SECRETS OF THE AMAZON
by Breann Fowler
Large boat floating down the Amazon River with the rising sun gleaming down on it. Man is below deck grabbing fuel canisters while his wife is on deck. The wife slices her hand open and lets the blood drip into the river watching the movements in the water grow. She hears her husband coming up the steps and throws the knife into the jungle and hurries back into the kitchen area, wrapping her hand in a towel.
MITCH: (Leaning over the side of the boat, struggling to get the gas hose into the tank) Annie, could you come out here?
(Annie walks out)
MITCH: I need you to hold onto me so I can get further down without falling in.
(Annie fights back a smile, and grabs onto his legs)
MITCH: I got it!
(Annie lets go of Mitch’s legs. Mitch yelps as he splashes into the water)
MITCH: (Surfaces) What the f…AH! Ow! Shit there’s piranha’s in here! Get me out! (Struggles to stay above the surface and frantically swims toward the boat. Tries fighting off piranhas, screams growing louder with each bite.)
(Annie stands at the edge of the boat watching with fascination as the water around Mitch becomes clouded with blood. After several minutes of struggling to stay above the surface, Mitch goes under, and doesn’t come back up. Annie reaches down and puts the cap back on the gas tank and walks up to the captain’s pit. She turns the ignition, and cruises off down the river with a sly smile.)
One week earlier. Annie just returned home from a two-month trip to the Amazon. She is sitting at the kitchen table with Mitch showing him photographs from her trip.
MITCH: (Looking at a picture) Ooh. (Flips to another picture) Ahh.
ANNIE: (Staring at Mitch) Is everything OK? You seem distracted.
MITCH: (Looks up from pictures) I just got a promotion to chairman at work, and I’ve been really busy getting all settled into my new office and training. I’m exhausted actually, so I’m going to go to bed, do you mind if I finish looking at these tomorrow? (Gets up and heads to the bedroom)
(Annie starts to reply but realizes it was a rhetorical question, and watches Mitch disappear into the bedroom. She sits for another ten minutes, then walks down the hall and cracks open bedroom door to see if Mitch was still awake, but he wasn’t.)
Annie goes to Mitch’s office building to surprise him with lunch. She takes the elevator up to the 26th floor and approaches the Secretary’s desk. She eye’s down the young secretary as she reads the name on her blazer and waits for ‘Candi’ to get off the phone.
CANDI: (Slams phone onto receiver and looks up at Annie) Can I help you?
ANNIE: Yes, I’m here to see Mr. Grady.
CANDI: (Eyes Annie down and narrows eyebrows) Do you have an appointment?
ANNIE: No. I’m his wife. I just wanted to drop off his lunch.
(Candi’s eyes widen and her mouth opens, but no sound comes out. She continues to stare at Annie.)
ANNIE: (Shifts uncomfortably and clears throat) Well, could you tell him I’m here please?
CANDI: Yes (hesitates) just a moment. (Picks up the phone and presses an intercom button) Mr. Grady your…wife…is here.
(Door behind Candi swings open and Mitch marches out. Candi turns quickly at his approach giving Annie a whiff of her Britney Spears Fantasy perfume.)
MITCH: (Glances at Candi) Annie, what are you doing here? (Glances at Candi again)
ANNIE: (Glances at Candi also) I brought you lunch (hands him the bag). And I thought I could check out your new office.
MITCH: Now’s not a good time, I was just heading to a meeting. I’ll be home late tonight, don’t wait up. (Kisses Annie on the cheek and goes back into office)
(Annie stands there staring at the office door in disbelief. She can feel Candi staring at her and turns to her. Candi turns away quickly.)
Annie slowly walks out of the building to her car. Sits in car for several minutes putting the pieces together and realizing her husband might be having an affair. Drives home and begins looking for evidence. Finds porn, lube, and condoms in night stand, but doesn’t care. Searches through his dirty laundry, and smells his shirt. Chuckles to herself. Drives back to his office that night and follows him and Candi to a hotel. She walks in five minutes after them.
ANNIE: (Approaches concierge) Excuse me, hi. I’m Mrs. Grady, my husband just checked in about ten minutes ago but forgot to get an extra key for me, would you mind?
CONCIERGE: Of course not Mrs. Grady, give me just a moment. (Bends down and grabs key, hands it to Annie)
ANNIE: (Smiles) Thank you so much. (Walks to the elevator and goes to the third floor. Approaches room 313, pushes ear against the door. Very quietly slides the key in and pokes head around the door. Hears the shower going and inches forward. Hears voices coming from the bathroom and cracks the bathroom door open just enough to peer in. Sees the reflection off the mirror of Mitch and Candi rubbing against each other occasionally letting out little moans. Stands there for several minutes trying to decide whether to bust in and scream at them, but doesn’t know what she’d say. Slowly closes the door and creeps back out of the room. Takes the stairs down to the lobby floor and sneaks out of a side door.)
The next night Annie is in the kitchen making dinner, Mitch comes home early from work with a gift for her.
MITCH: (Wraps arms around Annie and hands her the gift) I’m sorry I’ve been so distant lately, I really have missed you, and I wanted to make it up to you.
(Annie rips paper off gift, and stares at a picture frame engraved with “For my loving Wife, All my love, Mitch” that held six of the photographs she took from the Amazon.)
MITCH: I looked through all of your pictures and chose my favorite six and had them framed for you. I wanted to show you that I care about what is important to you, and not just what’s important to me.
ANNIE: (Plasters on a fake smile and gives Mitch a quick kiss) We should take a long weekend and go down there!
MITCH: (Draws back) Go where? To the Amazon?
ANNIE: Yes! It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life and I want to share it with you.
MITCH: You’re serious? (Lets go of Annie’s waist and leans back against the counter folding arms across chest. Look softens and gives a shrug.) I guess if we took the red-eye we would sleep through most of the flight anyway, and that sounds like just the thing we need to get back on the right track.
(Annie jumps into his arms)
Annie and Mitch take a plane to Brazil. When they arrive, they take a taxi to the marina. They get swarmed with vendors and captains of tour boats.
MITCH: Well, which one do you want to take?
ANNIE: Actually, I thought we could rent our own.
MITCH: That sounds awfully dangerous. Shouldn’t we have a professional, someone who knows the area? Neither of us even knows to drive one of those boats.
ANNIE: I do! The captain let me drive all the time when I was here, he had to sleep at some point you know! Besides, I want to be alone with you, what fun is it going to be having some stranger watching our every move? (Caresses Mitch’s chest and kisses him lightly on the neck)
MITCH: (Lets out a moan) I guess that does sound pretty nice.
They buy a map and set out just as the sun is going down. Shortly after, Annie goes below deck to grab them some Champagne. She slips a sedative into his glass, and takes an Adderall with hers. Twenty minutes later, Mitch is passed out cold. Annie changes the route to the “Restricted Area” barricading herself in the captain’s pit. The sun comes up, Annie kills the engine and goes to wake up Mitch.
MITCH: Whoa, what happened? (Squints into the sunlight)
ANNIE: I guess the jet lag and champagne didn’t mix, you were out pretty hard. But there’s a problem, the engine died about an hour ago. I think we’re out of gas; I need you to go refill the tank.
MITCH: Oh, great. Well, will you start breakfast while I do that? (Gets up and puts shirt on)
ANNIE: (Smiles deviously) Absolutely.