Love Now Departed

SYNOPSIS

A man returns from war only to learn that his lover has died while he was away. But when she suddenly reappaers, he doesn’t wish to question this gift for fear of what it might mean.


This one was my first real attempt at writing an audio play. And despite it only being presented here in a rough treatment-like state, there’s actually a full script somewhere. It definitely needs some heavy revision, but I think the general flow of everything is ready for another draft. As it stands, once I get the time to re-format it for here, I’ll post the script I already have.

Be sure to join me each night over on Twitch to chat along as I type like a monkey at a keyboard. 


EXT. TOWN – DAY

SAM WILSON returns to his small hometown after fourteen months of service overseas.

INT. WATSON’S DRUGS – DAY

Sam reunites with his friends, FRANK and MR. WATSON. But as they catch-up, they inform Sam that his girlfriend, OLIVIA, hasn’t been seen or heard from in months.

EXT. SERLING HOUSE – DAY

Sam rushes to the Serling family house and speaks with Olivia’s MOTHER. She informs Sam that her daughter died and that Sam is to blame.

FADE TO:

INT. WATSON’S DRUGS – NIGHT

Frank and Mr. Watson attempt to console Sam, but are just as confused as Sam is about Olivia’s supposed death. They propose that her mother was simply lying to hurt him, but Sam doesn’t believe it.

EXT. TOWN – NIGHT

Sam leaves for home, walking through town, only for Olivia to appear there and then. Sam can’t believe what he’s seeing, Olivia apologizes for her mother, and the two happily embrace one another.

Confused and comforted by his friends, Sam returns home only to meet a very-much alive Olivia. And together, they return home.

FADE TO:

INT. WATSON’S DRUGS – DAY

Sometime later, Frank and Mr. Watson attempt to help Sam make sense of everything. Why Olivia’s family lied, why she only sees him late at night. Frank suggests that, perhaps, Olivia was forced to marry while Sam was away. That she’s sneaking out at night while her husband sleeps.

Sam doesn’t believe this, but accepts Frank’s offer to follow Olivia home after their meeting and see if this is true.

EXT. TOWN – NIGHT

As Sam and Olivia are out for their walk one evening, Frank and Mr. Watson are keeping a close eye on them from a safe distance. But when they attempt to follow Olivia home, she vanishes. The trail coming to a dead end at the local cemetery.

INT. PHOTOMAT – DAY

When Frank develops the film from Mr. Watson’s camera, they discover that Olivia is something else, something not quite human.

INT. SAM’S APARTMENT – DAY

Sam doesn’t believe what he sees when Frank shows him the photographs, insisting that they were doctored, that Frank is playing an awful joke on him

EXT. CHURCH – DAY

Unsure how to help Sam, Frank turns to a local PRIEST. The Priest reveals a local family paid the church to bury a newborn who died shortly after birth, a baby born out of wedlock. However, he also buried the mother, a young woman who died during childbirth.

EXT. CHURCH/CEMETERY – LATER

Frank takes Sam to the grave site, and Frank can no longer deny what’s going on.

FADE TO:

INT. SAM’S APARTMENT – DAY

The Priest blesses Sam’s apartment in the hope of keeping Olivia away. He doesn’t do this because he believes in ghosts or that Sam is being haunted, but because he’s compelled to help a young man through his time of suffering.

INT. SAM’S APARTMENT – NIGHT

When Olivia returns that night, Frank helps Sam resist her calls and cries for help. But, in the end, Sam can’t help but leave with her. When Frank attempts to follow after them, the two vanish into the night.

EXT. CHURCH/CEMETERY – NIGHT

Together, Frank and Mr. Watson go off in search of Sam. And the two eventually find him dead at the grave of Olivia and their child.

FADE OUT:

THE END

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