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BLACK ROSES

CABINET OF HENRI GAMUL

ANNIVERSARY

CURIOSITY PEDDLER: WEEP AND MOAN

COLD READS

HANGMAN'S DOZEN THEME

TRAILER WE WHO ARE HIS FOLLOWERS

HANGMAN'S DOZEN EP. 1

HANGMAN'S DOZEN EP. 2: THE DROWNED MAN

THE SWARM from THE BOOK OF WEIRD

THE HUNGRY FACE from THE BOOK OF WEIRD

AUDIO DRAMA: ATOMIC PLAYBOY

ELIXIR

SUNDOWNERS EP 2 SAM HILL DIED HERE

BLACKOUT CITY: DEATH RAIN

ELECTRIC CHAIR 37

RADIO PLAY: SEEING RED

HORROR ADDICTS 113

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ANNIVERSARY copyright 2012 m.s.


                                                                  CHARACTERS

JUDD VINE : 42 YEARS OLD, OVERWEIGHT
ALICE VINE: HIS WIFE
BURT CORAL: BEST FRIEND
DENISE CORAL: BURT'S WIFE
SISSY KYPER: EARLY TWENTIES,SISTER OF DESDEMONA KYPER

SETTING:VINE'S BACKYARD
TIME: SUMMER, PRESENT











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ACT ONE
In the backyard is a picnic table, four patio chairs, grill.
Judd is in the backyard laying on a hammock. It's hot,
sweat dripping from his face. He rises slightly, looks to his right.
A loud noise down the street, a motor of sorts.

JUDD
DAMN IT.

ALICE
(Offstage, calling out.)
WHAT, JUDD?

JUDD
I THOUGHT I HEARD THOSE TRUCKS
FROM THE POWER COMPANY.

ALICE
(Offstage.)
I WISH THEY WOULD HURRY UP.



MARK SLADE

(Pause.)
ALICE
(Enters from the left, carrying
two glasses of tea.)
IT'S AFTER ONE PM. THAT STORM
KNOCKED THE ELECTRICITY OUT
ALMOST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS AGO.

JUDD
(Accepting the glass gingerly.)
I COULDN'T SLEEP FOR
CRAP LAST NIGHT.

ALICE
(Sitting on a patio chair.)
I KNOW. YOU KEPT GETTING UP AND
GOING OUTSIDE.







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JUDD
I'M SORRY IF I KEPT YOU UP.
IT WAS COOLER OUT HERE
THAN IN THAT HOT BOX WE CALL
A HOUSE.

ALICE
WISH BURT HAD GOTTEN THAT
GENERATOR.

JUDD
HIS BROTHER REALLY
LET HIM DOWN THIS
TIME.

ALICE
WHO WOULD HAVE
THOUGHT BEN CORAL
WAS SELLING POT
OUT OF HIS HOUSE?




MARK SLADE

JUDD
PEOPLE DO DESPERATE THINGS-

ALICE
STUPID THINGS.

JUDD
(Sipping tea.)
NEVER THE LESS, DESPERATE
TO KEEP FACE. SHOW OFF WHAT
THEY HAVE. KEEPING UP
WITH THE JONES, AS THEY SAY.

(Pause.)
ALICE
(Sighs)
IT'S SO HOT.
HOTTER THAN YESTERDAY.




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JUDD
I PAID THE SATELITE.

ALICE
I REALLY WISH YOU WOULD GET RID OF IT.

JUDD
I LIKE IT BETTER
THAN CABLE.

ALICE
CABLE IS CHEAPER---

JUDD
I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT ABOUT
IT.

ALICE
ALRIGHT. ALRIGHT.




MARK SLADE

(Pause.)

JUDD
I HEARD THIS STORM
TORE THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND ENDED
UP IN FLORIDA.

ALICE
POWERFUL STORM.

JUDD
BURT MIGHT BE OVER IN
A LITTLE WHILE.
HE WENT TO BUY SOME BUNS AND THINGS.

ALICE
(Drinks from glass)
IT'S A SHAME ALL THAT MEAT WE ALL HAVE MAY
GO TO WASTE.




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JUDD
(Shrugs.)
THE WAY IT IS.

ALICE
(Standing)
GOD. DO YOU HAVE TO USE
THAT PHRASE ALL THE TIME?

JUDD
HEY.
WHAT'S WITH YOU?

(Pause)
ALICE
IT'S THIS DAMN HEAT, I SUPPOSE.

JUDD
DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON ME.




MARK SLADE


ALICE
I'M SORRY.
(Pause.)
I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S COME
OVER ME LATELY.
I SUPPOSE IT'S THE HEAT.

JUDD
(Smiling)
I CAN SEE IT MAKING ANYONE ONARY AND.
MEAN.

ALICE
(Half-smiling.)
HEY...

JUDD
(Holding up his hand.)
JUST MAKING A JOKE.



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(Pause.)
ALICE
I HOPE MOM AND DADDY ARE OKAY.

JUDD
YOU REALLY SHOULD CALL THEM.

ALICE
OH...YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
SHE ALWAYS STARTS UP. BRINGING UP
THE PAST.

JUDD
IT'S BEEN YEARS.
BOTH ARE IN THEIR SEVENTIES.
TIME TO FORGET, ALICE.

ALICE
I KNOW.



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ALICE
MOM NEVER FORGETS ANYTHING.
SHE ALWAYS FELT I DIDN'T LIVE
UP TO JUDY. TERRIBLE
EXPECTATIONS.

JUDD
YOU WERE JUST A GIRL WHEN YOUR
OLDER SISTER DIED.
SHE COULDN'T HAVE HELD YOU
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CANCER.

ALICE
SHE ALWAYS HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS
FOR HER GIRLS. MOM DIDN'T REALLY
LIKE BEING A HOMEMAKER.

(Pause.)
JUDD
CALL WHEN YOU FEEL UP
TO IT.


MARK SLADE

ALICE
(Smiling at Judd)
WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT
YOU?

JUDD
MAKING YOUR MOTHER HAPPY
NOT BEING A WIFE.

ALICE
(Laughing.)
OH SHUT UP.

JUDD
(Rising from the hammock)
I WISH BURT WOULD
HURRY.
I'M STARVED.






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(Judd stretches.)
ALICE
(Patting Judd in his midsection.)
THAT IS NOTHING NEW.
LOOK AT THAT GUT.

JUDD
(Pushes her hand away.)
HOW DARE YOU.
I'M WATCHING MY FIGURE.

ALICE
SO IS EVERYONE ELSE.

JUDD
HA HA.
I DON'T EAT THAT MUCH.






MARK SLADE


ALICE
YOU ATE THREE BAGS OF CHIPS
THIS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST.
FOUR CANS OF POTTED MEAT
AN HOUR AGO...

JUDD
ALL RIGHT. STOP.
I'LL CUT DOWN.

ALICE
IN A PIG'S EYE!

JUDD
I'VE BEEN STRESSED
LATELY!
WITH THE STORM, NO POWER...





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(Pause.)

ALICE
I UNDERSTAND, HONEY.
I DO.
(Pause.)

JUDD
(Distressed.)
JESUS, I WISH HE WOULD COME ON.
(Pause.)
HOPE HE BRINGS BEER.

ALICE
DON'T WORRY.
HE WILL.






MARK SLADE

JUDD
WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN?

ALICE
NOTHING.

JUDD
NO.
(Pause.)
SPILL IT.

ALICE
I THINK HE DRINKS
TOO MUCH.
WHEN HE DRINKS, HE IS LOUD.

JUDD
(Offended.)
YOUR'E TALKING
ABOUT MY BEST FRIEND.



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ALICE
YOU ACT LIKE HE'S YOUR WIFE.

JUDD
YOUR'E ALWAYS JELOUS.
YOU KNOW I NEVER HAD
ANY SIBLINGS.
NOW I DON'T HAVE ANY
PARENTS.

ALICE
YOU HAVE ME!

(Pause.)

JUDD
I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S
WRONG WITH YOU LATELY.





MARK SLADE

ALICE
NOTHING WRONG WITH ME AT ALL.
YOU JUST WANT ME TO ACT A CERTAIN WAY!

JUDD
YEAH.
I DO.
(Pause.)
CIVIL.
THAT'S ALL I ASK
FOR.

ALICE
YOUR'E SUCH A JERK.

JUDD
AND THAT'S YOUR ANSWER
FOR EVERYTHING.






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(Alice is staring past Judd.)
JUDD
WHAT?
(Pause.)
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING
AT?
(Alice is shocked. )
JUDD
(Worried)
WHAT IS IT,ALICE?
WHAT?
(She leaps to a standing position.)
ALICE
(Pointing, hand over mouth.)
JUDD...LOOK!

(Judd turns quickly to his left.)





MARK SLADE

JUDD
(Takes a step back.)
HOW?
(Pause)
HOW DID THAT
GET THERE?!
(A pile of ashes are on the stage to the left.)

CURTAIN.













ANNIVERSARY

ACT TWO

Judd and Alice are holding each other in a tight
embrace. Alice is weeping, Judd is fighting back the tears.
A pile of black ashes are at their feet. Judd is frequently choked up,
lifts his head from Alice's shoulders, glancing at the ashes.

JUDD
IT'S ALRIGHT, ALICE.
(Pause)
NO REASON TO BE SCARED.

ALICE
WHERE DID IT COME FROM, JUDD?!

JUDD
I-I....I DON'T KNOW.
(Pause)
THE WIND I GUESS..



MARK SLADE


JUDD
THE STORM.....LOOK DON'T WORRY
ABOUT IT.

ALICE
(Pulls away from his embrace.)
HOW CAN I NOT WORRY
ABOUT IT?
(Pacing the stage.)
THIS IS TOO WEIRD, JUDD.
YOU...YOU...REALIZE WHAT DAY
IT IS, DON'T YOU?
(Pause)
WE DID SOMETHING AWFUL LAST YEAR.

JUDD
WE AREN'T SUPPOSE TO TALK ABOUT IT.
SHERRIF WILKINS SAID SO.




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ALICE
I REMEMBER. OKAY? I WAS AT THE TOWN MEETING.
EVERYONE HERE WAS. WE DID SOMETHING AWFUL.

JUDD
(Taking her by the shoulders, shaking her a bit.)
GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF, WILL YA?
(Pause. They lock eyes a few moments.)
WE CAN'T LOOSE IT....DON'T LOOSE
CONTROL.
(Sighs)

ALICE
YES.
(Wiping her eyes with a hand.)
WE HAVE TO STAY...STAY
IN CONTROL.
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND
THE PROBLEM.




MARK SLADE


JUDD
DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT
SHE SAID?

(Pause)
ALICE
(Pushes his arms away from her.)
WELL OBVIOUSLY I DO.

JUDD
GETTIN' NASTY AIN'T SOLVIN' A THING.

ALICE
OF COURSE I BELIEVE WHAT SHE SAID.

JUDD
MAYBE THAT'S PANIC TALKIN'.





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ALICE
YEAH.
MAYBE.
I DON'T...DON'T KNOW,
JUDD.
A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN WE
CAN'T EXPLAIN.

JUDD
WE ALL BELIEVED SHE WAS FOR REAL, OR
WE WOULDN'T HAVE DID WHAT WE DID.

ALICE
MY POINT ABOUT BELIEVING.
(Pause.)
THAT WOMAN WAS WICKED.

JUDD
(Thinking.)
YEAH...SHE WAS...SHE WAS THAT.



MARK SLADE

JUDD
ALICE?
(Pause.)
ALICE
YES?
(Pause.)
JUDD
I'M SCARED.

ALICE
(Holding his hand.)
I AM TOO, JUDD.
BOY AM I.

JUDD
NOTHING WILL
EVER BE THE SAME.

ALICE
HOW DID WE GET OURSELVES
INTO THIS?


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JUDD
I GOT US INTO IT.

ALICE
NO.
(Pause.)
NO, JUDD. WE GOT OURSELVES--

JUDD
NO ONE HAD TO LISTEN TO ME.

ALICE
JUDD...
THAT WOMAN WAS EVIL.

JUDD
THAT'S JUST IT, ALICE.
(Pause.)
SHE WAS A WOMAN.




MARK SLADE

JUDD
A HUMAN.

ALICE
THAT WOMAN...
DESDEMONA KYPER, TERRORIZED
THIS COMMUNITY.
SHE HURT MANY PEOPLE.
POOR DELL BRISK, HE NEVER
RECOVERED FROM ALL THE
CATTLE SHE KILLED.

JUDD
BUT DID SHE DO THAT?!

ALICE
(Shrugging.)
I.....
(Pause.)




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ALICE
YOU HAD NO PROBLEM
BELIEVING SHE WAS
GUILTY LAST YEAR.

JUDD
(Nodding his head.)
YEAH.
(He turns away from her.)
I KNOW.
ALICE....I'M NOT SURE....
(Facing her again.)
I'M NOT SURE DESDEMONA
DID ANYTHING.

ALICE
I AM.





MARK SLADE

JUDD
WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?

ALICE
(Wringing her hands, distressed look
on her face.)
RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME...
OLD LADY WALLING, MARY WALLING...
THERE WERE BURN MARKS THAT
APPEARED OUT OF
THE BLUE. SHE SCREAMED...CRIED OUT..
SHE SAID SHE WAS BURNING UP.

JUDD
GOD.....THAT'S CRAZY.
YOU NEVER TOLD ME THAT.

ALICE
I TOLD THE SHERRIF.




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JUDD
(Thinking.)
THAT....THAT WAS HIS
MOTHER-IN LAW.
(Pause.)
NO WONDER HE CHANGED
HIS MIND.
WE ALL THOUGHT SHE CAUGHT
HERSELF ON FIRE...DIED FROM THAT.

ALICE
(Biting her lower lip.)
I KNOW.
(Pause.)
JUDD...YOU KNOW
IN YOUR HEART,
DESDEMONA KYPER WAS
A WITCH.
(Pause.)




MARK SLADE

ALICE
SHE SAID....SHE SAID
SHE WOULD COME BACK ONE YEAR
FROM THE DAY.....
THAT NIGHT WE HEARD HER NURSERY
RHYMES...
JUST LIKE WHENEVER ANYTHING BAD
WOULD HAPPEN...
DO YOU REMEMBER?

(Pause)
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!




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JUDD
I HEARD HER.
(Pause.)
I'M BALLED UP INSIDE.
(Pause.)
KNOTTS. GUILT KNOTTS....
WE BURNED A HUMAN BEING
ALIVE.

ALICE
YES.
YES WE DID.
WE HAD TO PROTECT
THE COMMUNITY.
THE FUTURE. THE KIDS THAT
LIVE HERE.






MARK SLADE

ALICE
(Avoiding eye contact. Needling Judd.)
I WISH WE COULD'VE KNOWN WHY
DESDEMONA WENT HAYWIRE.

JUDD
(Nervously avoiding her eyes.)
I GUESS WE WILL NEVER KNOW.
(Pause.)

ALICE
I SURE WISH BURT WOULD
HURRY UP.
(Judd cuts his eyes at Alice.)

I NEED A BEER.








ANNIVERSARY


JUDD
(Laughs nervously.)
ME TOO, HONEY.

BURT
(Offstage)
WHO'S HUNGRY!

JUDD
(Cheering up, big smile.)
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL.

DENISE
(Offstage)
ALICE...WHERE DO YOU WANT ALL
THIS STUFF?







MARK SLADE

ALICE
WE PROBALLY SHOULDN'T
TALK ABOUT THIS.
(To Denise.)
BE RIGHT THERE.

JUDD
YEAH...
I'M WITH YOU.
DON'T WANT TO SPOIL
THE PARTY.

ALICE
(As she exits left)
THEN LET'S DON'T, GET ME?

JUDD
(Nodding.)
YES...I DO.




MARK SLADE

(Burt enters, hands Judd a beer.
All smiles until Alice speaks and exits the
stage. He frowns at Judd.)

JUDD
WHAT?
(Judd opens the beer.)
WHAT?
(He takes a sip.)

BURT
(Opening his.)
I SAW SOMEONE AT
THE STORE.
DAMN IT'S HOT.
I HEARD THE POWER
MIGHT BE ON IN ANOTHER
TWO HOURS.




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JUDD
DON'T CHANGE THE SUBJECT.
I HATE IT WHEN YOU DO THAT.

(Pause.
Offstage Alice and Denise are
chattering.)
JUST TELL ME WHO YOU SAW.

BURT
YOU WONT BELIEVE IT.
(Pause.)

JUDD
WHO? DAMNIT! WHO?







MARK SLADE


BURT
SISSY KYPER.
(Burt takes a drink quickly. Eyes
Judd.)

JUDD
WHAT'S SHE DOING
BACK IN TOWN.

(Pause.)

THE HELL!
BURT?

BURT
YEAH.
I KNOW.





ANNIVERSARY


BURT
(Gulping down his beer.)
UM.
ALICE SHE DON'T
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON----

JUDD
NO.
AND SHE NEVER WILL IF
I CAN HELP IT.
(Pause.)
SHOULD'VE NEVER
GOT INVOLVED WITH
DESDEMONA.
BURT
I TRIED TO TELL YOU.
(Burt's eyes are drawn to
the ashes.)




MARK SLADE

BURT
(He drops his
beer.)
OH GOD....
(His eyes grow bigger, his hands
shake.)
JUDD!
(Whispering.)
SHE'S BACK.
(Normal tone.)
SHE'S BACK!












ANNIVERSARY

ACT THREE

BURT
WHAT'S THIS DOING HERE?

JUDD
I DON'T KNOW, BURT.
LET'S NOT GET CARRIED AWAY.

BURT
CARRIED AWAY?
(Pause.)
CARRIED AWAY?
WE BURNED A WOMAN ALIVE
LAST YEAR..
OH MY...
IT'S TO THIS DAY....
HER ASHES COME BACK....





MARK SLADE


JUDD
NOBODY SAID IT WAS HERS....

BURT
C'MON...
WHO ELSE COULD IT BE?

JUDD
THE STANLEY'S BURNING TRASH...
THE WIND PICKED IT.
IT DOESN'T MATTER.
BURT.
DON'T GET CRAZY.

BURT
SHE SAID SHE WOULD
COME BACK.
(Denise and Alice enter.)





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DENISE
WHAT'S WRONG, BURT?

BURT
(Pointing at the ashes.)
THAT.

DENISE
(Gasping.)
OH GOD.

ALICE
(Steadying Denise, helping
her to a patio chair.)
IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.
THIS THING ONLY HAPPENS IF
YOU BELIEVE.





MARK SLADE


DENISE
(Sobbing.)
OH.
I BELIEVE.
NO ONE CAN TELL ME
THOSE THINGS DIDN'T HAPPEN.

(Pause.)

ALICE
(To Burt and Judd.)
I'D LIKE TO TALK TO DENISE
A MINUTE.
COULD YOU TWO
PREPARE EVERYTHING
FOR THE GRILL?

JUDD
YEAH.




ANNIVERSARY

BURT
(Sighing.)
SURE.
(They exit.)

ALICE
DENISE.
(Patting her on the back softly.)
I WOULDN'T WORRY.
PLEASE.

DENISE
NO...I SWEAR...
WE LOST OUR HEADS THAT
NIGHT.

ALICE
YES.
WE DID.



MARK SLADE


DENISE
WE'RE AWFUL PEOPLE.

ALICE
WE HAD A REASON.

DENISE
NOW WE'RE GOING TO PAY FOR
IT.

ALICE
I DON'T KNOW IF EVERYTHING
THE TOWN PEOPLE SAID WAS TRUE.
(Alice begins pacing.)

DENISE
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
(Pause.)
LIKE WHAT?



ANNIVERSARY

ALICE
SOME THINGS MAY NOT
BE TRUE...
OH, I BELIEVE DESDEMONA DID THE
THINGS SHE DID.
(Pause.)
FOR A WHOLE MONTH THAT WITCH
TERRORIZED US.
THE SCHOOL BUS THAT TURNED OVER.
THE FLIES COMING OUT OF MR. COLBY'S MOUTH
AT HIS FUNERAL.
(Closes her eyes.)
BUT....
I DIDN'T WITNESS ANYTHING.
EXCEPT...
(Reopens her eyes, turns Denise.)
WHAT HAPPENED TO MARY WALLING.
SHE CAUGHT HERSELF ON
FIRE.




MARK SLADE

DENISE
ALICE.
(Pause.)
WHAT YOU SAID...
THAT CONVINCED EVERYONE
TO BURN HER AT THE STAKE...
(Pointing)
RIGHT OVER THERE!
(Pause.)

ALICE
I KNOW.

DENISE
YOU AREN'T ASHAMED
OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

ALICE
OF COURSE NOT.




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(Pause.)
ALICE
YOU WOULD DO THE SAME.

DENISE
NO.
NO. NOT AT ALL.

ALICE
(Nodding her head.)
OH YES YOU WOULD.
TO KEEP YOUR HUSBAND.
(Pause.)
I KNOW WHY SHE DID
THOSE THINGS.
DESDEMONA....
AND JUDD HAD BEEN
SEEING EACH OTHER
FOR OVER A YEAR.




MARK SLADE

DENISE
ARE YOU SURE?
YOU SAID THAT ABOUT HIM AND COLEEN
BRADBURY.

ALICE
(Frustrated.)
YES. DENISE.
I AM SURE.
I SAW THEM A FEW WEEKS
BEFORE THE EVENTS.
I OVER HEARD HIM ON HIS
PHONE WHEN HE BROKE IT
OFF.
THEN THE CRAZINESS.

DENISE
WHY ARE YOU TELLING
ME THIS?
TO EASE YOUR CONSCIENCE?



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DENISE
I HAVE NO SYMPATHY.

NO, I WOULD NOT HAVE DONE
SUCH A THING AS LIE TO
GET EVEN WITH
AN ADULTEROUS
WOMAN....EVEN IF IT
WAS MY HUSBAND.
NOT MURDER.

ALICE
YOU FELT DIFFERENT
LAST YEAR.

DENISE
I WAS WEAK....

ALICE
YOU STILL ARE.



MARK SLADE

ALICE
THAT HASN'T
CHANGED.

(Denise stands. She is face to face
with Alice.
Burt enters, Judd trailing
him.)

BURT
(Excited.)
HEY!
THE POWER MIGHT BE
ON SOONER!
HOW BOUT THAT?
THEY'RE RIGHT DOWN THE
STREET.
BOY!





ANNIVERSARY

(Denise walks past Alice. A slight wind lifts
the ashes off the ground and into Alice's face.
She closes her eyes a moment, coughing.
When she reopens them, her face is strained, batting her
eyes rapidly. She steadies herself.)


JUDD
(Puzzled.)
WHAT'S....GOING ON...
ALICE?

DENISE
I'M GOING HOME, BURT.

BURT
(Half-smiling)
YEAH....UH...SURE.
I MIGHT...




MARK SLADE

DENISE
BURT.
YOU COME TO.

BURT
WHY?

(Pause.)

WHAT---WHAT THE HELL....?

DENISE
I DON'T KEEP COMPANY
WITH LIARS AND MURDERS.
(Denise exits.)

BURT
(Nervous laugh.)
HEY...
DENISE....
(Shakes his head.)


ANNIVERSARY

BURT
I NEED A BEER.
(He exits.)


JUDD
WHAT WERE YOU TWO TALKING
ABOUT?

ALICE
(Storming past him.)
NOTHING!
NOTHING AT ALL, JUDD!
IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH
YOU!
(Alice exits.)








SISSY
(Offstage)
YOU REALLY KNOW
HOW TO THROW A PARTY.

JUDD
(Looking left.)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING BACK IN TOWN?

SISSY
(Enters.)
I WAS HOMESICK.
YOU KNOW, THE
WEST COAST
ISN'T ALL IT'S
CRACKED UP TO
BE.

(Pause.)







JUDD
I'VE BEEN PAYING
YOU GOOD MONEY TO STAY
AWAY.

SISSY
THE PAYMENTS HAVE
BEEN LATER AND LATER.


JUDD
IT'S NOT EASY COMING
UP WITH THAT AMOUNT
ON A REGULAR BASIS.

SISSY
WE AGREED
ON A MONTHLY PLAN.

(House lights come on. Indicating power is back.)





OH, GOODY. NOW YOU AND YOUR
FAT WIFE CAN WATCH SURVIVOR
TONIGHT.

JUDD
SHE'S COMING BACK.
LIKE SHE SAID.

SISSY
DESDEMONA IS ALREADY
HERE.
(Sissy eyes the ashes.)
I PUT THEM THERE.
IT WAS SOMETHING
SHE AND I AGREED ON.

JUDD
WHICH WAS?







SISSY
YOU SHOULD KEEP HER ASHES
CLOSE TO YOU.

JUDD
WHAT IS IT YOU WANT?
MONEY?
I HAVEN'T ANYMORE
THAN THE AGREEMENT.

(Sissy laughs.)

TELL ME WHAT TO DO....

SISSY
YOU JUST BE YOU, JUDD.
I THINK EVERYTHING WILL FALL
INTO PLACE.







(Pause.)
SISSY
DESDEMONA LOVED
YOU.
YOU CRUSHED HER.
TORE HER HEART OUT.

JUDD
I DIDN'T MEAN FOR
THINGS TO GET OUT OF HAND.

SISSY
OH WELL.

JUDD
ARE YOU GOING TO
TELL ALICE?








SISSY
(Laughs.)
SHE ALREADY KNOWS.
I HAVE BEEN OUT HERE
FOR HOURS.
I HEARD EVERTHING SAID.
YOUR SO OBLIVIOUS TO ALL
AROUND YOU.

ALICE
(Offstage.)
JUDD....
WE NEED TO TALK.
(Sissy backs away, exits inconspicuous.)

JUDD
YES....
I SUPPOSE WE SHOULD.







(Alice enters, holding a butcher knife. She is smiling
with insane exuberance. Judd is puzzled.)

ALICE
(Her voice much deeper, speaking
slower.)
Peter Peter pumpkin eater
(Pause.)
Had a wife and couldn't keep her
(Pause.)
He put her in a pumpkin shell
(Pause.)
And there he kept her very well!

LIGHTS DIM,
CURTAIN.






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