Genre: Short
Director(s): Gillian Wood
7 min

The legend of Lizzie Borden,

it's not

for the faint of heart,

for it ends

in the double murder...

that shattered

two skulls apart.

It was the fourth day

of August in 1892.

The quaint town of Fall River

was of the usual view.

15 new companies...

22 mills

in full operation.

The resulting wealth

of Andrew Borden

was the town's admiration.

But Abby, Emma, and Lizzie

were not able to live proper,

for Andrew

was dreadfully frugal,

making his family live

like paupers.

Lizzie was most affected by

Andrew's money tight constraint,

for the banishment from the upper

class was her only complaint.

So ten after 11:

on that dreadful day,

Lizzie called out for help

with such disarray.

"Someone's killed father,"

she despondently claimed.

But the town, in an uproar,

professed that she was to blame.

So Lizzie was arrested

and rushed off to jail,

and they caged her ten months,

for they refused her bail.

And when the trial

finally came about,

they assumed a conviction

would come without doubt.

A picture of Andrew

shown to the jury,

causing the entire town

even more fury,

And the haunting photo

of who once was Abby

gave the crime scene

even more gravity.

All the evidence was not

in Lizzie's defense,

and the trial came to an end

with a weighted suspense,

The jury stood to give

their verdict aloud.

"Not guilty" was declared

and shocked the crowd.

Innocence proven, she expects

sympathy and esteem,

but instead she was banished

as a murderer they would deem,

So Lizzie Borden fled

from that zealous town,

never again to be acquitted

seen around.

Lizzie's eventual death

from misery's solution,

where she still roams,

out for retribution.

Lizzie Borden took an ax

and gave her mother

40 whacks

And when she saw

what she had done

she gave her father 41

Lizzy, you're not

in any danger.

Pay attention to my voice.

You are calm and relaxed.


Lizzy, describe to me.

Stay calm

and relaxed.

Lizzy, it is essential that

I know what you're seeing.

We've come this far.

We can do this.

Lizzy. Lizzy.

I'm here. Breathe.


Lizzy, Lizzy.

Lizzy. Lizzy?

Okay, then.

Come on, breathe.


Lizzy, Lizzy.

I'm here. Breathe.


Come on, Lizzy.

Stay here with me.

Lizzy. Lizzy. Lizzy.

Stay with me.

Lizzy, wake up!

Wake up.


Baby, baby.


Are you okay?

Yes! Damn it!

I'm fine.

No. I'm not okay.

I'm not okay.

Just give me a

minute, okay?

I think I should start

taking those pills again

that Dr. Fredricks suggested.


I know, I know, but I'm just

really going out of my mind lately

And I'm seeing things,

uncomfortable things,

and they're in my dreams.

They're fast and furious.

And I'm just... I'm feeling

really really weird here.

What? You don't think

I should take them?

No, it's not that, but do you

remember the side effects?

You never wanted

to take them.

I mean, your nightmares

got so bad.

I don't think you even remember,

but one time, you were choking.

I know, I know, okay.

You don't have to remind me, okay?

You don't have to keep

bringing it up.

It's just one small

piece of the past.

It's just, I never should have...

Gotten together?

Moved in together?

No. Not at all.

You're the best.

You're the one thing that's keeping

me from going completely insane.

Lizzy, it's just a house

and it's yours.

I am so confused.

When Dr. Fredricks

recommended this...

they took care

of everything.

They, who is they?

The lawyers? The lawyers

took care of everything?

Honey, you don't even

remember living here.

No, I know,

but I should.

From what they told me, I was living

here when I was just a child.

Just let it go.

Like you said,

it's part of the past.

It's just you

and me now.

Dr, Fredricks said something

happened to me in this house.

And now I'm back.

I just... I want out

of that house!

Hmm, well, Lizzy, it sounds

like your childhood environment

is triggering some memories,

as unpleasant as they may be.

No! There's something going

on in the house. I know it!

Well, okay,

that's something.

I know what

you're going to say.

I don't want to sound

like a broken record,

but we've been

down this road.

It wasn't

a daydream.

Okay? I mean,

it was, but it wasn't.

What do you mean

It wasn't?

It just...

it seemed so real.

You know, it's very

hard to explain,

but it wasn't... it wasn't

fuzzy or dreamlike,

It's like I was really

there, and...

I don't know.

I was really surprised when

I woke up in the morning.

I didn't even have

that much to drink.

Have you... have you

been taking your pills?

Yes. Well, I stopped taking them

for a while because of Jason,

but I just started

taking them again

And I thought that

the daydreams would stop

when I started

taking them again,

but I guess I'm

still having them?

I don't know.

How does Jason

feel about all of this?

Jason thinks I'm crazy.

No, he's been very,

very supportive,

and I can tell that he is

very worried about me.

Lizzy, what would you say

if you were in my shoes?

"This visit's on me"?

No, I'm serious.

Seriously. I would

probably say that

you're just stressed

out and tired

and having really bad

nightmares or daydreams.

How about you

just lost your job,

you've got a new boyfriend,

you just moved back

into your old house,

all, what, in the course

of a year.

Those are some serious life changes

in a very, very short amount of time.

And the stress that has followed

brings up all these childhood memories

which weren't perfect

to begin with.



Why do you think

that you can't remember?

Where are those memories?

I am going to dip

my wick in your candy pool?

What an ugly doll.

I might

say, your dress is quite lovely.

Where on earth

did you find it?

Really, I do!

They are so marvelous.

My mother shopped

there for years.

He what? I don't know

if Thomas likes me, or not.

Did he ask you

about me or something?

He said what?

He did?

I'm so happy!

How is your tea, Suzy?

Do you want some more?



Warning! Sedation, lethargy,

difficulty thinking,

memory loss, nightmares,

Manic feelings, delusions,

seizures, and death.

Well, it's prescribed.

Oh, God.

Damn it!

I always do that.


No! Daddy!

- Hello?

- Lizzy?

Is everything okay?

I've been trying to call

you for half an hour.

A half an hour?

What are you talking about?

I've been calling your cell

phone and the house phone.

What, you

can't hear it?

No, I was in the bathroom

and I shattered

my glass everywhere.

You sound funny.

Are you okay?

No. No, I'm fine.

I'm fine.

Just I'm feeling a

little out of it is all.

Look, just run a bath and I'll be...


Jason. Jas...

"We're sorry. Your call cannot

be completed as dialed. "

"Please check the number

and dial again. "

"We're sorry. Your call

cannot be completed... "

Honey, I'm home!

Baby, you're home!

Lizzy, I'm losing

the groceries.

Looks like

you're feeling better.

I am feeling better.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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