WEIRD TALES
EPISODE 5

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL


CAST

GEORGE CROMBY - a handsome and gentleman in his 40s
GEORGE CROMBY - an obese man in his 40s
PATRICIA BRIDGES - an elegant lady in her late 30’s
PATRICIA BRIDGES - an obese lady in her late 30’s
NATAS LIVED

(NOTE:-
THE TWO GEORGES ARE ONE AND THE SAME PERSON AND SO THE TWO PATRICIA'S ARE THE SAME PERSON. THE CONSEQUENCES IS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GRANTED THEIR CHANGE OF PHYSICALLY BY SELLING THEIR SOUL TO THE DEVIL. WHEN THEY MEET THEY DO NOT KNOW THIS ABOUT EACH OTHER. THE AUDIENCE WILL ONLY KNOW OF THIS WITH GEORGE.)

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WE SEE A MAN IN HIS FIFTIES WALKING ON A PAVEMENT DOWN A LEAFY AVENUE. HE STOPS IN FRONT A DOOR HESITATES AND AFTER A WHILE HE RINGS THE DOORBELL. FROM INSIDE WE HEAR A YOUNG LADY SHOUTING.

PATRICIA
(FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE)
I’m coming!

(SHE OPENS THE DOOR AND IS SURPRISED TO SEE THIS MAN)
Oh! Yes, can I help you?

GEORGE
Maybe. I am looking for Patricia….I mean the lady of the house.

PATRICIA
I’m Patricia and the lady of the house. Who want to see her please?

GEORGE
George, I’m George Cromby.


(GEORGE ENTERS AND PATRICIA SHUTS THE DOOR. THE CAMERA FOLLOWS THEM TO THE LIVING.)

PATRICIA
George Cromby I don’t recall that name. Well, OK then, here you are.


(BOTH STANDING)


I didn’t catch your name properly.

GEORGE
George Cromby.

PATRICIA
Of course it is. But I don’t think we have met before?

GEORGE
OH! But we did?

PATRICIA.
We did? Really?

GEORGE
You don’t recognise me do you?

PATRICIA
(SHE LOOKS AT HIM FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AS THOUGH SHE INSPECTING A PLATTON OF SOLDIERS)


You look a bit familiar, but I’m afraid not I can’t figure who you are, though I have a feeling I ought to.

GEORGE
George Cromby, George from years ago, you used to call Geogie Porgie because I used to wear glass and was a bit fat!

PATRICIA
(SHE SCREAMS WITH AMAZMENT)
Oh my God, is it really you, Georgie Porgie.


(STRAIGHTEN HERSELF UP)
I mean George, excuse me.


(AFTER A PAUSE)
It is you, isn’t it?

GEORGE
(PLEASED THAT SHE RECOGNISED HIM)
Er…Yes…It is Georgie Porgy

(THEY BOTH LAUGH)

PATRICIA
(STILL SURPRISED)
Georgie Porgie…..Please make yourself at home. Sit down George.

(THEY BOTH SIT)

FADE OUT
FADE IN

(TWO WEEKS AGO)
(IN THE HOUSE OF GEORGE CROMBIE, IT IS IN A MESS AND DIRTY. GEORGE THE OBESE MAN IS EATING A SANDWICH SPILLING THE INSIDES ONTO HIS CLOTHES. THERE IS A FLASH OF LIGHTNING AND FROM NOWHERE NATAS LIVED APPEARS WHO IS A BEAUTIFUL SLENDER YOUNG MAN IN HIS 20S.)

GEORGE 
(HE DROPS HIS SANDWICH WITH FRIGHT)
Where did you come from?


NATAS
I’m always around. You don’t see me, none of you does, but I’m always around.

GEORGE
Who are you? What are you doing in my house?

NATAS
I am here to help you George Cromby.

GEORGE
How do you know my name? Who are you really?

NATAS
You live in this disgusting state. You don’t take care of yourself and the dirt on you and around you is mounting up. What do you say to that?

GEORGE
Of course, I agree, but I cannot do much with this body. I wish I was as and thinner as you are.

NATAS
Really? You’re kidding me?

GEORGE
No, I’m not kidding, it was my mother’s fault really she kept feeding bread, spaghetti and fish, burgers and loads of chips. Once I was addicted to that junk food I couldn’t let go.

NATAS
If, that is if is it possible to grant your wish and become what you want what do you give me in return.

GEORGE
I am not very rich but maybe a couple of thousand will do….

NATAS
Let’s not talk about money. What would I do with the money?

GEORGE
You can do a lot with money.

NATAS
Not me. I am a collector.


GEORGE
Collector? What do you collect!

NATAS
I make simple George, you look like a man who jumps at a bargain.

GEORGE
I do? I mean I do, yes.


NATAS
I make you a proposition. I’m sure you’ll like.


(GEORGE TRIES TO SIT UP)
No, no, no, don’t exert yourself, stay sitting. I don’t mind you sitting at all.

GEORGE
Thank I appreciate that. So for the bargain?

NATAS
Yes, that. You see George we both have something each other wants.

GEORGE
Do we?

NATAS
Yes and it seems a good reason for an agreement between the two of us. What do you think?

GEORGE
Think? And what do you think I need from you? What can you give me?

NATAS
Many things, many many things beyond your imagination. But first, let start with your body.

GEORGE
My body? My body is disgusting.

NATAS
At the present time yes.

GEORGE
On the other hand, what have, I got that might interest you.

NATAS
A very insignificant thing. Very minor and you won't miss it because you cannot see it.

GEORGE
What did you say your name was?

NATAS
What’s in a name George. But to please I am Natas Lived.

GEORGE
Natas Lived. A very peculiar name.

NATAS
You want to be slim and to meet the woman you always love since your school days.


GEORGE
Do you mean Patricia?

NATAS
Yes, Patricia. 

GEORGE
Patricia Bridges. Yes, I admit. I always loved her but she was too beautiful and I was a mere fat boy.

NATAS
She used to call you Georgie Porgie.

GEORGE
That’s right. That is exactly right. I wonder what became of her.


NATAS
She is in the same situation you are, I mean she is single and lonely!

GEORGE
Is she? Where does she live,?

NATAS
A train away, outside London.

GEORGE
(EXCITED)
What do I have to do. What do you want from me? Come on please come out with it, before I change my mind. But you haven’t told me what you want from me. What is it that you want.

NATAS
Well lets call it let say….A small part of your being….a 

GEORGE
A what?

NATAS
The soul!

GEORGE
By Jove, you’re the devil!

NATAS
At your service. 
(HE BOWS)

GEORGE
I should have realised. Wait a minute….Natas Lived. Natas…Satan and Lived Devil. 
(INTERESTED BEYOND BELIEF)
And for my soul, you’ll give me a perfect body and the companionship of Patricia.

NATAS
Yes, George. Have we got a deal! 


(TAKES OUT HIS HANDS)

GEORGE
(STAYS SITTING AND TAKES HIS HANDS OUT AND SHAKE HANDS)
It’s a deal. How and when?


NATAS
When you go to bed tonight. Don’t think about anything else and sleep.

GEORGE
Is that all.

NATAS
That’s all. One last thing George….

GEORGE
I knew there was a catch somewhere.

NATAS
There’s no catch, only you are not allowed to tell anyone about your transformation. If you do you revert back to what you were.


GEORGE
Is that all? Don’t worry about that I am not stupid.

NATAS
Goodbye George, nice to do business with you.

(THERE IS A FLASH OF LIGHTNING AND ONCE AGAIN NATAS DISAPPEAR)

FADE OUT
FADE IN 

(A MONTH LATER
IN A RESTAURANT WE SEE GEORGE AND PATRICIA ON A TABLE HAVING DINNER AND DRINKING CHAMPAGNE)

PATRICIA
You know what George these last few weeks I have been spoiled. You treat me so well.

GEORGE
You deserve everything.

PATRICIA
But why? I don’t understand why

GEORGE
I have a good reason of which I tell you later.

PATRICIA
I can’t believe it was 25 years ago. Time has passed quickly.

GEORGE
We still have time on our hands. We are both fit and well.

PATRICIA
Yes, I can see that. You look terrific.

GEORGE
And you look gorgeous. Do you remember when we were young? It was a lovely place.

PATRICIA
Still is I expect.

GEORGE
It must have changed a bit. You haven’t been there since?

PATRICIA
No? Have you?

GEORGE
(HE LAUGHS A BIT) 
Do you remember that steep track up the cliff from the beach? I remember it well because that is where you dropped your bathing costume.

PATRICIA
(EMBARRASSED)
Don’t remind me about that.

GEORGE
I remember it was white…..

PATRICIA
What do you expect? In those days women did not sunbathe topless.

GEORGE
I meant your costume was with little cerise flowers…

PATRICIA
OH, I’m sorry I’m so confused all of a sudden.

GEORGE
Why are you acting like this today?

PATRICIA
Like what?

GEORGE
Confused?

PATRICIA
In fact, they were no cerise flowers they were dark blue.

GEORGE
They were cerise.

PATRICIA
They were not.

GEORGE
Anyhow it suited you perfectly. I remember your mother looking at me strangely when I returned you swimming bra back. I thought she was going to eat me alive.

PATRICIA
Do you know what George….


(LAUGHS)


I dropped them on purpose.

GEORGE
Really?

PATRICIA
I just wanted to see you plumpish face goes red. You know it is strange, but I often thought about you, I thought maybe you stayed fat all these years. But look at you now….

GEORGE
I need to ask you something and that I also have to reveal something to you.

PATRICIA
Not in here surely.

GEORGE
Why do you always have to joke? I’m serious.

PATRICIA
OK. I’m listening.

GEORGE
Pat, there was a good reason for me to come and see you after all these years. I love Pat, and I want to marry you.

PATRICIA
(RISING)
Marry you? I marry you?

GEORGE
Sit down please.


(SHE SITS)


Yes, I’m asking you would you marry me?

PATRICIA
Well, my goodness this has been quite an evening, it became peacefully by drinking a glass of champagne.

GEORGE
Please don’t laugh at me.

PATRICIA
Laugh? I can hardly speak. I’m too flattered to laugh.

GEORGE
I realised I managed this badly but……

PATRICIA
Tell me, George, how old are we?


Well at the beginning I was eighteen and you were fifteen, when we parted I was twenty-three and you were twenty.

PATRICIA
Jesus Christ! Did you keep a record then?

GEORGE
Well, I loved you then and I love you now.

PATRICIA
Before I give you my answer I have to tell you a secret.


GEORGE
So do I….You see I don’t really look like this?

PATRICIA
Neither do I….

GEORGE
What do you mean Pat?

PATRICIA
I am as elegant as I look in fact I’m the opposite.

GEORGE
So am I.

PATRICIA
What do you mean?

GEORGE
I made deal with the devil

PATRICIA
You mean Natas Lived….

GEORGE
You know him?

(WE HEAR A LOUD LAUGHTER FROM NATAS)
(WITHOUT SHOWING HIMSELF)


NATAS
You have broken your promise, you naughty children.

(THERE IS A FLAS OF LIGHTNING AND ON THE TABLE WHERE THEY BOTH WERE SITTING WE SEE BOTH OF THEM AS THEY REALLY LOOK, OBESE AND DIRTY!)

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