FRANK

Thatís gross, dude.

JOE

One year ago, man. Think he remembers us?

Karl opens his mouth. Remembers. Shuts it.

FRANK

Are you kidding? Karlís probably whooping it up! I bet thereís bodacious cheerleaders in Heaven!

JOE

Youíre a sick man, man.

FRANK

We ought to do something in his honor. One year.

Karl takes a step forward. But he stops himself again.

JOE

You remember, we were gonna steal a cow and put her on Mr. Adamsonís porch? Karl said cows can go up stairs, but they wonít go down?

FRANK

He was a certifiable genius, brother Joe.

JOE

Certifiable, thatís for sure.

Frank crunches his empty can. He grabs another two cans of root beer, tosses one to Joe.

Karl is champing at the bit, barely holding himself back.

FRANK

To Karl!

JOE

To Karl!

They open their cans. Frank cuts himself.

FRANK

Ow! I cut myself! Dude!

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(CONTINUED)

JOE

You cut yourself! Howíd you do that?

Frank brings his hand up, bloody, into the light.

Karl fangs out. His jaw hinges down, two-inch fangs showing. Viper face. Thereís a nasty HISSING, too.

FRANK

What was that?

Joe stares into the darknessó A terrifying glimpse of white fangs in the shadows.

JOE

Letís not find out!

They scramble into the Pickup Truck. It doesnít start. Karlís trembling worse, barely holding himself back.

FRANK

Come on, come on, come on!

Karl whirls, and with a horrible cry, runs off into the blackness of the cemetery. The Pickup Truck finally starts, and roars off down the road.

FADE OUT.

END ACT TWO

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ACT THREE

21 INT. MURDOCHíS STUDY ó NIGHT 21

Marian Hackett packs up her instrumentation.

MARIAN HACKETT

Iím happy to report that I can find no real evidence of biomorphic infection at all.

MURDOCH

Iím glad to hear it.

MARIAN HACKETT

Just some kids with hyperactive imaginations. Take a look at this.

She puts a tape in the VCR. (We still donít see the TV screen.)

MURDOCH

Is that what Dwight gave you?

22 INT. BASEMENT STEAM TUNNELS - NIGHT 22

Essie, Marty and Merrill listen in.

ATROCIOUS ACTOR (O.S.)

Iím afraid itís true, my dear. What you saw was only your husbandís dead body, animated by a mind ... a force ... a will not his own.

Drew shows up.

DREW

Heís not in the attic, either.

ESSIE

Lovely.


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