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SCENE: INTERIOR, NIGHT

A room with an attached bathroom. The bathroom door is just slightly open. ANON is sitting on the couch, a few feet away from the bathroom door, reading a book.

EMOTION REFERENCE GIF:

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She gets up and goes to the bathroom door.

A FLAT, CRACKING SOUND.

She stops.

MORE NOISE: THIS TIME IT’S A COMBINATION OF A RUMBLE AND A CRACKLE. IT GOES ON AND ON, AND ON.

IT’S COMING FROM INSIDE THE BATHROOM.

She puts her hand on the door handle.

A LAST CRACKLE OF SOUND. THEN, CRASH!

She tries to open the door, but the door doesn’t budge. She pushes. There’s some resistance. She pushes some more. The door moves.

A CRUNCHING SOUND.

She looks down. There are pieces of thick glass on the bathroom floor. She takes a step inside the bathroom, on her tippy toes.

Inside the bathroom, it looks like an ice rink after an earthquake (if ice rinks have cheap plastic buckets bought at Dadar Market). The thick glass door of the shower cubicle has mysteriously shattered.

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She looks at the window — it is shut. She looks around the bathroom. Nothing (except the door) is out of place.

WHILE SHE’S LOOKING, LOW CRUNCHING SOUND AS SHATTERED GLASS SHATTERS EVEN MORE.

EMOTION REFERENCE GIF:

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She tries to process what has happened. The door to the shower cubicle has inexplicably shattered and its larger pieces are in the process of going from cracked to disintegrated. It sounds as though someone is walking on them.

Except, of course, no one is.

There’s no one else in the bathroom (or indeed, the house) but her. She looks around again. There are chunks of glass everywhere. It strikes her if she had gone to pee a few seconds earlier instead of doing impromptu Kegel exercises in order to finish the chapter she’d been reading, the glass would have shattered with her in the bathroom. On the plus side, she’d know what made about 6.5 feet of thick glass comes crumble. On the down side, a fair amount of the glass would have been on her.

Carefully, she steps out of the bathroom, shuts the bathroom door securely, goes to the couch and sits down. Calmly.

EMOTION REFERENCE GIF FOR WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE:

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EMOTION REFERENCE FOR WHAT’S VISIBLE ON THE OUTSIDE:

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(It was like the latest edition of Paranormal Activity was being shot in my home.)

(Have I mentioned I hate scary movies?)

(I’m not sure what it says about me that I went to sleep at my usual time, a few hours later, and slept peacefully.)

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