THE CREAKING DOOR Tales of Terror THE CARNIVAL Part 2
(SFX: Approaching woman’s footsteps)
Did Ashley get to see the clown’s show?
Yes. Apparently, it’s a sort of day care so there’s a show going on all the time.
All day entertaining kids? Must be exhausting.
Heck of a way to earn your dinner.
The receptionist said most parents drop off their kids to Mr. Giggles eventually, just to catch a breather.
Sounds pretty smart to me.
(SFX: Clown Tent Children laughing again)
Sounds like the perfect way for Ashley to spend some time while we catch up.
Right, we talk grownup talk while Ashley watches Mr. Giggles wear funny shoes and orange hair and make balloon animals!
Actually, I never saw Mr. Giggles. (trailing off) But I suppose all clowns are the same….
(Cross Fade Carnival sounds and children laughing to POV interior Clown Tent)
(SFX: Soft whimpering of children, sobs, feeble cries for “mommy”)
CLOWN: (voice low, gravelly, whispered, menacing)
Ahhh, you miserable little wretches. You know why you’re here, don’t you? Your mommies and daddies have abandoned you. They’ve left you, and given you to ME! “Mr. Giggles”. Heh. You’re all MINE now, you tasty little morsels. Mr. Giggles the clown is here to frighten you! To scare you! Adults think these huge feet, wild hair and grotesque make-up are supposed to make me FUNNY to children? Well, we both know how much like a MONSTER they make me look, don’t we? Hmmmm my little morsels?
(SFX: Frightened squirms of children)
Miserable little wretches! So easily scared. You miss your parents, don’t you? They’ve betrayed you and given you to ME! But don’t worry. I’ll never leave you. I’ll always be there in the dark where you can’t see me. Under your beds. In that dark open closet door. Lurking in the shadows of the corners. I’ll be that noise you can’t explain, that creak outside your dark bedroom door. And don’t think that nightlights can scare me away. I can slip into your rooms ANYTIME I want. And if you hide under the covers it just gives me the opportunity to drop down from the ceiling and hover over you like spiders do, heh heh heh heh. (Cross fade sound of laughing clown and crying kids out, with sound of laughing children, add roller coaster roar coming to a halt add laughing adults HARVEY, ANNA, PRICILLA, MEL)
I always liked a good roller coaster ride. That was fun.
(SFX: Clown Tent Children laughing again)
Sounds like the children are still enjoying themselves.
Yeah, maybe you won’t be missed at all. You might have a hard time getting Ashley home, Pricilla.
I told you it’s Cilla! (stifles a short cry)
Harvey! I warned you!
I’m sorry , it just came out!
Honey! It’s all right.
I’m going to get Ashley.
Harvey Cooper! You just had to stick your foot in your mouth, didn’t you?
I said I was sorry!
Well, the damage has been done, now. Sorry is too late! Honestly!
Mel, I really apologize, I just slipped into old habits, forgot myself--
I think when she comes back, we should be gone, Harvey.
And we just met after so long—
Come on Harvey! (fading) I’m so embarrassed!
(SFX: Women’s footsteps, children laughing louder, fair sounds fading)
I can’t believe I put on such a display. I should be over this. I should be stronger. (sigh) Okay. Focus, now. You’ve come here for your little girl. Hello? I’ve got my claim badge. Hello? What was her name? Connie? I’ve come to get my daughter! Hello? Huh. Looks like I’ll have to go in myself. Must be just behind this tent flap.
(SFX: Tent flap pulled back, sounds of children laughing quick cross fade to whimpering sounds, distant growling of Mr. Giggles)
Wha… (slowly) What’s going on here?
And you’ll never forget! What? Ohhhh, we have a visitor, do we? Why, she looks grown up, but I remember you. When you were a little girl at your birthday party, so long ago, but I recall it like it was yesterday. You’re one of my little morsels, aren’t you, Pricilla?
No… please no… It’s Cilla…
Yes. Come in, Pricilla, come in. Always welcome to see you. I remember you well. Your parents brought me to you, how nice of them to offer you up to me on your fifth birthday. And all your friends, too. Your friends—they laughed at you because you were afraid of me, didn’t they? “Prissy Pricilla” they called you. They chanted it, over and over and over until you cried, hmmm? And that ‘s what I’ve been calling you every night since, in my little visits to you in the dark, when you were alone, isn’t that right, Prissy Pricilla?
PRICILLA: (mother begins whimpering like children)
No… no…. no…mommy make him go away
I thought I had sapped all the life out of you when you broke down, and so I left you for a time. But here you are again, back for more, aren’t you, Pricilla? And they always come back to me. Always. And now you’ve brought your little dearie to me, too. How thoughtful. So fresh, so innocent. Ahhhhh, the fears she has yet to know. And you my dear, here’s some fears that haven’t visited you for some time….
PRICILLA: (Long terrified scream fading out)
(Cross fade up Carnival sounds, walking shoes male & female)
Well, that was certainly a fun afternoon, wasn’t it?
The Creaking Door: Tales of Terror Pg 12
PRICILLA: (distant as if mesmerized throughout)
Harvey and Anna had to go, they said their goodbyes. Harvey apologized again, dear, over and over before leaving.
Honey? I’m sorry ‘Cilla. Perhaps this was too big a step for you today.
‘Cilla? Who’s ‘Cilla?
ASHLEY: (distant/detached throughout, same as mother)
Mommy. I want to go back to the Clown Tent and see Mr. Giggles. He was funny.
We’re going home now, honey. Mommy doesn’t feel very good.
Not right now dear…Going home.
I want to see Mr. Giggles, mommy.
We’ll get you a clown for your birthday… honey.
There’s an idea! We’ll get Mr. Giggles for your birthday! Won’t that be fun?
Yes. Mr. Giggles will come… He will come…
ASHLEY: (halting, a hint of hanging terror)
(SFX: Walking fades into Carnival noises. Carnival noises fade off leaving only sound of Clown Tent children laughing…. Reverb laughter and fade out)
(SFX: Creaking door closing.)
Well, you always wondered what that noise in the hall was as you were lying in bed alone at night the dark. You tried to put yourself at ease by telling yourself it was the cat, or the wind. (short laugh) No, it’s just Giggles the Clown waiting outside your door for you to fall asleep -- so he can dangle over you like a gigantic spider, and visit your dreams (soft laughter).