INT. PAULíS BEDROOM. DAY
Nick sits on Paulís bed, looking around him, soaking in the memories. In his mind he can still hear the THUMP! THUMP! It makes him flinch. Clarissa appears in the doorway
Yeah, just canít believe heís gone you know? Doesnít feel real.
Their attention is drawn to a figure out of focus emerging behind them. Itís LAURA, a pretty blonde about twenty or so. Her presence is causing obvious tension
Iíll be downstairs when youíre ready
She passes out of the room, glaring at Laura as she goes. Laura shudders
Well take a look around Laura. I hope youíre happy
Me?! Nick I -
Nick gets up to leave
I still loved him you know. Iíll miss him too!
Oh I forgot, itís all about you isnít it?
Nick follows Clarissa by storming out
CLOSE UP of Lauraís face with tears swelling in her eyes
INT. BAR. NIGHT
CLOSE UP of a shot glass, looks like whiskey. We PAN UP to see Laura drowning her sorrows at the bar. A man appears behind her. We recognize him from the security footage. RAISED BY WOLVES by Agent 51
plays on the sound system overhead.
Hi. Can I buy you a drink? Top you up maybe?
Iím not in the mood
He slides in beside her, the bar light illuminating a hauntingly handsome face
That empty glass says otherwise
Laura turns to face him
Iím not in the mood for you
Oh. Itís like that is it?
Yeah. It is
You know what I find sad? That people these days just donít seem to be held accountable for their own actions anymore
We focus on Laura for a beat. She swallows hard
Itís always someone else fault.
What did you say?
I guess what Iím trying to say is that itís not fair to blame other people for whatís wrong in your own life
Maybe some people deserve the blame
Laura stares at the guy
Who are you? What do you want?
The same thing you do
Laura grabs her bag from the bar
I donít think so
Hastily she makes her way to the toilets.
INT. LADIES TOILETS
Laura stands at the sink, trying to compose herself.
We TRACK a shadow on the wall as it passes by some picture frames. We see the reflection of the guy as he passes by two pictures on the wall, however as the shadow passes by the third picture we see the reflection of Lily! She rounds the corner and walks by several other customers making her way to the toilets. People acknowledge her in passing, just another lady on the way to ďfreshen upĒ.
Lily enters the toilets. She glances at the lone cubicle and smiles. The door begins to open. Quick as a flash she moves inside pinning Laura against the wall. The cubicle door latches behind her. Laura struggles
Who are you?!
Lily leans in closer to Lauraís face, Laura begins to squirm, her eyes open wide in terror
PULL BACK to a shot outside the cubicle we hear Laura scream.
INT. COLLEGE DELI. DAY
We focus on a table where Dean and Sam are seated amidst a busy deli. Students come and go with trays full of food. Dean chews on a mouthful, trying to swallow it down
Uh, canteen food. And youíre trying to tell me you enjoyed college?
The time I had there yeah. I agree with you about the food though. Besides Dean it was your choice to come here
Yeah so much for big brother gets final say
Dean sips on a coke
So we know what weíre dealing with, whatís the game plan?
Well this thing is attracted to negative emotions, people who may be suicidal even
Youíd think itíd be more active around exam time
Maybe but thereís still no shortage of bad vibes around here if you look hard enough. Just look around Dean, you have temperamental relationships, exam stress, not to mention the pressure of just fitting in and growing up
And emos. Donít forget the emos
You always struck me as being a bit of an emo yourself Sammy
Sam raises an eyebrow
Yeah what with the agonizing expressions, the furrowed brows. I bet you used to listen to Rites of Spring too didnít you?
Sam narrows his eyes, angry.
Maybe I just take my job seriously Dean
A little too seriously. I know we donít exactly have a whistle-while-you-work job but dude you canít let this stuff get on top of you or itíll start weighing you down
Sam pushes his tray away
Iím not hungry
I was only joking with the Rites of Spring bit
Sam gets up and leaves the table
Youíre always joking Dean. Thatís the problem.
CLOSE UP on Dean, confused as Sam walks away.
A dinner lady takes away Dean and Samís trays
Your friend ok?
Little Miss Sunshine? Yeah he just needs to cool off. He gets like that sometimes
Two STUDENTS, a guy and a girl, appear at the table and sit down a few seats from Dean. Dean overhears their conversation
So youíve heard about it huh?
Itís just awful
The girl sets her tray down and breaks out the salt
Theyíre saying she was raped in the toilet. Everyoneís talking about it
CLOSE UP on Deanís face, slightly interested but only just, after all he has heard weirder stuff
Can only imagine what sheís going through now that her ex topped himself the other night
Deanís interest is suddenly piqued. It couldnít be could it?
I think some people are just messed up
Itís not really her fault now is it?
What being raped? Nah. But did you hear who she said done it?
The guy is chewing on a mouthful of food
Who? Aspel probably. I told you the guys a Grade-A creep
Give it a break with Aspel would ya? Youíre just jealous he has a motorbike and you canít even shave.
Anyway she said it was a man who changed into a woman and then back again
The guy spits out his food, half in surprise and half in laughter
ZOOM IN on Deanís face. His look of interest has changed to one of deep concern
What?! Like Boy George?
No I mean physically changed. When they told her that no one had seen a guy follow her in she said it was actually a woman who turned into a man
Can you believe it? Makes you wonder if she was raped at all
Sounds more like an attention seeker to me
Dean rises off the chair in haste and hurriedly laves the canteen. FOCUS on the couple for a beat, watching him leave with surprise.
Whatís his problem?
EXT. TRAIN STATION. DAY
We make our way through a crowded platform. Eventually we see Nick at a ticket booth. He turns to face us. A look of recognition and surprise in his expression
Nick is talking to Lily. She looks down at the ticket in his hands.
Just one ticket Nick? Donít you want your pretty girlfriend to come along?
She leans in close and kisses him on the lips. Nick pulls away, shocked
Once a cheater, always a cheater
He picks up his bags and pushes past her
Leave me alone
Thatís not what you said to Laura
Nick stops in his tracks and turns around
How very manly of you to let her take the blame for what happened. After all it takes two to tango
You were at that party..........you told Paul!
That his girlfriend was banging his best friend? Actually in hindsight that would have been a lot of fun.
Bitch! If you tell Clarissa...
Youíre a coward Nick. But relax. Iíve no intention of telling her
How did you know?
She leans in whispering seductively
I know everyoneís dirty little secrets
What do you want?
She runs her fingers through his hair
I just want you to know, that I know
Nick pulls back hurriedly, his grabs his bags and backs away
You stay away from me
If you want
Nick begins to make his way through the crowd towards the edge of the platform, glancing back over his shoulder as he goes.
We see the woman, as people pass by she seems to change into a man with a cruel smile.
People cross his field of vision, it seems she has turned back into a woman. Is his mind playing tricks on him?
Nick is almost in a panic, he rushes forward, glancing back nervously
CLOSE UP of the womanís mouth. She playfully mouths the word ďjumpĒ
Nick continues to back towards the edge of the platform. He is glancing around for the woman, unaware as he trips and falls onto the line. He screams as a train hurtles down the line towards him! The screen blurs as the train flies by the camera.
CLOSE UP of blood splattering the edge of the platform. We focus on the woman smiling as people scream (O.S.)
Camera TRACKS along the floor. We pass by a womanís shoes and clothes lying on the floor. The cries and weeping of someone in great distress can be heard. We also hear the sound of a shower.
CUT TO: SHOWER
We see Laura hunched in the corner of the shower crying. She is covering herself with her hands, almost as if she is trying in vain to clean something off herself. She continues rubbing her skin becoming more and more frustrated as she imagines herself still dirty.
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS
We TRACK Sam as he walks through the campus. He watches the people go about their daily business, running to classes, chatting with friends etc. He stops and watches a young couple embrace on a stone bench. CLOSE UP of Samís face. His expression one of sadness mixed with envy. This was the life he had, the life he wanted, the life he SHOULD have. Despondent, he walks away.
EXT. STUDENT ACCOMODATION, COURTYARD.
We see Dean from a distance, he is passing through talking to various people along the way. We donít hear what is said, we can only see people shaking their heads. Eventually one guy begins nodding at points at something off screen. Dean seems to be thanking him before walking off.
INT. APARTMENT COMPLEX.
Dean enters the main foyer of the apartment complex. He looks up and begins to walk up the stairs.
We TRACK Dean walking down a corridor. He stops outside a door and acknowledges the number. He knocks.
No answer. Dean finds the door is open and so he enters.
INT. LAURAíS APARTMENT
Dean glances around. He hears the sound of the shower running (O.S.) and walks cautiously towards the noise.
Laura, my name is Dean. Iíve just come to talk
He tips the bathroom door open and looks inside.
The shower curtain is drawn, slowly Dean makes his way over. He takes a breath before pulling it back to reveal - nothing. Laura isnít here. Deanís attention is drawn to a sound he hears in another room. He exits the bathroom to re-enter
INT. LIVING ROOM
He sees Laura walk slowly across the floor almost in a zombie state. She is wearing a shower robe but has made no attempt to dry herself. She drags her feet as water drips on the floor.
Laura? Is that you?
Laura doesnít even acknowledge Deanís presence. She continues walking to the balcony......
Laura my nameís Dean.
Laura glances across at Dean. Her eyes look almost dead, devoid of emotion. She stands on the balcony overlooking the campus. She glances behind her, as if looking at the people down below. Her voice trembles...
They think Iím crazy. I can hear them. I guess that does make me crazy doesnít it?
Dean edges forward cautiously
Youíre not crazy Laura. I believe you
Even I donít believe me! I canít!
Dean begins to get nervous as Laura backs ever closer to the edge
Ok Laura, Iíd like it if youíd just come away from the balcony and we can talk. That alright?
I donít want to talk
I know what happened to you.
I'm dirty. I can't get clean
Dean extends his hand
I know. If you'll let me I can help
Lauraís eyes swell with tears
Youíre too late
Suddenly Laura backs over the railings plummeting to her death.
Dean rushes forward and peers over the railings
Several stories below we see Lauraís broken body on the pavement, people crowd around the body while others panic and scream.