Tuesday 14 March 2023 – SEVENTEEN, Episode Two – Who Said That

William E. Spear

Volume 1, Issue 11

This episode may be found through the link below. Enjoy!


Full Transcript –



Hello . . . and welcome to the Three Fifty-seven.

(Tenny’s Theme fades up)

My name is William Spear and this is SEVENTEEN.

(Tenny’s Theme plays)

In the previous episode, Tenny, the janitor, collapsed after being overwhelmed by an ancient memory. His job coach, Jennifer Hargrove, is helping him to stand up.

And now, Episode Two titled WHO SAID THAT?

(Tenny’s Theme plays then fades out)

Jennifer helped Tenny to stand. Once upright his knees threatened to give out again and he leaned on the wall for support.

She asked him, “What happened?” but Tenny looked across the auditorium.

“New ‘super’ come to close the school,” she said. “And finish my chance of going to college.”

Tenny walked away and Jennifer reminded he didn’t need the cane.

The new super was Mills di Stefano. Pulled back hair with silver-rimmed glasses and a thin metal-banded watch. Professional through and through.

Di Stefano was talking with D. B. Baker – the school’s principal. Baker presided over the once-dynamic Gunderson High School now mired in a miserable economy.

She had applied for the Superintendent job but lost.

With them was Trace Jones – the Chief of Staff – of di Stefano. All the gloss of her boss but only a few years removed from college.

A couple of teachers were also present.

Tenny approached the group and Baker introduced him.

He sniffed at Jones but wrinkled his nose. He moved to di Stefano, inhaled, and repeated. His eyes lit up.

He shook his head up and down, dropped his cane, and staggered backwards.

Chief Jones spoke: “Let me help you find a rocking chair, Old-timer.”

She hooked her arm through his and guided him away.

A thousand voices screamed inside of Tenny – “Tenny don’t!” “No. Don’t!” “Don’t let her do that!” “Tenny! No-o-o-o!” He spun around and his movement sent Jones flying into a row of chairs.

Then he pounded his chest, yelled, “Seventeen!”, and ran out of the auditorium.

(Tenny’s Theme fades up)

You’ve just listened to Episode Two of SEVENTEEN.

Theme music is through the courtesy of Lemon Music Studio at PixaBay.

The Three Fifty-seven is written and produced by William Spear.

Thank you for listening.

(Tenny’s Theme fades out)

Author: William Spear

William E. Spear has written for audio since 1994. His book, "Lit Between the Ears, Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air," was released on July 31, 2006. He founded Two Plus Plus Productions LLC in 2006 and is President. He founded Hunterdon Radio Theatre in 1999 and has written over 15 plays since. Spear's work has been broadcast in New York and New Jersey and his plays have been published on web sites across the country.

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