THEATER OF THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!

"Throckmorton Kane, American Spy, Returns!"

                                                               by Richard Nathan

 

Before the lights come up, a voice introduces the story:

                                                            VOICE
                                    He works for an intelligence agency so
                                    secret that it has no name.  Those few
                                    who know him, know him as Throckmorton
                                    Kane, American Spy!!!

Lights come up on the reception area of Dr. Baumstark's medical office.  The receptionist, LUNA CRESCENT, sits behind her desk..  There is a phone and a book on her desk.  The phone rings and she picks it up and speaks into it.

                                                            LUNA
                                    Dr. Baumstark's office....  Are you a patient
                                    of Dr. Baumstarks's?....  I'm sorry, the
                                    Doctor can't see any new patients now.  
                                    Would you like to be put on the waiting  
                                    list?  ....  All right, thank you very much.

She hangs up the phone.  Enter THROCKMORTON KANE, American Spy.  He looks around the reception area to make sure no one else is here.

                                                            KANE
                                    Good afternoon.  My name is Throckmorton 
                                    Kane.

                                                            LUNA
                                    Are you a patient of Dr. Baumstark's?

                                                            KANE
                                    No, I work for the government.

                                                            LUNA
                                    I'll tell the Doctor you're here.

She reaches for the phone, but Kane puts his hand on top of it, keeping it from her.

                                                            KANE
                                    It is urgent that I speak with you about the
                                    Doctor.  Privately.

                                                            LUNA
                                    Do you have some form of identification?

                                                            KANE
                                    No.

                                                            LUNA
                                    What part of the government do you work for?

                                                            KANE
                                    It's so secret, it has no name.

                                                            LUNA
                                    Dr. Baumstark is a medical doctor.  I think you
                                    need a psychiatrist.

                                                            KANE
                                    Luna, we don't have a lot of time.

                                                            LUNA
                                    How did you know my name?

                                                            KANE
                                    Your name is Luna Crescent.  You are 28 years 
                                    old.  You are currently single.  You have been
                                    working for Dr. Baumstark for almost one year!

                                                            LUNA
                                    You're a stalker!

                                                            KANE
                                    I am a government spy!  We have reason to believe
                                    that Dr. Baumstark is engaged in very dangerous
                                    experiments.

                                                            LUNA
                                    A crazy stalker.  Take your hand off that phone or 
                                    I'll scream!

                                                            KANE
                                    What changes have you noticed lately in the
                                    behavior of Dr. Henry Firth?

This strikes home.  For the first time, Luna begins to believe Kane may really be what he claims to be.

                                                            LUNA
                                    It's true.  Lately Henry has been acting strangely. 
                                    Very strangely. 

                                                            KANE
                                    Tell me everything!

                                                            LUNA
                                    Henry came to work for Dr. Baumstark about
                                    a month ago.  He seemed like such a shy,
                                    soft-spoken man.  I would have sworn he had a
                                    crush on me, but was too timid to say anything.
                                    But lately, he's always been so angry, high strung... 
                                    Yesterday, he cursed at me!

                                                            KANE
                                    What about his strength?  Have you noticed...

Before Kane can finish his question, DR. HENRY FIRTH ENTERS.  He is not a large man, not someone you would expect to be muscular.  He is extremely irritable.

                                                            FIRTH
                                    Who are you?  What are you doing here?

                                                            KANE
                                    You must be Dr. Firth.  Henry Frith.  My name
                                    is Kane.  Throckmorton Kane.  I was hoping to see
                                    you.

                                                            FIRTH
                                    I don't have time to see any patients.  Get out
                                    here!  Find another doctor!

                                                            KANE
                                    I want to see you.  I've heard things... I think
                                    you can help me.

Firth grabs Kane by the front of his shirt.  Although Kane is a much larger man, Firth is able to move him easily.

                                                            FIRTH
                                    What have you heard!  Tell me!  Tell me
                                    before I kill you!!!

Enter DR. BAUMSTARK.  He speaks with a thick German accent.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    What is this commotion? 

Baumstark recognizes Kane.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    Is that....?  Ah!  Unless I am very much
                                    mistaken, you are Throckmorton Kane,
                                    American Spy.  I had been warned you
                                    might visit me.

                                                            KANE
                                    I don't know what you are talking about.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    Henry, rip off his head.

Henry hesitates.

                                                            HENRY
                                    Please.  Don't make me kill anyone.

Baumstark reaches into his jacket and takes out a remote control device.  He presses a key on the device and Henry crumples in pain.

                                                            HENRY
                                    Owwwwww!

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    Henry, you know how this works.  You do what I
                                    tell you, or I inflict such pain as you cannot imagine!

Kane reaches into his jacket and draws a gun.  He aims it at Baumstark.

                                                            KANE
                                    Drop that device!

Henry grabs the gun away from Kane.  .

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    Henry has been conditioned to protect me
                                    at any cost.  Now tell me what you know,
                                    Mr. Kane.

                                                            KANE
                                    I'm not conditioned, Dr. Baumstark.  I won't
                                    obey you.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    I think you will.  Henry, kill Miss Crescent.

                                                            HENRY
                                    Please....

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    The last time I caused you pain at level two.  Do 
                                    you want to experience level nine? 

                                                            HENRY
                                    No!  I'll do it!  I'll kill her!  Just stop the pain!

                                                            KANE
                                    Stop!  I'll tell you what I know.  You have 
                                    developed a formula that turns ordinary
                                    muscle into superhuman muscles, though it causes 
                                    emotional instability in the users.  Still, the Red 
                                    Chinese have offered billions for the formula.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    You are well informed. 

                                                            KANE
                                    There is one thing I don't understand.  Why would
                                    anyone agree to submit to this horror?

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    Because there is an endless supply of weak
                                    men who long to be strong men.  Isn't that
                                    so, Henry.

                                                            HENRY
                                    No.  I hate this!

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    But you wanted to be strong.  You said you
                                    thought it would impress Miss Crescent!

                                                            HENRY
                                    No!  Don't tell them!!!                               

Henry turns toward Baumstart.  Baumstark presses a key on his device.  Henry writhes in agony.

                                                            HENRY
                                    Owwwww!

Henry lets go of Luna.  She grabs the phone from the desk and throws it at Baumstark, making Baumstark drop the device.  Henry quickly makes a decision.  He hands Kane's gun back to Kane.   Meanwhile, Luna fights with Baumstark for the device.

                                                            HENRY
                                    Kill me!  Please. 

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    No!

                                                            HENRY
                                    Kill me, or he'll make me kill you and Luna!

Baumstark gets the device away from Luna.  Kane shoots Henry.  He has to use six bullets before Henry falls.

                                                            BAUMSTARK
                                    No!!!!

Kane punches Baumstark in the gut.  Baumstark crumples to the floor.  Luna sadly crosses to Henry's body.  She kneels and runs her fingers over his cheek.

                                                            LUNA
                                    He thought he was a weak man.  But he wasn't. 

                                                            KANE
                                    I will see that he is buried with full military honors. 

                                                            LUNA
                                    He would have liked that.

BLACKOUT!

 

THE END

 

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