Cold And Fog – First draft

                                                                           
Bill was a troubled man who after 5 years turns over a new leaf.
His world is shaken when they find the granddaughter 
he didn't know he had.                                                           

                                   Screenplay
                                                                           

          INT. BEDROOM - AFTERNOON                                         

          FADE IN:                                                         

          An old fashioned bedroom, guns on the walls. Pictures of         
          Bill, his wife, and his little girl holding up ducks             
          smiling.                                                         

          Several other photos sit on the dresser next to bullets, and     
          various empty bottle of liquor. An ashtray sits filled with      
          cigarettes most half smoked.                                     

          Bill,48, is sitting on the edge of his bed. Gray has started     
          to leave streaks through his hair and his beard. A bottle of     
          liquor in his hands which he quickly takes to his mouth and      
          swallows hard.                                                   

          INT. LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON                                     

          A dozen people are gathered sitting, standing, all in talk       
          about Ellen, Bill’s wife.                                        

          A picture sits over the food table of Ellen smiling. People      
          moving along it helping themselves to cheese and crackers.       

          Sarah,18, sits with her arms wrapped around her boyfriend,       
          Gillian, 27, a country bad ass. She looks at him with love       
          in her eyes as the sadness over her mothers passing comes        
          and goes.                                                        

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    You wanna take a hit?                                  

          Sarah glances around at what little family and friends are       
          there. Many sharing memories of, Ellen.                          

                              SARAH                                        
                    Baby, this is my momma’s funeral.                      

          Gillian shaking his head understanding.                          

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Figured it take away some of the                       
                    pain, you know I hate to see you                       
                    cry.                                                   

          She smiles kissing his lips and he back at her.                  

          Bill comes out of his bedroom barley able to walk. He uses       
          the walls of his small home to keep up.                          

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              2.       

                              MAN                                          
                    Bill, you all right? You need to                       
                    sit down?                                              

          The man with glasses tries to help, Bill, but is pushed          
          away.                                                            

                              BILL                                         
                         (whisper)                                         
                    Get your goddamn hands of me.                          

                              MAN                                          
                    Say again, bill?                                       

                              BILL                                         
                         (yells)                                           
                    Get your God damn hands of me!                         

          The man backs up shocked, everyone is looking to Bill even       
          Sarah and Gillian.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    You bunch of fakes!                                    

          Everyone looks appalled.                                         

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    You come here and eat my food.                         
                    Drink my beer!                                         

          Estella, 56, comes over trying to hush, Bill.                    

                              ESTELLA                                      
                    Bill, this aint the time nor place.                    
                    You think, Ellen would like -                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Get out! all of you! Freeloaders!                      
                    Go! Before I grab my gun!                              

          Everyone stands up, slowly heading out.                          

          Jack,30, comes over to Bill.                                     

                              JACK                                         
                    Bill settle down.                                      

                              BILL                                         
                    Jack, get off me!                                      

          Bills angry spitting as he speaks.                               

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              3.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Where were you people when she went                    
                    bald! When she shit on herself! I                      
                    was there! I was there Goddammit!                      

          Bill falls to his knees as Estella is the last one to leave      
          the room. Sarah, and, Gillian standing and watching Bill.        

                              BILL                                         
                    Get outta here!                                        

                              JACK                                         
                    Bill, come on. This isn’t right.                       

          Sarah walks over to, Bill who looks up at her eyes red and       
          running.                                                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    Leave it, Jack. He knows.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Know what?                                             

                              SARAH                                        
                    I hate you.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                         (sarcastically)                                   
                    You hate me so much, why you here                      
                    then?                                                  

                              SARAH                                        
                    You’re nothing but a drunk old man.                    
                    Mamma, was afraid of you but I’m                       
                    not. Me and Gillian are running off                    
                    together.                                              

          Bill’s face grows with anger.                                    

                              SARAH CONTINUED                              
                    We going to get married and forget                     
                    about you and this stupid town.                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Its so easy to leave your family?                      
                    Leave your daddy behind!?                              

          Gillian comes over next to Sarah.                                

          Sarah eyes water.                                                

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              4.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    When were you a father to me? when                     
                    you were hitting mom!? When you                        
                    were drinking the weekends away!? I                    
                    hate you!                                              

          She wipes her eyes.                                              

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Come on, babe.                                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    Were going. I never want to see you                    
                    again.                                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    Say it again slower so I can care!                     

          Sarah yells in anger grabbing the nearest glass bowl             
          throwing it at her father.                                       

          The bowl hits the wall shattering.                               

          Jack standing on the side looking shocked.                       

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - AFTERNOON                                    

          Sarah and Gillian heading to his old dirty Lincoln town car.     

                              BILL                                         
                    Go on!                                                 

          Sarah shakes her head to Gillian who gets in the car with        
          Sarah starting the engine and driving backwards.                 

          Bill comes out of the house with his bottle empty, he swings     
          back and tosses the bottle at the car, but misses widely.        

          The car turns around heading off.                                

          Bill stands broken and alone, wiping his beard.                  

          Circle Bill as he watches his daughter driving off and out       
          of his life.                                                     

          Jack at the door watching Bill standing in silence. He comes     
          down next to Bill.                                               

                              JACK                                         
                    Come on, lets get you fixed up.                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              5.       

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m alone.                                             

                              JACK                                         
                    You think she’ll come back?                            

                              BILL                                         
                         (scoffs)                                          
                    With her tail between her legs.                        

          Jack turns around heading back into the house. Bill reaches      
          into a pocket removing a small bottle and chugging it            
          quickly.                                                         

          FADE OUT:                                                        

          An acoustic guitar plays in our ears.                            

          EXT. BOGGY CREEK - MORNING                                       

          A boggy creek at the wee hours of the morning. The sun has       
          just started to peek its head out, the fog still silently        
          hovering above the creeks water.                                 

          Bill passes us walking into a barrage of trees followed by,      
          Jack.                                                            

          Bill looks much better. His hair is fully gray now and           
          slicked back.                                                    

          He and Jack are dressed in hunting clothes with shotguns in      
          their hands.                                                     

          EXT. FOREST - MORNING                                            

          Bill and Jack walking through the forest.                        

          The guitar still playing over the sounds of their feet           
          breaking twigs and the sounds of the morning.                    

          Moments later,...                                                

          Sitting at the edge of the lake their guns at the ready.         

          A flock of geese flutter out of the right.                       

          BAM! BAM!                                                        

          Their guns blast two ducks falling into the water of the         
          creek.                                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              6.       

          Bill pats, Jacks, back gesturing for him to go into the          
          water. Jack hesitant.                                            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          They are walking out with bunch of geese on their lines.         
          Jack’s pants wet up to his crotch.                               

          The guitar fades.                                                

          EXT. BOGGY CREEK - MORNING                                       

          Bill’s truck his parked by the main road.                        

          Jack tosses the geese into the back of the truck.                

          Bill opening a cooler and removing a bottle of water. Two        
          beers sitting next to another water in the cooler.               

                              JACK                                         
                    Sorry about those. Michelle                            
                    forgets.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Boy, its fine. Just cause I don’t                      
                    drink any longer doesn’t mean you                      
                    have to stop too.                                      

                              JACK                                         
                    Still, I don’t want temptation to                      
                    find its way back into those hands                     
                    of yours.                                              

          Bill sips the water wiping his mouth.                            

                              JACK                                         
                    How longs it been?                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    2 years next week.                                     

          Jack opens his hands, Bill tossing a water bottle to Jack.       

                              JACK                                         
                    Proud of you. I honestly didn’t                        
                    think you had it in you.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Neither did I.                                         

          Bill looks to his watch.                                         

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              7.       

                              BILL                                         
                    You ready?                                             

          Jack nods getting in the truck, Bill drives.                     

          EXT. CHURCH - MORNING                                            

          An old church. Cars parked all around it. People dressed in      
          their best heading to worship.                                   

          INT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON                                          

          Bill standing along with others. A bible in his hand, open       
          and he is singing with the rest of the congregation.             

          The whole church is up.                                          

          EXT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON                                          

          Church is over. Everyone is leaving heading out into their       
          cars.                                                            

          The sheriffs car is sitting outside.                             

          Bill comes out.                                                  

                              PRIEST                                       
                    Good to see you, Bill. How’s the                       
                    hunting?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    As good as ever. Beat Jack two                         
                    geese out of three.                                    

          Sheriff Donnelly comes over his hat off his head.                

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    Bill?                                                  

          Bill turns facing the Sheriff.                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Sheriff.                                               

          Sheriff Donnelly looks hesitant with bad news.
                                                                  8.       

          INT. CAR - AFTERNOON                                             

          Bill is driving following the Sheriff in his car.                

                              DONNELLY (VO)                                
                    Landlord found her when he came to                     
                    collect the rent. The apartment was                    
                    disgusting, almost unlivable.                          

          Bill wipes his eyes.                                             

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    Is she alive?                                          

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    We don’t know and since your the                       
                    only family, they called for you.                      

          Bill looks determined.                                           

          INT. POLICE STATION - AFTERNOON                                  

          Bill stands in front of a door. Sheriff Donnelly is front of     
          him.                                                             

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    You all right with this?                               

          Bill nods not really sure.                                       

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    How longs it been?                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    How longs what been?                                   

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    Look I know this is sensitive, but                     
                    how longs it been since you seen                       
                    her?                                                   

          Bill thinks about it.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Since, Ellen’s funeral. Five years                     
                    give or take. I’m fine, with this.                     

          Donnelly nods.                                                   

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    I’ll go and talk with the officer                      
                    and give you two a couple of                           
                    minutes.                                               

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              9.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Thanks, Don.                                           

          Donnelly, pats, Bill’s shoulder.                                 

          Bill rubs his hand through his hair, he wipes his face.          

          He enters the room.                                              

          INT. INTERROGATION ROOM - AFTERNOON                              

          Follow, Bill, into the room. He stands with the door open.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Hi.                                                    

          He shuts the door.                                               

          A little girl 4 years old sits at the table eating a             
          sandwich like she hasn’t eaten in days.                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Your, Sarah’s, little girl?                            

          She says nothing, just stares at Bill like the stranger he       
          is.                                                              

          Bill pulls out the chair in front of the little girl             
          watching her.                                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s okay. You can eat. Go on now.                     

          She is hesitant at first before digging in. She is the           
          spitting image of, Sarah.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Look, um.                                              
                         (himself)                                         
                    Come on, bill.                                         

          The little girl chews on bits of her sandwich.                   

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m your grandpa.                                      

          The little girl stops chewing looks at, Bill for a moment        
          before continuing eating.                                        

          She keeps eating.                                                

          A beat.
                                                                 10.       

          INT. POLICE STATION - AFTERNOON                                  

          Bill, comes out of the room. Donnelly back and waiting for       
          him.                                                             

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    Her name is Abbie. She’s four.                         
                    Doesn’t talk much.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    Where’s Sarah, Where’s my daughter?                    

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    They don’t know. They were staying                     
                    at a hotel. One of those cheap                         
                    dives in the next town.                                

          Donnelly looks hesitant to mention the next part.                

                              BILL                                         
                    Spit it out, Don.                                      

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    She was selling herself, Bill. Been                    
                    arrested 2 times in the last 6                         
                    months. Say, Gillian, you know him?                    

                              BILL                                         
                    That dumb ass she was with?                            

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    Apparently, He ran her.                                

          Bill looks angry and sad his hand over his mouth.                

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    I know its alot to take in.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Do they know where she is?                             

                              DONNELLY                                     
                    Abbie was in that room 3 days                          
                    before she was found. No, trace of,                    
                    Sarah, or Gillian. There searching                     
                    for her.                                               

          Bill stares through the doors window at, Abbie.                  

                              BILL                                         
                    What about her, Abbie?
                                                                 11.       

          EXT. ROAD - AFTERNOON                                            

          Bills, truck driving up the road heading home.                   

                              DONNELLY (VO)                                
                    The only kin she has is you. She’s                     
                    yours if you want her.                                 

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    And if I don’t.                                        

                              DONNELLY (VO)                                
                    Well, she’ll go back with the                          
                    officers and most likely go with                       
                    social services.                                       

          INT. TRUCK - AFTERNOON                                           

          Bill, driving his eyes on the road, every few seconds he         
          looks over at the seat beside him.                               

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    I’ll take her.                                         

          Abbie is fast asleep laying in the seat beside, Bill. He         
          smiles while looking at her.                                     

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    You call me the minute they find                       
                    her, Don.                                              

                              DONNELLY (VO)                                
                    Your doing the right thing, Bill.                      

          Bill keeps his eyes on the road.                                 

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - AFTERNOON                                    

          Bill gets out of his truck moving around to the passenger        
          side. Opening the door, he picks up, Abbie.                      

          Carriers her into his mobile home.                               

          INT. HOME - AFTERNOON                                            

          He moves through the tidy home. Things look well put             
          together.                                                        

          He moves past the kitchen and living room through the small      
          hall.                                                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             12.       

          BEDROOM:                                                         

          He lays her in bed, he covers her up. He stands up staring       
          at little, Abbie. Fast asleep after a long morning.              

          KITCHEN:                                                         

          Bill, is cooking on the stove. Some soup in a big pot. He is     
          stirring it’s content when a knock hits his door.                

                              BILL                                         
                    Whose is it?                                           

                              JACK                                         
                    Me.                                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s open.                                             

          The door opens and Jack comes in looking cleaned up, in          
          actual clothes and not hunting gear.                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Wow, look at you. Where you headed                     
                    off too?                                               

                              JACK                                         
                    I told you this morning. I got a                       
                    date with that lovely waitress who                     
                    works at Archies shop.                                 

          Bill smirks.                                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    That’s right, the nice one. Blue                       
                    eyed girl.                                             

                              JACK                                         
                    I came by to make sure you, okay.                      

                              BILL                                         
                    Why wouldn’t I be?                                     

                              JACK                                         
                    News travels fast. Say you taking                      
                    care of a girl. That she’s,                            
                    Sarah’s.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    The gossip in this town -                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             13.       

                              JACK                                         
                    Is it true?                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    So what if it is!?                                     

                              JACK                                         
                    I’m just asking, Bill. A kids a lot                    
                    of responsibility.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    I know, I raised one remember!                         

                              JACK                                         
                    I’m here to help you if need be.                       

          Bill takes a seat his hands through his slick hair again.        

                              BILL                                         
                    There is something you can do. You                     
                    still have that friend over in the                     
                    next town.                                             

                              JACK                                         
                    Yeah, Edward Higgs. Walks with the                     
                    limp.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    You think you can tell him to look                     
                    at for, Sarah, for me?                                 

                              JACK                                         
                    Of course. He owes me a favor or                       
                    two.                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    I owe you one.                                         

                              JACK                                         
                    No, Jack you don’t. You take care,                     
                    I’ll be round tomorrow. Maybe you                      
                    can introduce me to the little                         
                    lady.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    Get out of here.                                       

          Jack smirks leaving.                                             

          Bill sits there with his eyes on the pot stewing. He takes       
          out his old tired looking wallet, a picture crumbled in one      
          of the wallets pockets.                                          

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             14.       

          Bill and Sarah, 10. She is on a horse and he is holding onto     
          her, both smiling happily.                                       

          CUT TO:                                                          

          Moments later,...                                                

          Bill moves to a closest. He opens it. In it is a chest. He       
          opens the chest, girl toys. Girl things inside. A little         
          stuffed toy, a doll.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Jelly belly.                                           

          Bill smiles as he closes the chest and leaves the closest        
          with the toy.                                                    

          CUT TO:                                                          

          Later,...                                                        

          Abbie peeking round the corner, as Bill is setting out the       
          plates for the soup.                                             

          Bill sees her peeking.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Hello little, Abbie. Are you                           
                    hungry? Come here.                                     

          Bill gestures, Abbie over. He pours soup into her bowl and       
          into his own.                                                    

          Abbie is still hesitant.                                         

          Bill grabs the doll from the table slowly heading over to,       
          Abbie who stays peeked behind the wall.                          

          Bill bends down just before the wall. He raises Jelly Belly      
          shaking it in front of the girl, peeking her interest.           

                              BILL                                         
                    You like that? It use to belong to                     
                    your mommma.                                           

          Bill holds it out for her, but she doesn’t take it.              

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                         (happily)                                         
                    She use to hold it, take it                            
                    everywhere she went. I had to pray                     
                    it out her hands one day just so                       
                    she would let it go.                                   

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             15.       

          Bill looks at with a loving memory.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I think it right if you have it.                       
                    Here, Your mama named it, Jelly                        
                    Belly.                                                 

          Abbie eases out taking the doll in hand.                         

                              BILL                                         
                    You look just like her you know,                       
                    your momma.                                            

          Bill stands up watching, Abbie, playing with the doll.           

                              BILL                                         
                    You hungry? You got to be hungry, I                    
                    made something your momma use to                       
                    love and bout the only real thing I                    
                    knows how make.                                        

          Abbie nods holding out a hand.                                   

          Bill looks at it and smiles taking, Abbie’s hand and leading     
          her to the kitchen table.                                        

          Bill sits her down at the table and he moves to his side         
          sitting.                                                         

          She is too small, barley able to see over the table.             

          Bill smirks at this, glancing around.                            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          Bill is sitting and eating his soup with bread.                  

          Abbie, is up high sitting on a bunch of books. She is            
          sipping her soup.                                                

                              BILL                                         
                    Good?                                                  

          Abbie nods sipping soup and then giving some to, Jelly           
          Belly.                                                           

          They both sit there in silence eating.                           

          Bill, looking at, Abbie, every few seconds with a smirk.         

          MOMENTS LATER,...                                                

          Bill is washing the dishes, Abbie is still at the table          
          playing silently with, Jelly Belly.                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             16.       

          Bill wipes his hands.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    You sleepy?                                            

          Abbie, shakes her head.                                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Want to watch some T.V. I aint got                     
                    much channels. Just the news and a                     
                    couple old style stations.                             

          Abbie, again shakes her head.                                    

          Bill is in thought.                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I know. Do you like hot some hot                       
                    chocolate?                                             

          Abbie, nods: Yes.                                                

                              BILL                                         
                    The sky’s clear tonight. The stars                     
                    are going to be out, you wanna                         
                    drink hot chocolate and watch the                      
                    stars.                                                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Yes!                                                   

          Bill gestures her over.                                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Want to help me make it.                               

          Abbie jumps off the books and slowly comes over to, Bill. He     
          pulls out the packets to make hot chocolate.                     

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - NIGHT                                        

          Bill comes outside holding two cups of hot chocolate the         
          steam rising from the mugs. He also has a blanket thrown         
          over his arm.                                                    

          Abbie comes out staring up at the sky.                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Hold on, wait for me.                                  

          He lays down the mugs on the hood of his truck, opening the      
          flatbed, laying the blanket down. He grabs the drinks and        
          sits in the back.                                                

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             17.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Up here?                                               

          Abbie nods: Yes:                                                 

          He picks her up and sits her and Jelly Belly on the back of      
          the truck.                                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    Here, be careful its hot.                              

          Abbie takes the mug slowly sipping it.                           

                              BILL                                         
                    I use to sit out here with your                        
                    grandma, Ellen.                                        

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandma?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    She long since passed on, but                          
                    before she did. I use to love the                      
                    being out here with her. Just                          
                    staring up. Watching the first snow                    
                    fall.                                                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    What about mommy?                                      

          Bill glances up the thought not a happy one and back to,         
          Abbie.                                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    She was in to other things. The                        
                    stars didn’t impress her much.                         

          Abbie, sips at the hot coco.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                         (hesitant)                                        
                    Do you know where your mama is?                        

                              ABBIE                                        
                    No, she told me to wait for her and                    
                    I wait. But, she never came.                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Who did she leave with, Gillian?                       

          Abbie looks at, Bill.                                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             18.       

                              ABBIE                                        
                         (softly)                                          
                    I don’t think so.                                      

          Abbie again drinks her coco.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    Did she ever tell you about me?                        
                    Your, mama?                                            

          She shakes her head: No.                                         

          Bill takes a sip of his coco.                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    You can lay back if you want, see                      
                    the stars better that way.                             

          Bill lays back sitting his coco down. Abbie does the same        
          thing.                                                           

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Those, those all stars?                                

                              BILL                                         
                    Most of them. You see that one                         
                    there. That one is called the,                         
                    Abbie star.                                            

          EXT. SKY - NIGHT                                                 

          Dozens of stars sparkle in the night. Dozens of them all         
          shaped and formed in different manners.                          

                              ABBIE                                        
                    After me?                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Yeah, its named after you. It’s                        
                    that big bright one.                                   

          His finger comes into view pointing at the star in the sky       
          that is the brightest.                                           

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Who named it?
                                                                 19.       

          EXT. BACK OF TRUCK - NIGHT                                       

          Bill laying still looking up at the sky, Abbie laying beside     
          him, just not too close.                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    I did. I named that star after you.                    
                    And you see the two little stars by                    
                    it.                                                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Yeah.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    One is named after your mama, and                      
                    the other after your grandma.                          

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Ellen?                                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    That’s right. So whenever you feel                     
                    like they aren’t there with you.                       
                    You just look up and find those                        
                    three stars and you can see them.                      

          Abbie smiles.                                                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Tell me more.                                          

                              BILL                                         
                    More? okay.                                            

          His voice trails off.                                            

          A guitar starts to play.                                         

          EXT. SKY - NIGHT                                                 

          The night sky once again. This time speed up a bit. Showing      
          the stars moving slowly to the right as the earth moves. A       
          progression of time.                                             

          EXT. BACK OF TRUCK - NIGHT                                       

          Bill is talking just running his mouth telling tales. Abbie      
          reaches over and hugs him with her eyes closed, causing him      
          to stop.                                                         

          She fell asleep.
                                                                 20.       

          Bill is smiling, happy.                                          

          INT. HOME - NIGHT                                                

          Bill enters the mobile home, Abbie held in his arms. She is      
          fast asleep.                                                     

          He moves away from the kitchen and the living room.              

          Down the small hall to the bedroom.                              

          He lays her down once again, placing the blanket over her.       
          She is a sleeping angel.                                         

          He backs up shutting the door behind him.                        

          CUT TO:                                                          

          KITCHEN:                                                         

          He is washing the dishes. He wipes his hands and he moves to     
          the living room.                                                 

          He sits on the couch, turning on the T.V watching some old       
          cowboy show.                                                     

          He slowly falls asleep.                                          

          INT. SHOP - MORNING                                              

          Bill enters a clothing store, followed by, Abbie still in        
          her clothes she was found in.                                    

          The store clerk smiles seeing, Bill come in.                     

          ALICE,30, walks around the counter.                              

                              ALICE                                        
                    Hello, Bill.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Alice.                                                 

                              ALICE                                        
                    Whose this beautiful little girl?                      
                    Your granddaughter?                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    Gossip spreads quicker than horse                      
                    shit, in this town.                                    

          Abbie closes her ears.                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             21.       

                              ALICE                                        
                    You can’t say those words to a                         
                    young girl.                                            

          Bill rolls his eyes.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Where are your girl clothes?                           

                              ALICE                                        
                    Over there.                                            

          Bill and Abbie move to the girl clothes, picking through         
          several dresses and pants, and shirts.                           

          He places a sunflower hat on, Abbie who laughs. She lays the     
          hat on Jelly Belly.                                              

          He stares out the window seeing a man who doesn’t look like      
          he is from these parts walk past the shop. Beard, and long       
          hair. Tattoos over his arm.                                      

          Bill, shakes it off.                                             

          The guitar still plays,...                                       

          EXT. STREET - AFTERNOON                                          

          Bill and Abbie are walking past a pet store. Cats clawing at     
          the window, babies.                                              

          Abbie starts jumping up and down at the window, pulling on       
          Bill’s hand, leading him into the pet shop.                      

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - AFTERNOON                                    

          Bill gets out carrying bags with clothes for Abbie, moving       
          to the back of the truck where a proper dinner chair sits.       

          Abbie, gets out carrying a little white cat with her.            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          Abbie is in the front yard running around with the little        
          cat chasing her.                                                 

          Bill, in a rocking chair watching her and laughing as the        
          little cat does all it can to catch up with her.                 

          Abbie, on the floor the cat walking on top of her and she        
          laughing at it.
                                                                 22.       

          INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT                                             

          Bill and Abbie sitting. She is in her new chair smiling          
          happily.                                                         

          The cat in the corner drinking milk from a bowl.                 

          Macaroni and cheese in their bowls.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Good?                                                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Delicious! Right, Jelly Belly?                         

          Abbie holds the doll making it nod in agreement.                 

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          The guitar dies away.                                            

          Bill is sitting the couch, Abbie snuggled next to him.           
          Watching some kids movie on T.V.                                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                    How come mama never brought me here                    
                    before?                                                

          Bill is hesitant.                                                

                              BILL                                         
                    I think that’s something for you to                    
                    ask her when you see her.                              

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I miss her.                                            

          Bill, pulls, Abbie close hugging her.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I do too.                                              

          Bill holds her, both watching the Television.                    

          FADE OUT:                                                        

          INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                                         

          FADE IN:                                                         

          Bill, fast asleep on the couch. The television is on some        
          old cowboy show.                                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             23.       

          BAM!                                                             

          The screen door slams shut, waking him from his slumber.         

                              BILL                                         
                    Ellen!?                                                

          Bill shakes the words from his mouth, he stands up seeing        
          the front door open.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    What in the world?                                     

          Bill remembers, Abbie.                                           

          He gets up from the couch he glances around, she is not          
          there. He runs to the room, the doors open and Abbie is          
          gone.                                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Abbie!? Abbie!?                                        

          Bill rushes outside.                                             

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - NIGHT                                        

          Bill’s truck sits out side lighted by the nights moonlight.      

                              BILL                                         
                    Abbie!                                                 

          Bill rushes down the steps.                                      

                              BILL                                         
                         (yelling)                                         
                    Abbie!                                                 

          Bill sees something ahead moving in the woods.                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Abbie!                                                 

          Bill rushes off into the woods.                                  

          EXT. WOODS - NIGHT                                               

          Bill is stumbling through the woods.                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Goddammit!                                             

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             24.       

          He stumbles grabbing on to a tree searching for, Abbie. His      
          feet almost falling over on himself.                             

          He stops.                                                        

          Left and right, straight ahead, he doesn’t know which way to     
          go.                                                              

          A scream!                                                        

          Bill runs right heading towards the creek.                       

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m coming! Abbie!                                     

          Bill moves past the trees, stopping.                             

          Jelly Belly on the ground.                                       

          He picks Jelly belly rushing forward.                            

          EXT. CREEK - NIGHT                                               

          Bill comes out of the trees.                                     

          Abbie is standing held by a man, the same man with long hair     
          and tattoos he had seen in town earlier.                         

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Whoa, there papa bear.                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    Let her go, Goddammit!                                 

          Bill rushes forward.                                             

          Big Jim lifts his arm a gun in his hand.                         

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Slow down, pops. We gots us                            
                    something to discuss. And you don’t                    
                    seem the type of man who would have                    
                    listened to me If i would’ve                           
                    knocked on your door.                                  

                              BILL                                         
                         (out of breath)                                   
                    It’s all right, sweetheart, I’m                        
                    going to get you.                                      

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             25.       

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Yeah, its all right, Abbie.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Who are you and what do you want?                      

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    People tend to listen when you wave                    
                    a big gun around.                                      
                         (chuckles)                                        
                    I’m Jim Reed. Or as I’m known Big                      
                    Jim.                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Get on with it. What do you want?                      

          Abbie stays silent. Her tears running down her cheek.            

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Where’s your daughter, Bill?                           

                              BILL                                         
                    How the hell should I know. I                          
                    haven’t seen her in years.                             

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    I don’t think you want to be lying                     
                    to me.                                                 

          Big Jim points the gun at, Abbie’s head drawing a circle         
          with the tip.                                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    Stop pointing that gun at my                           
                    granddaughter! Point it at me!                         

          Big Jim does so.                                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I haven’t seen her. Me and her                         
                    don’t exactly get along too well.                      

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    I heard. But, I know family, Bill.                     
                    I come to town looking for her and                     
                    low and behold you got her                             
                    daughter. Why would you have her if                    
                    you don’t get along?                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Police brought her to me. I’m the                      
                    only kin she has. Now let her go?                      

          Big Jim thinks over his options.                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             26.       

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    She owes a debt and that debt has                      
                    to be paid.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I’ll pay it. How much.                                 

          Big Jim laughs a hearty laugh.                                   

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    More than you can probably pay,                        
                    papa bear.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    I was in the army. I’ve been saving                    
                    money. I have it.                                      

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Twenty thousand. three days.                           

          Bill shakes his head in agreement: Yes.                          

                              BILL                                         
                    I have it that I promise you.                          

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Three days. I’m coming back, either                    
                    we get the money or we get your                        
                    daughter.                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I’ll have the money.                                   

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    I’m hoping you don’t. Maybe, might                     
                    even take this lovely lady.                            

          Big Jim smells, Abbie.                                           

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    She might make me a lot of money                       
                    when the time comes.                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    three days. Not here. When you come                    
                    into town, there’s a creek.                            

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Yeah.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    Will meet there. Away from my home.                    

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             27.       

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    At 5 right before dinner. If you’re                    
                    five seconds late, I’ll walk up                        
                    here and put bullets in her, and                       
                    you.                                                   

          Big Jim pushes her forward, his gun still pointed at Bill.       

          Bill moves forward grabbing, Abbie who opens her arms wide       
          and hugs Bill, her tears running.                                

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Three days, papa bear.                                 

          Big Jim slowly moves back and disappears into the darkness.      

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I’m sorry, Grandpa. I thought it                       
                    was mama.                                              

          Bill holds on to Abbie, staring into the darkness that Big       
          Jim disappeared too.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s not your fault sweetheart.                        

          Bill gets up holding, Abbie, and heading back to the house.      

          The sound eases out.                                             

          Bill struggling to make it through the forest with, Abbie,       
          in his hands.                                                    

          He holds her tightly, pushing against the trees.                 

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    You don’t have that kind of money,                     
                    Bill.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    I know.                                                

                              JACK                                         
                    What about, Donnelly?                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    What about him? You know what these                    
                    people do. He put a gun to her                         
                    head. I’ll have to settle this.
                                                                 28.       

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - NIGHT                                        

          Bill walking passed his truck up the steps to his mobile         
          home.                                                            

          The screen door slams shut behind him.                           

                              JACK                                         
                    How? How you going to settle it,                       
                    Bill?                                                  

          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                             

          Bill is laying, Abbie down in bed. He covers her up and          
          heads out.                                                       

          She stops him. Holding out for him.                              

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa!? stay with me till I fall                     
                    asleep.                                                

          Bill nods.                                                       

          He moves to the other side of the bed and sits down              
          watching, Abbie as she moves closer to him, closing her          
          eyes.                                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Thing is. I never stood up for my                      
                    family before. I was a drunk. I was                    
                    hated, probably from both Ellen and                    
                    Sarah.                                                 

          Bill rubs, Abbie’s head.                                         

          He stares to the door of the bedroom. A shadow moves.            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          He’s up. He moves to the closet of his room. His rifle,          
          removing it and heading out of the room.                         

                              BILL                                         
                    You’re a good man, Jack. Always                        
                    been. Not me. I wish I would have                      
                    treated them better and maybe this                     
                    is a way I can help.                                   

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          Bill holds up his rifle finger on the trigger.                   

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             29.       

          It’s Jack.                                                       

          Jack is holding up his hands.                                    

          CUT TO:                                                          

          Moments later,..                                                 

          Jack is sitting at the kitchen table. Bill is making coffee      
          for them both.                                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    You don’t even know these guys.                        

                              BILL                                         
                    They want my family. That’s enough.                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Go to Donnely.                                         

          Bill sits a cup of coffee in front of Jack sitting opposite      
          him.                                                             

          Bill takes a sip of the coffee still a little too hot.           

                              BILL                                         
                    He’s nothing, but a small town                         
                    sheriff. Say, he arrest this guy.                      
                    What’s to say he’s not the only one                    
                    looking. I bought some time this                       
                    time, but, next time you think                         
                    that’s going to work? I don’t.                         

                              JACK                                         
                    Maybe, Sarah knows.                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    No one can find her.                                   

          Jack sips his coffee hesitant, takes a sigh.                     

                              JACK                                         
                    I did. I found her. Well, old Higgs                    
                    found her.                                             

          Bill’s upset.                                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    Where?                                                 

                              JACK                                         
                    Calm down, bill.                                       

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             30.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Jack, Where is she?                                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Higgs followed her into town. She’s                    
                    staying at that cheap motel, by the                    
                    bar.                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Old Cheany road?                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    Yeah, that’s the one.                                  

          Bill stands up rifle in hand.                                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Where you going?                                       

          Bill puts on his jacket, his hat.                                

                              BILL                                         
                    I got to get. Speak to her find out                    
                    what the hell shes done. Why, she                      
                    would leave that little girl in a                      
                    hole for 3 days.                                       

          Jack stands up halting, Bill.                                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Don’t you think you should wait,                       
                    take a breath. She doesn’t want to                     
                    see you I imagine.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    I want to see her. Please, Thank                       
                    you for this Jack. Can you watch                       
                    her please.                                            

                              JACK                                         
                    The kid?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    She’s asleep. If she wakes up. Give                    
                    her this.                                              

          Bill grabs Jelly Belly off the counter tossing it to, Jack.      

                              BILL                                         
                    Tell her I’ll be back.                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             31.       

                              JACK                                         
                    Fine. but, I’m fixing me something                     
                    to eat.                                                

          Bill pats Jack’s shoulder as he leaves.                          

          Jack staring around the room, as The truck outside starts up     
          and screeches out of the driveway.                               

          Jack moves to the couch with his coffee sitting down, the        
          Television is still on.                                          

          EXT. STREET - NIGHT                                              

          Tree’s pass lighted by the dozens of stars sparkling in the      
          sky.                                                             

          Bill’s truck speeding down the street.                           

          The sound of a knock on the door.                                

          Another knock.                                                   

          INT. TRUCK - NIGHT                                               

          Bill looks in his glove compartment, a handgun. He gets it       
          and puts it in his belt.                                         

          EXT. MOTEL PARKING LOT - NIGHT                                   

          Bill parks his truck. The parking lot isn’t that full. The       
          motel is run down and looks to be home for prostitution.         

          Another knock.                                                   

          EXT. OUTSIDE ROOM 16 - NIGHT                                     

          Bill is knocking on the door to room 16.                         

          The door opens.                                                  

          A man opens the door in his underwear.                           

                              MAN                                          
                    What the hell do you want!?                            

          Bill looks passed the man seeing, Sarah on the bed. Passed       
          out.                                                             

          Bill lifts the gun at the man.                                   

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             32.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Did you pay her?                                       

                              MAN                                          
                    No.                                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    Pay her and leave!                                     

          The man goes into the room grabbing his pants, removing his      
          wallet.                                                          

          Bill enters with his gun still on the man.                       

          INT. MOTEL - NIGHT                                               

          The man takes out money laying it on the dresser. He grabs       
          his clothes and heads for the door.                              

                              MAN                                          
                    This aint right. I aint finished                       
                    with her.                                              

          Bill turns around the gun held up.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    You’re lucky to be walking out of                      
                    here.                                                  

          Bill shuts the doors on the man who mumbles away.                

          Bill lowers his gun. He turns finding, Sarah, Naked on the       
          bed passed out. Bottles of liquor spread around, a syringe       
          and needle next to her cash.                                     

          Bill walks over to her, falling, almost tripping. He covers      
          his mouth.                                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    Sarah?                                                 

          Bill voice muffles.                                              

          He crawls to the bed weakly.                                     

          He shakes her and she shushes him away like a fly. He gets       
          the blanket covering her. He lays back against the wall.         

          He is looking at her and she is faced his way, her eyes          
          closed, passed out from the drugs.                               

          Her arm is out. It’s scared by needles.                          

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             33.       

          Bill sees this getting up from the wall. He rest her arm         
          near her, her face is a bit bruised.                             

          Bill sits on the edge of the bed wiping his tears.               

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have let                    
                    you walk out that door. I should                       
                    have fought for you. I should have                     
                    begged you to stay.                                    

          Bill looks over, Sarah.                                          

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    I’ve never been a father to you and                    
                    I regret that. I guess I should                        
                    tell you this when you wake up. I’m                    
                    sure you’ll be mad as hell at me                       
                    being here.                                            

          Bill chuckles lightly at the thought.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I am sorry.                                            

          INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                                         

          Jack is walking around the living room. He opens the closet.     
          The chest.                                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    You hoarder.                                           

          He moves an old Jacket. Behind on a wooden shelf are two         
          rows of unopened liquor bottles.                                 

                              JACK                                         
                    Jeez, Bill’s got a stash.                              

          Jack looks at one going over opening it.                         

                              ABBIE (OS)                                   
                         (sleepily)                                        
                    Grandpa?                                               

          Jack puts the bottle back, shutting the closet.                  

                              JACK                                         
                    You must be, Abbie.                                    

          Abbie looks scared.                                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             34.       

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa!?                                              

                              JACK                                         
                    It’s okay. I’m a friend of your,                       
                    Grandpa’s. I’m Jack.                                   

          Jack comes over bending down holding out his hand.               

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Jack.                                                  

                              JACK                                         
                    Abbie.                                                 

          Abbie shakes his hand.                                           

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Where’s grandpa?                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    Getting your ma.                                       

                              ABBIE                                        
                    They found her?                                        

          Jack smiles weakly.                                              

                              JACK                                         
                    Yeah, they found her. Now, enough                      
                    talk. Its past your bedtime.                           

          Jack gestures her back into the bedroom.                         

          She gets on the bed covers up.                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    Night.                                                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Can you tell me a story?                               

          Jack stops stepping back, he sits on the edge of the bed.        

                              JACK                                         
                    I don’t think I know any stories                       
                    worth telling.                                         

                              ABBIE                                        
                    How did you meet grandpa?                              

          Jack chuckles rubbing his face.                                  

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             35.       

                              JACK                                         
                    That’s the story you want to hear?                     
                    You sure?                                              

          Abbie shakes her head covering up tight.                         

                              JACK                                         
                    It was 8 years ago. I was in this                      
                    rinky dink bar on the edge of town.                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa was there?                                     

                              JACK                                         
                    Yeah. Back then, and don’t tell him                    
                    I told you this, but he was                            
                    drinker. So was I.                                     

          Jack smiles thinking about it.                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    Well, I had a smart mouth back                         
                    than. Fought anyone who said                           
                    something I didn’t like. So I                          
                    started arguing with these two                         
                    guys. Yelling and cursing. We got                      
                    peoples attention.                                     

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Were they big guys?                                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Biggest guys you’d ever see.                           
                    Anyway, fist were thrown I was on                      
                    the losing end. And one of the big                     
                    guys breaks a bottle and goes at me                    
                    on the floor with it.                                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    it’s sharp?                                            

                              JACK                                         
                    Very sharp.  Would have killed me                      
                    probably. Guy was aiming straight                      
                    for my throat. Your grandpa came                       
                    out of no where. Punched the guy                       
                    down with one hit, he saved me. He                     
                    got me up and drove me home.                           

          Abbie smiles.                                                    

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             36.       

                              JACK                                         
                    We’ve been friends ever since.                         

          INT. MOTEL - NIGHT                                               

          BATHROOM:                                                        

          Bill sitting on the edge of the tub, Sarah wrapped in the        
          blanket throwing up into the toilet.                             

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    Despite what might be said, Bill,                      
                    your granddaddy is a good man. He’s                    
                    been hard headed, sure. He’s done                      
                    some things he isn’t proud of, but,                    
                    when you need him, he’s there.                         

          Bill slowly rises with, Sarah, moving and helping her back       
          to the bed. She is barley awake. Barley able to walk without     
          his help.                                                        

          He lays her on the bed covering her up.                          

          Bill moves taking a seat in the green dirty looking              
          recliner, sitting back his eyes never leaving his daughter.      

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    I  hung around him at first cause I                    
                    figured I owed him. Figured one day                    
                    that debt be paid and I would go.                      

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Your still here.                                       

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    Honestly, Your grandpa’s my best                       
                    friend. A lot of people in this                        
                    town are old school. Gossip and two                    
                    face. Not him. He tells it like it                     
                    is and doesn’t care.                                   

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Are you his best friend?                               

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                         (chuckles)                                        
                    Yeah, I believe I am.                                  

          Bill’s eyes tearing up as he sits with the rifle on his lap,     
          his eyes moving from, Sarah, to the door.                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             37.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Good night, Abbie.                                     

          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                             

          Jack is up, Abbie, is asleep once more. He looks back at her     
          with a look of wonderment.                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    Night.                                                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                         (sleepily)                                        
                    Night, grandpa.                                        

          Jack turns away heading for the door and leaving, Abbie to       
          her dreams.                                                      

          A beat.                                                          

          On, Abbie, just sleeping.                                        

          The low guitar plays.                                            

          EXT. MOTEL - MORNING                                             

          The motel just as the sun is rising in the morning.              

          The sky is still dark with a hint of blue breaking through.      

          The morning fog pushes its way around the motel and the          
          town.                                                            

          It has a quite somberness to it.                                 

          A beat.                                                          

          INT. MOTEL ROOM - MORNING                                        

          Bill is asleep in his chair, his rifle held firm in his hand     
          still pointed at the door.                                       

          There’s movement on the bed.                                     

          Sarah, slowly rises up keeping herself covered. She stares       
          around, find her clothes and slowly starts getting dressed.      

          Bra, Panties, shirt, pants.                                      

          She is up wobbling at first, she holds her head. A headache      
          coming and going.                                                

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             38.       

          BATHROOM:                                                        

          She moves to the sink running the water she takes a gulp         
          with her hand.                                                   

          She then moves splashing her face with water.                    

          Bill slowly wakes from the sound.                                

          He turns seeing she is awake, she is out of bed and in the       
          bathroom.                                                        

          He stands from his chair.                                        

          Sarah wipes her face, as Bill stands up his reflection in        
          the mirror.                                                      

          Her face goes to horror.                                         

          She turns. She yells. She screams.                               

          She rushes at Bill, who puts down his rifle. She comes at        
          him, smacking him. Pushing him. Trying her hardest to get a      
          hit in.                                                          

          He holds her, pushes her back. She continues to thrash at        
          him, yelling while she does it.                                  

          He grabs her hand. He turns her around. He holds her, like a     
          father should. Against the wall, he eases down with her as       
          she begins to cry.                                               

          The music eases,...                                              

                              SARAH                                        
                         (crying)                                          
                    Why? Why are you here?                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    For you. I came to get my daughter.                    

          Sarah cries, her tears pour from her face.                       

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m sorry. You have to know that.                      
                    You have to.                                           

          Bill holds her close, she gives up trying to struggle and        
          just cries.                                                      

          A beat.
                                                                 39.       

          INT. BEDROOM - MORNING                                           

          Abbie is awake, the sun coming through the window in just        
          the right way.                                                   

          Abbie, yawns, stretching.                                        

          Feet on the ground she stands up. Her eyes just wander over      
          every inch of the room. To the dresser, with pictures and        
          papers on it.                                                    

          Her hand glides over the dresser, her fingers barley             
          touching as she passes.                                          

          Abbie, stops, opening the drawers. Clothes, socks. She comes     
          across a photo album, something tucked under the socks.          

          She sits on the edge of the bed, opening it.                     

          The cat runs around playing with a sock on the floor.            

          The first page is his sober coins 1 month, 1 year. The           
          seconded is a obituary. Ellen Dahlia Grove.                      

          She turns the page and finds, Bill, with Sarah on his            
          shoulder when she was little. Several other photos of Sarah      
          and Bill. Ellen and Bill. Ellen and Sarah, standing by a         
          tree in their best dresses.                                      

          She stops finding a picture of all of them together. Bill        
          standing in his hunting gear, Sarah,15, and Ellen all            
          smiling looking happy.                                           

          INT. MOTEL ROOM - MORNING                                        

          Sarah is up her hands are shaking as she tries to light a        
          cigarette. She can’t and tosses it down.                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    What are you doing here, Bill?                         

                              BILL                                         
                    I came for you.                                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    Why!? I hate you or did you forget?                    

          Bill shakes his head.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I didn’t forget. I just - I want                       
                    you to come home.                                      

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             40.       

          Sarah chuckles passing back and forth at the absurdity of        
          the idea.                                                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    I have no home.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    I know you been through a rough                        
                    time, And I know its too late to                       
                    get the time back. I’m just sorry                      
                    about how I was back than. You know                    
                    I changed. I’m different know.                         

          Sarah scoffs reaching and trying to light another cigarette,     
          unable.                                                          

                              SARAH                                        
                         (whispers)                                        
                    I don’t care.                                          

                              BILL                                         
                    What?                                                  

                              SARAH                                        
                         (yelling)                                         
                    I don’t care! You think you coming                     
                    in here telling me you sorry for                       
                    how much of an asshole you were                        
                    going to change things?                                

                              BILL                                         
                    No.                                                    

                              SARAH                                        
                    Good, because it doesn’t.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    But, I figured it was start.                           

          Sarah puts the cigarette away. She sits on the edge of the       
          bed.                                                             

                              SARAH                                        
                    I needed you years ago, I don’t                        
                    need you now!                                          

                              BILL                                         
                    I know it will take time, but,I                        
                    have changed, I stopped drinking,                      
                    I’m 4 years clean now.                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             41.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    Bravo for you.                                         

          Sarah uses one hand to hold the cigarette the other to use       
          the lighter. She lights it.                                      

          Bill moves close to, Sarah, who holds her hands up not           
          wanting him near her.                                            

          He grabs the chair pulling it close sitting on it.               

                              BILL                                         
                    I know I made mistakes. Believe me.                    
                    I know, I hurt you, I hurt your                        
                    mom.                                                   

          Bill reaches out to touch, Sarah’s, hand she draws back.         

                              BILL                                         
                    I was a good dad once, wasn’t I. I                     
                    took you to the fair, we rode that                     
                    horse. I remember, you were so                         
                    scared and excited. I picked you                       
                    up, placed you on there and your                       
                    mamma just snapped away.                               

          Bill reaches into his pocket pulling the picture out.            

                              BILL                                         
                    I carry it with me everywhere.                         

          Bill holds it showing the picture to, Sarah, who shrugs her      
          shoulders.                                                       

                              SARAH                                        
                    What happened to you?                                  

          Sarah stands up with her cigarette.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I told you -                                           

                              SARAH                                        
                    You use to be a man. Now, look at                      
                    you. Your showing pictures, crying.                    
                    Why don’t you just get the fuck out                    
                    of here!?                                              

          Bill turns in his chair facing, Sarah.                           

                              BILL                                         
                    I understand. When I was growing                       
                    up, maybe 8 or 9. There was this                       
                              (MORE)                                       
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             42.       

                              BILL (cont’d)                                
                    girl, I think 7. She was always                        
                    outside tossing rocks at her own                       
                    home. Denting the mobile home                          
                    without a care.                                        

          Bill stirs in his seat.                                          

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    Well, one day. I’m outside and see                     
                    her just tossing rock after rock.                      
                    So, I go up to her and I say.                          
                    "Everyday I see you out here                           
                    throwing rocks, why?"                                  

          Bill has, Sarah’s, attention. He mimics picking up this rock     
          and throwing it.                                                 

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    Just as I ask it. She picks up a                       
                    rock tosses through the window of                      
                    the mobile home. Glass shattered.                      
                    Her daddy comes hooting and                            
                    hollering belt in his hand ready to                    
                    put that poor girl down. She looks                     
                    at me and smiles.                                      

          Bill moves to the edge of his seat.                              

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    She says. "Because, they only                          
                    notice me when I’m bad." that was                      
                    it. Her daddy pulled her inside and                    
                    for a moment I could hear the belt                     
                    echo as it hit her. It always got                      
                    me to wondering, maybe that’s how                      
                    life is. Maybe, sometimes we have                      
                    to be bad to get noticed.                              

                              SARAH                                        
                    You don’t know me. Your not my                         
                    father!                                                

          Bill stands up.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    You can hate me all you want. I’m                      
                    here and I love you. You have a                        
                    daughter who loves you. You forget                     
                    about her?                                             

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             43.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    Abbie?                                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    She’s at the house. I’ll take you                      
                    to her, but no more of this.                           

          Bill points to the needles.                                      

          Sarah’s eyes water.                                              

                              SARAH                                        
                    I thought I lost her. She wasn’t                       
                    there. I thought he took her.                          

                              BILL                                         
                    They brought her to me. I’ve been                      
                    handling her. We get on pretty                         
                    good. She has Jelly Belly.                             

          Sarah chuckles lightly through tears.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Come on. We can talk on the way.                       
                    And tonight over dinner.                               

          Sarah nods.                                                      

          Bill grabs his rifle opening the door.                           

          Sarah walking out into the morning air, Bill follows.            

          INT. TRUCK - MORNING                                             

          Bill driving up the road.                                        

          Sarah arms crossed looking like an angry child in the next       
          seat.                                                            

          Bill smiles watching her.                                        

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    Welcome home, Sarah. Long time.                        

                              SARAH (VO)                                   
                    Nice to see, Jack.
                                                                 44.       

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - MORNING                                      

          The truck pulls up.                                              

          The fog still rolling off the mobile home and mud.               

          Bill, and, Sarah, get out heading up to the mobile home.         

          Jack opens the door with a huge smile.                           

          INT. HOME - MORNING                                              

          Sarah enters looking around at how things have changed.          

                              SARAH                                        
                    Where is she?                                          

                              JACK                                         
                    In the room. Playing with Jelly                        
                    Belly or the cat.                                      

          Sarah moves slow heading to the room.                            

          Bill shakes Jacks hand.                                          

                              JACK                                         
                    You got her, huh?                                      

                              BILL                                         
                    I got her home. I wanted to thank                      
                    you, Jack. Your a better friend                        
                    than I deserve.                                        

                              JACK                                         
                    Don’t make me all misty eyed before                    
                    I have to open the shop.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    You aint late on account of me are                     
                    you?                                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    That’s the pleasure of owning your                     
                    own shop. I can do what i want.                        

          Jack pats, Bill on the shoulder.                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I talk to you later.                                   

          Bill glances back, Sarah is moving slow through the hall.
                                                                 45.       

          INT. BEDROOM - MORNING                                           

          Sarah is on the bed laying down. Jelly Belly has flying          
          powers and is on her way to a party.                             

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Jelly Belly, were going to be late.                    
                    The party starts at breakfast.                         

          Sarah, peeks her head in watching her little girl playing        
          with her doll. She can’t help, but smile.                        

          Bill comes up behind her.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                         (whisper)                                         
                    It’s okay. Shes been waiting for                       
                    you. I told her, her mother would                      
                    be back for her.                                       

          Sarah moves forward, bill now peeking in.                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    Hey, baby.                                             

          Abbie stops what she is doing, surprise all over her face.       
          She gets up rushing on her mom.                                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I missed you.                                          

                              SARAH                                        
                    I missed you too, baby. I missed                       
                    you so much.                                           

          Sarah rubs, Abbie’s head holding her tight.                      

          Bill smiling as they both hold one another. He slowly backs      
          away.                                                            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          KITCHEN:                                                         

          Bill is frying bacon, scrambling eggs. Boiling water for         
          grits. He sets out 3 plates, 3 cups filled with orange           
          juice. A little cup of coffee for himself.                       

          He lays the food on the plates, spoons and forks next to         
          them.                                                            

          He wipes his hands, heading to the bedroom.                      

          The cat sitting sipping milk from a bowl happily.                

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             46.       

          BEDROOM:                                                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    When I started school I tried to                       
                    take, Jelly Belly with me.                             

                              ABBIE                                        
                    He loves school.                                       

                              SARAH                                        
                    I know he does, but they wouldn’t                      
                    let me take him. Teacher even wrote                    
                    a letter to your grandma, telling                      
                    her I can’t have it in school.                         

                              ABBIE                                        
                    So he stayed home and waited?                          

                              SARAH                                        
                    Your grandma, went to the school                       
                    storming. She had a beast inside                       
                    her. Told the teacher off, and                         
                    after that Jelly Belly was with me                     
                    everyday.                                              

          Bill knocks.                                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    Who wants breakfast?                                   

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa!                                               

          Abbie jumps off the bed running over and hugging, Bill.          

                              BILL                                         
                    You hungry, little lady. I made                        
                    eggs, grits and bacon.                                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I wove bacon!                                          

          Bill chuckles.                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    Go on than, before it gets cold and                    
                    I have to heat it up for you.                          

          Abbie runs to the kitchen.                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    And don’t feed that cat too much.                      

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             47.       

          Sarah gets up from the bed, scratching her arm where the         
          needle marks sit.                                                

                              SARAH                                        
                    I want to thank you for taking care                    
                    of, Abbie, for me.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    She’s my granddaughter, I do                           
                    anything for her.                                      

                              SARAH                                        
                    I think after breakfast were going                     
                    to be heading out.                                     

          Bill is angry at this.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Come again.                                            

                              SARAH                                        
                    I can’t stay here.                                     

          Bill shuts the door to the room.                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    You’re in trouble, you know this                       
                    right? I had a man come up here                        
                    tattoos all over. Wanting money or                     
                    wanting, Abbie.                                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    Big Jim?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Now, he was serious. He put a gun                      
                    to her head. This aint no life for                     
                    you or her.                                            

                              SARAH                                        
                    it’s the life I know.                                  

          She goes to walk past, but, Bill grabs her arm.                  

                              BILL                                         
                    This could be your life. You, her,                     
                    and I, here. A family.                                 

                              SARAH                                        
                    I’m not having her here with you.                      
                    Not so you can disappoint her too.                     

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             48.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Dammit, Sarah! I gave all that up.                     
                    Jack can attest. I go to church. I                     
                    volunteer. I’m not the man I once                      
                    was.                                                   

          Sarah’s eyes water.                                              

                              SARAH                                        
                    That’s all see when I look at you.                     
                    That man. That hate I have for you.                    
                    It won’t leave.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    It’ll take time, but maybe one day                     
                    you’ll feel different. Stay for a                      
                    week, and if you like it. Just stay                    
                    until you don’t.                                       

          Sarah scratches her arm again.                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    You need to get off that first.                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    I can’t.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    If this old drunk can stop                             
                    drinking, anything can be done. I’m                    
                    here for you, shes here for you.                       

          Sarah says nothing.                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    You know, your mamma be proud of                       
                    that little girl. She so sweet and                     
                    beautiful like you.                                    

          Sarah nods.                                                      

          Bill letting her pass.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Stay with me.                                          

          CUT TO:                                                          

          KITCHEN:                                                         

          There all sitting. Eating food. The sound is gone. Bill,         
          makes faces at happy making her laugh. A walrus, with the        
          spoons.                                                          

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             49.       

          Sarah watching them trying not to smile, but unable to help      
          it.                                                              

          They all eat.                                                    

          music plays,...                                                  

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - AFTERNOON                                    

          Bill sitting in his rocking chair.                               

          Sarah and Abbie running around the yard running after one        
          another. The little cat following and chasing them as well.      

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Come on, Grandpa!                                      

          Bill gets up coming after, Abbie.                                

          Both girls laughing.                                             

          INT. TRUCK - AFTERNOON                                           

          Bill driving smiling happily. The girls sitting beside him.      
          A family.                                                        

          Abbie clapping her hands, Sarah, just staring out the            
          window.                                                          

          The road ahead is open.                                          

          EXT. TOWN - AFTERNOON                                            

          Bill is walking with a few bags of clothes for, Sarah, a new     
          doll for Abbie.                                                  

          Sarah is wearing a new dress that she seems to fit well in       
          and likes.                                                       

          EXT. CHURCH - MORNING                                            

          Bill, out his truck, Sarah, and Abbie follow. Sarah, in one      
          of her knew Sunday dresses, Abbie in the same.                   

          People come up and smile at them. Some wave.
                                                                 50.       

          INT. CHURCH - MORNING                                            

          Bill sitting with his family.                                    

          Abbie sitting on, Sarah’s lap staring at the light coming in     
          through the multi colored window.                                

          Bill sitting watching them both, he is happy.                    

                              SARAH (VO)                                   
                    I can’t do this! I can’t!                              

                              BILL                                         
                    You can. You have it in you.                           

          EXT. JACK’S SHOP - DUSK                                          

          Jack removing his keys from his pocket closing up shop,          
          locking the door for the night.                                  

          3 tough looking S.O.B’s come trolling over, one is Big Jim.      

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Howdy.                                                 

          Jack locks the door.                                             

                              JACK                                         
                    Howdy. Were closed for the night.                      
                    Come back tommorrow between 8 and 5                    
                    and you’ll find us open.                               

          Big Jim smirks pointing his finger at, Jack with a look of       
          recongition.                                                     

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    I know you, right?                                     

          Jack looks them all over, tattos, biker like.                    

                              JACK                                         
                    Sorry, I think I would remember                        
                    meeting any of you.                                    

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Wait, I know you, I’m sure of it.                      

                              JACK                                         
                    I don’t think so.                                      

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             51.       

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    You’re, Bill’s, friend.                                

                              JACK                                         
                    That’s right, but I’ve never met                       
                    you.                                                   

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    I’m Jim.                                               

          Big jim punches, Jack in the face. Jack tries to hit back,       
          but all three of them pummel him. They take him down,            
          kicking him and punching him at the floor.                       

          His hand is raised as if reaching for help where no would be     
          found.                                                           

          The men back off.                                                

          Big Jim stands over the bloody faced, Jack.                      

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    You tell papa bear that he better                      
                    meet us at that creek. If not,...                      
                    them girls going to be raped and                       
                    sold to the sleazy’s bastard we can                    
                    find.                                                  

          Jack groans on the floor.                                        

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    We want the money or the girl.                         

          Big Jim punches, Jack, one last time in the face before he       
          and his two buddies walk away laughing.                          

          Jack on the floor spitting blood from his mouth, his eye         
          swollen.                                                         

          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                             

          Bill, is sitting with his daughter. She is shivering, but        
          awake.                                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Your doing good, sweetheart. All                       
                    that junk is leaving your body.                        
                    Soon, you’ll feel right at rain.                       

          Sarah has tears dropping down.                                   

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             52.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    I can’t.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    If I could do it, you sure as hell                     
                    can.                                                   

          Sarah gives a look of curiousity.                                

                              BILL                                         
                    I was a heavy drinker. I went                          
                    through this. The shakes, the                          
                    headaches, the vomit. I got it all.                    

          Bill gestures to the closet.                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    You open that closet, there is a                       
                    hole in the wall that big. Jack had                    
                    to stop me from digging my head                        
                    into it.                                               

          Sarah chuckles.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    You think the pain wont stop. That                     
                    nothing else could feel worse, but                     
                    it does, and there are.                                

          Sarah’s face shows shes in pain.                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I tried to find you, you know.                         
                    After I got better. After I quit                       
                    the drink.                                             

                              SARAH                                        
                         (weakly)                                          
                    What happened?                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    I saw you. You were staying at some                    
                    hotel. I followed you and saw you                      
                    carrying her. She must have just                       
                    been born. I was tempted to come to                    
                    you, to tell you I was sorry than.                     
                    That I had done wrong, that I                          
                    wanted you back if not here in my                      
                    life.                                                  

          Bill rubs his cheeks.                                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             53.       

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    Than, I got to second guessing                         
                    myself. Told myself you hated me                       
                    too much. That maybe you and her                       
                    were better off without me near.                       

          Bill sees Sarah, staring at him.                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I regretted it the minute I drove                      
                    away. Hell, the minute I told you                      
                    to leave. And I know, i know its                       
                    going to take time. I just wanted                      
                    you to know how glad I am your here                    
                    now.                                                   

          Sarah nods.                                                      

          A knock on the front door.                                       

          Bill gets up.                                                    

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          Bill passes Abbie gesturing for her to stay silent.              

                              BILL                                         
                    Whose there?                                           

                              JACK                                         
                    Me.                                                    

          Bill opens the door, Jack, falls down inside.                    

                              BILL                                         
                    Dammit, boy, what happened to you?                     

          Abbie looks scared.                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Jack’s okay, why dont you talk with                    
                    your momma before she falls asleep.                    

          Abbie gets up and heads to the room.                             

          Bill pulls Jack up on his feet moving him to the kitchen         
          table. He gets a rag with water and some ice from the fridge     
          and sit it on the table.                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    Who did this?                                          

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             54.       

                              JACK                                         
                    Same man who visited you couple                        
                    nights ago.                                            

          Bill, wraps the cloth with ice and puts it to, Jacks face.       

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m sorry, this happened to you.                       

                              JACK                                         
                    I’ve been through worse.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Stay here tonight. Your face aint                      
                    that bad.                                              

                              JACK                                         
                    The ladies at the bar will be glad                     
                    to hear it.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                         (joking)                                          
                    You werent that good looking to                        
                    begin with.                                            

          Bill stares at, Jack, at what they did to him. You can see a     
          hint of anger.                                                   

          INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                             

          Sarah is in bed with a loss of color, freezing cold, and         
          sweating at the same time.                                       

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          Jack is sitting at the dinner table with, Abbie.                 

                              ABBIE                                        
                    is mommy okie?                                         

                              JACK                                         
                    Just the flu. Your grandpa’s going                     
                    to make her better.                                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    How’s your face?                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    My face is just fine. What’s wrong                     
                    with yours?                                            

          Abbie touches her face as if something is wrong.                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             55.       

                              JACK                                         
                    You got something, here. No, here.                     

          Jack points all over his own face and Abbie touches her face     
          trying to find.                                                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Nevermind.                                             

          Jack’s face looks worried.                                       

          ROOM:                                                            

          Bill is swabbing his daughters head with cold water.             

                              SARAH                                        
                    I’m so cold.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    I know, baby. It’ll pass like all                      
                    things pass. You just have to push                     
                    through it.                                            

                              SARAH                                        
                    No, I need one hit. Just one.                          

          Sarah tries to get up out of bed, bill holding her. She          
          starts to fight with him.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    JACK!                                                  

          Jack runs in helping, bill hold her down.                        

                              SARAH                                        
                    I hate you!                                            

          the sound leaves us.                                             

          Bill and Jack doing there best to stop her.                      

          Suddenly,...                                                     

          Abbie is standing there at the door.                             

          All three stop, staring at her as she looks sad at this.         

                              ABBIE (VO)                                   
                    Is she going to die?                                   

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    No, shes just sick. Those people                       
                    who she thought were her friends                       
                              (MORE)                                       
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             56.       

                              BILL (VO) (cont’d)                           
                    gave her something they shouldn’t                      
                    have. Now, she has to get sick                         
                    before she can get better.                             

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I want mommy.                                          

          EXT. PORCH - NIGHT                                               

          Bill and Abbie sitting on the porch of the mobile home.          

          Bill wraps his arms around, Abbie.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    You’ll get her back, I promise. She                    
                    needs to go through this to get                        
                    better.                                                

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Will she be better?                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    She will. And when she does. All                       
                    three of us will go hunting up                         
                    there on Bakers field. This time of                    
                    year the turkeys are spread out.                       
                    Make us a nice meal coming off                         
                    something like this. You like                          
                    turkey?                                                

                              ABBIE                                        
                    I guess.                                               

          Bill smiles kissing her forehead.                                

          CUT TO:                                                          

          INT. BEDROOM - AFTERNOON                                         

          Sarah is asleep.                                                 

          Bill sits by the bed with an open bible reading the contents     
          of its pages out loud to soothe her.                             

                              ABBIE                                        
                    What about that man?                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    What man?                                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             57.       

                              ABBIE                                        
                    The bad man.                                           

          Bill closes the book as, Sarah, coughs.                          

          rubbing her head with a cloth.                                   

          EXT. PORCH - NIGHT                                               

          Bill looking worried.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Don’t worry about him. Will be left                    
                    alone. Don’t mention it to your                        
                    momma either. I’ll tell her later.                     

          Abbie, hugs her grandfather hard as she can.                     

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s getting late. Why don’t you                       
                    kiss your momma, goodnight, and                        
                    head off to bed.                                       

          Abbie gets up from the steps.                                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    night, grandpa.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Night, sweetheart.                                     

          Jack comes out as Abbie is heading in.                           

                              JACK                                         
                    Off to bed.                                            

          Abbie nods heading in.                                           

          Jack comes and sits next to, Bill.                               

                              JACK                                         
                    Have you told her?                                     

                              BILL                                         
                    She knows they came here, but I                        
                    want to leave it at that.                              

                              JACK                                         
                    You didn’t mention the money?                          

          Bill shakes his head: No.                                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             58.       

                              JACK                                         
                    All I have is about one thousand,                      
                    the rest is tied up in that store.                     

                              BILL                                         
                    I ain’t paying them.                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    What then? What are you going to                       
                    do, Bill?                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I meet them tomorrow night, at the                     
                    creek. I’m going to have presude                       
                    them to leave her alone.                               

          The sound of a gun clicking as it’s being loaded.                

                              JACK                                         
                    Don’t do this, Bill.                                   

          CUT TO:                                                          

          INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT                                             

          It’s night. Everyone is sleeping.                                

          Bill is at the kitchen table with his rifle in hand. He is       
          cleaning it. He is loading it. A box of shells on the table      
          along with various cleaning supplies.                            

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    Donnlly didnt do a Dam thing last                      
                    time and These guys aren’t messing                     
                    around as you can attest.                              

          Bill blows into the barrel.                                      

          He uses a white cloth wiping down the old costume hunting        
          rifle.                                                           

                              JACK (VO)                                    
                    What if something happens to you?                      
                    what if you don’t walk away from                       
                    them and they do.
                                                                 59.       

          EXT. PORCH - NIGHT                                               

          Jack is staring at, Bill, with all seriousness.                  

                              BILL                                         
                    That’s why I was hoping you’d stay.                    
                    Incase something does happen. I                        
                    know you would protect them as your                    
                    own.                                                   

                              JACK                                         
                    Bill -                                                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I’ve made up my mind.                                  

                              JACK                                         
                    I know what your thinking.                             

                              BILL                                         
                    I aint thinking nothing.                               

                              JACK                                         
                    You think doing this for her is                        
                    going make her forget? That once                       
                    it’s done she’ll compelety forgive                     
                    you?                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    No. I’m doing this for me. What she                    
                    said, It’s true. I was a dad to her                    
                    once. I was a good guy. I use to                       
                    despise those guys who hit their                       
                    girlfriend.                                            

          Bill doesn’t stare at, Jack in the eyes.                         

                              BILL CONTINUED                               
                    than somewhere along the lines I                       
                    became one of those guys. I drink a                    
                    little, I get happy and somewhere                      
                    between that 8th bottle and the                        
                    shot of vodka I got angry. I became                    
                    the person I hated. Nothing good                       
                    ever came of drinking. I need to do                    
                    this for me. To prove I can still                      
                    be a father and protect my girls.                      
                    If a man can’t protect his family                      
                    what kind of man is he?                                

          Jack doesn’t answer.                                             

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             60.       

                              BILL                                         
                    He aint no kind of man. I have a                       
                    glock 17 in the closet behind the                      
                    bottles. When the time comes, if it                    
                    comes you get it and you use it.                       

                              JACK                                         
                    I can’t let you -                                      

                              BILL                                         
                    promise me, you’ll protect my girls                    
                    if I can’t.                                            

          Jack is hesitant.                                                

                              JACK                                         
                    I promise.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Good boy.                                              

          Jack smiles.                                                     

          Bill gets up to go inside.                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    It wasn’t all bad, you saved me.                       

                              BILL                                         
                    If I didn’t help you somebody else                     
                    would of.                                              

                              JACK                                         
                    Nobody would’ve. You were my                           
                    guardian angel that night.                             

                              BILL                                         
                    And you’ve been mine ever since.                       

          Bill pats, Jack, as he passes.                                   

          INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT                                             

          Bill gets up from the table. Grabs the bullets and heads out     
          of the kitchen.                                                  

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          He goes to the closet laying his gun inside and the bullets      
          in the pocket of his jacket.
                                                                 61.       

          EXT. PORCH - MORNING                                             

          Abbie is dressed and so is Jack, both heading to the truck.      
          Bill, stands on the porch watching them.                         

                              ABBIE                                        
                    You’re not coming, grandpa?                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Maybe next time. You be good for,                      
                    Jack.                                                  

          Jack and Abbie get in the truck, engine on, he pulls out and     
          drives away.                                                     

          Bill heads down the steps.                                       

          EXT. FOREST - MORNING                                            

          Bill walks through the forest, past tree after tree, branch      
          after branch.                                                    

          He moves past a big log stepping over it.                        

          He walks, he walks. He walks.                                    

          The trees get thinner and spread out as he comes to an           
          opening.                                                         

          The creek. The large boggy creek.                                

          A road leading up to it.                                         

          He stares around, its as empty as can be.                        

                              SARAH (VO)                                   
                    What are you doing, Bill.                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Checking up on you, I reckon.                          

                              SARAH (VO)                                   
                    You know what I mean. Sending,                         
                    Abbie off with, Jack.                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    I thought she deserved a day out. I                    
                    figure I stay here with you, make                      
                    sure you get better.                                   

          Bill heads down to the water, bends down splashes his hands      
          in it.                                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             62.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    That all?                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    I also thought we could talk.                          

          Bill stares out into the water nodding as if knowing this is     
          it.                                                              

                              SARAH                                        
                    Go on.                                                 

          INT. BEDROOM - MORNING                                           

          Sarah is sitting up looking weak, a bowl of soup in her          
          hand. Bill on the edge of the bed.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Whose is, Big Jim to you?                              

          Sarah looks at her father with anger.                            

                              SARAH                                        
                    I don’t want to talk about that.                       

                              BILL                                         
                    He put a gun to that little girls                      
                    head. He said he’s coming back, I                      
                    need to know.                                          

                              SARAH                                        
                    He handles the money. People pay                       
                    me, I do my thing and I give him                       
                    half.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    He’s a pimp?                                           

          Sarah nods?                                                      

                              BILL                                         
                    He’s not her dad is he?                                

                              SARAH                                        
                         (scoffs)                                          
                    No, Gillian is.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Where’s he?                                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             63.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    Look, after I left here. Me and                        
                    Gillian were just fine. Money was                      
                    tight, but we handle it.                               

                              BILL                                         
                    That’s when the drugs came in?                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    It started out as nothing. It just                     
                    snowballed on us. I had, Abbie, we                     
                    needed money. It was just me and                       
                    Gillian, but he owed a debt to,                        
                    Jim. Gillian gave me to Big Jim.                       

          Bill looks horrifed.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Why didnt you run away?                                

                              SARAH                                        
                    Said they would kill her, or sell                      
                    her. I was stuck in a hard place. I                    
                    was hooked and couldn’t think                          
                    straight.                                              

          Bill nods.                                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    I know you’re tired of hearing it.                     
                    But, I’ve always, um.                                  

                              SARAH                                        
                    I know, Bill.                                          

          Bill looks sad at his name being said.                           

          He gets up from the bed heading toward the door.                 

                              BILL                                         
                    I’ll fix you something to eat.                         

          Bill stops hesitant and turns around.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I left you something in the hall                       
                    closet. Something for later.                           

                              SARAH                                        
                    Where you going?                                       

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             64.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Make you soup, have you forgotten                      
                    already?                                               

          Sarah smiles weakly turning over on her side shivering a         
          little.                                                          

          EXT. PORCH - MORNING                                             

          Bill rocking back and forth, writing on a piece of paper.        
          Words we cannot see just yet.                                    

          He finishes his writing, and folds the piece of paper.           

          He folds it and places it into an envelope.                      

          Bill lingers for a moment in thought.                            

          INT. KITCHEN - MORNING                                           

          Bill heads through the kitchen up to the hall where the          
          closet is.                                                       

          He opens it and places the envelope on top of the chest          
          shutting it. He grabs the Jacket with the bullets in it and      
          the rifle.                                                       

          He opens the front door and sits them both outside.              

          He stares out for a bit.                                         

          The music plays again.                                           

          INT. PORCH - MORNING                                             

          Bill staring out from his door, he sees nothing shutting it.     

          EXT. FAIR - AFTERNOON                                            

          Jack and Abbie running through the fair.                         

          A set of balloons float off into the sky, let go by a crying     
          child.                                                           

          Jack with his messed up eye, trying to shoot for a balloon       
          with a dart.                                                     

          He wins getting, Abbie a panda bear.                             

          Abbie is happy and dancing excitedly.                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             65.       

          Jack is smiling.                                                 

          They are riding the merry go round.                              

          they are high up.                                                

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    Here’s eat all of it.                                  

          INT. BEDROOM - AFTERNOON                                         

          Bill handing, Sarah, the soup. She is sitting up in bed, the     
          bowl on a tray.                                                  

          Sarah sips the soup off the spoon.                               

          EXT. FAIRGROUND - AFTERNOON                                      

          Jack and Abbie watching a clown build ballon animals.            

                              BILL                                         
                    You see how important it is for you                    
                    get to better?                                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    Of course, I do.                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    That little girl thinks the world                      
                    of you. How you use to think of me.                    

                              SARAH                                        
                    I’m tired of these talks, Bill.                        

                              BILL                                         
                    This is the last one I promise.                        

          INT. BEDROOM - AFTERNOON                                         

          Sarah lays down her spoon, staring with frustration at,          
          Bill.                                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Fist time I saw her I knew she was                     
                    you. I knew she was part of me.                        
                    Here she was this girl dirt up to                      
                    her ears, but she was the spitting                     
                    image of my little girl.                               

          Sarah shakes her head.                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             66.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    Stop it.                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    What I mean to say is. I don’t want                    
                    all this to be for nothing. I want                     
                    you and, Abbie, to be okay.                            

                              SARAH                                        
                    Were staying here for a while                          
                    anyway, isn’t that what you wanted?                    

                              BILL                                         
                    It was. Now, I just want you two to                    
                    be okay.                                               

          EXT. FAIRGROUND - DUSK                                           

          Abbie walking eating cotton candy.                               

          Jack steals some from her, laughing as she pulls away.           

                              SARAH (VO)                                   
                    Were okay.                                             

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    Good. I don’t want you to fall hard                    
                    like this. You two are all I have                      
                    in the world, your all that                            
                    matters.                                               

          Abbie stops staring up at the fireworks being shot off.          

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    I use to sit up nights,                                
                    wondering  where you were. If you                      
                    still loved cherry pie, if you                         
                    missed Jelly Belly.                                    

                              SARAH                                        
                    I was 18.                                              

                              BILL                                         
                    Still, they were my thoughts and                       
                    they comforted me. I just.
                                                                 67.       

          INT. BEDROOM - DUSK                                              

          Bill is holding, Sarah’s hand. She does not turn away from       
          him, she just stares.                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I want you to know I regret every                      
                    moment spent away from you. I                          
                    regret ever minute I hurt you or                       
                    your momma. But, I never ever will                     
                    regret a moment spent with you,                        
                    good or bad.                                           

                              SARAH                                        
                    I did yell alot.                                       

                              BILL                                         
                    I don’t care, I deserved it. I                         
                    still deserve it. Heck, you got                        
                    that mean right hook in the motel.                     
                    Your momma had that.                                   

                              SARAH                                        
                    did she?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    Put me in my place more than once                      
                    she did. Your just like her, so                        
                    like her.                                              

          Bill eyes water.                                                 

                              SARAH                                        
                    The soups good.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Yeah, my specialty. You get better                     
                    there is a cherry pie in the oven                      
                    if you want.                                           

                              SARAH                                        
                    I do.                                                  

          both smile.                                                      

          a beat.
                                                                 68.       

          INT. TRUCK - DUSK                                                

          Jack is pulling up to the mobile home.                           

          Abbie is asleep.                                                 

          Bill comes out of the home.                                      

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - DUSK                                         

          Bill comes over, Jack holding, Abbie in his arms.                

                              BILL                                         
                    How was she?                                           

                              JACK                                         
                    Best little girl I ever had the                        
                    pleasure of taking care of. Never                      
                    been to the fair before, she had a                     
                    hell of a time.                                        

          Bill is glad to hear it.                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    Thanks, Jack. You ready?                               

          Jack nods.                                                       

                              JACK                                         
                    Are you sure, Bill?                                    

                              BILL                                         
                    I have to protect my family.                           

          INT. BEDROOM - DUSK                                              

          Bill comes into the bedroom, Sarah looking at him.               

                              BILL                                         
                    She’s all tuckered out. Had a blast                    
                    at the fair.                                           

          Sarah looks at her daughter with love.                           

          Bill lays, Abbie, next to her mother.                            

                              BILL                                         
                    Let her sleep with you tonight.                        
                    Might help you feel better in the                      
                    morning waking up to her smiling                       
                    face.                                                  

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             69.       

                              SARAH                                        
                    I will.                                                

          Bill rubs, Abbie’s head, kissing her forehead.                   

                              BILL                                         
                    I love you, sweetheart.                                

          Sarah watches her father as he starts to walk out of the         
          room.                                                            

                              BILL                                         
                    I got to run some errands, nothing                     
                    to big. Jack is going to stay the                      
                    night over, just incase you need                       
                    something.                                             

                              SARAH                                        
                    Can’t they wait till morning?                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Not this errand. It’s gots to be                       
                    done tonight. I love you, baby girl                    

          Bill doesn’t wait for acknowledgment, he leaves the room.        

          LIVING ROOM:                                                     

          Jack holding the rifle in his hand.                              

                              JACK                                         
                    It’s almost 8.                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    Thank you, again. Take care of                         
                    them.                                                  

                              JACK                                         
                    Hurry, back, Bill, you got a family                    
                    waiting for you.                                       

          Jack hugs bill, backing up and handing him his gun and           
          Jacket.                                                          

          Bill nods.                                                       

          EXT FOREST - NIGHT                                               

          The sun has almost vanished in the night sky. Darkness is        
          taking its toll across the land.                                 

          Bill pushes his way through the forest, past the fallen log      
          on the ground. He moves forward.                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             70.       

          He eases hearing a car pulling up ahead.                         

          He takes a knee, watching seeing.                                

          Two men exit the truck guns in their hands. They move down       
          from the road and onto the creek.                                

          Bill takes a deep breath.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                         (whisper)                                         
                    For the family.                                        

          Bill stands up scurries out of the forest with his rifle         
          pointed at Gillian and Mark, Big Jim is no where to be seen.     

          Both men stop at the shore of the creek holding their guns       
          up when they see, Bill.                                          

          Bill’s Rifle points straight at, Gillian.                        

                              MARK                                         
                    Where’s the money old man!?                            

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    He didn’t bring it, I told Jim,                        
                    this hillbilly didnt have it.                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Where is Big Jim?                                      

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Do you think I would let you steal                     
                    her away from me?                                      

                              BILL                                         
                    Where is he?                                           

                              MARK                                         
                    It occured to us you might not                         
                    bring the money and when we heard                      
                    you found your daughter. We knew                       
                    you wouldn’t. So, we meet you here                     
                    and Big Jim meets your daughter.                       

          Bill looks worried.                                              

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Don’t worry, Bill. He’ll be real                       
                    nice to her.                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             71.       

                              BILL                                         
                    How could you! She loved you.                          

          Gillian rolls his eyes.                                          

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Can we finish this.                                    

          Several shots sound off in the distance.                         

                              MARK                                         
                    That was quick.                                        

          Bill holds tight to his gun, Mark and Gillian hold tight to      
          there’s.                                                         

          They hold tight.                                                 

          BAM!                                                             

          Bill shoots, Gillian in the arm causing his to fall to the       
          floor from the shot.                                             

          Mark shoots hitting, Bill in the right side of his stomach.      

          Bill takes another shot, in the head of Mark.                    

          Bill fumbles back, his back against a tree.                      

                              BILL                                         
                    Please, God.                                           

          Bill looks at his hand covered in blood. His shirt and           
          jacket slowly being turned red every time it touches the         
          blood.                                                           

          Bill looks at the two bodies. He takes a breath heading into     
          the forest.                                                      

          Gillian eases up from the ground, his shoulder shot.             

          He grabs a gun and heads after, Bill.                            

          EXT FOREST - NIGHT                                               

          Bill stumbling through the forest. He stops, checking his        
          wound again.                                                     

          His rifle held firm.                                             

          He starts to walk again, shots are fired ahead.                  

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             72.       

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m coming.                                            

          Bill walks forward.                                              

          BAM!                                                             

          The tree beside him is shot. He falls in shock, pointing his     
          rifle up quickly.                                                

          The bullets fall from his pocket. He looks through the           
          scope, seeing, Gillian, moving he fires!                         

          Bam!                                                             

          The bullet richohets off a tree.                                 

                              GILLIAN                                      
                    Come on, old man, just give up!                        

          Bill has to reload his gun, he searches his pocket, but the      
          bullets are gone. Spread across the floor beneath him            

          He finds one, quickly reloading his gun.                         

          Gillian comes up to him with his pointed.                        

          He shakes his head with a slick smile, the I won smile.          

          Bill finishes loading his gun and fires.                         

          Gillian stumbles back and forth. The shot hit him square in      
          his chest.                                                       

          He falls dead.                                                   

          Bill catches his breath, he eases up off the ground.             

          Another shot rings up ahead. He reaches grabbing the handgun     
          from Gillian’s dead hand.                                        

                              BILL                                         
                    Should of left it alone.                               

          Bill grabs the handgun, holding it up firm in his hand he        
          moves forward past the tree stump.                               

          He continues to stumble to slowly lose more blood from his       
          wound to his side. The uneven movement is not helping.           

          the guitar slowly plays in the background.                       

          As he falls to the ground.                                       

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             73.       

                              BILL                                         
                    Abbie, Sarah.                                          

          Bill strains standing up, gun again pointed forward.             

          One last breath, before heading forward.                         

          The trees begin to ease out, he is coming out of it. He sees     
          the light of his mobile home.                                    

          Movement on his porch, a man standing in his yard.               

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    See did I want to do that.                             

          Bill comes out of the forest.                                    

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - NIGHT                                        

          Sarah is on the porch looking sick as a dog. Her color is        
          gone and she is shivering.                                       

          Jack is laying on the floor not moving.                          

          Big Jim is in the yard, holding, Abbie a gun to her head.        

                              SARAH                                        
                    Stop it. I’ll go!                                      

          Bill fires a shot into the air.                                  

          Big Jim turns around facing him with surprise on his face,       
          surprise that vanish to anger.                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    You look a little surprised to see                     
                    me.                                                    

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Papa bear, you done and yourself                       
                    shot.                                                  

                              BILL                                         
                    So did your boys.                                      

          Abbie has tears running.                                         

                              BILL                                         
                    You okay, sweetheart?                                  

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             74.       

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    She’s fine. Where’s my money?                          

                              BILL                                         
                    Back there, gave it to your                            
                    friends.                                               

          A beat.                                                          

          Big Jim smirks knowing what’s coming, knowing what came to       
          his friends.                                                     

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    You know what she told me about                        
                    you? You were a drunk, you were                        
                    mean. You beat her and your wife in                    
                    those drunken nights.                                  

          Bill smirks.                                                     

                              BIG JIM                                      
                    Why now? Why change now, just give                     
                    me the girl!                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Shes my daughter.                                      

          Both Bill and Big Jim point their guns at each other, both       
          staring each other down.                                         

          Bam! BAM!                                                        

          Two shots fired at the same time.                                

          Big Jim winces falling back, blood squirting out of his          
          mouth.                                                           

          Bill falls to his knees, Abbie running over to him tears         
          falling.                                                         

          She hugs him.                                                    

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa!? you okay?                                    

                              BILL                                         
                         (weakly)                                          
                    He got, Jack?                                          

          Sarah is bending down smacking, Jack awake.                      

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             75.       

                              JACK                                         
                    That hurts like hell.                                  

          He raises a shot in his arm.                                     

                              JACK                                         
                    Bill!?                                                 

          Jack gets up and runs to Bill. Sarah comes over just as Bill     
          eases back and falls.                                            

          Sarah catches him in her arms sitting with him.                  

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa?                                               

                              BILL                                         
                    I’m okay, sweetheart.                                  

          Bill rubs, Abbie’s face with his clean hand.                     

                              BILL                                         
                    Maybe you should call the law now.                     
                    And maybe an ambulance while your                      
                    at it.                                                 

                              JACK                                         
                    Keep him awake!                                        

          Jack runs into the house holding his shot arm.                   

                              SARAH                                        
                    I’m sorry this had to happen. I’m                      
                    sorry, dad.                                            

          Bill smiles as the word he wanted to hear comes from her         
          mouth.                                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Don’t be. Did you get what I left                      
                    you in the closet?                                     

          Sarah shakes her head.                                           

                              BILL                                         
                    Go, go get it.                                         

                              SARAH                                        
                    Dad?                                                   

                              BILL                                         
                    It’s all right, go.                                    

          Sarah lays him down and goes into the house.                     

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             76.       

          Bill looks at Abbie.                                             

                              BILL                                         
                    Don’t cry. You have to be strong                       
                    now. You know I love you don’t you?                    

          Abbie shakes her head, laying her head on, Bills chest.          

          INT. CLOSET - NIGHT                                              

          Sarah is holding a letter.                                       

          LAST WILL:                                                       

          She covers her mouth, slowly opening the letter.                 

          KITCHEN:                                                         

          Jack hangs up the phone with 911.                                

                              JACK                                         
                    There on their way.                                    

          Jack goes to the door looking out at his friend.                 

          Sarah opens the letter, she reads it.                            

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    It’s not my intention to lie to                        
                    you. I’ve been sorry for a long                        
                    time for the things I’ve done. I                       
                    found you not long after I was                         
                    clean, came to bring you home. But,                    
                    I saw you and you seemed happy. So                     
                    I let you go. I thought, maybe you                     
                    were better off without me.                            

          CUT TO:                                                          

          EXT. OUTSIDE HOME - NIGHT                                        

          Jack is outside, pulling Abbie away from, Bill.                  

          Sarah rushes over dropping the letter on the ground.             

          She falls to the floor picking, Bill up and hugging him the      
          best she can.                                                    

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    I was wrong. I always knew you                         
                    deserved better. I hope these past                     
                              (MORE)                                       
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             77.       

                              BILL (VO) (cont’d)                           
                    few days will give you one fond                        
                    memory of me. And I didnt do this                      
                    to carry favor with you or God. I                      
                    did it because I’m your father                         
                    believe it or not, and I needed to                     
                    protect my little girl.                                

          Sarah is crying over her father as red and blue lights come      
          closer and closer.                                               

                              BILL (VO)                                    
                    Jack will help you. He’ll aid you                      
                    until you get on your feet. I have                     
                    an my account enough money to help                     
                    you two out. Tell Abbie, I love                        
                    her. I love you. Your momma use to                     
                    say, I dreamed of a blue sky while                     
                    she dreamed of a bright moon. It’s                     
                    funny cause she died in the morning                    
                    and If your reading this, I did at                     
                    night. I love you, I always do.                        

          Sarah is yelling at her dad who has blood all over his           
          shirt. Abbie is in, Jacks arms crying on his shoulder.           

          The lights are so close now.                                     

          The look on, Sarah’s face as the E.M.Ts come over to aid.        

          FADE OUT:                                                        

          The gutiar fills our ears.                                       

          INT. CEMATARY - AFTERNOON                                        

          Abbie, Sarah, and Jack stand over a grave. Sarah, lying          
          flowers on it.                                                   

          We hear a truck pulling in, a door slam shut.                    

          Abbie turns.                                                     

                              ABBIE                                        
                    Grandpa!                                               

          She runs.                                                        

          BLACK:                                                           

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             78.       

                              END.
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