Murder for 19 points

Job #2465

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Job # 2465 Murder for 19 points

Posted Date
Nov 21, 2006 @ 21:24
Respond By
Nov 27, 2006
Word Count
0
Language
English
Gender
Male
Age Range
-
Category
Documentaries

Job Description

FADE IN:

INT. HOUSE - DAY

A older MAN is walking through the house, he goes to a closet and grabs the game "Scrabble". He walks back to the living room and opens the game, and starts to play with he WIFE.

MAN (V.O.)

Its a hot sunny day, and I hate my Wife.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

We're playing scrabble. That's how bad it is. I'm 42 years old, it's a blistering hot Sunday afternoon and all I can think of to do with my life is to play Scrabble.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I should be out, doing exercise. Spending money, meeting people. I don't think I've spoken to anyone except my wife since Thursday morning I spoke to the milkman.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

My letters are crap.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I play, appropriately, BEGIN. With the N on the little pink star. Twenty-two points.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I hate her. If she wasn't around I'd be doing something interesting right now. I'd be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I'd be starring in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. I'd be sailing the Vendee Globe on a 60-foot Clipper called the New Horizons.

(Pause)

I don't know, but I'd be doing something.

WIFE plays JINXED, with the J on a double-letter score.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

That's 30 points. She's beating me already. Maybe I should kill her.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

If only I had a D, then i could play Murder. That would be a sign. That would be permission.

MAN starts chewing on his U.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

It's a bad habit, I know. All the letters are frayed. I guess I'll just play warmer, so I can keep chewing on my U.

The MAN picks new letters from the bag,

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

The letters will tell me what to do. If they spell out Kill, or Stab, or her name, or anything, I'll do it right now. I'll finish her off.

The MAN's rack spells MIHZPA. Plus the U in his mouth.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

All I got is MIHZPA, plus the U in my mouth.

(Pause)

Dang it.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

The heat of the sun is beating at me through the window. I wonder what that buzzing is? I Hope they're not bees. My cousin Harold swallowed a bee when he was nine, his throat swelled up and he died.

(Pause)

I hope that if they are bees, they fly into my wife's throat.

Wife plays SWEATIER.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

That's 24 points plus a 50 points bonus for using all of her letters.

(Pause)

If it wasn't too hot to move I would strangle her right now.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I am getting sweatier. It needs to rain, to clear the air.

(Pause)

Humid. If I use the D from Jinxed.

The U makes a little splash of saliva when the MAN puts it down.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Another 22 points. I hope she has lousy letters.

WIFE

I have lousy letters.

MAN (V.O.)

Why did she tell me that? I hate her more.

WIFE plays FAN, with the F on a double-letter, and gets up to fill the kettle and turn on the air conditioning.

MAN(V.O.) (CONT'D)

It's the hottest day of ten years and my wife is turning on the kettle. This is why I hate my wife.

MAN plays ZAPS, with the Z doubled, and WIFE gets a static shock off the air conditioning unit. MAN finds this remarkably satisfying.

Wife sits back down with a heavy sigh and starts fiddling with her letters again. MAN feels a terrible rage build up inside him. Like inner poison slowly spreading through his limbs, and when it gets to His fingertips.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I am going to jump out my chair, spilling the Scrabble titles over the floor, and I am going to start hitting her again and again and again.

The rage gets to the MAN's fingertips and passes. His heart is beating. His sweating. His face twitches. Then he sighs, deeply, and sits back into his chair. When the kettle starts whistling.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

The whistle makes me feel hotter.

Wife plays READY on a double-word for 18 points, then goes to pour herself a cup of tea. Man shakes his head as he doesn't want one.

The MAN steals a blank tile from the letter bag when she's not looking, and throw back a V from his rack. WIFE gives MAN a suspicious look. WIFE sits back down with her cup of tea, making a cup-ring on the table, as MAN plays an 8-letter word: CHEATING, using the A of READY.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

That's 64 points, including the 50 point bonus, which means I'm beating her now.

WIFE

Did you just cheat?

MAN Shakes his head.

MAN (V.O.)

I really, really hate her.

WIFE plays IGNORE on the triple-word for 21 points.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

The score is 153 her, 155 me.

MAN tries to make murderous words with the letters on his rack, but the best he can do is SLEEP.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

My wife sleeps all the time. She slept through an argument our next-door neighbors had that resulted in a broken door, a smashed TV and a doll with all the stuffing coming out. And then she fought with me for being moody he next day from lack of sleep.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

If only there was some way for me to get rid of her.

The man plays EXPLODES.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I can use all my letters. If i use the X of Jinxed. 72 points. That'll show her.

As the MAN puts the last letter down, there is a deafening bang and the air conditioning unit fails. His heart is racing, but not from the shock of the bang.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I don't believe it - but it can't be a coincidence. The letters made it happen. I played the word EXPLODES, and it happened - the air conditioning unit exploded. And before, I played the word CHEATING when I cheated. And ZAP when my wife got the electric shock. The words are coming true. The letters are choosing their future. The whole game is - JINXED.

WIFE plays SIGN, with the N on a triple-letter, for 10 points.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I have to test this. I have to play something and see if it happens. Something unlikely, to prove that the letters are making it happen. My rack is ABQYFWE. That doesn't leave me with a lot of options.

The MAN starts frantically chewing on the B.

I play FLY, using the L of EXPLODES. MAN sits back in his chair and closes his eyes,

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I'll just wait to fly.

Man opens his eyes, and there's a fly buzzing around above the Scrabble board, surfing the thermals from the tepid cup of tea.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

That proves nothing. The fly could have been there anyway.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I need to play something unambiguous. Something that cannot be misinterpreted. Something absolute and final. Something terminal. Something murderous.

WIFE plays CAUTION, using a blank tile for the N. 18 points.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

All I have is AQWEUK, plus the B in my mouth. I am awed by the power of the letters, and frustrated that I cannot wield it. Maybe I should cheat again, and pick out the letters I need to spell SLASH or SLAY.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

Then it hits me. The perfect word. A powerful, dangerous, terrible word.

(Pause)

QUAKE for 19 points.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I wonder if the strength of the quake will be proportionate to how many points it scored. I can feel the trembling energy of potential in my veins. I am commanding fate. I am manipulating destiny.

The WIFE plays DEATH for, just as the room starts to shake.

MAN gasp with surprise and vindication - and the B that He was chewing on gets lodged in his throat. He tries to cough. His face goes red, then blue. His throat swells. He draw blood clawing at he neck. The earthquake builds to a climax. He falls to the floor.

MAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)

My wife just sits there, watching.

THE END.

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