Closets

DOUGLAS

Do you reckon as to why we’ve been called back to Mr. Kennedy’s summer home three times this week alone?

JAMES

He’s the president of the United States, he has money to spend.

DOUGLAS

That doesn’t explain why the wall is basically split in half, he doesn’t even spend any time here- it’s his summer home.

The two dust the drywall of their palms onto their coveralls and walk into the living room. An old Hollywood presence is clear in the choice of furniture and wall decorum. Plastic sheets wrap large pieces of furniture like the couch that James throws himself onto.

James slides his black lapel bag over from beside the couch and pulls out a beer. He punctures the side of the can and sips from the hole that is created.

JAMES

(looking at Douglas, who is giving him a dirty look)

What’s your bag?

DOUGLAS

Don’t you think that we shouldn’t be drinking here? Why don’t we just go to Archie’s?

JAMES

He’s a Sosh man, he won’t mind if we get a spill or two on his plastic wrap will he? Besides, you said yourself that he barely ever comes here. Besides, it’s a summer home on the edge of Philly, who would think to check in on us?

Contemplating the consequences of each possible decision, Douglas gives in when James waves a can of beer in the air.

DOUGLAS

What the hell. Pass me the church key, let’s drink to a good week.

Douglas walks towards the box television that is sitting on the ground, still plugged in the wall, covered in plastic.

DOUGLAS

Do you suppose this gag still works?

JAMES

(tipping his can)

We’ll only know if you try it.

Douglas pulls the wrap off of the television and turns it on. It only receives the local news channel.

ANCHOR

The disappearance of Marie Coleman continues to be at the top of people’s minds this week. Her boyfriend Thomas Burns has agreed to cooperate with police to locate her, but the Philadelphia police force is asking the public to keep an eye out for her wherever they may go.

Photos of Marie Coleman scroll past one another in a makeshift slideshow format while the anchor speaks.

JAMES

You know, if it were my girl, I would be looking all around the city for her, not sitting around and doing nothing waiting for her body to show up somewhere.

DOUGLAS

(sniffing around)

Does it smell gross in here to you?

JAMES

It kind of reeks doesn’t it?

Douglas and James get up from where they are and walk around sniffing the house trying to find where the smell is coming from. They eventually find themselves in the grandiose master bedroom.

DOUGLAS

The smell is coming from the closet.

James walks up and opens the bifold Venetian closet doors and is shocked by what he sees.

DOUGLAS

What is it?

He walks towards the closet and is stopped in his tracks when he spots what is inside the closet.

Hanging from a coat hanger is the mutilated body of Marie Coleman.

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