"Twelve hours at a Train Station"
EXT. TRAIN STATION - GATE 4 -- EVENING
the horizon which shows a beautiful time-lapse sunset. (The sun is already about half hidden behind the horizon before it falls completely out of sight.
The scene is interrupted by a train which pulls into view.
OVER THE LOUD SPEAKER WE HEAR
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT (O.S.) "Now arriving Amtrak #315 from Boston arriving at gate number 4."
CAMERA PULLS BACK
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to reveal the gate area of the train station. Few people are actually standing around. Those who are, are obviously waiting for someone on the train. As the train comes to a stop, 10-15 people get off the train, most being greeted by someone. A moment goes by as everyone walks inside the building leaving the area empty.
Just as the last door shuts to the building, we see COURTNEY WILLIAMS, a beautiful twenty eight year old woman, who peers her head out the train door, looking around as if she is a little shy. Seeing nobody left or right, she steps out onto the platform. She carries only one beat up shoulder bag.
She only takes a couple of steps before looking at her watch then up at a giant clock that extends out from the building, just above her head.
The old hands of the clock read 5:15.
Courtney doesn't hesitate before she enters into the train station.
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As Courtney enters the Train Station we notice the fact that the place is virtually empty. There are, however, a few people like the man emptying a trash can and the man at the pay phone.
Although it has only been a few minutes, she double checks her watch, looking around again, she spots the doors to the front of the building. Walking over to the doors, she peers out.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - FRONT OF, -- CONTINUOUS
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Courtney peers out obviously looking for someone, but the only person here is a Santa Clause standing next to a Salvation Army bucket ringing a very annoying bell.
Courtney is very surprised to see a Santa Clause in the middle of Spring. Both look at each other as she returns inside.
the door closes
EXT. CONNOR JACKOBSEN MANSION -- EVENING
The door to a jet black limousine is opened
ANGLE PULLS BACK
to show WILLIAM the Chauffeur opening the door. Out steps CONNOR JACKOBSEN, dressed in a hideous orange and blue outfit, something that we might see on a LA Rapper. There are traces of red, white, and blue paint on his face and in his hair also. Although he looks like an idiot, Connor is a very handsome 31 year old man.
CONNOR Thank you William, Sarah is going to be picking me up tonight, so why don't you take the rest of the evening off.
WILLIAM Yes Sir. Thank you Sir (beat) Sir, I do enjoy your new clothes Sir.
CONNOR Good Evening William.
WILLIAM Yes Sir.
Connor walks in the front door of his mansion.
INT. CONNOR JACKOBSEN MANSION -- CONTINUOUS
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Inside the front we now see that this is truly a mansion. Everything about the surroundings tells us that someone very wealthy lives here.
Connor is greeted by his butler whose name is ironically enough BUTLER. Butler is your standard english butler. However, he is quite young, he is only 27 years old.
Butler looks Connor over very well.
BUTLER Welcome home Sir. (beat) I heard about your misfortune, are you all right?
CONNOR Yes Butler I am fine,
It is obvious at this point that Connor does not want to discuss his situation.
Butler helps him off with his jacket
BUTLER Should I put this in the coat closet with the rest of your fine jackets Sir?
Connor doesn't hesitate to answer
CONNOR BURN IT!
BUTLER Yes Sir.
Connor walks toward a pair of doors about 10'-15' away.
CONNOR Have the police called yet?
BUTLER Yes Sir, they found your things just after you left. I have arranged to have them here tomorrow morning Sir.
Opening the doors.
INT. CONNOR JACKOBSEN MANSION, OFFICE -- CONTINUOUS
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An elegant home office with all of the amenities. Walls lined with books, elegant paintings and a giant solid cherrywood desk.
Connor walks inside and sits down at his desk, pressing one button his desktop computer hooks to the internet.
CONNOR Wonderful, (beat) did they find the laptop?
BUTLER Yes Sir, I believe they did.
CONNOR (sigh) Good, (beat) that will be all Thank you Butler.
BUTLER I can't help but ask, (beat) Did the people who stole your things (beat) did they make you wear that ridiculous outfit Sir?
Connor doesn't seem the slightest bit amused.
CONNOR That will be all Butler.
BUTLER (smiling) Yes Sir.
Butler closes both doors as he exits the room.
COMPUTER (O.S.) You've Got Mail.
Connor's attention is immediately focused on the Computer.
the Computer screen which shows a full screen of E-mails. We wait with anticipation as the mouse cursor moves down the list to "SEATTLEGIRL07734 - Surprise, I'm coming to Salt Lake City". then click, and the mail opens.
THE E-MAIL READS
Subj: Surprise, I'm coming to Salt Lake City
I know that this is short notice, but I have decided to come to Salt Lake for Easter. I know you won't get this until Friday, when you come home from your trip, But I won't arrive until around 5 o'clock on Easter Eve. I am leaving now to the Train Station. It is a long trip via Train, so I'll have a long time to think of what to say when I get there.
I hope that you are still okay with me coming.
CONNOR (O.S.) I know that this is short notice, but I've decided to come to Salt Lake for Easter. I know you won't get this until Friday, when you come home from your Trip, But I will not be arriving until around 5:00 on Easter Eve.
Connor immediately looks at his watch.
the watch to see that it is almost 6:00 p.m.
CONNOR (yelling) Butler!
Connor picks up the phone and dials (411) information, as Butler enters the office.
BUTLER Yes Sir?
CONNOR I need William to pick someone up at the Train Station immediately.
BUTLER But Sir, you gave Mr. William the night off.
Connor had forgotten in the heat of the moment and cringes at the terrible chain of events that just don't seem to end. And although he is a little perturbed he is in no way mad, nor does he show any type of anger, just a little frustration.
CONNOR (into the phone) Yes, could you please connect me to the Salt Lake City Train Station?
Connor, covers the receiver and addresses Butler again.
CONNOR That will be all, (beat) But would you please let me know when Sarah arrives?
BUTLER Yes Sir, she has already arrived, she is in your bedroom Sir.
Connor simply gestures to Butler then begins to speak on the phone. Butler leaves the room.
CONNOR Yes, could you please tell me if the Train from Seattle Washington has arrived yet? (beat, relieved) Great, when should it be arriving? (beat) What, in the morning, are you sure? (beat with a sigh of relief) Thank You.
Connor hangs up the phone and walks out of his office.
INT. CONNOR JACKOBSEN MANSION - MASTER BEDROOM -- MOMENTS LATER
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SARAH, a 39-year-old woman dressed in a beautiful black formal dress, sits on an elegant bed in a perfectly kept bedroom. Except for a tuxedo laid out on the bed, we would not expect that someone lived here.
Sarah is flipping through station after station on the television as Connor walks in. She doesn't even look at him.
Connor doesn't hesitate to head straight for the bathroom. He must be avoiding something,
CONNOR Hey Sis, I am going to take a quick shower before we go.
Sarah just continues to flip through the stations.
SARAH Do you know how many stations you have on this television?
CONNOR (O.S.) Three Hundred and.......Seventy-Eight.
Sarah looks towards the bathroom as the shower also turns on and we hear the shower door shut.
SARAH Why do you need 378 television stations?
CONNOR I don't, I don't even watch Television you know that.
SARAH Exactly, so why do you need 378 stations?
CONNOR To keep you busy while I take a shower, (beat) I had Butler call and order them just before you got here.
Sarah looks a little confused. But she's smarter than that.
SARAH (to herself) Funny, very funny.
Sarah just returns to flipping through stations and begins to ramble about nothing.
SARAH Do you know that I have found over 30 stations that aren't even in English? And at least 20 that have some person holding a bible preaching. One even said I could buy my soul in twelve easy payments. (beat) If only it were that easy.
Sarah continues to flip through the stations as a moment goes by.
CONNOR (O.S.) Hey Sarah? Could you run me to the Train Station tonight after the banquet?
This is the first time Sarah's main focus isn't the television. Again she looks a little confused.
SARAH (upset) You're going to be gone on Easter?
CONNOR (O.S.) I'm picking someone up.
SARAH Oh, Anyone I know?
The room stays quiet for a moment, then:
CONNOR (O.S.) Remember that girl I told you about, from Seattle?
It is obvious that Sarah approves
SARAH (approving smile) Yeah, of course.
CONNOR Well, she e-mailed me while I was in New York. And because of the problems I had while I was there, I didn't get it until about 20 minutes ago, (beat) Her train arrives at 5:30 in the morning.
SARAH Why don't you have William pick her up?
CONNOR I gave him the night off before I knew she was coming.
SARAH Then why don't you just take the Mercedes?
CONNOR (O.S.) Because, you're using it.
SARAH Not at 5:30 in the morning I'm not.
The shower turns off and the shower door opens and closes again.
CONNOR (O.S.) Are you going to be using it tomorrow?
SARAH Only in the morning. Bob and the kids and I are going out to see his Parents.
Connor pokes his head out the door.
CONNOR Then just drop me off at the Train Station on your way home tonight, I'll have Butler send William down in the morning.
SARAH Your going to sit around at a Train Station all night?
CONNOR Why not? It will give me some time to myself. (beat) Could you hand me my tuxedo?
Sarah gets up and grabs the tux, handing it to Connor. Again he disappears back into the bathroom. Sarah leans against the door casing.
SARAH Well I think your nuts, why don't you just come spend the night at our house and then you can take the car to pick her up?
CONNOR (O.S.) That would be fine, but I really just want to have some time to myself, is that okay?
SARAH (rolling her eyes, to herself) Okay, whatever you say little brother.
Sarah sits back down and again begins to flip through the channels.
SARAH So are you at least going to tell me what that getup was you were wearing when you came in here?
Just then Connor appears from the bathroom, dressed to kill. Everything is perfect. Sarah is proud of her younger brother. Getting up she helps him straighten his tie.
SARAH Mom and Dad would have been so proud of you.
CONNOR (smiling) They're proud of us both.
A tear comes to Sarah's eye. She looks deep into Connor's eyes.
SARAH Thank you. Thank you for tonight, thank you for everything.
CONNOR Thank me when we find a cure, until then, it's only money. (beat, sincerely) But we will find a cure.
Sarah smiles and hugs Connor.
SARAH I love you so much.
CONNOR I love you too Sis. (beat) and as much as I am enjoying this moment, we'd better go or we're going to be late. (beat) C'mon
Both smile as they leave the room.
SARAH So what were you wearing when you came in here?
Connor shakes his head as they disappear around the corner.
CONNOR (O.S.) I'll tell you in the car.
END OF ACT ONE
INT. TRAIN STATION -- LATER
Courtney is sitting on a bench inside the train station. It is pretty obvious that she is sleeping. This is one of those moments that we all try to avoid; Her head has fallen back, while her mouth is wide open; to top it all off, she is snoring. There is a book on her lap, open to page 78.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Ma'am..... (tapping her on the shoulder) Ma'am?
Courtney wakes from her slumber, opens her eyes so that she is looking directly at the ceiling.
The moment of realization comes. The question is "Has she been drooling?" Immediately she lifts he head upright and wipes her mouth. She is relieved to find she is in the clear.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Ma'am?
She is a little startled by ARNIE, the station attendant (a grouchy elderly man). She looks up to see him standing over her.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Mam, I'm going to have to ask you to leave, we don't allow sleeping on the benches.
Courtney is a little distraught.
COURTNEY I'm sorry I must have fallen asleep. .. I was just reading.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Yes Mam, but we don't allow sleeping here.
COURTNEY I'm just waiting for a ride.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Then I suggest you wait in the Coffee shop, or we have pay phones right over there, you can call a cab.
Still suffering from a cloudy head, she thinks for a moment then responds.
COURTNEY Are their any Hotels close by?
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Yes Ma'am, you can call a cab and they will take you to any number of hotels in the area.
Giving him a "what's wrong with you look", she grabs her bag and gets up. Pausing before she walks away,
COURTNEY Have you worked here long?
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Yes Ma'am, I've been in this Train Station over 35 years.
COURTNEY Well Quasimodo, you ought to try and get out once in a while.
Courtney turns and heads towards the Cafe, while Quasimodo tries to figure out what she has just said, he just stares for a moment then returns to the ticket counter.
INT. TRAIN STATION CAFE -- CONTINUOUS
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A nice brightly-lit coffee shop, in a 50's Coca-Cola decor. The shop is empty except for FRANK MONTGOMERY, the owner, although his nametag simply says "FRANK".
Frank is a Black man in his early 60's, dressed in a 50's coffee shop uniform. Frank wipes down the counter and tidies up the place.
As Courtney enters Frank greets her.
FRANK Welcome to the Train Station Cafe.
Courtney is pleasantly surprised by the contrast of personalities from the station attendant. She smiles, but is still trying to completely wake up.
Sitting down at the bar, she places her bag on the stool next to her.
COURTNEY (smiling) Thank You.
FRANK Would you like a cup of Joe to help wake ya up some?
Courtney is so comfortable in her surroundings and thoroughly enjoys Frank's personality. But she didn't get her figure by drinking coffee.
COURTNEY Um, (beat) How about a glass of Ice Water?
Frank grabs a cup from under the counter and pours a glass of water from a nearby pitcher.
FRANK Are you new in town?
COURTNEY Yeah, I was suppose to be picked up (looking at her watch, she becomes embarrassed) 5 hours ago.
FRANK You're from Boston?
COURTNEY (how does he know so much about her) Yeah, I'm going to school there.
FRANK The Boston Train comes in every Saturday night at 5:15 (beat) So is he just late, or do you think he forgot?
Courtney looks curiously at Frank. Perhaps Frank just knows people, or maybe she shows the disappointment of being stood up at a train station.
COURTNEY (cautious question) I didn't say it was a he.
FRANK (smiles) You didn't have to.
She thinks for a moment, because she doesn't really know the answer.
COURTNEY Oh,...I don't know.
FRANK You did try calling him didn't you? There are pay phones just inside the Station.
COURTNEY No I haven't tried.
FRANK Well here, (Frank grabs the phone under the counter) This won't cost you two bits.
Frank is truly a sweet spirit. He's just happy to help out anyway he can. He's also a straight shooter.
COURTNEY Oh? Thank you, but I don't have his number.
FRANK (reaching under the counter again) Well, here's a phone book.
Frank slides the phone book in front of Courtney.
She looks at the phone book for a moment then gets very embarrassed and puts her head down. Frank is a little confused and worried.
FRANK Are you all right?
COURTNEY I don't know his name.
FRANK You don't know his name?
COURTNEY No, (beat) I met him on-line, (beat) I only know his Screen Name, Shakespeare?
FRANK On-Line? You mean you met him on the train line?
Again she gets embarrassed
COURTNEY No, on the Computer.
Suddenly Frank understands....
FRANK Oh... So Shakespeare is the name he goes by on the Computer? (beat) Well, I just don't understand you kids these days.
COURTNEY I know, it's crazy.
FRANK But you're crazy about the guy?
COURTNEY I don't know. I just wanted to spend the Spring Break with someone special. I thought we might of had something.
FRANK How long have you known this.....Shakespeare?
COURTNEY Nine months.
FRANK You can get to know a lot about someone in Nine months. (beat) Like his name, maybe his phone number, or if he would pick you up at the train station when you come to town.
Courtney looks at Frank who is smiling and she to begins to smile.
COURTNEY Frank, Do you have any food around here?
FRANK Anything on the menu you want.
COURTNEY Do you have BLT's?
FRANK Coming right up.
COURTNEY Extra mayonnaise?
FRANK (smiling) I think I can arrange that.
Frank walks behind a wall to the kitchen area and begins to cook, while Courtney lays her head on the counter top looking out into the Train Station.
It's only a moment before someone comes through the doors into the Train Station, catching Courtney's attention. The bell from SANTA can be heard still ringing.
Connor who has just entered the Train Station, wearing his tuxedo. Connor is looking strangely back out the door. He only walks in a few steps before stopping and looking around.
Courtney who sits in anticipation, a small smile begins to appear as she watches Connor.
Sarah who has just also entered into the Train Station, carrying a nylon Computer bag, she too looks behind her as she enters. She walks over to Connor, speaking with him shortly and handing him the bag. She then leans forward and hugs him and then kisses him gently. Sarah then leaves
Courtney who sinks down onto the stool.
FRANK Not our guy?
Courtney just shakes her head in disappointment. While Frank grins in his wisdom. Frank has lived many years and knows that things always work out in the end.
INT. TRAIN STATION -- CONTINUOUS
Connor turns back around to again decide where he is going to go for the next 6 or 7 hrs.
Connor walks over to the ticket counter, and places his bag on the floor in front of the counter. After looking around and seeing no one is there, he stands for a moment before he looks over the counter and into the back area. Still not seeing anyone, he looks around on top of the counter, maybe a schedule is lying around, but instead he notices a bell on the counter.
At first he only rings it once. But a moment goes by and no one comes, so he rings it again, and again. Then he finds his rhythm.
Ringing the bell to a beat, he begins to tap his foot, then his head starts to bob up and down, then his eyes slowly close as he is totally immersed in the moment.
As good as it could sound, Connor has NO NATURAL RHYTHM, so it sounds more like monkey than a man.
Suddenly it all stops as Arnie slams his hand over Connor's causing one last loud muffled ring.
CONNOR (startled) Oh, there is someone here, sorry I get a little carried away sometimes.
Arnie doesn't seem at all amused and just stares at Connor with a blank face.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT See this sign? (pointing to a sign) It say's ring once for help.
CONNOR Ha, yes I do see that now.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT It doesn't say ring twice, or even ring until someone comes. (beat) Do you know why that is?
CONNOR Because you want it only rang once, (seeing that this man has no sense of humor) and I'm truly sorry.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Well, what can I do for you?
CONNOR I'm supposed to pick someone up here at 5:30 from Seattle.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT (straight-faced) We don't have any trains come here from Seattle.
CONNOR No, I called and they told me it would be here at 5:30 from Seattle.
Arnie points to a wall map of the West Coast, which shows red lines connecting certain cities via Railways.
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT See this map? (beat) Here is Seattle, Here is Salt Lake City. There are no railroad tracks between.
CONNOR So if someone wanted to go to Salt Lake from Seattle, is it possible?
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT Of course, but you must go through San Francisco. See there are train tracks from Seattle to San Francisco, and from San Francisco to Salt Lake City. So yes it is possible.
Connor isn't sure if Arnie is trying to be difficult of he is totally serious.
CONNOR Okay, so when does the train arrive from San Francisco?
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT 5:30 AM at gate #2.
CONNOR Okay, Great (beat) You know, you probably ought to get out more often.
Arnie just looks at Connor for a moment
ARNIE - STATION ATTENDANT I get that a lot.
Connor doesn't know how to respond, so he just changes the subject.
CONNOR Is there some place I can get a cup of coffee?
Arnie just points to the cafe.
Connor picks up his bag and walks towards the cafe.
END OF ACT TWO
INT. TRAIN STATION CAFE -- CONTINUOUS
Courtney has been watching Connor, but quickly turns away when Connor heads her direction where Frank stands with her BLT.
FRANK Here you are, a BLT with extra mayonnaise.
A little startled she smiles at Frank as if he didn't know what was going on.
COURTNEY Thank you it looks delicious.
Frank nods his head as Connor walks in. Courtney pretends not to notice him by eating her sandwich.
FRANK Welcome to the Train Station Cafe, can I get you something?
Connor walks over to the bar, a stool or two away from Courtney.
CONNOR A glass of Orange Juice would be wonderful.
FRANK Coming right up.
Connor places the bag on the ground and takes a seat at the bar.
FRANK So where ya headed?
Frank places a cup in front of Connor and fills it with Orange Juice.
CONNOR Oh...No... I'm not, I'm picking someone up.
FRANK On Easter Weekend? Must be family?
CONNOR (after taking a swig) Actually it's a friend, but she doesn't arrive for a few hours still.
FRANK Where's she coming from?
CONNOR (thinking for a moment) A....San Francisco,
FRANK Oh the 5:30 Arrival?
CONNOR (surprised) Yeah, (beat, thinking) Say, what's up with the man at the ticket counter?
FRANK Awe, Arnie, he's harmless. He's an ornery old man, but he's harmless.
CONNOR He needs a vacation.
Courtney laughs and this is the first time Connor looks directly at her, although Courtney continues to mind her own business, even if it's only superficially.
FRANK Arnie's been working here since just before Rosie and I opened up this cafe. (beat) He hasn't missed a day of work since we've been here. (beat) come to think of it, he hasn't changed a bit since we've been here either. (beat) It's kind of funny, people have always asked what is up with Arnie. (beat) him and BERNARD.
COURTNEY Who's Bernard?
FRANK (pointing outside) The Santa Clause out there ringing the bell.
Both Connor and Courtney turn and look out the window. SANTA is walking past the front of the Cafe, carrying his bucket and bell.
CONNOR Shouldn't he be wearing a rabbit suit?
FRANK Bernard use to be the janitor here, (beat) but when his knee began to start hurting him, they hired a new janitor and asked him to retire. But they also needed a Santa that year. (beat) that was two years ago.
COURTNEY Is he here every night?
FRANK No, no, no. He just shows up here every couple of months, stays for 5 or 6 hours then goes home.
CONNOR Does he ever get money?
FRANK Yeah, but he never empties the bucket until the salvation army comes to pick it up. (beat) Rosie use to take a couple of dollars out to him, just to make sure he knew someone didn't think he was crazy, (beat) But he's a few eggs shy of a dozen.
A moment goes by as Frank reminisces.
COURTNEY Frank? Is your wife at home?
This is the first time Connor and Courtney acknowledge each other, while Frank continues to reminisce for a moment longer.
FRANK No, she passed away a few months ago, (solemnly) on Christmas Eve as a matter of fact.
COURTNEY Frank, I'm so sorry, I didn't know.
FRANK It's all right dear, I had 45 wonderful years with her, (beat) but I do miss her.
A moment passes as Courtney beats herself up and Frank thinks about his wife.
CONNOR So Frank, why are you still here, (beat) this late on Easter Eve?
FRANK Because of Rosie, she would have wanted me to be here.
CONNOR But on Easter Eve?
FRANK Especially on Easter Eve. (beat) You see, me and Rosie never could have children, Oh we tried to, but God had other plans for us. (beat) Rosie was always helping someone, giving to charities or feeding a man down on his luck, it was always something, (beat) But Easter and Christmas Eve was special, we didn't have no family to spent it with, so we stayed here all night. Anyone who came in, we would give them whatever they wanted, on the house. (beat) the first few years, we would get people such as yourselves, traveling through or just waiting for a ride. But after a couple of years, people from the shelter would come down for a good meal. (beat) Then before we knew it, we were serving 300 people every Easter and Christmas Eve. (pauses and smiles) Rosie loved it, she would talk to the families, and she even had Santa or the Easter Bunny come by the last couple of years with toys and candy for all of the children, and Blankets and Coats for everyone. I have never seen her so happy.
CONNOR What happened? Where is everyone tonight?
FRANK (stern) W. Bartlett Nelson is what happened. (beat) Him buying this Train Station is what happened.
Connor seems very intrigued by this statement.
CONNOR How is that?
FRANK 18 months ago Mr. Nelson bought the train station from the city. They were going to close it down and make it a historic building. (beat) just after he bought the place, he renovated it without the city's approval, (pointing) putting a giant glass window in the front where he placed his restored 1938 steel blue Rolls Royce Phantom Two. (beat) Well, just after he had put the car there, he caught someone sleeping in it. After that Mr. Nelson would not let anyone in the building that was not here to utilize the Transportation System. (beat) Well, Rosie went to speak with him about that Christmas Eve. She told him we would take responsibility for anything that might happen. But he told her that if we tried to give food or anything else away he would be sure not to renew our lease the following year.
CONNOR (disbelieving sarcasm) That sounds like Bartt.
COURTNEY You know this Bartt guy?
It is obvious that she is totally disgusted by this man.
CONNOR I'm afraid so.
COURTNEY He sounds like a monster.
CONNOR Bartt is a very rich monster.
COURTNEY So what happened last year, did you do it anyway?
FRANK Rosie would have loved to do it despite Mr. Nelson, (beat) but we talked about it, and decided to prepare dinner and take it to the shelter instead. (beat) I spent all day cooking, while Rosie was out buying coats and blankets and toys. (beat, trying to remember all of the detail) We had planned on closing early, at 6:00, but Rosie hadn't come back from the store, so I just kept working in the kitchen. (beat) it was about 7:00 when I heard the accident. I ran out to see what had happened.
Frank becomes very emotional. He has trouble talking.
FRANK I saw our '72 Cadillac in the middle of the Station. Glass everywhere. (beat) I ran to see if Rosie was okay, but when I got to her, she had already passed away. (beat) We didn't even get to say goodbye.
Courtney walks around the counter to console Frank. As she approaches him, he just begins sobbing.
FRANK I'm sorry Frank, I'm so sorry.
Frank is indeed crying, but it is from laughter, when he lifts his head, he is laughing hysterically.
Courtney looks at Connor, but both are flabbergasted.
CONNOR Frank are you okay. (beat) Help him sit down.
Courtney helps Frank sit on a stool behind the counter. Frank takes a moment to compose himself before he continues.
FRANK When the coroner arrived I was told that she had had a Heart Attack. That she must have known something was wrong, and was trying to get here to get help. (beat, smiling) But I know that that wasn't the case. Rosie was a stubborn woman. She would have made it if she wanted, but I think that when she turned the corner to the Station, she saw Bartlett's 1938 Steel Blue Rolls Royce through the giant window and made up her mind.
Connor and Courtney are both dumbfounded at the premise.
CONNOR Did she hit the Rolls?
FRANK Oh yes, (laughing) The only thing Bartlett was able to save was the hood ornament, (sarcastically) I hear he keeps it in a glass case on his desk at home.
COURTNEY Did anyone get hurt?
FRANK As you can see, not many people are around here on holiday weekends, but Bartlett Jr. had just finished reminding me that we were not to allow "Any Bums" on the property, (beat) Now I know Rosie would've of never hit him on purpose.
Frank shakes his head as he thinks about it.
FRANK He even told the police he was just trying to stop the car from hitting the building
Both Courtney and Connor laugh.
FRANK Two broken legs and a shattered hip is what he got, the kid's just lucky he's still walking.
CONNOR Is that what happened? I was told it was a skiing accident. (beat) But for Bartt Jr., that makes a lot more sense.
Connor thinks for a moment.
CONNOR Now I saw the sign out front. Are you closing the cafe in a few weeks?
FRANK Well, after what happened Mr. Nelson filed a law suit against me claiming I was responsible for knowing about Rosie's heart troubles. (beat) But it's just as well I'm getting too old for this.
Who is Frank trying to kid? He loves it and it's very obvious.
COURTNEY So what will you do?
FRANK I'll probably end up down at the shelter. I only have my Social Security now, that's not much money these days.
CONNOR You don't have anyplace else to go?
Frank is not very comfortable standing around and talking, so he keeps himself busy with anything and everything (i.e, washing off the counter, cleaning spots off water glasses, etc.)
FRANK In the last four months I have lost everything me and Rosie worked so hard for. (beat) When Mr. Nelson sued me for damages, I lost our house, our savings, our car, and I have to turn the cafe over to him on May 1st. (beat) I would have been okay if they would just let me keep our house, it wasn't a lot, but I could have gotten by.
CONNOR Don't you have insurance?
Frank grabs the water pitcher and refills Courtney's cup, then pulls out a cup for Connor and fills it with water..
FRANK Rosie handled all of that, I never was much for keeping records, (beat) I found out during the trial that she had canceled the insurance for the Cadillac. (beat) I remember discussing it, she only did it because we were going to get a new car right after Christmas, (beat) But then the accident happened.
Connor ponders the facts at hand. As he looks around:
FRANK (to Courtney) Of all the thing's I've lost, Rosie is the only thing that really matters to me, (smiling) all the rest I can do without.
Connor has a thought, an idea even:
CONNOR How many people come here every day? (beat) Does it stay pretty busy?
FRANK We're the only cafe in walking distance. I had to hire a few boys to help out since Rosie's been gone.
CONNOR If you made enough here, there isn't a court in the state that wouldn't let you keep your home and the cafe as long as you satisfied the judgment within a reasonable amount of time.
FRANK All I know is that it is all gone now.
Again Connor thinks for a moment. Courtney pays close attention to Connor.
CONNOR Do you keep your records and accounting books here?
FRANK Rosie used the Computer to do all that, (pointing) it's in the back.
CONNOR Can I take a look?
FRANK Knock yourself out.
Connor gets up and walks behind the counter, Courtney grabs her sandwich and follows.
Frank curiously watches as Connor disappears around the corner, then him and Courtney make eye contact, Courtney raises her eyebrows as if to say,"Not bad, I kinda like him". Frank smiles in response.
INT. TRAIN STATION CAFE - BACK ROOM -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
Connor sits at the Computer looking through a Quicken books program. He is pulling up reports and looking at graphs. Courtney just watches and eats her BLT.
COURTNEY (mouth full) What are you looking for?
Connor turns around giving her a less than approving look. Courtney rolls her eyes and smiles as she realizes she is talking with her mouth full.
CONNOR I'm not sure, but I'd bet it wasn't his son's accident that Bartt's worried about.
COURTNEY (swallowing first!) You mean money?
CONNOR That is correct, It always comes down to money with this guy..
COURTNEY (with a mouth full of food) Can I help?
Connor just looks at her strangely. It's cute habit, one that not many people could get away with... But somehow she does.
CONNOR (beat, yelling) Frank! Do you have copies of your IRS filings?
Frank sticks his head around the corner, pointing to a filing cabinet.
FRANK (pointing) Rosie kept all the records in the cabinet.
CONNOR (to Courtney) Look in those files and see if you can find any Tax returns.
Courtney opens the cabinet and begins looking through the files. After a moment she finds a file labeled IRS PAPERS. She pulls out the file and begins looking through it.
COURTNEY (before taking the file out) Here is a file labeled IRS Papers. (beat, after sitting down and opening the file) Montgomery?
Courtney is looking at the 1040 which has the names of the filers on it:
COURTNEY Frank and Rosie Montgomery. (beat, caught in the moment) I hope someday, someone loves me as much as Frank loves Rosie..... The way Frank still speaks about Rosie, (beat) One in a Million chance of finding that.
This isn't Connor's strong suit. After all he is just a man.
CONNOR (all knowing) You just have to pay attention.
Courtney doesn't quite buy Connor's thinking.
COURTNEY Yeah, maybe...
Courtney continues to look through the papers as
through a montages of shots, an hour or so goes by. He continues to look through Computer files while she shuffles through paper then:
Courtney's face becomes very bright and excited.
COURTNEY I think I've got something,
As Courtney realizes when she looks at Connor, she doesn't even know his name.
COURTNEY um.. I'm sorry,
Courtney extends her hand to Connor as if to shake
COURTNEY Hi, I'm Courtney Williams from Boston Massachusetts, We haven't been formally introduced.
CONNOR (smiling) Connor Jackobsen, from good ol' Salt Lake City, it's very nice to meet you Courtney Williams from Boston Massachusetts.
The chemistry flows between these two. The attraction is almost unbearable. But Courtney composes herself very well and addresses the task at hand.
COURTNEY Um, okay....So I've found the past seven years Income tax returns. (flipping through pages) All show donations of over $150,000.00 and last year reached over $200,000.00
Connor slides over next to Courtney.
CONNOR Donations to who?
COURTNEY Well, I found detailed schedules of all donations, they all go to charitable organizations (beat) everything from the Red Cross to the Children's Center.
CONNOR So what did they claim as income?
COURTNEY (looking over 1040) Um......Every year they showed a $25,000 taxable income. (beat, disbelieving) Rosie gave all of their money away. So, this is what happens when you spend your life giving everything away.
CONNOR No, this is what happens when you have the great misfortune of meeting Bartlett Nelson. (beat) But that's all about to change, let's go tell Frank the good news.
Connor stands up and leaves the room. Courtney is unsure as to what to think, good news? Is he kidding?
INT. TRAIN STATION CAFE -- CONTINUOUS
Frank is pouring a cup of coffee for a homeless man that is eating a sandwich at a corner table almost completely out of site from the Train Station. When Connor and Courtney come from the office.
CONNOR (looking around) Frank? (beat) Frank?
FRANK I'm over here, I'm just getting an old friend something warm on a cool night.
CONNOR Courtney found your last seven year's income tax returns, (beat) You're making enough during the year to satisfy any judgment.
FRANK That's great, I see you two finally introduced yourselves.
Connor is a little confused, he should be happy. Or at least acknowledge his statement.
CONNOR You don't understand, We've found a way to keep your cafe open, and I believe you could even keep your house.
FRANK (perfectly poised) I understand very well, "THANK YOU", but I have already been ordered to turn the keys over to Mr. Nelson on the 1st of May.
Connor looks at Courtney then back at Frank. Connor understands his frustration but,
CONNOR Frank, do you want to keep the restaurant?
FRANK Of course I do, but I've had to let it go.
CONNOR (hesitating) If you could stay here, would you?
FRANK I may be old, but this is the best place me and Rosie ever had together. (beat) I would do anything to keep it alive.
CONNOR (excited) That's the answer I was looking for,
Connor reaches inside his jacket and pulls out a cell phone.
COURTNEY (getting close to Connor, quietly) What are you going to do?
Flipping the phone open.
CONNOR Make a phone call.
Connor scrolls through his phone directory, finding the listing he needs, he pushes SEND.
CONNOR (smiling) A call I'm going to really enjoy.
Courtney just stands by while Connor makes the call
CONNOR Hello Betty, I'm sorry to call so late, but could you please get me Bartlett Nelson's phone number? (beat) 5429, Betty are you at work? (beat, questioning) You just know his number? (shaking his head) I knew there was a reason I hired you. (beat) Thank you Betty, Happy Easter to you too.
Connor hangs up and dials the number, 555-5429, SEND.
COURTNEY You're going to call the guy?
Connor acknowledges Courtney with a nod.
CONNOR Bartt, it's Connor, I've got a quick question for you (beat) Yeah I know it's late, (beat) yeah I know tomorrow is Easter, (beat) okay I'll make it quick, I'm having a drink with a gentleman that has just told me an incredible story, (beat) Well because it has to do with you, so listen up, (beat) No it can't wait until Wednesday, now don't interrupt me, just listen.
Both Courtney and Frank look at each other, wondering if this is really happening. But Frank continues to listen while he stays busy around the cafe.
While Courtney is surprised by his take charge attitude, maybe even a little more attracted to him.
CONNOR Is it true that last Christmas Eve someone drove a '72 Cadillac through the front of the Train Station, totaling your '38 Rolls? (beat) Really? (beat) Is it also true that Bartt Jr. jumped in front of the Cadillac? (beat) I know your kid's slow, but that's a no brainier, why would someone jump in front of a ton of steel? (beat, perturbed) Really? (beat, pacing, beat) Bartt, how much do you stand to make from our deal Wednesday? (beat) $98 Million, So let me ask you another question, Do you think destroying a man's life is worth 98 million dollars? (beat, long pause) No? (beat) Okay, then listen up, no better yet why don't you get a pad and pencil ready, because in (looking at his watch) just about..... 9 hours, Blake is going to bring down our contract to the Train Station Cafe for me to sign. If the following has been handled by that time, I will sign the contract, If it hasn't, I will burn that contract and sign the deal with Phelps instead, do you understand? (beat) Do you have something to write with now?
Connor looks at Courtney who is in awe, as he walks over to a table and picks up a menu.
CONNOR Good, then let me begin....First, bring the deed for the property at (looking at the back of the menu) 300 Train Station Place to the Cafe, where you will sign that deed over to Mr. Frank Montgomery. Therefore giving him back his cafe. (beat, Sternly) NEXT, Mr. Montgomery has a home that was taken from him. Bring a contract for sale of that property back to Mr. Montgomery for the purchase price of One Dollar. At which time Mr. Montgomery will pay you exactly One Dollar for his home. (beat) Third, there were funds in a savings account that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery. Have those funds transferred back into that account times ten. In other words Bartt, I expect ten times the amount taken to be put back.
Courtney's eyes become very large as she listens to the conversation. Frank isn't so convinced, he just continues doing what he was doing.
CONNOR Find a way, you know the president of the Bank. Now lastly, Mr. Montgomery had a '72 Cadillac that was totaled by your 1938 Steel Blue Rolls Royce Phantom II, I presume you would like to replace it for him? (beat) I'm sorry Bartlett, I can't hear you. (beat) Good, any questions? (beat) No, a brand new one, why would he want a '72 cadillac.
FRANK (to Courtney, just playing along) Rosie always wanted a black cadillac with tan leather upholstery.
CONNOR And Rosie always wanted a Black Cadillac with tan leather interior. I don't suppose that would be a problem? (beat) Great, now give Marjorie my love and tell her Happy Easter for me.
Connor closes the flip phone and places it in his pocket. As he turns around, Courtney looks at him in disbelief and awe. While Franks still just does what he does.
CONNOR (to Courtney) What?
Frank just begins to chuckle
FRANK Thank you, (beat) I needed that, (beat) you know, you're a funny man.
Courtney is confused and realizes it must be just a joke. She often gets caught in the "What if" of a situation. She then looks at Connor, then back at Franks, then back at Connor.
COURTNEY (hurt) Was this all just a joke, is that what you think of other people's tragedies?
Connor innocently shakes his head
COURTNEY How dare you.
FRANK It's okay dear, I'm not upset. There is no reason for you to be.
COURTNEY (to Frank) How dare he, (to Connor) How dare you! (to Frank, picking up bag) I can't stay here any longer, (shaking Franks hand) I'm sorry, Frank, I've got to go now.
Connor immediately reacts to the situation with totally innocent demeanor.
CONNOR (to Courtney) Wait! (to Frank) I promise Frank this isn't a joke. Just give it a few hours.
Courtney stops and listens
FRANK I'm sorry, did I give you the impression that I'm upset? I'm not. If nothing happens, I will be no worse for wear. (beat) but then again, I'm just an old man.
Then he looks at Courtney who just stands there with her arms folded and a scowl on her face.
Connor is genuinely hurt, he realizes that both of them are having a hard time believing it.
Reaching inside his jacket, Connor pulls out a small gold business card holder. Opening it up, Connor pulls out a card and hands it to Frank.
CONNOR (coldly) Here is my card, If Bartlett Nelson does not show up here by 9:00 AM, then call the number at the bottom, Betty will be expecting your call.
Connor turns and walks off. Both watch as He disappears into the train station.
Courtney has let the "what if" get the best of her again, and begins to realize that he might actually be telling the truth. She beats herself up as she sits down at the bar. Hiding her head in her arms she bangs them down on the counter.
COURTNEY Why do I always fall for guys that lie to me? (beat) Why do I attract men like that?
Frank clears his throat to get her attention.
COURTNEY Why am I sitting here all by myself.
Again Frank clears his throat, but louder and longer.
Courtney looks up to Frank with a frown on her face. But Frank is smiling at Connor who just came back in to get his bag. She looks over to see Connor.
CONNOR (holding up his bag) I just forgot my bag.
Again Connor walks out of the Cafe. And again Courtney places her head down.
COURTNEY Why me.....Why me?
Frank chuckles as he again reminisces.
FRANK I met Rosie in a Train Station just like this one here. (beat) Well actually it was on the train from Bakersfield to Mongomery before they shut that line down. (beat) But it wasn't until we arrived at the train station that I finally got the courage up to ask her, her name. (beat, smiling) She told me no proper gentleman would approach a lady in a public place, (smiling) So she gave me her address and walked away.
Courtney just listens with a beautiful sweet smile on her face.
FRANK Of course I was just heading off to war, but I wrote her for four years, (beat) I still don't know why she waited for me, but I'm glad she did. (beat) I guess it's a lot like you and your Computer friend.
Courtney likes that thought.
COURTNEY Yeah, I guess so.
Courtney still gazes at Frank with her smile when:
In walks MIKE, a 48 year old horse carriage driver.
FRANK Good Evening Michael, you have any passengers with you tonight?
Frank pulls out a Styrofoam cup and pours a hot cup of joe for Mike.
MIKE Nope, it's quiet as can be out there tonight. I'm heading back to the stables now. (beat) I'm gonna call it a night.
Frank hands Mike the cup.
FRANK (to Courtney) Michael gives rides around the city in his horse carriage.
Mike holds his hand out to shake hers.
COURTNEY Courtney Williams, it's nice to meet you.
MIKE Same same. (beat) Well, I just dropped in for a cup, I've got to get Pete back to the stables.
COURTNEY How far away are the stables?
MIKE Not far, about 10 blocks to the south of here.
COURTNEY I've always wanted to ride in a carriage (beat) could I ride along with you?
MIKE Sure, but I won't be coming back this way, and it's probably not a good idea to be walking back here alone.
Courtney thinks about it for a moment, then looks at Frank who is smiling.
COURTNEY (to Mike) Could you wait here just a moment.
Courtney jumps down off her stool and runs into the Train Station.
MIKE Sure, I'll be right outside. (beat) Thanks Frank, Happy Easter.
FRANK You too Michael.
Frank smiles, as if he knows something, although his attention is back on wiping the spots of the clean water glasses.
END OF ACT THREE
INT. TRAIN STATION -- MOMENTS LATER
Connor lays down on a bench. Under his head is the black Computer bag. His eyes are closed, and there is no one else around.
Courtney, who comes running up to where Connor lays.
Connor opens his eyes to see Courtney standing above him, he is a little surprised.
COURTNEY Were you telling the truth?
CONNOR Does it matter?
Courtney is a little taken back by his attitude.
COURTNEY (angry) No, I guess not.
Courtney walks a few steps back towards the cafe. While Connor just stares at the ceiling.
Connor is staring at the gigantic ceiling above him. When Courtney leans over the back side of the bench
COURTNEY (O.S.) If I find out you're lying to me, (beat) that will be it, cut off, out of the will. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch, Zero, (beat, sinister) Not even Aunt Jenean's streudel recipe.
She returns the smile.
COURTNEY I need a favor.
CONNOR (no resistance) What? You want my copy of the Streudel recipe, (Godfather!!) I don't think so.
Courtney grabs his hand, pulls Connor up.
COURTNEY Do you like horses?
Connor is able to grabs his bag just in time.
CONNOR Don't really know any. (being pulled along) Where are we going?
COURTNEY (Yelling to Frank) Frank, we'll be back in a few minutes
Connor just looks confused but goes along.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - FRONT OF, -- CONTINUOUS
Mike sits atop a beautiful white horse carriage, drinking his cup of Joe, when the two come out.
COURTNEY Mike, this is Connor Jackobsen, he's going to escort me tonight.
Holding out his hand
MIKE Pleasure to meet you Connor.
Connor just looks a little concerned, but shakes Mike's hand.
MIKE There's nothing to worry about, You just hop up inside and I'll do the rest.
COURTNEY C'mon, help me up.
Courtney has one leg up, and is motioning for help from Connor, who hesitates for a second, but a second only before he helps her.
CONNOR Yeah, sorry.
Then Connor climbs inside and sits across from Courtney. After a moment Connor looks around to get comfortable with his surroundings and notices Frank standing behind the counter smiling at him.
Connor watches Frank disappear as the carriage moves down the street.
COURTNEY (O.S.) Isn't this cool?
Connor looks around, a little confused.
MIKE I'm going to put these head phones on and listen to a little Faith Hill. (beat) If you two need anything, just shout up.
Mike smiles at them as he places the headphones over his ears.
CONNOR (to Courtney) Where are we going?
COURTNEY Mike is taking us back to the stables.
CONNOR What are we going to do at the stables?
COURTNEY Nothing, he's just being nice enough to give us a ride.
CONNOR To the stables?
COURTNEY (smiling) Yeah.
CONNOR But why do we need to go to the stables?
She becomes almost childlike as she thinks about riding in a horse drawn carriage
COURTNEY We don't, but he does. (beat) And I always dreamed of riding in a horse-drawn-carriage.
CONNOR Why couldn't we just go around the block, see a few buildings then get dropped back at the Station?
COURTNEY Because Mike is going to the stables to put Pete away so he can go home to his family.
CONNOR Who's Pete?
COURTNEY The horse.
Connor ponders the situation for a moment.
CONNOR So how are we going to get back?
COURTNEY We'll walk, it's only 10 blocks
CONNOR So why am I here again?
COURTNEY You're here to protect me.
Connor now let's his manhood get the better of him.
CONNOR Of course, (beat) I will protect you. (beat) That's what men do, they protect, (beat, sarcastically Serious) Who will protect me?
COURTNEY I will protect you.
CONNOR You know, you could've just taken out the middle man and let me sleep.
COURTNEY Yeah, I know.
As Courtney looks at the surroundings, Connor ponders a few thoughts.
EXT. CITY STREET, INDUSTRIAL AREA -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
The carriage passes through an industrial section of town. Lined with poorly lit, cold looking industrial buildings.
COURTNEY It's colder out here than I thought it would be.
CONNOR Hey Mike?
Mike turns as he lifts up one side of his head phones.
CONNOR Is there a heater in this thing?
As Mike turns back around,
MIKE There's a blanket back there.
Connor looks around but doesn't see it.
CONNOR Are you sure? We don't see......
Courtney is laughing when Connor notices her pointing to it. He's sitting on it.
CONNOR Ahh haa, here it is. (beat) I was just keeping it warm.
Connor takes the blanket and places it around Courtney.
COURTNEY Thank You.
Connor just nods his head and sits back. Silence again fills the air.
COURTNEY So are you a mafia guy or something?
CONNOR (godfather voice, again) What would make you say a thing like that? (beat) I retired from the family 16 years ago, right after I got my drivers license. (beat) I set out on my own, to make a name for myself, I went straight
Courtney can't help but chuckle at him, although she tries desperately not too.
CONNOR (beat, thinking) Well, right after I took Aunt Jenean's streudel recipe. Then I went straight. (beat) Started up the streudel shop on 5th street and never looked back. (beat) oh, those were the days.
COURTNEY (trying not to laugh) No..really, what do you do?
Connor rolls his eyes, but decided to tell her anyhow.
CONNOR My freshman year in college, a buddy and me started up a small Dot-com company. About 18 months ago it went public, (beat) On Wednesday I am suppose to sign a takeover deal with W. Bartlett Nelson, to buy out his ownership in a small internet auction site.
COURTNEY (taken back) Small! 98 million is small?
CONNOR I know it sounds like a lot of money, but some internet companies will do that in a month.
Courtney just shakes her head and le t's it go.
COURTNEY So, why did you help Frank?
Connor becomes very passionate about response. We soon understand why he did it.
CONNOR If you walked into that cafe any day of the year, maybe a little down on your luck, things aren't going your way, Frank wouldn't think twice about giving you a warm meal. (beat) And I'll bet, he's even given out a little cash to help out a stranded person or two. (beat) He deserves to know that people will do the same for him. (beat) I just wish more people were like Frank and Rosie.
Courtney smiles in agreement.
COURTNEY Would you have helped Frank if you didn't know the person who was destroying his life?
CONNOR I would like to think so.
EXT. CITY STREET WITH VIEW OF GOLDEN STATUE -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
We are still in an industrial area, but from here we have a clear view of a 20' tall Golden Statue on the top of the Salt Lake City Temple Building.
CONNOR So why are you hanging around a train station the night before Easter?
Courtney wants to be truthful, but she is embarrassed.
COURTNEY It's spring break, I came to Salt Lake to visit a friend who was suppose to pick me up. (beat) But he never showed up. (beat) so here I am. (beat) But it's better than sitting around Harvard alone watching "With Honors" again.
CONNOR You're a Harvard student?
COURTNEY (shaking her head) Harvard Business School.
CONNOR I had no idea I was in the presence of Royalty.
COURTNEY Just call me your majesty, (beat) What is that?
Connor looks around to see what Courtney is looking at. Not to far off in the distance is a giant gold statue that glows in the crisp night sky.
CONNOR What? That?
COURTNEY It's beautiful, (beat) Let's go look at it.
Courtney stands up.
CONNOR We probably shouldn't leave the carriage (Courtney jumps out) While it's still moving.
Courtney lands perfectly. Then watches Connor as he stands there looking back at her.
COURTNEY Come on. (beat) Your suppose to protect me.
Nothing was going to get him to jump until she said that. Connor steps to the edge then hesitates for a moment.
COURTNEY (yelling) Jump already.
He flails off of the carriage, flying through the air, landing perfectly on his face. Courtney gasps and runs over to help him.
COURTNEY Are you all right?
CONNOR (still on his face) Oh yeah, great (beat) I'm just checking the area for hostiles.
COURTNEY You don't get much cardiovascular exercise do ya?
As she helps him up
CONNOR yeah, yeah I get exercise (beat) I swim and....and....play pool.
COURTNEY Pool doesn't qualify as exercise, (beat) neither does hot tubbing.
He dusts himself off.
CONNOR Speed pool qualifies, it take tremendous endurance.
COURTNEY yeah... well your dismount could use some work.
CONNOR Well if I'd have known I was going to be jumping from moving vehicles, I would have brought the proper shoes.
Connor has just realized something is missing, he looks around but it's not there.
COURTNEY You didn't even use your shoes.
CONNOR Oh, man!
Connor turns towards the carriage.
COURTNEY What's wrong.
CONNOR I left the bag in the carriage.
COURTNEY It will be okay, I'm sure Mike will find it and put it somewhere safe.
Connor looks at the carriage, thinking he might be able to catch it.
COURTNEY (grabbing Connor) Come on, let's go, you'll never catch it.
Courtney pulls on Connor who finally gives in. Although he still looks back at the carriage as she pulls him along.
the Carriage as is continues down the street and disappears into the darkness.
EXT. CITY STREETS AROUND TEMPLE SQUARE -- LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
Downtown Salt Lake City, full of high rise buildings, parking meters, and the like. Clean looking and very well landscaped.
Connor and Courtney now walk along perfectly groomed sidewalk. Lined with a cobble stone wall, and trees that form a canopy.
COURTNEY So you seem pretty attached to that bag?
CONNOR Yeah well, that's the second one I've lost today, I should have never taken it.
As they turn a corner into a beautiful courtyard that runs through the middle of the block, Courtney jumps up on small wall that surrounds one of the many gardens. Balancing as they walk.
COURTNEY What is it?
Connor watches her as she traverses the wall.
CONNOR A Computer.
COURTNEY Why did you bring a Computer to the Train Station?
CONNOR (sigh) Good question. (beat) My sister insisted I take it until mine was returned.
Courtney stops, she has just realized that the lady that dropped him off might not be his wife or girlfriend.
COURTNEY Is that who gave you the bag?
Connor, now a few steps ahead of her, stops. He looks at her with question.
COURTNEY Your sister, is that who gave you the bag when you came in the Station?
He's not sure where that came from,
CONNOR Yeah.. She brought me down after a Benefit Banquet.
COURTNEY So you're not married?
CONNOR (laughing) No, I'm not married. (beat) never have been. (beat) You?
She continues to walk along the edge of the garden.
COURTNEY (shaking her head) No... but I've tried a lot, just never found that one.
Connor watches her walk past, now he is really confused.
CONNOR Which one?
Connor begins to again walk beside Courtney.
COURTNEY You know? That one, (beat) that one who makes every day a little brighter, can make you laugh when your down, you know your standard Love Song romance.
Connor understands what she is saying, but he's never experienced it. He gets caught in the thought for a moment.
COURTNEY So, do you have someone like that?
CONNOR I've got a dog, (completely serious) does that count?
COURTNEY Do you two have a song?
CONNOR A song? (beat) No, no song, but he never forgets our anniversary.
COURTNEY Oh, that's important, but the real test is if he brings you flowers for no reason at all.
Connor thinks for a moment.
CONNOR Yeah, yeah I guess so then.
COURTNEY So your dog brings you flowers?
CONNOR Well, actually he dug up the neighbors rose bushes, drug them all the way around to the front yard.
Connor looks to Courtney for an answer, Courtney doesn't know what to say...
COURTNEY Um....I don't think that qualifies
CONNOR Oh well, at least he appreciates my sense of humor.
COURTNEY (sarcastically) You have a sense of humor?
CONNOR (not amused) Well, I though I did, until a moment ago.
Courtney comes to the end of the small wall and stops.
COURTNEY So, which way to we go now?
Connor doesn't hesitate to answer, he we is familiar with their surroundings
CONNOR (pointing) Through there to the street, then to the right a couple of blocks.
COURTNEY Wanna race?
Very seriously Connor replies
COURTNEY I'm sorry, did you think this was a democracy? (beat) Go!
Courtney jumps down off her perch and begins to run in the direction Connor had pointed.
Connor's head drops in frustration.
CONNOR (to himself) Why me?
EXT. CITY STREET, IN FRONT OF A MALL ENTRANCE -- MOMENTS LATER
- Establishing -
We see the entrance to a mall from the city streets. Several closed glass doors lead into a darkened mall. The front of the mall is very well lit from surrounding street lighting.
From around a nearby corner Courtney appears, still running, she has a big smile on her face. As she approaches the entrance to the mall she, looks back for Connor. With a surprised look on her face, she slows down, eventually stopping directly in front of the mall.
Although she is no longer running, she still continues to walk in circles. Like a well trained athlete, she checks her pulse by placing her index finger over her wrist, then glances at her wrist watch.
While she take her pulse, Courtney continues to keep an eye out for Connor. Although she is obviously in better shape than he is, Connor should have been here already.
Just as Courtney finished taking her pulse, Connor appears from around the corner, walking slowly. Although it is obvious that he is completely out of shape, he hides it well. The only indication we have is the fact that he holds his side, and is sweating like a race horse.
COURTNEY I told you, you should get more exercise.
Connor sits down on a cement street planter that is just outside the mall.
CONNOR I think you're right, (beat) Just give me a minute.
Courtney laughs and walks over to one of the doors that leads into the mall. As if to flaunt the fact that she is in great shape, or maybe even just to flaunt her great shape:
COURTNEY You should always remember to stretch after you run. (she grabs one of the door handles) This is good to stretch the back of your legs.
As she leans over, she gets a good stretch, then shifts her weight to stretch her back, pulling on the door, she falls back when the door comes flying open.
COURTNEY This is good to stretch your back toooooo.
as she falls out of scene.
Connor jumps to her aid and immediately helps her up.
CONNOR (very concerned) Are you okay?
As she gets up.
COURTNEY Yeah, is this place open at night?
CONNOR (looking) No, I don't think so, it's too dark inside.
For the first time, Courtney looks at her surroundings.
COURTNEY Is this a mall?
CONNOR (looking up) Yeah.
COURTNEY (excited) Let's go inside!
Connor is a little too conservative to trespass on private property.
CONNOR I don't think that's good idea.
COURTNEY Why not, there's nobody here.
COURTNEY Awe, C'mon, live a little. I've always wanted to wander around in a store after they closed.
Courtney pulls open the door and coaxes Connor inside.
COURTNEY C'mon, you know you want to. (beat) I'll get scared all by myself, and your suppose to protect me.
Courtney flutters her helpless eyes using her Girlish charm, Connor goes against his better judgment, and only after looking around to see if anyone is watching.
INT. DARKENED CLOSED MALL -- MOMENTS LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
Very few lights are providing lighting for the empty darkened mall. Every shop has a metal gate covering its entrance.
Courtney runs from store to store peering through the glass. Maybe she is looking for something particular, but she just keeps going. While Connor just walks down the middle of the hall watching her go, looking behind him every once in a while to check for anybody else.
CONNOR (looking behind him) Have you seen enough yet? (beat, turning back around) can we go now before someone comes and arrests us?
Not stopping to talk
COURTNEY Who's going to arrest us? It's the middle of the night.
CONNOR Well, I don't know, (beat) the Easter Bunny? (beat) maybe He didn't have time to lay enough chocolate Bunnies, So he'll be dropping by to pick some up. Ever think about that? (beat) He hears us in here, and being the good samaritan that he is, he calls the police. (beat) So in turn, they call the national guard in, because The Easter Bunny spent too much time visiting Easter Egg hunts instead of making chocolate bunnies. (beat) and what does the National Guard do? They send out the weekend warriors who in turn shoot first and ask questions later. (beat, completely into his story) So now here we are standing completely out in the open, WAITING for the Easter Bunny....
CONNOR The Police, and The National Guard's weekend warriors to come in here and TAKE US DOWN!
COURTNEY (yelling) Connor!
Connor stops his little fantasy.
CONNOR Well, you never know.
Courtney, like most of the night, has been thinking about other things and doesn't really care what Connor was saying.
COURTNEY What's your friend like?
Connor is wondering what he missed..
CONNOR Which friend?
COURTNEY The one that you would wait around a Train Station on Easter Eve for, chancing that the Easter Bunny might not stop by your house because you're breaking and entering.
Connor thinks about it for a moment as he continues to walk
CONNOR (thinking hard) Well, I guess just that, a friend. (beat) We've know each other for a long time, but it's always been a long distance relationship. (beat) We've always talked about getting together during a vacation or a long weekend,to see what would happen. (beat) I guess this it that weekend.
COURTNEY Do you love her?
CONNOR Well, we've always had a long distance relationship, I mean we seem to be perfect for each other, but I think that's what this week is suppose to determine. If what we've had is real, or just convenient. (beat) How about you? Are you in love with Mr. no-show?
Just thinking about him her entire demeanor changes. It's really pretty obvious. But she struggles with some different emotions.
COURTNEY (smiling) I thought I was, (smiles gone) but now I don't know. (beat) I've been second guessing it since I left Boston. Then when I arrived and he wasn't there to pick me up, I just..... I don't know.
Courtney takes a few steps backwards then turns around and continues walking.
COURTNEY I guess we probably should get out of this place?
Courtney only walks 10'-20' before coming to the middle of the mall where halls go off in several directions, all looking about the same. In the center are escalators going both up to a second level second down to a lower level.
COURTNEY Which way do we go?
Without a moment's hesitation, Courtney journeys down another leg of the mall.
This hall is like the others except it has a specialty clothing shop which is of particular interest to Connor. Inside the main window is a hideous orange and blue outfit, exactly like the one He was wearing earlier.
Courtney continues to look around for anything of interest.
CONNOR I thought you wanted to get out of here?
She is about 10 feet in front of Connor.
COURTNEY I do, and this looks like as good a direction to go as any.
Courtney suddenly stops at the specialty shop, and out of mere coincidence makes a joke about the orange and blue suit.
COURTNEY I think this would look kinda snazzy on you.
Connor also stops and looks at the suit.
CONNOR Trust me, not a chance.
COURTNEY (making fun) What, you don't like it?
Still walking, not looking back.
Courtney spots the price tag dangling from the cuff of one of the sleeves, bending over to look, she is almost speechless.
Chasing after Connor,
COURTNEY $9,500.00 (beat) that suit is $9,500.00!
Connor stops dead in his tracks. He closes his eyes and lets out big sigh.
COURTNEY What's wrong?
Connor opens one eye and looks at Courtney, then shakes his head, as if to say, "no, don't ask".
Opening his eyes, this is the first time we see Connor let his guard down and open up to Courtney.
CONNOR (smiling) Let me tell you about the day I have had.
Connor and Courtney continue to walk through the mall.
CONNOR This morning I was in New York City on business, I had flown in on Monday and was suppose to leave on Wednesday, but there were some problems with the contract that I went there to finalize. (beat) So I postponed coming back to Salt Lake until today. Which was good news for me because the contracts weren't ready until 7:30 this morning. (beat) I left my hotel pretty early this morning to go sign the contracts, and got back to my hotel room about 11:00, only to find out that everything had been stolen. (beat) Which included the first Computer I lost today.
CONNOR Everything, towels, robes, (emphasizing) The Garbage Can!, who breaks into a Thousand Dollar a Night hotel room and takes the garbage can?
Courtney can't help but smile. She is very involved with Connor's story. She listens intensely and her facial expressions tell all.
COURTNEY Where were you staying?
CONNOR At a brand new 5 star hotel in NY, it's called The Waltser Hotel. (beat) Beautiful hotel, five star everything, (beat) it had only been open a week when I checked in. (beat) So I called the front desk and told them what had happened.
Courtney just listens as they continue to walk.
CONNOR Of course they apologized and groveled for a little while, then they said that they would pay for anything that was stolen. (beat) And just before I got off the phone they insisted that I enjoy a nice brunch before I left for the airport. (beat) so of course I went and had a free meal.
Courtney can only anticipate what might of happened at the restaurant.
COURTNEY Oh no, what happened at the restaurant?
CONNOR Nothing, it was great, but I was running a little late because I took advantage of the free food, (patting his tummy) I ate just a little too much. (beat) so I rushed out the front doors of the hotel to get to my limo that was waiting.
Connor shakes his head as he recalls the events.
CONNOR I walked right out the front door, I looked over at the limo, then out of nowhere, I get hit with splatters of red, white and blue, dye. (beat) When I looked around to see where it was coming from, I saw 10 or 12 demonstrators throwing water balloons at the hotel entrance (beat) except they were filled with dyes, not water.
CONNOR Well, come to find out, the developers had knocked down a civil liberties building to put up a parking garage for the hotel.
Courtney is dumbfounded by what she is being told.
COURTNEY And they hit you?
CONNOR Among other things, (beat) And that wasn't the worse part, (beat) The police that were at the hotel for the thefts, wanted my suit as evidence.
Courtney can't help but laugh.
CONNOR (beat) I just wanted to get on a plane and come home, but the police said I had to leave the suit, because it was the only thing that was considered destroyed. (beat) It didn't matter that I had nothing to change into, or that I had a flight to catch in less than an hour. (beat) So the hotel manager gave me that Orange and Blue getup you saw back there.
COURTNEY Why would they have a $9,500 suit?
CONNOR A maid found it in the room of some LA Rappers group. (sarcastically) lucky for me!
COURTNEY Do you get to keep it?
CONNOR (sincerely) I really wish that was the case.
CONNOR Yeah, I had my Butler burn it when I got home. (beat) I had no idea it was going to cost me ten grand.
Courtney laughs as they stop, once again at the center of the mall.
Both look around realizing that they just made a big circle. Connor leans back against the railing that keeps people from falling to the lower level.
CONNOR (pointing back) Why don't we try the way we came in?
COURTNEY (still looking around) Because we've already been that way.
Suddenly Courtney spots something of interest on the lower level. Without a moment's hesitation, she begins to walk towards the motionless escalator, while trying to decipher what it is that she sees on the level below.
Connor notices that she has spotted something and realizes that she isn't committed to leaving anytime soon.
Taking a few steps towards the entrance they came in.
CONNOR Come on, lets get out of here.
Looking back, Connor see's that she is already half way down the escalator.
Connor weighs the options at hand. He turns as if to leave, but just can't bring himself to leave her here by her self, so he follows her
INT. DARKENED CLOSED MALL, L.LEVEL FOOD COURT -- CONTINUOUS
A variety of fast food restaurant chains line the perimeter walls of this lower level, along with hundreds of tables and chairs strategically placed throughout the open area.
Connor is now making his way down the escalator to the lower level. He is looking around for Courtney, but he can't seem to spot her.
As he reaches the bottom.
CONNOR (yelling whisper) Courtney! (beat) Where are you?
COURTNEY Why are you whispering?
He looks over to find Courtney inside a a very large castle made of uncrushed Coke cans.
All of the cans are turned to show primarily red, however some are turned to reveal mainly white, which draw a giant Coca-cola swoosh along the front of the soda pop can castle.
Courtney is just coming out of the entrance to the castle.
CONNOR What are you doing?
COURTNEY Isn't this cool? (beat) It's like a two bedroom apartment in there.
Connor looks around for a moment.
CONNOR I think we should go that way.
Hearing no response, Connor turns to see Courtney staring at the Coca-Cola Castle.
Courtney takes a moment to answer, as she slowly cocks her head side to side.
COURTNEY Is it just me, or is there a (air drawing with her hand) swoosh across the front of this?
Connor steps behind her to get a better look.
CONNOR It's just you.
COURTNEY No seriously, I think there is. (beat) It's like one of those pictures you have to stare at for a long time before you see it.
Connor looks a little closer, cocks his head to the side, then smiles. There really is swoosh.
Just then a flash of light crossed the castle. Causing both Connor and Courtney to look behind them, where they see a MALL SECURITY GUARD standing on the upper level shining his flashlight down into the lower level.
Both freeze, realizing he has yet to see them. But that only lasts a moment before the light passes over them.
MALL SECURITY GUARD (yelling) Hey!
Connor grabs Courtney's hand and pulls her back behind a nearby ARBY'S counter.
the over weight Security Guard, who staggers down the escalator, shining his flashlight in the direction they ran.
The Security Guard has to stop at the bottom of the stairs to catch his breath. Looking around he doesn't see anyone. Grabbing his radio, yells for backup
MALL SECURITY GUARD (into radio) Jim, I've got intruders on level B.
Connor and Courtney who crouch behind the counter. Connor just listens, while Courtney can't help but peak over the counter.
Courtney slowly peaks her head up over the counter, where she sees the Security Guard still trying to catch his breath.
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (O.S.) Do you have visual?
MALL SECURITY GUARD Negative, I spotted them from level 1, but when I got down here they were gone.
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (O.S.) I'm on my way, I'll bet there hiding underneath a table or something nearby. Check 'em all out.
MALL SECURITY GUARD Roger that.
The Security Guard pulls out his night stick and heads away from camera, shining his flashlight underneath and around all of the tables and chairs.
Connor and Courtney, who are both now watching the Security Guard.
CONNOR (whispering) There is an exit right over there!
Connor motions to an exit sign hanging from the ceiling just on the other side of the Coke Castle.
COURTNEY (whispering) Okay, I'll go first.
Courtney waits for just the right moment then quietly runs towards the exit, ducking inside the Coke Castle.
Connor who now waits for just the right moment. Crouched down, he springs forward and sprints towards the Coke Castle.
Connor isn't as graceful as Courtney, and quickly draws the attention of the Security Guard.
Hearing the noise, the Guard immediately points his flashlight at the Coke Castle. Surprisingly we see nothing, just the Coke Castle. However, he heads towards them. He is sure he heard something.
The Guard approaches the Coke Castle and points his flashlight inside, flooding the interior of the aluminum structure, he begins to poke his head inside for a better look.....
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (O.S.) What are you doing?
Startled, the Guard pulls his head out, shinning his flashlight into the face of the other guard.
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (putting his hands up to block the light) Get that thing out of my face!
MALL SECURITY GUARD Sorry, I though I heard something over hear.
The Guard #2 shines his light behind the structure. Seeing nothing.
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 Did you already check out all the tables?
the inside of the Coke Castle we see Connor and Courtney standing inside the towers that make up the two front corners of the castle. It is amazing that they can fit in these small alcoves.
MALL SECURITY GUARD (O.S.) I started to but then I heard something.
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (O.S.) Finish looking there, while I look behind the counters.
Courtney immediately comes out from her hiding places, while Connor merely peers out.
COURTNEY C'mon, let's go.
CONNOR (shaking his head) They won't look in here again, let's just wait until there gone.
Courtney looks out again then looks back over at Connor.
COURTNEY There both way over there, I'm going.
Courtney disappears out of the Coke Castle.
Connor as he hesitantly moves towards the entrance. Slowly he moves closer and closer. Finally reaching the entrance, he slowly peers out from the shadows. Looking left, his eyes scan the area, but find nothing. The coast is clear.
Then Connor sinks back into the shadows, getting up the courage to join Courtney. Then Suddenly, from out of nowhere, Courtney comes running back into the Coke Castle, running directly into Connor.
Knocking Connor back into the rear wall of the Coke Castle, Courtney lands on top of him, as the Aluminum structure begins to crumble.
When the dust clears, Courtney lies on top of Connor, both covered in a mountain of aluminum cans.
Both look a little surprised, but Courtney looks a little invigorated by the events. She is having a blast.
COURTNEY (smiling) Sorry.
Connor just looks at her beautiful face which gazes at him. The moment begins to build just as they are illuminated by flashlight beams from across the courtyard.
Neither Connor nor Courtney hesitates to run. Although Connor stumbles through the hundreds of cans to get to the exit, Courtney takes it in stride.
Both fly through the doors into the Service Corridor marked EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY.
INT. DARKENED CLOSED MALL, SERVICE CORRIDOR -- CONTINUOUS
Connor and Courtney are now inside a service corridor which twists and turns. Both continue to run until they reach another set of doors that leads outside.
INT. DARKENED CLOSED MALL, L.LEVEL FOOD COURT -- MOMENTS LATER
Both Security Guards are running after Connor and Courtney who have just bolted through the Emergency Exit.
Mall Guard #2 is leading the way until he slips of one of the aluminum cans and lands flat on his back. Guard #1 stops to check on his colleague.
MALL SECURITY GUARD Are you all right?
MALL SECURITY GUARD #2 (wind knocked out of him) Go after them.
Mall Guard #1 hesitates for a moment then continues after them, while Guard #2 just lays there..
INT. DARKENED CLOSED MALL, SERVICE CORRIDOR -- MOMENTS LATER
Connor and Courtney have reached the end of the corridor, where another door leads to the outside. Both barrel through the door.
EXT. CITY STREETS, REAR OF MALL -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
Connor and Courtney have exited the mall into an alley which runs between buildings.
They hesitate a moment before,
CONNOR Come on this way.
They continue to run through the alley until they come to a set of stairs that takes them up to the front of SYMPHONY HALL.
EXT. CITY STREETS, IN FRONT OF SYMPHONY HALL -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
This beautiful building has a giant glass front, which reveals an elegant staircase and lobby inside. The area between the building and the street is divided equally. Half is grass dotted with beautiful trees, while the other half is a giant concert patio with a line of 40 fountains that reach 7 feet into the air.
Connor and Courtney run out into the open where Connor has to STOP. Barely able to breathe, Connor leans over to try and catch his breath but ends up falling on his butt.
Both look behind to see if anyone is following, but after a few moments they are in the clear.
It's only now that Courtney notices her surroundings.
Courtney who stares through the giant glass wall. Then she suddenly turns around.
to show the reflection that had caught her attention. The GIANT GOLD STATUE.
Courtney just can't believe the environment she stands in.
Courtney can't help but dance around as if part of ballet.
After a minute, Connor has finally recovered enough to notice Courtney frolicking around.
Angle cut multiple times, showing her dancing as he watches. Fountains fill the background, creating a perfect backdrop.
Connor stands up and moves around her, watching, admiring.
Courtney ends when she notices Connor, and the look he is giving her, she moves closer to him until she stops right in front of him.
Both stand entranced in the others eyes, she moves closer and closer slowly tilting her head to the side. Connor is totally caught in the moment as well.
AS THE MUSIC ENDS:
CAMERA MOVES 360 DEGREE
around Connor and Courtney as they embrace in a sweet gentle kiss.
When the MUSIC FADES COMPLETELY OUT the KISS ENDS.
Both stand looking at each other. Connor smiles causing Courtney to also smile.
The moment is broken when:
MALL SECURITY GUARD Hey you! Stay right there!
The MALL SECURITY GUARD is a 40+ 250 LBS man who carries a flashlight and has a twinkie sticking out of his pocket. He has yet to reach the top of the stairs.
Courtney and Connor are startled but don't think twice about running off. Connor grabs her hand and she laughs as they run off.
The security guard takes a few more steps, but just gives up the chase. He sinks down against the wall. reaching in his pocket, he grabs for his twinkie, opening it and eating as if.....
EXT. CITY STREETS -- MOMENTS LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
Connor and Courtney have found themselves in a courtyard type area. Full of trees, a fountain, and relative seclusion from the rest of the world.
They are still holding hands and laughing. They have no care for the Security guard. It was obvious that they were in the clear.
It takes a moment before Connor composes himself and looks Courtney in the eyes.
His straight look causes Courtney to become uncomfortable, she knows he's about to ruin the moment. Both come to the realization that this was probably a mistake.
CONNOR I'm sorry, I shouldn't have kissed you back there.
COURTNEY No it was my fault.
Courtney lets go of his hands and turns, walking over to a rose bush, she pulls a bulb off and places it below her nose smelling its sweet fragrance.
CONNOR (concerned, worried) It's not you, (beat) It's just bad timing.
Connor's Watch which shows 4:35.
CONNOR The train will be here in less than an hour.
Courtney turns to face Connor. Tears are running down her face. Although she is crying, she is very well composed. It's not necessarily that Connor has pushed her away. It's just her expectations for the week were so high. Everything seems to be going against her.
COURTNEY (smiling) I don't even know why I'm crying, I've spent three days on a train traveling through the most beautiful country in the world, (beat) I've been able to see a nice old man's life saved. (laughing) I've been able to have a mini adventure with a multi-millionaire, while wearing his Armani tuxedo jacket. (beat) What more could a girl ask for.
Connor doesn't know what to say. He wants to kiss her again, but his dream girl is suppose to be getting off a train in 50 minutes.
Then before either can do anything more, SIRENS are heard and FLASHING RED LIGHTS can be seen through the outlying shrubbery.
COURTNEY Do you think they called the police?
Connor thinks for a moment.
CONNOR Those aren't from a cop car, (beat) That's an ambulance or fire truck. (seriously grave) and the only thing down that way is the Train Station.
Courtney immediately runs out of the courtyard, with Connor right behind her.
END OF ACT FOUR
EXT. TRAIN STATION - FRONT OF, -- MOMENTS LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
An ambulance sits cockeyed in front of the Train Station. Its emergency lights are still spinning.
Both Connor and Courtney have arrived just as they are bringing out a covered body on a gurney. Courtney stops dead in her tracks. She covers her face in horror and turns away, right into Connor's arms.
Connor just looks on as they place the gurney into the Ambulance.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - FRONT OF, -- LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
The ambulance is now gone. Only one police car remains. Both Courtney and Connor sit on the curb next to each other.
Not the perfect end to an evening. Not much more could go wrong for Courtney. While Connor still has his girlfriend to pickup.
Connor looks at his watch the, TIME IS 5:28.
COURTNEY What time is it?
CONNOR Five Twenty-Eight.
COURTNEY Your train should be here soon.
Courtney begins to take off his Tux Coat.
COURTNEY Thanks for the coat.
CONNOR No, keep it on.
Courtney continues to remove the coat and hands it to Connor.
COURTNEY It's your Coat.
But when Connor takes hold of the coat his Cell Phone and Gold Business Card Holder fall to the ground, spilling out a few business cards.
COURTNEY I'm sorry.
Connor picks up his phone and also begins to place the cards back in the case, both stand up, as Connor then hands Courtney a business card.
CONNOR Maybe we can keep in touch?
Courtney smiles as she briefly looks over the card.
Connor's business card which shows in large letters:
CONNOR My office number is on there, but Betty can get you in touch with me anytime day or night. (beat) You can also e-mail me, the address is on there too.
Courtney doesn't really pay much attention to the card, she is caught in the idea that maybe their relationship isn't over, or maybe it's his way of brushing her off.
COURTNEY (fake smile) I would like that.
Both just let the awkward moment continue. As they both ponder the possibility of someday fate bringing them back together again.
In the background we hear a TRAIN WHISTLE blow.
CONNOR Well I better go.... and.. (pointing inside) you know, be at the train.
Connor takes a few steps backwards. Courtney just watches him without responding.
It's like pulling apart two really strong magnets. It's possible but it takes some work.
But Connor has now reached the door. Turning around, he opens it, only looking back once to see if she is still watching, which she is. Then he continues inside towards Gate #2.
Courtney watches Connor until he is gone from site.
Courtney as she sits back down on the curb. She glances at the card again,
COURTNEY Cymbeline Dot Com
Then slips it into a pocket and just reflects for a moment.
INT. TRAIN STATION - GATE 2 -- MOMENTS LATER
- ESTABLISHING -
The train from San Francisco has arrived but no passengers have gotten off.
Connor has just walked around the corner into the Gate area. He is in deep thought. It is obvious that he is thinking about something very serious.
Then out of No-where Connor turns around as if to go back to Courtney.
FRANK Now arriving Amtrak #105 from San Francisco arriving at gate number 2.
Then all of the air pumps simultaneously release a hiss as the train doors open.
Connor hesitates just long enough to cringe. He turns to see a few people get off of the train THEN:
Connor makes eye contact with MONICA LEWIS, a stunningly beautiful woman (who is so totally wrong for him) who smiles a surprised to see you smile at him.
ANGLE BACK ON
Connor who looks pleasantly surprised to see Monica.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - FRONT OF, -- MOMENTS LATER
Courtney still sits on the curb. But now we see the late night is wearing on her. She places her hands over her face and runs her fingers through her hair, trying to release some tension.
As she shakes her head at the events that have transpired over the last 12 hours, she is totally take off guard.
FRANK Can I get you something?
Courtney jumps up to see Frank standing behind her. His head is poked out through the door of the Train Station.
COURTNEY (yelling) FRANK!
Courtney jumps up, then runs over and hugs him.
COURTNEY We thought you..... (beat, confused) Who was that in the ambulance? (beat) It wasn't you?
FRANK Of course it wasn't me. (beat, laughing) Oh, did you think I was the one that kicked the bucket? (beat,) No, Arnie was trying to throw out one of the guys from the shelter. He got so upset that his heart gave out. (beat) I called 911, but they couldn't do anything for him.
Courtney smacks Frank on the arm.
COURTNEY I can't believe you did that to me (beat) where have you been then?
FRANK I went over to announce the train coming in from San Francisco. (beat) You know it's now my responsibility to take care of this place?
Courtney doesn't understand why Frank is always so nice, to even worry about it after Bartlett Nelson has put him out.
COURTNEY Frank why are you so nice? (beat) you know it's not your responsibility, Arnie worked for the Bartlett guy, let him take care of it.
FRANK You don't understand, Mr. Nelson was here not more than 90 minutes ago (Pulling out a Deed) He gave me this and the deed to my house too.
Courtney grabs the paper from Frank and looks it over. She is in total shock as she reads through it.
COURTNEY This is the deed to the entire Train Station.
FRANK I know, I tried to tell him I only wanted to keep the Cafe open, but it seems that the cafe is part of the Station. I tried to explain, but he just signed it, then (pulling out the sales contract, the keys and a check) gave me these things.
Courtney grabs the Gold keys, with a distinct Cadillac insignia and a Check for Three Million Eight Hundred and Thirty-two Dollars and Ninety Cents ($3,000,832.90).
Courtney holds up the keys then directs her attention to the check, which she has to look at extra hard, before falling over backwards. Landing on her butt, she just blankly stares at Frank.
COURTNEY Are these real?
Frank smiles at her as he helps her up.
FRANK Well, the Cadillac is right over there. The keys open the door and start it up. (beat) Lets get you inside.
Frank helps Courtney, who just keeps looking at the check, still trying to see how she must be seeing something that isn't there. She even rubs her eyes.
INT. TRAIN STATION CAFE -- MOMENTS LATER
Frank is still helping Courtney who just doesn't believe it.
COURTNEY Does this say Three Million Dollars?
FRANK (chuckling) I told Mr. Nelson it was a mistake, But he insisted on me taking it.
Frank sits her down at the same spot she sat just hours before.
FRANK Let me get you a cup of cocoa.
Courtney now stares at the check which is in front of her on the counter.
COURTNEY (to herself) He wasn't lying.
FRANK I still don't think I would have believed it if I hadn't been here to see it.
COURTNEY So what will you do now?
FRANK I'm going to go down and have Rosie's head stone finished. Then I don't know, we'll just have to see what happens. (beat) Where is Connor at? I don't know why he did this, but I have to thank him.
COURTNEY (a little bitter) He went to meet his girlfriend coming from San Francisco.
FRANK Oh? (beat) So I guess you will be heading back to Boston then?
COURTNEY Yeah, I think so.
FRANK Back to your family and friends?
COURTNEY No, all of my family lives in Washington, and I spend too much time at school to have made any friends in Boston.
Courtney is waiting for Frank to show her sympathy and is a little taken back by what he says.
FRANK Did Connor ever tell you what it was that he does for a living?
COURTNEY (taken back) Yeah? He owns an internet company.
FRANK Hmm... It seems like everyone today is on the internet.
A moment passes before Frank continues. He pulls out a white towel and begins wiping down the counter.
FRANK Do you know who CYMBELINE was?
Again, Courtney is confused and somewhat taken back by Franks question.
FRANK Cymbeline was a King in a play. A King that through all of the tragedy in his own country, managed to create peace among nations and among families.
Courtney just listens trying to decipher the meaning of what Frank is saying. But she just doesn't get it.
COURTNEY Am I missing something?
FRANK (Grabbing the card from his pocket) Well, It's also the Name on Connor's business card.
She pulls out the card from her pocket
COURTNEY I know he gave me one too, (sarcastically) right before he gave me the brush off.
Courtney is obviously frustrated because she rips up the card.
COURTNEY This is stupid, I've got to focus on finishing school, I've got to get back to Boston, (beat) Frank, when is the next train to Boston?
Frank looks at his watch.
FRANK Train #314 leaves for Boston at 9:30 from gate #2.
She wasn't expecting that much info.
COURTNEY And you know this because?
FRANK When you've been here as long as I have, you get to know the schedules.
She is satisfied with that answer.
COURTNEY You know Frank, I really like it here, It's like a mini Boston. (beat) I wouldn't mind living here.
Frank tucks the white towel into his pocket and looks directly at Courtney.
FRANK Do you know who wrote Cymbeline?
FRANK It was written about Four hundred Years ago by a man named Bill.
FRANK (smiling) Billy?
Frank just smiles and continues to straighten up. He walks around the counter to straighten some tables. While Courtney figures out what he is trying to tell her.
Then suddenly it clicks. She pulls the ripped shreds of Connor's business card, frantically she puts it together enough to read:
E-MAIL - ShakespeareInSLC@Aol.Com
A beautiful smile comes across her face and the realization of the truth brings everything to light.
COURTNEY But he's waiting for a train from San Francisco?
FRANK Which just happens to the be the transfer station for all of Washington.
She looks at Frank.
COURTNEY You've known the whole time?
FRANK (smiling) I once heard someone say "You just have to pay attention". (beat) I think you need to pay a little more attention.
Courtney realizes that Connor is standing somewhere else in the Train Station waiting for her.
COURTNEY (totally ecstatic) I've got to find Connor.
Courtney jumps up and runs out of the Cafe. While Frank glows with pride.
INT. TRAIN STATION - GATE 2 -- MOMENTS LATER
Courtney enters the scene looking around. At first she doesn't see Connor, just a man with two children getting a drink at a drinking fountain, and the Monica Lewis talking with someone.
Then it hits her, Connor is talking to this woman.
Courtney watches for a moment to be sure. But then she sees him clearly as this flirtatious woman shifts her weight.
That's when her heart falls into her stomach. She stands there stuck in her tracks, as she just watches as they "flirt".
A moment goes by before the man with the children approaches the two of them, placing his arm around the woman. A moment goes by, the two men shake hands and the woman and her family walk off in the opposite direction.
Connor watches them walk off then turns to see the gate area empty, except for Courtney who stands there watching him.
A smile comes to his face as he sees her. They stand there watching each other only for a moment before
OVER THE LOUD SPEAKER WE HEAR
FRANK (O.S.) Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen and Happy Easter. (beat) As the new Owner and Manager of the Salt Lake City Train Station, I would like to extend a special Thanks to Mr. Connor Jackobsen of Cymbeline Dot Com, for his assistance and generosity, it will not be forgotten.
Connor looks around listening, he smiles with knowing that Frank received a visit. He then looks to Courtney to see if she realizes he was telling the truth.
Courtney smiles a beautiful smile back at Connor.
FRANK I would like to take this opportunity to relay a message to Mr. Jackobsen in regards to a passenger on Amtrak #105. (beat) It seems that there has been a mistake, the train he is waiting for arrived at 5:30 last evening from Boston.
Connor's face becomes very serious as he listens, while Courtney watches in anticipation as to his reaction.
FRANK We apologize for the inconvenience. (beat) Again, Happy Easter to all.
A tiny smile come to Connor's face as he debates if this is a joke or not. What going on?
But after looking at Courtney he realizes that she is `SeattleGirl07734`.
Then Connor's face shows the joy in just the possibility. He mouth's the words:
Courtney just nods until she sees that he to is as happy as she is. She runs across the room and jumps into his arms, immediately embracing and kissing him.
CAMERA MOVES 360 DEGREE
Around them as the embrace in a long kiss.
INT. TRAIN STATION - BEHIND TICKET COUNTER -- CONTINUOUS
- ESTABLISHING -
Frank sits behind the ticket counter laughing. He is watching a TV MONITOR which displays a black and white picture of Area Gate #2. Which shows Connor and Courtney embracing in a long kiss.
ANGLE PULLS BACK
from Frank revealing more and more of the train station until it pulls back out through the front door and down the street. Until:
FADE OUT TO BLACK:
CREDITS BEGIN TO ROLL
END OF ACT FIVE