INT. ZOO — AUSTRALIAN EXHIBIT — DAY

DEMI the kookaburra squats on a branch. NILES the opossum lurks below, obviously waiting for someone. He’s been here awhile.

DEMI
…y Demi mudder, y Demi brudder,
y Demi sister, y Demi papá

NILES
Kid—

DEMI
Too many land-bird. Eat all de
fruit. Demi have too many
fam-bird for all not have to fly.

NILES
Kid.

DEMI
‘Cept for Demi. He no fly. He
fave-bird, so he get fruit. Ya. He
get fruit. Sometimes he share wit
sister ‘cause she not like. She
vegetarian; she no eat fruit like
carne. So she give back. Ya. She
give back. Give back so Demi keep
fruit.

NILES
Listen—

DEMI
Demi like.

NILES
Listen, kid. Let me tell you about
hardship… Ya stomache bein’ full?
Dat ain’t hardship, see? Ain’t a
setback, uh? It’s called dough. I’m
the guy makes sure you share some
o’ that dough, y’know? Makes a
family of us, right? So no one flies.
…Capisce?

DEMI
I no know dead-bird eat tree-fruit
before. Only ground-fruit. Dat
mean dead-bird like carne?

A beat. Lightbulb.

NILES
Yeah, sure. Carne. Course I eats
carne. Best fruit there is, you
know, huh? ‘Course…it ain’t
nothin’ next to  hard-fruit. If
you’ve the stomach for it, dat is.
Ain’t just for any bird, is all…

DEMI
Hard-fruit? How Demi never have
hard-fruit before? It new fruit, I
tink. Ya? It new fruit.
(a beat)
What hard-fruit like?

NILES
“What’s hard-fruit”? Oh! Well.
I’m your guy, then, yeah? Get it
for ya, you knows? See this? This
right here is just a piece.

He hands Demi a pebble.

DEMI
Oh!
(chewing)
Ya. Demi know hard-fruit. But he
always see, never try. ‘Cause he no
fly.

NILES
Oh! That so! That case, we’s a deal.
I gots too much hard-fruit. You
gots too much carne. How ‘bouts
I bring you hard-fruit for carne?
Easy as that.

A beat. Demi thinks.

DEMI
Hard-fruit for tree-fruit? You want
Demi tree-fruit?

NILES
“Tree-fruit.” Sure. Yeah, fruit for
fruit. Pretty smart o’ me, uh?

DEMI
(chewing again)
Oh. Ya. Dead-bird—he smart.
Demi want hard-fruit. He bring
carne.

NILES
Sure, sure. Deal’s a deal. Will start
packin’ these right now. Fact, just
drop that carne fruit down here. I’ll
pack ‘em both for ya’s.