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Maidenscombe:
1  INT. SANDY’S OFFICE - DAY

On the walls of the office are several copies of adverts for ghost tours in Devon and Cornwall. A photo of Sandy with a ghost is on her desk.
Hearing the phone start to ring, Sandy picks up the receiver.

                     GRAHAM  O.S.
             Good morning, I’m looking for
             someone to show me several of the
             haunted places in the south west.

                     SANDY
             You’re in luck, I’ve just had a
             cancellation. I can take you on a
             tour next week.

                     GRAHAM  O.S.
             Great, would I get to see many
             places? 

                     SANDY
             I normally do twelve haunted sites.

                     GRAHAM  O.S.
             Ok, where do we meet?

                     SANDY
             Come into the office and pay me,
             after I get the money we can go to
             the first place.

                     GRAHAM  O.S.
             Where is that ghost?

                     SANDY
             Not to far from the road between
             Two Bridges and Tavistock.


2  EXT. ON THE ROAD TO TAVISTOCK - DAY

At the Post Office in Two Bridges, a young attractive woman walks up to them.

                     SANDY
             Graham, this is Karen she will be
             coming with us. We’ve worked
             together for quite a while.

                     GRAHAM
             What do you do Karen?
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                     KAREN
             I’m a sort of psychic, I don’t do
             readings I’ll tell Sandy about
             what type of ghost is near.

Graham looks impressed.

                     GRAHAM
             Why have you been asked to be here?
             And do you live near here?

                     KAREN
             Sandy asked me to be here to warn
             you of any dangers we may see.

                     GRAHAM
             What dangers? 

                     KAREN
             It isn’t who Sandy wants to tell
             you about. I’ll be here to warn
             you if others try to get involved.


3  EXT. AT A FORK IN THE ROAD, ON THE MOORS - DAY

Standing by a lonesome road sign. They get out of the car and look at the barren lands.

                     SANDY
             I’d like to say about little Susan,
             she was given the job of minding
             her fathers sheep on the moors.

                     KAREN
             Little Susan was only eleven years
             old.

                     SANDY
             Not a job for a little girl. There
             was a farm hand there, his name
             was Guy. Susan thought he made a
             few passes to her so she told her
             father.

                     GRAHAM
             I bet he wasn’t to pleased.
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                     SANDY
             You could say that. He got rid Guy,
             but with no one else to tend the
             sheep, Susan had to, day or night.

                     GRAHAM
             Tending sheep at night couldn’t
             have been very nice.

                     SANDY
             Not very nice at all, it can be
             scary and sometimes dangerous.

                     GRAHAM
             Dangerous how?

                     SANDY
             It got her killed, minding the
             sheep didn’t get her killed, it
             was who she met.
 
                     GRAHAM
             Was it Guy? The farm hand, did he
             kill her?

                     KAREN
             That is what people thought, but
             he didn’t.

                     SANDY
             Her killer was found, but she had
             been killed.

                     GRAHAM
             Good, although it would have been
             better if she had been given a
             proper trial.

                     SANDY
             Not really, she was a witch.

                     GRAHAM
             A real one?

                     SANDY
             Yes, and a nasty bit of work she
             was.
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                     KAREN
             That is why I am here, Sandy is
             going to try and bring Susan here.

Graham looks at Karen.

                     GRAHAM
             So you are here to warn us, just
             in case the witch wants to be here?


4  EXT. CLOSER TO WALKHAM RIVER - DAY

Sandy pointed to where a small bonfire had been.

                     SANDY
             Susan was crying one night, one of
             the sheep was missing. That is
             when she met a woman.

                     GRAHAM
             On the moors, at night?

                     SANDY
             The woman said she been to town
             and was on her way home, she said
             about hearing a sheep.

                     GRAHAM
             And Susan went to look for the
             sheep?

                     SANDY
             Unfortunately, a strange mist
             covered the ground. Susan didn’t
             know she was on the top of a hill.
             Until she fell at its end.

                     GRAHAM
             And Guy was caught and blamed.

                     SANDY
             No, he disappeared but not why you
             think. He sought and found the
             witch. He tricked her and killed
             the witch, the same way she
             tricked Susan.
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                     GRAHAM
             What became of him?

                     KAREN
             I know of him, the thing is Guy
             never was, although he now is.

                     GRAHAM
             If he never was how come he now is?

A little girl walks to them from a hillside, a opaque young man follows a few steps behind her.

                     SUSAN
             I know he is here somewhere, he is
             always near me.

Susan looks about.

                     SUSAN
             He is like a voice in my head,
             trying to keep me from harm. I
             wish I’d listened to him before.


5  EXT. FROM A CLUMP OF TREES - DAY

Unseen, a woman walks from a tree, her body is as a dark shadow.

                    THE WITCH (Victoria)
                 (to Susan)
             Somebody is getting too clever.


6  EXT. NEAR THE RIVER - DAY

Susan looks towards the car.

                    SUSAN
             Can we, follow you. The sheep is
             safe and I’d like something to do.

                     GRAHAM
             Karen, what is Guy?

                     KAREN
             A very good friend to Susan, some
             say he is her fairy godfather.

Maidenscombe:
SWEET HITCH HIKER (2)
1  EXT. PARKED ON THE ROADSIDE - DAY

Sandy stops her car on the hard shoulder of the A38 a few miles from Ashburton.

                     GRAHAM
             So why are we here?

                     SANDY
             Have a good look about, can you
             see anyone?

                     GRAHAM
             No, only people that are in other
             cars?


2  EXT. STANDING ON THE ROADSIDE - DAY

Graham gets out of the car, he looks both ways.
Karen stays with Sandy in the car, she opens her window.

                     SANDY
             That’s a good idea Graham, it’s
             best to look both ways.

                     GRAHAM
             What am I looking for?

                     SANDY
             A woman, if you see her you’ll
             know what I mean.

Graham leans to the car window.

                     GRAHAM
             How?

                     SANDY
             She’s a ghost, now get in the car,
             we’ll go to the Moretonhampstead
             turn-off.

                     GRAHAM
             Why go there?

                     SANDY
             Because she has been seen quite
             often near there.
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3  INT. IN THE CAR, BY THE TURN-OFF - DAY

Sitting in the car, looking along the road. Graham moves to open the car door.

                     SANDY
             Don’t do that.

                     GRAHAM
             Why not?

                     KAREN
             If you do you won’t see her.

Graham looks at the road, up at the sky, then onto the other lanes.

                     GRAHAM
             Just tell me, why we are here to
             see a ghost.

                     SANDY
             Because she is different, and I’d
             like to know something about her.

                     GRAHAM
             Who is she?

                     KAREN
             We don’t know who she is, no one
             does. It is said that she doesn’t
             talk.

                     GRAHAM
             How do you know that?

                     SANDY
             From people who have stopped to
             give her a lift.

                     GRAHAM
             The only reason I’d give someone a
             lift, is to have someone to talk
             to.

                     SANDY
             But I don’t think that isn’t why
             she wants a lift.
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                     GRAHAM
             Then why does she want a lift?

                     SANDY
             Once again, no one knows. There’s
             been a few thoughts. One of the
             people who stopped for her, he
             said she looked grateful, and just
             a bit scared.

                     GRAHAM
             What is there to scare someone
             here? It’s fairly open country.

Graham looks at either side of the road.

                     SANDY
             Maybe I should have told you this,
             the first person to give her a
             lift was a stagecoach driver, long
             before cars were invented.

                     SUSAN
             Is that from my time?

                     SANDY
             This is where that track and this
             road are in the same place. Back
             then this wasn’t open countryside
             the track went through a forest.

                     GRAHAM
             So it could have been an animal
             that was chasing her.

                     KAREN
             It could be, animals, people, who
             knows.

                     GRAHAM
             And she walks on the roadside?

                     SANDY
             Yes, but not this road.

                     GRAHAM
             What road is it then?
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                     SANDY
             She walks on the side of the track
             in the forest.

Graham begins to open the car door.

                     SANDY
             Don’t do that.


4  EXT. ON THE ROADSIDE NEAR THE TURN-OFF - DAY

Graham gets out of the car. Sandy gets out as well, she looks to Graham

                     GRAHAM
             We’re not here to give her a lift
             are we?

                     SANDY
             No, we’re here so that I can talk
             to her.

                     GRAHAM
             So here is where we need to be, if
             we see her, we can talk to her.

                     SUSAN  O.S.
             Which we couldn’t do in the car.

                     GRAHAM
             Exactly. There is another problem
             though.

                     SANDY
             What is that?

                     GRAHAM
             If she did get a lift here, why is
             she a ghost here, unless someone
             in the stagecoach killed her?

Sandy looks around.

                     SANDY
             That’s got me thinking.

Graham points diagonally across the road.
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                     GRAHAM
             Now’s your chance to ask her.


5  EXT. TALKING TO A GHOST - DAY

A woman is running towards them, she keeps looking behind her.
Sandy steps in her way.

                     SANDY
             What is wrong?

                     GHOST
             There is a very tall animal
             chasing me.

The ghost looks behind her, then to Sandy.
A stage coach is heard, then the ghost appears to climb into it, vanishing as she does.

                     GRAHAM
             We just saw her get on the stage
             coach.

                     SANDY
             So it is the emotion of getting a
             lift that is bringing her back.

                     GRAHAM
             Judging by her style of dress, and
             her age I’d say she might be at
             least a hundred years old.

                     SUSAN
             As I said, from my time.


6  EXT. A BLACK SHAPE FLIES FROM THE STAGECOACH - DAY

The shape changes to that of a woman.

                     WITCH (VICTORIA)
             Another of my many victims


7  EXT. THE GHOST OF AN ANIMAL RUNS PASSED THEM - DAY

They watch as the ghost of a giraffe runs past them.
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Looking at each other.

                     GRAHAM
             If she is over a hundred years old 
             she may never have seen one of
             them, to her it probably was scary.

THE END


















Maidenscombe:
THE WATCHER WATCHES (3)
1  INT. AT THE CROSSROADS NEAR MORETONHAMPSTEAD - DAY

Sandy stops the car at the side of the road near the crossroads. Getting out she looks to a tree.

                     SANDY
             Nice view that isn’t it.

                     GRAHAM
             If you like looking at trees.

                     KAREN
             This one here has a lot to do with
             the visitors.

                     GRAHAM
             Right, people come to look at the
             tree did they?

                     KAREN
             Not anymore, but they used to.

                     GRAHAM
             And I thought tree huggers was
             a name for those who saved trees.

                     SANDY
             You could get a different view if
             you sit behind the hedge behind us.

                     GRAHAM
             But you’d still be looking at the
             tree.

                     SANDY
             The watcher didn’t.

                     GRAHAM
             The who?

                     SANDY
             The watcher used to sit behind the
             hedge, watching that tree. He’d
             sit there all day if he needed to.

                     GRAHAM
             Watching the tree?
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                     SANDY
             No, watching the people who came
             here.

                     KAREN
             This place has history.

                     GRAHAM
             Why would anyone sit and watch the
             people who came here to look at
             the tree.

                     KAREN
             Many years ago, the magistrate in
             the town would send all highwaymen
             here, to be hung by the neck,
             until they were dead.

                     SANDY
             And the watcher would sit behind
             the hedge.


2  EXT. SAT BEHIND THE HEDGE - DAY

Karen, Sandy and Graham went to sit by the hedge.

                     SANDY
             Can you see the tree Graham?

                     GRAHAM
             Yes, I have a clear view from here.

                     KAREN
             But hidden behind the hedge he
             wasn’t seen.

                     SANDY
             Now think of a person that was
             hung from the tree.

                     GRAHAM
             He would watch the visitors of the
             dead? What a horrible thing to do.

                     SANDY
             How many people did the highwaymen
             kill?
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                     SUSAN
             And how many sheep were killed, so
             they had food for the day?

                     GRAHAM
             But even so.

                     SUSAN
             If one of my sheep was killed by
             one of them. I like to think
             they’d be hung.

                     KAREN
             What would your father do to you
             Susan? If you went home with a
             sheep missing?

                     GRAHAM
             Sorry I wouldn’t want any harm to
             have happened to you Susan, but
             hanging?

                     KAREN
             Being shot in the stomach wouldn’t
             kill you, but the poisoning from
             the lead would, eventually.

                     SUSAN
             Hanging was a lot quicker.

Graham stood up, he walks to the tree.


3  EXT. NEXT TO THE TREE - DAY

He faces the hedge.

                     GRAHAM
             What reason did he have for
             watching those who came to grieve.

                     SANDY
             He hoped that the visitors knew
             where the highwaymen kept their
             bounty hidden.

                     GRAHAM
             Ha ha, bounty?
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                     SANDY
             That is what they knew it as.

Graham looks at Susan.

                     SUSAN
             I know, bits of a long dead sheep
             would never have been called
             bounty.

                     GRAHAM
             So how did the watcher die?

Sandy begins to laugh.

                     SANDY
             That was the ironic part of the
             tale.

                     GRAHAM
             Why?

                     KAREN
             It is said that he followed two
             women back to their house, that he
             tried to make them confess where
             the treasure was hidden.

                     GRAHAM
             Did they?

                     SANDY
             They couldn’t, they were victims
             of another highwayman. They were
             there to see that justice was
             done.

                     KAREN
             They were the daughters of the
             magistrate. Their father when he
             returned home was escorted by two         
             policemen.

                     GRAHAM
             So the watcher was captured by the
             policemen?
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4  EXT. A MANS FIGURE WALKS TO THEM - DAY

He has to keep pushing his head upright.

                     THE WATCHER
             They never told me about this.

                     SANDY
             About what?

                     THE WATCHER
             Having to keep my head upright for
             all eternity.

He looks to Susan.

                     THE WATCHER  CONT’D
             I was once a farmer myself, I
             would never have taken one of your
             sheep.

                     GRAHAM
             Why are you here, now?

                     THE WATCHER
             Talking to you, not only do I have
             to keep my head upright. But for
             some unknown reason I have to sit
             next to the hedge day in and day
             out.

                     KAREN
             Yes, I could imagine it would be
             boring.

                     GRAHAM
             Are you on his side?

                     KAREN
             No and I don’t think he’d want me
             to.

                     THE WATCHER
             You are right.


5  EXT. SAT BEHIND THE HEDGE - DAY

The Watcher watches the tree.
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                     THE WATCHER
             This is so boring! And if I ever
             get to bored with watching where
             no one is hung anymore, with just
             watching the tree grow. All I have
             to do is turn about and I can
             enjoy myself watching the grass
             grow.

                     SUSAN
             Now you know why I wanted to come
             with you, eternity can get very
             boring.

THE END

And just in case, the last three are based on true ghosts.

Maidenscombe:
HOME SWEET HOME  (4)
1  EXT. WALKING ON A COUNTRY LANE - DAY

Walking slowly along a country lane near Widecombe, Graham looks at a space where a house once stood.

                     GRAHAM
             Look, now there would be a nice
             place to build a house.

                     KAREN
             I do not agree with that.

                     GRAHAM
             You don’t? But you’d have
             everything. Nice views, fresh
             water from the stream, sunlight
             all day.

He takes a compass from a pocket, looking at it.

                     GRAHAM
             As I thought, the sun will rise
             and it’ll set where no hills are.
             What would be a better place for a
             house.

                     KAREN
             One where there hasn’t been a
             house before. Especially one where
             the house does not return.

                     GRAHAM
             How can a house return?

                     SANDY
             That is where a house once was, it
             won’t allow anyone to build
             another house there.

                     GRAHAM
             Are you trying to tell me the
             house is haunted?

                     SANDY
             You got it, it’s the house that
             haunts.

                     GRAHAM
             Why would a house come back?
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                     SANDY
             Why not, if there was something
             bad happened that happened.

                     GRAHAM
             Then who ever did the something
             bad, but not the house. What could
             make it come back?

                     SANDY
             That’s an easy one.

                     GRAHAM
             It is, so tell me.

                     SANDY
             Look at the moors, think about the
             weird tales here. Witches that
             sent people to their deaths. Of
             swampy ground, deep enough to
             swallow a person whole.

                     KAREN
             And the horse under them.

                     GRAHAM
             But there’s nothing really bad, is
             there?


2  EXT. LOOKING TO THE HILL OPPOSITE - DAY

Sandy looks to the tree on the hill.

                     SANDY
             There are some good places.

                     GRAHAM
             But nothing downright evil though,
             is there?

                     SUSAN
             Even in my day I knew of tales, of                 
             the names of places where the
             devil was said to have been.

                     KAREN
             Some places are still said to be
             visited by him.
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                     SUSAN
             I knew of one place near Two
             Bridges, a red glowing stagecoach
             is pulled by two giant dogs that
             disappears into a stream.

                     SANDY
             And the name of that place is near
             to where the devils hounds are
             said to be.

                     GRAHAM
             But that isn’t real is it?
 
                     SANDY
             Where do you think the inspiration
             for the film The Hound of the
             Baskervilles came from?

                     GRAHAM
             Yes, but it isn’t real is it? I
             mean, this is just a ghost tour.

                     SANDY
             Some of it is, there’s Kitty Jay.

                     GRAHAM
             That story isn’t a scary story, I
             know of that one.

                     SANDY
             Then there’s a coffin in the town
             of Buckfastleigh that has a big
             stone slab on it, to make sure the
             resident can’t get out, again.

                     GRAHAM
             What?

                     SANDY
             There are too many tales of the
             devil near here, why do you think
             the west country is also known as
             The Devil’s Country.

                     GRAHAM
             It is just folklore, isn’t it?
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                     KAREN
             Or truth, why do you think I am
             here? As eye candy for you or
             because of the inherent dangers?

Graham looks at Karen, he tries to smile.


3  EXT. THE DISCOLOURED REMAINS OF A HOUSE - DAY

He looks at the where the house was.

                     GRAHAM
             So, the house?

                     SANDY
             The last known occupier of the
             house was said to be a nice person.

                     GRAHAM
             What can you tell me about the
             person?

                     SUSAN
             Do you want to know all the gory
             details?

                     KAREN
             Susan!

                     SUSAN
             Sorry about that, one of the
             things I do to pass the time is
             watch through peoples windows.

                     GRAHAM
             At what?

                     SUSAN
             Last week these people were
             watching a film called The
             Predator.


4  EXT. STANDING AMONGST THE REMAINS OF THE HOUSE - DAY

Sandy looks at the view from where the front door would have been.
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                     SANDY
             He didn’t spend much time here.
             Most people only knew him as Jaime.

                     KAREN
             If you don’t know his name, search
             the tales of Kitty Jay. Jaime was
             said to have been her special
             friend.

                     SUSAN
             Some people say they were more
             than just friends.

                     GRAHAM
             Lovers you mean?

                     SUSAN
             Not as people in this time, but as
             people in that time.

                     KAREN
             I have heard it say, by a few of
             my friends that the house only
             appears when a woman who looks
             like Kitty walks by.

                     SANDY
             There is another time though.

                     GRAHAM
             What is that?

                     SANDY
             When Jaime and Kitty are near, so
             that they can enter the house. It
             is said that when Kitty died he
             would roam the moors looking for
             her.

                     KAREN
             He is known to some as a phantom
             rider, he is always in a rush to
             somewhere.

They all smile.

                     SANDY
             Kitty.

THE END

Maidenscombe:
HOMEWARD BOUND HANDS (5)
1  INT. SANDY’S CAR - DAY

Driving the car onto the embankment Sandy stops the car, near the ‘T’ junction.

                     GRAHAM
             Why have to stopped here?

                     SANDY
             I have to look at the stone wall
             here.

                     KAREN
             And too have a look at the road
             ahead.

                     GRAHAM
             What for?

                     SANDY
             A long time ago Karen told me to
             always look for the transparent
             figure of a man sat on the wall
             before going along the road.

                     GRAHAM
             What does he do?

                     SANDY
             Nothing, even if he is nearby.

Sandy looks at the walls.

                     KAREN
             It is said he is a warning, to all
             travellers on the road that they
             are about.

                     GRAHAM
             Who are about?

                     KAREN
             The hairy hands.

                     GRAHAM
             Who or what is the hairy hands?

                     SANDY
             What it says, two hairy hands.
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                     GRAHAM
             Just seeing those hands, yes, now
             that will be scary. Does anyone
             know who they are of?

                     KAREN
             I have done a lot of checking up
             over the years about this one.

                     GRAHAM
             What did you find out?

                     KAREN
             The hands maybe someone who was in
             a travelling circus.

                     SANDY
             He is said to be Jack Turner, he
             is said to have been killed by
             accident many years ago.

                     GRAHAM
             What was the person?

                     KAREN
             It’s thought that he could have
             been a circus strongman.

                     GRAHAM
             What makes you think that?

                     KAREN
             This is only rumour, and quite a
             bit of conjecture. I’m not to sure
             about the book I read this in, so.

                     SANDY
             A travelling circus once used this
             road, on their way from Plymouth
             to Bournemouth.

                     KAREN
             I thought it was an odd route to
             take but a person who used to be
             the ringmaster lives in Yelverton
             so that explained that.
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                     SUSAN
             Well you’ve got my interest, keep
             going. 

                     KAREN
             The part that made me sit up was
             one of the performers was found to
             be dead on their arrival at
             Bournemouth.

                     SANDY
             That performer had a rare skin
             disorder, hair is said to be
             produced in abundance to all area
             of the skin. The person is often
             known as a dog person. 

                     GRAHAM
             What? 

                     KAREN
             Although in this case it was
             curing itself, but he still had
             the appearance of a dog or as he
             was said to be in the circus, a
             werewolf.

                     GRAHAM
             And people really thought he was a
             werewolf.

                     SANDY
             Even in those days some people
             could be very persuasive, using
             coloured lights.

                     KAREN
             Using a light to turn on then off
             made it look as though he was
             becoming a werewolf, so yes, 
             believable.

                     SANDY
             Before the days of television,
             very believable.
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                     GRAHAM
             As he was the circus strong man.
             The circus wolf-man doubled as a
             strong man, the most valuable
             parts of his body were his hands.

                     KAREN
             Based on what I found I took a
             massive guess, what if he was
             possessed?

                     GRAHAM
             How did he die?

                     KAREN
             The manner of his death was that a
             few shelves in his caravan tipped
             over, the road wasn’t smooth in
             those days.

                     SANDY
             After a heavy days rain large ruts
             could easily appear.

                     KAREN
             Getting caught in a rut would have
             been normal.

                     SUSAN
             That is true, I can remember going
             into town with my father to sell
             some sheep in town. The track was
             very rough.

                     KAREN
             Just imagine that when he died on
             the journey, the hands stayed on
             the road near Two Bridges and           
             Postbridge.

                     SANDY
             Those hands might want to get home
             to him, to where the rest of him
             is.

                     GRAHAM
             That could be a scary story.
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                     KAREN
             It never will be though.

                     GRAHAM
             Why is that?

                     KAREN
             You don’t know? I thought everyone
             did. I mean how many ghosts have
             been in the Daily Mail newspaper.

                     GRAHAM
             Did you try to find him.

                     KAREN
             I tried, but it is difficult.

                     GRAHAM
             Why is that?

                     KAREN
             Because he is dead, and because he
             isn’t a ghost.

                     SUSAN
             I can see the other problem.

                     SANDY
             Do you mean the obvious one.

                     SUSAN
             I think so.

                     GRAHAM
             An obvious problem? What is that?

                     KAREN
             How do you speak to a pair of
             hands?

                     SANDY
             Even using sign language won’t do
             any good.

THE END

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