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Melanie walks through the doorway, into a room just as dark and intimidating as the last. It has the same carpet and peeling wallpaper as the preceding hallway (which creates the same tense atmosphere), though a large wooden desk has been placed in the middle of the room. Laid carefully on top of this desk are a few sheets of blank paper and a pen. The only sign of life in this room is the young man sitting on one side of the desk.

Melanie walks to the opposite side of the desk at an unnervingly slow pace. Her expression is unmistakably businesslike, but this composure does not disguise the glimmer of excitement that rests in her tired eyes.

MELANIE, extending her hand: Hello, I'm Melanie Chambers.

The young man shakes her hand without standing or making eye contact.

MAN: George.

Melanie sits, picking up her pen and staring straight at George.

MELANIE, as she sits: Nice meeting you, George. He nods in response. I'm going to need to ask you a few questions.

CUT - THE DARK HOUSE
Same time, same day.

Jacob remains completely still, staring up into the face of his captor.

HERALD, almost friendly, but with an incredibly sadistic undertone: Where you going?

There is a frightening pause. Herald shifts from his right foot to his left as he waits, narrowing his beady eyes.

JACOB, finally, under his breath: I wanted to leave.

HERALD: Speak up, kid. I can't hear you when you mumble.

Jacob, in a bout of rage, furrows his brow and rips his arm away from Herald.

JACOB, at the top of his lungs: I WANTED TO LEAVE! NOW LET ME OUT, I'M TIRED OF BEING HERE!

Herald chuckles.

HERALD: You want to leave? You're tired of all this?

Jacob doesn't reply.

HERALD, laughing through his words at Jacob's anger: Then I'll fix things...I'll make them better for you, kid.

JACOB, through tears, horrified by Herald's laughter: How?

HERALD, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a medium-sized pocketknife: Would you just be quiet already?

Jacob finally realizes what he's done and attempts to turn back to the door with a sharp breath; Herald grabs his shoulder and pulls him away from the potential escape route, threatening him with the knife as he does so.

JACOB, as he struggles: Let go!

Jacob elbows Herald in the ribs, fortunately hitting the right spot and causing Herald to let go.

The End

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