The Roosevelt Run

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

When Roosevelt gets lost....what will he do to get home?

 

INT. bathroom - day.
 
SARAH, an eight year old girl. puts ROOSEVELT, a plush teddy bear with a red heart stitched onto his chest. underwater and begins to scrub the mud off of his fur.
 
SARAH
 
Here we go!
 
mother
 
Come here Sarah!
 
The MOTHER calls from down stairs.
 
Sarah jumps up and runs down stairs, leaving Roosevelt face down in the bath water.
 
Roosevelt jerks his head up and out of the water gasping for air.
 
RUBBER DUCK
 
Roosevelt... How long are you going to let her treat you like that?
 
roosevelt
 
Forever.
 
K-BEAR a blue teddy bear, smaller then Roosevelt. Sits in the corner of the bathroom listening to Roosevelt's conversation.
 
rubber duck
 
You're going to fall apart.
 
roosevelt
 
That's fine, she's the only one for me anyways.
 
K-bear
 
Yeah, you let her trash you then she'll love me.
 
Roosevelt jumps up and hangs on the edge of the bathtub to see who is speaking.
 
K-Bear stands and walks closer to the tub.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
What's you're problem man?
 
K-BEAR
 
My problem is you getting all the attention, with us other toys not get crap!
 
RUBBER DUCK
 
Well I get attenti--
 
K-BEAR
 
Shut up duck.
 
Roosevelt and K-Bear hear Sarah running back up the stairs.
 
K-Bear drops flat on the floor in the middle of the bathroom.
 
Roosevelt inhales deeply and drops face down in the water.
 
The RUBBER DUCK lets out a small laugh towards Roosevelt.
 
Sarah runs in the room stepping on K-Bears arm.
 
She reaches down to Roosevelt.
 
SARAH
 
You OK Rosy?
 
She pulls Roosevelt out of the water.
 
MOTHER
 
Come on Sarah, we have to go.
 
SARAH
 
Come on Rosy, lets go.
 
Roosevelt winks at the Rubber duck as Sarah carries him off.
 
INT. car - day
 
Sarah holds Roosevelt up to the window as the mother drives to the store.
 
Roosevelt reads the street signs as they drive by.
 
They turn right at Oak Drive.
 
Then left at Pecan Avenue.
 
int. grocery store isle - minutes later.
 
Sarah sets Roosevelt on the bottom shelf of the isle and she reaches for a box of candy.
 
SARAH
 
Mommy, can I get this?
 
MOTHER
 
No, come one.
 
The mother grabs Sarah's hand and pulls her down the isle.
 
SARAH
 
But...
 
Sarah tries to argue before turning the corner.
 
Roosevelt waits patiently for Sarah to return
 
INT. Sarah's room - NIGHT.
 
Sarah runs into her room crying. Her mother follows closely behind her.
 
K-bear creeps to the edge of the door, behind Sarah's mother.
 
SARAH
 
You made me leave Rosy at the store!
 
K-Bear smiles mischievously.
 
MOTHER
 
Calm down Sarah, Rosy was getting old anyways, why don't you play with one of your other toys?
 
Sarah
 
I don't wanna! I want Rosy!
 
K-bear runs out and falls in between the mother's legs, unnoticed by either of them, until K-Bear taps her foot.
 
MOTHER
 
Oh... here, how about this one.
 
The Mother grabs K-Bear off the ground and sets it on Sarah's pillow. 
 
Sarah points at K-bear.
 
SARAH
 
I don't want Fanny.
 
K-BEAR
 
Names K-Bear.
 
SARAH
 
I want Rosy. I love her.
 
No one hears K-Bear.
 
INT. GROCERY STORE - night
 
Roosevelt still sits motionless where Sarah had left him.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Sarah will come back!
 
Roosevelt whispers confidently to himself, not realizing The MANAGER is near.
 
manager
 
What?
 
The manager turns back down the isle, only to notice Roosevelt resting peacefully on the shelf.
 
MANAGER
 
You're not supposed to be here... In fact, by the look of it, you belong in the trash.
 
The Manager grabs Roosevelt by the face and carries him to the nearest trash can.
 
After throwing Roosevelt away, the Manager turns off the light and locks the door as he leaves.
 
The trash can's lid swings a bit just before Roosevelt sticks his head out.
 
Roosevelt jumps out of the trash can and runs to the, now locked door.
 
Roosevelt hears something behind him. He turns to so see a small group of TOYS amassing.
 
batman action figure
 
Where did you come from?
 
ROOSEVELT
 
My owner left me here on accident.
 
BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
 
Oh, yeah right, she probably bought a new toy and didn't want you anymore.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Shut up! You don't know her. Sarah loves me.
 
The group of toys begin to whisper to one another. 
 
robin action figure
 
And what makes you so sure?
 
BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
 
Yeah! Why would anyone love a beat up bear like you?
 
JOEY, a small action figure, steps through the crowd, dressed completely in camouflage.
 
joey
 
Leave him alone!
 
The crowd goes silent.
 
Roosevelt looks at Joey confused.
 
joey
 
Come on, I'll get you back to your girl.
 
int. janitor's closet - night
 
Roosevelt and Joey step into the room and examine a tall ladder, that stretches to the ceiling.
 
JOEY
 
This is it...
 
Joey says pointing to the open air vent above the ladder.
 
Roosevelt sighs at the thought of climbing the large ladder but begins climbing none the less.
 
JOEY
 
You're just getting after it arn't you?
 
Joey struggles to keep up with Roosevelt.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
No time to waste.
 
Roosevelt reaches the top of the ladder.
 
JOEY
 
I like your attitude bear. Here, throw me up to the vent, and then I'll throw down my grappling hook.
 
Roosevelt grabs Joey and throws him up, not giving him a moment to prepare.
 
Joey grabs the edge, climbs up, and turns around. He tosses down his grappling hook.
 
Roosevelt climbs up.
 
JOEY
 
Ok, I think it's this way...
 
Joey finishes wrapping his grappling hook and begins walking down the dark vent.
 
Roosevelt follows closely behind.
 
JOEY
 
I freaking hate the dark.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Yeah, I don't like it either. Sarah always had a night light.
 
JOEY
 
So are you sure that it was an accident?
 
Joey stops and turns to Roosevelt.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Yes.
 
Roosevelt stays in Joeys face for a moment.
 
JOEY
 
Ok, ok, I was just wondering.
 
Joey raises his arms, then continues to lead the way.
 
JOEY
 
You know if I wasn't made out of High-Density Polyethylene you would scare me.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
What? What is that?
 
JOEY
 
Hard plastic. I'm virtually invincible.
 
int. air vent - night
 
Joey approaches the end of the ventilation system and puts his hand on the screen. They now have to break through.
 
JOEY
 
Here, this is the exit vent, it'll put us on the roof, then we'll find a way down.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
All right, sounds good.
 
Joey runs his shoulder into the vent but it does nothing.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Wait, lets both hit it.
 
Joey nods as they get in a running position.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Go!
 
ext. alley way - seconds later.
 
Roosevelt and Joey burst through the vent. Unfortunately, Joey was wrong about the placement of the vent. Instead of a roof to land on, it is a 15 foot fall.
 
Roosevelt panics and reaches for anything to stop his fall. He catches part of a rain gutter pipe.
 
Joey does the same but only manages to grab Roosevelt's foot.
 
As they dangle from the pipe...
 
ROOSEVELT
 
(Sarcastically)
 
Good call.
 
JOEY
 
I can see under the circumstances that you might be a bit-
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Will you just grab the pipe already?
 
JOEY
 
Oh, right.
 
Joey grabs the rain gutter and they both slide down.
 
Ext. sidewalk - night
 
Joey and Roosevelt are walking along the side walk.
 
As they approach an intersection, Roosevelt reads the signs and remembers what he had seen while riding in the car.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Come on it's this way.
 
Roosevelt directs Joey left, down Oak Drive.
 
ext. alley - night
 
As they pass an alley, they hear something.
 
Roosevelt and Joey freeze, then fall over as if being dropped by a child.
 
A black CAT climbs out of a trash can. The cat has a red collar, with a name tag that reads "Simon".
 
Roosevelt watches out of his peripheral vision as Simon gingerly jumps off the trash can and smoothly walks toward him.
 
Simon gets to Roosevelt and sniffs him, then moves to Joey doing the same.
 
Simon speaks in a female's voice as she circles around, leaving Joey and Roosevelt closest to the alley.
 
Simon
 
Really? You think I've never seen a living toy before? Those are my favorite to chase.
 
Joey gets nervous.
 
SIMON
 
Run.
 
Joey uses his karate chop action and hits Simon in the eye.
 
Simon rears back and hisses.
 
Roosevelt and Joey dart behind the nearest dumpster. Joey goes in first
 
There isn't much room but they fit.
 
Simon swats at them but isn't able to fit behind the dumpster.
 
SIMON
 
what are you going to do? your trapped now.
 
Simon continues to swipe at Roosevelt, and Joey begins to panic.
 
JOEY
 
She's right! What are we supposed to do?
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Quiet, give me a second.
 
Roosevelt examines his surroundings, seeing a pipe running along the wall just above him.
 
The pipe runs diagonally to the roof of the building. the pipe is only wide enough for Joey to run along it.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Here!
 
Roosevelt yells as he grabs Joey and throws him up, past the top of the dumpster to the pipe.
 
Joey panics, but grabs the pipe.
 
Simon looks up ready to jump up after him, when Roosevelt lunges out from behind the dumpster.
 
He darts under one of Simon's legs, knocking him off balance.
 
A look of confusion is washed away by determination as Simon realizes what they are doing.
 
Simon quickly turns and pounces on Roosevelt.
 
Roosevelt tries to crawl away.
 
Simon roles Roosevelt over and lowers her head close to Roosevelt's face.
 
SIMON
 
Clever bear, finding the other toy is going to be tricky now.
 
Roosevelt swings and hits Simon in the face.
 
Simon rears back, her sly grin now replaced by anger.
 
Roosevelt cringes, ready for the worst.
 
When he sees a familiar grappling hook fly down and hook in Simon's collar.
 
Joey, lands on Simon's back and loops his rope around Simon's neck.
 
Joey pulls Simon off of Roosevelt, guiding Simon like a horse.
 
JOEY
 
Run! Make it home! Go now!
 
Roosevelt hesitates, questioning what he should do.
 
JOEY
 
Run!
 
Roosevelt get's up and runs.
 
Ext. Sarah's house - night.
 
Roosevelt crosses the street in front of Sarah's house.
 
He can see that her night light is on, glowing through her barely opened window.
 
He examines a tree that has grown, like a natural ladder, to her window. Without hesitating, Roosevelt begins climbing.
 
Roosevelt jumps from limb to limb, excited that he has finally made it home.
 
As Roosevelt gets high enough he jumps from the tree to the window ceil.
 
He dusts himself off, wanting to look as nice as possible.
 
Then he grabs the bottom of the window and, with a grunt, heaves the window wide open.
 
int. sarah's room - continuous.
 
Roosevelt steps inside the window ceil.
 
Examining the room, Roosevelt sees Sarah curled up in bed, he smiles.
 
Then Roosevelt notices K-Bear lying next to Sarah.
 
Roosevelt's world begins to crumble, a look of sadness washes over his face.
 
Roosevelt touches the red heart stitched to his chest.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Why?
 
The silent question echoes through the room.
 
Moon light shines in the window and projects Roosevelt's shadow on the floor in front of Sarah's bed.
 
His look of sadness fades as rage begins to replace it.
 
Roosevelt grips his heart, and rips it off.
 
He stands motionless, gripping his heart tighter and tighter.
 
Roosevelt hears a mumbled laugh, and turns out the window to see Simon looking up at him with Joey unconscious in his mouth.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
No...
 
Simon lunges up the tree, jumping from limb to limb.
 
Roosevelt turns and jumps to a desk with a cup of pencils sticking out.
 
Simon lands on the window ceil.
 
Roosevelt pulls a pencil from the cup, turns and gets in a fighting stance, with the sharp tip of the pencil aimed directly at Simon.
 
Simon drops Joey, who bounces off a toy chest and then falls behind it.
 
SIMON
 
Looks like it is just you and I.
 
Simon smiles and gingerly jumps on the desk.
 
Roosevelt says nothing. He tightens his grip on the pencil, with his fabric heart still in one hand.
 
SIMON
 
Now where were we?
 
Simon slowly steps around Roosevelt, putting Roosevelt closest to the window.
 
Simon lowers his body readying to pounce.
 
Simon lunges forward.
 
Roosevelt flips his pencil around and anchors the sharp point into the desk.
 
As Simon comes down on the pencil, Roosevelt catapults Simon over him, and out the window.
 
Roosevelt turns and jumps on the window ceil and looks down.
 
He see's Simon land on all fours.
 
Simon glances up.
 
Roosevelt slams the window shut.
 
Roosevelt and Simon lock eyes, then Roosevelt turns away, and jumps down onto the toy chest and then down off of it.
 
Roosevelt pulls the chest out a bit, grabs Joey, pulls him out, and lays him out flat.
 
JOEY
 
How bad is it Doc?
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Not that bad. Just a couple scratches, but you're invincible remember?
 
JOEY
 
I guess you're right, help me up.
 
Joey struggles to get up, then lays back down after his knee gives out.
 
Roosevelt begins to pick Joey up.
 
JOEY
 
Where are we going?
 
ROOSEVELT
 
We're moving on.
 
JOEY
 
What do you mean?
 
ROOSEVELT
 
Sarah doesn't want me anymore, she's replaced me.
 
JOEY
 
Roosevelt. No. This is just a miss under standing, if she loves you like you believe she does. She wouldn't just replace you.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
What do you want me to do? climb up and ask her "whats going on?"!
 
JOEY
 
Yes.
 
A moment of silence enters the room.
 
Roosevelt releases a sight, acknowledging Joey is correct.
 
ROOSEVELT
 
ok.
 
INT. SARAH'S ROOM - night.
 
Roosevelt climbs up Sarah's bed, his heart still in his hands.
 
He reaches the top, looks back down at Joey, who it looking back with a thumbs up gesture. Roosevelt dusts himself off again and turns.
 
Sarah is inches from his face, wide awake.
 
They lock eyes for a moment, Roosevelt doesn't know what to do.
 
SARAH
 
Rosy you came home!
 
Sarah wraps Roosevelt in a hug.
 
Roosevelt can't help but smile.
 
SARAH
 
What happened to your heart Rosy?
 
Roosevelt is speechless, but shakes his head.
 
SARAH
 
Don't worry, we'll get that fixed tomorrow. Sound good? I'm so glad you came home Rosy!
 
Joey laughs, hearing Sarah call Roosevelt by the wrong name.
 
Roosevelt nods his head with a smile.
 
SARAH
 
What was that?
 
Sarah leans over the edge to see Joey. he freezes for a moment. Then relaxes and waves at Sarah.
 
Sarah reaches down and picks up Joey.
 
SARAH
 
Who's this?
 
Roosevelt struggles to speak.
 
Joey smiles.
 
JOEY
 
I'm Joey, Rosy's friend.
 
SARAH
 
Nice, to meet you. My name is Sarah.
 
Sarah scoots over, unknowingly pushing K-Bear just far enough to slide off the bed. She then pulls the blankets up and over them both.
 
Sarah Continues to ask Joey questions.
 
SARAH
 
Where'd you come from? and how did you get here?
 
JOEY
 
Well...
 
Joey pauses and smiles even wider.
 
ext. back yard - some time later / day.
 
Roosevelt and Joey sit in the grass next to each other in a posed fashion. Sarah plays in the background facing away. Roosevelt's red heart has been stitched back on.
 
Joey smiles and it begins to slowly grow, then he lets out a laugh, Remembering what Sarah had called Roosevelt.
 
Joey
 
Haha...Rosy...
 
Roosevelt swings his plush arm, hitting Joey in the chest knocking him on his back.
 
Roosevelt smiles ear to ear.
 
 
 
 
 
The end
 


Submitted: April 27, 2012

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