BLAST FROM THE PAST
August 2, 1987
Copyright © 1987
is a big, blond, handsome high school senior. He is the star athlete
of Southfield High, plays football, hockey, wrestles and throws the
shotput farther than anyone in the state of Michigan. He has been
going out with Suzie for three years. She is a very pretty blonde
locker is next to the locker of a short, fat, ugly fellow named Carter.
He likes Suzie and he always has. He thinks that she is way too
nice for a creep like Dean. Dean picks on Carter whenever he sees
loves Dean intensely. Dean, on the other hand, is bored . . .
month into the second semester a new girl arrives at school. She's
a knock-out! She has huge blue eyes and long brown hair.
She always wears dark full length dresses from the 1920's with sequins
and beads on them. Her name is Leigh and she doesn't talk to anyone.
thinks that Leigh is way too weird. Dean thinks she's incredible.
He begins moving in on her relentlessly, ignoring and humiliating Suzie.
Leigh is cold and unresponsive.
day, after many attempts on Dean's part, Leigh turns and talks to him.
She asks if he has a video machine and camera that she can borrow to
do a school project. Dean quickly offers to help. Leigh
looks at him for a long moment, then accepts.
arrives at her house that evening with his video equipment. Leigh's
parents are not home. She says that her dad is in the military
-- a colonel -- and is rarely home. Her mom often stays with "relatives."
go downstairs to her bedroom. It is very large and brightly lit.
There are many dark black and white photographs covering the wall that
she says she took. Dean sets up the camera and Leigh begins doing
a montage of her photographs.
looks around her room and sees a lot of weird things: books on witches
and the occult, medical books, the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavadgita,
the Upanishads and only spoken word records -- no music.
waits for the right moment and kisses her. Before he knows it
they're having wild screaming sex. Afterward he feels great and
she is brooding. She says that he has to go.
Dean gets home he calls her. She answers in a very sleepy voice.
He tells her that he had a really great time. She says that she
has to go to sleep and hangs up.
is not in school the next day. Dean tries to call her and there's
no answer. Leigh does not show up for the rest of the week.
He calls and calls over the next several days and finally gets a recording
that says the line is disconnected.
package arrives at Dean's house. It's his video equipment (which
has his name and address on it). In the video machine is a tape.
Dean watches it and sees Leigh's rather poorly done montage. Suddenly
the picture scrambles. When it returns it's Leigh's empty bedroom.
Leigh steps into frame from behind the camera and sits down on the bed.
She says that there has always been a list of things that she wanted
to accomplish in her life. The last thing on the list was to have
sex. She did that tonight. She picks up a razor blade, puts
it to her wrist and cuts deeply into it. Blood begins to squirt
out. She repeats the procedure on the other wrist. Blood
pours out onto the sheets. And then the phone rings. She
slowly answers it and it is Dean. Leigh says that she's sleepy
and hangs up. She stumbles up to the camera, says goodbye and
shuts it off.
is freaked out of his skull. He actually goes into a mild form
of shock and misses several weeks of school. Suzie comes to see
him all the time and takes care of him. In a month Dean is back
in school and participating in all the things he used to do, but something
about him has changed. His carefree attitude is gone. There's
now a coldness in his eyes.
ends and Dean decides not to go to college, but to marry Suzie instead.
He gets a managerial position that pays okay, but when a child arrives
it's a strain. The second child poses a bigger strain. Dean
doesn't sleep well. He screws up at work and his marriage is falling
apart. And then Suzie gets pregnant again.
years has gone by. Dean's high school reunion is announced.
Dean says he doesn't want to go. Suzie thinks it would be good
for him. She buys the ticket and makes plans for him to go with
a few of his old football buddies. She stays with the kids.
first thing he and his buddies see when they arrive at the Hilton Hotel
is the school loser, Tom Francis, pull up in a Mercedes-Benz.
After a few drinks Dean starts to loosen up and laugh a little.
He sees Carter Agree who is now a police detective. This makes
Dean laugh a lot.
the crowd parts and there stands Leigh! She is stunning.
Her hair is different and she's wearing white. Dean drops his
drink. She steps up to Dean and kisses him.
explains that her suicide attempt failed -- obviously. She should
have been in a tub full of hot water. Her parents quickly moved
and had her hospitalized. She tried again and was stopped.
She was then institutionalized in Zurich. She finally began to
improve, and all the while she's been thinking of Dean. She moved
back to town, got an apartment and looked him up. She found out
that he was married, so she decided to wait and see him at the reunion
to not cause him any trouble.
comes alive in Dean that he hasn't felt in ten years. He and Leigh
have a wonderful time. Carter sees Leigh as she and Dean are just
leaving. He is as astounded as Dean was.
and Dean go back to her place. Their sex is grand and glorious
and wild and screaming. Afterward she says that she has dreamed
of this many times. She also dreamed of them remaining together
gets home at 7:30 A.M. as his eldest child is leaving for school.
Suzie just knows that Dean has been screwing around. She is furious.
She tells him to get out. Dean leaves.
goes back to Leigh's. She is wild, but strange and erratic.
He's not so sure he wants to leave his family for an unstable woman.
He also doesn't want to go home. Leigh goes out and Dean looks
around her apartment. He finds a small room covered with photographs
of him. There are also shots of Suzie and the kids. Leigh
comes in and finds him. She explains that it's just part of her
obsession with him. Now Dean knows that Leigh is too weird
to deal with.
checks into a hotel. He calls Suzie and she hangs up on him.
He reaches for the phone to call her again and it rings. It is
Leigh. She says she'll never let him go. Dean is deeply
tormented. He calls Suzie again and begs forgiveness. She
softens and says she'll think about it.
work the next day Dean goes home. He walks in and finds Suzie
sitting at the kitchen table with Leigh.
smiles. "Your husband is the best fuck I've ever had."
freaks out. She takes the kids and leaves. Dean tells Leigh
to get out of his life forever. Leigh looks at him insanely and
says that she is a witch. She says that she'll cast a curse on
yeah? How about that miscarriage Suzie had? How about the
car wreck in the Chevy? How about your dad dying? Be at
my place tonight."
is at his wit's end. He goes to her place early and she's not
there. He rips the place apart and finds files on him. Every
piece of information she said is there. Dean waits for her.
When she arrives he throws the file at her.
my ass!" he yells. "You're just a fucking psycho.
Well you're done fucking up my life. I'm never going to see you
threatens to kill herself.
looks at her. "Do it! Stop trying and do it!"
says that she'll never stop loving him. She'll keep trying to
get him forever.
goes home. Suzie and the kids are gone. Leigh calls.
come back," she pleads. "Please . . ."
if you want me to. Never!"
goes out and gets smashed. On his fourth double scotch he gets
goes back to Leigh's. She answers the door and is surprised to
see him. He kisses her. He says that his wife and kids are
gone for good. He's here to stay. Leigh is happy to hear
goes into the bathroom and finds the tub is full of steaming water.
He opens the medicine cabinet, takes out a bottle of sleeping pills
and dumps four in his hand. He comes out and makes them both drinks.
He dumps all four capsules into hers. They drink and Dean is very
tender. Soon Leigh is sleepy and passes out.
gently picks her up and carries her into the bathroom. As he lowers
her into the steaming water in the bathtub she awakens. Dean pushes
her face under the water. They are looking into each other's eyes.
should've died the first time," says Dean.
hand slides up the wall to the soap dish. Her fingers move under
the bar of soap and grasp a razor blade. She slashes deeply into
Dean's arm. Dean recoils in pain and Leigh springs out of the
water, gasping for air, the blade ready to slash again.
laughs. "If you just hadn't shown up I was all set to kill
Just like all the other times."
would've succeeded tonight. You see the tub was full, the razor
blade was here, the suicide note's on the table."
turns to where the note is supposed to be and Leigh follows his look.
He starts to move, then turns back and knocks the blade out of her hand.
He grabs her by the throat.
can't be trusted to get this done yourself. I'm going to live
happily ever after. Without you!"
shoves her face back under the water. She struggles for a moment,
then relaxes and smiles. She mouths the words, "I . . . Love
. . . You . . . ," inhales water and drowns.
rolls up his sleeves and puts on his coat. He sees the suicide
note. He reads it and it says nothing about him. He chuckles
and drops it back on the table.
goes home and finds his wife and kids there. He tells them he's
home for good and everything will be like it was before. Suzie
asks how he cut his arm? He says that he got drunk and was mugged.
He'll be fine. Everything is okay now. She dresses his wound
and he goes to sleep. Suzie looks in his wallet and finds $87.00
goes to work the next day. There is a strange look in his eyes
that everyone notices. It's a little scary.
gets home after work, goes inside and no one is there. He hears
someone talking. As he walks toward the family room he recognizes
the voice -- it's Leigh! He gasps in panic. He steps
into the family room and sees that the TV is on. Leigh is talking
on the screen. She is explaining why she is going to commit suicide.
A knock comes from off screen. Leigh answers the door and it's
Dean. He's smashed . . .
dives for the video tape machine. He stops it and ejects the tape.
When he turns around there stands Suzie.
stares at her coldly. "You ever tell anyone you saw this
and you'll be next. I swear to God."
Agree and two other policemen step out of the kitchen.
freaks out. He pulls the tape out of the cassette and shreds it,
then breaks the cassette over his knee.
what are you going to do?"
shrugs. "That was a dupe."