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Soul Searcher

Family Secrets

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUING

Holly shivers as a CHILL passes through her. She turns off the CD and pulls off her headphones.

HOLLY

Althea?

Downstairs, the heavy front door SLAMS!

Holly gasps, and panics.

HOLLY

(continuing; whispering hoarsely)

Althea!

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - CONTINUING

Althea turns off her flashlight. She mumbles to herself.

ALTHEA

Please, God. Don't let this be one of them. Please.

She creeps around the corner and peers out. A heavy bootstep sounds in the entryway. A dark shadow passes in front of a window. It reaches down and pulls something small out, concealing it in its hand.

Althea puts her hand over her mouth to stop any noise, but a small gasp escapes.

The shadow stops, hearing something. It approaches Althea, and reaches out into the darkness toward her.

As the hand gets within a few inches of her face, Althea trembles uncontrollably. She falls backwards and SCREAMS!

The shadow jumps backwards and trips over a bag on the floor.

Althea scoots backwards until she hits a wall.

A VOICE calls out from the floor toward her.

VOICE

Who's there?

ALTHEA

Who are you?

VOICE

That's what I just asked you.

Althea hears THUMPING on the floor in the entryway.

VOICE

Crap. Where's my batteries?

With shaking hands, Althea pulls her flashlight up and turns it on, pointing the beam directly into the entryway.

She sees CASEY COVENTRY (20 yrs) blinking in the bright light. He runs a hand through his shaggy blonde hair. In his other hand is a small camcorder.

CASEY

So you see me, but I still can't see you.

ALTHEA

Keep your hands where I can see them.

CASEY

You know, you scared the piss out of me.

ALTHEA

Sorry. Who are you?

CASEY

Casey Coventry. Who are you?

Althea's hand wavers a little, shaking the light.

ALTHEA

None of your business. What are you doing here?

CASEY

Reporting. I'm a reporter for the Community College Newspaper. They wanted a piece on this house.

ALTHEA

Really?

Casey picks himself up off the floor. Althea's flashlight follows him all the way up. All six feet of him.

CASEY

Give me a minute and I'll think if a better story if you want.

He smiles and holds his hands out innocently.

CASEY

It's just me.

(smiles)

Come on. Here.

He extends his hand to Althea as he walks closer. He stops a few feet away from her. She stares up at him, trapped against the wall.

ALTHEA

You're not dead.

Casey looks down at himself. He raises his arm and sniffs a little.

CASEY

Don't smell real great. But no, I'm not dead.

Althea laughs in relief. She reaches out and takes his hand and stands up.

ALTHEA

You're real.

Althea looks up into his soft brown eyes. He meets her gaze and gets lost in her hazel-green eyes.

CASEY

Um - so are you.

(laughs)

I'm sorry. I shouldn't stare.

ALTHEA

No. It's okay. Stare. I'm Althea.

CASEY

Beautiful name.

ALTHEA

Thanks.

A CRASH from upstairs.

ALTHEA

Holly!

Althea runs up the stairs.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUING

Althea throws open the door. Holly stares out from beneath her blanket underneath the bed.

ALTHEA

What happened?

HOLLY

There was this ... this thing. I saw something move. It looked at me. And ... I fell out of bed.

Althea pulls her out.

ALTHEA

This is Casey.

HOLLY

Hi.

CASEY

Hello.

HOLLY

How did you get here?

CASEY

My truck's right outside.

HOLLY

No, I mean ...

Holly turns to Althea questioningly.

HOLLY

I thought no one was going to be here.

ALTHEA

I didn't exactly plan this out.

HOLLY

Great. Now I'm going to get a lousy grade.

CASEY

Wait a minute. You two are staying in a haunted house-

HOLLY

Supposably haunted.

CASEY

Okay, a "supposedly" haunted house, for a grade?

Holly nods yes. Althea shakes her head no.

CASEY

Okay, mixed signals. Who's right?

Althea raises her hand. Holly points to Althea.

ALTHEA

We're doing a report on the truth behind haunted houses. I'm for; she's against.

CASEY

Ahhhhh.

(long pause)

Why?

Holly looks over at Althea, then decides to speak first.

HOLLY

It's easy. Ghosts aren't real.

(confessing)

Plus ... I invited someone over. I didn't mean to, Althea, but I really like him, and I think he likes me, and I couldn't go to the party tonight because you wanted me to come up here with you, and I really want to see him, and I want you to just give me a little privacy ... is that okay?

CASEY

Um ... well. That's a lot more information than I wanted to know.

ALTHEA

You invited someone over?

HOLLY

It's just Seth.

ALTHEA

(angry)

Just Seth? Just Seth is no problem. But who does just Seth hang out with?

Holly wrinkles her nose, thinking.

HOLLY

Ohhhh ... crap.

ALTHEA

(very curt)

Yeah.

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - NIGHT

SETH OLSEN and TODD HENDRICKS hop out of Seth's tricked-out pickup truck. They pull scary masks over their faces.

TODD HENDRICKS

Gonna scare her right into your arms, huh?

SETH OLSEN

Probably. You know how girls are.

Todd laughs.

Behind them, a DARK SHADOW OF A MAN steps out of the blackness, and follows after them. The MAN pulls his black GLOVES tightly around his hands.

SETH OLSEN

Hey, you hear something?

TODD HENDRICKS

Yeah, you pissing your pants.

SETH OLSEN

Shut up. I'm serious.

TODD HENDRICKS

You want me to hold your hand, or something? Just shut up. It's a surprise, remember?

SETH OLSEN

I'm starting to get a bad feeling.

Todd grabs Seth by the front of the shirt. Todd pulls up his mask and stares right into Seth's eyeholes.

TODD HENDRICKS

Look, Seth, don't pansy out on me. You want Holly. And you don't want her as just another conquest. You WANT her. We can't have her hanging with a freak. What would everybody think?

Todd shoves him a little.

TODD HENDRICKS

I'm doing this for you, man.

He pulls his mask down over his face.

SETH OLSEN

Fine. Whatever. We scare. I score. You leave.

TODD HENDRICKS

You go left. I'll go around back.

They split up. Todd heads around the back of the house. The DARK MAN follows him.

The DARK MAN glances up at the light spilling from the Master Bedroom window. Todd walks right through the light. The Dark Man follows him.

The light casts harsh shadows on his sharp face. GERARD LITKER (40's) smiles coldly. He pulls a long KNIFE from a sheath in his boot. His gloved fingers flex around the hilt.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT

Althea shifts rapidly from foot to foot.

HOLLY

What's the matter?

Althea looks at Casey before answering.

ALTHEA

I don't want to seem rude, or uncouth, or anything, but I really have to pee.

CASEY

Sure. No problem. Happens to the best of us. We don't want any exploding bladders, now, do we?

HOLLY

I think I saw a bathroom downstairs.

CASEY

You know, my mind is drawn back to a time that I saw this waterfall -

ALTHEA

Stop it!

CASEY

How the water was just spilling over the rocks ...

ALTHEA

Stop!

She glares at Casey, then hurries from the room. Casey just smiles charmingly.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - CONTINUING

Althea walks down the dark stairway. Suddenly she gets a very real sense of how alone she is. The air turns cold. She stops dead in her tracks, halfway down the stairs.

ALTHEA

Oh no.

Emotions race across her face.

ALTHEA

Oh no, oh no, oh no.

The insistence in her bladder urges her onward. She hurries down the stairs. She peeks around the corner. Darkness ... but nothing else.

Althea feels her way along the wall until she finds a bathroom. She shines her small flashlight in there.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - BATHROOM - CONTINUING

Althea jiggles the handle on the toilet to flush. Nothing. She looks down in there and wrinkles her nose in disgust.

ALTHEA

Eeew. Wonder how long that's been in there.

She shines her flashlight down into the bowl. A DEAD RAT lies there.

ALTHEA

Gross.

Althea sets her flashlight down on the counter and goes to wash her hands. Nothing comes out of the faucet.

ALTHEA

Eeew, now that's really gross.

She looks in the mirror at the reflection of the bathtub, with the curtain halfway drawn.

She turns around, and a LITTLE JAPANESE GIRL stares at her from behind the curtain!

Althea gasps! She falls backwards onto the toilet. Her arms flail out, and her flashlight gets knocked to the floor, casting spinning lights around the bathroom.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - SAME TIME

Holly leans back and draws with her finger lazily on the dusty bedspread.

HOLLY

So ... whaddya think?

CASEY

About what?

HOLLY

'Bout Althea.

CASEY

She's nice.

HOLLY

Anything else?

Casey wanders over to the stained glass window.

CASEY

Sure.

HOLLY

Well?

CASEY

She's a real nice girl.

Holly gets up off the bed and walks over next to Casey.

HOLLY

Really? How nice is nice?

CASEY

(clears throat)

Uh ... nice.

He steps away from her advances.

HOLLY

You're not giving me much to go on ... Casey.

CASEY

What's there to tell? She's nice.

Casey holds out his hands as he backs up a step.

CASEY

Whoa, there. I don't know what's going in between your ears, but I really hope it doesn't involve me.

HOLLY

I'm just asking you what you think of Althea. Why? Are you thinking something?

Heavy FOOTSTEPS trudge up the stairs. They echo through the halls.

HOLLY

(continuing; softly)

Althea?

CASEY

That's not Althea.

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - SAME TIME

Todd peers in the dusty windows, looking for anyone inside. He hears movement nearby.

TODD HENDRICKS

(hissing)

Seth! I told you to around the other way!

Todd heads around the back of the house. He walks toward a large picture window. He searches the walls for any doors or openings.

Reflected in the large window, Gerard Litker, dressed completely in black, walks up behind Todd.

Todd glances in the window and sees the reflection of someone approaching.

TODD HENDRICKS

Very funny, Se-

Gerard's hand swings down and chops Todd in the neck. He collapses against the wall.

Gerard grabs Todd by the ankles and drags him out into the grove behind the house.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - BATHROOM - SAME TIME

Althea gasps hoarsely and tries to scream, but can't find the breath to do so.

The LITTLE GIRL stares unblinking at her from behind the shower curtain.

Althea tries to choke up words, but nothing comes out. Her mouth moves silently in terror. She scoots back on the floor next to the toilet.

The LITTLE GIRL holds up her hand. A large SLICE crosses her palm. Blood drips out.

Althea closes her eyes, trying to make everything go away.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - SAME TIME

The HEAVY FOOTSTEPS approach down the hall. Casey grabs a CANDLESTICK and hides behind the door.

CASEY

The CHEST!

Holly looks down at her chest.

HOLLY

My chest?

CASEY

No. The CHEST!

Holly looks down at the large WOODEN CHEST at the foot of the bed. She opens it. Only an old blanket covers the bottom.

HOLLY

What?

CASEY

Get in.

Holly climbs into the chest and closes the lid down. Casey takes his place behind the door. He raises the candlestick.

The doorknob TURNS slowly. The door breathes open a crack. Suddenly it FLIES OPEN!

Seth jumps into the doorway.

SETH OLSEN

Aaaaarrgh!

The door smashes Casey into the wall and bounces back at Seth. The doorknob hits Seth in the crotch. He goes down to his knees. Casey hammers Seth over the back of the head with the candlestick.

Casey rubs his head where it slammed into the wall.

CASEY

Serves you right.

He nudges Seth with his toe. Holly pops out of the chest.

HOLLY

What did you do?

Casey looks at the candlestick, then at Holly. He gestures to the weapon in his hand.

CASEY

What do you think I did?

Holly looks down at Seth's wrist. She sees a woven BRACELET.

HOLLY

I know that bracelet.

Holly pushes at the body on the floor, but she can't roll him over.

HOLLY

Help me.

Casey rolls Seth over.

CASEY

All right, Scooby, you want the honors?

Holly takes hold of the mask and pulls.

CASEY

Now let's see who you really are.

Holly recognizes him.

HOLLY

Seth.

She cradles his head, then turns and glares at Casey.

HOLLY

You killed him!

Holly gets to her feet. Seth's head knocks on the floor.

She shoves Casey back against the door.

HOLLY

You killed him. And if he's dead, I'm going to testify to the cops that you killed him, and that I saw you do it.

Seth rolls a little and moans.

HOLLY

Oh Seth. You're not dead.

SETH OLSEN

Oooooh.

HOLLY

Are you hurt?

SETH OLSEN

My boys.

HOLLY

No, it's me, Holly.

Casey looks down at Seth.

CASEY

He means his balls.

HOLLY

I didn't touch 'em.

CASEY

He got hit with the doorknob when he came in.

HOLLY

If he can't ever have kids because of this ...

(scowls at Casey)

oooh.

Casey shakes his head and walks out of the room.

HOLLY

I'm so sorry that happened to you.

SETH OLSEN

Got anything to drink?

Holly grabs a soda from her bag. Seth takes it gratefully.

SETH OLSEN

Still cold.

He rests the can on his crotch.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - BATHROOM - SAME TIME

Althea squeezes her eyes shut and whispers to herself.

ALTHEA

God, please don't let this be happening. Please don't let this be happening. This is not happening. Please.

The little girl pulls aside the curtain. Dark blood stains her pajamas.

LITTLE GIRL

My hand hurts.

Althea opens her eyes. The Little Girl looks at her with pleading eyes.

LITTLE GIRL

Please help me.

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