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  • John Doe - Halloween Short

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    INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
    
                   Cinder block walls, a metal table and two fold-up chairs.  A
                   MAN in his fifties dressed in Armani sits patiently.  For
                   now, this is JOHN DOE.
    
    
    
                   INT. OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY
    
                   Two plains-clothes cops POST (40s, messy) and SAKAI (30s,
                   immaculate) along with SHARLOTTE (50s), a psychiatrist,
                   observe John Doe through the looking glass.
    
                                       POST
                             What you think doc?
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                            Very atypical.  Not that I've ever
                             dealt with it, but he's not showing
                             any of the textbook traits.
    
                                       SAKAI
                             No way he's sane though, right?
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Let's see.
    
    
    
                   INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY
    
                   Sharlotte enters and John Doe stands up, waiting to sit down
                   until she does first.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Thank you.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             The downfall of Western
                             civilization began with the
                             discarding of chivalry.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Really?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Indeed.  So the beat cops can't
                             understand, or believe, so they
                             send in a witch doctor?
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             You have disdain for psychiatry?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             That's a strong word.  More along
                             the lines of amusement.  Your field
                             is really no further in
                             understanding the nature of man,
                             mind and emotion than say, that ant
                             does of you and I.
    
                   An ant walks along the middle of the table.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             I see.  Do you have that
                             understanding?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Of course.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             How did you come about it?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Because of who I am.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             That being?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             You already know.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             I know what you said to the
                             officers.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             But you KNOW it's true.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             And that's why you did what you
                             did?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Boredom really.  I'm here for
                             something else altogether, but I
                             bore easily.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             I see.  And did you...
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                                 (interrupting)
                             Why don't you ask what you came in
                             to ask?  It will go a lot faster if
                             you do.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             All right.  If you are indeed a
                             demon, why not just disappear from
                             this room, or use your powers to
                             escape.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             At this time, that information is
                             for me to know and you to find out.
    
                   The ant is a foot from the edge of the table now.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Okay.  How about something simple? 
                             Read my thoughts.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Doctor please.  So crass.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Help me believe you.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             How about a deal?  I show you a
                             little something and you have
                             dinner with me.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                                 (she can't help smiling)
                             You don't want my soul?
    
                   He smiles back.  The ant is inches from the edge.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Later, sure.  Now, just dinner.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             I'm sorry, but I can't.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Very well.  Still, I can't refuse a
                             lovely lady.  Take a look at the
                             ant.
    
                   It stopped moving an inch from the edge of the table.
    
                                       SHARLOTTE
                             Yes?
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Closer.
    
                   She takes out reading glasses and peers through them at the
                   ant.  The ant dismembered into a head, abdomen, thorax and
                   six legs.
    
                   She drops her glasses and looks up at him.
    
                                       JOHN DOE
                             Boo!

  • #2
    I thought this was good and was wondering what was going to happen to that ant. :lol .

    KW

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