In Vickie's Vintage...after nearly a month of strange happenings, (EL wouldn't even work in the 'Dungeon' alone anymore,) the costume shop has been dismantled.
It's after 6 pm downstairs in the 'dungeon', and the girls have finished packing up the left-over Halloween merchandise. But.....
Lara (left): I'm glad you called me, Carly. THAT is not an incidental crack.
Carly: Vickie hasn't seen it yet and Nope, it's not.
Lara: I'm texting Russell, now.
(PLEASE COME TO VICKIE'S, NOW---HUGE CRACKS IN LOWER LEVEL!)
Carly: Well, EL totally freaked. Then, she called Vickie...and frankly I have never seen anything like this.
And, I have four brothers...I know about cracks in walls.
Lara: What happened?
Carly: We moved out the fixtures, and there it was!
(15 minutes Later, Russell Pittman, contractor,
EL: Left....It was just, there...all crumbly and HUGE, hiding behind the Halloween Potions Cabinet.
Vickie: OMG...this IS awful.
Russell: Ahem..We have significant damage here...seems to go down to the footings. I'll need to get a crew here tonight to reinforce this wall! And we will have to have a City inspector here, soon.
Vickie: How long is that going to take? We have to open this part of the store before Thanksgiving!
Lara: I'm in touch with Ryan and he said we will have someone here from the Housing Department tomorrow morning.
EL: MORE pieces are falling!!! I have to take a shot of this!
Sonnie: They look so worried...
Ami: Why are they so upset?
Sonnie: (Mournfully playing the sax)
Ami: I don't remember our wall being that crumbly. Are the cracks growing?
Russell: In my 20 years on the job, I've never seen this before.
Vickie: I can see you are worried, are we in danger?
Russell: Well...yes,Vickie. We have to get everyone out of here. And, you have to close down the upstairs. We have no way of knowing if there are structural issues in the whole wall or in the entire building.
Ami: Structural issues sounds serious!
Sonnie: (Looking at the cracks) Could be for us, too.
Vickie: Is this that serious?
Russell: Yes, we have to find the source of this issue, and why the wall is disintegrating. The cracks indicate an old doorway. If area was used during prohibition---there probably were tunnels. I will try and get the original plans to the building. And, we need to turn off all the electricity and gas---just in case anything else has been compromised.
Vickie: If you say so, I'll get the girls out of here.
Russell: Listen up Ladies. I'm going to bring in a crew tonight to reinforce this wall, I want you to remove any records or personal effects from the store and exit as quickly as possible.
Lara: I've contacted Mitch...and he's bringing over three guys, lumber, and plywood tonight. He wants to know if you want jacks, too.
Russell: No, that should be good. Let's go everyone, nothing more we can do here, now!
(All the lights are out!!!)
Sonnie: I think it's time for us to go...
Ami: Just another song, please...it's so quiet now.
(soft saxophone playing)
Sonnie: It could be our fault the wall is cracked...maybe we should have stayed where we were?
Ami: (looks around) But, the lights were wonderful, the people, colors, music, and you playing your horn...I've missed that.
Sonnie: My horn was right where I left it, behind the furnace wall in the old coal room.
Ami:We left so many things behind.
Ami: I'm frightened, what's that sound?
Sonnie: Our world is crumbling......we have to go now!
Ami: Hold me tighter.........
(The humming turns to a growling sound)
Ami: Why is it so loud?
Sonnie: We're going through now.... (he pushes Ami forward)
Sonnie: I will love you.....forever......
Ami: And, ever r r r rrrrrrrrrr!
I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO!
I love you.....Amiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee
Outside, TRISH JUMPS!
OMG, what was THAT?
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