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Writer(s) : Steven Fechter, Nicole Kassell

Genres : Drama

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                                 THE WOODSMAN

          

                             Based on the play by          
       
                                Steven Fechter


          
                                  Written by
          
                       Steven Fechter & Nicole Kassell
          
          
          
            Winner 1st Prize 2001 Slamdance Screenplay Competition
          
          
          
                                                      July 30, 2002

          
          
          
          BEGIN TITLES - OPENING SEQUENCE MONTAGE
          
            Over black we HEAR the rhythmic sound of machinery. This
          sound will continue throughout the title sequence as other
          sounds fade in and out. We move forward and back in time.
          
          EXT. APARTMENT - DAY
          
          A sparrow flutters in birdseed on a window sill. More birds
          crowd a bird feeder that hangs above.
          
          EXT. SCHOOL PLAYGROUND - DAY
          
          A lone child swings lazily on a swing. Other children tear
          about in a wild game of chase.
          
          INT. LUMBERYARD WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          CLOSE on a piece of wood as it is fed through a wood chipper.
          
          A man finishes feeding the log into the chipper. He pauses to
          wipe the sweat and grime from his face. He is WALTER, early
          forties, features handsome but hardened by time.
          
          INT. BUS - EARLY MORNING
          
          Walter is silhouetted by the early morning light. He holds a
          duffel bag in his lap and watches out the bus window.
          
          The sun is just rising over the horizon, streaks of pink and
          purple graze the frosted ground. Wilderness gives way to
          frozen farmland.
          
          INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter stands at a counter, a female officer fingerprints
          each finger.
          
          EXT. LUMBERYARD - DAY
          
          Walter and some other men drop the side of the flatbed truck
          and trees crash to the ground.
          
          
          
          
                                                                    2.
          
          
          
          EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
          
          The bus pulls away, revealing Walter standing alone on the
          sidewalk of a dilapidated neighborhood. He holds his duffle
          bag.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - DUSK
          
          The 5 o'clock whistle BLOWS. Workers hustle to get their
          coats and punch out. Walter stands in line, keeping to
          himself. As his turn arrives to punch out he receives a rough
          knock by two guys play-fighting behind him. Walter doesn't
          react, punches out, and exits the door.
          
          Vicki, a tough-looking but striking woman, stands in line a
          little further back watching.
          
          
          EXT./INT. APARTMENT - DAY
          
          A superintendent opens the door to an apartment, then hands
          Walter the keys. Her gaze is cold.
          
          Walter closes the door and turns around. He stands in the
          middle of a prefab/pre-furnished kitchen, living room area.
          Light works its way through the dilapidated blinds.
          
          INT. LUMBERYARD OFFICE - DAY
          
          Walter shakes the boss's hand -- BOB, early thirties,
          strapping and trim, is the manager of the business.
          
          MARY-KAY, the secretary, looks up from her typing and takes
          Walter in. Bob introduces them. She is in her early forties.
          Walter follows Bob from the office, Mary-Kay watches as they
          leave.
          
          INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT
          
          There is a flash as a camera snaps a photo.
          
          Walter is captured in a photograph, standing against a baby-
          blue background.
          
          
                                                                    3.
          
          
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter lifts the blinds. The birds flutter away.
          
                                                               CUT TO:
          
          Walter stands under the shower.
          
                                                               CUT TO:
          
          Walter, hair wet and clean shaven, tosses back some pills.
          
          EXT. WAREHOUSE - DUSK
          
          Tires SCREECH as cars tear out of the driveway. Walter stands
          at a bus stop across the street.
          
          As Vicki walks across the lot, a car pulls up next to her and
          men catcall and whistle out the window.
          
          Vicki flicks them off. The men burst into hysterics and peal
          out of the lot. She gets in her Jeep and leaves, tearing by
          the bus stop.
          
           Walter looks after her then turns his collar up against the
          chill. It is late winter. The trees are bare -- black
          silhouettes against the darkening sky.
          
          Walter turns towards the shelter for protection from the
          wind. Filling the kiosk, a clothing advertisement displays a
          young girl striking a seductive pose.
          
          INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - DAY
          
          CLOSE on a police file. A mug shot reveals Walter, many years
          younger. Pages are flipped through giving glimpses of newspaper
          clippings as well as typed documents. Words stand out --
          "Convicted, 1st degree --," "3 counts --," "served --."
          
          A plain clothes officer closes the folder and looks out his
          office window where Walter stands being fingerprinted. This
          is Sergeant LUCAS, mid-fifties, face creased and greying
          hair.
          
          
                                                                    4.
          
          
          
          INT. BUS - DAY
          
          Walter watches out the window as farmland gives way to city.
          Traffic builds, billboards line the highway.
          
          INT. LUMBERYARD WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Details of machines cutting the wood.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter fills the bird feeder with birdseed.
          
          There is the SOUND of children playing, and Walter looks up.
          
          Walter's POV: Across the way, children play outside of the
          school.
          
          Walter watches then closes his window.
          
          EXT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter exits the police station and crosses the street.
          
          INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT
          
          CLOSE on fingers typing on a keyboard.
          
          A computer screen shows Walter's image -- the photo just
          taken of him against the blue background. Words appear across
          the screen as they are typed, creating an Internet
          notification page:
          
          Released: 02/25/02 Qualifying Offense(s):____________
          
          We MOVE in on the photo of Walter till it fills the frame.
          
          FREEZE FRAME. All sound fades out.
          
          The title "THE WOODSMAN" fades in.
          
          END TITLES
          
          
          
          
          
                                                                   5.
          
          
          
          INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
          
          Walter sits in a small windowless office with his coat still
          on. He looks at someone off screen.
          
                                   MAN (0.S.)
                         So. How are you adjusting?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm adjusting okay.
          
                                   MAN (O.S.)
                         And your new apartment?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Apartment's okay.
          
                                   MAN (O.S.)
                         Are you taking your medication?
          
                                   WALTER
                         It gives me headaches.
          
                                   MAN (O.S.)
                         But you are taking it?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Yeah.
          
          Across from Walter, sits ROSEN, young, awkward and clearly
          new to the profession, jotting something down in a notepad.
          
                                    ROSEN
                         Good. I'll talk to your physician
                         about the headaches. Maybe he can
                         change the prescription.
          
          Walter doesn't say anything.
          
                                   ROSEN (cont'd)
                         And how's your job?
          
                                   WALTER
                         The job's okay.
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                       
          
          
          
          
          
                                                                   6.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Do I take "okay" to mean you feel
                         good about working there?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I said the job is okay.
          
                                   ROSEN
                             (smiling)
                         That's right, you did.
                              pause)
                         Have you made any friends there?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm not running for Mr. Popularity.
          
                                   ROSEN
                             (pause)
                         You seem a little hostile today.
          
                                   WALTER
                         That was a joke.
          
          Rosen jots something on his notepad. Walter reaches over and
          taps on the notebook.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         It's called sarcasm, Dr. Rosen.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         No need to call me doctor. I'm a
                         therapist, not a psychiatrist.
          
                                   WALTER
                         It's all the same.
          
          Rosen looks at Walter for a long moment. Walter avoids his
          gaze.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Walter, I'd like you to try
                         something for me.
          
                                   WALTER
                         What?
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                       
          
          
          
          
                                                                      7.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I'd like you to keep a journal.
          
                                        WALTER
                           A diary?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           That's right.
          
                                        WALTER
                           No way.
          
                                        ROSEN
                           Why not?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Diaries have sent too many guys to
                           prison.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I don't understand.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Ev-i-dence.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Oh. It never crossed my mind.
          
                                        WALTER
                           Of course.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           It was just an idea.
          
                                        WALTER
                           Bad idea.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I thought a journal would encourage
                           you to reflect.
          
                                        WALTER
                           Reflect.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           That's right.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                    
          
          
          
                                                                   8.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           You think reflection is good.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           It's very good, indeed.
          
                                     WALTER
                           How's that?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           By reflection we can derive a
                           deeper meaning from our experience
                           in life. We gain greater
                           understanding about ourselves that
                           can lead to making better choices
                           in our relationships, our careers,
                           and our goals.
          
          Walter looks at him flatly.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You read that in a book.
          
          Rosen blushes.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Try it.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No fucking way.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Then think about it.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
          EXT. PHARMACY, STRIP MALL - NIGHT
          
          The sidewalk is crowded with pedestrians. Walter heads
          towards the pharmacy entrance, but he is abruptly cut off by
          a group of kids zooming by on their scooters and skateboards.
          He pauses for them to pass, watches after them momentarily,
          then proceeds inside.
          
                      
          
          
          
          
          
                                                                     9.
          
          
          
          INT. PHARMACY - NIGHT
          
          Walter hands a prescription to a MALE PHARMACIST. The
          pharmacist looks at the prescription. He glances at Walter
          then goes over to a FEMALE PHARMACIST working in the back
          area.
          
          She reads the prescription, glances at Walter over her
          bifocals, then back at the prescription. Walter has not
          missed any of this.
          
                                    WALTER
                         There a problem?
          
                                        MALE PHARMACIST
                             problem?
          
          A middle-aged shopper talking on her cell phone nearby looks
          over and pauses in her conversation.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Can you read the prescription?
          
                                        MALE PHARMACIST
                         Yes.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Can you fill the prescription?
          
                                        FEMALE PHARMACIST
                         Yes.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Then I suggest one of you move your
                         ass, because if I don't get my
                         medication I get extremely violent.
          
          The male pharmacist scrambles to fill the prescription.
          
          The shopper gasps. Walter looks at her and smiles. The
          shopper stuffs her items in her cart and quickly leaves.
          
          Walter stifles his grin.
          
                                   
          
          
          
          
                                                                     10.
          
          
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter opens the door to his apartment, carrying a grocery
          bag. As he flips on the lights, a metal object is thrown
          across the room. He catches it with one hand. It's a can of
          beer. A man laughs.
          
                                     CARLOS (O.S.)
                           You still think fast.
          
          Carlos sits at the table with a six-pack. Walter sets the bag
          on the table and pops open the can.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Don't need to think fast to handle
                           beer.
          
                                     CARLOS
                            ook some talking to convince your
                           super I was a relative.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I told her all my relatives are
                           good-looking.
          
          Carlos laughs.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Jesus Christ, man, it's good to see
                           you!
          
          Carlos stands and they awkwardly embrace.
          
                                     CARLOS (cont'd)
                           You look good, damn good,
                           considering you're an old man now!
          
                                     WALTER
                           Seems like the whole world's gotten
                           younger.
          
          There is silence. Carlos sits back down at the table and
          opens another beer.
          
          Walter starts unpacking the groceries.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  11.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   CARLOS
                         You doing okay?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Got a job at old Frank's place. His
                         son runs it now.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Oh man, that kid takes himself real
                         serious.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Yeah, you still with Northland?
          
                                   CARLOS
                             (grins)
                         Foreman now.
          
                                    WALTER
                         No shit.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Five years.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Beautiful. How's business?
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Booming. Lots of building going on.
                         We can't keep up with all the work.
                         In fact, I just hired a few new
                         guys...
          
          Glancing at Walter, he realizes his blunder.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         Just until we catch up.
          
          There is a brief silence as both men drink. Carlos looks at
          Walter.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         I'll never forget you got me
                         started there.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    12.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           I just recommended you. You still
                           had to prove yourself.
          
          Carlos gets up and walks over to the window. He gazes
          outside.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Hey, is that a school?
          
                                     WALTER
                           K through sixth.
          
          Carlos glances at Walter, then back outside.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Living across the street from a
                           grade school. Jesus.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Something wrong with that?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I was just thinking of... the
                           noise.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I like the noise.
          
          Walter walks over to the window.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           One hundred and twenty feet.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           What?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Law says I can't come within one
                           hundred feet of where children
                           congregate. I figure the distance
                           from my window to the school is one
                           hundred and twenty. Make a bet?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           No way, man, you'd rob me blind!
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                     C
          
          
          
          
          C
          
          
          
          
                                                                     13.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
          The two men laugh, but the laughter quickly fades.
          
                                     CARLOS (cont'd)
                           But maybe it's not so healthy being
                           so close, you know, to a school.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (heated)
                           You find me a decent place for
                           under three hundred a month in this
                           town, and I'll happily move out of
                           this crap neighborhood.
          
           arlos shrugs and tosses down the rest of his beer.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I should go. Your sister worries,
                           and when she worries she yells.
          
                                     WALTER
                           How is she?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Annette? She's good... tense.
          
                                     WALTER
                           When can I see her?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I'm working on it.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Is it because of Anna?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I don't know. She won't talk about
                           it.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (pause)
                           You're the only one in the family
                           who still talks to me.
          
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                    14.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I remember when they all referred
                           to me as "the little spic poor
                           Annette married." Except her
                           brother. You treated me with
                           respect.
                                pause)
                           Look, you paid your dues. Your
                           slate is clean now.
          
                                     WALTER
                           How old is Anna?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           She'll be twelve next week. We're
                           throwing a big party on Saturday.
                           Wish I could ask you to come...
          
                                     WALTER
                           Only if it's no closer than a
                           hundred feet.
          
          Carlos looks away.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Sorry, bad joke.
          
          They stiffly embrace. Then Carlos exits leaving Walter alone.
          
          EXT. SCHOOLYARD - DAWN
          
           LOSE on a man's feet slowly walking heel to toe. The ground
          is covered in frost. TILT UP to reveal Walter counting his
          footsteps as he walks towards the school across from his
          apartment building. The schoolyard is empty.
                                    W
          
                                     WALTER
                           One hundred and ten, one hundred
                           and eleven, one hundred and
                           twelve...
          
          A bird's cry pierces the sky. Walter looks up to see a hawk
          circling above. He watches for a moment then continues
          walking.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                  15.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         One hundred and thirteen, one
                         hundred and fourteen, one hundred
                         and fifteen...
          
          He reaches the school entrance and touches it.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         One hundred and twenty.
          
          Walter looks at the hawk still circling above and hollers --
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         How about that!?
          
          Slowly the SOUND of children fades in and a red ball bounces
          to Walter's feet. He looks in the direction the ball came
          from.
          
          Nothing is there.
          
          Walter looks back down at his feet. The ball is gone. The
          sound of children fades back away and is replaced by a
          rhythmic squeak. Walter looks towards the playground where an
          empty swing sways back and forth in the wind, the chain
          squeaking in its hinges.
          T
          
           he hawk's cry pierces the silence. Walter looks up to see
          the hawk being chased by two smaller birds.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          There is a tremendous crash as logs are dropped near the wood
          chipper. Forklifts move and stack wood.
          
          Walter stands at the end of a wood chipper, pushing a long
          piece of wood through. Suddenly above the din of machinery
          there is the sound of raised voices.
          
          Walter looks across the way to see Vicki yelling furiously
          and smacking a GUY around the head with her work gloves. The
          man cowers, protecting his head from the blows. Some other
          men nearby are doubled over in laughter.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     16.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                      VICKI
                            GOD DAMN IT! PEDRO! WHAT THE FUCK
                            DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING! HOW
                            WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOME FUCKER DID
                            THAT TO YOUR SISTER?! YOU WOULDN'T
                            THINK IT SO FUNNY THEN, WOULD YOU?!
          
            he backs off out of breath. Pedro straightens up, having a
          very hard time keeping a straight face.
          T
          
           he other guys start to applaud.
          
          Vicki looks around and storms off, kicking a piece of wood
          into one of the men, hard. She brushes past Walter on her way
          to the exit. He watches after her.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE CAFETERIA - DAY
          
          Vicki sits alone at a table eating a sandwich. She takes
          large bites and eats fast.
          
          Walter approaches carrying a tray of food. He pauses across
          from where Vicki sits.
          
           icki ignores him.
          
                                        WALTER
                            You okay?
          
          Vicki looks up.
          
                                        VICKI
                            What?
          
                                      WALTER
                            Are you okay?
          
                                      VICKI
                                (pause)
                            Yeah, I'm fucking fantastic.
          
          Walter nods and keeps on walking. Vicki returns to her food.
          After a moment, she steals a glance up at Walter.
          
          Across the way, Mary-Kay watches Walter as he sits down to
          the table neighboring Vicki's.
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                      17.
          CONTINUED:
          Bob sits down across from Mary-Kay with a tray of food and a
          newspaper. He opens the paper and starts to read.
                                    M
          
                                       ARY-KAY
                            So, what'd he do?
          
                                      BOB
                            What did who do?
          
                                      MARY-KAY
                            You know, the new guy.
          
          Bob looks across the room at Walter.
          
                                      BOB
                            Mind your own business, Mary-Kay.
          
                                      MARY-KAY
                            Come on, just tell me what he did.
          
          Bob ignores her and reads the paper.
          
                                      MARY-KAY (cont'd)
                            Drugs, armed robbery, manslaughter,
                            tax evasion -
          
           ob picks up his tray and moves away.
          
          Mary-Kay smiles to herself.
          
          INT. BUS - DUSK
          
          Walter sits on the bus. He is squeezed into the window seat,
          the bus crowded with commuters and teenagers on their way
          home from school. He focuses out the window.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter sits alone on his couch, watching a baseball game,
          drinking a beer.
          
                                      SPORTSCASTER (V.O.)
                            The winning run on base, and a full
                            count on Williams, who's been in a
                            terrible slump. Here's the pitch.
                            Williams swings and misses! The
                            Rangers win, ball game over.
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     18.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
          Walter switches off the TV.
          
          EXT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter crosses the street outside of his apartment and heads
          towards the bus stop.
          
            white Volvo is parked along the road. A MAN sits inside the
          car looking out towards the school. The engine is off. He's
          in his twenties, good build, nice clothes.
          
          Walter looks at the man as he passes by.
          T
          
           he man doesn't notice him, his attention fixed down the
          street.
          
          Walter looks in the direction of his gaze.
          
           he schoolyard is quiet except for a couple of students
          running in.
          
          Walter looks back at the man. The man doesn't notice him.
          
          Walter hurries to his bus stop.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Walter works feeding wood through the chipper.
          
           icki drives a forklift past Walter and watches him as she
          passes. He remains intent upon his work.
          
          EXT. WAREHOUSE - DUSK
          
          Walter walks across the parking lot, heading towards the bus
          stop. Before he reaches the road Vicki's rusty old Jeep pulls
          up alongside him and stops, honking to grab his attention.
          V
          
           icki rolls down the passenger side window.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Want a ride?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm all right.
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                      V
          
          
          
          
                                                                   19.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   VICKI
                         It's fucking freezing out here.
          
          Walter hesitates and looks down the road. There is no bus in
          sight.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Come on, I won't bite.
          
          He gets in.
          
          As they pull away, a beat up grey Chevy pulls into the
          parking lot. Sergeant Lucas gets out of the car, and pauses
          watching after Vicki and Walter. He then turns and heads into
          the office.
          
          INT. CAR - NIGHT
          
          Walter and Vicki drive silently. Vicki glances at Walter.
          
                                   VICKI
                         There's something wrong with this
                         picture.
          
                                   WALTER
                         What picture?
          
                                   VICKI
                         I'm talking about you.
          
                                      WALTER
                         Me?
          
                                      VICKI
                         Yeah, you.
          
          Walter looks out the window.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Here's this nice, hard working guy
                         who suddenly appears out of the
                         blue and rides the bus to and from
                         work. I mean, who rides the bus
                         anymore?
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                     V
          
          
          
          
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                                                                    20.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           People without cars.
          
          She gives him a look.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Very weird.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No weirder than a sharp, young,
                           good-looking woman working in a
                           lumberyard.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What's weird about that?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Most women wouldn't choose it.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Guess I'm not like most women.
          
           icki takes out a cigarette and presses the cigarette lighter
          in, revealing a tattoo on her wrist of a pair of breasts with
          angel wings.
          
          Walter notices the tattoo. Vicki notices Walter notice. She
          smiles at him.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           You're quiet at work.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I'm just quiet.
          
                                     VICKI
                           You don't hang out with the other
                           guys.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Neither do you.
          
                                     VICKI
                           They're all assholes.
          
          Walter shrugs.
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     VICKI (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
                           You never spoke to me before.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I thought you were a dyke.
          
          Vicki laughs and stops at a red light.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                               (smiling)
                           Are you?
          
                                     VICKI
                           What do you think?
          
          She shoots him a look.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Vicki paces around the apartment.
          
          Walter takes two beers from the fridge then turns and stands
          holding them, watching her.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Southern light.
          
                                     WALTER
                           What?
          
                                     VICKI
                           Your windows face south. Northern
                           light is the purest. But southern
                           light is very good.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I'll buy a plant.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Y
                            ou should buy several. I've got
                           shitty light in my place, but my
                           plants don't seem to mind. Light's
                           important, but it's not everything.
          
          She looks at Walter.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          V
          
          
          
          
                                                                  22.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         You plan to drink both those beers?
          
                                     WALTER
                         Sorry.
          
          Walter hands her a beer.
          
                                     VICKI
                         Thanks.
          
          She takes a swig then gazes back out the window.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Is that a school?
          
                                   WALTER
                         K through sixth.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Doesn't it get noisy?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I like the noise.
          
                                   VICKI
                         My place faces a truck street. I've
                         got cracks in every window from the
                         shaking.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You must hate it.
          
                                   VICKI
                         I go backpacking a lot. Lose myself
                         in the wilderness for a week or
                         two.
          
           icki wanders through the stark living room space, looking at
          what little there is to look at.
          
                                   WALTER
                         What about bears?
          
                                   VICKI
                         What about them?
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                    23.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           They could eat you.
          
                                     VICKI
                               (laughing)
                           Yeah, they could.
          
          She looks closely at the bus map taped to the wall, the only
          decoration in the place. She looks at Walter.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           I thought you were just shy, but
                           now I think it's something else.
          
                                     WALTER
                           What?
          
                                     VICKI
                           You're damaged.
          
          Walter drinks his beer and sits down on the couch.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           Something happened to you.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yeah?
          
           icki sits next to him.
          
                                     VICKI
                           I'm not easily shocked.
          
                                      WALTER
                           I get that Vimpression.
          
                                     VICKI
                           So... what's your dark secret?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Why do you want to know?
          
                                     VICKI
                           Don't you think I should know
                           before we have sex?
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     24.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
          Walter looks at her in surprise.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           I don't like to waste time.
          
          Vicki leans in and kisses him.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           So?
          
                                     WALTER
                           What?
          
                                     VICKI
                           Are you going to tell me your deep
                           dark secret before we have sex?
          
          She kisses him again.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No.
          
          Vicki looks at him.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Okay.
          
          She kisses him. Hesitantly, he kisses her back.
          
          SERIES OF SHOTS - JUMPING FORWARD AND BACK IN TIME
          
          A) BATHROOM: Walter's hands shake as he splashes water on his
          face. His shirt is off, and he wears just his jeans. He looks
          up at himself in the mirror.
          
            ) BEDROOM: Walter lies back on his bed. Vicki runs her hand
          up his chest, pulling his shirt over his head. Walter looks
          at Vicki, already topless. He tentatively touches her breast.
          C
          
           ) BEDROOM: Walter kisses Vicki, then more and more rapidly,
          all over, passionately. They roll so she is underneath him.
          
           ) LIVINGROOM: Vicki walks backwards towards the bedroom door,
          pulling Walter's hand to follow.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          H
          
          
          
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
          E) BEDROOM: Walter lies next to Vicki, staring up at the
          ceiling, spent, still breathing hard.
          
          F) BEDROOM: Walter gropes Vicki's body and urgently pulls her
          underwear off.
          
          G) BEDROOM: Walter and Vicki are completely engrossed in each
          other, making love.
          
           ) BATHROOM: Walter breaks his gaze from the mirror and turns
          the faucet off.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Vicki lies in bed, relaxed, smoking a cigarette. The sheets
          are pulled to her waist.
          
          Walter enters and sits on the side of the bed. He smiles
          shyly at her.
          
                                   WALTER
                         So, you're not a dyke.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Not tonight.
          
          Walter looks at her. Vicki laughs and nudges him in the butt
          with her foot.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Hey, that was... intense.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You're still here.
          
                                   VICKI
                         I didn't say I didn't enjoy it.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Of course. Sorry. I'm such a
                         fucking asshole.
          
                                   VICKI
                         No you're not.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                     V
          
          
          
          
                                     V
          
          
          
          
                                                                  26.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   WALTER
                         Don't tell me I'm not a fucking
                         asshole when I know I'm a fucking
                         asshole!
          
          Walter gets up and walks over to the window.
          
                                    VICKI
                         What's the Wproblem?
          
                                   WALTER
                         You think I have a problem?
          
                                     VICKI
                         Do you?
          
                                   WALTER
                             (pause)
                         It's been a while since...
          
                                   VICKI
                         Since you've had sex?
          
          Walter looks out the window, silent.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Tell me about it.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Maybe later.
          
                                   VICKI
                         How about in the morning.
          
                                   WALTER
                         The morning?
          
                                   VICKI
                         I thought I'd stay the night.
          
                                     WALTER
                         What for?
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                   27.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     VICKI
                           Well, Walter, this is going to
                           sound off-the-wall, but I like to
                           sleep with a man after we fuck.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           Did I say something wrong?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I suffer from insomnia.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Is that all?
          
                                     WALTER
                           When I do sleep, I sweat a lot.
                           Usually I get nightmares and wake
                           up screaming.
          
                                     VICKI
                               (smiling)
                           I sleep like a dead horse. Anything
                           else?
          
          Walter has run out of excuses. Vicki drops her cigarette in
          an empty beer bottle and slides deeper under the covers.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - MORNING
          W
          
          Walter stands by the window watching Vicki walk towards her
          Jeep. Something brushes his leg. He looks down to see the red
          ball resting by his foot. He turns to see...
          
          A glimpse of a young girl as she flashes by the door. She is
          twelve years old and wears a white nightgown.
          
          There is the sound of a car HONK, and Walter looks out the
          window to see Vicki pull away.
          
          He looks back toward the girl. There is nothing there.
          
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                                                                   28.
          
          
          
          INT. APARTMENT BEDROOM - MORNING
          
          Walter rummages through a drawer. From underneath a pile of
          clothes he pulls out a well-worn notebook. Walter leafs
          through the pages. They are filled with writing but towards
          the back the pages are blank.
          
          INT. APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter sits next to the window watching birds play at the
          bird feeder. The notebook sits next to him on the windowsill.
          
          There is the SOUND of children playing outside. Walter opens
          the notebook, closes it, then opens it again. He looks up and
          sees his reflection in the window. He starts to write.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.)
                         I watch the kids arrive at school.
          
          INT. ROSEN'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Walter sits in the chair across from Rosen, looking at his
          hands.
          
                                    OSEN
                          ow's the journal?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm still thinking about it.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         I wish you'd give it a try.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                   ROSEN (cont'd)
                         You don't like coming here, do you?
          
                                      WALTER
                         It's okay.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         But you don't like coming here. Be
                         honest, Walter.
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                               29.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   WALTER
                         Honest? No.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Good. That's an honest answer. And
                         why don't you like coming here?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Honest? Your cheery personality
                         makes my skin itch.
          
                                   ROSEN
                             (stung)
                         Is it just my cheery personality
                         that makes your skin itch?
          
                                      WALTER
                         Forget it.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Maybe it's the way I look. Or the
                         sound of my name.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Rosen? I don't have a problem with
                         that.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Because if you did, I know a
                         therapist named Ryan. I also know a
                         therapist named Chung.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I don't need someone else.
          
           osen settles back.
          
                                      ROSEN
                         Fine.
          
          Pause. Walter looks at Rosen.
          
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                                                                  30.
          
          
          
          INT./EXT. APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Continued from previous journal scene. Walter sits at his
          windowsill writing in his journal. There is the sound of
          children arriving to school outside. He looks up.
          
                                   WALTER
                         But for the last few weeks I've
                         noticed someone else watching them.
          
          Walter's POV: The man with the white Volvo stands leaning
          against his car watching a bus load of children arrive. He
          pops M&Ms in his mouth.
          
                                   WALTER (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
                                   (CONT'D)
                         I call him Candy.
          
          The boys run and tackle each other. A group walks by Candy.
          
                                   WALTER (V.0.)(cont'd)
                         He talks to the boys, fifth and
                         sixth graders. He goes for the
                         pretty ones, faces like angels.
          
          Walter finishes writing then looks outside.
          
          INT. BUS - MORNING
          
          Walter stands on a crowded bus, staring out the window at the
          landscape rushing by. The bus pulls to a stop. Passengers get
          off, then a group of girls come crashing onto the bus. They
          overflow with energy and giggles.
          
          Walter squeezes back so they can get by, but the bus lurches
          into motion throwing one of the girls into Walter. He helps
          her regain her balance, and the girl smiles at him.
                                    G
          
                                      IRL
                         Sorry!
          
          She and her friends burst into laughter and move on past.
          
          Walter watches her move down the aisle then quickly turns
          away, scanning the faces surrounding him. No one looks at
          him.
          
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          INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Walter sweats heavily as he works. Vicki walks by and glances
          at Walter as she passes. He doesn't notice her.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE CAFETERIA - DAY
          
          Walter sits at a table eating. Vicki sits down across from
          him. They eat silently. Walter doesn't look up. Vicki blows a
          straw wrapper, hitting Walter in the face.
          
           fter a moment, without glancing up, Walter retaliates. Vicki
          smothers a laugh. Walter cracks a smile.
          
           ary-Kay sits across the room watching the flirtation between
          Vicki and Walter.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE BATHROOM - DAY
          
          Vicki exits a stall and goes to the sink to wash her hands.
          She's smiling a little smile to herself.
          
          Mary-Kay enters and starts primping in the mirror, fixing her
          hair, putting on lipstick. She watches Vicki in the
          reflection of the mirror.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         I'd keep away from him.
          
                                   VICKI
                         What?
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         The new man. I'd keep away from
                         him, if I were you.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Why's that?
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         You don't want to know, but he's
                         damaged goods -- real damaged
                         goods, if you know what I mean.
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
          
          
          
          
                                                                    32.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                    VICKI
                             (cold)
                         Yeah, Mary-Kay, I think I do.
                         Thanks a bunch for the advice.
          
          Mary-Kay smiles, missing Vicki's ironic tone.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         Just trying to be helpful.
          
                                    VICKI
                         Well, Mary, you're about as helpful
                         as a broken sewer pipe. You do know
                         what runs out of a sewer pipe,
                         don't you?
          
          Mary-Kay's smile withers into a sneer.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         Suit yourself.
          
          She drops the lipstick into her bag and exits.
          
          Vicki turns and finishes washing her hands, glancing at
          herself in the mirror.
          
          EXT. WAREHOUSE - LATER
          
          Walter exits the building amidst a group of men. He walks
          towards the bus stop. Vicki hollers to him from her Jeep.
          
                                    VICKI
                         Hey.
          
          Vicki waves him over.
          
          INT. DINER - NIGHT
          
          Vicki sits across from Walter in a booth. She takes a large
          bite from a burger and washes it down with a milk shake.
          
          Walter folds his napkin over his hand to make a little rabbit
          hand puppet. The rabbit nods at Vicki.
          
          She busts out laughing.
          
                                    
          
          
                                                                  33.
          
          
          
          INT. BAR - NIGHT
          
          Walter and Vicki play pool. She knocks two balls into a
          corner pocket. She is kicking his ass and visibly enjoying
          it.
          
          Walter hands her a quarter. Vicki kisses him on the cheek and
          goes to line up the next shot.
          I
          
          INT. WALTER'S BATHROOM - NIGHT
          
          Walter and Vicki shower together. Walter rinses the suds from
          Vicki's hair.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Vicki and Walter have just finished making love, Vicki on
          top. She lies down on his chest. He strokes her hair, then
          leans his head close and takes a deep breath.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - MORNING
          
          Vicki is woken up by Walter who makes the moaning sounds of
          someone having a nightmare. She turns on her side and watches
          him.
          
          Walter wakes up with a start, then sees Vicki and cuddles
          close. She runs her fingers through his hair and kisses his
          forehead.
          
                                      VICKI
                         Hey, there.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (sleepy)
                         Hi.
          
          He closes his eyes again. Vicki looks at him closely.
          
                                   VICKI
                         What happened to you?
          
          Walter opens his eyes. Vicki continues to stroke his hair.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Walter, what did you do?
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                  34.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
          Walter pulls away.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Why do you want to know?
          
                                   VICKI
                         Because I like you.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         I won't run away.
          
           here's a long pause. He rests back down against the pillows.
          
                                   WALTER
                         What's the worst thing you ever
                         did?
          
                                      VICKI
                         The worst?
          
                                      WALTER
                         Yeah.
          
          Vicki looks at him.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Fucked my best friend's husband.
          
          Walter listens with no reaction.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         I mean my best friend since the
                         second grade. Her husband was hot
                         for me and, god, he was cute. She
                         was an international flight
                         attendant, so we would get it on
                         for days, while she was off in some
                         country we couldn't pronounce. Then
                         he told her, the shit. It broke up
                         our friendship, broke up their
                         marriage. Later she had a nervous
                         breakdown, quit her job, then moved
                         in with her sister who she
                         despised.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      35.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
          Vicki lights a cigarette and takes a long drag.
          
                                      VICKI (cont'd)
                            I still feel like the lowest piece
                            of shit, when I think about it.
          
          She looks at Walter. He says nothing, his expression blank.
          
                                      VICKI (cont'd)
                            So, what did you do?
          
                                      WALTER
                            I molested little girls.
          
                                      VICKI
                            Molested little girls?
          
                                      WALTER
                            Yeah.
          
          Vicki laughs.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            You don't believe me?
          
          She shakes her head no but the laughter begins to die.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            I wish the judge had your sense of
                            humor.
          
          Vicki is quiet.
          
                                      VICKI
                            You're not joking.
          
                                      WALTER
                            Twelve years in prison is no joke.
          
          Walter gets out of bed and pulls on his pants. Vicki doesn't
          move, the cigarette burns in her hand.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                                (signaling to the door)
                            Look, you can go now.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    36.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     VICKI
                           How many girls did you molest?
          
          Walter walks over to the window.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Obviously one too many.
                               (bitter laugh)
          
          Vicki looks away.
          
                                        WALTER (cont'd)
                           Sorry.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What did you do to them?
          
                                     WALTER
                               (looking back out the window)
                           It's not what you think.
          
                                        VICKI
                           How young?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Between ten and twelve. Once a nine-
                           year-old told me she was eleven.
                           Once a fourteen-year-old told me
                           she was twelve. I always asked how
                           old they were.
          V
          
           icki is visibly shaken. She puts the cigarette out.
          
                                      VICKI
                           So it was mostly fondling? Shit
                           like that?
          
          Walter looks at her.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I never hurt them. Never.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Twelve years in prison?
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     37.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           The judge had a thing about sex
                           offenders. Later I heard his
                           daughter had been raped. If I
                           hadn't had a good lawyer, it would
                           have been twenty-five to thirty.
          
          Vicki is silent.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Why don't you just go now, okay?
          
                                     VICKI
                           I told you I'm not easily shocked.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You should be shocked. Or do you
                           get off on this shit?
          
                                     VICKI
                           What?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Get your kicks somewhere else.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Hey, I'm not --
          
                                     WALTER
                           Depraved? My mistake.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Walter.
          
          Advancing towards her.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Get the fuck out of here!
          
          Vicki doesn't move. After a long moment, Walter sits down
          next to her.
          
                                     VICKI
                           You don't molest little girls
                           anymore, do you?
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                   38.
          CONTINUED: (5)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           No. Never again.
          V
          
           icki looks away, struggling to digest the news.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                               (quiet)
                           You should go now.
          
          Vicki gets up and pulls on her clothes. She looks at Walter
          who sits motionless on the bed. She leaves.
          
          INT. VICKI'S CAR - DAY
          
          Vicki drives fast. Window down. Cigarette gripped between her
          fingers. Tears stream down her face. She comes to a stop
          light and sits completely still, staring ahead without
          blinking. Suddenly cars HONK. She snaps out of her stupor and
          keeps on driving.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter sits on the couch writing in his journal. The TV is
          on, a baseball game in progress, sound on low. Abruptly,
          Walter throws the journal across the room. Then he lies back
          and stares at the ceiling.
          
          Suddenly, there is a loud THUMP outside of the apartment.
          
          Walter picks up his journal and puts it in a drawer, then
          walks quietly to the door and opens it a crack.
          
          EXT. WALTER'S APARTMENT LANDING - NIGHT
          
          A man struggles to bring a large object up the stairs.
          
          Walter opens the door. Carlos turns in surprise.
          
                                     WALTER
                           What are you doing?
          
                                     CARLOS
                            his little table is one heavy
                           bitch.
          
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                                                                     39.
          
          
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Carlos enters the apartment and sets a table down in the
          middle of the room. Walter looks at it.
          
                                    WALTER
                          herry.
          
                                    CARLOS
                         Huh?
          
                                    WALTER
                         It's made from cherry. That's a
                         hard wood.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         It's a nice table.
          
          Walter runs his hand along the surface.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Notice the grain. See how deep and
                         rich the red runs?
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Yeah. It's really nice.
          
          Carlos sits in a chair.
          
                                   WALTER
                         It's my own design. You won't find
                         another table like it in the world.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         It was a beautiful present.
                                   W
          
                                   WALTER
                         Then why the fuck are you giving it
                         back to me?!
          
                                   CARLOS
                             (gesturing to the empty space)
                         You need a table.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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                         S
          
          
          
          
                                                                   40.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   WALTER
                          he was going to throw it out,
                         wasn't she? Just toss it like a
                         scrap of wood.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         It wasn't like that.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Then what? What?!
          
                                   CARLOS
                          he's got all this new furniture
                         now. She said it didn't fit
                         anymore, so I kept it in the attic.
                         I thought you might like it.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I made that table for you and
                         Annette, for your wedding. I put a
                         lot of love into it.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         I know, man. I love this table too.
                             (Looks at Walter)
                         But I also love my wife.
          
          Carlos notices the TV.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         What's happening?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Mariners are pounding the shit out
                         of the Tigers.
          
          Walter stares at Carlos for a moment, then turns and goes to
          the fridge and pulls out two beers. He hands Carlos a beer
          and sits down on the couch. Carlos sits down next to him.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Fucking Mariners.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           Fucking Tigers. They got no
                           pitching except for a bunch of
                           green kids straight out of Double A
                           or Southern Cal.
                               (pause)
                           How was the party?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           What party?
          
                                     WALTER
                           The birthday party.
          
                                       CARLOS
                           Oh,   Anna's. It was great, man. Anna
                           was   so pretty.
                                  getting excited)
                           She   looked like a princess, like
                           one   of those girls in a fairy tale,
                           you   know, like Snow White.
          
          Walter looks at Carlos.
          
                                      CARLOS (cont'd)
                           I've got some pictures.
                                (reaching for his back pocket)
                           W
                             ant to see?
          
                                        WALTER
                           No thanks.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Ah, come on.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (snapping)
                           I don't want to see any goddamn
                           pictures.
          
          Carlos backs off.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           They're just photos I took of the
                           party.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    42.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
          Walter is silent and avoids Carlos's gaze. Carlos gives
          Walter a look, then heads to the door.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Carlos.
                               (Carlos turns)
                           I want to see my sister and Anna in
                           person. Okay?
          
          Carlos nods.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Yeah, man, I understand.
          
          He exits.
          
          Walter walks over to the table and slowly runs his hand along
          the surface.
          
          INT. ROSEN'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Walter sits across from Rosen.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           How do you feel about that?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't feel anything.
                                     R
          
                                      OSEN
                           You have no feelings for your
                           niece?
          
                                     WALTER
                           She was born after they put me
                           away. How can I have feelings?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Then why are you talking about
                           this?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Have to talk about something.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           What are you afraid will happen?
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm not afraid. I'm just saying
                         that Carlos has a thing for his
                         daughter, and if he isn't careful
                         he's going to suffer.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Have you talked to Carlos about
                         your concerns?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm not that crazy.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Do you think you're crazy?
          
                                   WALTER
                         If I'm not, then what the hell am I
                         doing here?
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Why do you think you're here?
          
                                   WALTER
                         You know why. It's part of the
                         parole deal.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Is that what you are angry about?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Talking to you is like riding on a
                         merry-go-round.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         That is a marvelous image, Walter.
                         Because by going in circles we find
                         the things we missed the first time
                         around.
          
          Walter looks at Rosen.
          
                                   WALTER
                         How long is this going to take?
          
          
          
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                                     ROSEN
                               (checking the clock)
                           We have a few more minutes.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I mean, when will I be normal.
          
                                     ROSEN
                               (pause)
                           We have a lot of work to do.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (speaking slowly)
                           Will I ever be normal?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I couldn't say.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You couldn't say.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I'm afraid not.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Do you know what "normal" is?
                                     R
          
                                       OSEN
                           I suppose it's however society
                           defines it.
          
                                     WALTER
                           How do you define it?
          
                                      ROSEN
                           I don't.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Then how do you know if your
                           patients are getting better?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           They usually tell me.
          
                                     WALTER
                           How do they know?
          
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          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     ROSEN
                           What is your idea of being normal?
          
                                     WALTER
                               (mimicking Rosen)
                           What is your idea of being a Jew?
          
                                     ROSEN
                               (controlled)
                           Whatever my ideas are of being a
                           Jew is not going to help you.
                                looks at the clock)
                           Why don't we continue this on
                           Thursday.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (exploding)
                           I want to be normal!
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Then go see a therapist who will
                           tell you you're normal!
          
                                     WALTER
                           Fuck you, Rosen!
          
                                       ROSEN
                           I know --
          
                                     WALTER
                           You don't know!
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I know you're frustrated, Walter,
                           but --
          
          Walter gets up and slams out the door.
          
           osen looks at the empty chair.
          
                                     ROSEN (cont'd)
                            -- you really are making progress.
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          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - MORNING
          
          Walter sits at his window with his journal, watching outside.
          
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          Walter's POV: Candy leans against his car, patiently waiting.
          Something grabs Candy's attention, and Walter follows his
          gaze.
          
          Kids pour off a school bus. Candy waves to one ANGEL-FACED
          BOY of ten or eleven.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O)
                         So what should I do? Call the cops?
                              he laughs)
                         Yeah, that's pretty funny.
          
           he boy and a buddy run over to Candy.
          
                                    WALTER (V.0.) (cont'd)
                         But what if Candy seduces one to go
                         for a ride?
          
          Candy smiles and offers Angel-face a candy bar, which the boy
          accepts.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.)(cont'd)
                         Yeah, that's right. If the boy goes
                         for a ride it's because he wants to
                         go for a ride.
          
          The BELL rings. The other boy grabs Angel-face, and they run
          off to school.
          
          Walter rests his chin on his hands, watching.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE LOCKER ROOM - DAY
          
            icki closes her locker to see Walter standing at the end of
          the room in front of his locker. She looks away.
          W
          
          Walter looks at her, closes his locker loudly, and walks
          brusquely past.
          
          EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Vicki stands near a pile of wood chips, taking a cigarette
          break.
          
          
          
          
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          Walter approaches, pushing a cart full of wood chips. Vicki
          looks at him as if to say something, but Walter continues
          past, dumps the chips, and returns back inside.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE CAFETERIA - DAY
          
          Walter sits at a table across the room from Vicki.
          
           ary-Kay enters and sits down with Walter
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         Hi, Walter. How are you doing?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Fine thanks.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         You know, it's really a beautiful
                         day out there, and I was thinking -
          
          Walter wipes his mouth and gets up.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Excuse me. Got another load coming
                         in.
          
          Walter exits. The smile fades from Mary-Kay's face.
          
           icki watches Walter leave.
          
          EXT. WAREHOUSE - DUSK
          
          Walter stands alone at the bus stop.
          
           icki gets in her Jeep and pauses before turning on the
          engine, watching Walter.
          
          He turns his back to the cold wind and her.
          
          Vicki turns on the car and pulls out of the lot, roaring by
          Walter without looking at him.
          
          INT. VICKI'S APT. - MORNING
          
          Vicki moves around her apartment, cigarette in one hand,
          spray bottle in the other, squirting her plants.
          
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          She prunes dead leaves from one of them, then pauses looking
          at the leaves in her hands.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Don't die on me, you little shit.
          
          She aggressively squirts the little plant with water, then
          pauses, noticing her reflection in the window. She looks at
          herself long and hard.
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          INT. WALTER'S APT. - MORNING
          
          There is a knock on the door. Walter walks through the room
          to the door, tucking in his shirt as he walks. He cracks the
          door.
          
          Vicki stands outside. Walter opens the door.
          
                                   VICKI
                         You want to go for a ride?
          
          Walter looks at her.
          
          INT. VICKI'S CAR - A LITTLE LATER
          
          Walter and Vicki drive without saying anything. Slowly the
          city-scape gives way to countryside. Walter looks over at
          Vicki. She stares ahead.
          
          EXT. RESERVOIR - DAY
          
          Walter and Vicki get out of the car which is parked on the
          edge of a reservoir surrounded by a thick pine forest. Vicki
          works her way down to the water's edge. A Great Blue Heron
          skims across the water's surface.
          
          Walter watches her for a moment then follows. He sits down
          near her.
          
           icki lights a cigarette and stares out over the water. After
          a long pause.
          
                                   VICKI
                         What was prison like?
          
          
          
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                    WALTER
                              (pause)
                         Y
                           ou don't really --
          
                                   VICKI
                         Yes! I want to know.
          
          Walter is quiet for a moment.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Prison is... time.
          
          Vicki looks at him.
          
                                   VICKI
                         You mean the time you're locked
                         away?
          
                                   WALTER
                         No. Prison is time. That's it. You
                         think time, you feel time, you hear
                         time. Your heart doesn't beat to
                         live, it just beats... time.
          
                                   VICKI
                         I'm sorry, Walter.
          
                                   WALTER
                             (shrugs)
                         Don't be sorry for me. I did those
                         things. No one else did. I'm
                         dealing with that.
          
          Vicki looks out at the water.
          
                                   VICKI
                         My father took me fishing here when
                         I was a kid. He could name every
                         fish in the lake. And for every
                         fish he named, he had a fishing
                         story. I hated fishing, but I loved
                         his stories.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Sounds like a special guy.
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     VICKI
                           My father was an alcoholic who
                           drank himself right into the grave.
          
          Walter looks at her.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           He said he couldn't help it. Said
                           he hated himself for doing it. But,
                           boy, did that man love to drink.
          
           here is a long pause.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I've changed.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Why young girls, Walter?
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                      VICKI (cont'd)
                           Is it their innocence? Their
                           beauty?...
          
                                     WALTER
                               (pause)
                           Their power. They seduce me.
          
                                     VICKI
                           They seduce you?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I was always the one seduced.
          
                                     VICKI
                           You really believe that?
          
                                     WALTER
                               (long pause)
                           No. That's what I used to tell
                           myself.   V
          
                                     VICKI
                           And what do you tell yourself now?
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           Nothing. It's over.
          
                                       VICKI
                           Bullshit.
          
          Walter looks at Vicki for a moment then stands up.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Okay. Then take me home.
          
          Vicki doesn't move.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           What do you want from me?
          
          Vicki stands.
          
                                     VICKI
                           I want you to change my mind!
          
          Walter is silent. Vicki shoves Walter hard.
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           Try, goddamnit!
          
          Walter stumbles back a few steps but regains himself. He
          stares at Vicki. His anger wells and he snaps.
          
                                       WALTER
                           I had this plan once... or maybe it
                           was a dream. I was going to quit
                           the building business... open my
                           own shop. Make and design fine
                           country furniture. I had saved
                           enough money. I found the perfect
                           place. Cheap five-year-lease. The
                           loan was in the bag. My wife was a
                           hundred percent behind it.
                           Everything was set... Then I got in
                           trouble.
                               (
                                 pause)
                           Do you know what the worst kind of
                           trouble is?
          
           icki watches Walter, silent.
          
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                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           It's trouble you bring on
                           yourself... and the people you love
                           the most. I lost a wife and a
                           daughter. It hurt to lose my wife.
                           It killed me to lose my daughter.
          
          Walter stops, looks at Vicki.
          
          Vicki stares back at him. After a long pause, she approaches
          and tentatively pulls him into an embrace.
          
          INT. OFFICE SPACE
          
          Close up on computer screen displaying a web page for
          registered felons. The heading reads -"Sex Offenders: the
          more we know, the better!" "Stay informed!" Mock Police
          sirens and lights frame the heading.
          
           he listing of sex offenders scrolls down revealing photos,
          name, address, and crime details of man after man, in
          alphabetical order, page after page.
          
          The scrolling slows down, past "Mason," past all of the
          Mc's..., and stops on "Miles, Walter." Convicted 1988 for
          sexual abuse of minors, five counts, released... It is the
          notification page that we saw created in the opening montage.
          Walter's photo stares back at us.
          
            e slowly pull back to reveal Mary-Kay at the computer. She
          clucks her tongue and shakes her head.
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          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - DAY
          
          Vicki and Walter lie in bed, spooning, fully clothed. Vicki's
          back to Walter, he holds her close.
          
                                     WALTER
                                gently)
                           You know, this is crazy.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Being here, with me.
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                      VICKI
                         I know.
          
                                    WALTER
                             (pause)
                         Most people say the odds are
                         against me.
          
                                      VICKI
                         What odds?
          
                                   WALTER
                         The percentages --
          
          Vicki looks at him blankly.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         For men like me. They say most of
                         us end up back... there. I'm saying
                         there are risks... seeing me.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Well, most people are stupid.
                              pause)
                         You want to talk about odds? One
                         day I'll tell you how I survived as
                         the youngest in a family of three
                         sons. You wanna talk about odds?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Why not tell me now?
          
          Long pause. Vicki lights a cigarette.
          
                                   VICKI
                         I got poked around... here and
                         there.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Which brother did this?
          
                                   VICKI
                         All three -- in chronological
                         order.
          
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           You must hate your brothers.
          
                                     VICKI
                           I love my brothers.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No you don't.
          
                                     VICKI
                           I love all of them. They're strong,
                           gentle men with families of their
                           own. And if you asked them about
                           what they did to me, they'd call
                           you a fucking liar and then beat
                           the shit out of you.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You never asked them about it?
          
                                     VICKI
                               (laughs)
                           Are you serious?
          
                                       WALTER
                           Not ever?
          
                                       VICKI
                           Not ever.
          V
          
           icki drinks from her beer. Walter watches her.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APT. - NIGHT
          
          Walter sits at his table, a scrap of wood in his hand. He
          whittles away at the wood. It is the rough outline of a heart
          with wings.
          
           here is a loud KNOCK on the door. Walter gets up. The KNOCK
          comes again, even harder.
          
          Walter goes to the door and opens it. The smiles fades from
          his face.
          
           ergeant Lucas pushes the door open further and walks right
          in. He wears a well-tailored suit.
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Hiya, Walter.
          
                                      WALTER
                         Cop.
          
                                   MAN
                         Sergeant Lucas.
                             (flashes his badge)
                         May I come in?
          
                                   WALTER
                         You are in.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         So I am. But I always like to ask.
          
          Walter closes the door behind him. Lucas walks around the
          apartment. Walter watches him, uneasy.
          
                                      WALTER
                         What's up?
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Have a seat.
          
          Walter hesitates, then obeys.
          
                                   LUCAS (cont'd)
                         You don't know?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I have no idea.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         I think you do.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Why don't you just tell me?
          
          Lucas walks over to the window.
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                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                             (pause)
                         I haven't broken any laws.
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Then you won't mind if I look
                           around.
          
                                      WALTER
                           I would.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Got something to hide?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Doesn't everybody?
          
                                     LUCAS
                           I could get a search warrant.
          
                                     WALTER
                           If you could, you would have
                           brought one today.
          
          Lucas looks at Walter. He looks at the table.
          
                                      LUCAS
                           Cherry?
          
                                      WALTER
                           Yeah.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Unusual design for a contemporary
                           piece.
          
          Lucas runs his hand along the surface.
          
                                     WALTER
                           It's not for sale.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Who said I wanted to buy it?
          
          Lucas walks back to the window.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           Two nights ago, a ten-year-old-girl
                           was attacked not too far from here.
                                     (MORE)
          
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                                       LUCAS(cont'd)
          CONTINUED: (3)
                           Seems there's been a number of
                           attacks on young girls in the
                           vicinity. Kind of a coincidence,
                           wouldn't you say?
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          Walter stands up.
          
                                     WALTER
                           If you tell me when this happened --
          
          Walter places his hands in his pockets. Lucas whirls around.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Move your fucking hands away from
                           your pockets!
          
          Walter does.
          
                                       LUCAS (cont'd)
                           Sit down!
          
          Walter sits.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           We know every step you make, every
                           goddamn step! We know when you
                           sleep, when you eat, when you shit,
                           and when you jack off.
          
          Lucas leans over the table, nose to nose with Walter.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           And when you sit by the window,
                           watching the girls in the little
                           cotton skirts parade by, do you
                           wave your wanger at the girls? Is
                           that when you jerk off?
          
                                     WALTER
                           You can't talk to me like --
          
                                     LUCAS
                               (interrupting)
                           Like a piece of shit? In     my eyes,
                           you are a piece of shit.     Think
                           anyone would miss you if     I threw
                           you out the window right     now?
                                     (MORE)
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          CONTINUED: (4)
                            I could say you jumped when I came
                            in. Who are they going to believe?
                            Not you, because you'd be a dead
                            piece of shit.
          
          Beat. Lucas taps Walter onL the forehead and smiles.
          
                                      LUCAS (cont'd)
                                (feigning kindness)
                            We just want to make sure you're
                            being a good boy, Walter. Okay?
          
          Walter is silent. Lucas taps him again.
          
                                      LUCAS (cont'd)
                            Okay?
          
                                      WALTER
                                (flatly)
                            Okay.
          
          Lucas rises, spits his gum in the sink, and leaves.
          
          Walter leans   over squeezing his head tight between his hands.
          The sound of   children fades in and Walter looks up. The girl
          with the red   ball stands across from him in the doorway to
          his bedroom.   She smiles and bounces the ball.
          
          Walter folds over, cradling his head in his arms.
          
          EXT. WALTER'S APT. - DAY
          
          Walter stands alone at his bus stop. As he waits, he sees the
          white Volvo turn a corner and pull up in front of the school.
          
           he bus pulls up to the stop, obscuring Walter's view. He
          quickly gets on and moves to the back, looking for Candy's
          car. It is nowhere in sight, the place where it had parked,
          empty. Walter sits down and stares ahead, numb.
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          It's a bright Saturday afternoon. A city bus turns into the
          parking lot of a large mall. Passengers exit the bus and pour
          into the mall's entrance. Walter is among them.
          
          
          
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                                      WALTER (V.O.)
                            I followed a girl.
          
          INT. MALL - DAY
          
          Music blares from speakers. Packs of teenagers cruise the
          mall. It is alive with chatter.
          
                                      WALTER (V.O.)
                            I don't know why I did it.
          
          Walter is frequently jostled, as if he has forgotten how to
          navigate crowds.
          
                                      WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                            There were all of these people...
          H
          
           e passes many stores and snack shops then sees a Barnes &
          Noble and enters.
          
          INT. BOOKSTORE - DAY
          
          The bookstore is two floors and vast. Walter looks lost as he
          moves through the crowds.
          
                                                                  UT TO:
          
          Walter rides an escalator. Three girls stand ahead of him.
          The girl closest to him wears a short skirt which flutters
          above Walter's face. He looks up.
          
                                      WALTER (V.O.)
                            She was pretty. Very pretty.
          
           hey reach the next level and Walter watches the girl walk
          away with her friends. Suddenly, the girl looks back. Their
          eyes lock -- briefly. She W
                                    turns the corner.
          
                                      WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                            She gave me a look. If she hadn't
                            given me that look...
          
          Walter pauses, then follows.
          
          The girl separates from her friends and goes down an aisle.
          Walter follows her. She goes down another aisle. He follows.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
          In the middle of the aisle, the girl bends down, looking at
          titles. From the end of the aisle, Walter pretends to be
          looking for a book as he edges closer to her. He's now a few
          feet away. The girl pulls out a book and opens it. Walter
          gazes at the nape of her neck.
          
                                   SALESMAN (O.S.)
                         Can I help you find something?
          
          Walter turns, startled.
          
          Behind the salesman, Walter sees a security guard exit the
          rest room area.
          
                                      WALTER
                         No, I'm --
          
          He turns, the girl is gone. He bolts the other way, through
          the aisles, down the elevator, through the mall as fast as
          possible. The faces are a blur, sound becomes distorted. Then
          we hear --
          
                                   ROSEN (O.S.)
                         Did she know that you were
                         following her?
          
          INT. ROSEN'S OFFICE
          
          Walter sits in Rosen's office.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I don't know.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         What did you think would happen?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I don't know.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         What did you want to happen?
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                                   WALTER
                         I don't know!
          
          Walter is agitated. Rosen calmly writes.
          
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                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         I can't believe I took such a risk.
                             (looks at Rosen)
                         Will you stop writing in that
                         fucking pad!
          
          Rosen stops and looks at Walter.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         You know that if anything happens,
                         I spend the rest of my life in
                         prison. No parole, no nothing.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Is this the first one?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Of course it is! That's why I'm
                         telling you!
          
                                   ROSEN
                         I want you to calm down.
          
          With effort Walter settles down.
          
                                   ROSEN (cont'd)
                         You followed a girl. One girl.
                         Perhaps you wanted to see what it
                         felt like after so many years.
                         Maybe unconsciously you were
                         testing yourself. You followed her
                         and nothing happened. And here you
                         are talking about it with me. This
                         is positive.
          
          There is a pause. Walter looks down, unconvinced. Rosen
          checks the time.
          
                                   ROSEN (cont'd)
                         Walter, we'll pick up here next
                         time.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I want to talk about it now.
          
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     ROSEN
                           We'll talk about it more on
                           Thursday.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Remember when you asked me what my
                           idea of "normal" was?
                                     R
          
                                      OSEN
                               (gently)
                           Go home, Walter.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Now I know. It's when I can see a
                           girl, be near a girl, even talk to
                           a girl... and walk away.
                               (pause)
                           That's my idea of being normal.
          
          INT. BUS-STOP - DAY
          
          Walter rides the bus, staring out the window. Sensing
          something, he looks up.
          
          A GIRL sits across from Walter. She is about twelve years
          old. She wears glasses and a pair of binoculars hangs around
          her neck. She casually nibbles on food she produces from her
          backpack. She glances at Walter briefly then looks back out
          the window.
          
          Walter turns away.
          
          INT. WALTER'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
          
          Walter and Vicki sit at his table eating Chinese take-out.
          Walter glances at Vicki who is devouring her food.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Maybe this isn't a good idea.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What?
          
                                     WALTER
                               (pause)
                           Us seeing each other.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
          She looks up at him.
          
                                   VICKI
                         You're scared.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I'm not scared.
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                                   VICKI
                         Neither am I.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Maybe you should be.
          
          Walter gets up from the table and clears his plate to the
          sink. Vicki looks at him.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Well, Walter, I got an idea of my
                         own.
          
          He avoids her look.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         You listening to me?
          
          He doesn't answer.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         We should live together.
          
                                   WALTER
                             (looks at her)
                         Live together.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Move in with me.
          
          He stares at her.
          
                                   WALTER
                         It's a bad idea.
          
                                   VICKI
                         I think it's a fucking good idea.
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
          Walter goes to the fridge for a beer.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't even know how to live with
                           myself.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Just think about it.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I've got problems.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Who doesn't?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Most people don't have my kind of
                           problems.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Guess that makes you pretty
                           special.
          
                                     WALTER
                           That's not what I meant.
          
          Vicki looks at him blankly.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           I say we call it quits.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Fine.
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           icki puts her fork down, pulls on her jacket and exits.
          Walter looks at the closed door, baffled.
          
                                      WALTER (CONT'D)
                           She's gone.
                               (pause)
                           That was easy.
          
           e takes a swig from his beer.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                            Good. I'm glad. I'm fucking glad!
          
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          EXT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - CONTINUED
          
          Vicki jogs down the stairs and over to her Jeep. She opens
          the door.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - CONTINUED
          
          Walter pulls the carving he was working on from a drawer and
          looks at it. It's finished.
          
          Vicki reenters holding a plant and sets it loudly on the
          table. Walter looks at her then at the plant.
          
                                   WALTER
                          hat's this?
          
                                   VICKI
                         What's it look like?
          
          She gets herself a beer from the fridge.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I don't need a plant.
          
                                   VICKI
                         Everyone needs a plant. This ivy is
                         one tough baby. It's a cutting from
                         one of mine.
          
          Walter seems at a loss. Vicki takes a swig from her beer.
                                    V
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Here's the deal. Give it a little
                         water. Go easy on the direct
                         sunlight. And notice it every once
                         in a while. They love it when you
                         look at them, or touch their
                         leaves. Can you handle that?
          
          Walter looks unconvinced.
          
                                      WALTER
                         Thank you.
          
                                   VICKI
                         You're such an asshole.
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
          She kisses him then gives him a teasing look.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Don't be scared, Walter.
          
                                   WALTER
                             (cracking a smile)
                         I'm not scared.
          
                                     VICKI
                         Prove it.
          
          Vicki walks towards the bedroom.
          
                                     WALTER
                         Hey.
          
          Vicki turns. He tosses her the carving.
          
          Vicki catches it and looks at it for a long moment, then at
          Walter.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         I made it for you.
          
          She smiles.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         It's cedar.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE LOCKER ROOM - DAY
          
          There is the usual morning chaos in the locker room. Walter
          opens his locker but stops abruptly.
          
            aped to the inside of his locker is a magazine ad of a young
          girl, joyfully swinging on a swing. Scrawled over the image
          in red marker is a circle with line across it and the words
          "WE'RE WATCHING YOU" written below.
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          Walter quickly tears down the picture and looks around. The
          men are all oblivious.
          
                                                                     67.
          
          
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Walter works at the saw, watching closely every person that
          walks by him. No one pays him any mind.
          
          Bob, the boss, walks into the space and stops to have a few
          words with a worker who points in Walter's direction. Bob
          heads towards Walter.
          
          Walter sees him coming and pauses in his work. Bob walks
          right by to talk to another man working behind Walter.
          
          Walter watches for a moment then continues working.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - LATER
          
          Walter exits the mens room and stops to drink from the water
          fountain. Mary-Kay is walking down the hall and pauses.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         Hi, Walter. How ya doing?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Fine thanks. How are you, Mary-Kay?
          
          She leans up against the wall.
          
                                   MARY-KAY
                         Well, I've got this problem. I
                         promised my sister that I'd baby-
                         sit her little girl tonight while
                         she's on a date. Single mother,
                         right? Her daughter's a cute little
                         thing, about nine or ten. Real
                         entertaining. But once she's
                         asleep, I get soo bored. I'd love
                         to have some company.
          
          She gives Walter a suggestive look.
          
                                   MARY-KAY (cont'd)
                         What are you doing tonight, Walter?
          
                                    WALTER
                             (cold)
                         I got plans.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
          A couple of men walk down the hall interrupting them.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            Have a nice day, Mary-Kay.
          
          Mary-Kay watches Walter walk away.
          
          INT. BUS - DUSK
          
          Walter rides the bus, staring out the window. The bus is
          crowded.
          
          Iime passes, fewer passengers, dusk has turned to night.
          
          INT. ROSEN'S OFFICE - NIGHT
          
          Walter and Rosen sit in their usual places.
          
                                       OSEN
                            You're very late.
          
                                      WALTER
                            Sorry.
          
                                      ROSEN
                            Please don't do it again.
          
                                      WALTER
                            I said I was sorry.
          
                                      ROSEN
                            I can't move my patients around to
                            accommodate one person.
          
          Walter silently stares at his hands. Rosen looks at him
          closely.
          
                                      ROSEN (cont'd)
                            Walter, I want to ask you a
                            question. Will you try to answer
                            it?
          
          Walter looks at him.
          
                                      ROSEN (cont'd)
                            When did it all start?
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     69.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           You mean my problem?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           If by "problem" you mean your
                           desire for prepubescent girls, yes.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't know.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           That's not a helpful answer.
          
                                     WALTER
                           That's my answer.
          
          Rosen looks at Walter.
          
                                     ROSEN
                            lose your eyes.
          
                                       WALTER
                           What?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I'd like you to close your eyes.
          
                                       WALTER
                           Why?
          
                                       ROSEN
                           To relax.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (snaps)
                           I'm relaxed.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Close your eyes and let your mind
                           be blank.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Hey, Rosen, you going to hypnotize
                           me?
          
          Walter laughs.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                     70.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     ROSEN
                           No, I am not going to --
          
                                     WALTER
                               (closing his eyes)
                           Okay. Eyes closed, mind a blank.
                           I'm all yours. Do it, Rosen.
          
          Rosen gets up so he's positioned directly in front of Walter.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           When I say the word "girl" what is
                           the earliest image that you can
                           remember?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Nothing. Can I open my eyes?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           No. When I say the word "pretty,"
                           when I say the word "pleasure,"
                           what is the earliest memory you
                           see?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't see --
          
                                     ROSEN
                           In your mind, Walter. Take your
                           time.
          
          After a moment, Walter's expression shifts.
          
                                     ROSEN (cont'd)
                               (watching closely)
                           Who do you see?
          
                                       WALTER
                                 (long pause)
                           I
                               see my sister.
          
          Rosen is excited by this "breakthrough."
          
                                      ROSEN
                           Where is she? What is she doing?
                            ow old --
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     71.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                               (interrupting)
                           Not so fast.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Sorry.
                               (pause)
                           Where is she?
          
                                     WALTER
                           In my bedroom, sleeping.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Where?
          
                                     WALTER
                           In my bed, Rosen. Where do you
                           think?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Where are you?
          
                                     WALTER
                           In my bed too.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           How old are you and your sister?
          
                                     WALTER
                           We're little kids.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           But roughly, how old?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I'm maybe about six... which would
                           make her four.
          
          Rosen walks around Walter and paces behind him.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           And what are you doing?
          
          
          
          
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                                                                     72.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           Just lying there.
                               (pause)
                           We're taking a nap.
          
                                        ROSEN
                           A nap?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yes, a nap. Kids do that. You ever
                           take a nap, Rosen?
          
          Walter opens his eyes.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           I don't want to talk about it any
                           more.
          
          He sees Rosen behind him.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           What the hell are you doing there?
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Did you and your sister often take
                           naps together?
          
                                      WALTER
                               (exploding)
                           I want you back in your chair!
                           Right now!
          
          Rosen stumbles back to his chair.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Don't ever do that again.
          
                                        ROSEN
                           All right.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't like nobody behind my back!
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I'm sorry. I shouldn't have been
                           there.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED: (5)
          
          
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          Walter looks away, quelling his anger.
          
                                      OSEN (cont'd)
                           Walter, what did you do while
                           taking a nap with your sister?
          
                                        WALTER
                           Nothing.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Did you touch her? Did you take off
                           her clothes? Did you take off your
                           clothes?
          
                                     WALTER
                           This is garbage!
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I'm only asking questions.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Okay I'll tell you what I did --
                           just to shut you up!
                               (pause)
                           I smelled her hair.
          
                                        ROSEN
                           What else?
          
                                     WALTER
                           That's all. I just liked smelling
                           her hair.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           You felt pleasure.
          
                                        WALTER
                                  (long pause)
                           Yes.
          
          Rosen writes a few notes.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           Did you get an erection?
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     74.
          CONTINUED: (6)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                               (glaring at Rosen)
                           I was six years old!
          
                                     ROSEN
                           I meant later... when you two took
                           naps.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                     ROSEN (cont'd)
                           When the two of you held each
                           other. When you were ten or eleven
                           and she was eight or nine. When
                           your parents were out and the two
                           of you were alone... completely
                           alone in that big house.
          
                                     WALTER
                           It was a small house.
          
                                     ROSEN
                           All right. A small house... with
                           small rooms.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (His eyes well up.)
                           I smelled her hair. That's it. I
                           just liked smelling her hair.
          
          Walter presses his face into his hands. Rosen watches him
          silently. When Walter lifts his face...
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          INT. BAR - NIGHT
          
          ... Carlos sits before him. They are in a booth, the table
          covered with drinks and remnants of bar food. The bar bustles
          in the background.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I've got some good news.
          
                                     WALTER
                           What's that?
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Annette will see you.
          
          Walter is quiet.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         Aren't you glad?
          
                                    WALTER
                         When?
          
                                    CARLOS
                         Soon.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Next week? The week after?
          
                                   CARLOS
                         Early July.
          
          Walter looks at Carlos.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         It's just a better time.
          
          Carlos avoids Walter's gaze.
          
                                   CARLOS (cont'd)
                         Anna will be away at camp. The
                         house will be quiet. It's better
                         when it's quiet.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Tell Annette I'm busy in July.
          
                                   CARLOS
                         C'mon, Walter.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You should see my appointment book.
                         It got crazy.
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                                   CARLOS
                         It's not what you think.
          
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                       WALTER
                           Isn't it?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           The important thing is that you and
                           Annette need to talk. She needs to
                           see you, and you need to see her.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (a long pause)
                           I'm not a monster.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           You're a good man, Walter. Okay,
                           you did some wrong things, but
                           inside you're a good, decent man.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Maybe I'm not a good man. Maybe
                           inside I'm bad, and I'll always be
                           bad.
          
                                     CARLOS
                            on't talk like that.
          
          The waitress interrupts to clear the table, leaning over to
          grab the empty plates. Carlos checks her out.
          
                                     CARLOS (cont'd)
                               (pause)
                           Next week Annette is going away for
                           a few days. And the thing is that
                           when Annette's away...
          
           arlos watches the waitress depart.
          
                                     CARLOS (cont'd)
                           I get horny as hell for other
                           women.
                               (whispering)
                           I mean I fantasize about raping
                           some beautiful woman.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You don't have to tell me this.
          
          
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          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I'm just talking, man.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Carlos, I never raped a woman.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I know. I'm just saying I
                           understand.
          
          Walter doesn't look at Carlos.
          
                                     CARLOS (cont'd)
                           It's crazy out there.
                               (signaling to the crowd)
                           Young girls wearing mini this and
                           mini that. Sometimes when I walk
                           down the street and pass some sexy-
                           looking woman, she makes me feel
                           like I'm bothering her. She stares
                           down like she's afraid to look at
                           me. Why she do that? Why can't she
                           look me in the face?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Maybe because you're looking her in
                           the face.
          
          Carlos looks at Walter.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           I see a pretty woman, I look.
                           That's the price of beauty, my
                           friend. My god, you should see what
                           Anna's friends wear.
          
           arlos laughs. Walter looks at him.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Carlos, can I ask you something?
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Sure.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
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          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
                                      WALTER
                                (pause)
                           N
                             othing.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Ask me. Ask me anything.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (pause)
                           Did you ever... Do you have
                           feelings for Anna?
          
           arlos looks at Walter.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           What do you mean?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I mean... feelings.
          
          A look of horror/disgust passes over Carlos's face, and he
          lurches forward grabbing Walter by the shirt collar. Drinks
          spill.
          
                                     CARLOS
                           Listen, man. I don't got your sick
                           problem, and if you or anybody else
                           ever comes near my daughter, I'll
                           kill you.
          
          Carlos lets go of Walter roughly and gets up and leaves.
          Walter looks around embarrassed -- onlookers slowly turn
          away. Walter picks up a napkin and starts to blot the table
          dry.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Vicki stands before Walter who sits on the edge of the bed.
          Both are naked. She kisses him. He turns her around and pulls
          her to his lap.
          
          Walter's hands are on her hips. He moves her body slowly --
          very slowly -- around his lap.
          
          Vicki goes with it, enjoying herself, then tries to turn
          around. Walter holds her still.
          
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          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                      VICKI
                         Walter...
          
          He leans his face into her hair. He takes deep audible
          breaths. Vicki tries to turn again, but he won't let her. She
          is aroused but confused.
          
                                   VICKI (cont'd)
                         Walter... let me...
          
          She tries to reach back. Walter catches her hand and holds it
          to her side.
          
                                   WALTER
                         Don't touch me... please.
          
          He holds her tight.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING
          
          Walter lies in bed, eyes open. There is the SOUND of children
          playing outside. He carefully sits up in bed revealing Vicki
          asleep beside him.
          
          IXT. SCHOOLYARD - MORNING
          
           n slightly fast motion grainy style of transferred 8 mm,
          kids parade down the sidewalk heading for school. The camera
          pans to reveal Candy watching them.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.)
                             (in the ratatat tone of a
                              sportscaster)
                         Good morning, fellow sports fans.
                         The match is about to begin. Candy
                         enters the arena looking sweet and
                         trim. He checks out the scene but
                         plays it cool. He's definitely
                         holding back.
                             (Pause)
                         Uh-oh, Candy's eyes have locked
                         onto something. Oh yeah.
          
           railing behind the others is the angel-faced boy. Freeze
          frame.
          
          
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                                   WALTER (V.O.)(cont'd)
                         A cherub of a lad has separated
                         from his friends. Candy quickly
                         makes his move. He pats the cherub
                         on his head, ruffles his hair. With
                         his other hand, he offers the boy a
                         bag of M&Ms. Jumbo size.
          
          Che boy tears open the bag.
          
           andy smiles. Freeze frame.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                         Round one to Candy.
          
          Candy points across the street to his white Volvo.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                         A very risky move by Candy. The boy
                         looks at the car but walks away!
          
          Candy follows the boy. Freeze frame.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                         Round two goes to the cherub.
          
          Candy struts around the boy rapping, clapping, snapping his
          fingers.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                         I have never seen Candy act so
                         cocky.
          
          Candy points to his car again, then dances, seen in slow-
          motion, toward it.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                         The cherub looks at Candy; the
                         cherub looks at the car; the cherub
                         looks for his friends. But his
                         friends are long gone. The cherub
                         is alone. The cherub crosses the
                         street!
          
          Candy opens the car door.
          
          
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                                     WALTER (V.O.) (cont'd)
                               (Pause. Normal tone)
                           The cherub gets in the car.
          
          The boy gets in the car. Instant replay. The boy gets in the
          car. ZOOM IN. The car door closes.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APT. - DAY
          
          Walter sits staring out the window. The sound of children
          playing.
          
           icki walks into the room and sees Walter sitting by the
          window. She walks up behind him and puts her hands on his
          shoulders.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What are you doing?
          
          Walter turns around, startled, brushing her off.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Don't do that.
          
                                      VICKI
                           Do what?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Sneak up behind me like that.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What's your fucking problem?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Why's it always my fucking problem?
          
          Vicki looks at Walter.
          
                                     VICKI
                           What's going on?
          
                                      WALTER
                           Nothing.
          
          Vicki looks at him.
          
          
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                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            I didn't sleep well.
          
                                      VICKI
                            Do you want to talk about it?
          
                                      WALTER
                            I need a shower.
          
          He walks back into the bedroom.
          
          A SCHOOL BELL rings and Vicki looks out the window. She sees
          the children running into school. She looks back in the
          direction Walter left.
          
          INT. VICKI'S CAR - DAY
          
          Vicki and Walter ride in the car. Vicki glances at Walter. He
          stares ahead, then leans his head back and closes his eyes...
          I
          
          INT. BUS - DAY
          
          ... Walter rides, head back, eyes closed. The bus comes to a
          stop and a couple of passengers get on. Walter opens his
          eyes.
          
          The girl with binoculars comes to sit in the seat ahead of
          Walter.
          
          Walter stares at the girl. The bus pulls up to another stop --
          it is Walter's. The doors to the bus open. Walter looks at
          the doors, he does not move. The doors close. He looks back
          at the girl. The bus drives on.
          
          EXT. BUS-STOP - DAY
          
          The bus comes to a stop. The girl gets off amongst a couple
          of passengers. Walter follows.
          
          EXT. PARK - DAY
          
          Walter walks down a path that opens onto a secluded little
          field surrounded by trees.
          
          
          
          
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          The girl stands in the middle of the field looking at the sky
          through her binoculars. She turns slowly, scanning the trees.
          She spots Walter and lowers the binoculars.
          
                                   GIRL
                         Hello.
          
          Walter is silent. He looks up at the trees.
          
                                   GIRL (cont'd)
                         What are you looking at?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Birds.
          
                                   GIRL
                             (indifferently)
                         There's a million birds here.
          
                                   WALTER
                         In that birch tree is a nest.
          
                                   GIRL'S VOICE
                             (interested)
                         Where?
          
                                   WALTER
                             (pointing)
                         Up there.
          
          She looks through her binoculars. Walter stares at her.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         A little higher.
          
          She points her binoculars up. Walter walks towards her.
          
                                   GIRL
                         There's little chicks!
                             (turns to Walter)
                         You want to see?
          
                                   WALTER
                         Sure.
          
          She hands him her binoculars. He looks through them.
          
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                                     GIRL
                           They're starlings.
          
                                     WALTER
                               (continues looking)
                           Is that right?
          
                                     GIRL
                           I don't like starlings.
          
                                      WALTER
                           Why not?
          
                                     GIRL
                           They're extremely aggressive birds.
                           Plus, their habits are rather
                           filthy.
          
                                     WALTER
                           The mother sure has her hands full.
          
          He hands her back the binoculars.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           You always carry these?
          
                                     GIRL
                           When I go bird-watching. It's why I
                           like coming here.
          
                                     WALTER
                           It's just a city park.
          
                                     GIRL
                           You'd be surprised how many kinds
                           of birds you'll see here. Last week
                           I saw a purple martin. And the week
                           before that, I saw a solitary
                           vireo. That's rare.
          
                                     WALTER
                           A solitary vireo. I like that one.
          
                                     GIRL
                           Their sound is quite musical.
          
          
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                                     WALTER
                           How does it sound?
          
                                     GIRL
                           It's hard to describe.
          
                                      WALTER
                           Try.
          
                                      GIRL
                           I can't.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I bet you can.
          
          She shakes her head.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           I'd love to hear it.
          
                                     GIRL
                               (pause)
                           It's a bright sound.
          
          She closes her eyes and pipes a little tune.
          
                                      IRL (cont'd)
                           Cheery! Cheerily! Cheery! Cheerily!
          
          She opens her eyes, shyly.
          
                                     GIRL (cont'd)
                           Something like that.
          
                                     WALTER
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                           That was terrific.
          
                                      IRL
                           You should hear the bird.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You live around here?
          
                                     GIRL
                               (Pause)
                           Not too far.
                                     (MORE)
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                                       GIRL(cont'd)
          CONTINUED: (4)
                               (She looks at him)
                           Are you a bird-watcher too?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Me? Nah. I'm more of a people
                           watcher.
          
                                     GIRL
                           Were you watching me?
          
                                       WALTER
                                 (pause)
                           Not   at first. You would stare at
                           the   tops of the trees so intently.
                           Any   second I thought you would take
                           off   and fly.
          
                                     GIRL
                           I have to go.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Do you come here often?
          
                                      IRL
                           My daddy likes me home before dark.
          
                                     WALTER
                           It's good to listen to your daddy.
          
          The girl runs off down the path.
          
          Walter watches after her. He stands alone in the field.
          
          INT. BUS - DAY
          
          Walter rides the bus. Through many different neighborhoods,
          day passes into night. He stares beyond his reflection. Over
          the following voice-over we cut between Walter's apartment
          and Walter riding the bus.
          
                                     WALTER (V.O.)
                           I followed a girl.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter sits at his window, writing in his journal, fast.
          
          
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                                    WALTER (V.0.)
                         I talked to a girl... I was near a
                         girl... Jesus God! What did I want
                         to happen?
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          INT. BUS - NIGHT
          
          The bus drives by a number of billboards, children's Gap
          ads...
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.)
                         Maybe it's like Rosen said. Maybe I
                         wanted nothing to happen.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APT. - NIGHT
          
          Walter pauses in the writing.
          
                                   WALTER
                             (out loud)
                         Fucking Rosen! This isn't helping.
          
          There's a loud KNOCK at the door. Walter looks over in
          surprise. The KNOCK comes again. Walter quickly closes his
          journal and puts it in a drawer. The KNOCK comes again.
          
          Walter goes to the door and opens it partially.
          
           ergeant Lucas stands outside.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Hiya, Walter.
          
          Walter opens the door. Lucas enters. Walter slowly closes the
          door behind him.
          
                                   WALTER
                         What can I do for you, Sergeant
                         Lucas?
          
          Lucas signals a chair.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Have a seat.
          
          Walter slowly sits. Lucas walks around the room. He pauses.
          
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                                   LUCAS (cont'd)
                         Too much sun.
          
                                     WALTER
                         What?
          
          Lucas points to the plant on the windowsill.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Your ivy. Too much direct sunlight.
                         These plants don't like a lot of
                         sun.      W
          
                                   WALTER
                         They grow outside, don't they?
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Sure they do. But outside they've
                         got trees around them. The trees
                         shade them from the sun. Of course,
                         the plants enrich the soil around
                         the trees. One of nature's
                         symbiotic relationships.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You going to take me on a nature
                         walk?
          
                                   LUCAS
                         Don't be witty.
                             (pause)
                         Yesterday you took the number
                         twelve bus from work, but instead
                         of getting off at your normal stop,
                         for some reason you stayed on. Why
                         did you stay on the bus, Walter?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I fell asleep.
          
          Lucas throws him a look.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         When I woke up I was confused. I
                         got off at the wrong stop and
                         walked home.
          
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          Lucas looks at the bus map on the wall.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           You walked home.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yes.
          
          Lucas spits his gum into the garbage can and sits down across
          from Walter.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Some of these guys... They walk
                           right into a family's home as if
                           they live there. Very fucking
                           ballsy.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                      LUCAS (cont'd)
                           This one guy on death row, who I'll
                           call Henry, told me about his last
                           victim. Henry says how he's in the
                           bedroom of a seven-year-old cutie
                           named Adele. Her mother's in the
                           living room watching TV. She's got
                           the volume on so damn high he can
                           hear David Letterman's jokes. Henry
                           puts his hand over Adele's mouth
                           and says, "If you scream, little
                           girl, I'll kill your mother." And
                           of course little Adele doesn't
                           scream, doesn't cry, doesn't make a
                           sound. Then he takes her hand and
                           out they go through the front door.
                               (
                                 pause)
                           Ten days later they find Adele's
                           body. Or what's left of it.
                               (looks at Walter)
                           You believe in fairy tales?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Fairy tales?
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Do you believe in them?
          
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                                       WALTER
                           No.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Neither do I.
                               (pause)
                           What's the one with the woodsman?
          
                                       WALTER
                           Woodsman?
          
                                     LUCAS
                           The one with the ax?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I don't know.
          
                                      LUCAS
                           Sure you do. He cuts open the
                           wolf's stomach, and the girl steps
                           out alive.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Little Red Riding Hood.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           That's it. Little Red Riding Hood
                           jumps out of the wolf's guts with
                           hardly a scratch.
                               (pause)
                           Ever see a seven-year-old girl
                           sodomized almost in half?
          
          Walter shakes his head.
          
                                      LUCAS (cont'd)
                           She looked so small and broken. I
                           saw hardened twenty-year veterans
                           cry. They cried like babies. I was
                           there. Ain't no fucking woodsman in
                           this world.
          
          Lucas takes out a fresh piece of gum and pops it in his
          mouth. Then he rises.
          
          
          
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                                     WALTER
                           You knew her?
          
                                       LUCAS
                           What?
          
                                       WALTER
                           The girl.
          
          Lucas stares coldly at Walter, his face red. He looks
          dangerous.
          
                                     LUCAS
                               (seething)
                           I don't know why they keep letting
                           scum like you return to the
                           streets. It just means we've got to
                           catch you all over again.
          
          He slaps Walter on the back of the head...
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           See ya, Walter.
          
          ... and exits.
          
          Walter rushes to the blinds, drawing them down, then
          scrambles to get his journal from the drawer. He drops to his
          knees, tearing the pages from his journal, tearing them to
          bits.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You have no right to talk to... to
                           speak like... I am not!... I am
                           not!
          
          The SOUND of children fades in, and Walter looks up.
          
          In the bedroom doorway is the girl in her white nightgown,
          sitting on the red ball, rocking back and forth, her chin in
          her hands.
          
                                      IRL
                           Wallie, what are you doing?
          
          
          
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          Walter squeezes his eyes shut and clamps his hands over his
          ears. The sound abruptly stops.
          
          INT. BUS - MORNING
          
          Walter rides the bus. He is unshaven and looks exhausted. He
          is jostled by the crowds but seems oblivious.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - MORNING
          
          As Walter walks into the warehouse, men step out of the way
          and give him leering looks. Walter walks into --
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          INT. WAREHOUSE LOCKER ROOM - DAY
          
          -- the locker room. A hush suddenly falls over the room.
          Walter looks around. No one will meet his eyes. He opens his
          locker and a piece of paper slides out.
          
          It is a Xerox of the police notification information of
          Walter printed from the Internet.
          
          Walter stares at the paper. Suddenly something slams next to
          his head. A piece of metal clangs to the floor. Walter turns
          around.
          
           edro stares at him, surrounded by a number of men.
          
          Vicki stands in front of her locker holding the flyer. She
          looks scared. She glances at the men then walks over to
          Walter.
          
                                     VICKI
                               (quiet)
                           Come on, let's get out of here.
          
          Walter doesn't move.
          
                                     PEDRO
                           Don't tell me you feel sorry for
                           this sick fuck.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Mind your own business, Pedro!
          
          Vicki looks defiantly at the men.
          
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          Bob hurries in, followed by a worker.
          
                                   BOB
                         What the hell is going on here?!
          
          He's handed a flyer. He looks it over and turns red. He looks
          at Walter then the men.
          
                                    OB (cont'd)
                         Who did this?
          
          Mary-Kay stands quietly in the back of the room, a look of
          satisfaction on her face. Vicki looks at her. Mary-Kay turns
          and sees Vicki's glare. She quickly looks away.
          
          No one answers. Bob looks at the men for a long moment then
          at Walter.
          
                                   BOB (cont'd)
                         Any man who can't deal with it can
                         see me in my office. I'll pay you
                         for a week, and you can clear out.
          
          Bob crumples the paper in his hand.
          
                                   BOB (cont'd)
                         We've got a hell of a lot of orders
                         today. Get to work.
          
          Bob turns and walks away.
          
           he men are stunned. Three angrily follow after Bob. As does
          Mary-Kay.
          
          Walter walks off without saying anything, his expression
          blank.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
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          Walter works at his station. He pauses, staring at the
          cutting blade whirling before him. He looks up around him.
          After a long moment, he turns the machine off and walks away.
          
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          INT. WAREHOUSE - LATER
          
          Vicki looks up from where she is working and notices Walter's
          place is empty. She looks around.
          
          INT. WAREHOUSE OFFICE - DAY
          
          Vicki enters. Mary-Kay sits at her desk, typing.
          
                                    VICKI
                          Have you seen Walter?
          
                                    MARY-KAY
                              (big fake smile)
                          Lovers' quarrel?
          
          Vicki picks up Mary-Kay's mug and pours coffee on her lap.
          
          Mary-Kay shrieks and stands up.
          
          Vicki tears through Mary-Kay's drawers throwing contents to
          the floor.
          
                                     ARY-KAY (cont'd)
                          What the hell are you doing?
          
          Bob walks in.
          
                                    BOB
                          What the hell is going on?
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           icki pulls out a handful of the notification fliers.
          
                                    MARY-KAY
                          People have the right to know.
          
                                    VICKI
                          If she's here tomorrow, I'll
                          fucking kill her.
          
          Vicki throws the papers at Bob and storms out.
          
          Bob looks at Mary-Kay.
          
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          EXT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
          
          Vicki quickly crosses the parking lot to her Jeep, putting
          her coat on as she goes.
          
          INT. BUS - DAY
          
          Walter rides the bus, watching the landscape go by, his
          expression stony.
          
          EXT. WALTER'S APT. - DAY
          
          Vicki pulls her Jeep into the parking lot and screeches to a
          stop.
          
          She races up the stairs and knocks on Walter's door. No
          answer. She knocks again. No answer.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Shit.
          
          She disappears back down the stairs.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APT. - DAY
          
          The door opens. Vicki enters and turns to the superintendent
          standing in the doorway.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Thanks again. I promised I'd take
                           care of his plants.
          
          The super shrugs and heads back down the stairs. Vicki closes
          the door and turns around.
          
          The place is a mess, the blinds drawn. She turns on the
          lights. There is no sign of Walter.
          
          She sees the journal scattered on the floor and leafs through
          the pieces. The image of the girl with red marker is stuck
          inside.                   V
          
                                     VICKI (cont'd)
                           Shit.
          
          
          
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          She picks up a couple pieces of paper and scans them, then
          she puts the pieces together. Walter's words are scrawled
          across the paper. Her hands start to shake.
          
          INT. BUS - DAY
          
          The bus pulls to a stop. Walter gets off.
          
          EXT. PARK - DAY
          
          Walter walks down park path. A jogger runs by, but otherwise
          it is quiet.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APT. - DAY
          
          Vicki frantically gathers pieces of the journal and stuffs
          them in a plastic bag. Her face is flushed.
          
           he stands up and stuffs the bag in the garbage then pauses,
          staring at the garbage can. She opens the can, grabs the bag,
          quickly looks around the apartment. There is the sound of the
          school bell outside. She rushes to the window and raises the
          blinds. Children pour out of the school. She quickly leaves.
          
          EXT. PARK - DAY
          
          Walter sits on a park bench in the same little field where he
          had encountered the girl before. He is alone. He sits still.
          He looks up at the trees.
          
          INT. VICKI'S CAR - DAY
          
          Vicki drives, the bag on the passenger seat. She comes to a
          stop light and looks in the rear view mirror.
          
              cop car pulls up behind her.
          
           icki reaches over for the bag and stuffs it under the seat.
          
          The light turns green. Vicki drives slowly. The cop changes
          lanes and passes her. She lets out her breath.
          
          EXT. STREETS MONTAGE - SAME TIME
          
          Vicki slowly drives by a series of parks, schools, malls -
          searching.
          
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          Children abound, playing, running free, getting off of school
          buses, running to meet their parents. There is no sign of
          Walter.
          
          EXT. PARK - DAY
          
          The girl walks into the clearing, wearing her binoculars
          around her neck. She stops when she sees Walter sitting on
          the bench.
          
          Walter continues staring at the trees. She walks over to him.
          
                                      GIRL
                            See anything interesting?
          
                                       WALTER
                            Not yet.
          
          The girl sits on the bench and pulls a small book from her
          backpack. She starts writing in it.
          
          Walter watches her.          W
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            What are you writing in that book?
          
                                      GIRL
                            It's my bird book.
          
          She shows it to him.
          
                                      GIRL (cont'd)
                            I've identified sixty-seven species
                            of birds this year alone.
          
          The girl writes in her book. Walter watches.
          
                                      WALTER
                            Where are your friends?
          
          She continues writing ignoring his question.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                            Don't you have friends?
          
                                      GIRL
                            I have friends.
          
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                                     WALTER
                           A pretty girl like you should have
                           a lot of friends.
          
                                     GIRL
                           I'm not pretty.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Well... not in the common way.
          
          She looks at Walter.
          
                                     GIRL
                           What does that mean?
          
                                     WALTER
                           It means uncommon beauty is
                           commonly overlooked. Most people
                           only notice birds with the
                           brightest colors.
          
          The girl sits silently.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           What's your name?
          
          She picks up her binoculars and peers through them.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Linda... Susan... Jennifer...
                           Jackie..
          
          She continues looking, but she smiles.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           You tell me your name, I'll tell
                           you mine.
          
                                     GIRL
                               (pause)
                           Robin.
          
          Walter laughs.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Yeah, like the bird.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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                                     WALTER
                               (pause)
                           Can I ask how old you are?
          
                                     ROBIN
                           I'm twelve.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No you're not.
          
                                      ROBIN
                           I will be in three months.
                               (pause)
                           I can't wait. I hate being eleven.
                           It has to be the stupidest age in
                           the world.
          
          She looks at Walter.
          
                                     ROBIN (cont'd)
                           What's your name?
          
          Walter hesitates then shrugs.
          
                                       WALTER
                           Walter.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Do you have many friends?
          
                                       WALTER
                           No.
          
                                       ROBIN
                           How come?
          
                                     WALTER
                           A long time ago, I was sent far
                           away. When they let me come back,
                           all my friends were gone.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           It sounds like you were banished.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Banished... yeah.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    100.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                      ROBIN
                           Birds are my friends. That sounds
                           egotistical, but they are. Birds
                           know I watch them, but they don't
                           mind because they like being
                           watched... if they know you won't
                           hurt them.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Robin?
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Yes?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Would you like to sit on my lap?
          
          Robin looks at him.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           What?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Would you like to sit on my lap?
          
                                     ROBIN
                               (pause)
                           No thank you.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Are you sure?
          
                                     ROBIN
                           I'm sure. Thank you all the same.
          
                                     WALTER
                           That's okay... doesn't matter.
          
                                     ROBIN
                               (pause)
                           Do you want me to sit on your lap?
          
          Walter looks at her.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yes. I would enjoy that.
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                  

          
                                                                   101.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
          Robin shivers.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Are you cold?
          
          She shakes her head. Walter slides closer and rubs her arms
          with his hands.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           You look cold.
          
          Robin is silent.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                           I know a place in the park where
                           only very small birds go. There are
                           no people or dogs or ugly crows and
                           pigeons. It's quiet except for the
                           song of these tiny sparrowlike
                           birds. Would you like me to take
                           you there?
          
                                     ROBIN
                               (pause)
                           They sound like finches.
          
                                     WALTER
                           They could be finches. I don't
                           know. We should go before it gets
                           dark.
          
          He stands up.
          
                                      WALTER (cont'd)
                           Ready?
          
          Robin doesn't move.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           My daddy lets me sit on his lap.
          
                                      WALTER
                           Does he?
          
                                      ROBIN
                           Yes.
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  102.
          CONTINUED: (5)
          
          
                                     WALTER
                           Do you like it when he asks you?
          
          She looks at him.
          
                                      ROBIN
                           No.
          
          Her answer has a strange effect on Walter, as if for a moment
          he has lost his balance. Carefully, he sits down and stares
          at his hands.             W
          
                                      WALTER
                           Why not?
          
          She is quiet.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Are you two alone when he asks you?
          
          Still silent.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Does he touch you?
          
          Robin looks through her binoculars.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Does he say strange things?
          
          She scans the trees.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Does he move his legs in a funny
                           way?
          
          Robin drops her head and quietly sobs. Walter looks at her
          but makes no effort to comfort her.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Have you told your mother?
          
          She shakes her head.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                  

          
          
                                                                    103.
          CONTINUED: (6)
          
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Is there anyone at home you can
                           talk to?
          
          She is quiet.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Is there a teacher you like at
                           school?
          
          She nods.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           What's her name?
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Ms. Kramer.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Tell Ms. Kramer what your daddy
                           does.
          
                                      ROBIN
                           I can't.
          
                                      WALTER
                           Yes you can, Robin.
          
          Robin in silent.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           You said you couldn't make the
                           sound of a solitary vireo. But you
                           did. Beautifully. I heard you.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           What will happen if I do?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Someone will talk to your daddy.
                           And then he'll stop doing those
                           things... the things you don't
                           like.
          
          Tears come to Robin's eyes again.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  104.
          CONTINUED: (7)
          
          
                                     ROBIN
                           But will he... ?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Your daddy will always love you.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           How do you know?
          
                                     WALTER
                           I know because... it's just
                           something I know.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           I don't want to hurt my daddy.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Robin, listen to me.
          
          She looks at him. Walter struggles to find the words.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           At first he'll be upset... very
                           upset. It's because he'll realize
                           he's been a bad daddy. Then he'll
                           try... He'll try very hard to be a
                           good daddy... People will say
                           stupid, ignorant things about your
                           daddy. That will be hard for you...
                           But one thing I know for sure,
                           he'll always love you... always.
          
          There is a long moment of silence.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Walter?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yes?
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Do you still want me to sit on your
                           lap?
          
          Walter stares at her.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                               
          
          
          
                                                                 105.
          CONTINUED: (8)
          
          
                                     ROBIN (cont'd)
                           I will.
          
          Walter slides away from her.
          
                                     WALTER
                           No.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           I don't mind.
          
                                     WALTER
                           You should go home.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Can't I stay a little longer?
          
                                     WALTER
                           It's getting dark. Go home.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Will I see you again?
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Go home, Robin.
          
          Robin gets up, goes over to Walter, and hugs him. Walter
          starts to put his arms around her but refrains.
          
                                     ROBIN
                           Bye.
          
          She runs off. Walter looks out, numb.

          
          EXT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter approaches his building. The white Volvo sits parked
          across the street in front of the school. Walter walks a
          couple of more steps when the door to the Volvo opens. Walter
          freezes.
          
          Candy gets out of the car. As he turns, Walter no longer sees
          Candy but himself -- many years younger.
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
          

          
          
          
          
                                                                   106.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
          Walter watches, fear and emotion coursing through his face.
          
          Young Walter leans back in and pulls the front seat forward,
          and a young girl emerges.
          
          Flash to the angel-faced boy getting out of the car. Candy
          pats him on the head.
          
          Walter sees young Walter pat the girl on the head. She runs
          off down the street.
          
          Walter races towards Candy.
          
          Candy tucks his shirt in, puts the seat back, and is about to
          get in the car when Walter calls out --
          
                                   WALTER
                         Hey!
          
          Candy whirls around. Walter smashes him in the face. Candy
          reels backwards hitting the car. Walter attacks Candy full
          force. As he punches flashes of young Walter appear, then
          Candy, then young Walter again.
          
          He pounds and pounds on Candy then finally pulls away.
          
          Candy sputters on the ground.
          
          Walter, breathing hard, stares at Candy. He looks at the
          blood on his hands, which shake uncontrollably. He slowly
          stands up and starts to back away.
          
          Candy rolls over and groans as he tries to raise himself.
          
          Walter turns, tucks his head down, and quickly walks away.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter stands in the living room. He looks down at the floor
          where the journal was and sees that nothing is there. He goes
          to his windows and lowers the blinds.
          
          EXT. VICKI'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Through the window we see Vicki sitting on her couch, biting
          her nail, staring off into space. The phone sits next to her.
          
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                                                                    107.
          
          
          
          INT. WALTER'S BATHROOM - NIGHT
          
          Walter stands in the shower. He turns the water on and lets
          it run over him. Slowly, he begins to sob.
          
          INT. WALTER'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Walter stands at the bureau, cleaned up and dressed in fresh
          clothes. He looks up and stares at himself in the mirror. The
          sound of TRAFFIC fades in.
          
          EXT. CITY STREETS - NIGHT
          
          Walter walks down a city street with boarded up store fronts.
          The sidewalks are wet from a steady drizzle. Cars pass by on
          the wet pavement.
          
          As Walter walks, we intercut with a SERIES OF FLASHBACKS:
          
          A) EXT. SCHOOL - Walter looks at the blood on his hands then
          at Candy moaning on the ground.
          
          B) EXT. PARK - Robin stands in the middle of the field,
          binoculars held to her eyes, scanning the trees.
          C
          
           ) EXTREME CLOSE-UP: Robin lowers the binoculars and stares
          us straight in the eye.
          
          EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT
          
          Walter stands at an intersection. The lights play across his
          face.
          
          FLASHBACK
          
           ) EXT. COP CAR - NIGHT - Walter's face slams against a cop
          car. His hands are cuffed behind him, and he is roughly
          frisked. He tries to look back over his shoulder but his face
          is held down.
          
          E) EXT. PARK - Robin dances in circles in the fields, arms
          stretched out as if she is ready to fly.
          


                                                                   108.
          
          
          
          EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT
          
          A car races by, and Walter walks along a busy street fast.
          The rain falls harder now.
          
          FLASHBACK
          
           ) EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT - Walter gets place in the back of the
          cop car. The cops get in the front seat. Walter looks out the
          window at his house as the car pulls away.
          
          Standing on the front steps, his wife turns away, carrying
          his daughter inside. A cop closes the door behind them.
          
          G) EXT. SCHOOL - Walter pounds and pounds on Candy.
          
          EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT
          
          Walter crosses an old brick bridge that spans a river.
          
          FLASHBACK
          
           ) EXT. PARK - Robin twirls and twirls, then slowly dissolves
          into the girl with the red ball and white nightgown. The girl
          spins and spins, her dress fluttering in the wind. Slowly the
          girl fades away so the field is empty, except for a number of
          small birds fluttering around the ground.
          
          EXT. VICKI'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Walter stands outside Vicki's door. After a moment he knocks.
          The door opens to show Vicki. She stares at Walter.
          
          EXT./INT. VICKI'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
          
          Through the window we see Vicki sit down on the couch, and
          Walter sit on the coffee table, facing her. He starts to talk
          and takes her hand. She pulls it away. He continues to talk
          and takes her hand again, not letting her pull away.
          
          Trucks pass by over the wet pavement, rattling the windows.
          
          EXT. SCHOOLYARD - DAY
          
          The school is quiet, the playground empty. Swings sway
          listlessly in the breeze.
          

          
          
          
          
                                                                 109.
          
          
          
          EXT. WALTER'S APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY
          
          The old Chevy pulls into the parking lot.
          
          INT. WALTER'S APARTMENT - DAY
          
          Walter brings his duffel bag into his living room and sets it
          down next to a clothes hamper. Boxes are scattered about the
          space. There's a KNOCK on the door.
          
                                        WALTER
                           It's open.
          
          The door opens and Lucas enters.
          
          Walter pauses.                L
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Hi ya, Walter.
          
          Walter automatically sits down in the chair.
          
                                     WALTER
                           What can I do for you, Sergeant
                           Lucas?
          
          Lucas walks over to the window.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           You don't know?
          
                                        WALTER
                           Know what?
          
                                     LUCAS
                           I'll be asking the questions.
                               (pause)
                           Last night, you hear anything
                           unusual? Screams? Shouts?
          
                                        WALTER
                           No.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                 
        
          
          
          
                                                                  110.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
                                   LUCAS
                           man was badly beaten across the
                         street. You know anything about
                         that?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I was asleep.
          
                                   LUCAS
                             (pause)
                         I didn't say what time the assault
                         occurred.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You said last night. I went to bed
                         pretty early.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         The assault took place at
                         approximately seven thirty.
          
                                   WALTER
                         I went to bed around seven.
          
          Lucas gives him a look.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         I wasn't feeling well.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         I could take you downtown.
          
                                   WALTER
                         You could. It'd be a waste of your
                         time, though.
          
          Walter starts folding his clothes and placing them in the
          duffle bag.
          
                                   LUCAS
                         There was a boy there.
          
          Walter is silent. Lucas watches him closely.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                          
          
          
          
                                                                    111.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           He I.D.'d the assailant. The
                           description matches you pretty
                           well.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I suppose if you're looking for a
                           male between the ages of thirty and
                           fifty, medium height, medium
                           weight, medium build. Probably not
                           too many men fit that bill.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Just give me a straight answer,
                           Walter, cause the irony goes right
                           over my head.
          
          Lucas walks around. Walter folds a shirt.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           That's a nasty scratch on your
                           neck.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I have a passionate girlfriend.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           What's with the boxes?
          
                                     WALTER
                           You're a cop. Figure it out.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           I'd say you're moving.
          
                                     WALTER
                           It's a free country, isn't it?
          
          Lucas throws him a look.
          
                                     WALTER (cont'd)
                           Just kidding. I'm moving in with my
                           girlfriend.
          
          Lucas raises his brows then takes out a piece of gum.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
          
          
                                                                   112.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          
                                     LUCAS
                           The passionate one?
          
                                     WALTER
                           Yes.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Then I'd say you're a lucky fellow.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I count my blessings.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Well, I guess I'll be seeing you.
          
          Lucas pops the gum in his mouth and heads towards the door.
          
          Walter pauses in his folding.
          
                                     WALTER
                           Think you'll catch this guy?
          
          Lucas turns.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Oh, yeah. We'll catch him.
                           Unfortunately, the victim can't
                           talk. In addition to his other
                           injuries, his jaw is broken.
          
          Walter is silent.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           However, we ran an I.D. on the
                           victim. Turns out he's wanted in
                           Pennsylvania. He raped a boy there.
          
          Lucas watches Walter who impassively unrolls and rolls the
          same pair of socks.
          
                                     LUCAS (cont'd)
                           You sure you don't know nothing
                           about this?
          
                                     WALTER
                           `Fraid not.
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          
          
          
                                                                    113.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          
          Lucas looks at Walter for a moment.
          
                                     LUCAS
                           Stay out of trouble, Walter. Cause
                           I'll be watching you.
          
          He exits.
          
          Walter realizes he unrolled the socks. He tosses them in the
          duffel bag.
          
          INT. VICKI'S CAR - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          Vicki drives. Walter stares out the passenger window. The sun
          is low on the horizon. Walter wears a pressed button-down
          shirt. He is clean-shaven and his hair neatly combed. His
          hand fidgets in his lap.
          
                                        VICKI
                           You okay?
          
                                        WALTER
                           Yeah.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Fucking liar.
          
          Vicki reaches for his hand, then something catches her eye.
          
                                        VICKI (cont'd)
                           Hey, look.
          
          Walter follows her gaze.
          
                                        VICKI (cont'd)
                           Starlings.
          
           n the horizon, a flock of starlings whirl and turn as if one
          huge body, a dancing cloud against the sky.
          
                                     WALTER
                           I heard they were filthy birds.
          
                                     VICKI
                           Not when they fly.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                  
          
          
          
                                                                  114.
          CONTINUED:
          
          
          Vicki looks at him and smiles. There is a long beat as they
          drive.
          
          I/E. VICKI'S CAR, RESERVOIR - DAY
          
          Vicki sits in her car smoking. She stubs out her cigarette.
          The ashtray is full. She looks out the window.
          V
          
           icki's POV: Walter and a woman stand in the distance near
          the water. The woman looks a few years younger than Walter.
          There is space between them. Walter faces her, but she looks
          out at the water. After a long moment, he reaches to touch
          her arm.
          
          The woman pulls away and yells something at him. Walter's
          head drops.
          
           icki lights another cigarette. She flips on the radio to
          country music, blocking out all sound. She looks back out the
          window.
          
          The woman yells angrily then falls quiet -- staring at
          Walter. After a long moment, she turns and walks back up the
          hill to her car where Carlos waits, leaning against the car.
          Annette gets in the car, slamming the door. Carlos pauses,
          looking at Walter, then gets in the car and turns on the
          engine to leave.
          
          Walter stays standing near the water.
          
                                   WALTER (V.O.)
                         I saw my sister.
          
          INT. ROSEN'S OFFICE
          
          Walter sits in his usual seat across from Rosen.
          
                                   WALTER
                         It was hard.
          
          Rosen is silent.
          
                                   WALTER (cont'd)
                         She's still really hurt... and
                         angry. I don't know... if she will
                         ever... forgive me.
                                   (MORE)
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 115.
                                   WALTER(cont'd)
          CONTINUED:
                         I understand that. I do. I just
                         hope... I just want her to...
          
                                   ROSEN
                         Accept you?
          
          Walter nods.
          
                                   ROSEN (cont'd)
                         It's going to take time, Walter.
          
                                   WALTER
                             (to himself)
                         Time.
          
                                   ROSEN
                         How do you feel about that?
          
                                   WALTER
                         I feel... okay.
          
          Walter looks at Rosen who nods. There is a moment of silence
          between them.


          
          THE END