1 - We're in a country cottage. Five figures sit at a table in a room that is filled with books, pens, quills, paper, ink pots, and various other writing tools. The figures are an owl with a moncole and vest, a clockwork butler, a wise old cowboy, a hobo clown, and a frog knight. The owl is evidently in charge, as the other four look to him demurely. All wear serious expressions.
OWL (1): Our noble guild is on the verge of extinction.
OWL (2): Those who haven't been slaughtered at her hands have renounced our life's work.
OWL (3): I put out the call.
OWL (4): We are all that's left of the proud narrating tradition.
2 - Switch angles to focus on the door of the cottage, with the gathered group in the foreground. A knock is clearly coming from the outside, bringing concern to the group's faces. The owl rises to answer the door.
SFX: knock! knock!
CLOCKWORK BUTLER: Who could that be?
OWL: Perhaps I spoke too soon.
3 - The owl stands at the doorway, the door open. He looks terrified, a dark shadow falling over him. The owl's monocle falls from his eye.
OWL: Maybe there are others who remain--
GERTRUDE (off-panel): Sorry, bub...
4 - Gertrude stands at the door, menacingly holding an axe. Lightning cracks behind her in the distance.
GERTRUDE: Story-time's over.