A Peculiar Screenplay
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A Peculiar Screenplay

(The Verge) – 

EXT. Central New Jersey – day

We see the town’s banner that reads: “April Fool’s Day.”

INT. Tom’s Living Room – evening

Sam, a 17 year old house sitter, is quietly sitting on the couch reading a book when Tom, the single 34 year old home owner, walks through the front door after a work day.

TOM

Hello Sam.

SAM

Hey Mr. Smith.

TOM

How was your day?

SAM

Rough.

He gives her a confused look.

TOM

Speak.

SAM

Well…

TOM

Well?…

SAM

Sit.

He sits.

TOM

(sitting)

Wait, where’s Charlie?

SAM

He’s checked out. (beat) I mean he has gone to meet his maker.

TOM

Oh, Charlie loves Ms. Maker’s melons. What a good neighbor. (beat) Forget dogs, Ms. Maker’s melons are a man’s best friend. I guess I should go get him.

He stands up from couch. Sam tries to stop him.

SAM

No, he’s out back!

TOM

I thought you said he departed.

SAM

I did.

TOM

Hopefully he’s not back there digging up my daisies.

He walks to the back door.

SAM

He’s more like pushing them.

TOM

In that case he’s done for.

SAM

Pretty sure he already is.

TOM

I’ll get him.

He opens the door. Sam gets up from the couch.

SAM

Mr. Smith he’s six feet under!

Tom

He can dig all he wants. No hole is deep enough for him to hide… Charlie! Come here Charlie!

SAM

No! He’s asleep!

Tom continues peaking out the back door.

TOM

So I’ll wake him up.

SAM

He kicked the bucket!

TOM

So pick it up!

SAM

Croaked!

TOM

Pepsi!

She pauses, gives Tom a confused look. He answers.

TOM

I want Pepsi, not Coke.

She becomes frustrated.

SAM

Are you deaf?

TOM

Charlie’s dead?!

She shakes her head, annoyed.

SAM

Yes!

She turns walking away, headed for the front door. Tom follows her. She stops and turns.

SAM

Stay!

Tom stops.

TOM

But?…

SAM

Fool.

Tom looks confused.

TOM

April Fool’s?

SAM

No. (beat) Just you.

TOM

Rough.

She walks out the front door.

Fades to black.

A possible look at Tom and Sam. Image taken from: collegestudentcoach.com.

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