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Episode Two

By Mike - Feb 21/2006
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In the last episode, the Monthly Sales meeting went horribly wrong, leaving the 2ndSite Brand dead, frothing at the mouth, clutching a copy of The Young Poisoner's Handbook. The lines have been drawn: those who loved the Brand (Mike, Joe, Jeff), those who wanted him gone (Kathy, Levi, Daniel). A murderer lurks in the Boardroom at 2ndSite. The Brand has been poisoned but who did it? And why?

Present Time: The Boardroom

The Brand is lying in a crumpled heap on the floor. Not moving. His icy hand is gripping a copy of The Young Poisoner’s Handbook.

Joe: Dead? He’s been murdered!

Jeff: Make sure he’s dead.

Joe: Make sure he’s dead? He was frothing at the mouth for God’s sake! He must have been poisoned.

Enter Daniel, running with a phone in his hand, clearly talking to Emergency Services

Daniel: Yes, that’s right. Someone’s killed our Brand. We think he’s been poisoned but we can’t tell for sure.

Levi: Say Kathy, isn’t that the book you were reading?

Kathy: What book?

The room quiets down. Daniel lowers the phone a moment before continuing with 9-1-1.

Levi: That book. Poisoning for Dummies or something like that. Sure, this is yours. You’ve got your name written in marker on the bottom edges.

Kathy: <looking nervous> It must be some other Kathy. I have an English degree. I sincerely doubt I’d read such a piece of trash.

Levi: How many Kathy Donoghue’s can there be in this office of six? I mean, you’re not only the only Kathy Donoghue, you’re the only woman. This has got to be your book.

Mike: The Young Poisoner’s Handbook?

Kathy: <very defensive> It was a Christmas present. I never even read it. I don’t know where he found it.

Jeff: I do. <Heads turn> It was in the kitchen cupboard next to the coffee. I noticed it this morning. I remember thinking what an odd place it was for a book, much less that one.

Kathy: I didn’t put it there. I don't even remember having it.

Jeff: <bending down to pry the book from the Brand’s swiftly cooling hand> Didn’t you just say you got it for Christmas? Be that as it may, I see there’s a bus transfer caught in the middle of it. Looks like your bus no less. And dated today.

Kathy: <gives a nervous laugh> Oh. That book. Of course. Now I remember…

That Previous Night

Daniel was in the office late, as usual. He preferred the quiet time between 2 and 5 am. It allowed him the peace and privacy he needed to do what he considered his real work. In fact, he mused, he really had two jobs. The day job, which was murder, the night job, which was killing him. Either way, he lost.

Present Time: The Boardroom

Daniel: They’re on their way.

Already sirens could be heard as Daniel said this. Mike looked over his shoulder then darted off in the direction of his office shouting,

Mike: Jeff, get ready to buzz them in! I’ve just got to get something from my office!

Mike ran into his office, shutting the door quickly behind him, patting the bulge in his jacket pocket. His heart was pounding. It was now or never. Should he? Should he? The heck with it. He should. No better time than now. Just better be quick about it.

That Previous Weekend…

Someone was onto him; of that much Mike was sure. He could see his desk had been searched. He always kept the drawers tightly closed. It was a matter of pride to him. Cluttered mind, uncluttered office. He couldn’t think in a messy office. He needed tidy edges and white space. No, someone had definitely been in here. Had they found his secret? And crumbs? Were those crumbs on his desk? Well that’s no use to him. Can’t dust for fingerprints on crumbs.

Present Time: The Boardroom

Daniel thought a moment and hurried to his desk as well, remembering something still up on his computer from the night before (or more accurately the morning) that he really would rather not have anyone see.

Joe: <Calling after Daniel> Where the hell are you going?

Daniel: Be right back.

Joe: Kathy, follow him. Everyone else stay put! Someone’s responsible and nobody leaves this room until we find out who it is.

Kathy starts to leave the room but the door is blocked: two firemen and two police officers have entered the room.

Officer: I think that’s my decision but you’re right. Nobody but nobody leaves this office. Murphy, round everybody up. <Officer named Murphy, tall burly man entirely devoid of neck, with hands like hockey gloves, leaves the room>

Murphy: Right on it Barney.

Barney is the physical opposite to Murphy: small and wiry, facially not unlike a ferret.

Outside, in the office area

Murphy: <calling to Daniel> You there! We’re all coming back to the boardroom!

Daniel stands up quickly and blocks the screen with his torso.

Daniel: I’ll be right there officer. Just a moment and I’m done.

Murphy: You’re done now. What are you doing that can be more important than solving a murder? Maybe you want to explain that? No, save it til we get back. We probably should all hear this. <leans in to grab Daniel’s arm and get a good peak at the screen> Oh. So that’s how it is? Very interesting. Very interesting indeed. I think you might have a lot of explaining to do Mister.


7 Comments Posted

Moe Diggity - Posted: February 21st, 2006 10:23 AM
Having read the 2nd Epsiode, I've ascertained that the cuplrit (Jeffy aka Moe Yo'Mama) and the means are still the same. However, I no longer think he killed the Brand just because he could... but rather, because Chuck Norris couldn't.
Jeanna - Posted: February 21st, 2006 11:34 AM
... and the plot thickens *DUN DUN DUN!*
Colonel Mustard - Posted: February 22nd, 2006 1:20 AM
Poison? What ever happened to traditional modes of killing - candlesticks, lead pipes, etc.? Oh that's right, those methods require some sort of physical exertion, so none of the suspects could have deployed such a device. We shall see what the next episode reveals!
Myles Slocombe - Posted: February 22nd, 2006 7:52 AM
Bravo! A unique/engaging/great concept - have you spoken with Marketing Magazine - marketingmag.ca ?
Tara 'Miss Rogue' Hunt - Posted: February 23rd, 2006 8:11 PM
MarketingMagazine wouldn't know guerilla if it kicked them in the rss. ;) Believe me, I struggled with them for years...

Ping Wired. Or BoingBoing. ;)

Great job on this guys! When Mike told me about it, I was aprehensive, but you've created a fabulous mystery! ;)
Discount Printing Service - Posted: February 26th, 2006 11:19 AM
I thought Kathy seemed like a pretty obvious culprit... but I'm probably wrong. Keep up the great story :)
- Eric Salo
Valerie - Posted: April 3rd, 2006 10:16 AM
I think it's Jeff also. But how -- I don't know. Why -- because he was the creator of the original brand and needs to have him gone to create a new one. He probably takes it personally that the current brand isn't up to par for the times.

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