January 16th, 2009

heaven et hell


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INT. REESE'S CAR - AFTERNOON

Reese

Everything revolves around Baphomet and I don't need anybody to tell me I'm wasting my life.

Brynnan

And who's Baphomet?

REESE

A woman I never knew.

BRYNNAN

I don't understand.

REESE

You've heard the expression Collapse ) You know how it is when you meet someone and both of you have a mutual interest in one another, but the longer you chat, the more something about them just doesn't appeal to you. I get that and other expressions a lot, like "drop dead", "get lost"...

BRYNNAN

Yeah. So? C'mon let's go, the light's green.

REESE

Okay. Let me start from the beginning.

The little sedan speeds off as BRYNNAN, a student at the school REESE works at, sticks her hand out the passenger side of the car.

Brynnan

You know, Reese, I'm not stupid. I can see that you've been hurt. Everyone goes thru the ordeal of a broken heart.

REESE

Right, but not everybody handles it the same way. Some people kill themselves, others simply move on, and yet others become bitter the rest of their lives.

Brynnan

Your point?

REESE

I don't have a point. I'm just saying, people able to count their losses and move on aren't too different from people who settle for whoever they can get, and people who commit suicide aren't too different from people who lead bitter, angry lives.

Brynnan

And which one are you?

REESE

My problem is neither that I refuse to see things for what they are, nor the complete protective barrier to my heart. I just find that the longer it takes for time to heal a broken heart, the less likely it is that that person can find somebody compatible. Isn't it a two way road? It's just as hard to find a woman I really like who feels the same way about me.

BRYNNAN

Why.

REESE

Why what?

BRYNNAN

Why can't you overlook your differences?

REESE

It isn't always me, you know. Besides, I don't know who I am.

BRYNNAN

Oh come off it, a position like yours... anybody would kill for, and you don't know who you wanna be. Pft.

REESE

I didn't say that. I said I don't know who I am. Everyone knows me as Reese. but when in my youth I suffered amnesia as a result of a concussion.

BRYNNAN

What happened?

REESE

Oh, my mother left us alone to play outside. My older sister was in charge. According to them, I wanted to be pushed while I laid on my skateboard so that I could slide underneath a parked car. You see, I thought I could slide underneath the car and emerge at the other end. I hit my head against something metal in the frame.

Brynnan

Ouch. And how old were you?

REESE

Couldn't've been more than five or six.

BRYNNAN

Amnesia at that age must be nearly undetectable. You probably barely knew what your name was at five.

REESE

But don't you see, they could've told me anything. What I do remember is my father wasn't at home so he must've been working. Why the family car was parked at home never made sense to me. It doesn't make sense.

BRYNNAN

How evil. So you have difficulty placing trust in women, or do you only have difficulty trusting children?

REESE

Some pretty strange things happened when I was little. I had a cousin who died as a result of an auto accident. We all went to the funeral and it was the first time I ever saw a corpse. At that age I didn't know about death.

BRYNNAN

What age?

REESE

Uhm, I only have a concept of time directly related to the various houses we've lived in before moving to a neighborhood less dominated by an African/American community.

Brynnan find a station on the radio.

Brynnan

How does this effect your relationship with... Baphomet?

Reese

I'll get to that. Be patient. At the funeral my aunt hugged me harder than I'd ever been hugged before. It was odd, to say the least. My sisters said it might've been because I reminded her of her son, but the hugging scared me. She wouldn't let me go and kept whispering stuff into my ear. I don't know how I ever escaped her clutches, but whatever it was she was saying was combined with tears and sobs.

BRYNNAN

Long story short?

Reese shuts up after this. They arrive at Mel's and just as Reese begins to unbuckle his seat belt and open the door, Brynnan stops him.

Brynnan

Hey! Where you going? Let's eat in the car. They'll send a waitress out to take our order.

REESE

That's going to take longer.

BRYNNAN

No it won't. C'mon.

Reese gets back into the car mumbling to himself something about not being very hungry anyway.

Reese

Okay, but I don't want to listen to this Collapse ) music anymore.

BRYNNAN

Gees. Sorrry.

Reese

You're just trying to get on my nerves. You know I can't stand easy listening crap.

BRYNNAN

Devil worshipper. You know what I don't understand. If you had amnesia, how do you remember the funeral.

Reese

It must've happened afterward. Or else, I've only remembered the hi-lites of my youth. So let me jump forward to when I fell in love for the first time. Or should I say when I was struck by love at first site?

FADE TO

INT. CAMPUS HEALTH CARE OFFICES - DAY

TEN YEARS EARLIER

In the dark side of the room separated by a two way mirror, a group of law enforcement officers observe an ongoing interview with a witness they believe might have information. Some of the men wear suits, some wear uniforms, others are dressed casually as though they were undercover narcotics agents planted on school grounds. The interview is conducted by the schools psychiatric doctor under the direction of campus security. Or, you might say, the men watching the interrogation have the full cooperation of the school's medical facilities.

POLICEMAN 1

Since he was a little boy, he was a murderer.

POLICEMAN 2

But not a killer like what we see on TV and movies. The sickos out there who kill for sport, or some perverted idea of exaltation.

POLICEMAN 1

Don't question my authority. If I say he's exemplary to the case, then that's what he is, damn it!

POLICEMAN 2

Look. Here. It says in the file that he was not considered at fault. That's not murder. He was playing with his cousin. He was exonerated.

POLICEMAN 1

Children left alone at home to find a loaded gun are killers when they decide it's okay to play cops and robbers and end up killing somebody. You know the rules about that. His case is no different. In fact, killing with your bare hands is worse in my book.

POLICEMAN 2

We don't know that. Shhh. I can't hear.

Inside the doctors office, none of the comments between the police can be heard.

REESE

We were left to be supervised by my older sister. She was five years older than me.
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