CARRION (radio scriot)





 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. That was…2 hours ago. Shit! Gotta run. See ya, Lester.

RUNNING  FOOTSTEPS AND DOG BARKING FADES.



SCENE 2: THE DEAL

TODDLER CRYING

ALLYSON: “CHASE! Get your ass in this house right now! You just ran off and wouldn’t answer my texts or calls. Where were you?”

CHASE: “Sorry, Mom. I took Pharaoh for a walk and ran into Lester. I guess I lost track of time.”

ALLYSON: “Here. Take your brother.

CHASE: Hey, CORY. How you doing buddy?

CORY: I have a ouchie.

CHASE:   “Oh. Looks like you fell and scrapped your knee. Your big brother will get you a band aid.”

 DOG LICKING NOISE


                                               
ALLYSON: “Stop it, Pharaoh… no licking. Leave CORY alone.

CHASE:  “Come on. He’s just trying to help. They say dog’s clean wounds by licking them.”

ALLYSON: “Ugh. If that’s true, the way he licks his butt must mean he has some wicked hemoroids.”

THEY BOTH LAUGH


“The reason I was calling you is because I have to pick up another shift and Aunty Trish can’t watch Cory so I need your help tonight. You need to give Cory a bath and put him to bed. That’s it.

CHASE: “Are you gonna pay me?

ALLYSON: “CHASE. Come on. I already pay you. The deal was you start helping out more around here and I get you a cell phone. A cell phone you’re supposed to answer when I call. “

CHASE: “I said I’m sorry. But the deal was for stuff like taking Pharaoh for walks, washing dishes and taking out the trash… not babysitting. Lester’s sister gets $10 an hour plus pizza.

ALLYSON: “Huh. Maybe I should start babysitting too. Fine… I’ll order you a pizza, but no cash.
                                                           
CHASE: “Deal”

ALLYSON:  “And I’ll be checking in on you through the night so you better answer when I call you.”

CHASE: “Don’t worry. I got this.”


SCENE 3: NEWS

INDISTINGUISHABLE TV IN BACKGROUND


CORY: “I tired. I want to go to bed.

CHASE: “It’s not time for bed yet. Why don't you go play Batman.”

CORY: “I’m itchy.”

CHASE:  “Well after pizza I’ll give you a bath, okay?”

 SCRATCHING NOISE

CHASE: “Jeez. Don’t scratch it. You’re gonna pick off your scab you little monster. (spoken playfully)

 CORY LAUGHS. PHONE RINGS.
 “Lester! What’s up?

LESTER: “Dude, what are you doin’? Did you hear about the carnival?”

CHASE: “No. I’m watching CORY. Why? What happened?”

LESTER: “It’s all over the news. The animals went nuts and ate everyone or something.”

CHASE:  “No way!

LESTER:  “For real. We gotta check it out.”

CHASE:   I can’t leave but  I’m turning the news on now.”

NEWS ANCHOR: “…Tragic scene where 13 people have been killed and 22 have been critically injured. The incident occurred while traveling from Wheeling to Petersburg, when the driver of an animal transportation vehicle suffered a seizure which lead to a crash. The trailer detached from the truck and tipped over, spilling over 50 animals who began to attack bystanders and each other. Police are on the scene, as rescue and recovery efforts are underway. It is unknown, as of yet, what caused such a violent reaction by the animals, but it has been reported that they appeared badly injured and infected with oozing green sores. They’re calling it the Carrion Creep.


DOORBELL RINGS


CHASE: “Look, Lester, I need to go...”


SCENE 4: GREEN


NEWS ON IN THE BACKGROUND. TODDLER CRYING.DOORBELL RINGING. DOG BARKING


CHASE: “Easy Pharaoh. Down boy. Get in the laundry room. Go!”

DOORBELL RINGS AGAIN. DOG BARKS MORE AGGRESSIVELY. CHASE GRUNTS AS HE PUTS DOG IN A ROOM. DOOR CLOSES. DOG BARKS IN DISTANCE. HURRIED FOOTSTEPS. PHONE BUZZING.

“Hold on! I’m coming! C’mon CORY, the pizza is here.”

CORY: “PIZZA!”

DOOR OPENS


PIZZA GUY: “Hey. Large thin crust with pepperoni?”

CHASE:  "Yeah. That’s us."

PIZZA GUY:  "Cool. And looks like it was paid for over the phone. So we’re all set. Is everything alright in here?”

CHASE: “Yeah. Sorry about that. My Dog’s never like that. Must be getting old.

PIZZA GUY: “It’s cool. And who is this little guy? What’s happening little dude? Is your big brother taking good care of you tonight?”

CORY:                                   “Yeah.”

PIZZA GUY:                         “Cool. You guys coloring? I bet green is your favorite color. Looks like you missed the paper a little.

CHASE: “What? We weren’t drawing. Holy SHIT! CORY, your leg is green. Shit. Shit. Shit. I’m sorry man. I gotta go. Thanks for the pizza.”

SLAMS DOOR.

“No… No… No… C’mon CORY. You need to take a bath right now and I need to call Mom.





TURNS WATER ON. STARTS DIALING. PHONE RINGING IN THE HEADSET.


 "Pickup… Pick up...”

ALLYSON: “Hi. You’ve reached the voicemail box of Allyson Dorian. Please leave a message and I’ll call you right back.”

BEEP

CHASE: Hey, Mom. Something’s wrong with Cory’s leg. It’s all green where he scrapped himself. I’m gonna see if I can wash it off. Call me back as soon as you get this.”

HANG UP BEEP. TODLER CRYING. DOG BARKING IN THE DISTANCE.


CORY: (tired)“No bath, Chase.”

CHASE:  “Yes bath. We need to wash off whatever is one you.

CORY:  “No. No bath.”

CHASE:  “You have to be strong like Batman. It’ll be fast. A quick one. I swear. And then you can have a band aid and pizza.

CORY: “No pizza.”

CHASE:  “Fine. Just a band aid then.”

CORY: “No. I don’t want to. I don’t want to.”

WATER POURING INTO TUB. CRYING INTENSIFIES. DOG BARKING IN THE DISTANCE. DIALING NUMBER AGAIN. RINGING IN HEADSET.

ALLYSON: “Hi. You’ve reached the voicemail box of Allyson Dorian. Please leave a message and I’ll call you right back.”
                                                                        BEEP

CHASE: “Mom. I’m really worried. Please answer or come home. I don’t know what this is but CORY is screaming and his leg is all green. I need you.”

HANG UP BEEP. WATER POURING INTO TUB STOPS.

 “Okay. Okay. Let’s get you in the tub buddy.”

CORY: “No.    

CHASE:  “You need to. Please. Remember, be like Batman.”

CORY:  “No… Nooooo… Owie. Owie.”

CHASE:  “It’s not hot. It’s gonna hurt you.  See…I put my hand in it too. See?

WATER SWOOSHING NOISE


 “C’mon, buddy. You can do this. It’ll feel better. In you go.


TODDLER CRY GOES FROM SAD/SCARED TO IN PAIN


 “Oh my god. Oh my god. Where is that blood coming from? Sit still little buddy. I’ll try to clean it off. The green isn’t coming off. It’s not…

TODDLER SCREAMS IN EXCUCIATING PAIN. CHASE CRIES IN FEAR.


“Fuck. Is that blood? Oh my god. Oh Shit… Shit… Shit. It’s okay, Cory. It’s gonna be okay. Be Batman. Be Batman...

TODDLER CRYING HYSTERICALLY STOPS SUDDENLY

CHASE: “Cory? CORY? No! Wake up buddy. C’mon. Okay… Okay… Let’s get you out.”

FRANTIC PANTING LEADS TO DEEP BREATHS.. DOG BARKING IN THE BACKGROUND.

“Oh shit. It’s all green and decaying. Call help. Call help..”

STARTS DIALING. PHONE RINGING IN THE HEADSET. CALL IS PICKED UP.

911 OPPORATOR:  “9.1.1. what is your emergency?

CHASE: “It’s my little brother. His leg it green and bleeding. I think it’s the Carrion Creep disease.

911 OPPORATOR:  (Sighs) Look. We’ve had about 50 calls come in, in the last 5 minutes after the news. This happens all the time. People think they have a disease because they heard about it on TV.

CHASE:  No. You have to listen to me. It’s not a prank. I’m not making it up. I tried washing it off but it got worse and now he’s passed out.”

911 OPPORATOR: “Where is he at?”

CHASE:  “I’m holding him in the bathroom at home.”

911 OPPORATOR: “Is he breathing?”

CHASE:  “Yes. But his leg looks like it’s about to fall off.”

911 OPPORATOR: "Where are you at?

CHASE: "I’m at 903 W. Northeastern. Just south of Main."

PHONE BUZZING

  "My Mom is calling me. I have to answer."


911 OPPORATOR: “Do not answer. Keep me on the phone.”

PHONE BUZZING CONTINUES


CHASE:  “No. I need to answer.”

PHONE BUZZING CONTINUES

911 OPPORATOR:             “Do not answer. Help is on the way. I need you to put pressure on the wound.

CHASE:                                 “Okay. I have to set him down. Hold on…

THUMP NOISE

 Oh my god, his leg fell off. He’s bleeding. I need help. There’s blood everywhere.

 PHONE BUZZING CONTINUES

“I have to… I have to go… I… Oh my God.

CRYING HYSTERICALLY. CLICK.

 “Mom! Mom!  It’s Cory. He’s sick. He’s dying Mom. I don’t know what to do.

ALLYSON: (In shock) What? Don’t joke with me Chase!
                                                                       
CHASE STILL CRYING HYSTERICALLY
SIRENS APPROACHING


CHASE: “I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry. I’m trying to help him. The ambulance is on the way.

KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.


EMT: “Hello. Is there an emergency?”

CHASE: (OFF) “YES! We’re in here!  (Back on the phone)They’re here. I have to go. Come home, Momma. Please.”


SCENE 5: LAUNDRY ROOM

KEYS RATTLING

ALLYSON: “CHASE! CORY! Oh my God. Is this blood? CHASE!

DESPERATE WIMPERING

“Please come out. If this is a joke, I need to know. I won’t be mad. I swear. Just come out.”

DESPERATE WIMPERING CONTINUES… 
SNIFFLING.SCATCHING NOISES

“What is that? Chase? Chase?”

SCRATCHING INTENSIFIES.
DOOR CREAKS OPEN.


“Pharaoh?”

DOG GROWLS. DOG ATTACKS VICIOUSLY.
ALLYSON SCREAMS.


THE END.








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