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MATURE THEMES AND VIOLENCE

When a drifter wanders into a small town - things may get a little... hairy.

Written by Julie Hoverson

Cast List Marjorie Baines - Violet Crestley Lou Garreau - Reynaud LeBoeuf Edith Baines - Eleice Krawiec Dennis Cooperman - David Collins-Rivera (Lostinbronx) Skitch - Justin Grubbs Children - Katy and Athena

Music by Thomas Cusack / [Leafy Lane Productions] Editing and Sound: Julie Hoverson and Justin Charles [1st Draft Productions] Cover Design: Charles Austin Miller

"What kind of a place is it? Why it's small town in wartime in the middle of the last century, can't you tell?"

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Loup Noir

Cast:

[Opening credits - Olivia]

Lou Garreau, forlorn drifter

MARJORIE Baines, precocious teen

Edith Baines, mom

Skitch, thug

Officer Dennis Cooperman, Mom’s old flame

OLIVIA Did you have any trouble finding it? What do you mean, what kind of a place is it? Why, it's a small town street, during world war two, can't you tell?

MUSIC

AMB BIRDS, PUSH LAWNMOWER, DISTANT RADIO

MARJORIE [reading, in a gruff voice] How can you have no pity for me, oh my Beauty? [high voice] But it is my father! He is dying!--

LOU [clears his throat] I'm sorry to--

CHILDREN [surprised noises]

MARJORIE Oh! [to a child] Here, hold the place in the book.

SOUND GETS TO HER FEET

MARJORIE Do you need some help, mister?

LOU Uh. I'm looking for a Mr. Baines?

MARJORIE Father? He's not here right now.

LOU [deeply disappointed] Oh. Will he be back soon?

MARJORIE [sadly] He's... been dead for three years.

LOU [resigned] Oh. You wouldn’t happen to have a brother, would you?

MARJORIE James. Yes. Why?

LOU Is HE around?

MARJORIE Overseas. Marines There's no way to know when he'll be back.

LOU [heavy sigh] Thanks.

SOUND STARTS TO WALK AWAY

MARJORIE Were you a friend of father's?

LOU [rueful laugh, low] We've never met. [up] Where's the cheapest place to stay around here?

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

SOUND LIGHTBULB CHAIN CLICKS ON, DANCES

LOU [groan of pain and waking]

DENNIS [whispered] Are you ready to talk yet?

LOU [mumbled] Talk about what?

DENNIS Talk about what you are.

LOU What am I?

DENNIS [hissed] You’re a monster.

SOUND SLAP

MUSIC

AMB PARK

SOUND PAPER FOLDING

MARJORIE [coming on] Oh, hello! Sorry, I never got your name.

SOUND PAPER CRUMPLES

LOU Lewis. Lewis Garreau [gah-ROH]. Lou. And you're a miss Baines?

MARJORIE Marjorie. Why were you looking for my dad? Did he owe you money?

LOU [taken aback] I-um-- No. It's --private.

MARJORIE You don't have to treat me like some kind of kid. I'm almost old enough to drive.

LOU [quiet rueful laugh]

MARJORIE What's that you made? A bird?

SOUND PAPER

LOU It's a crane.

MARJORIE Hmm. Nice. But mister, your crane - it ain't got no legs.

LOU It's flying.

MARJORIE Can't fly forever.

LOU I suppose that depends on whether there's a good place to land.

MARJORIE Minds me. Did you find a place to land?

LOU Miss Mason was full up.

MARJORIE What're you gonna do, then?

LOU Move along. Sleep in the park. Done both often enough.

MARJORIE Must be nice to sleep out under the stars.

LOU [strange] And the moon.

MARJORIE Not much of a moon tonight. [looking up] Is it just me or is it sort of strange when it does that - hanging like a big old smile in the middle of the bright blue sky?

LOU There's plenty of strange things about the moon. [sigh] Run along home, kid. Don’t you know better than to talk to strange men?

MARJORIE Hmph. If you're going to be that way--

LOU I am.

MARJORIE [angry] Hmph.

SOUND STORMS OFF, WALKING ON LEAVES

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

SOUND SLAP

DENNIS Just own up to it.

LOU [resigned but in pain] To what?

DENNIS What you did to that kid.

LOU What kid?

DENNIS You were there when we found the body, you bastard.

LOU oh...

SOUND SLAP

MUSIC

AMB PARK

MARJORIE [muttering, huffy] Treating me like I'm some sort of child. Who does he think he--

SOUND RUSTLE IN THE BUSHES

MARJORIE [gasp]

SOUND SHE STOPS, THEN STARTS TO RUN

SOUND RUSTLE, THUMP AS SHE RUNS INTO SOMEONE

MARJORIE [gasp]

SKITCH Hey Marjie. Need someone to walk you home?

MARJORIE Let go of me, Skitch!

SKITCH What if I don't wanna? Maybe I need someone to lean on.

MARJORIE You just want to push me over!

SKITCH Don't knock it til you try it.

MARJORIE [trying to sound tough] Let go, or I'll--

SOUND A COUPLE OF STEPS, THEN THUMP AGAINST A TREE

MARJORIE [gasp]

SKITCH You will, will you? Tell you what, give me a kiss and I might let you go.

MARJORIE Kiss? You?? I'd rather kiss a dog.

SKITCH Oh, you like dogs, do you? Dog-style's fine with me-- [starts panting like a dog]

SOUND RUSTLE, BODY FALL

MARJORIE [starts to scream, muffled]

SOUND STRUGGLE

LOU Get off her, you punk!

SKITCH Find your own rabbit, grampa.

MARJORIE [still struggling]

LOU [almost a growl] Take a hike!

SOUND SKITCH GETS UP, MARJORIE RUNS AWAY

SKITCH [incredulous] You wanna rumble? [laughs] I only fight guys my own age.

LOU [still growly] Why? Scared?

SKITCH [a little uncertain now] No! [conciliatory] Look, pops, it was just a bit of fun. No harm done.

LOU A little late to apologize. [Yah! noise as he throws a punch]

SOUND FIGHT BEGINS, FADES INTO

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

SOUND SLAP

DENNIS How does it feel to crush the life out of someone?

LOU [uncertain] I...I didn’t.

DENNIS And who else could it'a been? You ride into town and just by coincidence, something horrible like this happens? No sale, bub.

LOU [moan]

DENNIS That nose looks bad. Gonna need to be set.

LOU It doesn’t matter.

DENNIS Here. I’ll straighten it.

SOUND JUICY CRACKING NOISE

LOU [howl of agony]

MUSIC

AMB PARK

LOU Ouch! [hiss of pain]

SOUND FEET ON LEAVES APPROACH SLOWLY

LOU Go away.

MARJORIE No. You need a handkerchief or something? I studied first aid last year.

LOU I'm fine.

MARJORIE [insisting] Here. Did he bite you? [joking] You gotta watch out, that dingbat's got rabies.

LOU [low, bitter laugh] It's nothing.

MARJORIE Why were you looking for my father?

LOU I - I promised to bring him a message.

MARJORIE Maybe my mom--?

LOU No, no... I'll just move along. Maybe when your brother comes home.

MARJORIE Oh, come on--

EDITH [off] Marjie? Marjie?

MARJORIE [triumph] Too late! [up] Over here! [back to him] Come on. If nothing else, you'll get dinner out of it.

EDITH [coming in] Marjie? What are you doing? [a little wary] Who's this?

MARJORIE This is Lou, mother. He chased off Skitch.

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS Noses bleed like a sonofabitch, don’t they? [sniffs at his bloody hand, disgusted noise]

LOU [juicy sniff of pain]

DENNIS [backs off a bit] Think those ropes will hold you there for a while? I spose I might have some chains somewhere.

LOU [sniff again] Why?

DENNIS [harsh] Because I know what you are.

MUSIC

AMB DINNER

EDITH Since you’re the guest, Lou, would you like to say grace?

LOU [uncomfortable mumble] I’m not used to being so formal, Mrs. Baines.

EDITH Edith.

MARJORIE Oh, I’m sure you’ll do it just fine.

EDITH "Very well."

MARJORIE Huh?

EDITH “Just fine” isn’t proper English, Miss Marjorie Baines.

MARJORIE Sorry, mother.

LOU [murmurs something quickly] Amen.

EDITH [consternation] oh! Amen.

MARJORIE [satisfied] Amen.

SOUND A MOMENT OF SERVING, EATING

EDITH We’re not really used to having company, Lou. Will it bother you if we talk at the table?

LOU [bewildered] uh - No?

EDITH Thank you. [serious] Marjie, what was that you were saying about Scottie?

MARJIE [sigh, rolls eyes] Skitch, mother. He stopped answering to Scottie simply ages ago.

EDITH You said Lou ... [trying not to sound too worried] chased him off?

MARJIE [losing her bravado] Yeah. He was being ... pushy again.

LOU I – I don’t think he’s likely to bother you again any time soon.

MARJIE Oh? Did you wallop him good?

EDITH Good gracious, Marjie, sometimes I simply do not know what to say about your treatment of the English language!

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS You think the police don’t notice when an – an animal like you creeps into town and right off bad things start to happen?

LOU The bad things were here before I was. Nothing you do’s gonna change that.

DENNIS Shut UP!

SOUND SLAP

LOU [Ung]

DENNIS Don’t go passing out on me, now. [beat] You still in there?

LOU [gurgle]

DENNIS [mock sympathy] Yeah. I know. We’ll think of something to make this better.

LOU [gurgling whisper] Don’t... don’t kill me.

DENNIS Now why would I want to kill you? I want something from you.

LOU [suspicious] What?

MUSIC

AMB DINNER

EDITH So, Lou, tell us something about yourself.

LOU Not much to tell. Been ... wandering.

MARJORIE "Looking for", or "looking away"?

EDITH Marjie!

MARJORIE It’s from a song, mother. It’s poetical.

LOU A little of both, I guess. Ain’t no one makes it to ...where I am... without a few regrets.

EDITH Have you ever thought about setting down some roots?

LOU Nah. [uncomfortable mumble] Ain’t no place would have me.

EDITH What's so terrible about you?

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS See, I want to understand. To know what makes you tick, ya freak.

LOU You couldn't understand. Not in a million years.

DENNIS Well, we don't got a million years. Just a couple of hours til night falls, eh?

LOU Why do you--? [disgusted noise, realizing] You know? No! You want it! [horrified laughter] You think it would be fun!

DENNIS I think it would be... useful.

MUSIC

AMB CRICKETS and FROGS, OUTSIDE

EDITH I hope you don't mind, Lou. I don't really have any place to put you inside. But it's a fine night, and Rolf's hammock is very comfortable, and the back yard is--

LOU [uncomfortable whisper] I'm very grateful.

EDITH Here's some blankets. Even a fine night can get chilly.

LOU Thanks.

EDITH [hesitant pause, then] Marjorie said-- said you were looking for Rolf?

LOU Your husband? Yes.

EDITH Why?

LOU [sigh] Someone way back in my family did something to someone in his family, so we owed him. [quickly explaining] It's not money - I mean, look at me.

EDITH Oh. No, I didn't think-- I was just wondering if maybe you knew him. [nervous now] I should get inside, Make sure Marjorie's all ready for bed.

SOUND A FEW STEPS, CREAK OF HAMMOCK ROPES

EDITH [off] Goodnight.

LOU Night. [sigh]

MUSIC

AMB OUTSIDE, NIGHT

LOU [muttering, grunting, in the throes of a nightmare]

SOUND DISTANT FRANTIC WHINNY OF A HORSE

SOUND WOLF HOWLS, VASTLY DISTORTED AND DISTANT

SOUND HUNTING DOGS

SOUND HEAVY BREATHING, UP CLOSE

SOUND GUN SHOTS

MUSIC

AMB [morning birds sneak in]

MARJORIE [voice blurring into dream] Lou! Wake up!

LOU [waking with a roar, which turns into a noise of surprise as he falls out of the hammock] [then, muffled] Ouch.

MARJORIE [stifling a laugh] Sorry! You were having a nightmare. I thought it would be better to wake you up.

LOU [still muffled] Sorry. [getting up] I didn't hurt you, did I?

EDITH [off] Everything all right?

MARJORIE [walking off, still grinning] He's not used to a hammock. Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

LOU [slight chuckle]

SOUND DOG NEARBY STARTS TO BARK, WON'T STOP

EDITH [from off] Come on in, I've got breakfast on! I wonder what's got into Rufus?

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS So how does it ... work?

LOU It doesn't.

DENNIS [calmly reasonable] I could probably break your nose a few more times.

LOU It's never going to happen.

DENNIS I'll get it out of you, even if I have to bite you.

MUSIC

AMB PARK

SOUND WALKING

MARJORIE Thanks for walking me. Skitch has been ... weird recently.

LOU Weird?

MARJORIE [heavy sigh] Creepy. Grabby.

LOU You sure you don't want your mother to talk to his folks?

MARJORIE I don't want to get him in trouble. [quiet] His dad beats him up bad. Scottie used to be okay. Almost a friend. Now he's - [firm] now he's just a creep.

LOU Nice is one thing, but you gotta look out for yourself.

MARJORIE Yeah. [long moment of silence as they walk] What was it you wanted to talk to my dad about?

LOU Just something from way back. Something about his family. [painful lie] Nothing that ... can't ... wait.

MARJORIE Is it something about werewolves?

LOU [taken completely by surprise] uh-- what?

MARJORIE I only ask cuz papa always talked about great granpapa and the old country. And how he used to be a big hunter.

LOU [trying to sound disbelieving] Of... werewolves?

MARJORIE That's what he always said.

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS So. How does it work?

LOU You'd have to kill me to find out.

DENNIS Let's save that for later.

LOU What time is it?

DENNIS Couple of hours yet. That is, if you're waiting for ...dark.

LOU I got nothing to look forward to.

DENNIS Why did you come here, to this town, anyway?

MUSIC

AMB PARK

LOU [doubtful] Your ...family hunts werewolves?

MARJORIE Well, not nowadays. I don't think there's any werewolves left. No place left to hide in the modern world.

LOU [down] Yeah.

MARJORIE Sides, doesn’t take a great hunter to kill stuff any more. [beat] Now that we have grenades.

LOU [snort of laughter]

MARJORIE Hey, you can laugh! I thought maybe that was broken.

LOU Just on the fritz.

SOUND HE STOPS. SHE STOPS

MARJORIE [laughing] what? [serious] what?

LOU Don't ignore this Skitch kid. Seriously.

MARJORIE Well I wouldn't say I IGNORE him--

LOU I can see you want to be kind, but what about the next girl?

MARJORIE Next?

LOU You think you're really the only one?

MARJORIE B-but Scotty--

LOU There are things that can turn even the nicest guy into an animal.

MARJORIE [weakly] Like a werewolf?

LOU Werewolves are rare. Very rare. But angry, mean, dangerous boys are common.

DENNIS [controlled anger] Morning, Marjie. You need a hand with anything?

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

LOU How do you think you know anything?

DENNIS This.

SOUND SET SOMETHING DOWN

LOU That was--

DENNIS THAT bullet hit a strange "wolf" in the woods last night. But I didn't find it out in the woods.

LOU No. [sigh] You think this is something you could control, don't you?

DENNIS I got self control.

MUSIC

AMB WOODS

MARJORIE Morning, Deputy Cooperman.

DENNIS [acknowledging] Marjie. And this is--?

MARJORIE Lewis. He was a friend of dad's.

DENNIS [hostile] New in town?

LOU [trying to stay quiet] Just passing through.

DENNIS Were they expecting you?

MARJORIE Goodness. Listen to you, like he's a suspect or something. Maybe you should be doing something more useful, like looking for Skitch.

DENNIS [disdain] Skitch?

MARJORIE Scott Jorgenson.

DENNIS And I should be looking for him, why?

MARJORIE [backing off] He just - It's not that I want you to arrest him or something. He just was bugging me out here yesterday.

LOU He grabbed her while she was out here alone.

DENNIS I'll keep that in mind.

MARJORIE [moving away] Come on Lou - I don't want to be late for Joan's birthday party.

SOUND THEY WALK AWAY

MARJORIE [calling back over her shoulder] Bye, Deputy Cooperman!

SOUND

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS You gotta have self control to be a lawman.

LOU You're a sheriff's deputy.

SOUND SLAP

DENNIS AND when Sheriff Bonaventure is out of town, I'm in charge. [backs off a bit] Look, I can think of all sorts of ways to hurt you. But I've been reading a couple of books from the library, and they all agree that it's a bite - you biting me - that will give me what I want.

LOU No.

DENNIS You're not going to bite me? Oh, there's ways.

LOU [yelling] It's not like that. It's not goddamn tetanus or snakebite!

DENNIS Then tell me what it is like. Enlighten me.

LOU [very serious and heavy with meaning] It is a curse.

MUSIC

AMB DINNER TABLE

EDITH Should we wait dinner for Marjorie, do you think?

LOU Joan's mother said she would drive all the girls home.

EDITH Do you-- do you think Skitch is a danger? I wish Rolf - or James - was here.

LOU James is your son?

EDITH [heavy emotion] Yes.

LOU Marjorie sounded real proud that he's in the marines.

EDITH [breaks down crying]

LOU What - what's wrong?

EDITH [sobbing] He's dead.

LOU [stunned, but hesitant] Your husband?

EDITH [wail] James!

LOU [crushed] oh ...hell. [realizes] Oh. Uh. Would you-- like a shoulder? I don't mean anything by it--

EDITH [crying] Thank you. [buries her sobs in his shoulder]

LOU [trying to be comforting] There, there.

SOUND DOORBELL

LOU Maybe that's Marjorie?

EDITH [quickly calming, but strained] She would just come in.

SOUND WALKS TO DOOR

EDITH [gasp, then very important] Marjie doesn't know. About James. I got the telegram two weeks ago, and I just haven't - I can't --

LOU Your secret is safe with me.

EDITH Thank you.

SOUND OPENS DOOR

DENNIS Evening, Edith.

EDITH [surprised] Evening, Dennis. Is there a problem? [gasp, panic rising] Did something happen to Marjie?

DENNIS Nothing like that. I just wanted to check in and make sure you're doing Okay.

LOU [low rumble] We ran into the deputy in the woods on the way to the party. [tightly controlled] He was concerned.

DENNIS Can we talk, Edith? Alone?

EDITH Dennis. I'm not ready. Really.

DENNIS [hiding anger] Not about that. About you having strangers in the house with an impressionable girl like Marjorie.

EDITH [angry now] I'll raise my daughter the way I see fit! I don't need your help on that score.

DENNIS Edith, I--

EDITH I don't think we have anything else to discuss, Deputy Cooperman. We were just about to eat dinner. Good evening.

SOUND SHUTS DOOR

EDITH That ... [quiet but intense] ASS.

LOU What did he do to annoy you so bad?

EDITH Oh... He tried to marry me, way back when.

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

LOU Can I have some water?

DENNIS Tell me something first.

LOU What?

DENNIS [shrug] Anything. [excited] Just tell me SOMETHING about what it's like!

LOU It's a curse. It isn't fun.

DENNIS How can you say that? To have the power of life and death right in the palm of your hand!

LOU A gun gives you that.

DENNIS Yeah, but a gun - people go looking for a gun. But with an animal. They just shake their heads and say how sad. No one LOOKS.

LOU Not for the first one. Maybe even the first two. But what do you do when it's the 10th or 20th, or hundredth body to turn up mauled?

DENNIS You have to plan. That's all.

LOU That's part of the problem. You can't plan.

MUSIC

SOUND OUTSIDE, PORCH SWING

LOU How'd he end up a deputy, anyway?

EDITH 4-F. Too short. Everyone else went... away. [starts to cry again, quietly]

LOU Shh. Here.

EDITH It means a lot to have - to have someone to lean on. Just the comfort. It's so--

LOU Yeah, I know. [gently teasing] I won't try and marry you or anything.

EDITh [small sniffly chuckle]

SOUND FEET APPROACH

EDITH Oh goodness.

SOUND RUSTLE AS THEY PART

SOUND FEET ON STAIRS

MARJORIE [teasing] Gosh. Setting a bad example?

LOU Cold. I mean your mother was.

EDITH [a little too fast] Yes.

MARJORIE Goodness gracious! I'm just tickled to find out you're still a human being in there, mother.

LOU [embarrassed laugh]

EDITH [brisk, covering] I think it's time to turn in.

MUSIC

AMBIANCE GARAGE

DENNIS [chuckles] I'm a really good planner. I can handle it.

LOU You don't understand! It's not YOU any more. There's this ... agony, and then you wake up. You're not even a passenger on that train!

DENNIS What?

LOU It's like - like you send your camera on vacation in your place, and when it comes back, the pictures fade slowly in. You never get everything, just glimpses. And it's always the worst things you did. ALWAYS.

DENNIS You're just trying to put me off.

LOU [fierce!] NO! I would LOVE to see you suffer the way I have!! If it weren't that people would die, I would gladly pass this burden on to you.

DENNIS Only bad people.

LOU When you're - like that - every person looks the same. Meat.

MUSIC

AMB BREAKFAST

MARJORIE I hope you don't mind. Mother had to help with something at the church, so I cooked.

LOU Smells good.

MARJORIE Are you thinking of dating my mom?

LOU I... can't.

MARJORIE Whyever not?

LOU I have to move on.

MARJORIE Right away?

LOU Before the end of the week.

MARJORIE Hunting a werewolf?

LOU [sigh] Something.

MARJORIE Tell me.

LOU Don't get it into your head that you're gonna hunt werewolves, young lady.

MARJORIE Of course not. But I want to know.

LOU [indecisive grunt, eats]

MARJORIE [overly casual] Are you a werewolf?

LOU [spit take, then quiet] Yes.

MARJORIE [serious] Did you come here for dad to kill you?

SOUND HE SETS DOWN THE SILVERWARE

LOU [quiet but firm] Yes.

MARJORIE Why dad? Just cause of granpapa?

LOU Your family. It's - this is a curse. I mean the werewolf. And whoever kills the holder of the curse will be cursed in turn.

MARJORIE You killed one?

LOU A long time ago. And the only people who can kill a werewolf without being cursed are your father's family.

MARJORIE Oh, golly.

LOU So I'll go away and check back later--

MARJORIE My brother's dead.

LOU Uh-- Yeah. Your mother told me.

MARJORIE So that leaves just ...me?

LOU I couldn't do that to you.

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

DENNIS Just because you can't control yourself--

LOU You don't think I've tried?

DENNIS I am a lawman.

LOU I don't see a lot of justice right here.

DENNIS You're an animal, not a man.

LOU Kill me, then.

DENNIS I'm sure I'll have to. Eventually.

SOUND PHONE RINGS, DISTANT

DENNIS Oh, heck. [laughs, teasing] Don't go anywhere.

SOUND DENNIS LEAVES

LOU Hah. Ouch.

SOUND TAP ON GLASS

LOU What?

SOUND OUTSIDE DOOR OPENS, MARJORIE SLIPS IN

MARJORIE Oh my gosh! What did he do to you?

LOU Get out of here!

MARJORIE No way! At least I can get these knots undone.

LOU It's almost dusk!

MARJORIE [realizing] Oh! But you wouldn't hurt me!

LOU I would never. But IT doesn't care.

MARJORIE What can I do?

LOU Go home. And if you never see me again, but you... hear... howling--?

MARJORIE What?

LOU If it's not me, it'll be him.

SOUND DOORKNOB TURNS

MARJORIE I'll be back!

SOUND SHE OPENS OUTSIDE DOOR

LOU [SCREAMS, FIGHTING TO GET LOOSE, AND DISTRACT DENNIS AS HE ENTERS]

MUSIC

AMB BREAKFAST

MARJORIE But that leaves you... What will you do?

LOU Try and stay away from people, as much as I can.

MARJORIE Is it that bad?

LOU Yes. But no matter how bad it gets, I'd rather suffer it myself than leave someone else to go through it. At least I'm used to it.

MARJORIE What if you killed yourself?

LOU You don't need to fill your head with these morbid ideas.

MARJORIE Hush. What about it?

LOU I can't. I've tried. Over and over. If I even start, it takes over. That's one of the only times the wolf comes - except the full moon.

MUSIC

AMB GARAGE

LOU [Howls]

DENNIS [excited] Is it starting?

LOU No!

DENNIS Damn. I want to watch.

LOU No. You don't.

DENNIS Yeah. I do. [beat] You know what's funny?

LOU Donald duck.

DENNIS Hah. Hah. What's funny is that phone call I just got - Apparently Scott Jorgenson's dad just sobered up and turned himself in for beating his own damn kid to death.

LOU Yeah. That's real funny.

DENNIS So I got nothing to even blame you for.

LOU I suppose that means you're gonna untie me any minute.

DENNIS Uh... no.

LOU Aw, shucks.

DENNIS [deep breath] Getting late. Guess it's time for the chains.

LOU You want to know the secret?

DENNIS Yeah!?

LOU Come closer.

DENNIS Yeah?

LOU Real close.

DENNIS [a little suspicious] Really?

LOU I have to whisper.

DENNIS What?

LOU [rra!]

SOUND BITE, RIP

DENNIS [scream!]

SOUND ROPES CREAK, WOOD SPLINTERS

LOU [rough, growl] It's starting!

DENNIS Oh my god!

LOU [agony noises]

SOUND HORRIBLE SHAPE SHIFTING NOISES

DENNIS [freaking out]

SOUND GUN SHOTS

LOU [hit, expires]

DENNIS Huh. [touches his bite, hiss of pain]

SOUND CREAKY FLESH NOISE

DENNIS What?

SOUND BONE CRACKS

DENNIS [pain!] oww!

SOUND DROPS GUN, BEGINS TO FLOP AROUND THE ROOM

SOUND DOOR CREAKS OPEN

DENNIS [howls!]

SOUND HORRIBLE SHAPESHIFTING NOISES

SOUND GUN PICKED UP

DENNIS [almost unintelligible] Self control! I can... control... [disintegrates into a howl]

SOUND GUNSHOT

DENNIS [pain]

MARJORIE [crying] Oh! [Unh! exertion noise when she shoots]

SOUND GUN SHOT

DENNIS [yelp of pain, then angry growl]

SOUND NAILS ON CONCRETE, HE STARTS TO MOVE

MARJORIE No! Unh!

SOUND GUNSHOT

DENNIS [yelp! Expires]

SOUND WOLF FALLS

SOUND 2 more shots, then clicks.

SOUND SILENCE

MARJORIE No more nightmares, Lou.

SOUND OPENS THE DOOR

MARJORIE Not for you, anyway.

SOUND SHUTS THE DOOR

MUSIC

NIGHTMARE SEQUENCE, VERY MUCH LIKE LOU'S

MARJORIE [wakes with a gasp]

SOUND DOOR, FOOTSTEPS

AMB KITCHEN, COOKING

EDITH Honey? You look dreadful. Are you feeling all right?

MARJORIE I think we need to have a talk, mom. About my father.

END

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