Tak sits holding a camera with his mouth hung open. Lesh nudges him.
Tak snaps out of it and looks down to adjust the lens setting just as two more flashes go off in the air.
Gotta be quicker than that around here.
Itís electrical...you can smell the charge.
You were saying poltergeists...
I was saying they are generally associated with an individual. In the general vernacular, hauntings seems to be connected with an area...a house usually.
Poltergeist disturbances are of fairly short duration. Perhaps a couple of months. Hauntings can go on for years.
Diane takes Steveís hand, suddenly frightened.
Are you telling me all this could just end at any time?
Unless itís a haunting. But as a rule, there seems to be no living person around whom haunting incidents revolve.
Then we donít have much time, Dr. Lesh. Because my daughter is alive somewhere In this house.
THE FAMILY AND INVESTIGATORS
Everyone is assembled around the console TV. Ryan has a Nakamichi cassette recorder on the coffee table and a pencil microphone taped to the television speaker. Tak has erected his Nikon on a small aluminum tripod aimed at the screen, plus two infrared heat seeking cameras and monitors which scan the entire living room. An electrostatic locator to measure ionization and a magnometer that me asures magnetic changes. Diane is holding Steveís hand.
Dana comes into the room with an overnight bag strapped around her shoulders.
Dana, Iíd like you to meet doctor...
Itís getting dark, Mom. I gotta go. Iíll call you from Trudie's.
She wonít stay in the house after dusk.
Sheís got brains!
Diane flips on the set. A loca1 news station is finishing the report when Diane turns to channel 27.
We receive better on this channel but donít ask me why.
Dr. Lesh is thoroughly perplexed. She puts on her glasses as Steve turns out the lamp and lights a cigarette. Diane squeezes her husbandís hand. The CAMERA PUSHES IN to the TV screen and millions of particles of white air.
Diane turns the volume up and Ryan, wearing headsets, flinches, adjusting down the volume on his recorder.
Iíll call her.
She says this so matter-of-factly that Dr. Lesh gasps. Diane walks to the center of the living room, folds her hands in front of her, collecting her thoughts, takes a very deep breath and calls to the ceiling.
Itís mommy, sweetheart. We want to talk to you. Baby, please answer. Please talk to me, Carol Anne.
Dr. Lesh looks quickly to Tak and Ryan for their human responses to this. Tak shrugs unnoticed. Ryan adjusts in his chair and looks up at the ceiling.
E. Buzz prances into the room, looking up as if following on the heels of someone with a treat.
(to Tak breathlessly)
Look at the dog.
He sits up on his hind legs and begs to no one we see.
Are you with us now? Can you say hello to Daddy? Say hello to Daddy, baby.
CLOSE - RYAN
He tries hard not to smile. No matter. The surpressed laugh is slapped away by what he now hears. Ryan grabs his headsets in two hands, pressing them hard to his ears.
Everybody turns away from Diane and back to the TV. They strain their hearing, leaning forward, watching...
(softly, sweetly, far away)
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Carol Anne. Where is this light?
Tell her to stay away from it!
Tell her, Diane!!
Sweetheart, the light is dangerous. Donít go near it. Donít look at the light.
Tak speaks into Dr. Lesh's ear.
I canít believe it. Itís just a Zenith. But the voice could be C.B. broadcasting from somewhere in the house. Iím taking a look.
Itís not a hoax.
Tak takes off.
E. Buzz barks into the air twice and catches something in his mouth. No sooner does Dr. Lesh catch this out of the corner of her eye when several midair electrical discharges illuminate the room.
From one of the flashes a number of tiny objects fall to the carpeting. Jewelry, cameos, broaches, coins, watches, both modern and pocket, along with many thin, wiry clips, sprinkle the f1oor.
E. Buzz immediately starts to sniff whatever it is.
Mommy...there's somebody here.
(holding his head in his hands)
Oh Jesus, this isnít happening.
Mommy...is it you?
(fear enveloping her)
Who is with you?
(the voice is afraid)
He goes room to room looking for pranksters.
When he gets to the active bedroom he hesitates,
listens through the door, pulls in his courage
and turns the knob. Of course, the door is
locked. Tak is never without a trick. He
slips a file from his utility belt and starts
to jimmy the door. The lock gives and Tak
easily turns the knob, and lets out an agonizing
SCREAM! He falls backward holding his side,
rolling over and over until he is at the
the carpeted staircase.
Help! No, no, no, no...
The little voice hidden behind all the static SCREAMS.
Run Carol Anne! Run away!!
CLOSE - RYAN
His eyes light up.
CLOSE - MONITORS AND READBACKS
Come to life arid start registering wildly.
Diane canít stand the screams. She holds her ears, in tears now, imploring Dr.. Lesh with her eyes.
Carol Anne! Oh God!!
Steve holds Diane to him, she pushes away and SCREAMS at the ceiling.
You fucking bastard, sheís just a baby!
(screaming through tears to Dr. Lesh)
Help her! Can't you hear what's happening?!
We HEAR soft FOOTSTEPS running across the ceiling and down the wall. Two lamps are turned over and smash to pieces on the library table.
We next HEAR colossal FOOTFALLS BOOMING in pursuit. A gust of interior wind races through Dianeís clothes and hair. She SCREAMS in combined joy and horror.
She just moved through me. My God, I felt her. I can smell her! She went through my soul!!
Diane runs back to Steve and grabs his shirt, pulling him to her.
Smell my clothes. Itís her. Itís her all over me.
Steve smells and canít believe it.
It is her!!
The footsteps in pursuit grow louder, Diane turns to face the sound. Dr. Lesh turns. Steve and Ryan turn. A perfectly foul smell precedes an implosion of displaced air. Almost the sound of thunder, the impact is so great. Lesh, Diane and Steve blow backward, their clothes flapping in the gale as the force passes through each one of them and out the picture window that. cracks in a dozen places but does not, shatter.
(picking herself up)
Have you ever heard of the term ďteleportationĒ?
Thatís like when Mr. Spock beams up Captain Kirk on ďStar TrekĒ.
Just about. In a recent case, objects which disappeared from a house would be seen much later falling to the ground outside.
Carol Anne doesnít answer. Steve?
Where exactly do you suppose Carol Anne was playing before she vanished from sight?
Her bedroom closet. And she wasnít playing.
Letís go up there.
It wonít let you in.
Weíll just see about that.
Lesh practically rolls up her sleeves and heads for the stairway, the rest following.
As they come around the corner they run smack into Tak, just coming down the last step, rubbing his side.
What happened to you?
I was just about to check out the locked bedroom when ...I donít know...something took a bite out of me.
Robbie gets very scared.
You got bit?
That or the worst muscle spasm in the world.
Roll up your shirt. Letís have a look.
Tak turns to face the hall light and untucks
his shirt, rolling it up. Then rolling up
shirt. Everyone crowds in to see.
ANGLE - TAKíS SIDE AND STOMACH
Teeth marks bear out Takís story. The unusual thing is, the bite wraps all the way around his side from kidneys to navel. A pink and partially bruised eleven-inch crescent impression.
CLOSE - ROBBIE
Eye level with it, his little mouth hanging open.
Dr. Lesh takes a tentative step up the stairs then turns back demonstratively.
Letís everybody spend the night down here.
Honey, I want you and Robbie to come with me. Weíll sleep in town and tomorrow...
(firm and quick)
Iím not leaving Carol Anne.
I donít want to stay here any more. This placeís got jaws.
You take Robbie into town.
Iím not leaving you alone in this house.
Dr. Lesh has returned to the living room. She bends over and grabs the apron off the couch and pulls. It folds out. A convertible bed.
Blankets, pillows, sheets. Letís have a slumber party.
LATER THAT NIGHT
Robbie and Diane are curled up together in the convertible bed. Steve has put two chairs together and sleeps fitfully. Dr. Lesh 1ooks over Tak's shoulder at the oscilloscope and electro hygrometer that is used for measuring changes in the humidity.
Ryan sits in a chair facing the staircase and the upper level of rooms.
His spectroscopic camera equipment is aiming directly up the stairs. Lesh pats Ryan on the shoulders, he nearly jumps out of his skin. They speak in whispers so as not to disturb the others.
Jesus, my heart.
Shhh. More thrills than grading papers, wouldnít you say?
I can leave here any time, you know. This isnít the Army and youíre not my mother.
If push comes to shove, I bet Iíll beat you to the door.
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