Wild Things: Diamonds In The Rough Movie Script
Writer(s) : Andy Hurst, Ross Helford
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WILD THINGS: DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH Written by Andy Hurst & Ross Helford INT. MUSEUM - DAY A perfect rainbow is trapped inside two flawless DIAMONDS, glinting in the morning sun. Tounted on crushed velvet, the identical diamonds are on a glass covered pedal stool in the middle of a vast, marble MUSEUM HALL. The stunning beauty of the stones is matched only by the breathtaking beauty of the young woman who's admiring them. MARIE CLIFFORD's creamy seventeen year old skin is dappled in the cornucopia of colors emanating from the diamonds... She reaches out tentatively towards the glass case. Not to touch the diamonds, but to run her fingers over a picture that's mounted in the case below the priceless jewels. It's of a MOTHER cradling her BABY DAUGHTER... MARIE Today's the day, Mom... CURATOR (O.S.) You here again, Marie? Marie spins round, sees the bespectacled CURATOR, 60's, standing behind her. MARIE Just leaving. Marie carefully adjusts the sign atop the glass case... 'THE MOTHER DAUGHTER DIAMONDS...' EXT. MUSEUM - DAY Marie fires up her powerful BMW, parked right outside the austere Museum building. The powerful stereo blasts, sending the birds fluttering skywards... CREDITS appear over... ARIEL FOOTAGE of a narrow highway, Marie's BMW streaking through the endless tract of Florida wetlands. In the water, GATORS, warm themselves in the early morning sun... MOVING over the vast tracts of swampland, flocks of tropical BIRDS stretch their majestic wings, locals speed across the stagnant waters in their deafening AIRBOATS... Through thick trees and foliage to trailer homes and tract housing and into the town of Blue Bay, where the nip/tucked denizens sip three martini lunches and tee off at the local country club. 03/22/2004 2. Marie steers her BMW into the showroom-like parking lot of Blue Bay High School. INT. MARIE'S BMW - MORNING Marie guides her powerful car towards her parking spot, when... SCCCREEEECCCHHHH! She SLAMS on the brakes as a figure darts in front of her car. Almost gives her a heart attack, throwing her forward, flailing arms crashing into the stereo, then snapped back by her seatbelt. She sits stock still for a second, then looks up, out of her windshield at the young woman scouring at her, only inches from the front bumper of the BMW. The sudden jolt has changed the radio station. A newscaster rambles on... RADIO NEWSCASTER (V.O.) ... operation, aimed at finally capturing the Black Widow suspect after a six month trail of embezzlement and fraud, once again failed to snare its subject. ELENA SANDOVAL, 17, stands defiantly in front of the BMW, her don't-fuck-with-me stare in direct contrast with her come-fuck-me clothes. RADIO NEWSCASTER (V.O.) Blue Bay Police Detective Michael Morrison was able to recover over $400,000 in stolen money, but the suspect, described as Female, between eighteen and thirty, remains at large... Marie reaches out with a trembling hand, turns off the stereo, then leans out of the car window. MARIE I'm... so... sorry... Elena smiles wryly. ELENA You will be. And she means it... 03/22/2004 3. INT. BLUE BAY HIGH AUDITORIUM - MORNING The auditorium is packed with the Blue Bay High student body. The natural order is clear, the pastel flock at the front, the meat headed jocks in the center, and the rejects at the back. Marie is amongst her sweater monkey friends, but she's still shocked by what happened out in the parking lot... JENNY (handing over a present) Happy birthday, babe. They ain't diamonds, but you're just gonna have to wait for those... Marie tentatively opens the gift, sees a pair of OPAL EARRINGS. MARIE (unconvincing) Thank you. Thank you so much... JENNY Are you OK, hon? Marie looks back, to the far reaches of the auditorium where the freaks and geeks crowd round Elena, worshipping her like the Goddess she is... MARIE I...yeah...I'll be fine...It's just...that new girl...I almost hit her in the parking lot... JENNY You mean the towel girl, the one who transferred in? Jesus, she's trouble. You know the only reason she's slinging towels is 'cos it's court ordered... Marie and Elena make brief, electric eye contact, across the sea of hormonally challenged students as Principal LIONEL MOSSTER, his ill-fitting sports jacket coffee-stained, steps onstage. MOSSTER We're here today to address a growing epidemic that affects all of you. He pauses, waits for the student body to quiet down... MOSSTER National studies report sexual activity among students at an all-time high. 03/22/2004 4. The students all cheer, naturally. MOSSTER We'll see who's cheering when you've got an unwanted pregnancy on your hands, or get slapped with a paternity suit...Or arrested for date rape. But don't take my word for it... He motions behind him to KRISTEN RICHARDS, early 30's, a natural beauty who's doing her best to hide behind a bland gray suit and glasses, and CHAD BORMAN, late 20s, devilishly handsome... PRINCIPAL MOSSTER Miss Richards and Dr. Borman are here to tell you about the pitfalls first hand... Kristen steps up to the lectern. KRISTEN Good morning, my name is Kristen Richards. I'm an officer for the Miami juvenile parole board, as some of you already know... Quick glance at Elena who rolls her eyes... KRISTEN But that's not what brings me here today. When I heard about Principal Mosster's sex education program I thought I'd volunteer my own personal story, in hopes that you might learn from the mistakes I made. Back in High school all I wanted to do was get drunk, stoned and laid... The students roar their approval. KRISTEN By my junior year, my life was a blur of cheap beer, anonymous sex, partying every night of the week... Elena covers her mouth, as if to cough... ELENA (through fake coughs) ...whore... Kristen ignores the slur. 03/22/2004 5. KRISTEN And then, one night at some pathetic frat party, someone slipped a roofie in my drink...and raped me. This quiets the auditorium. KRISTEN There isn't a day goes by my skin doesn't crawl when I think of the violation and humiliation I endured. I can promise you that if you make the same kind of wrong- headed choices I did, you'll be seeing Dr. Borman... Chad steps to the podium. CHAD Thank you, Miss Richards. My name's Dr. Chad Borman. I run the forensics lab at the police department, where my work has helped convict hundreds of sex offenders. Most teens like Ms. Richards never get their lives together. The physical scars may go away, but the emotional damage stays forever. While Chad drones on, MUDDY, a Gremlin-eyed drooler, sitting in front of Elena, looks back at her shapely legs as she puts them up on the back of the chair. He spots the ugly plastic bracelet locked around one of her ankles. MUDDY That's not...what I think it is, is it? ELENA Whattchya think it is, bitch? The words catch in his throat. MUDDY One of them...Parole leashes... ELENA Bingo. MUDDY So you can't, like, go more than ten miles from the cop shop? Elena taps the flashing red light on the plastic bracelet. 03/22/2004 6. ELENA Five. I got someone's panties in a bunch. Back at the podium, Chad leans forward, making sure his words resonate with the student body. CHAD And as for the perpetrators of this heinous act, even if you are still a minor, you will be tried as an adult, and, if convicted, you will do hard time. He pauses to let the impact of this wash over the students. CHAD Are there any questions? ELENA (calling out) Yeah, I got one for Miss Richards. KRISTEN Ask away. ELENA When they found the scumbag who took your precious flower of virginity, you sued his sorry ass, right? Kristen is taken aback by Elena's insensitivity, stumbles over her words, finally spitting out the sad, sorry truth... KRISTEN Uh, no, actually, I was never able to make a positive ID. All I remember was his alcohol-soaked breath whispering in my ear, "You won't remember, but you'll never forget..." Elena cracks a sideways grin... ELENA So what you're really saying is you fucked for free... Kristen has no answer to that. Principal Mosster does his best to control the situation... PRINCIPAL MOSSTER Miss Sandoval. You're on thin ice, young lady! Like Elena cares. She leans back, nods. Job done. 7. EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH DIVING POOL - DAY The bright Florida sunshine washes down on packed bleachers by the side of the massive diving pool, where a diving meet is in full swing... ANNOUNCER (V.O.) Blue Bay High School would like to welcome all participating diving teams from the tri-county region... Breathtaking beauties from teams all over the region, in their school colored bikinis, are scattered around the pool area. But all eyes are on the home team. Masturbatory fantasies abound as the Blue Bay Girls' Diving Team runs through stretches... And as exquisite as these girls are, they pale in comparison to absolutely sweet Marie, stunning in her nearly see-through white bathing suit. ANNOUNCER (V.O.) First up, district champion Marie Clifford... The crowd cheers, watching Marie edge out to the diving platform twenty feet above. Jenny right behind, waits on the ladder... JAY CLIFFORD, Marie's chisel-jawed stepfather in his late thirties, focuses a DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA on Marie from the front row of the bleachers... JAY C'mon now baby, you can do it... Marie just rolls her eyes. JENNY Your stepfather's just got a lot invested in the team. Marie looks at her stepfather, nods tentatively, but then notices the incongruous figure of Elena, sidling up to him... JAY (to Marie) Just try to keep those legs together. ELENA (O.S.) Shouldn't be a problem for Miss teen Virgin. 03/22/2004 8. Jay looks round, lowers the camera when he comes face to face with the world's hottest towel girl... JAY Excuse me? ELENA You're Mr. Clifford, right? As in Clifford construction? JAY I am, yes, but... ELENA I'd love to see one of your erections... Whoa. Jay's lost for words as he diverts his attention to the platform where Marie stands perfectly still before stepping into the air. It's a spectacular sight as the beautiful Marie completes a double back flip, entering the water with near-perfect form. She quickly resurfaces, climbs out of the pool and exchanges high fives with her teammates before crossing to Jay. JAY Nice take off, gotta work on the landing... MARIE I can't do any better... Jay shakes a finger at her, silences her immediately. JAY No such word as 'can't. Now do it again. Only better... Marie takes a deep breath, approaches the ladder once more. As she's about to start the arduous climb, Elena hands her a towel... ELENA Bet you choke. Stops Marie in her tracks. MARIE What's your major malfunction? ELENA Just wanted to make a wager. Between best friends. 9. Marie just starts to climb the ladder to the high dive platform. ELENA You blow this dive, I get those diamonds of yours. Marie stops, looks down on Elena from the fifth rung of the ladder, shakes her head... MARIE How'd you know about my inheritance? ELENA Talk of the town, birthday girl. Today's the day, right? MARIE And what, pray tell, are you willing to wager when I win? Elena thinks for a second, glances back at Jay with a big smile. ELENA I'll stay away from your stepfather. You make it, I won't be your new stepmom anytime soon. Whattya say? Marie just stands there incredulous for a moment. MARIE Take your sorry ass back to the swamps. She ascends the ladder, leaving Elena behind... ELENA Choke! Marie clambers up onto the high dive platform, tries to focus on the task at hand. But can't help but notice her nemesis below, walking slowly, seductively, up to Jay, intoxicating him... Marie blocks out the distraction, concentrates at the task at hand, stepping to the edge of the platform and the 20 foot drop looming beyond... She slides a ring off her finger, kisses it for luck. It's an odd design. Four curved gold ridges, just ready to hold a Diamond... She throws the ring into the pool ahead of her, the gold glinting in the afternoon sunlight as it drops into the water, and a split second before it breaks the surface, Marie is airborne... 03/22/2004 10. She twists magnificently through the air, a sight of breathtaking beauty. Thank God this is in slow motion. And as she gets ever closer to the water's surface, she tucks, does one last back flip, straightening out at the last possible instant, slicing through the water with nary a splash. Marie surfaces to roaring APPLAUSE. Treading water, she can't help but watch her Jay's smiling face in the bleachers... EXT. CLIFFORD MANSION - AFTERNOON Sickeningly expensive POWERBOATS and de-rigged SCHOONERS line the inlet leading to the verdant lawns of the Clifford Mansion... Banners and streamers wishing Marie a happy birthday decorate the grounds. Partygoers soak in the blazing Florida sun, sip at non- alcoholic punch, and stare out gratefully across the thin stretch of water that separates them from the riff-raff on the mainland... Marie sits away from it all, lost in thought, as Jenny, in cutoffs and a bikini top, sidles up beside her. J ENNY What's the matter, sweetie, pissed that one judge only gave you a 9.7? Marie forces a smile. MARIE Nah. I'm cool. JENNY Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, babe. You got diamonds on the mind. JAY (O.S.) Have either of you seen my video camera? Marie looks round to her stepfather, shakes her head, bringing a bemused look to Jay's face. JAY I had it at the dive meet, I'm sure... He shrugs, picks up a crystal glass, hits a fork sharply against it, drawing the attention of the assembled partygoers... JAY Ladies, Gentlemen, friends, raise a glass to Marie, on her eighteenth birthday. Everyone raises their fine crystal. H 03/22/2004 11. JAY She's become every inch of the woman her Mother hoped she'd be. Wherever she is now, Julie's looking down and smiling. Tears well in Marie's eyes... JAY And that's why, on your eighteenth birthday, Marie, I know your mother wanted you to have... He notices, out of the corner of his eyes, two well-dressed MEN standing at the entrance to his house. Whoever they are, Jay's instantly unnerved. He stumbles over his words... JAY ... she wanted you to have... a wonderful birthday party surrounded by all your friends. e glances back toward the house, watching the two men enter... JAY Please excuse me. ... and hurries after them. Marie is left dumbfounded. So close, but so far... MARIE Jay! What about my present? She chases after him... INT. CLIFFORD MANSION HALLWAY - DAY Marie makes her way down the sleek white corridors inside the opulent Clifford Mansion, past framed family photos, of Jay, Marie and the late Julie... MARIE Jay? H e's nowhere to be found. Frustrated, Marie finds herself alone in the kitchen. She angrily selects a bottle of Champagne, pops the cork. Before she can swig any alcohol she hears raised voices. JAY (O.S.) It simply can't be done... Marie tentatively edges out of the kitchen, back into the hallway, and down towards Jay's study... 12. JAY (O.S.) (CONT'D) In all construction there's delays. Marie sidles up to the door jam, peaks through the crack. What she sees makes the blood run cold in her veins... An imposing Cuban businessman, MR. BARAJAS, stands threateningly over a visibly frightened Jay. Another man, CICATRIZ, dressed in designer silks, stands menacingly in the corner, clearly the brawn of this little operation. MR. BARAJAS Four months is not a delay. It's a disaster. JAY You have my word, Mr. Barajas, the building is almost finished. Just give me a week, two tops. Barajas nods to Cicatriz, who moves in on Jay with lightning quickness, holds a Razor sharp KNIFE against his thumb. MR. BARAJAS We are long past the negotiation stage. Cicatriz runs the steel blade across Jay's thumb. Marie has to cover her mouth from screaming as she sees a trickle of blood stain the spotless white carpet. MR. BARAJAS (CONT'D) For every day the building goes unfinished, we'll take a finger... A sinister grin stretches across Cicatriz's lips. CICATRIZ Pray, Mr. Clifford, you finish before the eleventh day... And with that the Cuban men head to the door. Marie scrambles away, her heart pounding... She's halfway down the hallway when Mr. Barajas and Cicatriz exit Jay's study. She turns, tries to look innocent as the Cuban 'businessmen' stare her down. J ay appears in the doorway, sweat cascading from his brow. JAY Marie! Shouldn't you be with your friends? A 03/22/2004 13. MARIE I was just... Cicatriz takes a step towards her. JAY (to Marie) I'll be right there. With your gift... just... wait outside, OK? Marie backs away, never taking her eyes off the intimidating Cuban men... EXT. CLIFFORD MANSION - AFTERNOON Marie stumbles down the lawns, past the semi-clad partygoers, in a daze, as she takes hits from the bottle of champagne. Jenny and the dive team wait by the dock, and welcome their lost sheep with open arms. JENNY So? Did you get the key? Are you Blue Bay's richest bitch? Marie's thoughts are drowned out by the ROAR of a powerful engine. All attention turns to a rusted MOTORCYCLE as it streaks across the verdant lawns, leaving a spray of MUD in its wake. nd atop the bike... Elena, in skintight leathers. JENNY Holy shit, who invited her? Marie's slightly drunken eyes narrow. Elena brings the bike to a screeching halt inches from the surprised guests. The ultimate partycrasher... MARIE This is a private party... ELENA Don't mind me. I ain't here for your stupid party. She's striding towards the Mansion, towards Jay who's standing at the patio doors, an exquisitely wrapped present in his hands. MARIE Get the hell outta here! NOW! Marie stumbles after Elena, grabbing her from behind, holding her back. There's a tense moment before... 03/22/2004 14. ELENA Damn girl, whattcha been drinking? MARIE Stay away from my stepfather! ELENA Make me... And that's it. Marie lashes out with a haymaker punch. Connects on Elena's jaw and she goes reeling back. But it's ignited the street fighter in her, and she comes roaring back into the fray, ramming into Marie and together they tumble to the ground... T he crowds gather to watch the cat-fight, in equal parts appalled and aroused. It's a hair pulling, teeth gnashing, make up smearing wrestling match, no holds barred. The drunken Marie has the upper hand, the alcohol fueling her rage. JAY (O.S.) What the hell's going on here? And that stops the fight right there and then. Marie looks up to see a red faced Jay standing over her. MARIE This...trash is just looking for a meal ticket... Elena gets to her feet, licks the blood from her split lip. ELENA Mr. Clifford. Betcha proud of little Marie now, huh? He hauls Marie to her feet, thrusts her towards the mansion. JAY Party's over. Groans from the crowd, but Jay's mind is made up. MARIE But...what about...my present... Jay's already walking away. JAY I'm going to the condos. Sleep it off, whydontcha? Elena watches Jay stride away, like a lioness stalking her prey... 03/22/2004 15. EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING SITE - NIGHT Work lights illuminate the half finished condo building site, on prime beachfront real estate. These places would sell for millions, if they were ever finished... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING OFFICE - NIGHT In a concrete makeshift office, on the top floor of the condo building, Jay clicks open the lock on his large metal safe and the steel door swings open. Inside are stacks of CASH, piled high, along with a shiny new HANDGUN. Jay flicks through the money, shaking his head... JAY (sotto) Not enough. Just not enough... A clanking noise from outside has him quickly snatching the gun from the safe, before closing it once more, spinning the lock... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - CONTINUOUS Jay walks out of his office, into the half-finished top floor of the condos. Exposed beams and drying cement reveal how far behind schedule Jay really is... J AY Hello? Anyone there? He swings the gun round impotently, seeing nothing in the flickering florescent light... Finally Jay lowers the weapon. It looks like he might collapse, until he catches himself, palms flat against the wall, head down. JAY (CONT'D) Fuck me... ELENA (O.S.) Any time. Any place... He reels around, sees Elena moving toward him, brushing aside the thick plastic sheeting. She has a bottle of beer in one hand, a video camera in the other. Jay's video camera to be precise... JAY What are you doing here? ELENA You promised to show me your erection... 03/22/2004 16. Elena focuses the video camera on Jay's crotch. Makes him incredibly uncomfortable, obviously. JAY Is that my...camera? Elena thrusts the bottle of beer at Jay. ELENA Lighten up, Jay. Jay takes the bottle from her, sets it down on the concrete floor. JAY Enough's enough. I think it's time you left. This brings a teasing pout to Elena's lips. ELENA Is that any way to treat Marie's new best friend? Jay's taken aback. JAY You're best friends are you? ELENA Sure. We've been having sleepovers. Talking about boys, swapping tips. She's been teaching me about shopping, I've been teaching her about giving mind blowing head... Jay's taken aback once more. How much more aback can he be taken? He reaches out and blocks the video camera lens. JAY Gimme the camera back... Elena saunters slowly past, brushing up against him. Keeps the camera trained on his worried face... ELENA Come get it. Jay's reaching his elastic limit. He reaches for the camera, but Elena won't let go. They wrestle for control of the video camera. And finally the camera slips from both their grasps, flies across the room and SHATTERS on the concrete floor... 03/22/2004 17. ELENA (slyly) Ooopppps. Elena runs her finger under Jay's chin, then turns and walks away, leaving Jay standing there, all taken aback. EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT A drunken Marie brings her BMW to a swerving halt outside the construction site. She takes a swig from the Champagne bottle on the passenger seat for dutch courage... MARIE (sotto) It's present time. She reaches for the car door handle, but comes up short. When she looks back up she's in for some taking aback of her own... Elena comes walking out of the building site, and the two girls lock eyes. There's an uncomfortable moment before Elena flashes a satisfied smile and walks away... MARIE What the hell... Marie's about to get out of her car when Jay comes walking out of the site, looks around the lot, sees Marie's car. JAY What are you doing here at this time of night? Marie stammers to find the words... MARIE I just...wanted to apologize for my behavior earlier. I was out of line. Jay's mood lightens. JAY When we admit our mistakes we grow. You've made an important step. MARIE So...what about my present? JAY Meet me at the Museum. Before school tomorrow. Now go home, get some sleep, I'm gonna finish up here... 03/22/2004 18. He walks away and a smile creeps across Marie's face. FADE TO BLACK: INT. MUSEUM - MORNING A perfect rainbow is trapped inside the two flawless Mother Daughter DIAMONDS, glinting in the morning sun. Marie can barely contain her excitement as she paces frantically in the dark marble museum hall, reaching out a trembling hand towards the glass case containing the priceless jewels... JAY (O.S.) You really think you're ready for your inheritance? Marie looks round to see Jay striding into the Museum, still in the same clothes as yesterday... MARIE It was...it was what Mom wanted... Jay looks at her sternly. JAY You're the only one who can open that lock, but I'm the one with the key. She wanted you to have the diamonds when you were responsible enough to know what to do with them... M MARIE I'm...responsible... Jay shakes his head slowly, deliberately. JAY Really? Underage drinking, prying into my personal affairs, fighting... MARIE But they're mine. Mom left them to me. JAY They're yours when I say they're yours. For the time being, I've got some major problems at the construction site. Deadlines have to be met. We'll talk again when you've done some growing up. Jay puts an arm around his stepdaughter, starts walking her back towards the massive wooden doors. M 03/22/2004 19. JAY Please, don't fight me on this. We're Team Clifford, remember? MARIE (without conviction) Team Clifford... She's stuck in an awkward embrace with her Step Father... EXT. MUSEUM - MORNING Jay leads Marie down the stone steps outside the quaint Museum building. But as they approach his car they're hit by...BLUE and RED FLASHING LIGHTS. The whine of sirens has Jay spinning around in surprise, looking over to see four Police Cruisers come to a screeching halt... MARIE What the hell? Half a dozen of Blue Bay's finest, lead by the dashing young OFFICER ENTWISTLE, draw their badges, approach Jay. OFFICER ENTWISTLE Mr. Clifford? JAY Can I help you, Officer? OFFICER ENTWISTLE You're under arrest on suspicion of rape. Jay's jaw drops to the ground. JAY There must be some mistake, this isn't possible... MARIE Jay, what's going on? Entwistle puts a powerful hand on Jay, leads him to the first Police cruiser. J AY Call my lawyer, tell him to meet me down the station. This is outrageous... Entwistle gets into the Police car's passenger seat. 03/22/2004 20. JAY I didn't do anything, I swear. OFFICER ENTWISTLE I'm afraid she's got a different story. JAY Who's 'she'? INT. BLUE BAY PD INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY Elena paces the sterile interview room like a caged tiger. She stops in front of the two way mirror, examines her reflection... Tentatively she reaches out a trembling finger touching the scab on her lip, covering the wound Marie inflicted at the party. And slowly Elena starts to press on the cut, until the blood starts to flow once more... There's a quiet knock on the door and Elena quickly lowers her hand, looks round... Kristen Richards, the young Parole Officer who so heart wrenchingly told her story at Blue Bay High earlier, comes quietly into the gray room. KRISTEN Elena. Elena just looks up at her pitifully. KRISTEN Could you tell me what happened? Through stifled sobs, Elena states... ELENA It was Jay Clifford. He raped me... The interview room door swings open and DETECTIVE MICHAEL MORRISON, 30's, enters. He's the personification of the term "overworked, underpaid." MORRISON You understand the seriousness of this allegation, young lady? Elena nods weakly. MORRISON And you know that we'll leave no stone un- turned in the investigation. 21. MORRISON(CONT'D) There'll be a battery of forensics tests you'll have to take, humiliating stuff. And background checks, digging up all kinds of dirt. And you'll have to testify in court, face the man you're accusing... Crocodile tears roll down Elena's cheeks. MORRISON You sure you want to go through with this? No harm, no foul, you can just walk away right now.... Kristen interjects... KRISTEN Please, Detective, this isn't the right time... ELENA I ain't lying. You think I'm lying? Kristen turns to her young ward... KRISTEN If you're telling the truth, you won't find a more sympathetic ear... ELENA 'If' I'm telling the truth... KRISTEN And if you're not, there's gonna be trouble, you understand? MORRISON This is already trouble. The man you're accusing happens to be a friend of mine, and when the DNA tests prove you're lying I'm gonna come down on you like a ton of bricks, mark my words... Elena withers under his glare... INT. BLUE BAY PD INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY Jay huddles in the small interview room along with Marie and THEO BLOOM, his sharp suited attorney. THEO We're gonna sue their asses til time runs backwards... 03/22/2004 22. JAY (to Marie) You've gotta believe me, I would never, could never do anything like this, you know that don't you? Marie takes his hand, squeezes it. MARIE We're team Clifford. Jay forces a tired smile... JAY That's my girl. The door swings open and Morrison enters... MORRISON Jay. Marie. Mr. Bloom... Jay stands, shakes Morrison's hand. MORRISON (to Marie) Would you mind waiting outside while me and your stepdad have a little chat... Marie looks to Jay, doesn't want to leave. JAY It's OK honey. Michael and I are old pals... Reluctantly she leaves, letting the door swing closed after her. Jay sits back down. Morrison takes a chair opposite. JAY How's the divorce treating you? MORRISON She's taken me for everything I'm worth. I swear to God, I'm never trusting another woman as long as I live. T heo intervenes... THEO This is most egregious, Detective, my client has pressing matters at his construction site. He can't afford to waste time with this frivolous nonsense... 03/22/2004 23. MORRISON (to Jay) Look, we're taking her statement right now, gonna run every forensic test in the book. Guarantee the case'll come apart like a $2 watch... Jay nods, certain he can beat this rap... JAY She had my camcorder. Recorded what happened. It should still be at the construction site. It'll clear my name... Morrison nods. MORRISON You'll be outta here by tonight. INT. BLUE BAY PD HALLWAY - DAY Marie waits out in the anonymous hallway, talking a mile-a-minute on her cell phone... MARIE (ON PHONE) I can't believe it, Jenny...It just doesn't make sense...I mean, I know Jay...I know he'd never... When a door down the hall opens she looks up expectantly, only to see Kristen come out, walk towards her, followed by someone. Marie's view is blocked by Kristen until the Parole Officer passes her and reveals...Elena. MARIE This can't be... A look somewhere between horror and shock is etched on Marie's beautiful face. Elena just smiles, blows her a kiss. ELENA No such word as 'can't'... EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - DAY Police cars line the driveway outside the beach front building site. Officers cordon off the road as Forensics teams photograph every inch of the building... Standing amidst the crowd of onlookers is an irate Mr. Barajas, accompanied, as ever, by Cicatriz. They are both on CELLPHONES, both talking angry, fast Spanish. 03/22/2004 24. INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Plastic sheeting covers the windowless top floor of the unfinished condos. The white suited FORENSICS TEAM work meticulously, led by the tireless Dr. Chad Borman, delicately dusting anything and everything that might yield evidence... Morrison stands at the edge of an area cordoned off by POLICE TAPE. He's looking at Jay's smashed DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA, now bagged and tagged as evidence... KRISTEN (O.S.) Sexual predators often keep a trophy... Morrison spins, sees Kristen. He stumbles with his words, not used to talking to beautiful women... MORRISON I'm sorry? KRISTEN Maybe he recorded the rape. Morrison looks at the remains of the camera. MORRISON And maybe he didn't. We'll never know. Tape's mangled. Forensics said it'd take months to fix it. He looks up into Kristen's hypnotic eyes. MORRISON We were never properly introduced. Michael Morrison. She offers her hand, and Morrison shakes it. KRISTEN Miss Richards. Kristen. Miami Parole. Was just in town for a couple days checking in on some parolees when all this went down... She hands Morrison a BUSINESS CARD, which he absently stuffs into his pocket... MORRISON You think maybe you could lean on the girl? Get her to drop this nonsense? We all know she's lying. With all this Black widow shit going down, we just don't have the time or manpower to... 03/22/2004 25. KRISTEN She might not be lying, you know. MORRISON What makes you think that? KRISTEN Just a look in her eye. I...I have some experience... Morrison doesn't want to push her further... All of a sudden the sunlight is blocked from the massive unfinished floor by black sheets erected by the Forensics team, leaving everyone in pitch darkness.... MORRISON What the hell? Slowly an eerie ULTRA VIOLET GLOW fills the room. The white suited forensics technicians, glowing under the black light, wait patiently for evidence to show itself... Suddenly the clear IMPRINTS of hands on the wall become clear, along with the black stains of BLOOD FLECKS... CHAD Gotcha... MORRISON What is it? CHAD Blood, fingerprints, sign of a struggle. I'd say we've got a rape on our hands, Detective, but we won't know for sure until we run the tests... Morrison's head is spinning... MORRISON Fine. Just do it... INT. BLUE BAY FORENSICS LAB - NIGHT Elena sits on the edge of a gurney in the high tech forensics lab, rubbing her arm where a band-aid covers a fresh needle mark. Chad appears at the doorway and she stares daggers at him. ELENA You vampires really need five pints of my blood? That's like an armful... 03/22/2004 26. Chad's surprised by her venom. CHAD It's standard procedure in a rape test. Test for drugs and such... ELENA And such. She continues to pace as Chad makes his way into the room, rounds the desk and takes down a plastic beaker from the metal shelf. CHAD We're going to need a urine sample. Do you think you could fill this? ELENA From here? Chad goes red. Puts the plastic cup down on the desk and Elena grabs it. C HAD If...you wouldn't mind...removing your clothes. I'll leave the room, give you some priv... The breath catches in Chad's throat as Elena takes her shirt off without hesitation. Stands there in just her black bra. ELENA Done. Next? Chad's jaw drops. Not just because Elena's in her underwear, but because of the clear BITE MARKS on her neck and arms... CHAD Those are... ELENA Bite marks. He chowed down. CHAD They're clear evidence markers... He reaches out, grabs a Polaroid Camera from the desk, starts snapping away like an ornithologist at a bird convention. The FLASH of the camera fills the room... 03/22/2004 27. EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY FLASHBULBS explode as Marie accompanies her stepfather up the steps of the austere Blue Bay courthouse, surrounded by a gaggle of sound bite hungry pressmen... REPORTER 1 Any comment, Mr. Clifford? Jay puts his hand up to block the intrusive lenses. He disappears quickly into the shelter of the courthouse. REPORTER 2 (to Marie) Did your stepfather rape that girl? How could he do something like that? Marie stops in her tracks, wheels around and addresses the throng of reporters... MARIE Jay...is innocent... Says it like she means it... INT. COURTHOUSE - DAY The packed courthouse is abuzz and the elderly JUDGE WILCOX is forced to slam his gavel down... JUDGE WILCOX Order! Jay sits at the defendant's table, suit impeccable, hair immaculate, game face on. Theo sits beside him, scribbling notes. Marie is in the front row of the gallery, surrounded by her coiffured peers. She tries to smile stoically at Jay... Kristen sits beside Elena at the prosecution table. C had is on the stand as ARLO MEESE, 35, the slick District Attorney, steps forward. D.A. MEESE Dr. Borman, do your tests show that Elena Sandoval had sexual intercourse on the night of the 25th? CHAD Yes they do. D.A. MEESE Do they show that it was forced? 03/22/2004 28. CHAD Yes. There was extensive bruising and tearing. We found no semen evidence. The latex abrasions point to the use of protection. This is quite common in cases of premeditated rape. D.A. MEESE And what can you tell us about Miss Sandoval's toxicology reports, Doctor? CHAD Came back positive for Rohypnol, a common date rape drug. Traces were also found on the bottle of beer at the crime scene. Both Mr. Clifford and Miss Sandoval's fingerprints were all over the bottle. JAY I took it from her. She was far too young to be drinking! A slam of the gavel silences Jay. D.A. MEESE Dr. Borman I am going to show you what's been marked as state's exhibit number 1. He nods to the bailiff and a PROJECTOR whirs to life. An EVIDENCE PHOTO that Chad took of Elena's wounds is displayed on a screen beside him. D.A. MEESE What does this slide show? CHAD Miss Sandoval was found to have numerous bite marks on her upper torso that occurred during the rape. JUDGE WILCOX What about those other markings? Chad looks confused, studies the slide, sees four equidistant dots aligned in a small circle. CHAD I wasn't able to determine...Fingernail markings, possibly... JUDGE WILCOX (to Meese) Please continue. 03/22/2004 29. Marie can barely breathe... D.A. MEESE I'm going to show you another slide that's been marked as state's exhibit number 2. Meese nods to the bailiff, who dutifully changes the slide. The court goes dark for a second before the next slide is displayed...It's a close up of Jay's teeth mouldings compared to the bite marks... D.A. MEESE What can you tell us about these mouldings? CHAD They were made from the defendant's teeth, and the tests I conducted show there's simply no other conclusion. The bite marks on Miss Sandoval's body were made by the defendant, Mr. Jay Clifford... That's it. The Court erupts, flashbulbs exploding. Jay slumps back in his chair, his air of cool gone in an instant. He looks back at Marie, utter disbelief on his face. The tears well in her eyes... The Judge bangs his gavel in a vain attempt to regain control. JUDGE WILCOX Court's adjourned... INT. BLUE BAY PD - NIGHT TV news gleefully reports Jay's trial like a sordid soap opera... REPORTER (ON TV) ...in the face of damning evidence, Jay Clifford remained defiant. It's thought that his stepdaughter, Marie Clifford will testify in his defense tomorrow. And in other news, officials from the FBI gave a press conference today, commenting on their involvement in the Black widow case... A walking suit, AGENT MILTON DAMMERS, steps up to the podium. AGENT DAMMERS (ON TV) After numerous mistakes on behalf of the local authorities in Blue Bay, the FBI is mobilizing its task force... K 03/22/2004 30. Click. Morrison tosses the TV remote aside, sits down behind his desk, piled high with files, mostly marked BLACK WIDOW, and reaches down to pick up Jay's broken video camera, still in the evidence bag... KRISTEN (O.S.) It's a long shot. Morrison looks up, smiles faintly when he sees Kristen at the door. MORRISON Not a fan of 'Hey, how you doing', are you? Kristen smiles, enters Morrison's cluttered office. KRISTEN Used to play at being a spider when I was a kid, creeping around silently. Guess I haven't grown out of it. Morrison shakes the broken camera parts in the evidence bag. M ORRISON It's the only thing standing between my friend and a ten year stretch... KRISTEN The forensics lab will have time to look at it now...the Feds have taken over the Black widow case... MORRISON Goddamn gloryhounds. They knew I was close. They just want to come in and take all the credit. RISTEN You got a chance, Detective. To help your friend. Don't let this case slip away as well... Morrison tightens his jaw, knows what he has to do. INT. BLUE BAY PD FORENSICS LAB - NIGHT The Forensics lab is crammed with evidence bags and files. Chad is working diligently, painstakingly scanning a stack of $100 BILLS one by one. He barely has time to look round when the door opens and Detective Morrison comes in... 03/22/2004 31. MORRISON Chad, I got a rush job for you. Chad rolls his eyes. CHAD No can do, boss. We're sifting through the Black Widow evidence... MORRISON Feds are movin' in. They'll be taking over by the case by the end of the week. Chad's dumbstruck, but dutifully takes the shattered video camera. MORRISON You find anything on that tape, you let me know, OK? CHAD Whatever you say, boss. MORRISON And make sure you get that money back into the evidence locker. A nd Chad's left alone with the shattered remains of the video camera, and a whole shit load of work ahead... FADE TO BLACK: EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL - DAY The early morning sun casts a brilliant orange glow over the smooth-as-glass surface of the school swimming pool. Marie steps back up onto the high diving platform. Tries to focus. Slides the soon-to-be-diamond ring off her finger and throws it tentatively into the water... She takes a breath and then dives, straight and true, into the perfect blue water below. EXT. UNDERWATER - CONTINUOUS Marie's lithe, taught body comes arcing through the water, darting down to the bottom of the pool to retrieve the ring... EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS Marie surfaces, reaches out and puts the ring on the side of the pool, before looking up to see an old pair of sneakers, an electronic ankle bracelet locked around one leg. 03/22/2004 32. ELENA Nice take off. Gotta work on the landing... Marie's blood boils. MARIE What the hell are you doing here? Elena just reaches down and picks up Marie's unfinished ring. ELENA Looks like your bling ain't blinging... MARIE Give me that back. It was my Mother's... Marie climbs out of the pool, faces down with Elena... ELENA Looks like she got ripped off Princess, where's the rock? Marie snatches the ring from Elena, slides it back on her finger. MARIE Is that what this is all about? Elena reaches out, tries to stroke the wet hair off Marie's face. She recoils before she'll let Elena touch her... ELENA You're not a dumb as you look... J enny, followed by the rest of the diving team, come marching out of the locker room and see the two arch-enemies confronting each other. JENNY (to her team mates) We got trouble... Elena won't back down. MARIE You're ruining my life, and my stepfather's. ELENA It can end. Just like that. She snaps her fingers and Marie's on the verge of tears... 03/22/2004 33. Jenny and the rest of the diving team approach, stand behind Marie, a seething mass of bikini-clad mindless hate... MARIE Why are you doing this? ELENA Because I can. As she turns and walks away... ELENA (CONT'D) Good luck in court. INT. BLUE BAY COURTROOM - DAY The usual assortment of paparazzi and spectators crowd into the small courtroom. Marie is on the witness stand, staring straight ahead at her stepfather at the defendant's table. Gone is the immaculate suit, the perfect hair, the poker face. He's looking worried now... Theo paces in front of Marie, running her through a series of well- rehearsed questions. THEO And why did you go to your stepfather's building site that night, Miss Clifford? MARIE It was my birthday. Jay left the party before giving me my present. THEO And you say you saw Miss Sandoval leaving? Marie takes a moment, looks to Elena at the Prosecution table. MARIE I did. THEO And how would you describe her appearance? MARIE She was...she looked fine. She smiled at me. Actually smiled... THEO No further questions. 03/22/2004 34. He takes a seat next to Jay, whispers in his ear. D.A. Meese starts his cross-examination. D.A. MEESE Would it be fair to say you don't like Elena Sandoval, Miss Clifford? M MARIE We don't see...eye to eye... D.A. MEESE Is that why you attacked her at your party earlier that night? Marie squirms. MARIE No...I was...she wasn't invited... D.A. MEESE You'd had a few drinks, correct? MARIE (reluctantly) I'd had a drink. Yes. D.A. MEESE So by the time you allege to have seen Miss Sandoval, could you tell the court exactly how much you'd had to drink? MARIE A glass of Champagne. Or two, but... D.A. MEESE No further questions. Jay sinks a few inches lower in his seat. Going down... INT. BLUE BAY FORENSICS LAB - DAY A bleary eyed Chad sits in front of a bank of monitors, working the image enhancement equipment, fighting to get a watchable picture from the fuzzy static in front of him. Kristen sits behind him, fighting to stay awake. CHAD (to himself) Take out the chroma, raise the luminescence... He clumsily reaches over the control panel, hitting almost every button on the way. And that does the trick... 03/22/2004 35. Suddenly the picture on the monitors becomes clear. Kristen's eyes snap open. KRISTEN H oly shit... The pixilated image of Elena smiling comes into focus on the TV... KRISTEN (CONT'D) Call Detective Morrison. Now... SCENE OMITTED INT. JUDGE'S CHAMBERS- DAY The shaky, pixilated image of Elena smiling flickers on the TV. Soon enough though her smile fades... ELENA (ON TAPE) You're kidding right? Jay's voice can be heard behind the camera... JAY (O.S. ON TAPE) C'mon now baby, you can do it... The video shows Elena cowering... ELENA (ON TAPE) Please...you can't do this... JAY (O.S ON TAPE) No such word as can't... A hand reaches out from behind the video camera and grabs Elena, throws her violently against a concrete wall. JAY (O.S. ON TAPE) Fuck me... A flurry of movement that goes in and out of focus. When the camera steadies again, Elena's hands are pressed against the wall and she's sobbing... E LENA (ON TAPE) Please, Mr. Clifford, don't... JAY (O.S ON TAPE) Just try to keep those legs together... And then static... 03/22/2004 36. Pulling back from the TV we find ourselves in the courtroom, completely empty, save for Jay, Theo, Meese and Judge Wilcox all staring in shock at the blank TV screen... D.A. MEESE If Mr. Clifford would plead guilty to rape, the state is prepared to drop the charges of kidnapping and assault. JUDGE WILCOX (to Jay) If I were you I would seriously consider the offer. INT. COUNTY JAIL VISITING ROOM - DAY In the cold stone jail visiting room, Jay sits behind the wire mesh, an emotion Marie and Theo opposite. The PRISON GUARD waits by the barred door, keeping his beady eyes on Jay. JAY I'm gonna lose this trial. THEO I'm not so sure about that. The tape's a fake, right? So all we need to do is... Jay holds up a hand, instantly silencing his attorney. JAY You had your chance. (to Marie) If we're gonna win at all costs, we're gonna have to change the game. (to Theo) Do you have it? Theo nods regretfully, reaches into a breast pocket, pulls out a KEY. THEO I'm still dead set against this, Jay. JAY I couldn't care less. MARIE What's the key for? JAY The diamonds...If that's what it takes, then that's what it takes... 03/22/2004 37. MARIE But...they're my inheritance... JAY All my assets are tied up in the condos, Marie. We have to pay this girl off, make her testify that she faked the tape, faked the evidence. MARIE But, Jay...they're my diamonds... JAY As soon as I'm out of here, you'll have them back. I swear. I know people, who can...persuade her to hand them over... Marie shoots an uncomfortable look to Theo, then back at Jay, uncertain what to say. MARIE I t's wrong. JAY More wrong than what she's doing to us? We're team Clifford, right? You know I'm not guilty. You know I could never do anything like this. So do the right thing and get me out of this hellhole... Marie's cracking... MARIE I can't... JAY (tenderly) No such word as 'can't.' Please... The tears well in her eyes. INT. MUSEUM - NIGHT The key slips easily into the lock below the dazzling Mother Daughter diamonds. The alarms disabled, Marie's finally able to reach inside the glass case and touch the priceless gems... The Curator stands behind her in the empty Museum hall, ruefully watching his prize exhibit being removed. CURATOR I knew the day would come, still doesn't make it any easier... 03/22/2004 38. Marie, tears welling in her eyes, takes a hold of the diamonds, carefully takes them from the case. CURATOR The offer still stands, Marie. If you ever decide to sell them, please give us a first chance... Marie turns to him, the emotions overwhelming her. MARIE I don't think I'll be able to, I'm sorry... She scampers towards the door, past the security guards. CURATOR (sotto) Me too... EXT. THE GATOR TRAILER PARK - NIGHT Theo's SUV drives carefully down the mud path running parallel to the swamp, past countless rusted airboats, and into the 'GATOR' trailer park, finally coming to a halt in front of Elena's rotting trailer. Theo gets out carefully, his $1000 shoes sinking into the mud. Marie reluctantly steps out of the car... A blinding PORCH LIGHT flicks on. Theo and Marie spin round, squint through the light to see Elena standing in her trailer doorway... E LENA Well, well, well. Look what the cat dragged in... (to Theo) DA know you're here? Theo squirms... MARIE We need to talk. ELENA So talk. THEO Somewhere private, maybe? 03/22/2004 39. INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT An elderly man, UNCLE MARTY, in a sweat-stained T-shirt and ratty underwear, snores on the tattered recliner, a half-drunk bottle of WHISKY hanging from one limp hand... Theo freezes when he sees him... THEO Who's this? ELENA Uncle Marty. Legal Guardian. Drunken pervert, take your pick. Chill. He's out til morning. Uncle Marty's deafening SNORES confirm the assertion as Elena leads them into her bedroom... MARIE Let's just get this over with. (to Elena) You won. You got what you wanted... ELENA (mocking) I just wanted justice... THEO Tomorrow you'll take the stand, tell the jury you faked the evidence, faked the tape... ELENA (sarcastic) Really? MARIE We are prepared to make it worth your while. She holds the Daughter diamond in front of Elena's greedy little eyes. ELENA (poker face) Not bad. But I always wanted a family... Theo nudges Marie. She sighs, holds out the Mother diamond in the other hand. A broad grin stretches across Elena's face. F 03/22/2004 40. THEO They're yours after you exonerate my client. ELENA I'm afraid I'm gonna need that payment up front. MARIE No, that's not the deal. ELENA It is now. Take it or leave it. Marie takes a deep breath. It's the most difficult thing she's ever had to do in her young life. Dead silence, except for Uncle Marty's snoring from the front room. inally, with a very heavy heart, Marie hands over the diamonds. THEO When this is all over, you'll leave town. For good. Elena points to the ankle bracelet. ELENA I go more than five miles from the police station and I'm straight back in juvie... THEO I understand your Parole term is up next week. Elena smiles. ELENA You've done your homework. Fine. (points to the ankle bracelet) As soon as this thing comes off, I'm outta here... She reaches down and grabs the diamonds. Dances past Marie... THEO May I suggest a little discretion, Miss Sandoval. Certain...questions might be asked about this...arrangement if you were to...say...turn up to Blue Bay High wearing a tiara... Elena winks. 03/22/2004 41. ELENA I ain't gonna flaunt it, mate. I gots too much class for that shit. MARIE You're going to tell the truth on the stand tomorrow, yes? Elena raises her right hand... ELENA I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth... INT. COURTROOM - DAY The court Bailiff nods, takes the Bible from Elena's hands. She's dressed in the closest thing to a modest suit she has in her wardrobe; a low cut jacket and tiny miniskirt... The courtroom is packed with journalists, TV cameras and nosey neighbors. Everyone wants a piece of this story. At the defendant's table, Jay, slick once more in Armani, watches Theo approach the witness box with a new-found confidence. Sitting in the front row of the public gallery, Marie is riveted on the action. At the back of the courtroom, Kristen fidgets nervously beside Morrison as Theo steps up, ready to question the newly compliant star witness in this sensational rape trial... THEO It's your assertion that my client, Mr. Clifford forcibly sexually assaulted you on the night of the 25th. Is that true? A hushed silence. Marie, Jay, Theo all wait expectantly... THEO Is that what you say happened? Elena clears her throat. ELENA He... He didn't... A collective intake of breath from the crowd. ELENA ....just sexually assault me. Theo's balls shrink instantly. 03/22/2004 42. THEO What...did you just say? ELENA He didn't just sexually assault me. He threatened to kill me if I told anyone... T he court is on the verge of erupting into anarchy. Theo's reeling, caught off-guard, stumbling over his words, trying to give the girl one last chance to make good on her promise. THEO Isn't it true that you were inebriated during the assault, that it may not in fact have been Mr. Clifford...Or anyone? A smirking Meese doesn't even bother to stand up. D.A. MEESE Objection. Leading the witness. JUDGE WILCOX Sustained. Council will please rephrase the question. Theo's stumped. His eyes plead with Elena to take the ball and run with it. She does. Unfortunately it's to the wrong end zone. ELENA I was messed up, alright. In fact, only two things I remember. One was that bastard Jay Clifford taping me with that Goddamn video camera while he violated me. The other was what he whispered in my ear, right before I blacked out... She pauses, for emphasis. Judge, jury, gallery, press corps, the town of Blue Bay, the state of Florida hangs on her every word... ELENA He said, "You won't remember, but you'll never forget." That's it. The court goes berserk, flashbulbs exploding, along with the veins in Jay's head. Kristen's reeling from shock... KRISTEN (to Morrison) What did she just say? Marie leaps to her feet, screams... 03/22/2004 43. MARIE Lying bitch! Marie has to be restrained, trying to break through the crowds to claw Elena's tear stained eyes out... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT A small Television blares out today's top story... ACTION NEWS ANCHOR The young victim's wrenching testimonial proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Jay Clifford. It took less than an hour for the jury to deliberate and sentence Mr. Clifford to 15 years. T V cameras witness Jay being led away in handcuffs... JAY (ON TV) You can't do this to me! You can't...YOU CAN'T! CLICK. The TV turns off. Marie sits huddled in Jay's unfinished concrete building site office, staring at the darkened television set. Mascara laden tear tracks line her perfect face. MARIE (mumbling) No such thing as can't... She lets the champagne bottle slip through her fingers and it smashes on the concrete floor. Strangely the dregs of the champagne start running down the floor... Marie's heart suddenly skips a beat as she thinks she hears the rustling of plastic from outside the office. MARIE Who's there? No answer. She steels herself, gets shakily to her feet, stumbling drunkenly toward the door... EXT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Kristen stands in the darkened doorway of Elena's less-than- welcoming trailer. She knocks. KRISTEN Elena. Open up. 03/22/2004 44. No answer. She tries the door handle. It's unlocked. She takes a deep breath, steps inside. INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Kristen flips on a light switch. The room is illuminated for a split second before the bulb surges and burns out, leaving Kristen in the near-darkness... KRISTEN Elena? Hello? She takes out a FLASHLIGHT, creeps through the front room, stepping over the discarded pizza boxes and assorted detritus. The beam of light finds a small BLUE PILL nestled in the carpeting. Kristen picks it up, slides it into her pocket... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Marie steps cautiously through the unfinished concrete top floor, past the crime scene tape. In the dim light, her eyes dart to every corner, every shadow. S he lets out a surprised shout as the room is suddenly plunged into darkness. Slowly the eerie forensic ULTRA VIOLET LIGHTS switch on, filling the room with black light. And with a knot growing in the pit of her stomach, Marie slowly turns, coming face to face with... Elena, her arch-nemesis... INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Kristen moves slowly into Elena's bedroom, shines her light on the walls. What she sees makes the blood run chill in her veins. Barely able to breathe, she takes out her cell phone. KRISTEN (into phone) Detective Morrison... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Elena and Marie stare each other down. You could cut the tension with a chainsaw, until... MARIE Who invited you? 03/22/2004 45. A sinister grin spreads across Elena's face as she holds up the breathtaking Mother-Daughter diamonds, reflecting an unearthly glow under the UV lights. ELENA Mother and Daughter... This brings a mile-wide smile to Marie as she dances into Elena's arms. Their lips come together in a passionate kiss as their hands dance over each other's trembling bodies. When they finally break... MARIE I was sure you'd blow it on the stand, going on about forgetting and remembering. ELENA Gotta make it seem authentic. God's in the details. And they kiss again, lips locked tighter than Jay's jail cell... EXT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Morrison's unmarked sedan pulls to a stop beside Kristen's car, and the harried Detective steps out, looking extremely unhappy. MORRISON This couldn't wait 'til morning, Miss Richards? KRISTEN Call me Kristen... MORRISON The Feds just arrived to take over the Black Widow case, I'm up to my knees in paperwork... K RISTEN You remember what Elena said, right at the end of the trial. "You won't remember..." MORRISON (finishing) "...but you'll never forget." What about it? KRISTEN Elena's fucking with us. 03/22/2004 46. INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Elena and Marie are locked in their carnal embrace, failing to notice the florescent lights flickering back on. Suddenly Elena feels the sharp pain of teeth biting into her neck... She looks down to see DENTAL ALGINATE MOLDINGS of Jay's teeth being held by a smiling Chad. CHAD Mind if Chad joins? The girls look up to see a beaming Chad, holding the teeth molding. Elena just shakes her head... ELENA Fuck me... Chad works the spring hinge of the dentures like a deranged ventriloquist act... CHAD Any time. Any place... He sets the dentures down on the concrete floor, and takes in the sight of the magnificent diamonds. CHAD (re: diamonds) Two beauties... (turning to Marie and Elena) Two beauties... He and Elena help Marie out of her blouse while Elena runs her hands all over him... INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Morrison and Kristen's flashlights cut through the darkness as they move back into Elena's bedroom. MORRISON Just so you know, this is called 'breaking and entering'... KRISTEN I know all about it. Especially having something stolen... MORRISON Like what? W 03/22/2004 47. They get into the bedroom and Morrison's jaw goes slack as Kristen shines her light on the walls... KRISTEN Like my life... The walls are covered with NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, all concerning Kristen's rape: "Police unable to find frat house rapist," "Teenage victim wants 'justice' in rape case," "'You may not remember, but you'll never forget,' only thing victim remembers" K risten tears some of the articles off the wall. KRISTEN Once a thief, always a thief... They suddenly freeze as the front door swings open, the blood running cold in their veins as Uncle Marty stumbles inside. They hold their breath, praying he doesn't see them, standing in Elena's doorway. Uncle Marty just mumbles something incoherent and collapses face first onto the couch, out like a light... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Chad reaches into an evidence bag filled with BLUE PILLS. He removes three... CHAD Little blue pills. One of the perks of the job. Laughter as the girl's accept the roofies, swallowing them like candy. Chad gulps down the third as Elena begins to run her hands up and down Marie's back and shoulders. Chad's hands are all over Marie as he helps slip off her bra. Elena's lips move hungrily across Chad's face, until they find his mouth. They kiss deeply. hen they pull apart, Chad helps Elena pull off her T-top, as Marie runs her hands up and down Elena's bare back. Elena turns back to her with a mischievous grin. ELENA You won't remember... MARIE But you'll never forget. Damn straight. ( 03/22/2004 48. EXT. COUNTY JAIL - DAY The early morning sun illuminates a massive slab of windowless concrete surrounded by barbed wire in the middle of nowhere... INT. COUNTY JAIL - MORNING Jay takes a seat on an uncomfortable metal chair in front of bullet-proof glass. He's half the man he used to be, broken, trembling, smoking like a chimney. His mind's still a steel trap, just one that's rusted shut. He picks up the TWO-WAY PHONE... THEO (into phone) Mr. Clifford, this is Kristen Richards, Elena Sandoval's probation officer. JAY She want to pin me for some more crimes? Kristen takes the phone from Theo. KRISTEN No, Mr. Clifford. I just have a few questions. I've noticed some inconsistencies... JAY You've noticed some inconsistencies? JAY Here's one big fucking glaring inconsistency for you: I was set up! KRISTEN Maybe so, but that's not good enough. Why were you set up? What would Elena Sandoval have gained from all this? Jay hesitates, unsure how, or if, to proceed. Theo shifts nervously. Jay gives J up. AY What the hell. I'm already in jail. How much worse can it get? I paid her off, okay? My assets were tied up in the condos so we used Marie's diamonds. defensive) It wasn't like I had a choice. She had me by the short an' curlies, understand? 03/22/2004 49. KRISTEN But Elena's testimony was damning. Why wouldn't she play ball? JAY What is this, the Spanish Inquisition? How the fuck should I know? Manipulative little skank probably figured she could bleed me for some more money down the road. But I'll tell you this much, I'm gonna get those diamonds back, make her wish she was never born. Kristen's mind is racing, trying to piece together the puzzle. EXT. SWAMP - DAY Elena's airboat blasts through the reeds out into the middle of nowhere. She cuts the engine, lets the boat drift, unwraps the moldings of Jay's teeth from a cloth, as well as a VIDEO TAPE marked "BLUE BAY DIVING MEET/MARIE'S BIRTHDAY", looks them over one last time... ELENA Later potato... And tosses them into the mire, where they're soon gobbled by ravenous Gators... EXT. GATOR TRAILER PARK - MORNING Elena glides her airboat to a stop on the muddy banks of the trailer park, stomps over to her trailer, when she sees... Two sets of tire tracks in the mud. INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - MORNING Elena stands in her bedroom, disbelief washing over her. No sign of the newspaper articles. Her walls are barren. E LENA (sotto) Oh shit... EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL - DAY The diving team emerges from the locker room on their way to practice. Lagging behind is Marie. She's about to catch up when she runs smack dab into a panicked Elena. MARIE What the...If anyone sees us together... 03/22/2004 50. ELENA What choice did I have? We got big problems... Before anyone can see them, Marie pulls her away, to the outdoor shower area, out of sight from her teammates. She turns on all the shower heads. MARIE Gotta be careful. Make sure no one's listening. Now what's the 411? ELENA I...I think I fucked up... Marie gently takes a hold of Elena's face. MARIE How? ELENA I don't know for sure...but I think that bitch Parole officer's made me...she was at my trailer last night... Marie smiles, pulls Elena close as the steam rises all around. MARIE No bigee. You disposed of everything, right? The teeth, the video, all the research... Elena can't fess up. Not now... ELENA I did, but...She's got a hard on for me. Wants to see me back in Juvie... Marie kisses her softly on the forehead. Her cheek. MARIE I won't let the big bad wolf get you. I promise. Elena's damp tank top clings to her perfect body. ELENA I just want outta here. Marie brushes a strand of hair away from Elena's face. 03/22/2004 51. MARIE Be patient. I'll call the Museum Curator, have him prepare the funds to buy back the diamonds... ELENA Then we're outta here, right? A mile wide smile stretches across Marie's lips... MARIE Just sit back, relax, enjoy the trip...Don't forget to come again. T heir trembling lips come together like wet hot magnets... EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY Sunlight cuts through the dark blue surface, illuminating Marie's lucky ring gold ring that drifts down gently until... Marie comes diving down into the crystalline water, plucks the soon-to-be diamond ring from the bottom of the pool... EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SWIMMING POOL - DAY Marie surfaces at the edge of the pool. She places the ring onto the deck, pulls herself out of the water. She tries not to show surprise when she comes face to face with Kristen, who's picked up her ring, runs it around her fingers... MARIE Can I help you? KRISTEN I was wondering if I could have a moment of your time. Ask a couple questions. Marie glances nervously back at the pool, where other members of the diving team go about their workout. MARIE I'm in the middle of practice... KRISTEN It'll only take a moment, Marie. Might even help Jay. Remember your loving stepfather? You want to help him, don't you? MARIE Of course. 03/22/2004 52. Kristen studies the ring for a moment, then ventures... KRISTEN Why'd you agree to part with your diamonds? This time Marie can't hide her shock. MARIE How... KRISTEN Jay told me. But why? They were your inheritance. MARIE Jay needed help. We're a team. KRISTEN Team Clifford. Right. It's just...You must've been pretty unhappy when Jay didn't give you those diamonds for your birthday. M Marie's taking a beating, doing her best to remain standing. MARIE He said I wasn't ready. KRISTEN You're 18. That's heiress payday, no? Must've crossed your mind that Jay might never let you have them... MARIE No, of course not. She's a bad liar. KRISTEN And then this little scam artist saunters in and just takes them. With your help, no less. Kristen moves in for the kill. KRISTEN But what I don't get is, why wouldn't Elena do what Jay asked, clear his name? After all, she'd gotten what she wanted. MARIE How should I know? 03/22/2004 53. Marie watches in fascination as Kristen presses the top of the ring against the back of her hand. Hard. Winces, then... KRISTEN I mean, the only way I can make sense of it is if somehow getting Jay released from prison would spoil the plan. MARIE What plan? She hands the ring back to Marie. Not so lucky anymore... KRISTEN You tell me... I INT. BLUE BAY PD HALLWAY - DAY Chad strolls gingerly down the hallway, opens the door to the forensics lab, freezing when he sees... INT. BLUE BAY PD FORENSICS - DAY Kristen, waiting patiently for him. CHAD Miss...Richards. Is...Is there something I can do for you? KRISTEN I was wondering if you'd do me the favor of running a quick test. CHAD Uh, sure, I guess. Whatcha got for me? She hands him the Blue Pill she found in Elena's trailer. KRISTEN Could you tell me what this is? Chad tries to keep his cool. CHAD No problemo. It'll only take a minute. While Chad goes about his work, Kristen begins nosing around the office. Chad looks over his shoulder. CHAD Be careful, I got lots of evidence here. She starts flipping through EVIDENCE PHOTOS... 03/22/2004 54. KRISTEN Are these the evidence photos from the Elena Sandoval rape? CHAD They are, but... KRISTEN Ever find out what caused these markings? She holds up the photograph of the four circular indentations the Judge questioned Chad about in court... CHAD Like I told the Judge, I guess they're finger nail markings... KRISTEN They don't look like finger nail markings to me. They look more like this... She holds up the back of her hand, where she'd made the indentation with Marie's ring. KRISTEN Would you say these markings are the same? CHAD W-where did you get that? Kristen smiles. KRISTEN Marie gave it to me. But you already knew that, didn't you, Doc? Chad has no answer to that. He can only blink stupidly and pray his silence doesn't incriminate him further. Kristen heads for the door... CHAD (calling after) The pill. It's Rohypnol. Uh, Roofies. KRISTEN Been there. Done that. INT. CLIFFORD MANSION - NIGHT The massive front door swings open and Marie crosses the foyer, and is about to ascend the magnificent staircases when she hears the clanking of glass coming from the kitchen. 03/22/2004 55. Her heart is in her throat as she calls out... MARIE Hello? No answer. INT. CLIFFORD MANSION - KITCHEN - NIGHT Marie enters the lavish kitchen, stops in her tracks when she sees Chad standing at the full bar, mixing the strongest drink known to man. MARIE What the hell, Chad? Chad fidgets nervously. CHAD That parole officer was sniffin' around today. Marie scoffs, steps up to the bar, gets in Chad's face. MARIE Not you too. She's just trying to prove her worthless excuse for an existence. She doesn't have a thing on us. CHAD Yeah, but she's askin' the right questions. It's only a matter of time. We gotta make our move. Marie shakes her head, resolute. MARIE No. We stick to the plan. Give the Curator time to come up with the money... Chad's trembling hands pour the drink, most of the liquid making it in to two MARTINI GLASSES... CHAD We gotta move fast, keep the heat off... MARIE You can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen. CHAD I wanna see 'em. The diamonds. Make sure they're safe. 56. MARIE They're safe. She downs half the drink in one giant gulp. CHAD I just wanna see 'em. I thought we were supposed to be partners here. Chad's trembling, looking like he could lose it at any second. MARIE You're gonna be the death of me... She slugs the rest of the drink, strides away and Chad follows like a lapdog... INT. CLIFFORD MANSION - JAY'S OFFICE - NIGHT Nothing's been touched in Jay's office, the drops of blood the Cubans extracted from his thumb as a warning stain the white carpet black... Marie walks over to his desk, opens a draw. Removes a metallic lock box. CHAD Open it. I wanna see those puppies. Marie rolls her eyes, takes a key from a delicate chain around her neck and fumbles with the lock. Finally she opens the box, revealing the Mother-Daughter diamonds, resting on velvet lining. The sparkling diamonds seem to have a calming effect on Chad. He stops shaking, his voice becoming more steady... CHAD I called the museum. The deal's goin' down tomorrow. 8 am... Marie stumbles as she takes a step toward him. MARIE What did you... She looks to the empty glass in her hand, then begins to sway, watching in horror as Chad drops the diamonds into his pocket... C HAD I'm sorry, okay? But it's not like I had a choice. T 03/22/2004 57. Marie falls flat on her face, her world crashing to BLACK. FADE IN: EXT. EVERGLADES - MORNING The blinding morning sunlight climbs the horizon, the still water of the endless swampland glistening like diamonds... Elena sits out on her idling airboat, in the midst of the sawgrass, smoking. The peace is shattered by her ringing CELLPHONE. ELENA Yello... INT. CLIFFORD MANSION - JAY'S OFFICE - MORNING Marie has the phone cradled between her shoulder and ear, rubbing her aching head, slowly getting her wits back. Nothing like good old fashioned vengeful rage to combat a nasty hangover. MARIE (into phone) Chad fucked us. ELENA (V.O.) (deadpan) I know. I was there... MARIE No, I mean he really fucked us. He drugged me an' took the diamonds! EXT. SWAMPS - MORNING Elena stands on the edge of the airboat, fear rising in her. ELENA ell me you're kidding... MARIE (V.O.) Yeah, it's all a big joke...He stole the diamonds! Elena lets out an anguished wail. MARIE (V.O.) Keep it down, my headache's bad enough as it is. ELENA We've gotta stop him. 03/22/2004 58. INT. CLIFFORD MANSION - KITCHEN - MORNING Marie's fevered mind is racing as she glances at the wall clock. 7:30. Finally a desperate plan scratches its way to the surface. MARIE He's heading to the museum, got himself an 8am meeting... ELENA (V.O.) He's gonna sell the diamonds... MARIE Not if we find him first... EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY The deafening roar of an air boat cutting through dense sawgrass, speeding across the endless swampland expanse. Elena expertly maneuvers the machine, the wind racing through her hair... EXT. SWAMP ROAD - DAY Chad's speakers blare out heavy metal as his rusty DAEWOO bangs down the desolate swamp dirt road through the thick trees. Every hundred feet or so, the road runs parallel with the water, then cuts back into the trees. C had spots an Air Boat not more than a few hundred yards from him. He does a double take just as the road disappears back into the trees. That wasn't...it couldn't be, could it? The winding dirt road crosses back to swampside and Chad's worst fears come true...Elena's racing along side of him in the AIRBOAT, fighting to keep up... ELENA Pull over! INT. CHAD'S CAR - DAY The road runs parallel to the swamp again and Chad's eyes nearly burst from their sockets as he sees the airboat now alongside him, matching his speed. ELENA Give us back the diamonds! Chad's heart stops. CHAD Us? 03/22/2004 59. He spins round, looks straight ahead at the BMW RACING RIGHT AT HIM! CHAD FUCKING HELL! He yanks the steering wheel hard left, swerves his car clean off the dirt road and into the thick swathe of Melaluca trees, Marie's BMW shoots past, missing his car by inches... INT. MARIE'S BMW - CONTINUOUS Marie slams on her brakes, brings her BMW to a skidding halt on the dirt road. She looks back over her shoulder, at the swaying Melaluca trees. No sign of Chad's car... EXT. SWAMPSIDE - CONTINUOUS Elena brings the airboat to rest at swamp side, leaps into the reeds and clambers up to the dirt road. There's no sign of Chad's car, just a hole in the dense undergrowth where it ploughed through... Marie comes running up to join Elena, a tire iron in hand... ELENA (sternly) We're not hurting him, Marie, got it? We just get the diamonds back... MARIE I 'm not gonna hurt him. No way... Marie stalks down the path Chad's car took off the dirt road... MARIE I'm gonna kill him. Elena's breath catches in her throat. Marie disappears into the trees and she's alone, out on the deserted swamp road... ELENA Marie! Don't do this... She hears a scream, a girl's scream... ELENA Marie! Elena sprints into the thick of the trees... 03/22/2004 60. INT. BLUE BAY PD OFFICES - DAY Kristen is sitting at Detective Morrison's cluttered desk, her brow furrowed as she shuffles through the stack of newspaper articles she pulled from Elena's wall. Morrison stands in the doorway, watching her. MORRISON You look like you could use a drink. Kristen looks up from the articles, into Morrison's smiling face. She smiles back. KRISTEN When this is all over, I'd like that. Morrison turns and walks right into a suit with an FBI badge identifying him as AGENT MILTON DAMMERS. The buzzcut agent drops BOXES at Morrison's feet. DAMMERS More Black Widow leads. I need you to put them in the evidence locker, Morrison. MORRISON That's not my job, Agent Dammers. DAMMERS It is now. EXT. SWAMP CLEARING - DAY Marie is standing in a clearing, staring at Chad's wrecked car, at the top of a small slope, wrapped around a Melaluca tree like a Christmas present. Her piercing screams force Elena to come running... ELENA You okay? Marie stops screaming, her face contorting in anger... MARIE No, I'm pretty damn far from okay... She points to the front seat of the crashed car... Elena can barely bring herself to look inside. Marie shoves her in the back, pushing her towards the open driver's side door. Elena gasps when she looks inside the car. Chad's not there. 03/22/2004 61. MARIE He bolted... Marie clambers up the wreckage of the car, stands on the roof. She M surveys the swamp all around her like the lioness she is... MARIE With the diamonds. INT. BLUE BAY PD EVIDENCE LOCKER - DAY Morrison grumbles as he scans his key card, opening the wire mesh door to the evidence locker. He picks up a box and enters, Kristen, also carrying a box, a step behind. MORRISON I appreciate the help... KRISTEN Right back at ya. Morrison blushes as he absently adds the boxes to the groaning shelves stuffed with Black Widow evidence. Kristen notices the bundles of cash stored in and amongst the Black Widow evidence... KRISTEN You could have a helluva holiday on that money. MORRISON Recovered from the Black Widow's last score. If I'd gotten to the scene just five minutes earlier, I woulda gotten her as well... Morrison shakes his head, ruefully, when a sudden sharp beeping has Kristen reaching into her pocket, fishing out a handheld GPS. KRISTEN What the hell... A red flashing dot moves quickly in the middle of the map... KRISTEN Elena... EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY Elena runs full pelt after Marie, through dense swampland, the plastic ankle bracelet around her leg silently flashing red... 03/22/2004 62. MARIE Chad! There's nowhere to run to, you little weasel! She swings around, finally spotting a bloody hand print on one of the ashen tree trunks... MARIE Gotcha... She races off in hot pursuit. Elena's about to follow when she notices the red light flashing on her ankle bracelet... ELENA This can't be happening... Marie slows, looks back to Elena. MARIE What now? ELENA I'm more than five miles away from the Police station. I go beyond five miles and the alarm goes off... Marie snarls... MARIE You telling me your Parole Officer knows you're out here? Elena can barely speak... ELENA She knows... EXT. SWAMP - DAY Chad's face is drained of color as he runs through the dense swampland, hugging the priceless diamonds. Sweat cascades from his brow, and thick plumes of blood from wounds all over his body swirl in the stagnant waters... Most gruesome of all is a broken TURN SIGNAL embedded in his right leg. As the water gets knee-deep, the last of Chad's reserve energy goes. He collapses in the stagnant marsh. Not far off, GATORS circle. It's only a matter of time before they notice the blood in the water. 03/22/2004 63. EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY The small bit of solid ground gives way to swampland. Elena steps into the water, her Ankle Bracelet FLASHING RED. ELENA Call it off, Marie. We gotta go or she'll find us here... A splashing sound from up ahead silences both girls... MARIE You hear that? The sound echoes off the dense trees. Marie points left. MARIE You go that way... Marie heads off in the opposite direction. Elena hesitates, wants to follow, but does as she's told, and goes left, soon enveloped by canopy of trees... INT. KRISTEN'S CAR - DAY Kristen blasts down the Blue Bay streets, a siren in the windshield blaring... The handheld GPS continues to monitor Elena's exact position in the midst of the swamp... E EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY Elena stumbles through the thick, stagnant water, scouring the horizon for any sign of Chad... ELENA (sotto) Please... A rustling sound stops her in her tracks. Dead silence, until... A HAND GRABS HER LEG, AROUND THE FLASHING ANKLE BRACELET, DRAGS HER DOWN INTO THE SWAMP... EXT. EVERGLADES CLEARING - DAY Marie hacks her way through the overgrown foliage with the tire iron, like a Prada clad big-game hunter... MARIE (calling out to Elena) You see him? 03/22/2004 64. No reply, just her own voice echoing back... MARIE Elena? She rolls her eyes. MARIE Useless bitch... EXT. SWAMP ROAD - DAY Kristen's unmarked car races across the desolate swamp road. INT. KRISTEN'S CAR - DAY She checks the flashing GPS signal. Getting closer... EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY Elena bursts up to the surface of the bloody water, gasps for breath. Looking down she sees Chad, holding on to her like his life depends on it. It does... He pulls her back down into the water, just as she catches a glance of the circling GATORS... Using her as leverage, Chad pulls himself out of the swamp, climbing over her writhing body to the relative safety of solid ground... Elena coughs and splutters, floundering in the blood soaked water. The ravenous Gators approach, sensing a feeding frenzy... CHAD Don't move! Don't splash, they can sense you in the water, they'll rip you to pieces... Elena freezes, looking round at the black eyes breaking the surface of the bloody water, gliding in for the kill... ELENA Hel..help me... She reaches out a hand to Chad, only a few feet away... H e hesitates, then reaches out to her. But stops short of grabbing her trembling hand. Just balls his fist, squeezing every last drop of blood out of the open wounds on his palm... The dark blood cascades down into the water around Elena... 65. CHAD No. And he smiles as the Gators ease open their powerful jaws... WHACK! Chad's eyes roll back into his head as blood flows from his nose, ears and mouth. He falls forward, stiff as a board, and SPLASHES down into the water next to an apoplectic Elena. Behind him stands Marie, the BLOODY TIRE IRON in hand... Marie reaches out a hand, pulls Elena out of the water. She collapses onto her back and sucks in the stagnant swamp air... MARIE What are you doing? Our diamonds are about to become dinner... Elena can't move, leaving Marie to wade into the swamp... EXT. SWAMP ROAD - DAY Kristen approaches a fork in the swamp road at high speed. She checks the GPS scanner. It doesn't show her which way to turn... KRISTEN Which way, which way... Split second decision. Left. She spins the wheel, takes the left hand fork... Bad choice. Just a few meters down the right fork is an abandoned BMW, an idle airboat, a crashed car, one dead man and two wild, wild things... EXT. SWAMP ROAD - DAY Elena and Marie, soaked to the bone, drag Chad's cold, dead corpse out of the trees. Marie drops the body, heads straight for her abandoned BMW. Elena follows, stumbling through the vines, her clothes dripping wet, shivering more from nerves than cold... M MARIE Get rid of the body. And his car... ELENA Where are you going? MARIE Where do you think? 66. ELENA I don't...I don't have a clue... Marie spins round, a vicious look in her eyes. She holds the blood soaked diamonds in her hand... MARIE Chad made us an appointment to sell these. I'm gonna keep it... Elena looks down to her flashing ankle bracelet... ELENA It's only a matter of time before my Parole Officer finds me... Marie turns back around, flings open the BMW door and gets in. MARIE Then I suggest you get to work... She fires up the powerful engine, speeds away in a cloud of dust, leaving Elena the most deeply unpleasant task of her young life... EXT. CHAD'S CRASHED CAR - AFTERNOON Elena struggles to drag Chad's bloody body back to his crashed car. The tail lights flicker, throwing an ominous red glow over the dense thicket of overhanging trees. ELENA (sotto) Jesus... With a Herculean effort she manages to stuff Chad's inert body into the driver's seat. She stumbles back, horrified at the grim tableau before her... EXT. MUSEUM - AFTERNOON Marie's car comes barreling into the parking lot outside the stone Museum building. INT. MUSEUM - AFTERNOON The Curator paces back and forth, like an expectant father, in front of the empty glass case that used to house the diamonds. Marie bursts into the Museum, and he strides up to meet her, shocked when he sees Marie's covered in blood, sweat and guilt... CURATOR Marie? Are you alright? 03/22/2004 67. MARIE Never better. Got the money? The Curator nods nervously. CURATOR I convinced the board of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding... MARIE Good. S he fishes in her bag for the diamonds... CURATOR I...I received a call from your 'associate'. He said he would be handling the transaction. MARIE Change of plans. My 'associate' got tied up at work. Completely swamped... The Curator nods, unsure if he inquire further... Marie finally pulls out two blood soaked Diamonds from her bag, thrusts them at the Curator. He screws up his wrinkled face, afraid to touch them... MARIE Calm down. It's just blood. EXT. CHAD'S CAR - AFTERNOON With trembling hands, Elena opens the trunk of Chad's crashed car. She pulls out a plastic gas container, sloshing the fuel around inside, then trailing it back across the vine covered ground... She carefully places the empty container down, standing twenty feet back from the wreckage, fumbling in her pocket for a match... She can barely control her hands, her whole body shaking in fear... Finally she pulls out a MATCHBOOK, still sopping wet from the swamp. She strikes match after match, but they won't light, until, finally, one produces a tiny flame that simmers for a second then smoulders out... ELENA Don't do this to me, please... 03/22/2004 68. In frustration, she runs back to Chad's car, looking desperately for a lighter, climbing all the way in. Because of the slight slope it's on, the car's flimsy door slams shut behind her. Elena pays no heed, continues to rummage through the glove compartment. ELENA You gotta have a lighter or some... She's cut off as the WRECKED CAR'S HORN BLARES OUT! Deafening, the sound echoes around the dense undergrowth. Elena's heart skips a beat. Chad's corpse has slumped forward against the steering wheel. ELENA Jesus... She struggles with all her might to pull Chad's body back off the horn... S ilence reigns once more. Elena takes short, sharp breaths. Looks over at Chad's body slumped to the side, leaning against the driver's side door... ELENA I'm sorry. I'm so sorry... Not as sorry as she's going to be... The match she discarded outside only seconds ago continues to smoulder for a second, then REIGNITES! INT. MUSEUM - AFTERNOON The Curator carefully examines the diamond, turning it over and over in his hands. Marie stands over him, impatiently tapping her muddy shoe on the marble floor... MARIE So? CURATOR I...I'm not sure... MARIE Can you get the cash or not? The Curator looks up to her, bemused. CURATOR I can get the cash...it's just... 03/22/2004 69. Marie smiles a wicked grin. MARIE Then let's have those dead presidents... EXT. CHAD'S CAR - AFTERNOON The discarded match has set fire to the surrounding vines on the ground, and slowly the fire edges it way towards the line of gasoline that Elena trailed from Chad's wrecked car... INSIDE THE CAR Elena reaches over, carefully closes Chad's bloodshot eyes. Satisfied, she turns to get out, only to find the passenger side door LOCKED... She tries the handle. Tries it again. Desperately yanks it. Not opening, no sir... Elena looks over, see Chad's limp elbow on the door lock... OUTSIDE THE CAR The small brush fire reaches the pooled gasoline and...WHOOSH! INSIDE THE CAR Elena can't help but hear the unmistakable sound of FLAMES CRACKLING. Through the smashed rear window she sees the line of FIRE racing towards the car she's trapped in! She reaches over, clawing her way past Chad's corpse, trying to reach the door lock. Her bloody fingers slip on the lock, unable to pull it up. THE FIRE's SHOOTING towards the crashed car, only a few feet away... Elena fumbles with the lock, tears streaming down her face. The line of fire hits the crashed car, and ENGULFS it instantly. Bright ORANGE FLAMES cover the wreckage... INT. MUSEUM - AFTERNOON The Curator carefully sets down the diamonds on the marble floor. Marie looks at him like he's mad. MARIE What the hell are you doing? 03/22/2004 70. CURATOR One last test... The Curator hovers his heel over the biggest Diamond. Marie screams out! MARIE NO! He slams his foot down and the DIAMOND SHATTERS! INT. CHAD'S CRASHED CAR - AFTERNOON Elena SCREAMS as the passenger side window next to her SMASHES, SPLINTERING into a million glass fragments. Hands reach in and grab her, pulling her through the FLAMES... Seconds later Elena finds herself on the swamp floor, in Kristen's singed arms... KRISTEN You okay? Elena can barely talk, looking back at the flaming wreckage in front of her... KRISTEN Care to explain? ELENA It was...it was an accident... The flames reflect in her tear-filled eyes. INT. MUSEUM - AFTERNOON Marie stands aghast at the sight of her diamonds, in a million tiny pieces on the museum's marble floor... CURATOR Fakes, I'm afraid. Made of glass. Can't believe they were our top attraction all these years... Every muscle in Marie's body contracts...She stands before the empty diamond exhibit case, runs her fingers over the portrait of her mother cradling her as a baby. MARIE That's my inheritance is it, Mom? Goddamn Christmas ornaments... 03/22/2004 71. And as the disbelief gives way to anger she rips the portrait from the case and tears it to shreds... CURATOR Marie, please... There's no stopping her now. Red-faced, she lashes out at the display case with a devastating kick, the glass SHATTERING... CURATOR Marie, stop this instant! She continues her rampage regardless, ripping a FIRE EXTINGUISHER from the wall and hurling it through another display case... MARIE I hate you, Mom! I'm glad you're dead! EXT. BLUE BAY PD - NIGHT Storm clouds gather over the whitewashed Police station... INT. BLUE BAY PD INTERVIEW ROOM - NIGHT Elena sits with her head in her hands, across from Kristen in an anonymous interview room. KRISTEN I told you. Elena looks up, tears streaking her mascara. ELENA Told me what? KRISTEN That if you were telling the truth I'd back you all the way. If you lied to me there'd be trouble... Elena slumps back down, her head on the table. ELENA Chad swerved off the road, I swear... KRISTEN Just swerved for no reason. Just decided to take a shortcut through the swamp? Elena sobs, can't look Kristen in the eye. ELENA It was an accident... 03/22/2004 72. The door to the interview room swings open, and Detective Morrison strides through, a fresh-from-the-printer REPORT in his hands... MORRISON Accident my ass. He flips the pages of the report... MORRISON Forensics finds the head trauma that killed Chad Borman was inflicted by a single blow from behind. E lena looks up, through Panda eyes... ELENA The crash. He...he hit his head... MORRISON Was that before or after you dragged him through the swamp? Elena has no answers as Morrison takes the cuffs from his belt, snaps them on Elena's wrists. MORRISON You got the right to remain silent, which in your case is probably best, cos of the shit you come up with... Kristen stands up, shaking her head. KRISTEN That's two strikes, Elena. One more and you're out. Elena looks at her pleadingly. ELENA I'll do whatever you want. Kristen stops. Thinks for a moment. Nods to Morrison as he drags Elena to her feet. KRISTEN Yeah. Yeah you will. ELENA I'll tell you the truth. I'll tell you what happened. She killed him, and took the diamonds. Marie, it was Marie Clifford... 03/22/2004 73. Morrison just sneers. MORRISON Keep bleeting, Missy. All the way to the Judge. I think its time he heard the truth about Jay Clifford's accuser. KRISTEN Her arrest doesn't guarantee Jay'll be cleared, you know that. You need Marie, you need the proof they set him up... Morrison considers this. KRISTEN You came so close to nailing the Black Widow, don't let this slip through your fingers, Detective... He's about to speak, when Elena's cell phone rings. Kristen takes it from Elena, looks at the CALLER ID, sees Marie's name... KRISTEN Speak of the Devil... She holds the phone up. KRISTEN You're gonna answer it. And you're gonna say that everything went fine. No one found Chad's body. The plan's still on. Do you understand me? Elena nods slowly. Morrison turns to Kristen. MORRISON You thinking what I'm thinking? K risten's patient with him. KRISTEN This is your chance. Feds can't take this one from you... Morrison weighs his options, then finally nods. Kristen clicks the phone ON, holds it to Elena's ear. ELENA Yello... 03/22/2004 74. INT. MARIE'S BMW - NIGHT Marie speeds wildly down the deserted Blue Bay streets, one trembling hand holding a cigarette, the other her cellphone. MARIE (ON PHONE) The diamonds are fakes. Totally worthless. ELENA (V.O.) No. That can't be true! MARIE Believe it. I'm leaving. Tonight. ELENA (V.O.) You can't...what about...me... Marie takes a long drag from her cigarette. MARIE Don't you understand? There's no money. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Zero. How am I supposed to take care of your broke ass? INT. BLUE BAY PD INTERVIEW ROOM - NIGHT Kristen is listening in on the whole conversation. She cups her hand over the phone, whispers to Elena. KRISTEN Tell her she has to meet you. Tell her she can't leave... Elena nods and Kristen puts the phone back to her lips. ELENA I...I gotta see you. MARIE (V.O.) I'll send you a photo. ELENA Please. Just one last time. MARIE (V.O.) I'm gone, gone, gonski. Elena's reeling. Kristen motions for her to continue. ELENA I think maybe...maybe there's a way we could still get some money... 03/22/2004 75. Silence on the end of the line... INT. MARIE'S BMW - NIGHT Marie considers this for a long moment. Finally... MARIE Okay, talk... ELENA (V.O.) Not over the phone. We gotta meet. MARIE School swimming pool. One hour. INT. BLUE BAY PD INTERVIEW ROOM - NIGHT Click. She's hung up. Kristen nods to Morrison... KRISTEN Where'd you keep the wire taps? MORRISON Evidence locker. KRISTEN Gimme the key. He tosses her his electronic keycard... E EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT The Blue Bay High pool is illuminated in the dead of night, casting blue ripples over the bleachers where Elena waits nervously. She can't help but fiddle with the wire hidden beneath her shirt... ELENA (whispering) Can you hear me? INT. MORRISON'S CAR - CONTINUOUS Morrison listens nervously to Elena's tinny voice coming in through the speaker... ELENA (V.O.) Is this thing working? The Detective shoots Kristen a concerned look. MORRISON She's gonna blow it... 03/22/2004 76. EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS Elena adjusts the mic taped to her chest, wincing as the tape pulls her delicate skin. ELENA I..don't think I can do this... MARIE (O.S.) It's already done. Elena looks up guiltily. Marie is standing by the side of the pool. How much did she see? MARIE So? The word's stick in Elena's throat... ELENA I had no choice... MARIE Blah, blah, blah. Get over it. He's dead. Now you told me you had a plan. Spit it out. ELENA Jay's got cash. At the building site. I saw it. Marie rolls her eyes. MARIE That's your brilliant plan? It's in a safe, dumb ass. You a safecracker? Have you got magic fingers, gonna pick that lock? I don't think so. Next. INT. MORRISON'S CAR - CONTINUOUS Kristen winces as she listens to the girls' conversation. E LENA (V.O.) (through the speakers) We're gonna go to Jay. Tell him what we did. MARIE (V.O.) Like hell we are. 03/22/2004 77. EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS Elena walks down the bleachers, approaching a skeptical Marie. ELENA Listen to me. We go to the jail, tell him we'll come clean, tell the police everything, if he gives us the combination. I'm still a minor, they'll send me back to Juvie. Shit, I could do that time standing on my head... Marie's wavering. MARIE How much money? Elena reaches Marie, puts her hands on her hips. ELENA Enough for you and me. Grinds against her. Slowly, sensually. MARIE We don't have to tell the cops anything. We'll let Jay's videotape do the talking. ELENA But, we got rid of the real one... MARIE I kept a copy. Never trusted you backstabbers. Elena tries to pull away, but Marie drags her back until their faces are inches apart. MARIE You're trembling. There's no denying it. Marie slowly draws her hand down Elena's face, down her neck, to her chest. So close to the wire. Finally places her palm over Elena's heart... ELENA Marie, I... MARIE Ssshhhh... BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM... 03/22/2004 78. INT. MORRISON'S CAR - NIGHT Morrison and Kristen listen intently in their headphones, unable to breath... EXT. BLUE BAY HIGH SWIMMING POOL - CONTINUOUS Elena and Marie stand there for what seems like an eternity, unblinking... B OOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM... Finally Marie smiles... MARIE Alright. Let's do it... INT. COUNTY JAIL - NIGHT Jay laughs, as he sits across from Marie and Elena, separated by an inch of bullet proof glass. Theo stands by the door. JAY Well, well, well. Who'd have thought. What a pleasant surprise. I guess you guys have kissed and made up? MARIE Very funny. Did you know the diamonds were fakes? Jay nods slowly. JAY Your Mom hocked them years ago. Boozed it all away. You already know the end of her sorry story... Marie's jaw tightens. Jay leans back. JAY So, to what do I owe the pleasure? MARIE We want money. Whatever you've got in your safe at the beach condos. Jay bursts out laughing again. JAY Of course you do. Of course you do. 03/22/2004 79. ELENA We'll get you out of here... Jay stops laughing, leans back in to the inch thick glass. JAY You will? Marie holds up a DIGITAL VIDEO TAPE... JAY Is that what I think it is? MARIE You give us the combination and this goes in the nearest mail box, tied with a pretty pink bow. JAY How do I know it's the real tape? MARIE You're gonna have to trust us. JAY I've been down that road before. Marie opens the cassette housing, ready to rip the tape apart... MARIE This is non-negotiable. Theo interjects... THEO Sir, we have no grounds for appeal. This could be our only chance. MARIE What's the combination? The tortured screams of inmates echo in Jay's ears. JAY I can't... MARIE No such word as 'can't'... A PRISON GUARD puts a massive hand on Jay's shoulder... P RISON GUARD Time's up, Mr. Clifford. 03/22/2004 80. Jay sighs... JAY (to Marie) Fine. 08-20-99. Marie shakes her head. MARIE The combination's the day Mom died, you sick fuck? Jay's led away in shackles... EXT. BLUE BAY STREETS - NIGHT Marie's BMW flies down the deserted Blue Bay streets, blasting through red lights. INT. MARIE'S BMW - CONTINUOUS Marie handles the car like a Formula One driver, and with twice the intensity. The G-force pins Elena back against the seat. ELENA Slow down! Marie steps on the gas. ELENA We're in a world of shit! Marie steps on the gas. ELENA We'll never get away with this. You know that don't you? Marie steps on the gas. She ain't saying a word, and time's running out for Elena... INT. MORRISON'S POLICE CAR - NIGHT Morrison struggles to keep up with Marie's Bullit-esque driving. Kristen stays focused on the one-sided conversation in her headphones... KRISTEN Come on, Elena...Keep pushing... 03/22/2004 81. EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Marie's BMW screeches to a stop outside the beachfront condos, and Marie strides towards the construction site entrance. Elena gets out the car, feeling decidedly sick. She circuitously adjusts the microphone taped to her chest, then follows Marie into the dark, unfinished building INT. JAY'S OFFICE - NIGHT Marie enters the makeshift office like a wolf stalking her prey, heading straight for the safe. With a rock steady hand, she works the lock...CLICK... MARIE One down... EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDINGS - NIGHT Morrison brings his clunky Police sedan to a halt around the back of the building site. I INT. MORRISON'S CAR - NIGHT Kristen listens intently to the live feed. ELENA (V.O.) (over headphones) Marie! Please, I can't do this... INT. JAY'S OFFICE - NIGHT Marie's working the safe combination like a master thief, spinning it nimbly between her buffed nails. CLICK... MARIE Two down. Elena stands in the makeshift office doorway, trying to coax something incriminating from Marie's perfect lips. ELENA I told you not to kill Chad. I'll tell it to the police. Marie doesn't even look round, concentrating on the job at hand. Elena's reeling. 03/22/2004 82. ELENA I'll tell 'em you made me lie about your stepfather raping me, made me perjure myself on the stand, went and killed Chad, and now... MARIE (sotto) 99. A very good year... CLICK. Third and final tumbler falls. The safe door swings open, revealing a STACK of CASH and Jay's HANDGUN... INT. MORRISON'S CAR - NIGHT Kristen shakes her head. It's hopeless, Elena can't get Marie to say an incriminating word... MORRISON This has gotta end. KRISTEN It's gonna end. One way or another... INT. JAY'S OFFICE - NIGHT Marie pulls out a wad of crisp, clean bills, draws them across her nose like a wine connoisseur. MARIE Money. Always in style. She dances over to Elena, waves the cash in her face. ELENA Why'd you do it? Why'd Chad have to die? Marie slides up against Elena, fluttering the cash over her in the world's most expensive shower. Elena couldn't be less interested, focused on getting that confession... ELENA You killed him, Marie. You murdered him in cold blood... Marie presses up against Elena, pushing her up against the unfinished dry wall. Kisses her passionately, finally silencing her for a few, brief, electric seconds. And when she pulls away her fingers dance down Elena's shirt until... S he rips the microphone from Elena's chest. Stands there with the dangling cord in her hands, her face caught in a permanent snarl. The blood drains from Elena's face... 03/22/2004 83. INT. MORRISON'S POLICE CAR - NIGHT A piercing feedback forces Kristen to throw aside the headphones. She looks to Morrison. KRISTEN She's been made... Morrison draws his gun. MORRISON Stay here... Kristen shakes her head resolutely. KRISTEN I got us into this... BANG! A GUNSHOT echoes in the darkness... MORRISON Just stay in the car! Please... Morrison sprints over to the building site, leaving Kristen in the car, alone. INT. JAY'S OFFICE - NIGHT Elena stands with her hands up, an ugly bullet hole in the wall just beside her. Marie keeps Jay's gun trained on her as she unloads the cash from the safe... MARIE You stupid fucking Sherbert. You think you could sell me out? ELENA They made me do it... MARIE Morrison doesn't know his prick from a pogo stick. And that bitch Parole Officer, she hasn't got the balls for this... Marie takes dead aim once more... ELENA Please, don't... Marie's finger tightens on the trigger... INT. MORRISON'S POLICE CAR - NIGHT 03/22/2004 84. BOOM! Kristen tenses as the gunshot echoes throughout the construction site. She reaches across to the driver's seat, grabs the SHOTGUN... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Elena scrambles across the concrete floor, desperately trying to make it to the relative safety of one of the support pillars. She sees the forensic UV light switch on the floor, reaches for it... MARIE stands in the shattered doorway, surveys the expansive, unfinished floor. Is about to unleash a hail of bullets when... The WORK LIGHTS flicker out, replaced by the eerie ULTRA VIOLET LIGHTS scattered around the unfinished floor...Bathed in the florescent blue glow of the lights, Elena scrambles to safety behind a pillar. Her shirt GLOWS, her eyes like beacons... MORRISON Sweeps through the second floor, meticulously checking every corner, every shadow... KRISTEN Runs towards the unfinished building, looking up to the UV glow on the fourth floor. She sprints for the INDUSTRIAL ELEVATOR... MARIE scours the bizarre darkness, hears a sound. BOOM! The orange muzzle flash illuminates the floor briefly as Marie shoots randomly. The flimsy plaster walls EXPLODE... MORRISON Enters the third floor from the fire escape, continues his meticulous sweep of the building. KRISTEN Stands in the industrial elevator, jabbing the 4th floor button, hyperventilating as more gunshots EXPLODE. She clutches Morrison's shotgun to her chest, getting closer to the top floor. ELENA shields herself as plaster rains down on her, unable to see through the cloud of dust under the UV lights, until... 03/22/2004 85. BOOM! A bullet sparks off rebar inches from her foot. She looks up to see the barrel of Jay's gun. Marie's face is contorted maniacally as she squeezes down on the trigger... MORRISON Runs up the fire escape stairs when a final deafening GUN SHOT rings out. Followed by SCREAMS. He rips open the fourth floor fire door, tearing through the building, pushing through thick plastic sheeting until he finds himself under the UV glow. T hick plumes of blood, black under the UV light, stain the walls and floor. He sees Elena, in a fetal ball, trembling uncontrollably. Beside her, Marie lies dead, her chest a gaping crimson mess, Jay's gun still clutched tightly in her cold, dead hands. Kristen looks up at him, almost too shocked to speak. Morrison's shotgun is still smoking in her hands. KRISTEN I didn't have a choice. She was gonna kill Elena. Morrison steps forward, calmly, takes the gun from her. MORRISON It's gonna be okay. EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDINGS - LATER The new crime scene is alive with activity. Cops, reporters, bystanders. Morrison sips coffee as PARAMEDICS wheel Marie's corpse to the ambulance. One of them hands something to Morrison. A blood-splattered digital video tape. PARAMEDIC We found this on the body. Morrison takes it without a word... KRISTEN (O.S.) Just got off the phone with the Parole board... Morrison turns around, sees Kristen approaching, still visibly shaken. K 03/22/2004 86. KRISTEN They want me to bring Elena back to Miami in the morning. She hesitates... KRISTEN I'm... sorry for this whole mess. Morrison considers this, picks his words carefully. MORRISON Don't be. It was my gun that fired the shots, so it must've been me who pulled the trigger. I'll take the credit on this one. After all the Black widow crap I had to put up with, I've earnt it... Kristen nods. KRISTEN You did the right thing... MORRISON We did the right thing. risten smiles, almost, moves in, and wraps her arms around the Detective. He closes his eyes, savors the moment. As she pulls away, she hands him a card. K RISTEN You call me, promise? Morrison beams. MORRISON I will. I will. KRISTEN Now that this is all over, maybe we can have that drink soon... She leans in, kisses him sweetly on the lips. Morrison watches her walk away. In spite of all the shit that's gone down, he's probably the happiest son of a bitch in all of Blue Bay. FADE TO BLACK. EXT. COUNTY JAIL - MORNING Morrison's unmarked Sedan idles outside the barbed wire fences of the County Jail. The gate slowly opens and guards lead a dazed Jay Clifford outside, wincing from the bright sunlight. 03/22/2004 87. Morrison gets out of the car, meets Jay. MORRISON How you holdin' up, Jay? JAY Been better. He sure has. MORRISON So what's next? JAY No idea. Everything's gone. Repossessed. Guess there's nowhere to go but up. It's all he can do to keep from breaking down. MORRISON I can't help but feel partially responsible. If there's anything I... Jay shakes his head. JAY I don't think so, but thanks. MORRISON Can I at least give you a ride somewhere? JAY Ain't got nowhere to go... Morrison watches sadly as Jay stumbles past him, walking to nowhere in particular. MORRISON (hopeful) ... but up, right? No reply. The Detective heads back to his car, stops for a second, reaches into his pocket and pulls out Kristen's already-dog eared card. He can't resist. Dials the number After four rings there's no message. Just a BEEP. MORRISON (into phone) Uh, Kristen, it's Michael again. Haven't heard from you. Hope you're doing okay. Everything's fine here. 03/22/2004 88. MORRISON(CONT'D) Haven't been any questions asked that I can't answer, an' no one's brought your name up. So give me a call back and maybe we can go for that drink... H e's cut off by... RECORDED VOICE BEEP. The mail box you are trying to reach is full. Your message has been deleted. Morrison's disconnected. Puzzled, he gets into his car. INT. BLUE BAY PD - DAY Morrison gets the shock of his life when he enters the usually quiet police station and finds himself in the midst of utter pandemonium. Federal Officers are everywhere. He tries to pick his way through the crowd when he's intercepted by Officer Entwistle. OFFICER ENTWISTLE You better come with me, Detective. INT. BLUE BAY PD - MORRISON'S OFFICE - DAY Entwistle leads Morrison into his office, where Agent Dammers sits behind his desk. AGENT DAMMERS Detective Morrison. So good to finally see you. MORRISON What the hell, Dammers? AGENT DAMMERS I should be asking you the same question. INT. BLUE BAY PD EVIDENCE LOCKER - DAY Morrison stands in the middle of the evidence locker, dumbfounded. Dammers watches him, his arms crossed. MORRISON It's...gone. DAMMERS That's right, Morrison. Every last bit of evidence from the Black Widow case. 03/22/2004 89. DAMMERS(CONT'D) Not to mention the money you confiscated. All $427,000. MORRISON But how... DAMMERS I was hoping you'd be able to answer that question. MORRISON What in God's name are you talking about? I didn't have anything to do with it! DAMMERS Well, your key card was the last one that opened this locker. Morrison's heart is beating a mile a minute. MORRISON Holy shit. Kristen... INT. DADE COUNTY PAROLE OFFICE - DAY A PRETTY RECEPTIONIST sits behind a sparse desk when the phone rings. PRETTY RECEPTIONIST D ade County Parole. How can I direct your call? INT. BLUE BAY PD EVIDENCE LOCKER - DAY Morrison paces back and forth, on the phone, as Dammers watches, not saying a word... MORRISON (into phone) This is Detective Morrison, Blue Bay PD. I was wondering if you had a forwarding number for Kristen Richards... PRETTY RECEPTIONIST(V.O.) Who? MORRISON Kristen Richards. She's one of your officers. Has cases up here in Blue Bay. INT. DADE COUNTY PAROLE OFFICE - CONTINUOUS The receptionist's fingers nimbly dance across the keyboard in front of her. 90. PRETTY RECEPTIONIST I'm sorry, Detective. There's no one here by that name. MORRISON No, of course there is. I worked with her personally. I... PRETTY RECEPTIONIST I have no record of a Kristen Richards ever working here. Besides, Blue Bay's out of our jurisdiction... INT. EVIDENCE LOCKER - CONTINUOUS Morrison struggles to control his emotions... MORRISON Oh no. No, no, no... EXT. PARADISE - DAY Soft waves lap against a pristine beach. Palm trees sway in the warm breeze. A steady WHIRRING is the only sound that disturbs the serenity. Is it a lawn mower? A leaf blower? There's a gorgeous beach house with a patio looking out onto this idyllic scene. The swimming pool glistens in the bright tropical Caribbean Sunlight. And stretched out on a recliner in the sheerest of bikinis is none other than Kristen Richards, soaking up rays. At her side is a PAPER SHREDDER, and between sips from a pi�a colada, she feeds document after document, each one stamped BLACK WIDOW EVIDENCE in red ink... Kristen looks over at Elena, equally stunning in a matching bikini. KRISTEN I can't believe Morrison just handed me the key to the evidence locker... A broad grin stretches across her lips as Elena empties the contents of a velvet pouch onto a table. T he Mother-Daughter diamonds are radiant in the bright sunlight. KRISTEN These are...genuine? Elena nods. 03/22/2004 91. ELENA Nothin' like the real thing. Switched 'em for the fakes right after Marie tried to pay me off... KRISTEN They're...So beautiful. Elena picks up the bigger diamond, hands it to Kristen. ELENA The mother. Kristen picks up the smaller diamond, hands it to Elena. KRISTEN The daughter. INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDINGS - DAY Morrison paces the infamous crime scene, at wit's end. Dammers stands off to the side, just watching him with a bemused look etched across his face. MORRISON She was the Black Widow. Her and that little... He tries to think of an appropriate slur for Elena. Can't come up with anything, continues pacing frantically. MORRISON Played me like a fool. Dammers shrugs. DAMMERS Hind sight's 20-20. No need to be so hard on yourself, Morrison... (beat, smile) That's my job. MORRISON You smug son of a bitch. It's not like you knew who she was anymore than I did. Dammers nods slowly. DAMMERS That's the God's honest truth. But at least I didn't give her my evidence locker keycard. 03/22/2004 92. DAMMERS(CONT'D) And I didn't lie about who fired the shots that killed the Clifford kid. Morrison's heart sinks. He looks like he's going to faint. Steadies himself, placing both hands against the wall, just as Jay did that fateful night seemingly a lifetime ago... EXT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDINGS - DAY Dammers leads Morrison to his awaiting car. They pass MR. Barajas and Cicatriz. Mr. Barajas is in his usual foul mood... MR. BARAJAS Un pinche sink hole! No lo puedo creer! Morrison stops, regards Barajas... MORRISON What did you say? CICATRIZ The foundation is sinking. The entire site is a sink hole. It's completely worthless. MR. BARAJAS I'm going to kill Jay Clifford... MORRISON You and me both... EXT. PARADISE - DAY Elena and Kristen lay side-by-side on loungers, soaking in the sun, when a voice rouses them... JAY (O.S.) Poor Detective Morrison. It's hard to do that to a friend. Especially one going through such a nasty divorce. They look up to see Jay, standing before them in a pair of colorful shorts, no shirt, sipping at a martini... JAY Told me he'd never trust another woman as long as he lived. And then along came a spider... KRISTEN A black widow. Jay glances at Elena, as he downs the last drops from his drink. 03/22/2004 93. JAY More like widows... Gotta say I was a little taken aback when you wanted to snuff Marie, but you know what, I'm over the bitch... Elena suddenly gets to her feet. ELENA You want me to top you off? JAY That'd be fine, just fine. He hands Elena his empty glass, then kisses Kristen tenderly. When they break... JAY She's got a good head on her shoulders. Kristen doesn't reply. Just smiles, watches Elena over by the outside bar, mixing Jay's drink... JAY You two got me out of a mountain of shit, I'll tell you that. Craziest Goddamn scheme I've ever heard of. But hell, you played it perfectly. KRISTEN My job was easy. It was Elena who had to keep it all together... ELENA (O.S.) We've had some practice along the way... Jay turns around, smiles at Elena as she holds out his drink. ELENA Here you go, Mr. Clifford. Jay takes it from her appreciatively, sips at it as he sidles off to the swimming pool. JAY Well, all that nasty business, it's behind us. Forever. From here on out, it's the good life. He starts to climb the high dive. When he gets to the top, he looks down at Elena and Kristen, smiles. 03/22/2004 94. JAY You two look so good, it's difficult to tell which one's the mother and which one's the daughter... Kristen calls back up at him. KRISTEN That's just the roofies talking... Says it so sweetly, it takes a moment for Jay to register the sinister implications... JAY What did you say? His eyes are blood shot. He starts to sway atop the high dive. KRISTEN Delta Chi, class of '88. Hellova party. I'd never really tasted cocktails like that. Jay's swaying uneasily on the high dive platform... JAY I don't...whattya talking about? KRISTEN It was like being awake though an operation. I could feel everything happening, but I couldn't do anything to stop it... JAY Oh...shit... KRISTEN You took something from me that night. But you left something behind... Jay's head is spinning as he looks to Kristen, to Elena. KRISTEN Your daughter... He can't quite get his mind around it. Everything's becoming blurry. JAY I don't remember... 03/22/2004 95. He looks at the martini glass, thinks he sees blue residue, before it slips from his fingers, falls 20 feet to the concrete below, shattering into a million pieces like so many fake diamonds... E lena and Kristen stand side-by-side below him. KRISTEN You may not remember... A broad grin stretches across Elena's lips as she finishes... ELENA ...But you'll never forget. Jay tries to take a step forward. He stumbles. Tries in vain to regain his balance. It's too late. He falls. 20 feet to the unyielding concrete, exploding like a paper bag filled with vegetable soup... ELENA Nice take off. Gotta work on the landing. They stand back, watching Jay's pancaked body draining its precious blood into the ice blue pool... KRISTEN Let's go get our money. They gather the diamonds, walk away as the pool turns crimson red... THE END As the credits roll.... INT. OFFICE - MORNING An anonymous, luxurious office. A fat, balding, semi-conscious MAN lies curled up on the floor as Elena, half undressed and wearing a black wig, shovels cash into her oversized purse... There's a crackle on her WALKIE-TALKIE... KRISTEN (V.O.) We got problems... From outside, she can hear the wailing of SIRENS. Getting closer. ELENA Almost done here. KRISTEN (V.O.) Leave it. Come on! 96. Elena gets hesitantly to her feet, slides a stack of $100s in her pocket for good measure. KRISTEN (V.O.) He gonna be able to make an ID? Elena glances at the Man on the floor, his puffy eyes glazed over like a jelly donut. ELENA Not on your life. I gave him enough roofies to make an elephant forget. EXT. OFFICE - MORNING Elena gets into a waiting car outside the bank. The getaway driver...Kristen, of course... ELENA I can't believe we just gave up all that cash. KRISTEN Forget it. The Black Widow's finally got an angle on our real prey. ELENA We goin' to Blue Bay? KRISTEN He won't know what hit him. A smile crosses Elena's perfect lips... ELENA 'bout time... And the car pulls away from the curb just seconds before a fleet of police cars screeches to a halt in front of the bank. INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - JAY'S OFFICE - DAY Jay carefully places the stacks of cash into the wall safe in his unfinished office. KRISTEN (O.S.) That's an awful lot of money... Jay spins round, flabbergasted that someone's watching him. JAY Who the hell... 03/22/2004 97. KRISTEN Not enough though. Gonna need those Diamonds if you're gonna ride out this disaster... JAY What? What the hell do you mean? Kristen calmly reaches into her purse, pulls out a handful of marbles. Throws them onto the ground, letting them roll towards B Jay... ut they stop, change direction, all coming rolling back in a small circle, until they come to rest in the middle of the concrete floor... KRISTEN The building's built on a sink hole, Jay. You know it, and I know it. Gonna need to think fast if you wanna keep the Cubans off your back... Jay's tiny mind can't take it all in. JAY How'd you...how'd you know all this... KRISTEN It's what we do. JAY We? Elena walks seductively into the unfinished office. It's on. INT. LOCKER ROOM - DAY Marie sits in the bleachers by the side of the school dive pool, looking at her Mother's soon-to-be-diamond ring through teary eyes... MARIE I just want what's mine... Elena stalks the bleachers behind her. ELENA The diamonds are your inheritance. You deserve them... MARIE My fucking Step-Monster'll never give me the Goddamn key... 03/22/2004 98. Elena jumps down the bleachers, sits down next to Marie. ELENA So you take it, one way or another... INT. CHAD'S OFFICE - DAY Behind closed doors, Chad's completing yet another dubious transaction, handing over a bag of roofies. The buyer this time...Marie... MARIE You take a check? CHAD Money talks, bullshit walks. I got strippers to feed... Marie fishes out the money from her purse. MARIE How'd you like to make some real cash? CHAD Chad likes the sound of that. And it's that simple... INT. TEAM CLIFFORD BUILDING - NIGHT Chad uses Jay's teeth mouldings to bite Elena, as Marie trains Jay's video camera on her, wailing on her in a drunken stupor. ELENA Hey, that hurt! MARIE Shut it, bitch. No pain, no gain... Elena's face is pressed against the concrete wall... INT. BLUE BAY FORENSICS LAB - NIGHT Chad sits at his video console, all alone, expertly manipulating the audio and video footage. CHAD We'll put you right here, and... Chad presses play. On the video screen a frightened Elena is huddled against the wall. 03/22/2004 99. JAY (V.O.) C'mon now baby, you can do it... INT. ELENA'S TRAILER - NIGHT Elena watches as Marie and Theo drive away, then turns to the glistening Mother Daughter diamonds. She opens a case with two identical GLASS REPLICAS, and replaces the diamonds... All the while, Uncle Marty SNORES his head off... ELENA (to Uncle Marty, irritated) Will you knock that off? They're gone. Uncle Marty's eyes snap open. EXT. BEACH PARADISE - DAY Kristen and Marie are sunning themselves on the crystalline beach when someone stands before them, casting a shadow over their sizzling bodies. KRISTEN You're blocking our sun... Looks over her sunglasses at...Uncle Marty...Only all cleaned up, in a pair of Bermuda shorts that show off his milky white legs... He clutches a briefcase... UNCLE MARTY Ladies. Hellova job back there. Your best ever if I might be so bold... KRISTEN This is our biggest score. You sure you can move it? UNCLE MARTY Not a problem. Kristen nods to the briefcase in Uncle Marty's hand. KRISTEN Let's see the green... Uncle Marty lays the case down on the lounger, opens it, revealing stacks of cash... UNCLE MARTY Got another lead, if you're interested. Was just up in Boston, surveying a mansion that's just been sold. 03/22/2004 100. UNCLE MARTY(CONT'D) Termites already eaten most of it. Owner's shitting bricks. There's gotta be an angle for the Black Widows... Kristen and Elena look to each other. KRISTEN It's over. We had a good run. Uncle Marty shrugs. UNCLE MARTY Shame. Guess all good things come to an end. So, the diamonds... Elena reaches down, pulls the diamonds from the sand. Hands them over and is about to take the case of money when... UNCLE MARTY How do I know these are the real thing? Elena looks to Kristen. They smile. ELENA You're going to have to trust us... Like fuck. THE END. AGAIN.