Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maniac Mansion.................Part Four of Four

Edward exits the room and gets to his doorway when he notices the door at the end of the hallway closing.  He tilts his head and raises an eyebrow.
INT.Room at end of hall.  It is a den with a large family photo hanging on the wall above a mantle, a man-eating plant sitting in the corner, and a badly painted over door on the far side of the room.

BERNARD
This is it.  We’re dead.  The odds of us getting out and rescuing Sandy are thirty---

DAVE
Bernard, please!  This is the last room and we haven’t found her yet.  Maybe we missed something.  You sure you guys checked everywhere?

SYD
Yep.  Me and Raze checked two whole floors….Razor?

They look around but she is nowhere to be found.

SYD
Where’d she go?

BERNARD
She was just within our party moments ago.

DAVE
Crap.  She must’ve gone into the wrong room…..into that weird kids room.

SYD
That’s not good.

Syd peeks out the door a little bit.

SYD
I don’t hear anything…maybe she hid in the closet…if he has a closet.

DAVE
Well that’s one more reason to hurry up and find Sandy.  I still don’t know what happened to Mike and Wendy and I assume Jeff is still standing outside.

Bernard looks above the mantle at the family photo.



BERNARD
Is this the family in question?  They used to look….happy….and….normal.  It’s been quite the change.  I’m curious as to what happened to them.

DAVE
I don’t know.  Frankly I don’t care.  All I can say is Sandy and the others better be okay.

The family photo shows the family as they were but gives off an uncomfortable feeling.  Syd walks over to examine the plant.

SYD
Hey Nard, what exactly is this thing?

BERNARD
No species I’ve ever encountered.  Looks like an amalgamation of two separate breeds indigenous to South America.

SYD
Dare you to touch it.

BERNARD
No thank you.  I quite like having my hand attached.

SYD
Wuss.

DAVE
Syd, come help me try and open this door, gotta be sealed off for a reason.

Syd joins Dave and they try to pry open the door that has been painted over.

SYD
No use, it won’t budge.

DAVE
I can’t believe we hit a dead end.

EDNA
Dead end is right!

From behind them, they are each stabbed with a syringe, they both yell and turn around to see Ed and Edna standing there.  Bernard screams and faints.

EDNA
You never learn.  You teenagers are always breaking in here.

DAVE
W….what did….what did you do to me?

EDNA
Just a sedative, it’ll wear off soon.  Gives me just enough time to drag your handsome butts to the dungeon.

Ed and Edna tie up Syd and Dave so they can’t move their arms.

SYD
Hey….can’t….move….

ED
Quite a number of them broke in tonight mother.  We’re going  to need better security.  I don’t think that sign on the fence outside is working.

DAVE
Let us….let us go…just want….girlfriend….

EDNA
Yeah, yeah, that’s what they all say.  Those cheerleaders are just mindless bimbos.  What do they have that I don’t?

SYD
Nice….pom poms?

ED
Dad is gonna have a field day with these ones.

EDNA
Enough babbling from the both of you.  Grab the fainted nerd and let’s take these tresspassers down to the dungeon.

DAVE
Stop….Sandy…not gonna get away with this….

EDNA
Come on Mr.Hero.

Edna grabs Syd and Dave, pushing them out of the room.  Ed picks up Bernard, half dragging him and follows Edna.  They lead the kids all the way down to the first floor main hall.

SYD
So many stairs…..

EDNA
I may kill this one before we get down there.

ED
I’m not sure if father needs them alive or not.

EDNA
Well then I say kill them all.  It’s getting late and I’m tired.

RAZOR
Nobody is killing anyone  tonight!

Razor is standing in the kitchen doorway, she is holding Edward’s hamster.

ED
Gilbert!

Ed drops Bernard to the floor.

ED
Let him go, he’s done nothing to you!

Razor begins slowly walking backwards as the group advances on her.

DAVE
Razor…..you’re…..you’re okay..

RAZOR
Let my friends go or the fluff ball gets it!

ED
No, please!

EDNA
Oh Ed we’ll get you another one.  Just kill her so I can go to bed.

RAZOR
I’m serious!  Let them go or…or….or…I’ll microwave the damn thing!

Razor opens the microwave and puts the hamster in.  She closes it and the hamster crawls up to the glass.

ED
Please!  Don’t!

EDNA
Well if you aren’t going to take care of these kids, I will.

Edna pulls a syringe out of her pocket.

RAZOR
I’m warning you!

Razor pushes a button setting a time on the microwave.  The hamster looks at Ed with the cutest, saddest face.

ED
Mom stop!  I can’t do this anymore.  We can’t do this.

EDNA
The hell we can’t!

ED
Mom please!  Listen to me.  I can’t live like this.  We can’t live like this.  I don’t want to lose my hamster.  I’ve already lost everything else.  My life, my friends…….my family.

EDNA
……………..I’m at least killing her.

ED
Mom, stop it!

Razor hovers her hand over the start button on the microwave.

RAZOR
I’ll do it!  I’m crazy!

SYD
Raze….take it…..easy…

ED
Mom don’t you remember?  Before the meteor?  We were a family.  You and dad had jobs, we moved a lot but we stayed happy.  You always made sure I was happy.  You made sure of that.  But I’m not happy.  At all………I never even got my ice cream……

Edna eases up and looks sad for a moment.  She is in deep thought and confused.

EDNA
Ice cream.  I….remember that night.  Twenty years ago…but…it’s too late.  We’ve done too much.  It needs us.

ED
It’s using us!  It’s not too late, we can talk to dad.  We don’t’ have to keep living like this.

Dave and Syd look at each other.  Razor looks over at the hamster who claws at the glass once.  Bernard wakes up.

BERNARD
Oh…what happened…I think i….

He sees the situation and freezes.

BERNARD
Oh….

EDNA
I feel so confused.  My head hurts….swimming.  I can’t.  Edward honey I’m so sorry.  The cause was clear, I don’t want any part of this.  You deserved so much better.  It’s too late for me.  You go..before I can’t change my mind.  But the meteor is going to be pissed.

ED
It has to be done mom.  For us.  And Gilbert.

EDNA
Just go.

Razor releases Gilbert and Dave and Syd are untied.  Ed holds his hamster.


ED
So glad you’re safe.  She didn’t hurt you did she, I know you’re scared.

Syd and Dave begin to come out of their sedated state.

SYD
Razor, you are one crazy redhead.

DAVE
Thank you, we need to save my girlfriend, can you take us to where she is?

ED
Yes. Follow me.  I just hope my dad isn’t too far gone.

They follow Edward to the bottom of the staircase in the main hall.  He presses a small switch behind the gargoyle on the railing.  The door next to the staircase opens up.

ED
It’s a bit damp down there and some  nuclear coils may be exposed so….don’t touch anything.

BERNARD
Awwww man…

They follow Edward down a set of stairs into a dimly lit furnace area.  The furnace is humming, rust covers the metal pipes, liquids drip here and there, and at one end an exposed radioactive rod is dripping glowing goo.

DAVE
Is this safe?

ED
Sure, just don’t eat it…or smell it….or look at it…

Bernard walks behind the group with his hands over his nose and mouth freaking out.  They reach the dungeon door and Ed unlocks it and lets them in.

ED
Sorry for the mess, haven’t been down here to clean in…..well twenty years.

BERNARD
I absolutely am not going to be able to proceed through this cavernous petri dish of allergenic diseases.

SYD
What’s the matter Bernie, you don’t like fresh air?

Syd takes a big sniff of the air and coughs very hard
The group continues to walk down to the lab.  It is made creepier by the fact that stray rays  of moonlight come through the bars from outside and due to the storm outside, water is running down the walls.  The skeletons remain on the walls.

DAVE
Look!

He bends down and picks up Michael’s camera.

RAZOR
Mike’s camera…

DAVE
I sear, if any of my friends are hurt….

ED
I’m not exactly sure what my dad does down here but if your friends are fresh subjects today then they should be alright….physically.

Once they reach the door, Ed unlocks it with a glowing key.  The large metal door opens revealing a big laboratory.  Machinery is everywhere and the first room houses a large blueprint of the mansion on a screen.  Ed momentarily stops, stares, shakes his head, and then resumes.

DAVE
You okay?

ED
It knows…

BERNARD
My…god…this…is…

SYD
This place just constantly amazes me.

ED
Used to be where we kept out summer stuff and my bike.  He’s……redecorated….a bit.

DAVE
Just take me to Sandy.

ED
As you wish.

The group walks to the other door.  Once on the other side, shadows of Fred operating can be seen on the walls.  Noises, laughs, and screams are heard.  They enter an even larger laboratory with machines running and Fred farther back at a smaller machine.  Jeff is next to him and Sandy is strapped to a table close to the group.

DAVE
Sandy!

SANDY
Dave!

RAZOR
Sandy!

SANDY
Razor!

FRED
Purple!

Purple tentacle looks quickly at Fred but says nothing.

DAVE
Sandy!

SANDY
Dave!

RAZOR
Sandy!

SANDY
Razor!

FRED
Purple!

Purple tentacle looks quickly at Fred but says nothing.
Dave runs over to Sandy.

FRED
Uh uh uh, I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

DAVE
You aren’t taking her you maniac!  Where are my friends!

FRED
Purple….you had one job…and you couldn’t even do that.

DAVE
Where are my friends!?

FRED
Shhhh, you’re going to anger it.  That’s the last thing we need.

A door at the other end of the room begins glowing.  Edward grabs his head in pain and grabs Bernard and Syd, Edna also appears and grabs Razor, smiling devilishly at her.

RAZOR
So much for the truce.

FRED
See?  Now you’ve upset it.  Happy now?

DAVE
What are you talking about!?  What did you do to my friends?!

FRED
Are you speaking of….

Fred pulls a lever next to him and two tables revolve forward showing Wendy and Michael strapped to them.  Their mouths are gagged and they try to yell at Dave for help but are too muffled.

DAVE
Let them go you son of a…..

Dave begins to run at Fred but is stopped.

FRED
Take one more step and I’ll turn their brains to mush.

Dave stops but is angrier than ever before.

DAVE
You’ll never get away with this.

FRED
Why does everyone keep saying that?  I’m pretty sure I am.  Edna, Edward, prep the others for the experiment.

DAVE
NO!!

FRED
You move one muscle and I liquidate your friends.

Dave watches helplessly as his friends are led to more operating tables.  They begin strapping them in as Fred continues to work the machine.

SANDY
Dave, I’m scared!

DAVE
Don’t worry baby, I’m gonna get us out of here….somehow.

Fred turns around, his hand on a large lever.

FRED
Pretty exciting to see everyone you know get their brains sucked out huh?

Wendy begins crying, Michael tries to reach and hold her hand.

FRED
All is ready.  It shall finally be done.

Just before Fred flips the switch, green tentacle hops into the room.

GREEN
Hey, have you seen where the cheese went?  Could’ve sworn we had some in the---

Green sees the entire scene in front of him.

GREEN
Oh…you’re busy, never mind.

Razor looks over to try and appeal to her new friend.

RAZOR
Dude!  You gotta help us!  Record deal remember?  We can make you our new drummer!

Green looks back and forth for a moment.

GREEN
Oh, that’s right….but…..Dr.Fred…will….then again, I’d much rather….sigh, I’m so sorry…

FRED
After many failed years, tonight we finally celebrate victory, oh sweet meteor!

Razor looks again sadly at the green tentacle.

RAZOR
Please….

Fred flips the switch and the kids begin writhing in pain.  A few begin to scream.

DAVE
NO!!

Green tentacle watches as his new friend Razor is jolted with pain.

GREEN
Ah….ah…what do I do….this is bad….oh…oh man.

It pauses unsure of what to do, taking it all in.

GREEN
I can’t believe I’m going to do this.

The tentacle reaches over and knocks over a jar of an unknown boiling liquid onto a big wire strung across the floor.  It melts the wire and catches fire and machines start to pop and explode and fall over and bottles break, things melt, sparks go all over, causing a chain reaction.  The main machine shorts out and the power cuts out stopping the experiment.

FRED
What? No…..NO!!

Fred spins around angrily to see what the cause was.  He sees green tentacle right in the middle of all the chaos with his hand still out hovering above the broken bottle.

FRED
TENTACLE!!

Purple tentacle is standing close by.

PURPLE
So cannot believe you did that.

FRED
You’ll melt for this!

Ed and Edna meanwhile start coming out of their trance, rubbing their heads.

FRED
I can’t believe this…all those years of work….decades…gone….tonight was it….I succeeded…but…you…

Fred gets up angry and determined.

FRED
That’s the last straw.  If I can’t succeed…then I’m taking you all down with me.

Fred opens a small glass enclosed button and presses it.  Red lights go off and an image appears on the computer screen that says ‘Self Destruct Armed’.

ED
Dad No!

PURPLE
We had a self destruct button!?  Dude!

EDNA
Oh no….

FRED
We can’t fail, not the meteor.  Never!  I won’t let us!

Fred runs into the glowing room.  Ed and Edna are now finally clear headed and Dave jumps into action.

DAVE
Help me free my friends and let’s get out of here!

Dave runs over and frees Sandy.

EDNA
Where….What happened?

ED
I…we’re free…mom, we’re free!

The revelation is almost too much for Edna to take in.

EDNA
Oh Edward, oh sweety I can’t believe it!

DAVE
Hurry and help me free them before the house goes up in smoke!

The kids and Edisons help free each other, the house starts rumbling and small explosions go off.

BERNARD
I suggest we quicken our pace so we are able to exit the premises while we have time.

ED
Wait, what about my dad!  We can’t just leave him here!

RAZOR
I don’t see why not.

DAVE
Razor!  He ran into that glowing room over there!

Dave points to the room and they all run over to it as explosions continue around them.  They look through the glass into the room and see Fred kneeling in front of a slimy meteorite.



FRED
I failed you.  I did my best.  I really did.  So many brains….so many souls…but it wasn’t enough…it was never enough….you took my family…and you took me….we gave our lives for you…please….spare us now.

The meteor oozes and whispers.

METEOR
Failure….

FRED
I’m sorry…I have nothing left to give…

The meteor mentally attacks Fred’s mind, making him grab his head and scream in pain.

ED
It’s killing him!

DAVE
We’ve gotta get him out of there!

WENDY
We can’t go in there, that whole room is radiated beyond belief!

ED
We have to do something!

RAZOR
I still think the dude deserves it.

Mike looks away from the door at the radiation suit hanging on the wall.  Then back at the meteor, then back to the suit, then the meteor, then the suit.

MIKE
Guys back up…..I’ve got an idea.

Mike is now wearing the suit and ready to enter the room.

WENDY
Mike no!  What if that doesn’t work?!


MIKE
Maybe I’ll get super powers or something.

WENDY
That’s not funny!  You could die!

MIKE
Relax, I’ll be fine, I promise.  This will work.  Everybody get outside!  Now!

DAVE
Good luck man.  Be careful.  I better see you outside.

WENDY
Don’t leave me.

Wendy kisses the helmet and looks at Mike.

MIKE
I’ll see you outside.

They release hands and she leaves with the others.  They pass both tentacles on their way out.

GREEN
We’re gonna die!!

PURPLE
We’re too young!!

GREEN
I love you!!

PURPLE
I love you too!!

RAZOR
Yo buddy!  Follow us, this whole place is coming down!

The tentacles follow as Michael enters the glowing room.  He walks past Fred and right up to the meteor.

MIKE
You know, you’re causing a lot of trouble around here.

METEOR
……world….you….die….alll….

FRED
Ahhh!  Don’t touch it!  We failed it!  Ahhhh!

MIKE
Yeah, yeah.  My friends aren’t going to die because of some oozing space rock.

Michael grabs the meteor.

FRED
No!  Ahhhhh! It needs….please I beg you!

MIKE
Shut up!

Michael rips the meteor from its holdings.

METEOR
Musn’t….all die….put back….

FRED
Ah…..my mind…..where….who are you?.....what is all of this?

MIKE
I’m Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan, you have to get out of this house now before it all blows up!

FRED
What?  What!?  Blows up!?

MIKE
Go now!!

Fred hesitantly runs out of the room, fumbling as he goes in complete confusion.

MIKE
Alright, now it’s your turn.

The meteor begins to ooze.

INT.Mansion first floor.  The group is running out of the house followed not too far behind by Fred.  The house is starting to fall apart as fire and explosions rock the mansion.

RAZOR
This is crazy!

BERNARD
AAHHHHH!

DAVE
Come on, out the front door!

They all run towards the door.

EXT.Backyard at the car garage.  Michael is putting the meteor into the trunk of the Edsel.

METEOR
Failure…plans….die….

MIKE
You  never shut up do you?

He shuts the trunk.  The car is facing the back hills of the property.

MIKE
I really hope this works.

He reaches inside and flicks all the switches.  The car hums to life and the rockets spit flames.  The house suddenly explodes behind him as he dives to the ground, the blast giving the car a great push and the rockets lifting it upwards.  The car shoots off into the stars.  Michael watches.  Once the car is gone, he falls onto his back on the grass, rain falling all around him.

MIKE
Phew…….and not a single damn photo….

The house burns and a funnel of smoke reaches into the sky.
The scene fades to later that evening.  The mansion has burned down, smoke rising from it.  Police and fire vehicles surround the area.  The kids are under blankets keeping warm by the police.

SYD
Can’t believe we did that.

RAZOR
I know, it was so rockin’

WENDY
Great idea with the meteor, Mike.

MIKE
All in a days work really.

JEFF
I’m still thirsty.

BERNARD
I seriously need my inhaler.

SANDY
Thank you so much for saving me, baby.

DAVE
Anything for you babe.

RAZOR
Ugh…vomit, puke, upchuck.

The cop from earlier walks by to his car.  He and Dave exchange angry glances at each other until the cop leaves in his car.  The police walk a handcuffed Edison family towards an open police van.

FRED
Wait.

He looks to Dave and takes a step closer.

FRED
I’m sorry……I’ve done things against my will that I will never be forgiven for.  But, I thank you for helping me break free.

Dave doesn’t smile but understanding is clear on his face.

COP
Alright, let’s go.

The Edisons are put in a van and driven off.

WENDY
Shame, I’m sure they were a nice loving family before all of this.

SYD
Yeah….but they did murder a lot of people.

RAZOR
So Jeff, did that dude actually melt your brain or anything?

JEFF
I just wanted some moon water.

RAZOR
Uh-huh…..

DAVE
Sandy?  What about you?  You feeling okay?

SANDY
Kill. Destroy. Melt brains.

There is silence as everyone looks at one another unsure if her brain was melted or not.

SANDY
I’m just kidding Davey, You’re such a tunahead!  I checked for moon water though, they must’ve been out.

Dave looks at Sandy nervously.

DAVE
Yeah…that was probably it.

SYD
---whispers to Razor---  Is it mean that I’m unsure if she got brain melted or not?

RAZOR
I was thinking the same thing.

JEFF
And thus, the Batman solves another night of crime.

BERNARD
Really?  You never cease to amaze me and how you’ve made it this far.

SANDY
---To Dave---  Is Jeff really Batman?

DAVE
No, he’s just kidding, he’s not…..let’s all just go home.

Dave gives a small laugh and some of the others join in still  unsure if Sandy and Jeff got their minds melted or not.  The camera pans out to a full landscape shot as the theme song to Maniac Mansion video game plays.





THE END.

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  7. Now it's my turn to take a little to read all of this lol, what a week. I shall read this novella and report back with what I think.
    I"m glad you like Maniac Mansion, any specific likes or anything that could be tweaked or anything?
    So dead tired and exhausted. Might post again later tonight but forecast is showing passing out to sleep but i'll do my bestest!

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  9. I shall review the writing more in depth tomorrow when I get the chance but before I go to bed.....
    I thought it was good and want to read more lol, a few spelling and grammatical stuff was wrong but I did want to keep reading lol
    I don't mean for these to be short, just keep getting to them too late in the night but....
    and you better watch this one....

    https://youtu.be/VZSKN312BXw

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  11. I feel like I should start each one of these with an i'm sorry because my timing is so crappy but I'm making sure I post something for you at least with the big ones coming along as well.
    But a part of me makes me remember it like it was in the beginning with my take forever messages back on facebook haha.
    Star Wars is looking crazy good and the one thing i've heard so far is that it contains a big event and reveal. Which my guess will be is that Rey is somehow related to Luke. A sort of another take on the I am Your Father from the second movie in the orignal trilogy.
    I want to read more of your story! ahhh
    I also started writing another story that follows a girl as she fights through various mysteries and people to reach a certain goal, I know very vague and cliche but there's a bit too much to write to explain. I have to find the papers that I started writing it on and retype it up here. I call it Limits. She gets put the to the test to find all of her "limits', such as pain and heart etc.
    Updates are that things are still looking in the direction that I am putting it on and I know Memorial Day was something on everyone's mind. I have no idea how that day is going to go, it could be an all day thing or something I have to shift as close as I can to it. There are just a lot of factors going on at once right now that are hard to balance emotionally and time wise but continue to rest assured please please please. Still continues to be no need for any worries or concerns I promise.
    Work is getting to be so hard for me because I'm so tired and I have a feeling that I am in danger of getting fired from there. I do have a lot of pretty neat things holding in my cube at Half Price that I really want to purchase and get out of there.
    Have you been doing any gaming or purchasing in the time that has passed since before?
    Have you seen Bob's Burgers at all?
    I was remembering all the stuff that went on with Ellen today and felt bad about how I acted when you were with them, it was just such a wrong feeling I had and I still feel bad that I made such a big deal out of it. I hope you understand what made me feel that way though.
    I need to get back to drawing too. I started a Harley Quinn Christmas drawing but never finished it, that's about it.
    Getting real sleepy and gotta be up for work again so unfortunately I have to go again, looking forward to reading the next post and have a very wonderful night and sweet dreams.

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