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Writer(s) : Anthony Cipriano

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                             12 AND HOLDING
          
          
                               Written by
          
                           Anthony S Cipriano
          
          
          
          
                                                          04.06.04
          
          
          
          FADE IN:
          
          EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD STREET - MORNING
          
          TWIN BOYS, RUDY AND JACOB CARGES (12), ride their bikes
          through a suburban neighborhood.
          
          Rudy, the more athletic of the two, rides at a breakneck
          pace. Jacob rides slowly due to a HOCKEY MASK that he wears
          over his face. It's making it difficult for him to see. The
          boys turn down a DIRT PATH and ride deep into some WOODS.
          
          INT. WOODS - CONTINUOUS
          
          Rudy and Jacob ride to the edge of a CLEARING and stop.
          Across from the clearing is a large OAK TREE, which has a
          TREE HOUSE perched high up in it's branches. The boys
          cautiously look around and whisper.
          
                               JACOB
                     You see `em?
          
                               RUDY
                     No. But that doesn't mean they're
                     not here.
          
          After a beat, Rudy gets off his bike and starts walking
          towards the tree house.   Jacob stays behind, eyeing their
          safety.
          
                               RUDY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                     Jacob, come on. It's cool.
          
          Suddenly, a ROCK comes careening from off screen.   It hits
          Jacob in the head and knocks him to the ground.
          
          Rudy darts for the oak tree as a hail storm of rock and
          debris come flying at him.
          
          As Jacob rises, a stream of blood pours down the front of his
          mask. He quickly runs for the tree.
          
          TWO BOYS, JEFF AND KENNY (14), trailer park, punks come
          running out of the woods, rocks in hand.
          
          Rudy and Jacob climb the tree, using makeshift RUNGS that are
          nailed into the trunk. In the floor of the tree house is a
          DOOR. Rudy removes a KEY from a chain around his neck and
          unlocks it. He climbs inside and pulls Jacob in after him.
          
                                                                    2.
          
          
          
          INT. TREE HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
          
          Jacob looks back and sees Jeff and Kenny, running over. Rudy
          crosses to the door with a BUCKET of liquid.
          
                              JACOB
                    What the hell is that?
          
                              RUDY
                    Piss.
          
          Rudy dumps the piss onto Jeff and Kenny.
          
          EXT. TREE HOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Now drenched with piss, Jeff and Kenny jump from the tree,
          screaming. They try to shake the urine off.
          
          Kenny spits the taste out of his mouth and angrily calls up
          to the boys.
          
                              KENNY
                    You and your deformed brother are
                    dead!
          
          INT. TREE HOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Jacob rips the hockey mask off. (A large STRAWBERRY
          BIRTHMARK covers the right side of his face.) He's insulted.
          
                              RUDY
                        (calling to Kenny)
                    Anytime you're ready, dickhead.
          
          EXT. TREE HOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Jeff and Kenny walk off.
          
                              KENNY
                    They're fucking dead!
          
          Jeff runs off screen and throws up.
          
          INT. FISHER HOME - KITCHEN - MORNING
          
          LEONARD FISHER (12), severely obese, sits at the dinner
          table, eating pancakes.
          
          His FATHER, PATRICK (35) and TWO YOUNGER SISTERS, HALEY (8)
          and SARA (6) are seated with him. They are all overweight.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       3.
          CONTINUED:
          
          LEONARD'S MOTHER, GRACE (35), the largest of them all,
          crosses to the table, sits and starts eating.
          
          JUMP CUTS show the progression of their meal. From globs of
          syrup being placed over pancakes to the mass consumption of
          omelets and sausage. Caught up with eating, nobody speaks.
          
          EST. EXT. CHUNG RESIDENCE - MORNING
          
          A modern, upper-class home with a large, well tended yard.
          
                                 YACCO (O.S.)
                       The check is supposed to be here on
                       the first of the month... She's
                       your daughter, you asshole!
          
          INT. CHUNG HOME - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
          
          YACCO CHUANG (35), Asian-American, sexy, uptight,
          psychiatrist, paces the hallway on the phone.
          
          HER DAUGHTER, MALEE (12) with long, black, braided hair and
          thick rimmed glasses, peeks her head out of the bathroom.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Mom, I need help.
          
                                 YACCO (INTO PHONE)
                           (ignoring her)
                       Any parent is "parent of the year"
                       next to you, you selfish prick.
          
          Yacco walks off.    Deflated, Malee reenters the bathroom.
          
          INT. CHUNG HOME - BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee is wrapped in a towel and holding a TAMPON. Confused,
          she grabs the TAMPON BOX and reads the directions. Malee's
          confusion quickly turns to disgust.
          
          EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD ENTRANCE - LATER
          
          Leonard sits upon a large rock with the words, LINDSAY ACRES
          inscribed on the center of it. He eats POPCORN. Hanging off
          the top right hand corner of the rock is a banner, which
          reads, 5th ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PICNIC. ALL INVITED.
          
          Malee rides her bike up to Leonard. She HONKS her BIKE HORN
          at every pedestrian in her path.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Move it, people.    Outta my way!
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   4.
          CONTINUED:
          
          She comes to a screeching halt an inch in front of Leonard.
          
                                 LEONARD
                           (mouthful)
                       You're late.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Yeah well, I began menstruating
                       this morning, and I had some
                       difficulty inserting the tampon.
                           (off his disgusted look)
                       What? It's a natural process. You
                       know, I could conceive, carry and
                       birth a child right now.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Big deal.    You won't.
          
                                 MALEE
                       But I could. That's what matters.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       The twins said, they'd meet us at
                       the spot.
          
          Leonard gets on his bike.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Wanna race?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Nah, I'm good.
          
          INT. TREE HOUSE - LATER
          
          Jacob wipes at his head wound, frightened.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Maybe I should have mom look at it.
          
                                  RUDY
                       If you didn't have that damn mask
                       on, you'd have seen it coming. Our
                       birthday comes once a year, and you
                       ask for a hockey mask. You don't
                       even play.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Jason from "Friday the 13th" wears
                       one. He's bad ass.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     5.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 RUDY
                       Exactly. Jason wouldn't run home
                       `cause of a little blood. He'd get
                       back up, decapitate his victim and
                       move on.
          
          Jacob looks out the makeshift window in the wall.
          
                                 JACOB
                       You think Jeff and Kenny will come
                       back?
          
                                 RUDY
                       I dropped piss on their heads.    I'd
                       say the odds are pretty good.
          
                                 MALEE (O.S.)
                       You did what?
          
          Rudy and Jacob turn to find Malee and Leonard, entering the
          tree house.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Jeff and Kenny were here. I dumped
                       the piss I've been saving on their
                       heads.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Why were you saving piss?
          
                                 RUDY
                       Just incase. Pretty smart, huh?
          
                                  JACOB
                       No, it's stupid cause now they're
                       gonna come back here and kick all
                       our asses.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Don't be such a pussy.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Yeah, I could probably take them
                       both myself.
          
                                 RUDY
                       What are you gonna do, Leonard, eat
                       them?
          
                                 JACOB
                       All I'm saying is, who cares if
                       they tear it down.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    6.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              RUDY
                    This is OUR place. We've been
                    coming here since we were seven.
          
                              JACOB
                    Nothing lasts forever.
          
                              RUDY
                    You're such a butt-munch.
          
          Rudy pushes Jacob.   Jacob pushes back.   The two start
          fighting.
          
                              MALEE
                    You guys, it's your birthday.
                    Could you try and get along?
          
          Off the boy's fighting -
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - LATER THAT AFTERNOON
          
          Yacco sits across from DEBBIE POOLE (42), housewife,
          conservatively dressed.
          
                              DEBBIE
                    I don't think therapy is helping.
          
                               YACCO
                    Why do you say that?   Are you still
                    "cutting"?
          
          Embarrassed, Maggie lifts up her shirt sleeve. We see that
          her arm is covered with cuts. Dried blood is everywhere.
          Yacco is horrified by the sight.
          
                              YACCO (cont'd)
                    Oh, Debbie.
          
                              DEBBIE
                    It feels much better than it looks.
                    Really.
          
          Suddenly, Malee bursts into her mother's office.
          
                              MALEE
                    Ma, I... Oops.
          
                              YACCO
                    Malee, out. Now.
          
                                 MALEE
                    I'm sorry.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       7.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Malee quickly exits the office.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Excuse me for a moment.
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - RECEPTION AREA - CONTINUOUS
          
          Yacco enters the reception area.       She is obviously angry.
          
                                 YACCO
                       I told you a 100 times to knock.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I said, I was sorry.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Why aren't you with the boys?
          
                                 MALEE
                       Rudy and Jacob went for pizza with
                       their parents.
          
          Yacco crosses to a desk and removes a FLUTE from a drawer.
          
                                 YACCO
                       I found this in the backseat of my
                       car this morning. Do you know how
                       much flutes cost?   Go outside, sit
                       on the front steps and practice.
          
                                   MALEE
                       But, mom.
          
                                   YACCO
                       Now!
          
          Angered, Malee grabs the flute and exits.
          
          EXT. FRONT OF YACCO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee drops on the stoop like a ton of bricks.      After a beat,
          she reluctantly begins playing her flute.
          
          A few pedestrians stop to listen.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Keep it moving. This ain't a show.
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
          
          Rudy and Jacob stare into the camera with big grins.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     8.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 RUDY/JACOB
                       Cheese!
          
          VFX: CAMERA FLASH
          
          The boys relax their poses as ASHLEY and JIM CARGES (30's),
          enter the shot. Ashley puts her camera down on the table and
          picks up a large PRESENT.
          
                                 JIM
                       Okay, you got your small gifts this
                       morning. Now for the big ones.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       This one is Rudy's.
          
          Rudy rips into the present, revealing a SONY PLAY STATION.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Sony play station! Oh my God!      Oh
                       my God! Yes! Too cool!
          
                                 JIM
                       Since neither of you wanted a party
                       this year, we were able to splurge.
          
          Ashley removes an ENVELOPE from her purse. She hands it to
          Jacob. His enthusiasm suddenly turns to worry.
          
                                 JACOB
                       What is it?
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       Only one way to find out.
          
          Jacob removes a colorful PAMPHLET from the envelope.
          
                                 JIM
                       Go ahead, read it.
          
                                 JACOB
                       "Plastic Surgery.     Isn't it about
                       time?"
                           (horrified)
                       I don't get it.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       Your father and I are going to pay
                       to have your birthmark removed.
          
                                 JIM
                       Isn't that great.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  9.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              JACOB
                    You got me surgery for my birthday?
          
                              JIM
                    Not just one.     A series of them.
          
                              RUDY
                        (overcompensating)
                    Cool.
          
                              JACOB
                    It's not "cool".    It totally sucks!
          
          Jacob drops the envelope, walks from the room.
          
                               JIM
                    Jacob?
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOUSE - BOY'S BEDROOM - LATER
          
          Rudy enters the darkened room and crosses over to Jacob, who
          has his face planted in his pillow. Jacob has been crying.
          
                              RUDY
                    Don't sweat it. You can borrow my
                    play station anytime you want.
          
                              JACOB
                    This isn't about the play station.
                    It's about this thing on my face.
                    Everybody hates it.
          
                               RUDY
                    I don't.
          
                               JACOB
                    Who cares what you think? You're
                    the reason for all of this.
                    Perfect you with your perfect skin.
                    There to show the world what I'm
                    supposed to look like.
                        (beat)
                    You know, sometimes I just wish I
                    wasn't your twin.
          
                              RUDY
                    Screw you! Know what, I take it
                    back, you can't use my play
                    station.
          
          Rudy exits the room, slamming the door after him.
          
                                                                  10.
          
          
          
          EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - NEXT DAY
          
          It's your typical fourth of July block party. Families crowd
          the streets with BBQ GRILLS, cotton candy and beer. Children
          ride their bicycles, which are adorned with streamers,
          balloons and noise makers.
          
          Off to the side, Malee and Jacob sit, eating SNOW CONES.
          
          EXT. STREET - SAME TIME
          
          Jim Carges tends to some burgers on his grill.   GABE ARTUNION
          (40), real estate agent, approaches.
          
                                GABE
                    30 acres.
          
                              JIM
                    I already told you, Gabe, I'm not
                    selling that land. Not 30 acres
                    not five.
          
                              GABE
                    I'm willing to pay top dollar.
          
                              JIM
                    I'm not gonna let you tear down
                    those woods, so you can stack
                    twenty houses right on top of each
                    other.
          
                              GABE
                    I'm gonna write down a number.
          
                              JIM
                    No! My kids... hell, your kids
                    play in those woods all the time.
                    You can't put a price on that.
          
          Gabe writes down a number and hands it to Jim.
          
                              GABE
                    I believe I can.
          
          Jim looks at the figure and his eyes go wide.
          
          EXT. STREET - LATER
          
          A line of PICNIC TABLES surround nearby GRILLS. Leonard's
          family minus Leonard sit, eating as if there's no tomorrow.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    11.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 SOCCER MOM # 1 (O.S.)
                       Look at them. So unhealthy.
          
          ON TWO SOCCER MOMS, watching Leonard's family eat.
          
                                 SOCCER MOM # 1 (cont'd)
                       You know, Grace can barely walk
                       because of her weight.
          
                                 SOCCER MOM # 2
                       Where do you think she finds
                       clothes big enough to fit?
          
          The two woman walk off. As they disperse, we see LEONARD,
          standing behind them. He has heard every word.
          
          Hurt, Leonard looks down at his own plate, which overflows
          with food. He feels embarrassed and disgusted.
          
          Patrick rises and crosses over to the buffet table.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Good eating, huh son?
          
          Patrick grabs the ladle and begins to fill up his plate.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Maybe you shouldn't have seconds,
                       Dad, you know?
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Who are you, Richard Simmons?
                       C'mon, enjoy the day.
          
          He walks off with his food. Leanard looks down at the food,
          shrugs, then helps himself to a heaping porion.
          
          EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE STREET - DUSK
          
          RUDY straddles his bike while watching a group of 8-year-
          olds, having a water balloon fight. Jealous, he
          reminiscences to a time when he was one of those kids.
          
                                 KENNY
                           (o.s. )
                       Me and Jeff are gonna pay that tree
                       house of yours a little visit
                       tonight.
          
          Rudy spins around to find Kenny, standing at his side.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      12.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY (cont'd)
                       When we're through, it'll be a pile
                       of scrap.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Why don't you take your smelly ass
                       back to the trailer park?
          
                                 KENNY
                       Free country, asshole.
          
                                 RUDY
                       You got nothing better to do than
                       pick on us all the time?
          
                                 KENNY
                       I did until yesterday.
          
                                 RUDY
                       I thought you liked "golden
                       showers". Oh no, that was your
                       mother.
          
          Kenny pushes Rudy to the ground and then jumps on top of him.
          Rudy struggles to get free, but he's overpowered. A crowd of
          kids surround them, chanting, "FIGHT, FIGHT".
          
          Jeff hocks a phlegm wad onto Rudy's face. Rudy screams as
          the stream of saliva, drips across his nose and onto his lip.
          
                                 NEIGHBORHOOD FATHER (O.S.)
                       What's going on over there?
          
          Kenny looks up and sees a neighborhood parent coming over.
          
                                 KENNY
                       I'll finish this tonight!
          
          Kenny pushes Rudy down once more and runs off.      Rudy slowly
          rises, wiping the saliva from his face.
          
          EXT. VACANT LOT - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          The entire neighborhood has descended upon a VACANT LOT.
          They are awaiting the annual, fireworks display.
          
          We FIND Leonard, Jacob and Malee sitting on a large rock,
          which gives them a birds eye view of the crowd.
          
          Rudy runs over to the rock and climbs up top.
          
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       13.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 RUDY
                       Kenny showed up. He said, Jeff and
                       him are gonna tear the treehouse
                       down tonight. We gotta sneak out
                       and stop them.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Mom and Dad would kill us.
          
                                 RUDY
                       We can't let him tear it down.
          
                                 JACOB
                       It's just a treehouse.
          
                                 RUDY
                       No, it's not! You know what, you
                       suck. I'm going. Leonard, you in?
          
                                 JACOB
                       You don't have to go if you don't
                       want to.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Don't listen to him.     He's a pussy.
          
          Leonard looks between Jacob and Malee.
          
                                  LEONARD
                       I'll go.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Finally, someone with balls.
          
          Insulted, Jacob slides off the rock and walks away.       Malee
          follows.
          
                                 RUDY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Let them go.
          
          The fireworks display begins.       As they turn to watch it...
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOME - BOY'S BEDROOM - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
          
          We SCAN the room and come to a set of BUNK BEDS.
          
          SFX: ELECTRIC WATCH ALARM
          
          A body in the top bunk sits up and turns on a small bed
          light. Reveal, it's RUDY. Rudy grabs his watch from the
          post and silences the alarm. Jacob sits up in bed.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                         14.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 JACOB
                       Rudy.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Unless you're coming with me, I
                       don't want to hear it.
          
          Jacob lies back in bed, silent. Rudy jumps off the top bunk,
          gets dressed and grabs a BASEBALL BAT. Before leaving, Rudy
          looks back at Jacob and shakes his head, disappointed.
          
                                  RUDY (cont'd)
                       You know, you can't be a pussy all
                       your life.
          
                                 JACOB
                       What?
          
                                 RUDY
                       Jeff and Kenny pick on you all the
                       time, and you don't do shit.
          
                                 JACOB
                       It's my problem.
          
                                 RUDY
                       No, it's mine too. Cause we're
                       brothers. That's what brothers do.
                       They fight for each other, kill for
                       each other, die for each other.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I don't feel that way.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Cause you're a pussy. So stay
                       home, keep your head under the
                       blankets. I'm gonna fight.
          
          With that, Rudy disappears out the window.
          
                                                        FADE TO BLACK:
          
          DARKNESS... SFX: CREAKING DOOR. A FLASHLIGHT illuminates the
          location. We are...
          
          INT. TREEHOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Leonard and Rudy enter with the help of a flashlight.
          
          Leonard reaches inside his backpack and removes a number of
          SNACK CAKES from his backpack.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  15.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                           (re: snack cakes)
                       Some provisions.
          
                                 RUDY
                       We're only gonna be here a couple
                       of hours.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       When two o'clock rolls around,
                       you'll be begging for one of these.
          
          Rudy shakes his head, removes his BAT from his backpack.
          
                                 LEONARD (cont'd)
                           (re: baseball bat)
                       I didn't bring my glove.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Moron, the bat is for Jeff and
                       Kenny. You know, to scare them a
                       little.
          
          He swings it hard.
          
                                 RUDY (cont'd)
                       Maybe it's best if we don't talk.
                       Just listen. Listen for them, and
                       don't fall asleep.
          
                                  LEONARD
                       I'm wide awake. I could stay up
                       all night.
          
          EST. EXT. WOODS - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          The treehouse is illuminated by the full moon, which rests in
          the sky above. The thunderous sound of a million crickets
          fills the air.
          
          INT. TREEHOUSE - CONTINUOUS
          
          Both boys lie asleep. A mosquito flies in through the window
          and buzzes past Leonard's ear. He haphazardly swipes at it
          in his sleep, wakes himself up.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Oh, shit.
          
          Rudy jumps awake.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     16.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 RUDY
                       What... What is it?    They here?
          
                                    LEONARD
                       No.
          
          Leonard rises, picks up his bag and opens the TRAP DOOR in
          the floor. He is about to exit.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Where you going?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       They're not gonna show up, I'm
                       goin' home. It's three o'clock-
          
          Suddenly, a FLAMING COCKTAIL comes flying through the window.
          It hits Rudy in the head, explodes and engulfs him in flames.
          
          EXT. TREEHOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Jeff and Kenny stand a few yards away from the treehouse.
          Both laugh at the sight of the flames inside.
          
                                    KENNY
                       Now yours.     And aim for the window.
          
          Jeff lights his COCKTAIL. It misses the window and smashes
          into the side of the tree house.
          
                                 KENNY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Ha ha, you suck.
          
          Jeff and Kenny hear Leonard and Rudy screaming from inside.
          
                                 JEFF
                       You hear that?
          
          INT. TREEHOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Rudy, now covered in flames, rolls on the floor, screaming.
          
                                 RUDY
                       Put it out! Put it out!
          
          Leonard struggles to put out the flames with his backpack,
          but it's of no use. He spins around and finds the wall
          behind him, engulfed with flames. He screams, terrified.
          
          EXT. TREEHOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Jeff and Kenny are frantic.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    17.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 JEFF
                       They're in there!   They're in
                       there!
          
          Jeff turns around and runs back home through the woods.
          
          INT. TREEHOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          Leonard backs away from Rudy. Unfortunately, he doesn't
          realize that the door in the floor is open.
          
          EXT. TREEHOUSE - SAME TIME
          
          We watch over Kenny's shoulder as Leonard falls from the
          treehouse, smacks his head on the tree trunk and comes to a
          crash upon some rocks. Kenny runs over and finds Leonard
          unconscious.
          
                                  KENNY
                       Wake up!   Wake up, kid!
          
          Off the treehouse, which is now a towering inferno -
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOUSE - PARENT'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Ashley jumps up from a deep sleep. There is terror on her
          face. She rushes over to her DESK and turns on the LAMP.
          Ken is awakened by her.
          
                                   JIM
                       Ashley?    What is it?
          
                                  ASHLEY
                       I forgot to deposit your paycheck
                       last week.
          
                                 JIM
                       But I already wrote some checks.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       I know. With the cookout and
                       everything, I forgot. I'll deposit
                       it tomorrow. The holiday should
                       buy us an extra day.
          
                                 JIM
                       Write yourself a note so you don't
                       forget again.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       I just did.
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      18.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Ashley turns off the desk lamp and returns to bed.
          
                                   ASHLEY (cont'd)
                       Goodnite.
          
                                                     FADE TO BLACK:
          
          SFX OVER BLACK : TELEPHONE RINGING
          
          FADE IN:
          
          EXT. GRAVEYARD - WEEKS LATER - AFTERNOON
          
          ON JIM and ASHLEY, watching Rudy's casket as it is lowered
          into the ground. The once spirited, couple now looks tired
          and pained. They are accompanied by a number of mourners.
          
                                 PRIEST
                       Rest in piece, Rudolph Eugene
                       Carges. May God hold you in the
                       palm of his hand.
          
          Jacob stands beside his parents. Tears stream from his eyes,
          across his birthmark and off his chin. So stricken with
          grief, Jacob barely has to energy to wipe the tears away.
          
          We continue on through the crowd and find Malee. Embarrassed
          by the tears, she brings a black veil down over her face.
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - LATER THAT DAY
          
          Malee enters, still wearing the veil. She crosses to the
          couch and sits beside A PATIENT, GUS MAITLAND (30), long
          haired, hippi-type with a moustache and beard. Gus eyes
          Malee, intrigued.
          
                                 GUS
                       Friend or family?
          
                                   MALEE
                       Huh?
          
                                 GUS
                       The person who died.
          
                                   MALEE
                       Friend.
          
                                 GUS
                       I'm sorry. You'll like Dr. Chung.
                       This is only my second session, but
                       she's good.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    19.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 MALEE
                       I'm not a patient.     I'm her
                       daughter.
          
          Malee lifts her veil and looks at Gus.
          
                                    GUS
                       Oh.     I can see the resemblance.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Are you trying to make me sick?
          
          Gus shoots Malee a look just as Yacco exits her office.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Mr. Maitland?
          
          Gus rises and enters the office.
          
                                 YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       I'll be with you in a second.
          
          Yacco crosses to Malee and sits beside her.
          
                                 YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       So, how was it?
          
                                 MALEE
                       It was a funeral, Mom.     How do you
                       think it was?
          
                                 YACCO
                       I'm sorry I couldn't make it. Let
                       Rudy's parents know I'm available
                       if they need to talk. I won't
                       charge for the sessions.
          
          Malee looks to Yacco, stunned by her comment.
          
                                 YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       You know, it's okay to cry.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I know it's okay to cry. I don't
                       need you to tell me, it's okay to
                       cry. If I want to cry, I'll cry.
          
                                    YACCO
                       Okay.
          
          Yacco re-enters her office.       A beat.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    20.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Malee starts to cry.
          
          EXT. JACOB'S HOME - LATER THAT AFTERNOON
          
          Cars fill the driveway and line the street in front of
          Jacob's house.
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOME - LIVING ROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Mourners stand in small groups, engaged in hushed
          conversations. Jim sits in his recliner, crying.
          
          INT. TWIN'S HOME - KITCHEN - SAME TIME
          
          A number of MOTHERS watch as Ashley obsessively prepares a
          platter of deviled eggs. Concerned, one of them crosses over
          to her.
          
                               MOTHER
                    Ashley, there's more than enough
                    food here.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    No, Rudy loved my deviled eggs.
                    It's right that I make them.
                    Where's the paprika?
          
          Ashley opens up her cupboards in search of the paprika.
          
                              ASHLEY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Jesus, you put something down, and
                    it disappears.
          
          Now angry, Ashley starts throwing objects out of the
          cupboards, haphazardly.
          
                                 MOTHER # 1
                    Ashley.
          
          Ashley slams her cupboard doors shut. She looks around and
          spots the GARBAGE PAIL across the kitchen.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    Maybe I threw it out.
          
          Ashley crosses to the garbage. She lifts it upside down and
          dumps the trash all over the floor. Ashley gets on her knees
          and starts searching.
          
          The other women look to each other, uncomfortable.     Mother #
          1 kneels down beside her.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     21.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                    MOTHER # 1
                       Ashley.
          
          Ashley ignores her. Mother # 1 grabs Ashley's hands and
          looks her in the eye.
          
                                    ASHLEY
                       It's okay.
          
          Ashley stops cold.     The grief and heartache hit once again.
          
                                 ASHLEY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Not my baby! Please God not my son!
          
          The mothers collectively drop to the floor and surround
          Ashley in an attempt to comfort her. They give no care to
          the pile of garbage they now sit in.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOSPITAL ROOM - LATER THAT DAY
          
          Leonard lies in a bed, staring out the window. There is a
          BANDAGE wrapped around his forehead. Patrick sits beside him
          in a chair.
          
          Grace enters, carrying bags of MCDONALD'S food with her.
          
                                 GRACE
                       This hospital is a nightmare. The
                       elevator is never there when you
                       need it.
          
          Patrick crosses over to the food and grabs his lunch.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Where are the girls?
          
                                 GRACE
                       Haley took Sara up to the maternity
                       ward.
          
          Grace crosses over to Leonard.
          
                                 GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       How are you feeling?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       My head hurts.
          
                                 GRACE
                       You're lucky you didn't get killed.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 22.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I told you, I'm sorry.
          
                                 GRACE
                       You try being awakened at four
                       o'clock in the morning by the
                       police saying, they have your son,
                       he's unconscious and on his way to
                       the hospital. I've never been so
                       scared in my life. And poor Rudy.
          
          Leonard starts crying.
          
                                   GRACE (cont'd)
                       What?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       My best friend is dead!
          
          Grace hands Leonard a double cheeseburger.
          
                                   GRACE
                       Eat this.    It'll make you feel
                       better.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm not hungry. Besides, I can't
                       taste anything anyway.
          
                                 GRACE
                       Hospital food is always bland.
                       This has flavor.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       No, it's because of my condition.
                       I can't taste or smell anything
                       anymore.
          
                                 GRACE
                       What are you saying, condition?
                       What condition?
          
                                 LEONARD
                           (shrugs)
                       My condition.
          
          INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Patrick and Grace sit across from the DOCTOR (50's).
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                             23.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       Leonard has a condition.    It's
                       called Anosmia.
          
                                    GRACE
                       Oh my God!     Is it serious?
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       No. Anosmia is when a person
                       looses their sense of smell. It's
                       not uncommon in patients who suffer
                       serious head injuries.
                       Unfortunately, it's also affecting
                       his ability to taste. Again, not
                       uncommon.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Is it permanent?
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       Depends on the patient.
          
                                 GRACE
                       What do we do? He can't eat.
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       He can eat. He just can't taste
                       what he's eating.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       What she means is, he won't eat.
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       Leonard's association with food is
                       no longer about taste. It's about
                       texture. While we may be partial
                       to sweet or salty foods, Leonard
                       will become partial to crunchy or
                       smooth ones. Once he settles on a
                       texture he likes, his appetite will
                       increase.
          
                                 GRACE
                       I can't believe this is happening.
          
                                 DOCTOR
                       Considering what Leonard could have
                       suffered, he's lucky. Besides, he
                       is severely overweight. A loss of
                       appetite may be a benefit.
          
          Grace and Patrick shoot him a look of death.
          
                                                                  24.
          
          
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOSPITAL ROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Leonard lies in bed, staring out the window. A NURSE (40)
          enters and crosses over to his bedside table.
          
                              NURSE
                    How'd we do?
          
          The nurse sees that Leonard has barely touched his food.
          
                              NURSE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    You have to eat something. It may
                    not be gourmet, but you don't look
                    that finicky.
          
                              LEONARD
                    This stuff feels like shit in my
                    mouth.
          
                              NURSE
                    It's macaroni and cheese.
          
                              LEONARD
                    It feels gross. Like there's a
                    film on my tongue.
          
          The nurse grabs the tray of food. She removes an untouched
          apple and places it in Leonard's hand.
          
                              LEONARD (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    I don't like apples.
          
                              NURSE
                    So, you can't taste it, right?
                    Maybe you'll like the crunch.
          
          The nurse exits. Leonard eyes the apple in his hand. A
          beat. He reluctantly takes a bite. The apple makes a loud
          CRUNCH. Leonard starts chewing. After a few seconds, a
          smile comes to his face. He likes it.
          
          INT. JACOB'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Jacob lies in bed, holding Rudy's old baseball GLOVE. He
          brings the glove to his nose, and a flood of old memories
          come back to him.
          
          Jacob rises, crosses over to the closet and removes a metal
          LOCK BOX. He selects 666 for the combination and the box
          opens. Jacob removes the contents; baseball cards, some
          firecrackers, a few ticket stubs and a PHOTOGRAPH of he and
          Rudy at age 5. He can't help but smile.
          
                                                                      25.
          
          
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - LIVING ROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Gabe Artunian crosses over to Jim.
          
                              GABE
                    I'm leaving, Jim.    Again, so sorry.
          
          As Gabe turns to leave.
          
                              JIM
                    Gabe, are you still interested in
                    buying the land? Because I accept
                    your offer.
          
                              GABE
                    This is hardly the time to talk
                    business.
          
                              JIM
                    Buy the woods, Gabe, please. Tear
                    them down and build. Build houses,
                    condos, a 7-11, I don't care. I
                    just don't want to recognize it
                    ever again.
          
          Off Gabe's look -
          
          SFX OVER SHOT: BUZZING CHAIN SAW
          
                                                      SMASH CUT TO:
          
          EXT. WOODS - THREE WEEKS LATER -AFTERNOON
          
          TIGHT ON a CHAIN SAW chopping down a tree.
          
          WIDEN to REVEAL a CONSTRUCTION CREW, tearing down the last of
          the woods. Rows and rows of STUMPS make it look like a
          graveyard for trees.
          
                                 MALEE (O.S.)
                    It's gone!     It's all gone!
          
          We FIND Malee and Jacob, straddling their bikes a few feet
          away from the site. Leonard is beside them on a scooter. He
          as a band-aid on his forehead.
          
                              MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    If Rudy was alive, he'd be freaking
                    out right now.
          
          Leonard shoots Malee a look.    She silences herself.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  26.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       You holding up alright, Jacob?
          
          Jacob shrugs.
          
                                 LEONARD (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       I'm sorry. I wish I could have
                       done something.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Jeff and Kenny were the ones that
                       started the fire. It was their
                       fault. Or maybe mine. I should of
                       been there.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You wouldn't have been able to do
                       anything. And it could have been
                       you who died.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I wish it was. You know the last
                       thing Rudy said to me? He said, I
                       can't be a pussy all my life. He
                       was right, I am. And Rudy might be
                       dead because of it.
          
                                  MALEE
                       Don't say that.
                           (beat)
                       Why don't you talk to your parents
                       about this?
          
                                 JACOB
                       They can't help me.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Give them time. It'll get better.
          
                                 JACOB
                       What if it doesn't? My dad hasn't
                       gone back to work yet. What if he
                       loses his job. We could lose our
                       house. I could be homeless.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Then you'll stay with me.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Or me.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 27.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              JACOB
                    We're best friends.    We...
          
          Suddenly, something catches Malee's attention off screen.
          It's GUS, standing beside a BULLDOZER.
          
                                 MALEE
                    Oh my God.
          
                                 JACOB
                    What?
          
                              MALEE
                    That guy. I like know him. He's
                    one of my mother's patients.
          
                                 LEONARD
                    So?
          
                               MALEE
                    I've never seen a patient of hers
                    actually out and about.
                        (beat)
                    Should we go over and say "hi"?
          
                              JACOB
                    I just want to get out of here.
          
          Leonard and Jacob start heading off.
          
          Malee stays for a beat, eyeing Gus as he removes his T-shirt
          and exposes his rock abs. She is obviously turned on.
          
                              LEONARD
                    You coming, Malee?
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - KITCHEN - LATER THAT AFTERNOON
          
          Leonard enters to find Grace, placing a casserole dish on the
          table. The table is filled with a cornucopia of food.
          
                              LEONARD
                    Are we having company?
          
                              GRACE
                    No, this is all for you. Your
                    favorites; fried chicken,
                    spaghetti, pizza, french fries, and
                    chocolate cheesecake for dessert.
                    I made everything extra spicy, so
                    you can taste it.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     28.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Ma, it doesn't matter how spicy the
                       food is.
          
                                 GRACE
                       So you're not even gonna try it?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm sure it's delicious.
          
                                    GRACE
                       Forget it.     Don't eat.
          
          Grace puts the plate of food into the sink.
          
                                 GRACE (cont'd)
                       You can't just eat apples all the
                       time.
          
                                    LEONARD
                       Why not?
          
                                 GRACE
                           (beat, searching)
                       It's unhealthy.
          
          Off Leonard's confusion -
          
          SFX OVER SHOT: SCHOOL BELL
          
          EXT. JEFFERSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - DAYS LATER - MORNING
          
          Students make their way inside for the first day of school.
          There is a sign out front, which reads: WELCOME BACK.
          
          INT. CLASSROOM - SAME TIME
          
          A TEACHER walks along the line of desks, showing students
          their assigned seats.
          
                                 TEACHER
                       Tommy Wallace.
          
          Tommy takes his seat.
          
                                 TEACHER (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Jacob Carges.
          
          Jacob takes his seat.
          
                                 TEACHER (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Rudy Carges.
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       29.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Jacob along with his classmates are shocked to discover that
          Rudy's name hasn't been removed from the attendance sheet.
          
          The teacher is unaware of the mistake.
          
                                 TEACHER (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Rudy Carges. Hello?
          
          Tommy looks to Jacob.       Since Rudy's not saying anything, he
          will.
          
                                 TOMMY
                       He's not in this class anymore.
          
                                 TEACHER
                       How do you know?
          
                                 JACOB
                       Cause he's dead.
          
                                 TEACHER
                       I realize being new at this school
                       puts me at a disadvantage, but
                       joking about a fellow classmate's
                       death is anything but funny, Mr....
          
          The teacher checks her attendance sheet.
          
                                    TEACHER (cont'd)
                       ...Carges.     Wait, are you...
          
                                 JACOB
                       I'm his brother. Was.     And I'm not
                       joking. He's dead.
          
          The teacher looks around at the other students, realizing
          Jacob is telling the truth.
          
                                 TEACHER
                       I'm so sorry. Wow, this is
                       awkward. Would you like the seat
                       left empty?
          
                                    JACOB
                       Why?
          
                                    TEACHER
                       In memory.
          
          Off Jacob's look -
          
                                                                   30.
          
          
          
          INT. SCHOOL GYMNASIUM - LATER THAT DAY
          
          COACH GILMORE (55), overweight, gym teacher, dressed in a
          jogging suit, snaps gum while addressing his students.
          
          The class of boys stand up against the wall.    Leonard is
          amongst them. His gym uniform barely fits.
          
                              COACH
                    Alright, ladies, welcome to gym.
                    We will be starting things off this
                    year with the United States
                    Standardized Fitness Test.
          
          The entire class groans.
          
                              COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    I'm sure you all remember it from
                    last year. I will be testing you
                    in a number of physical fitness
                    areas.
          
          As coach speaks, Leonard looks as if he's going to throw up.
          
                                                   SMASH CUT TO:
          
          ON CHIN UP BAR - MOMENTS LATER
          
          A STUDENT performs chin ups with great ease.
          
                              COACH (V.O.)
                    The state's requirement for upper
                    body strength is ten chin ups.
          
          The student finishes his run with a count of twelve.   He hops
          off the bar and crosses over to his classmates.
          
                              COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Leonard, you're up.
          
          Leonard crosses to the chin-up bar, grabs a hold of it and
          begins struggling to lift himself up. Unfortunately, he can
          only manage 1/8th of an inch. Leonard drops off the bar,
          exhausted.
          
                              COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    What are you doing, let's go!
          
                               LEONARD
                    That was as far as I could pull
                    myself up.
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            31.
          CONTINUED:
          
          A few students laugh.        Coach shakes his head, disgusted.
          
                                                            SMASH CUT TO:
          
          ON A STUDENT DOING SITUPS - LATER
          
          Coach stands over the boy, timing him with a stop watch.
          
                                 COACH
                       Ten seconds. You need forty to
                       pass.
          
          The student increases his speed.
          
                                     COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Time.   42.     Good job.
          
          The student rises off the mat and walks over to the other
          boys. Leonard enters frame and drops on the mat like a ton
          of bricks.
          
                                   COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                             (rolling his eyes)
                       Go!
          
          Leonard struggles to lift himself up but, he can't do it.
          
                                 COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Come on, son, fight it.
          
          Leonard's face turns red. He clenches his teeth.
          Unfortunately, due to the pressure he is exerting, he blows a
          loud fart. The gym erupts with laughter.
          
          EXT. SCHOOL GROUNDS - TRACK - LATER
          
          The coach and his students stand at the beginning of the
          track, waiting for Leonard to finish his laps.
          
          Leonard slowly walks over.           He is soaking wet and breathing
          heavy.
          
                                 COACH
                       23 minutes.
          
                                     LEONARD
                       Not bad.
          
                                 COACH
                       The goal was 8.
          
          The class can't help but laugh.
          
          
                                                                     (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    32.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Hit the showers.
          
          The class walks off.
          
                                 COACH (cont'd)
                       Not you Leonard.
          
          Leonard turns back and crosses over to the coach.
          
                                 COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Center. That's the position you'll
                       be playing in two years.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Football?
          
                                 COACH
                       You don't like football?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I love it. It's just I'll never
                       make the weight requirement. Pop
                       Warner league wouldn't let me play
                       for five years because of it.
          
                                 COACH
                       There's no weight requirement in
                       high school ball, son.
          
          The coach bends down and rifles through his GYM BAG.    He
          removes 2 books and hands them to Leonard.
          
                                 COACH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       These are your new bibles.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Books?
          
                                 COACH
                       One is on nutrition, the other
                       exercise. You do what they say,
                       and you can play for me once you
                       get to high school.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Thanks.
          
          Leonard begins walking back to the gym.    After a few steps,
          he stops and turns back.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 33.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              LEONARD (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Coach, why are you doing this for
                    me?
          
                              COACH
                    Because I've never seen a child so
                    out of shape in my life.
          
          INT. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - LATER THAT DAY
          
          The school BAND is on stage and playing a particularly
          horrendous rendition of the STAR SPANGLED BANNER. We FIND
          MALEE in the flute section, playing her heart out.
          
          The CONDUCTOR, MR. FARMER (40) overly energetic and dorky,
          waves his baton, silencing the band.
          
                              MR FARMER
                        (annoyed)
                    Did anyone practice over the
                    summer?
          
          The band sits silent.
          
                               MR. FARMER
                    Great. Well, we still have a fall
                    recital coming up. If anyone would
                    like to perform a solo, sign up on
                    the sheet outside my office. Class
                    dismissed.
          
          Off Malee, weighing the decision in her mind.
          
          INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Malee stands outside Mr. Farmer's office, staring at the SIGN
          UP SHEET on his door. After a beat, she lifts her pen to
          sign her name. Before she writes it, she stops, quickly
          turns around and walks away.
          
          After a beat, Malee returns to the sign up sheet and starts
          writing her name. Halfway through, she stops, scratches out
          her name and walks off.
          
          We remain on the sign up sheet. After a few seconds, Malee's
          hand enters the shot and writes in her name.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - DEN - EVENING
          
          Jacob enters to find Jim and Ashley fighting.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    34.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       No, they're wrong.    Call them back.
          
                                 JIM
                       Ashley, I talked to the lawyer.   He
                       wouldn't lie.
          
                                 JACOB
                       What's going on?
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       This is all your fault.
          
                                   JIM
                       Me?
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       If we had gone to the hearings like
                       I said, this wouldn't be happening.
          
                                 JIM
                       We agreed it would be too painful.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       You agreed.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Mom, what happened?
          
          Ashley turns to Jacob as if realizing his presence for the
          first time.
          
                                   ASHLEY
                       Tell him.    Tell your son.
          
                                 JIM
                       The boys who killed Rudy cut a
                       deal. They got a year in juvinile
                       hall and five years probation.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       A year. That's what your brother's
                       life is worth. A damn year!
          
                                 JIM
                       Ashley, calm down!
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       How can you be so unaffected by
                       this! How? Our son was murdered!
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     35.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                               JIM
                         (measured)
                     It was an accident, and the boys
                     are juveniles.
          
                               ASHLEY
                     So that makes it okay?
          
          Ashley storms out of the room. Jacob looks to his father,
          unnerved by the sight of his mother so upset.
          
          Jim just turns and walks into the living room.
          
                                                    FADE TO BLACK:
          
          SFX OVER BLACK: ALARM CLOCK
          
          FADE IN:
          
          INT. LEONARD'S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING
          
          Leonard awakens and silences the alarm.   He sits up in bed
          for a moment and comes to his senses.
          
          EXT. LEONARD'S HOME - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Dressed in a sweat suit and sneakers, Leonard sprints down
          the driveway and to the street. His sweat suit is so tight,
          Leonard looks like a stuffed sausage.
          
          With each step he takes, Leonard breathing becomes heavier
          and heavier. Sweat forms on his forehead and drips down his
          face.
          
          Within seconds, Leonard's pace tapers off. He struggles to
          continue but is so out of shape, stopping is inevitable.
          
          Leonard leans over, gasping for air. He looks back and
          realizes that he only ran about one hundred yards. In fact,
          his house is still in view.
          
          Leonard turns around and starts walking back home.    After a
          few steps, he stops and throws up.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAYS LATER - AFTERNOON
          
          Gus stands inside of a shallow ditch, digging out the roots
          of an old tree.
          
                               MALEE (O.S.)
                     Don't I know you?
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   36.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Gus turns and sees Malee behind him, holding a PICNIC BASKET.
          
                                 GUS
                       Dr. Chung's daughter.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You remembered. We were never
                       introduced. My name is Malee.
          
                                 GUS
                       Gus.
          
          They shake hands.
          
                                 GUS (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       What are you doing here?
          
                                 MALEE
                       I was in the mood for a picnic. I
                       thought this would be a nice place
                       to have one.
          
          Gus looks around, confused. This location is anything but
          picnic friendly. Bulldozers plough through the scene,
          blasting exhaust into the air. Men scream at each other.
          
                                 WORKER (O.S.)
                       Asshole, move your fucking truck!
          
                                 MALEE
                       Would you like to join me?   There's
                       plenty of food.
          
                                 GUS
                       I don't go to lunch for another ten
                       minutes.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I'll wait. Meet me by the cement
                       mixer when you're ready.
          
          Malee walks off. Gus watches as she makes her way through
          the construction site.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - ANOTHER AREA - TEN MINUTES LATER
          
          Gus and Malee sit on a checkered blanket, eating Chinese food
          with chopsticks. A large CEMENT MIXER stands behind them.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  37.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  GUS
                       The last time I saw you, you had
                       just come from a funeral. How are
                       you doing?
          
                                 MALEE
                       Okay. Death is like so weird. I
                       mean, it's sad, but I also feel
                       like I've been given this sign. A
                       sign which is telling me, life is
                       short, so you gotta do what makes
                       you happy. You gotta take chances.
                       You gotta get crazy.
          
                                 GUS
                       What are you doing to "get crazy"?
          
                                 MALEE
                       I play the flute.
          
                                 GUS
                           (laughs)
                       Yeah, that's totally nuts.
          
                                 MALEE
                       No, not that. See, every year my
                       school has this recital. I've
                       always been too scared to play a
                       solo in front of people, but this
                       year I've decided to do it.
          
                                 GUS
                       Good for you. When is it?
          
                                 MALEE
                       Why do you care?
          
                                 GUS
                       Cause I'm gonna go.
          
                                 MALEE
                       What? You can't go!    Nobody goes
                       to these things. I don't even
                       think my mom is going.
          
                                 GUS
                       You gotta have somebody rooting for
                       ya. Besides, I like music, and I
                       owe you for bringing me lunch.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      38.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              MALEE
                        (laughs, embarrassed)
                    Okay. Tuesday at 8:30 in the
                    junior high school auditorium.
          
                              GUS
                    I'll be there.
          
                              MALEE
                        (vulnerable)
                    Don't say it if you don't mean it.
          
                              GUS
                    I'll be there.      Front row.
          
          Malee smiles.    She's got a major crush on Gus now.
          
                                                     CUT TO:
          
          TIGHT ON TV: VIDEO GAME - HALO. Two soldiers fire at each
          other with supersonic weapons. One soldier is particularly
          annihilated. GAME OVER appears.
          
          INT. CARGES LIVING ROOM. DAY
          
          REVEAL Jacob and Leonard in front of the TV. Malee off to the
          side, reading a book.
          
                              LEONARD
                    I can't believe how much you suck
                    at this game.
          
          Jacob throws his remote down.
          
                              LEONARD (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    You wanna play again?
          
                                JACOB
                    No.
          
          The boys sit in silence for a beat.
          
                              LEONARD
                    You wanna shoot some hoops?
          
                                JACOB
                    No.
                        (beat)
                    The sentencing thing totally upset
                    my mom. She was up half the night,
                    crying.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    39.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Malee closes her book, looks over at Leanord.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I can't believe it either. A year
                       ain't shit! Rudy is dead forever.
          
                                  JACOB
                       I want them dead. I want to kill
                       them. I could handle a year in
                       Juvy hall.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Whoa, what those guys did was an
                       accident. If you were to kill
                       them, it's premedicated. You'd get
                       20 years to life at least.
          
                                 JACOB
                       So I'm just supposed to sit here
                       and take it? Be like you guys.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       What is that supposed to mean?
          
                                 JACOB
                       You seem to have gone on with life
                       pretty easily. Don't you miss him?
                       Don't you care?
          
                                 MALEE
                       It's not that we don't care.     It's
                       just...
          
                                 JACOB
                       Life goes on.
          
                                 MALEE
                       It does. You have to deal with it.
                       If you don't, it could like eat you
                       alive forever. 90 percent of
                       people's problems is due to their
                       inability to get over the past.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       How do you know?
          
                                 MALEE
                       My mom tells that to all her
                       patients. I've eavesdropped on
                       some of her therapy sessions.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  40.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              LEONARD
                    That's awesome. Can I listen in
                    sometime?
          
                              MALEE
                    No. Anyway, she says, if a person
                    wants closure, they gotta deal with
                    their problems head on. Go see
                    these guys and let them know how
                    you feel.
          
                              JACOB
                    I don't think my parents would be
                    up for that.
          
                              MALEE
                    Go alone. Juvy hall is only like
                    forty minutes from here. Take the
                    bus.
          
          Off Jacob, thinking-
          
          INT. JACOB'S PARENT'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT AFTERNOON
          
          The bedroom door slowly opens. Jacob peeks his head inside
          the darkened room and quietly enters. He tip toes over to
          his parent's bed. Ashley lies asleep, wrapped up in a bundle
          of blankets.
          
          Jacob crosses to her night stand and opens the top drawer.
          He removes her purse, unzips it and steals some cash, which
          totals around 60 dollars.
          
          INT. CARGES LIVING ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Jim sits in his chair, staring off into space.   Jacob enters
          and crosses to the front door.
          
                                 JACOB
                    Bye, Dad.
          
          EXT. BUS STATION - MOMENTS LATER
          
          With the help of the BUS DRIVER, Jacob loads his bike into
          the luggage compartment underneath the bus. Then he hands
          the driver a ticket and boards.
          
          Jacob takes a seat up front. After a few moments, the driver
          boards, starts the engine and drives off.
          
                                                                 41.
          
          
          
          INT. JUVINILE HALL - CONVERSATION BOOTH - LATER
          
          Jacob and Kenny sit, staring at each other through a plate of
          glass. Kenny picks up the ONE WAY PHONE. Jacob does also.
          
                              JACOB
                    Where's Jeff?
          
                                 KENNY
                    He's sick.     I think he...
          
                              JACOB
                        (interrupting)
                    I hate you. You know that?     You
                    bastard.
          
                              KENNY
                    Rudy knew we were going to be
                    there. He never should have come.
                    You want the truth, all this
                    happened cause of you.
          
                                 JACOB
                    Me?
          
                              KENNY
                    Yeah, you deformed retard! The
                    only reason we started picking on
                    you guys in the first place was
                    because of that thing on your face.
          
                              JACOB
                    Every night, I lie in bed and plan
                    your murder.
          
                              KENNY
                    I'm shaking.
          
                              JACOB
                    First I'm going to take a kitchen
                    knife and chop off your fingers
                    then your nose then your tongue.
                    Then I'm gonna poke out your eyes
                    with the end of a broomstick.
                    Well, not really poke them out, but
                    I'm gonna push them back into your
                    brain. Then I'm gonna take
                    scissors and cut off your ears.
                    When they find you, it's gonna be
                    like putting a jigsaw puzzle back
                    together.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    42.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY
                       If you kill me, you come here.
          
                                JACOB
                       So? What do I have to look forward
                       to? You've already destroyed my
                       life.
          
                                 KENNY
                       What happened was an accident.
          
                                 JACOB
                       There are no accidents. You're
                       gonna pay for what you did. And
                       it's gonna hurt like hell.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Leonard sits, reading through nutritional manuals.
          
          We see that he is writing things down on a piece of paper.
          The words written are: Sugar, corn syrup, salt, gum.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - HALLWAY/KITCHEN - LATER
          
          Grace walks through the hallway half asleep. She enters the
          kitchen and finds Leonard, sitting on the floor, surrounded
          by boxes of food. All of the kitchen cupboards are open and
          packages line the counter tops.
          
                                 GRACE
                       What the hell is this?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm reading the list of ingredients
                       in our foods.
          
                                 GRACE
                       Why?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Research. Do you know the damage
                       these chemicals can do to the human
                       body?
          
                                 GRACE
                       Leonard, put everything back.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       This is serious. You can't keep
                       buying this crap. Don't you care
                       that you're ingesting garbage?
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  43.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GRACE
                       Just put everything back and go to
                       sleep.
          
          Off Leonard's look -
          
          EXT. STREET - NEXT DAY - AFTERNOON
          
          Malee is riding her bike on the sidewalk when she sees Gus,
          exit his car and enter her mother's office.
          
          INT. STAIRWELL/HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Malee runs up a flight of stairs. She gets off at the second
          floor and enters an open, unoccupied office.
          
          INT. UNOCCUPIED OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee runs over to the heating grate and puts her ear to it.
          
                                 YACCO (FROM BELOW)
                       How was your week?
          
                                 GUS (FROM BELOW)
                       Same. Still can't sleep. When I
                       do, nightmares.
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - SAME TIME
          
          Yacco and Gus sit across from each other.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Post traumatic stress is very
                       common in your line of work. Many
                       fire fighters go through this.
          
                                 GUS
                       Yeah. But why now? I haven't
                       fought fires in ten years.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Sometimes we experience something
                       so horrific, our memory blocks it
                       out. That way we won't have to
                       relive the pain. It's called
                       repression. Our bodies are not so
                       forgiving, however. Inside, we
                       feel the effects of trauma even
                       when we don't know why.
          
                                 GUS
                       What does that mean?
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   44.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 YACCO
                       Something stirred your unconscious.
                       If we find out what that was, we
                       can begin the healing process.
          
          Gus looks to her, confused.
          
                                 YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       You told me last week, the
                       nightmares started about the time
                       you moved here. Let's look at
                       that. Why did you move here?
          
                                 GUS
                       A friend was making good money with
                       construction. He got an offer to
                       build that extension off Lindsay
                       Acres. He suggested I come into
                       town and work for a while.
          
          INT. UPSTAIRS OFFICE -    SAME TIME
          
          Malee is on the edge of her seat, listening. We see that she
          has written the following words in her notebook: GUS -
          NIGHTMARES - FIRE.
          
                                 YACCO (FROM BELOW)
                       Are there any other reoccurring
                       elements in your dreams. Perhaps,
                       a face or...
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - SAME TIME
          
                                 GUS
                       "Light my Fire" is always playing.
          
                                 YACCO
                       What?
          
                                 GUS
                       Light my fire. The Doors song.
                           (singing)
                       "Da da something... wallow in the
                       mire... Da, da... we couldn't get
                       much higher. Come on baby light my
                       fire.
          
          Yacco stares at Gus.    He is suddenly self conscious.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Interesting.
          
                                                                  45.
          
          
          
          INT. UPSTAIRS OFFICE - SAME TIME
          
          Malee circles the words "Light My Fire" again and again and
          again.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAYS LATER - EVENING
          
          SFX: CLANGING POTS AND PANS, coming from downstairs.
          
          Jacob exits his room and goes to inspect the noise.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Jim stands on a chair, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards.
          
          Pots and pans line the counter tops, dishes cover the table
          and non perishable foods are spread out across the floor.
          
          Jacob enters and is taken aback by the sight of Jim standing
          on a chair and wearing an APRON and RUBBER GLOVES.
          
                                 JACOB
                    Dad?
          
                                 JIM
                    Jacob.
          
                                 JACOB
                    You okay?
          
                                 JIM
                    Fantastic.
          
          Jim rips the rubber gloves off with his teeth.
          
                              JIM (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    You know, for the past few weeks, I
                    sat in this house. I couldn't
                    move. Everything reminded me of
                    Rudy. Then from out of nowhere I
                    had a revelation. I am alive!
                    Your mother is alive! I became
                    overcome with joy because I
                    realized how lucky we are to still
                    have you.
          
                                 JACOB
                    Me?
          
                               JIM
                    Jacob.   I love you.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    46.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Jim grabs Jacob and hugs him tightly.    Jacob pulls away,
          unsettled and bit frightened.
          
                                 JIM (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                           (half crazed)
                       I went to work today. For the
                       first time in weeks. It was as if
                       I had just gotten out of college!
                       I was fearless! I went after
                       accounts I had avoided for years
                       because I thought they were out of
                       my league. I spoke to presidents,
                       vice presidents, business managers,
                       sales reps. I was amazing. I was
                       magic. But when I came home to
                       share the news with your mother, I
                       discovered her asleep. When I
                       looked around the house, I realized
                       that her "office", for lack of a
                       better word, was also piled up.
                       So, I took to the house. I have
                       made it my duty to clean this place
                       from top to bottom. Even if it
                       takes me all night, I don't care.
                       Jacob?
          
                                 JACOB
                           (frightened)
                       Yeah?
          
                                 JIM
                       Will you join me? Join me in this
                       celebration of life. A symbolic
                       gesture of cleaning out the old and
                       bringing in the new.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Do I have to?
          
                                 JIM
                           (thrown for a loop)
                       No, you don't have to.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Good night, Dad.
          
          Off Jim's look -
          
          EXT. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - DAYS LATER - NIGHT
          
          Parents and students file inside. A large SIGN above the
          door reads, JEFFERSON JUNIOR HIGH FALL RECITAL.
          
                                                                  47.
          
          
          
          INT. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - CONTINUOUS
          
          A packed audience listens to A GIRL (12), standing center
          stage and singing "The Rose". She is not nearly as good as
          she thinks she is, but she sings full throttle.
          
          We FIND Malee, sitting in the flute section and playing along
          with the rest of the orchestra. She looks to the front row,
          but Gus is no where to be found.
          
          The girl finishes her song, and the crowd politely applauds.
          
          Mr. Farmer crosses to the microphone.
          
                              MR. FARMER
                    I'm sure Bette Midler would be most
                    impressed with that rendition.
          
          The crowd laughs.   Mr. Farmer didn't mean for it to be a
          joke.
          
                              MR. FARMER (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Anyway, our next soloist is Malee
                    Chung. She will play the theme
                    from "Love Story" on the flute.
          
          The crowd applauds as Malee rises and crosses to the
          microphone.
          
                              MALEE
                    Thank you, Mr. Farmer.
          
          Malee spots Gus, walking down the aisle. He scurries into
          the front row and sits. Malee lights up.
          
                              MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    There's actually been a change.
                    I'm not going to play the theme
                    from "Love Story". Um... this is a
                    song...
          
          Mr. Farmer, waves to Malee from off stage.   Malee looks at
          him. Mr. Farmer mouths something to her.
          
                              MALEE (INTO MICROPHONE) (CONT'D)
                        (to Mr. Farmer)
                    What? I can't hear you?
          
          Mr. Farmer throws up his hands.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    48.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                   MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Anyway.    This is a song by The
                       Doors.
          
          At the mention of The Doors, Gus' smile instantly fades.    The
          coincidence is just too great.
          
          Malee starts to play "Light My Fire". She is good. Mr.
          Farmer and the audience seem pleased by her euphonious
          performance. Even Gus is won over. He appears entranced by
          the music.
          
          INT. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          The recital is over. Most of the audience has filed out. A
          few remain, offering their congratulations to the musicians.
          
          Malee stands with Leonard.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Where's Jacob?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Couldn't make it. He...
          
                                    GUS (O.S.)
                       Malee.
          
          Malee spots Gus, heading towards her.
          
                                    MALEE
                       Oh my God!     He's coming over.
          
                                    LEONARD
                       Who?
          
                                    MALEE
                       Shut up!     Leave now.
          
          Malee pushes Leonard behind her just as Gus approaches.
          
                                 GUS
                       You were awesome.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Really? Be honest. I'd rather you
                       tell me I sucked then lie.
          
                                 GUS
                       You were great.
          
          Leonard peeks around Malee's back.
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  49.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 MALEE
                       Excuse me for a second.
          
          Malee turns around and pinches Leonard.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Ow, ow, ow alright.    I'm going.
          
          Leonard walks off. Malee turns back around with a big smile
          on her face. She plays coy.
          
                                 MALEE
                       So you really enjoyed it?
          
                                GUS
                       Yeah. Good song.      What made you
                       pick it?
          
                                 MALEE
                           (covering)
                       Oh, uh... my mother was humming it
                       all last week. Big Doors fan.
          
                                  GUS
                       Really?   Is she here?
          
                                  MALEE
                       No.
          
                                 GUS
                       She missed out.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You're so sweet.
          
                                 GUS
                       Yeah well, I have to go, but thanks
                       again. I had a great time.
          
          Gus gives Malee an innocent kiss on the check and then walks
          off. Malee melts. She stands frozen, clutching onto her
          flute in ecstacy.
          
          EXT. STREET - MORNING
          
          With fire and determination, Leonard jogs. Unfortunately, he
          is quickly winded by the run. He bends over, gasping.
          
          SUPERIMPOSE SHOT OVER SHOT: Leonard appears, running past
          his old, weaker self. Stronger, he makes a few more yards
          and then is forced to stop.
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    50.
          CONTINUED:
          He leans over for air, and we SUPERIMPOSE another SHOT OVER
          SHOT of Leonard, weeks later, running past his weaker self.
          (This series of shots repeats a few more times, illustrating
          the progression of time and weight loss.)
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - STAIRCASE/KITCHEN - DAY
          
          Leonard runs up and down the stairs, sweating like crazy.
          
          Grace appears, watching him around the corner.     She shakes
          her head and then returns to the kitchen.
          
                                 GRACE
                       That boy is going to bring the
                       entire house down.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Let him be. He's looking good.
                       I'm proud of him.
          
                                 GRACE
                           (to the girls)
                       Girls, have you decided what you're
                       going to go as for Halloween?
          
                                 SARA
                       Either a witch or a princess.
          
                                 GRACE
                       That's nice. Haley?
          
                                 HALEY
                       I'm going to go as a marble.
          
                                 GRACE
                       What do you mean, a marble?
          
                                 HALEY
                       You know, like a bag of marbles,
                       but just one marble.
          
          INT. JUVY HALL - CONVERSATION BOOTHS - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          Jacob and Jeff sit across from each other on the phone. Jeff
          has two black eyes and a fat lip. He is crying profusely.
          Jacob doesn't appear at all sympathetic.
          
                                 JEFF
                       I'm really sorry, man.   I...
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  51.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 JACOB
                       You just think about what I said.
                       Get out of my sight. And send
                       Kenny in on your way out.
          
          Jeff rises and walks to a door, leading to the jail. A
          moment later, Kenny enters, looking pissed off. He sits
          across from Jacob and picks up the phone.
          
                                 KENNY
                       What did you say to him?
          
                                 JACOB
                       I thought you'd both like to know
                       that Halloween was Rudy's favorite
                       holiday.
          
          Jacob picks up some pictures and presses them against the
          glass.
          
                                 JACOB (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       These are pictures from every
                       single Halloween since we were
                       five. You see how happy he was?
          
                                  KENNY
                       Stop it.
          
                                 JACOB
                       After we'd go trick or treating,
                       we'd sit in our room and swap the
                       candy we hated. Rudy loved
                       Snickers, I Almond Joys.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Almond Joy sucks.
          
                                 JACOB
                       What sucks is that I'll never get
                       to sit in my room and swap candy
                       with my brother ever again. Thanks
                       to you.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Why are you doing this?
          
                                 JACOB
                       To remind you.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   52.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              KENNY
                    How could we forget? You been
                    coming here for months to "remind
                    us".
          
                              JACOB
                    No one is forcing you to talk to
                    me.
          
                              KENNY
                    Anything to get out of my cell.
          
                              JACOB
                    Is your cell small?
          
                              KENNY
                    Yes.
          
                              JACOB
                    So is a coffin.
          
                              KENNY
                    You're not the only one who wishes
                    he was still alive. I'd do
                    anything to bring him back, but I
                    can't. It's not easy being in
                    here. Hell, you saw Jeff.
          
                              JACOB
                    What happened to him?
          
                              KENNY
                    He pissed off the wrong guy off.
                    Jeff is totally fucked right now.
          
                              JACOB
                    Good.
          
                              KENNY
                    Don't come back here ever again.
          
                              JACOB
                    Free country. I'll come if I want.
          
                              KENNY
                    Don't expect me to show up.
          
          Kenny slams down the phone and exits.   Jacob smiles, having
          shaken him.
          
                                                                     53.
          
          
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - FRONT DOOR - THAT NIGHT
          
          Grace hands out candy to a few trick or treaters at her door.
          
                              GRACE
                    Be careful now.   Have a good night.
          
          INT. KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          
          Grace crosses to the kitchen table where Pat is doing a
          crossword puzzle.
          
                              GRACE
                    Kids keep coming later every year.
          
          SFX: FRONT DOOR, opening and closing.
          
          Haley and Sara storm into the kitchen in tears. Haley is
          dressed as a MARBLE, and Sara is dressed as a WITCH.
          
                              HALEY
                    I hate him! I hate him!
          
                                GRACE
                    Who?    What happened?
          
                              HALEY
                    Leonard! He threw away all our
                    Halloween candy.
          
                                GRACE/PATRICK
                    What?
          
                              SARA
                    He grabbed our bags and just threw
                    them down a gutter.
          
          Leonard enters.   Haley and Sara run out of the kitchen.
          
                              PATRICK
                    What the hell is going on? Why did
                    you throw away their candy?
          
                              LEONARD
                    Because their sugar intake is
                    completely unhealthy. Besides,
                    Halloween is supposed to be a
                    celebration of evil. How did candy
                    get wrapped into it?
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      54.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GRACE
                       I am going to ask you this once,
                       and I want a straight answer. Are
                       you in a cult?
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Grace!
          
                                 GRACE
                       This is what happens when kids join
                       cults. The first thing they change
                       is their diets.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm not in a cult. This is all
                       information you can find in books.
          
                                 GRACE
                       The issue here is that you have
                       stolen one of the most exciting
                       nights of the year from your
                       sisters.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       If anybody had done this to you
                       when you were a child, we never
                       would have heard the end of it.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I wish somebody had done it to me.
                       I wish either one of you had given
                       a shit about my weight.
          
          Leonard storms out of the kitchen.    Patrick and Grace are
          speechless.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Leonard lies on the floor, doing sit-ups.       He can actually do
          a few now. Patrick bursts into the room.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       I do not care for your language.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm only trying to help you guys.
          
          Leonard stops exercising.
          
                                 LEONARD (cont'd)
                       You're fat dad. Mom is fat.   Us
                       kids are fat.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  55.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 PATRICK
                       What's your point?
          
                                  LEONARD
                       Dad, you and mom are going to die
                       young if you keep eating as poorly
                       as you do.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       What is this obsession you have
                       with weight?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       The coach for Jefferson High is
                       also my gym teacher. He told me
                       that if I got into shape, I could
                       start as center for the Freshman
                       team when I get to high school.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Center is a great position.
                       Toughest guy on the field. A good
                       center can make or break a team.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I know.   That's why I'm trying so
                       hard to get into shape. You guys
                       should to. At the rate you're
                       going, you won't make it to your
                       60's.
          
                                  PATRICK
                       Look, Leonard. Your mom, to her, a
                       tasty meal is just a way of showing
                       she cares.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       She doesn't! Tonight she served
                       spaghetti and meatballs from a can.
                       The amount of sodium alone can
                       wreck havoc on a person's blood
                       pressure. Not to mention...
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Leonard, people just don't drop
                       dead from eating meatballs.
          
          Off Leonard's look -
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAYS LATER - AFTERNOON
          
          Malee hands Gus her bag of Halloween Candy.
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  56.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GUS
                       I can't take your Halloween candy.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You'll be doing me a favor.
                       Chocolate gives you zits. Besides,
                       if I want to keep this firm ass as
                       an adult, I gotta develop good
                       eating habits now.
          
                                 GUS
                           (uncomfortable)
                       Maybe just a snickers.
          
          Gus opens a snickers bar and starts eating.
          
                                 MALEE
                       So work is good?
          
                                 GUS
                       To be honest, I can't wait till
                       this job is finished. This place
                       is creepy. You know, a boy died
                       here like right before we started
                       working.
          
                                  MALEE
                       Rudy.   His name was Rudy.
          
                                 GUS
                       You knew him?
          
                                 MALEE
                       He was one of my best friends.
                       Remember that funeral I went to?
          
                                 GUS
                       That was him?
          
                                 MALEE
                       I thought you knew. Two boys threw
                       a flaming cocktail at him. Can you
                       imagine killing someone like that?
                       How evil can you get?
          
          Gus eyes Malee, completely unsettled.
          
          INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT
          
          Obviously drunk, Gus stumbles to his front door.   He fumbles
          for his keys and enters.
          
                                                                    57.
          
          
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - LATER
          
          Gus lies in bed with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a
          GUN in the other. Distraught and at the point of tears, Gus
          opens the chamber and loads the gun with a single bullet.
          
          Then he spins the chamber and locks it. Gus puts the gun to
          his head and fires. NOTHING. He throws the gun across the
          room, grabs the bottle of whiskey and drinks it till it's
          gone.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - KITCHEN - NEXT MORNING
          
          Ashley stands with a big smile on her face.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    Jeff Laskey is dead.
          
          Jim and Jacob look up, stunned.
          
                              JIM
                    What?
          
                              ASHLEY
                    He committed suicide in his jail
                    cell last night. Sally Yngve
                    called just now to tell me.
          
          Jim and Jacob sit, stunned. Their shock turns to intrigue as
          Ashley, appearing unaffected by the news, crosses to the
          kitchen table, opens a nearby box of donuts and begins
          eating. She is smiling.
          
                              JACOB
                    Why are you smiling?    A boy died.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    No, a monster that murdered my son
                    died. Justice is served; end of
                    story.
          
          Ashley crosses to the kitchen sink. She rolls up her sleeves
          and begins cleaning. Jim crosses over to her and they kiss
          as if nothing happened. Jacob is baffled by their behavior.
          
          INT. JUVY HALL - COMMUNICATION BOOTH - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Jacob and Kenny are on the phone together. Kenny looks gaunt
          and tired. Jeff's death has obviously affected him.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   58.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY
                       He used his bed sheet, waited until
                       lights out and then jumped.
          
                                 JACOB
                       That's terrible.
          
                                 KENNY
                       His cell mate let him hang there
                       the entire night.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I'm sorry, Kenny.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Like you even give a shit. I bet
                       when you heard, you started
                       dancing.
          
                                  JACOB
                       No.
          
                                 KENNY
                       I knew he wouldn't make it. It's
                       my fault too. Jeff wasn't a saint
                       when I met him, but he sure as hell
                       wasn't headed here.
                           (tearing up)
                       That fucking asshole!
          
          Kenny drops the phone and begins crying in his arms. Jacob
          watches through the glass, touched by Kenny's reaction.
          
          MUSIC OVER SHOT:    UPBEAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - LIVING ROOM - CHRISTMAS MORNING
          
          Jacob sits on the floor, surrounded by boxes and wrapping
          paper. Santa has obviously been good to him.
          
          Jim sits on the couch, drifting in and out of sleep.
          
          Ashley, dressed in her finest Christmas sweater, peruses the
          fireplace mantel and all of the decorations that line it.
          She is a drastically different woman than the last time we
          saw her. She looks upbeat and pretty.
          
                                  JACOB
                       An IPOD!   Sweet!
          
          Ashley looks at Jacob and smiles.    He has just unwrapped an
          IPOD.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    59.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       You like it?
          
                                    JACOB
                       I love it.     You guys went crazy
                       this year.
          
          Ashley smiles at her son. It's a bittersweet moment for her.
          
                                 JIM
                       I'm going to shower.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       Jim, Jacob still has one more
                       present.
          
                                 JIM
                       I thought we were going to wait.
          
                                 JACOB
                       No, do it now! Now!
          
          Ashley crosses to the couch and sits beside Jim.    They hold
          each others hands.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       After serious debate, your father
                       and I have decided... to adopt A
                       BABY!
          
                                    JACOB
                       What?
          
                                 JIM
                       We're gonna adopt a baby.
                       Hopefully a boy.
          
          Off Jacob's shock -
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - DINING ROOM       - DAY
          
          Leonard's extended    family sits at the kitchen table, eating
          Christmas dinner.     His extended family is just as overweight
          as his immediate.     Leonard barely touches his own plate, too
          disgusted to eat.     He rises.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       May I be excused?
          
          The entire family stops eating and turns to him.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     60.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GRACE
                       No!
          
          Leonard sits back down.    His family quickly resumes eating.
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - DEN - EVENING
          
          Malee does her homework, Yacoo flips through a fashion
          magazine.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Why do I have to do this? It's
                       Christmas break.
          
                                 YACCO
                       You'll be one step ahead in
                       January.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Just because you're an atheist, I
                       don't get to celebrate the
                       holidays.
          
          Yacco shoots Malee the look of death.
          
                                 MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Don't you find it hard not
                       believing in anything?
          
                                 YACCO
                       Malee.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I'm going for a bike ride.
          
                                 YACCO
                       There's a foot of snow outside.
          
                                 MALEE
                       The streets are ploughed. Besides,
                       I like looking at all the lights.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Be home in an hour. Be careful.
          
          EXT. 7-11 PARKING LOT - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Malee flips through a TELEPHONE BOOK.      She comes to Gus' name
          and rips out the page.
          
                                                                    61.
          
          
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT BUILDING - OUTSIDE HIS DOOR - LATER
          
          Malee knocks on Gus' door, but he doesn't answer. Then Malee
          spots a WELCOME MAT. She kicks it aside and discovers a
          SPARE KEY underneath.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee cautiously enters, shutting the door behind her. A
          beat. She allows the excitement to settle in. It's your
          typical bachelor pad. Stray beer bottles decorate every
          shelf and end table. Dirty clothes drape across an old
          couch. Malee continues on to the kitchen.
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee finds the kitchen more of a mess than the living room.
          Pots, pans and stacks of TV dinners line the counter top.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Malee enters and stops cold at the sight of the bed. Its
          unmade and the sheets and blankets are entangled in a ball.
          Aroused, Malee sits on the bed and then lies back in ecstacy.
          
          EXT. FRONT OF GUS' APARTMENT BUILDING - SAME TIME
          
          Gus drives up, parks along the sidewalk, and gets out.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Malee goes through a photo album. We see pictures of Gus,
          dressed in a firefighter's uniform. He appears much younger
          and clean cut.
          
          As Malee returns the album to the night stand, she notices a
          an open drawer and peeks inside.
          
          INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - STAIRWELL - SAME TIME
          
          Gus lazily makes his way upstairs.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Malee holds Gus' gun. Complete with sound effects, she
          pretends to shoot a beer bottle off the dresser.
          
          Malee laughs and then jumps across the bed like a Charlie's
          Angel.
          
                                                                   62.
          
          
          
          INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - GUS'S FRONT DOOR - SAME TIME
          
          Gus fumbles for his keys.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Malee stands in front of the mirror, posing.
          
                                 MALEE
                      Freeze!   That's right.
          
          Malee laughs in spite of herself. In the process, she
          unknowingly cocks the trigger.   Malee places the gun to her
          forehead and pretends to shoot herself.
          
          TIGHT ON TRIGGER, a hair away from firing -
          
          SFX: BAM!
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - FRONT DOOR - SAME TIME
          
          The loud bang we heard was the front door slamming shut.   Gus
          opens it and inspects the door frame.
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - KITCHEN/BEDROOM - SECONDS LATER
          
          Gus removes a beer from the fridge. We follow him into his
          bedroom. He stops cold as if feeling the presence of some
          one else there, but Malee is nowhere to be found.
          
          Gus begins getting undressed. We follow his shirt to the
          floor and SEE Malee, hiding underneath his bed.
          
          SFX: FOOTSTEPS, DOOR OPENING, SHOWER RUNNING
          
          Malee looks out from underneath the bed. She watches as the
          now naked Gus enters the shower stall in the bathroom.
          
          As the water falls upon Gus, Malee rises from underneath the
          bed and crosses over to him.
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          From over Gus's shoulder, we see Malee approaching. An inch
          away from Gus, Malee reaches out her hand to touch him.
          Suddenly, Gus breaks down and starts crying.
          
          Unsettled, Malee slowly retreats out of the bathroom.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - NEXT DAY
          
          Malee, Leonard and Jacob sit, playing LIFE, the board game.
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   63.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Don't worry, white male infants are
                       the hardest to come by. 60 minutes
                       did a whole story on it.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Since when do you watch 60 minutes?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Since I was in the hospital. They
                       said, any adoption agency worth its
                       salt has at least a three year
                       waiting list. By the time your
                       parents get a kid, you'll be in
                       college. You think they'll want to
                       start over again with that baby
                       shit?
          
                                 JACOB
                       No, but it's like they're trying to
                       replace Rudy.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       It doesn't matter cause it's not
                       gonna happen.
          
          Malee has been silent this entire time.    Seeing a moment, she
          speaks up.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I'm thirsty.
                           (to Leanard)
                       Can you get us some drinks?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Why me?
          
                                 MALEE
                       Because it's the gentlemanly thing
                       to do.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I'll get the drinks.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I'll go with you.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Why are you all of a sudden going
                       to get the drinks?
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                             64.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              MALEE
                        (bitchy)
                    Because you've upset me, and I
                    don't want to see you right now.
          
          Leonard looks to Jacob.
          
                              LEONARD
                    Fine, I'll get the drinks.
          
          Leonard exits.   Malee turns to Jacob.
          
                              MALEE
                    I need a favor. It's big. I need
                    you to hide something for me.
          
                                 JACOB
                    Hide what?
          
          Malee reaches into her back pack.
          
                              MALEE
                    Promise, you won't freak.
          
                                 JACOB
                    I won't.
          
          Malee removes Gus' gun.
          
                                 JACOB (cont'd)
                    Holy shit!
          
                              MALEE
                    You said, you wouldn't freak!
          
                              JACOB
                    That's a gun.
          
                                 MALEE
                    I know.
          
                              JACOB
                    Where'd you get it?
          
                              MALEE
                    I can't tell you. I just need you
                    to hide it for a while. When all
                    is cool, I'll come for it.
          
                              JACOB
                    Why can't you keep it?
          
          
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      65.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                MALEE
                     My mother is a total snoop. She
                     goes through my stuff like all the
                     time.
                         (beat)
                     Please, Jacob. Somebody's life
                     might depend on it.
          
          Jacob crosses to his closet, removes his metal LOCK BOX and
          opens it. Jacob takes the gun and places it inside.
          
                               JACOB
                     Is it loaded?
          
                               MALEE
                     No, but I do have some bullets.
          
          Malee reaches into her backpack and removes the bullets.
          Jacob takes them out and puts them in the lock box.
          
                               MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                     Sure your parents won't find it?
          
                               JACOB
                     Nobody has the combination, but me.
                     Besides, I could be building a bomb
                     in here, and they wouldn't even
                     know.
          
          Off Jacob, locking the box up.
          
                                                     FADE TO BLACK:
          
          FADE IN:
          
          EXT. STREET - MONTHS LATER - MORNING
          
          ON TWO FEET, running. We REVEAL that it's LEONARD. His once
          skin tight sweat suit, hangs off of him. More than just
          skinny, Leonard is in perfect shape. He runs fast, carefully
          avoiding puddles of melting snow. (Spring is fast on the
          horizon.)
          
          INT. JUVY HALL - CONVERSATION BOOTH - NEXT DAY
          
          Jacob and Kenny talk via one way phone. Their demeanor has
          changed since last we saw them. No longer fraught with
          contempt and acrimony, they speak like two old friends.
          
                               JACOB
                     I sent in some comics for ya.   The
                     X-men one is pretty sweet.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                             66.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY
                       That last batch was awesome.
          
          Jacob checks his watch.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I better get going, I don't want to
                       miss my bus.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Before you go, I got some news.
                       Apparently, the parole board feels
                       I've been a model prisoner, so
                       they're giving me early release.
          
                                  JACOB
                       What?   How can they do that?
          
                                 KENNY
                       I don't know. They just did.
                       You're pissed, aren't you? I knew
                       you would be.
                           (off Jacob's silence)
                       It was an accident, Jacob.
          
                                 JACOB
                       So you're getting out.   Gonna head
                       back to school, or...
          
                                 KENNY
                       Fuck school. I'm going to live
                       with my Dad in New Mexico. He's
                       working on a ranch out there.
          
                                  JACOB
                       You can't leave the state. That
                       violates your probation. You'll
                       have to...
          
                                 KENNY
                       My dad won't tell anyone. No one
                       will even care I'm out there.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Your mom will.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Jacob, in the entire time I've been
                       locked up, you were the only one
                       who came to see me. Trust me, she
                       won't care.
          
                                                                    67.
          
          
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - KITCHEN - AFTERNOON
          
          Malee fans out a fist full of twenty dollar bills.
          
                              MALEE
                    200 dollars! Dad sent me 200
                    dollars!
          
          Yacco, smiling, gets ready for work.
          
                              MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    I have to call him.
          
                               YACCO
                    No!
                        (covering)
                    Your father... went out.     He's not
                    home right now.
          
          Malee eyes her mother, suspicious.
          
                              MALEE
                    You're acting weird.     What's going
                    on?
          
                               YACCO
                    Nothing.
          
                              MALEE
                    Well, do you want to come with me
                    to the mall and spend it?
          
                              YACCO
                    I'd prefer it if you'd put that
                    money in the bank.
                        (off Malee's look)
                    Fine, spend it. You'll have to do
                    it alone though. I have a patient
                    this afternoon. Have a good day.
          
          Yacco exits the kitchen.     Malee looks at her cash and smiles.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - KITCHEN - SAME TIME
          
          Leonard, Patrick and Grace sit at the kitchen table.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Here's the deal. You know how my
                    company flies me to Florida every
                    April?
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  68.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       You and I have been going since I
                       was eight. It's the guy's week
                       off.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       This year, I'm taking the girls.
                       Just the girls. You're staying
                       home.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Why can't we all go?
          
                                 GRACE
                       I'm not staying here all alone.
                       Besides, you said it yourself,
                       you've been going for years. Give
                       your sisters a chance.
          
          Leonard eyes his mother with hatred.
          
                                  LEONARD
                       Whatever.
                           (beat)
                       I need money.
          
                                   PATRICK
                       What for?
          
                                   LEONARD
                       Clothes.    Nothing I have fits
                       anymore.
          
                                 GRACE
                       Your father and I aren't rich. You
                       can't get a new wardrobe anytime
                       you want.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       What am I supposed to do, go to
                       school naked?
          
                                 GRACE
                       Wear a belt.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       I'll give him some cash, he can get
                       some clothes.
          
                                 GRACE
                       No. He's gonna gain all his weight
                       back in a few months.
                                 (MORE)
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    69.
          CONTINUED: (2)
                              GRACE (cont'd)
                    Then what, we have to buy him new
                    clothes all over again?
          
          Obviously hurt, Leonard storms out of the kitchen.
          
                                PATRICK
                    Grace.
          
                                GRACE
                    What?    It's true.
          
          Grace exits the kitchen.
          
                              JACOB (O.S.)
                    I thought you hated going to
                    Florida?
          
          EXT. JACOB'S FRONT LAWN - LATER
          
          Leonard and Jacob play catch with a football.
          
                              LEONARD
                    When I was fat. Now I don't have
                    to wear a T-shirt when I go
                    swimming. Who knows, maybe I could
                    even get lucky.
          
                              JACOB
                    You're still ugly, though.
          
          Leonard punches Jacob's arm in fun.
          
                              LEONARD
                    I don't understand what my mother's
                    problem is. It's like the thinner
                    I get, the more she hates me.
          
                              JACOB
                    She's probably jealous. Maybe you
                    should put her on that diet.
          
                              LEONARD
                    Anytime I mention it, my mother
                    goes crazy.
          
                              JACOB
                    If you really want her to drop a
                    few tons, put her in jail. Kenny's
                    lost about 30 pounds since he's
                    been incarcerated, and he was
                    already thin.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    70.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                    LEONARD
                       Really?
          
                                 JACOB
                       Yeah. Jail is the perfect weight
                       loss program. You take a fat tub,
                       throw them in a room and force them
                       to eat right and exercise. Don't
                       let them out till they do.
          
          Off Leonard, thinking-
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Yacco enters Malee's room.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Malee, dinner!
          
          Yacco notices a number of department store bags strewn
          everywhere.
          
                                  YACCO (cont'd)
                       Malee?
                           (noticing something)
                       Oh my God!
          
          REVEAL MALEE, standing across the room. She is no longer the
          gawky, adolescent girl. Rather, she has been transformed
          into a beautiful young woman. Her glasses have been replaced
          by contacts, and her braided pig tails by a quaff of chin
          length curls.
          
                                 YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       What did you do?
          
                                 MALEE
                       I got a new look. You know, for
                       Spring. What do you think?
          
          Malee spins around, giving Yacco the full picture.
          
                                 YACCO
                       You look...
          
                                    MALEE
                       Beautiful?
          
                                 YACCO
                       Different. What happened to your
                       glasses?
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      71.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 MALEE
                       Contacts. It took me like forty
                       five minutes to get them in, but
                       beauty is pain.
          
                                 YACCO
                       Honey, in the future, I'd like to
                       know if you're going to radically
                       change your appearance. Clean your
                       stuff up and come down for dinner.
          
          Yacco exits.    Malee looks in the mirror, deflated.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - AFTERNOON
          
          Gus watches a CEMENT TRUCK, dumping cement into a foundation.
          Once the cement is poured, the truck pulls forward. Malee is
          revealed, standing there and holding a picnic basket.
          
          Gus sees the new and improved Malee for the first time.      His
          jaw drops.
          
                                  GUS
                       Malee?   My God, you look...
          
                                    MALEE
                       Different?
          
                                    GUS
                       Beautiful.     You look beautiful.
          
          Off Malee's smile -
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - ANOTHER AREA - LATER
          
          Gus and Malee eat their lunch.
          
                                 MALEE
                       I felt like I needed a change, you
                       know?
          
                                 GUS
                       I bet you're driving the boys at
                       school wild.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Boys my age are so immature. I'm
                       more attracted to older gentlemen.
          
          Malee smiles at Gus.       He knows where this is going, and he's
          suddenly nervous.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  72.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GUS
                       You don't want somebody that much
                       older than you. An age difference
                       can cause problems.
          
                                 MALEE
                       What kind of problems?
          
                                 GUS
                       A lot of times when a couple has an
                       age difference, they wind up
                       splitting up because they want
                       different things.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You mean sex.
          
                                 GUS
                       No.
          
          Gus catches a look of relief on Malee's face.
          
                                 GUS (cont'd)
                       I mean, yeah. You may be 13, but a
                       boy even three years older than you
                       is probably more "experienced".
                       Boys can be impatient about that
                       sort of thing.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Are you impatient?
          
                                 GUS
                       No, but when I was a kid.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Why don't you have a girlfriend?
          
                                 GUS
                       I did, but it didn't work out.
          
                                 MALEE
                       How old was she?
          
                                 GUS
                       About my age.
          
                                 MALEE
                       See that, age wasn't an issue, yet
                       you still wanted different things.
                       I don't think it's about age.
                                 (MORE)
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   73.
          CONTINUED: (2)
                              MALEE (cont'd)
                    I think when two people connect,
                    they connect for other reasons.
                    And since soulmates are eternal,
                    they have no age.
          
          Gus is stumped.
          
          EXT. LEONARD'S DRIVEWAY - NEXT DAY
          
          Leonard watches Patrick and his sisters drive off in a
          TAXICAB.
          
                              LEONARD
                        (calling after them)
                    Have a good flight!
          
          The taxicab disappears down the street.
          
          As Leonard turns back around, he sees Grace, staring at him
          from the window. They lock eyes for a moment and then Grace
          disappears into the dark recesses of the home.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - NIGHT
          
          Leonard descends the staircase and begins looking around at
          the setting. Boxes of junk clutter the floor along with old
          furniture and bicycles.
          
          He crosses to the basement door, which leads out to the
          backyard. As Leonard unlocks and opens the door, a mass of
          cobwebs stretch across the frame like elastic bands. Leonard
          grabs a nearby broom and starts wiping away the cobwebs.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - DAYS LATER
          
          Jacob sits at his desk, reading the PLASTIC SURGERY PAMPHLET
          his parents had given him for his birthday last year.
          
          The bedroom door opens and Ashley sticks her head in.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    We're home.
          
                              JACOB
                    Hi.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    Could you come downstairs for a
                    minute. We have a surprise for
                    you.
          
                                                                  74.
          
          
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Jacob stands in front of KEITH GARDNER (10), African
          American, sweet faced and dressed in a shirt and tie.   He has
          luggage with him.
          
          Ashley and Jim stand behind the boys, beaming.
          
                              JIM
                    This is Keith Gardner. You're new
                    brother. Keith our son, Jacob.
          
          Keith extends his hand.
          
                              KEITH
                    It's nice to meet you.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - LATER
          
          Jacob leads Keith inside.
          
                              JACOB
                    You get top bunk.
          
                              KEITH
                    I'm kind of afraid of heights.
          
                              JACOB
                    Sucks to be you.
          
          Keith lets Jacob's attitude pass.
          
                              JACOB (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    No offence, but I never thought my
                    future brother would be a... well,
                    a "brother".
          
                              KEITH
                    I never thought my future brother
                    would have a KOOL AID stain,
                    smeared across his face.
          
                              JACOB
                    Fuck you, it's a birthmark!
          
                              KEITH
                    We're getting off on the wrong
                    foot.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  75.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 JACOB
                       When my parents said they were
                       taking in an orphan, I pictured a
                       baby. So what happened, your
                       parents die or something?
          
                                 KEITH
                       I was given up at birth.
          
                                 JACOB
                       You gonna try and find your mother
                       when you're 18?
          
                                 KEITH
                       As far as I'm concerned, the fact
                       she had me was enough. I don't
                       need to show up one day and disrupt
                       her life.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Oh, but it's okay to just show up
                       one day and disrupt mine?
          
          Off Keith's hurt look -
          
          INT. LIBRARY - LATER
          
          Malee stands at the card catalogue, flipping through the "S"
          section. She comes to cards with the word SEX in the title.
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - BEDROOM - EARLY EVENING
          
          Malee enters her room, locks the door behind her and empties
          her bag of SEX books on the bed. The first one she peruses
          is the "KARMA SUTRA". At first glance, Malee's eyes go wide
          in shock. She grabs her backpack and removes a number of
          index cards. Malee starts taking notes.
          
          INT. JUVY HALL - COMMUNICATION BOOTHS - NEXT DAY
          
          Jacob is on the one way phone with Kenny.
          
                                 JACOB
                       He's not some baby.   He's like 10.
          
                                 KENNY
                       You're blaming me for this?
          
                                  JACOB
                       No.   But can you believe it?
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   76.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY
                       Maybe this is the only way they can
                       get over Rudy's death.
          
                                 JACOB
                       He's a person not a fucking vase.
          
                                 KENNY
                       I know.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I gotta get out of there. I can't
                       live in that house for one more
                       day. I want to go with you to New
                       Mexico.
          
                                 KENNY
                       No way. You've never even   been
                       out on the road.
          
                                 JACOB
                       So.
          
                                 KENNY
                       It's not easy. After first night
                       falls, you'll be pissing yourself.
          
                                 JACOB
                       No, I won't.
          
                                 KENNY
                       You don't need me to run away from
                       home.
          
                                 JACOB
                       That's not what this is about.
          
                                  KENNY
                       Yes, it is.
                           (beat)
                       And you want to come with ME of all
                       people. Are you forgetting, I was
                       the one who killed Rudy!
          
                                 JACOB
                       That was an accident.
          
          Kenny appears stunned.    Jacob has never accepted that truth.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  77.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              JACOB (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    I'll be helpful. I can get
                    everything we'll need together. As
                    soon as you're released, we can go.
          
          Kenny appears to be weighing the decision.
          
                              JACOB (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Please.
          
                              KENNY
                    If this is what you want.   Alright.
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - KITCHEN - SAME TIME
          
          Yacco is on the phone with her ex-husband.
          
                              YACCO (INTO PHONE)
                    ... I'm not asking for much. Just
                    call her from time to time...
                    Because she needs to know her
                    father cares... Call collect.
          
          Malee enters the kitchen.
          
                              MALEE
                    Is that Dad? Can I talk to him?
          
                              YACCO
                    Take some responsibility for
                    yourself and grow... Hello?...
          
          Yacco slams the phone down.
          
                              YACCO (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    He hung up.
          
                              MALEE
                    Well, what do you expect?   All you
                    ever do is yell at him.
          
                              YACCO
                    Malee, you don't understand.
          
                              MALEE
                    He's my Dad! I'm sorry if it
                    bothers you, but I love him. You
                    keep this up then one day, when I'm
                    old enough, I'll leave here and go
                    and stay with him.
          
          Malee runs out of the room, leaving a disappointed Yacco.
          
                                                                  78.
          
          
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - NIGHT
          
          Leonard hammers a piece of wood over the basement door, which
          is now entirely boarded up.
          
          REVEAL the basement. Now clean. Boxes, furniture and trash
          are piled neatly in a corner. Only a mattress remains on the
          floor in the center of the room.
          
          Leonard grabs a grocery bag and crosses to a bathroom at the
          opposite end of the basement.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          Leonard turns on the light, revealing a shower, toilet and
          sink. He removes toiletries from the grocery bag and places
          them inside.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - DEN - SAME TIME
          
          Grace watches FAMILY FEUD while eating cake.
          
                              LEONARD (O.S.)
                        (screaming)
                    Help! Oh God, Ma! Help!
          
          Grace drops her fork.
          
                               GRACE
                    Leonard?
          
          Grace jumps up and runs out of the room.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
          
          Grace opens the door to the staircase, which leads to the
          basement.
          
                              GRACE
                        (screaming)
                    Leonard, what's wrong?
          
                              LEONARD (O.S.)
                    It's on top of me. I can't get up!
                    Oh, there's so much blood!
          
                              GRACE
                    I'm calling 9-1-1!
          
                              LEONARD (O.S.)
                    Get it off me first! I'm bleeding.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  79.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GRACE
                       If I go downstairs, I won't be able
                       to make it back up. Let me call
                       9-1-1 first, okay?
          
          Leonard doesn't answer her.
          
                                    GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Leonard?
          
          Silence.
          
                                    GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Oh, Jesus!
          
          Grace begins walking downstairs. Due to her size, she has
          difficultly maneuvering through the tight space. Her
          inability to see her feet isn't helping matters.
          
          Grace makes it downstairs, but Leonard is nowhere in sight.
          
                                    GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Leonard?
          
          Suddenly, Leonard bursts through the bathroom door with a
          hammer in hand. He runs past Grace and up the stairs.
          
                                 GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       What the hell?
          
          Half way up the stairs, Leonard stops and pries two of the
          steps off the stair case with his hammer. This creates a
          GAP, making it virtually impossible for Grace to ascend.
          
                                 GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       What are you doing? I can't climb
                       up now!
          
          Leonard runs upstairs and slams the door after him.
          
                                    GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Leonard!     Leonard!
          
          EXT. GUS' APARTMENT BUILDING - SAME TIME
          
          Malee watches as Gus enters his car and drives off.
          
          INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - SECONDS LATER
          
          Malee crosses to Gus' door with a GROCERY BAG in hand. She
          kicks the welcome mat aside, picks up the spare key and
          enters.
          
                                                                    80.
          
          
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          
          Malee enters and removes a pair of rubber gloves, a bottle of
          ammonia and trash bags. She starts cleaning.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - LATER THAT DAY
          
          Leonard descends the staircase, holding a tray of food.
          
          Grace instantly rises.
          
                              LEONARD
                    I hope someone is hungry.
          
                              GRACE
                    Get me out of here now!
          
                              LEONARD
                    No joke, Ma. For the next two
                    weeks while Dad and the girls are
                    away, you will be kept down here.
                    I'll provide you with nutritious
                    meals and plenty of water. You,
                    mother, will learn what it means to
                    be healthy.
          
                              GRACE
                    That's what this is about, food?
          
                              LEONARD
                    I'm trying to save your life, mom.
                    Trying to give you a life. Cause I
                    love you.
          
                              GRACE
                    My life is fine.   I don't need you
                    to "save me".
          
          Leonard looks at his mother, sympathetic.
          
                              LEONARD
                    You don't even realize how sick you
                    are. It's a problem when an
                    otherwise healthy woman can't drag
                    her ass up a flight of stairs
                    because she's so obese. You're
                    staying down here.
          
          Leonard turns and crosses back to the staircase.
          
                              LEONARD (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Oh, and no cigarettes either.
          
                                                                    81.
          
          
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - KITCHEN - EVENING
          
          The kitchen is now spotless. Malee removes TWO TV DINNERS
          from the oven. She crosses over to the kitchen table and
          places the food onto plates.
          
          The table is set to the nines. A small candle burns in the
          center. Once the table is set and the food served, Malee
          takes a step back and smiles.
          
          INT. GUS' APARTMENT - BATHROOM - LATER
          
          Malee strips off her clothes and puts on a long, silk robe.
          
          EXT. GUS' APARTMENT BUILDING - SAME TIME
          
          Gus drives up, gets out of his car and enters the building.
          
          INT. APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Gus approaches his door. As he takes out his key, he notices
          that the welcome mat has been pushed off to the side. Gus
          lifts the mat up and sees that his spare key is gone.
          
          INT. GUS'S APARTMENT - FRONT ENTRANCE/ KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          
          Gus enters.   He knows someone else is in there.
          
                               GUS
                    Hello?
          
          We follow him into the kitchen and FIND MALEE, standing
          beside the table and dressed only in her robe.
          
                              GUS (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    What the hell is this?
          
                              MALEE
                    I made dinner, my love.   And I have
                    a surprise.
          
                              GUS
                    You've been in my apartment before,
                    haven't you?
          
          Malee drops her robe, revealing her naked body.    Gus quickly
          looks away.
          
                              GUS (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    Malee, put your clothes on now!
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    82.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 MALEE
                       Don't you like my body?
          
          Malee starts walking towards him.
          
                                 GUS
                       Malee, stop.
          
                                 MALEE
                       It's okay because I love you.
          
          Gus doesn't answer. Malee is right behind him now.     She puts
          her head on his back.
          
                                   MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Touch me.
          
          Gus slowly turns around and looks at Malee for a long,
          pregnant beat. It's a tense moment, and we are unsure of
          what he's going to do. Then Gus moves past her and crosses
          to the living room.
          
                                 MALEE (cont'd)
                       Where are you going?
          
                                 GUS
                       To go call your mother.
          
          Gus exits.    Malee stands the fool.
          
                                 MALEE
                       But we're soulmates.
          
          Now embarrassed and crushed, she starts to cry.
          
          EXT. GUS'S APARTMENT - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Malee, now wrapped in a large overcoat, is led by Yacco out
          of the building and over to her car.
          
          INT. YACCO'S CAR - CONTINUOUS
          
          Yacco and Malee sit in silence.      After a beat.
          
                                 YACCO
                       I don't know what to say to you.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON
          
          Jacob shoves clothes into his backpack.
          
          Keith enters with Rudy's baseball glove on his hand.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  83.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KEITH
                       Wanna play some catch?
          
          Jacob notices the glove. He rushes over to Keith, yanks it
          off his hand and pushes Keith to the ground.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Where the hell did you get this?
          
                                 KEITH
                       The closet. Ow, what's wrong?
          
          Keith struggles to get free, but Jacob is too strong.
          
                                 KEITH (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       You're hurting me.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Did I say you could play with the
                       glove? Did I?
          
                                 KEITH
                       No, I just...
          
                                 JACOB
                       Everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING
                       in this room is mine. You are not
                       allowed to touch a thing,
                       especially the glove.
          
                                 KEITH
                       Okay, okay.
          
          Jacob gets off of Keith and crosses to his closet. He pulls
          out the lock box, unlocks it and removes the gun. He points
          it at Keith.
          
                                 JACOB
                       If you tell my parents what I said,
                       I'll kill you. I'll shoot you in
                       the fucking face, I swear it!
          
          Keith nods, petrified. Jacob puts the gun back in the lock
          box, throws it in the closet and storms out of the room.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Ashley sits at the kitchen table, looking at a picture of
          Rudy and Jacob when they were infants. Her eyes are filled,
          but she's not crying.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     84.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Jacob enters and crosses to the fridge.      He spots Ashley and
          is taken aback by her state.
          
                                  JACOB
                           (cold)
                       What's wrong now?
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       I was looking at a picture of you
                       and Rudy when you were born. God,
                       I miss him.
          
                                 JACOB
                       But you have Keith now
          
          Ashley is struck by Jacob's comment.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       What the hell does that mean?
          
                                 JACOB
                       You have Keith. Two boys again.
                       Everything is fine.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       We didn't adopt Keith to replace
                       Rudy.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Didn't you?
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       For your information, your father
                       and I discussed adopting for years.
          
                                 JACOB
                           (not buying it)
                       Right. Maybe if it was me who
                       died, you wouldn't need another kid
                       to get over it.
          
                                 ASHLEY
                       How can you say that? I never
                       wanted either of my children to
                       die.
          
                                 JACOB
                       But one of us did. If you had to
                       choose which one, I bet you wish it
                       was me.
          
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                          85.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              ASHLEY
                    I know you think we favored Rudy...
          
                                JACOB
                    You did!    Admit it.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    I admit he was easier to raise, but
                    we didn't love him more. Jacob,
                    listen to me. You came with a
                    different set of challenges.
          
                              JACOB
                    My birthmark.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    It's not easy being different...
          
                              JACOB
                        (screams)
                    I'm not different!! You always
                    made me feel like something was
                    wrong. There's nothing wrong with
                    me.
          
                                ASHLEY
                    I know...
          
                               JACOB
                    No, you don't! It's like you don't
                    know how to deal with me. You
                    never did.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    I'm sorry if that is how you feel.
                    You do the best you can as a
                    parent. You don't always know
                    what's right. But you're my son.
                    I'd do anything for you. I'd fight
                    for you, I'd kill for you, I'd die
                    for you.
          
                              JACOB
                    Rudy used to say that exact same
                    thing.
          
                              ASHLEY
                    It's true. And as unchristian as
                    it sounds, I still want the boy
                    that killed Rudy dead. Someday,
                    when you grow up, you'll understand
                    what I mean. Someday.
          
                                                                  86.
          
          
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - SAME TIME
          
          SFX: TOILET FLUSHING
          
          Grace exits the bathroom and begins walking around the
          basement, looking for a way out. She crosses to the boarded
          up door and tries to pull the boards off. Unsuccessful, she
          returns to the bed and sits.
          
          After a beat, Grace spots the tray of food, which is still
          untouched. Angry and disgusted, she takes it and throws it
          at the wall.
          
                                                   CUT TO:
          
          LATER THAT NIGHT -
          
          Grace paces nervously while blabbering to herself.
          
                              GRACE
                    When Pat calls, and I don't answer,
                    he'll know something is wrong.
                    He'll know. I'll be fine.
          
                                                   CUT TO:
          
          LATER THAT NIGHT -
          
          Grace nervously rocks back and forth. Sweat covers her body.
          She glances at the tray of food, which rests on the floor.
          
                                                   CUT TO:
          
          LATER THAT NIGHT -
          
          Grace stands at the base of the stairwell, screaming.
          
                              GRACE
                    Open this door now! Let me out,
                    God damn it! Leonard!
          
                                                   CUT TO:
          
          LATER THAT NIGHT -
          
          Grace is crying. She catches sight of the meal that she
          threw on the floor.
          
          After a beat, Grace crawls over to it and starts shoving it
          down her throat. She doesn't seem bothered by the fact that
          her dinner is covered with dirt.
          
                                                                  87.
          
          
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - RECEPTION AREA - NEXT DAY - AFTERNOON
          
          Yacco exits her office to find Gus waiting for his session.
          They speak not a word. He rises and enters the office. She
          follows, shutting the door behind her.
          
          INT. YACCO'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
          
          Gus and Yacco sit in their respective seats.
          
                              YACCO
                    Before we begin, I want to
                    apologize. I should have known
                    what was going on with Malee.
          
                              GUS
                    It's my fault. I knew she had a
                    crush on me. I guess, I felt bad
                    for her. She's a very unhappy
                    girl.
          
          Yacco looks down, embarrassed.
          
                              GUS (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    If it's any consolation, the whole
                    thing was very "therapeutic" for
                    me.
                        (off Yacco's look)
                    Sorry. That was a very selfish
                    thing to say.
          
                              YACCO
                    This is your therapy. Not mine.
                    Why was it therapeutic?
          
                              GUS
                    I slept last night. I can't
                    remember the last time I slept so
                    deep or so sound. I don't remember
                    dreaming or anything.
          
                              YACCO
                    Why do you think that is?
          
                              GUS
                    One of the last fires I ever fought
                    was a brownstone, beautiful. The
                    place was burned from roof to
                    basement. Whole family was wiped
                    out. When I was upstairs,
                    inspecting, I found a girl. She
                    couldn't have been more than 12.
                              (MORE)
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     88.
          CONTINUED:
                                 GUS (cont'd)
                       The whole right side of her face
                       was burnt off, but her eyes were
                       open. She was alive. The pain must
                       have been excruciating. She was
                       begging for me to... kill her.
          
                                 YACCO
                       What did you do?
          
                                  GUS
                       Exactly what she wanted. I placed
                       my hand over her mouth and what was
                       left of her nose, and I... I killed
                       her. I told myself it was the
                       right thing to do, but I've never
                       been sure.
          
                                 YACCO
                       What does this have to do with
                       Malee?
          
                                 GUS
                       When I saw her last night, she had
                       the same look on her face as that
                       girl. She just wanted me to take
                       away her pain.
          
          Yacco sits, pondering all of this.
          
                                 GUS (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Doctor?
          
                                 YACCO
                       Would you mind if we... cut out
                       early today? No charge.
          
                                 GUS
                       I understand.
          
          Gus rises and exits.
          
          Yacco sits alone and starts crying.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Leonard is at the kitchen sink, arranging a fruit salad.
          
          SUDDENLY, he hears the sound of water boiling over from the
          stove. Leonard quickly turns the gas low, extinguishing the
          flame. He removes the pot from the burner, grabs a strainer
          and removes poached EGG WHITES from the water.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     89.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Leonard grabs a dish towel and begins wiping the water off
          the stove. Preoccupied, he doesn't realize that when he
          wipes the oven knob dry, he turns the gas on high. (Since
          the overflowing water, extinguished the pilot light, he is
          unaware that gas is now being emitted from the burner.)    In
          his condition, HE WON'T BE ABLE TO SMELL IT.
          
          Leonard grabs the plates of food and exits the kitchen.
          
          SFX: GAS LEAKING
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Leonard places the food by Grace's bed.    She is sleeping.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
          
          Leonard sits on the couch, watching TV. Suddenly, he starts
          coughing, hard. The fit subsides and Leonard resumes
          watching TV, thinking nothing of it.
          
          INT. MALEE'S HOME - KITCHEN - EVENING
          
          SFX: TELEPHONE
          
          Malee enters the kitchen and answers the phone.
          
                                 MALEE (INTO PHONE)
                       Hello?... Daddy!... No, she's not
                       home... Can I ask you something?
                       Can I visit you for a while?... A
                       week... But I can fly alone... No,
                       I understand... Yeah... I love y...
                       Hello?...
          
          Malee hangs up the phone. Tears swell in her eyes.     She
          places her head in her arms and start bawling.
          
                                 YACCO (O.S.)
                       Honey?
          
          Malee looks to find Yacco standing behind her.
          
                                 MALEE
                           (through her tears)
                       Why does he hate me?
          
          Yacco walks to Malee and hugs her tight.    It's a long,
          overdue hug.
          
                                                                     90.
          
          
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - LATER THAT DAY
          
          Grace awakens from her nap.     Suddenly, she sniffs at the air.
          
          Grace rises and crosses over to the foot of the basement
          stairs. She sees that the upstairs door is wide open.
          
                                GRACE
                     Leonard!
          
          Silence.
          
                               GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                     Leonard, I smell gas!
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - DEN     - SAME TIME
          
          Leonard is slumped over, unconscious.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - BASEMENT - SAME TIME
          
          Grace coughs hard.
          
                               GRACE
                     Leonard, don't you smell that...?
                         (sotto)
                     Oh God, he can't. Leonard!
                     Leonard, the gas is on!
          
          Grace grabs a hold of the railing and starts climbing the
          stairs. After a few steps, she stops to rest, wheezing.
          
          With the help of the railing, Grace pulls herself up to the
          GAP in the staircase. In one forceful exertion, she propels
          her body up and forward. The railing instantly becomes
          separated from the wall. Grace lands in a heap.
          
          Luckily, the top half of her body made it to the other side.
          With all of her might, Grace pulls herself up to the landing.
          
          INT. LEONARD'S HOME - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          
          Exhausted and wheezing, Grace drags herself over to the stove
          and shuts the gas off. She looks around for Leonard and sees
          him in the living room, slumped over and unconscious.
          
                                GRACE
                     No!
          
          Grace frantically shuffles over to the living room.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      91.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GRACE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Leonard, wake up! Leonard!
          
          INT. HOSPTIAL ROOM - NIGHT
          
          Leonard slowly comes to in a hospital bed.       The same nurse
          from earlier is by his side.
          
                                 NURSE
                       It's alive!
          
                                 LEONARD
                       What happened?
          
                                   NURSE
                       Gas leak.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       My mom, she's...
          
                                 NURSE
                       She's fine. They've taken her into
                       surgery. She blew out her knees
                       somehow. We're trying to get your
                       father on the phone right now.
          
                                   LEONARD
                       I...
          
                                 NURSE
                       Shh. You need your rest.
                       Everything is fine now.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
          
          Jacob straddles his bike, watching a crew spread cement over
          the foundation of a house. Jacob appears lost in thought.
          He looks at a picture of Rudy and himself together.
          
          Jacob touches his face in the photograph. He traces his
          finger along the outline of his birthmark.
          
                                 KENNY (O.S.)
                       Tonight, we ride.
          
          EXT. TRAILER PARK - BESIDE KENNY'S TRAILER - DUSK
          
          Jacob and Kenny share a cigarette.
          
                                 KENNY
                       We got sleeping bags, a tent,
                       canteens and a lantern.
                                 (MORE)
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      92.
          CONTINUED:
                                 KENNY (cont'd)
                       I heard it's supposed to rain, so
                       I'll bring ponchos.
          
                                 JACOB
                           (half hearted)
                       Cool.
          
          Kenny eyes Jacob.
          
                                 KENNY
                       You're acting weird.    You gonna
                       chicken out?
          
                                  JACOB
                       No.
          
                                 KENNY
                       You better not. I already packed
                       twice the amount of shit. I can't
                       carry it all alone.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I'll be there.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Good. I'm telling you, man. It's
                       gonna be great.
          
                                  JACOB
                       I guess.
          
                                  KENNY
                       Come on. You can't be a pussy all
                       your life.
          
                                 JACOB
                           (beat, hauntingly)
                       I know.
          
                                 KENNY
                       I'll see you tonight.    Don't be
                       late.
          
          Kenny rides off. Jacob watches him go.       He has a lifeless,
          almost calculating look in his eyes.
          
          INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT
          
          Grace lies in a hosptial bed, watching TV. Leonard enters,
          dressed in a hospital gown. Grace turns to him, smiling.
          
                                  GRACE
                       Leonard!
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  93.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LEONARD
                       I'm sorry, mom. I didn't mean to
                       leave the gas on. It was an
                       accident. And everything that
                       happened, I... I just thought that
                       maybe, I could help you.
          
                                 GRACE
                       Leonard, my mother died at 52. We
                       had to cremate her body because
                       they didn't make a coffin big
                       enough for her to fit in. Even if
                       they had, no one could have carried
                       it.
                           (tearing up)
                       I loved her so much. I don't want
                       that to happen to me.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       It doesn't have to.
          
                                 GRACE
                       Even if I can manage the food...
                       Can you honestly see me, running a
                       marathon?
          
                                 LEONARD
                       You don't have to run a marathon.
                       You just have to run to the end of
                       the block. It's not so hard as you
                       think it is.
          
                                    GRACE
                       I'll try.
          
          Leonard leans over and kisses his mother's forehead.
          
                                 GRACE (cont'd)
                       I spoke to your father. He and the
                       girls caught a flight. They should
                       be here by morning.
          
                                 LEONARD
                       Did you tell him what happened?
          
                                 GRACE
                       I told him there was a gas leak.
          
                                    LEONARD
                       I meant...
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       94.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              GRACE
                    I know what you meant. I didn't
                    tell him. I don't think I will.
          
          Leonard smiles.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
          
          Jacob lies awake, staring out the window.     A heavy wind
          blows.
          
          SFX: WATCH ALARM
          
          Jacob sits up and silences his watch alarm.
          
          Keith awakens as well, but remains silent. He watches as
          Jacob grabs a bag and exits the house through the window.
          
          Once he's gone, Keith gets off the top bunk, crosses to the
          window and watches as Jacob runs off.
          
          Immediately, Keith crosses to the closet. He removes the
          lock box and begins trying combinations to open it.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - SHORT TIME LATER
          
          A heavy rain begins to fall as Jacob rides up. He sees
          Kenny, standing inside of a partially, constructed house.
          
                              KENNY
                    You're late.
          
                                JACOB
                    I'm here.
          
          Kenny throws Jacob a PONCHO.
          
                              KENNY
                    Put this on.
          
          Jacob removes his backpack and puts on the poncho. Then he
          opens his backpack and removes his HOCKEY MASK. (The same
          mask he was wearing at the beginning of the movie.)
          
                              KENNY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    What the fuck is that?
          
                              JACOB
                    If people see me riding around in
                    the middle of the night, we're
                    screwed. You didn't bring a
                    disguise?
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      95.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 KENNY
                       Who gives a shit what I'm up to.
          
          The boys start riding off in opposite directions.
          
                                 KENNY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       The main road is this way.
          
                                 JACOB
                       Yeah, but if we cut through the
                       construction site, we'll hit the
                       railroad tracks. It's faster and
                       no one will bother us.
          
                                 KENNY
                       Good point.
          
          Kenny files in behind Jacob, and the boys make their way deep
          into the construction site. Thunder and lightning crash.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Keith has forgone opening the lock box via a combination and
          now tries to pry the top open with a SCREWDRIVER. He works
          frantically, fearing Jacob's return.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - SAME TIME
          
          Jacob and Henry make their way to the edge of the
          construction site. Suddenly, Jacob stops in his tracks.
          
                                 KENNY
                       What's wrong?
          
          Jacob lifts the hockey mask.
          
                                 JACOB
                       I can't do this.
          
                                 KENNY
                       What?!
          
          Jacob begins rummaging through his backpack.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - SAME TIME
          
          Keith pries the box open.       It's EMPTY.   No gun or bullets.
          
                                                                     96.
          
          
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - SAME TIME
          
                              KENNY
                    Son of a bitch! I knew it.     I knew
                    you'd chicken...
          
          Jacob rises, holding the gun.   He points it at Kenny.
          
                              KENNY (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                    What the fuck?
          
          Jacob shakes, frightened and reluctant to do what he believes
          he has to do.
          
                              JACOB
                    I can't let you leave, Kenny.     You
                    have to pay for what you did.
          
                              KENNY
                    Whoa, whoa hold on. Alright, I...
                    I won't go. I'll stay here. I'll
                    do my probation.
          
          Jacob cocks the gun.   Tears stream down his checks.
          
                              JACOB
                    You killed him. I gotta do this...
                    for my family. It's the only way.
          
                              KENNY
                    Jacob, I told ya, it... it was an
                    accident. I swear. Please, don't.
                    This isn't you.
          
                             JACOB
                    I know. But I can't be a pussy all
                    my life.
          
          Jacob fires. Kenny is hit in the head.      He drops to the
          ground instantly.
          
          The force of the gun, knocks Jacob to the ground.      As he
          falls, the hockey mask comes down over his face.
          
          Jacob sits for a beat, staring at Kenny's lifeless body.
          Lightning flashes, illuminating his blue eyes through the
          hockey mask.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - SHORT TIME LATER
          
          Jacob is inside one of the UNPAVED house foundations, digging
          a hole. He cries, struggling to finish what he has done.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    97.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Once a hole is dug, Jacob throws Kenny's body inside and
          starts covering it up with dirt.
          
          INT. JACOB'S HOME - BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Jacob climbs through his window, soaking wet. He crosses to
          his closet and begins to change. Keith lies in bed, watching.
          
          Jacob removes the gun from his pocket and places it back
          inside the lock box. His hands shake violently. As he puts
          the box back inside the closet. He finds Rudy's glove. He
          smells the leather and smiles.
          
          Jacob takes the glove and crosses over to his bed.    He places
          the glove beside Keith.
          
                                 KEITH
                       I thought I wasn't supposed to
                       touch this.
          
                                 JACOB
                       You're awake.
          
                                 KEITH
                       Yeah.
          
                                 JACOB
                       It's yours. Just don't leave it
                       outside. If it gets wet, the
                       leather will crack.
          
                                 KEITH
                       I'll take good care of it.   I know
                       this was Rudy's.
          
          Jacob lies down on his bed.
          
                                 KEITH (cont'd)
                       Why do you have a gun?
          
                                  JACOB
                       Just a b-b gun. I returned it to a
                       friend of mine.
                           (beat)
                       I'm sorry for being such an asshole
                       to ya.
          
                                 KEITH
                       Does this mean we're brothers now?
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    98.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 JACOB
                           (beat, torn apart)
                       Yeah. We're brothers.
          
          Keith lies back in bed, smiling. Jacob rolls over, still
          unnerved by what he is done. He'll never be the same, and he
          knows it.
          
          EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
          
          Gus loads cinder blocks into a wheel barrow.
          
                                  MALEE (O.S.)
                       Gus?
          
          Gus spins around, and finds Malee, standing there.
          
                                 MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Before you freak out, I want to
                       tell you, I'm sorry. And to give
                       you this.
          
          Malee opens her backpack and removes Gus' GUN.    Gus snatches
          it from her.
          
                                  GUS
                       Malee?
          
                                 MALEE
                       Don't be mad. I was just worried
                       about you. Now I'm out of your
                       life forever. Goodbye. Thanks for
                       not pressing any charges.
          
          Malee walks off.      Gus holds the gun in awe.
          
          EXT. STREET - BESIDE THE CONSTRUCTION SITE - SAME TIME
          
          TIGHT ON JACOB, staring at the construction site.    We ZOOM
          OUT and find him, straddling his bike.
          
          Malee appears, walking over.
          
                                 MALEE
                       Quite a storm last night.
          
          They stand for a moment, watching the builders.
          
                                 MALEE (cont'd)
                       Did you hear about Leonard?
          
          Jacob nods, YES.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      99.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 MALEE (cont'd)
                       Only him. I was gonna go and visit
                       him at the hospital. You want to
                       come?
          
          Jacob doesn't answer. He is preoccupied with watching a
          TRUCK pour cement into the foundation where Kenny is buried.
          
          It's a bittersweet moment. While relieved by the fact that
          his crime will be hidden, the guilt overwhelms him.
          
                                 MALEE (cont'd)
                       Earth to Jacob. You coming?
          
                                  JACOB
                       Huh?   Oh, yeah.
          
          Jacob turns his bike around, and the two ride off together.
          
                                 MALEE
                       You know, your birthday's coming
                       up. Any hints as to what you might
                       like?
          
                                 JACOB
                       Whatever you get me will be fine.
          
                                 MALEE
                           (annoyed)
                       Right.
          
          Malee eyes Jacob, sensing that something is wrong.
          
                                 MALEE (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Are you okay?
          
                                 JACOB
                           (lying)
                       Never better.
          
          BACK ON the foundation. Gus enters frame and begins
          spreading cement over Kenny's grave.
          
                                                     FADE TO BLACK:
          

          THE END