The Girl in the Ivy Gate – Episode 1 – Death at Seareach


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Fantasy Noir - FN005 - The Girl in the Ivy Gate

Fantasy Noir – FN005 – The Girl in the Ivy Gate

Recommended for mature audiences - may contain adult situations and themes

Recommended for mature audiences – may contain adult situations and themes

THE GIRL IN THE IVY GATE

EPISODE #1 – DEATH AT SEAREACH

by Philip Craig Robotham

Cover Illustration by Miyukiko

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Copyright 2016 Philip Craig Robotham

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Serial #5: The Girl in the Ivy Gate

Jess is an ordinary girl at the very exclusive Seareach boarding school. Most days all she has to contend with are the sneers of the trust-fund girls who want to look down on her for being a scholarship student. But when her best friend is killed in a dog attack at the full moon, just in time to make way for a new and unsettling female student to become enrolled, she finds herself teaming up with the nosiest girl in school to investigate a deepening mystery with some decidedly weird complications. Mysterious books, howls in the night, strangers meeting in the nearby woods, and a misdirected attempt at blackmail leads her through an adventure that could very well cost her more than her O-levels. Will she be able to uncover the secrets hiding within Seareach before the body count rises to include her own? Tune in to “The Girl in the Ivy Gate” and thrill as the investigation progresses towards its startling conclusion.

Episodes in the Host Your Own “Old Time Radio Drama” series are designed to provide a fun dinner party experience for 6–8 participants. Read along, taking on the role of one or more of the characters in the story, and listen as the exciting drama unfolds. This is the theater of the mind, where the special effects are only limited by your imagination, and your participation will build a memory that you’ll treasure for years to come.

THE GIRL IN THE IVY GATE

CAST LIST

NARRATOR: The Narrator

JESS ALLPORT: Scholarship student

JULIE BELMONT: Murder victim

CASSIE TORRENS: General Busybody

SALLY WOODS: Head Girl

ANNA LEA: Student

JEN FISHER: Student

MISS CLAPHAM: Dorm Teacher

CONSTABLE SMITH: Local Police Officer

MISS TIZDALE: School Principal

THE PORTER: School Porter

MR NORRIS: Guardian

HANNAH TRANSOME: New Student

MRS JARVIS: Classroom teacher

SFX: SFX operator (1 required)

Act 1


SCENE 1: EXT – GROUNDS OF SEAREACH BOARDING SCHOOL (JULIE BELMONT, JESS ALLPORT, CASSIE TORRENS)

1. MUSIC: OPENING THEME – LET IT FINISH.

2. SOUND: LIGHT BREEZE, DISTANT (FEMALE) CHILDREN PLAYING – ESTABLISH AND UNDER.

3. JESS: Julie, we haven’t got time. When Miss Grovener told us to do a still life in the grounds, I don’t think she quite had this in mind. And art class will be over in a few minutes.

4. JULIE: All I need is a few minutes. I just want to get one sketch of the Ivy gate.

5. JESS: You must have drawn it a thousand times already.

6. JULIE: I don’t care. It’s beautiful, Jess.

7. JESS: It gives me the creeps. Sally was saying it’s older even than the Seareach boarding school. She says it was here long before the school was built. And who makes a gate out of bronze anyway?

8. JULIE: Ancient Britons, apparently. And don’t pay Sally any mind. She’s just having a lend of the scholarship girl.

9. JESS: Why’d you have to go and bring that up again? I keep trying to forget that fact.

10. JULIE: Sorry Jess. It’s easy to forget how sensitive you’ve become.

11. JESS: We’re the only girls in this school whose families don’t come from money.

12. JULIE: (GENTLY) Yeah, I know. They should never have printed that stuff about your mum raising you on her own in the school paper. It was cruel.

13. JESS: They turned my mum into a laughing stock.

14. JULIE: Yeah. They’re a bunch of stupid cows.

15. CASSIE: (CHEERFUL) Not talking about anyone I know are you?

16. JESS: Sheesh. Cassie, you gave us a fright. What are you doing out here?

17. CASSIE: Sorry, I thought you and Julie looked like you needed some company.

18. JULIE: You mean you just got nosy, don’t you?

19. CASSIE: (CHEERFULLY AND WITHOUT A TRACE OF EMBARASSMENT) Well yes, that too. So, what are you doing?

20. JESS: Julie wants to do a sketch of the gate.

21. CASSIE: I don’t think you’ll have the time.

22. JESS: I just got through saying that.

23. SOUND: DISTANT SCHOOL BELL – LET IT FINISH.

24. JESS: See. Come on we’ve got to get to our next class.

25. JULIE: Oh, well. There’s always tomorrow.

26. JESS: I wish you didn’t have to leave at the end of term. I’d give you my scholarship if it meant you could stay and finish the year.

27. JULIE: It’s alright, Jess. I think I’ve found a way to stay after all.

28. JESS: Really? Did your dad find the money in the end?

29. JULIE: No, but… well, I don’t want to jinx it. I’ll tell you soon though.

30. MUSIC: SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.

SCENE 2: INT – MORNING IN THE DORMITORY (SALLY WATTS, ANNA WOODS, JEN FISHER, JESS ALLPORT, MISS CLAPHAM)

31. SOUND: DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES – LET IT FINISH

32. SALLY WATTS (HEAD GIRL) : Rise and shine everyone. Get yourselves up and about. The beaks are in an uproar and ol’ Claptrap will be here shortly.

33. ANNA LEA: Ugh. Leave off, Sally. It’s barely light.

34. JEN FISHER : You always say that, Anna.

35. ANNA : That’s only because it’s always true.

36. JESS ALLPORT: I need some breakfast. I’ve been awake half the night. Did you hear the howls? We must have had every dog in a ten mile radius barking.

37. SALLY: You get used to it Jess. That’s just life in Seareach when the moon is up. I don’t even hear them any more.

38. JESS: Good for you. I’m going to have shadows under my eyes all day. (BEAT) Out of the way, Jen – I want to look at the fog before it’s burned off.

39. JEN: You and your fog. Makes me cold just looking at it.

40. JESS: Oh, don’t be like that. It’s beautiful. I love seeing it at the start of the day.

41. JEN: I guess everyone has their little rituals. Anna moans about how dark it is… You stare into the fog…

42. SALLY: And you moan about them both.

43. JESS: Hey, look out the window. I think something’s up.

44. JEN: Are those police lights?

45. ANNA: Did someone try to break into the pantry again? Or the groundskeeper’s cottage?

46. JESS: I don’t know. (BEAT) Hey look, can you see? I think someone’s standing in the shadow of the Ivy gate.

47. JEN: Don’t be silly. Who’d be hanging around down there? That gate’s been rusted shut for more than a century.

48. JESS: It’s open now. Who do you think she is? A new student?

49. SALLY: Nah. Tizzy was telling the Carthorse…

50. JEN: Do you have to call them that? They’re teachers. It’s so disrespectful.

51. SALLY: Ugh, alright. But only to protect your sensitive ears. (BEAT) (ARCHLY) Miss Tizdale, our dear principal, was boasting to Miss Cartwright at the high table that the school is full – no places.

52. JEN: And how did you hear that?

53. SALLY: I was on table serving duty.

54. ANNA: One of the perks of being head girl?

55. SALLY: Along with the privilege of waking you lot up each morning so you’re ready for inspection. Here… where’s Julie? And Cassie?

56. MILLIE: Cassie got hungry and went down early. I said I’d cover for her.

57. JESS: It’s strange that Julie’s not here.

58. SALLY: Doesn’t look like her bed’s been slept in. Do you know where she is, Jess?

59. JESS: Why are you asking me?

60. SALLY: Because you’re her best friend.

61. JESS: Sorry. I’ve no idea. She was working in the library when I came to bed. Could she have fallen asleep in there?

62. SALLY: If the place wasn’t in such an uproar I’d send you to find out. As it is she’ll just have to take her chances. There’ll be hell to pay if she doesn’t get back here before ol’ Claptrap arrives to…

63. SOUND: KNOCKING AND DOOR OPENS – LET IT FINISH.

64. SALLY: Girls be upstanding for Miss Clapham.

65. CLAPHAM: Thankyou Miss Woods. We will be forgoing the visual inspection of your dormitory this morning. Miss Allport, you will come with me please?

66. GIRLS: (UPROAR) But? What? Has something happened? etc.

67. CLAPHAM: (FIRMLY) Enough! You are confined to your dormitory along with all other members of the school community until further notice. Breakfast will be brought to you.

68. SALLY: Miss Clapham, we need to report that Julie was not here when we rose this morning.

69. CLAPHAM: (SOFTENING AND WITH A CATCH IN HER THROAT) Yes, we are aware of her… absence. We will need to speak with each of you regarding where and when you last saw her. (TO JESS) Are you ready Jess? This is… important.

70. JESS: Yes Miss. Can I ask…?

71. CLAPHAM: When we are downstairs.

72. SOUND: DOOR OPENS – FEET WALK OUT – LET IT FINISH.

73. MUSIC: URGENT SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.

SCENE 3: INT – SEAREACH SCHOOL FOYER (CONSTABLE SMITH, JESS ALLPORT, MISS TIZDALE, MISS CLAPHAM, THE PORTER)

74. SOUND: (WALLA) BACKGROUND MURMUR – ESTABLISH AND UNDER.

75. SOUND: FOOTSTEPS ON TILE ENTER – LET IT FINISH.

76. CONSTABLE SMITH: Miss Allport, I presume. I’m Constable Smith. I’m afraid I have some bad news.

77. JESS: What? What’s going on?

78. SMITH: Er… Well…

79. MISS TIZDALE: We’ve received some very bad news this morning.

80. CLAPHAM: Miss Tizdale? I didn’t see you there.

81. TIZDALE: It’s quite alright Miss Clapham. I’ll take it from here.

82. CLAPHAM: Yes Ma’am.

83. SMITH: There was another dog attack in the night. It seems that one of your classmates was outside the grounds.

84. JESS: (DAWNING COMPREHENSION) No…

85. SMITH: It’s very important you tell us anything you know.

86. JESS: No.. Julie! Has she been hurt?

87. TIZDALE: I’m sorry, Jess, Julie… she didn’t survive the attack.

88. JESS: What? No! This can’t be happening. This… oh.

89. TIZDALE: Catch her, constable.

90. SMITH: Hang on. I’ve got you lass. Come and sit here. That’s the way.

91. TIZDALE: Here, drink this,

92. JESS: (SWALLOW) Thank you.

93. SMITH: I know this is hard. But I have to ask you some questions.

94. TIZDALE: Please, Jess, anything you can tell us would be a big help.

95. JESS: Yes, of course.

96. SMITH: When did you last see Julie?

97. JESS: (DISTRACTED) Er… last night. I left her in the library around nine o’clock. She was working on her literature essay. It was Romeo and Juliet. She was so excited. Books did that to her. She loved the tragedy of… (LAMELY) it.

98. SMITH: It’s alright. Do you have any idea why she would have left the school?

99. PORTER: Excuse me Miss Tizdale, I have a young woman here with her father. They have an appointment to speak with you about a place in the school.

100. TIZDALE: (IMPATIENT) I’ll be with them in just a moment. Go on Jess, answer the question.

101. SOUND: FAINT RINGING TONE – CONTINUE UNDER.

102. JESS: I… uh… who is that girl? I…

103. SMITH: Miss Allport. I need you to focus.

104. JESS: Yes… of course… Julie, well she’d take walks… alone… whenever she had anything to think over… but…

105. SMITH: I see. And you think she may have gone for a walk last night.

106. JESS: Maybe, but…

107. TIZDALE: You can see that the girl is distraught. Perhaps we could…

108. SOUND: RINGING INCREASES IN VOLUME – CONTINUE UNDER.

109. SMITH: Yes, it’s alright. I believe we have enough to be going on with. I’ll let you rest now miss. (FADING OUT AS HE MOVES AWAY) Excuse me, Parker. Yes, I wanted to ask you…

110. JESS: Thank you… I think… but…

111. TIZDALE: It’s alright, Jess. You’ve had quite a shock.

112. JESS: That girl… she keeps staring at me.

113. SOUND : FADE OUT RINGING.

114. TIZDALE: (SNIFFS AND SEEMS HOSTILE). Ah, yes. A prospective new student. Don’t let it bother you. She’s arrived in the middle of great sadness and is probably struggling to keep her curiosity within proper bounds.

115. JESS: Ah, my head’s clearing. It was such a shock.

116. TIZDALE: Of course, dear…

117. JESS: Miss Tizdale! (SHOCKED) I told the policeman that Julie went walking alone.

118. TIZDALE: Yes, dear.

119. JESS: But she doesn’t! I mean she didn’t. Not ever. I don’t know why I…

120. SOUND: RINGING BEGINS AGAIN – CONTINUE UNDER

121. JESS: She’s looking at me again… she’s…

122. TIZDALE: Easy Jess. I think you should visit the Nurse. It’s not so strange is it? Lots of girls like to take a walk alone to think things through. Are you sure she didn’t as well?

123. SOUND: RINGING INCREASES IN VOLUME – CONTINUE UNDER

124. JESS: No, you’re right. I just… I feel so strange.

125. TIZDALE: It’s alright, Jess. Now I have to go. But if you need to talk to someone I’ll be there for you.

126. JESS: Yes… thanks Miss Tizdale. I think I’ll… just go and lie down now. She’s still staring you know.

127. SOUND: RINGING FADES.

128. TIZDALE: Is she?

129. JESS: (CONFUSED) No, not anymore.

130. TIZDALE: Then I’ll leave you alone.

131. SMITH: (BEAT) (RETURNING) Miss Allport? What will you do now, Miss?

132. JESS: I don’t feel like breakfast anymore. I don’t feel like I’ll ever be hungry again. Julie’s mum needs to be contacted…

133. SMITH: That’s all in hand. You needn’t worry.

134. JESS: It kind of feels wrong to go on with things, attend classes etc.

135. SMITH: You needn’t worry. They’ve been cancelled while we conduct our enquiry.

136. JESS: Then I guess I’ll take Miss Tizdale’s advice and visit the nurse.

137. SMITH: You do that Miss. It’s a terrible tragedy. We’ll track the dogs down and see that they’re destroyed. We’ll make sure it never happens again.

138. JESS: Thank you. I’ll be okay now.

139. SOUND: FOOTSTEPS DEPART – LET IT FINISH.

140. MUSIC: SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.

SCENE 4: INT – THE HALLWAY (JESS, LIZ, MISS TIZDALE, NORRIS, CASSIE TORRENS)

141. SOUND: LOW MURMUR – ESTABLISH AND UNDER

142. SOUND: ECHOING FOOTSTEPS – LET IT FINISH

143. CASSIE TORRENS: Psssst. Hey, Jess.

144. JESS: Cassie? What are you doing here?

145. CASSIE: I was raiding the kitchen when the police arrived. Can you help me get back to the dorm?

146. JESS: I’m surprised they’re not turning the place upside down looking for you… If you missed inspection…

147. CASSIE: Nah, it’s fine. Milly will have covered for me. She’ll have told miss Spotts I’ve got duty or something. I just need to get back.

148. JESS: So how am I supposed to help?

149. CASSIE: Well, you’ve got permission to be let out here, right?

150. JESS: Yes?

151. CASSIE: So, you can go ahead and tell me if it’s all clear.

152. JESS: Seriously? Do you even know what’s going on?

153. CASSIE: Not a thing. Why, do you?

154. JESS: As a matter of fact. Julie is dead.

155. CASSIE: What? Oh, Jess, I’m so sorry… When? How?

156. JESS: Some kind of animal attack, apparently. Last night.

157. CASSIE: (INCREDULOUS) In the school?

158. JESS: No, outside. She must have gone for a walk.

159. CASSIE: That doesn’t seem like her. Why would she do something like that?

160. JESS: I don’t know. It’s strange isn’t it?

161. CASSIE: You should know. She was your friend.

162. JESS: What are you saying?

163. CASSIE: Nothing. Just that you knew her best.

164. JESS: Yeah, well… (AWKWARD PAUSE)

165. CASSIE: Look, are you going to help me or not.

166. JESS: Yeah, I guess. Stay behind me and I’ll let you know if the way is clear.

167. SOUND: GIRLS’ FOOTSTEPS – LET IT FINISH.

168. TIZDALE: (FADE IN) I do not know how you wrangled this, but I will not have it in my school.

169. SOUND: FOOTSTEPS – OVER AND STOP.

170. JESS: Wait Cassie, I think the Principal is in the next room… and the strange girl.

171. CASSIE: What strange…

172. JESS: Shhhh!

173. NORRIS: A possible vacancy has opened up. We’re ready to pay. What is the problem?

174. TIZDALE: Is that even a question? That you would bring this… this… girl here, today of all days.

175. NORRIS: What are you suggesting? The paper work is all in order.

176. TIZDALE: Mr Norris, I don’t know where to begin. This is very unorthodox, not to mention suspicious.

177. NORRIS: If there is a problem I would be happy to take it up with the board.

178. TIZDALE: That won’t be necessary, Mr Norris… but I’m warning you, Miss Transome, if you give me one excuse I’ll have you out of this school so fast, you’ll think you’ve been fired from a cannon.

179. HANNAH: (INSOLENTLY) We’ll see. And it’s Hannah… not Miss Transome.

180. TIZDALE: (SHARPLY) What was that?

181. NORRIS: (QUICKLY INTERRUPTING) Then if everything is in order, I’ll depart.

182. JESS: Lean back or they’ll see us when they come out.

183. SOUND: WOBBLE OF VASE – LET IT FINISH.

184. JESS: Oh no! The Vase!

185. SOUND: VASE SMASHES – LET IT FINISH.

186. JESS: Run!

187. SOUND: GIRLS’ FOOTSTEPS RUNNING – UNDER.

188. TIZDALE: What was that?

189. MUSIC: TIME PASSING – SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.

SCENE 5: INT – CLASSROOM (CLOSE OF LESSON) (CASSIE, JESS, MRS JARVIS)

190. SOUND: CLASSROOM MURMUR – ESTABLISH AND UNDER

191. SOUND: SCHOOL BELL – LET IT FINISH.

192. SOUND: CHAIRS AND PACKUP – UNDER AND FADE

193. MRS JARVIS: (LOUDLY) Girls, be sure to read pages 76 to 104 of the Great Gatsby for our next lesson…

194. GIRLS: (GROANS)

195. JARVIS: …and don’t forget your essay will be due in two weeks. All of you need to have made a start on the first draft by now.

196. GIRLS: (MORE GROANS)

197. CASSIE: (TO JESS) Have you noticed how strange that Hannah is? She’s been here a week but she hardly talks to anyone.

198. JESS: Could you be any more of a gossip? We’ve got lunch now, then maths.

199. CASSIE: No really. She’s got no friends…

200. JESS: She’s new.

201. CASSIE: And she’s always carrying that book with her.

202. JESS: So, she likes to read.

203. CASSIE: Have you seen it?

204. JESS: Not my business.

205. CASSIE: It’s as big as an old family Bible, covered in some kind of blue leather, and there’s a stamp on the cover.

206. JESS: Cassie, let it go, will you?

207. CASSIE: I’m just saying. It’s weird is all.

208. JESS: And I’m just saying “I don’t care” is all.

209. CASSIE: Alright, but (CONSPIRATORIALLY) do you know where she goes at night?

210. JESS: (DISTRACTED) What?

211. CASSIE: I’ve seen her, after dark, sneaking across the grounds. She’s up to something I tell you. (BEAT) Look, where’s she going now?

212. JESS: (EXASPERATED) Cassie! Perhaps she wants to go for a walk during lunch. Leave her alone.

213. CASSIE: Oh, come on. Let’s go see.

214. JESS: No.

215. CASSIE: Please! Don’t you want to know what she’s doing?

216. JESS: Alright, but only to show you there’s nothing going on.

217. CASSIE: Great! Let’s go.

218. MUSIC: SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.

219. MUSIC: CLOSING THEME AND CREDITS – LET IT FINISH.

CASTING SHEETS — MAJOR CHARACTERS

NARRATOR: Hello, I am your narrator. I introduce the cold stormy nights on which our stories take place, the dark alleys, and darker personalities who inhabit the lonely city. It is my job to set the scene and establish the serious tone of suspense and intrigue that will carry the story forwards. It is also my job to remind listeners of what came before in a calm, trustworthy voice and ensure that everyone is oriented to where we are and where we are going.

JESS ALLPORT: Hi, I’m Jess. I’m snarky and smart, but not mean. I’ve got a thick skin and a determined nature. It’s how I survive in this school full of snobs. I know my own mind and don’t give in to pressure from others. I also mind my own business… but when my curiosity is aroused I’m like a dog worrying at a bone. I’m not going to stop until I get to the bottom of it.

CASSIE TORRENS: A busybody. That’s me. And totally unsubtle. I mean, I’m totally not a gossip. I’ve still got friends and all, it’s just that, well, I’m curious about everything… and that puts some people off. If I want to know about something I’ll usually just ask. Bluntly.

MISS TIZDALE: I am the head mistress of this school. It is my job to maintain the school’s reputation, keep the school running, bring in appropriate enrollments, do the hiring and firing. It’s the job I was born for and I’m very good at it. I can even fake a little concern for my students well-being when called upon to do so. Just don’t interrupt me right now. Can’t you see that what I’m doing is far too important for me to waste any real time on you?

MR NORRIS: My name is Norris. Just Norris. I am Miss Transome’s guardian. I may look and stand and sound like a butler, but I’m not. I’m polite, but firm, and I have powerful friends. It would be a mistake to cross me. I never say things twice.

HANNAH TRANSOME: I’m a complete cow to everyone. I don’t want to be at this school. I don’t want to make friends. I don’t want to take part in class or extra-curriculars. I didn’t ask for this and I’m not happy that this is where I’ve ended up. I just want to be left alone to do what I’ve got to until I can get out of here. And no, it’s none of your business what I’ve got going on.

JULIE BELMONT: I love it at Seareach. Sure, some of the girls can be cows. But here’s where my friends are. I love the school. I love the classes. I love my teachers. I just want to stay here… but my parents can’t afford it any longer and I have to leave. But I’ve got a plan. If things work out, I just might be able to stay after all. I’m not going to jinx it by telling you what it is though.

CASTING SHEETS — MINOR CHARACTERS

STUDENTS (ANY): What’s that? Yeah, it’s pretty keen up at the school. I mean, we can be cows to each other too, but most of the time we have loads of fun. Joking, talking about boys, and, you know, studying (when we have to).

MISS CLAPHAM: I’m in charge of the dorms. I take the role, provide a shoulder to cry on, decide whether the girls need to visit the infirmary, enforce the rules, and generally make sure the girls don’t get themselves into trouble. Yes, we don’t want a scandal, and our Head Mistress would throw each and every one of these girls under the bus if she thought a scandal was in the wind, but I’m much more concerned that the girls are safe and well and achieving their best. I’m strict, but fair, and I’ve cared for girls in the school consistently for the last twenty years.

CONSTABLE SMITH: How’d I get the job of coming out to a girl’s school with this news. It’s a nasty business, death. But all those teenage hormones… and tears. I never no what to say in the face of tears. But I’ve got a job to do. I have to ask my questions and fill out my reports. I’ll just have to grit my teeth and get it done.

THE PORTER: I’m the school porter, that’s right. All tugging of forlocks and yes ma’am, and no ma’am, and as you please, ma’am. I even has to call these girls ma’am. Most of the time they don’t even know I exist. Doesn’t stop ‘em ordering me around if they want something though. Ungrateful too. Never a please or a thankyou. Still, it’s a living.

MRS JARVIS: Just your generic teacher, that’s me. I’m competent and concerned. I make my expectations clear and I expect my students to meet them. I’m comfortable whether I’m dealing with a parent, conducting a consultation in my office, or standing at the chalkboard. I give off an air of authority without seeming arrogant.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Craig Robotham grew up in a house full of books and has held numerous jobs as a teacher, computer programmer, graphic and web designer, e-learning consultant and, most recently, writer. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two sons. When he was younger and fitter he enjoyed martial arts, but in recent years his hobbies have tended towards more sedate fare (board games, movies, books, and role-playing games).

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