Last days of Vannessa von Krugerstheine

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Submitted: March 24, 2016

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"Last days of Vannessa von Krugerstheine"

 

 

 

 

FADE IN:

INT. stage -- MORNING

LIGHT. A lot of light, a white veil, snow, and a song in the background. Swan lake and the white swan dancing in the middle, among the snow. Like a dream, beauty, peace, joy, but all this are gone, and the girl who played the white swan is hit by a car on the street.

INT. mansion  -- MORNING

VANNESSA, a young girl, with dark hair and blue eyes, wake up screaming, but ODETE, one of the servants come in and sit next to her.

odete

It's ok, my lady, you're awake! It can't harm you anymore. You're here!

vannessa

I can't bare it anymore, it's so hard... every night it become even more real.

ODETE

Will be fine, I will always be here with you.

VANNESSA

It's late, has papa arrived?

ODETE

Yes, he's with your grandfather and with doctor Hopkins.

VANNESSA

Help me, please, I must see him.

Odete takes the wheelchair and helps the girl to settle. She clenches her teeth, she had a big pain but she doesn't say anything.

Vannessa enters in  the room, helped by Odete, where she sees her sister, MELLISSA, a young girl with big blue eyes and red hair, at EDWARD's arm,  a boy dressed in a suit with tie, with black eyes and blond hair.

mellissa

Oh, dear, look who's here.

VANNESSA

Mellissa, where is papa?

MELLISSA

Upstairs, with grandpa. But he will leave soon, the car is waiting for him.

VANNESSA

Did mister Hopkins say something about grandpa?

MELLISSA

No. As always my dear sister. Come, baby, we have things to do for the party.

VANNESSA

Party? Grandpa is dying and you have a party?

MELLISSA

Oh, Vannessa, nobody will die, just calm down, ok?

Mellissa takes Edward's arm even more forcibly then she goes with him in the next room. Odete puts her hand on the shoulder of Vannessa slightly.

ODETE

Don't be sad, my lady!

VANNESSA

I used to love him, now is hard to see him with my own sister.

ODETE

Time will heal every wound.

VANNESSA

Not all of them, Odete... not this time.

CUT TO:

EXT. garden. -- AFTERNOON

Vannessa stand in the garden, reading but she sees a black cat. She smiles and call for the cat, but it get scared and run off. Vannessa tries to catch her, and then the book falls from his knees.

VANNESSA

Oh no! Not again...

She bows to pick it up, but can’t reach. She tries a couple of times, but it was too far. She sees a pair of black sports shoes, one hand easy lift the book, and when she look up, sees a guy with black, wavy long hair, lovingly smiling. SETH gives her the book.

VANNESSA

Thank you!

seth

No problem. You must be lady Vannessa, right?

VANNESSA

And you are?

SETH

Seth, I'm doctor Hopkins's son.

VANNESSA

Oh, I see. What bring you here?

SETH

I'm a student at medicine and my father takes me with him to look after your grandpa.

VANNESSA

So you will be a doctor someday.

SETH

Yes, maybe... at least I hope so.

VANNESSA

Why do you say that?

SETH

Well, it's too expensive, my mother is very ill, and ... you know, it's hard...

VANNESSA

I'm sorry!

SETH

You are not like your sister...

VANNESSA

You just meet me, how can you say that?

SETH

Well... I told you that I came with my father to take care of your grandpa, but you're sister told me to get out.

VANNESSA

What?

SETH

Yes... but is ok.

VANNESSA

No, of course, it's not ok.

SETH

Never mind. Look! Kitty, kitty!

Seth manages to take the cat in his arms, then puts it on Vannessa's knees. She gently caressing the black fur of the cat.

VANNESSA

I wish to have a cat, but I can't take of her.

SETH

But you have servants who can take care of it for you.

VANNESSA

No, they have a lot to do... I don't want to bother them with my cat.

SETH

The home I have a dog... maybe you will see him someday.

VANNESSA

I don't think so... well, maybe only if you will bring him here.

SETH

You don't have to lock yourself in here.

VANNESSA

Look at me... what can I do?

SETH

Do you want me to take you to a walk?

VANNESSA

No. I don't need your mercy.

SETH

It's not mercy, not at all. Think that is a friendship... don't have too many friends, and it will be nice to talk with somebody.

VANNESSA

I used to have a lot of friends, to have Edward... but after the accident... everything had disappeared... like it never was there.

SETH

Edward? The blonde one?

VANNESSA

Yes... not far from here is a lake, I used to play there when I was a child, can you take me there... I wish to see it again. Please.

SETH

Sure, it will be my pleasure.

VANNESSA

Hey, kitty, kitty...

Seth pushed the wheelchair, and she sits, smiling, petting the cat.

They walked through the garden, he tells the story of something, from time to time gesturing, and she was laughing. The stayed silent for some moments, but then again, Seth was saying something that made her smile.

Passing through the orchard with apple trees Vannessa story on something, and he listens  with sadness.

They reached the lake, he took her closer to shore. An easy wind pass and a turtle baby is carried away with the wave. She smiles and the boy noticed how beautiful she was.

VANNESSA

What? Why do you look like that?

SETH

What? Sorry... I was thinking.

VANNESSA

At what?

SETH

Secret. If I told you, then I must kill you, and I'm afraid that you sister will miss you a lot.

VANNESSA

Oh, yes... of course. Mister secret, can you catch me that little one?

SETH

The frog?

VANNESSA

Yes. He's so cute...

SETH

God, which girl want to take a frog in her hands?

VANNESSA

I want.

SETH

Ok... freak!

VANNESSA

Oh, come one, catch it!

Seth goes closer to the Lake, raises the sleeves of the shirt that he wear, puts his hands easily  in water, but when he wants to catch the frog, it goes away.

SETH

Oh, no! Come here Your Highness, this little girl wants to kiss you...

VANNESSA

Seth! I don't want to kiss him.

SETH

Oh, I know you want... I’m sure of this. We can call him... Edward...

VANNESSA

Seth!

SETH

Ah... no... no... ha! Yes!

VANNESSA

Did You get him?

SETH

Yes... I think so...

Holding something in the punch, Seth is coming closer to Vannessa, and she stretches her arms towards him.

VANNESSA

What are you waiting for?

SETH

You're sure...

VANNESSA

Yes!

Seth gives the frog to the girl, and he looked with big eyes to them, seems to fear.

SETH

Here is your prince.

VANNESSA

Hello, Your Highness, Seth want to kiss you!

Vannessa is heading her hands towards Seth, but he smile and make few step. Because she was laughing, the frog gets scared and runs away.

VANNESSA

You scared him!

SETH

Oh God! I can't believe that a girl like you just touched a frog.

VANNESSA

A girl like me, how?

SETH

Well...you know.

VANNESSA

No, I don't.

SETH

A rich girl, so fragile, delicate... things like that...

VANNESSA

Ok, I think we should go back, if Odete doesn't see me in the garden, it won't be so nice...

SETH

It's ok, you can tell her your love story with the prince.

VANNESSA

Oh, shut up!

While Vannessa caressing the cat that sleeps on her knees, Seth pushes her wheelchair, telling her some stories again, and she laughs.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION -- NIGHT

Vannessa was sleeping, but when she feel a hand touching her, she wake up. Odete was there, crying.

VANNESSA

Odete, what happened?

ODETE

Oh, my lady... Your grandfather died.

VANNESSA

What? No... no...

ODETE

I'm so sorry my child. I'm sorry!

VANNESSA

No! It can't be... he can't die...

ODETE

Shh, I'm sorry!

Tears flowed from her eyes, but the maid hugs her tight.

When she get in the room, Mellissa was at the door,  no crying, without saying anything, near the bed, was Lord James, Vannessa's  father and Agata, her aunt. Near the old man was Dr. Hopkins, who is still trying do something.

VANNESSA

Dad...

james

Vannessa, you're here!

dr. hopkins

I'm sorry, my lord, it's nothing that I can do. He's dead.

JAMES

I understand...

DR. HOPKINS

I'm sorry!

The doctor step aside and then Lord comes closer to his father. He easy touch his hand but does not shed any tear. He was a tall man, with big eyes and short blond hair, a cold man.

JAMES

Rest in peace dad!

agata

Oh, dad, how can you do this to us... how can you leave me... dad...

Agata comes near the bed, screaming, but James grabs her arm.

JAMES

Stop this, Agata! Don't make a scene here!

AGATA

Oh, James, how can you be so cold?

JAMES

Stop! We all know that you even don't agree dad, now, that he's dead, don't act like you care.

AGATA

He is my dad too. I loved him.

JAMES

Stop this, Agata! Just stop!

James leave from the room and let the door open behind him. Vannessa was crying, but the doctor gently touches her hand, as a father.

VANNESSA

He was a kind man... always on my side.

DR. HOPKINS

I know, my lady. I know.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION -- MORNING

Mellissa came down from the stairs, but when she sees Seth waiting, she goes at him.

MELLISSA

What are you doing here?

SETH

It's not your business.

MELLISSA

Everything that happens in this house is my business. Remember that all this are mine.

SETH

Let's not speak about this, we both know that is not true.

MELLISSA

What have you said?

SETH

Don't act like an innocent grill, Mellissa, I know what have you done. I know how you treat Vannessa.

MELLISSA

Vannessa? Oh, now you tell her on the name, Seth, remember how you are... don't mess with me!

SETH

I'm what?

MELLISSA

You are only a foolish poor boy! Why are you here? Maybe... you want something to eat...

SETH

What?

MELLISSA

Wait outside, I will tell the cooker to give you some rest... from the breakfast!

VANNESSA

How dare you to speak with him like that?

Vannessa comes in the room. She pushes her wheelchair and comes closer.

VANNESSA

We're not like this, Mellissa, you are a shame for our family.

MELLISSA

No, my dear sister, you are a shame... you are the retarded and invalid one.

SETH

You bitch!

Seth punches Mellissei, and in that moment, Edward enters.

edward

Hei! What the hell happens here?

VANNESSA

It's not your business, Edward!

MELLISSA

Be sure that dad will know about this. You and your ingrate frailty will starve, I will buy you... I will buy your house... you will beg for mercy.

Mellissa leaves nervous and Edward follows her without saying a word.

VANNESSA

Seth!

Seth knees and gently touch Vanessa.

SETH

I'm sorry, for what she said to you... I've challenged her.

VANNESSA

No! Please, for what she said about you, about your family, I can't say how sorry I'm.

SETH

No, it's ok... I'm used to that.

VANNESSA

It's so wrong! I assure you that my father will know about this. Things will not remain like that.

SETH

No, Vannessa, please, I don't want to make your problems.

VANNESSA

Not at all...

SETH

I know you loved your grandpa, now that he's gone, and your father is on the business trip, I thought that you are alone... so... I came to visit you... to make sure that you're right.

VANNESSA

Thank you, I really appreciate this. Come, let's go in my room, here, the walls have eyes.

SETH

Let me help you!

Seth helps her to go in the room, and behind them, Mellissa and Edward watch them.

EDWARD

Who is this poor one?

MELLISSA

Doctor Hopkins's boy. I don't know how, but he's very close to Vannessa. Too close actually...

EDWARD

Now that the old man is gone, the doctor must take money from somewhere, don't you think so?

MELLISSA

My aunt told me that they are so poor, and his mother is ill... Edward, you think that Seth is here for Vannessa's money?

EDWARD

What else for? I mean... she's invalid... it’s not like they can have...

MELLISSA

Edward! Invalid or not, she is the older sister, all this are her, and you know that... if something happened...

EDWARD

Mellissa! Nothing could happen! Stop thinking like that. Now let's go, we have a lot to do for the dinner party.

MELLISSA

Yes, of course!

In the room, Vannessa takes a photo from the office and shows it to Seth.

VANNESSA

Look, I was not always like this…

SETH

You were a ballerina...

VANNESSA

Yes. The white swan, the main dancer of the group. I was admired by many people... until the accident.

SETH

What happened? If I may ask...

VANNESSA

It was two years ago. After the representation of the swan lake, I was so proud, and when I wanted to cross the street, a car hit me. He had speed, and lose control, it was impossible to stop, the driver died and I remained invalid... forever... the car broke my legs. I was in a coma one month, nobody thought that I will live... but here I'm.

SETH

That's horrible...

VANNESSA

Yes, it's ... but now is just a part of the past who haunt me every night... in my dreams.

SETH

I would say that I'm sorry, but is not enough!

Seth kisses her hand, so easy, and she smiles.

VANNESSA

At least, I'm alive.

SETH

Yes. You will be fine, I promise you.

VANNESSA

Thank you, but I don't need a babysitter.

SETH

Is that so? Then who will catch the frogs for you?

VANNESSA

It was only once... and that little one was so cute...

SETH

Maybe this days we will go to him again.

VANNESSA

It will be nice.

SETH

And also, my mother invited you to dinner... she said that you can come at us everytime you want. You're more than welcome.

VANNESSA

Thank you, Seth, is very kind to say that, but you know that I don't leave the mansion... is too hard for me. And I don't know the world to see me like that.

SETH

Hei, you shouldn't be a shame of this, not at all, you should be proud that you're alive, that you're a survival!

VANNESSA

You know Seth, this is not life. To be a ballerina, a dancer, such a free spirit, and in just a moment everything is taken from you, to become invalid... to sit forever in a chair... this really is not life.

SETH

Don't say that, please.

VANNESSA

I would give everything so, I just walk again... I wish to run... to dance again.

SETH

Please, don't cry... please!

Seth removes her tears, and she let her head in his palm.

VANNESSA

You said that you don't have too many friends... but I don't have anyone. I'm alone...

SETH

No, you're not alone. I know that is not too much, but you have me. I will always be on your side.

VANNESSA

Thank you, Seth. It means a lot for me.

Seth's phone ring.

SETH

Scuze me, please!

He answers and became more worried.

SETH

I will come faster I can.

VANNESSA

Seth, what happens?

SETH

My mother is not well. Vannessa, I'm sorry... I...

VANNESSA

Don't worries for me, please. Go! Take care of your mother.

SETH

Thank you!

VANNESSA

Seth! If you need something, please, don't hesitate to ask me.

SETH

I will... bye, Vannessa!

He kisses her cheek after that runaway.

Behind him, Vannessa touch her cheek smiling, looking at the photo when she was a ballerina.

VANNESSA

Maybe... things will change...

CUT TO:

INT. hopkins's house. -- MOMENTS LATER

Seth enters in the house running and sees his father, sitting on the couch next to his mother, SABINE, a woman of nearly 40 years, blonde, eyes black. She coughs blood, holding a white handkerchief to her mouth.

SETH

Mom!

sabine

Oh, Seth, you're home!

SETH

I came faster I could. What happened?

Sabine

You know... like every time. Don't worry about me, I will be...

But she can't continue what she had to say and coughs again. This time, the handkerchief is filled with blood. She is pale, with a tired face.

SETH

Mom!

sabine

Don't worries, Seth!

DR. HOPKINS

Stay here with her, son, I go to make a tee.

SETH

Ok, dad.

Adolphe, Seth's father gets up and goes to the kitchen. Seth put pillows to his mother and helps her lie.

sabine

You were to visit her, Vannessa, right?

SETH

Yes. Don't speak mom, I don't want you to get tired.

sabine

Oh, I'm fine. Tell me about her, son...

SETH

I told her that you invite her here, she was so happy to hear this...

sabine

I must be well soon, I will prepare a memorable dinner.

SETH

Oh, mom... she can't come, you know that she can't walk.

sabine

Seth, help her, I want her to be on your side when I will be gone...

SETH

No, mom! Don't say something like this! Please.

sabine

Seth, promise me that you will take care of your dad... he's too alone.

SETH

No, mom, you will be here to look after him, after me...

Sabine takes the handkerchief and coughs again. Shaking and hardly try no to cry. Suddenly she breathes hard, deep like she has choked.

SETH

Mom? Mom?

She doesn't answer, move her hand and touch him. Shaking increasingly louder. Coughs again.

SETH

Dad! Dad, come here! dad!

Adolphe comes running. Immediately comes near his wife and grab her hand.

DR. HOPKINS

Sabine! Breath! Breath! Look at me! Easy...

She tries to breathe, but it was hard.

DR. HOPKINS

Seth, give me my bag! Now!

From the table, Seth brings the bag to his father. He find the syrup and put it on a spoon.

DR. HOPKINS

Here, drink this! Sabine...

At the corner of the mouth fine line of blood flowed. Hardly, trembling, she drinks the syrup and coughs again.

DR. HOPKINS

Breath! Just breath!

She breathes and become calmer. With the face so pale, she looks at her husband.

Sabine

I will die soon, right?

DR. HOPKINS

No, my dear, you will not die!

sabine

I'm sorry, Adolph... I don't want to let you alone...

DR. HOPKINS

Just don't say that, ok? You pass trough worse situation. We will be fine, together.

sabine

Not this time...

SETH

Mom... don't say that. You must survive!

sabine

Oh, my boy!

Gently, she touches her son, on the face. Her hands are so cold.

SETH

You are so cold, mom!

sabine

The life is leaving me...

SETH

No, I'm sure that you just need one more blanket! Right, dad?

DR. HOPKINS

Yes...

sabine

Forgive me, Seth... I wish to spend more time with you. Forgive me if I was a bad mother.

SETH

No, mom! No! You will be fine. I don't let you go.

sabine

Promise me you will not cry... you are a strong man! You have to take care of your dad!

SETH

Mom...

DR. HOPKINS

Seth, please, go to take that tea. Please!

SETH

Ok...

Seth gets up and goes to the kitchen. There, he take the teapot, put tea into a cup, with two sugar cubes and mix it. Tears fall on the table. He is crying.

In the other room, Adolph still keeps his wife's hand into his hands.

sabine

Tell me the truth, Adolph, I will see the sunrise?

DR. HOPKINS

Mellissa! Of course, you will see the sunrise!

sabine

Don't lie to me! You are a doctor, Adolph, tell me, how many time I have?

DR. HOPKINS

Enough, me dear. Please, stop speaking like that, you want to scare our boy? Can't you see that he's frightened?

sabine

I don't want to scare him, but also, I want him to know the truth... to be prepared...

She breathes so deep, so hard...

DR. HOPKINS

Sabine? Sabine, look at me!

sabine

Adolph...please...

She coughs so strong that blood flows. She wanted to rise, but she could not. Still cough, but at the same time, she looked like a choke.

DR. HOPKINS

No, Sabine! Please... please... Sabine!

Hearing the screams of his father, Seth enters into the room, running, but stops at the threshold. He's looking with big eyes at his parents. His father, crying, screaming, and his mother, deeply breathing, with open mouth. But suddenly pulls air into chest ... and then expire eased. Her hand falls from the husband's hand, and she falls on the pillow.

The cup of tea falls from Seth's hand and it turns into pieces on the floor. He cry, yell as the power hold him, but no longer had the strength to move.

DR. HOPKINS

No, Sabine! Please, don't leave me! Sabine!

Doctor Hopkins keep his wife in his arms, crying.

SETH

Mom...

DR. HOPKINS

Seth!

Seth sees his father's sad face and run.

DR. HOPKINS

Seth! Where are you going? Seth! Wait! Seth!

The doctor get out, but his son already went away with the bike.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MANSION -- CONTINUOUS

Vannessa is in the garden, in front do the mansion reading when she hear the bike. Looking careful she sees how Seth get off his helmet and run towards her.

VANNESSA

Seth! You're back!

The boy comes nearer her and falls on his knees. From his blue eyes, tears are flowing.

VANNESSA

Seth! What happened? Seth!

He doesn't answer, just crying and she gently touch his hair.

VANNESSA

Please, Seth, tell me. What have you done? What is it?

SETH

My mother...

VANNESSA

What is with her?

SETH

She died... my mother died, Vannessa.

VANNESSA

My God!

SETH

I wasn't next to her. My father sent me to the kitchen to take the tea. He knew that she will die...

VANNESSA

Oh, Seth! I'm so sorry.

SETH

Why? How did this can happen? Why she leave me...

VANNESSA

We all die, sometimes, but it was too soon for her... heaven is too cruel.

SETH

We are poor, but we're happy. She was  always there for me, and for dad... but now... she's gone.

VANNESSA

Your dad, he's alone?

SETH

Yes. I can't stay there anymore. I feel like I can't breathe. I had to leave... I left him alone, I’m such a coward.

VANNESSA

No! It's not true.

SETH

I can't go home without her. It will be so... empty... she always was there, waiting for me, smiling... now it will be only a cold house.

VANNESSA

Your father is there. You must be strong for him. He needs you!

SETH

But who will be strong for me?

VANNESSA

Seth, calm down, please! Please!

Vannessa rise Seth's head so easy, remove his tears, but nothing in this world can stop his pain.

SETH

I'm alone, Vannessa... I'm so alone.

VANNESSA

No. You will never be alone. I will always be with you. No matter what, I will be next to you.

SETH

She told me to take care of you because only you will be here when she will go... and after that... she really goes... why she couldn't wait a little more?

VANNESSA

Maybe she is fine now. Among angels.

SETH

But me? And dad? We're not happy. Not at all...

VANNESSA

This is the circle of life. When my mother passes away, I was only ten years, but I remember like it was yesterday. A terrible cold and emptiness were in my heart.

SETH

It is like a part of me died with her. It will never be the same... I will never be the same...

VANNESSA

My dear Seth... I know that is nothing that I can do for you. I'm just so sorry.

SETH

Vannessa, why parents die? Why they left they're children alone? A mother should always be with her child...

VANNESSA

I know. Believe me, I know how it feel.

SETH

Is like a wind passing by me... my mind knows it's real, I was there, I saw her dead... but my heart doesn't accept it. I still wait for someone to tell me that she's fine...

VANNESSA

Let it go, Seth! Let's her rest in peace.

SETH

She was so ill, but now she finally can rest. Please, tell me it's just a lie... that she still leave...

VANNESSA

Seth! What can I do? Now only memories will touch the emptiness.

SETH

Tell me I'm wrong...

VANNESSA

I wish to... I really wish to.

She still comforts him easily, clearing his tears.

SETH

It hurt so much, that I can't breathe.

VANNESSA

I know.

SETH

What can I do? I can't bring her back... nobody and nothing can bring her back.

VANNESSA

Time will heal it, Seth.

SETH

I'm sure that it will always hurt. It will be forever a bleeding wound.

Seth put his head on Vannessa's knees, close his eyes and letting his tears flow.

SETH

How will I go back?

VANNESSA

Your father needs you. You can't let him alone with such a pain.

SETH

Yes, I know. But I can't go back there... it will never be like home. She will never be there anymore.

VANNESSA

Seth, you are the only family that your dad have.

SETH

I feel like I'm insane... I'm loosing my minds...

VANNESSA

No! I'm here... I will watch you... nobody will harm you! Nothing...

He closed his eyes, breathing, so hard, trying to rest. To be free.

VANNESSA

We should go inside, it seems that will rain!

SETH

Even the sky is crying....

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. MANSION -- MOMENTS LATER

Later, in the night, Seth is sleeping, and Vannessa sites next to him, just watching him. Her phone ring.

VANNESSA

Hello?

DR. HOPKINS (V.O.)

Lady Vannessa?

VANNESSA

Yes, it's me.

DR. HOPKINS

I'm sorry to disturb you so late in the night, I just want to ask if my son is with you.

VANNESSA

Yes, sir, he's with me. Seth cried all day, and now he just fall asleep, but I will wake him up to come home.

DR. HOPKINS

No. Oh, please no. Just... let him stay there with you. I'm sure that is better to now that he's not alone.

VANNESSA

Of course. I can understand.

DR. HOPKINS

Thank you, my lady. And, I want you to promise me something.

VANNESSA

Sure.

DR. HOPKINS

Please, I'm begging you, take care of my son. Don't let him pass trough this tragedy alone.

VANNESSA

I will always be on his side, you can be sure of that, sir. Seth is not alone. He will never be.

DR. HOPKINS

Ok, I'm glad to hear this. Thank you for everything, Lady Vannessa. Have a good night.

VANNESSA

Sir, I just want you to know that I can't say how sorry I felt about what just happened... I lost my mother when I was very young, but I still remember the pain. So... if you need something, or... someone to talk to, my family and I will be on your side.

DR. HOPKINS

Thank you, I really appreciate this.

For some moments, the doctor doesn't say anything, and after that, he closed his phone.

Vannessa looks at Seth and sees him sleeping. She gently touches his hair.

VANNESSA

You are not alone, Seth. Not as long as I still live...

CUT TO:

EXT. HOPKINS'S HOUSE. -- MORNING

Earlier in the morning, driving his bike, Seth arrived home. He stop, get down from the bike and come near the house but when he look at the tree, in the garden, he remains shocked.

For some moments, he just watches, with big eyes, but after that, he scream. Yell, realize that his father hanged himself from a tree.

SETH

NOO, no, dad! No... please...

He falls on knees, yelling. He feels like everything spins with him, then he freaks out. 

CUT TO:

EXT. Cemetery -- DAY

At the cemetery is the funeral of Hopkins's. Unknown families come, speak with Seth, friends with his parents. There are two thumbs, one next to each other, and the coffins on the edge. Seth sits on the front row but rises when he see Vannessa coming with her father, Lord James Krugerstheine.

SETH

Vannessa! You're here...

VANNESSA

Of course, I'm here. Oh, Seth... I'm so sorry.

SETH

Thank you...

JAMES

I'm sorry for your lost, boy. I know what means to lose both your parents. If is something you need, just ask. You are not alone.

SETH

Thank you, sir! I really appreciate that you are here.

JAMES

I couldn't let my girl come alone, you know that is impossible... and... Adolphe was my father's doctor, and one of my best friend... I'm here to say him the last goodbye.

SETH

Indeed.

JAMES

Well, now I let you too alone, I go take a sit next to doctor Reeves.

VANNESSA

Thank you, dad.

Lord James leave, leaving those two alone.

VANNESSA

Seth...

SETH

It was so horrible! First, I thought that I'm wrong, that it can't be true... but moments later, I realized that he's my father, hanging in a tree.

VANNESSA

I feel so bad that I can't do anything to help you. If I could walk... I would come with you... and.

SETH

No, Vannessa, it's only my fault. I should’ve been there for him... but I left him alone.

VANNESSA

You know that is not true. I thought that... the pain was too much for your father, and he did this so he can't suffer anymore.

SETH

But me? Why doesn't he stick with me, first? How about my pain?

VANNESSA

I don't know... maybe he does.

SETH

What?

VANNESSA

In the evening, he called me to ask about you, and at that time you were sleeping. He asked me to promise that I will take care of you. That you will not be alone. But I never thought what he really want to do...

SETH

My God... How could he do this to me?

VANESSA

I'm sorry, Seth! I'm very sorry.

SETH

Time will pass, and this wounds will heal, but now... it's still bleeding. I fell like I can't breathe. I lost both of my parents in less than a day.

VANNESSA

What will you do now?

SETH

What do you mean? What should I do?

VANNESSA

I mean... will you remain in town?

SETH

Yes... I don't have another place to go. My parents don't have brothers or sisters so I don't have any family now.

VANNESSA

I don't want it to sound wrong, but I'm happy to know that you will remain here... I was afraid that you will leave.

SETH

No. I won't leave!

With his eyes full of tears, Seth catches Vannessa's hands into his hands.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION kitchen -- AFTERNOON

In the kitchen there were around ten chefs, cooking all sorts of dishes. Pots boiled, they chop the vegetables, but Odete, chop the cabbage, looking by time to time to the chef, CHARLES, a man of fifty years.

ODETE

I told you, she will ruin this family. With all this parties and dinners...

charles

This is not your business. You are paid to be the servant! Just the servant!

ODETE

I can not worries, I've been in this family since I know myself.

CHARLES

Odete! Tell us the truth, you are most worried about Lady Vannessa than the fortune of the family. I'm I right?

ODETE

Well... if you know, why do you ask?

CHARLES

Now keep your mouth shut, if lady Mellissa came and hear what you just said, I'm afraid that she will kick you out.

ODETE

Lady Mellissa? Here? In the kitchen? Oh, God, I want to live to see this.

CHARLES

Lady Vannessa! You should be in bed now, it's too earlier!

VANNESSA

I can't sleep, Charles. You know that. Tell me, how can I help you?

CHARLES

My Lady, you shouldn't!

VANNESSA

Oh, it is not the first time when I help in the kitchen! So, tell me... I know that is hard to cook for 50 people in only one day.

CHARLES

Fine, come here and cut this apple!

VANNESSA

Ok, just let me wash my hands!

Pushing the wheelchair, Vannessa goes to the sink where she wash her hands. Odete is looking to Charles, and this one gives slightly nodded, approvingly, smiling.

VANNESSA

Here, give me that knife!

One of the cookers give the knife to Vannessa and help her to go to the table where the apples are.

VANNESSA

Thank you!

Odete came with a cup of coffee and but it next to apples.

ODETE

Your coffee, my lady!

VANNESSA

Thank you, Odete. You all have eaten something? You shouldn't work with the stomach empty... the breakfast is the most important meal.

CHARLES

Oh, don't worry about us. Your haven’t  eaten either!

VANNESSA

Me? Look, I'm drinking my coffee, which, by the way, is amazing. As in the every morning.

CHARLES

My lady, will Lord James arrive for the dinner?

VANNESSA

I don't know, I'm not so sure about this. He's in Sweden and since yesterday, I don't know anything about him.

CHARLES

I wish him to be here, it won't be such a mess!

VANNESSA

Don't worries, Charles, my aunt Agata will be here.

ODETE

God help us!

Vannessa laugh, and Charles too.

At the threshold of the door appears Mellissa, wearing a black bathrobe on her, and she has her hair wet.

MELLISSA

What is so funny?

VANNESSA

Wow, look who's here. Why are you awake so earlier, dear sister?

MELLISSA

Can't you see, I had to wash my hair, some of us takes that family dinner serious.

VANNESSA

Look at me. I help at cooking, I take it serious too.

MELLISSA

You're so pathetic! You are the lady of this house, how can you stay in the kitchen?

VANNESSA

Maybe... because I don't care so much for the way I look and for my title.

MELLISSA

Yes, I can see that. Charles? Where is my breakfast?

CHARLES

It will come immediately, my Lady.

MELLISSA

Fine, but I can't wait too much, I have a lot of things to do.

CHARLES

Yes, my lady.

MELLISSA

And Vannessa... that... poor boy is here. He waits for you in the... outside. In front of the door.

VANNESSA

What? Mellissa, how could you let him wait outside? In front of the door... like a dog...

MELLISSA

Well, he's not more than a abandoned dog.

VANNESSA

You're a bitch! Odete, please, go and bring Seth here! Immediately!

ODETE

Of course, my lady!

Odete leave, but Mellissa still remains next to the door, smiling, arrogantly.

MELLISSA

Charles, hurry up with that breakfast, I can't wait longer. I want you to bring it to me in the garden. Now I'm leaving... the air had a smell of... dog!

SETH

Good morning, you too, Mellissa!

Mellissa leave, but Seth comes, holding in his hand an envelope of sheets, filled with documents. He was accompanied by Odete.

VANNESSA

Seth! You came so earlier.

SETH

Yes, I was sure that Mellissa will do something to bother you...

VANNESSA

Well, it's always like this. At every party or dinner.

CHARLES

Do you want a coffee, my boy?

SETH

Yes, thank you very much!

Charles bring a coffee to the boy, and this one sits next to Vannessa.

SETH

Ah...

The coffee is too hot so he burn his tongue. Vannessa smile and give him a slice of apple.

SETH

Thanks, oh, God!

VANNESSA

What's that?

SETH

Yesterday, I clean my dad office... and I found this. Vannessa, you can walk again!

VANNESSA

What have you just said?

In that moment, no one from the kitchen doesn't move, all look shocked for what they just hear. Odete comes close to them.

ODETE

What are you saying, boy?

SETH

After the last operation, when they fixed your bones, it has been sent a letter, from France. The doctor asked you to come back, for recuperation.

VANNESSA

It is impossible! My father never told me about this.

SETH

I'm kind of sure that you father doesn't even know about this.

VANNESSA

What?

SETH

The letter was received by a women, Agata d'Winter.

VANNESSA

Seth, are you sure? Agata is my aunt, my father's sister... she.

SETH

Don't believe me, just look at that!

Seth pulls out the medical documents and the letter from the French doctor showing her who signed the receipt.

VANNESSA

No... it can't be true!

Vannessa read the letter, trembling, crying.

VANNESSA

I knew that she never liked me, but... how could that happen?

seth

I don't know.

VANNESSA

How can she be so cruel? Why doesn't she say anything about this?

SETH

Maybe she was afraid that you will be again the heiress of this dynasty.

She can control Mellisa... but you, never.

VANNESSA

For money? You think she hid this to me only for money?

SETH

What else? She is your aunt, I don't know her.

VANNESSA

Two years... two years in a chair, invalid... without any dream, without any... life... I thought that everything is lost for me... but.. she knew that is the chance to walk again... and she hid it.

ODETE

I go to call Lord James. He must know about this. It's unforgive.

VANNESSA

No, Odete. Let's my father to finish his trip well.

ODETE

But... it's too important, more important than any trip.

VANNESSA

No. I will speak with him when he will come back.

Vannessa goes to the living room, alone. Seth looks at the cooker and at Odete, then goes after Vannessa.

On the wall, next to the fireplace, is a paint with swans, one white, and one black. Vannessa is crying.

SETH

Vannessa?

VANNESSA

Seth! My dream died a long time ago, at the same time with my love for Edward. I never thought that I will walk again... I don't even dream about this.

SETH

I know that is hard to find all these things.

VANNESSA

It's horrible! I never thought that my aunt was so cruel...

SETH

What will you do?

VANNESSA

I will destroy her... as she destroys everything I had. Two years ago I was very beautiful, and a great ballerina. I lost everything in only one moment.

SETH

I know.

VANNESSA

Things will not remain like this. If this letter is true... I will become a swan again... but this time, I will be the black swan.

SETH

Vannessa...

VANNESSA

Will you help me? Seth, will you help me to walk again?

SETH

Of course. I will do everything I can to help you.

VANNESSA

Thank you. You're so kind, Seth! You are a true friend.

Seth smile and kiss her hand.

SETH

Let the revenge start! For tonight... you will be that lady that everyone know.

VANNESSA

How can I be? I'm just an invalid.

SETH

No! Never say that! You are Vannessa von Krugersthein, and all those rich and arrogant guys will bow their head in front of you.

VANNESSA

Well... I think I still have a dress that I never had the opportunity to wear it... because of the accident.

SETH

Then, tonight is the moment.

VANNESSA

Mellisa will die of anger!

SETH

I really want to see her face.

Vannessa smile and then, Seth delete her tears.

SETH

But, until tonight, I think I know what we should do.

VANNESSA

What?

SETH

I don't want to see you crying. You will never cry again. I will take care of you as I promised... and now... let's go, it's something that I want to do for you.

VANNESSA

What? Seth, where we go?

SETH

It's a surprised. A crazy one.

Seth helps Vannessa to get out from the house.

EXT. MANSION -- CONTINUOUS

Seth takes Vannessa next to the bike.

VANNESSA

Seth, what you want to do?

SETH

We're going to a walk.

VANNESSA

Are you crazy? I can't go.

SETH

Of course, you can.

VANNESSA

Seth! I can't go on a bike. If you want to take me somewhere, we can take my father's car.

SETH

No. We're going with the bike.

VANNESSA

Seth... please!

Seth rises Vannessa in his arms and put her on the bike. She smiles but in the same time was scared.

VANNESSA

No, I can't do that! Seth, please.

SETH

Hei... calm down, ok? Everything will be fine.

VANNESSA

Please, take me down!

SETH

Vannessa, you think that I will ever do something to harm you? Please, just ... trust me.

VANNESSA

Ok...But don't do something foolish. Just remember that... I'm invalid.

SETH

This is yours, captain!

Seth helps Vannessa to put the helmet on the head, and the he climbs on the bike. She shivered, but Seth stretches his hands beside her.

SETH

Are you cold?

VANNESSA

No. I'm just scared. In two years, this is the first time when i... when I truly get out.

SETH

Just... hold on tight. I will never let you fall.

VANNESSA

Oh my, God, I think I will die.

Seth starts the motorcycle and easy go, Vannessa pulls out a sound of fear. The boy walked slowly, with one hand holding the handlebars motorcycle and another holding her in his arms, careful for her, not to fall.

SETH

Are you ok?

VANNESSA

I'm very afraid... I'm scared that I will fall...

SETH

No. I hold you, it's impossible to fall. Trust me, Vannessa.

VANNESSA

Tell me, where are we going?

SETH

I already told you... it's a surprise.

He comes out of the huge court of the mansion and go easy on a stone road, through the Woods. Tree branches formed a canopy.

vannessa

It is so beautiful!

SETH

Yes, but in the night is more beautiful. This road always had something special.

VANNESSA

Maybe sometimes, in some night, you will bring me here... to see the stars.

SETH

You can be sure of that.

Arrived at an intersection, he turns to the left.

VANNESSA

Seth?

SETH

What is it? You want me to stop?

VANNESSA

No, I'm ok. I... I just want to thank you.

SETH

It's just a walk... don't worries about it.

VANNESSA

Not just for this. For everything, you do for me. You are very kind... thank you for being my friend.

SETH

Hei... for that are friends. Don't worries! 

At a moment, Seth stops the bike and he goes down. They were in the middle of a forest, on a road.

VANNESSA

Did something happen?

SETH

No. You arrived.

VANNESSA

Arrived where?

SETH

Wait and you will see.

He helps her to give the helmet down, then raise her in his arms. She gets so tight his neck, the boy can barely breath.

SETH

Vannessa, I can't breathe!

VANNESSA

Sorry! Just... don't let me fall!

SETH

I promise you!

He walks, with the girl in his arms, and she looks around, fascinated.

They arrived at a lake.

VANNESSA

It's beautiful.

SETH

Yes. But this is not the surprise.

VANNESSA

What? Is more?

SETH

Of course!

Seth sits Vannessa on the edge of the lake, then he sits next to her.

SETH

Now look! In the water!

Vannessa looks careful, and then she saw a family of a tortoise. 

VANNESSA

Tortoise! My God, they are so beautiful.

SETH

Yes, when I pass trough here I remember about your frog prince and I was sure that you will like to see this.

VANNESSA

Are you kidding? I love it. They are so cute... oh.. look at that little one.

SETH

I will never understand how you can think about a frog as cute.

VANNESSA

You just don't know what is beautiful.

SETH

In the winter, all this place is frozen, it's amazing...

VANNESSA

I'm sure.

SETH

Vannessa?

VANNESSA

Hm?

SETH

Do you fell your legs?

VANNESSA

What?

SETH

I mean... you can fell it?

Seth pinches her leg slightly.

VANNESSA

Auch! Yes, of course. Seth... I'm not totally paralyzed... just... my bones were broken in seven pieces...

seth

Have you tried to walk before?

VANNESSA

No. The doctor said that I will never walk again, that I will be invalid forever... I was too afraid to try.. as I told you, I don't even

dream about it.

SETH

I'm sorry, I don't want to make you sad. I ask this because... because I want you to walk again. To be a ballerina...

VANNESSA

Ballerina? Maybe I will walk... but to be a ballerina... I think it's impossible!

SETH

Hei! Come here!

Seth gets up and stretches his arms towards her.

VANNESSA

Seth, what are you doing?

SETH

As I promise you. I help you to recover.

VANNESSA

You want me to walk?

SETH

Just a step, or two.

VANNESSA

No... I... I can't.

SETH

You don't know if you don't try. Come on, give me your hand.

VANNESSA

I can't stand up, not by myself.

SETH

Oh, sure.

Seth lifts her in his arms and helps her to touch the ground with her own feats.

SETH

Are you ok?

VANNESSA

Yes. Just... help me!

SETH

Don't worries, if you can't... I will hold you. You won't fall.

VANNESSA

Ok... God... it has been two years since I touch the ground with my feet...

She tries to move and stretch her teeth because she had horrible pains.

VANNESSA

Seth! I can't, it hurt!

SETH

Just one step! Please...

She try to move the left foot but then yell of pain. Immediately, Seth raises her in his arms, otherwise, she would fall.

SETH

Vannessa!

VANNESSA

I can't! I just can't!

SETH

Forgive me, it was only my fault. I'm not a doctor, I don't know anything about recuperation...

VANNESSA

Seth, it's ok. You just want to help me, and I really appreciate this.

SETH

I was so foolish. I thought that... that you will just walk... without pain, but I was wrong. Forgive me.

VANNESSA

Seth! It's not your fault!

seth

I think we should go back.

VANNESSA

Wait, I just want to see the tortoise again!

Seth sits Vannessa on the ground, then, he goes into the water. He catch one of the tortoises and come with it to the girl.

SETH

Here! Now you can make jealous the prince from the lake.

Vannessa is very happy.

VANNESSA

Seth... you really think that I should go to the dinner party tonight?

SETH

Of course. Why not?

VANNESSA

It will be hard, everyone will watch me.

SETH

As they used to.

VANNESSA

Yes, but that was in the past.

SETH

Listen, Vannessa!

It's only your decision if you go at the dinner party or not, but I want to tell one thing: no matter what will happen and what you will choose, I will be there.

VANNESSA

Seth!

seth

I think that we should go!

VANNESSA

Yes. We have a lot of things to do for tonight.

SETH

Indeed!

VANNESSA

Goodbye, my little prince! Live in peace!

Vannessa let the tortoise go, and after that, Seth takes her in his arms and go with her to the stone road.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION -- EVENING

Mellissa is wearing a long blue dress, and around her neck a diamond necklace.  She had the hair tight in an elegant bun. She looked in the mirror, smiling so proud.

On the bed, Edward, dressed in a black and expensive suit, is reading a magazine.

Mellissa

So? How do I look?

EDWARD

Beautiful!

But he doesn't rise his eyes.

MELLISSA

You don't even look at me!

Mellissa goes to him so angry and takes the magazine.

MELLISSA

What is this? Is it more important than me?

EDWARD

Hei is just a book! And you look nice, I already told you.

MELLISSA

You are such a jerk!

EDWARD

Oh, come on, Mellissa, there will be all the same people, that you know how much I hate them, I really don't know why you tried so hard...

MELLISSA

Listen what I have to tell you, Edward! Two years ago, at the dinner party, Vannessa always had all the attention, all compliments and all looks... and me... I was like... invisible. But now, times had changed... and I'm the true heiress of Krugerstheine.

EDWARD

Oh, Mellissa, you're just exaggerating!

MELLISSA

What? Edward...

EDWARD

Look, I actually don't give a shit on that dinner party, but my parents insisted for me to be here.

Mellissa

Of course, you have to be here! For me! I can't go alone!

EDWARD

Mellissa, tell me something!

Edward grabs Mellissa's arm and slaps her on the bed next to him. He looks at her so close, smiling ironically.

MELLISSA

What do you think you're doing? Have you any idea how expensive was this dress?

EDWARD

You don't love me... you never did... the only thing that you love is my power. My money, my name... reputation...

MELLISSA

My dear, Edward, I'm a Krugerstheine, it's my destiny to have a boy like you, I can't even walk with a poor one... I'm not Vannessa... My God, what will people say?

EDWARD

But that poor one maybe loves her...  I don't love you... I will never do, and you know that I can have how many women I want...

MELLISSA

Yes, you can, but only in bed! You are smart enough to know that I'm the only one who can walk by your side in the society.

EDWARD

Well, that's true.

MELLISSA

And also, who said something about love. Love is for fools. Love make you weak. I'm a strong woman, Edward, and a very reach one.

EDWARD

So, the only reason for us being together is that we're both reach? And we just... look good in the society?

MELLISSA

Of course! Now tell me... white? or black?

Mellissa shows two pairs of gloves.

EDWARD

Hm... black!

MELLISSA

Perfect! Oh, dear me... I'm looking amazing!

Wearing the gloves, she goes in front of the mirror.

EDWARD

It's already 7.30 pm, I think the guest should start to come. So, hurry up!

MELLISSA

My shoes! I remember that I had them here somewhere, the black shoes from Millan!

EDWARD

Do you hear what I'm saying?

MELLISSA

Not now, Edward, don't you see that I'm trying to think! I can't remember where I put them.

EDWARD

Don't think too much, I don't want you to get hurt.

MELLISSA

Ashole!

Mellissa finds a shoe and throws toward Edward. She enters the dressing room and search through all the boxes, trying to find the shoes.

MELLISSA

Edward! Come here!

EDWARD

God... what?

MELLISSA (O.S.)

Come here when I told you!

Edward gets up and goes into the dressing room.

edward

What?

MELLISSA

Give me that box!

EDWARD

For that, you asked me to come here?

MELLISSA

Just give me that!

EDWARD

Why? Can't you take it?

MELLISSA

No, you idiot. It's impossible to knees in this dress.

Edward sits down on his knees and pulls out a box from under a closest. He open it and sees that it was empty.

EDWARD

This is empty!

MELLISSA

Oh... my shoes... they must be here... somewhere...

Mellissa still walks through the room and suddenly sees her shoes, placed next to the wardrobe with dresses.

MELLISSA

Oh, I found them!

With the shoe in hand, she go to the bedroom, sits on the bed, waiting.

MELLISSA

Edward! Help me, don't stay like a stone.

EDWARD

Don't you think that this is too much... I mean... come on, you can put your shoes yourself.

MELLISSA

Of course not. Help me, or go to ask Odete to came here.

EDWARD

Give me that... I will do it!

Even if he doesn't like this, Edward still helps Mellissa to put her shoes.

MELLISSA

Thank you!

She stands up and go in front of the mirror again.

EDWARD

You are fine! Can we go downstairs, now? I'm sure that the guest starts coming.

MELLISSA

Edward, my love... I'm a person that everybody should wait for.

EDWARD

I'm sure you are!

MELLISSA

Listen, you can be an asshole, here... but if you do something to embarrassing me up there... I will kill you.

EDWARD

Yes, sir! I understand, sir!

MELLISSA

Ashole!

Mellissa arranges his tie, then they walked out of the room. After Edward closes the door, she catches him by the arm and walked arrogantly.

DISSOLVE TO:

Into Vannessa's  room, Odete  helps her to arrange her long black hair, which was now caught in a stylish bun at the back. She is wearing a long dress, black, only from veils and lace.

ODETE

My God, child, it has been such a long time since I’ve seen you like this.

VANNESSA

I thought that I will never look like this... I almost forget how is to feel beautiful.

ODETE

You are very beautiful!

Odete takes two boxes with jewelry, a set of diamond and one with silver and sapphires.

ODETE

Wich one will you wear, my dear?

VANNESSA

I don't know... what you think so?

ODETE

Me? Well, if you ask me... I will choose diamonds.

VANNESSA

Fine, then let it be diamonds.

Odete helps the lady to put the necklace, while Vannessa put the earrings herself.

ODETE

You will be the light in this night!

VANNESSA

Oh, Odete... thank you!

ODETE

You even can't imagine how happy I'm to see you smiling again.

VANNESSA

Well, you can thanks to Seth for that. He was with the ideas to go at this dinner party.

ODETE

You can be sure of that!

Someone knock on the door.

VANNESSA

Yes, come in!

Seth enters, holding a bouquet of white roses in hand. He was dressed in a black suit, with his hair caught in a tail at the back. Both, Vannessa and Odete smile when they see him.

The boy makes a few steps, but he could no longer say anything looking to Vannessa.

SETH

Oh my God!

VANNESSA

What? Do I look strange?

He swallows, he doesn't want to stutter.

SETH

No, of course not. You're very beautiful!

Vannessa smile.

SETH

I'm sorry if I'm late.

VANNESSA

No, it's ok.

SETH

This is... for you... I'm not good at this things so... I don't know if you like roses.

ODETE

Believe me, son, every woman like roses.

SETH

Then, I'm glad to hear this.

VANNESSA

They're very beautiful! Thank you!

SETH

And... I know you have a lot of jewelry... as I can see, but... I want you to have this!

Seth gives her a velvet box in which was silver pins, incredibly beautiful.

VANNESSA

Seth, this is amazing!

SETH

It belonged to my mother, but now... I want you to have it.

VANNESSA

I can't accept, is too important for you!

SETH

Please! Just...Weare it... so it can live.

VANNESSA

I... I just can thank you! I will wearer it with pleasure and proud.

SETH

Allow me...

Seth put the hairpin in her hair.

ODETE

My Lady Vannessa, You are now looking like a true princess of Krugerstheine. Like in the old times.

VANNESSA

Yes, just like in the old times.

SETH

I think we should go, now!

VANNESSA

Yes, I'm ready to fight with all those invidious looks.

ODETE

My lady, don't you think that you forget something?

VANNESSA

What?

From a box, Odete takes pairs of black shoes.

ODETE

This. Even if you can't walk, but I want you to show to those arrogant what means to have power... what means to be Vannessa von Krugerstheine.

VANNESSA

Indeed... as in the past.

Vannessa smile to Seth and Odete puts her the shoes, then fix on the dress, so the veils covered the edges of the wheelchair. She was indeed beautiful as one can rarely meets.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

The living room is full of people, dressed in expensive suits and dress, a lot of reach ladies, among them Mellissa with Edward are next to Agata.

When the majordomo speaks, everybody looks at the door.

majordomO

Ladies and Gentlemen, attention, please! Lady Vannessa von Krugerstheine!

Vannessa enters in the room, with Seth, who is helping her with the chair. All people in the room are shocked to see her, but also very happy. She's so beautiful.

MELLISSA

How could this be true?

EDWARD

She's more beautiful that I remember.

MELLISSA

Edward! How dare you... don't you know what that means?

EDWARD

That you will lose everything, you will be on the second line again!

MELLISSA

Ashole! I will never accept it! Smile, Vannessa, smile as you still can... because I will do everything I can to destroy you.

Agata looks at Mellissa.

AGATA

My dear, don't worry about her... Vannessa is not a threat to you, not anymore.

MELLISSA

Trust me, aunt, I will do whatever is necessary to push her away...

Vannessa is surrendered my ladys and gentleman how smile and talk to her. They are all pleased to be around her.

man #1

This is a miracle, you can't even imagine how happy I'm to see you again here, in the heart of the party.

VANNESSA

Thank you. It's very nice to be here again with all of you.

lady #1

Dear, I was so sad when I hear what happened, I wished to visit you, but I thought that I will make you more pain... we are all happy to see you safe.

vannessa

Please, don't worry about me, this is a beautiful night. Let's just have fun.

LADY #1

Of course, my dear.

All night, she speaks with people, she was congratulated for her presence. She received a lot of compliments and she was admired by everyone in that room, even by Edward.

When the dinner party ends and everyone leave, Vannessa is in her room, she looks at herself in the mirror, but then Mellissa enters.

vannessa

Mellissa! What are you doing here?

MELLISSA

This is my house, I can go where ever I want.

VANNESSA

What do you really want?

MELLISSA

What I want...

She came close of Vannessa and catch her by the hair.

MELLISSA

I don't want you to ruin my life! What was with your presence at the party? You should stay in your room!

VANNESSA

Take your hands off me!

MELLISSA

Or what? You are just a handicapped whore!

VANNESSA

Leave me! Mellissa!

MELLISSA

You can scream, you can cry, that's all you can do... look at you, Vannessa, I should have mercy on you... you are so ungrateful!

VANNESSA

Then why are you here? Why do I represent a threat to you? Or... are you afraid that I will take Edward back?

MELLISSA

You bitch!

Mellissa punches her in the face then catch her hair and pull Vannessa on the floor. She screams of pain while Mellissa hit her with the foot.

MELLISSA

I will kill you, bitch! You will never ruin my life!

VANNESSA

No! Mellissa... No!

MELLISSA

You should’ve died when the car hit you, it should’ve been better for everyone. You are only a burden for everyone. Die! Just die, Vannessa!

Vannessa still scream, and Mellissa hit her as a beast.

MELLISSA

You will never be what you once was, this is my mansion! I'm the lady of this dynasty, not you! I'm a Krugerstheine, not you! Die, you bitch!

Seth enters in the room holding in his hand a glass with water, but when he see what is happening, the glass fall on the floor!

SETH

Mellissa! Stop!

Seth takes Mellissa away, but she still wants to hit her sister, so the boy punches her in the face.

MELLISSA

Ah! You will regret this, beggar! And you... I will kill you, Vannessa! I swear!

Mellissa leaves the room and closes the door.

Seth immediately runs next to Vannessa, her nose is bleeding, and she is crying.

SETH

Vannessa, what have she done to you?

VANNESSA

Seth! You are here!

Vannessa hugs Seth so tight, and he gently touches her hair. The girl is still crying.

VANNESSA

She will kill me, Seth!

SETH

No, I will never let anybody harm you. I promise.

VANNESSA

She hit me like I was an animal. Damn, her! She broke my legs... Seth! She broke my bones, again.

SETH

Shhh, no, she didn't!

VANNESSA

It hurt more than death, I want to scream... it's so horrible!

SETH

I should call the ambulance!

VANNESSA

No, dad shouldn't know.

SETH

Vannessa, you need a doctor.

VANNESSA

No, please. Please, Seth! Please.

With the head on his shoulder, she just hug him and cry.

SETH

Ok... look at me! Vannessa?

When she look at him, Seth removes with his hand the blood that flows from her nose.

SETH

Your bleeding!

VANNESSA

She wants to kill me...

SETH

I will be here.

VANNESSA

I liked how you punched her.

SETH

Well, I wanted to do this from a long time ago.

VANNESSA

It hurt so much, Seth! She hit me in the legs... she knew that it will hurt me the most.

SETH

Let's me sit you on the bed.

When Seth take her in his arms, Vannessa scream of pain. He gently set her on the bed, and then Vannessa catches his hand.

VANNESSA

Please, don't go!

SETH

I will not leave from here! I will always be here for you. It's a promise.

Seth kisses her hand, and she cries, because the pain is too huge.

SETH

Are you sure that you don't want to go to the hospital?

VANNESSA

Yes! I will be fine.

SETH

Breath! Breath, my lady!

She cries, but he remove her tears, and then, so close to her, Seth kiss her.

VANNESSA

No, Seth! You shouldn't do this!

SETH

Please, forgive me, I don't want to make you feel strange.

VANNESSA

No, is not that...

SETH

Then? I know that I'm poor, and that is nothing special about me, but... I really like you. If you still love Edward, I understand... but, he will never love you as I do.

vannessa

Shhh, don't say a word!

She touches his face, gently and close to him. Still crying.

VANNESSA

You deserve someone better than me, a normal person... someone who can make you happy.

Seth smile.

SETH

I don't want someone else, you are everything for me, Vannessa, in this world, I don't have anybody. No friends, no family, only you.

VANNESSA

Thank you! Thank you, my love!

SETH

What?

He becomes so happy to hear what she just said, but he don't have time to say anything because Vannessa kisses him. Seth takes her in his arms, caressing her, and just let their souls to become one.

DISSOLVE TO:

In the morning, the sun gently touches the window. Vannessa wakes up and smiles to see that Seth is there, next to her, and she's in his arms.

SETH

Good morning, my lady.

VANNESSA

You are here!

SETH

Of course! How do you feel?

For some moments, she just watches him, gently touching his face, his hands, and his chest.

VANNESSA

Happy!

SETH

Vannessa, do you think that your father will ever agree with this? That he will accept me?

VANNESSA

He doesn't even care. Don't worry about my dad, or someone else... nobody will take you away from me, Seth! Nobody!

SETH

Vannessa...

Seth takes her in his arms, he smile and then look at her.

SETH

Do you want to marry me?

VANNESSA

What?

SETH

I don't want to have anyone excepting you, and if is not you, then I will never love again.

VANNESSA

Seth, are you sure about that? I mean... look at me... are you sure that you want a person like this to be your wife?

SETH

I love you! Trust me, I know what I'm saying.

Vannessa smile and kiss him.

VANNESSA

Yes, of course, I want! Yes!

They kiss, and in that moment, Odete enters in the room.

ODETE

My lady, is very late, are you fine? Oh.. My dear God! I'... I haven't seen anything! I'm sorry!

Odete sees them and immediately get out. Both, Vannessa and Seth laughed.

vannessa

It's ok, Odete! I'm fine...

ODETE

Oh, I can see that.

SETH

It's late, I think that I should let you dress up.

VANNESSA

Seth! Don't leave, please.

SETH

I won't! I will wait for you in the garden, I have a surprise. It's something that you should see.

VANNESSA

Fine. And tell to Charles to prepare the coffee, I want to have the breakfast in the garden with my husband.

They smile, Seth kiss her, and after that he takes his pants, he get down to the bed and look around.

SETH

Can you see my shirt?

VANNESSA

There, near the mirror!

Seth takes his shirt, he dress up, put his shoes, and walk to the door.

SETH

I will wait for you in the garden.

VANNESSA

I will come soon as I can.

Seth smile, and after that opens the door. Odete is there waiting.

SETH

Good morning, Odete.

ODETE

Well, I'm sure that your morning is better than mine, young master.

Seth continues to smile and leave. Odete enters in the room and sees Vannessa with a big smile on her face.

ODETE

Well, that's something new! It has been a long time since I haven't seen this smile.

VANNESSA

He asked me to be his wife.

ODETE

What?

Odete goes and sit next to the young lady.

ODETE

Don't stay like that, tell me, everything, my child!

VANNESSA

I will marry him, Odete! He loves me, and I love him more than everything.

ODETE

Oh, my lady, I'm so happy for you!

Odete hugs Vannessa. The old lady is happy for the girl.

ODETE

I have to say... he's handsome! And he has a good heart. I hope that you will have only joy, my lady.

VANNESSA

Thank you, Odete!

I don't know what would happen to me if you were not here to take care of me...

odete

Oh, child... I saw you growing up in front of my eyes, I love you like me a child.

VANNESSA

Thank you. Odete, I want to leave this house, I will go to stay with Seth, and I want to ask you if you want to come with me.

ODETE

Of course, I will come with you. I will never let you alone, my lady.

VANNESSA

The truth is that I need someone to be always with me, I can't do anything alone, and I don't want to be a burden to Seth.

ODETE

Oh, but you are not! Let's be happy, don't speak like that. Come on, get down from the bed, your husband is waiting for you, young lady!

VANNESSA

I will wear the red dress today!

ODETE

As you wish, my lady!

Vannessa smile, and see that Odete come near her with a beautiful red dress.

CUT TO:

EXT. MANSION -- MOMENTS LATER

Seth just gets out and meet Mellissa in front of the stairs.

mellissa

Why are you still here?

SETH

This is not your business.

MELLISSA

You think that you were brave last night? That you helped her? But you just made the situation to became worse.

SETH

Tell me, Mellissa, why are you so afraid of Vannessa?

MELLISSA

Me? Afraid of her?

SETH

Yes, you are scared... that she will be the next heiress of Krugerstheine, that she will have all the power, that she will take Edward back from you, and will also become the lady of Adrianovich.

mellissa

You are more stupid that I ever thought. My dear sister will never give up at you for Edward, she will never become the heiress of nothing! Look around you, Seth... whatever you can see belongs to me... and when my father will die, I will throw Vannessa in the street!

SETH

How can you be so cold?

MELLISSA

You can't understand, a poor one like you, can never understand this thing... but I tell you something: don't stay in my way, Seth!

Mellissa smile and want to leave, but Seth catches her arm.

MELLISSA

What are you doing? Take your hand off me!

SETH

I have to tell you one thing, touch Vannessa again, and you will see what pain really means.

Seth smiles arrogant to her and then he leave, going to the garden. From the house, Edward came and see how shocked Mellissa look.

EDWARD

Are you ok?

MELLISSA

Can you believe that he just threatened me?

EDWARD

I'm sure that you said something that makes him threatened you...

MELLISSA

On who's side, you are?

EDWARD

I'm on that side that will win this war.

MELLISSA

Of course! But look carefully, Edward... I will win this war, and I hate traitors.

EDWARD

My mother is waiting for us, let's alone this stupid thing, and let's go! Mellissa?

MELLISSA

Yes, let's go!

Mellissa goes to the car and stops in front of the porter.

MELLISSA

Why are you looking like that at me? Edward...

Edward opens the porter for Mellissa, and she goes in the car. Edward goes to the other side of the car, but when he want to open the porter, he sees Vannessa, helped by Odete to go to the garden. She is very beautiful, on the red dress, with the hair knitting elegant on one side.

MELLISSA

Are you going to stay there all day?

Edward looks one more time at Vannessa, then he go in the car, and drive to the gates of the mansion.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. GARDEN. -- CONTINUOUS

Vannessa arrived in the garden where Seth waits for her.

VANNESSA

Thank you, Odete, Seth will take care of me.

ODETE

Of course, my lady. If you need something, just send for me.

VANNESSA

I will.

ODETE

Take care of her, boy! You don't want to feel my furry.

SETH

With me, she will always be safe.

ODETE

I hope so... for you own good.

Seth and Vannessa smile and Odete go back to the mansion.

SETH

She was joking, right?

VANNESSA

Well, you can't be so sure of that. So, where is your surprise?

SETH

Not here. Come with me.

Seth pushes her wheelchair and walks to the garden.

VANNESSA

Is it a frog again?

SETH

No, I know that you are in love with them... but no, I didn't find any frog this time.

VANNESSA

Then? Tell me!

SETH

No! You will have to wait.

VANNESSA

Oh, come on, Seth, you know that I'm too curious.

SETH

So what? I don't let you ruin my surprise.

VANNESSA

Is it far?

SETH

No. Vannessa, you are worse than a kid, can't you just wait?

VANNESSA

No. I can't! But, is it nice?

SETH

Vannessa, don't make me take you home.

VANNESSA

Hei, don't upset me or I will tell you to Odete. And you will regret this.

Both of them laugh, and then Vannessa start to tell some story. Soon they arrived at a big tree.

SETH

Here it is.

VANNESSA

Is this tree your surprise?

SETH

Wait!

At the root of the tree is a hollow. Seth put his hand inside and look again at Vannessa.

VANNESSA

What is in there?

SETH

Are you curious?

VANNESSA

Show me! Seth! Come on...

SETH

Fine.

From the hollow Seth take a little black cat.

VANNESSA

Oh my God! Is a cat?

SETH

Yes. Do you remember that black cat from last week?

VANNESSA

Yes.

SETH

Well, it seems that she have kids. Four little black cats.

VANNESSA

Four?

SETH

Yes. Here! Do You want to hold them?

VANNESSA

Yes. God, they are so fragile...

From the hollow, Seth takes others three little cats and puts them on Vannessa's knees. She smiles so happily, like a child.

SETH

Do you like them?

VANNESSA

Yes, of course. We have to take them from here, is not too cold from them?

SETH

No. If the cat born them here, then she is sure that they are safe.

VANNESSA

I think that you are right. Tell me, Seth, how did you find them? How did you find the frogs and all these things?

SETH

Well, it's a secret. If I tell you, I have to kill you after that.

Vannessa laugh.

SETH

If they make you smile, I will look everywhere.

VANNESSA

Thank you. For everything. Nobody has done this thing for me.

SETH

Of course, nobody is crazy enough to look in all hollows after cats or in the lake for frogs.

VANNESSA

Hei... you know what I mean...

Seth kiss her and after that, he smiles.

SETH

I know. I just want to make you laugh! And you look very beautiful when you are nervous.

VANNESSA

Wich one of them do you think is cuter?

SETH

They are all black... are all the same.

VANNESSA

Is not true, they are not the same. You see, I love this one, he have the ears so big.

SETH

Yes... maybe.

VANNESSA

Maybe? Tell me...how many days do you think they have?

SETH

Two or three days.

VANNESSA

They are so little.

SETH

And look how's here.

The black cat appears and looks to the hollow.

VANNESSA

I think she wants her kids back.

SETH

Yes. Let's me put them back to her, we don't want them to be abandoned.

VANNESSA

Can she do this?

SETH

Yes.

Seth put the little cats in the hollow and the mother enters with them.

SETH

Yes, she can abandon them. It happens actually often.

VANNESSA

How do you know this thing? I mean... about all these things...

SETH

I grow up in the countryside. And my grandpa had a lot of animals there.

VANNESSA

What happened with your grandpa?

SETH

He died when I was 13. Heart attack. My father took me home, here in town, after that.

VANNESSA

I'm sorry.

SETH

It was a long time ago, but I still miss him. The way that he hold me on his knees and told me stories... it had something magic.

VANNESSA

I wish to go at countryside sometimes. I never was to such a place.

SETH

My parents sold the house of my grandpa after he died...

VANNESSA

Don't worries, if I want, I can buy a mansion at countryside... also, remember who I'm. I'm one of the ladies of Krugerstheine. The heiress, actually.

Seth laughed.

SETH

Yes, I can imagine Mellissa saying that, but I can never imagine her in the countryside.

VANNESSA

Yes, I think it will be a nightmare for her choose.

SETH

You grow up here, in the same house with her, how can you to be so different?

VANNESSA

I don't know. I think that she is more like my father.

SETH

Lord James? He seems a good man.

VANNESSA

Yes, but he's too arrogant, too cold... and the only thing that he think about are money and power. Why do you think that he accept Edward to be involved in all family problems?

SETH

Because he's Mellissa's boyfriend?

VANNESSA

Because he's one of the richest men in the country.

SETH

Oh... it explains everything, even the feelings of Mellissa for him.

VANNESSA

Indeed.

SETH

What do you think that your father will say about me? About us?

VANNESSA

I will talk with him later. Seth,

 

don't worry about this, about nothing. I will not let anybody stand between us. Nobody, do you hear me?

SETH

Yes.

VANNESSA

After the wedding, I want to go to the countryside for some weeks. What do you think?

SETH

I would love it, but I don't know what my teacher will say about this... this week I have to practice at the hospital.

VANNESSA

Please, don't worry for that, if you want, I can talk with doctor Hans, he's one of the many people how to own everything to my family. He can't refuse me.

SETH

Oh, so that means to be lady Vannessa von Krugerstheine?

VANNESSA

You don't have any idea... when I was a ballerina, I never can arrive in time for the rehearsals, but nobody never told me a word. They were just happy for me presence there.

SETH

I see... so, you used your title for such things, he?

VANNESSA

Of course.

SETH

Oh, lady Vannessa von Krugertheine, tell me, how can you title protect you now?

VANNESSA

What? Seth, no!

Seth raises her in his arms and runs with her to the lake.

VANNESSA

Seth, stop, I will fall!

She laughed and keep his hands around the neck of the boy.

VANNESSA

Seth! If you fall with me, I will kill you!

SETH

Now, give me one good reason not to throw you in the water?

VANNESSA

Oh, believe me, you really don't want to do this.

SETH

The reason, quick!

VANNESSA

Actually, I have to tell you that it was a time when I knew to swim, so I'm not afraid of water.

SETH

The reason, my lady!

VANNESSA

Seth! No!

Seth makes a step closer to the lake. Vannessa laugh, so happy, and he tries to be serious, but he smiles.

SETH

Don't laugh like that at me! Tell me the reason... or I will throw you in the water.

VANNESSA

Odete will kill you after that!

SETH

This is not a good reason. Adios, lady Vannessa!

Seth act like he want to throw her in the lake, but he stops.

VANNESSA

Wait! Wait! I have a good reason!

SETH

Ok, you have one more chance. Let's hear that reason...

So slowly, Vannessa kiss him.

VANNESSA

I love you.

SETH

Hm, well... I think that this is a good reason.

Vannessa tells him something at the ear, and he starts laughing.

SETH

Well, that is a very good reason.

VANNESSA

Seth, can you help me to sit on the grass... please.

SETH

Of course.

Easy, with care, Seth sits her on the ground, on the green grass.

VANNESSA

It is nice, it feels like... freedom.

SETH

When I saw you be happy for all these small things... you see things different! Special somehow.

VANNESSA

Always, people appreciate things only after they lose it.

SETH

It will be fine, I promise you.

VANNESSA

I know.

Seth kisses her hand, after that smile, still holding her hand in his hands.

CUT TO:

 

 

INT. MANSION -- MOMENTS LATER

Vannessa enters in the office of her father and sees him sitting next to the window, looking outside, she closed the door behind her.

VANNESSA

Father, do you have few minutes? I need to speak to you about something important.

JAMES

Vannessa, yes, of course, I'm never too busy for you... and I'm sorry if sometimes I let you think this.

VANNESSA

It's ok dad, I can understand.

James come closer to his daughter.

JAMES

Tell me, dear, what is so important?

VANNESSA

Dad, I don't know how else to tell you that, so I will be direct, I want to marry.

JAMES

What? Did Edward ask you this? I thought he is now with you sister.

VANNESSA

No, not with Edward. With Seth.

JAMES

Seth Hopkins? The boy of doctor Adolphe?

VANNESSA

Yes.

JAMES

Vannessa, I truly respect him, and I will always appreciate what his father has done for our family, but... don't you think that you need a boy more... closer to your financial situation?

VANNESSA

Dad! How can you say that after what happened? You really didn't see how Edward leave from me after the accident? Do you really want for me a man like him?

james

Vannessa, don't understand me wrong, I'm just thinking of you, I want the best for you.

VANNESSA

Then accept Seth! Dad... he sees me as a normal person, he is the only one who accept me in the way that I am, he is not ashamed of me. As you are!

JAMES

What? How can you say such a thing?

VANNESSA

Really? I'm wrong, dad? When it was the last time when you let me come with you at a meeting, or when you present me to your friends as the heiress of the dynasty? After the accident, I become nothing to you!

JAMES

This is not true!

VANNESSA

Is true and you know that. Everything, the money, the attention, the title become to Mellissa. Now she's the heiress so why I should stay here anymore?

james

Because you are Vannessa von Krugerstheine! No matter what happened, you still are a part of this dynasty.... so you understand why I would prefer you to marry with Edward.

vannessa

Never! Afer he did to me? I don't even want to see him.

JAMES

I can see that he betray you... for your sister, but Vannessa, for him everything that he's doing is for money. So please, try to understand him.

VANNESSA

Dad, you are the only one here who doesn't understand. You stay in other countries almost all the time, you have no idea how thing are at the mansion.

JAMES

That is because nor you or your sister talk with me about this. I know that I'm a cold person, that I'm not very close to you... but I'm still your father, and no matter what problems you and Mellissa have, I will always be here to help you too.

VANNESSA

Dad, Mellissa hate me, is nothing to do anymore.

JAMES

Hei, I'm sure that is not like you really a thing. Please understand that she was so shy, and so... invisible, if I can say this... but after the accident, when she take your place... I don't really no have any idea how to say that... but, please, Vannessa, just try to understand her.

VANNESSA

You really think that?

JAMES

Yes, I really believe that your sister has a kind soul.

VANNESSA

Sure! Dad, I'm not here to speak about my problems with Mellissa. Remember why I came here.

JAMES

For Seth, I know... I'm just trying to explain to you why he's not so good for you.

VANNESSA

Because he doesn't have a fortune? Well, dad, i have, actually, as you said, I'm still lady Vannessa von Krugerstheine, the first born and because I'm still alive, I'm the heiress, and if I want, I can take my power back and put Mellissa in the street as she says that will do with me... but no, dad, i don't need money, I don't need any fortune, I don't need a man like Edward... I just want someone who loves me, not my fortune.

JAMES

And you think that this boy loves you? Are you sure that he just doesn't want you for.. what you have?

VANNESSA

Yes, dad, I'm sure! I'm happy with him, he take care of me, he make me laugh... he gave me hope when I taught that everything is lost. I want to marry him and leave this house.

JAMES

Leave the house? Why? Vannessa, this is your home. Ok, I will accept, you can stay with Seth here... this mansion can hold even an army.

VANNESSA

I know dad, but I don't want to see how Mellissa and Edward humble Seth every day.

JAMES

But please, my child... promise me that you will keep your name. That you will still be a Krugerstheine.

VANNESSA

Dad, I can't do this. I want to be his wife. I want to be lady Hopkins.

Vannessa smile but lord James look at the window so sad.

VANNESSA

Dad, I wish you to be happy for me.

JAMES

I'm happy me dear, but also, I'm sad, I will lose my child. My little girl grows up...

VANNESSA

Oh, dad, you should realize that two years ago when you wanted to marry me with that asshole.

JAMES

Edward is a good boy!

VANNESSA

Yes, he has a good fortune, of course, he's a good boy for you... and for my dear sister.

Lord James smile and come closer of his daughter. He knees and gently touch her hands.

JAMES

I will miss you so much.

VANNESSA

Come on, dad, is not like I will go at the end of the world. I will just move in town.

JAMES

Forgive me, my child, if I ever did something to harm you. I love you so much, but I'm just not good to show that.

VANNESSA

I know, dad. Don't worry about that.

JAMES

When the accident happened, and it took your smile, when it took everything from you, a part of me died in that day. And I'm dying every day when I see you like that.

vannessa

Is hard... so hard, but I can live with that.

JAMES

You can't even imagine how happy I'm to see your smile again.

Vannessa just smile.

JAMES

Is Seth still here?

VANNESSA

Yes, I think he is in the living. He's waiting for your answer.

JAMES

I want to speak with him. To tell him that I will kill him if he hurt my child.

VANNESSA

He will not hurt me, dad. But he will appreciate if you will speak with him about this.

JAMES

Of course... I think that he's kind of my son, now.

VANNESSA

Thank you, dad.

DISSOLVE TO: Living

Seth sits on the sofa, looking at a photo album when Mellissa and Edward came in the room.

MELLISSA

Look how is here. Edward, why didn't you get the dog outside?

SETH

Hello you too, Mellissa, what do you want?

MELLISSA

Well, I don't know if you notice that, but this is my house, so I can stay where I want to.

SETH

Of course.

MELLISSA

So, what is that?

Mellissa takes the album from Seth's hand and looks at the photos. Most of them are with Edward and Vannessa.

MELLISSA

Oh, sad moments I see here. Dear, you looked terrible with her. It fit you better with me, don't you think, Seth?

SETH

I think that he is too good for you. Don't let her ruin, you Edward.

Hearing this, Edward laugh, but Mellissa hit him with the album.

MELLISSA

Don't laugh like that, asshole!

EDWARD

Hei, don't speak like that with me!

MELLISSA

Or what? Can't you see what have you done? Is only your fault that you make me fight with Edward.

SETH

Is not my fault that you treat him as a toy.

MELLISSA

Get out!

SETH

You don't have any authority to tell me that. Leave me alone, Mellissa! can't you see that I'm bored of you?

MELLISSA

You son of the whore!

Hearing that, immediately Seth stands up.

seth

What have you said about my mother?

MELLISSA

What you heard! Seth, when will you understand that you don't belong to this place. That you are and will always be an ingrate.

JAMES

Mellissa! What have you said?

They all look back and see Vannessa with lord James that are in the room.

MELLISSA

Dad. You're here.

JAMES

I'm here for long enough to hear how you speak with Seth.

MELLISSA

But you know that I'm right. All I said is true.

JAMES

Don't make me do something that I will regret, Mellissa, apologizes to him, and go to your room!

MELLISSA

Me? to apologizes in front of him? You're kidding, right?

JAMES

Mellissa!

MELLISSA

I can't believe that you yell at me, for someone like him.

Mellissa wants to leave, but her father speak.

JAMES

Mellissa! He's part of the family, now! He's a Krugertheine.

MELLISSA

What have you said?

JAMES

Seth will be the husband of Vannessa, he will be my son as Edward will also be someday.

MELLISSA

It can't be true. Vannessa can't marry with him.

VANNESSA

Just watch me, remember my dear sister, I'm the first born of this family, I'm the rightful heiress, and after what you said about Seth's mother, I think that I will take my title back. I will remain at the mansion.

MELLISSA

You can't do this! Tell her, dad!

JAMES

But you told me that...

VANNESSA

I've just changed my mind. I will take everything that is mine, back!

MELLISSA

No! I will never let this happened.

VANNESSA

It doesn't depend on you. You are just the little sister, and you are lucky that I love my Seth, and you can thank him for that because it wasn't him here, I would take even Edward back...

MELLISSA

You will regret that you have said this thing. I will make you pay, Vannessa.

Mellissa leaves the room and goes upstairs. Edward looks at Vannessa and after that at her father.

EDWARD

I'm sorry for that, my lord!

JAMES

Don't worry, Edward is just my fault that I was not a good father for my daughters. Is my fault that this happened.

EDWARD

Don't blame yourself.

Edward bows his head in front of James and after that, he goes upstairs, after Mellissa. Seth comes closer and takes Vannessa's hand in his hands.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION -- NIGHT

Vannessa sits on the bed, and Seth sits on a chair in front of her.

SETH

Why are you so quiet? Did something happen?

VANNESSA

I just don't know how to tell you how sorry I feel about what happened today. What Mellissa said about your mother... i...

So gently Seth smile and kiss her hand.

seth

Don't think about that, this is not your fault since the first day I came in this house Mellissa speak with me like that, but I don't care. For me she is nothing.

vannessa

How can you be so kind? Trust me, in that moment, I wish to punch her in the face. But dad was there...

Vannessa smile.

SETH

Tell me, will you be ok in this house? Can you have the power to be the heiress again?

VANNESSA

I don't want power, but I will never let my sister or someone else to make you feel humble. Never!

SETH

I told you, don't worry about me.

VANNESSA

No, Seth, this have to stop, I will not let them destroy my soul.

SETH

I will always be here for you, always on your side, no matter what you will decide to do.

VANNESSA

I know, and this is the only thing that gives me power. You are the one who show me that the hope is not lost, that... that I'm still alive.

Seth go and sit on the bed, near the girl, and take her in his arms, kissing her.

SETH

Thank you!

VANNESSA

No, you don't have for what to thank me. I don't know if you believe this, but... you are everything to me.

SETH

I believe!

Seth hugs Vannessa tighter, and she just smiles, so happy.

CUT TO:

INT. MANSION -- MORNING

Early in the morning, Vannessa enters in the living, where her father read a book and drink his coffee, also smoking.

VANNESSA

Good morning, father.

JAMES

Vannessa, good morning! Why are you alone, where is Seth?

VANNESSA

He wakes up earlier, he has to go to the hospital, his teacher wants him to assist at an operation.

JAMES

I'm glad to hear this, and I'm sure that his father would be proud of him.

VANNESSA

Indeed, Seth will be a doctor better than his father ever was.

JAMES

Oh, in this case, he has to study a lot.

VANNESSA

This is not a problem for him.

Odete came in the living with a coffee for Vannessa.

ODETE

Your coffee, my lady!

VANNESSA

Thank you, Odete.

ODETE

Should I prepare the breakfast for Seth?

VANNESSA

No, he's not home, he leaves in the morning. But be ready, later I will want to go in the garden, I wish to read something.

ODETE

Of, course, my lady.

JAMES

And, Odete, please, tonight I will go to England, so I have to speak with both of my daughters, can you please, go to wake up, Mellissa?

ODETE

Yes, my lord!

JAMES

Thank you!

Odete leave and Vannessa drink her coffee.

VANNESSA

Dad, when will you come back from England?

JAMES

I don't know, next week I think. Why?

VANNESSA

Next Sunday will be my wedding, I, of course, I want you to be there for me.

JAMES

Next Sunday? So soon?

VANNESSA

Yes. I don't want something grandiose, just family... if I can call them like that.

JAMES

Vannessa!

VANNESSA

Dad, I just want you to be there.

JAMES

Of course, I will. I will do my best to come home until Sunday.

VANNESSA

Odete! Are you ready to come with me in the garden?

Odete comes immediately into the room and closer to the young lady.

ODETE

Yes, my lady.

VANNESSA

Let's go, then. See you later, dad.

JAMES

Take care of her, Odete.

ODETE

With the price of my life, my lord!

Odete helps Vannessa to get out of the house, pushing her wheelchair.

CUT TO:

 

ext. Road. -- MORNING

Seth rides his bike on the street. He pass through the cars, and want to go to the left at an intersection, but in that moment, a car, coming from the right side, with speed, hit him frontally. He fall with the bike and hit the road. He fall from the bike and is dragged five meters, after that he remain dead. The car stop, the driver get's down and scared, put his hands on the head when he see what he have done. Around them, all cars stop.

CUT TO:

EXT. GARDEN. -- MOMENTS LATER

Vannessa is in the garden, reading but she see that a police car stops at the gates. Odete is there with her.

VANNESSA

Odete, can you go to see what's happened?

ODETE

Of course my lady!

Odete goes fast at the gate and speaks with the policeman. Vannessa watches them and sees who Odete become scared, terrified, the old lady put the hand in her mouth not to scream. After that, the policeman say something, and sad, he left.

VANNESSA

Odete? What is it?

Odete looks at the young lady and cry. She walks easily. But at least, arrived next to Vannessa.

VANNESSA

What is it, Odete? What happened?

Odete can't say anything, just cry.

VANNESSA

Tell me! You scare me, Odete, what is it? Please, tell me.

ODETE

It's Seth, my lady!

VANNESSA

What? What is with Seth? Tell me, Odete! Don't stay like that!

ODETE

A car hit him, my lady...

VANNESSA

What?

The book falls from Vannessa's hands. She can't breathe.

VANNESSA

Is he fine? Is his at the hospital?

Odete just shakes her head as a no.

VANNESSA

Then? Where is he? Is he fine? Odete? Is Seth fine?

ODETE

No...

VANNESSA

He is... Odete, he is...

ODETE

Yes, my lady!

VANNESSA

No! No, no! It can't be possible! Tell me, please tell me...

Odete cry, as the young lady.

ODETE

He is dead, my lady!

VANNESSA

No! Nooo!

Vannessa screams as loud as she can. She feels that she heart stops, she can't breathe and almost fall.

ODETE

My lady! Lady Vannessa! No! Please! Help, someone! Help! Lady Vannessa?

Vannessa is in shock, she is suffocating. In front of the house, Edward came. He get's down from the car and when he see what is happening, he run at them.

EDWARD

Vannessa! What is it?

ODETE

Help, me, my lord! My lady is dying!

EDWARD

Vannessa, look at me! Vannessa!

VANNESSA

Edward! Tell me, please tell me that my Seth is alive. He can't be dead.

When Edward hear what she's saying, shocked he looks at Odete, and she approve.

EDWARD

My God! No, Vannessa, stay with me! Vannessa.

Vannessa falls from her chair, but Edward catches her in his arms. Odete scream scared.

ODETE

My lady, don't do this to me. Please!

EDWARD

Look at me Vannessa! Breath! Please, breath! Vannessa!

She look at him, but still can't breathe.

EDWARD

You can't just die with him!

You really think that Seth wants to see you dead? Vannessa!

Seth gives her a palm, and she breath deep. Closing her eyes she breathes slow... so slow... her tears flow...

EDWARD

Look at me, Vannessa!

She open her eyes and look at Edward.

VANNESSA

I want to see him!

EDWARD

No, please don't do this.

VANNESSA

I want to see him. Please, take me to see him. I'm begging you, Edward, just lets me see him. Please.

EDWARD

It will make you more harm. Is better for you to remember her happy, beautiful, full of life...

VANNESSA

No. I must be near him, for the last time. I beg you, let's me be with him.

EDWARD

Ok...

ODETE

My lord...

EDWARD

Is better like that, Odete. She has the right to be there for him.

VANNESSA

Take me to see him!

Edward takes Vannessa in his arms and goes with her in the car.

ODETE

My lord, please, let's me come with you!

Odete run and enter in the car.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. hospital  -- MOMENTS LATER

Edward help her, he pushes her wheelchair, and Odete just walks with them, time to time looking at Vannessa. She cries.

EDWARD

Wait here, please.

Vannessa doesn't say anything, and Edward run at a nurse.

EDWARD

Please, can you tell me where is Seth Hopkins? He has been brought here one hour ago...

nurse

Yes, but he's ...

EDWARD

He's dead, I know.

NURSE

The only family is allowed to see him.

EDWARD

He has no family, he's parents are dead, but that lady over there is Vannessa von Krugerstheine! He's wife.

NURSE

I understand... the police said that someone will come to take him, so we didn't send him to the morgue. He's there....

EDWARD

Thank you.

NURSE

I'm sorry, sir.

EDWARD

Me too.

Edward came back at Vannessa.

EDWARD

He's there! Come, I will take you to him.

VANNESSA

No. I want to be alone with my love.

She push herself her wheelchair and enter in the room where Seth is on the bed. Vannessa cry. She go next to him and gently touch his hand.

VANNESSA

You are still warm... why Seth? Why have you left me?

She waits, but for him is impossible to answer.

VANNESSA

Speak to me, my love. Open your eyes. Look at me, Seth! Please...

Hear tears flow on Seth's hand. She is caressing his hair.

VANNESSA

Even dead, you are more beautiful than an angel... you are my guardian angel, Seth. How could you leave me? You really thought that I will leave without you? I wish to be me in your place. To see you like that.. is worse than dead.

She kisses Seth's hand. She cries and her tears almost burn.

VANNESSA

All those remembers are hunting me... is too much, even the time can't possibly heal this. Since I meet you, I learn to live again, you are my life, Seth... please... come back to be!

Vannessa kisses his lips, and then she screams. Scream as loud as she can.

In the hall, Odete cry and when she hear the scream, want to go inside, but Edward catches her arm.

EDWARD

No, Odete! Let her alone.

Inside, Vannessa go and take a scalpel. With this, she goes closer to Seth.

VANNESSA

Here is nothing for me... wait there for me, my love, I will come with you. I think is time for my pain to stop.

She kiss his hand, again, and again.

VANNESSA

I want to see your smile again. I want to stay in your arms, I can't be alone again, Seth!

She smiles and she pierces her chest with the scalpel. She screams, of pain. But smile.

vannessa

Seth... I. love you!

She breathes hard, and with Seth's hand in her hand, she dies.

In the hall, Edward and Odete still waits.

ODETE

I go to see what is with my lady! Please, she can't pass through this alone. I won't leave her.

Odete run, and when she open the door, for a moment doesn't say anything. She's in shock.

ODETE

My lady? Lady Vannessa?

She walks slow, and when she saw that Vannessa kills herself, she screams. Edward run and immediately enters in the room.

EDWARD

My God!

Odete fall on her knees, still screaming, and Edward is in shocked, but on Vannessa's face is just a smile, it seems that she was happy to die.

CUT TO:

EXT. CEMETERY -- MORNING

Odete has a bouquet of red roses in her hand and walks to the grave of Vannessa and Seth. There is Edward.

ODETE

My lord, Edward! What are you doing here?

EDWARD

You know Odete, I was an asshole... after Seth came in her life, and when I saw her so happy, how much she love him... I knew that I could be in his place, that she could love me.

ODETE

She loved you, my lord.

EDWARD

I think I knew this all the time, but I just accept it too late... and now, even if it hurt, nothing can bring her back.

odete

After the accident, she was a dead person, my lady died when that car hit her... and she reborn when Seth came in her life. That boy was everything to her.

EDWARD

That is because he made her live again... he treat her like a normal person.

ODETE

He loved her.

EDWARD

And she loved him so much, that she died with him... and I really hope that if she is somewhere out there, I hope for her to be happy.

ODETE

I'm glad to see you here, my lord, I had no idea that you are the one who bring white lily to them.

EDWARD

Did You come here often?

ODETE

Yes, I came here every Sunday, I miss my lady very much. I promise her that I will never leave her... and until the day that I will die, I will come here... and I will talk to her... to bring her flowers.

EDWARD

You have such a good heart, Odete.

ODETE

You too, my lord! Excepting the appearance, you have a kind soul. Don't let lady Mellissa destroy it.

EDWARD

Thank you. I will go now... I let you alone with her!

ODETE

Good-bye, my lord!

Edward makes few steps, and then he stop.

EDWARD

And, Odete... if you talk to her... just... tell her that I'm sorry!

Odete smile and Edward leave.

ODETE

I think she already knows that I'm right, my lady? 

Odete put the flowers in front of the grave, and knees.

ODETE

I miss you so much, my lady... and I keep you alive in my heart... for me... you will always be lady Vannessa vom Krugerstheine, you will always be alive for me.

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