In a bright, warm garden with a flower bed, white cement pathway and
a wooden picnic table sits 3 year old Rosemary digging with a shovel.
Her Mother and Father sit at the table eating salad. It is 2005 in
Brooklyn, New York.
Mama, I want juice!
For the last time, Rosemary! No! Go play in the garden.
Rosemary sulks away. Mother turns back to husband, annoyed.
Anyway, we’re going to have to leave Rosemary with a babysitter until we return from the Bahamas. Two weeks isn’t that long, is it?
Of course not.
ROSEMARY (From where she is sitting)
Mama! My hands are sticky. Can I have juice?
No, Rosemary! Just a minute! (To Father) She never stops complaining!
Rosemary wanders over and sticks out her hands. They are covered
ROSEMARY! Oh my God you’re bleeding! HELP HER, JOHN! She’s BLEEDING!
Father runs into the house.
(Terrified) Jesus, Rosemary. What have you done! Are you okay? No, of course you’re not okay. What’s that in your hand?
I found a piece of glass, mama. I’m thirsty! I want juice!
Mother looks shocked and confused. Father runs outside and begins
tying a cloth around Rosemary’s arm.
I called an ambulance. How does your hand feel, Rosemary?
FINE? Your arm is covered in blood! (To Father) How does she feel fine, John?!
Father finishes tying the cloth and sits Rosemary down to wait.
He turns to Mother.
Something’s wrong with Rosemary. Why isn’t she in pain?
I want juice!
Ten years later, 13 year old Rosemary, her mother, and a tall blonde
woman with bright green eyes stand in the doorway of a modern
looking room with bright wallpaper, plush couches and soft carpeting. The woman is looking around, proud, while Rosemary and her mother seem uncomfortable.
WOMAN (Over energetic)
This here, Rosemary, is our “hanging out” center. After your therapy or regular classes, you can “chill” here with a couple of your new friends! (Gesturing) We have ping-pong, television, computers, and movies, except only after dinner. What do you think?
Oh. What exactly are… classes?
Most of your courses involve helping you understand your condition. You still take regions, and normal tests like that, but you’re special! (Super enthusiastic) At the Addison Center for The Abnormal and Developmentally Challenged, you take courses that revolve around you!
Right. How long would I have to stay at this… Center?
For as long as your parents see fit! But, we advise you take our full term- until you reach University.
Yes. It may seem intimidating now, but trust me. You’re going to love our facility! You might even get to meet out wonderful headmaster… Doctor Addison.
What’s Doctor Addison like?
WOMAN (Starry eyed)
He’s only the most wonderful scientist on the face of our very EARTH! Possibly the entire universe! He brings light into our dreadful days! Not that we have any dreadful days.
I see. When does Rosemary start?
Anytime! We’d REALLY love to have you!
Mom, no! University? University’s years away! I’m not going to stay at a hospital for almost a decade, that’s insane!
Please, Rosemary. I can’t take care of you at home! You know how stressful it is for me and your Father to constantly worry about you!
Then don’t worry about me! I have friends at home! Bea, Camilla, Brooklyn, April! April’s birthday’s next Friday!
I can’t let you wander around on your own, Rosemary. You’re constantly falling and burning yourself, or knocking kids down at school without realizing it.
I’ll try to be more careful! Just don’t make me stay at an INSANE ASYLUM for the next ten years of my life! If you cared about me, you’d see what a terrible choice you’re making!
The Center is not an insane asylum, and I’m trying to keep you safe. (To woman) If I fill out any necessary paperwork now, can Rosemary get situated right away?
Mom, please! Don’t make me stay! I’ll never go on any trips. I’ll go home every day after school and never have sleepovers! I’ll help you make dinner every night and give in every homework assignment on time-
I’m sorry, Rosemary. I really am. But I have a meeting in the city and… trust me. You’re going to like the Center, eventually.
Mother turns to leave. Rosemary looks on the verge of tears.
Goodbye, Rosemary. Thank you for showing us around…
Thank you, Lacey. Goodbye.
Mother exits. Rosemary watches after her, bewildered that she has
been abandoned. Lacey beams at Rosemary.
Rosemary enters a green, dimly florescent lit room nervously,
carrying a tray of food. She eyes a plastic lunch table and begins
to walk over to it. Eating at the table is a stunning brunette 15 year
old girl, and a short brown eyed 12 year old girl accompanied
by a goldfish in a water bowl.
Hi, I’m Rosemary. Can I sit at your table?
HEY! Sit! I’m Clementine Deville. So you’re the new student, huh? You must be so excited to be here!
Thanks. (Takes a seat) I don’t know. Honestly, It’s kind of scary here- I feel like those attendants are always watching me.
Oh, trust me, you’ll get used to all the safety precautions. The assistants have our best interests in mind!
Really? Don’t you think it’s creepy how they follow you down the hallway, and stand outside your room while you shower? It’s like we’re at this Treatment Center to be watched!
MABEL (To goldfish)
So Rosemary doesn’t like the Center, huh Goldy? She seems kind of weird, don’t you think?
Mabel! Don’t be rude!
Why’s she talking to her goldfish?
Clementine, please. Goldy’s feeling socially isolated considering the fact that she has no other fish to talk to. So can I help her, or are you trying to penetrate our relationship?
CLEMENTINE (Rolls eyes)
Mabel can “talk” to her goldfish. Just ignore her. Right Mabel? (Mabel continues conversation with Goldy) See, she’s not even listening.
Suddenly, a very fat human assumes the form of a snake and
slithers over to their table. He returns to his large normality.
WOAH, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! Did he just turn into a snake?!
Rosemary! This is Fatz. Fatz has some kind of eating malfunction where he can’t process food quickly enough. That’s why he’s Fatz- he can contort his body into different shapes. (Whispering to Rosemary) Or should I say she… no one really knows exactly. Hey, how ya doin?
You all have such cool reasons to be here, I’m at the Center because I can’t feel physical pain.
Ew, that’s weird! Right, Goldy?
You’re just like us! So, you could walk through a fire and not feel burned?
Exactly! I mean I wouldn’t survive, but I would feel fine.
A young, green eyed black haired woman walks over to their table
and pours a light green liquid into four plastic cups. She leaves.
Finally! These cups of green juice, Rosemary, are the BEST part of staying at the Center. They taste like angels! Here, have some.
Rosemary eyes the liquid, wary, and takes it from Clementine. Fatz,
Clementine and Mabel down their juice in one sip. When they
aren’t looking, Rosemary pours the juice into the garbage.
Amazing, right! The attendants let us have it three times a day!
ATTENDANT (Sees Rosemary)
Rosemary, why didn’t you drink your juice?
Oh, um, I…
Clementine winks at Rosemary and begins to sing a C scale
to the attendant.
Wow! Beautiful voice, Clementine! I’m sorry for bothering you. I’ll be by the salad bar- call me over if you need me!
The attendant leaves. Clementine smiles and Rosemary looks astonished.
Oh my God! You just made that assistant leave with your singing, didn’t you?
It’s not that great. She had all these stalkers back home, and she kept causing traffic jams.
Ugh, you don’t want to know. (Angry, whispering) Look, I helped you this time, Rosemary. But why didn’t you drink the juice? We all drink the juice here. It’s part of staying at the Center.
I’m sorry, I just don’t like that these attendants make you drink strange green liquid every day. I mean, what for?
Why are YOU so worried? You’re at the Center to be treated, Rosemary. You should feel lucky they even let you enroll here. So don’t go acting like some brat who doesn’t need help.
I’m not trying to be a brat at all!
Please. You’re just another ungrateful little baby. (Bell rings and everyone stands up to leave, leaving Rosemary alone)
Rosemary, accompanied by a red haired attendant, enters a gray
waiting room for the health clinic. There are two sets of chairs on
either side of it. On one side sits a short 14 year old boy, Asher,
reading. On the other side is his guard.
You can sit anywhere you like. The doctor will be ready to see you in a few minutes.
Rosemary’s attendant sits next to Asher’s guard on the other side of the
room and they begin an intense discussion. Rosemary takes a seat next
You can’t sit next to Asher. His nerve system is weak, and he can’t bare the slightest touch.
ROSEMARY (Caught off guard)
Oh, I’m sorry. I’ll sit a chair away from you.
I’m not a butterfly. Sit wherever you want.
Rosemary moves next to him.
So… what are the health tests like, exactly? I’m being examined next, and I’m kind of nervous!
You should be.
ROSEMARY (Excited to talk to him)
ASHER (Attention suddenly caught)
You want to know?
You have to keep this to yourself, um…
Rosemary. You have to keep this to yourself.
Sure! But keep your voice down. My attendant’s some kind of over protective freak.
Aren’t they all!
Wait, you agree with me? You think all the staff here are creepy?
Anyone with neon green eyes who keeps security cameras all over your room is creepy to me! And that green juice they give everyone; it makes you tired and forgetful.
I didn’t think anyone else thought so!
Well, I do. And we won’t have to worry about being heard. See our stalkers over there? (Points) Dan is trying to focus on our conversation, but your assistant is distracting him. Your assistant, Amy, likes him; she’s new at the Center and doesn’t understand the restrictions. And anyway, Dan thinks she’s inexperienced and a little weird. What is Amy doing anyway, with Dan who’s been working here for years!
How did you know all of that?! YOU’RE… A MIND READER!
No. Calm yourself. I don’t know really, I guess I can tell from their body language. Look, Amy’s about to die of happiness because Dan shoved her over a little.
That’s amazing. But wait, the medical tests. What’s so scary about them?
What I’m about to tell you, Rosemary, is a secret. If you tell anyone, I will know. (Beat) A girl named Franceska Foxtrot used to be a patient here, a favorite of all the assistants. But she was switched over to the “Emerald Building”, a glowing green building just about a mile down the road. Freaky experiments are done there, Rosemary. You never know who the doctors will take. Greg told me, the boy with the oversensitive hearing!
Wow, those stories must keep you real entertained during the long, boring nights here huh?
You don’t believe me?! I thought you understood, Rosemary. This Clinic is a dark, creepy, powerful black hole that’s going to drag all of us into it, eventually.
I’m sorry, I know it’s weird here, but this sounds crazy! Are you sure you’re not imagining it?
Rosemary, please. I know you’ve been here for only a little while, but I’ve been here for six years. Every day I can see the teachers and assistants turning these children into little mutant creatures, robots. Please, believe me. I have to convince you before they take you too.
Asher, this whole system you’re talking about is too confusing.
Suddenly, Clementine is led out by an attendant from the doctor’s
office. She sits down a few seats away from Asher and
Rosemary. She seems dazed. Her attendant sits beside her, writing notes.
Clementine! Hey, I’m sorry about what happened at lunch. I shouldn’t have been so rude.
Clementine turns her head, and looks at them without recognition.
So Clementine, you’re going to be taken to the Emerald Building, a beautiful green building about a mile down the road. It’s WONDERFUL! There are more games, activities, even a swimming pool! Your classes will be much more advanced, and your schedule will be more packed, but it’s definitely worth it.
The Emerald Building…
Come with me, and if you gather your belongings I can take you to visit Dr. Addison!
Her attendant takes her by the arm, leads her out of the doorway and
down the hall. Rosemary and Asher look at each other, shocked.
We can’t let her go to the Emerald Building, the doctors will hurt her!
We need to find a way to get her back.
Rosemary takes a doctor’s scalpel from a cart and cuts her arm.
They walk over to the guards.
Hi, I cut my arm and I need to clean the blood! Can we go to the lavatory?
We will assist you.
Asher stares into his guard’s eyes.
It’s alright if you want to stay, we’ll only be a minute. You seem to have a lot on your mind. And you know I can’t do anything reckless with my condition!
You may go, but be back in TWO MINUTES. Right Dan?
You don’t have to worry about us.
They turn and leave the room. Asher walks as fast as he can.
Asher, Rosemary, Fatz and Mabel sit in the center of a dimly lit, dusty
basement in a tight circle.
Why up and leave? You barely have any evidence that any of these “experiments” are actually being performed. And I’m not going on any stupid adventures, especially without Goldy. We’d get in so much trouble!
Bring Goldy! We need to get Clementine back. My attendant goes to a meeting every Wednesday in the Emerald Building. When he returns, he talks to the nurse in the Medical Room next to us about what happened. Greg, the kid with the sensitive hearing, is my roommate and we listen to their conversations. My attendant is helping out with the “procedure” scheduled for next week dissecting Alice’s “code red”. And “code red” is the attendant’s word for brain; they said it over the loudspeaker once when Frank had a brain tumor.
Whatever happens to Clementine could also happen to you. We need you to help us- we don’t know how to get to Dr. Addison’s office. We can’t stay in this secret basement for much longer, it’s been way more than two minutes.
We have to save Clementine!
Yes! You believe us! Mabel?
You guys are insane. But I’ll come.
IF- I get to bring Goldy.
Fine! Bring Goldy. We’ll need all the help we can get.
What’s that Goldy?
Mabel puts Goldy to her ear. Everyone rolls their eyes.
Mabel, please. We have to act quick!
Goldy can help us! She has fish radar, she knows where Dr. Addison’s office is!
Mabel! We don’t have a lot of time. Stop fooling around!
I think you need to shut up and listen. Goldy and I have been to Dr. Addison’s office, but my trips there are so hazy in my memory because he makes you drink that green juice. But Goldy remembers!
You fo real?
Yes, I am fo real. Right, Goldy? Right.
Wait, so you actually can talk to fish?
Um, yes. That’s why I’m at the Center. Obviously.
Right. Let’s go! Asher, ride on Fatz’s back so you don’t slow us down!
Asher, Rosemary, Fatz, Mabel and Goldy run out of the basement,
Asher riding on Fatz’s back.
A male attendant pulls Clementine through a door into a
normal looking hospital room. The attendant begins to strap her
to a patient’s chair, but she pushes him away.
Clementine, stop moving. I’m taking you to the Secret Clinic- Dr. Addison will meet with you in a moment to discuss your transfer to the Emerald Building.
CLEMENTINE (Screaming, crying)
I DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE EMERALD BUILDING! What are you going to do to me?!
You don’t have a choice. We need you.
WHY DO YOU NEED ME? I haven’t done anything to the Center- I’ve been the best patient ANY clinic could have! Let go of me, and let me go back to normal!
You’ve never been normal, Clementine.
The attendant pushes her into the seat and begins strapping her
to it. A metal machine starts up next to her and glows green.
Clementine begins to sing, quickly.
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! Find me a find, catch me a-
ATTENDANT (Puts in earplugs)
Your singing tricks won’t work on me, Clementine DeVille. Now stay still, while I get you some green juice.
The attendant leaves the room as Clementine begins to sob.
CLEMENTINE (Tired and weak)
Please… Don’t make me go…
Clementine closes her eyes, tears streaming down her face.
The four file inside a small room leading to Dr. Addison’s office.
Nice going, Goldy! Now how do we get past this door?
Rosemary looks back at the group, then shoves her body against
the door. It breaks open and they run into the normal looking hospital
room. There stands a man, about 6 feet, with black hair and luminous, radiant green eyes, wearing a doctor’s uniform and smiling.
Hello! I’m Doctor Addison. How nice of you to visit your friend Clementine just before her departure!
The four enter the room slowly. The ground is set a little lower than before. Asher stumbles and yelps in pain. Rosemary helps him down.
Dr. Addison continues to smile.
We all know what the Center is for.
You’re have no right to be in here.
Where’s Clementine? We know you took her.
You should be in your classes learning carpentry. It’s alright; can I get you some green juice?
No more green juice. It just makes you forget about all the evil… experiments you have done on us!
Don’t be such a know it all. And don’t make me threaten you children.
You can’t see Clementine. She’s in the brain grafting room.
BRAIN GRAFTING? How are you hurting children?
You don’t understand! You’re special. I need to put your abilities to use.
For WHAT? There is nothing so important that would make you corrupt human beings!
ADDISON (Fuming, enraged)
Of course there is. The entire human race is useless. You have so much opportunity- so much room for power, and you- all of you- WASTE it on your petty little problems! Clothes, giant superstores, all for nothing! How can an entire world of species be so unbelievably ignorant to what’s around them. I’m only trying to create a new race of beings that actually will serve our universe.
You don’t have to hurt children! We haven’t had lives yet! It’s not up to you to determine our world’s future!
But there’s so much potential for our Earth. If I can take each of your powers and make a race of people – millions of you – we could have the most advanced civilization ever created. Let me show you Clementine.
Doctor’s Private Room. Attendants are working on Clementine’s
brain. Her head is shaved. She is sitting in a chair. Her eyes are
open. They are trying to get her sing.
Sing for us, Clementine. Sing any song you like.
CLEMENTINE (creepy voice with dead eyes)
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…
No need to scream. But this is your future unless you drink the green juice.
Fatz pushes the doctors off of Clementine. Doctors tackle the children
to the ground and attempt to give them green juice injections.
Get off of me!
Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things…
Suddenly, Fatz shoves half the attendants against the wall, knocking them out. Rosemary throws the rest against a tray of medical
instruments. Mabel and Asher are injured on the ground. Asher
is crying in excruciating pain.
Rosemary runs to help them up. Dr. Addison sits with his arms
crossed at the other end of the room. The four step toward Addison.
Impressive. Don’t you see? What you just showed me, the whole world could be supernatural like you if you just let me help!
You just tried to OPEN UP a girl’s brain! You’re going to kill hundreds of children!
Fatz assumes the figure of a wall and flattens Dr. Addison against a
Stop! Fatz, what are you doing? Did you just turn into a wall?!
Yes, yes I did.
We need to get you to realize how terrible you are!
Asher steps forward.
Why, Dr. Addison?
I told you, I’ve been trying to build a substantial-
No. Why are you trying to destroy us?
I’m saving you!
Asher stares into Dr. Addison’s eyes and steps closer to him.
Really, Dr. Addison? No sane person would decide to take over the world. Not without trying to hide something.
You are no one to tell me what to do.
You’re a normal person just like everyone else in this room. We’re all scared of you. What might happen to us. What are you scared of, Dr. Addison?
Nothing. I only fear having to see your mutant faces every again.
Addison holds up a large knife from the medical table and tries to
swipe at Fatz. Mabel calls out from the other end of the room where she
has crept to. She points to a green gadget with buttons on the wall.
WAIT! What is this machine?!
ADDISON (Puts down knife, scared)
DON’T TOUCH THAT! WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T TOUCH THE MACHINE ON THE WALL!
What is it, Dr. Addison?
Asher limps to the green machine on the wall and studies it while
Fatz holds Dr. Addison back. Rosemary joins him.
“Atmosphere Control.” This machine isn’t a temperature gadget, Asher.
ASHER (Beat, slowly but with certainty)
Why do we never see you outside your office? Why are you always holed up here, controlling your minions down below? Why don’t you ever come outside, Doctor?
I like it inside. It’s cold.
No one wants to stay inside all their life.
Stop. It’s none of your business, leave the machine ALONE-
ASHER (Studies machine again)
Argon release- that’s an element of air. You need more argon in your air than most people…
You’re one of us!
Hey Fatz, the ceiling is made of glass.
Fatz stretches to full height and thrusts his hand against the ceiling,
letting go of Dr. Addison with a thud. Glass comes shattering down
on all sides. Everyone screams and covers their heads.
Grab Clementine! We’re leaving!
WAIT! What’s happening to Dr. Addison?
Fatz grabs Clementine. Rosemary, Asher and Mabel gather around
ADDISON (Gasping for breath)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU’RE- YOU’RE KILLING ME, YOU’RE KILLING YOUR- YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE THE FUTURE… THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE…
It’s over! Goodbye, Dr. Addison!
Your facility will be shut down. Say farewell.
CLEMENTINE (Singing, dazed)
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night…
Dr. Addison glows green for a few moments and then floats into the sky.
He just turned into a green spirit! (Looks up)
Yes! We did it!
Rosemary hugs Asher and everyone exclaims with joy.
I can’t believe he’s gone!
We have to notify those hypnotized attendants and report the Clinic to the police!
Rosemary, help me walk? I can barely move!
Ooh, Ash and Rose!
Ew, don’t call me Rose.
Yo, after this is cleared up, we can do whatever we want! I’m joining the Navy to be one of their life boats.
Wow! I’m going to my friend April’s birthday party, I guess that isn’t so exciting.
I’ll come with you! I used to live in an orphanage, maybe I can find one near where you live!
Of course! I’ll visit you all the time!
Whatever, me and Goldy have places to go. You know, before I came here, we were going to backpack through Hawaii, her in her water bag and me in my hiking boots. (Looks into distance)
Woah, what’s going on?
Clementine! You’re awake! We have so much to tell you!
Go with us, we’ll call the police from the Main Office! Fatz will take care of the attendants. Come, we have a lot to do!
Clementine, carried by Fatz, Mabel and Asher and Rosemary walk
out of the office.
Ella Walsh, Age 12, Grade 7, MS 51 William Alexander, Gold Key