SCENE 8.

EXT. GRAVITY FALLS FOREST. NIGHT.

Shot opens of the dark forest, with Mud-Dipper limping through the frame. He has lost his signature hat in the fall and is unable to talk or to remove the caked on mud from his form. Random pages of his notebook are still stuck to him. Groaning as he makes his way past the endless trees. His head perks up as he hears screaming coming from up ahead.

Limping faster through the trees, he sees the light of a campsite. He makes a happy groan as he makes his way to the clearing. The closer he gets the louder he can hear the screaming. Pausing at the mouth of the clearing, Dipper sees Mabel and her friends.

Mabel is sitting on the floor screaming at her checklist, about how worthy she is of a completed summer bucket list. Grenda is eating bark off of trees and Candy is making a dress out of the pine needles.

Dipper emerges from the trees and rushes towards Mabel.

MUD-DIPPER
(Excited)

Marrrbbb!

Mabel looks up from her mudded list and screams at Mud-Dipper.

MABEL

AHH!
Freaky scary monster!

Upbeat version of the theme song plays for the duration of the chase.

Mabel runs from Mud-Dipper. Candy and Grenda pause what they are doing to also scream, Grenda spitting out some wood chucks. Mud-Dipper is trying to get her attention as he chases her around the campsite.

MUD-DIPPER

Marrrbbb!
Marrrbbb!

MABEL
(Screaming)

HELP ME!
I'm too young to be made
into an internet mystery video!

Grenda picks up a log, wielding it like a weapon.

GRENDA
(Yelling)

I'LL PROTECT YOU, MABEL!

Grenda chases after Mud-Dipper who is still chasing after Mabel.

The trio continue to run around the campsite in circles, Candy looks at the scene as she is holding onto her half way complete pine needle dress.

CANDY
(Encouraging)

Keep running, Mabel!
Good job, Grenda!

Mabel turns around quickly and runs past Mud-Dipper who is smacked in the face by Grenda's log. Groaning, Mud-Dipper slams into the ground and loses consciousness. Mabel and Grenda are panting as they look down at Mud-Dipper.

Upbeat theme music stops.

MABEL

What the heck is this thing?

GRENDA

I don't know…
should we kill it?

Grenda asks, lifting the log, ready to bring it down.

Mabel holds her arm up, coming between the log and the creature.

MABEL

No!
It might be a baby monster that's
separated from its pack,
we can't just kill it.

Grenda groans in displeasure, wanting to kill it. Candy approaches and pokes the creature with a pine needle. Pausing her poking, she gasps as she pulls at a page of Dipper's notebook that was stuck to the creature.

CANDY
(Reading)

"Mudcrawlers are scary and dangerous creatures.
They are made of mud and
travel in packs. They are very familial."

Mabel stands next to Candy and reads over the note. She gasps as she grabs the page from her, bringing the paper close to her face

MABEL
(Worried)

Wait a second, this is Dipper's handwriting!
That means…

Mabel pauses and looks down to the Mudcrawler.

MABEL

This beast must have done something to Dipper!

GRENDA & CANDY

Oh no!

CANDY

Do you think Dipper is…?

MABEL
(Cutting her off)

No, I know my brother!
Dipper may be weak and boney,
but he wouldn't have gone
down without a fight!
I say we wake this baby
mudcrawler and ask it a few questions.

Mabel concludes, punching her hand into her palm. Determined.

Grenda pulls at another page stuck to Mud-Dipper and hands it to Candy.

CANDY

"It's the mother mudcrawlers
you have to watch out for.
They are SUPER
protective of their young."

A howl is heard from the forest, the girls look up, scared and worried. Grenda is holding onto Candy.

Mabel puts her foot on the mudcrawler's chest, looking out towards the forest.

MABEL

Don't worry, Dipper.
I'll find you.