This is no longer my NaNoWriMo entry Part 8. lol
Every 31 minutes someone is murdered . . .
THE TANGLED WEB – RADIO DRAMA (Format modified due to Blog constraints)
GLORIA COGLYN – 32, emotionally and mentally strong, decision-maker, married to Jim, and neighbour of victim.
JIM COGLYN – 35, Gloria’s husband, apparently tough and aggressive, wanted for armed robbery.
TESSA JOHNSON – 29, neighbour of Coglyns, selfish, petty, panics easily and has quick temper and sharp tongue.
DAVE JOHNSON – 31, Tessa’s husband and victim. He is demonstrative in love and in anger when provoked.
DETECTIVE SERGEANT SMITH – 42, hard voiced, clipped speech, but with sense of humour/irony.
Scene: INT. Gloria and Jim’s living room.
FX TEEMING RAIN PLUS VOICES RAISED IN ANGER FROM HOUSE NEXT DOOR
GLORIA They’re at it again!
FX THUNDER FOLLOWED BY GUNSHOT
FX DOG BARKS FOLLOWED BY THUNDER
FX DOOR SLAMS NEXT DOOR
GLORIA What’s that?
JIM Sounded like a car.
GLORIA No, I think it’s a gun! Didn’t you hear them fighting? They’ve been at it for days.
JIM I’m sure it was a car.
GLORIA But you didn’t see them outside earlier. I did.
JIM What were they doing?
GLORIA Well, she threw all his clothes in the garden, and he chased her swearing he’d kill her.
JIM I still think it was a car.
FX THUNDER, DOG BARKS
GLORIA We’d better call the police.
FX PHONE PICKED UP, THEN SLAMMED DOWN
JIM You can’t do that! If it was a car we’ll look like idiots.
GLORIA But what if he’s killed her?
JIM That’s right, blame it on him! She might’ve shot him. Anyway, it was a car!!
GLORIA Well if you won’t call the police, then go and have a look.
JIM I’m not going over there. It’s none of our business. Besides it’s pouring.
GLORIA What if someone’s hurt and we do nothing?
JIM It’s none of our business!
GLORIA Well, I’m going over there to have a look, if you won’t.
FX DOOR OPENS THEN CLOSES, RAIN STILL TEEMING
FX FOOTSTEPS IN PUDDLES, DOG BARKS CONTINUALLY
FX WOMAN’S SCREAM – FADE OUT
FX FADE IN – EXT. SIRENS, THEN SIRENS HEARD FROM INT.
GLORIA You were right. She shot him. I called the police and the ambulance.
JIM Is he dead?
GLORIA No, but he’s real bad. They’ve taken him to intensive care. She’s gone. The place is in a real mess!
FX KNOCK ON THE DOOR
GLORIA That’ll be Detective Sergeant Smith. He’ll want a statement.
JIM (PANICKING) I told you to keep out of it!
GLORIA We’re neighbours. They’d have questioned us anyway.
FX DOOR OPENS, FEET STAMP, THEN DOOR CLOSES
SMITH (OFF) Mrs Coglyn, just a few questions. (PAUSE THEN ON) Jim Coglyn! What a surprise. We’ve been looking for you.
GLORIA Jim! What’s he talking about? How does he know you?
JIM You stupid bitch! Now look what you’ve done. Dropped me right in it.
SMITH He’s wanted for armed robbery at a couple of TAB offices. You might as well come quietly, Coglyn. Now about this incident next door (FADE).
FX MUSIC ON RADIO IN BACKGROUND. PHONE RINGS.
TESSA Hi, Gloria. It’s Tessa. I need your help.
GLORIA You’ve got a nerve, calling after what you did to Dave.
TESSA I didn’t mean to. I didn’t know the gun was loaded. I’d had enough of his yelling and lost my temper. How is he? Is he dead?
GLORIA No, he’s not! He’s in intensive care, thanks to you. If you didn’t mean to do it, why did you run? Why didn’t you call an ambulance?
TESSA I panicked. You’ve got to help me. I need money and somewhere to hide. I thought maybe your beach-house?
GLORIA I don’t know that I should help you. Things are bad enough for me as they are.
TESSA Please, Gloria. I’ve got no-one else to turn to.
GLORIA It’s against my better judgement, but all right then. I’ll meet you at Karen’s Koffee Shoppe, in an hour?
TESSA Thanks Gloria. You’re a real friend.
FX PHONE HANGS UP
GLORIA Oh, no I’m not!
FX PHONE PICKED UP AND DIALLED
GLORIA Detective Sergeant Smith? It’s Gloria Coglyn. I’ve just been contacted by Tessa Johnson. She wants me to meet her in an hour at Karen’s Koffee Shoppe. I thought you’d like to know.
FX CROWDED COFFEE SHOP NOISES. BELL TINKLES AS DOOR OPENS. THEN CLOSES.
GLORIA Hi, Tessa. You look terrible.
TESSA I feel like death.
SMITH That’s nothing to how your husband feels, Mrs Johnson. You are under arrest for attempted murder. You have the right to remain silent, but anything you do say can be given in evidence. . .
TESSA (OVER SMITH’S SECOND SENTENCE) You bitch! you bloody cow! You betrayed me! I’ll get you for this!
FX TESSA IS LED SCREAMING ABUSE FROM THE STUNNED SILENT COFFEE SHOP. FADE.
FX HOSPITAL NOISES.
GLORIA Dave? It’s me, darling. It’s Gloria. They wouldn’t let me in to see you before. Are you okay?
DAVE What? Oh. She shot me, Gloria. Tessa shot me.
GLORIA I know dear. I found you and called the ambulance. You’re okay now darling. You lost a lot of blood.
DAVE Where’s Tessa? Did they get her?
GLORIA Yes dear. I took care of that.
DAVE And Jim? Where’s Jim?
GLORIA He’d been keeping secrets from me, Dave. He’s been arrested for armed robbery.
DAVE What?! Oww. I can’t believe what’s been happening.
GLORIA No. It’s hard to take in. (PAUSE) I guess it’s just you and me now, darling.
(C) Copyright Jud House 7/02/2012
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