Marshall’s Law Dateline – Reading instructions, best read as written alone in dark with flashlight.
Halloween Love Story II: Goodnight Kiss short play scenario theme: good bye, good day, good night are all expressions of farewell. Definition of farewell: wishing of well being for person about to leave or depart.
Labruja (pronounced: la-brew-ha)
Texas Drifter – Narrator
Others Getting Good Night Kisses
Future Updates Players
Sheriff to Deputy: Pick up autopsy from Doctor on man pulled out of city reservoir last night; then start initial investigation. Know you are new detective so just facts no fluff.
Deputy: Let me guess, drunk fell into reservoir and drowned?
Doctor: Drunk, yes, blood alcohol content .29; drowned no. Cause of death suffocation, be more precise dying from lack of air or oxygen; he was asphyxiated. This man was dead before he went into the water.
Deputy: Suffocated like by a pillow?
Doctor: His lungs were collapsed; someone or something sucked the air out of his lungs.
Deputy: Your best guess?
Doctor: Only theory now, guessing he died from good night kiss.
Deputy: I can not tell Sheriff that we have a killer kisser in his county; I need better theory than that.
Doctor: look at the following
1. Bruises on this nerve bottom of neck along top of shoulder;
2. Finger nail marks bottom of neck
3. Strands of shiny black hair (test results pending)
4. Reddish lipstick residue on his lips (test pending)
5. Look at his totally open eyes; plus
6. His, lungs were totally collapsed.
7. Should have more clues later.
Deputy: Explain the bruised nerve.
Doctor: Turn around (after Deputy turns around); Doctor, (simultaneously squeezes nerve and asks) How does this feel?
Deputy: (almost dropped to floor from excruciating pain) You have made your point; anything else?
Doctor: Brief internet search reveals there have been few cases every Halloween holiday season with full moon.
Deputy: Anything else I am not telling Sheriff?
Doctor: Yes, you will not like it; victims are of both sexes, and there is always more than one victim. Probably more victims than we know about, as their bodies could have been found at vehicle accidents, structure fires, and deaths made to look like suicides two examples hangings, or drowning like what we have here. Your best part to tell the Sheriff is statistical increases around Halloween date back to mid 1600’s.
Deputy: Let me get this right, I am supposed to tell the Sheriff this man was killed by a four hundred year old bisexual that sucks air out of people’s lungs, and that this, what ever it is will probably be giving more good night kisses until Halloween is over? I know why don’t I just write the press release for the Sheriff? Did it ever occur to you that I might like finally making detective?
Doctor: You may be jumping facts to get to conclusions; your perpetrator, as you detectives like to say may not be bisexual, perhaps they have ability to change shapes to live on life forces in oxygen drained from victim’s lungs. Just tell the Sheriff my results are inconclusive and you will let him know more when I get more test results. Almost forgot, found these soaked paper matches from Dead Rat Cantina in first victims pocket. I should have more for you when you come in for autopsy report on next victim. Better get busy still have several full moons, and Halloween good night kisses nights left this holiday season.
Deputy: This job has dulled your sense of humor, you might think about finding another career.
Doctor: I have been, thinking about opening a discount mortuary in this county already know most of my future customers.
Deputy: Be in touch.
Deputy to Sheriff: Autopsy results are inconclusive; Doctor said he would have more information later.
Sheriff to Deputy: Remember you are on probation and this is an election year so no fluff. (Sheriff hangs up on Deputy)
(Deputy travels to, enters, and walks up to bar at Dead Rat Cantina; then asks Bartender.)
Deputy: (shows autopsy photo) See this guy last night?
Bartender: Yea, he looked better than that.
Deputy: See him leave with anyone you know?
Bartender: Yes and No, saw him leave with some lady never saw before.
Deputy: Describe her.
Bartender: Medium height, perfect body, the kind that starts wars, below the jaw blackest shiniest hair I have ever seen, emerald eyeliner with emerald fingernail polish, off color red lipstick, black leather dress.
Deputy: You have pretty good memory.
Bartender: Generally I am only sober one in here; have noting else to do but pay attention to fine details
Deputy: What else do you remember?
Bartender: Hard to forget her eyes.
Bartender: Like tombstone eyes, they not only stared through you, but also melted your soul, but also seemed to hypnotize at the same time.
Deputy: Here’s my card, call me if she comes back in; understand?
Bartender: She a suspect?
Deputy: Just call me.
Bartender: Almost forgot, her name sounded like something ha.
Deputy: Could it have been Labruja?
Bartender: Yea that was it.
Deputy: Call me.
(Sheriff’s Office Next Morning)
Sheriff to Deputy: Had a hit and run last night, go see Doctor and pick up autopsy, then start initial investigation; like I said no fluff.
Doctor to Deputy: You again, good news; your lady friend is back.
Deputy: I am starting to not like you. Let’s hear what you have.
Doctor: (pulls back sheet) First appearances are hit and run; but like your drowning victim, he was dead before several vehicles ran over him. Similarities to your first victim:
1. lungs collapsed like victim one;
2. bruised nerve same side as victim one;
3. nail marks on neck like victim one;
4. reddish lipstick on lips like victim one;
5. eyes look same as victim one
Deputy: That’s the Bartender, told him to call me. He was my only witness.
Doctor: You are wrong; your best witnesses are my forensic evidence.
Deputy: Still need you to explain all this to Sheriff.
Doctor: You might want wait on that for a while; until you hear test results.
Deputy: I am waiting.
Doctor: I love your cases.
1. lipstick is old blood
2. her hair natural color other tests pending
3. re-checked incidents statistics generally Halloween but not only full moons
Deputy: Bartender said she had hypnotic eyes.
Doctor: Fits into my emerging theory:
1. First her appearance and looks attract bait;
2. Alcohol and or drugs reduce inhibitions, plus they affect blood not air in lungs;
3. Eyes start to hypnotize and hypnotizes;
4. Crushing nerve creates disabling and distracting pain;
5. Finger nails in back of neck hold victim in place during good night kiss while your lady friend takes thirty to fifty seconds to inhale all air in victim’s lungs until victim’s lungs collapse.
Deputy: Time to go see Sheriff.
Doctor: Sheriff likes you more than me My suggestion is to become her bait, and try to catch her in act; like when she is giving you a good night kiss.
Deputy: Better plan than trying to explain all this to Sheriff. Hopefully be in touch.
New Posting at Sheriff’s Office: Exams for new Sheriff Department Detective will be held next month.
Texas Drifter Notes: This ends ACT I of Good Night Kiss; as this seems like different situation, I might pass up a good night kiss this Halloween; even though I made a cross from Heart Of The Ebony for my last lady friend. Reader can reference All Right Magazine Texas Drifter’s Halloween Love Story: Heart Of The Ebony. The question is for you the reader, are you going to pass up a good night kiss this Halloween?
ACT II Yet To Be Written
Post Script – Texas Drifter authors as a verb three styles of writing exercises: report, instruct, and entertain. Reader’s assignment which style is Halloween Love Story II: Good Night Kiss?