Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Written by Sara. J
Cicero here again, my sister & I are in the park, I’m reading “National Velvet” while Eilony is up a
tree saving a cute, little kitty.
Eilony: Here, kitty-kitty.
gets the kitty, but can’t get down herself.
Eilony: Aw shoot. Sara! Help me!
Sara: Huh? (notices Eilony) El!
then, the tree branch lowers Eilony & the kitty down to the ground. I notice a green duck with purple hair, he told the
tree to put Eilony & the kitty down. I go to him.
Sara: Hey, thanks for getting my sister down.
Duck: It was nothing, I have this telepathic thing with plants.
Sara: Hey, that’s very cool.
Duck: Oh. You really think it’s cool?
Duck: Well, why don’t you come to my place for dinner? We’d, y’know, get to know each other.
Sara: Sure. By the way, I’m Sara Cicero.
Duck: Reginald Bushroot.
shake hands before going off.
Bushroot: So, tonight at 7:30?
Sara: You bet. Oh, my calling card.
hand him an index card with my E-mail address, website URL & phone number, Eilony & I head back for the Pond.
Eilony: What a nice guy.
Eilony: Gosalyn told me a lot about him, she said he’s one of St. Canard’s biggest crooks. But he
didn’t sound bad to me.
Sara: No, he sounded…kinda cute.
2:01 p.m. I’m getting ready, I first have a shower (don’t worry, folks, the curtain’s really thick). Then
brush my teeth & wash my face, then I pick out an outfit: lavender t-shirt with Scooby-Doo, blue jeans & my black
Sara: What cha think?
Charmander: Char-char. (give thumbs up, hands Sara perfume)
Sara: Thanks, little buddy.
spray perfume on my neck & wrist, then put on deodorant. (puck swoops by) 6:06 p.m., I’m on the metro to St.
Canard, Charmander’s next to me.
Charmander: Charmander, Char?
Sara: Why’d we catch the evening train? Our dinner is at 7:30 and St. Canard’s one hour
away. We’ll get there by 7:22, that’ll give us time to chat.
7:22, we get to St. Canard and walk to Bushroot’s place. We find it, big greenhouse.
Sara: This must be the place.
Meanwhile, Bushroot just finishes brushing his teeth and puts on his colon.
(Knock at door)
Bushroot: Oh! There she is. (looks at clock) And right on time, I might add.
He goes to the door and opens it, I’m there with Charmander on my shoulder.
Bushroot: Sara, so glad you came.
Sara: Of course, I’ve been lookin’ forward.
Sara: Oh yeah, he’s Charmander.
A Venus flytrap that acts like a dog appears in-between Bushroot’s legs.
Bushroot: And he’s Spike.
Charmander jumps off my shoulder and comes to Spike, no sooner do they become fast friends.
Sara: Aw, isn’t that cute?
Bushroot: Yeah. Well, let me show you around.
After he shows me around, we’re sitting together at the dinner table having a chat.
Sara: So, how’ve you been?
Bushroot: O.K., I guess. Would you get mad if I tell you this?
Sara: Tell me what?
Bushroot: Well… I’m a retired criminal.
Bushroot: Yeah, I was a member of the Fearsome Five, a quintet of villains: Negaduck, Quackerjack,
Megavolt, formerly me & the Liquidator. A few days ago I decided to retire.
Sara: What made you think I’d get mad at you? I know a couple ex-criminals.
Bushroot: You do?
Sara: Yeah, there’s my buddy Josh and a member of the Mighty Ducks, Duke L’Orange
turned their lives around after Draguanus took over the Pokeworld & Puckworld.
Bushroot: Well, if they can turn over a new leaf, so can I. Literally.
Sara: I know you can, I believe in ya.
Bushroot: I’m thinking of going back to what I was before my criminal life, a botanist,
or I could be an M.D., my psychiatrist said I’d make a pretty good one. Haven’t decided yet.
Sara: You have pretty eyes.
Bushroot: Thank you.
So, we chat about our lives, what we like & such, until the pizza arrives. Later after dinner, I look at
my watch and notice the time.
Sara: Uh-oh! It’s 8:56, the Ducks are probably worried. Sorry I can’t stay longer,
Bushroot: That’s O.K., I understand.
We go around the greenhouse looking for Spike & Charmander, they’re playing chase.
Sara: Charmander, it’s time to leave.
Just after he stops, Spike crashes into him, they slide into a table leg and knock over a lot of seed packets.
Spike: (Grunts “uh-oh”)
Bushroot: Oh, it’s O.K., accidents happen.
He & I start picking up the packets, he & I put our hands on a rose packet by accident.
Both: Oh. (look up at each other)
Bushroot: Uh, (clears throat) well, no more dawdling, the Ducks might be worried.
Sara: Yeah, you’re right. If you’re in Anaheim, we should get together again.
Bushroot: I’ll be looking forward to it.
I hand him the packets I collected and take Charmander. (puck shoots by) It’s 9:06 p.m., Charmander &
I come into the Ready Room Mallory, Buzz & Nosedive (N.D.) are there.
Buzz: Hey Sara.
Sara: Hey. Sorry if I worried anyone to death.
Mallory: Oh no, you didn’t worry anyone.
Nosedive: Yeah. So, how was dinner?
Sara: It went really good. Now, I’m going to bed.
Buzz: Sure thing, night guys.
We get to my bunk, I lie on my bed as Charmander gets into his basket-like bed. We get to sleep. The next afternoon,
I just get an E-mail from Bushroot.
“Sara, I was hoping you & I would take a walk, how’s later this afternoon sound?”
I write back I’d love to & lean back in my chair.
Sara (thinking): Hard to believe Bushroot was ever a crook. He's one of the kindest, most charming, most
considerate guys I know. (aloud): Huh? What is this weird feeling?
I’m in the infirmary in a Medicom bed while Zelda & Charmander are at the Medicom monitor.
Zelda: Well, according to this, you’re fine.
Sara: Really? Then what’s this weird pain in my chest that’s making me think about
Charmander: Charmander, Char-Char.
Zelda: He said, “That’s no pain, it’s love.”
Sara: Love? You mean…?
Zelda: Yep. You have a crush on Bushroot.
I get up from the Medicom bed.
Sara: I have a crush on Bushroot? No way. I’ll find out when he & I go on our walk
Zelda: If we’re right, Momentie, we won’t tell anyone. You can trust us, Charmander’s
your best friend and I’m a dragon, not a stool pigeon.
Sara: Thanks, guys.
(Poke ball swoops by) Bushroot & I meet up at the Pond’s parking lot.
Sara: Hey Bushroot.
Bushroot: Hey, ready for our walk?
We go off, Gosalyn & Louie arrive at the Pond’s front doors
and see us.
Gosalyn: Hey Lou-edge, look.
Louie: It’s Sara & Bushroot. If you’re thinking of
spying on them, it’s a bad idea. Are ya?
They get in disguises and follow us. There’s background music:
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” from Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch”.
A*Teens: Do, do-do-do. I just can’t help falling
in love with you.
We take a walk through the park.
A*Teens: Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can’t
help falling in love with you. Shout, I can see, would it be unseen if I can’t help falling in love with you.
While we feed ducks, Gosalyn & Louie are spying on us, she’s
A*Teens: Like a river flows to the sea, that’s
how it goes. Some things are meant to be. Some things are meant to be.
Soon, we get soft pretzels, while Gosalyn & Louie get ice cream.
We take another break on a bench, we notice that we’re holding
A*Teens: Take my hand, take my whole life too.
We both look at each other and suddenly smile.
A*Teens: For I can’t help falling in love with
Gosalyn (whispers): I knew it, love. (gags)
A*Teens: Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t,
I can’t help falling in love with you.
Me & Bushroot keep strolling through Anaheim.
A*Teens: Like a river flows to the sea, it’s how
it goes. Some things are meant to be. Some things are meant to be!
Gosalyn continues taking pictures.
A*Teens: Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I
can’t help falling in love with you. Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can’t help falling in love with
you. Oh, I can’t help falling in love, falling in love with you.
Later, it’s 3:23 p.m., Bushroot & I are at the metro
A*Teens: Like the way love flows, that’s how it
goes, I just can’t help but falling in love with you. (repeats course, singing at once)
Sara: I had a great time.
Bushroot: I did too. Bye.
Sara: You too.
He goes inside as I go back to the Pond, Gosalyn runs out of film.
A*Teens: Like the way love flows, that’s the way it goes, I just can’t help but falling in love with you. (Song ends)
Gosalyn: Louie, this is weird, Sara’s in love with my Dad’s arch-nemesis, Bushroot.
Louie: I said somethin’ like it once, and I’ll say it, this is none of our business.
Gosalyn: C’mon Lou, admit it’s real bizarre.
Louie: O.K., it is. But we can’t tell anyone, or else Sara will be so embarrassed &
she’ll kill us.
Gosalyn (teasingly): Well, I don’t know…
Louie (pleading): Please, Gos.
Gosalyn: I’m just kidding, Louie. I won’t tell a soul, especially not my Dad. Pinkie
Both: (Do the pinkie swear)
Louie: Thanks, I knew I could depend on ya.
Gosalyn: Hey, what are best friends for?
Louie: You’re right. Let’s go back to my place for some nachos.
Gosalyn: Sure. At 5:00, I’d better get back here.
They go back to Louie’s house for nachos. (puck swoops by)
I’m back at the Pond headquarters in the Ready Room, Zelda & Charmander are in a couple chairs and see me.
Zelda: Hey Sara, how’d it go?
Sara: Great. You guys were right, I do have a crush on Bushroot. (leans
against Drake One's councel) Who could blame me? He is a sweet & charming guy.
Sara & Bushroot, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
Sara: Zel, I never said I wanted to kiss him, I just want to merry him.
Charmander: Charmander, Char.
Zelda: He said, “Marriage involves kissing”.
Sara: Oh yeah.
I go to my bunk and lie on my bed with Charmander on my stomach, I take out a picture of Bushroot I printed
off the net.
Sara: (Dreamy sigh)
(Puck flies by) Eilony & Josh come in the Rec. room and see me plucking the petals off a daisy.
Sara: He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me! Oh, he loves
me, I knew he loves me.
Eilony: Who loves ya, sis?
Sara: Uh…I don’t know. But he loves me, he really loves me.
Josh: Man, love sure can be hard to find, especially when you ask flowers.
Soon, I go over to the Pokemon Trainers band manager Ryan's apartment, he answers the door.
Ryan: Oh, hey Sara.
Sara: Yo Ryan. Is Amanda here? I'd like to speak with her privately
Ryan: Yeah, she's in the living room.
I go to her, she's in the living room.
Amanda: Oh. Hi Sara.
Sara: Hey Amanda, uh, can I ask you something privately?
I sit next to her on the couch.
Sara: Um, how can you tell for sure if a guy likes ya?
Amanda: Well, first came the dinner for 2 and then you discover you have so much in common, and then one
day, you look at each other, hold hands and smile, then bam! He likes you, it takes a little while for him to admit it.
Sara: Ah, I see.
Amanda: Why do you ask?
Sara: Well, call it curiosity.
(Puck swoops by) That night, after getting her film developed at Darkwing Tower, Gosalyn is home and about to
go to her room, until Darkwing Duck returns from crime-fighting.
Darkwing: Gosalyn, where are you going?
Gosalyn: Oh just to… do homework. Later.
She zips off, but accidentally drops the pictures!
Darkwing: Gosalyn dropped some pictures.
He starts flipping through them, they’re mostly Gosalyn & Louie together, but when he gets to the
ones with me & Bushroot, the top of the house flips open when Darkwing yells…
Shows him pacing back & forth.
Darkwing: I can’t believe a member of the music group Gosalyn works for just went out
with my arch-nemesis, Bushroot.
Launchpad walks in.
Launchpad: Hey D.W., what’s up?
Darkwing: Look at these.
He hands him the pictures of me & Bushroot.
Launchpad: Isn’t that Gosalyn’s friend, Sara?
Darkwing: Yes, and she just went out with Bushroot. This could only mean one thing, she’s
in love with him.
Launchpad: Isn’t that romantic, D.W.?
Darkwing: Sure, sure, sure. But Sara could be the next victim in Bushroot’s next scheme.
Launchpad: I thought Bushroot retired, we were at his retirement party.
Darkwing: I still don’t believe that villainous veggie-head can stay retired.
Launchpad: Hey, could be worst, Sara could’ve gone out with Negaduck.
(Puck swoops by) The next day, the Mighty Ducks are practicing with Zelda as the board-runner. Until Wildwing’s
com starts beeping.
Wildwing: Huh? (answers com) Darkwing Duck, what’s up?
Darkwing: By any chance has Sara been acting strange lately?
Zelda (thinking): Uh-oh, someone must've found out & told him.
Mallory: Now that you mention it, I’ve seen Sara pluck the petals off a daisy doing “Loves
me, loves me not”.
Duke: Yeah, and I’ve seen her with a dreamy look on her face.
Darkwing: Then it's all clear, Sara's in love... with my arch nemesis, Bushroot.
Duke: Weird, Sara’s 12 and she fell for someone who’s my age.
Grin: One finds love in those they least expect.
Darkwing: Sure, sure, sure. Since tormorrow's my day off, I'll let you guy's handle it.
The com switches off as Zelda jumps off the boards and goes into the headquarters.
Nosedive: I dunno, guys, we tell Sara she can’t see Bushroot anymore she’d, uh…
Grin: Be heartbroken.
Nosedive: Thanks, Grinster.
Duke: And she’d never talk to us again.
Tanya: From what I heard, Bushroot retired.
Mallory: You sure he’d stay retired? No offence, Duke.
Duke: None taken.
Wildwing: I’m with Mallory, this doesn’t feel right. Sara might be walking into
a trap. So, one of us has to tell her.
Nosedive: How ‘bout you tell her, bro.?
Wildwing: Why me?
Duke: I agree with Dive, you’re her Spirited Duck.
Mallory: And she’s really loyal to you, and besides, it’s for her own safety.
Wildwing: All right, I’ll tell her after practice.
(Poke ball swoops by) I’m in my room staring dreamily at the ceiling with Charmander sitting against my
(Knock at door)
Sara: Come in!
Wildwing comes in.
Sara: Hey Wing.
Wildwing: Yeah, hey. Where’s a chair?
I point to my computer chair, he sits in it.
Wildwing: Sara, you’re 12 years old and…
Sara: I thought it’s Josh’s job to blame our ages for something.
Wildwing: It’s not about your age, Josh’s or even him. What I’m trying to
say is…you can’t see Bushroot again.
Sara: (Gasps in surprise) How’d you know I went out with him?
Wildwing: Just a certain caped duck from St. Canard. I’m only doing this for your own
Wildwing: No! He’s a criminal, and you can’t see him, e-mail him or talk to him.
He barbecues him.
Wildwing: Ow. I’m outta here.
He goes to the door, but stops for a second and turns to me.
Wildwing: But just remember, I know what’s best and you can’t see Bushroot!
After he leaves, I sink my face in my pillow.
Sara: I can’t believe he found out. “For my own safety”, what am I, 5? He’s
not my father. Some Spirited Duck he is. Bushroot’s a retired criminal, and I love him.
Charmander: (Pats Sara’s back) Charmander.
Sara: Not your fault, buddy. How can I ever speak to Wildwing again? (sobbing)
Later that early morning, when everyone’s sleeping, Charmander
& I sneak out into arena.
Sara: (Sighs) What time is it? (looks at wristwatch) 5:42 a.m. Pretty late. Lucky I’m on
my night schedule.
Charmander: Char, Char.
Zelda: He said “Ditto”.
We look behind us and see Zelda.
Sara: Zelda, what are you doin’ up at this hour?
Zelda: Couldn’t sleep, I saw the Ducks talking to Gosalyn’s dad today.
Charmander: Charmander, Char?
Zelda: While they were practicing, Gos’ dad called ‘em and he found out somehow.
Sara: Oh. Wanna come along?
We head down to the 24-hour train station and we're soon on the one
to St. Canard.
Charmander, Char, Char-char?
Zelda: He said, “Tell me again why we’re doin’ this?”
Sara: (Sighs) Wildwing said I can’t see Bushroot anymore, but I’m unhappy not seein’
him so I’m running away.
Zelda: Well, runnin' away from a problem doesn't always solve it. But I'm going along anyway.
(Puck swoops by) Later, it’s sunrise when we arrive at Bushroot’s place, my friends
& I get to the door and knock on it. It opens to reveal Bushroot, he sees me, Charmander & Zelda.
Bushroot: Sara, what a nice surprise.
Sara: Hey, sorry if I woke you.
Bushroot: Oh no, I’m usually up at this time.
Sara: Oh. Well, you know Charmander and this is Zelda.
Bushroot: Nice to meet you. Well, come on in.
We do that, Spike comes and bowls over Charmander, slurping him.
Sara: (Chuckles) Aren’t they so cute together?
Bushroot: They sure are.
Zelda: Spike & Charmander, the next Bosom Buddies.
Later at the Pond, Josh’s alarm clock goes off.
Josh: (Muttering) What time is it?
He looks at his clock and notices it’s 6:30 a.m.
Josh: 6:30, gives me time to do stuff before Digimon.
Josh: Like eat breakfast, brush teeth, check E-mail, etc.
He gets up, puts on his bathrobe, knocks on the bathroom door but
Duke’s taking his shower.
Josh: Hurry up, I gotta brush my teeth.
Duke: Be out in a minute!
Josh: Heard that before.
He leans against the door & crosses his arms as Mallory come
in her bathrobe also.
Mallory: What’s happenin’?
Josh: Duke’s gonna take forever to get out of the shower again.
Mallory: Well Josh, if you’re real impatient,
use the bathroom in Sara’s room.
Josh: But you know how she feels about others using her bathroom.
Mallory: Just ask her nicely.
He goes into my room and knocks on the door.
Josh: Hey Sara, can I please use your bathroom?
He goes in and notices I’m not there.
Josh: Sara? Her bathroom door’s open, and she’s not there. She’s not in bed
He notices my Poke com & Charmander’s collar on a note
I printed on the computer.
Josh (reading): “Dear whoever, I’ve run away, don’t try and stop me, ‘cause
I’m still mad at Wildwing. Sincerely Sara. P.S. Charmander is with me.” (gasps)
He runs to the Ducks, Buzz & Eilony.
Josh: Guys, Sara’s gone!
Josh: She left her Poke com & Charmander’s collar along with a note.
Buzz: Why would she run away?
Nosedive: Ever notice Sara acting funny? Not funny “ha-ha”, ironic funny.
Nosedive: Well, Sara has a crush on the plant dude from St. Canard.
Josh: Bushroot? (sputters) Unbelievable.
Tanya: Believe it or not, Sara’s in love with him.
Eilony: How romantic.
(Poke ball swoops by) I’m with Bushroot on a bench under some
Bushroot (thinking): Maybe I should tell her how I feel
Sara (thinking): I guess now’s a pretty good time
to tell him.
Both (out-loud): Uh, I just wanna tell…
Bushroot: You first.
Sara: O.K. I always wanted to say… I love you.
Sara: I know it’s weird, I mean, we’re both completely different: I’m an
alien, you’re an Earthling. I’m human, you’re a duck/mutant plant. But I can’t help it.
Bushroot: Ya know, I was going to say the same thing.
Sara: You mean…?
Bushroot: Yep. Since you came over for dinner.
He puts his hand on mine, we look at each other & smile. The
tree branches form a heart in front of us. Zelda & Charmander see this.
Zelda: I think we should leave ‘em.
Charmander: Charmander, Char, Char-mander?
Zelda Get breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts? Okey-dokey. Wanna come, Spike?
They go to Dunkin’ Donuts. Soon, me & Bushroot think about
Bushroot: Sara, I thought about it, I love you, but wouldn't people think we're... uh, what's
the right word for this? Uh....
Sara: I know exactly what ya mean, that’s what I was thinking. Can we at least still
Bushroot: Of course.
Meanwhile, Gosalyn wakes up to find her dad sleeping on the couch
with something next to him on the coffee table.
Gosalyn: Huh? What are those?
She takes them and realizes they’re her pictures.
Gosalyn (thinking): Oh no, I must’ve dropped
accidentally dropped the pictures.
She zips up to her room.
Gosalyn: Oh no, Sara’s so dead.
Gosalyn: Last night, I accidentally dropped the picture and Dad must’ve looked at ‘em.
What am I gonna tell Louie? He might think I broke our pinkie swear.
She sets her hologram projector, it show a hologram of herself doing
Gosalyn: Gosalyn Mallard, you’re a genius.
She sneaks out the window with Seel & her Poke balls in a duffel
bag and to the metro train station.
Guard: Hi Gosalyn.
Gosalyn: Hey there, Murphy.
She catches the train to Anaheim. Back at the greenhouse, I just
finished explaining why I ran away.
Bushroot: Sounds pretty rough.
Moments later, Zelda, Charmander & Spike come back from Dunkin’
Just then, the Ducks & other Trainers come in, they sees me with
Bushroot: Can’t we do this some other time?
Wildwing: No. Sara, you come back this minute.
I just turn away from him.
Wildwing: C’mon, Sara. I know what’s best for you, and you can’t see Bushroot
I still give him the silent treatment.
Bushroot: Pardon me, but Sara & I, we…
Wildwing: You keep outta this. Sara… Hmm?
He notices Charmander tugging on his pants.
Charmander: Char-Char, Charmander, Char, Char-char. Char-mander, Char, Char. Charmander, Char,
Zelda: He’s saying, “You can’t take Sara away from Bushroot, they love each
other and there’s nothin’ you can do about it. Love doesn't take orders”.
Bushroot: Tried to tell you, we love each other, but we’re not in love anymore.
Charmander: Char, Charmander, Char-char, Charmander, Char-mander.
Zelda: “Besides Double-W, you’re only being bossy & selfish.”
Wildwing: (Exhales deeply)
He puts his hand on my shoulder, I face him.
Wildwing: Sara, I was being selfish. Will ya ever forgive me?
I smile and throw my arms around him.
Mallory: Why are you crying?
Josh: This is all just so beautiful.
Duke hands him a tissue and Josh blows his nose.
Tanya: We’d better get back to Anaheim, we’ll be late for practice.
Mallory: She’s right. We were wrong about you, Bushroot. Especially me. No hard feelings?
Bushroot: None whatsoever.
We head off in the Aerowing.
Sara: Bye Bushroot! Love ya lots!
Bushroot: Bye Sara! Love you too!
We get in the Aerowing and head back to the Pond. (puck flies by)
We’re back at the Pond.
Mallory: I’m glad everything worked out.
Sara: Now, (yawns) I’m going to bed.
I go strait to my room and into bed.