Oct 21, 2021
Be careful what you wish for.
Please Ouija Please
Written and produced by Julie Hoverson
This is one of my newer short audio pieces. Another one where a single scene in some movie will stick in my head and I will come up with an entirely new story - in this case, a nurse walking away, and someone sneaking out of their rooms at night. Can't even recall what movie it was, but the whole story came to me in an instant.
Please Ouija Please
MUSIC - MELANCHOLY
SCENE 1. OLD FOLKS HOME
SOUND DOOR SHUTS VERY QUIETLY
SOUND SOFT FOOTSTEPS
NURSE 1 [report, quiet] Everything's fine in here.
SOUND THEY WALK AWAY
NURSE 2 The boys have been fractious tonight. They keep claiming they have to "go home." [chuckles sadly] These senile cases. At least they aren't the type to play grabsies like frat boys.
NURSE 1 I'd hate for any of our oldies to get out and go missing like those kids from over the hill.
NURSE 2 I know. Who knows what could be happening to the poor little things?
SOUND THEY GO OUT A DISTANT DOOR, IT SHUTS
SOUND AFTER A MOMENT, A NEARBY DOOR OPENS
MAUDE [whispered] All clear.
WINIFRID [whispered] Do you see the boys?
MAUDE There they are. Stay close, Winnie!
SOUND VERY SOFT SLIPPERED FOOTSTEPS
MUSIC - MYSTICAL
SCENE 2. ATTIC
SOUND MATCHES STRIKE
EDGAR [bragging] Stole these from the orderly.
WINIFRID You could have got caught!
SOUND CHALK WRITING - WITH MAUDE'S LETTERS
GRISWOLD I was watching his back.
GRISWOLD If anyone came, I was gonna fake a seizure or something. At least til Eddie got clear.
MAUDE F-G-H-I- [falters] uh--
MAUDE right. M- N-
EDGAR I couldn't find anything quite like a reader thing--
WINIFRID A planchette.
EDGAR Yeah, one of those. But maybe this would work.
GRISWOLD We don't want to take any chances. Not again.
WINIFRID [agreeing dolefully] Nuh-uh!
EDGAR But this - I found this magnifying glass - it can circle letters.
WINIFRID They use a little drinking glass in the movies. When they don't have a proper one.
GRISWOLD There's no time to go get anything else. And they lock up the dining hall.
EDGAR We can all touch the edges of the magnifier. It's big enough.
MAUDE Y-Z. There.
SOUND WRITING ENDS
WINIFRID [anxious] Now put yes and no.
GRISWOLD And Goodbye. NEVER forget goodbye.
SOUND WRITING AGAIN
MAUDE [sigh as she starts] Good...bye.
SOUND DRAGGING OF MAGNIFYING GLASS ACROSS GROUND.
WINIFRID That's awful noisy. Are you sure they won't hear?
GRISWOLD I don't think so.
MAUDE [writing, not responding] Yes.
EDGAR You always agree with Griswold.
MAUDE [writing, not responding] No.
WINIFRID Hush, Eddie.
MAUDE [finished] There. What? [waits] We better start. Who knows when they'll spot we're all gone.
GRISWOLD Circle up.
SOUND SCUFFLING MOVEMENT
EDGAR We all got to touch this.
SOUND MAGNIFYING GLASS SET ON FLOOR
WINIFRID Who starts?
MAUDE Griz did it before, he has to again. Do you remember who to call?
GRISWOLD Shh. [in an important voice] We are here to call on the spirits. Are there any here?
SOUND MAGNIFYING GLASS SLIDES
EDGAR [hushed but excited] Yes!
WINIFRID I didn't--!
MAUDE Shh! Go on Griz.
GRISWOLD We need to speak to the spirit we found before. The one named--
WINIFRID It's moving.
EDGAR Spelling something!
GRISWOLD Sh. Don't say it if you don't have to.
MAUDE I wasn't saying it, I was--
WINIFRID It was the same name, I was watching.
EDGAR Me too!
GRISWOLD Are you here?
WINIFRID [blurting] Please let us go home!
MAUDE Shh. You know it's not that easy.
GRISWOLD We want to reverse what happened. Can we do that?
EDGAR [shaky and excited] Yes!
MAUDE How? [prompting] Ask how?
GRISWOLD How can we reverse it?
WINIFRID [whimpers, cries] No.
WINIFRID [crying] What?
GRISWOLD [ignoring her] Who do we have to--
MAUDE [reading] Anyone.
GRISWOLD How many? How many total?
GRISWOLD I don't want to get fooled again. Is it one for all of us, or one each?
WINIFRID I can't!
MAUDE [reading] Only One.
MAUDE [sigh] We have to, or we'll be here forever.
EDGAR And forever ain't gonna last very long. [slight whine] I want to go home, don't you, Winnie?
WINIFRID I- I- [breaking down into tears] Y-yes. I want mommy!
MAUDE Do we all have to,.. help? Or can you handle it, Griz?
GRISWOLD Me? Um. I'll ask. [clears throat] Who needs to - uh - do the killing?
GRISWOLD [reading] No matter.
EDGAR You make it say it clear!
GRISWOLD [commanding] If I do it - kill someone - will that count for all of us so we can go home?
SOUND MOVING - ONE SHIFT
MAUDE [sharp, reading] Yes!
GRISWOLD Okay, then.
EDGAR [dubious] I-I- can help?
GRISWOLD I got us into this.
WINIFRID But Edgar made the wish.
MAUDE You are the one who said we all wanted to be older.
GRISWOLD [grim] Never mind. Let's get it over with.
EDGAR Don't forget to say--
ALL JOIN IN Goodbye.
SOUND LONG WAIT, THEN MOVING - ONE SHIFT
SCENE 3. NEWS
NEWS1 Breaking news tonight is the fire at the Ronson Elder Care facility that claimed three lives. No details at this time as to the cause of the conflagration. More as the story develops.
NEWS2 In other, more pleasant, news, four young siblings who have been missing in the Ronson area for almost two weeks have mysteriously found their way home.
NEWS1 I'm sure we all wish them the best.
MUSIC STING TO END