WEIRD TALES
EPISODE 2

THE SNOOPERS ARE DUE 
ON NOSEY AVENUE

CAST
STEVE BROWN
DORIS BROWN 
JACK MELLOWS
MARY MELLOWS
THE STRANGER
DAVID SMITH


FADE IN
MORNING ON NOSEY AVENUE.

(STEVE BROWN IS WASHING HIS CAR WHICH IS PARKED IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE, THOUGH BY NOW THE CAR IS NEARLY WASHED. HIS WIFE DORIS IS WATERING SOME FLOWERS IN THE FRONT GARDEN AS THE SUN IS SHINING BRIGHTLY AND ALL IS WELL ON NOSEY AVENUE…….)

(NOTE:- STEVE, DORIS, JACK AND MARY IN THIS FIRST SCENE MUST BE DRESSED DRESSED IN VERY IMPOSING CLOTHES SO THAT THE CLOTHES ITSELF ARE HARD TO IGNORE AS TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE LAST SCENE)

(A WOMAN’S SCREAM IS HEARD FROM ONE OF THE HOUSES OPPOSITE)

STEVE
What was that? A scream?

DORIS
That’s what it looked like to me. I didn’t hear anything else though, did you?

STEVE
Nope. I only heard her screaming.

DORIS
I wonder if he’s hitting her again.?

STEVE 
Don’t be absurd, honey. Not on a Sunday morning?

DORIS
Too close for my money! Much too close. You don’t know what his like when his drunk.
(THE CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY ACROSS THE VARIOUS HOUSES PEOPLE WHO ARE OUTSIDE WATCHING THE WORLD PASS BY AND TALKING TO EACH OTHER.)

Steve, how long you’re be washing the car? You take more time on the car than washing yourself.

MARY
(OPENS HER FRONT DOOR AND COMES OUT IN A HURRY)


Oh shit, I had a fright of a lifetime.

DORIS
What was that Mary?

MARY
A bloody mouse. From the garden, he passed through my legs. 

(JACK COMES OUT HOLDING A DEAD FIELD MOUSE BY ITS TAIL)

JACK
Why make such a fuss. It was only a field mouse

MARY
You bastard throw it away, why did you have to bring it with you.

JACK
To show everyone why you screamed. They might think I was killing you.

DORIS
Oh no, we never think that Jack. You’re a wonderful husband.

(STEVE’S CAR BY NOW IS WASHED AND HE TAKES HIS WASHING EQUIPMENT IN HIS HANDS AS THOUGH HE ABOUT TO EXIT THROUGH THE BACK GARDEN GATE.)

STEVE


Well, Jack, that is it, the car is clean and now I can go in my shed and have a couple of strong beer.

JACK
Can I join you, I have a half a bottle of whisky here in my pocket.

STEVE
Why not….Let’s go.


(THE BOTH EXIT THROUGH STEVE’S BACK GARDEN GATE)

DORIS
That’s what Sunday morning is all about, washing the car and drinking beer in the shed.

MARY
Men, they’re all the same. I’ll better continue preparing the roast since I was interrupted by that blooming mouse. See you later Doris.


(EXITS)


DORIS
Yeah, same here, though he fancies Rabbit stew today. I hate the bugger.


(EXITS TOO.)

FADE OUT

(SAME DAY LATE EVENING. THE STREET IS NOW LIT BY PUBLIC LIGHTS AND IT IS COMPLETELY IN SILENCE.


STEVE’S CAR ALARM GOES ON VERY LOUD. AFTER FEW SECONDS WE SEE MANY LIGHTS SWITCHED ON IN MANY HOUSES INCLUDING STEVE’S AND JACK’S)

(JACK COMES OUT IN HIS PYJAMAS FOLLOWED BY MARY IN A SEXY DRESSING GOWN)
(STEVE COMES OUT HOLDING THE CAR KEYS TRYING TO SWITCH OFF THE ALARM.)

STEVE
Sorry, folks, it doesn’t seem to go off.

MARY
Kick the car then.

STEVE 
I do no such thing. Are you mad? Do you know how much this car cost me?

JACK
(TO HIS WIFE)


Go inside looking like that. 

MARY
Like what?

JACK
Look at you, you’re half-naked.

MARY
So what? 

STEVE
(LOUDLY)
Don’t worry Jack I’m not looking.


(AS HE IS BUSY TRYING TO SWITCH OFF THE ALARM)

DORIS
Can’t you do something about it, you woke half the street.

STEVE
What do you think I’m doing?


(FROM NOWHERE A MAN DRESSED IN BLACK AND BLACK GLASSES ON A MOTORBIKE COMES BY AND STOPS BY STEVE’S CAR AND IMMEDIATELY THE ALARM STOPS)
(STEVE IS PLEASED WITH HIMSELF)


See, I told you so.

THE STRANGER
Having trouble?


STEVE
It’s all right now. The alarm went off. It must have been a cat.

THE STRANGER
Is this Nosey Avenue?

DORIS
(COMES CLOSER TO STEVE)


Yes, it is Mr…….

THE STRANGER
Mr Prying Curious!

STEVE
What?

THE STRANGER
That’s my name.

STEVE
I see.

DORIS
Why did you ask about the name of the road?

THE STRANGER
Nothing important, just curious like my name.

(AT THAT MOMENT ALL THE LIGHTS (HOMES AND PUBLIC) ARE CUT OFF.
(IN TOTAL DARKNESS)

JACK
What the hell is happening?

STEVE
I don’t know. There must have been an accident at the power station.

MARY
It seems like it.

JACK
What don’t you do something useful and get the torch from the kitchen drawer?

MARY 
In darkness?

JACK 
It’s our house you must know your way by now.

(CAMERA LONG SHOT SHOWING A LIT LAMP MOVING TOWARDS STEVE AND JACK’S HOUSE. DAVID SMITH IS CARRYING IT BUT FOR A WHILE HE IS NOT VISIBLE)

DORIS
Look Steve someone is coming.


STEVE
Yeah, I can see that. Who is it….


(BY NOW WE SEE THE MAN BUT NOT CLEARLY)

JACK
I think is Mr Smith of number 66.

MARY
(COMES OUT WITH A LIT TORCH)


Here are you satisfied now, I nearly tripped on the stool.

JACK
Give it here.


(TAKES IT A FLASHES IT TOWARDS THE MAN WITH THE LAMP. NOW WE CAN SEE DAVID CLEARLY)


It is Mr Smith.

DAVID
The Phone is not working either. 

STEVE
That’s bloody peculiar.

DAVID
Not only that I couldn’t get a thing on the radio. The television is off, couldn’t get one channel.

JACK
(MOVES TOWARDS DAVID AND STEVE)

DORIS
(CLOSER TO THE CAR)


Where did that man on the motorbike go?


(OBVIOUSLY, THE STRANGER VANISHED OUT OF SIGHT WITHOUT THEM NOTICING)

DAVID
What stranger?

STEVE
A man in black, calling himself Mr Curious stopped by, asked what happened to my car and now he’s vanished into thin air.

DORIS
I didn’t even hear his bike go?

MARY
Neither did we?

JACK
Do you think he caused all this?

STEVE
How? How did he do that?

MARY
Don’t you find it strange that as he came and stopped your alarm switched off instantly?

STEVE
Yeah, he’s Mr Magika.

JACK
Where did he go then? Explain that?

DORIS
It doesn’t make sense. Why should the power go off all of a sudden and the phone line?

JACK
(FIDDLING WITH HIS MOBILE)


My mobile is dead too?

STEVE
(TAKING HIS FROM HIS PYJAMA’S POCKET)


Mine is dead also.

MARY
What’s going on? I getting scared now.

(FROM WHERE DAVID CAME WE HEAR THE STRANGER’S BIKE ZOOMING DOWN FAST. AS THE STRANGER STOPS BY THEM ALL ELECTRICITY COMES ON)

THE STRANGER
Anything wrong?

JACK
Are you taking the piss?

THE STRANGER
Excuse me? What did you say?

STEVE
He meant it is obvious that something was wrong the electric power, the phone and the mobiles too?

THE STRANGER
Oh, that!

DORIS
Funny though, isn’t it. Twice you came and stopped and twice the peculiar events mended themselves?

STEVE
Yes, first my alarm went on and when you came by it stopped….

DORIS
Everything went off, all the power and now you came back and everything is normal again.

THE STRANGER
I see what you mean.

MARY
You do? Who are you anyway, and what are you doing on Nosey Avenue?

DAVID
Are you some kind of a magician?

THE STRANGER
Me? A Magician? No, of course not, I am much more than that.

STEVE
What did you say?

JACK
What do you mean by that?

MARY
What are you than?

DORIS
Come out with it and tell us?

STEVE
What are you waiting for?

THE STRANGER 
(IGNORING THEM AND LOOKS AT THE SKY)


What a beautiful peaceful night. Isn’t it.


(AT THAT MOMENT ALL THE FRONT DOORS OF THE HOUSES SLAMS SHUT,
A STRONG WIND BURST THROUGH, THUNDER AND LIGHTING AND TORRENTIAL RAIN FOLLOWS. ALL THE NEIGHBOURS TRIES TO COVER THEMSELVES AND RUNS TO THE DOORS BUT THEY ARE SHUT THEY TURN TOWARDS THE STRANGER AND LOOKS AT HIM WITH ASTONISHMENT AND THEY ARE ALL SOAKING WET BUT NOT THE STRANGER)

MARY
Look at him, he’s not even wet?

DORIS
How could that be?

THE STRANGER
I told you so. I am more than a magician. 


(He lifts his right hand to the sky and the storm ceases)

FADE OUT SCENE

FADE INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

(LIKE THE BEGINNING EXCEPT THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED IT IS NOT STEVE BROWN WHO IS WASHING THE CAR WHICH IS PARKED IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE, THOUGH BY NOW THE CAR IS NEARLY WASHED BUT JACK MELLOWS. HIS WIFE MARY AND NOT DORIS IS WATERING SOME FLOWERS IN THE FRONT GARDEN AS THE SUN IS SHINING BRIGHTLY AND ALL IS WELL ON NOSEY AVENUE…….
IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT JACK AND MARY ARE DRESSED EXACTLY AS WHAT STEVE AND DORIS WHERE WEARING AT THE BEGINNING AND VICE VERSA)

(A WOMAN’S SCREAM IS HEARD FROM ONE OF THE HOUSES OPPOSITE)

JACK
What was that? A scream?

MARY
That’s what it looked like to me. I didn’t hear anything else though, did you?

JACK
Nope. I only heard her screaming.


MARY
I wonder if he’s hitting her again.?

JACK 
Don’t be absurd, honey. Not on a Sunday morning?

MARY
Too close for my money! Much too close. You don’t know what he's like when he's drunk.


(THE CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY ACROSS THE VARIOUS HOUSES PEOPLE WHO ARE OUTSIDE WATCHING THE WORLD PASS BY AND TALKING TO EACH OTHER.)

Jack, how long you’re be washing the car? You take more time on the car than washing yourself.

DORIS
(OPENS HER FRONT DOOR AND COMES OUT IN A HURRY)


Oh shit, I had a fright of a life time.

MARY
What was that Doris?

DORIS
A bloody mouse. From the garden he passed through my legs. 

(STEVE COMES OUT HOLDING A DEAD FIELD MOUSE BY ITS TAIL)

STEVE
Why make such a fuss. It was only a field mouse

DORIS
You bastard throw away, why did you have to bring it with you.

STEVE
To show everyone why you screamed. They might think I was killing you.

MARY
Oh no, we never think that Jack. You’re a wonderful husband.

(JACK’S CAR BY NOW IS WASHED AND HE TAKES HIS WASHING EQUIPMENT IN HIS HANDS AS THOUGH HE ABOUT TO EXIT THROUGH THE BACK GARDEN GATE.)

JACK
Well, Steve that is it, the car is clean and now I can go in my shed and have a couple of strong beer.

STEVE
Can I join you, I have a half bottle of whisky here in my pocket.

JACK
Why not….Let’s go.


(THE BOTH EXIT THROUGH STEVE’S BACK GARDEN GATE)

MARY
That’s what Sunday morning is all about, washing the car and drinking beer in the shed.

DORIS
Men, they’re all the same. I’ll better continue preparing the roast since I was interrupted by that blooming mouse. See you later Doris.


(EXITS)

MARY
Yeah, same here, though he fancies Rabbit stew today. I hate the bugger.

FADE IN - CREDITS