Her Beating Heart

It slowly crawls closer every day, its scales glistening in the sun as it crinkles along, growing with each breath. At least, that is what the emptiness in my head feels like, though I know you cannot understand. Even today, in the nineteenth century, we have little knowledge of why one turns insane, why one scorns reality. And it is thus ignorance that has discarded me here on these grounds, just left waiting for a doctor who will not slaughter my spirit, yet raise me from the ashes of my mind.
Is this him?

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1. Scene 1

Georgina appears from behind the audience. A young man-Eric, is on stage. Georgina walks through the isle like a clock work doll, moving slowly with an impassive face. Pause at the top of the stairs then walks towards the middle column then stops and stares at Eric. Eric notices and jumps.

Eric- Hello? (Pause) I’m Eric Parkensons? (Pause and Georgina keeps staring. After a bit she tilts her head and smiles – doesn’t reach the eyes. Eric takes a step back, he’s freaked out by her. Lord Desseys comes on from BSL. Eric, at this point, still in FSC. Lord D doesn’t notice Georgina

Lord D- Mr Eric Parkensons?  (Eric is startled. Looks away from Georgina who is sitting in the audience, ‘hiding’ and still smiling)

Eric- Oh, yes, Lord Desseys? (Looks round for Georgina and can’t find her.)

Lord D- Is everything okay Mr Parkensons?

Eric- Yes, I, thought I saw someone. (Lord D looks uncomfortable.)

Lord D- It was probably the gardener. You must be tired after your journey from Norridge, come inside and eat, you are in time for lunch.

Eric- Thank you sir. (Bow, Lord D then exits with Eric following behind. Eric looks around at the audience before leaving.)

Georgina stands up and walks down a few steps and stands still. She turns suddenly, eyes wide but with no emotion locking on to someone at the back of the audience, she starts to climb towards them, slowly. When she nears them she stops and runs away.

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