THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
"Throckmorton Kane, American Spy, Returns!"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice introduces the story:
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.
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.
Good afternoon. My name is Throckmorton
Are you a patient of Dr. Baumstark's?
No, I work for the government.
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.
It is urgent that I speak with you about the
Do you have some form of identification?
What part of the government do you work for?
It's so secret, it has no name.
Dr. Baumstark is a medical doctor. I think you
need a psychiatrist.
Luna, we don't have a lot of time.
How did you know my name?
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!
You're a stalker!
I am a government spy! We have reason to believe
that Dr. Baumstark is engaged in very dangerous
A crazy stalker. Take your hand off that phone or
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.
It's true. Lately Henry has been acting strangely.
Tell me everything!
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!
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.
Who are you? What are you doing here?
You must be Dr. Firth. Henry Frith. My name
is Kane. Throckmorton Kane. I was hoping to see
I don't have time to see any patients. Get out
here! Find another doctor!
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.
What have you heard! Tell me! Tell me
before I kill you!!!
Enter DR. BAUMSTARK. He speaks with a thick German accent.
What is this commotion?
Baumstark recognizes Kane.
Is that....? Ah! Unless I am very much
mistaken, you are Throckmorton Kane,
American Spy. I had been warned you
might visit me.
I don't know what you are talking about.
Henry, rip off his head.
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, 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.
Drop that device!
Henry grabs the gun away from Kane. .
Henry has been conditioned to protect me
at any cost. Now tell me what you know,
I'm not conditioned, Dr. Baumstark. I won't
I think you will. Henry, kill Miss Crescent.
The last time I caused you pain at level two. Do
you want to experience level nine?
No! I'll do it! I'll kill her! Just stop the pain!
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.
You are well informed.
There is one thing I don't understand. Why would
anyone agree to submit to this horror?
Because there is an endless supply of weak
men who long to be strong men. Isn't that
No. I hate this!
But you wanted to be strong. You said you
thought it would impress Miss Crescent!
No! Don't tell them!!!
Henry turns toward Baumstart. Baumstark presses a key on his device. Henry writhes in agony.
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.
Kill me! Please.
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.
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.
He thought he was a weak man. But he wasn't.
I will see that he is buried with full military honors.
He would have liked that.
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