Knock Knock by Noah Bennettt


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Mr. Jamesís house.

      Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween), 1985. Nighttime. 9pm.

      MR. JAMES sits on his couch eagerly trying to solve a rubix cube. A
      bright green bowl of candy sits on the stand next to the couch. A
      frantic knocking on the door is heard. Startled, he drops the rubix
      cube, picks up the bowl of candy and opens the door. AMELIA, dressed
      as Madonna from the material girl music video with the exception of
      the necklace tries to make her way inside.

      MR. JAMES
      Woah, woah there. Whatís with the rush Amelia?

      AMELIA
      Please!

      MR. JAMES
      Now hold on. I believe there’s a little phrase youíre supposed to
      say.

      AMELIA
      I need to come inside!

      MR. JAMES
      Passing off her comment
      Rhymes with Ďstick or meatí.

      AMELIA
      Mr. James, please!

      MR. JAMES
      Realizing shes not here for candy
      Yes, come in.

      AMELIA enters quickly. Puzzled, MR. JAMES shuts the door.

      MR. JAMES
      Are you okay? You look a little shaken up.

      AMELIA does not respond.

      MR. JAMES
      Got nothing for me Material Girl?

      AMELIA does not respond.

      MR. JAMES
      Under his breath
      Tough crowd. How about some candy?
      MR. JAMES offers her candy, but she isnít enticed.

      MR. JAMES
      Oh, go on. Take one! Take two if you like! Iíve got some Runts, Cow
      Tails, and I think there’s still some Skittles in there if youíd
      like. You want to tell me whatís going on?

      AMELIA shakes her head Ďnoí

      MR. JAMES
      Thatís okay. You donít have to talk. We could just sit here and
      not talk if youíd like.

      AMELIA doesnít respond

      MR. JAMES
      Iíll take that as a yes.

      He picks up the rubix cube and begins to fumble with it again. He
      becomes increasingly frustrated and offers the rubix cube to AMELIA.

      MR. JAMES
      Would you like to give this a try?

      AMELIA takes the rubix cube

      MR. JAMES
      They say there’s 43 quintillion combinations for that thing. Iím
      sure Iíve created at least 42 of those 43. Look, I know you donít
      want to talk. I want to help, but I canít help unless you tell me
      whatís going on.

      AMELIA doesnít answer

      MR. JAMES
      Should I phone the police?

      AMELIA
      No!

      MR. JAMES
      Ah. So you do speak.
      Amelia balls up
      MR. JAMES
      Sighs
      There’s a reason you came here. There are plenty of other houses you
      couldíve gone to, but you chose mine. Now Iím all for helping you
      out, but I need you to meet me halfway.

      Mr James puts a hand on Ameliaís shoulder. She flinches and he
      quickly retracts
      MR. JAMES
      Boy. Something must have spooked you good. Were some other kids
      picking on you? I know I saw a Jason Voorhees running around earlier
      that looked up to no good. Have you seen those movies?

      AMELIA
      No.

      MR. JAMES
      Good. Those movies may be a little much for someone your age. Itís
      incredible how realistic those movie effects are now. I saw Teen Wolf
      in August and the transformation scene in that movie was something
      else. I was sitting there wondering, how do they do it? I suppose
      thatís why the professionals get paid as much as they do. And
      Michael J. Fox, what an actor. I really like that kid. I apologize,
      Iíve begun to ramble. I donít have much company anymore, so I
      unload my brain whenever I can.

      AMELIA
      Is it scary?

      MR. JAMES
      Teen Wolf?

      AMELIA
      Yes.

      MR. JAMES
      No, itís about as goofy as it gets. Itís a fun one though. Itís
      not scary. I donít do scary movies. I saw The Fog a few years ago
      and-

      AMELIA
      Mr James.

      MR. JAMES
      Yes?

      AMELIA
      Can I just stay here?

      MR. JAMES
      Iím afraid I canít let you do that Amelia.

      AMELIA
      Please?!

      MR. JAMES
      Why-
      MR. JAMES is cut off by a phone ringing.

      MR. JAMES
      Strange. No one ever calls me at this hour.

      MR. JAMES moves to pick up the telephone, before AMELIA swiftly knocks
      it out of his hands.

      AMELIA
      No!

      MR. JAMES
      Amelia! What is your issue? That was very rude. I paid good money for
      that phone and now I havenít a clue who just called me.

      AMELIA
      You said no one calls you at this hour.

      MR. JAMES
      Yes, but who knows who that couldíve been.

      AMELIA
      I donít think it was for you.

      MR. JAMES
      Do you think it was for you?

      AMELIA doesnít respond.
      MR. JAMES
      Iíve tried to be patient, but Iím tired of playing these games
      with you. I ask you a question and you run around in circles. I want
      to help you, but youíre keeping information from me. Now Iím going
      to ask you to leave unless-

      AMELIA
      No!

      MR. JAMES
      Unless you begin to talk.

      MR. JAMES waits a moment.
      The floor is yours.

      AMELIA says nothing.

      MR. JAMES
      I need you to talk!
      MR. JAMES leans in closely to AMELIAís face. After a brief stare, he
      smells her.
      Talk!
      AMELIA screams. MR. JAMES quickly lets go and is horrified with
      himself.
      MR. JAMES
      Iím sorry. I shouldnít have done that. That was very wrong of me.
      I donít know what came over me. Iím sorry.

      MR. JAMES goes to lay a comforting hand on AMELIA, but she recoils.

      MR. JAMES
      Iím very sorry. I wonít yell anymore. I promise. Youíre clearly
      very shaken up and Iím not sure what the best course of action is.
      Iíve never been in these shoes before.

      AMELIA
      Can I please stay here?

      MR. JAMES
      Sweetie, I canít let you do that. Not after all this. The neighbors
      probably think Iím killing someone over here after you shrieked in
      that manner.

      AMELIA
      I canít go back out there.

      MR. JAMES
      I canít have little girls staying at my house. What will the
      neighbors think? Heck, what will your-

      AMELIA
      Iím scared.

      MR. JAMES
      With compassion
      I know youíre scared. I donít know what it is that youíre scared
      of. Thatís why Iím so frustrated. But, Iíll tell you whatÖ I
      bet if you walked home right now, nothing would happen. You would be
      totally fine and totally safe. Youíd go to bed and wake up tomorrow
      the same great kid, except now youíve got a ton of great candy to
      eat. I know Halloween is all about spooks and ghouls, but the real
      world isnít like that. Itís a safe place. There arenít monsters
      in the world, okay? Youíre safe. No boogeyman, no wolfman, no mummy,
      nothing is gonna get you.

      AMELIA
      Thank you.

      MR. JAMES
      Youíre gonna be oka-

      MR. JAMES is cut-off by loud, forceful pounding on the door. He jumps
      up.

      MR. JAMES
      Goodness! What the hell is that?!

      MR. JAMES heads to the door

      AMELIA
      Donít open it!

      MR. JAMES
      Is that what youíre hiding from? Do you know who is on the other
      side of that door?

      AMELIA painfully nods her head, Ďyesí

      MR. JAMES
      Well, Iím phoning the police.

      AMELIA
      Please donít! Iíll be in so much trouble.

      MR. JAMES
      Trouble?

      AMELIA
      Can I hide in the bathroom?

      MR. JAMES
      Will that make you feel safe?
      AMELIA nods her head Ďyesí
      Go ahead.

      MR. JAMES steps into another room and returns with an aluminum bat. He
      holds it behind his back and he slowly opens the door

[End of Extract]


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