“Let the Party Begin…”
~~~LeBlanc Gas Station -Parking Lot -4:15 pm ~~~
A young woman in a puce kimono steps off the curb, she walks over to a taxi and enters.
“To Peacock Residence in Arlington Heights.” Mme. Rose says under the makeup and clothes.
The driver nods and pulls out onto the road…
~~~Peacock Residence -Study -4:19 pm ~~~
The doorbell rings from the Hall. Alice Peacock heads to the Study door by stops to look at herself in a mirror above the fireplace. She adjusts her dress slightly and makes sure the revolver is secure in her waist belt. She then exits into the Hall.
~~~Peacock Residence -Hall -continuous~~~
Mr. Tenné opens the door and a woman in a long white gown enters.
“Oh, Mrs. Alabaster!” Alice greets as she enters the hall from the Study door.
“I’m not too early am I?” she asks
“The main events won’t start until seven.” Alice glances at her wristwatch as the minute hand indicates 4:21.
“Well, I always try to be the first one so I won’t have to be introduced to everyone after they’ve arrived.” Mrs. Alabaster smiles widely, “I guess I’ll show myself to the bathroom.” Mrs. Alabaster enters the bathroom.
Mme. Rose comes in the front doors before Tenné can close them.
“Hello.” Mrs. Peacock greets, “Who are you?”
“I’m Miss Curio.” She says, “A friend of Vera.”
“I’m sorry you aren’t on the guest list.” Mr. Tenné says checking off Mrs. Alabaster’s name from a clip board
“Vera invited me; I am one of her high school friend’s mother.” She says
“Well, we have some appetizers out here.” Mrs. Peacock points to the main hall, “And some others are in the Drawing Room.” She points to the Drawing Room door.
“Thank you.” ‘Miss Curio’ says entering the Drawing Room.
“Mr. Tenné, keep a close eye on her.” Alice says
“You think she’s lying?” Mr. Tenné says
“This is Vera’s surprise party…” Alice says, “Vera doesn’t know of it, how can she invite someone?”
“I see.” Mr. Tenné says, handing the guest list to Alice and heading into the Drawing Room.
~~~Peacock Residence -Hall - 4:23 pm ~~~
Mr. Tenné enters to see ‘Miss Curio’ and Senator Peacock conversing.
“… mother of one of Vera’s friends.” She smiles at Senator Peacock
“Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you.” He smiles
Miss Curio walks over to the antique displays and glances at them.
Mr. Tenné walks over to an oak table in the corner and takes out a deck of cards from the drawer. He sets the deck on the table and then strides over to the fireplace where he places another log on the fire. ‘Miss Curio’ notices his suspiciousness.
~~~Peacock Residence -Kitchen - 4:27 pm ~~~
Mrs. White enters through the back door, a little shaken. Mrs. Copper comes from a small door leading to the cellar and brings up a bottle of wine.
“Oh, Beryl.” She puts the bottle on the island, “I didn’t expect you home for a while.”
“I’ve been gone for over an hour…” Mrs. White says
“Will you take this to Mrs. Peacock?” asks Mrs. Copper holding the wine bottle out, “She requested it…”
“Of course.” Mrs. White takes off her coat and hangs it on a coat rack in the corner. She takes the bottle and exits the kitchen.
~~~Michael Reese -Parking Lot - 4:31 pm ~~~
Two officers escort Nurse Tennre to their police car.
“I didn’t do anything!” she shouts
“We’ll see about that in court!” an officer pushes her in the backseat.
Dr. Bisque and Inspector Silverson watch as she is taken away.
~~~Police Car- continuous~~~
Nurse Tennre starts laughing, as do the officers.
“Great acting Maple.” The driver compliments
“Thanks.” She lifts her cuffed hands over her head and passenger slips the keys through a small opening at the top of the divider. The keys drop the floor of the car; Nurse Tennre takes them and unlocks her cuffed hands.
“Next stop: the Green Estate.” The driver smirks
~~~Green Estate -Foyer - 4:59 pm ~~~
Mrs. Maraschino fixes her hair in the reflection of the mirror on the wall. Forest comes from the Sitting Room and opens the front door. Chelsea exits, followed by Forest. They approach Forest’s car. As the police car pulls through the front gates.
“Looks like Roger and Bill made it home safely.” Forest chuckles
~~~Airplane-10:59 pm (GMT) ~~~
Mrs. Rivers sits in the front row of First Class.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats.” The flight attendant says, “We will land in Chicago in ten hours…”
TO BE CONTINUED