After the death of her husband, a mother is convinced her son has been replaced after an accident leaves him paralyzed.
Nothing tests the human spirit like the loss of a loved one.
Martha’s just lost her husband. But life doesn’t wait for gaping hearts to heal. There’s bills to pay, a house to clean. And, thankfully, her son Sean. Her stalwart against the storm.
Then tragedy strikes again — Sean sprawled out, motionless, beneath his favorite climbing tree.
Everything happening in a blur.
Martha pacing hospital corridors, Doctors offering condolences, her only son slumped in a wheelchair.
How could this be? Her son, lifeless, unrecognizable. Her Sean could run and smile and light up a room. Her Sean didn’t need food shoveled in his mouth. No, this thing is not her son.
But the Doctors won’t listen. They tell her she’s not thinking clearly. She needs rest, and pills.
If only she could stop the squirming thoughts in her brain. Then a solution arrives. In the form of a mysterious woman, dressed in all black, with a very important message:
THE DARK LADY
It is not your child. Kill it.
Is this a case of a fragile mind broken? Or are there forces at work beyond our comprehension? Time is running out for Martha to make a decision. One that could have devastating consequences for everyone involved.
Production: One adult female, one male child, and a few extras. A house, a front/back yard, a sidewalk, maybe one other interior location.
About the writer: Glenn Doyle is a 27 year old from Dublin, Ireland. He grew up writing short stories and studied film at Dublin Business School. To date, he’s written close to twenty shorts and one feature. You can check out his IMDB page here.
About the reviewer: James Barron is a former law student turned screenwriter who loves to write comedy along with the occasional horror/thriller. Contact James at jbarron021 (a) gmail.
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