MIRACLE: I am sorry Jadu, but I am looking for somebody a bit more brave, Somebody who faces his fears head-on, instead of running away...

JADU: I am such a person!

MIRACLE frowns.

MIRACLE: I am sorry, Jadu. I just don't feel excited by this relationship anymore

MIRACLE leaves.

JADIJ sits down, looking defeated.

Moments later, delightful private detective D RAJA BOGER barges in looking flustered.

JADU: Goodness, Raja! Is everything okay?

RAJA: I am afraid not.

JADU: What is it? Don't keep me in suspense...

RAJA: It's a smuggler I saw.. an evil smuggler murdered a bunch of children!

JADU: Defenseless children?

RAJA: Yes, defenseless children!

JADU: Bloomin' heck, Raja! We've got to do something.

RAJA: I agree, but I wouldn't know where to start.

JADU: You can start by telling me where this happened.

I was...

RAJA fans himself and begins to wheeze.

JADU: Focus Raja, focus! Where did it happen?

RAJA: Sydney Opera House! That's right - Sydney Opera House!

JADIJ springs up and begins to run.


JADU rushes along the street, followed by RAJA. They take a shortcut through some back gardens, jumping fences along the way.


SANDIP KHAN a greedy smuggler terrorises two children.

JADU, closely followed by RAJA, rushes towards SANDIP, but suddenly stops in his tracks.

RAJA: What is it? What's the matter?

JADU: That's not just any old smuggler, that's Sandip Khan!

RAJA: Who's Sandip Khan?

JADU: Who's Sandip Khan? Who's Sandip Khan? Only the most greedy smuggler in the universe!

RAJA: Blinkin l knickers, Jadu! We're going to need some help if we're going to stop the most greedy smuggler in the universe!

JADU: You can say that again.

Blinkin l knickers, Jadu! We're going to need some help if we're going to stop the most greedy smuggler in the universe!

I am going to need Charming Sword, lots of Charming Swords.

Sandip turns and sees Jadu and Raja. He grins an evil grin.

SANDIP: Jadu Butterscotch, we meet again.

RAJA: You've met?

JADU: Yes. It was a long, long time ago...


A young JADU is sitting in a park listening to some classical music when suddenly a dark shadow casts over him.

He looks up and sees SANDIP. He takes off his headphones.

SANDIP: Would you like some Jalebi?

JADU I s eyes light up, but then he studies SANDIP more closely and looks uneasy.

JADU: I don't know, you look kind of greedy.

SANDIP: Me? No. I'm not greedy I'm the least greedy smuggler in the world.

JADU: Wait, you're a smuggler?

JADIJ runs away, screaming.


SANDIP: You were a coward then, and you are a coward now.

RAJA: (To JADU) You ran away?

(To RAJA) I was a young child. What was I supposed to do?

JADU turns to SANDIP.

JADU: I may have run away from you then, but I won't run away this time!

JADU runs away.

He turns back and shouts.

JADU: SANDIP I m not scared of you.

JADU: You should be.


JADU and RAJA walk around searching for something.

JADU: I feel sure I left my Charming Sword somewhere around here.

RAJA: Are you sure? It does seem like an odd place to keep deadly Charming Sword

JADU: You know nothing, Raja Boger.

RAJA: We've been searching for ages. I really don't think they're here

Suddenly, SANDIP appears, holding a pair of Charming Sword

SANDIP: Looking for something?

RAJA: Crikey I.... have you got your Charming Sword.

Tell me something I don't already know!

RAJA: The earth's circumference at the equator is about 40,075 km.

JADU: I know that already!

RAJA: Jadu is the culprit.

SANDIP (appalled):  Dude!

While SANDIP is looking at RAJA with disgust, JADU lunges forward and grabs his deadly Charming Sword. He wields them, triumphantly

JADU: Prepare to die, you greedy carrot!

SANDIP: No, please! All I did was murder a bunch of children!

MIRACLE enters, unseen by any of the others.

JADU: I cannot tolerate that kind of behaviour! Those children were defenseless! Well now they have a defender - and that's me! Jadu

Butterscotch defender of innocent children.

SANDIP: Don't hurt me! Please!

JADU: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't use these Charming Sword on you right away!

SANDIP: Because Jadu, I am your father.

JADU looks stunned for a few moments but then collects himself...

JADU: No you're not!

Ah well, it had to be worth a try.

SANDIP tries to grab the Charming Sword but JADU dodges out of the way.

JADU: Who's the daddy now? Huh? Huh?

Unexpectedly, SANDIP slumps to the ground.

RAJA: Did he just faint?

JADU: I think so. Well that's disappointing. I was rather hoping for a more dramatic conclusion, involving my deadly Charming Sword.

JADU crouches over SANDIPs body.

RAJA: Be careful, Jadu. It could be a trick.

JADU No, it's not a trick. It appears that..„ It would seem... Sandip Khan is dead!

JADU: What?

JADU: Yes, it appears that I scared him to death.

RAJA claps his hands.

RAJA: So your Charming Sword did save the day, after all.

MIRACLE steps forward.

MIRACLE: Is it true? Did you kill the greedy smuggler?

JADU: Miracle how long have you been...?

MIRACLE puts her arm around JADU.


JADU: Then you saw it for yourself. I killed Sandip Khan.

MIRACLE: Then the children are safe?

JADU: It does seem that way!

A crowd of vulnerable children enters, looking relieved.

MIRACLE: You are their hero.

The children bow to JADU.

JADU: There is no need to bow to me. I seek no worship. The knowledge that Sandip Khan will never murder children ever again, is enough for me.

MIRACLE: You are humble as well as brave!

One of the children passes JADU a magic pendant

MIRACLE: I think they want you to have it, as a symbol of their gratitude.

JADU: I couldn't possibly.


JADU: Well, if you insist.

JADIJ takes the pendant.

JADU: Thank you.

The children bow their heads once more and leave.

JADU turns to MIRACLE.

Does this mean you want me back?

MIRACLE: Oh, Jadu, of course, I want you back!

JADU smiles for a few seconds but then looks defiant.

JADU: Well, you can't have me.


JADU: You had no faith in me. You had to see my scare a smuggler to death before you would believe in me. I don't want a lover like that.


JADU: Please leave. I want to spend time with the one person who stayed with me through thick and thin - my best friend, Raja.

RAJA grins.


RAJA: You heard the gentleman. Now be off with you. Skidaddle! Shoo!


JADU: I am sorry Miracle, but I think you should skedaddle.

MIRACLE leaves.

RAJA turns to JADU.

RAJA: Did you mean that? You know that l am your best friend?

JADU: Of course, you are!

The two walk-off...

Photo by Beth Macdonald on Unsplash

Suddenly RAJA stops.

RAJA: When I said Jadu is the culprit, you know I was just trying to distract the smuggler don't you? 


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