Into Shattred Pieces

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Carol, single mother who is barely a mother. After suffering a drinking problem, her kids decide to live with their father and will do anything to get them back...anything.

Submitted: December 14, 2011

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Into Shattered Pieces
by: Hayden Scott

 

INT. Kitchen-In the afternoon.

 

Black screen starts it up, as text on the screen starts to type the word broken, followed by the definition. After the definition is typed on the screen, the word starts to fade away as we start to see Carol walking to the kitchen. Carol takes out her cell phone, and sees that it is dead.

 

SHATTERED: Broken into many pieces.

 

 

INT. Kitchen- Morning

 

CAROL

(Talking to herself)

I always forget to charge this thing; a waste of money is what it is.

 

Carol is shown alone in her house, walking to the phone not far from her distance, Carol picks up the phone, dials number a number, and waits for an answer as the phone rings.

 

DAMIEN

Hi, you’ve reached Damien Danford I am away from my office right now, I’m either in a meeting or away to lunch, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

 

(Phone beeps)

 

CAROL

Hi, Damien, this is Carol I was calling to set up a time for me to come in and talk to you, I’m sorry for what I said before. It’s just I haven’t been feeling like myself lately, and I don’t know what to do. If you could, please call me back as soon as you can. I haven’t felt this alone for a long time. Okay, so call me back.

 

Carol hangs up the phone, and looks around her big empty, and quiet house. Feeling empty, Carol walks upstairs to her room, and changes from her night gown, to her jogging outfit. Carol then goes outside and jogs around the neighborhood. Jogging, Carol gets to the park, to where she has entered a trail. After jogging back from the trail, she sees children laughing and playing with their parents. Carol takes a minute to admire their happiness, and then gets back to her house. Carol then takes a shower, and thinks about her past.

 

 

 

FLASHBACK- in her daughter’s room, talking.

 

INT. Kristi’s bed room.

 

CAROL

I’m doing better; all I need is another chance. I promise I’ll change, just one more chance.

 

KRISTI

We just can’t be around you anymore, give me one good reason why we should stay. (Imitating) “I’m your mother.” Isn’t a good enough reason, knowing you haven’t been.

 

Kristi is packing her bags, as Joey is watching Toy Story on the TV.

 

CAROL

Please, I’ve stop drinking, I’ll do anything.

 

KRISTI

Don’t you understand? I just don’t want to be here, we can’t be here. Joey and I are leaving to live with dad, because it’s the safest thing to do. We don’t need to wake up, to a house of ashes.

 

CAROL

I don’t you and Joey to leave, eight hours away, is like breaking my heart in eight different ways.

 

KRISTI

You should have thought about that, before you cracked opened a bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol has drawn back from the flashback, and has shampoo in her hair. As Carol is washing her hair, she hears the phone ring. Carol quickly gets on her robe, ties a towel above her head, and quickly goes down stairs to the kitchen and answer the phone.

 

 

 

CAROL

This is Carol.

 

DAMIEN

Yes Mrs. Carol.

 

 

CAROL

Its Ms, I’m sorry for calling you so many times, I’m just going crazy.

 

 

DAMIEN

(Apologetic)

I’m sorry to say that I have no openings for today.

 

CAROL

(Frustrated)

No openings? You can’t just spare three minutes?

 

 

DAMIEN

(Sighs)

I’m about to leave for lunch, why don’t you meet me at The Diner. I understand what you’re going through.

 

CAROL

Thank you so much.

 

DAMIEN

We’ll meet in twenty minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT. The Diner-Afternoon

 

CAROL

Hi I’m here to meet Damien-

 

HOST

He’s right over there.

 

Host points over to Damien, as she had already been talking to another guest, Carol looks over to try and see where the host pointed to.

 

 

 

CAROL

Thank you.

 

Carol walks around, and then notices Damien is sitting by the window in the corner.

 

DAMIEN

Carol there’s a seat for you right here.

 

 

CAROL

(Thankful)

I’m so grateful that you can meet with me in such late notice.

 

DAMIEN

Would you like anything to eat or drink?

 

CAROL

No thank you.

 

DAMIEN

So tell me, what changed your mind about coming to see me? The last time we spoke, you said therapy sucked and ran out my office.

 

CAROL

(Emotional, trying to hold in her tears.)

I was angry then, and now I’m alone. I have no family close to me; my daughter hates me, and I have no way to contact my son. I’ve just been feeling so depressed, a lone, scared. What if I died? Okay, what if I died in that house and nobody knew it. I’d be left there to rot away in my bed.

 

DAMIEN

The first thing you need to do is relax and breathe.

 

(Carol breathes)

 

CAROL

(Carol breathes)

I’m sorry, for snapping at you like that. I’ve just held in it for so long.

 

DAMIEN

Have you ever thought about moving?

 

CAROL

Moving?

 

DAMIEN

You say you feel alone; you live in a big house for a family that no longer wants to come back. So why don’t you move in a smaller place, or an apartment.

 

Carol is shaking her head no.

 

 

 

CAROL

No, I can’t sale the house. All I have now is hope, hoping they’ll call wanting to come back to me in open arms. I haven’t had a drink in four months. Four months…

 

DAMIEN

Do they know that?

 

CAROL

They didn’t even give me a chance to change, when they left. When I was drunk, I was too strict on them, and scared Joey to death.

 

DAMIEN

Call them, and tell them that you haven’t had a drink in four months. Tell them you’re sober.  

 

Carol is taking it in consideration.

 

CAROL

(Upset)

My only daughter with a phone won’t answer my call.

 

 

DAMIEN

Just keep trying; have you tried calling your ex?

 

CAROL

We don’t talk, we haven’t in four months. What should I do? Should I go and surprise them with a visit, and show them how I’ve gotten better?

 

DAMIEN

I wouldn’t, only because they don’t answer your call. What would make a difference by showing up?

 

 

CAROL

(Voice raises a little)

I just want to see them; is that so much to ask for? All I have are pictures and videos.  

 

 

DAMIEN

My suggestion for you would be to call your ex and tell him how much progress you have made on your own.

 

 

CAROL

Every time we talk we fight, that’s why I gave up even trying to talk to him.

 

DAMIEN

You have two options, one: try calling your daughter again. Two: Call James.

 

Carol has a look on her face, thinking about it.

 

 

 

 

INT. The Kitchen- At the kitchen table- Night

 

Carol is at her house, and is sketching a picture of her kids. She gets her cell phone from the charger on the counter, to make a call to her daughter Kristi. Kristi does not answer, and Carol once again gets  fooled once again by her voicemail.

 

(Phone rings)

 

Kristi

Hello?

 

CAROL

Hey it’s mom.

 

 

KRISTI

Oh hey what’s up?

 

CAROL

Nothing I was just calling…

 

 

 

KRISTI

Just kidding, I’m not really here. So yeah, leave a message at the beep.

 

(Phone beeps)

 

CAROL

Hey Kristi, I was just calling to see how things were. I haven’t had a drink in four months, and I’ve felt that I’ve learned my lesson. I would love to see you and Joey again soon. I’m getting help, and I finally talked to that therapist your dad sent me to a while back. I am your mom; I should be able to be a part of your life in one way or the other. Love you, and send Joey my love, bye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol hangs up the phone, and continues to sketch.  She then looks on the counter to where she sees the wine bottle;

 

CAROL

(Talking among herself)

No, you do not need the drink. Kids or drink? I sure know the answer to that one.

 

Carol looks at the wine bottle, and knows that if she took a drink of the wine, all her progress would be over.

 

 

 

 

FLASHBACK

 

INT. Kitchen- Afternoon

 

Carol is passed out on the kitchen table; Kristi and Joey come in the front door from school looking for their mom.

 

JOEY

Mom, we’re home.

 

KRISTI

Mom? We’re home...

 

Kristi walks into the kitchen, and they Carol asleep on the table with a wine glass in her hand. Kristi takes an extinguisher and puts out the small fire happening on the stove; Joey is yelling out Mommy and wakes her up. Carol wakes up, and notices that a wall in the kitchen is burnt.

 

KRISTI

We have no kitchen, great.

 

CAROL

I’m sorry okay, I didn’t mean to.

 

 

JOEY

Mommy, are you okay?

 

 

CAROL

Yes, I’m fine.

 

KRISTI

It doesn’t look like it, Joey she’s wasted.

 

CAROL

(Chuckles)

 Wasted, no I’m just a…

 

KRISTI

A mess…Dad and I talked last night, he’ll be here tomorrow so we can go live with him.

 

CAROL

(Begging)

Are you sure you don’t want to talk this through? Please, don’t leave me. I beg of you.

 

KRISTI

What is there to talk about? All you’re going to say is please don’t go.

 

 

 

 

CAROL

I am your mother!

 

 

KRISTI

Well act like it!

 

 

 

 

 

INT. Park- Late Afternoon.

 

Carol is standing with her arms crossed, looking at the kids playing at the park; thinking of her son Joey. Carol then imagines that Joey is playing in the park. As he goes down the slide, the figure of her son fades and disappears.

 

Boy

Mom.

 

CAROL

Yeah?

 

Carol feels embarrassed, as she thought that somebody was calling for her, the Boy who yelled out mom was actually talking to the person beside her. Carol decides to leave the park, but then imagines that her son Joey is about to cross the street, when it is really just another boy. Carol sees the boy that looks similar to Joey holding out his hand waiting for his mom to hold his hand to cross the street. Carol grabs his hand, and he tugs away.

 

 

BOY 2

Let go of me.

 

CAROL

Sorry.

 

The boy’s mom quickly comes up with a stroller.

 

MOM

(Digusted)

Are you some kind of perve?

 

The mom walks off with SON 2

 

 

 

 

 

INT. The Front Deck- Afternoon

Carol is sitting on the front deck in a rocking chair looking out into the front yard, gazing into another flashback. Carol sees herself outside by James’s car, as he is about to leave with Joey and Kristi.

 

CAROL

(In tears)

Come on, please don’t leave me. I’m change and getting better.

 

JAMES

Why can’t you just let them go, before you kill them?

 

CAROL

I never put hands on them.

 

JAMES

But you almost burnt the god damn house down.

 

CAROL

They weren’t even home, and it wasn’t my fault I fell asleep!

 

JAMES

You were the only one in the house, whose fault was it? I’m done with you Carol and I don’t want you to have anything to do with Kristi and Joey.

 

CAROL

You don’t care about them, you just want to take them from me.

 

JAMES

They’ll be safer without an alcoholic around. Kids, get in the car.

 

Joey and Kristi get in the car, as Joey is looking sad that he is leaving his mom.

 

CAROL

You can’t take my kids away from me.

 

JAMES

That’s final!

 

 

James guesters his hand as if he is throwing in the towel, gets in the car, starts it, and drives off.

 

CAROL

(Loud and angry)

They are my kids! My kids! You can’t take my kids away!

 

Carol is yelling from the top of her lungs. And crying, CAROL goes down to her knees as they drive off. As the flashback is over, Carol gets up from her deck and walks in the house.

 

ONE WEEK LATER

 

Int. Kitchen- Late Afternoon  

 

Carol is sitting at the kitchen table, calling Damien’s office.

 

 

 

 

(Phone rings)

 

 

CAROL

Hi, Damien.

 

LADY

I’m sorry miss; this is no longer Damien’s office.

 

CAROL

What, what do you mean? I just talked to him last week.

 

LADY

Damien is no longer with us.

 

 

CAROL

Could you tell me where he transferred please?

 

LADY

He went to haven.

 

 

CAROL

What?

 

LADY

He went to haven.

 

CAROL

No, he’s not dead.

 

LADY

I’m sorry miss, but he is. If you need a new therapist, I could-

 

CAROL

I don’t need a new therapist; all I want to do is talk to Damien.

 

 

LADY

I’m sorry miss, but he’s dead. He had fallen in his house down the stairs.

 

Carol hangs up the phone, and has a lost look on her face. She then looks at the counter, staring at the wine bottle. Walking to the kitchen, she is thinking how lost she is, how broken she feels, and how shattered she feels that all of her life is falling apart. Carol takes the wine bottle and a wine glass and takes it to the couch of her living room. Carol starts to cry, as she feels her life is crumbling into small pieces. She puts in a video of Kristi and lies down on the couch with the wine bottle and wine glass.

 

THE VIDEO ON THE SCREEN

 

Carol is holding the camera.

 

CAROL

So tell them who you are.

 

KRISTI
I am going to be the next superstar.

 

KRISTI starts to sing “We are Family.”

 

 Carol gives in on her four month progress, opens the bottle of wine, and takes a big drink from the bottle.

 

CAROL

We are family? What family?

 

Carol takes another drink, and then takes another. After she is done, Carol throws the wine bottle at the television causing the bottle to shatter, and the television screen to brake. Carol then goes to a room in her house, where she has all of her paintings, and drawings hung up. As she is at a braking point, Carol goes ballistic having a meltdown. She takes some of her drawings and rips them in half, as well as some her paintings. Then she takes a vase that is on the desk in her room, and knocks it down on the floor accidentally knocking down a family picture. Carol cries down to her knees, looking at the picture disappointed. Carol yells out the door.

 

CAROL

I want my fucking kids!

 

INT. An Office- Afternoon.

 

Carol is sitting in her office typing, finishing some paper work. Liana walks by and sees her, and sees that she looks a mess and that she had been up all night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROL

(On the computer)

Alright click, and save.

 

 

(Right before Carol can click save, the computer beeps and turns off.)

 

Great, that’s just great.

 

LIANNA
Knock, knock.

 

CAROL

Lianna, come in.

 

LIANNA

What are you doing?

 

CAROL

I’m working, just like I’m supposed to. I’m sorry for coming in late; I just had a break down last night, my therapist died, and I just lost it.

 

 

LIANNA

Don’t worry about it. Look, I feel you’re working too hard and too much, more than I have ever worked and I’m the damn manager.

 

CAROL

I need to pay bills, house, and car.

 

LIANNA

I say, you need to go on a vacation or something.

 

CAROL

I don’t have-

LIANNA

I don’t want to hear no excuses, you’re kids are living with your ex husband and the only thing you do besides work and mope around all the time. Go out, and have yourself some fun.

 

CAROL

I’m not ready for a vacation; I can’t just pack up and leave.

 

 

LIANNA

What’s holding you back?

 

Carol looks at the picture of her kids, and gets an idea.

 

CAROL

You know what? I think I will take that vacation.

 

LIANNA

Any place in mind?

 

CAROL

I’ll probably end up going to a beach, or something. That could help me a lot.

 

 

LIANNA

Go ahead and take a week off, come back fresh and new.

 

Lianna leaves the office.

 

CAROL

That is if I ever come back.

(Smiles)

 

Carol is now off work, and has gotten to her house. Carol gets a luggage bag, and puts in some clothes at random. Carol then goes to Kristi’s old room, and throws in a few outfits, and a pink skirt. She then goes into Joey’s room; Carol sets down the luggage, and sits on the floor by the dresser and imaging that Joey is in the room with her.

 

JOEY

Mommy, where are we going?

 

 

CAROL

We’re going away for a while, a long vacation.

 

JOEY

Where to?

 

 

 

CAROL

If you keep asking questions you won’t ever be surprised.

 

 

 

JOEY

I just like to know things; I’m not getting any younger.

 

 

CAROL

(Carol laughs)

You’re only ten; you have plenty of time to get to know things.

 

JOEY

Do you think I’ll ever be as smart as you?

 

 

CAROL

You are probably smarter than I ever have been.

 

Kristi walks into the door way.

 

KRISI

Hey mom.

 

CAROL

Yeah.

 

KRISTI

I can’t find my skirt, have you seen it?

 

CAROL

Which one?

 

 

KRISTI

The pink one.

 

 

CAROL

I already packed it, don’t worry.

We’ll be leaving in the morning.

 

KRISTI

I’ll go around, and see if we missed anything.

 

JOEY

What if something happens, you know while we’re on the vacation?

 

CAROL

What do you mean?

 

JOEY

What if we get in a wreck, you know...

 

Joey takes his hands, and collides them imitating a car crash making the sound effects.

 

 

 

CAROL

We’ll be fine; I didn’t think I was that bad of a driver.

 

JOEY

No, you’re a better driver than dad is. He doesn’t use his blinker.

 

CAROL

Half the world doesn’t use their blinker. I wonder what your father up to.

 

JOEY

Probably working.

 

Carol takes a moment to look into Joey’s eyes.

 

CAROL

We’ll be fine, I’ll do nothing to hurt you, I promise.

 

 

Carol gives Joey a hug, and closes her eyes. When she opens her eyes, Carol Is hugging the air and she looks around, disappointed that it was only her imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT. Bedroom- Morning

 

Carol is finishing packing some clothes, and hurries to the kitchen. Carol pulls a chair from under the table, and scoots it to the edge of the fridge. Carol stretches her arms to the back of the top of the fridge to get a small silver case. Carol grabs hold of the case, and sets it on the counter. Opening it up, Carol takes out a small gun that was around for just in case of emergencies. She makes sure the gun is on lock and puts it into her luggage. Carol then gets in the car, puts the key in the ignition and starts it.

 

CAROL

Their my kids, I’m their mother.

 

Carol has been driving and it is now eight hours later about two in the afternoon. Carol reaches her first destination, and gets to James house. James’s neighborhood is rich neighborhood houses are a good size, but spread apart from each other. Carol gets out of the car after she parks in the drive way, she gets out of the car, and rings the door bell.

 

(Door bell rings.)

 

When James answers the door, he looks surprised.

 

JAMES

Carol…

 

CAROL

(With a big smile)

James, surprise.

 

JAMES

What are you doing here?

 

 

CAROL

I just wanted to say hi.

 

JAMES

You just wanted to say, after an eight hour drive? Remember what I told you?

 

 

 

 

CAROL

Yes I know, but here me out. I haven’t had a drink in four months. I got so lonely, and I just needed someone to talk to.

 

JAMES

(Sighs)

What about the therapist I had you go to?

 

CAROL

He died.

 

 

JAMES

I was going to take a nap before I picked the kids up, and head to work in a hour or so; but I guess you could come in for a little bit.

 

Carol walks in the house, as her eyes looks around.
 

CAROL

How are they? I haven’t heard from them in months. All I ever want to do is to hear from babies just to make sure they’re okay.

 

 

JAMES

They’re fine, it took Joey a little time to settle in, but Kristi was just fine. They both go to the schools down the street, and are making friends.

 

CAROL

That’s good, I really do miss them. I can’t go a day without thinking about them. I messed up, and I confess that I mess up.

 

JAMES

It is what it is, Kristi is happy now.

 

 

CAROL

Joey?

 

 

JAMES

He talks less about you day after day.

 

CAROL

What are you doing, brainwashing him?

 

 

JAMES

Don’t be ridiculous.

 

CAROL

Well that’s what it sounded like. They are my kids to; I disserve to have them in my life. I made a mistake as a mom, but I learned from it. How much more are you going to punish me for? I want them back James, they’re my kids.

 

JAMES

As well they are mine.

 

CAROL

I will do whatever it takes to get them back in my arms, telling them that I love them!

 

Carol pulls out a gun.

 

JAMES
Settle down and we’ll talk about this.

 

Carol pointing the gun to James.

 

 

CAROL

They need to be with me! Not you!

 

Carol shoots the gun, and James falls down the floor of the living room. Carol runs out of the house, quickly walks down the stairs dialing a number on her phone.

 

 

CAROL

Hi, this is Carol Jane I wanted to call in for a hotel room for three.

 

Carol is in the car, and quickly starts it, and drives down the street to the school. Carol drives up to the school, parks, and sees that there are kids playing outside for recess. Carol wonders if that’s a fourth grade class, and then decides to go ahead and go inside the school. Carol quickly walks around inside of the school to find the office until she is stopped by a teacher.

 

 

 

 

TEACHER

Excuse me miss, are you looking for someone.

 

CAROL

Yes, sorry. I was looking for the office.

 

TEACHER

Sure, it’s down the hall to the left.

 

CAROL

Thank you.

 

 

Carol walks down the hall, takes a left and quickly goes into the office. The office lady is on the phone, and Carol waits for her attention. The secretary hangs up the phone.

 

 

 

SECRETARY

Hi, can I help you something?

 

CAROL

Yes, I need to pick up my kid a little early today. We have an appointment three o clock sharp.

 

 

SECRETARY

Who’s your kid?

 

CAROL

Joey Thornton, I’m his mom Carol.

 

SECETARY

Who’s his teacher?

 

 

 

CAROL

His teacher? I can’t remember her name, I think it was.

 

SECRETARY

I’ll look it up.

 

The secretary gets out a book of all the kids, and looks up his names and sees that he is in a class that is at recess.

 

 

Ma’am, your son is outside for his second recess of the day.

 

CAROL

I’ll go get him.

 

 

 

SECRETARY

Here, I’ll walk you out to the playground.

 

 

 

CAROL

Thank you, we’re in a hurry. I’m always running late.

 

 

SECRETARY

We all run late at some point.

 

The secretary and Carol walk to the fourth grade wing and out the door to the play ground. The office lady then sees his teacher, and notifies that Carol is here to pick up Joey.

 

SECRETARY

Hi, Mrs. Thornton is here to pick up her son Joey. They have an appointment.

 

TEACHER 2

I’m sorry, Mrs.?

 

CAROL

Yes, I’m his mom. I don’t believe we’ve met.

 

 

 

MRS. ROGERS

I’m Mrs. Rogers. I didn’t know James was married.

 

CAROL

Oh no, we’re not. We’re divorced but he had to go into work, so I said you know what, why I don’t take him.

 

MRS. ROGERS

Oh okay, hey Joey!

 

Carol looks to where her Mrs. Rogers called for Joey’s name and sees her son. Joey looks into their direction as he is about to go down the slide, and sees Carol. Joey goes down the slide, and runs to his mom surprised.

 

 

JOEY

(Joey looks surprised)

Mommy!

 

 

CAROL

I’m here.

 

Joey runs to give his mom a hug.

 

 

JOEY

What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be at work?

 

 

CAROL

I took the day off, you have an appointment.

 

Joey and Carol start to walk to the car, as Mrs. Rogers looks at them listening in until she can’t hear them.

 

JOEY

What appointment?

 

CAROL

You know the doctor’s appointment you had today. We have to go pick up sister.

 

Joey and Carol get to the car, and Joey puts Carol in his seat belt, and they drive down the street to the high school.

 

 

 

JOEY

I don’t get why we have to pick up Kristi.

 

CAROL

Do you want in on a little secret?

 

JOEY

Thought you said secrets were bad.

 

CAROL

They’re not bad if they’re good secrets. You have to make a promise not to tell.

 

JOEY

I promise.

 

CAROL

We’re not really going to an appointment.

 

JOEY

We’re not? Where are we going?

 

CAROL

I was thinking Disney World.

 

JOEY

Disney world?

 

Joey doesn’t know how to respond.

 

CAROL

You don’t seem excited.

 

JOEY

Dad and I were going to the baseball game this weekend.

 

 

Was driving down the street, and approaches a high school.

 

CAROL

Your father had an emergency, and said he was sorry that he had to cancel. Is this your sister’s school?

 

 

JOEY

Yeah.

 

CAROL

Where is she?

 

Looking out the other window, trying to see if she can see Kristi.

 

 

JOEY

Look, there she is.

 

CAROL

Who’s that boy?

 

JOEY

That’s her boyfriend.

 

Joey making kissing noises, as Carol rolls down the window.

 

 

CAROL

Kristi!

 

Kristi looks to where her name was called.

 

KRISTI

Oh God.

 

TYLER

What?

 

KRISTI

My mother…

 

TYLER

Are you talking about the alcoholic?

 

 

 

KRISTI

Yeah, one sorry excuse for a mother.

 

TYLER

Doesn’t she live in Texas?

 

KRISTI

Exactly, I have no idea why she’s here.

 

TYLER

It looks like she has Joey.


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Retropection

Book / Other

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