Scratch with Audio Theater and Links, by Corey Burkes
Description: A little girl’s parents are in a great amount of debt and make a decision that will cost their lives when the Debt Collector comes to set his demon loose on those who owe. Now, a four-year-old girl is left to fend for herself against a relentless demonic creature.
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It was another Monday morning and the weekend was gone before little four-year-old Keilee-Ann knew it. The last thing she remembered was being picked up from daycare on Friday, came home, had pizza for diner, watched cartoons on Saturday, drew a picture of grandma with angel wings on Sunday and woken up to get dressed this morning. The only thing that stayed the same since Friday was that old grandfather clock her mommy bought that endlessly ticked and tocked … and her parents fighting.
This morning wasn’t any different.
“Did you see the electric bill?” Erica questioned her husband, throwing down more than just one bill. Keilee couldn’t read the big words yet. Some of them had huge words on the front written in her favorite color red; with big letters P A S T D U E and others in black. She wondered where the person who drew those letters had enough ink to write CUT OFF NOTICE. When she got older, she planned to read those words for her mommy one day.
Marvin, Keilee’s father, was in his shirt and tie, drinking a glass of orange juice without much of a response or an expression of care. Keilee loved her father and never missed a morning to say he looked very pretty—though she really meant handsome. He was wearing the tie she picked for him for his birthday. Only when he finished downing his drink, and giving a purposeful ‘aaah’ in that commercial refreshing kind of way, did he find the words to tell his wife. “Of course I’ve seen the bills. Good morning, pumpkin.”
“Good morning, daddy.” Keilee yawned, not really interested in eating that bowl of cereal she asked for. She let the frosted flakes sit in the milk too long and now she stared into a bowl of mush that big girls just didn’t eat anymore.
“No—have you seen them, Marvin?” Erica’s voice rose, waking Keilee up from her showdown with the cereal bowl.
“I’m not blind, Erica. What do you want me to do?”
“This is the second final notice. The bank is threatening to foreclose any day now! What are we going to do?”
Marvin laughed as he walked up to Keilee, patting her on the head. She thought he was going to make her eat that mess in front of her. Instead, he walked on past her to the sink, rinsing out his glass. “That’s just nice. Aren’t we just the merry handicapped family! You think I’m blind—and I think you’re deaf! What in the hell do you want me to do?”
“They’re going to cut off everything and we’re going to be out on our ass!”
Outside and behind the kitchen was a deck that overlooked the backyard. The deck was wide, made out of wood and gave Keilee a splinter last summer that her daddy had to take out with a needle. He did it so quick, she didn’t even feel him take it out. Over the deck was a retractable awning that covered her friends when they played outside to keep the sun out of their eyes. Erica used a remote control hanging on the wall to roll it up, letting the Monday morning sun in to the kitchen.
Halfway up, the awning stopped, making Erica even more annoyed than she already was. “Damn remote. Keilee, remind me to get the other remote from upstairs.”
Keilee nodded, sliding out of the chair, hoping her parents wouldn’t notice she had no intentions of eating the cereal that now looked like a layer of light brown cloth.
Marvin wasn’t paying her any mind, continuing his verbal sparring match with his wife. “I’m already pulling double shifts. You tell me where the money is going and I’ll give you some answers. Oh, and by the way, nice nails. How much did that run you?”
“Oh please! You act like you’re the only one working around here?”
“I’m working all day and night at this damn job and you got that laid back office gig …”
“You heard me! Part-time, twice a week while I’m humpin’ the load around here.”
“You wanted me to stay home!” Keilee smiled because her mommy started making funny voices to sound just like her daddy. In her mind, she thought maybe they weren’t fighting after all. “No, not my wife. I want you to stay home and raise our daughter. I’ll take care of you, baby. I’m lucky to even get the position and they don’t have anything full-time.”
“Then you’ll have to find another job.”
“Oh, so it’s now I have to find another job. What happened to all the big willy style living you promised me!”
CRASH! Keilee and Erica jumped from the sudden noise. Marvin threw his glass, breaking it into many little pieces that scattered everywhere in and out of the sink. Keille looked at the floor where the pieces were and was worried that her daddy was going to get in trouble like she did for breaking a glass a few months back.
Just that she didn’t throw hers on purpose.
“What the hell you want from me?! I got you your goddamn house! Your damn gas-pissin’ truck! I’m bustin’ my ass for this house!”
Erica shook her head at Marvin and walked around the mess and toward Keilee. “I’m not doing this with you. Not here—not in front of Keilee. Come on, baby. You’re late for school.”
Keilee already had her jacket on. She was a big girl that can zip her own coat and put her own shoes on—sometimes backwards. When her parents were mad at each other like this, she always knew it was better to be ready when it was time to go somewhere. One time, when they yelled at each other, her mommy took her out and they didn’t come back for a few days. She missed her daddy a lot during that time.
No matter when they fought, she was always glad to be home with them both.
Erica took the keys to the car off the key rack that hung just by the door, which led to the garage, just outside of the kitchen. They had two cars and Erica had the car seat. She used the car key to unlock the door by pressing the remote buttons. Keilee liked how everything they had in the house was a remote control: the awning, the cars and the TV’s. It was as if they were in the real life Jetsons.
“And that’s another thing,” Marvin kept yelling, even as Keilee and Erica were walking into the garage. “You wanted her in the best private school and I got us there!”
Erica took Keilee by the hand and closed the door behind them. “I’m not doing this, Marvin!”
“Yeah … well, like always, I’ve got us covered. Money’s tight right now, but Marvin will save the F’n day like always. You’ll see.” Marvin stood alone in the kitchen a very unhappy man with glass on the floor around his feet. “You’ll just see.”
Scratch with Audio Theater and Links, by Corey Burkes