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TITLE (EDIT)
Family Secret
DESCRIPTION
This is a short film in the fasion of "The Twilight Zone."
[1,056 words]
AUTHOR
Nathan Weaver
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Oops; somehow I erased this. Bum wrap. I'll update it later. Right now, I'm peeved.
[December 2006]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
dansmasa3k@hotmail.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (9)
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Inbox (Short Stories) The first in a series of short horror stories. I can't say much without spoiling anything. Just check it out. [688 words] [Horror]
Inbox 2 (Short Stories) The second in the series. The roommate. [1,081 words] [Horror]
Mcdaniel's (Screenplays) "McDaniel's" is a sitcom I've been working on for a while. It revolves around characters working in a restaurant called McDaniel's. The two main characters (thus far) are Natalie and Brandy. This i... [1,776 words] [Comedy]
Noir - Sadistic (1) (Short Stories) Noir styled first-person narrative. A man beaten, recalls how he came to where he is and describes it all in a word... Sadistic. More to come. [690 words] [Crime]
Rose's Thorn: Rise And Fall Of A Hero (Novels) UPDATED 11-06-06. ADDED CHAPTERS 8-10. This is a story that is very personal to me in a lot of ways, despite it's obvious fiction. A young girl expresses herself and tells her story, as she tries t... [6,097 words] [Fantasy]
The Legend Of The Commodore: And Hell Followed With Him (Short Stories) A young boy with a talent turns fantasy to reality and becomes legend. [1,133 words] [Fantasy]
Untitled Noir Tv Pilot (Drafting) (Screenplays) Basically, Mercedes Masterson is a private detective and this the first pilot. The character comes from a film noir trilogy I'm working on. We've filmed the first, half-way through filming the secon... [998 words] [Crime]
Family Secret
Nathan Weaver

EXT. A HOUSE, NIGHT. LIGHTS are on throughout the house, the camera begins to pan in on the house.

NARRATOR VOICE OVER
The home. A coffin of secrets. What happens here stays here, unless someone grows impatient.

CAMERA pans to a window, we see JOHN and JUDY arguing and screaming at each other. It is extremely intense.

NARRATOR
Meet John and Judy. They have been married for four years. Itís been a rollercoaster of jobs and emotions. But, what John doesnít know is that Judyís family has a dirty, little secret. Every twenty-three years the family secret rears its ugly head for a few hours and then slips away. In about fifteen minutes, the clock is going to strike midnight, another twenty-three years will have passed and a family tradition will commence.

INT. HOUSE. JOHN and JUDY in the living room arguing.

JUDY
Didnít I tell you he wasnít trustworthy? Didnít I tell you not to get involved?

JOHN
Oh, yes, you are so smart.

JUDY
Well, if youíre so much smarter, then maybe you can explain to me how we are going to get out of this? We have bills to pay; how do you plan to pay them, huh?

JOHN
Iíll work it out.

JUDY
Yes, youíll work it out. Just like you worked this out!

JOHN
This is not my fault!

JUDY
I told you not to partner up with him! I told you it was a scam!

They start digging into each other, at the same time.

JOHN
Ah-ha, the almighty Judy,
She knows everything.
All I have to do is listen to
her great Wisdom.

JUDY
But you wouldnít listen to me!
I knew that man was nothing but
scum the moment I laid eyes on him.

JUDY
Stop it! Youíre not even listening.

JOHN
Of course, Iím sick of it. There was no way for any of us to know this could happen.

JUDY
I called it, though, didnít I?

JOHN
We both had a 50/50 chance. A lucky guess. Good grief, would you listen to me? I canít believe what I actually have to say to get through to you. This is so immature!

JUDY
Oh, youíre calling me immature, Mr. All Big and Mighty. Youíre so big and youíre so smart that you couldnít be told what to do. You had it all figured out. You had it all worked out. Oh, youíre so big.

JOHN
Knock it off! Thatís it. Iím sick of it. Thereís no reasoning with you. I canít take it anymore.

JOHN starts searching through a briefcase.

JUDY
Oh, youíve had it! Iím real scared!

JOHN pulls out a manila envelope and tosses it on the coffee table between them.

JUDY
Whatís in that?

JOHN
Why donít you tell me?

JUDY opens the envelope and pulls out a stack of papers. She reads a little, and then looks up.

JOHN
I want a divorce. Itís over between us. Iíve had enough. Thereís no reasoning with you. Do us both a favor and sign on the dotted line.

JUDY
No.

JOHN
What?

JUDY
NoÖ youíre not divorcing me.

JOHN
Oh, Iím not?

JUDY
I wonít give you that luxury.

JOHN
Luxury?

JUDY
You canít ruin my life and then cast me aside when youíre finished with me. I wonít allow it. (beat) Iím pregnant, Johnó

JOHN
I know you are, Judyó

JUDY
Let me finish! (beat) I am pregnant, I have a child to think of. You can ruin my life, but I wonít let you ruin my childís life, too. Weíre gonna have this, baby, youíre gonna get a good job and youíre gonna give us anything we ask for. I donít care if my baby asks you to cut your wrists, youíre gonna do it.

JOHN
Itís called child support, you greedy snob.

JUDY
Thatís right! But, youíre not getting custody, not of my baby.

JOHN
Our baby.

JUDY
NO! Sheís mine! You canít have her! Youíll never understand her like I will! Youíll never understand!

JOHN
Could you refrain from referring to our baby as a girl? We donít know the sex yet.

JUDY
(laughs sadistically) Oh, itís a girl, John. Itís a girl.

JOHN
Oh, brother, I am not even having this argument. Are you gonna sign it or not?

JUDY
Yes, Iíll sign it, but youíll never see my daughter.

JOHN
Weíll see about that.

JOHN turns and begins to walk away.

JUDY
Where do you think youíre going?

JOHN
Iím going to pack. You donít expect me to actually stay in this house after all that has happened, do you?

JUDY
Pack all you want.

JOHN goes off to their bedroom and begins packing. JUDY sits down on the coffee table, looks down and places her hand on her stomach, embracing the child within her.

JUDY
He cannot have you. Heís not family. He doesnít understand. (looks up) Heíll never understand.

JUDY turns and looks over towards the clock.

CLOSE-UP of CLOCK, it reads ď11:59 PM.Ē

CUT back to an EXTREME CLOSE-UP of JUDY, she is watching the clock. She is waiting for the moment.

CUT back to CLOCK, it changes from ď11:59 PMĒ to ď12:00 AM.Ē

CUT back to JUDY, EXTREME CLOSE-UP of face, slowly pan into the eye, tilting to one side. A change overcomes her. She tilts her head and she seems to be someone else. CUT.

INT. HALLWAY, MOMENTS LATER. JOHN comes from the bedroom with a couple of suitcases and a coat over his arm. He comes walking into the living room and sets a suitcase down when he notices the front door is open. He looks out the screen door.

JOHN
Judy, you outside? (no response, he turns back into the living room) Judy, did you sign the paperwork? (bends over to look at paperwork)

JUDY comes running from running in from a door; JOHN is bent over the coffee table. She comes running up with a shovel in hand, her hair has changed color. She reaches JOHN and hits him over the back of the head with the shovel, he tumbles over. She then proceeds to beat him repeatedly with the shovel until he stops moaning, trying to escape and falls limp. She then stops, sets the shovel aside, sits down and begins to toy with her hair using her fingers. She also has her hand on her stomach again.

JUDY
(spoken in a southern, rough voice) Welcome to the family. (she rubs her stomach) Iím your great-great grandmother. (beat) Iíll protect you. I wonít let any harm come to you, my girl. Not to you, youíre family.

CAMERA slowly zooms away from JUDY.

NARRATOR VOICE OVER
Meet Edna. Sheís the great grandmother of Judy. Sheís long since passed on, but every twenty-three years she makes her presence known again. (beat) It appears her tradition will carry on for at least another generation. (beat) Family, the tie that bindsÖ even after death.

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END

 

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 2006 Nathan Weaver
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
November 2006
NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED
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