Bastian:

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No. This is going too far.

(He pauses and looks at the book.)
What if they really do know about me in Fantasia?

(He picks the book back up.)

VIEW: of Atreyu. He sticks his hand through the Mirror and then pulls it back out. Then he walks through the gate.

Bastian:
(Bastian lights a candle)The Southern Oracle?

Atreyu approaches another two sphinxes. As he approaches they start speaking to him.

Oracle:
Do not be afraid. We will not harm you. We have been waiting for you a long time Atreyu.

(they speak in unison.)

Atreyu:
Are you the Southern Oracle?

Oracle:
Yes, we are.

Atreyu:
Then you must know what can save Fantasia !

Oracle:
Yes we do.

Atreyu:
Well, what is it ? I have to know.

Oracle:
The Empress needs.... a new name.

Atreyu:
A new name. Is that all ? But that's easy ! I can give her any name she wants.

Oracle:
No one from Fantasia can do it, only a human child.

Atreyu:
A human child ? Where can I find one?

Oracle:
They can only be reached beyond the boundaries of Fantasia. You must hurry Atreyu. We do not know how much longer we can withstand the nothing.

(The sphinxes start crumbling. Atreyu runs away calling for Falkor.)

VIEW - Falkor with Atreyu on his back. They are flying over Fantasia.

Atreyu:
Hurry Falkor, the nothing's everywhere.

Falkor:
Don't worry. We'll reach the boundaries of Fantasia.

Atreyu:
Do you know where they are ?

Falkor:
I have no idea.

Atreyu:
Then how are we supposed to find them?

Falkor:
With luck.

Atreyu:
Faster Falkor, faster.
 

Falkor:
All right ! Hang on tight!

VIEW-
Falkor carrying Atreyu over many different lands of Fantasia.
A beautiful display of landscapes play over the screen then we

CUT TO- Attic window – CLOSE UP of Bastian.
 

Bastian:
What a shame they don't ask me. My mother, she had such a wonderful name.

He closes the window and goes back to reading the book.

On and on they flew until they reached the Sea of Possibilities where they could go no further.

VIEW of Falkor and Atreyu. The sky is gray and is incredibly windy.  Great storm clouds can be seen all around churning and expanding. It is the Nothing, the force destroying fantasia, and Falkor and Atreyu Have ended up right in the center of part of it.

Falkor:
Look Atreyu, the nothing.

Falkor is tossed around in all directions, Atreyu tries to hold on as best as he can. The wind blows wilder and wilder until finally it tosses Falkor onto his back, and knocks his passenger into the air. Atreyu falls, but Falkor cannot get to him before he disappears into the chaos below.

CUT TO- Attic

The window bursts open and Bastian climbs up and closes it. Against a torrent of rain and wind. Finally he gets the window closed and he looks down at the book, he is soaked, and a bit winded at his experience. Then he remembers the story hero.

Bastian:
Atreyu !

FADE TO-
View of Atreyu on a lying on a beach. Atreyu wakes with a start, and discovers that the Auryn is gone. He stands up and looks at
the sky, searching frantically for his friend Falkor, but Falkor is  not there.

Atreyu:
Falkor !Falkor !Where are you? Falkor !

Somewhere in the heavens Falkor is searching for Atreyu.

Falkor:
Atreyu ! Atreyu !

Atreyu:
Falkor !

Atreyu reluctantly gives up on calling Falkor. He turns his eyes to the beach, he finds a trail of foot prints in the sand, but they were not his, but that of a large beast. Atreyu follows them and Finds himself following a path to a city that has seen better days.  On his way he stops to rest leaning against the remains of what seems like a stone wall, but he soon finds that it was not a wall at all, but a Rockbiter. The giant looks down at Atreyu and holds out his hands.

Rockbiter:
They look like big, good, strong hands. Don't they?

(Atreyu looks down saddened.)

I always thought that's what they were. My little friends. The little man with his racing snail, the Nighthob, even the stupid bat. I couldn't hold on to them. The nothing pulled them right out of my hands. I failed.

Atreyu looks down, feeling terrible.

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Atreyu:
No you didn't fail. I'm the one who was chosen to stop the nothing. But I lost the Auryn, I can't find my luck dragon, so I won't be able to get past the boundaries of Fantasia.

Rockbiter:
Listen, the nothing will be here any minute. I will just sit here and let it take me away too.
They look like big, good, strong hands. Don't they?

Rockbiter starts crying as Atreyu shakes his head yes and fights his own tears. He continues along the trail again, and finds himself in a different part of the city. Ahead of him is a large mostly intact building, Atreyu dodges falling rocks and enters an opening.

On the walls are paintings of everything that's happened during his Quest. The Empress giving the Auryn to Carion, Carion giving the Auryn to Atreyu, Atreyu trying to save Artax in the Swamps of Sadness, Morla, and Falkor, and more.

As Atreyu turns a corner he sees a painting of a wolf, then he turns another corner and sees the wolf hiding in a smaller opening. It growls wildly at Atreyu as he approaches

G’mork:
If you come any closer I will rip you to shreds.

Atreyu squats down where he's at and looks at the wolf.

Atreyu:
Who are you?

G’mork:
I am G'mork. And you, whoever you are, can have the honor of being my last victim.

Atreyu:
I will not die easily. I am a warrior.

G’mork:
(G'mork laughs.) Brave warrior, then fight the nothing.

Atreyu:
But I can't ! I can't get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.

G'mork laughs and Atreyu grows angry.

Atreyu:
What's so funny about that ?

G’mork:
Fantasia has no boundaries.

A storm grows closer to the city, slowly shaking it to pieces… Rocks fall here and there.

Atreyu:
That's not true. You're lying.

G’mork:
Foolish boy. Don't you know anything about Fantasia? It's the world of human fantasy. Every part ,every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefor, it has no boundaries.

There's a crash and more rocks fall.

Atreyu:
But why is Fantasia dying then ?

G’mork:
Because people have begun to loose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the nothing grows stronger.

Atreyu:
What is the nothing ?!

G’mork:
It's the emptiness that's left. It's like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.

Atreyu:
But why ?

G’mork:
Because people who have no hopes are easy to control. And whoever has control has the power.

A large crash shakes the ground. Atreyu loses his balance for a moment, but quickly regains it and turns back to the wolf. He gives him a cold look then asks him,

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Atreyu:
Who are you really ?

G’mork:
I am the servant of the power behind the nothing. I was sent to kill the only one who could have stopped the nothing. I lost him in the Swamps of Sadness. His name was Atreyu.

The ground shakes and Atreyu falls over backward. He grabs a long, sharp piece of broken stone and stands up. He then yells at G'mork.

Atreyu:
If we're about to die anyway, I'd rather die fighting. Come for me G'mork ! I am Atreyu!

G'mork growls and jumps at him. Atreyu plunges the sharp rock into the beasts heart, killing the G’mork. As Atreyu pulls himself from the carcass of the G’mork, Atreyu finds that the beast managed to inflict a wound on Atreyu. He stands and winces at the deep gash across his chest. Another crash echoes through the ruins as Atreyu makes his way out of the ruins.

CUT TO- Ocean –Falkor under water

Falkor dived deep into the Sea following a slight ray of light from beneath the waves. As he swims deeper and deeper more and more bubbles form around his body, finally he reaches a coral reef, and finds that the ray of light was coming from the lost necklace. Falkor opens his mouth, and plucks the Auryn from the coral with his teeth. Driven by a will much like his own he headed straight for the abandoned city. Below him he could barely make out the form of Atryeu leaving a collapsing building.
Atreyu comes out of an opening and latches onto a tree as the Nothing consumes more and more the surrounding land. Atreyu calls out for Falkor and this time Falkor calls back.

Falkor:
Atreyu, hang on!

Atreyu holds tight to the tree as strong winds threaten to rip him from the branches. Almost as he was losing his grip Falkor plucked him out of the tree, and headed for safer skies. But that was all there was left, below them the Nothing enveloped the remaining pieces of land. Fantasia was gone.

Bastian:
That was the end of Fantasia. Only a few fragments remained of this once rich and beautiful world had been left by the nothing.

VIEW – Falkor flies through a belt of fragments still remaining after the Nothing. The sky is  graveyard of left over pieces of Fantasia. Atreyu wakes from his exhaustion and looks around with a heavy heart.

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