SOUNDS OUTSIDE)

Anna

Hey Bunyip, look what I found!

Narrator

Anna was scrabbling through a lantana bush. Her new friend pulled aside a large branch to reveal the belly and shiny red sides of Bruce’s ute. They managed to ease the door open, before arousing Bruce who was coming back to life with a great deal of confusion, not least because of the air bag which had burst and was now supporting his face.

Anna

(SOOTHING TONE)Take it easy.

Bunyip

Do what we tell you and we’ll have you out of there in no time.

Narrator

After they had untangled him from the car, Bunyip helped Anna half carry him half walk him to her house up on the stilts.

Anna

Now you lie there and rest for a while.

Narrator

Anna had made up the bed for Bruce in the spare room. She left him there and he passed out again, and slept for eight hours straight.

Meanwhile Bunyip showed Anna what she had found in Bruce’s ute.

Bunyip

It's an elephant gun!

Anna

Ooh yuk! What's he doing with a gun like that? We don't have elephants in Australia.

Bunyip

(GRIMLY) I will come back tomorrow and we can have a talk with this young man. I want to know what he is up to.

(BOARDFADE)

Narrator

Eight hours later Anna finally heard Bruce move.

Anna

I will bring you some clear soup in a moment.

(KETTLE BOILS)

The kettle is on and I'm making you a cuppa.

Bruce

I'm gonna need more than tea and SOUP! Haven't you got any drugs?

Anna

No illegal substances here boy! You will have to suffer.

(FIERCELY) What was that dread weapon that my friend found in your car?

Narrator

Bruce immediately became very humble. At first he couldn’t say a word. He made several attempts and then Anna noticed wetness near his eyes.

Bruce

(MUMBLE QUIETLY)I can't go back. (LOUDER)Have you got any pain killers?

Anna

(SNAPPING TONE) If you want my help you can just forget that stuff. Now tell me what you were doing in our neighbourhood.

Narrator

The bunyip had come into the room, and Bruce could sense her presence like a throbbing cloud in his head. At the same time he was too ashamed and confused to look directly into her wide face.

Bruce

(EXPLAIN IN A BROKEN TONE)I only just got out of jail last week. They put me inside for being high as a kite and arguing with an officer. (FALTER)I don't know what I'm gonna do... (LET THE WORDS COME OUT IN A RUSH) It seemed a good idea at the time. I thought of borrowing the Weatherby. I wanted a gun to come out here to blat some roos. I wanted to take the meat back with me so’s I could butcher it and sell it to pay off my fines.

Bunyip

(TO HERSELF, OBVIOUSLY UNIMPRESSED)Huh, he'd surely use the money to buy more drugs.

Narrator

Anna and Bunyip left him to cool off for a couple of days.

(BOARDFADE)