MYSTERY OF THE GANGSTER GHOST
What about Sadie?
(JAQUE looks at MAYA who shakes her head no)
It’s hard to say. I’m still getting
She must still have unfinished
business... it’s with some other
man. Al or Cal or Hal, I’m not sure.
We know an Al and a Cal.
You don’t think one of them had
anything to do with their deaths?
I sure hope not.
Is there anything we can do to help
Sadie... uh... move along?
Just speak to her when you sense
her presence. Tell her you
understand, let her know you’re
here for her. And maybe your
kindness and understanding will
help her move along too.
But I don’t think you’ll experience
anything like that night again now
that John has moved on.
It would be wonderful if we could
help Sadie and John move on
together. They shouldn’t be apart
(REMMY goes to MAYA)
Are you sure you’re okay?
I could use something to drink.
She said the magic words.
I think we might have a little
something special in the car that
will fix you right up.
(FLO and REMMY exit. JAQUE and MAYA drop their wacky
We really shouldn’t hang around any
longer than we need to. The first
rule of exorcism is get out fast
before they ask too many questions.
Now we’re staying for drinks.
I have a feeling they have some
other spirits, if you know what I
mean. That’s a real treat.
Just a quick sip and then we’re
leaving, got it?
Fine... fine... I’m just not in a
hurry. Something really happened
What? Some of that was real?
You haven’t tapped in to anything
I did this time. That was very
strong. Sadie really wanted to be heard.
(PETE claps his hands in the darkness. JAQUE and MAYA are
Brilliant performance. Must say I
was convinced. You are as great as
I remember, Maya.
Where did you come from?
I didn’t mean to startle you. You
look like you just saw a ghost?
(PETE laughs at his joke)
How long have you been in here...
The whole time. That was quite a show.
That was no show. We do legitimate work.
Yes, we are professionals.
Professional con artists is what I’d say.
How dare you. This was quite real
Now don’t go get your knickers in a
bunch. Your act is very convincing.
This is no act.
Yes, yes, so you claim. Between
your little gadgets and the lady’s
performance, you have quite a thing going.
I’ll have you know that I have put
years of research and study into
what we do!
Sure, sure. Can I see your gadget there?
Can I see it?
This is very sensitive equipment. I
don’t allow anyone to play with it.
(PETE is trying to get a look at it)
Let me guess. When you say there’s
a ghost, you turn the flashing
lights on and when the ghost starts
to come or go you change how often
it flashes I’d guess.
(JAQUE gets angry and clenches his fists)
Now look here, buddy...
Don’t get violent. Remember, I’d
admire your abilities to do this.
Not anyone can do what you do.
If you think we’re frauds, then how
did we know that stuff about the
chair and ceiling?
I’d guess that someone came in here
and spied around. One of you
interviewed people who come here a
lot. I’m sure the owners have told
the story a million times to a
Why are we even talking to you?
Maybe he was sent by you were sent
by Ghosts and Spirits, Inc. to
GAS? No, I checked them out and
they’re not nearly the pros you
First right thing you’ve said all night.
Let’s cut to the chase. I want to
hire you. I am willing to believe
some it was real. Maya used to be
the best before you stooped to your
whole "ghost buster for hire"
routine. And right now, I need the
best... you think you can be the
You think we’re frauds and you want
to hire us?
Sorry, we don’t work for people who
doubt our abilities.
I’ll pay you five thousand dollars.
How soon do you need us?
(She pulls out a small calendar and pencil)
I’ll expect you on Friday night at
10 pm. We’ll meet right here in
this very building. I’ll speak to
the owners about it.
Wait. We don’t do return visits.
(MAYA grabs JAQUE roughly)
We will make an exception.
So are you going to supply the ghost?
She’s already here. It’s Sadie I’m
She is connected to a murder and I
want the killer brought to justice.
What can you tell us about this killer?
That’s why I need you, Maya.
But with nothing to go on?
We can do it.
That’s what I thought. You were
once the best. If anyone can handle
this, you can.
We aim to please.
(JAQUE pulls MAYA aside)
I have a bad feeling about this.
Something tells me there’s more
here than meets the eye.
Hey, I’m the one who’s supposed to
have the funny feelings.
So do you have any?
No, I don’t. And even if I did, it
wouldn’t matter. He’s offering us
five thousand dollar each. We
really need the money.
But why is he offering so much?
There’s probably a reward for
catching the killer and he is going
to split it with it. Maybe we can
hold out for more money even. And
besides... I feel a connection with
Sadie. I want to help her. And
we’ve done this sort of thing
before and we can do it again.
Or maybe this can be our last
hurrah. Final proof that we’re
washed up. If we blow this one,
that will be a sign to retire.
Maybe I’m getting a little tired of
playing ghost buster.
Look, tell the guy we’ll do it. But
keep in mind, if this goes sour on
us, I’m done.
(MAYA goes to PETE)
We’ll be here.
Nifty. We’ll be doing it as a
little show. That’s the
cover. You’ll be a performing
psychic... we’ll call the show...
Seeing Beyond with Maya
Fantasma. And we need an
audience. Jaque... you’ll be a
plant in case Maya needs help...
bring a friend too... you have a girlfriend?
I don’t know. She doesn’t know
anything about me and this ghost
Please... we need as many people as
we can get. I’ll buy you dinner or
something... at the Bee’s Knees.
That’s the hottest club in town.
Fine, I’ll bring her.
Attaboy. I’ll be looking forward to it.
As will we...
(They exit. Lights fade to black. Curtain closes.)