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Sweet Dreams, The 50s On 5, And Literary Aspirations

7/15/2008 7:00:16 PM permalink

Well I still wait for the agents up in Oregon to reply one way or another for "The Life and Times of Igor."

In the meantime, I plan on offering them "Sweet Dreams: A Sandman's Story" as well.

If they don't like it, there's others.

What prompted all this? The Doo Wop Stop by Cool Bobby B on XM's 50's On 5. That's where most of the inspiration came from. That and my old 50's rock songs. And long, clear summer nights.

So, here comes another brief excerpt from "Sweet Dreams."

EXT. TWILIGHT PLACE - COURTHOUSE - FEBRUARY 1959 - EVENING

The clock chimes ring out to mark the 9:00 PM hour. The moon is just a few degrees shy of being a full moon.


EXT. TWILIGHT PLACE - OUTSKIRTS - EVENING

The first echo of the chimes ring out over this area, as Mathon appears out of thin air again amongst this cold landscape. Mathon is not affected by the cold.

BUDDY HOLLY (VO)
Well that'll be the day, when you say
goodbye, yes that'll be the day when
you make me cry...


EXT. TWILIGHT PLACE - PUBLIC LIBRARY - MOMENTS LATER

Mathon appears outside of the library, and walks straight through the wall as if it's not there.


INT. TWILIGHT PLACE - PUBLIC LIBRARY - CONTINUED

Mathon is reading through yesterday's newspaper, which is located on the checkout desk.

BUDDY HOLLY (VO)
You say you're gonna leave, you know
it's a lie...

As Mathon scans the newspaper, he comes across one section that's been folded over from an inner section: it's the marriage announcement of Becca and the Greaser.

BUDDY HOLLY (VO)
...'cause that'll be the day when I
die...

Mathon looks up from it, stunned. His reverie is distracted when Kieran is thrown through the building and comes skidding to a stop at Mathon's feet.

KIERAN
(whispering)
Mathon...help...me...

He's covered in the black blood consistent with the mares. He's also dying. Mathon grabs up a handful of the sand from his satchel, and pours it out onto where the blood is being absorbed into Kieran's skin. It's having no effect.

From outside, beyond the large windows of the library, flashes of light can be seen. The trademark howl of a mare being defeated is heard, and then fades away.

MATHON
Kieran. Kieran, stay with me...

Mathon tries to pour more sand on the black blood, but again it has no effect.

MATHON
Someone help me!

KIERAN
Mathon...it's over. Take...this.
Give...to...replacement.

Kieran slides off his bag of magic sand before it's covered in the same black blood.

KIERAN
(smiling)
I...see...beyond...flames.

The smile ends in a heartbeat of terror, as Kieran screams in pure terror and vanishes from sight altogether.


EXT. TWILIGHT PLACE - COURTHOUSE - AFTER MIDNIGHT

Mathon sits alone on the park bench, in silence. Beside him is the newspaper announcement of Becca's marriage, and on the front page of a newspaper reads THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: BUDDY HOLLY, RITCHIE VALENS, BIG BOPPER KILLED IN PLANE ACCIDENT.

BUDDY HOLLY (VO)
...you say you're gonna leave, you know
it's a lie 'cause that'll be the day
when I die...

The Egyptian Mau comes up to Mathon as he sits on the park bench alone, totally distraught.

MATHON
(to Mau)
I've never lost so much before in such a
short time. Now all I have is the past.



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