Gerald The Scaredy Ghost

By: Hailey, Anastasia, Alec, Raylene, Jasmine,
Alex, and Kashawn

INT. COUPLES NEW HOUSE - KITCHEN - AFTERNOON

Old couple is UNPACKING their dishes into the cabinets.

TOM
Good morning honey, how are you?

JANE
I’m doing good, how are you this morning Tom?

TOM
I’m alright, but you know what will make me even better?

JANE
What is it Tom?

TOM
My decaf coffee with two creamer one splenda.

JANE
Tom, you have a serious problem.

TOM
You know what Jane, Angela would never treat me like this ...

JANE(LOOKING AROUND/ANNOYED)
Tom, enough. We got a lot of unpackin’ to do.

They return to unpacking, PLATE FALLS.

JANE
Hey those are the thanksgiving plates! Be careful!

TOM (CONFUSED)
Don’t try to blame it on me, you’re the one who dropped it.

JANE (FRUSTRATED)
What? (Pause)... I’m being serious Tom, those are my favorite...

TOM (STILL CONFUSED)
You’re acting like Angela now.

TOM turns off his hearing aid.

JANE (FRUSTRATED)
Oh, come on Tom! I thought you left your lies with your ex wife.

TOM
Turned off my hearing aid - can’t hear ya without my decaf.

CHAD pushes GERALD AS HE BEGINS TO DRAMATICALLY CRY
JANE and TOM both turn towards JERALD with a scared expression. TOM
pushes JANE into GERALD.

JANE (IN A SURPRISED TONE)
What are you? What are you doing in my house!

GERALD
I’m here to... I’m here...

JERALD reaches out towards JANE. JANE screams.
JERALD weeps with his head in his hands.

GERALD
Stop screaming! You’re scaring me!

GERALD begins to cry louder.
COUPLE TURNS towards JERALD once again with a confused yet scared
expression.

TOM says hesitantly.
TOM (To himself)
I feel like this is supposed to work the other way around.

TOM pats down his pockets, searching for his glasses.

JERALD STUTTERS.

GERALD
Well - don’t you think I’m- I’m scary?

TOM
I’ve got the sight of three blind mice, don’t ask me.

JANE
Where are your glasses, four eyes?

TOM
Now, how would I know I can’t see!

JANE hits TOM and looks back up at GERALD.

GERALD
Uh, hello? I asked if I was scary..

JANE
Oh, right! Sorry sweetie, but my 5 year old granddaughter was scarier
than you last halloween.

Gerald looks down at his outfit.

TOM
My ex-wife is scarier than you!

JANE CROSSES arms and looks at Tom accusingly.
GERALD stops shaking and timidly responds to TOM.

GERALD
Well uh- can you teach me how I can be like your ex wife..?

JANE throws her hands up in anger.

JANE
Why does EVERYONE keep bringing up Tom’s ex?!

TOM AND GERALD both ignore her.

GERALD
Please help me, I need to be able to scare people! All the other
ghosts make fun of me.

OTHER GHOST in background pops in.

OTHER GHOST
Come on man, just do it! I’m gonna try to help you one more time. If
you don’t do it this time bro, I won’t help you anymore, I don’t care
how much you ask me! The chadster doesn’t do freebies anymore, man.

GERALD starts panicking and pulls out paper bag and starts inhaling
and exhaling. Jane reaches out towards JERALD to comfort him.

JANE(IN CAUTIOUS TONE)
Hey uh...Are you alright?

GERALD cuts JANE off and screams.

GERALD
Don’t hurt me please!

JANE pulls her hand back and raises her hands in a defensive manner.

JANE (Annoyed)
How about this Casper, why don’t TOM and I just go outside and when we
come back in you can try and scare us again.. Okay?

GERALD
My name is Gerald though..

JANE
Same thing.

GERALD dries off his tears, throws tissues at audience and begins to
nod timidly.

GERALD
O-Oh okay..

JANE AND TOM slowly back out of view.

OTHER GHOST (FAINT IN THE BACKGROUND)
Come on, GERALD. Stop being such a wimp!

GERALD straightens his posture and prepares himself to scare. JANE and
TOM leave the room quietly.

GERALD (Proudly)
Alright uh.. I’m ready!
JANE and TOM enter doorway. GERALD attempts to scare them but breaks
off into a crying fest.

Dramatic sad music chimes in.

GERALD (CONTINUES CRYING INTO TISSUE)
I just can’t do it!

JANE and TOM both roll their eyes.
OTHER GHOST walks past.

CHAD
Get ya sheet lookin’ face outta here GERALD, everyone’s had enough of
ya.

GERALD is reminded of his mom and starts crying.

GERALD
You sound just like my mom before she kicked me out of the house..

Chad
We get it, bro! BOO HOO, your mom made fun of you a lot. Try being
taken out by a 70 foot wave, man.

GERALD
Verbal abuse is just as damaging as physical abuse, Chad!

CHAD stops walking.

CHAD
Whoa bro.. Chill, chill.

TOM
You know what, come with us Gerald. We think we may know how to
help you.

JERALD
Really?

TOM
No, but uh - come with us anyways.

JANE (In a stern tone)
Tom.
TOM
What, Jane? (PAUSE) He can help us unload your walker from the
trunk.

JANE
Good point, hun!

GERALD sulks towards TOM and JANE. Sound of car plays in the
background.

INT. THERAPY SESSION - NIGHT

JANE walks in with a walker and loudly sits down. People sit in chairs
in a therapy session room.

COUNSELOR
Okay everyone, it seems we have a new-uh..(Pause) um.. guest with us
today.

JANE nudges GERALD supportingly. GERALD sits in chair apart of the
therapy session circle and fumbles with his sheet.

TOM is asleep with his mouth open and head tilted back.

GERALD (NERVOUSLY)
Hi.. I’m Gerald. And - and.. I have trouble scaring people.

BIANCA and BILLY both look up at Gerald.

BILLY AND BIANCA (Monotone)
Hi, Gerald.

RANDOM OLD PERSON
Oh, what’s wrong with you honey?

GERALD (Looks off into the distance)
I- I don’t really know how to explain it.

JANE
He’s got some mommy issues.

JANE sees TOM asleep. JANE nudges
JANE
TOM. Wake. Up

TOM
What? Oh..you all know me - I have a problem.

JANE interrupts TOM.

JANE
A decaf problem.

BILLY
Could we hurry this up? It’s bingo night!

Written, produced and Directed by Hailey, Anastasia, Raylene, and
Kashawan.