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ELECTRIC ECHO

No one could have seen it coming. A child laying in the cold blood of his mother’s fallen body. It was hours before they found him there, victim to an unforeseen threat. It was a monster... A pale green corpse that emerged within the shadow of death.

     How could he have known? How could anyone? It was an officer who arrived first. Who took the petrified boy in his arms and draped him in the long armed coat of the law and said “It’s over. There’s nothing left to be afraid of.” And he was right. The world ended that night for Bruce Allen. There was nothing left to fear. There was only time. Endless waves on the ocean of history to relive the tides of anguish that would return. And somewhere, deep inside the soul of a child, a vow was made without knowing it. From that point on, he would always be prepared. No matter what.
He advanced in school quickly. So quickly that he broke through the barrier of grade levels. But it wasn’t just his academic brain. At 12 he was a junior in high scho…
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CARRION

SCENE 1: GREEN STUFF
DOG BARKING IN THE DISTANCE AMID THE SOUND OF PLAYING CHILDREN. 
DOG EATING NOISE
CHASE:  “No, Pharaoh. Don’t eat it. Stop. Back, boy!”
DOG EATING NOISE TURNS INTO LICKING CHOPS NOISE AND FINALLY BECOMES A STEADY PANT.
CHASE:  “Oh my god, Lester. What is it?”
CELL PHONE BUZZ

LESTER: “I think it’s a goat. Or was a goat... Underneath whatever that green stuff is. Ew. I dare you to touch it.”
CHASE: “Gross. No way. It’s bad enough it got on the dog. I bet it was from the carnival last week. Filthy carnies leaving their trash in the burbs. That’s probably why they travel so much. They don’t want to get buried in their own shit.”
CELL PHONE BUZZ
LESTER: “Are you going to answer that thing?

CHASE: "What? Oh, the phone. Yeah. Sorry. I forget I have it sometimes."

LESTER: "Is it Mariella?”
CHASE:  “No, it’s my Mom. Dangit. 10 missed calls and a bunch of texts. She says I gotta come home right now. I bet she’s pissed because I said I was taking Pharaoh out for a walk. Th…

WHAT FALSE HOPE THE CHORUS MAKES

What false hope the chorus makes To amend our lows to heights of greats. From sounds of vict'ry when hearts are torn, To desperate cries in final mourn.
What sweet assurance has tend'rly lied, That sustained our ills which grow inside. O blessed noise we sing in direst, For a glimpse of joy in dark arrest.
'Til midnight hum, the moans bequeath
Such truth revealed from underneath. And with crescendo the truth revealed , The battle's lost, our fate is sealed.

HAUNT OF THE MIDNIGHT ORCHID

SCENE 1: BIRTHDAY.


NARRATOR: “Inside us all is a carnal hunger. A desire that springs from the deepest fountain within our souls. Reason… Logic… Understanding… all earthly commitments become obstacles to overcome in pursuit of the grand appetite.”



THE SOUND OF RUSTLING AND CLINKING BOTTLES CAN BE HEARD AS IF SOMEONE IS MOVING OBJECTS OUT OF THE WAY.

DAVID: "Please forgive me."




DOOR SWINGS OPEN VIOLENTLY. A GIRL GASPS.

GWEN: (UNSETTLED) "Dad! What are you doing?"


DAVID:
"I'm sorry, Gwen. I have to..."


GWEN: (BEGGING) "No! You can't! Put down the knife and get out."


DAVID:
"Just one cut..."


EXAGERATED SMACKING/LICKING OF LIPS


GWEN: "You'll ruin everything!"



THE GIRL’S TONE INTENSIFIES A WITH A WIMPER …