October 2014 Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain A Drop Of Medicine Blood In The Snow 10 Days Ago Martha Remember Lisa Blue Stars Pulling Them Out Of The Sky Protect Me VIII S.M.A.R.T. Eye On The Disease St. Judith Children Hospital The Family Afterward
EVERY STORM RUNS OUT OF RAIN EXT. FLOWER COMPLEX AERIAL SHOT A half-built housing complex. Flying away it becomes visible that the roads and cul-de-sacs form a simple flower shape. Like a child's drawing. At the center is a tower. TITLE OVER: CENTERS IN PAIN EXT. COMPLEX XIV - MORNING This house, like all the others, is plastic white with blue and grey details. Piles of old snow in the yard. The front door has a hexagon window covered by black plastic from the inside. Someone opens it carefully. It is a boy five years old with grey eyes, wearing denim overalls. EXT. COMPLEX XIV - BACKYARD CLOSE UP: A jacket lying on the ground with a badge sewn to the arm: JUDITH 14. The boy's shoes enter the frame. He picks up the jacket. MARTHA O.S. from inside the house Where is my little star? Judith walks away from Martha's voice toward a modular storage unit. EXT. WOODS Half-melted snow with footprints. Trees tangled in dead vines. It is raining. MOVING: We follow Judith into the woods. He is now carrying an entry shotgun. Shoe laces dragging behind him. LISA O.S. If someone is there, please help me. We see LISA through a layer of old growth woods. LISA I've been wandering around here for days. Her running clothes are distressed. She is wearing black earphones. JUDITH There is a road close by. You're going to be alright. Lisa staggers behind him exhausted. After awhile Judith stops. Turns to her. LISA Judy? She steps backwards and trips over a tree branch. A single earphone falls out. We hear the faint sound of Shane's Theme. Holds a hand up like shielding her eyes from sunlight. INT. COMPLEX XIV Through a honeycomb shaped window on the second floor we see Judith emerge from the woods wearing black earphones. His jacket is missing. He kneels to tie his shoe laces. YOUNG MAN V.O. Wapato is a jail built 9 years ago. After its completion in 2004 it was abandoned due to a lack of operating funds. I'm one of three maintenance workers at the facility. We keep the plumbing from rusting, preventing chronic issues, and handle cosmetic needs. An iron sculpture that looks like the skeleton of an oil tanker is sinking into the courtyard and destroying the underground drainage system that passes sewage to the nearest waste reservoir. CUT TO: A DROP OF MEDICINE INT. COMPLEX XIV - LIVING ROOM On an aging designer sofa MARTHA stares into space. She is mid-forties, blond hair, wearing a ragged shirt and blue jeans. CLOSE UP: Hands in her lap with spots of pale light from an open window nearby. ON SCREEN: 10 DAYS AGO Judith is stopped halfway down the living room staircase turned toward Martha. She is frozen in thought. JUDITH Have you seen Beatrice? He descends the staircase and stands by her side. JUDITH Anyone home? Grabs her leg and shakes it. Martha squints as though she just woke up. Shields her eyes from the pale light with a throw pillow. MARTHA What did you say little saint Judith? JUDITH I haven't seen Beatrice for a couple of days. Sets the pillow on the floor. Kneels to Judith's height. A foggy look on her face like a hospital patient's. Places a slender hand on his shoulder. MARTHA The world is sick Judy. Everyone is a drop of medicine. Even you, a tiny star. We hear the sound of a faucet turning off and on in the next room. INT. KITCHEN CLOSE IN: The kitchen sink sprays water than abruptly stops. Starts again. Stops. Above the sink is a window without glass. Snow is falling. A plane goes by. CUT TO: BLOOD IN THE SNOW EXT. COMPLEX XII A young man standing in a snowy driveway. This is SHANE. VAGRANT 0.S. My family is at 43 on the other side of the tower. We need food. I have a son, Carl. PAN FROM SHANE TO VAGRANT: Lying on the ground. Blood dripping from his nose. One eye swollen shut. INT. COMPLEX XIV - JUDITHS ROOM Judith lying in his bed listening to a hand-held tape recorder. We hear a voice through the speaker. LISA V.O. I was 11 when my real dad showed up at our complex. We were eating with my stepfather, Carl. When he answered the door my dad dragged him out into the snow. He started hitting him in the face and wouldn’t stop. I’ll always remember the blood in the snow. Judith stands out of bed. Passes by a bedside table with a picture frame turned face down. Walks to his window to see Shane towering over the vagrant. EXT. COMPLEX XII SHANE You are weak. Like birds are weak. You let Flower Complex change you. VAGRANT Don't do this. Honey approaches Shane and places a hand on his shoulder. She is tall with long brown hair in a pony tail. HONEY He doesn't want anything from us. SHANE If I let him go he will come back to hurt you or Judy. He's obviously lying. I wouldn't hurt him if he needed food for a hungry child. Still image of Shane with Honey behind him. A number eight tattoo on his shoulder. Eyes half open. CUT TO: 10 DAYS AGO INT. DETECTIVES CAR Two men inside a moving black sedan with dark windows. Beige leather interior. The man in the passenger's seat turns to his partner. DETECTIVE 2 You've been here before haven't you? WINTERS stares straight ahead silently. DETECTIVE 2 My sister used to go here when we were kids to stargaze from up on that tower. EXT. COMPLEX XII They pull into the driveway. License plate SG13 71U. Honey's face watching them through the hexagon window on the front door. They get out of their vehicle. DETECTIVE 2 lights a cigarette. WINTERS We aren't here to discuss the bloody snow in your driveway. She opens the door slightly. HONEY Then why are you here? WINTERS A woman has gone missing. Her name is Lisa. INT. COMPLEX XII - LIVING ROOM Honey sits opposite the detectives. Winters is holding a cup of coffee. DETECTIVE 2 Where is your brother today? HONEY Shane's probably at VIII. DETECTIVE 2 Do you know what he does when he goes to Complex VIII? Winters spills coffee on his tie. CUT TO: MARTHA INT. MARTHA'S VAN - APF3915 Still image of Martha sitting in the backseat. She is wearing a black turtle neck underneath a spinal brace that looks like scaffolding. MARTHA V.O. I was a proctor at St. Jude for the better part of my life. One boy was especially bright. I can't remember his name which is strange. I usually remember the names of my patients. EXT. CENTER TOWER - BASE Construction workers wandering around with rolled up plans. Martha looks up to the top of the tower. AERIAL SHOT A crane placing windows into center tower. A pick-up truck towing a housing module. CUT TO: PROTECT ME INT. COMPLEX XII Shane is kneeling beside a slim rectangle table pushed against a wall near the front door. CLOSE UP: White, blue and grey answering machine. LISA V.O. Hi I'm not here right now and neither is anyone else apparently. Which is strange because we usually are here but not today. Anyway, leave a message and I promise that we will get back to you. He grabs a tangle of chords from beneath the table and pulls them toward his chest. Honey is watching him from down the hall. SHANE At St. Jude's they told me that every storm runs out of rain. I have tried to be patient but the clouds continue to turn us away. CUT TO: VIII INT. COMPLEX VIII - ROOM CLOSE UP: A turtle crawling on the concrete floor. The room is mostly empty save a pile of distressed clothes in one corner. Judith picks up the turtle and looks into it's eyes. In the background we see Honey enter. HONEY You shouldn't be here, Judy. It's not safe. Think how Shane would feel if he knew you were here alone. He sets the turtle down. JUDITH I wonder what Shane sees in that turtle. HONEY He thinks it was theirs. His and Lisa's. From when they were kids. She looks down at Judith's untied shoe laces. The turtle is climbing onto them. EXT. FLOWER COMPLEX - PATHWAY A sidewalk that runs along the perimeter of Flower Complex. Judith is following it home. His hair and clothes are wet from rain. WINTERS V.O. Think back as far as you can remember and start there. YOUNG MAN V.O. I remember a long car ride. It is unsettling because I don't know who is driving or where they are taking me. At St. Jude's they say your journey is a snowflake. It can't be taken or given. He arrives at Complex XIV and walks through the front door. CUT TO: EYE ON THE DISEASE EXT. WOODS A bird flying from tree branch to tree branch. It lands on the ground and walks for awhile. The bird flutters and lands on Lisa's body lying face down. Winters and his partner are examining the scene. Judith's jacket covers Lisa's face. DETECTIVE 2 lifts the jacket slightly to discover a tattoo on the back of her neck: X/XXXI/MMXIV. DETECTIVE 2 I've never seen anything like this. Winters puts one hand on his partners shoulder. WINTERS Clear eyes, full heart. You're going to be alright. AERIAL SHOT rising from the woods. In the distance we see an institutional building surrounded by fences. CUT TO: ST. JUDITH CHILDREN RESEARCH HOSPITAL EXT. CENTER TOWER - ROOFTOP - MORNING The sun is just beginning to rise. The light is blue through the rainy clouds. Martha is kneeling to Judith's height and has a hand on his shoulder. MARTHA Do you remember what I used to tell you? JUDITH That I'm your star. You pulled me out of the sky. Martha pinches the air. MARTHA All my little stars. Pulling them out of the sky. That's how I said it. CUT TO: THE FAMILY AFTERWARD INT. COMPLEX XIV - JUDITHS ROOM CLOSE UP: The picture frame on Judith's nightstand turned face down. PAN TO a honeycomb shaped window. Looking out from the second floor we see Judith pick up a jacket from the front yard and walk toward the woods.