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Series:Escape
Show:AShipmentofMuteFate
Date:Jul071950

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AShipmentofMuteFate
Jul7,1950

CAST
Chris,ayoungzoologist
Captain,oftheoceanlinerChancay
Sanchez,nativeguide
Willis,stewardess
Bowman,chiefsteward
Mate
Woman
Man
Natives
Officers
Passengers
Clara

PAULFREES: Tiredoftheeverydayroutine?Everdreamofalifeofromantic
adventure?Wanttogetawayfromitall?

ANNOUNCER: Weofferyou...

MUSIC: ACCENT

ANNOUNCER: ...ESCAPE!

MUSIC: CONTINUESINBG

ANNOUNCER: ESCAPE!Designedtofreeyoufromthefourwallsoftodayforahalf
hourofhighadventure!

MUSIC: CYMBALCRASH!

ANNOUNCER: ESCAPE!BroughttoyoubyyourRichfieldgasolinedealerandThe
RichfieldOilCorporationofNewYork,marketersofRichfieldgasolines
withXylene,RichLubeAllWeatherMotorOil,andotherfamouspetroleum
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MUSIC: THEME..."NIGHTONBALDMOUNTAIN"...THENOUT

PAULFREES: Tonight,weescapetoatropicharborinVenezuelaandthestoryofa
grimvoyageofimpendingdeathwhichstartedfromthere,asMartinStorm
tellsitinhisexcitingstory,"AShipmentofMuteFate."

MUSIC: FORANINTRO...THENINBG

CHRIS: (NARRATES,GRIM)IstoppedonthewharfatLaGuairaandlookedupat
thegangplank,towardthelinerChancay,standingtherequietlyather
moorings.Thedaywaswarmunderabrighttropicsun,andtheharbor
beyondtheshiplaydrowsyandsilent.Butallatonceinthemidstof
thosepeacefulsurroundings,acoldchillgrippedme,andIshivered
withsuddendreaddreadofthethingIwasdoing,andwasaboutto

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do.Buttoomuchhadhappenedtoturnbacknow.I'dgonetoofarto
stop.

MUSIC: OUT

SOUND: WOODENBOXSETONWOODENWHARF

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Isettheboxdownontheedgeofthewharf,placedit
carefullysoastobeinplainsightandwithingunshotofthe
Captain'sbridge.ThenIturnedandstartedupthegangplank.

SOUND: FOOTSTEPSONGANGPLANK,THENINBG

CHRIS: (NARRATES)IknewwhatIwasgoingtodobutIcouldn'tforgetthata
certainpairofbeadyeyeswerewatchingeverymoveImade.Eyesthat
neverblinkedandneverclosedjustwatchedandwaited.

SOUND: CHRISBUMPSINTOWILLIS...FOOTSTEPSOUT

WILLIS: Oh!

CHRIS: Pardonme.

WILLIS: Youstartledme,sir!Ididn'thear(WITHRELIEF)Oh,why,it'sMr.
Warner!

CHRIS: (FRIENDLY)Hello,MotherWillis.How'sthebestlookingstewardesson
thesevenseas?

WILLIS: (ABITEVASIVE)Oh,III'mfine,Mr.Warner.Uh,it'snicetosee
youagain.

SOUND: WILLISSTARTSTOWALKOFF,BUTISSTOPPEDBY

CHRIS: (JOSHING)Waitaminute!That'safinegreetingaftertwomonths.

WILLIS: Wellitit'sjustthatI'msobusy.

CHRIS: Aw,Idon'tbelieveawordofit.Sailingday'stomorrow.You'resimply
avoidingme,that'sall.

WILLIS: Oh,no.No,reallyI'mnot.

CHRIS: AndonthetripdownfromNewYorkyousaidIwasyourfavorite
passenger.

WILLIS: ButI'monly

CHRIS: Here,herewhat'sthatyou'recarryinginyourapron?

WILLIS: (NERVOUSLY)Oh,itit'snothing.It's,uh,er,justsupplies.

CHRIS: Supplies,huh?Let'shavealook.

WILLIS: Oh,no!Please!I

SOUND: (MEOWOFACAT)

CHRIS: Why,it'sacat!

WILLIS: It'sClara,Mr.Warner.Mr.BowmansaidIhadtoleaveherashore,butI
justcouldn't!

CHRIS: Who'sMr.Bowman?

WILLIS: ThenewChiefSteward.Clara'sbeenaboardwithmefortwoyearsandI
justcan'tleaveherhereinaforeigncountry.Especiallywithher
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conditionsodelicateandall!

SOUND: (MEOWOFAPREGNANTCAT)

CHRIS: Uh,yes,uh(CLEARSTHROAT)Iseewhatyoumean.Well,Ihopeyouget
awaywithit.

WILLIS: Youwon'ttellanyone,huh?

CHRIS: Notasoul.Matteroffact,MotherWillis,ifIdon'tgetmywaywith
theCaptain,youandImaybothendupsmuggling!

MUSIC: BRIEFTRANSITION...FADESUNDER

CAPTAIN: (FADESIN)Mosthappytohavehadyouaboardonthetripdowntwomonths
ago,Christopher,andI'mverygladyou'recomingalongwithusonthe
runbacktoNewYork.

CHRIS: Thanks,CaptainWood.Thereisonething,though.

CAPTAIN: Oh?

CHRIS: I'mhavingalittletroublewiththecustomsmenhereandIIwondered
ifyou

CAPTAIN: Ican'tdoit,Christopher.Ijustcabledyourfatherthismorning
toldhimI'dhavedoneitforyouifIpossiblycould.Hesentarequest
fromNewYork,youknow.

CHRIS: Yes,Ithoughthewould.Iwiredhimfromupriverlastweek.

CAPTAIN: Well,Ihatedtorefuse,butit'sabsolutelyoutofthequestion.

CHRIS: CaptainWood,I'mafraidIdon'tfollowyou.

CAPTAIN: Responsibilitytothepassengers,son.We'llhavewomenandchildren
aboardand,onaliner,thesafetyofthepassengerscomesaheadof
anythingelse.

CHRIS: Butwithproperprecautions,Captain

CAPTAIN: Somethingmighthappen.Idon'tknowwhat,butsomethingmight.

CHRIS: You'vecarriedworsethings,Captain.

CAPTAIN: Thereisn'tanythingworse,Christopher.Andanyskipperafloat'llbear
meout.No,Isimplycan'ttakethechance.Andthat'sfinal.

MUSIC: ACCENTSHARDANDSUSTAINSUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Final!Itwasn'tfinalifIcoulddoanythingaboutit.I
hadn'tcomedownheretospendtwomonthsinthatstinkingbackcountry
andthenbestoppedontheedgeofthewharf!Twomonthsofitheat,
rain,insects,malariaI'dgoneclearinpasttheheadwatersofthe
Orinocotraveledthroughcountrywhereeverystepalongthejungle
trailmightbethelastone...

MUSIC: FADESOUT

SOUND: JUNGLENOISE...INBG

CHRIS: (UPABIT)Oh,Sanchez?

SANCHEZ: (COMINGIN)Si,SeorWarner?

CHRIS:

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Bettertellthementostartlookingforaplacetocamp.Bedarkina
littlewhile.

SANCHEZ: Si,Seorverysoonweturntoriver,camponrocksbywater.This
verybadcountry.

CHRIS: (ANNOYED)Thisverybadcountry!You'vebeensayingthatfortendays
now.Verybadcountry.

SANCHEZ: Si,SeorWarnerthisverybadcountry.

CHRIS: (DISMISSIVE)Ah,skipit,willya?Foralltheluckwe'vehadsofar,it
mightaswellbeCentralPark.

SANCHEZ: "CentralPark"?Inounderstand.

CHRIS: Nevermind,nevermind.Butifwedon'tfindsomething

NATIVES: (EXCITEDCRIES)

SOUND: SCRAMBLING

CHRIS: (TONATIVES)Herewhat'sthematter?!Quietnow!(TOSANCHEZ)Sanchez
what'swrong?

SANCHEZ: Thereinthepath!See?Bushmaster!

MUSIC: ACCENTS,THENSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES,INTENSE)Bushmaster.Thedeadliestsnakeintheworld.
BushmasteritsLatinnamewasLachesismutusmutefate.Itlay
thereinthecenterofthepathaneightfootlengthofsilentdeath
coiledlooselyinanundulantloop,readytostrikeviolentlyatthe
leastmovement.Herewastheonesnakethatwouldgoafteranyanimal
thatwalkedoranyman.Itlaythereandwatchedusnotmoving,
notafraid,readyforanything.Thesplotchofitscolorsstoodoutlike
ahorriblygaudyfloormat,lyingthereonthebrownbackgroundofthe
jungle,waitingforsomeonetosteponit.HerewaswhatI'dcometwo
thousandmilesforabushmaster.

MUSIC: BUILDSUP,THENOUTSHARPLYAS

SOUND: PISTOLSHOT!...NEARBYANIMALSREACTTOSHOT,INBG

CHRIS: Sanchez!Ididn'twantthatsnakekilled!

SANCHEZ: Henokilled,Seorhegone.Bushmasterverysmart,veryquick.See
bulletintimetododge.

CHRIS: (FRUSTRATED)Anyway,he'sgone!Theonlyonewe'veseeninfiveweeks!

SANCHEZ: Oh,wefindother.Thisverybadcountry.

CHRIS: Well,layoffthatgunnexttime.Don'tshoot,doyouunderstand?

SANCHEZ: Whyyousaynoshoot?Youwantbushmaster.

CHRIS: Sure,butIwantitalive!

SANCHEZ: (DISBELIEF)Nombresacristo!SeorWarner,youtellmeyouwant
bushmaster,butyounosay"alive"!

CHRIS: You'regettingtwohundreddollarsforit.

SANCHEZ: Fordeadman,whatistwohundreddollars?Tomorrowwegobackto
Caracas.
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I'llmakeitfivehundred,Sanchez.
CHRIS:
SANCHEZ: Icatchwatersnake,rattlesnake,anyotherkindbutInocatch
bushmaster.(MOVINGOFF)WegobacktoCaracas.

CHRIS: Sanchez,I'llgiveyouathousanddollars!

MUSIC: ACCENTS,THENSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Itcostmefifteenhundred.ButthreedayslaterSanchez
broughtmethesnakeinarubberbag.HewasshakingsohardIthought
foramomentthethinghadstruckhim.

MUSIC: OUT

SANCHEZ: Onethingyoumakesure,SeorWarner.NoturnhimlooseinVenezuela.
BecauseheknowItheonewhocatchhimandheknowwhereIlive.

CHRIS: Allright,SanchezI'llkeepaneyeonhim.

SANCHEZ: Tambien,heknowyoupaymetocatchhim.Allthetimehewatchandwait
foryou,too.Younoforgetthat,SeorWarner,becausehenoforget
notever!

MUSIC: ACCENTSSHARPLY,THENUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Well,aftergoingthroughallthattroubleanddanger,I
wasn'tgoingtoletapigheadedship'scaptainstopmeatthelast
minute!Atleastnotaslongasthecableswerestillinoperation
betweenLaGuairaandNewYork.

MUSIC: SWELLSFORTELEGRAPHICTRANSITION,THENOUTAS

SOUND: DOORCLOSESANDSTEPSCOMEIN

CHRIS: (COMINGIN)Morning,CaptainWood.Theboyatthehotelsaidyouwanted
toseeme.

CAPTAIN: Yes,that'sright,Christopher.Um,sitdown.

CHRIS: Thanks.

CAPTAIN: Well,itseemsyouweren'twillingtoletmattersstandthewayweleft
themyesterday.

CHRIS: Iwassorrytogooveryourhead,Captain,butIhadto.Themuseumsent
meallthewaydownhereforit,andI'mnotgonnabestoppedbyred
tape.Don'tyourealizethis'llbetheonlylivebushmastereverbrought
totheUnitedStates?

CAPTAIN: Well,ifIhadmyway(RESIGNED)Ah,ordersareorders.Gotacable
fromtheheadofficethismorning.Allright.Supposewetalkabout
precautions.

CHRIS: I'llhandleitanywayyousay.

CAPTAIN: Well,it'sgottohaveastrongerbox.Thatcrate'stooflimsy.

CHRIS: It'sstrongerthanitlooks,Captainandthatwirescreenontop'd
holdawildcat.Butanyway,Iboughtaheavyseachestthismorning.
We'llputthecrateinsideofthat.

CAPTAIN: Oh?Well,thatsoundsallright.Gotalockonit?

CHRIS:

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Heavypadlock.It'sfixedsothelidcanbeproppedopenacrackwithout
unlockingit.Thesnake'sgottohaveair,youknow.

CAPTAIN: Butindirtyweather,thatlidstaysshut.I'lltakenochances.

CHRIS: Fairenough.

CAPTAIN: We'llkeepthethinginmyinsidecabin,whereIsleep.Can'thaveitin
thebaggageroom.Andnobodyonboard'stoknowaboutit,understand?

CHRIS: Whateveryousay,Captain.Butwewon'thaveanytrouble.Afterall,
it'sonlyasnake.Doesn'thaveanymagicalpowers.

CAPTAIN: Yeah.Youknow,Christopher,IsawabushmasterinthezooatCaracas
once.Haditinaglasscagewithdoublewalls.It'dnevermovejust
liethereandlookatyouaslongasyouwereinsight.Huh.Gaveaman
thecreeps!

CHRIS: Ididn'tknowtheyhadabushmasterattheCaracasZoo.

CAPTAIN: Theydon'tnow.Foundtheglassbrokenonemorningandthesnakegone
thenightwatchmanwasdead.Theyneverfoundoutwhathappened.

CHRIS: Well,thewatchmanmusthavebrokentheglassbyaccidentsomeway.

CAPTAIN: (POINTED)Thewaytheyfiguredit,theglasswasbrokenfromtheinside.
(PAUSE)Wesailinfourhours.

MUSIC: TRANSITION,THENSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES)IntotheCaribbeanwithperfectweather,andaseaas
smoothasaninlandlake.Thebarometerdroppedalittleonthethird
day,butclearedupovernight,andleftnothingworsethanaheavy
swell.Butinspiteofthecalmseasandthepleasantweather,Iwas
becomingpossessedwithanominousanxiety.Iwasdevelopingan
obsessivefearofthatsnake.Istayedclearofthepassengerspretty
muchgotthehabitofdroppingintoCaptainWood'squartersseveral
timesaday.

SOUND: DOOROPENSANDCLOSES,TWOORTHREESTEPSANDSTOP

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Hekepttheheavyboxunderneathhisberth.I'dapproachit
quietlyandshinemyflashlightthroughtheopencrack.Neveroncecould
Icatchthateightfootdevilasleep,orevenexcited.He'dbelying
therehalfcoiled,hisheadraisedalittle,staringatmewiththose
beadyblackeyeswaiting.He'dstillbelikethatwhenI'dturnaway
toleave.

SOUND: SLOWSTEPS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Maybethat'swhatbotheredmethathorribleandconstant
watchfulwaiting.Whatinthenameofheavenwashewaitingfor?

MUSIC: OUT

SOUND: DOOROPENSANDCLOSES

WILLIS: (PLEASANT)Well!Hellothere,Mr.Warner!

CHRIS: Ohhowareyou,MotherWillis?

WILLIS: My,butyouandtheCaptainspendanawfullotoftimearoundthis
cabin.I'mbeginningtothinkthetwoofyoumusthavesomeguilty
secret.

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CHRIS: (CHUCKLES)Naw,nothinglikethat,MotherWillis.Idon'tknowabout
CaptainWood,butIcertainlydon'thaveanyguiltysecret!

MUSIC: TRANSITIONTOSOUND,THENOUT

SOUND: OPENFOREDECKOFLINERBUCKINGASWELL

CHRIS: Well!She'srunningquiteaswelloutthere,Mr.Bowman!

BOWMAN: Yeahit'salittleheavyallright,Mr.Warner.Guessastormpassed
throughtothewestofusyesterdaywhentheglassdropped.

CHRIS: Thinkitmissedusthen,huh?

BOWMAN: Yeahthat'swhatthematefigures.Surestirredupsomewater,
though.

CHRIS: (LAUGHS)This'llputhalfthepassengersintheirbunks.

BOWMAN: Makesitgreatformydepartment.Twothirdsof'emwillwantasteward
toholdtheirheads!

CHRIS: They'llkeepMotherWillissobusyshe'llHey!Lookatthesizeof
thatwave!

BOWMAN: Wha?GreatJehosaphat!We'regonnatakeitontheportbow!Hangon!

SOUND: HUGEWAVESWEEPSTHEFOREDECK...ANDSUBSIDES

CHRIS: Wow!Thatwasafreakifthereeverwasone.Notanotherwavethatsize
insight.

BOWMAN: Yousee'emlikethatsometimeseveninacalmsea.Igottaget
topside,Mr.Warner.Thatwaterprobablydidsomedamageonthe
officers'deck.

CHRIS: Yeah,IsupposeHey,waitaminute!

BOWMAN: Yeah?

CHRIS: Whatdidyousay?

BOWMAN: Thewheelcompanionwaywasopenontheportsidebridgecabins
must'vetakenaprettybadsmashing.They'rerightbelowSomething
wrong,Mr.Warner?

CHRIS: No.No,nothingatall,Mr.Bowman.Atleast,Ihopenot.

MUSIC: ATTACKSANDSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES)OfcourseIknewitwasonlyonechanceinathousand.But
thechancesagainstthatfreakwavewereoneinathousand,too!I
stumbledupthecompanionwayandalongthepassagetotheCaptain's
cabin.

MUSIC: OUTAS

SOUND: DOOROPENS

WILLIS: Ohcomeonin,Mr.Warner.

CHRIS: MotherWillis!

WILLIS: My,isn'tthiscabinamess?I'mtryin'togetsomeofthesethingsout
todry.

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CHRIS: Yeah.IjustwantedtocheckWhere'sthatboxthatwasunderthe
Captain'sbunk?

WILLIS: Oh,that!Well,Ijustthrewitoutondeckhere.

CHRIS: (STUNNED,WHISPERS)What?!

WILLIS: Well,thedeskoverthereslidintoit.Itwasallsmashed.

CHRIS: Butthesmallboxinsideofit!Whathappenedtoit?

WILLIS: Oh,theywerebothsplintered,Mr.Warnerbrokewideopen.

CHRIS: Oh,no.

WILLIS: Why,Mr.Warneryou'rewhiteasasheet.

CHRIS: MotherWilliswillyougofindCaptainWood?Tellhimtocomedown
hereimmediately.

WILLIS: Well,ofcourse,Mr.Warner.(GOING)I'llgotellhimrightaway.

SOUND: DOORCLOSES

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Ipulledopenthetopdrawerofthebureaubesideme...

SOUND: DRAWEROPENS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)...andtookouttheCaptain'sflashlight...

SOUND: FLASHLIGHTCLICKS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)...andaloadedpistol.

SOUND: DRAWERCLOSES...SLOWFOOTSTEPSAROUNDTHECABIN,INAGREEMENTWITH
FOLLOWING

CHRIS: (NARRATES)MotherWillishadleftamopstandingbythedoor.Iputmy
footontheheadofitandsnappedoffthehandle.

SOUND: WOODENHANDLESNAPS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)EverymoveImadeturnedintoslowmotion.Icouldhearmy
ownheartbeating.SlowlyIstartedtosearchthecabin.

SOUND: OUT

MUSIC: SUSPENSEMOTIF,CONTINUESUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Soddenheapsofclothingwerescatteredaroundonthewet,
blackfloor.Ipunchedatthemoneatatimeholdingtheguncocked
theflashlightpointingalongthestick.Nothing!Iworkedaroundthe
room,throwingthelightintothedarkcornersbackofthedesk,
underthebunk.AndwhereverIturnedIcouldfeelthosecold,
unblinkingeyesatmybackwatchingandwaiting.Usingthestick,I
pushedopentheclosetdoorandthrewthelightinside.Carefully,I
pokedattheboxesandthejunkonthefloor.Thesnakewasnotinthe
closet.Inchbyinch,Icoveredtheentirecabin.AndthenIrealized
thehorribletruth.

MUSIC: UPANDOUTSUDDENLY

SOUND: DOOROPENS

CAPTAIN: MotherWillisjusttoldme,Christopher.

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SOUND: DOORCLOSES

CHRIS: Captain

CAPTAIN: Soit'shappened!

CHRIS: That'sright,Captain.It'shappened.

CAPTAIN: Iseeyoufoundthegun.We'dbetterstartsearchingthecabin.

CHRIS: CaptainWood...Ijustfinishedsearchingit.

CAPTAIN: Then?(EXHALES)Women,kidsandthatthinglooseonboard.Thousand
placestohide.Heavenhelpus,Christopher!

MUSIC: FORABIGFINISH...THENOUT

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MUSIC: DRUMROLL

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MUSIC: TRANSITIONTODIALOGUE

CAPTAIN: There'snousestartingtoblameanybodynow,gentlemen.Ididn'tcall
youofficersinheretopassjudgment.Thething'sdone,andthat's
that.

MATE: Well,you'rerightthere,Captain.

CAPTAIN: Whatwehavegottodo,ismakeupourmindshowwe'regoingtohandle
it.

BOWMAN: It'dbeeasierifwedidn'thavetotellthepassengersandcrew,sir.
I'veseenpanicsaboardshipbefore.

CAPTAIN: Yes,Iagreewithyou,Mr.Bowman,butIdon'tquiteseehowwecan
avoidit.

MATE: They'vegotarighttoknow!Aslongasthatsnake'sloose,everybodyon
board'sinthesamedangerandtheyalloughttoknowaboutit.

CHRIS: CaptainWood,thatthingiseightfeetlong.Itcan'tsimplycrawlinto
acrack.Whydon'twemakeaquicksearchofthewholeshipbeforewe
spreadanyalarm?

CAPTAIN: Yes,I'vethoughtofthat,Christopher.

BOWMAN: AsfarasIcansee,theonlyplaceitcouldn'tbeisintheboilersor
ontopofthegalleystove.

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MATE: Itmight'vecrawledoverboard.

CAPTAIN: Wecan'tcountonthat.We'vegottoassumeit'sontheshipsomewhere.

MATE: Yeah.Andthatcouldbeanywhere.Inacoilofropeorinapileof
clothes.

BOWMAN: Yes,orundersomewoman'sberthorababy'scrib.

MATE: Orevenin

CHRIS: You'vealreadysaidit!Thatbushmastercouldbeanywhere.We'vegotto
dosomething!We'vegottodoitfast!

CAPTAIN: Allright,gentlemen,Ithinkthebestidea'stofollowMr.Warner's
suggestionandmakeaquicksearchfirst.Youagreetothat?

BOWMAN: Yes,sir.

MATE: Ido.

CAPTAIN: Thenifwedon'tfindit,we'llhavetowarnthepassengers.

CHRIS: Captain,we'vegottofindit.

MUSIC: UP,THENSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Aloneinthedimbaggageroom,Iwentthroughthesame
movementsasIhadearlierintheCaptain'scabinguninonehand,
flashlightintheother,pokingintoeverydarkcorner,behindevery
trunkandeverybox.Sincetherewasnooneinthebaggageroom,Icould
keeptheguncockedandready.Therestofthosepoordevilswerehaving
todothesamethingbarehanded.Allovertheshipthesearchwent
on.

MUSIC: OUT

WOMAN: (INDIGNANT)Here,now,Steward!Whatonearthareyoudoing,rummaging
throughmycabin?

BOWMAN: Justcheckingup,ma'am.

WOMAN: Well,I'mquitesurethere'snothinginherethathastobechecked.

BOWMAN: Sorry,ma'amCaptain'sorders.It'llonlytakeafewminutes.

WOMAN: Well,Ineverheardofsuchathing!Apassengersimplydoesn'thaveany
privacyatall!(FADINGBACKINTOMUSIC)I'vetraveledonalotof
differentlines,butI'vecertainlyneverheardofanythingso
completelyhighhandedbefore!

MUSIC: ACCENT...THENOUT

MATE: I'msorry,sir.Iwonderifyou'dmindmovingovertotheotherrail?
I'dliketolookthroughtheselockers.

MAN: Yeah,suregoahead.What'sthematteryoulostsomethin'?

MATE: No.No,justlookingthingsover.

MAN: Nothin'intherebutlifepreservers.

MATE: Yeahthat'sright.

MAN: (CHUCKLES)Mustbegettin'readytosinktheboat,huh?(LAUGHS)Gonna
collectalltheinsurance,eh?(FADINGBACKINTOMUSIC)Gonnasendus

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alltothebottom,huh?(LAUGHS)

MUSIC: UPANDBACKUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Butnotoneofuscouldfindthatdeadlyshapeperhaps
coiledinsomedarkcorner,oroutstretchedalongawindowseat.Notone
ofuscaughtaglimpseofthathorridhead,withitsbeady,black,
watchfuleyes.Itwasnearlydarkwhenwemetagaintogetheragainin
thechartroom.

MUSIC: OUT

CAPTAIN: Well,gentlementhere'snootherwayaroundit.We'veriskedallthe
timewecan.We'vegottowarnthepassengers.

MATE: Buthow'llwedoit,Captain?Call'emalltogetherinthelounge?

CAPTAIN: No.Ifwedidanythinglikethat,we'dbeaskingforapanic.

BOWMAN: We'llgetone,whetherweaskforitornot!

CAPTAIN: Uh,pickafewmenandgothroughthecabindecks.Tell'emindividually
insidetheircabins.Watchforanythatactliketheymightcause
troubleandwe'llkeepaneyeonthem.Handlethecrewthesameway.

MATE: Yes,sir.

BOWMAN: Right,sir.

CAPTAIN: Now,assoonasyou'refinished,armallthedeckofficersandstart
searchingagain.Ouronlychanceofpreventingapanicistofindthat
snake!

MUSIC: CRASHESIN,SETSGROWINGTENSION,THENSUSTAINSBACK

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Theslownightmarethatfollowedgrewworsebythehour.None
ofusslept.Alltheship'sofficersnotondutykeptonwiththat
endlesssearch.Passengerslockedthemselvesintheircabins,orhuddled
togetherintheloungesknowingallthetimethatnospotonboard
couldbecalledsafe.Fearwasaheavyfoginthelungsofusalland
everylightonthevesselburnedthroughoutthenight.Morningcameand
broughtnorelief.Terrorandtensionmountedbythehour.

MUSIC: SWELLS,THENOUT

WOMAN: (SOBBINGANDGIBBERINGWILDLY)

WILLIS: (REASSURING)Therenow,Mrs.Crane.Gobacktoyourcabin.Thehorrid
thing'sprobablycrawledoverboardanyway.

WOMAN: (HYSTERICAL)No!You'rejustsayingthat!You'repaidtosayit!You
don'tknow!Nobodydoes!

WILLIS: Now,now.Everything'sgonnabeallright.

WOMAN: Oh,ifwecouldonlygetofftheship,theycouldfumigateit.Yes!Yes!
That'swhatwe'vegottodo!(FADINGFROMMIKE)We'vegottogetoffthe
ship!

WILLIS: (LOUDLY)Mr.Bowmanshe'sgonnajump!

BOWMAN: (INDISTANCE)Noyoudon't,lady.

WOMAN: (INDISTANCE,SOBBING)Letmego!Letmego!

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CAPTAIN: (COMINGIN)Nicework,Mr.Bowman,nicework.Now,getherdowntoher
cabin.Andwhateveryoudodon'tturnherloose!

MUSIC: UPANDBACKUNDER

SOUND: STIROFFRIGHTENEDCROWD...INBG

MAN: I'mtellin'ya,youdon'tknowwhereitmightstrikeya!Why,youcan't
putonacoatormoveachairwithoutriskin'yourlife!Somethin's
gottabedone!Why,itmightberighthereinthislounge!

MATE: (COMINGIN)Allright,misteryoubetterquietdownandtakeiteasy.

MAN: Takeiteasy,huh?You'reagreatofficer!Whydon'tyoudosomething
aboutit?Thatthingmightbecrawlingaroundhererightunderourfeet
somewhere!

SOUND: EXCITEDVOICES

MATE: Isaidshutup!Areyoutryingtostartapanic?

MAN: I'vegotarighttotalk!Idon'twanttodie!Nobody'sgonnatellme
what,I

SOUND: SOCKINJAW...BODYFALLING

MUSIC: UPANDBACKUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Thesecondnightpassed,andmorningcamearoundagaina
grayandrainydaythatdraggedbywithleadenhoursandthennight
camedownagainthirdnightoftheterror.Againeverylightburned,
andthewholeshipseethedinthethroesofincipientpanic.Facedbya
horrorthey'dnevermetontheseabefore,crewandofficersalikewere
onthevergeofrevolt.Passengershuddledinatrancelikestupor,
readytoscreamattheslightestunknownsound.

MUSIC: FILLSAPAUSE...THENINBG

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Atsevenbells,Imademywayforwardtothechartroomand
foundCaptainWoodbentoveradesk.

MUSIC: OUT

SOUND: DOORCLOSES,STEPSENTERING

CAPTAIN: (WEARILY)Oh,hello,Christopher.Comeonin.Sitdown.

CHRIS: (ONEDGE)It'sgottobesomewhere,CaptainWood!It'sgottobe!

CAPTAIN: Well,Idon'tknow.Youcouldsearchthisshipforsixmonthsandnever
touchallthehidingplacesaboard.Eh,ifwecanonlyholdoutfortwo
moredays,we'llbeinport.

CHRIS: What'syourhomeofficesay?

CAPTAIN: Here'sthelatestwirelessfromthem.Hm!"Keepquietandkeep
coming."Well,whatelsecanwedo?(BEAT)Youwantacigarette?

CHRIS: Uh,yeah,yeah,thanks.

CAPTAIN: Here.Howisitbelow,Christopher?

CHRIS: It'sprettybad.Anythingcouldhappen.

CAPTAIN: Yeah.That'swhyItookthegunsawayfromthemen.Onepistolshot,and
we'dhaveariotonourhands.
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Thewholething'smyfault,CaptainWood.That'swhatIcan'tforget!
CHRIS:
CAPTAIN: Oh,takeiteasy,son.

CHRIS: IftherewasonlysomewayIcouldpayforitmyself.Alone!

CAPTAIN: No.Now,Iknowhowyoufeel.Butit'snomoreyourfaultthanmine,or
themanwhoaskedyoutobringthatsnakebackalive.Nobodyplanned
this.Now,look,Christopher,Ithinkyou'dbettertrytogetalittle
sleep.

CHRIS: No.(SCOFFS)Sleep!

CAPTAIN: Mr.Bowmanmadesomecoffeedowninthesteward'sgalleyawhileago.
You'dbettergodownandgetyourselfacupandthenrestforacouple
ofhours.

CHRIS: RestIcan'trest!

CAPTAIN: (STERN)Christopherit'snotgoingtohelpanyifyoustumblethrough
ahatchhalfasleepandbreakyourneck.(GENTLER)Now,goonandget
somecoffee.Onewayoranother,we'vegottoholdoutfortwomore
days.

MUSIC: TRANSITION...THENINBG

SOUND: DOORCLOSES,STEPSUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Thelightwasoninthesteward'sgalley.Coffeepotwas
standingonthestove.ItwasstillwarmsoIdidn'tbothertoheatit.

SOUND: POURING,STEPS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Pouredoutacup.Carrieditoverandsetitontheporcelain
tabletopinthecenteroftheroom.Istartedtolightacigarette.The
doorofthepancupboardbeneaththesinkwasstandingslightlyajar.I
happenedtoglancetowardit.Idroppedthecigaretteandmoved
slowlybackward.I'dfoundthebushmaster.

MUSIC: ACCENTSANDCONTINUESUNDERVOICEMOVEMENTSLOWANDTENSE

CHRIS: (NARRATES)AsImoved,thesnakeslidoutofthecupboardinasingle
sinuousslideanddrewbackintoaloosecoilonthegalleyfloor,never
takinghiseyesoffme.Ibackedslowlyawaywaitinganymomentfor
thatdeadly,slitheringstrike.Howhadheknownitwasme?He'dstayed
quietwhenBowmanwashere.Howhadhepickedthefirsttimeinfive
daysthatIwaswithoutagun?Myhandstouchedthewallbehindme,and
Istoppedinterror.Thecallbuttonanddoorwereonthefarsideof
theroomI'dbackedintoadeadend!Istaredatthesnakein
fascinationexpectinganymomenttherippingslashofthosepoisoned
fangs.Thelethalcoilstightenedalittlethenwerestillagain.Ten
millionyearsofevolutiontoproducethismoment!Homosapiensversus
Lachesismutusamanagainstmutefate.Andalltheoddswereon
fate.IknewthenthatIwasgoingtodie.

MUSIC: LONGCHORD...THENCONTINUESUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Icouldfeelthesweatrundownbetweenthewallandthe
palmsofmyhandspressingagainstit.Myskincrawledandtwitched,and
thepitofmystomachwascoldasice.Therewasnosoundbuttherush
ofbloodinmyears.Thesnakeshiftedagaindrawingintoatighter
coilalwaystighter.Whydidn'tthedevilgetitoverwith?Thenfor
aninstanthisheadveeredaway.Somethingmovedbythestove.Ididn't

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dareturntolookatit.Slowlyitenteredmylineofvision.Itwasa
catthatscrawnycatClarathatMotherWillishadsneakedaboardin
LaGuaira!

MUSIC: OUT

SOUND: LOW,THREATENINGGROWLOFCAT...CONTINUESUNDER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Itsbackwasarched,andeveryhairstoodonend.Itmoved
stiffleggednow,walkinginahalfcirclearoundthesnake.The
bushmastermovedslowlyandkeptwatchingthecat.Hetightenedhe
wasgoingtostrikeatanysecond.

SOUND: THUDOFSTRIKINGSNAKE,ANDSCRAPEASITRECOVERS...CATSNARLSAND
SPITS...THENBACKTOTHELOWGROWL

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Hestruckandmissed!Thecatwasbarelyoutofreach.Now
shewaswalkingbackandforthagain.Shewasaskingtodie.

SOUND: THUDANDRECOVERY.SNARL,SPIT,ANDBACKTOGROWL.

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Missedagainbyafractionofaninch!Hewasstrikingnow
withoutevengoingintofullcoil!

SOUND: THUDANDRECOVERY...SNARL,SPIT,ANDBACKTOGROWL

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Missed!Againandagainalwaysmissingbythebarest
margin.Eachtimethecatdancedbarelyoutofreachandeachtime
shecounteredwithoneprecisespatofadaintypawbracingher
skinnyframeonthreestifflegs.AndthensuddenlyIrealizedwhatshe
wasdoing!

SOUND: THUDANDRECOVERY...SNARL,SPIT,ANDBACKTOGROWL

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Thebushmasterwastiringandonestrikewasjustan
instantslow.Butinthatsplitsecond,sharpclawsrakedacrossthe
evilheadandrippedoutboththelidlesseyes.Thecathasdeliberately
blindedthesnake!

SOUND: SNARL,SPIT...REPEATEDTHUDSUNDERTHEFOLLOWING

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Hedidn'tbothertocoilnowbutslidafterherinafury
strikingwildlybutalwaysmissing.Andeverystrikewasalittle
slowerthanthelastone.Untilfinally,asthesnake'sneckstretched
outattheendofastrike,thecatmadeoneleap...

SOUND: CATHOWLSSAVAGELY...THETHUDSCHANGETOTHEFRANTICSCRAPINGOFA
HEAVYSNAKEINAGONY...THECAT'SSUSTAINEDGROWLISMUFFLED...SHE'S
GOTAMOUTHFULOFSNAKE

CHRIS: (NARRATES)...andsankherrazorsharpteethjustbackoftheuglyhead
sank'emuntiltheycrunchedbone.Withtoothandclaw,sheclung,as
themonstroussnakeflailedandlashedonthefloorstrivingtoget
thosehideouscoilsaroundher,tryingtobreakherhold,toshakeoff
theslowandcertainparalyzingdeath...

SOUND: THESTRUGGLESLOWS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)...thatgraduallycreptoverhim,andatlaststilledhis
strugglesforever.

SOUND: THESTRUGGLEENDS

MUSIC: SUSTAINSBACK

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CHRIS: (NARRATES)Itookadeepbreaththefirstinminutes.Thecatlayon
hersideonthefloor,pantingrestingfromthefightjustover.
Well,shehadarighttorest.Thatmangy,brave,beautifulalleycat
hadjustsavedmylifeandmaybeothersaswell.ButasIturned
towardthestove,Isuddenlybecameveryhumble,andIknewallatonce
whatasmallthingahumanbeingreallyis.Therewerethreereasonswhy
thatcathadfoughtandkilledtheworld'sdeadliestsnake.

SOUND: MEOWOFTHREEKITTENS

CHRIS: (NARRATES)Andthosethreereasonscametotteringoutfromunderthe
stoveonshakylittlelegsthreekittenswiththeireyesbrightwith
wonderandtheirtailsstiffaspokers.Uponthedecks,hundredsof
passengerswerewaitingforthenewsthatthedaysandnightsofterror
wereended.Well,theycouldwaitalittlelonger.Ipulledopenthe
doorsofthecabinetandfoundacanofmilkandasaucer.

SOUND: CLINKOFCANANDSAUCER

CHRIS: (NARRATES)ThenIdroppeddownonmyknees...onthefloorofthe
galley.

MUSIC: SWELLSTOCURTAIN...THENOUT

ANNOUNCER: Insummerheat,whentheoldsunbeatsdownandthethermometergoesup
andup,yourcar'smotorgetsreallyhot.Andthatcanmeantrouble.
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drive.Sogetrealmotorprotectionthissummer.AsktheRichfield
gasolinedealertochangeyouroiltoRichLubeAllWeatherMotorOil.
Keepyourmotorcleankeepyourmotoryoung.

MUSIC: ANACCENT,THENINBG

ANNOUNCER: ESCAPEisproducedanddirectedbyWilliamN.Robson.Andtonighthas
presented"AShipmentofMuteFate"byMartinStorm,adaptedforradio
byLesCrutchfield.DavidElliswasChrisBillConrad,theCaptain
SarahSelbywasMotherWillisandDavidLightwasClaratheCat.Others
inthecastwereVernaFelton,TeddeCorsia,HarryBartell,andPaul
Frees.SpecialmusicarrangedandplayedbyIvanDitmars.

MUSIC: ANACCENT,THENINBG

ANNOUNCER: Nextweek...

PAULFREES: You'rerunningacharteredfishingboatinthewatersoffNicaragua
untiloneday,aclientsuddenlyofferstoshootyouinthelegand
throwyouoverboardtotheravenoussharksandbarracuda...fromwhich
therecanbenoescape.

MUSIC: THEME..."NIGHTONBALDMOUNTAIN"...THENOUT

ANNOUNCER: NextweekatthistimetheRichfieldOilCorporationofNewYorkinvites
youtoescapetoCentralAmericawithastoryofmurderousintrigue
alongthetropiccoast,asAntonyEllistellsitinhisexcitingstory,
"SharkBait."Belistening!Goodbyethen,untilthissametimenext

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week,whenonceagainweofferyou...ESCAPE.TomHanlonspeakingover
CBS,theColumbiaBroadcastingSystem.

MUSIC: CLOSINGMARCH

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