Curiosity Kills

[Based on an online short story]

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING – DAY

A woman in a suit, landlord EIBHLÍN O’BRIEN, is standing outside the entrance of an apartment building. She looks around. She slightly slides her sleeve up her right arm and checks her watch. She puts her sleeve back down and continues to wait. She looks to her left as a car is heard. The car drives towards the apartment building and parks in a parking space. The car door opens. A man, CODY WALSH, gets out of the car and closes the door behind him. He turns around and faces in the direction that Eibhlín is approaching him in. Cody walks towards her too and they meet face-to-face.

EIBHLÍN

You must be Mr. Walsh.

CODY

Call me ‘Cody’.

Eibhlín extends her hand out to Cody. Cody also extends his hand out and shakes hands with Eibhlín.

EIBHLÍN

It’s nice to meet you, Cody.

CODY

You must be the lovely landlord.

Cody and Eibhlín stop shaking hands.

EIBHLÍN

Flattery will get you nowhere!

Eibhlín smiles, turns around and walks away. Cody smiles back and follows her.

CODY

So from our talk over the phone, you said there’s an apartment available for me?

EIBHLÍN

Yes there is. It just became vacant yesterday.

CODY

What happened to the former residents?

Eibhlín and Cody stop at the entrance of the building. Eibhlín looks at Cody and smiles.

EIBHLÍN

They went away and never came back.

Eibhlín walks inside the building. Cody pauses for a moment and follows her inside.

INT. HALLWAY – DAY

Eibhlín and Cody walk up a flight of stairs and into the hallway.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

Your room will be here on the third floor.

They walk through the hallway and stop outside a door. Eibhlín gives Cody a key.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

Keep the noise down and we will get along just fine. Enjoy!

Cody nods.

CODY

Thank you!

Eibhlín smiles and walks away. Cody watches her as she walks away from him. As Eibhlín walks away, Cody notices a door covered in yellow ‘caution’ tape.

CODY (CONT’D)

Excuse me!

Eibhlín stops and turns around to Cody. Cody approaches her and points at the door beside her.

CODY (CONT’D)

Why’s this room taped off? What’s in there?

EIBHLÍN

It’s a restricted room. No one is ever allowed in there or look inside under any circumstances.

Cody nods.

CODY

Okay.

Eibhlín smiles.

EIBHLÍN

Enjoy your new life here.

Eibhlín turns around and walks away. Cody watches her walk away. He then looks at the restricted room door, turns around and walks away. He opens a door, walks in and closes it behind him.

INT. CODY’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

Cody lays in bed looking up at the ceiling and wide awake. Eibhlín’s words about the restricted room from earlier echo through Cody’s head.

INT. HALLWAY – NIGHT

A door opens and Cody enters the hallway. He gently closes the door behind him and sneaks down the hallway. He stops outside the restricted room. He pushes down the handle and tries to push the door open, but is unable to. The door is locked.

CODY (WHISPERS TO HIMSELF)

Damn it!

He looks at the door handle. He bends down and presses his eye against the keyhole.

INT. RESTRICTED ROOM – NIGHT

The room is medium-sized and very dark. There is very little light shining into the room, but enough to see the far end of it. At the end of the room, there is a human-like figure with long hair in a white dress sitting against the wall and facing away from the door.

INT. HALLWAY – NIGHT

Cody keeps his eye pressed against the keyhole. After a few more seconds, he stands up straight again. He balls his hand up into a fist and slowly puts it close to the door. He pauses for a moment. He puts his arm down and slowly backs away from the door. He turns around and walks back up the hallway. He stops outside his room and looks back at the restricted room door. He looks at it for a few seconds and opens his own room door. He enters his room and closes the door.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING – MORNING

The sky is clear and blue as the sun rises behind the apartment building.

INT. CODY’S APARTMENT – MORNING

The curtains in front of the window are closed. Cody pushes the curtains to either side and opens them. The morning sun shines into the apartment as Cody looks out the window.

INT. CODY’S BEDROOM – MORNING

Cody puts on new clothes and puts the old ones in his drawers. He tightens his jeans belt and ties his shoe laces.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

A door opens and Cody walks out. He closes the door behind him and walks down the hallway. He stops outside the restricted room once again and stares at the keyhole. He bends over and presses his eye against the keyhole.

CODY (CONT’D)

What the…

INT. KEYHOLE – MORNING

All that can be seen is redness on the other side of the keyhole.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

Cody continues to look through the keyhole. He stands up straight again and shakes his head. He continues walking through the hallway.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING – MORNING

Cody exits the apartment building. A car drives towards the building and pulls in to park. Cody walks over to the car. The car is parked and Eibhlín is the one driving. She puts her window down as Cody approaches the car.

CODY (CONT’D)

Good morning Eibhlín!

EIBHLÍN

Good morning Cody! Is there anything I can help you with?

CODY

I was wondering if you could tell me more about the room that’s blocked off.

EIBHLÍN

I already told you, it’s a restricted room.

CODY

I think you’re leaving something out.

 

Eibhlín blankly stares at Cody as he looks at her. Eibhlín opens her car door and slowly gets out.

EIBHLÍN

You didn’t look through the keyhole, did you?

Cody looks at Eibhlín and says nothing.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

Okay…

Eibhlín closes her car door.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

I might as well just tell you about the room. A few years back, a couple not too older than you moved in there. They looked very happy together. One night, there were arguing really loudly. The whole block could hear them. After fifteen minutes, the woman screamed and it sounded like she fell. I went up to the room and her boyfriend had stabbed her repeatedly. The guards were called and he was taken away. No one has heard anything about him since. The ghost of that woman haunts the room.

Cody continues to look at Eibhlín as she tells him about the room.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

I can still remember that woman. She seemed really sweet. She had very pale skin, even for someone who was living here!

Cody shakes his head, turns around and walks away.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

Her eyes were strange though. They were red.

Cody stops dead in his tracks. Eibhlín looks on as Cody doesn’t move a muscle. He remains frozen for a few moments and unable to move. Eventually, Cody slowly begins to walk again. A ringing phone is heard. Eibhlín reaches into her pocket and takes out her phone. She answers it.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

Hello… Yes, this is the landlord.

Cody slowly walks back into the apartment building. Eibhlín watches Cody walk away as she talks on the phone.

EIBHLÍN (CONT’D)

As a matter of fact, an apartment just became available.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

Cody rushes down the hallway. He quickly opens his apartment door and enters the room.

INT. CODY’S APARTMENT – MORNING

Cody closes the door behind himself. He puts his hands on his head.

CODY (TO HIMSELF)

I’ve got to get out of here!

INT. CODY’S BEDROOM – MORNING

Cody plants a suitcase on to his bed and opens it. He takes all his clothes out of the drawers and forces them into the suitcase.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

Cody exits his apartment with his suitcase. He closes his door and looks down the hallway. The restricted room door is wide open. Cody stares at the open room. He puts his suitcase down on the floor and slowly walks towards the room. He takes a peek inside the room.

INT. RESTRICTED ROOM – MORNING

The room is empty with no one inside.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

Cody looks around the room before walking inside.

INT. RESTRICTED ROOM – MORNING

Cody slowly walks further into the room, looking from left to right. He turns around. A blonde woman with red eyes and wearing a white dress stands in front of him. Cody screams and quickly backs up into the wall. The woman closes the door. Cody’s breathing becomes heavier. The woman slowly walks towards him. Cody remains frozen against the wall. The woman continues to approach him. She comes face-to-face with him and stops. Cody begins to hyperventilate. The woman puts her hand on Cody’s cheek. Cody stares deeply into her red eyes. She raises her hand and is holding a knife.

INT. HALLWAY – MORNING

The hallway is silent as Cody remains inside the restricted room. Suddenly, Cody screams and stops after a stabbing sound is heard. Eibhlín walks down the hallway with a MAN.

EIBHLÍN

Your room will be here on the third floor. Just keep the noise down and we will get along just fine.

MAN

Okay, sounds fair.

The man stops outside the restricted room.

MAN (CONT’D)

Excuse me.

Eibhlín stops and turns around.

MAN (CONT’D)

Why’s this room taped off?

EIBHLÍN

It’s a restricted room. No one is ever allowed in there or look inside under any circumstances.

The man nods.

MAN

Okay.

Eibhlín and the man continue walking down the hallway.

MAN (CONT’D)

So, what happened to the former residents?

EIBHLÍN (O.C.) (VOICE FADES)

He went away and never came back.

The restricted room remains silent.

END

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