On The Inside
We begin in Free Country where two Dickensian waifs are fishing and having a stereotype laden conversation about girls (Cor, blimey guv’na!) when the boat they are in begins floating up a waterfall. During the argument one of the boys, Daniel, causes the other to fall to his death. A magical ‘Shimmer’ then informs Daniel that because he has killed he can no longer stay in Free Country and is to be sent back where he came from. Something Daniel obviously does not want to do.
Back in London Timothy walks to his girlfriend Molly’s house practicing how to apologize as if he were Clint Eastwood and picking a bunch of daisies from a garden. At the house Molly is initially angry but is overjoyed when Timothy says he wants to apologize because she has never met a boy who ever apologized before and tells him he can buy her ice cream. Timothy is confused but agrees.
Meanwhile Daniel is transported to modern London and is appalled by what he sees. All the old places have changed and the people he once knew all gone. The “suit people” seem to have won, he thinks and goes down to the sewers, a place where he thinks the new world could not have touched.
On the way to the ice cream parlor Molly stops at a dance studio to pick up some things she had left there. At the studio Molly meets a friend of her and asks her along to ice cream. Timothy, already worried he won’t have enough money for just two, is annoyed when another is asked along. And is even more annoyed when it turns out the friend Molly has asked along is Marya, a old acquaintance who reveals to Molly that he is a magician. Timothy runs away in frustration and anger and when he is followed by the girls freezes them with a spell he didn’t know he could do. A mysterious woman then approaches Tim from behind and asks if he knows how to “turn it all back on” again.
Meanwhile in the sewers Daniel is distraught and afraid and crys out for help. Help arrives in the form of Reverend Slaggenham, a rather sinister figure who takes Daniel to his “factory” deep in the catacombs of the sewers. There he offer Daniel work which Daniel initially refuses but is last seen running back to the Reverend to join him.