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Chieh and Justin have been friends with each other over years. One night, they go out
for a drink.

Chieh: Today is the worst day of my life because Ive lost all my investment in stocks
and many different business. (sigh) Im literally bankrupt now.

Justin: Oh, Im so sorry to hear that. Maybe you shouldnt have put all your money into
those businesses like I had warned you not to.

Chieh: Yeah, youre right! But you know what? At least I still have a beautiful girlfriend
like Saho beside me. Im not lonely. (Smile)

Justin: Youre still confident that youll be able to provide for her?(evil chuckles) Dont
fool yourself!

Chieh (Scold face, confused): What did you just say? What do you mean by that?

Justin: Its time for me to shine Chieh! Ive been waiting for this day ever since I saw
you get together with Saho. Every minute that I see you with her, I cant stop thinking of
different ways to destroy your relationship. Im glad, I finally have a chance!
(LAUGHING SO HARD)

Chieh: (mad face, SUPER ANGRY, UPSET) Youre a jerk! (takes Justins shirt and
punches him in the face)

Justin touches his lips and there is blood from the side, he angrily stand up and grab
Chiehs neck. At that moment, Justin received a call from Saho, so he releases Chieh

Justin: Saho? What do you need? (pause) I will get it for you on the way there. (pause)
You want me to finish him off? Alright, Ill see what I can do. Ok, see you later.
(Then he looks at Chieh) Well finish this conversation later! (walks away)

The next day, Sherlock and Watson enter the room. There is a body on the floor. Saho
sees Sherlock and walks over to him.

Saho: Mr. Holmes! Dr. Watson! Thank goodness you are here. My boyfriend committed
suicide and nobody knows why! He was laughing happily just yesterday!

Lestrade: Oh yes, the great Sherlock Holmes. You are not needed here; its a suicide,
case closed.

Sherlock: As much as Id love to believe you Lestrade, I prefer to examine evidence
before making conclusions.

Lestrade: Excuse me!?

Watson: Hello Lestrade. Dont mind him, you know how he is.

Sherlock glances at the body

Sherlock walks over to the body and kneels next to it.

Sherlock: My dear Watson, you know my method, so what can you deduce from this
crime scene?

Watson: Well, obviously a gunshot to the head. Looking from the color of his face, ill
say he died around 2 or 3 am. His cloth are neat and there is no sign of a scuffle. There
is burnmark around the entry wound so the the shot was fired at point blank range. If the
shot if fired at point blank range and there was no struggle. I would have to agree with
Lestrange this time and conclude that it is a suicide.

Sherlock: You think this was a suicide, do you?

Lestrade: Well it sure as hell isnt a murder, hes holding the gun in his hand.

Sherlock: There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. He is holding the gun
in his right hand. Ms. Johnson, was Chieh right or left handed?

Saho: He was left handed.

Sherlock: Therefore, this was a murder.

Watson: A nice murder. Thatll cheer you up.

Lestrade: Murder?! Nonsense, its obviously a suicide, what proof do you have?

Sherlock: Not only is he holding the gun in his non-dominant, right hand, you can
clearly see that the bullet entered through the left side of his head; thereby making it
impossible that he was the shooter. This is a murder staged as a suicide.

Lestrade: He was shot from his left side while holding the gun in the right?! Well Ill be
damned, I guess weve got a murder on our hands. Right now the only person whom I
think could have been the murderer is you Justin! Youre gonna have to come with me.

Sherlock: Dont be so hasty with your conclusions

He gets close to the body, checking the pockets and being perceptive. He finds white
powder and holds it up to the light and sniffs it.

Sherlock: Miss Johnson, has your boyfriend ever done any drugs?

Saho: Of course not! He is too responsible for anything of that sort.

Sherlock goes back to inspecting the body.

Sherlock: So the murder took place around 2 or 3 am, I am going to say 2:30. Where
were you when this happened Mr. Block?

Justin: Yeah, I think thats the time I heard the gunshot. I was on my way away from
here but as soon as I heard it, I came running in to find him on the ground like that.

Lestrade: Exactly what the murderer would say. My men responded to the gunshot and
found you standing over the body. Since you were the only one in the area when it
happened there are no other suspects. Now lets get you back to the station, before you
come up with any more excuses. Mr. Holmes I will leave a police car out front, you can
tell him to clean up when you are done.

Lestrade exits with Justin in tow. While they are leaving, Saho calls after.

Saho: Dont worry Justin. Mr. Holmes will prove your innocence.

Justin: I hope so.

Sherlock continues searching the body. I guess at points in the play he examines
Chiehs Phone wallet and he smells perfume. In not long Yuri walks in, looking around
for his sister. There should be more talking between Holmes and Watson.

Yuri: Saho, What happened? You sounded hysterical over the phone. Are you okay?
You made me so worried.

Seeing her brother, Saho runs straight to Yuri and giving him a hug with a fearful look.

Saho: Its Chieh. Hes been murdered. (Crying)

Yuri: No way! Who would do such a thing?

Saho: I dont know! Chieh was the nicest person I ever knew. He would never do
anything to harm anyone!

Yuri: Whoever did it must have done it out of jealousy. It must have been Justin! I know
that he has had feelings for you for years now Saho! He must have gotten
overwhelmed by envy and killed Chieh so he could take advantage of you while you
grieve!

Saho: It wasnt Justin! Theres nothing between us hes just my friend!

Sherlock stands and looks at the body and then at everyone in the room

Watson: Hey Sherlock. It seems Chieh left his phone here. Do you want to take a
look?

Sherlock checks calls on Chiehs phone.

Sherlock: Why yes, of course. Hmm, a password, that should be no problem.

(Cracks code somehow.) Sherlock checks calls on Chiehs phone.

Sherlock: Now lets see A call from Yuri, and then a missed call from Justin. Just as
I suspected. Sherlock looks over to Yuri Mr. Johnson, what is that powder on your coat?

Yuri: What? (looks at his coat and patts it off) Oh, I work at a bakery, thats where I was
running from. I spilled some flour earlier.

Sherlock: Very well. Ms. Johnson, How long were you and Justin seeing each other?

Saho: Seeing each other? What? How dare you I would never Like I said hes only
a friend

Sherlock: The way you looked at Justin as he left made it painfully obvious that there
was more than mere friendship between the two of you. Not to mention that you are
more upset over his arrest than the murder of your boyfriend. Please explain yourself to
everyone, or I will have to do it for you.

Saho: I dont know...The truth is, Chieh wasnt the best boyfriend We argued over
many different matters...and he he beat me Justin was always there for me...He
helped me get through many hardships.

Sherlock: I think weve heard enough, thank you Ms. Johnson.

Saho: But dont get any ideas, I wouldve never hurt him on purpose!

Sherlock: On purpose?

Saho: Ughhh, I didnt kill him!

Watson: Sherlock! Enough messing around, So have you figured out who did it? Could
it be Justin afterall? Or maybe it really was just a suicide?

Sherlock: Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth. Its
simplicity itself. I think we have all the information we need to wrap this case up. For
now we wait.

Interact with audience to see if they can solve the case.

Sherlock: Ms. Johnson, it is clear to me that you had every motive to harm Chieh, to
get him out of the way for your new love. However, you would never have had the guts
to go through with it. Justin was not the murderer because he called Chieh when he
heard the gunshot--If justin had killed Chieh, he would not have called him. Yuri, you
dont work at a bakery--it is painfully obvious. I know you have your family and friends
fooled, but the simple fact is that there is no bakery within five minutes run of here, and
that powder on your wrists is not flour. But the true giveaway was the fact that you tried
to fake a suicide and left crucial evidence. There was cocaine on the gun and Chiehs
hand, but not around his nostrils--he does not do drugs. You're the only drug dealer that
could have entered Chiehs house without forced entry; you called him to let you in.
Thus making you the culprit behind this murder. Perhaps you should have been more
careful about where you dealt those drugs.

Yuri: How did youknow? Well you may have found me out, but you wont get me?
Runs and grabs gun, points at Sherlock.

Watson sees that he is pointing a gun at Sherlock and quickly draws his pistol and point
it at Yuri.

Watson: Not so fast!

Sherlock: Thank you, Watson. Now, shoot away, Mr. Johnson. I expected this, and
unloaded the gun before you came and took the bullets for evidence. Im afraid you
have nowhere left to run. The police car is waiting outside. Please do take your time.

Yuri: I didnt have a choice. When Chieh saw me with the stuff he said that he
wanted half of the money, or that he would go to the police. I needed that money, so I
decided to go to his house and try to make a compromise. But things got a little out of
control, and then this happened. I hope you can forgive me, Saho.

Saho: Maybe in a few centuries.

Watson: Excellent! Well that wraps that up.

Sherlock: Elementary. I was really hoping this case would have been a challenge, I
should have known better. Utterly boring. If only the world could produce an adept
criminal or two. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for?

Watson: Yeah yeah, Sherlock. Wanna go get some tea?

Sherlock: Milk no sugar, I will be in my room.

Watson: Right.


FINAL SCRIPT

Script Outliner = Xuan Le
The Secret Death
(please insert your own conversation based on the storyline)

After the RIP Seminar, Chieh and Justin are talking while talking down from the
stage.(Logic: It relates the place we are acting to the audience. It gives the audience the
idea that it is happening as they are going through the RIP Seminar. Hopefully, it can be
more realistic by doing this.)

Chieh:(while walking) So Justin, Did you see the play Saho and I did together? It was
Amazing. She is not only the best actor, and the best (wife or girlfriend) there can be.

Justin: I agree with everything you said, but why do you have to bring it up to my face
like that?(Logic: By these two lines, the audience should figure out that I am in a
relationship together, and that Justin is not happy about it. Also, the Wife and the
girlfriend part, i feel like wife is better than Girlfriend, because marriage is more serious
than just a simple relationship. This way it is more easily to set up the idea that Saho
can murder chieh for Justin)

Chieh: I just love to rub it in your face like that. After all, I did win her heart before you
even had a chance!

Justin:(Justin bursts in anger, and push chieh to the ground) You are going to pay for
this!(walks over to chieh and about to beat my ass, the phone goes off for justin. It was
Saho calling for Justins help) JUstin laughs, it looks like your wife or girlfriend is call
me for help instead of you. What a useless husband if you call yourself one! Saho and I
have some planning to do.(while laughing) Dont think i am done with you yet. (Justin
runs off while talking to the phone)
(Logic: So, this long scene basically set up for everything we need. Chieh is being an
asshole to Justin, and purposely, CHieh brings up the old scar of Justing with Saho. The
pushing part foreshadows to the audience that something worse is about to come and
with the lineDont think i am done with you yet. Also, The planning will put Saho or
Justin a potential candidate for murdering me. Also, the fact that Saho is asking Justin
for help indicates that there is a weird relationship between Saho and justin. By the end,
Chieh is sitting there clueless about his life adds in the potential for suicide. I hope the
train of thoughts make sense. Action and conversation saves more time and it engages
the audience more.)
Chieh: (Sitting on the ground and hold my head)

(Chiehs thought: really? Am i that useless? Saho wouldnt even ask me for help and
ask HIM? I dont know what to do now... )

Then they leave the bar to go home in different directions. (Chieh goes left, Justin goes
right)

The next day, Sherlock and watson enter the room. There is a body on the floor. Saho
sees Sherlock and walks over to him.

Saho: Mr. Holmes! Dr. Watson! Thank goodness you are here. My ex-boyfriend has
Committed Suicide and nobody knows why! He was laughing happily just yesterday!

Lestrade: Oh, yes the great Sherlock Holmes. You are not needed this time; its a
suicide plain and simple, case closed.

Sherlock: As much as Id love to believe you Lestrade, I prefer to examine evidence
before making conclusions.

Lestrade: Excuse me!?

Watson: Hello Lestrade. Dont mind him, you know how he is.

Sherlock glances at the body

Sherlock: You think this is a suicide do you?

Lestrade: Of course it is suicide. Look at him, slumped like that. And he is holding the
gun right there in his hand!

Sherlock: Yes he is holding the gun in his right hand. Ms. Johnson, was Chieh right or
left handed?

Saho: He was left handed.

Sherlock: This is a murder!

Lestrade: Murder?! That is crazy. Just because he is holding the gun in the wrong
hand? Maybe he wanted to mix things up, that proves nothing.

Sherlock: Not only is he holding the gun in his non-dominant, right hand, you can
clearly see that the bullet entered through the left side of his head; therefore making it
impossible that he was the shooter. This is a murder staged as a suicide.

Lestrade: He was shot from his left side while holding the gun in the right?! Well Ill be, I
guess weve got a murder on our hands. I suspected that all along. Never fear mister
Holmes I know exactly who the culprit is. You! You were here when my men arrived.
You had plenty of time to stage the crime scene. I know it was you Justin, now youre
gonna have to come with me.

Sherlock: Dont be so hasty to your conclusions

Sherlock walks over to the body and kneels next to it.

Sherlock: My dear Watson, what do you suspect was the cause of death?

Watson: Well, obviously a gunshot to the head. Whoever it was shot him at point blank
range, you can see traces of gunpowder on his face and on the gunshot wound. I
suspect the murderer shot him and jumped out the window here onto the street and
drove away in haste.

Sherlock: Very observant, you are not incorrect about where and how he got shot, but
you failed to observe when.


He gets close to the body, checking the pockets and being perceptive. He finds a white
powder and holds it up to the light and sniffs it.

Sherlock: Miss Johnson, has your boyfriend ever done any drugs?

Saho: Of course not! He is too responsible for anything of that sort.

Sherlock goes back to inspecting the body.

Sherlock: The body has been here for around five hours, putting the time of death
around eight this morning.

Lestrade: And how can you possibly tell that?

Sherlock: That is quite a simple question to answer, and you would know the answer
too if you were to read the study I wrote on finding time of death. It is clear in the way
the blood has begun to dry.

Justin: Yes that is around the time I heard the gunshot. I was on my way over here but
as soon as I heard it I came running in to find him on the ground like that.

Lestrade: Exactly what the murderer would say. Im not listening to any of your lies.
Now lets get you back to the station, before you come up with any more excuses. Mr.
Holmes I will leave a police car out front, you can tell him to clean up when you are
done.

Lestrade exits with Justin in tow. While they are leaving, Saho calls after.

Saho: Dont worry Justin. Mr. Holmes will prove your innocence.

Justin: You promise? Okay bye!

Sherlock continues searching the body. I guess at points in the play he examines
Chiehs Phone wallet and he smells perfume. In not long Yuri walks in, looking around
for his sister. There should be more talking between Holmes and Watson.

Yuri: Sister, Whats happened? you sounded hysterical over the phone. Are you okay?
You make me so worried.

Seeing her brother, Saho runs straight to Yuri and giving him a hug with a fearful look.

Saho: Its Chieh. Hes been murdered. (Crying)

Yuri: No way! Who would do such a thing?

Saho: I dont know! Chieh was the nicest person I ever knew. He never did anything to
harm anyone!

Yuri: Whoever did it must have done it out of jealousy. It must have been Justin! I know
that he has had feelings for you for years now Saho! He must have gotten
overwhelmed by envy and killed Chieh so he could take advantage of you while you
grieve!

Saho: It wasnt Justin! Theres nothing between us hes just my friend!

Sherlock stands and looks at the body and then at everyone in the room

Watson: Hey Sherlock. It seems chieh left his phone here. Do you want to take a look?

Sherlock checks calls on Chiehs phone.

Sherlock: Why, Yes of course. Hmm, a password, that should be no problem.

(Cracks code somehow.) Sherlock checks calls on Chiehs phone.

Sherlock: Now lets see A five second call to Saho. Just as I suspected. Sherlock
looks over to Yuri Mr. Johnson, what is that powder on your coat?

Yuri: What? (looks at his coat and patts it off) Oh, I work at a bakery, thats where I was
running from. I spilled some flour earlier.

Sherlock: Very well. Ms. Johnson, How long were you and Justin seeing each other?

Saho: Seeing each other? What? How dare you I would never Like I said hes only
my friend

Sherlock: The way you looked at Justin as he left made it painfully obvious that there
was more than mere friendship between the two of you. Not to mention that you are
more upset over his arrest than the murder of your boyfriend. Please explain yourself to
everyone, or I will have to do it for you.

Saho: I dont know...The truth is, Chieh wasnt the best boyfriend We argued over
many different matters...and he he beat me Justin was always there for me...He
helped me get through many hardships.

Sherlock: I think weve heard enough, thank you Ms. Johnson.

Saho: But dont get any ideas, I wouldnt have ever hurt him on purpose!

Sherlock: On purpose?

Saho: Ughhh, I didnt kill him!

Watson: Sherlock! Enough messing around, So have you figured out who did it? Could
it be Justin afterall? Or maybe it really was just a suicide?

Sherlock: Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth. It
was simplicity itself. The villain shall present himself as time comes. I think we have all
the information we need to wrap this case up. For now we wait.

Interact with audience to see if they can solve the case.

Sherlock: Ms. Johnson, it is clear to me that you had every motive to harm Chieh, to
get him out of the way for your new love. However, you would never have had the guts
to go through with it. Yuri, you dont work at a bakery--it is painfully obvious. I know
you have your family and friends fooled, but the simple fact is that there is no bakery
within five minutes run of here, and that powder on your coat is not flour. But the true
giveaway was the small traces of gun powder still on your right sleeve and a speck of
blood on your collar. Im sure if we looked at the bullets in the gun for finger prints we
would find yours all over them. Perhaps you should have been more careful about
discussing your drug dealing with the family.

Yuri: How did youknow? Well you may have found me out, but you wont get me?
Runs and grabs gun, points at Sherlock.

Watson sees that he is pointing a gun at Sherlock and quickly draws his pistol and point
it at Yuri.

Watson: Not so fast!

Sherlock: Thank you, Watson. Now, shoot away, Mr. Johnson. I expected this, and
unloaded the gun before you came and took the bullets for evidence. Im afraid you
have nowhere left to run. The police car is waiting outside. Please do take your time.

Yuri: I didnt have a choice. When Chieh saw me with the stuff he said he was
going to tell the police. I needed that money, so I decided to go to his house and try to
make a compromise. But things got a little out of control, and then this happened. I
hope you can forgive me, Saho.

Saho: Maybe in a few centuries. (angry face, look away, flipping hair)

Watson: Excellent! Well that wraps that up.

Sherlock: Elementary. I was really hoping this case would have been a challenge, I
should have known better. Utterly boring. If only the world could produce an adept
criminal or two. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for?

Watson: Yea yea, Sherlock. Wanna go for tea after?

Sherlock: Milk no sugar, I will be in my room.

Watson: Right.