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A street racer and a runaway find who they're supposed to be when life throws them at each other.

Sorry if it's a little confusing, in the process of posting it, it got a little distorted.

Submitted: August 12, 2011

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EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET – GRESHAM OREGON - DAY

 

The words “GRESHAM, OREGON: 11:05 A.M.” appears across the screen.

 

All we can see is a front lawn with a large 4x4 truck in the middle of it, and a couple of guys fighting, with one burly guy trying to stop them.

 

Camera pans to the right, we pan right down a custom-painted pontiac gto parked on the curb.

 

It keeps panning till the pontiac is out of the frame, then a custom-painted chevy vette ZR1 pulls in behind the pontiac and parks in front of the camera. All we can see is the driver door.

 

The door opens and half-a-dozen empty red-bull cans spill onto the road.

 

The camera widens so we can see the driver get out; 18-year-old, black haired, Daniel Garrison. He takes off his dark sunglasses, leaves the cigarette in his mouth, and walks around the car and onto the lawn with the camera following him. Now we can see what’s happening on the lawn.

 

A 20-year-old white-boy, Simon Becker, is lying on the ground with the wind knocked out of him.

 

Ray, the 35-year-old burly guy, has a white gangsta pinned against the truck in the middle of the lawn. He’s saying,

 

RAY

Listen, I don’t have time to kill you right now, but if you come back later I’ll gladly take care of it. Now get this sorry excuse for transportation off my lawn!

 

He lets go off the gangsta who hurries for the driver’s seat of the truck and drives away, leaving wheel tracks in the grass.

 

RAY

(to Simon)

You alright?

 

Simon slowly stands, not answering.

 

RAY (cont’d)

I swear, that temper’s gonna get you killed.

 

Daniel walks up, causing them both to turn to look at him; he takes the cigarette out of his mouth.

 

DANIEL

(grins)

Don’t tell me.

(glances at Simon)

Carlene’s back.

 

Simon, coming off anger, just wipes the blood off his face (not his own) and walks away.

 

Ray slaps Daniel’s shoulder.

 

RAY

Come on, I gotta show you something.

 

Ray walks off towards the two-car garage with Daniel at his side.

 

RAY (cont’d)

How’d it go?

 

DANIEL

Cars’ll be in tomorrow.

(beat)

How’s he doin’?

 

RAY

How would you be doing?

 

DANIEL

I wouldn’t be in situation in the first place.

 

They both pause at the closed garage door. Ray turns to Daniel.

 

RAY

You know, you’re not as immune as you think you are.

 

DANIEL

Whatever.

 

RAY

It’s a fact; don’t lip me.

 

Ray pounds on the garage door a couple times; then motions to the cigarette.

 

RAY (cont’d)

Get that out of your mouth.

 

Daniel throws the cigarette on the ground as the door starts opening; they then both duck under the door, into the garage.

 

INT. GARAGE – DAY

 

It’s a huge garage; they had knocked down a wall so that it intrudes on one of the bedrooms.

 

It’s filled to the brim with tools, pieces of cars, and a few actual people. And in the very center is a Nissan Skyline r35 gtt with custom-paint. Note: it has no plates.

 

We see Ray and Daniel come under the door, Daniel immediately notices the car in the center.

 

Daniel unknowingly holds his breath as he walks up to it, afraid to touch it and having a hard time believing it’s real.

 

DANIEL

So, what, it’s like a hologram or somethin’ right?

 

Then Teo, a 19-year-old white-boy genius, walks up wearing a welding mask. He flips it up.

 

TEO

(to Daniel)

Hologram my ass, I just spent the last three days of my life patchin’ the damn thing.

(to Ray)

Tell him where you got it.

 

DANIEL

(pets the car)

Yeah, Ray, tell him where you got it.

 

RAY

Billy.

 

DANIEL

(looks up)

Are you shitting me?

 

RAY

Back tire blew in a drift, hit the dirt; rolled it twenty feet.

 

DANIEL

I’ve seen worse.

 

TEO

(to Daniel)

You’ve done worse.

 

Daniel slams Teo’s helmet down in his face.

 

RAY

All that’s left for her now is a test-run.

 

DANIEL

Ray, you have to let me.

 

RAY

(beat)

No food, no drink, no girls, and no cops; I want this thing back in one piece in one hour.

 

Ray throws him the keys.

 

DANIEL

Done.

 

Daniel quickly gets in and starts it. Ray yells over the engine.

 

RAY

And if you don’t completely wear those tires down, I’ll personally see that that vette gets towed!

 

Daniel drives it out of the garage.

 

TEO

(to Ray)

You do realize he’s not comin’ back for like, six hours?

 

 

Ray takes a deep breath as they watch him screech away on the road, wondering if he should regret what he just did.

 

RAY

(beat)

Yeah.

 

EXT. ABANDONED AIRFIELD – DAY

 

Break Your Heart (Taio Cruz) starts playing as score as a few shots show the Skyline off in the distance at high speed.

 

Then as we get to the chorus,

 

EXT. CITY STREET – DAY

 

Everyone’s milling on the sidewalk or sitting idle at the light, just a normal day.

 

Then the Skyline comes shooting around the corner in a perfect drift.

 

INT. NISSAN – DAY

 

Daniel, huge grin on his face, yells his approval of the car.

 

EXT. RANDOM CITY STREETS – DAY

 

A few more shots show him drifting in different parts of the city; always perfect, even if he barely misses hitting a car now and then. As the shots go, the time gets later and later.

 

INT. NISSAN – LATE EVENING

 

All we see are his feet on the pedals as he shifts gears.

 

EXT. SOME STREET – LATE EVENING

 

The Skyline drifts beautifully around another corner.

 

INT. NISSAN – LATE EVENING

 

All we see is the gear-shift as he shifts again.

 

EXT. I-5 ON-RAMP – DUSK

 

The Skyline roars past the cars on the on-ramp and just manages to merge between a mini-van and a convertible, then quickly slows to the correct speed. BTW, the balding middle-aged guy in the convertible almost has a heart attack when Daniel merges.

 

INT. NISSAN – DAY

 

The song we’ve been listening to as score is now coming from the radio.

 

Camera pans to the right, right out the closed passenger side window.

 

EXT. I-5 – DUSK

 

We now just hear the bass from the music coming from inside the Nissan. The camera keeps panning to the bus to the right of the Nissan. The camera closes in on one bus window in particular and goes right through it.

 

INT. BUS – DUSK

 

The seat by the window has a book-bag on it, belonging to the girl in the seat next to it asleep. She’s 16-year-old Fay Dawson.

 

The camera very slowly pans across her, she’s pretty in an average way, but something about her seems to be off.

 

Then, some creep from the other side of the isle gets out of his seat and slowly reaches across Fay for her bag. His hand gets closer and closer, then finally:

 

All at once, the chorus to Tubthumping (Chumbawamba) plays as score as Fay jumps up, totally awake, and grabs hold of the guy’s arm as she proceeds to kick his ass.

 

EXT. REST-STOP – DUSK

 

The music cuts off.

 

We see Fay get kicked off the bus parked in the parking lot. The moment she’s off, the doors close and it drives away. Don’t worry, she has her bag.

 

EXT. THE HOUSE – NIGHT

 

It’s the same house from the first scene. Now all the lights are on inside and it looks like a party’s happening, even though it’s normal for it to be like that.

 

Daniel comes screeching up in the Nissan, skids a complete 180 and parks at the curb in front of the pontiac.

 

He jumps out of the car and runs to the vette as someone yells at him from the house.

 

SOME GUY (O.S.)

They left half an hour ago, man!! You better haul some ass!!!

 

DANIEL

(hurried)

I know I know I know!!!

 

He gets into the vette, starts it up, and screeches away again.

 

EXT. SOME SIDEWALK – NIGHT

 

The camera is following Fay as she walks down the sidewalk to the right, listening to an iPod.

 

We see a taco-truck in the parking lot across the street in the same frame. Hold on the truck.

 

The camera does not zoom in, but we can hear the people who are standing around the truck. They’re Simon, Teo, a 20-year-old girl with red hair named Carlene, and a 25-year-old girl with blonde hair named Syd.

 

SIMON

(to Teo)

Blue? Come on, man.

 

TEO

(to Simon)

I swear; it was pourin’ out of that car like a fog machine.

 

SYD

(to Simon)

Just go with it.

 

SIMON

Alright, alright.

(deep breath)

What was it?

 

TEO

Valve seals.

 

SIMON

(beat)

A three-year-old could out-shit you.

 

TEO

(confused)

What does that even mean?

 

Then Daniel’s vette races by on the road at top-speed, past the camera from right to left.

 

SIMONTEO

  Oh shit!Go, go, go!!!

 

Forgetting the food, they all start running to their cars that are parked a few feet away.

 

Teo gets into a Mitsubishi Lancer evo gsr, Simon and Carlene into a Toyota Supra, and Syd into a Mazda rx-7; they all screech out of the parking lot in single file.

 

INT. TOYOTA – NIGHT

 

Simon, happy as a clam, yells at Daniel.

 

SIMON

You gutsy son-of-a--!

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. MAZDA – NIGHT

 

Syd raises her fist out the open window as she screams her excitement.

 

INT. MITSUBISHI – NIGHT

 

Camera quickly zooms in on the gear shift as Teo changes gears.

 

EXT. STREET – NIGHT

 

We see them all drive out from under the camera and off into the distance.

 

EXT. SOMEWHERE – NIGHT

 

All we can see is a Honda Civic EX as it drives by the camera blasting something Eminem.

 

As it passes we can see we’re in the middle of nowhere at the abandoned airfield surrounded by forest.

 

A ton of cars are parked all around the air-strip; people aged 14-39 are walking around the cars, grouped mostly in girls and guys.

 

Someone somewhere is blasting Riot (Three Days Grace).

 

We pan to the right across a few cars parked next to each other with only a few feet of space between them.

 

The first is a 2010 mustang shelby gt500 with a 20-year-old guy sitting on the driver door with his legs inside the car, playing Usher.

 

The next is an un-supervised Zonda Roadster. And the next is a Ferrari 599 gto with a 21-year-old guy and his girlfriend sitting on the hood.

 

The next is Daniel’s vette. And there, sitting on the hood, is Daniel.

 

But we keep panning to the right to show Syd pull up next to him; Teo next to her, and Simon next to him.

 

They all get out, greeting people they know, and walk over to Daniel. They form a small group of their own, standing between the vette and mazda. Except for Carlene, she’s not there.

 

DANIEL

What’s that word? Oh yeah, BORING!

 

SIMON

Watch it.

 

DANIEL

Why the hell were you at a maggot-wagon?

 

SYD

Teo was hungry.

 

TEO

(to Syd)

Is hungry.

 

Teo walks off in search of food.

 

SIMON

(to Daniel)

So, heard Ray let you out with the Skyline.

 

SIMON/SYD

(inquisitive)

Hhmmm?

 

Daniel tries to act nonchalant, unsuccessfully.

 

DANIEL

(looks away)

It’s alright.

 

We see another huge souped-up 4x4, with a ton of fresh tires in the bed, stop in front of their cars.

 

SYD

(to them both)

See yah at the house.

 

She climbs in the passenger door and it immediately drives away.

 

SIMON

And, we lost Syd.

 

DANIEL

Where’s Carlene?

 

SIMON

Ran into a couple friends.

 

DANIEL

(shakes his head)

You’re such an idiot.

 

SIMON

Like you’re any better with ‘em.

 

DANIEL

How many girls have you dated in the past year?

 

SIMON

One.

 

Daniel raises his hand to show he’s talking about himself.

 

DANIEL

Six.

 

SIMON

That only proves my point.

 

Then Teo walks back into the frame holding up a brownie.

 

TEO

(to Simon)

Yo, does this seem clean to you?

 

SIMON

(sees the brownie)

Whoa!!

 

Simon slaps the brownie out of Teo’s hand, sending it to the ground.

 

SIMON (cont’d)

(to Teo)

I told you; don’t eat anything at a track!

 

Simon notices the glaze over Teo’s eyes.

 

SIMON (cont’d)

Oh shit, you already did, didn’t you?

 

TEO

(high sort of grin)

Maybe.

 

Camera cuts to an 18-year-old girl, wearing next to nothing along with a non-caring attitude, who walks up to the car. As she walks up we hear Simon swear again in the background.

 

GIRL

(to Daniel)

You’re up; Teo’s next.

 

SIMON

(to girl)

Oh hell no he’s not.

 

GIRL

(to Simon)

Fine, you can fill.

 

SIMON

(huffs)

Ah dammit.

 

Simon shoves Teo, who immediately loses balance and falls to the ground.

 

Daniel, now off the hood of the car, walks up to the girl and hands her the papers to his car.

 

DANIEL

You’re new, aren’t you?

 

GIRL

Not so new that I don’t know who you are.

 

Daniel nods to her, respectfully.

 

CUT TO: Simon. He looks from Daniel to down at Teo, who’s on the ground, off screen, laughing hysterically.

 

SIMON

(to Teo)

Man, shut-up.

 

CUT TO: Daniel.

 

DANIEL

Who else is running?

 

GIRL

No one intimidating if you drive like they say you do.

 

DANIEL

Better, actually.

 

CUT TO: Simon. As he hears Daniel say that, a loud laugh escapes him, blending in with Teo’s.

 

CUT TO: Daniel.

 

GIRL

(sly grin)

I’ll be rooting for you.

 

She immediately turns and walks away, Daniel watching her ass the whole time.

 

DANIEL

(to Simon)

I like her.

 

SIMON

Of course you do, she thinks you’re the best thing that ever happened to racing.

 

Daniel gets into the vette, saying,

 

DANIEL

Who says I’m not?

 

He shuts the door and we CUT TO:

 

EXT. AIR-STRIP – NIGHT

 

Daniel’s vette pulls up to the start line along with four others.

 

Long story short, he races, he wins, and takes the papers to all the cars he beat, then leaves.

 

EXT. SOME HIGHWAY – NIGHT

 

Fay is walking on the left side of the road. The only sound we hear are her shoes on the gravel.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

Daniel takes a swig of a Red Bull.

 

CUT TO: speedometer. He’s going about ninety-something.

 

EXT. HIGHWAY – NIGHT

 

She’s still walking in silence, ignorant to any and all.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

Daniel changes gears, speeding up.

 

EXT. HIGHWAY – NIGHT

 

Fay’s still just walking, but now we can hear the vette in the distance.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

Daniel notices something on the side of the road and when he realizes what it is he’s just more confused.

 

EXT. HIGHWAY - NIGHT

 

Fay continues walking, ignoring Daniel’s vette as it speeds up even more, coming closer to her.

 

He races up, does a complete 180 and stops with the passenger door right in front of Fay as she walks right by it, ignoring him and the open window.

 

He shifts into reverse and slowly backs up, keeping pace with her.

 

He revs the engine, causing her to stop and turn to him; he stops as well.

 

FAY

(cold)

What.

 

DANIEL

Want a ride?

 

FAY

I don’t even know where I’m going.

 

DANIEL

What, are you lost?

 

FAY

(defensive)

Only a little.

 

DANIEL

You don’t want to walk this road at night; you never know what kind of freaks’ll try to pick you up.

 

FAY

(cold stare)

I have a pretty good idea.

 

Daniel does his best to ignore that comment and not glare directly at her.

 

DANIEL

Just get in the car, I’m not gonna touch you, alright?

 

She thinks about it for a moment, but she knows she doesn’t have a choice. She gets in, clearly against her will.

 

He does a U turn and drives away.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

DANIEL

Where’re you from?

 

FAY

Not from heaven if that’s what you’re about to say.

 

DANIEL

I’m not that corny.

 

Fay covers her face with her hands as she whines.

 

FAY

Oh no.

(lets her hands drop)

I’m not being very nice am I?

 

Daniel knows better than to speak.

 

FAY (cont’d)

Sorry.

 

DANIEL

In all fairness, none of the girls I know deserve halos.

 

Nervous laugh from Fay.

 

Daniel notices the bag at her feet.

 

DANIEL

Did you run away from home or something?

 

Fay just looks out the windshield as she says plainly,

 

FAY

If I considered that place home, then yes. But I never did; so no.

 

Between glances at the road, Daniel just looks her over, strangely interested in her, and not sure why.

 

Fay notices him looking at her with a curious face.

 

FAY

Don’t try to figure me out.

(looks back to the road)

It’s a waste of anyone’s time.

 

Just more intrigued, Daniel looks back to the road.

 

INT. THE HOUSE – FRONT ROOM - NIGHT

 

There are quite a few people milling around, the guys in clothes a size too big, the girls in a size too small.

 

Heavy metal music is blasting from some other room.

 

Then Daniel comes through the front door, followed by Fay. In this atmosphere she looks timid as a rabbit. They both have to raise their voices over the music.

 

FAY

Safe place to stay huh?

 

DANIEL

Don’t judge.

 

GUY (O.S.)

Yo!!!

 

Daniel looks up to see a guy on the stair case yelling to him.

 

GUY (cont’d)

What’s up?!

 

Daniel pulls the papers out of his pocket and holds them up.

 

DANIEL

Sales, man!!

 

Daniel notices Fay staring at him holding up papers to other peoples’ cars.

 

DANIEL (cont’d)

(beat)

Now you can judge.

 

Then Ray comes through into the room and yells for the music to be turned down, it immediately gets turned down.

 

RAY

(to Daniel)

What do we have?

 

DANIEL

(hands him the papers)

A few project cars, nothing big.

 

Ray finally notices Fay and her wide eyes. He motions for Daniel to walk a few feet away to talk; they do.

 

RAY

Who’s she?

 

DANIEL

I don’t know her name.

 

RAY

Comforting. Look, you brought her here, that means she’s in trouble, why?

 

DANIEL

(shrugs)

Not sure.

 

CUT TO: Fay.

 

A 20-year-old drunk guy walks up to her with a sly look on his face and a drink in his hand.

 

DRUNK GUY

You don’t look like you’re enjoying yourself much, why don’t you grab a drink? Loosen up?

 

CUT TO: Daniel.

 

RAY

Do you know anything about her?

 

DANIEL

Hang on.

 

Daniel calmly walks up to the guy in front of Fay.

 

DANIEL

Hey.

 

The drunk guy turns around, only to have Daniel punch him in the face; he immediately drops to the floor, unconscious.

 

Fay’s mouth drops as Daniel calmly turns back to Ray.

 

DANIEL

I know she got lost on the highway and needs a place to stay for the night. How about it?

 

Ray waits a moment, and then holds up the papers.

 

RAY

(to Daniel)

Go check these in with Kelvin.

 

Daniel gives Ray an annoyed look before walking past him, grabbing the papers, and heading for another room.

 

Ray takes a few steps toward Fay.

 

RAY

What’s your name, kid?

 

She doesn’t want to talk to him.

 

RAY (cont’d)

You don’t trust me? That’s okay. I’m Ray, and this is my place. Don’t worry; most of these idiots don’t live here...

(raises his voice to them)

...and should have cleared out an hour ago!

(to Fay)

You can have Syd’s room.

 

He turns and walks toward the stairs.

 

RAY (cont’d)

Probably won’t be back tonight anyway...

 

Fay steps over the unconscious drunk, clearly feeling out of place, and follows Ray.

 

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE – NIGHT

 

We see people filing out of the house, getting in cars, and driving away.

 

FADE TO:

 

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE – 5:12 A.M.

 

The first bit of gray light is spilled on the house.

 

INT. THE HOUSE – KITCHEN – SAME TIME

 

The kitchen has some of that gray light as well.

 

We see Daniel, still half asleep with messy hair, walk into the kitchen and open the fridge. He grabs a beer and closes the fridge.

 

He opens it as he turns around to walk back out but stops as he notices Fay sitting on the floor, leaning against the cupboards. He frowns drowsily.

 

Fay doesn’t say anything.

 

DANIEL

Am I asleep?

 

She slowly shakes her head.

 

DANIEL

Then why are you on the floor?

 

FAY

(ignoring the question)

Why are you here?

 

He holds up the beer.

 

FAY

I don’t mean the kitchen.

 

DANIEL

(a beat)

Doesn’t matter.

 

He takes a drink.

 

FAY

You tell, I tell.

 

Daniel hesitates a moment, but walks over and sits down next to her. He offers her the beer can but she shakes her head.

 

DANIEL

(a beat)

My dad left when I was five; a year later my mom was dating this...thing. Anyway, he finally beat her up bad enough she was ready to leave, but he caught us.

 

Fay knows what’s coming.

 

DANIEL (cont’d)

A heard a shot, saw her fall...just ran. Didn’t stop till I tripped and fell out front. Ray took me in, taught me to drive, now I work for him.

 

He takes a very large swig.

 

DANIEL

(a beat)

You?

 

The beer in his hand is making her uncomfortable; she tries to ignore it.

 

FAY

I was released for adoption when I was born. I’ve bounced around foster homes ever since, none of them stick; most of them alcoholics.

 

Daniel, suddenly aware of the beer in his hand, sets it on the floor, out of her view.

 

FAY (cont’d)

About a year ago I got a letter from this lady saying she was my real mom and...the couple I was living with only adopted me so I could watch their other eight kids...so, I left.

(beat)

I wish it hadn’t taken me this long.

 

DANIEL

So you ran to find your mom; that’s cool.

(beat)

Did she write why she gave you away?

 

FAY

Just couldn’t take care of me.

(looks over at him)

She was my age.

 

Daniel doesn’t know what to say to that.

 

Camera pans across them from further away.

 

SIMON (V.O.)

Ray said you brought a girl home last night.

 

DANIEL (V.O.)

So what?

 

SIMON (V.O.)

So who is she?

 

DANIEL (V.O.)

(beat)

I don’t know her name.

 

INT. GARAGE – 9:34 A.M.

 

Daniel is on his back under a car, we can’t see his face. Simon is sitting in the passenger seat, hanging out the open window, talking to him.

 

SIMON

(thinking something else)

Ah man, what happened?!

 

DANIEL (O.S.)

Nothing.

 

SIMON

(confused)

...Wait...

 

DANIEL (O.S.)

She just needed a place to stay; I’m takin’ her to the station as soon as she’s up.

 

SIMON

(a beat)

You’re helping her; you, and nothing happened?

 

DANIEL (O.S.)

That shouldn’t be so hard to believe, Simon.

 

SIMON

(grins)

Dude, you’re blind!

 

Daniel rolls out from under the car to look at Simon.

 

DANIEL

(suspicious)

To what?

 

INT. THE HOUSE – FRONT ROOM – SAME TIME

 

Fay comes down the stairs, unsure of the house. No one seems to be around.

 

INT. KITCHEN – SAME TIME

 

Syd is standing in the kitchen sipping coffee. Then Fay walks in.

 

SYD

(looks up)

Hi. Coffee’s clean if you want some.

 

FAY

Thanks.

 

Fay grabs a mug from the drain board and starts pouring. Syd just watches her, maybe a little confused.

 

SYD

So...you’re the stray?

 

FAY

Judging the definition solely on assumption, yeah.

 

Syd frowns in slight confusion for a moment as Fay takes a sip of the coffee, then shakes it off; Fay can tell Syd has something she wants to say.

 

FAY

Go ahead, I prefer honesty.

 

SYD

You’re different than I expected. You look...decent.

 

FAY

What does that mean?

 

SYD

You’ll figure it out.

 

INT. GARAGE – SAME TIME

 

SIMON

You gonna make me spell it?

 

DANIEL

She’s just a girl.

 

Whatever Simon was about to say gets cut off as Ray walks in from the door to the house.

 

RAY

Simon!

 

Simon scrambles to get out of the car as Daniel hurries to roll back under the car.

 

RAY (cont’d)

Jimmy’s havin’ a hard time sayin’ goodbye to the Viper, Wendy saw him speed away from the club ten minutes ago, heading west.

 

SIMON

I’ll take CJ in the Roadster.

 

RAY

Fine, just watch the brakes this time.

 

Simon hurries off as Ray hits the door of the car to get Daniel’s attention.

 

RAY (cont’d)

(to Daniel)

Girl’s up, go tend.

 

INT. SYD’S ROOM – SAME TIME

 

Fay is throwing her clothes from the day before into her bag.

 

Daniel appears in the doorway.

 

DANIEL

You ready to go?

 

FAY

Basically.

 

Daniel waits in silence for a moment. Then,

 

DANIEL

Did you eat anything?

 

FAY

No.

 

DANIEL

Then you’re gonna grab somethin’ before we leave.

 

She stops what she’s doing to look at him.

 

FAY

Is that a threat?

 

DANIEL

(shakes his head)

Just a fact.

 

Fay zips her bag and walks past him into the hall.

 

He lights a cigarette as he watches her walk away; then follows her.

 

INT. FRONT ROOM – DAY

 

Fay comes down the stairs and disappears into the kitchen as Daniel comes down the stairs, a little slower. Then Teo comes in through the front door, leaving it open, and hurries into the living room, yelling,

 

TEO

Cars are here!!

 

Daniel walks right out the open front door, never breaking pace.

 

Then Fay comes back out of the kitchen, bagel in hand, and heads out the open front door as well.

 

EXT. FRONT LAWN – DAY

 

Fay comes out the front door and stops as she sees the lawn.

 

FAY

Whoa.

 

All the cars from Daniel’s race the night before are parked all over the lawn. Every. Last. One.

 

Daniel’s nonchalantly making his way through the mess of sports cars to the street, stopping every once in a while to check one for damage.

 

Fay walks up to Daniel as he stops to inspect a crack in the windshield of one of them.

 

DANIEL

(looks up)

You ready now?

 

Fay, distracted by the cars, manages to nod.

 

Daniel walks away again; Fay looks from the cars to Daniel, then back to the cars, piecing it together.

 

INT. VETTE – DAY

 

Daniel is driving, duh, and Fay’s back in the passenger seat. She’s holding up what looks like a bagel and frowning at it.

 

FAY

Is this edible?

 

DANIEL

(through cigarette)

Close enough.

 

Fay’s nose scrunches up as she tosses it onto the dashboard. She looks over at Daniel for a minute.

 

FAY

Can I try something? Just for a second?

 

She reaches over and takes his hat off and swipes the cigarette out of his mouth. She looks him over again.

 

FAY (cont’d)

You look better like that.

 

She puts his hat back on his head and throws the cigarette out the window, causing Daniel to give her a surprised and perturbed look.

 

FAY

(off look)

You’re welcome.

 

EXT. BUS STATION – DAY

 

The vette pulls up and parks on the side of the road across the street.

 

INT. VETTE – DAY

 

Fay grabs her bag.

 

FAY

Thanks for the ride; and the room.

 

She gets out of the car.

 

DANIEL

Good luck with your mom.

 

She smiles at him and closes the door.

 

Daniel watches her hurry across the street before pulling away.

 

EXT. THE HOUSE – DRIVEWAY - DAY

 

Ray, Simon, and some other guy (CJ) are standing around the open hood of an ’08 Dodge Viper ACR parked in the driveway outside the closed garage. It has a few fresh scratches and dents. Simon straitens up from looking deep into the hood.

 

SIMON

Everything’s fried.

 

RAY

(mad at himself)

Of course it is; I sent the two of you. Together.

 

Then, Daniel’s vette races by on the street, we hear the tires screech as he parks off screen.

 

CJ

So we replace everything; pie.

 

RAY

You’re right, you will replace everything.

 

SIMON

(to Ray)

Wait like out-of-pocket?

 

RAY

(ignoring the question)

And be sure everything’s top-shelf.

(sly grin)

Wouldn’t want to wreck a Viper with second-rate parts.

 

CJ and Simon exchange a glance as Ray looks up.

 

RAY (cont’d)

(to Daniel)

Good, you’re back.

 

Daniel walks into the frame.

 

RAY (cont’d)

(to Daniel)

There’s a race in Redding tonight.

(tosses him keys)

Test the Pontiac before you go; replaced the camshaft.

 

Daniel, who’d never even stopped walking, immediately turns back around and walks back out of the frame to his car.

 

RAY (cont’d)

Oh yeah, you.

(to Simon)

Where the hell’s Teo?

 

SIMON

(guilty)

He didn’t come home last night?

 

RAY

(suspicious)

What happened?

 

We hear the Pontiac start up and screech into the street.

 

SIMON

There may have been something with a brownie.

 

RAY

Oh great.

 

The Pontiac races by on the street in the other direction.

 

RAY (cont’d)

So what you’re sayin’ is, he’s gonna show up on the roof in a Hawaiian shirt and cowboy hat, missing a shoe, singing Avril Lavigne.

 

SIMON

(beat)

If all goes well.

 

EXT. I-5 – LATE AFTERNOON

 

The writing “I-5: 7 HOURS LATER” appears on the screen as we hear Cover and Duck (Fort Minor) start, and a few shots show Daniel’s vette speeding through traffic perfectly.

 

INT. VETTE – LATE AFTERNOON

 

Daniel, cigarette in his mouth, shifts to a higher gear.

 

EXT. I-5 – SIGN – LATE AFTERNOON

 

We’re looking at the Welcome to California sign; the vette races past it on the Interstate.

 

EXT. BACKROAD OUTSIDE REDDING– LATE DUSK-ISH

 

The writing “REDDING BACKROAD: 2 HOURS LATER” appears across the screen.

 

No one is on the road, until Daniel’s vette races by the camera and off into the distance.

 

FADE TO:

 

EXT. SAME BACKROAD – NIGHT

 

We see some cars off in the distance driving from where the vette disappeared.

 

The first car to race by is the vette, followed by a couple dozen or more sports cars, followed by a dozen or more cop cars.

 

EXT. EMPTY INTERSECTION – NIGHT

 

All the sports cars separate, some going left, some right, and some strait; a few cops follow each.

 

EXT. STREET – NIGHT

 

Daniel’s vette screeches around the corner in a perfect drift and keeps it going as he turns into an alley.

 

A sports car and two cops screech around the corner and continue strait.

 

EXT. ALLEY – NIGHT

 

The music fades out as Daniel stops the vette and gets out holding a gas can. As he fills the car he turns to look at the street, sirens so loud no one can hear anything; he then gets back into the car.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

Daniel gets in and closes the door; he goes to set the empty gas can on the passenger seat and recoils as a surprised yelp escapes him.

 

Camera pans to the left to show that Fay is sitting in the passenger seat.

 

DANIEL

(speechless)

What-? How did-? Where did you-?

 

Fay looks in the mirror and sees lights flashing in the street.

 

FAY

(calm)

You might want to drive now.

 

EXT. ALLEY – NIGHT

 

Daniel screeches forward through the alley; a cop follows him.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

DANIEL

Where the hell did you come from?!

 

FAY

(nonchalant)

I was just wandering the streets.

 

DANIEL

Again?!

 

EXT. STREET – NIGHT

 

The vette bursts out of the alley and turns onto the street.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

DANIEL

Why the hell are you in Redding?

 

FAY

It’s where my mom is, I saw her house today; it was nice.

 

Daniel glances over at her.

 

DANIEL

(beat)

You didn’t knock did you?

 

She loses it.

 

FAY

I couldn’t! I walked up to the door and froze! I’ve been wandering the city ever since.

 

DANIEL

Hang on.

 

EXT. INTERSECTION – NIGHT

 

Daniel drifts to the left through the intersection, passing a sports car going strait; a cop car following both.

 

INT. VETTE – NIGHT

 

DANIEL

Tell you what; I have no wish to drive all night just to get back to the house by morning. We’ll stay the night in a motel, I’ll take you to your mom’s in the morning, and I won’t let you leave till you talk to her.

 

FAY

(beat)

Why would you do that for me?

 

DANIEL

(looks over at her)

Why do you keep gettin’ into my car?

 

He looks back to the road, Fay unsure how to answer, if she’s supposed to answer.

 

EXT. MOTEL 6 – NIGHT

 

Daniel’s vette pulls into the parking lot.

 

INT. MOTEL ROOM – LATER THAT NIGHT

 

The camera is on Fay, she’s asleep in the bed.

 

Camera pans to the left, we see Daniel sitting on the floor, wide awake, staring at the opposite wall.

 

EXT. OUTSIDE MOTEL ROOM DOOR - NIGHT

 

Daniel comes out of the door; then leans against the building and lights a cigarette.

 

A few moments go by; then CUT TO:

 

A gorgeous blonde dressed near to a hooker comes out of one of the rooms and starts walking toward Daniel as the chorus of Hot Tottie (Usher) plays as score.

 

But as she walks past him the music immediately fades out; he doesn’t even notice her, just keeps looking off into the distance.

 

He takes the cigarette out of his mouth and holds it up to look at it. He turns it back and forth; then opens his hand and lets it drop.

 

He just stands there, leaning against the building, almost smiling.

 

INT. MOTEL ROOM – MORNING

 

Daniel is asleep on the floor; Fay is kneeling next to him.

 

FAY

(whisper)

Hey.

 

She pokes him.

 

FAY (cont’d)

(a beat)

Are you dead?

 

Daniel’s eyes open, fully awake.

 

DANIEL

No.

 

Fay falls back with a shriek, causing Daniel to sit up and laugh at her.

 

She smacks him in the back of his head, causing him to roll his eyes.

 

EXT. OUTSIDE MOTEL ROOM – MORNING

 

Fay walks out of the door, followed by Daniel.

 

FAY

Any chance you’ll let me drive?

 

DANIEL

Nope.

 

Daniel closes the door and they start walking to the stairs.

 

FAY

Thanks for doing this, I know it’s crazy. I mean, I don’t even know your name.

 

Daniel stops her and randomly kisses her.

 

DANIEL

It’s Daniel.

 

Fay, thoroughly surprised, does her best to speak clearly.

 

FAY

Fay.

 

DANIEL

(beat)

Come on, Fay.

 

Daniel starts walking again; Fay follows him a little slower, still processing.

 

INT. VETTE – MORNING

 

Fay looks from the road, to Daniel, then back to the road. He looks so collected, like this is his everyday.

 

FAY

This is normal for you, isn’t it?

 

DANIEL

None of this is normal to me.

 

EXT. FAY’S MOM’S HOUSE – MORNING

 

Daniel’s vette pulls up in front of the house.

 

INT. VETTE – MORNING

 

Fay’s just staring at the house.

 

FAY

What if she doesn’t care?

 

DANIEL

What?

 

FAY

(slowly freaking out)

What if she slams the door in my face? I mean, why wouldn’t she? She gave me away, she doesn’t give a rat’s eyebrow if I’m on her doorstep!

 

DANIEL

Get out of the car.

 

FAY

But--!

(off his look)

Okay.

 

EXT. FAY’S MOM’S HOUSE – MORNING

 

They walk upto the door. Fay slowly raises her hand to knock on the door, hesitates, and turns to run. But Daniel catches her and turns her back around.

 

She cringes, takes a deep breath and raises her hand again, hesitates again, but knocks this time.

 

WOMAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

Coming!

 

A few moments later the door opens to reveal a 36-year-old woman who looks nothing like Fay.

 

WOMAN

Can I help you?

 

Fay’s near to shaking.

 

FAY

Are you Margaret?

 

Grief flashes across the woman’s face.

 

WOMAN

I’m sorry, hun. Maggie, she...she passed away, not six months ago; cancer.

 

Fay’s visibly crushed, duh.

 

WOMAN (cont’d)

I was her roommate; Gina.

(beat)

How did you know her?

 

FAY

I didn’t...sorry.

 

Fay turns to walk away.

 

GINA

Wait.

 

Fay stops and turns around as Gina opens the screen door, fixated on Fay’s face.

 

GINA (cont’d)

(beat)

Faline?

 

That takes Fay by surprise.

 

FAY

Yeah.

 

Gina immediately starts crying and throws her arms around Fay, surprising her even more.

 

GINA

(while crying)

Your mama loved you so much.

 

Then, realizing Fay doesn’t know her, she quickly apologizes and lets go.

 

FAY

How did you know?

 

Through her tears, Gina smiles so sweetly at her.

 

GINA

(beat)

You got her eyes, baby.

 

FAY

(starting to cry)

Really?

 

An overjoyed Gina just laughs.

 

GINA

Get inside, honey.

 

Fay heads in, leaving Daniel unsure where he stands.

 

GINA

(to Daniel)

Well come on.

 

He heads after Fay.

 

Gina wipes her eyes, takes a breath, and hurries after them.

 

INT. GINA’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – MORNING

 

Fay’s sitting on the couch, and across the room in a chair is Daniel.

 

Gina hurries into the room with a little orange box with blue flowers on it. She sits down by Fay and sets the box on Fay’s lap, still trying to stop crying.

 

GINA

This was Maggie’s; she put things in it to remember you with.

 

Fay lifts the lid off. Right on top is a picture of her in the hospital being held by Margaret. Fay covers her mouth, starting to cry again.

 

GINA

She talked about you quite a bit.

 

Fay picks up the picture, hoping it won’t disintegrate.

 

GINA

(beat)

Look at me, hun. You need to hear this.

 

Gina grabs Fay’s shoulders, very serious.

 

GINA (cont’d)

Not a day went by in your mama’s life she didn’t with all her heart and soul regret giving you away.

 

That’s it; Fay totally breaks down, causing Gina to do the same, and again hug her.

 

EXT. GINA’S HOUSE – LATER THAT DAY

 

Fay, carrying the little orange box, and Daniel are walking to the car. She’s holding the box like it’s all she sees.

 

Daniel opens the driver door as Fay walks around to the other side. He gets in and closes the door as she just stops, thinking.

 

A moment goes by before the driver door opens and Daniel gets back out and closes the door.

 

DANIEL

(over the car)

What.

 

FAY

(lost)

I don’t know what I’m gonna do now.

 

DANIEL

(beat)

Come with me.

 

EXT. I-5 – DAY

 

Disenchanted (My Chemical Romance) starts playing as score as shots show the vette speeding gracefully through traffic as if just a piece of paper being blown around.

 

INT. VETTE – DAY

 

Camera’s on Fay. She’s sitting in the passenger seat asleep, clutching the picture of her and her mom.

 

Slowly PAN TO: Daniel.

 

Between glances at the road, he glances at her. Then, after a moment of thought, he takes his hat off and looks it over for just a moment; then, in sync with the music, plainly tosses it onto the dashboard.

 

EXT. I-5 – DAY

 

The vette is sailing even faster now, dipping between traffic.

 

INT. VETTE – DAY

 

Fay’s still asleep; Daniel’s tapping his fingers on the wheel to the beat of the song. Maybe even mouthing the words.

 

EXT. REDDING SIGN – DAY

 

We can see the “Entering Redding” sign on the side of the road. A moment goes by before the vette screams past it and gets smaller as it disappears into the distance.

 

EXT. THE HOUSE – EVENING

 

The music fades away as we pan down the Pontiac; as soon as it’s out of the frame, Daniel’s vette parks behind it. All we can see is the driver door, which opens; this time no empty cans spill onto the road.

 

EXT. DRIVEWAY – SAME TIME

 

Simon and CJ are in the driveway working on the Vipe


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