Today is karaoke day at Fireball cat’s restaurant, The three legendary friends, Dez, Akiko and Puffin are standing outside the restaurant excitedly ready to get started.
Akiko: I can’t wait till we sing our mystery song, Puffin. The crowd are gonna be like, ‘whaaaat? I was never expecting that!’
Dez: Let me guess, “Goodbye Short Pants?”
Puffin: Hey! It was supposed to be a mystery song! Don’t tell anyone else, okay?
Akiko: Don’t you dare spoil the surprise!
Dez: Goodbye short pants, hello lengthy corduroy!
Dez: Alright! Alright! Hahaha!
Akiko: But do you know what our mystery wishes will be?
Dez: Mystery wishes? Aren’t they just like any other wishes I grant except you do it there and then?
Akiko: Yeah but with added anticipation! Wooooooo! How exciting and mysterious!
Akiko flies around Dez whilst he and Puffin laugh. Akiko then stops.
Akiko: Wait! I sense something annoying will bound to turn up and attempt to ruin our fun.
A Wishcop car arrives as it stops on the pavement opposite the three. Our steps Finnuala with a tablet.
Finnuala: Not so fast!
Finnuala flashes them with a camera lens attached to the back of the tablet momentarily blinding Puffin and Dez. But not Akiko. Finnuala puts the tablet back in the car.
Akiko: Aaaaand there it is.
Dez and Puffin rub their eyes until their eyes get better.
Puffin: Ahh! Wow! You are good, Keeks! What colour am I thinking of?
Dez: Ahh! What is it now, Finnuala?!
Finnuala: You three troublemakers be heading off to karaoke? Why so many people there, hmm?
Akiko: Uh… because it’s karaoke? There’s usually a ton of people at an event like that. But you probably wouldn’t know that since you don’t know people.
Finnuala: Well since you’re there, Dez, ya probably going to granting all their wishes once they see ya!
Dez: Well it’s out of my hands… or finger.
Akiko: Ha, good one, Dez!
Dez: Anyways I can’t control it, what do you want me to do? Stay in the dark, hidden away from people and become anti-social?
Finnuala: YES!! EXACTLY!
Pause as the three stare at Finnuala.
Puffin: Okaaaaay, it’s been fun catching up but we gotta get our karaoke on!
Akiko: Dibs on the properly working mic!
Akiko and Puffin run inside the restaurant. Dez turns his back on Finnuala and heads towards the door.
Dez: Wait up, guys!
Finnuala: The fun won’t last long, traitor!
Dez rolls his eyes as he puts his hand on the door handle.
Dez: Finnuala, don’t you have anything better to do? Like hang out with your friends or something? Oh right, you probably don’t have any. No wonder you constantly follow us around.
Dez opens the door. The sound of people chattering and laughing are heard from inside.
Finnuala’s face turns red with anger and embarrassment after what he said. Then all of a sudden she hears music, singing and people chattering from inside the restaurant.
Akiko: My mystery wish is going to be crazier than yours!
Puffin: Nuh uh!
Tsuni: Hey guys!
Dez is about to head inside. A devilish grin grows on Finnuala’s face.
Finnuala: Who’s to say you do too, Boyo?
Dez: Uh, hello? I have tons. Akiko, Puffin, Tsuni, Fireball Cat…
Finnuala: Ya pretty popular in this town, are ya Dez? But ya wanna know the reason?
Dez: Why’s that?
Finnuala: They’re only your friends because ya grant wishes for them!
Pause as Dez slowly closes the door. The noise turns to silence.
Dez: What are you talking about?
Finnuala: Tink about it. Every single day you’re with ya so called, “friends”. The bird and the ghost - they always want something from ya.
Dez: It’s not like they’re using me. I LIKE granting wishes.
Finnuala: That’s just the perfect thing to take advantage of. Awww poor popular Dez doesn’t know the truth.
Dez approaches Finnuala daringly.
Dez: My friends like me for who I am.
Finnuala: Who are ya, exactly? A gullible oaf? Who’d hang out with that?
Dez: Nice try, Finnuala but you’re not gonna make me believe your insults are true.
Finnuala: I’m just stating facts, Boyo. You mean to tell me, if you never had your wish finger everyone would still hang around ya? What could ya possibly do for them? Huh?
Dez’s face grows red with embarrassment.
Finnuala: Face it, Dez. Without ya wish granting powers, you’re nothing to them! Why’d ya tink I have no friends?
Dez: Because you’re a tyrannical grouch?
Finnuala: No. It’s because I’m against wish grantin’! I only grant wishes whenever I’m caught - just like a REAL leprechaun should! Unlike you who happily grants wishes willy nilly like a total nincompoop!
Dez: I’d chop off my wish finger just to prove you wrong!
Finnuala: Ya tried that before and it grew back, remember? So I guess we’ll never know… or maybe we can.
She walks towards her cop car, gets out a tablet, does some swiping on the screen and shows it to Dez.
Finnuala: Remember that time when ya wished ya weren’t a leprechaun? One of your stupidest mistakes yet. This is when ya couldn’t dwell in your own apartment, no more.
Dez looks at the screen and sees a video himself, Akiko and Puffin outside their apartment. Akiko and Puffin part ways. Dez sighed as he remembered this moment sadly. This was when for a second the three of them started to break up.
Dez: Where did you get this footage?
Finnuala: I’ve been watching you like a hawk, Dez. I must say I’m impressed how all these months you’ve stayed in denial.
Dez: I’m not in denial…
Finnuala: Even when ya suggested teamwork was going ta solve the issue, what do they do? They groan! Great friends ya got there, Dez! Real supportive!
Finnuala shows Dez the video of his friends groaning.
Dez was trying to remember that day as much as he could. He decided to change the subject.
Dez: I always wondered how Puffin didn’t turn into a normal puffin that time.
Finnuala: Exactly! Your powers made him a talking puffin! And that mermaid girl ya fancy? She’s not ya friend either! She breathes on land because of ya! Face it, Dez! It ain’t friendship keeping you all together, it’s MAGIC!
Dez stepped away from the screen.
Dez: But… we do everything together. We’re… the legendary friends…
Finnuala: Lies. All lies, Dez. They’re using ya. Think about it. Because until ya finally see sense, you’ll always be blind.
Finnuala walks away as she laughs mockingly.
Dez stares through the glass door and sees his friends, Akiko, Puffin getting ready for karaoke whilst talking to Tsuni and laughing.
Dez: Why should I believe you?
Finnuala: Because I’m a leprechaun just like you, Boyo… and leprechauns are never destined to have friends. Have fun with your karaoke.
Finnuala walks into her car and closes the door.
Dez: Is… is that all I am to them?