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The Neighbour

OPENING. EXT. ESTABLISHING SHOT / APARTMENT BLOCK. On a derelict street, a row of shops with apartments above are visible. We hear the wind blow, and the darkness of the scene is prominent. Something is wrong. WIDE: INSIDE STAIRWELL The neighbor, leaving his apartment, sees a man in a suit walk by with a woman on his arm. She is dressed in vibrant colors and looks a beautiful wreck. The man in the suit stops and speaks to the neighbor. MAN IN SUIT (Enthusiastically) Fine morning neighbor. NEIGHBOR (Anxiously responds with a smile) Its evening, sir. MAN IN SUIT (without acknowledgment) This is my "friend". LADY #1 (Laughing, in glee, flirtatious) Pleasure to meet you! MAN IN SUIT Shes here for the party. Youre welcome to come up some time neighbor. A neighbor is always welcome. NEIGHBOR Thank you sir. MAN IN SUIT I am no sir. LADY #1 (Sensually, with excitement, on the stairs, beckoning him to follow ) Hey will you come on! Were late. He turns and begins to leave.

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MAN IN SUIT Anytime neighbor. Anytime. NOISES. INT. KITCHEN. The neighbor is sitting in a kitchen at a table. He can hear noises, thumping and a woman groaning, from the room above. He uncomfortably acknowledges the sound, yet carries on with work. Out of nowhere, the man knocks on the door. The neighbor opens the door to the man in a suit. The sounds upstairs continue. MAN IN SUIT (To himself, as the neighbor opens the door, looking away, in a revere, with a smile) Do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you. NEIGHBOR (Taken aback) Sorry? MAN IN SUIT (With an obnoxious smile, looking around the apartment with his eyes) How do you find the apartment? NEIGHBOR Its...good, thank you. The neighbor looks down and can see blood on the mans shoe. MAN IN SUIT (as he begins to run) Good. Youre welcome anytime neighbor. NEIGHBOR (in confusion, he silently nods) The man in the suit backs away. DISCOVERY. INT. BEDROOM. BIRDS EYE, WIDE: NEIGHBOR IN BED.

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The Neighbor lies in bed. He can hear more noises from upstairs, this time however, they become screams and clear signals of distress. He gets out of bed, opens the door and slowly walks up the stairs of the apartment block. He reaches the door upstairs. As he approaches the door, the noise levels increase and begin to distort. He reaches the door, however as the noises lessen, he backs away.