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The Dummy - (Short)
by Mel Trocino (meltrocino@yahoo.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Drama   User Review: **1/2
A woman arrives home and discovers two masked men inside her house and what they are up to.


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FADE IN:

INT. OFFICE ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
A YOUNG MAN is on his knees, hands tied behind his back and
his mouth is gagged.

He is wearing a white long sleeve shirt, a black pants and a
black tie.

Behind him is a MAN on SKI MASK, wearing a bright blue
shirt, with a SUPERMAN logo.

He grabs the young man's hair, and points a gun to his
temple.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN
Last chance fuck head! Tell me
where it is or I'll blow your
fucking head off, you hear!
                                                            
Another MASKED MAN enters the room. He is carrying a
suitcase. He's wearing a gray T-SHIRT with a BATMAN logo
printed in front.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
      (to Masked Man 1)
How the fuck he's going to talk if
he's got shit in his mouth!
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 1
Shut the fuck up! n' Where the
hell have you been?
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
Don't worry about it shit head -
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 1
      (paranoid)
- Fuck you man! We gotta find this
shit FAST.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
Would you fuckin' relax -
                                                            
Masked man 2 sets the suitcase on the table.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2 (CONT'D)
- Look what I've found and I think
it's in here man.
                                                            

2.

                       MASKED MAN 1
You think? You're a FUCKIN' idiot!
                                                            
Masked man 1 turns to the CABINETS behind him and starts
rummaging through it.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 1 (CONT'D)
- Do what you gotta do, I'm
checking here.
                                                            
Masked man 2 dumps the suitcase's contents, while the other
trashes out the cabinet.
                                                            
 
EXT. DRIVEWAY - EVENING
                                                            
A white HONDA ODYSSEY van parks in the driveway. The garage
door opens up.

A WOMAN in her early 50's steps out of the van. She is
wearing a stylish business dress and shoes.

The woman goes to back of the van and grabs a shopping bag
and a couple of grocery bags.

She closes the door and notices a RED MUSTANG car parked on
the street, a couple of houses down.

Her eyebrows connects and her lips tightens. She shakes her
head in disbelief and exhales through her nose.

She turns around and enters the garage.
                                                            
 
INT. GARAGE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Inside, we see a group of MANNEQUINS standing close
together. They're all dressed in a fashionable outfits.

The woman sets the bags on the table and grabs a HAT and a
SCARF from the shopping bag.

She goes to one of the Mannequins and dresses it up with
them.

She crosses her arms and likes what she sees.

Satisfied, she enters the house with the grocery bags.

We see the garage door closing down.
                                                            
 

3.

INT. LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The camera pans on picture frames hanging on the wall.

On the photos, we see the woman and her family. We see her,
her HUSBAND, a TEENAGER DAUGHTER and two YOUNG BOYS.

The woman enters.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
Hey GUYS, I'm HOME.
                                                            
No response, she continues to the next room.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The woman sets her purse and car keys on the counter.

She goes to the dinner table and unpacks the grocery bag.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
GUYS! Dinner is here!
                                                            
She hears a muffled T.V. sound in the next room. She goes to
it.
                                                            
 
INT. ENTERTAINMENT PLAY ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The woman enters the play room. Toy are scattered all around
the area.

A violent T.V. program is on and it's loud. She shuts it
off.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
HEY GUYS, YOU LEFT THE T.V. ON
AGAIN!
                                                            
The whole place is unusually quiet, she looks confused. She
leaves the room.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY (DOOR TO BASEMENT) - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The woman opens the door and calls out down the basement.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
CINDY! Are you guys down there?
                                                            
 

4.

INT. FAMILY ROOM BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
In the sofa, a TEENAGE GIRL is making out with her
BOYFRIEND.

We recognizes her from the family wall pictures.

She hears her mom and jumps up.
                                                            
                       TEENAGE GIRL
SHIT! My mom is here. Get up,
HURRY!
                                                            
The boyfriend quickly grabs his leather boots and leather
jacket and disappears to the next room.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY (DOOR TO BASEMENT) - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The woman hears something down the basement and starts
climbing down.
                                                            
 
INT. FAMILY ROOM BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The woman makes it down the basement.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
CINDY!
                                                            
The teenager quickly fixes her hair and shirt.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I'm over here mom, what's up?
                                                            
                       MOM
Why didn't you answer?
                                                            
                       CINDY
I didn't hear you mom, 'til now.
                                                            
Mom doesn't believe her.
                                                            
                       MOM
Umhmm.
                                                            
Cindy looks away.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I swear mom.
                                                            

5.

                       MOM
Can you swear to me that isn't
Lucas' car out there?
                                                            
                       CINDY
W-what car?
                                                            
                       MOM
      (mad)
Don't play with me young lady!
That Red Mustang out there - is
that Lucas' car?
                                                            
Cindy gives up and exhales.
                                                            
                       CINDY
      (whispers)
Yes.
                                                            
                       MOM
I didn't hear you.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Yes mom, he's here, okay.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (mad)
Are you out of your mind! You guys
BROKE up.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Well mom, SURPRISE! We're back
together. Sorry for not telling
you.
                                                            
                       MOM
CINDY! The guy CHEATED on you, how
could you -
                                                            
                       CINDY
      (interrupts)
- I know mom, I know!
                                                            
                       MOM
Then what's all this?
                                                            
                       CINDY
I don't know.
      (beat)
I-I love him.
                                                            

6.

                       MOM
      (mad)
Oh my GOD Cindy! You've lost it!
You totally lost it! I don't know
what I'm going to do with you!
      (beat)
Do you remember what we went
through, last time this happened?
                                                            
                       CINDY
PLEASE MOM! I don't wanna talk
about it right now.
                                                            
Cindy walks away from her.

Beat.

Mom lowers her head and thinks for a minute. She shakes her
head in defeat.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (emotional)
Listen honey, it hurts me to see
you in PAIN. I just don't want US
to go through that again?
                                                            
Mom wraps her arms around her.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I know, I understand. Just trust
me on this one, please. I'll be
fine, don't worry.
                                                            
Beat.

Mom kisses Cindy in the forehead and forces a smile.
                                                            
                       MOM
Okay fine. But if YOU start acting
like before.
      (joking)
I'm sending you to Saint Mary's
Convent or lock you up down to our
dungeon. Do I make myself clear?
                                                            
                       CINDY
      (smiles)
Yes mom! But, if that jack ass
CHEATS on me again. I'll beat the
CRAP out of him.
                                                            
Mom chuckles.
                                                            

7.

                       MOM
You promise.
                                                            
                       CINDY
I promise.
                                                            
The two women laughs.
                                                            
                       MOM
Hey - where are your brothers?
                                                            
                       CINDY
I think they're in their room
playing, why?
                                                            
                       MOM
Oh nothing, they just left the
T.V. on, again and a big mess.
                                                            
                       CINDY
      (upset)
I told those guys -
                                                            
                       MOM
- It's okay! Go get dinner ready
and I'll go get them.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Okay.
                                                            
Mom starts to climb up.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN
And mom -
      (beat)
- thanks for understanding.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (smiles)
Sure honey.
                                                            
Mom goes up and disappears.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
Mom looks up to the 2nd floor.
                                                            
                       MOM
Guys, it's dinner time! Come down.
                                                            

8.

No response.

She climbs up the stairs.
                                                            
 
INT. KIDS BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Mom enters the room. The wall is covered with SUPER HEROES
posters. A bunk bed is in the corner and next to it are two
small study desks, and on the other corner is 20" Flat
Screen T.V.

There's no one in the room. Mom is confused and exits out.
                                                            
 
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Mom looks at all directions.
                                                            
                       MOM
JEFF! JOHN! Where are you guys.
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The two MASKED MEN freezes. They hear the woman outside the
door.

The young hostage JUMPS up and tries to yell, but the masked
man behind him grabs him and COVERS his mouth. The other one
holds his legs.

The young hostage tries to break free and the two struggles
to hold him.
                                                            
 
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY (OFFICE DOOR) - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Mom hears an unusual sound inside the room.

She tries to open the door, but it's LOCK.
                                                            
                       MOM
JEFF! JOHN! Are you guys in there?
                                                            
She bangs the door.
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The two MASKED MEN are all over the hostage.

They speak in low voices:
                                                            

9.

                       MASKED MAN 1
Who the FUCK is that?
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
Don't know man.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 1
Well FUCK! Get rid of the BITCH
and I'll deal with this fucker.
                                                            
He pulls out a Big KNIFE.
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
Fuck that! We both get rid of this
SHIT head, then we'll take care of
the bitch.
                                                            
The other one nods.
                                                            
 
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY (OFFICE DOOR) - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Mom definitely heard something inside. She is now scared.
                                                            
                       MOM
Who's in there? Open this door
NOW!
                                                            
Nothing happens. She sprinted downstairs.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
                                                            
Mom snatches the keys next to her purse and exits out.
                                                            
 
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY (OFFICE DOOR) - EVENING
                                                            
At the door, Mom struggles to find the key, her hands are
shaking.

She finds it and unlocks the door.
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The door OPENS.

Mom is standing at the door. Her EYES and MOUTH drops.

MOM'S P.O.V. -

Two YOUNG BOYS in SKI MASK. They are wearing a Superman and

10.

Batman T-shirts.

The boys are carrying PLASTIC TOY GUNS and a Huge PLASTIC
KNIFE. They are wrestling a MANNEQUIN in a white long sleeve
shirt, a black pants and a black tie.

RETURN TO SCENE -
                                                            
                       MOM
      (mad)
What the HELL is going on here!
                                                            
                       BOTH BOYS
      (surprised)
MOM!
                                                            
The two boys takes their masks off. We recognizes them from
the Family pictures.
                                                            
                       MOM
My God! look at this place? Wait
'til your DAD finds out about
this.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Please mom, don't tell dad.
                                                            
Mom ignores him. She sees the MANNEQUIN on the desk and her
eyebrows connects. She looks furious and walks over to them.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (mad)
I TOLD you guys not to PLAY with
this thing!
                                                            
Mom grabs the mannequin and drags it out to the door.
                                                            
                       JEFF/JOHN
Sorry mom!
                                                            
                       MOM
Yes, I'm sorry too! You're both
GROUNDED!
                                                            
                       JEFF/JOHN
BUT MOM!
                                                            
                       MOM
No buts about it. Clean this place
up and get ready for dinner.
                                                            

11.

Mom leaves.

The two boys argues and starts blaming each other.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
                                                            
Cindy is preparing the table for dinner.

Mom walks in, dragging the mannequin.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (mad)
CINDY! How could you let your
brothers play with this thing?
                                                            
                       CINDY
How did they get that DUMMY up
there?
                                                            
                       MOM
You tell me?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Mom I swear, I didn't know
anything about it. They must have
sneaked it in.
                                                            
                       MOM
Yup, they did, and by that, you're
GROUNDED too.
                                                            
                       CINDY
MOM!
                                                            
Mom did not answer. She leaves the kitchen with the dummy.
                                                            
                       CINDY
      (mad)
URGH! I'm going to kill those
guys!
                                                            
Cindy sits on the chair.

Her BOYFRIEND walks in. He is wearing a Leather Jacket and a
Leather Boots. He wears a Bandanna over his pony tailed
blond hair.

We recognizes him.

He's the kidnapped TEENAGER that the kids used in their
imagination.
                                                            

12.

                       LUCAS
What the HELL is the matter with
you?
                                                            
                       CINDY
Oh SHUT up Lucas.
                                                            
                       LUCAS
      (upset)
SHIT! I'm just asking, man.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Just go home and I'll see you
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       LUCAS
Fuck tomorrow! I've got shit to
do.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Fine! Get the HELL out of here
then.
                                                            
                       LUCAS
Yeah whatever -
                                                            
Lucas walks towards the door.
                                                            
                       LUCAS
      (quietly)
- Fucking bitch.
                                                            
Lucas exits out.
                                                            
                       CINDY
Asshole.
                                                            
                                         FADES TO:
                                                            
 
INT. KIDS BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Briefly, we watch a VIOLENT television program on T.V.

The camera moves to the door and suddenly -

Two POLICE MAN enters the room and each of them are carrying
a huge DUFFEL BAGS.

We do not see their heads and faces. We only see them from
NECK down.

They dump the contents of the duffel bags on the table.

13.


We see lots of bags of; COCAINE, WEEDS, CRYSTAL METHS, bags
of PILLS with different colors, and bundles of CASH coming
out of the bags.

Their voices are familiar to us. It is the same voices from
the Masked Men earlier.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1
DAMN! Look at all this shit man.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 2
Fuck Yeah! We're rich!
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1
Hey, did you SEE the look on that
shithead's face when we pulled him
over?
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1
YEAH! I loved it man! Especially
right before I blasted his Fucking
head off.
                                                            
The two guys busted laughing.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1
It was like, a Kodak moment.
                                                            
The two continues laughing as they SORTS out their "prizes."
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1 (CONT'D)
Hey! Where are those JEWELRY'S at?
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 2
They're with the BITCHES.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1
What bitches?
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 2
The fucking WHORES man! Did you
forget?
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN
Oh! And where they at?
                                                            
                       MASKED MAN 2
Come on bro, I thought you already
knew -
                                                            
Police man 2 walks to the closet.
                                                            

14.

                       POLICE MAN 2 (CONT'D)
- in here man.
                                                            
He SLIDES the door open.

We see two HOOKERS wearing expensive JEWELRY all around
them.

Their hands and feet are tied. Their mouths are DUCT TAPED.
Their make-ups are all smeared and they look scared.

We recognizes them.

It's MOM and CINDY.

The CAMERA slowly zooms in to their faces.

In the background we hear -
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1 (O.S.)
What the FUCK! I thought we got
rid of these BITCHES man?
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 2 (O.S.)
You said you were going to take
care of it.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1 (O.S.)
NO! You said that.
                                                            
Beat.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 2 (O.S.)
Fuck it then. Lets get this over
with.
                                                            
                       POLICE MAN 1 (O.S.)
      (excited)
Fuck yeah!
                                                            
ANGLE ON - POLICE MEN, CONNECTING A SILENCER TO THEIR GUNS.

CLOSE UP -

On the women's FACES. They SHAKE their heads and SCREAMS
through the duct tape.

TEARS and FEARS filling their eyes.

The screen BLACKS out and the SILENCER fires.
                                                            


THE END


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From Curtis Harmon Date 4/5/2013 **1/2
Quite interesting I must say. But I fear, reading it and watching it will produce a different understanding. While reading it, I really think these are some real bad guys. How will you pull this off when I'm watching it and seeing that they are just kids?


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