"The Road Providence"
INT. ER TRAUMA ROOM -- DAY
A standard issue Hospital Cardiac Machine, Flat Lining, and the high pitch tone that the machine makes. A Hand reaches in front of machine fumbling to turn it off without success.
ANGLE PULLS OUT
to show four people in the TRAUMA room. MATHEW, about the age of 10, sits on the hospital bed. His MOTHER stands by his side holding a bloody rag on his head. Sitting on a small swivel chair at the foot of the bed is Mathews' FATHER, who is still trying to turn off the machine. Next to the father stands ELIZABETH, a young girl about 7, holding her ears as to block out the loud annoying noise.
INT. OUTSIDE ER TRAUMA ROOM #4 -- CONTINUOUS
Long Cluttered hall just outside ER Trauma Room #4, the faint sound of a hospital cardiac machine can be heard. Gurneys and medical equipment line the brightly lit hallways. A young mexican man mops the floor at the end of the hall, while NURSE #1 walks briskly towards DR. JAMES DANIELS
Dr. Daniels stands near the door to #4 flipping through a medical chart.
NURSE #1 (worried) Is everything okay Doctor?
DR. DANIELS (Smiling) Yeah, looks like a cardiac monitor was left in the room.
NURSE #1 (sarcastically) Oh... and someone has been playing?
DR. DANIELS Looks like it..... (closing chart) Well, I better go break up the party.
NURSE #1 (walking away) Be gentle Doctor.
INT. TRAUMA ROOM #4 -- CONTINUOUS
Mathew's father is still trying to shut off the machine. The frustration is building
FATHER (Upset) Elizabeth, this is why I told you NOT to play with things.
MOTHER ALLEN, just take her outside (beat) go and get Elizabeth a soda, we'll be fine.
Trauma room door opens, Dr. Daniels enters
DR. DANIELS (worried) Am I too late?
BACK TO SCENE
James looks at the little girl and then flips the machine easily off. Elizabeth laughs
FATHER C'mon Elizabeth, lets go.
Father and Daughter leave room
MOTHER Sorry, she just started playing and it went off....
DR. DANIELS Don't worry about it, I've done the same thing. Except the first time I set one off... A patient was hooked up to it and well, he was convinced he was a goner.
Dr. Daniels smiles at the boy, then looks at the chart
DR. DANIELS Hey kiddo, what's up?
Mathew sits quietly on gerney shyly looking up at Dr. Daniels
directing her attention to Dr. Daniels
MOTHER He's really scared
Dr. Daniels smiles at the Mother then looks to Mathew
DR. DANIELS Hi there Mathew
James Extends his hand to shake Mathew's hand
DR. DANIELS I'm Dr. James Daniels, but all my friends call me Jimmy
Mathew comes right out of his shell
MATHEW Can I call you Jimmy?
DR. DANIELS Of course... (Putting on latex gloves) Now Mathew...
being immediately interrupted
MATHEW (Very Fast/Excited) Actually, you can call me Matt, only my Mom and Dad and my aunt that always pinches my cheeks call me Mathew, (thinking momentarily) well, and sometimes my little sister. But she just do's it to bug me.
A little stunned by the boys response.
DR. DANIELS Okay Matt, lets take a look at this.
Dr. Daniels pulls the bloody rag slowly off of Matt's head. Mathew looking contently without fear.
DR. DANIELS Wow, so where did you get this little scrape from?
MATHEW Well, it was an accident, my mom hit me with a baseball bat, pretty hard too.
Mathew turns his head and winks and smiles at Dr. Daniels
MOTHER (Dumbfounded) I.... Uh.... Mathew!
DR. DANIELS (Looking at Mother) Oh, I see.... (to Mathew) Well lets get this taken care of first. (Wink) We'll deal with mom later.
Mathew returns the wink with a giggle.
Mathew's brightly colored shirt, the laughter continues into next scene.
INT. CLASSROOM -- CONTINUOUS
Sound of Mathew's laugh also dissolves to the class where the other children laughs take over
ANGLE PULLS OUT
to show a group of school children between eight and nine years old, sitting on the floor. The sound of laughter fills the room, as the children react to a story being read by REBECCA the teacher
REBECCA As the cowardly beast brushed the snow from his snout, THWAP, Another cloud of snow covers his head
Rebecca then glances at her watch and closes the book
REBECCA So, what do ya think. Should we finish the book tomorrow?
A boy throws his hands in the air
ADAM (interrupting) I think we should pro-crust-and-ape
pausing for a moment
ADAM I think we should finish it now!
SARA YEAH! Me too
Sara, the little girl in agreement looks kinda pensive
SARA (Confused) Miss Becky? what does pro-custer- pate mean?
REBECCA (Smiling) Well Sara, to Procrastinate means, to put off till later.
Raising her hand high, and most of her body.
SARA Miss Becky?
REBECCA Yes Sara?
SARA I don't think we should procrutinase then
Rebecca gets out of her chair
REBECCA (Standing) This looks like a good place to stop. So lets all get cleaned up. Put your tote-trays away, and make sure your desks are straight
All of the children chaotically jump up and start putting things away, grabbing green bins from under there desks and putting them in numbered slots in the wall.
REBECCA (Yelling over children) Okay, now don't forget Parent-Teachers conference is Thursday evening.
Rebecca shows a stack of pink papers to the children
REBECCA (Taking one off the top) I need you all to take one of these home to your parents..
Rebecca puts the papers on one of the front row desks.
REBECCA I expect to see everyone's parents here. Remember this counts as part of your grade
MELLISSA is a cute but obviously spoiled child. Her parents shop at the GAP no doubt. And I don't mean the clearance rack.
MELLISSA Okay Miss Becky, Both my parents will be coming
DERRICK is a short blond boy, not very out spoken, but he's proud and wants to share.
DERRICK My Mom can't come Miss Becky, But my Dad will be here
REBECCA That's great, how about everyone else?
ADAM Miss Becky, what if my parents can't come?
REBECCA Well Adam, that's what this letter is for.
Gesturing to all the children
REBECCA That is what this paper is for. If any of your parents can not make it Thursday, there are instructions here for them to call me, that way we can have your conference over the phone or arrange it for another time.
Adam makes a real funny face, kinda odd, frustrated. Rebecca sees Adams frustrations.
REBECCA (to Adam) Come here Adam
In a sweat nurturing voice
REBECCA I'm sure your parents will be proud of you, (smile) when we talk
With a big a smile and vibrant energy
ADAM Okay Miss Becky, My mom will definitely be here then
Adam turns and runs back to finish picking up
Rebecca stands there, with a very satisfied look. She smiles a quiet little smile. These are the days that she lives for.
INT. TRAUMA ROOM 4 -- -- DAY
Dr. Daniels is pulling off his surgical gloves, obviously done with what he was doing.
DR. DANIELS Okay Matt, that will do it, and only seven stitches.
MATHEW (Angry) SEVEN!!! You told me I wouldn't need stitches, you told me you were just going to clean it out.
Dr. Daniels obviously sees the humor in the situation. (While talking) Dr. Daniels lifts Mathew off the Gerney and walks over to the door of the room.
DR. DANIELS (Justifying) Well... (beat) That's what I was doing, just cleaning it out. But then you started telling me about your little league game, (beat) Well, I just got so involved with it... And before I knew it, you had seven stitches.
MATHEW (puzzled) Oh.
INT. HALLWAY JUST OUTSIDE TRAUMA ROOM 4 -- CONTINUOUS
Mathew and his Mother walk out of trauma room #4 and into the hallway. Dr. Daniels follows.
DR. DANIELS And besides, I believe your now the toughest kid to walk through this the Emergency Room.
Dr. Daniels, Mathew and his Mother all stand in the hall.
DR. DANIELS Really!
Excitedly Mathew turns to his mother.
MATHEW Did you hear that mom?
MOTHER I sure did.
Turning to Dr. Daniels
MOTHER Thank you Doctor, you really are a wonderful pediatrician.
Modestly Dr. Daniels replies
DR. DANIELS Well thank you, but it was only a few stitches
Dr. Daniels puts his hand on Mathew's shoulder.
DR. DANIELS (to Mother) And besides, you've got a great kid here.
Mathew's mom is very grateful. She obviously has a great deal of respect for Dr. Daniels.
MOTHER Good Looking and Humble, where were you 13 years ago?
From around a far corner of the hall Elizabeth, Mathew's sister, comes running towards them. Mathew's father follows in close pursuit.
Dr. Daniels sees Elizabeth then looks down at Mathew
DR. DANIELS Okay Sport, you watch that head of yours.
Dr. Daniels looks and Mathew's mother with a serious face
DR. DANIELS Be careful where your swinging that bat.
Dr. Daniels looks down at Mathew and Winks. Mathew's mother grabs his hand and turn to leave. Mathew and his family are walking back down the hall, away from Dr. Daniels. Mathew turns his head and smiles at James.
James finishes filling out the paperwork.
MATHEW Thanks Dr. Jimmy.
James looks up at Mat and smiles
DR. DANIELS Take care Matt.
James turns around and walks the opposite direction, placing Mathew's chart in a receptacle as he walks by it. James passes Room #5,6,7 before he stops at room #8. James takes the chart and flips through the pages.
As James is looking at the chart, a NURSE come running down the hall from admitting, yelling.
NURSE #1 Doctor, we just got call from mobile, two majors coming in.
James puts the chart back and hurriedly follows the nurse.
INT. OPEN ER ADMITTING AREA -- MOMENTS LATER
James and a Nurse #1 enter a very large admitting area. Most of the walls are lined with waiting room chairs. Except for where a large counter along the far wall. Directly across from the counter are automatic double doors. Above the doors in large red letters - EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE - AMBULANCE ONLY -
James and the Nurse entered from a hall that joins the room kitty corner from both the counter and the ER Doors.
Just after James enters the Admitting area, two POLICE OFFICERS briskly enter through the electric doors.
DR. DANIELS (to Officer #1) What's coming in?
OFFICER #1 We just came from a gang war up on 27th.
DR. DANIELS 27th is 20 min from here
OFFICER #1 I know, they took 10 or so to Northridge.
OFFICER #2 And twice that many to St. Marks
DR. DANIELS So what are they bringing here?
Officers looking dumbfounded and unresponsive. James turns to the nurses sitting behind the counter.
DR. DANIELS (Nurses behind counter) What's coming in?
NURSE #2 (hand over phone) I'm one the line now.
The Nurse focuses her attention back to the phone
NURSE #2 (Into phone) Okay, what are there conditions? (to Dr. Daniels) Looks like only two.
pausing to listen to the phone
NURSE #1 (to Dr. Daniels) One has a neck injury and...
pausing again to listen
NURSE #1 and the second has a gunshot wound in the epigastric area.
DR. DANIELS (To Nurse #2, speaking very fast) Get two trauma rooms ready, notify Dr. Fredrickson of the situation and call surgical, let them know we need someone down here...STAT
NURSE #1 There here!
An ambulance can be seen pulling up through the doors. Dr. Daniels and Nurse #1 run through the E.R. doors
EXT. OUTSIDE EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE -- CONTINUOUS
Ambulance has pulled up to ER doors. The Passenger EMT jumps out of the ambulance and runs to the rear door and opens it. Dr. Daniels and the Nurse assist in pulling the Gang member out.
EMT #1 (to Dr. Daniels) This guy is wacko. he's got what looks like a gun shot wound to the epigastric area. but were not sure, he's been fighting us the entire time.
The 1st Gang member is a 17 year old caucasian male. He is strapped down to the gurney, which is in a semi-upright position. Both of his wrists are hand-cuffed to the railings. He's screaming and yelling at the EMT and the POLICE OFFICER #3 in the back of the Ambulance.
EMT #1 We gave him --500cc's of some med to knock him out--, But as you can see it's not working to well
1ST GANG MEMBER (to the police officer) I'll Fucken kill you. You better Fucking let me go, you can't keep me. (Pause, struggling) You better keep me tied up or I'll Kill you... and your Fucking Families!
Dr. Daniels tries to calm the kid down by asking him questions. Dr. Daniels pulls some gloves out of his med coat pocket and puts them on.
DR. DANIELS Hey settle down, What's your name.
1ST GANG MEMBER (Yelling at Dr. daniels) Fuck You Asshole. Don't touch me... I don't need your help!
DR. DANIELS (SERIOUS STARE) I'll make a deal with ya.
1ST GANG MEMBER (Yelling) Fuck You!
DR. DANIELS (Calming voice) I know, you already made that clear. Here's the deal. You settle down, let us see if we can't save your life here. Because if you don't get medical attention you WILL die.
The 1st gang member listens, strangely he seems to admire or possibly even respect Dr. Daniels. Although we are not clear why
DR. DANIELS Or.. we can let this fine gentleman (referring to EMT) put you back in and take you for a joyride for an hour or so, until you settle down or passout from the pain...Or possibly DIE! (beat) Your choice.
A moment goes by, staring into each others eyes.. Who will give?
DR. DANIELS (turning away) Fine your choice.
1ST GANG MEMBER (pants down) Oh-Okay!
The strange connection is made between the two, the kind of connection that alters people lives, turns sinners into saints. Or maybe its just the medication taking effect
DR. DANIELS (Smiling) Good. So what is your name?
1ST GANG MEMBER Richy.. my name is Richy Davis
DR. DANIELS (examining) Okay Richy Davis..
As Dr. Daniels is examining the Richy a second ambulance can be seen pulling in behind the first. James turns to look at the ambulance.
DR. DANIELS The Nurse is going to take you inside. I'll be right behind her. Remember our deal?
DR. DANIELS (Serious to nurse) Get this guy to trauma room #1
NURSE #1 The room isn't ready yet
DR. DANIELS (frustrated) Then just get him inside then.... And call up to surgery and see if we got a surgeon available yet
Running to the next ambulance, James rips off the bloody gloves and reaches into his pocket and grabs another pair. The EMT team has already got 2nd Gang Member out of the ambulance.
EMT #2 (to Dr. daniels) This guys in bad shape, It looks like someone used him for target practice. He's Wasted and incoherent.
Putting on the gloves
DR. DANIELS What are we looking at?
This Gang Member is of Mexican decent. He got himself loaded up on crank just before the fight. He's totally incoherent. He has an I.V. running into his right arm, his chest and left arm are totally covered in blood. We can't even tell what color his close were. The EMTs' have bandaged his neck wound and several other small places on this body. This gurney is also in a semi-upright position.
EMT #2 Well for starters, I think the largest wound is in the neck area, it's amazing they didn't hit the charaded artery. He's been stable for about 5 minutes. We started an I.V. and gave him 200 cc's of --DRUG--. His B.P. is --95/120-- and his pulse is 72.
Looking around for a nurse and not seeing one.
DR. DANIELS (to EMT #2) Help me get this guy inside.
INT. OPEN ER ADMITTING AREA -- CONTINUOUS
Nurse #1, NURSE #4, a FEMALE DOCTOR and POLICE OFFICER #3 all stand around Richy's gurney. The gurney is at the end of the Admitting area near the hall which leads to the trauma rooms. Police Officers #1 and #2 are standing at the admitting counter just watching the events that follow.
Dr. Daniel and the Emt's enter from outside, through the double doors.
DR. DANIELS (To nurse at desk) Where are my Trauma rooms?
Nurse #1 leaves Richy's side and joins Dr. Daniels.
NURSE AT DESK (Panic) There not ready yet Doctor
DR. DANIELS How bout my surgeons
NURSE ON PHONE I've got one coming down now
DR. DANIELS It better be a vascular
NURSE ON PHONE (Sarcastically agreeing) Any other miracles I can get you Doctor?
DR. DANIELS Just get me those rooms.
Richy and the team working on him. Richy is just lying there. He has and oxygen mask over his face and he is casually looking around spotting the rival gang member. The drugs have obviously kicked in, because he glares but does little else.
The Female Doctor is standing on his left side, while a MALE NURSE and Police Officer #3 are to his right. The Male Nurse is trying to replace an I.V. line that has pulled out. The Doctor is examining the wound in his stomach. Police Officer #3 just watches.
FEMALE DOCTOR (To Nurse) Hurry up with that line
MALE NURSE I can't find a decent vane Doctor, there ALL blown. They seemed to have found the only one left on this kid
FEMALE DOCTOR (Holding her hand out) Give it to me!
The Doctor turns Richy's handcuffed arm over finding multiple track lines in the arm.
.45 holstered on Police Officer #3 side.
to show Richy Eyeing the .45, which could be just within reach, if not for the Hand-cuffs around his wrists.
FEMALE DOCTOR (in reference to Miguel's arm) God... (beat) No wonder. Looks like he's had some practice. (to police officer) Take this off please (talking about handcuffs) I need this off now!
The officer disagrees with her plan
OFFICER #2 (Shaking head) I can't do that, he's too dangerous
FEMALE DOCTOR (Barking orders) You can and you will, I need to get this I.V. in
Reluctantly the officer reacts, reaching for his keys and taking the Cuff off his left arm.
FEMALE DOCTOR (to officer) Thank You.
INT. OPEN ER ADMITTING AREA -- -- CONTINUOUS
Dr. Daniels and Nurse #1 are working on 2nd Gang Member who is still totally incoherent. Dr. Daniels is trying to clean up the gash on the Gang members neck. Gang Member opens his eyes and looks at Dr. Daniels.
NURSE #1 Doctor
DR. DANIELS (looking at nurse) hmm?
The nurse looks down at the gang member then back at the doctor
DR. DANIELS (to gang member) Hey there, I'm Dr. Daniels, your at County General Hospital. Were trying to close some of these holes you've got.
The gang member stares blankly at Dr. Daniels then turns his head and looks at the Nurse.
P.O.V. 2ND GANG MEMBER -- CONTINUOUS
Looking at Nurse #1, Everything is blurry, sounds are slow and distorted. Nurse #1 is saying something? But it is unclear.
He turns and looks back at Dr. Daniels
INT. OPEN ER ADMITTING AREA -- CONTINUOUS
Dr. Daniels is still trying to get any response from 2nd Gang Member.
DR. DANIELS Can you tell me your name?
NURSE AT DESK (O.S.) Doctors, the rooms are ready. Your vascular surgeon is in room #1.
DR. DANIELS (looking back at desk) Its about time
2nd Gang Members bloody hand, he holds a knife that has gone unnoticed by everyone to this point. It is being gripped tightly, and tucked with the blade back under his arm.
The gang member doesn't realize what is happening. He has no idea that he is being helped. He looks around fearfully. Then out of self defense or complete disregard for life, he raises the knife into the air and strikes the nurse in the throat, only scratching her. Then turns the knife on Dr. Daniels stabbing him in the upper left chest.
Dr. Daniels stumbles back falling against a wall, still standing though. The Two officers dumbfounded, look at the Doctor, realizing what has just happened remove there 9mm from there holsters and cover the now unarmed gang member who just sits there.
Dr. daniels looks down at the very bloody knife which protrudes from his left shoulder area and then notices the Officers.
DR. DANIELS (Moving forward, hand out) Don't!!
NURSE AT DESK (Screams) Oh My God!
BAM! A shot flies past the Gang member and embeds itself in the wall just behind. Both Officers turn to see Richy holding a smoking .45, pointed at the rival gang member.
The Female Doctor and Male Nurse can be seen diving for cover on the ground behind. While the Office #3 is leaning down grabbing an ankle holstered .22 from under his pant leg.
Dr. daniels looking very flush, jumps forward with both hands out.
DR. DANIELS (to Richy) It's not worth it!!
Bam!! The second bullet hits its mark. lodging itself in the chest of the rival gang member.
BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Both Officers empty there clips into the now very dead Miguel. The single officer now sits on his ass holding his ankle with both hands. He just couldn't get that damn gun out!
P.O.V. DR. DANIELS -- CONTINUOUS
He looks at the rival gang member, then up at the two officers. EVERYTHING is getting blurry, He looks over to Miguel. The Female Nurse rushes towards him.
ALL GOES UNCLEAR, LOUD RINGING:
INT. CLASSROOM -- DAY
The sound of a school bell RINGS LOUDLY. Kids shuffle out of the classroom. Becky is cleaning off the chalk board that is on the front wall of the room. Class is empty now except one tiny little girl named KATHY, who stands in front of the teachers desk that is just behind Becky.
KATHY Ms. Becky?
MS. BECKY (Turning around) Kathy! What are you still doing here?
KATHY (Upset,timid) He can't make it on parent teacher night, (looking at her feet) He works at night (beat) And he never goes any where before work.
MS. BECKY (consoling) Hmm (beat) Can he call me?
KATHY (tearfully) We don't have a phone, he doesn't like people calling us.
MS. BECKY Wonder if I dropped by your house, Thursday after Parent Teacher Conferences? (Beat) I should be done by 7:30
KATHY (Big Smile) Yeah? (Sigh) But he goes to work at eight O'Clock
MS. BECKY (Trying very hard) Well, I'm sure I can get there in time.
KATHY (Ecstatic) That would be great! I'll tell him your coming.
MS. BECKY Okay, (beat) Make sure you let him know it will take about 15 minutes.
KATHY (Running out of classroom) Oh Thank You Ms. Becky, (Beat) Thank You!
Rebecca Stands there with a very gratified look.
Follows Kathy running out of the room. As she reaches the door we see MR. WILCOX leaning up against the door frame.
KATHY (To Mr. Wilcox) Excuse me Mr. Wilcox.
MR. WILCOX (To Becky) Bye Becky.
KATHY See ya later Mr. Wilcox!
MS. BECKY (O.S.) (very friendly) Well hello, Mr. Wilcox.
MR. WILCOX (Walking towards) Hi Miss Becky.
MS. BECKY (Jokingly) That's Ms. to you (Beat) I don't see a ring on this finger!
MR. WILCOX Really? (Beat) I thought for sure a woman like you would be married by now.
MS. BECKY (Sarcastically) Ya Ya Ya Ya, (Beat) Tell my boyfriend!
MR. WILCOX (Moving in) You know? I though we had a date Thursday night?
Mr. Wilcox embraces Ms. Becky. They now stand loosely holding each other
MS. BECKY (Realization) Oh Man! (Beat) Why didn't you say something?
MR. WILCOX (Chuckling) You saw the look on her face.
MS. BECKY (Torn between thoughts) I know (Beat) But I can't not show up either (beat) I'll just have to be late for dinner!
MR. WILCOX (Sarcastically, serious) Sure, That's no problem.... 250 people waiting on the guest of honor, No Biggi.
MS. BECKY (Kinda Frazzled) MARK! I can make it by 9:15 or so, You'll just have to stall (beat) besides, the award is for teacher of the year, and that's what I'm trying to be for my students (jokingly) besides, It'll make a good opening remark.
MARK So I guess this means we won't be going together?
MS. BECKY (Sincere) I'm sorry baby, I'll have to get dressed before I leave the school.
MARK (Upset, but understanding) Okay, but were going home together, and you better call me if your gonna be any later.
MS. BECKY Of course....
They gently kiss
MS. BECKY C'mon, lets go, I've got a lot of papers to grade tonight
Holding hands, Mark and Rebecca walk out of the room. Rebecca grabs her black leather briefcase bag off the desk.
MARK Your not gonna fall asleep on the couch again are ya?
Exiting the room
REBECCA (O.S.) Actually, I think I'll bring the papers to bed tonight
INT. REBECCAS' BEDROOM -- NIGHT
It is very important that this scene not be about control or jealousy on Marks part. This scene is to give some understanding and importance to Rebecca teaching career. Remember she believes she makes a difference. But also this scene must show that Rebecca has the need to not need anyone else. She has had to work her entire adult life to get to this point, she's never had help, she's only had hurt.
Rebecca sits in bed grading school papers. While Mark has just gotten out of the shower.
REBECCA (to herself) Billy, Billy, Billy, (beat) c'mon you know this stuff
MARK (O.S.) So why is it after four years you finally ask me to move in?
REBECCA (sarcastically) Because you agreed to do the dishes
Mark enters the room. In a bath robe and a towel over his shoulder. His hair is still wet
MARK You're a regular Robin Williams (beat) Was it because I proposed?
REBECCA Honey, what are you talking about? You've lived here for over two months.
MARK I know, but we've known each other since college, and we have been sleeping together for two years now
REBECCA (interrupting) We have not been sleeping together two years
MARK two years on my birthday. (Smiling) I'll never forget that birthday.
REBECCA Still your birthday is over two weeks away.
MARK My point being, all this time I've had to drive from my house to here. Why did you finally ask me to move in?
Mark stares at her, but she is not totally focused on Mark. As her body language shows.
MARK Why is that? Why have we only lived together for two months?
Rebecca focuses her attention on Mark. She doesn't want to talk about something so trivial. She just wants to get all the papers graded.
REBECCA I've always known that I was going to be a teacher. Ever since I had Elizabeths fourth grade class. (beat) I think it was because I knew that I could impact others, make a difference in the world. Even if it was just one person at a time. (beat) Teaching has always been a dream for me. My mom told me to follow my dreams with all my heart, never let another stand in the way. (beat) So that's the reason, I know it sounds trivial but that's it
Rebecca goes back to grading papers. Mark has always know teaching was the most important thing to her, but he was totally lost on that one.
MARK So you were afraid that I would come between you and teaching?
REBECCA Honey, you don't understand, I needed to reach this point in my life. Where everything is secure. I've got my own class with 32 beautiful children. I live in a wonderful place.
MARK So you wanted to feel comfortable?
REBECCA No, I needed to be comfortable,not just with my teaching career, but with myself. I needed this before I could commit to anything else, including you. I'm just glad you stuck around.
Rebecca pushes the papers off the bed and moves towards Mark
MARK You can't get rid of me that easily
As they embrace in a kiss we
INT. E.R. ADMITTING DESK -- AFTERNOON
Where two nurses sit behind the desk talking, while a DR. WILLIAM MANCHESTER stands in front filling out what looks like a mountain of paperwork. Dr. Manchester is a large black man, everything about him screams James Earl Jones.
The hustle and bustle of the last time we saw the E.R. is gone. Everything has returned back to normal. Well, as normal as an E.R.gets.
NANCY (to Maria) And this is my last week of night school. (Stamping papers) I don't know what I'll do with all my free time
Just as the telephone at the counter rings
MARIA (to Nancy) Oh, Dear, I'm sure you will find things to do (Into phone) University Emergency Admitting, this is Maria, how can I help you?
Maria fades out of the scene, focus is now on Nancy and Dr. Manchester.
NANCY Dr. Manchester? (beat) How is Doctor Daniels doing?
DR. MANCHESTER (pre-occupied) He's doing really well... (beat) He's taking a couple weeks off and getting some rest...
NANCY (smiling) I'm glad, he's needed it for awhile
DR. DANIELS (still elsewhere) Ya, well...Try telling him that.
NANCY (uncomfortably) So, how's JOHN DOE? Has he come to?
DR. MANCHESTER Not yet
NANCY How bout the blood tests? Any word yet?
DR. MANCHESTER (Now focused on conversation) Nancy! (beat) You know I can't discuss that.
NANCY (Worried) I know, but... (sigh) I'm just worried about... (beat) that could of been any of us.
DR. MANCHESTER (Comforting) I know, but its still James choice who he shares that information with.
NANCY Your right, maybe I'll give him a call later (beat) Or speak of the devil...
Nancys' eyes widen as she looks over Dr. Manchester's shoulder. James has just come through the automatic doors.
He is wearing a jack that covers the sling that holds his left arm. Still James looks surprisingly well.
DR. MANCHESTER (Upset) James, what in the HELL are you doing here? (beat) I told you to go home and stay there!
JAMES I know, I know, but I go CRAZY just moping around there. (beat) this is the first time in ten years I haven't been focusing on my work.
DR. MANCHESTER Then I guess this accident is a blessing huh?
A cocky smile come to James face while he listens
DR. MANCHESTER Now get outta here, goto the park (beat) walk around Temple Square, take I drive, I don't care just get outta here.. NOW!!
James knew this was the reaction he was going to get... But still he had to try. He's going crazy not having something to do.
JAMES (to his friend) Okay William (shaking his head) Doctors Orders eh?
DR. MANCHESTER (Yelling) GET OUTTA HERE.... (Laughing) I'll see you in two weeks!
With a grin to his friend, James walks away
JAMES (smiling) Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
NANCY (O.S.) Hi and bye Doctor
Hearing Nancy, james continues to walk, but turns around to say
JAMES Nancy... call me when your off, I'll take you up on that rain check
NANCY (taken back) Oh..Okay Doctor
James EXITS. and the focus is now back on Nancy and Maria
MARIA Sooo? he decided to finally take you up on the rain check huh?
NANCY (Sigh,Smile) Yeah...
MARIA And how long has it been since you gave him that rain check? (beat) six...nine months?
NANCY (on cloud nine) A year....
MARIA (laughing) Well better now than never
NANCY (Sigh) Yeah...
INT. LONG DARK SCHOOL HALLWAY -- EVENING
Older sophisticated lady (MRS. ELIZABETH ANDERSON) in her early 50's, walks down the hall. Her high heals tap against the hard floor with every step. Mrs. Anderson enters a room that is clearly marked Staff Only.
INT. STAFF ROOM -- CONTINUOUS
Rebecca stands in front of a small wall mirror. She is jumping up and down struggling to gain entry into a beautiful black evening dress.
MRS. ANDERSON That's a beautiful dress Rebecca
Rebecca looking at Mrs. Anderson through the mirror
REBECCA (Startled by Mrs. Anderson) Mrs. Anderson! I didn't think you were still here.
MRS. ANDERSON I usually lock up after the parents leave (reminiscing) Sometimes I just hang around to talk to some of my old students
REBECCA (into mirror) You know Mrs. Anderson, Your the reason I became a teacher. (beat) You were always my favorite teacher. And you always treated the kids like adults
MRS. ANDERSON (parenting) I've always found that when I treat a my students like adults, they act like adults
Rebecca admires and respects Mrs. Anderson more than any other person. She listens to her and takes it in.
MRS. ANDERSON Do you know what the only complaint I've had over the years is?
REBECCA (Shaking head NO) No.
Mrs. Anderson walks over to Rebecca and does up the back of her dress.
MRS. ANDERSON (Zipping up dress) I can't get any of my prior student to call me Elizabeth, even the ones who's kids I see everyday.
REBECCA (Laughing lovingly) That's because we all hold you in such high regards, (turning around) I've tried, You know I've tried, but you will always be Mrs. Anderson to me.
MRS. ANDERSON (thinking) You know, 18 years ago I received the same award you'll be getting tonight. (smiling) I didn't deserve it half as much as you do.
REBECCA (Embarrassed) Thank You... (beat) Your going to be there aren't you?
MRS. ANDERSON Of course my dear, I wouldn't miss it.
Rebecca looks absolutely stunning. She starts shoving all of her things into a shoulder bag.
REBECCA (Looking at watch) Well if I don't get outta here I'm not going to make it either.
MRS. ANDERSON You've got plenty of time, don't rush yourself
REBECCA I know, but I have to go see Kathy Littles' Father first.
MRS. ANDERSON (Truly proud) My child, your one of a kind, (beat) HURRY UP! I'll see you there.
REBECCA (Hurrying off) Thank You Mrs. Anderson....a Elizabeth
Mrs. Anderson stands there alone with the look a parent has when his or her child accomplishes greatness. Because Rebecca will always be one of her children.
INT. LONG DARK SCHOOL HALLWAY -- CONTINUOUS
Rebecca runs down the hall towards the doors at the end, which lead outside. The camera stays in position as Rebecca get farther away and finally exits to
EXT. OUTSIDE SCHOOL/PARKING LOT -- EVENING
The rain is pouring down as Rebecca runs down the sidewalk towards her vehicle, a '95 pearl white Honda Accord. Throws her shoulder bag on top of the vehicle and fumbles for the keys. She opens the vehicle, throwing her bag onto the passengers seat.
Rebecca starts the car and speeds off down the road.
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- EVENING
Looking through a rain covered windshield we see a wet road lit only by the headlights from this car. A soft classical ensemble plays on the radio.
Windshield wipers quietly wipe away the rain. Almost dancing to the rhythm of the music playing. Everything is okay. until
James(Dr. Daniels) having his left arm in a sling, struggles to answer the phone. Trying all sorts of things: Steering with his forehead, his knees, not steering at all
JAMES (into the phone) This better be important (beat) Hello? (beat) Hello?
James shakes his head, and with his knees on the steering wheel, he places the phone back in its cradle. He's got this one handed phone thing down!
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- MOMENTS LATER
We are looking through a similar window, wipers dancing, same music is playing on the radio.
Rebecca holds a small piece of paper in her hand while she drives. She looks at her watch and its 7:55 p.m.
REBECCA (looking at watch) Damit! Marks going to kill me.
Rebecca looks at the small piece of paper which reads: Kathy's: 7:45p.m. #27 W. Mapletown Road. Then looks out the window, trying to see and address.
Rebecca wipes the condensation off the window and looks again. However the street is very poorly lit and she can't see any addresses.
Rebecca turns down the radio as if that's the problem then looks again. Just then she spots #330 as she flies by at 40 mph.
REBECCA (Frustrated) He's gonna die
She picks up her Emergency Cell Phone and dials Marks cell number 555-5274 then presses send.
REBECCA (placing the phone to her ear) Oh...man
O.S. we hear the phone RING....RING....
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- MOMENTS LATER
RING.... James gets one of those "Its one of those days" kinda looks
JAMES (Singing with music) I'm not gonna answer it, I'm just not gonna answer it, It's not gonna happen.....Today
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- MOMENTS LATER
REBECCA (singing with music) Answer it, please...please just answer it
Rebecca hangs up the phone and re-dials.
As the phone once again RINGS, she glances at a street sign. But she is going to fast and can't make it out.
EXT. JUST OUTSIDE REBECCAS CAR -- MOMENTS LATER
Rebeccas car comes to an abrupt stop on the side of the road. Rebecca wipes off the condensation off the inside of the window and frantically looks through it trying to see any sign of an address. She looks like a fish in a fish bowl looking out.
Rebecca opens her door and steps out still looking for an address, realizing that she is directly in front of Kathy's house, she gives a sigh of relief.
Rebecca grabs her bag from the car, and notices a man leaving the house. She runs over to intercept the very large, but handsome man.
REBECCA (To Mr. Martin) Mr. Martin?
MR. MARTIN (pleasant smile) Guilty (beat) you must be Kathys teacher? I didn't think you were gonna make it
REBECCA (Shaking hand) I'm so sorry I'm late
MR. MARTIN lets step inside out of the rain, Kathys been looking forward to seeing you
Mr. Martin leads Rebecca into the house
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- MOMENTS LATER
The phone is still ringing, and James is still not answering it. In fact he turns up the radio instead
JAMES (singing) I'm not going to answer it, I'm just not gonna answer it
The phone STOPS ringing, and a BIG satisfied grin comes across James face.
The phone RINGS once again. A very serious but funny look comes across his face.
EXT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- CONTINUOUS
The vehicle swerves to the side of the road. Tires come to a grinding halt on the gravel.
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- CONTINUOUS
James abruptly undoes his seat belt, and grabs the phone. This causes obvious pain.
JAMES (Into Phone) What the hell is so Freek'n Important?
SARAH (O.S.) (Sweet loving voice) Hi Sweetie, How you feeling?
JAMES Damit Sarah , I would have been fine if you hadn't called
SARAH (O.S.) (Offended, or?) Fine, call me when your feeling better then
JAMES (feeling stupid) Sarah....... (pause) Sarah, I didn't mean it like that...It's just, (pause) I about ran off the road trying to answer the dam phone.
A moment of silence. Sarah is going to make him beg.
JAMES Sarah... I'm Sorry
Sarah has had her fun now
SARAH (O.S.) (energetic) So, how ya doing? that scratch heal yet?
JAMES (annoyed) Scratch, what do you mean scratch?
We realize at this point that Sarah LOVES yanking James chain.
SARAH (O.S.) Well...can't be any worse than one of your patients. You cut them open all the time
JAMES (defensive) Yeah, but they need it and most of the time don't feel it, and I sure as hell don't need this!
At this point Sarah is laughing hysterically, it sounds like she is hyperventilating
JAMES (annoyed) I'm glad your enjoying yourself
SARAH (O.S.) (trying not to laugh) Well anyhow Dr. Pincushion, now that you have all this time off. I EXPECT to come see me.
JAMES SEE YOU? I see you every day!
SARAH (O.S.) (Serious) Ya and that's all you ever do is SEE me. (beat-James rolls his eyes) You come home, you say hi, then you goto bed. When was the last time we had dinner together? (beat) Hmm? (beat) That's what I thought, So now that your off for two weeks, I expect you to spend some time with me.
James knows she right. He loves his work, but that's BESIDES the point!
JAMES How do you know how long I'll be off? Are you checking up on me?
SARAH (O.S.) (how dare he) HEY, someone has to take care of you!
JAMES And that means SPYING on me?
SARAH (O.S.) (very fast speaking) SPYING!! I think not (beat) worried is more like it. And someone has to look out for my BIG brother, and until that changes I'LL BE RIGHT HERE!
A few moments of silence to give James time to think about what was just said, and Sarah time to gloat.
SARAH (taking charge) SO, I'm making dinner. It will be done about 8:30, and I expect you to be here.
JAMES (conceding) FINE, but only if your making moms pizza specialty.
SARAH (O.S.) Anything else?
JAMES (taking advantage) And you have to let me win at a game of Monopoly.
SARAH (O.S.) Anything else?
JAMES (stumped) Well, No.
SARAH (O.S.) GREAT, see you shortly then..
JAMES (false control) FINE, I might be late though.
SARAH (O.S.) (Upset) And why is that?
JAMES I'm going to go pick up a bottle of De Chargre'
SARAH (O.S.) Make it Le Tungrene and I'll forgive ya.
JAMES OH, good idea... See you shortly.
SARAH (O.S.) Bye Sweety.
JAMES (laughing) Bye.
James is thinking that things are finally looking up, this vacation is probably for the best. James hangs up the phone and then pull away.
EXT. KATHYS FRONT PORCH -- MOMENTS LATER
Rebecca and Mr. Martin are walking out the front door. Both seeming very comfortable. The rain is still pouring down. And it is obvious that both are in a hurry.
MR. MARTIN (shaking hands) Thank you Ms. Becky, it has been a true pleasure.
REBECCA (hurrying to car) Well the pleasure is having Becky in my class.
MR. MARTIN (raised voice) I look forward to the next Conference, and I promise I'll make it next time.
REBECCA (to Kathy) Bye Kathy, see you tomorrow.
Kathy stands just inside the house behind a closed screen door. Her grandmother stands beside her.
KATHY Bye Ms. Becky, good-night.
REBECCA (getting in car) Good-Night Becky (beat) Good-Night Mr. Martin
MR. MARTIN (getting in Truck) Good-Night.
Rebecca closes her door and starts the vehicle up.
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- MOMENTS LATER
Music is still playing on the radio. Rebecca looks at her watch, Its 8:12p.m.
REBECCA (to herself) Sure I can make it six miles in three minutes
INT. LIQUOR STORE -- MOMENTS LATER
James is standing in a checkout line holding two bottles of wine and waiting for the customer in front of him to complete the sale. James rocks back on his heals then forward to his toes. Back and forth, Back and forth....
CASHIER (To customer) Thank You, come again.
The customer nods his head, grabs his bag of alcohol and leave the store.
CASHIER (To James) How ya doing tonight sir?
JAMES (without thought/smiling) I'm doing really good thanks.
The cashier scans two bottles of wine and puts them in a plain bag
CASHIER Glad to hear that (beat) looks like the total is $47.58.
James reaches in his front pants pocket and grabs a $50, placing it on the counter.
JAMES Keep the change
James grabs the bag and walks towards the door. The cashier looks at the Fifty and stutters a moment
CASHIER (to James) Wait, Wait (beat) I can't..
JAMES (interrupting) Give it to the next guy then
James walks out the door.
EXT. LIQUOR STORE -- CONTINUOUS
James rushes across the parking lot to his vehicle which is backed into a parking stall. The rain seems to be falling even harder now. James opens the door and jumps into his vehicle. We here the phone RINGING!!
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- CONTINUOUS
James sets the bag onto the passengers set and picks up the phone.
JAMES (into phone) Hello?
James starts the car and puts it onto gear
SARAH (O.S.) Hey Sweetie!
JAMES Sarah... what a surprise.. How long was the phone ringing?
SARAH (O.S.) Just a few minutes. Hey listen can you get me a six pack while your at the store?
JAMES (Laughing) You have impeccable timing, you know that?
SARAH (O.S.) (proud) I know, see ya shortly dear
CLICK, a dial tone. James pulls the phone from his ear and stares at the phone for several seconds then raises his eye brows and shakes his head in total disbelief.
EXT. DARK ROAD -- MOMENTS LATER
Quiet wet road, silence fills the air. Just about the time we wonder why we are here.. In the distance a vehicle can be heard, then the reflection of the headlights can be seen on the road. Soon, the vehicle passes by where only the sound of wet tire against the road is heard.
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- CONTINUOUS
Rebecca is still trying to get a hold of Mark. She dials again and gets the same old message:
MARK (O.S.) (Recording) Hello, this is Mark, I'm not available so leave a message
REBECCA (into phone) Mark my love, I told you I would call if I was going to be later than expected. Well, It's (beat, she looks at her watch) Um..8:16 and I'm just a couple of minutes away, I know you don't want to hear any excuses but this rain hasn't helped. See you soon, bye
Rebecca goes to turn off the phone, but accidentally drops it in her lap. She looks down, then looks up at the road. She reaches down grabbing the phone and holds it up, glancing at it then turns it off.
Rebecca puts the phone back in its cradle between the seats. When rebecca looks up, we can tell that something is wrong with her. Her eyes get wider.
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- NIGHT 8:14
We hear the same music that was playing in Rebeccas vehicle just seconds ago. A BEAT goes by and the PHONE RINGS once again.
JAMES (to himself) ARGG!!!!
Shaking his head, James gets a look of menace on his face.
James puts his knees on the wheel and grabs the telephone cord RIPPING it out of the phone.
RI.... The phone goes quiet.
JAMES (PSYCHOTICALLY) HA!! HA!! HA!! HA!! HA!!
As James is laughing, the sound of Skidding wet tires catches his attention. James looks to his right and sees Rebeccas car sliding out of control towards him.
James has no time to react. The two vehicle collide.
The Honda Accords drivers front side collides with the BMW passengers front, sending the Accord rolling several times before coming to a standstill against a street light. Behind the car is a very large oak tree, with its branches shielding the car from rain
changes several times. Everything is in slow motion. Vehicles collide with great impact, very loud.. Then SILENCE as the vehicles come to a standstill.
INT. LARGE BANQUET HALL -- NIGHT
ROBERT(Mr. Wilcox) stand at a podium in front of a large group of teaching professionals. Atop the podium is a large plaque. Robert taps on the microphone atop the podium, a loud THUMP THUMP and FEEDBACK can be heard throughout the hall.
ROBERT (into mic) WOW...First I would like to thank you all for coming here tonight. We all know what a honor it is to receive an award that represents teaching at its best. (holding up) I think this plaque represents perfection and excellence. In this instance it shows one persons belief in the impact of her teaching. (putting down plaque) I've never known anyone who goes out of there way like Ms. Rebecca Downs has been know to do. (chuckling) As a matter of fact, tonight is a good example. I'm sure you all know that parent teacher conferences where tonight. And although she is receiving this award, she went out of her way to visit a parent that was unable to make it to the school. (pause) Now she didn't go to this students house because she thought it was necessary to meet with this particular parent, she went there because she believes it is important to meet with EVERY parent!
Entire hall fills with the sound of applause. One by one Robert's piers stand in agreement. Robert's got that much out, now what... Where is she?
EXT. ACCIDENT INTERSECTION -- NIGHT
Rebeccas' honda accord lays on it's side facing south, pinning the passengers side door against the cold ground. The entire car has been crushed or mangled in some way. All the windows are smashed or broken out.
James BMW faces north, its passengers side front fender has been ripped off. The hood has been peeled like a sardine can lid. Glass and plastic cover the road between the two vehicles.
moves to James car. James sits in his car, only because the seat belt holds him there. His window is broken out, while the windshield is smashed due to the impact. The SOUND of RAIN is the only noise.
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- NIGHT
Upon closer examination we can see that James' head is gushing blood above his left eyebrow. James has been still until now, he is starting to come to. He lifts his head up and looks around. James wipes the blood from his forehead and eye. But that doesn't do any good. James looks in the rear view mirror, leaning over to check his wound out. As he turns his head, he cringes with pain, grabbing his left shoulder. James looks at the stab wound that has ripped open, blood has soaked through his shirt and now drips from his elbow.
Its obvious that James is still shaken up. He has yet to notice the other vehicle let alone look for it.
James reaches behind him and grabs a dress shirt that hangs from a hook in the back seat. He uses the shirt to wipe away the blood from his face and then presses the bloody rag against the wound.
James pauses for a moment then out of nowhere looks over at the overturned Honda. James immediately throws the rag out the window and tries to open the door. He reaches over and unlocks the door and tries again, but it has been jammed closed due to the accident.
James is not thinking clearly, he tries to muscle the door open with his shoulder. Leaving an imprint of blood on the door.
JAMES (Screaming in pain) OH GOD!! (Whimpering)
Blood begins to once again run down his face. Out of instinct he wipes the blood from his brow.
James reaches across to the passengers door, but it too is jammed shut. Frustrated, James grabs hold of the steering wheel, positions his body to kick the drivers door. James successfully opens the door after several strong blows to the inside of the door.
EXT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- NIGHT
James painfully pulls himself out of the vehicle and stumbles through the rain to Rebeccas vehicle. James shields his face from the pouring rain, as he makes his way.
JAMES Hello, Everyone okay in there (Pause) HELLO!!
Yelling, James stumbles around to the front on the vehicle. Inside James sees a Rebecca huddled up on top of the passengers door. The windshield is pretty smashed, and partially hanging outside the frame. James immediately grabs the hanging flap and pulls, but it just binds up and will no longer give. James walks around the vehicle and sees no other entry point. James comes back to the windshield and kicks it furiously several times then pulls again until it comes all the way out.
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- CONTINUOUS
Rebecca is still lying on top of the door, with her feet tucked behind her body. Rebeccas head is now lying on the wet pavement and her face is starting to turn black and blue.
JAMES (Realizing her condition) Damit! (beat) Where ever you where going couldn't have been this important
James reaches under Rebeccas arm and pulls her out. James manages to get her under the leaves of the tree, where the ground is mostly dry.
James begins to look Rebecca over. Checking her pulse.
JAMES C'mon Babe, why's your pulse so slow?
Placing his head on her chest, James realizes that she is not breathing. Using his teeth and right hand, he rips the front of her dress open from the top down to her stomach, leaving only a black lace bra to cover her.
JAMES Sorry but this is necessary.
James places his ear against her bare chest again. He listens for several seconds then opens her mouth and looks inside. Shaking his head James jumps up and hobbles back to his vehicle.
INT. '97 PEARL WHITE BMW 325I -- NIGHT
James reaches in the front door with his right hand and unlocks the drivers rear door. He then opens the rear door and grabs his medical bag.
EXT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- NIGHT
James makes his way back to Rebecca. Kneeling next to her upper body. James feels the front of her neck with his fingers. He then reaches into his medical bag and finds a new packaged syringe. He uses his mouth to rip open the package and pulls out the sterile syringe. He then bites the plunger and pulls it out of the tube, then does the same with the needle.
James reaches inside the bag and pulls out a scouple. He tries to use just one hand to cut the needle end of the syringe off, but there is just no way.
James looks down and sees his bloody left hand. Without much choice he painfully wipes it off on his pants. He then places the syringe in the still bloody hand and cuts the small end off to make a tube. He places the tube between his teeth.
Holding the tube in his teeth, he uses the scouple to perform a tracheotomy on Rebecca. Once the cut is complete, James watches a drop of blood land on Rebeccas chest. James leans back then grabs the tube from his mouth.
The tube has a bead of blood running down the side. James places the tube on Rebeccas chest and fumbles through the bag.
He then focuses his attention back to the tube. He picks up the tube and wipes it off on Rebeccas dress. Looking at it carefully, he places the unsanitized tube into the hole in Rebeccas neck.
James then reaches inside his bag and grabs his stethoscope and listens to her chest. James wipes off his brow again, this time with his forearm, while his other arm still drips with blood. James is loosing alot of blood.
JAMES C'mon now, I know you didn't like that, but it will do the job, so lets go.
James listens for several seconds.. Then he blows into the tube once, then listens. almost immediately a slight hiss can be heard...
JAMES Good girl, now lets see what else is going on here.
James leans over her and inspects the very large cut along her forehead. He reaches down and rips a piece of cloth from her dress and presses against the wound.
After a few second James pull the cloth away and the blood gushes out of the open wound. James quickly replaces the cloth.
JAMES Hang in there kiddo.
James gets up and runs to his vehicle. James has caught his second wind. About half way to the car he stumbles and falls to the ground.
Staggering to his feel he gets back to his vehicle and from out of the back seat he pulls a full trash bag. James tosses the bag on the ground, then sits down on the front seat and grabs his cellular phone. Dialing 911, he realizes that its been ripped out of the base by a mad man.
JAMES (Stomping) SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, Smart move James Michael Anderson, Smart move..
James gets out of the vehicle, grabs the trash bag and runs back to Rebecca. He rips open the bag with his teeth and clothes fall to ground next to Rebecca.
JAMES Lets get you warmed up, I don't know how long it will be before someone find us.
James spreads the clothing over her, placing a bundle under her feel. James then sits next to her and uses one of the socks to wipe her face off. After a moment the Sock is soaked through with blood. James grabs a cotton shirt and places it over the wound.
JAMES (Smiling) Don't worry, I these are the clean ones. (questioning) I think....
James holds the shirt in place for a moment then looks down stretching his neck, he notices the blood dripping from his elbow. James grabs a pair of short and places them under the shoulder strap of the sling.
James turns his focus almost immediately back to Rebecca, holding his hand on the shirt over her head.
JAMES (looking over her) Sorry about the dress, if anyone asks I'll tell them how beautiful you looked in it (smiling) Your gonna be okay, I promise. (shaking head) If I just hadn't gotten so angry I could of used my cell to call for help (smiling again) but someone will drive by any minute, I just know it.
Just then the phone RINGS. James looks up
JAMES (surprised) My phone.
James jumps up and runs towards his vehicle, then stops, the ringing isn't coming from his car.
INT. '95 PEARL WHITE HONDA ACCORD -- -- NIGHT
Rebeccas phone is resting on the floorboard next to the gas peddle.
RING (pause) RING
James looks into the vehicle and waits for another ring..
James grabs the phone and presses SEND, answering the phone
JAMES Hello (Pause) HELLO!!
ROBERT (O.S.) (Questioningly) Who is this?
JAMES (frantically) I'm sorry, there has been an accident. I need help (looking around) I'm at Creek Road and Highland. Will you please send the paramedics? Hurry!
James walks back over to Rebecca
ROBERT (O.S.) (Scared) Is Rebecca there? Is she alright?
JAMES She'll okay, but I need help here quickly, so please hurry!
ROBERT (O.S.) Okay. Creek and Highland? I'll be right there.
JAMES NO! send the paramedics, tell them to send a helicopter, tell them to send LIFE FLIGHT, I'm a doctor, tell them there is a doctor here, and we need LIFE FLIGHT.
INT. LARGE BANQUET HALL -- CONTINUOUS
Robert stands behind a large black curtain behind the stage.
ROBERT (Panic) Okay. Okay.
JAMES (O.S.) Thank You.
Robert stands there in shock. A MAN stands next to him with a shot of brandy in a small plastic cup.
MAN Robert? (beat) Robert? is everything okay?
ROBERT (In Shock) No... No... Rebeccas been in an accident
MAN (Shocked) Good God!, Is she alright
ROBERT (dialing) I...I don't know. I need to call the paramedics.
EXT. ACCIDENT INTERSECTION -- CONTINUOUS
James is sitting down next to Rebecca. James examines himself again. His Shoulder is still pouring out blood, and his face has actually stopped bleeding for the moment.
JAMES So, your Rebecca. It's nice to meet you. Although I wish it was on better circumstances.
James looks at rebecca and realizes something is wrong. He grabs his stethoscope and listens to her chest.
JAMES Damit! You gotta keep fighting.
James begins one handed CPR. The faster he pumps the more blood that gushes from his elbow. He listens to her chest again, but her condition hasn't improved.
JAMES Help is on its way Rebecca.. Just fight for a few more minutes
James starts CPR again, then stops and listens to her chest again.
JAMES (Smiling) Hang in there, just a few more minutes
James looks very flush. He blinks several times. He is about to go unconscious due to the lose of blood. James stagers to his feet and takes two steps back and falls flat on his butt.
The sounds of sirens can be heard in the distance.
JAMES (Mumbling) Hold on... Rebecca Hold on.
P.O.V. JAMES -- CONTINUOUS
Looking at Rebecca all is going blurry. The reflection of red and blue light can be seen on the ground and the Honda.
An EMT kneels down next to James and another can be seen running over to Rebecca.
EMT #1 Doctor? Are you okay?
EMT #3 This girls almost gone. Get.....
INT. JAMES' RECOVERY ROOM -- DAY
James lays asleep on the hospital bed. SARAH sits next to him, reading a book.
Sarah is a beautiful 26 year old brunet. She sit all twisted up in an end chair reading a book. However misleading he position, she is very comfortable.
a young black male ORDERLY enters the room. He carried a covered tray of food.
ORDERLY (to Sarah) How's our man doin?
SARAH Still sleeping
ORDERLY Well do want me to wake him? or do you want the honor?
SARAH (Devilish smile) Oh, let me.
Sarah reaches over and slowly runs her fingernails around his neck and over his face. James lashes his head from side to side trying to get away from the torture. James eyes open.
James looks around, a bit confused, but everything comes rushing back to him.
JAMES (Concerned, to orderly) How is Rebecca? Is she okay, did she make it?
SARAH Settle down she's fine, she is just a few rooms down.
JAMES (to Orderly) Please get me Dr. Manchester. NOW!
ORDERLY It will be my pleasure, but first you must eat some fine home cooking. You can't stay on an IV forever. And besides I've already had a slice of the apple pie (removing cover to food) It was delicious. All it was missing was mama herself dishing it out. And a few of daddy's jokes and it would of been just like being home again.
James frustration is climbing
JAMES Ryan! please.
RYAN Okay Dr. Daniels, but you better eat everything on that plate by the time I return. (CHEEZY SMILE)
Ryan turns and leaves the room.
Sarah grabs the apple pie and a fork from the tray and proceeds to eat. James just lets it go...
SARAH (mouth full) So, a little late huh?
JAMES It's not like I planned it
SARAH Yeah I made Will show me the lady, I'm still not One Hundred percent convinced.
JAMES How is she?
SARAH You saved her life.
James stares blankly at the ceiling.
SARAH You sure know how to pick'em
SARAH Rebecca, she's really hot. (beat) Even after you ran over her
JAMES Sarah! I didn't run over her.
James goes back into trance
SARAH I don't believe it. How long has it been? Seven years? No wait its been Eight Years, Lisa Smith.
JAMES What are you talking about? Just go away.
SARAH Not on your life. Its been Eight years since my big brother has been in love, No WAY your gonna get rid of me..
JAMES Don't be ridiculous, I've never even talked to her. She's just another patient as far as I'm concerned.
SARAH So its a case of the Florence Nightengale?
JAMES Sarah! Yes I think she is beautiful. And maybe under different circumstances there might have been a small chance. But she's never even seen me. And....
SARAH (interrupting) That's where your wrong.
JAMES Wrong about what?
SARAH She has seen you. About two hours ago.
JAMES What are you talking about?
SARAH I told you I've seen her didn't I? Well she wanted to see who it was that saver her life.
JAMES Really? What did she say?
SARAH She said you where exactly as she imagined, she said that you so strong and handsome looking and that you where her night in shinning armor
SARAH I had to hold her back from taking you right here.
HOOK line and sinker. James has been taken for a fool once again.
JAMES Do you do this for some sadistic reason?
SARAH I just wanted to see how genuine the feelings are
JAMES So did she really come in here?
SARAH Yeah, against Wills wishes.
Dr. William Manchester enters the room
DR. MANCHESTER How you doing James?
JAMES I'm fine, how's my patient? Did the Trake hold?
DR. MANCHESTER Paramedics didn't expect her to make it here. It took Doctors Mathew's and Iverson six hours to stabilize her.
JAMES Is she out of Critical?
DR. MANCHESTER Oh yes, She still listed in stable condition, but other than a few stitches I think she'll be leaving tomorrow
JAMES She's was fighter last night.
DR. MANCHESTER She came to see you know?
JAMES Yeah, Sarah told me
Dr. Manchester walks around the other side of the bed. A serious look comes over his face. He wants to talk some serious shop.
DR. MANCHESTER James, I need to talk with you privately. Sarah, would you mind stepping outside for a minute?
SARAH Sure, I'll just go bug the Janitor.
JAMES Sarah, wait just a moment. (to Manchester) Will, what is this concerning? I think I would like Sarah to stay
DR. MANCHESTER I got the lab report yesterday.
JAMES From the gang incident
DR. MANCHESTER Yes (beat) and the news was not good. The boy that stabbed you was H.I.V Positive.
James face goes completely blank. Sarah looks at James then over at Manchester.
DR. MANCHESTER I spoke with his family, there telling me he got advanced A.I.D.S, they don't expected him to live more than a few months.
SARAH What does this mean? Could he have infected you?
James is way ahead of her on this one. He stares at Sarah, without response.
DR. MANCHESTER James, I also received the report of the accident last night.
James face is very flush. He is scared, he look timidly at Sarah
JAMES Oh, my god. I didn't know. How could I have known?
DR. MANCHESTER Now James, don't jump to any conclusions.
SARAH (confused) Know what? What are you talking about. JAMES!
DR. MANCHESTER The knife was covered with infected blood from the young man.
JAMES There's a good chance that when I was stabbed... I contracted H.I.V.
James struggles to get through the next part
JAMES Last night.... Things happened so fast, Oh my god... How could I let this happen...
DR. MANCHESTER And she needs to know.
SARAH I don't understand? A.I.D.S. doesn't spread that quickly.
DR. MANCHESTER A person can be a carrier and never show a symptom. Were not sure how fast the disease spreads, that's why we need to take precautions now.
JAMES I will tell her
DR. MANCHESTER The hell you will. This is a hospital matter now, The Board of......
JAMES (INTERRUPTING) If I infected her, she needs to know from me. I wasn't working when this happened. My job and my place of employment are no concern in this, besides you put me on a leave of absence REMEMBER!
DR. MANCHESTER (sarcastically) I thought you would see it my way.
Turning to walk out
DR. MANCHESTER James, I'm sorry, we'll face this together. (beat) Please inform Ms. Downs today.
DR. MANCHESTER Take care Sarah.
Manchester leaves the room.
INT. BECKY'S RECOVERY ROOM -- DAY
Mark and Becky are in mid discussion. Becky looks surprisingly well, even with all the stitches and bandages on her. Mark is standing next to her bed.
Flowers and balloons crowd the nearby table. It looks like a typical hospital room.
REBECCA So how did it go?
MARK (chuckling) Well it' the closest I'll ever get to teacher of the year.
REBECCA Your a great teacher, besides I'll bet everyone of your students would vote for you.
MARK (laughing) They'd better.
O.S. A knock on the door
James pokes his head through the open door
JAMES Hello, may I come in?
REBECCA Dr. Daniels, please come in.
(to Mark) Mark, Dr. Daniels. Dr. Daniels this is my fiancée Mark Wilcox.
DR. DANIELS Please call me James
The two men exchange handshakes
JAMES We spoke on the phone
MARK Doctor, Thank you so much for saving the love of my life.
James is very uneasy. As is Rebecca.
JAMES How are you feeling?
REBECCA I'm doing good all things considered
JAMES I was really worried about ya. We had some struggles there for awhile
REBECCA They told me that if had been anyone else besides you, I never would of made it.
JAMES (grabbing his throat) Sorry about the....
REBECCA Yeah, It's a little sore.
James walks over to the opposite of the bed that Mark stands on.
JAMES Miss ?, I need to speak with you privately.... about last night.
REBECCA Is there a problem? (beat) If there is I would like Mark to stay.
JAMES This is a very private matter. I would suggest that he step outside for just a moment.
REBECCA Doctor Daniels please just tell me what it is
James struggles but proceeds
INT. JAMES' RECOVERY ROOM -- EVENING
James and Sarah are talking. James is sitting up in his bed and Sarah sits at the end of his bed.
SARAH (teary) When William said it, I pictured him telling me. (beat) I was so scared. (beat) I must of thought about it a thousand times.
JAMES You've probably got less of a chance than most. (worried) Is there something your not telling me? Have you been doing something that would put you at risk.
SARAH No, no.... Its just that I..... I've been around. (beat) I DON'T KNOW...
JAMES How around?
SARAH (sarcastically) Well not the entire Utah Starzz.
JAMES (laughing) Well you still have a far less significant chance of contracting H.I.V. from another woman than I do.
SARAH Still, I've thought about it so many times, and you don't deserve it. All you have ever want to do is help people. Why you?
JAMES Why anyone?
CAMERA PUSHES IN ON
Sarah hugs James.