FADE IN:

               FULL LONG SHOT OF A SLUM AREA IN A SMALL CITY OR RURAL AREA 
               (e.g. Native Indian Reserve). 

               THE SUN IS JUST BEGINNING TO RISE. AN EAGLE IS SEEN SLOWLY 
               CIRCLING OVER THE AREA. 

               ZOOM IN ON A DILAPIDATED SHACK WITH GRASS GROWING OVER 
               DISCARDED APPLIANCES AND THE BURNT SHELL OF AN OLD CAR.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. SHACK - CONTINUOUS

               The table and floor are littered with beer and a couple of 
               whiskey bottles, playing cards and general party mess.  Four 
               adult male native Indian (First Nation) men and three women 
               sprawl on the floor in drunken stupor.

               JAY (thin, poorly dressed, potentially cute, 17-year-old 
               native boy) bends over one man, removes a handful of bills 
               and change from his pocket.  Jay examines the money, selects 
               a couple of bills, puts them in his own pocket and returns 
               the rest to the man's pocket.  He repeats the action with 
               the other men and walks to the door.  Jay looks thoughtfully 
               at his collection of bills, selects a ten dollar bill.  He 
               turns and walks back to his MOTHER (35-year-old attractive 
               native woman).  He bends over, kisses her on the cheek and 
               runs his fingers through her hair.

                                     JAY
                         Miigwech, mamma.

               Jay again walks to the door, stops, turns and makes a goodbye 
               hand gesture to the room.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Miigwech . . . my friends . . . my 
                         people . . . my tribe . . . my life.

               EXT. SHACK - CONTINUOUS

               TITLES RUN - Jay darts from the shack, runs furtively down 
               back lanes and through unkempt backyards until he reaches a 
               the small general store that serves as the local Greyhound 
               Bus depot. 

               Jay sits on the side of the road and falls asleep using his 
               tattered jacket as a pillow.  An old Greyhound bus pulls 
               over, stops besides Jay and the door opens.  The AIRBRAKE 
               NOISE wakes Jay.  Jay steps into the bus and holds out his 
               handful of crumpled bills for the driver who selects a few 
               of them and gives Jay change.

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                                                                         2.


               EXT. THE BUS -- CONTINUOUS

               As the bus door closes and the bus pulls onto the highway, 
               an eagle is seen circling slowly above the bus and then 
               following it as the bus picks up speed and fades into the 
               distance.

               P.O.V. JAY -- CONTINUOUS

               Looking down the rows of native Indian (First Nations) 
               passengers and a few old white people.  Camera pauses at 
               each of the few empty seats, shows an undesirable seat-mate, 
               and moves on until it stops on a young native girl with a 
               baby.  She motions to the empty seat beside from her.

               Jay sits beside her.  They talk briefly.  She goes to the 
               washroom at the back of the bus.  Jay plays with baby.  The 
               baby wets one leg of his jeans.  Jay makes a sour face and 
               hides the wet spot with his jacket.  The girl returns and 
               they continue pleasant conversation.

               Jay looks out the window as the bus pulls into a small town.  
               PHIL (big biker type, bushy red hair and full beard) gets on 
               the bus, walks slowly down the aisle.  Camera locks onto 
               Phil's eyes.  His eyes dart from side to side.  He moves 
               past Jay and flops into a vacant seat behind him.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. SMALL BUS DEPOT -- DAY

               Passengers from the bus file in.  Jay sits at the counter 
               looking at the menu posted on the wall.

               Phil comes in and sits beside Jay.

                                     PHIL
                         So kid.  Whatcha think looks good?

               Jay pretends not to hear Phil.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         I'll pay for you if you're short of 
                         cash.

               Jay slides off the stool and walks to the door.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Hey.  Come on fella.  I hate eating 
                         alone.  I know you would rather I 
                         was a sexy young girl, but I'm really 
                         a nice guy.  Honest.

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                                                                         3.


                                     JAY (SOTTO VOCE)
                         Yeah, like I am going to believe 
                         that.

               Jay turns and walks back toward Phil.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         OK.  But don't expect me to talk to 
                         you.  I don't talk to strangers.  
                         And let's face it, you are pretty 
                         strange.

               Jay sits on a stool beside Phil.

               The WAITRESS stands waiting for their order.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         I'll have a burger with fries
                              (beat)
                         And a chocolate milk shake
                              (beat)
                         And a slice of cherry pie
                              (beat)
                         With ice cream
                              (beat)
                         And a large coke.

                                     PHIL
                         Going to Winnipeg?

                                     JAY
                         Yeah.

                                     PHIL
                         You have relatives there?

                                     JAY
                         Yeah.

                                     PHIL
                         My name's Phil.  What's yours?

               Jay looks around the room at posters on the wall and focuses 
               on one for local performer, Thomas James.

                                     JAY
                         Thomas.

               The waitress brings their order.

                                     PHIL
                         So people call you Tom?

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                                                                         4.


                                     JAY
                         No.  They call me J ...a ...
                              (beat)
                         They call me Joe.

                                     PHIL (QUIZZICALLY)
                         How do you get Joe out of Thomas?

                                     JAY (LOOKING UNCOMFORTABLE)
                         Because I joke with people.  Get it?  
                         Joe as in joker.  I am a funny guy.

                                                                   FADE TO:

               CLOSE-UP - Jay staring out the window - Phil not sitting 
               near Jay.

                                                             FADE TO SEPIA:

               EXT. FOREST CLEARING WITH LAKE & ASPENS -- DAY

               A younger Jay - hunting with an old 40-40 rifle - tests wind 
               direction - angles downwind through the underbrush.

               A herd of white-tailed deer comes to drink.

               Jay moves closer - sights on an eight-point buck feeding.

               The buck raises its head - sniffs.

               Jay aims - his finger tightens on the trigger.

               The SCREAM of a circling eagle shatters the silence.

               The buck rears up - Jay lowers the rifle - the buck disappears 
               into the woods - Jay walks slowly to the cabin.

                                                    DISSOLVE BACK TO COLOR:

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. BUS DEPOT -- EVENING

               Typical big city bus terminal with people sitting or milling 
               around.  Jay steps outside - returns - sits on a deserted 
               bench, looking worried - gnaws at his thumb nail - stares at 
               the floor - closes his eyes.

               Phil comes up behind Jay.

                                     PHIL
                         Hi kid.  You ok?

               Jay looks up with a start.

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                                                                         5.


                                     JAY (STARTLED))
                         Yeah.  Why?

                                     PHIL
                         You look lost.

                                     JAY (STARING STRAIGHT AHEAD)
                         I'm not.

                                     PHIL
                         You need a ride somewhere?

                                     JAY
                         No.

               Jay clenches his teeth.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Just go away and leave me alone.

                                     PHIL
                         You got a place to go?

                                     JAY
                         I'm OK.

                                     PHIL
                         Come on.  At least let me get you a 
                         bite to eat.  Young guys like you 
                         are always hungry.

               Jay gets up and follows Phil to the attached restaurant.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. SMALL RESTAURANT -- MOMENTS LATER

               Phil and Jay are sitting in a booth talking over a pile of 
               empty dishes.

               Phil puts a two dollar tip on the table.

                                     PHIL
                         You could stay at my place for the 
                         night.

                                     JAY
                         I don't think so.

                                     PHIL
                         Really.  It'd be OK.  You have to 
                         sleep somewhere.  You can sleep on 
                         my sofa.

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                                                                         6.


                                     JAY
                         OK.  Just for tonight.  But don't 
                         get any funny ideas.

                                     PHIL (SMILING)
                         I'll be on my best behavior.

               Phil gets up and walks away from the booth.

               Jay slips the tip money into his pocket as he gets up and 
               follows Phil.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- EVENING

               Phil and Jay enter the room.  Phil locks the door with a key 
               from the inside - pockets the key.  Jay's face shows panic 
               as he notices bars on the windows.

               A white leather recliner sits in front of a small TV.  The 
               other furnishings look like leftovers from garage sales.

               A threadbare sofa separates the kitchen area from the living 
               room.

                                     PHIL (POINTING TO SOFA)
                         The sofa's yours for the night, Joe.  
                         It folds out into a bed.

                                     JAY
                         Thanks.

                                     PHIL (POINTING)
                         Bathroom's there.

               Phil gestures toward a closed door.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         My bedroom's here.

               Jay looks toward a blue painted door.

                                     JAY
                         And what's behind door number three?

                                     PHIL (WITH ANNOYANCE)
                         That's none of your concern.

               Jay looks around the room.

                                     JAY
                         Nice place you have here.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                         7.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                              (beat)
                         Look, maybe I shouldn't stay.  I 
                         don't have a towel, or soap or 
                         anything.

                                     PHIL
                         You didn't bring anything with you?

                                     JAY (LYING)
                         Of course I did.  My mother even 
                         packed me a lunch and some clothes.  
                         But it got stolen on the bus.  While 
                         I was asleep.

               Phil returns from the bathroom with a bar of soap, a tattered 
               grey towel and a thick, black washcloth - hands them to Jay.

                                     PHIL
                         Here.  Be careful with the washcloth.  
                         It's one of my good ones.  And don't 
                         touch any of my personal stuff.

                                     JAY (ATTEMPTING HUMOUR)
                         Is it okay if I use a tiny little 
                         bit of the toilet paper?

                                     PHIL (GLARING)
                         Yeah.  And a little cologne or shampoo 
                         if you need it.  But nothing personal 
                         like my scissors or razor or anything 
                         sharp.  Using another man's razor 
                         can be dangerous to your health.

                                     JAY
                         I'll need to shave.

                                     PHIL
                         Not with my razor, you don't.

                                     JAY
                         How am I supposed to shave, then?  
                         You know I don't have a razor.

               Phil scrutinizes Jay's face.

                                     PHIL
                         Soap and water should take that peach 
                         fuzz off easy enough.  Or grow a 
                         beard for all I care.  It's your 
                         problem, not mine.

                                     JAY
                         Take it easy.  I was joking, honest.

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                                                                         8.


                                     PHIL
                         I've gotta go out for some groceries.  
                         Anything you want me to get for you?

                                     JAY
                         No thanks.  I'll manage.

               Phil glares and nods in acknowledgment - leaves the apartment - 
               loud CLICK as the deadbolt locks from the outside.

               Jay examines the lock a sees it needs a key to unlock it.  
               He looks at the barred windows - tries the door to the bedroom 
               and finds it locked - steps back and kicks the door.  THUMP.  
               The door shakes.

               Jay kicks again but misses the door and hits the frame - 
               THUMP - grabs his hurt foot and hops around the room.

               Jay sulks in the leather chair - surfs through the TV 
               channels.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- LATER

               Jay is watching TV - hears CLICK of the lock - jumps up - 
               darts around hefting objects to use as a weapon - chooses a 
               small statue - stands beside the door - raises statue above 
               his head ready to strike.

               The door opens - Phil steps in.

               Jay loses his nerve - turns - puts the statue on a table.

                                     JAY
                         Hi.  Can I take that bag for you?

               Phil looks suspiciously at the statue.

                                     PHIL
                         You been waiting behind the door 
                         just to give me a hand with the 
                         groceries?

               Phil hands a grocery bag to Jay.

                                     JAY (SARCASTICALLY)
                         What else was I supposed to do?  
                         It's not as if I could go out for a 
                         walk or anything.

                                     PHIL (BAITING JAY)
                         What's the matter, country boy?  
                         Don't you know how to open a door?

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                                                                         9.


                                     JAY (ANGRILY DEENSIVE)
                         I'm not a country boy.  I'm a bush 
                         boy.  Give me an axe and a saw and I 
                         can build myself a cabin and live 
                         off the land.  I bet you couldn't do 
                         that.

                                     PHIL
                         Probably not.  But I was only joking 
                         with you.

                                     JAY
                         You locked the door, and you didn't 
                         give me a key.  There are bars on 
                         the windows.  This is place is like 
                         a jail cell.  I couldn't escape even 
                         if the place was on fire.

                                     PHIL
                         Hey kid.  Lighten up.  The bars are 
                         to keep bad guys out, not to keep 
                         you in.  You are free to leave anytime 
                         you want.

                                     JAY
                         I have no money and nowhere to go.  
                         And now it's night and dark out.  I 
                         have to stay here tonight.  You know 
                         that.

                                     PHIL
                         Sorry, Joe.  I didn't mean to scare 
                         you.  I'm an all right guy.  Really.  
                         See, I even bought you a razor.

               Phil pulls a disposable razor and shaving cream from one of 
               the bags and set them on the table in front of Jay.

                                     JAY
                         And stop calling me Joe.  My name's 
                         Jay.  H...I...J. Get it?  Jay.  Where 
                         do you get off with calling me Joe?

                                     PHIL
                         Hey.  Sorry.  I thought you said it 
                         was Joe.  My mistake.  Sorry.

               He shakes his head in confusion.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Jay it is, then.  So whatcha want to 
                         eat, Jay?

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                                                                        10.


                                     JAY
                         Whatever you're having will be fine 
                         with me.  I don't want to be any 
                         bother.

               Jay plops into the leather chair.  After a moment he gets up 
               with a guilty look - moves over to the sofa.

               SIZZLING sound of stir-fry.

               Jay gets up - walks toward the kitchen.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. PHIL'S KITCHEN -- CONTINUOUS

               Jay sits at the table.  Phil slides a serving of oily stir-
               fry onto two cheap plastic plates - puts one on the table in 
               front of Jay.

                                     JAY
                         Fork?

                                     PHIL
                         Pardon me.

                                     JAY
                         Fork.  I need a fork.

                                     PHIL
                         Chopsticks.

                                     JAY
                         Excuse me?  Chop what?

                                     PHIL
                         Chop sticks.  You eat stir-fry with 
                         chopsticks so that it doesn't pick 
                         up the metal taste.

               Phil points to a pair of chop sticks.

                                     JAY
                         I know what they are.  I've seen 
                         pictures of them.  I just didn't 
                         think that real people used them.  
                         Only those guys in China or Japan.  
                         You know, places like that.

               Jay picks up one of the chopsticks and attempts to spear the 
               food - struggles with it.

                                     PHIL
                         You have to use both of them together.

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                                                                        11.


               Jay takes one stick in each hand and tries to scoop up a 
               mouthful of food - it slides away - he stabs at it.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Like this.

               Phil demonstrates.

               Jay tries again - gets a few morsels close to his mouth before 
               they fall half onto his plate and half onto the table - puts 
               his mouth at the edge of his plate and slides a bit of food 
               into his mouth.

                                     JAY
                         Where's the meat?  We always have 
                         meat on the table at home.  Might be 
                         only a rabbit if the deer hunting 
                         was poor.  Or at least a squirrel.  
                         They aren't very good eating, but at 
                         least they are something to eat and 
                         much tastier than a gopher.

                                     PHIL
                         I'm a vegetarian.

                                     JAY
                         You say you're a veterinarian?  What 
                         does that have to do with not eating 
                         meat?  You don't want to eat your 
                         patients?

                                     PHIL
                         Not veterinarian.  Vegetarian.  I 
                         don't eat meat, ever.

                                     JAY
                         Never?  No meat at all?  What about 
                         fish?

                                     PHIL
                         No meat, no fish, no chicken.

                                     JAY
                         But you bought me a burger.  That  
                         was meat.  Maybe not very good meat, 
                         but it was meat.

                                     PHIL
                         I was trying to be friendly.  Just 
                         because I am a vegetarian doesn't 
                         mean I object to other people eating 
                         it.  It is your life and you decide 
                         what is best for you and how to live 
                         it.

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                                                                        12.


                                     JAY
                         Why would you want to be friendly to 
                         me?

                                     PHIL
                         Because I'm a nice guy.

                                     JAY
                         Why?

                                     PHIL
                         I can't help it.  It's just the way 
                         I am.
                              (beat)
                         Besides, you reminded me of someone 
                         I used to know.

               They finish eating - wash dishes - Jay dries.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Neatness and cleanliness are two 
                         things a guy's got to have.  Don't 
                         ever put off the cleaning and tidying

                                     JAY
                         I can handle that.  Do you have any 
                         other gems of wisdom for me?

                                     PHIL
                         Sure.  Never look a stranger, or a 
                         strange dog, in the eye.  Don't step 
                         on the flowers as you go through 
                         life.  And if you look after the 
                         little things, the big things will 
                         look after themselves.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT.  PHIL'S APARTMENT - 3 A.M.

               Jay is fully dressed, asleep on the unopened sofa.  Street 
               light shines through the window.

               Muffled VOICES from the hallway - KNOCKING on the door.

               Jay rolls off the sofa.

                                     JAY 
                         Who's there?

               Steve calls through the door with an affected, drawled out 
               emphasis. 

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                                                                        13.


                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Never mind who's out here.  Who's 
                         that in there?

               Jay goes to the bedroom door - tries to open it - knocks 
               quietly.

                                     JAY
                         Hey.  There is someone at the door.  
                         Should I let him in?

               Jay returns to the hall door.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Hang on a minute.

               He turns away from the door.

                                     JAY (TO HIMSELF) (CONT'D)
                         Or an hour, or maybe forever for all 
                         I know

                                     STEVE
                         Well, let me in, dearie.  I can't 
                         stand out here all night, you know.

                                     JAY (TALKING TO THE DOOR)
                         Okay, Okay.  Give us a minute.  I 
                         don't have a key.

               Phil comes in - walks up behind Jay.

                                     PHIL
                         Let me get that.

               Jay is startled and jumps out of the way.

                                     JAY
                              (to himself)
                         I wish you'd quit doing that.

               Phil unlocks and opens the door.

               STEVE, mid-twenties, flamboyantly gay, buff six foot, buzzed 
               blond hair, wearing makeup, face jewelry, open shirt, leather 
               vest, silver chains - silver trimmed cowboy boots, enters.

                                     STEVE
                         "Well, it's just about time.  Really.  
                         I've been just dying of thirst out 
                         there, forever.

               Steve looks Phil up and down.

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                                                                        14.


                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         It's so good to see you again, Phil.  
                         You look absolutely fabulous.  Maybe 
                         two pounds heavier.  You must tell 
                         me just everything about your 
                         marvelous trip.  And who is this 
                         gorgeous young man?  Really.

               Steve takes a superficial puff on his cigarette - looks Jay 
               up and down.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Care for one?

                                     JAY
                         No.  I don't have any bad habits.  
                         Cigarettes are evil.

                                     STEVE
                         I bet you must have some bad habits.  
                         Or maybe I could teach you some.

               Jay retreats in confusion to the kitchen.  

               Steve turns to Phil.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         I didn't know you had gone on a 
                         hunting trip, but my goodness, what 
                         a trophy.  Could I get a glass of 
                         Perrier, or something?

               Steve blows a puff of smoke into the air.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         You don't mind if I smoke, do you?  
                         It's just awful that one can't smoke 
                         in the taxis any more.  And those 
                         cabbies are so rude.  Just one little 
                         cigarette and they just simply shout 
                         at you as if they owned the cab.  Be 
                         a dear and get me that drink, will 
                         you?"

                                     PHIL (CALLING TO JAY)
                         Bring Steve a glass of apple juice, 
                         please, Jay.

               Jay returns from the kitchen with a glass of juice - hands 
               it to Steve.

                                     JAY
                         Here's your drink.

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                                                                        15.


               Steve leans back - arms along the back of the sofa - catches 
               Jay's eye - looks him up and down  - takes the glass - fingers 
               brush against Jay's hand - smiles slightly - takes a tiny 
               sip - runs his tongue slowly over his lips.

                                     STEVE
                         Very nice, thanks.  You have a name, 
                         gorgeous?

                                     JAY (FLUSTERED) 
                         Jay.

               Jay alternating between anger and panic - takes a chair and 
               stumbles away to sit off to the side.

               Steve turns his chair so he can look at Jay.

                                     PHIL
                         Knock it off, Steve.  He's my nephew.  
                         I promised his mom I'd look after 
                         him for a few days.  And I should 
                         warn you that he knows Judo, has a 
                         hair-trigger temper and he doesn't 
                         take anything from anybody.  So just 
                         back off and leave him alone or you 
                         just might regret it.

               Jay gives Phil a surprised look - Phil winks.

                                     JAY
                              (sarcastically to 
                              Steve)
                         It's a bit early for Halloween, isn't 
                         it?

               Phil glares at Jay - shakes his head from side to side 
               signaling "no".  Steve and Phil give each other a look - 
               awkward silence.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         You sure have a great tan.  I wish I 
                         had a tan like that.

                                     STEVE (TO JAY)
                         Fake and bake is all it is, Jay.  I 
                         can show you where you can get it 
                         done, if you want to look like me.

               Steve turns to Phil. 

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         I only dropped by to say hello.  And 
                         I'm so glad I did.  I'll be off now.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        16.


                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Do be a dear and phone me a cab, 
                         Phil.  And be sure to tell them I'm 
                         going to smoke in it.

               Steve leaves.

                                                                   FADE TO:

               Jay and Phil are cleaning up the apartment.

                                     JAY
                         Why did you decide to help me like 
                         this?

               Phil looks wistfully at the blue door.

                                     PHIL
                         It seemed like the right thing do at 
                         the time.

                                     JAY
                         Did you mean what you said earlier?

                                     PHIL
                         I just said that to get Steve off 
                         your case.  He can be a bit of a 
                         bitch sometimes.

               Jay looks down in embarrassment.

                                     JAY
                         But did you mean you would sort of 
                         help me out? Sort of like a dad would?  
                         I've never had a dad.

                                     PHIL
                         Everyone has a dad.

                                     JAY
                         Well ok. If you mean some guy who 
                         lived with us then I guess I have 
                         had five dads that I remember.

                                     PHIL
                         You must have a real dad. You know. 
                         Your biological father.

                                     JAY
                         My mom told me his name.  And that 
                         he left because our winters are so 
                         cold. He left us when I was four.

                                     PHIL
                         So it was just you and your mom.

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                                                                        17.


                                     JAY
                         And always some guy who I was supposed 
                         to call "dad".  A couple of them 
                         were ok, but you are the first person 
                         to ever to, you know, stand up for 
                         me as if you really cared about me 
                         as a person.  

                                     PHIL 
                         There are only three things a person 
                         needs to get along in this life: 
                         something to do, something to look 
                         forward to, and someone to love.

                                     JAY
                         I'd kind of like someone to love me.

                                     PHIL
                         Then you'll have to find someone 
                         that you can love first.  You don't 
                         get love until you give it.
                              (beat)
                         Now I'm going to bed.

               Phil walks toward his bedroom - Jay lies down on top of the 
               sofa.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. PHIL'S KITCHEN -- MORNING

               Phil is cooking breakfast - Jay enters the kitchen.

                                     JAY
                         Good morning . . . uncle.

               Phil glares.

               Jay disappears into the bathroom - returns shortly.

                                     PHIL
                         How about calling me Phil?

                                     JAY
                         OK.  And you can call me Jay.

               Without comment, Phil puts a stack of pancakes and sausages 
               in front of Jay.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Oh goodie.  I get to use a knife and 
                         fork today? ... No chopsticks?

               Phil ignores the comment.

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                                                                        18.


               Jay lapses into silence - gives his full attention to eating.

                                     PHIL
                         If you don't have anything better to 
                         do, maybe you could take this back 
                         to Steve.

               Phil holds out an elaborately stylish and ornate silver watch.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Steve left it here last night.  He 
                         is forever forgetting stuff.  His 
                         mind is always somewhere else. 

                                     JAY
                         Wow.  What an amazing watch.  Sure.  
                         I'll take it to him if I can wear 
                         it.

               Jay slips it onto his wrist.

                                     PHIL
                         Just don't lose it.  He's a Cancer 
                         and they're uptight about their 
                         possessions.

                                     JAY
                         I'm a Virgo myself.

                                     PHIL
                         You'd have to be a Virgo from the 
                         way you talk.

                                     JAY
                         I've always read every book I could 
                         get my hands on.  It's important to 
                         use words correctly because people 
                         are judged by what they say.

                                     PHIL
                         You sound a bit defensive about that.

                                     JAY
                         I used to get teased all the time 
                         for wanting to read.

                                     PHIL
                         That must have hurt.

                                     JAY
                         Not as much as the feelings of not 
                         being understood or accepted for the 
                         person you are. 
                              (beat)
                         Where do I find Steve?

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                                                                        19.


                                     PHIL
                         He works at a travel agency in the 
                         mall.  I'll draw you a map.

               INT. MALL -- AFTERNOON

               Typical city mall- sidewalk sales - tables of merchandise in 
               the mall.

               Jay wanders aimlessly between tables - picks up a snake-skin 
               wallet - admires it - slips it into his pocket and walks on.

               Jay finds the travel agency - enters.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. TRAVEL AGENCY -- CONTINUOUS

               Steve is behind the counter - conservatively dressed - with 
               ear studs.

                                     STEVE
                         Hello Jay.  How are you?

                                     JAY (DUMBFOUNDED)
                         Is that you, Steve?

                                     PHIL
                         I guess.

                                     JAY
                         Phil asked me to give this to you.

               Jay hands Steve the watch.

                                     STEVE
                         Thanks.  I was hoping that's where 
                         I'd left it.  It cost me a fortune.  
                         Too bad it doesn't keep time.

                                     JAY
                         Maybe you should get one that does. 

                                     STEVE
                         Why would I do that?  I don't care 
                         what time it is.  Besides, I have a 
                         cell phone.

                                     JAY
                         If you ever decide to get rid of it, 
                         I know someone who would be happy to 
                         have it.

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                                     STEVE
                         Nice to see we have something in 
                         common.

               Steve turns away to wait on customers. 

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Sorry, but I've gotta keep working.  
                         See you around.

               Steve moves over to talk to a customer.

               Jay leaves.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. MALL -- CONTINUOUS

               Jay wanders aimlessly - looking at tables of merchandise - 
               sits on a bench - closes his eyes - dozes - looks around.

               Steve walks up behind Jay.

                                     STEVE
                         Hi Jay.  You want a ride home?

               Jay jumps.

                                     JAY
                         Damn. You scared me.  Again.

                                     STEVE
                         Sorry.  I didn't mean to.

                                     JAY
                         This whole world is new to me.I am a 
                         bit jumpy. Just don't scare me like 
                         that. Sorry about the swear word.

                                     PHIL
                         I'll try. And by the way, you will 
                         need to get used to worse swear words 
                         than "damn" if you are going to 
                         survive in the city.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. CAR -- EVENING

                                     JAY
                         This is such an amazing car.

               Steve smiles in appreciation.

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                                                                        21.


                                     STEVE
                         It's the top of the line.  Blackout 
                         gauges, side airbags, four hundred 
                         horsepower, twenty-four valves, 
                         limited slip differential, and it 
                         goes from zero to a hundred clicks 
                         in less than six seconds.

                                     JAY
                         Do you really know what all those 
                         words mean?

                                     STEVE
                         Not a clue.  But I paid for them, so 
                         I'm going to use them.  Besides, it 
                         sounds so macho and impresses my 
                         straight friends.  You know, it kinda 
                         offsets my limp wrists.

               They drive down the road and over a bridge.

                                     JAY
                         Hey.  There's no river on the way 
                         back to Phil's place.

                                     STEVE
                         Hope you don't mind.  I need to stop 
                         at my place and get out of these 
                         horrible work clothes.  I have to 
                         keep up appearances for Phil.

                                     JAY
                         Would it make any difference if I 
                         did mind?

                                     STEVE (LAUGHING)
                         Not a bit.

               Steve parks in front of a high-rise apartment.

               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT

               Steve slips out of his shoes at the door - looks pointedly 
               at Jay's feet.

                                     JAY
                         You've got to be kidding.

               Jay reluctantly takes off his shoes.

               Plush white carpet - expensive avant guarde furnishings - 
               large black and white posters and photographs of male and 
               female nudes.

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                                                                        22.


               A wet bar in the living room - compact washer-dryer unit 
               beside the bathroom door.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Holy cow.  The travel agent business 
                         must pay well.  Or do you have some 
                         sort of illegal operations on the 
                         side?

               Steve glares.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Just kidding.  Sorry.

                                     STEVE
                         My job pays the rent and buys the 
                         groceries but that's about all.  The 
                         good stuff comes from my old man's 
                         money.

                                     JAY
                         Gee.  I wish I had a father like 
                         that.

                                     STEVE
                         You might not if you knew him.

                                     JAY
                         Well at least you have a father.  
                         That's more than I ever had.  And he 
                         must love you a lot to give you that 
                         kind of cash.

                                     STEVE
                         Let me tell you about him.  He's got 
                         a successful business in Toronto, 
                         and he's been lucky on the stock 
                         market, so he's got way more money 
                         than he knows what to do with.
                              (beat)
                         He sends me a monthly cheque on the 
                         condition that I never go home to 
                         visit unless I'm invited.
                              (beat)
                         I'm still waiting to be invited.

               Steve - points out over the balcony.

                                     JAY
                         Great view.

                                     STEVE
                         I'll go get us a drink.  What do you 
                         like?

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                                                                        23.


                                     JAY
                         Whatever you are having would be 
                         great.  My mom always makes tea for 
                         my family. It is made from berries, 
                         leaves and roots.  Sometimes, if 
                         someone is sick, we get Burdock and 
                         Rhubarb root, and Elm Bark from 
                         Ontario to make a healing tea.  All 
                         teas are good for you.  I like tea.

               Steve goes into the kitchen.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Make yourself at home.  Enjoy the 
                         view.  This will only take a couple 
                         of minutes.

               Jay notices a wallet, keys, some change and a bunch of 
               crumbled bills on the patio table.  He picks up a couple of 
               the bills and slips them into his pocket.

               Steve reappears with two drinks.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Here, try this.  It's Long Island 
                         Iced Tea.  You might like it, but I 
                         should warn you it isn't exactly 
                         like your native teas.

               Jay tastes his drink and then finishes it quickly.

                                     JAY
                         That's good.  Better than my mother 
                         makes.

                                     STEVE
                         Hey there.  You better slow down.  
                         It's pretty strong.

                                     JAY
                         Tastes good to me.  Oh.  You mean 
                         its alcoholic?  I never drink alcohol.
                              (beat)
                         But it is really tasty.

               Steve points into a side room - bed - dresser - bookcase -
               computer system.

                                     STEVE
                         This is the spare bedroom.  I don't 
                         use it now since my significant other 
                         moved out.

                                     JAY
                         You mean your girl friend?

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                                                                        24.


                                     STEVE
                         OK.  Let's just say that.

                                     JAY
                         Have you read all those books?

                                     STEVE
                         Good heavens, no.  I don't have any 
                         time for reading.  Unless I need 
                         something to put me to sleep.

                                     JAY
                         I love reading.  I wish Phil had 
                         some books.

                                     STEVE
                         Make yourself at home while I get us 
                         another drink.

               Jay looks at some books - sits at the computer.

               Steve returns with drinks.

                                     JAY
                         I said I don't drink alcohol.

                                     STEVE
                         Then don't drink it.

                                     JAY
                              (drinking)
                         It is tasty.  You aren't trying to 
                         get me drunk, are you?

                                     STEVE
                         You'd probably enjoy the Internet.

                                     JAY
                         I've never used a computer.  Do you 
                         use it much?

                                     STEVE
                         I like the chat rooms.
                              (beat)
                         And downloading music, of course.  I 
                         bet you would like surfing the 
                         Internet. You can do a Google search 
                         and find any information you want.

                                     JAY
                         Really? You mean like the 
                         encyclopedia.

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                                                                        25.


                                     STEVE
                         Yes.  Kind of like an encyclopedia 
                         on steroids with millions of volumes 
                         and a really fast index.

                                     JAY
                         Well there IS something I want to 
                         know.  Do you think it can help?

                                     STEVE
                         Probably, what are you looking to 
                         find out?

                                     JAY
                         Who my father is and where he lives.  
                         I want to meet him.

                                     STEVE
                         What do you know about him?

                                     JAY
                         My mother said his name is Nobby 
                         McNabb and he probably lives in the 
                         USA.
                              (beat)
                         Or Mexico.  Somewhere warm.

                                     STEVE
                         That's not much to go on, but it is 
                         a start.

                                     JAY
                         Besides, I think Nobby is just a 
                         nickname.  So I guess it is pretty 
                         hopeless.

                                     STEVE
                         You are welcome to use my computer 
                         anytime you want.  I can show you 
                         how to turn it on and use a search 
                         engine.  But that is about all I 
                         know.  The rests you can figure out 
                         yourself. 

               Jay looks at three formal old, formal portraits hanging on 
               the side wall.

                                     JAY
                         Are these your grandparents?

                                     STEVE
                         Yeah.  Right.  I bought them at an 
                         antique shop in Montana.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        26.


                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         My parents don't want anything to do 
                         with me so I thought I'd create a 
                         family of my own.  You aren't the 
                         only person without a family.

               Jay follows Steve into his bedroom - king-size waterbed, 
               huge sound-center, walk-in closet.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Give me a minute while I change.

               Steve slips off his shirt revealing a pierced nipple.

               Jay takes a big gulp of his drink.

                                     JAY
                         That must hurt.

                                     STEVE
                         Not really.  It's more like when you 
                         were a kid and had a loose tooth.  
                         You couldn't keep from wiggling it, 
                         could you?  Because you loved the 
                         delicious sensation of pain.

                                     JAY
                         Yeah, but you're not a kid, and that's 
                         certainly no tooth.

               Steve moves his chest toward Jay.  Hypnotized, Jay's fingers 
               reach out and touch the ring.  He flips it up and down.

                                     STEVE
                         Cool, eh?

                                     JAY (TO HIMSELF)
                         I can't believe I'm doing this.

               Steve goes out.

               Jay sits on the bed - head in hands.

               Steve returns with two more drinks.

                                     STEVE
                         Here you go.

               Jay jumps up.

                                     JAY
                         Quit doing that.  You scared me again.

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                                                                        27.


                                     STEVE
                         Sorry.  I didn't mean to startle 
                         you.

                                     JAY
                         That's OK.  Life in the city is so 
                         much more
                              (beat)
                         startling.

               Steve slips off his pants - pink bikini shorts - pulls on a 
               pair of jeans and a T-shirt blazoned with the message: 
               2QT2BSTR8

                                     STEVE
                         Cute message, eh?

                                     JAY
                              (distracted)
                         Yeah.  Great.

               Jay drains his glass.  He is dizzy from the drinks and having 
               trouble concentrating.

                                     STEVE
                         Would you be insulted if I gave you 
                         some clothes?  Those are the same 
                         one's you wore yesterday, and I bet 
                         they're the only ones you have.  You 
                         need to have a cooler look if you 
                         want to attract the girls. 

                                     JAY
                         Yes, sure.  Whatever you say is fine 
                         with me.
                              (beat)
                         But only if you can spare them.

               Steve points to the closet.

               Doesn't it look like I could spare a few?  I've got a lot of 
               things that are too tight since I started working out and 
               developing all these marvelous muscles.

               Steve flexes to show off his arms and chest - strikes a pose.

                                     JAY
                         Ah.  Thanks.

                                     STEVE
                         I should warn you about Phil.  He's 
                         had some rough times in his life.

                                     JAY
                         Is this a problem for me?

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                                                                        28.


                                     STEVE
                         Having you there might set him off 
                         again.  If things ever start looking 
                         like trouble, you need to get out of 
                         there in a hurry.  He can be 
                         unpredictable.  But usually harmless 
                         enough.

                                     JAY
                         I've got nowhere else to go.  But I 
                         can look after myself.

                                     STEVE
                         No offense.  But between you and a 
                         wet paper bag I would bet on the 
                         bag.

               Steve playfully picks Jay up and holds him at arms length. 

                                     JAY
                         Jay struggles helplessly and starts 
                         to sob.

               Steve drops him onto the bed.

                                     STEVE
                         Hey Jay.  Relax.  I was just kidding.

               Jay struggles to compose himself.

                                     JAY
                         Please don't touch me.  Leave me 
                         alone.

                                     STEVE
                         I am sorry Jay.  I didn't mean to 
                         upset you.

               Steve sits beside Jay and starts to put his arm around him 
               to compose him.

               Jay cringes away from Steve - shaking in fear.

               Steve gets up and moves to the other side of the room.

                                     JAY
                         I'm sorry.  It must be the booze.  
                         I'm ok. Really.  I just don't like 
                         being touched.  I told you I don't 
                         drink.

                                     STEVE
                         I better take you home.  You sure 
                         you are OK?

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                                                                        29.


                                     JAY
                         Yeah - sorry I freaked out.  Just 
                         forget it ever happened.  Please 
                         don't tell Phil, ok?

                                     STEVE
                         No problem.  I have spent my whole 
                         life keeping secrets from everyone.  
                         It has become a way of life for me.

                                     JAY
                         Thanks.  That means a lot to me.

                                     STEVE
                         I hope you know I am your friend.  
                         If you ever need to, you can come 
                         here anytime.  The spare room is 
                         yours anytime if need it.  And, in 
                         case you are worried about it, I 
                         promise not to touch you.  Really.

                                     JAY
                         That's  kind of you.  I don't know 
                         why everyone is being so good to me.  
                         I thought big cities were unfriendly.

               Steve and Jay walk back onto the patio.  Steve takes his 
               wallet and keys off the table.  He takes off a key and hands 
               it to Jay as he walks to the door.

                                     STEVE
                         Use this anytime.  Night or day.  
                         You will be safe here.  I understand 
                         what it is like to be different and 
                         needing a place to hide.

               Jay follows a couple of paces behind Steve.  Jay puts the 
               two bills he took earlier back onto the dresser.

                                     JAY
                         Thanks. It means a lot to me that 
                         you trust me.  But how do you know I 
                         won't come in and steal all your 
                         expensive stuff?

                                     STEVE
                         I don't.   
                              (beat)
                         And maybe I don't care. 

                                                                    CUT TO:

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                                                                        30.


               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- MORNING

                                     PHIL
                         Did you get the watch back to Steve?

                                     JAY
                         Oh sure, no problem.  He gave me a 
                         bunch of nifty clothes.  You want to 
                         see them?

               Jay pulls things out of the gym bag.  He holds them up a T-
               shirt with the message: 2QT2BSTR8.

                                     PHIL
                         He gave you that?

                                     JAY
                         Yeah.  He has one exactly like it 
                         only his so a size bigger.  Why, is 
                         there something wrong with it?

                                     PHIL (AMUSED)
                         Oh no.  Nothing at all.

               Phil looks around the room.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         It's kind of inconvenient sleeping 
                         on that sofa, I guess.

                                     JAY
                         For me or for you?

                                     PHIL
                         For both of us.

                                     JAY
                         Are you saying you want me out of 
                         here?

                                     PHIL
                         No.  I only meant what I said.  It's 
                         a bit inconvenient for both of us to 
                         have you sleeping in the middle of 
                         the living room.

                                     JAY
                              (defensively)
                         If you want me to leave then just 
                         say so and I'll leave.

               Jay gets up and goes to the kitchen.

                                     JAY (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         I can look after myself, you know.

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                                                                        31.


                                     PHIL
                         Don't be so touchy.  Having you here 
                         brings back memories.  Maybe I should 
                         have got a dog instead of you.

                                     JAY
                         Yeah.  You should have a dog.  I 
                         used to have a dog.  He was my best 
                         buddy for as far back as I can 
                         remember.

                                     PHIL
                         Every boy should have a dog.

                                     JAY
                         Yeah, but he got old.  Mom decided 
                         that he couldn't stay outside through 
                         the cold of winter.  But he wasn't 
                         reliable enough about bathroom kind 
                         of things to stay indoors.
                              (beat)
                         I offered to clean up after him if 
                         he stayed inside, but she said he'd 
                         be too much trouble.

                                     PHIL
                         I'm sorry.

                                     JAY
                         She said that since I was the man-of-
                         the-house, it was my job.  Besides, 
                         I was the only one who knew how to 
                         use a gun properly.

                                     PHIL
                         You were doing him a kindness.  
                         Putting him out of his misery.

                                     JAY (SADLY)
                         I tried to make it easy for him at 
                         the end.  He was lying in the back 
                         yard with his head on his paws looking 
                         up at me with those big trusting 
                         eyes.  The bullet between his eyes 
                         was fast and painless.  I cradled 
                         him in my arms and took him to a 
                         place beside the lake where he used 
                         to love chasing the birds.  I buried 
                         him there at the top of a little 
                         hill so he could see everything.

                                     PHIL
                         He knew you were his friend.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        32.


                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         He'd understand you were doing what 
                         had to be done and that it was best 
                         for him.

               Jay walks toward the door.

                                     JAY
                         I have things to do and places to 
                         go.  I'll see you later.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. MALL -- AFTERNOON

               JIMMY (pallid-faced 19-year-old, dirty-blond ponytail, skinny 
               street kid look) sits at a table in the food court.

               Jay, wearing a leather jacket over the 2QT2BSTR8 T-shirt, 
               sits across from him.

               THE CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THEIR CONVERSATION. 

                                     JAY
                         How's it going Jimmy?

                                     JIMMY
                         OK, I guess.  That jacket is way 
                         cool.

               Jay takes off his jacket and hands it to Jimmy.

                                     JAY
                         Here. Try it on.  My buddy Steve 
                         gave it to me.  It wasn't fitting 
                         him right.  He is very particular 
                         about his clothes being perfect.

               Jimmy puts on the jacket.

                                     JIMMY
                         Sweet man.  How's the job working 
                         out?

                                     JAY
                         Great.  But how come you got me that 
                         job instead of working for Tony 
                         yourself?

                                     JIMMY
                         I'm on parole.  Tony wouldn't hire 
                         me because I'm a bad risk.  It's 
                         like, nobody wants to hire an ex-
                         con.

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                                                                        33.


               TIFFANY (groomed and polished like a fashion model, early 
               20's) joins them.

                                     JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Tiff.  Say hi to my buddy Jay.

                                     JAY
                         Hi Tiff - Jimmy's told me all about 
                         you.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Like what?

                                     JAY
                         That you are his girlfriend.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Oh sure.  In his own mind.  Jimmy 
                         spends way more time with his 
                         imagination than with reality.

                                     JIMMY
                         Hey, come on Tiff.  You know we're 
                         tight.

               Tiffany looks at Jay's shirt.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Well, Jay. That surprised me.

                                     JAY
                         What surprises you Jay?

                                     TIFFANY
                         I didn't know you are gay.  Not that 
                         I really care one way or another.

                                     JAY) (HORRIFIED)
                         What?  I didn't say that.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Your shirt does.

                                     JAY
                         Oh no.  Is that what it means?  Jimmy, 
                         give me back my jacket.  Damn that 
                         Steve anyway.  I'll kill him.

               Jay put on the jacket and zips it tightly closed.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Don't worry about it.  Steve loves 
                         his little jokes but he is a really 
                         great guy.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        34.


                                     TIFFANY (CONT'D)
                         It takes a while, but he grows on 
                         you. 
                              (beat)
                         It didn't think I'd ever get here.  
                         I can't seem to get the hang of one-
                         way streets.

                                     JIMMY (STARING INTO SPACE)
                         I can never get the hang of Thursdays.

                                     TIFFANY
                         You try to go around one block and 
                         end up having to go around four of 
                         them just to get back where you 
                         started.

                                     JIMMY
                         Mondays are, like, a total wipeout 
                         because I'm usually hungover.  That 
                         makes Tuesday the first day of the 
                         week and also cheap movie night.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Jimmy.  What are you babbling about?

                                     JIMMY
                         Fridays I can get totally into because 
                         they're nothing but a fill-in-time 
                         before the weekend.  And Wednesdays 
                         are the middle of the week.  They 
                         are cool because then it's all 
                         downhill to the weekend.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Shut up, Jimmy.

                                     JIMMY
                         But Thursdays don't fit in anywhere.  
                         I never know what to do about 
                         Thursdays.

                                     TIFFANY
                         I think the drugs have fried your 
                         brain, Jimmy.You need to get a grip 
                         on reality.

                                     JIMMY
                         As they say, reality is for people 
                         who can't handle drugs.  I know how 
                         to handle them.

               Tiffany gives Jimmy a withering look - gets up - goes to buy 
               a snack.

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                                                                        35.


               Jimmy leans over to Jay.

                                     JIMMY (CONT'D)
                              (whispering)
                         You got any spare cash?  I'm short 
                         of food for the weekend.

                                     JAY
                         Sure.  I owe you for setting me up 
                         with Tony.  What do you need?

                                     JIMMY
                         Whatever you can spare.

               Jay slips a couple of folded bills into Jimmy's hand under 
               the table - stands up.

                                     JAY
                         Sorry, but I have to go.  There's 
                         someone I have to see.  I'll see you 
                         later.

               Jay walks across the room - sits opposite TONY (well-dressed, 
               slightly overweight, middle-age gentleman, sitting with his 
               back to the wall).  After a brief discussion Jay stuffs a 
               small package from Tony under his jacket - leaves the mall.

                                                                   CUT TO: 

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- MORNING

                                     PHIL
                         Morning, Jay.  You have plans for 
                         supper tonight?

                                     JAY
                         You know I never make plans.  I take 
                         life as it comes.  Did you have 
                         something in mind?

               Phil sets out a plate of crepes and tofu bacon.

                                     PHIL
                         I've invited a couple of friends 
                         over to celebrate the July 1st 
                         holiday.

                                     JAY
                         Would that include your fag friend 
                         Steve?  You know that guy gives me 
                         the creeps.  I don't want to be here 
                         if he's coming.

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                                                                        36.


                                     PHIL
                         Steve did ask about you.  I said 
                         you'd be here.  It'll give you a 
                         chance to thank him for those clothes 
                         he gave you.

                                     JAY
                         You have no business saying what I 
                         will do, or where I will be, or what 
                         I should do.  And I never asked him 
                         for his stupid clothes.  I don't owe 
                         him anything.

                                     PHIL
                         Maybe not.  But it wouldn't hurt you 
                         to be nice to my friends.  And I do 
                         wish you'd stop calling him a fag.  
                         I hate that term.

                                     JAY
                         I feel uncomfortable around him.

                                     PHIL
                         Oh come on now, Jay.  You've only 
                         seen him twice.  I'd consider it a 
                         favor to me if you'd be here.  And 
                         try to be civil to Steve, if you 
                         can.

                                     JAY
                         I'm not doing it.  I'm out of here.

               Jay heads toward the door.

                                     PHIL
                         Dinner's at 6:30 if you decide to 
                         come.

                                     JAY
                         Don't hold your breath.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- EVENING

               Table set - dinner for four.

               Phil and Jay are sitting talking.

               Doorbell RINGS.  Phil goes to the door - enter Steve.

                                     STEVE
                         Phil, so nice to see you again.

               He hugs Phil - holds him at arms length - examines him.

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                                                                        37.


                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         You're looking good.  As always.

               Looking over Phil's shoulder.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         And Jay, how are you?

               Steve walks over to Jay.  Jay stiffens - backs away - looks 
               horrified - Steve lifts his arms to hug Jay but suddenly 
               drops his hands and takes a step back.  He mouths the words 
               "Sorry Jay".

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Nice to see you again, Jay.  How's 
                         life treating you?

                                     JAY
                         Fine.

                                     STEVE
                         Nice clothes, Jay.  They look good 
                         on you.

               Jay escapes to a chair.  Steve sits away from him.  Doorbell 
               RINGS.  Enter SUE (plain, brunette, 20 years old, her smile 
               lights up the room).

                                     PHIL
                         Hi Sue.  This is my friend Jay.

                                     SUE
                         Hello, Jay.  What's a nice guy like 
                         you doing hanging out with these 
                         reprobates?

                                     STEVE
                         And who might you be calling 
                         reprobates?  I doubt any of us here 
                         even know what that means.

                                     JAY (EAGERLY)
                         I know.  It means a person with low 
                         morals, like a villain.

               Phil and Steve look at each other, impressed.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         And I don't think that is a nice 
                         word to use for my friends.  At worst 
                         they might be scoundrels.

                                     SUE
                         Sorry, guys.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        38.


                                     SUE (CONT'D)
                         I didn't mean anything by it.  It's 
                         my new word for today.  I thought it 
                         would be kind of nifty that nobody 
                         would know what it means.
                              (beat)
                         I guess I'll have to watch myself 
                         around Jay.

                                     STEVE
                         Wherever did you learn words like 
                         that, Jay?

                                     JAY
                         We had a pile of old Reader's Digests 
                         at home.  I memorized the Word Powers 
                         for something to do.  Those and the 
                         first volume of the World Book were 
                         my main reading materials.  I'm an 
                         expert on A words.
                              (beat)
                         Along with the Bible.

                                     SUE
                         Is Jay short for Jason?

                                     JAY
                         My mom was very keen on the bible.  
                         It is short for Japheth, one of the 
                         sons of Moses.  I rarely use it 
                         because no one ever knows how to 
                         spell it.

                                     SUE
                         I like it.  Maybe I will call you 
                         Japh.

               Jay glares at Sue, and then grins when he realizes she is 
               teasing him.

               The group sit down to dinner.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Group eating dinner.  Jay and Sue laughing and talking.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Steve and Sue are preparing to leave.

               Jay has his arm around Phil's shoulder.

                                     JAY
                         Phil and I are buddies.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        39.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Like the two musketeers.  We look 
                         after each other, right Phil?

               Phil disengaged himself from Jay's arm as guests leave.

               Jay folds open the sofa and removes his shirt.

                                     PHIL
                         That's a nasty bruise on your arm.

                                     JAY
                         It's nothing.  It was an accident.

                                     PHIL
                         I've seen a lot of bruises in my 
                         day.  A big fist did that.  Or maybe 
                         a stout piece of two-by-four.

                                     JAY
                         It was an accident.  Ray was just 
                         fooling around.  He didn't mean to 
                         hit me.

               Phil looks closer - turns him around.

                                     PHIL
                         What about those welts on your back?

                                     JAY
                         Leave me alone. It's nothing.

                                     PHIL
                         Who's this Ray guy who did this to 
                         you?

                                     JAY
                         Please don't be mad, Phil.  I deserved 
                         it.

                                     PHIL
                         Nobody deserves to be beaten.

                                     JAY
                         I shouldn't have made him angry.

                                     PHIL
                         There's no excuse for what he did.

                                     JAY
                         I argued with him when he was drunk.  
                         My mom told me never to do that, but 
                         I wouldn't listen.

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                                                                        40.


                                     PHIL
                         This wasn't just once.  You've got 
                         scars here, too.

                                     JAY (CRYING)
                         I'm stupid.  I never learn.  Please 
                         don't be mad at me.  I'll try to be 
                         good.

                                     PHIL
                         You have to realize, Jay, that it 
                         wasn't your fault.

                                     JAY
                         Of course it was.  He didn't want to 
                         hurt me.  He was teaching me.  If I 
                         hadn't acted stupidly this would 
                         never have happened.

                                     PHIL
                         It wasn't your fault, Jay.  Nobody 
                         deserves to be treated like that.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT
                         Jay is asleep on the sofa.

               Phil sits in his chair - lit by the light from the window. 
               Jay rouses.

                                     JAY 
                         What are you looking at?

               Phil does not respond.

               Jay rolls off the sofa - waves his hand in front of Phil's 
               eyes.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Hello?

                                     PHIL
                         Yeah, I'm here.  I was thinking.

                                     JAY
                         Have you been sitting there looking 
                         at me?

                                     PHIL
                         I guess so, yeah.

                                     JAY
                         So what is the big idea?
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        41.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Why doesn't anybody around here leave 
                         me alone?  Is that so difficult?  I 
                         don't ask much, just that people 
                         stay out of my life and leave me 
                         alone.

               Phil flips the light switch - sports paraphernalia and posters - 
               waterbed.

                                     PHIL
                         And don't touch you?

                                     JAY
                         Did Steve say something to you about 
                         that?

                                     PHIL
                         No.  He has never talked to me about 
                         you.  But I know what it is like to 
                         have been abused.  It hurts to get 
                         close.

                                     JAY
                         Most of the time it is ok. But it 
                         comes when I least expect it.  I 
                         just have to learn to live with it.

                                     PHIL
                         I think it is always a part of me 
                         even though it was years ago.

               Jay and Phil sit silently in the dark.

                                     JAY
                         What's that smell?  Have you been 
                         smoking pot?

                                     PHIL
                         A little.  I do that when I think 
                         about my nephew.

                                     JAY
                         So you really do have a nephew?  Is 
                         he like me?

                                     PHIL
                         I want to show you something Jay.  
                         Maybe this will help you understand.

               Phil goes to the blue door - unlocks it - opens it.

               Against one wall blue light bathes a table that acts as a 
               shrine - photographs - wallet - school ring - smoking incense 
               burner - and a page torn from a lined school note book.

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                                                                        42.


               On the bed an AIDS quilt is spread out with the name Scotty 
               and some sport scenes.

               Jay looks at the page.

                                     JAY
                         What's this?  A poem?

               THE CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THE PAGE AS JAY READS IT ALOUD.

                         DEATH BY DIVISION

                         Like a cuckoo’s egg

                         in a robin’s nest,

                  The invader hid as one among millions,

               Stealing shelter and nourishment, unnoticed.

                         Biding its time

                        Waiting to strike.

                      A receptive disciple

                     and a swift conversion.

               Now there were two, then four, then eight -

               Increasing in galloping geometric progression -

                    a covert army collecting its power.

                            One by one 

                    But thousands at a time, 

               Each converted cell saps my remaining strength, 

                 Until there is none left and my body dies.

                      But it is only my body.

                             Not my Soul.

               Jay puts the poem back on the table. 

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Somebody lives here?

                                     PHIL
                         No.  Not anymore.  Scotty wrote that 
                         just before he died.

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                                                                        43.


                                     JAY
                         Cancer?

                                     PHIL
                         AIDS.

               After a few moments Jay and Phil back out of the room.  Phil 
               closes the door and locks it.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         I've never shown that to anyone 
                         before.

                                     JAY
                         I don't understand.

                                     PHIL
                         After my nephew, Scotty, died.  I 
                         used to talk to him as if he were 
                         still around.  Until people started 
                         saying I was going crazy because I 
                         was talking to myself.  But you 
                         understand, don't you?  I wasn't 
                         talking to myself.  I was talking to 
                         Scotty.

                                     JAY
                         I know how that is.  I used to talk 
                         to my dog even after he was dead.  
                         He was my only friend even though he 
                         never talked back.  I suppose that 
                         makes me crazier than you because at 
                         least you were talking to a person.

                                     PHIL
                         I made that little shrine and kept 
                         his room as a place where we could 
                         be together to talk whenever I wanted.

               They stand for a moment in silence.Then slowly back out of 
               the room and Phil locks the door behind them.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. MALL FOOD COURT -- AFTERNOON

               Jay and Sue are sitting eating a snack.

                                     JAY
                         Why do you get me into these things?

                                     SUE
                         I've never been to a rave but I think 
                         it would be fun.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        44.


                                     SUE (CONT'D)
                         And you know I don't go anywhere 
                         without you.  All my girlfriends go 
                         to them.  I'd like to see what they 
                         are all raving about.
                              (beat)
                         That's a pun.  Laugh here.

                                     JAY) (GRINNING)
                         You know that I don't like parties.  
                         They make me uncomfortable.  I never 
                         know what to say.

                                     SUE
                         A rave isn't like any party you've 
                         ever been to.

               INT. TIFFANY'S APARTMENT -- AFTERNOON

               Jimmy, Tiffany, Sue and Jay are sitting and talking.

                                     TIFFANY
                         I can't believe it's your anniversary 
                         already.

                                     JAY
                         Anniversary of what?

                                     SUE
                         It's one month since we started going 
                         steady.
                              (beat)
                         And they said it wouldn't last.

                                     JAY
                         Oh. Yes. Tell me about this rave 
                         thing.

                                     SUE
                         Raves are the best place for Trance 
                         or House or Techno music.

                                     JAY
                         I don't know any of those words.  
                         Are you speaking English?

                                     JIMMY
                         I hope they have some great hip-hop.

                                     JAY
                         And what sort of weird stuff would 
                         hip-hop be?

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                                                                        45.


                                     SUE
                         It's kind of an inner-city electronic 
                         rap.

                                     JAY
                         That sounds harmless enough.
                              (beat)
                         I haven't any idea what you just 
                         said.

                                     TIFFANY
                         You have to get dressed up in 
                         something unusual.

                                     JAY
                         Like a costume party?

                                     TIFFANY
                         Not exactly.  You don't dress up 
                         like someone or something else.  
                         It's more like you go as your alter 
                         ego.

                                     JAY
                         I barely have any ego of my own let 
                         alone an alter one.  Give me a hint, 
                         what would I wear?

                                     TIFFANY
                         Oh, I don't know.  Change your hair 
                         color, or spike it, or wear makeup 
                         or glitter.  You know, something 
                         unusual.  Let it all hang out.

                                     JAY
                         Hello.  This is me.  Jay.  I don't 
                         do hair color or glitter or makeup.
                              (beat)
                         And I have nothing I want to hang 
                         out.  At least not in public.

                                     SUE
                         You must know somebody that can help 
                         you out with an outlandish image.

                                     JAY
                         Oh sure.  I guess I'll have to call 
                         on my good old buddy, Steve.  He 
                         always seems to have solutions for 
                         problems I didn't know I had.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Come with me Sue.  Maybe I have some 
                         far out clothes you could wear.

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                                                                        46.


               Tiffany and Sue go to the bedroom.

                                     JIMMY (TO JAY)
                         Tiffany gave me some money so we 
                         could treat you guys tonight.
                              (beat)
                         But I accidentally spent it.

                                     JAY
                         Accidentally?  How can you spend 
                         money accidentally?

               Jay pulls a few bills out of his pocket and hands it to Jimmy.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RAVE -- NIGHT

               A typical rave scene - Jay and Sue standing amidst the crowd.

               Jay wears a snug fitting, blue vinyl jumpsuit - face made up 
               with colored geometric shapes.

                                     SUE
                         Don't think, just do.  Let yourself 
                         go.

                                     JAY
                         You mean it's like a sort of Zen 
                         experience thing only with bright,  
                         flashing lights.

                                     SUE
                         Sometimes you scare me, Jay.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RAVE -- LATER

               Jay has unzipped his suit to below the navel to keep cool.

                                     SUE
                         Good grief.  You're looking more 
                         like Steve all the time.  We'd better 
                         go home soon or you'll be stripped 
                         down to your shorts.

                                     JAY
                         Good idea.

                                     SUE
                         I hope you mean leaving and not 
                         stripping.

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                                                                        47.


                                     JAY
                         I'll see if I can find the others.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. CAR -- LATER

                                     TIFFANY
                         Let's stop for a cup of coffee.

                                     JIMMY (FROM THE BACK SEAT)
                         You go ahead. I'll stay here. 

                                     SUE
                         Is Jimmy all right?

                                     TIFFANY
                         He's whacked on drugs again.  I had 
                         hoped he'd stay clean tonight because 
                         I knew he was out of cash.  I thought 
                         he had run out of people stupid enough 
                         to give him money.

                                     JAY 
                         That would have to be me.  I thought 
                         I was being helpful.  Sorry.

                                     TIFFANY
                         It's not your fault.

                                     JAY
                         If I hadn't given Jimmy money, he 
                         wouldn't have been able to buy drugs.  
                         That makes it my fault.  I'm really 
                         sorry.

                                     TIFFANY
                         You meant well.  Besides, Jimmy's 
                         the one that took the drugs.  He's 
                         the one who's responsible not you.

                                     SUE
                         Shouldn't we get him to the hospital?

                                     TIFFANY
                         They wouldn't be able to do much for 
                         him in this condition.  He just needs 
                         time for that junk to work its way 
                         out of his system.

                                     SUE
                         I still think we should get him to a 
                         doctor.  This scares me.

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                                                                        48.


                                     TIFFANY
                         So long as he's conscious he's all 
                         right.  If he passes out then we'll 
                         get him to a doctor.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- LATER

                                     PHIL
                         Big night?

                                     JAY
                         Yeah.  You didn't wait up for me, 
                         did you?

                                     PHIL
                         In a way I did, but it's no big deal.  
                         I have a surprise for you.  You 
                         remember before you left we were 
                         talking about it being inconvenient 
                         with you on the sofa?

                                     JAY
                         You're going to ask me to leave, 
                         aren't you.  I knew it.

                                     PHIL
                         Come here.  I'll show you.

               Phil opens the blue door - Jay looks in.

               The table with mementos of Scott is gone - pictures and 
               posters have been removed from the walls.

                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         This is your room now, Jay.

                                     JAY
                         You mean I get to use the whole room?  
                         Just for me?

               Phil nods - Jay goes over and stands beside the bed - looks 
               over at Phil.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         I don't know how to say this, but 
                         did Scott . . . ?

                                     PHIL
                         Yes, he slept here.  Is that a 
                         problem?

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                                                                        49.


                                     JAY
                         I know that.  But did he . . . uh . 
                         . . you know.

                                     PHIL
                         He didn't die here, if that's what's 
                         bothering you.  When he knew his 
                         time had run out he asked one last 
                         favor of me.
                              (beat)
                         A few of his closest friends and I 
                         took him to a hotel room.  He died 
                         peacefully there of a drug overdose.

                                     JAY
                         That must have been a horrible 
                         experience.

                                     PHIL
                         He died as he had lived.  Surrounded 
                         by his friends, and without pain.  
                         It was the least we could do for a 
                         good friend.

               They sit for a moment of silent thought.

                                     JAY
                         I've never known anybody who died.  
                         I couldn't stay in the same room 
                         where someone died.  Not even in the 
                         same house.  Death scares me.

                                     PHIL
                         Surely you realize that it is only 
                         the person's body that dies.  The 
                         soul doesn't die, and that's the 
                         real person.  The body is just a 
                         convenient place for the soul to 
                         spend this lifetime.

               Jay goes over and lies down on the bed - it GURGLES as he 
               rolls around on it.

                                     JAY
                         This is the nicest thing anyone has 
                         ever done for me.  I wish there were 
                         some way that I could repay you.

                                     PHIL
                         Don't think about repaying me.  Make 
                         good karma by doing something nice 
                         for someone else.  That way it will 
                         come back to you eventually.

                                                                  FADE OUT:

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                                                                        50.


               FADE IN:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- DAYS LATER -- MORNING

               Jay is sitting in the living room staring at the telephone 
               answering machine.  Phil enters from his bedroom.

                                     PHIL 
                         Any messages on the machine?

                                     JAY 
                         A wrong number.  Nothing to worry 
                         about.

               Phil pushes the replay button.

                                     ANSWERING MACHINE (O.S.)
                              (menacing male voice)
                         You have a package of mine.  We know 
                         where you live.  We are coming to 
                         get the package . . . and you.

                                     JAY
                         I told you it was a wrong number.

                                     PHIL
                         It sounds to me like it's from Tony. 
                         Or one of his goons.  Do you have a 
                         package of his?

                                     JAY
                         I didn't have time to deliver it 
                         last night.  It's no big deal.  I'll 
                         deliver it today.

                                     PHIL
                         I've tried to let you live your own 
                         life, but do you know what you are 
                         delivering?

                                     JAY
                         He didn't say.  I thought maybe it 
                         was medicine.  Like insulin or 
                         something.

                                     PHIL
                         Weren't you suspicious that it might 
                         be drugs?

                                     JAY 
                         How could he find me so fast?

                                     PHIL
                         Get real, Jay.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        51.


                                     PHIL (CONT'D)
                         Those guys have to know who they are 
                         dealing with if they expect to stay 
                         out of jail.  He probably knows what 
                         color shorts you wear.

               Jay walks toward the door.

                                     JAY
                         I have to get out of here before 
                         Tony sends his goons to get me.

                                     PHIL
                         Jay.  Wait a minute.

                                     JAY
                         I'll be back to pick up my stuff as 
                         soon as I find another place to stay.  
                         If Tony comes here the package is on 
                         my bed.  Just give it to him.

               Jay leaves abruptly.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. FRINGE FESTIVAL -- EVENING
                         Outdoor festival.  TANYA 
                              (long, straight black 
                              hair, black outfit 
                              like a witch)
                         Tanya sits on the curb eating a hot 
                         dog.

               Jay sits on the curb a little way from her.

                                     JAY
                         Hello.  This is my first time here.  
                         Any suggestions as to what one does 
                         for fun?

               Tanya turns to Jay and looks deeply into his eyes.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         I could use some company.

               Tanya continues to look into his eyes.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Hello.  Anyone home in there?

                                     TANYA
                         I am picking up mixed vibrations 
                         from you.  Your aura is disturbed.  
                         Tell me about yourself.

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                                                                        52.


               Jay slides over closer to Tanya

                                     JAY
                         My name is Alex.  I'm here with my 
                         parents, but they went off on their 
                         own.

                                     TANYA
                         Your name can't be Alex, and you are 
                         not here with your parents.

                                     JAY (FLUSTERED)
                         What do you mean?  You can't tell me 
                         what my name is or isn't.

                                     TANYA
                         Alex is number 5 in the Kabala 
                         Numerical alphabet.  Number 5 people 
                         are charming, courteous and easy 
                         going.  That is not you.
                              (beat))
                         I sense a conflict between your 
                         earthly body and your inner soul 
                         that has nothing to do with your 
                         parents.  They are not here.

                                     JAY
                              (to himself)
                         What can you expect when I have people 
                         dedicated to the forcible separation 
                         of my body from my soul?

                                     TANYA
                         You are a person who seeks total 
                         freedom and have a hunger for 
                         knowledge.  This is typical of a 3-
                         person.  Your cosmic name is Truro.

                                     JAY
                         What's your name?

                                     TANYA
                         You may call me Tanya.

                                     JAY
                         There are a couple of guys looking 
                         to beat on me.  I have no place to 
                         go and no place to stay tonight.

                                     TANYA
                         Come.  Let's go to one of the 
                         performances to take your mind off 
                         yourself.

                                                                    CUT TO:

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                                                                        53.


               INT. BIG ROOM -- CONTINUOUS
                         Makeshift stage - folding chairs - 
                         amateur performance.

               Jay slips his arm around Tanya's shoulder.  They kiss.

               Jay pulls back.

                                     JAY
                         Do you wear braces?

                                     TANYA
                         No.

               They kiss again.  Suddenly Jay pulls away.

                                     JAY
                         Then what do you have in your mouth?

                                     TANYA
                         Oh.  You mean my tongue ring.

               Tanya sticks out her pierced tongue.

                                     JAY (HORIFIED)
                         Good grief.  Why did you do that?

                                     TANYA
                         I like to play with it in my mouth.  
                         It's like a little baby's soother 
                         that's always handy.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. FRINGE FESTIVAL -- CONTINUOUS

               Jay and Tanya walk hand-in-hand between the kiosks - sit to 
               watch jugglers on the outdoor stage.

                                     JAY
                         I'd like to see you again.  Could 
                         you give me your phone number or 
                         something?

                                     TANYA
                         No.  If it's our destiny to meet 
                         again, we will.  If it's not, then 
                         we won't.  One does not control one's 
                         own fate, nor the fortunes of another.

                                     JAY
                         Yeah, right.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        54.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Are you saying that if someone is 
                         going to punch my lights out that I 
                         should just stand there and hope 
                         that my destiny will arrange for him 
                         to get hit by a truck before he hits 
                         me?  No thanks.  I like to be 
                         responsible for creating my own 
                         destiny.

                                     TANYA
                         Put aside your negative thoughts and 
                         be at peace with the universe.  Only 
                         then can your true destiny be 
                         fulfilled.  Ciao, Truro.

                                     JAY
                         May the force be with you, too, Tanya.  
                         Bye.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. VACANT LOT -- NIGHT

               Vagrants sit - pass a bottle in brown paper bag back and 
               forth.

                                     VAGRANT
                         Wanna snort?

               Passes Jay the bottle.

                                     JAY
                         Thanks.

               They pass the bottle around.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Where do you guys sleep?

                                     VAGRANT 
                         The Guiding Light Mission down the 
                         street has a shelter.  But they don't 
                         allow booze, or smoking or anything.  
                         At least here a guy can do what he 
                         wants. I like my freedom.

                                                                    CUT TO:

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                                                                        55.


               EXT. SMALL PARK -- EVENING

               Jay walks around the park - lies on a bench - gets up - steps 
               carefully through a flower bed - lies on grass under a tree 
               and goes to sleep.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. SMALL PARK -- MORNING

               Jay gets up - tries to brush the dirt off his clothes - tries 
               to smooth his hair - checks his pocket - wallet is gone - 
               gets up - tiptoes back through the flower bed.

               Jay walks out to a deserted street - sits against a brick 
               wall - dozes.

               A middle-aged businessman pauses in front of him - their 
               eyes lock - the man holds out a loonie (dollar coin).

               Jay takes the coin - smiles - gets up and walks down the 
               street.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RED DRAGON -- LATER

               Red Dragon is a dingy restaurant in old building.

               HAN SING (wizened old Asian) is working behind the counter, 
               Enter Jay.

                                     JAY
                         You got coffee and toast for a dollar?  
                         It's all the cash I've got.

               HAN SING fills a cracked cup with coffee - puts a slice of 
               bread into the toaster.

                                     HAN SING
                         Let's see the money.

               Jay sets his loonie (one dollar coin) on the counter - laces 
               the coffee to overflowing with cream and sugar.

                                     JAY
                         I need a job.  You know anyone who's 
                         hiring?

                                     HAN SING
                              (squinting)
                         I could use a bus boy nights.  It 
                         gets busy sometimes.  You look 
                         scrawny.  Think you could handle it?

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                                                                        56.


                                     JAY
                         I'm tougher than I look.  How much 
                         does it pay?

                                     HAN SING
                         A hundred and twenty bucks a week.

               You can have your meals free if you don't eat too much.

                                     JAY
                         Is there any way you could give me a 
                         place to stay?

                                     HAN SING
                         There's a room upstairs.  It's not 
                         much, but there aren't any 
                         cockroaches.  The only other guy 
                         living up there is always quiet.  
                         You can have it for twenty a week.

                                     JAY
                         How about an advance on my salary?  
                         I gave you my last dollar.

                                     HAN SING
                         Not in this lifetime, sonny boy.  
                         You do the work before you see the 
                         money.

                                     JAY
                         Can I see the room?

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. JAY'S ROOM -- MOMENTS LATER

               The door opens into a tiny room - light bulb hangs from frayed 
               wires - sway-backed bed - wooden chair - broken roll top 
               desk.

                                     JAY
                         Bathroom?

                                     HAN SING
                         Downstairs in the restaurant.  There's 
                         a pay phone down there, too.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RED DRAGON -- MOMENTS LATER

                                     JAY
                         What would I be expected to do?

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                                                                        57.


                                     HAN SING
                         Clean the tables, wash dishes, sweep 
                         up after we close.  Maybe help throw 
                         out a drunk now and then.

                                     JAY
                         I can handle that.

                                     HAN SING
                         If you get to wait on customers you 
                         get to keep the tips.

               Han Sing struggles to keep from laughing. 

                                     JAY
                         What's the joke?

                                     HAN SING
                         Nobody ever leaves a tip in a place 
                         like this.

                                     JAY
                         How soon can I start?

                                     HAN SING
                         Right now.  Here's a pot of tea for 
                         the guy at the top of the stairs.  
                         We call him R.B.

                                     JAY
                         R.B.?

                                     HAN SING
                         His name is Running Bear, but we 
                         prefer to call him R.B.

               A grin tugs at Han Sing's mouth.

                                     HAN SING (CHUCKLING) (CONT'D)
                         It spares us the image of him running 
                         around without any clothes on.  That's 
                         not a sight anybody wants to think 
                         about.
                              (beat)
                         My name is Han Sing.  You can call 
                         me Han, or you can call me Sing or 
                         you can call me Han Sing.  Just don't 
                         call me late for dinner.

               Han Sing doubles over in laughter.

                                     JAY
                         You should be a comedian. 

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                                                                        58.


               Jay takes the tea up the stairs - taps on the door - leans 
               his head through the doorway - puts one foot in.

               A deep-throated GROWL from within the room.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Good dog, nice dog, good doggie.

               R.B. (old Indian, long braids of grey hair, weathered, 
               wrinkled face) sits cross-legged on the hide-covered floor - 
               rugs create a circular space like a tepee floor.

               A small wooden bowl on the floor near the door contains 
               several crumpled bills and change.

               An old German Shepherd dog lies at the man's feet with its 
               head on his paws.

               Jay steps into the room - hands R.B. the tea pot.

                                     R.B.
                         Come. 

                                     JAY
                         Nice dog you have.

                                     R.B 
                         Do not speak yet.  To speak now would 
                         be like the wind blowing through 
                         long grass on a summer's day.  
                         Pleasant enough, but conveying no 
                         meaning.

               R.B. gets two old cups - hands one to Jay - fills both.

               Several minutes pass in silence as they drink tea.

                                     R.B.
                         Thank-you for the tea.

                                     JAY
                         I was glad to do it.  Nice dog you 
                         have.

                                     R.B.
                         Arrow is a good dog.  He was a seeing-
                         eye dog in his younger days before 
                         he came to me.  Now he thinks he's 
                         my guard dog.
                              (beat)
                         What is your Ojibwe name?

                                     JAY
                         Maytwayashing is my mother's name.   
                         How did you know I am Ojibwe?

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                                                                        59.


                                     R.B.
                         That means a gentle wind blowing 
                         through the trees in a deep valley. 
                         It suits you.

                                     (BEAT)
                         I am a shaman.  I also know your 
                         father was not Anishanabe.

                                     JAY
                         I like how you have your room set 
                         up.

                                     R.B.
                         I keep our traditional ways.  I teach 
                         the wisdom and culture of our elders 
                         to any who will listen.  I am shaman 
                         to those who are troubled. I sense 
                         that you are troubled.

                                     JAY
                         Nothing I can't handle.

                                     R.B.
                         You must heal yourself.  You can ask 
                         the spirits for guidance and help.  
                         They may come to you or they may 
                         not. It depends upon you.

                                     JAY
                         Would you help me to contact them?

                                     R.B.
                         It is my duty as a shaman to help 
                         all who ask.  But we must wait until 
                         the time is right.  You will know 
                         when it is time.  Then you will come 
                         to se me again.

               R.B. shuffles toward the door.

                                     R.B.
                         My dog needs to go out for his evening 
                         walk.  My knees are tired.

                                     JAY
                         You'd like me to take him?

                                     R.B.
                         It would be a favor to me,
                         and to him. 

                                     JAY
                         Anything special I should know about 
                         Arrow?

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                                     R.B.
                         He likes the fire hydrant or the 
                         telephone pole.  Guide him to one.

                                     JAY
                         That's easy enough.

                                     R.B.
                         His joints are stiff.  Sometimes he 
                         can't balance to lift his leg.  You 
                         may have to help him.

               Jay leads Arrow to the door.  He sneaks a few bills from the 
               bowl of money when R.B. is looking away.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. THE STREET -- LATER

               Jay and Arrow walk slowly - Jay guides him to a tree - Arrow 
               circles the tree several times.

                                     JAY (TO ARROW)
                         Oh all right then.

               Jay lifts Arrows back leg and holds it up.

                                     JIMMY (O.S.)
                         Yo.  Is that you, Jay?  Whatcha doing 
                         with that dog.

               Jay jumps - drops Arrow's leg.

                                     JAY
                         Jimmy.  What are you doing in this 
                         neighborhood?

                                     JIMMY
                         I might ask you the same thing.I 
                         thought you lived on the other side 
                         of town.

                                     JAY
                         I'm working at the Red Dragon over 
                         there now.

               Jay points to the Red Dragon.

                                     JIMMY
                         As a dog sitter?

                                     JAY
                         Don't get smart.  As waiter and 
                         bouncer.  Drop in anytime and I'll 
                         buy you a coffee.

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                                     JIMMY
                         See you later.  Right now I've gotta 
                         go and take care of some other stuff.  
                         Have fun with your dog.

               Jimmy takes few steps - turns back.

                                     JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Do you happen to have a few bucks 
                         you could throw my way?  I need to 
                         buy some potatoes for the weekend 
                         and maybe . . .

                                     JAY 
                         Don't bother explaining.  If I've 
                         got spare cash, you know I will share 
                         what I have with you.  What you do 
                         with it is your business.

               Jay hands a couple of bills to Jimmy.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Just please don't use it for drugs.  
                         I couldn't handle the guilt if you 
                         killed yourself with my money.

                                     JIMMY
                         That's a nice thing for you  to say.

                                     JAY
                         I do mean it, Jimmy.  Look after 
                         yourself.  What you do with your 
                         life influences my life.  More than 
                         you realize.

                                     JIMMY
                         Thanks. I'll pay you back when I 
                         can.

               Jimmy walks down the street - Jay walks with Arrow to Red 
               Dragon.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT -- LATER

               KNOCK on the door.

               Steve walks to the door. 

                                     STEVE
                         Yes.

                                     JAY (O.S.)
                         Hi Steve.  It's Jay.

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               Steve opens the door - he wrinkles his nose in mock disgust.

                                     STEVE
                         Good lord, what has happened to you.  
                         You look awful.  Get in here before 
                         anyone sees you.  I have my reputation 
                         to consider.

               Jay takes a step into the apartment.

               Steve puts up his arms to stop Jay.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Wait.  You'll track dirt onto my 
                         carpet.  Take your shoes off.

               Jay removes his shoes.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Oh no.  Your socks are just as filthy.  
                         Hang on.

               Steve hooks Jay under the arms and the back of his knees - 
               carries him into the living room.

                                     JAY (STRUGGLING)
                         What do you think you are doing?  
                         Put me down!

               Steve looks around for a place to deposit Jay - chooses the 
               bathroom.

                                     STEVE
                         Get out of those clothes and into 
                         the shower.  Ersh!  You're a mess.  
                         Don't go anywhere.  Don't touch 
                         anything.  Don't even breathe until 
                         you get cleaned up.

                                     JAY (PLAINTIVELY)
                         Aren't you glad to see me?

                                     STEVE
                         Maybe I should phone for an 
                         exterminator.  You don't have bugs, 
                         do you?

               Steve takes a plastic garbage bag from on top the dryer - 
               passes it to Jay through the bathroom.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Here, put your clothes in this, and 
                         give them to me so I can burn them.

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                                     JAY
                         All of them?

                                     STEVE
                         Yes.  And your underwear, too.  Use 
                         the shampoo and soap on the shelf in 
                         the tub.
                              (beat)
                         And use the green bath towel.  But 
                         please, please, please don't touch 
                         anything else until after you've 
                         showered.

               Steve mixes a drink - hands it through the door to Jay - 
               takes the clothes - dumps them in the washing machine.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT -- LATER

               Steve settles down on the sofa - puts on headphones.

                                     JAY (CALLING O.S.)
                         Steve.

               Jay peeks out the door.

                                     JAY (LOUDER) (CONT'D)
                         Steve, I need clothes.

               No response.

               Jay comes out with a towel around his waist.

                                     JAY (TO HIMSELF) (CONT'D)
                         Oh boy, here we go again.  Except 
                         this time I am the naked one.  Why 
                         is it that we can never both stay 
                         dressed? I have got to quit hanging 
                         out with gay guys.

               Jay stands in front of Steve.  Steve takes off headphones - 
               looks up - grins - gazes up and down Jay's body.

                                     JAY  (CONT'D)
                         Do you mind?  I need something for 
                         me to wear.

                                     STEVE
                         Sure, hang on a sec.

               Steve leaves - returns with an ornate black silk dressing 
               gown.

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                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         This should do for the moment.  Sit 
                         down and tell me what's been happening 
                         with Phil.

               Jay leaves - returns wearing the dressing gown.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         I talked to Phil last night.  He 
                         said you had left.
                              (beat)
                         And you obviously haven't washed 
                         since you left his place.

                                     JAY
                         Did he say why?

                                     STEVE
                         No.  He said that you had packed up 
                         and left.  Did you guys have a fight?

                                     JAY
                         Of course not.  I needed to get away.  
                         I'm working at the Red Dragon now.

               Jay keeps struggling to keep the dressing gown closed - it 
               keeps sliding open.

                                     STEVE
                         Isn't that a dive somewhere up on 
                         North Main?

                                     JAY
                         Yes.  I'm now officially from the 
                         wrong side of the tracks.  It's a 
                         job and I have a room there.  The 
                         people there are nice to me.

                                     STEVE
                         Getting back to Phil, he was in a 
                         fight with someone.  He has a black 
                         eye and a bunch of bruises on his 
                         face.  Do you know anything about 
                         that?

               Jay tucks the dressing gown firmly down between his legs - 
               crosses his bare feet on the coffee table.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Sorry about that dressing gown.  
                         Silk is bad that way.  Don't worry 
                         about it.  I won't look.

               Steve smiles broadly at Jay.

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               Jay glares.

               Steve leans forward to look at Jay's bare feet.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         What are those circles on your feet?  
                         They look like cigarette burns.

               Jay puts his feet under the table.

                                     JAY
                         It's nothing.

                                     STEVE
                         Sorry.  I didn't mean to pry.

                                     JAY
                         Look, Steve.  I do appreciate what 
                         you've done for me.  And heaven knows 
                         I did need that shower.  But how 
                         about you just stay out of my life.

                                     STEVE
                         I do care about you, whether you 
                         like it or not.  I can't help that.

                                     JAY
                         I don't want you to care about me.  
                         I came here to on my own but you and 
                         Phil keep messing things up on me.

               Steve gets Jay's clothes out of the dryer - hands them to 
               Jay - mixes two drinks at the liquor cabinet.

                                     STEVE
                         Hang on there.  I know you're upset 
                         about something but you aren't making 
                         much sense.

               Hands a drink to Jay.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         I'm only doing for you what I would 
                         do for any of my friends.  Or even 
                         for a stranger
                              (beat)
                         If he's cute.  You're the one with 
                         the problem, not me.

                                     JAY
                         Maybe you're right.
                              (beat)
                         And I must say that I hate it when 
                         you are right, because that would
                                     (MORE)

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                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         mean that I'm wrong.  I'm upset and 
                         I apologize for taking it out on 
                         you.
                              (beat)
                         And I hate apologizing, too.
                              (beat)
                         But there's something I've got to 
                         do.

               Jay finishes his drink - takes his clothes - changes in the 
               bathroom.

                                     JAY (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         I'll come back when I've done what 
                         needs to be done.  Unless I end up 
                         in the hospital.  Is that okay with 
                         you?

                                     STEVE
                         It certainly isn't okay with me if 
                         you go to the hospital.  But of course 
                         you're welcome to come back here 
                         anytime you want. You have a key.

               Jay walks to the door.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Hair.

                                     JAY
                         Excuse me.

                                     STEVE
                         Your hair.  You can't go out looking 
                         like that.

                                     JAY 
                         Well, you wouldn't let me use your 
                         hair brush.  What did you expect me 
                         to do?

                                     STEVE
                         Maybe ask for one.  Come here.

               Steve picks up a hair brush and starts brushing Jay's hair.

               Jay resists - then gives up.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         You have nice hair, Jay.  With a bit 
                         of styling and maybe a reddish-blond 
                         tint you would look really hot.

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                                     JAY
                         Fly off with your ideas.  Being hot 
                         is not one of my goals in life.  
                         You're not getting your hands anywhere 
                         near my hair.  As a matter of fact, 
                         you are not getting your hands 
                         anywhere near my anything.

                                     STEVE
                         Just a suggestion.  If you change 
                         your mind, just say the word.  My 
                         friends say I'm a good hairstylist.

               Jay walks unsteadily to the door.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Can I give you a ride?

                                     JAY
                         No thanks.  I think the walk would 
                         be good for me. Miigwech

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. R.B.'S ROOM -- LATER

               Jay walks in.  

               R.B. is sitting cross-legged facing the door.

                                     R.B.
                         I see you have made a decision.

               R.B. unwraps a hide bundle - opens a small leather pouch - 
               hangs an amulet around his neck.

               He spreads out four colored circles of cloth: scarlet, blue, 
               white and yellow.

               Jay selects the yellow one.

                                     R.B. (CONT'D)
                         Yellow is the color of the Eagle 
                         Spirit.  The eagle flies high and 
                         sees far.  Its feather is sacred 
                         because it knows all that the eagle 
                         sees and it can give good counsel to 
                         those who will listen.

               R.B. guides him to stand on the yellow circle - sprinkles 
               tobacco in a circle on the cloth around him.

                                     R.B.
                         We must make an offering of tobacco.

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                                     JAY
                         But I don't know how to listen to an 
                         eagle feather.

                                     R.B.
                         You must make an offering to invite 
                         the spirits.  They will guide you.

               R.B. puts some brown material in a small dish - lights it 
               with a propane fireplace lighter.

                                     R.B.
                         It's not traditional but it saves my 
                         old fingers.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Is that sweetgrass?

                                     R.B.
                         It is the fungus which grows on the 
                         diamond willow.  Its smoke invites 
                         the spirits to come.

               R.B. waves the smoke around the door and the room in clockwise 
               circles - chanting softly in Ojibwe - shows Jay how to scoop 
               the smoke - pour it over his head - inhale and exhale the 
               smoke.

               Arrow hobbles to the farthest corner of the room.

                                     R.B.
                         When you breath in, the smoke mixes 
                         with your thoughts and prayers.  
                         When you breath out, the smoke goes 
                         up to the spirits and carries your 
                         prayers with it.  Thus your guiding 
                         spirit will know what you need.

               The ceremony continues in silence for some time.

                                     JAY
                         But how will I know what I should 
                         do?

                                     R.B.
                         If the spirit comes, you will be 
                         given a vision or a dream to guide 
                         you.  Now go and rest.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. JAY'S ROOM -- LATER
                         Jay is sleeping fitfully.

                                                         FADE OUT TO SEPIA:

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                                                                        69.


               EXT. FOREST CLEARING WITH LAKE & ASPENS -- AFTERNOON

               Jay is hunting with his rifle - he is approached by three 
               deer - aims from one another - deer come closer.

               Jay turns to run - stumbles - can't get up - deer surround 
               him - one rears up ready to pummel him with its hooves.

               An eagle circles motionlessly above him.

               The deer head morphs into the face of Tony - then into the 
               head of a wolf.

               The deer's body morphs into the body of a wolf.  The wolf 
               turns and chases the other two deer away.

               A lone eagle feather floats to the ground beside Jay.

                                                        FADE BACK TO COLOR:

               Jay sits up.  The hanging light bulb morphs into an eagle 
               and circles the room.  He runs to R.B.'s room.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. R.B.'S ROOM -- CONTINUOUS

                                     JAY
                         I had a dream, but I don't understand 
                         it.  I was about to be trampled by a 
                         herd of deer and I could not escape.  
                         There was an eagle somewhere, but it 
                         didn't help me at all.

                                     R.B.
                         Your vision was good.  It shows you 
                         where your present path will lead 
                         you.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         So this is what will happen to me?  
                         I'll be trampled by a herd of deer 
                         that look like Tony.  How does knowing 
                         that help me?

                                     R.B.
                         You must take some action to avoid 
                         harm.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         But what should I do?

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                                     R.B.
                         The spirit of the Eagle is there to 
                         protect you if you chose to make a 
                         plan and to act upon it.

                                     JAY
                         I don't know how to change things.

                                     R.B.
                         What you do with knowledge is up to 
                         you.  Only you can find the path 
                         that is best for you.  Have faith in 
                         the Eagle Spirit.  It will protect 
                         you when you act.

                                     JAY
                         Miigwech. 

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. MALL FOOD COURT -- AFTERNOON

               Tony sits alone - holding a cigarillo between thumb and first 
               two fingers.

               Jay walks over and sits across from Tony.  Tony looks up.

                                     TONY (SURPRSED)
                         Yes.  Please.  Sit.  We have been 
                         unable to find you lately.  But I 
                         hoped that maybe you would come to 
                         find me.  I like that you have come 
                         to me.  Let me get us something to 
                         eat.  The pizza here is quite 
                         acceptable.

               Tony lifts his hand and snaps his fingers.

               Jay looks confused.

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         Tell me how things are with you.  
                         You have been in my thoughts lately.  
                         I worried that perhaps something 
                         unfortunate had happened to you.  
                         You have not even been seeing your 
                         girlfriend lately.

                                     JAY
                         You mean that you've had Sue's place 
                         under surveillance?  How did you 
                         know about her anyway?

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                                                                        71.


                                     TONY
                         I was concerned for you.  I take a 
                         personal interest in all my 
                         associates.

                                     JAY
                         I had to go away for a while.

               A heavy set GANGSTER-type brings pizza and drinks to the 
               table.

                                     GANGSTER
                         Here you are boss.  I hope the Pepsi 
                         is satisfactory.  They did not have 
                         Coke.

               Gangster walks to the far side of the food court.

                                     TONY
                         I know you usually like pepperoni 
                         pizza and Coke.  Please forgive the 
                         Pepsi.

                                     JAY
                         How could you possibly know all that?

                                     TONY
                         I have people who tell me things 
                         that might be useful to me.  Knowledge 
                         is power.
                              (beat)
                         You did not show me much respect 
                         when you told me your name was Joe.  
                         I am not so easily fooled.

                                     JAY
                         Joe is my middle name.

               Gangster arrives with pizza and drinks. 

                                     TONY
                         It is no importance that your middle 
                         name is really Winston. It is of 
                         importance that you lie to me.  But 
                         never mind. Let us enjoy the pizza.

                                     JAY
                         If you had a beef with me, then you 
                         should have dealt with me.  You had 
                         no right going around beating up on 
                         my friends.

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                                     TONY
                         I see my little bantam rooster has 
                         some fight in him after all.  I like 
                         that.

                                     JAY (ANNOYED)
                         Where do you get off having your 
                         goons beat up on Phil?

                                     TONY
                         And he has loyalty to his friends.  
                         Another very good quality in a man.

                                     JAY
                         This isn't about me.  I'm here to 
                         talk about you.  Where do you think 
                         you get off beating up on innocent 
                         people?

                                     TONY
                         But a bit impatient.  This is not a 
                         quality I admire.  But I overlook it 
                         for now. As I also overlook your 
                         preferring to avoid telling the truth.

               Jay stands up - starts to walk away.

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         Sit!  I will explain.

               Jay sits down.

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         We waited for a period of time for 
                         you to contact me.  You didn't.  I 
                         send my boys to your friend's place 
                         to find you.  They meant you no harm.  
                         I wished only to understand your 
                         motivations concerning our business 
                         dealings. And to retrieve the package 
                         you neglected to deliver for me.  My 
                         customer was greatly inconvenienced 
                         by your negligence.  That makes me 
                         look bad in his eyes.  That displeases 
                         me.

                                     JAY
                         So why did they beat up on my friend?

                                     TONY
                         When they ask about you and the 
                         package, your friend Phil, he goes 
                         wild, slams one of my boys against 
                         the wall and starts throwing his
                                     (MORE)

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                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         fists about.  They only try to 
                         persuade him to calm his anger and 
                         return the package to us.  It is 
                         unfortunate, but sometimes a person 
                         may get hurt under such circumstances.
                              (beat)
                         But enough about him.  Am I to 
                         understand that you no longer wish 
                         to work with me?

                                     JAY
                         That's right.  It was wrong to quit 
                         without telling you.  I apologize 
                         for that.  But I should never have 
                         become involved in this kind of 
                         activity in the first place.

                                     TONY
                         Did we not have an agreement that 
                         should be honored?

                                     JAY
                         We didn't sign anything.  There was 
                         no legal contract.

                                     TONY
                         We agreed to certain things.  You 
                         would do me some favors and I would 
                         repay you for your kindness.  
                         Contracts are not necessary between 
                         people who trust each other.

               Tony leans close to Jay.

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         I like you.  If you could learn when 
                         to lie and when to be truthful you 
                         would do well working for me.  But I 
                         will respect your wishes.  I trust 
                         you will respect mine.

                                     JAY
                         And your wishes would be . . .

                                     TONY
                         That you not discuss my business 
                         with others.  There are those who do 
                         not wish me success in my efforts to 
                         make an decent living.  It would 
                         make me unhappy if I discovered you 
                         to be one of those people.

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                                                                        74.


                                     JAY
                         You live your life and I will live 
                         mine.  I certainly can agree to that.

                                     TONY
                         It pleases me to hear you say that.  
                         I will tell my associates that you 
                         do not wish to be further involved 
                         with us.  They will listen to me and 
                         will not bother you or your friends.

               Tony draws deeply on his cigarillo - blows a cloud of smoke 
               upwards.

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         And as for your friend, Phil.  I 
                         could have use for a man like him in 
                         my organization.  You may tell him 
                         what I have said that.

               Tony laughs. 

                                     TONY (CONT'D)
                         The impression he left on my boys 
                         will not soon be forgotten by them.  
                         I have told them they need to spend 
                         more time in the gym.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. SUE'S HOME -- EVENING

               A doorbell RINGS.

               HELEN (middle-aged, portly lady) opens the door.

               Jay is standing at the door.

                                     JAY
                         Hello.  You must be Sue's mom.

                                     HELEN
                         And you must be Jay.  It's so good 
                         to meet you at last.  George, come 
                         down here and meet Sue's new 
                         boyfriend.

               GEORGE (double-breasted, middle-aged businessman, grey 
               pinstripe suit, trimmed grayish moustache).  Looks up from 
               his newspaper.

                                     GEORGE
                         Nice to meet you, young man.  We 
                         have heard so little about you.  Sit 
                         down and tell me.

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                                                                        75.


                                     JAY
                         Tell you what?

                                     GEORGE
                         Tell me all about yourself, of course.  
                         Where do you come from?  Who are 
                         your parents?  What do they do for a 
                         living?  Sue is my daughter, and 
                         these are things I need to know if 
                         you're going to be dating her.

                                     HELEN
                         Oh for heaven's sake, George, give 
                         the lad a chance to get comfortable 
                         before you start interrogating him.  
                         Where are you and Sue planning to go 
                         tonight, Jay?

                                     JAY
                         We were thinking of . . .

                                     GEORGE
                              (interrupting)
                         I'm not going to interrogate him.  
                         But I do feel that we have a 
                         responsibility to know something 
                         about the person who is dating our 
                         daughter.  After all, you remember 
                         what happened with her last boyfriend, 
                         don't you?

                                     HELEN
                         Let's not bring that up again.  It 
                         wasn't our fault that he turned out 
                         to be married.  You're not married 
                         are you, Jay?

                                     JAY
                         Heavens no.

                                     HELEN
                         Maybe you'd like a drink, Jay?

                                     JAY 
                         Yes, please, I'd love one.

                                     HELEN
                         What would you like?

               Jay thinks for a moment.

                                     JAY
                         A glass of water would be nice.

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                                                                        76.


                                     HELEN (TO GEORGE)
                         Would you look after that, please 
                         dear?  I have to finish dressing.

               Helen goes up the spiral staircase.

               George gets a bottle of Perrier, glasses and three fingers 
               of Scotch.

                                     JAY
                              (talking too fast)
                         Thank-you, sir.  I like your house.  
                         It has a great ambiance.  I mean 
                         it's nice.  Did you buy it new?

                                     GEORGE
                         We designed and built it ourselves.

                                     JAY
                         You build houses?

                                     GEORGE (INDIGNANTLY
                         Well, I certainly didn't build it 
                         with my own hands, if that's what 
                         you mean.  I hire people to do that 
                         sort of thing.  I don't suppose that 
                         your parents are the sort of people 
                         who have to work with their hands to 
                         make money, are they?

                                     JAY
                         Oh.  No.  Neither of my parents has 
                         ever worked a day in their lives as 
                         far as I know.  
                         Our family has never been much for 
                         working.

                                     GEORGE
                         That's good.  Our family has been in 
                         the investment business for three 
                         generations.  We let our money do 
                         our work for us.  And what about 
                         you?  What do you do besides dating 
                         my daughter?

                                     JAY
                         Right now I'm getting experience in 
                         the restaurant industry.  I plan to 
                         open a chain of restaurants in a few 
                         years.

                                     GEORGE
                         When you have enough collateral, 
                         send me a copy of your business plan.

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                                                                        77.


                                     JAY
                         Thanks.  In what sort of things do 
                         you usually invest?

                                     GEORGE
                         Mostly real estate.  Our family 
                         members are all shareholders in a 
                         single company that deals with all 
                         our financial matters.

                                     JAY
                         So the money isn't yours then?

                                     GEORGE
                         Of course it's ours.  It's managed 
                         by us through the company for us.  
                         We get tax benefits that way.

                                     JAY
                         Sort of like democracy.

                                     GEORGE
                         Excuse me?

                                     JAY
                         Management of the money for the money 
                         and by the money.

                                     GEORGE
                         That's cute.  I see why Sue likes 
                         you.  Do you golf?

                                     JAY
                         Of course.  It's a great game.

                                     GEORGE
                         What's your handicap?

                                     JAY (UNDER HIS BREATH)
                         Just my big mouth.

                                     GEORGE
                         Excuse me?

               Helen enters - evening dress - diamond ear rings and pendant.

                                     HELEN (INTERRUPTING)
                         It was nice meeting you, Jay.  Sue 
                         will be down in a minute.  Make 
                         yourself at home.  Come on George.  
                         We don't want to be late.

               George glances at his gold-plated Rolex watch - pours another 
               drink - Jay stares at the watch.

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                                                                        78.


                                     GEORGE (TO HELEN)
                         Sit down and be sociable to our new 
                         young friend.  You like my watch, 
                         Jay?

                                     JAY
                         Sorry.  I didn't mean to stare.  
                         It's awesome.

                                     GEORGE
                         Notice how smoothly the second hand 
                         moves?  That's how you can tell it's 
                         a genuine Rolex.  With cheap 
                         imitations the hand jumps from second 
                         to second.
                              (beat)
                         I always say: if you can afford a 
                         nice watch, you deserve to have the 
                         time flow by without having any jerks 
                         interfering with it.

               George looks at Jay expectantly.

                                     GEORGE (CONT'D)
                         That is a pun.  Get it?  I don't 
                         like jerks interfering with my life.

               Jay smiles.

                                     JAY
                         Oh.  I get it now.  That's funny.  
                         Well, I hope you don't think I am a 
                         jerk.

                                     HELEN
                         George likes his life to run smoothly.

                                     JAY
                         Something like that watch must have 
                         cost a thousand dollars.

                                     GEORGE
                         A thousand would about cover the tax 
                         on it.

               George and Helen move to the door.

                                     HELEN
                         Now let's go or we'll be late for 
                         the appetizers.

                                     GEORGE (TO JAY)
                         We should get together for a round 
                         of golf sometime.

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                                                                        79.


                                     JAY
                         Splendid idea.  I can be available 
                         anytime.  Thanks.
                              (to himself)
                         I wonder how long it takes to learn 
                         to play golf?  Maybe Phil can teach 
                         me this weekend.

                                     HELEN (TO JAY)
                         What do you and Sue have planned for 
                         tonight?

                                     JAY
                         We are going over to Steve's place 
                         and work on his computer to search 
                         the Internet and stuff like that.

                                     GEORGE
                         Excellent.  I don't know the first 
                         thing about those things.  What do 
                         you look for?

                                     JAY
                         I never met my biological father.  
                         I'd like to find him.

                                     GEORGE
                         I usually hire people to do that 
                         kind of thing.  Do you want to use 
                         my P.I.?

                                     JAY
                         Your what?

                                     GEORGE
                         Private Investigator.  Gumshoe.  
                         Flatfoot.  You know, a guy to find 
                         out stuff.  I have a really good 
                         one.

                                     JAY
                         Oh right.  Thanks but I am going to 
                         give Mr. Google a try.

                                     GEORGE
                         Is he a P.I.?

                                     JAY
                         It is the name of the search engine 
                         I use to find things on the Internet.

                                     GEORGE
                         I might be looking for a smart young 
                         man like you to do computer work.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        80.


                                     GEORGE (CONT'D)
                         Give me a call when you learn the 
                         ropes.

                                     HELEN
                         Don't forget to put on the alarm 
                         when you leave.

                                     JAY
                         Don't worry.  Sue has put me in charge 
                         of that.  She likes me to look after 
                         the complicated technical things in 
                         her life.

               George and Helen leave.

               Jay wanders around the room picking up and looking at the 
               knick-knacks - almost puts one in his pocket but changes his 
               mind - puts it back.

               Sue enters the room.  She and Jay hug.

                                     SUE
                         Want to watch TV?

                                     JAY
                         Sure.

               They fall onto the sofa and start necking.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT - LATER

               Sue and Jay are sitting side by side working at Steve's 
               computer.

                                     SUE
                         You are so smart at this Jay.

                                     JAY
                         Steve lets me work on the computer 
                         anytime I want.  I know way more 
                         about it than he does now.

                                     SUE
                         I still don't know how you are going 
                         to find your father this way.  There 
                         are hundreds of McNabbs.

                                     JAY
                         I have it narrowed down to a few 
                         dozen because he went by Nobby.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        81.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Would be using either his real first 
                         name of Winston or his nick name 
                         "Nobby".

                                     SUE
                         Unless he is using a different nick 
                         name.  I doubt his real first name 
                         is Nobby

                                     JAY
                         Hmmm.  I never thought of that.  And 
                         he told my mom he was moving to 
                         somewhere warmer.  He hated the cold 
                         Canadian winters.  So he is maybe in 
                         the States somewhere.

                                     SUE
                         Or Mexico.

               Jay and Sue start kissing.  They move to the sofa and lay 
               down together,

                                     SUE (CONT'D)
                         Wait Jay.  What if Steve comes home?  
                         We don't want to be in the middle of 
                         doing anything to embarrass him.
                              (beat)
                         Or us.

                                     JAY
                         Don't worry.  He never comes home 
                         before midnight.  And besides, he's 
                         gay.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. MALL FOOD COURT -- AFTERNOON
                         Jay and Jimmy sit eating pizza and 
                         Pepsi.

                                     JIMMY
                         I've been wanting to talk to you.  I 
                         know I owe you, like, a pile of cash 
                         that I can't pay back.

                                     JAY
                         That's OK.  I know you'll pay me 
                         when you can.

               Jimmy hands Jay an old gold Rolex watch.

                                     JIMMY
                         I'd like you to have this.

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                                                                        82.


                                     JAY
                         Wow!  That's totally awesome.  But 
                         where would a guy like you get a 
                         watch like that?

                                     JIMMY
                         It doesn't matter where I got it.  
                         You're the kind of guy who likes 
                         nice things.  If you want it, it's 
                         yours.

               Jay slides the watch onto his wrist - admires it.

                                     JAY
                         It's exactly what I've needed to 
                         make an impression on Sue.

                                     JIMMY
                         Glad you like it.  You've been such 
                         a good friend to me.  You've always 
                         accepted me just as I.

                                     JAY
                         I'll think of you every time I look 
                         at it.

                                     JIMMY
                         I'd like that.  There aren't many 
                         people that think about me.  Sometimes 
                         I wonder if my life is worth anything.

                                     JAY
                         Maybe now that you're off drugs you'll 
                         see what people really think about 
                         you.  It's hard to feel close to a 
                         guy who's high all the time, you 
                         know.

                                     JIMMY
                         I'm hanging in there.  Sometimes 
                         when I'm tempted I think of you and 
                         how you handle your life so well.  
                         It helps me have some willpower.  
                         It's not easy you know, when nobody 
                         cares about you, and you have no 
                         job.

                                     JAY
                         Tiffany loves you.

                                     JIMMY
                         She puts up with me.  She's always 
                         been too nice a person to throw me 
                         out on the street.  I think maybe 
                         she's liking me better now.

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                                                                        83.


                                     JAY
                         Then there's all the gang we hang 
                         out with.  You've got more friends 
                         than I do and I'm happy.

                                     JIMMY
                         You have Phil and Steve.  Those guys 
                         look after you.  They care about 
                         you.

                                     JAY
                         They're more trouble than you could 
                         imagine.  But maybe you're right.  
                         They do give me a feeling that 
                         somebody cares.  It doesn't seem to 
                         bother them that I'm from a First 
                         Nation family.  That's a nice change.

                                     JIMMY
                         Doesn't it worry you that Steve is 
                         gay?  You are a cute young guy.  You 
                         know, like he might try to do stuff 
                         to you?

                                     JAY
                         I did at first, but he said I am not 
                         his type and I never think about it 
                         any more.  It was just all in my 
                         head.  He's a really great guy.

               Tiffany sits down with them.

                                     TIFFANY
                         Hi Jay.  What are you two plotting 
                         about so seriously?

                                     JIMMY
                         Just boy stuff.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. SUE'S HOME -- AFTERNOON
                         Sue and Jay are talking.

                                     SUE
                         Do you still see Tanya?

                                     JAY
                         Who?

                                     SUE
                         Tanya.  Don't play dumb.  I know 
                         about her.

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                                                                        84.


                                     JAY
                         I haven't seen her since I started 
                         going steady with you.  It's been 
                         months since I've even thought about 
                         her.

                                     SUE
                         So you admit you used to think about 
                         her.

                                     JAY
                         Why do I feel that I'm not going to 
                         win in this discussion?  Maybe I 
                         should go home now.

                                     SUE
                         If that's the way you feel about it, 
                         maybe you should.

               Jay opens the door - a swirl of snow blows into the foyer.

               Jay closes the door.

                                     JAY
                         We shouldn't be fighting like this.  
                         Tell me.  What's bothering you?  It 
                         isn't Tanya at all, is it?

               Sue sits quietly for a few minutes.

                                     SUE
                         No.  You're right.  It isn't Tanya.  
                         It's about us.

                                     JAY
                         Does that mean about me?

                                     SUE
                         It's my dad.

                                     JAY
                         I thought he liked me.  We even have 
                         a golf date for the summer.

                                     SUE
                         He liked you better before he found 
                         out you live in a grubby little room 
                         above a rundown restaurant.  And you 
                         don't come from a wealthy family.

                                     JAY
                         And that my family is Anishinaabe?

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                                                                        85.


                                     SUE
                         Heaven's no.  He wouldn't even know 
                         that word. He doesn't even suspect 
                         that you are part Ojibwe.  Sometimes 
                         I think he doesn't even know that 
                         non-white people really exist in 
                         real life.  Dad liked you better 
                         when he thought you could play golf 
                         together.

                                     JAY
                         We can still play golf.

                                     SUE
                         You don't understand.  He'd have to 
                         introduce you to his golf partners.  
                         You know.  As in: this is Sue's 
                         boyfriend.  He's 'whatever' and his 
                         parents are 'something or other'.  
                         He wouldn't know what to fill in the 
                         blanks with.  That would be just too 
                         embarrassing for him.

                                     JAY
                         I still don't see what this has to 
                         do with anything.  We're not going 
                         to be playing golf now that there is 
                         a foot of snow on the ground, so why 
                         are we talking about it?

                                     SUE
                         We're talking about Christmas.

                                     JAY
                         We are?  What has Christmas got to 
                         do with golf?

                                     SUE
                         It's the same thing.  My dad would 
                         have to introduce you to the other 
                         family members who will be around 
                         here at Christmas.  He wouldn't know 
                         what to say.

                                     JAY
                         Are you saying that you are ashamed 
                         of me?

                                     SUE
                         Of course I'm not.  But you aren't 
                         exactly my dad's kind of people.

                                     JAY
                         But we love each other.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        86.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         We can't break up simply because 
                         your father doesn't know how to make 
                         idle conversation.  You need to stand 
                         up for your rights.  For our rights.

                                     SUE
                         It's not that simple.  Appearances 
                         are everything.

                                     JAY
                         Does this mean we are breaking up?

                                     SUE
                         At least until after Christmas.  I 
                         do love you, Jay, but I've got to 
                         have some other boyfriend for the 
                         sake of the family.

                                     JAY
                         You mean you're going to start going 
                         with somebody else just for Christmas?

                                     SUE
                         That's about it.  I can't be without 
                         a boyfriend, because he'd have to 
                         explain that.  He wants a nice neat 
                         picture-perfect daughter that causes 
                         him no worries.  But we can still 
                         see each other the rest of the time.

                                     JAY
                         You mean I'd be your wrong-side-of-
                         the tracks boy-toy?  No thanks.  If 
                         you're too ashamed to be seen with 
                         me then it's over.

                                     SUE
                         Can I at least give you a ride home?

                                     JAY
                         I don't need any favors from you or 
                         anyone else.  I'd rather walk.  My 
                         people are used to walking.

               Jay walks to the door - Sue follows him to the door - Jay 
               walks out and closes the door.

                                                                    CUT TO:

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                                                                        87.


               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT

                                     STEVE
                         I'm sorry you've broken up with Sue 
                         You made such a cute pair.
                              (beat)
                         For a couple of straight people.

                                     JAY
                         It's her father.  He considers me to 
                         be a second class citizen because I 
                         am a waiter.

                                     STEVE
                         Well, aren't you?

                                     JAY
                         A waiter is just what I do.  It is 
                         not what I am or who I am.

                                     STEVE
                         Do you miss the reserve?

                                     JAY
                         There's nothing for me there any 
                         more.  And I can't get accepted here.  
                         I want people to know about my native 
                         heritage.

                                     STEVE
                         Wouldn't that freak George out?

                                     JAY
                         Gracious.  I'd never tell him that.  
                         He likes his life to be totally 
                         predictable and a reflection of 
                         himself. And I am a bit of a surprise.

                                     STEVE
                         Is that a Rolex?  I've never held 
                         one before.  Could I wear it for a 
                         while?

               Jay hands Steve the silver Rolex watch.

                                     JAY
                         Sure. 

                                     STEVE
                         So then tell me.  What's your problem 
                         with Sue?  I kind of think of you as 
                         my little brother.

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                                                                        88.


                                     JAY
                         Thanks.  I'd think of you as my older 
                         brother if only you weren't . . .

                                     STEVE
                         If I weren't what?

                                     JAY
                         I'm so sorry.  I don't know what 
                         made me say that.  Sometimes my mouth 
                         doesn't seem to be connected with my 
                         brain.

                                     STEVE
                         Forget it.  I should be used to that 
                         sort of thing by now, but it still 
                         gets to me.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RED DRAGON RESTAURANT -- DAY

               Two POLICEMAN sit at a table - Jay comes to serve them.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Is your name Jay?

                                     JAY
                         Why do you want to know?

                                     POLICEMAN
                         We ask the questions.  You give the 
                         answers.  Are you Jay?

                                     JAY 
                         Yes, I am.  But I'm not saying 
                         anything more until you tell me what 
                         this is about.  I have rights, you 
                         know.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         We're investigating a robbery.  We 
                         think you might know something about 
                         it.

                                     JAY 
                         You've got the wrong guy.  I'm 
                         strictly legal.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         You know a Sue Parkington?

                                     JAY
                         I guess so.  At least I used to.  
                         You mean her place was broken into?

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                                                                        89.


                                     POLICEMAN
                         Would you mind showing us around 
                         your room upstairs?

                                     JAY
                         You got a search warrant?

                                     POLICEMAN
                         It would make it easier for all of 
                         us if you cooperate.  Unless, of 
                         course, you have something to hide.

                                     JAY (CALLING TO THE KITCHEN)
                         Hey, Han.  I need to step out for a 
                         minute, okay?

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. JAY'S ROOM -- CONTINUOUS

               The policemen look around the room.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Empty your pockets and roll up your 
                         sleeves.

               Jay pulls out his wallet - dirty handkerchief - keychain -  
               turns the pockets inside out.

                                     JAY
                         Satisfied?

                                     POLICEMAN
                         You wearing a watch?

               Jay pulls up his shirt sleeves - bare wrists.

                                     JAY
                         See.  There are no stolen goods here.  
                         I've got to get back to work now, so 
                         you guys had better leave.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Not so fast.  Your girlfriend told 
                         you the code for the alarm system, 
                         didn't she?

                                     JAY
                         Maybe they just forgot to turn the 
                         alarm on.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         You'll need to make a statement.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        90.


                                     POLICEMAN (CONT'D)
                         You want to come down to the station 
                         on your own or do you want to come 
                         with us now?

                                     JAY
                         I've got to make a living right now.  
                         I'll go tomorrow.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         That'll be fine.  But remember it's 
                         like American Express.
                              (beat)
                         You know.
                              (beat)
                         You can't leave town without it.

               Jay makes a pained face at the bad joke.

                                     JAY
                         OK.  Tomorrow.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. PHIL'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT

                                     JAY
                         The cops think I did it because it 
                         had to be someone who knew the 
                         surveillance code

                                     PHIL
                         Did you know the code?

                                     JAY
                         Of course I did.  Sue always wanted 
                         me to turn it on when we went out.  
                         She liked me to look after her that 
                         way.

                                     PHIL
                         If you didn't do it then you have 
                         nothing to worry about.

                                     JAY
                         Oh.  Yes I do.  I know who did it.  
                         And it's all my fault.  I told him 
                         the code.

                                     PHIL
                         Why would you do a thing like that.

                                     JAY
                         Well, not in so many words.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        91.


                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         We were talking one day and I used 
                         Sue's code as an example of how 
                         unimaginative people are in choosing 
                         them.  I had no idea he'd remember 
                         anything like that let alone use it.

                                     PHIL
                         That doesn't prove he did it.

                                     JAY
                         He gave me a Rolex a couple of days 
                         ago.  I'm so stupid.  I should have 
                         known right away that it was stolen.  
                         I even knew that Sue's dad had a 
                         Rolex.

                                     PHIL
                         That's not good.  If the policeman 
                         find it on you, you're dead meat.  
                         As a minimum they'll have you for 
                         possession of stolen goods.  Let me 
                         see it.

                                     JAY
                         Would you believe it's at Steve's?

                                     PHIL
                         You're kidding.  Oh great.  We've 
                         got to get it back before Steve gets 
                         caught in the middle of this mess.

                                     JAY
                         You're right.  But what will I do 
                         with it?  I can't give it to the 
                         police because then I'd have to say 
                         where I got it.  I'm not sending my 
                         buddy back to jail.

                                     PHIL
                         If he's guilty then he has to take 
                         the consequences.

                                     JAY
                         Maybe if I could convince him to 
                         give all the stuff back, then they'd 
                         go easy on him.

                                     PHIL
                         I don't understand why you are so 
                         concerned about protecting a hoodlum 
                         like Tony.  He'll either hire a high-
                         priced lawyer and get off, or he'll 
                         have one of his goons take the rap 
                         for him.

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                                                                        92.


                                     JAY
                         I'm not talking about Tony.  I'm 
                         talking about Jimmy.

                                     PHIL
                         Jimmy?  You think Jimmy got away 
                         with a quarter of a million dollars 
                         in jewelry?

                                     JAY
                         He gave me the Rolex.

                                     PHIL
                         Sometimes I think it isn't safe to 
                         let you out of the house alone.

                                     JAY
                         Maybe you could keep the watch for 
                         me, Phil.

                                     PHIL
                         Sorry.  I'm not holding stolen goods 
                         for anyone.  You have to give it 
                         back to Jimmy.  He'll have to deal 
                         with it.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. STEVE'S APARTMENT -- LATER

               Jay, Phil and Steve sit in the living room.

                                     STEVE
                         You guys want a drink?

                                     PHIL
                         No thanks.  We just dropped in to 
                         pick up the watch that Jay left here 
                         by accident.  You know how easy it 
                         is for that to happen.

                                     STEVE
                         Yeah, I sure do.

               Steve gets the watch out from table drawer - gives it to    
               Jay.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         That's a very fine piece of jewelry.  
                         I'm surprised that you can afford 
                         luxuries like that.

                                     JAY
                         Yeah, it's nice enough.  It's not 
                         hard to buy stuff on credit.

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                                                                        93.


                                     STEVE
                         Even if it's second-hand?

               Steve looks sternly at Jay.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         That watch must be at least ten years 
                         old.  I didn't know that you could 
                         buy stolen goods on credit.

                                     PHIL
                         Drop it, Steve.  We don't have time 
                         for this right now.  Give him the 
                         watch and forget you ever saw it

                                     (BEAT)
                         or us.  I'll explain later.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. POLICE STATION -- MORNING

               Jay walks into the policeman station.

               The policeman behind the counter looks up at Jay.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Identification, please.

               Jay reaches into his pocket for his wallet - accidentally 
               pulls out the watch - immediately shoves it back - hands the 
               policeman his open wallet.

                                     POLICEMAN (CONT'D)
                         You're here to make a statement about 
                         the Parkington robbery?

                                     JAY
                         That's right.  They told me I had to 
                         come down today.

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Well, sir, this is your lucky day.  
                         They caught the perp red-handed with 
                         the loot early this morning and he's 
                         safely locked up.  So we don't need 
                         anything from you right now.

                                     JAY
                         But what about the ... wa . . .

                                     POLICEMAN
                         Forget it kid.  The case is closed.
                                     (MORE)

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                                                                        94.


                                     POLICEMAN (CONT'D)
                         We recovered everything.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. MALL -- LATER

               Jimmy is sitting alone at a table.  Jay walks in and sits 
               down.

                                     JAY
                         You're not in jail.

                                     JIMMY
                         Should I be?

                                     JAY
                         They told me that you were.

                                     JIMMY
                         Well I'm not.  Who said I was?

                                     JAY
                         Never mind.  If you're not in jail, 
                         then who is?

                                     JIMMY
                         A lot of people, I would imagine, 
                         but I don't think that's our concern.  
                         You do know you're not making any 
                         sense, don't you?  What's with you 
                         anyway?

               Jay pulls out the watch and shows it to Jimmy. 

                                     JAY 
                         You stole this from Sue's place, 
                         didn't you?  Admit it.

                                     JIMMY
                         You're crazy.  My grandfather gave 
                         me that watch a month ago.  He said 
                         that he felt guilty about having 
                         expensive possessions at a time when 
                         I was barely making enough money to 
                         keep my life together.  He says he 
                         came into this world with nothing 
                         and he'll go out with nothing, but 
                         he'd like the watch to be like a 
                         family heirloom.

                                     JAY
                         But you always need money.  Why don't 
                         you just pawn it?  Then you would 
                         have money. 

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                                                                        95.


                                     JIMMY
                         It wouldn't be fair to him to give 
                         it up like that.  He wanted it to be 
                         like a family heirloom.  I'm using 
                         you as an informal pawn shop.  This 
                         way I'll borrow money from you 
                         whenever I need it.  It cuts out the 
                         middleman, so to speak.  And it keeps 
                         the watch in the family.

                                     JAY
                         So then are you're not really giving 
                         it to me?

                                     JIMMY
                         Sure I am.  It's yours whether you 
                         loan me money or not.  We're buddies.  
                         I'm trying to repay you for what 
                         you've done for me in the past.  And 
                         maybe prepaying you for what you 
                         might do for me in the future.

                                     JAY
                         You're confusing me again.  Are you 
                         expecting something from me?

                                     JIMMY
                         Of course not.  I don't want anything.  
                         It's your friendship I value.

                                     JAY
                         OK.  I will keep it because I really 
                         do love it and I'll look after it.  
                         Someday when you get your life 
                         together you can have it back because 
                         you are just loaning it to me.  Jay 
                         slides the watch onto his wrist and 
                         admires it.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. R.B.'S ROOM -- EVENING
                         Jay enters.  He pauses at the wooden 
                         money bowl - takes a ten-dollar bill 
                         from his pocket - drops it into the 
                         bowl.

                                     R.B.
                         That is not necessary.

                                     JAY
                         I owed you that.

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                                                                        96.


                                     R.B.
                         You owe me nothing.  I remember the 
                         time you needed money and my little 
                         bowl helped you.  That is why it is 
                         there.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         I need to repay you.

                                     R.B.
                         Do not return the money to me.  That 
                         would be like repaying a white man's 
                         loan.  You must give it to someone 
                         whose need is greater than your own.  
                         Then the circle of respect will 
                         continue and maybe he will give it 
                         to someone else.  Thus the circle of 
                         respect continues.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         I need advice.  I think I've found 
                         where my father is.

                                     R.B.
                         You are afraid to meet him?

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         He's far away.

                                     R.B.
                         If it is meant to be then it will 
                         happen.  The world will unfold around 
                         you as it should.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         Miigwich.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

               INT. SUE & JAY'S PLACE -- AFTERNOON

                                     JAY
                         Let's pick up Jimmy and Tiffany and 
                         go to the park.

                                     SUE
                         What brought that on?

                                     JAY
                         It's too nice a day to be inside.  
                         If we went to Assiniboine Park we 
                         could go to the zoo and the 
                         Conservatory and like that.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

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                                                                        97.


               EXT. ASSINIBOINE PARK -- LATER

               Jay, Jimmy, Sue and Tiffany finish their lunch on the lawn.

                                     JAY
                         Let's have a treasure hunt.

                                     SUE
                         You can't just decide to have a 
                         treasure hunt.

                                     JAY
                         Trust me.  We can.  Jimmy and Tiffany 
                         will help you.

                                     SUE
                         What about you?  Aren't you going to 
                         be part of it?

                                     JAY
                         I'll catch up with you.  I need to .  
                         . . ah . . . go to the washroom.  
                         You guys go ahead.  I'll look after 
                         the garbage.

                                     SUE
                         OK.  But hurry.

               Jimmy hands Sue a folded piece of blue paper.

                                     JIMMY
                         Here's the first clue.

                                     SUE
                              (reading)
                         To get your next clue use your brain.  
                         Go chug along to the choo choo ...

               The group walks across the lawn to the children's train ride - 
               look around the miniature station - Sue notices a blue note 
               pinned to the station wall.

                                     TIFFANY
                              (reading the note)
                         Now join the creatures at the zoo.  
                         Ask at the entrance for your clue.

               EXT. ASSINIBOINE PARK - CONTINUOUS 

               The girl at the entrance wicket looks up from examining her 
               nails.

                                     SUE
                         Do you have a message for us?

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                                                                        98.


               The girl hands Sue a blue note.

                                     SUE (CONT'D)
                         This garden's Mol is not small and 
                         furry.  Look for a big one.  No need 
                         to hurry.
                              (beat)
                         I don't get it.

                                     TIFFANY
                         I bet it's the Leo Mol garden.  You 
                         know, where they have all those metal 
                         statues of his.

               They wander among the statues - come to one of a bull carrying 
               a girl on its horns.

               Sue peeks behind the statue.

               Jay is on one knee - holding out a ring.

                                     JAY
                         Will you marry me?

                                     SUE
                         Jay.  What the ...

                                     JAY
                         Will you marry me?

                                     SUE
                         Of course.

               Sue gives Jay a big hug and kiss.

               Jay slips the ring on her finger.

                                     JAY
                         Now it's your move.  You get to choose 
                         the date.

                                     SUE
                         I'll have to think about that.

               Sue pretends to think.

                                     SUE (CONT'D)
                         How's June 23rd sound?

               Sue runs to show Tiffany and Jimmy the ring.

                                                               DISSOLVE TO:

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                                                                        99.


               INT. SUE & JAY'S PLACE -- AFTERNOON

               Camera shot of calendar - August 15th

                                     JAY
                         Are your folks all right with the 
                         wedding party?

                                     SUE
                         Mom is.  Dad has a problem with Steve 
                         as best man.

                                     JAY
                         Because he's gay?

                                     SUE
                         He says his church doesn't accept 
                         gays in their congregation.

                                     JAY
                         Is that true?

                                     SUE
                         Probably not.  You know how homophobic 
                         he is.  He probably assumes everyone 
                         else is, too.

                                     JAY
                         Is he suggesting we use a different 
                         church?

                                     SUE
                         He'd never agree to that.  His family 
                         has always belonged to that same 
                         church.

                                     JAY
                         Then what's the alternative?

                                     SUE
                         As far as he's concerned, you get a 
                         different best man.

                                     JAY
                         I won't let your dad choose my best 
                         man for me.  I'm trying to be 
                         cooperative, but Steve is going to 
                         be my best man.

                                     SUE
                         What if he refuses?  After all, he 
                         is paying for the wedding and 
                         reception.

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                                                                       100.


                                     JAY
                         Then we go to Las Vegas.

                                     SUE
                         You mean you'd elope with me?

                                     JAY
                         In a minute.  This whole wedding 
                         thing is for your family, not mine.

                                     SUE
                         Mom and Dad would be devastated to 
                         miss out on the wedding.

                                     JAY
                         They could watch it on the Internet.

               Sue looks puzzled.

                                     JAY (CONT'D)
                         There are chapels in Los Vegas that 
                         send the wedding live over the 
                         Internet.  They could watch the whole 
                         thing as it happens.

                                     SUE
                         Like all three minutes of it?

                                     JAY
                         Maybe five.  There must be a better 
                         solution.  Does it have to be a church 
                         wedding?

                                     SUE
                         I want us to be married by a minister.

                                     JAY
                         Me too.  Maybe we could find a 
                         minister who would do it outside?

                                     SUE
                         I'll have to talk to Mom about it.  
                         That might be cool.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Camera shot of calendar - February 7th.

                                     JAY
                         How are the wedding and reception 
                         plans going? How many people are we 
                         inviting?

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                                                                       101.


                                     SUE
                         Mom and dad are looking after making 
                         the arrangements and sending out the 
                         invitations.  Probably something 
                         like a hundred.

                                     JAY
                         Anyone I know?

                                     SUE
                         All your friends that you have made 
                         from around here.  And your mother 
                         and a few of her friends so she 
                         doesn't feel out of place.

                                     JAY
                         Does that include Tanya and her boy 
                         friend?

                                     SUE
                         Of course.  Dad's accepted the idea 
                         of having the wedding in the park.  
                         He's going to work out those details.

                                     JAY
                         I thought he was staying as far out 
                         of the planning as possible.

                                     SUE
                         He likes organizing things when he's 
                         in complete control.

                                     JAY
                         I hope he isn't planning to try to 
                         control Steve as best man.  Gay guys 
                         love weddings, fancy shows and 
                         dressing up.  I have no idea what 
                         Steve might wear, but it won't be 
                         dull or boring.

                                     SUE
                         I really think this is going to be a 
                         beautiful and impressive wedding.  
                         Dad will be so proud of us. 

                                     JAY
                         Which reminds me, I need to see about 
                         getting Jimmy a suit and tie for the 
                         occasion.  His torn jeans and t-shirt 
                         might not fit in with occasion.

                                     SUE
                         And maybe check with Han Sing, too.  
                         Just in case.  We don't want any 
                         glitches.  Dad hates surprises. 

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                                                                       102.


                                     JAY
                         And the reception?

                                     SUE
                         He needs a fancy place with lots of 
                         liquor, a big meal, an orchestra and 
                         all that sort of thing.

                                     JAY
                         He gave me the outdoor wedding 
                         location and agreed to all my friends 
                         as guests, even including Jimmy and 
                         Han Sing.  So I'll give him his 
                         reception where and how he wants it.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Camera shot of calendar - March 15th.

                                     SUE
                         I'm picked up the invitations today.

                                     JAY
                         How do they look?

                                     SUE (CAUTIOUSLY)
                         Impressive.

                                     JAY
                         You don't sound happy about it.  Is 
                         there something wrong with them?

                                     SUE
                         It depends on your point of view.  
                         Have a look.

               Jay studies the invitation - reads out loud.

                                     JAY
                         The marriage of Susan Eleanor 
                         Parkington and Jason Winston May.

                                     (BEAT)
                         Who's this Jason May you're marrying?  
                         Anyone I know?

                                     SUE
                         It could be the printer's error?

                                     JAY
                         That would make me Jay May.

                                     SUE
                         It has a nice sound to it.

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                                                                       103.


                                     JAY
                         Oh sure.  Can't you just see me being 
                         introduced?  And this is Jay May.  
                         Well, how do you do, Jamie?  And 
                         what's your last name, Jamie?  Hardly 
                         confusing at all.

                                     SUE
                         I'm sure he'd change that.

                                     JAY
                         And what happened to my last name?

               What happened to Maytwayashing?

                                     SUE
                         He probably doesn't like the native 
                         Indian sound of it.  I didn't want 
                         to upset you with these problems 
                         unless I had to.

                                     JAY
                         Well, I'm afraid you'll have to.  
                         This is my identity we are talking 
                         about.  I don't care what Shakespeare 
                         said, I wouldn't smell as sweet as a 
                         Jason.  I'm either Jay or Japheth.

                                     SUE
                         I'm sure that won't be a problem.

                                     JAY
                         By the way, what name do you intend 
                         to use after we're married?

                                     SUE
                         I'd like to drop mine and take yours.

                                     JAY
                         But?

                                     SUE
                         I didn't say there was a but.

                                     JAY
                         There is no but?

                                     SUE
                         Well, maybe a little one.

                                     JAY
                         And that is?

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                                                                       104.


                                     SUE
                         Maytwayashing is a bit long for some 
                         people.

                                     JAY
                         I'd rather have people pay attention 
                         to me instead of my name.

                                     SUE
                         Does an Ojibwe name help or hinder 
                         you in being accepted?

                                     JAY
                         I don't think it matters.  We don't 
                         really fit in anywhere anyway.  We 
                         have to create a place for ourselves.

                                     SUE
                         Would your mother be upset if you 
                         gave up her name?

                                     JAY
                         It won't be her name after she gets 
                         married.  She won't care one way or 
                         the other.

                                     SUE
                         Oh. Is she getting married?

                                     JAY
                         Probably by then she will. She always 
                         likes to have a man around the place. 

                                     SUE
                         All you have to do, then, is choose 
                         a name you want to use.

                                     JAY
                         Let's sleep on it.

                                     SUE
                         Always a good plan.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Camera shot of calendar - March 23rd.

               INT. OFFICE -- DAY

               George is sitting across from a park OFFICIAL.

                                     OFFICIAL
                         We don't allow wedding ceremonies in 
                         the Mol Garden.

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                                                                       105.


                                     GEORGE
                         Take me to your supervisor.

                                                                   FADE TO:

               Camera shot of calendar - June 23rd.

               EXT. ASSINIBOINE PARK -- AFTERNOON

                                     GEORGE (WORRIED)
                         It's going to rain.  I just know 
                         this wedding is going to be a 
                         disaster.  What will we do if it 
                         rains?  There's nowhere we can go if 
                         it rains.

                                     HELEN
                         It's not going to rain.

                                     GEORGE
                         You can't know that.

                                     HELEN
                         It's like if you expect the worst, 
                         that's what will happen.  If you 
                         have faith then things will work 
                         out.

                                     GEORGE
                         Yes, yes.  I know.  But it's still 
                         going to rain.  I can feel it in my 
                         bones.

                                     HELEN
                         What is it the poet said?  The coward 
                         dies many times before his death; 
                         the valiant dies but once.

                                     GEORGE
                         What's that have to do with anything?  
                         We should have a tent set up in case 
                         of rain.  Will the park allow us to 
                         set up a tent?

                                     HELEN
                         We can always go into the pavilion 
                         if it rains.

                                     GEORGE
                         I never should have let you arrange 
                         this.  We should have hired someone.  
                         Then it would have been done right.

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                                                                       106.


                                     HELEN
                         Trust me, George.  This will be a 
                         memorable wedding.

                                     GEORGE
                         Is that what I want?  I thought I 
                         wanted impressive.

                                     HELEN
                         Isn't that the same thing? 

               Two hundred folding chairs have been set up on the grass - a 
               small podium set in front of a deer sculpture.

               The guests are seated: guests of the bride on the left and 
               right - ten seats for guests of the groom.

               The MINISTER, Jay and Steve stand in front of the podium - 
               excessive flowers everywhere.

               The bridesmaids and groomsmen take their places - synthesizer 
               MUSIC - procession begins with Tiffany as maid of honor.

               George takes his seat.

               From behind the trees at the front R.B. (in formal headdress 
               and regalia) moves silently to stand beside minister.

               Jay frowns turns - looks at Helen - she smiles and gives him 
               a thumbs-up.

               Wisps of a sweetgrass smudge wafted over the wedding party.

               R.B. stands motionless while the minister performs the 
               ceremony.

               R.B. steps  forward - places a traditional peace pipe into 
               Jay's hands - puts Sue's hands on top of Jay's.

                                     R.B.
                         You will share the same fire and 
                         hang your garments together.  You 
                         will help one another as you walk 
                         down the same trail of life.  You 
                         will look after each other.

               R.B. removes the banner.

                                     R.B.
                         Be kind to one another.  Be kind to 
                         your children.

               R.B. steps back.

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                                                                       107.


                                     MINISTER
                         You may now kiss the bride.

               Synthesizer MUSIC - recessional.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               EXT. COUNTRY CLUB -- AFTERNOON

               Reception on the lawns outside the Country Club - portable 
               bars - trays of snacks - gloved servers.

               Six native dancers in full dance costume - perform to the 
               beat and singing of four native drummers.

               George moves between small groups of guests - studiously 
               ignoring the dancers.

               Jay is talking with Helen.

                                     JAY
                         How did you manage to plan all this?

                                     HELEN
                         R.B wanted to do something spiritual 
                         for you.

                                     JAY (HUGGING HELEN)
                         You are the greatest ... mom.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. COUNTRY CLUB -- EVENING

               Guest are dancing in the ballroom.

               Jay leafs through the Guest Book - stops suddenly - takes 
               the book and rushes to Sue.

                                     JAY
                         He was here.  Did you know about 
                         that?

                                     SUE
                         Who?

                                     JAY
                         My dad.

                                     SUE
                         No way.  Let's check with Tiffany.  
                         She was looking after the book.

               Jay and Sue find Tiffany.

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                                                                       108.


                                     JAY
                         Did you see my dad?  What did he 
                         look like?  Is he still here?

                                     TIFFANY
                         I didn't pay much attention.  There 
                         were so many people I didn't know.

                                     JAY
                         You don't remember anything?

                                     TIFFANY
                         Wait a minute.  He left a gift.  I 
                         remember now.  He wasn't sure what 
                         to do with it.  I bet I can find it.

               Tiffany, Jay and SUE search through the wedding gifts.

                                     TIFFANY (CONT'D)
                         Here it is.

               Tiffany hands Jay a simply wrapped box with card attached.  
               Jay unwraps the box - almost drops it - lifts - out a wooden 
               goblet with a wooden ring trapped on the stem - examines it.

                                     SUE
                         That's so beautiful.  Hurry and read 
                         the card.

               Jay begins to read the card out loud.

                                     JAY
                         Dearest Jay and Sue, Thank you for 
                         bringing me to your wedding.  I will 
                         never forget this kindness.  I 
                         apologize for not speaking to you, 
                         but I've never brought happiness to 
                         anyone whose path I've crossed, so I 
                         think it is best we never meet.

               Jay chokes up with emotion - hands the card to Sue.  Sue 
               reads the card.

                                     SUE
                         I had no money to buy you a present, 
                         so I carved this little gift for you 
                         from a single piece of wood from a 
                         tree behind my trailer.  With every 
                         wood chip that I carved, and every 
                         speck of dust as I sanded it, I 
                         offered my prayer that you will find 
                         the happiness together that has always 
                         eluded me.

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                                                                       109.


               Sue hands the card to Jay as she holds up the goblet - admires 
               it while Jay reads.

                                     JAY
                         On each anniversary please share a 
                         drink from this glass, and pledge 
                         your love to each other.  Please do 
                         not judge me harshly.  No matter how 
                         much I have tried I seem to always 
                         mess up other people's lives.  With 
                         all my love and best wishes for your 
                         happiness.  Winston.

                                     SUE
                         It is so beautiful.  I wish we could 
                         have met him. 

                                     JAY
                         I'm amazed he came.

                                     SUE
                         It was nice of you to send him a 
                         ticket.

                                     JAY
                         I didn't send him a ticket.  I don't 
                         even know where he lives for sure.

                                     SUE
                         Then who did.  You don't suppose ...

                                     JAY
                         Who else?  Obviously your dad hired 
                         a private investigator to find him 
                         and invite him.  I bet your mom had 
                         a hand it that. She is such a hopeless 
                         romantic.

                                     SUE
                         She tries not to meddle, but you are 
                         right.  She is having so much fun 
                         with this wedding.  I've never seen 
                         her so excited before. 

                                     JAY
                         You dad probably just put Winston on 
                         his company payroll and wrote his 
                         ticket and expenses off as a business 
                         expense.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               General wedding reception activities around Sue and jay.

                                                                    CUT TO:

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                                                                       110.


               EXT. COUNTRY CLUB -- LATER

               Jay and Sue are ushered by George and Helen into a limo - 
               guests wave farewell to them.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               Close-up of George and Helen.

                                     GEORGE (LOOKING PERPLEXED)
                         Who invited all those . . . uh  . . 
                         . native people?  They aren't friends 
                         of ours, are they?

                                     HELEN
                         If you can just look beyond the 
                         surface ALL people are our friends - 
                         you just have let them in. 

               CAMERA ZOOMS OUT - PANS TO A HUGE OLD OAK TREE WITH AN EAGLE 
               SITTING ON A DEAD BRANCH AT THE TOP OF THE TREE.

               CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THE EAGLE FOR A CLOSE-UP OF THE EAGLE'S 
               HEAD.

               The eagle winks slowly and deliberately as the CLOSING CREDITS 
               RUN.

               The eagle glides off his perch, circles slowly a few times 
               and then floats into the distance.

                                                             FADE TO BLACK:

                                             THE END