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From Under My Lashes
by Alice E. Wood (alicewood2@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: **
One night Ellie witnesses the murder of someone she loves and now they are after her too.


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INT. ELLIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
10:30PM.
                                                            
MRS. HOLLOW tucks 14-year-old ELLIE into bed and heads
toward the bedroom door.
                                                            
                       MRS. HOLLOW
Goodnight, Ellie. Sleep well.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
'Night Mum.
                                                            
Mrs. Hollow turns off the light and closes the door.
                                                            
4:45AM.
                                                            
Ellie is awakened by the sound of BREAKING GLASS and YELLING
which comes from her mother's room.
                                                            
 
INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie silently comes out her room and walks down the hall.
                                                            
                       MRS. HOLLOW (O.S.)
      (yelling)
I love this place! My friends are
here, Ellie likes her school--What
makes you think I'd leave?
                                                            
Ellie quietly opens the door to the bathroom connected to
her mother's room and enters.
                                                            
 
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie creeps to the door leading into her parents' room,
which is slightly ajar. She peers out, sees her mother still
yelling.
                                                            
                       MRS. HOLLOW (YELLS)
Now Leave before I throw you out!
I need to think.
                                                            

2.

Mrs. Hollow freezes.
                                                            
                       MRS. HOLLOW
What, what are you doing? You
wouldn't?!
                                                            
A gun goes off and Mrs. Hollow falls to the floor. Blood
goes everywhere.
                                                            
Ellie's face goes pale. She quickly gets up and knocks a
potplant over with a loud smash.
                                                            
Before she can move again the MURDERER grabs her mouth from
behind.
                                                            
                       MURDERER
Tell anyone and I will come for
you!
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT GARDEN - NIGHT
                                                            
The street is swamped with police and ambulance offices.
                                                            
Ellie is sitting on a brick fence wrapped in a blanket.
                                                            
A female POLICE OFFICER comes up to her.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
Are you ok?
                                                            
Ellie Nods
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
I need to ask you a few questions,
ok?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
But someone else has already done
that!
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
I know. But that was when you were
in shock. You're calmer now, so
you can answer a bit more clearly.
                                                            

3.

                       ELLIE
Why can't I speak to my father?
He's a cop.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
He's a suspect to. But you can
talk to him later.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
But why's he a suspect? Just
because he was on his break
doesn't mean he did it! He loves
my Mum.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
I'm sure he does, but you know he
carries a gun on him at work. Now
the sooner you answer my questions
the sooner you'll be left alone,
ok?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok! But first tell me where my dad
is.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
He went for a walk.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Fine.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
Now I need to know where you were
when you heard the gun go off.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ummm... I was in the loft. You can
get to it from my wardrobe.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
Did you hear anyone break in?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No, no one. I only heard the gun.
                                                            

4.

                       POLICE OFFICER
Ok, maybe I'll come back later.
                                                            
The police officer gets up and walks away.
                                                            
Ellie sees something move in the bushes across the road. She
gets up and walks over to them. Nothing is behind the first
one so she moves to look behind the second one.
                                                            
The Murderer's hands grab her from behind and he whispers.
                                                            
                       MURDERER
Tell anyone and I'll find you!
                                                            
He runs off.
                                                            
 
INT. ELLIE HOLLOWS' NEW ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Ellie wakes up to the sound of her alarm. She gets up and
turns it off.
                                                            
                       DAVID (CALLS FROM KITCHEN)
Ellie, breakfeast's ready!
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Ellie enters the kitchen. DAVID HOLLOW is behind the bench.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Good morning.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Good morning.
                                                            
David comes over to the table with two plates of bacon. He
takes a seat and looks at Ellie with concern.
                                                            
David takes a seat and looks at Ellie with concern.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Eat all of it. You'll need your
strength today.
                                                            
Ellie just sits down and stares at her plate.
                                                            

5.

                       DAVID
The dream again?
                                                            
                       ELLIE (NODS)
Yep.
                                                            
                       DAVID
It's going to be ok. It takes
time.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No! It wont! It was more real this
time.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Tell me about it.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No! No.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I can't help you if you don't tell
me.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't need help.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Yes you do!
You've come in telling me you've
had the same terrible nightmare
for the last 9 months and you wont
tell me what it is about.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I have told you. You know it's
about the murder.
                                                            
                       DAVID
All I know is you hear the sound
of the gun and the scream of your
mother!
                                                            
Ellie just gets up and walks over to the kitchen door. She
picks up her school bag and storms out of the room.
                                                            

6.

                       DAVID
If I had the chance I would of...
                                                            
All of a sudden the front door slams and David takes his
anger out on smashing a plate to the floor.
                                                            
 
INT. MRS. HORRACES' (PRINCEPAL) OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is sitting across from MRS. HORRACE with her desk in
between.
                                                            
                       MRS. HORRACE
Well here is your timetable and
your lock and combination.
Homeroom will start in fifteen
minutes.
                                                            
Mrs. Horrace hands all the stuff over.
                                                            
                       MRS. HORRACE
Oh and you'll be seeing the
Councilor twice a week. You may go
now.
                                                            
 
INT. LOCKER 989 - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is haveing trouble getting her locker open.
                                                            
THOMAS BEGGINS, the boy from locker 988, turns to her,
closing his locker.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You need some help?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
If you don't mind.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Code?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
11,11,21,15.
                                                            
Thomas manages to open it.
                                                            

7.

                       ELLIE
Thanks!
                                                            
Ellie puts her books in her locker and gets out the ones she
needs and closes her locker.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Are you from Australia?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
How long have you been here?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Two weeks.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Why did you move here?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Dad wanted to be closer to family.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Bet it was weird steping on a
plane in the cold and getting off
in the heat.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You call this heat?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Haha, yeah, this is what we call a
heat wave.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Seriously? I have like three
layers on.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You'll be down to t shirts in no
time.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Maybe.
                                                            

8.

                       THOMAS
So what homeroom are you in?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ummm...
                                                            
Ellie looks at the sheet of paper in her hand then looks up
again at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
9A! You?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
9A! Same!
Anyway, I'm Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ellie!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Please to meet you Ellie!
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas shake hands.
                                                            
 
INT. HOMEROOM 9A - DAY
                                                            
The class are seated behind there desks and MRS. TANON is
standing in front of hers.
                                                            
                       MRS. TANON
Hello and welcome back 9A. My name
Is Mrs. tANON and I'll be your
homeroom teacher. Did everyone
have a good summer?
                                                            
The class all nod their heads.
                                                            
                       MRS. TANON
Good!
Now it may be everyones first day
back for the school year but for
one person it's their first day
here altogether. Could you please
come out the front Ellie.
                                                            

9.

Ellie gets up and walks up the front and stands next to Mrs.
Tanon.
                                                            
                       MRS. TANON
Everyone this is Ellie Hollow.
Ellie has traveled here with her
father all the way from Australia.
                                                            
ELIZABETH CATHY puts up her hand.
                                                            
                       MRS. TANON
Yes Elizabeth?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Which part of Australia?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Melbourne.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Melbourne.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Where the hell is that?
                                                            
The class laughs.
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL STAIRWAY - DAY
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie are walking up a packed school stair case.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Who was she??
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Elizabeth Cathy! I'd watch out for
her if i were you and her evil
side kick Julie Morris!
So what you got now?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I.T.
Where's room thirtyfive?
                                                            
Sarah and Bella appear from behind.
                                                            

10.

                       SARAH BARRET
Follow us!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok.
                                                            
Sarah, Bella and Ellie walk off ahead.
                                                            
 
INT. MS. CATHY'S ENGLISH CLASS. ROOM 120 - DAY
                                                            
Joanne is up the front of the class holding 'Romeo and
Juliet'.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
This term we are going to be
reading 'Romeo and Juliet', which
looks at...
                                                            
Ellie arrives late.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
...Well you must be Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Umm...Sorry I'm...ah...Late...I...
                                                            
                       JOANNE
It's ok. If you would please take
your seat, I will speak to you
later.
                                                            
Ellie takes a seat next to Thomas. She gets her books out of
her bag.
                                                            
                       THOMAS (WHISPERS)
By the way, Ms. Cathy's
Elizabeth's mum!
                                                            
                       ELLIE (WHISPERS)
Great.
                                                            
Joanne turns her attention back to the class. She continues
to hold up 'Romeo and Juliet'.
                                                            

11.

                       JOANNE
As I was saying before, this term
we will be studying 'Romeo and
Juliet'.
It is about two teenagers in the
16th centuary falling in love but
are made to keep their love a
secret from their fueding
families.
                                                            
A boy near the back puts up his hand.
                                                            
                       BOY 1
I got a statement!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
And what is your statment?
                                                            
                       BOY 1
Boring!
                                                            
The class breaks out in laughter.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Wether you think it is boreing or
not you're still going to have to
read it.
Now if there is no more statement
or questions I have a nerb, nouns
and adjectives worksheet to be
finished by the end of the class.
Once you get it you may start.
Sarah, Bella could you please hand
these out and Ellie could I please
see you up here for a moment.
                                                            
Sarah and Bella walk up the front and Joanne hands them the
worksheets. They hand them round.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and heads towards the front. As she passes
Elizabeth, Elizabeth looks up at Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Loser.
                                                            

12.

Ellie just ignors her and continues to walk up the front to
the teachers desk.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm sorry about arriving late. I
got lo...
                                                            
                       JOANNE
It's ok. I understand. When I
first arrived here I got lost
constantly for the first
fortnight.
But the reason I want to see you
is because you and I have an
appointment at 3:30 this
afternoon.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You're the councillor!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Yep! I wanted to make sure the
time was ok.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Fine.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Great, see you then.
                                                            
 
INT. COUNCILLOR'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Ellie knocks on the door and Joanne opens it.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Come in.
                                                            
Ellie goes in and Joanne closes the door. Ellie sits down on
the couch.
                                                            
Joanne sits down opposite her.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Now when your in here you can call
me Joanne. So no Ms. Cathy ok!
                                                            

13.

                       ELLIE
Ok. What did my dad tell you?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well, he told me what happened
with your mum and how you are
having the same nightmare each
night.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Then why am I here?!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
How do you mean?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Well if he's already told you
everything, then why am I here?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
To help you. To make the dreams go
away.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
But I don't need help.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I think you do. You wouldn't be
haveing these dreams if you were
ok. Maybe all you need is to talk
about it.
So wat happens in these dreams of
yours?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't want to talk about it.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ok then. We don't have to talk
about it today. We can talk about
anything. What do you want to talk
about?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nothing!
                                                            

14.

                       JOANNE
Ok. Well...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Can I go home?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Sure. This isn't compulsory.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and hurries out, slamming the door with a
THUD.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
Ellie leaves the school ground and crosses the road and
walks into the park. She sees Thomas pushing KATIE BEGGINS
on the swings in the park. She walks over to them.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hello.
                                                            
Thomas turns his head towards Ellie as he continues to push
Katie on the swing.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Oh, hi.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Who are you talking to, Tom?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hi, I'm Ellie.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Tom, I want to stop!
                                                            
Thomas stops pushing Katie. Katie jumps off the swing and
walks around to Ellie.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
I'm Katie, Tom's little sister.
                                                            
Katie holds out her hand to Ellie. Ellie shakes it. Katie
then sits back on the swing faceing Ellie and Thomas. She
starts swinging slowly, humming.
                                                            

15.

                       THOMAS
When you were late for English
today, Ms. Cathy told us not to
push you 'round and about what
happened to you.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
And what was that?!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
About your mum.
                                                            
Katie stops humming and looks at Ellie.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
What happened to your mum?
                                                            
Thomas turns to Katie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Nothing! Go and play on the slide.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
OK.
                                                            
Katie gets up and walks over towards the slid.
                                                            
Thomas turns back to Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What exactly did she say?!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Well how u were in the house when
your mother was murded.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
MURDED!
                                                            
Thomas turns to katie. Katie is standing next to the swings.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Katie! I thought you were over at
the slide.
                                                            

16.

                       KATIE BEGGINS
Someone else is there.
                                                            
Katie walks off to sit three or four swings away. She
starts swinging and humming again.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What else?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Nothing, just that.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't believe she told everyone!
                                                            
Something moves in the bushes. Ellie and Thomas look in that
direction.
                                                            
Thomas turns his face back to Ellie with a confused look
upon it.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Whats wrong?
                                                            
Ellie turns her face back to Thomas. Her face looks worried.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Where do you live?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Come, I'll show you.
                                                            
 
INT. THOMAS BEGGINS PLACE. THE FRONT HALL OF APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
The front door opens and Thomas, Katie and Ellie walk in.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Mum! We're Home!
                                                            
Thomas and Katie take their coats off and hang them on the
coat rack next to the door.

Katie turns to Ellie.
                                                            

17.

                       KATIE BEGGINS
You can hang your coat here.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok, thanks.
                                                            
Ellie takes off her coat and hangs it up.

ANNIE JACKSON comes in carrying SARAH JACKSON in her arms.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Mum this is Ellie. She's new. All
the way from Australia.
                                                            
                       ANNIE
Really. Well Ellie, I'm Annie and
this is sarah.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hello. You don't mind me being
here?
                                                            
                       ANNIE
No. It's nice to meet Tom's
friends.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       ANNIE
There's food in the kitchen. You
better hurry or there won't be any
left. If there isn't you can blame
Benny, I swear his got a
bottomless pit instead of a
stomach.
                                                            
 
INT. BEGGINS' KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Thomas' brothers and sisters are all in the kitchen sitting
at the table with Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Your so lucky. I haven't got any
brothers or sisters.
                                                            

18.

                       THOMAS
Well I'd consider you lucky.
Besides you don't even know all
their names.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I know you, Katie and Sarah.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Then there's BENNIE.
                                                            
Thomas points to each one in turn.
                                                            
                       BENJAMEN DOBSON
Hello.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Next to Bennie is BRICE and then
there's the most horrible twins in
the world, FIONA and KELLY.
                                                            
                       FIONA JACKSON
We're not horrible.
                                                            
                       KELLY JACKSON
We're the best!
                                                            
                       FIONA JACKSON
And the beautifullest!
                                                            
Fiona and Kelly laugh.
                                                            
 
INT. BEGGINS' LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Kelly, Fiona, Thomas, Katie and Ellie are playing snakes and
latters. Fiona rolls a 6 and wins.
                                                            
                       FIONA JACKSON
I win!
                                                            
                       KELLY JACKSON
You cheated!
                                                            
                       FIONA JACKSON
Did not! You did!
                                                            

19.

                       KELLY JACKSON
I didn't even win!
                                                            
                       FIONA JACKSON
Oh yeah!
                                                            
Fiona and Kelly laugh.

The front door SLAMS causing Ellie to look up suddenly.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That's just mum's new boyfriend.
Hey, you and him have something in
common.
                                                            
Ellie looks at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
He's from Australia too.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Really? What's his name?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Bruce, Bruce Dobson.
                                                            
Ellie looks shocked and nervous.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Bruce Dobson?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yeah, you know him?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I got to go.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and walks out.
                                                            
 

20.

INT. BEGGINS - HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Ellie walks into the hallway and sees Bruce at the coat
stand. Bruce looks at Ellie shocked.
                                                            
                       BRUCE DOBSON
Ellie?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Leave me alone!
                                                            
Ellie grabs her coat off the stand and exits through the
apartment.
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE BALCONY - DAY
                                                            
Ellie walks away down the balcony. Thomas comes out.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie!
                                                            
Ellie doesn't stop. Thomas goes back inside.
                                                            
 
INT. BEGGINS - HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Thomas comes in through the front door and walks over to
Bruce, who is still standing at the coat stand.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What did you do?!
                                                            
                       BRUCE DOBSON
Whoa mate! I didn't do anything.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Then why's she upset?
                                                            
                       BRUCE DOBSON
Look, I used to know her mother.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You knew her mum?
                                                            

21.

                       BRUCE DOBSON
I was her mechanic.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLLOWS KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
The front door CLOSES.
                                                            
                       ELLIE (OS)
Dad I'm home!
                                                            
Ellie walks into the kitchen. She dumps her bag on the bench
and looks down the hallway.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Dad?
                                                            
After no answer Ellie goes back to the bench and finds a
note from David.

The note reads: "Dear Ellie, I'm working late tonight. Get
yourself tea, the cupboards are full. Don't wait up. I'll be
home at 12pm, Love Dad."
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah right. He's probably down at
the pub with uncle Johnny getting
drunk.
                                                            
Ellie puts the note back on the bench and walks over to the
cupboard. She opens it to find it completely empty except
for a loaf of bread and some peanut butter.

Ellie shuts the cupboard and goes over to the phone. She
picks up the receiver and dials.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah Dad. The cupboard's full.
Looks like pizza tonight.
                                                            
 
INT. MR. WOODS' MATHS CLASS ROOM 146 - DAY
                                                            
The bell rings and the empty maths class fills with students
from 9A. They all find a seat fast.


22.

Ellie is the last to enter and as she looks up she nearly
drops her books.
                                                            
                       ELLIE (STUNNED)
Mr. Wood!
                                                            
Mr. Wood is standing behind his desk. He looks suprised but
happy to see Ellie.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Ellie Hollow! How are you?
                                                            
                       ELLIE (STUNNED)
Good.
                                                            
Ellie takes a seat next to Thomas.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Welcome back year 9. I expect you
all had a great summer. Did anyone
go away?
                                                            
                       THOMAS (WHISPERS)
How do you know Mr. Wood?
                                                            
                       ELLIE (WHISPERS)
He was my mums and my old maths
teacher. How long has he been
here?
                                                            
                       BOY 1 (IN BACKGROUND)
My family and I went to France.
                                                            
                       THOMAS (WHISPERS)
Before the holidays he was here
six months. When did he leave
Australia?
                                                            
                       ELLIE (WHISPERS)
Not long after, you know.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD (IN BACKGROUND)
Yes. My wife and I went to Italy
for a month. It was beautiful.
                                                            
 

23.

EXT. LUNCH TIME - OVAL - DAY
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas are sitting on the fence surrounding the
oval. They are watching a group of boys playing cricket.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Everything's so different.
                                                            
Thomas looks at Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Well, like the grass and trees.
They're alot greener here. And the
weather is always so sticky over
there. You know all that stuff.
                                                            
Thomas looks back at the cricket game.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yeah.
                                                            
Elizabeth and Julie walk up to Ellie and Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Well, if it isn't Sheila and her
boyfriend Thomas Beggins. Who's
your mum going out with this week,
Beggins?
                                                            
Ellie jumps off the fence and comes face to face with
Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Rack off or I'll-
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Or you'll what? Kill me!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What's that supposed to mean?!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
You know exactly what!
                                                            

24.

                       ELLIE
Sometimes you should just keep
your big mouth shut!
                                                            
Ellie shoves past Elizabeth and Julie and walks off.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie, wait up!
                                                            
Thomas jumps off the fence, shoves past Elizabeth and Julie
and runs off after Ellie. Elizabeth and Julie look pleased
with themselves.
                                                            
 
INT. HISTORY CLASS. ROOM 101 - DAY
                                                            
The class is silent as they copy down what MISS. BAGNER is
writing on the board.

A KNOCK come from the door. Miss. Bagner turns to the door.

JOHNNY HOLLOW enters.
                                                            
                       MISS. BANGER
Can I help you?
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Yes. Can I please speak to Ellie
Hollow for a sec?
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas look up at the door.

Ellie looks surprised.

Thomas looks confused.

Miss. Bagner looks at Ellie.
                                                            
                       MISS. BANGER
Ellie.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and walks out with Johnny.

Johnny closes the door behind them.

Thomas watches them through the window in the door.

25.


Johnny and Ellie are arguing.

Ellie runs off.

Thomas stands up and goes to the door.

Everyone is now watching him.
                                                            
                       MISS. BANGER
Thomas Beggins! Where do you think
you're going?
                                                            
Thomas ignores Miss. Bagner and walks out.
                                                            
 
INT. OUTSIDE HISTORYROOM - DAY
                                                            
Thomas approaches Johnny and gives him a questioning look
before he turns and runs off after Ellie.

Miss. Bagner then comes out looking after Thomas.
                                                            
                       MISS. BANGER
Come back here!
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Ellie runs into the girls toilets.

As the door SLAMS Thomas appears. He stops and looks around,
then looks at the girls toilet sign, looks back, rolls his
eyes and sighs. He looks down the hallway both ways to make
sure no one is coming and enters.
                                                            
 
INT. GIRLS TOLIETS - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is sitting cross legged on the bench crying. The door
SLAMS open.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie! Ellie, are you in here?
                                                            

26.

Thomas comes around the corner and sees Ellie crying. His
look turns from embarassment to concern.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie, what's wrong?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nothing. Just my dad.
                                                            
Thomas goes and sits next to her.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What's wrong with your dad?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He broke his arm. That's why my
uncle's here.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That's all? That doesn't seem like
something you would run off for.
Is there anything else wrong?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No. Just forget it. I'm being
silly.
                                                            
Ellie pauses.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What are you doing in here? This
is the girls toliets!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I came in here for you! But if you
don't mind can we get out of here
before the bell goes or my
reputation's down the toliet!
                                                            
Ellie laughs and wipes her eyes.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok.
                                                            
 

27.

INT. HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie walk down the school hallway.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You ok now?
                                                            
Ellie face and eyes are still red.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah! I guess I over reacted.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Nah! You're mother is dead and
your dad just had an accident
which could of been worse than
just a broken arm. He's all you
have. It's ok to be scared.
                                                            
Thomas puts his arm around her as they continue to walk.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
The sound of someone in high heels ECHOES in the halls.

Joanne comes around the corner and approaches Thomas and
Ellie looking worried.

Ellie shrugs off Thomas as Joanne stops in front of them.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Are you ok?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm fine.
                                                            
Johnny comes around the corner and stops.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Ellie!
                                                            
Johnny walks towards them.

Ellie's eyes go wide and she steps back.
                                                            

28.

                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Why'd you run off like that?!
                                                            
Ellie doesn't answer.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Well?
                                                            
Johnny stops next to Joanne looking angry.

Joanne turns and stares at him in anger. Her voice becomes
hard.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
And you are?
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
I'm her uncle. Johnny Hollow. Why
do you want to know?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
While she is on school property
the school is resposible for
anything that happens to her. So
unless you are her parent or
guardian I suggest you leave
before I call the police. And
judging by the smell of your
breath they could arrest you for
not only trespassing on private
property but also for being a
drunk man trying to harass a young
girl.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
I was trying to tell her
something.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well have you told her?
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Yes.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Now you can leave.
                                                            

29.

Johnny just stands there and gives Ellie an evil look.

Ellie flinches and steps a bit behind Thomas.

Joanne continues to look at Johnny.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Go.
                                                            
Johnny gives Joanne a quick look, turns and leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. JOANNES OFFICE - COUNSELLOR - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is seated in a chair facing two empty ones, looking at
her feet.

Joanne walks over from her desk with a coffee in her hands.
She sits in one of the two empty chairs facing Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Can I go?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Not until I've asked you a few
questions.
                                                            
Ellie looks up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well, seeing as you wont let me go
to the principal I do deserve a
few answers. Ok.
                                                            
Ellie flops back in the chair and crosses her arms.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Whatever.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Good. Now what did your uncle want
to tell you?
                                                            

30.

                       ELLIE
My dad had a fall at my pop's
garage and broke his arm.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
And you ran off because of that?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You don't understand.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What don't I understand?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't want to talk about it.
                                                            
Joanne pauses.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Is your uncle always angry?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Only when he drinks.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Is that often?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes. Ever since... I mean... He
has a problem.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
A problem?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He has A.D.D. He loses it
sometimes.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
When did he move here, to England?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nine months ago. A month after...
You know.
                                                            

31.

                       JOANNE
Why'd he move?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
My grandparents are here. My pop
owns a garage just around the
corner and he asked my uncle to
help run it.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
When did your grandparents come
out here?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
About twelve years ago. My dad's
family is originally from here.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Do you see them a lot?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes, now that I'm over here. But I
don't like it much.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Why?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Because he's there.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Your uncle?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Does he scare you?
                                                            
A knock comes from the door.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Come in.
                                                            
Thomas comes in.
                                                            

32.

                       THOMAS
Sorry to interupt but we have a
math test to get to.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ok. Ellie you're free to go.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and goes to the door. She turns back to
Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
You're welcome.
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie walk out of the front gate. As they turn
into the street they run into Elizabeth and Julie.

Thomas and Ellie can not get past.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Move!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Why?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You heard her, move it!
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
No!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
If you don't move I'll-
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
You'll what?! Hit me! You wouldn't
hit a girl!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He wouldn't but I would!
                                                            

33.

                       ELIZABETH
Oh, I'm so sceard! You couldn't
dent a beat up car!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh, that's rich seeing as you
couldn't snatch a motionless fly!
                                                            
Everyone starts to stop and look at them.

Elizabeth takes a step towards Ellie as if to start a
physical fight.

Thomas steps between them.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Puching each other up is only
going to make things worse. What's
the point in all this?!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You're right! Besides no amount of
punching will fix that face!
                                                            
Everyone laughs.

Ellie and Thomas leave.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Bitch!
                                                            
 
INT. THOMAS'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie are sitting on the floor amongst thir
homework.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What's the capital of Ireland?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Dublin. What's the capital of
Australia?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Canberra.
                                                            

34.

Thomas looks up at Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Can I ask you something?
                                                            
Ellie looks up at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes. But I might not answer.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Do Kangaroos hop down the street
over in Australia?
                                                            
Ellie laughs.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No. You can only see them in the
countryside or in the zoo. They
don't like humans much.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Oh. Well that ruins my vision of
Australia altogether!
                                                            
There is a knock on the door and Annie looks in.
                                                            
                       ANNIE
How's it going?
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas look up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Good Mrs. Jackson.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Hey mum can Ellie stay for tea?
                                                            
                       ANNIE
Would you like to Ellie?
                                                            
Ellie looks at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What about Bruce?
                                                            

35.

                       THOMAS
Don't worry he's working late
tonight.
                                                            
Ellie looks back to Annie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah sure! If that's ok.
                                                            
                       ANNIE
Of course it is. The more the
merryer.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
 
INT. THOMAS'S LOUNGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Thomas's brothers and sisters and Ellie are sitting around
the t.v. Thomas comes in and sits down next to Ellie on the
couch. The theme song to the end of a show is playing.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Well I better go.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Do you want me to walk you home?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No I'll be fine.
                                                            
They get up and walk out into the hall. Ellie takes her coat
from the rack and puts it on.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
But thanks anyway.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That's ok.
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie step outside. Ellie looks around, it's
dark. She looks at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
On second thoughts...
                                                            

36.

                       THOMAS
I'll just get my coat.
                                                            
Thomas goes back inside smiling.
                                                            
 
EXT. WALKING HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas are walking down the street. Ellie looks
really nerves, looking around every few seconds. Thomas
looks at Ellie questionly.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What's up with you?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nothing!
                                                            
Five seconds later Ellie looks around nervesly again.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What! You sceard of the dark or
something?
                                                            
Ellie looks around again.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Not exactly.
                                                            
Thomas looks confused.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What do you mean "not exactly"?
                                                            
Ellie looks at Thomas nervesly.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Doesn't matter!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
It obviously does matter, cause if
it didn't you wouldn't be looking
around every second or so as if
someone or something was after
you.
                                                            

37.

Thomas notices a look of shock come over Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That's it isn't it. You're sceared
of something or someone arn't you!
                                                            
Ellie looks away for a moment then she looks insistantly
back Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Just leave it will you!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
No, I don't think I will! There's
something up and you need to tell
someone.
                                                            
Ellie looks straight at Thomas, tears overflow from her
eyes. She whispers.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Why?
                                                            
A car pulls up next to them. The window goes down. Eleanor's
face appears.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Ellie! What are you doing out at
this hour.
                                                            
Ellie quickly wipes her eyes and turns round to face Eleanor
suddenly cheerful.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hi Nan. Don't worry it's only
7:30.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Who's this one?!
                                                            
Eleanor points to Thomas.
                                                            

38.

                       ELLIE
Nan this is my friend Thomas.
Thomas this is my Nan.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Hi.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Well I finally get to meet the one
and only Thomas. Hi.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What are you doing out yourself?
Isn't it tea time for you?
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Don't be smart! Your dad's still
at the hospital. He didn't get an
answer when he called so he asked
me to come take you to my place.
                                                            
Ellie's face suddenly goes white as if she were about to
faint.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie are you ok?
                                                            
Eleanor gets out of the car and goes over to Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
You don't look so good. Come on,
time you got home.
                                                            
Eleanor helps Ellie into the car.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I'll see you tomorrow, bye.
                                                            
They drive off leaveing Thomas on his own.
                                                            
 
INT. GRANDMA'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Eleanor, Michael and Ellie are eating dinner at the kitchen
table. Ellie's hardly touched her food.
                                                            

39.

                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
You ok Ellie?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Fine. Where's uncle Johnny?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL HOLLOW
Finishing up at the garage I
suppose.
                                                            
Ellie looks at Michael.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What time do you think he'll be
home?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL HOLLOW
I don't know, depends when he's
finished. Why do you ask?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
May I be excused?
                                                            
Ellie gets up before she gets an answer and leaves the room.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
                                                            
The sound of a gun goes off in pitch blackness. Ellie wakes
up with a jolt. Her forhead is sweaty. Thomas looks at her.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Are you ok?
                                                            
Joanne comes over to Ellie.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Are you ok Ellie?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ah no. I don't feel so good can I
go to sickbay?
                                                            
 

40.

INT. SICKBAY - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is lying down on one of the two beds in sickbay.
Joanne and Thomas come in. Ellie just looks up at them.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
How are you feeling?
                                                            
Ellie just shrugs.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Thomas has told me you've been
acting a bit oddly.
                                                            
Ellie sits up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oddly? what do you mean?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You're constintly on the watch!
Like someone's after you.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
If there is something wrong maybe
we can help.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No you can't.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well maybe your dad could.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Well then who?!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
There's nothing wrong!
                                                            
Joanne looks at Thomas.
                                                            

41.

                       JOANNE
Thomas could you please step
outside for a moment.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Sure.
                                                            
Thomas leaves the room. Joanne then sits down next to Ellie
on the bed.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Are you sure there is nothing
wrong?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
If you need to talk you know where
I am.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL YARD - DAY
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas are sitting alone on a bench watching some
kids playing basketball.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why'd you tell Ms. Cathy I was
acting oddly?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Because I was worried.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You don't need to be. There's
nothing wrong.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Well that's not what it looks like
to me.
                                                            

42.

                       ELLIE
Well smart ass what does it look
like then?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Like a lot more happened to you
than you've been telling everyone.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
And why do you think that?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
The way you always avoid the
subject of your mother and her
murder.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yes you do!
                                                            
Elizabeth comes up behind Ellie and Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
So you think I'm ugly!
                                                            
Ellie and Thomas turn to face Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Who else do you think I was
talking to!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Have you looked in the mirror
lately miss smarty pants!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes! I quite like what I see.
Thank you for noticeing. Oh by the
way my pants arn't made of
smarties.
                                                            

43.

                       ELIZABETH
You think you're so smart but your
not! Instead of going to save your
mum you hid!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What happened is none of your
business!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Poor Ellie. Thinks she's so brave
but when it comes to your mum you
gave into fear and because of that
your mother is d...
                                                            
Ellie punches her in the face.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Shut up! You weren't there you
don't know what happened!
                                                            
Elizabeth regains her balance and punches Ellie back in the
face. They get into a huge fight. Thomas tries to stop it.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Stop it! Stop it!
                                                            
Joanne appears and her and Thomas manage to get Ellie and
Elizabeth apart.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Right! You two in my office now!
                                                            
Ellie and Elizabeth walk to Joannes office with bloody
noses.
                                                            
 
INT. JOANNE'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Elizabeth and Ellie are sitting in Joannea's office holding
tissues to their blood noses. Joanne comes in with two
ice-packs in towles. She hansds one to each of them.
                                                            

44.

                       JOANNE
Here, put these on your noses.
It'll help with the swelling and
stop the bleeding.
                                                            
Elizabeth and Ellie cover their noses with the ice-packs.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Now, would one of you like to tell
me what happened!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
She called me ugly, mum!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I only told the truth!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Surely that wouldn't have started
a fist fight. What else was was
said?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
She...
                                                            
Ellie looks at Elizabeth and sees her eyes fill with tiny
tears. She turns back to Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
She... Um...
                                                            
Ellie looks back at Elizabeth then back at Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I... I have a short fuse. I guess
I was looking for a fight. I'm
sorry.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I wont tell Mrs. Horrice this
time, instead you have detention
with me after school.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok.
                                                            

45.

                       ELIZABETH
Ok.
                                                            
 
INT. GIRLS TOLIETS - DAY
                                                            
Ellie and Elizabeth are at the sinks washing off the blood
stains around their noses. Elizabeth turns to Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Thanks.
                                                            
Ellie turns to Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What for?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
For not telling my mum what really
happened.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No problem.
                                                            
Ellie goes back to washing her nose.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I'm sorry for courseing so much
trouble for you. I was just
because all my mum could do was
talk about what you has been
through. I felt left out.
                                                            
Ellie looks back at the Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Sorry.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
It's not your fault. My mum just
doesn't know when to stop.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I know!
                                                            
Elizabeth and Ellie laugh and smile at each other.
                                                            

46.

                       ELIZABETH
Friends?
                                                            
Elizabeth extends her hand towards Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Friends!
                                                            
Ellie accepts by shakeing Elizabeths hand.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL GATE - DAY
                                                            
Ellie walks to the school gate with Elizabeth and Thomas on
either side of her. They stop when they reach the gate.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I got to go, bye.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Bye.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Bye.
                                                            
Elizabeth walks off.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
look, if you need to talk call me.
ok?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I better be off too. Got to pick
up me brothers and sisters. Bye.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Bye.
                                                            
Thomas turns around and leaves. Ellie turns round and bumps
into some students. She then notices someone watching her.
She heads over to where he stands in the park. You can't see
his face.
                                                            

47.

                       PAUL GARDNER
Watch out!
                                                            
Paul runs and pushes Ellie of the road as a car comes and
both of them land on the pavement. Ellie looks at him and
stands up quickly. She looks towards the park. The man has
gone. She looks at Paul. He stands up.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
What were you playing at?! You
could've been killed!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I could see it!
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
I don't think you could!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Shut up!
                                                            
Ellie pauses.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Who are you anyway?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
I'm Paul, Paul Gardner.
                                                            
Ellie shakes his hand.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm Ellie, Ellie Hollow.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Oh! So you're Ellie Hollow! I've
been sent to pick you up and show
you round.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
By who?!
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
By your gran.
                                                            

48.

                       ELLIE
My gran! How do you know my gran?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Our two grans are best friends.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh sorry, for all I knew you
could've been stalking me.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
You may be pretty Ellie Hollow,
but I'm no desperado!
                                                            
 
EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
                                                            
Paul and Ellie stand at the gates of Buckingham Palace. As
they look at the palace other tourists hang about takeing
photos, trying to make the guards laugh and enjoying the
view of the Queens home.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Wouldn't it be great to have all
that money. I bet they never have
to worry about anything. Not
homework, friends... murders.
                                                            
Paul looks confused.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Murders? You mean your mum?
                                                            
Ellie turns away from the gates.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why does everyone know about it?
Why do people have to keep
mentioning it? I don't want to
remember it, I don't want to
remember anything!
                                                            
Paul approaches Ellie.
                                                            

49.

                       PAUL GARDNER
I'm sorry Ellie. i wont mention it
again.
                                                            
Ellie looks up at Paul and smiles.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
Pauls mobile starts ringing. He takes it out of his pocket
and answers it.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Hello?... Buckingham Palace
why?... What's wrong?... Ok,
bye...
                                                            
Paul hangs up and places the phone back in his pocket. Ellie
looks up at him.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Who was that?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
My gran.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why did she want to know where we
were.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
She's comeing to get us.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
She said she'd explain on the way.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
On the way to where?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
The hospital.
                                                            
 

50.

INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie runs down the hospital halls ignoring the staff
telling her No Running. At last she reaches the last room on
the right and runs in. There lying on the hospital bed is
Thomas with his head bandaged. His arm is plastered from
wrist to just past his elbow. Annie is sitting next to him
in a seat next to the bed, Katie is sitting on the bed next
to her brother. Ellie stops at the door shocked.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thomas!
                                                            
Ellie runs over to him.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh my goodness! are you ok? Well
of course not. What happened?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I don't really remember!
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
He was hit by a car.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What!
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
I was there, but it was like the
car was only after Tom. It swerved
me and hit him. I don't
understand. Why?
                                                            
Ellie stands up and turns around.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I have to go.
                                                            
Ellie leaves.
                                                            
 

51.

INT. ELEANOR'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Eleanor and Ellie are in the front seat of the car. Eleanor
is calling someone on the phone. The phone just rings.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
I don't know where your father of
his brother are.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
At the pub!
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Now, now, your uncle is a lot more
responsible since he moved here.
It's your father I'm worried
about. It's like he's hiding
something, don't you think?
                                                            
Ellie turns to focus out her window and shrugs.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL YARD - DAY
                                                            
Ellie walks into the school yard. She passes Mr. Wood as he
gets out of his car. Elizabeth and Julie approach Ellie.
They notice Mr. Wood's busted bumper bar.
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
Oh, Mr. Wood, what happened to
your car?
                                                            
Ellie sees Mr. Wood's busted bumper bar. She frowns.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Ran up the back of another car.
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
Too bad. Bye Mr. Wood, have a nice
day.
                                                            
Julie walks off. Elizabeth joins Ellie and the walk towards
the door of the school building.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Heard 'bout Thomas. How is he?
                                                            

52.

                       ELLIE
Ok, I guess.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Who would want to do that?
                                                            
Ellie looks at the ground.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I bet Mr. Wood is connected to
this somehow. I mean he comes to
school with a busted bumper bar
the day after Thomas is run down,
there's no doubt about it! Don't
you think so Ellie?
                                                            
Ellie shrugs. She ignores eye contact with Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I have to go to my locker before
the bell.
                                                            
Ellie walks off ahead leaving Elizabeth confused.
                                                            
 
INT. LUNCH - DAY
                                                            
Ellie sits alone in the school luch area. Sara and Bella
walk into the classroom and sit down next to Ellie on either
side.
                                                            
                       SARAH BARRET
Are you ok?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes.
                                                            
Ellie puts her head down on her desk.
                                                            
                       BELLA BARET
You've been rather quiet today.
                                                            
Ellie turns her head to face Bella.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Arn't I always.
                                                            

53.

                       SARAH BARRET
Yes. But we mean quiet even for
you.
                                                            
Ellie turns her head to face Sarah.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I just have alot of things on my
mind at the moment.
                                                            
                       BELLA BARET
Yeah, we know.
                                                            
Ellie sits up.
                                                            
                       SARAH BARRET
We heard about Thomas.
                                                            
Ellie stands up and walks out of the room. Sarah and Bella
just stare after her confused.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY, LOCKER 989 - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is leaning on her locker. Her head is down. she is
playing with the bracelet on her wrist. Thomas comes down
the hall and stops halfway. His arm in a sling.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You know who did it, don't you!
You witnessed the whole thing
didn't you!
                                                            
Ellie looks up startled and shocked. She rushes down the
hallway and pulls Thomas into an empty classroom. She pushes
him into a chair.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What the hell do you think you are
doing? Yell a little louder next
time, the people in china didn't
hear!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I'm right arn't I!
                                                            

54.

Ellie turns away from Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Leave me alone. Why don't you just
leave me alone!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Because there is a murderer out
there who is scearing the hell out
of you! Just tell me the truth,
Ellie.
                                                            
Ellie drops down into a desk and starts to cry.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes. Are you happy now?
                                                            
Thomas gets up and walks up to Ellie. He sits next to her.
Ellie leans on him and he hugs her.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yes. Now I am.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
                                                            
The class are seated and Joanne is at the whiteboard. She
writes, 'School Fete - English Room Helpers'. She turns to
face the class.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
So, who would like to volunter for
this years English disply at the
school fete?
                                                            
No one raises their hands. They all avoid Joannes gaze.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Come on guys! It's not all
boreing.
                                                            
Still no one raises their hand. Ellie writes something on a
piece of paper. She passes it to Thomas. It reads, 'You
can't tell anyone what I told you!' Thomas replies and
passes it back to Ellie. She reads, 'Don't worry. I wont.'
Joanne sees the note and approaches them. She takes the note

55.

out of Ellies hand. Ellie and Thomas look embarrassed but
also sceared.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I see we have two volunteres.
                                                            
Joanne goes back to the whiteboard and writes their names
down. Thomas and Ellie look at each other dissapointedly.
Joanne then places the note on her desk and turns back to
face the class.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ok guys, what if I were to supply
pizza for afterwoods for my
volunteres.
                                                            
Half the class rais their hands and Joanne smiles.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLLOWS' LOUNGEROOM - DAY
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas, Elizabeth and Julie are painting a huge sign
for the school fete. The sign says, 'English - Year 9'.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Your dad doesn't mind us being
here?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
As long as the paint doesn't go
beyound the newspaper he's fine.
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
The good thing 'bout doing this,
this year is that we get pizza
instead of home made biscuts.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Hey, I made those!
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
I was bedridden for a week!
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
And I've never cooked again!
                                                            

56.

They all laugh.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
That reminds me...
                                                            
Ellie stands up and heads to the kitchen. She returns with a
large pack of chips. She opens them. Everyone starts to eat.
The phone rings. Ellie gets up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'll get it.
                                                            
Ellie answers the phone.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hello?
                                                            
There is only silence at the other end.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hello?
                                                            
There is still only silence. Ellie gets sceared.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Look! I'm not afraid of you! I'm
not the only one who knows your
little secret anymore! If you
don't leave me alone I'll tell the
cops!
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
      (Voice)
Looks like you're enjoying the
chips.
                                                            
He hangs up leaving the cut off tone. Ellieturns and looks
at her friends, then at the window. She drops the phone and
runs to the window and closes the curtins. The others stare
at her. They are bewildered. Thomas stands up. He goes to
the phone and picks it up.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
We need to call an adult!
                                                            
Elizabeth stands up.
                                                            

57.

                       ELIZABETH
I know who.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLLOWS' LOUNGEROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas, Julie, Elizabeth and Joanne are sitting
around the school fete bannah. They are eating pizza.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
You guys have done an excellent
job.
                                                            
The sound of the front door opening carries through the
house. Daveid walks into the loungeroom. Joanne looks up at
David and is instantly attrackted to him. David looks at
everyone and his eyes rest on Joannes and is instantly
attrackted to her. They continue to look at each other for a
minute smilling. Ellie looks up at her father. David and
Joanne seem to be in a world of their own. Ellie stands up
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hey dad. This is Thomas,
Elizabeth, Julie and Ms. Cathy,
Elizabeth's mum.
                                                            
Ellie points to them each in turn. David and Joanne are
brought back to reality. Joanne stands up.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Joanne, please.
                                                            
David approaches Joanne. He extends his hand, Joanne shakes
it.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I'm David, Ellies father.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Pleased to meet you.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Same here.
                                                            

58.

They continue to smile at each other like silly school
children. Elizabeth gets up and picks up her bag. She walks
tothe door and turns to face Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Mum, it's about seven and i have a
dance class.
                                                            
Joanne and David break eye contact and turn to face
Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Oh right, almost forgot.
                                                            
Joanne turns to face Julie and Thomas.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Come on guys, I'll give you a lift
home.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLLOWS' KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie is sitting at the kitchen bench eating a bowl of
spagettie.The front door bangs shut. David and Joanne come
into the kitchen hand in hand and laughing. Ellie looks
suprised to see Joanne.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Hey Ellie.
                                                            
Ellie pushes her bowl away from her, gets up and walks out.
Joanne looks dissapointed and David looks annoyed.
                                                            
 
INT. ELLIES' ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie is sitting on her bed taking on the phone with
Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You don't think it was like a
date, do you?
                                                            

59.

                       ELIZABETH
      (Voice)
I don't even want to think about
that!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Me either. But what if it was?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
      (Voice)
No way! My mum'll never do that!
She'd at least mention it!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You're right, they would have at
least mentioned it.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
      (Voice)
It's just a friendly meeting. I
mean their are friends!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Of course.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLLOWS' LOUNGEROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie appears in the loungeroom doorway just as David and
Joanne kiss. Ellie runs out and slams her bedroom door.
Joanne and David break away and look at the doorway then at
each other.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Maybe I should go talk to her.
                                                            
Joanne makes to stand up but David pulls her back down.
                                                            
                       DAVID
The best thing to do is to just
leave her.
                                                            
 

60.

INT. SCHOOL YARD - LUNCH - DAY
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas, Elizabeth and Julie are sitting at a picnic
table in the shade of a tree. They have their lunches out in
front of them.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
So how longs it been?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Three weeks.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
And seven dates.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Life's a nightmare!
                                                            
Elizabeth gets up, grabs her lunch and walks off.
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
Hey! Wait up!
                                                            
Julie gets up, grabs her lunch and follows Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Have you spoken to her yet?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Spoken to who?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ms. Cathy.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why would I want to do that?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie, you can't go on ignoring
her forever you know.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Watch me!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie, I'm serious.
                                                            

61.

                       ELLIE
So am I.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What if your dad really loves her
and decides to marry her? You
can't ignore her then.
                                                            
Ellie stands up, grabs her lunch and walks off.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
                                                            
Joanne is standing in front of her desk talking to 9A.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
The school fete is next saturday
and we need to finish this room.
So I need everyone who has
finished the work we started
yesturday, you can start helping
to hang some stuff up. Everyone
else back to work.
                                                            
Everyone gets their work out as seven kids get up to help
Joanne. Ellie gets out her excercise book out of her bag. A
not falls outof it. It reads 'The fete should be fun'. she
looks at Thomas.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It should be fun.
                                                            
Thomas looks at Ellie confused.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What are you talking about?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
This note. It fell out of my
english book.
                                                            
Ellie shows Thomas the note.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That wasn't me.
                                                            

62.

Ellie looks puzzled.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Then who was it?
                                                            
Thomas turns to Elizabeth and Julie in front of them.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Hey. Elizabeth. Julie.
                                                            
Elizabeth and Julie turn around and face Thomas and Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Yeah?
                                                            
Thomas shows them the note.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Did either of you write this?
                                                            
                       JULIE MORRIS
No, why?
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie look at each other. Ellie turns to
Elizabeth and Julie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Are you sure?
                                                            
Elizabeth and Julie look confused.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Yeah, course.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
Elizabeth and Julie turn back to their work.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
It's been three weeks. Why now?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't know, but watch out.
                                                            
 

63.

INT. LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Ellie is seated by herself at a table in the library. She
has her homework everywhere. She is in deep concentration
with her work. Elizabeth walks out from behind a book shelf
with her arms full of books. She sees Ellie and walks over.
She places the books on the tables. She looks worried.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Ellie?
                                                            
Ellie doesn't respond.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Ellie?
                                                            
Ellie looks up from her deep concentration.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hmmm?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Something's wrong.
                                                            
Ellie is jolted back to reality by Elizabeths words. She
becomes nervous.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Mum got a strange phone call.
                                                            
Ellie becomes tense.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What do you mean strange?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
A person, a man mum said. He
called and started saying all this
stuff about her and your dad. But
the stangest of all was he
mentioned your mother.
                                                            
Ellie becomes even more tense.
                                                            

64.

                       ELLIE
What did he say?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I don't know, mum wouldn't say.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Did she call the cops?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I don't think so. Ellie do you
know something?
                                                            
Ellie leaves hurridly, leaving her books. Ellie looks
confused.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY
                                                            
The bell rings and everyone gets up and leaves.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ellie, could please stay behind.
                                                            
Everyone else leaves except Thomas and Ellie.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Thomas, could you please excuse
us.
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie look at each other. Thomas leaves. Joanne
walks over to Ellie and sits at the desk next to her.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Are you angry at me?
                                                            
Ellie looks at Joanne. Ellie face shows a mixture of
sadness, hurt and shock.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I don't want to replace your
mother. I know you loved her...
                                                            
Ellies' face hardens as she cuts off Joanne.
                                                            

65.

                       ELLIE
No I DON'T!
                                                            
Joanne looks at Ellie shocked.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What? I... I don't understand.
                                                            
Ellie becomes shocked as she realises what she'd just said.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ellie?
                                                            
Ellies' eyes fill with tears. Joanne looks concerned.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What's wrong? You can tell me.
                                                            
Tears drip down Ellies' cheeks.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Can't what, Ellie?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't say.
                                                            
Ellie gets up and goes to the door. She turns back to
Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Don't go anywhere alone.
                                                            
Ellie leaves, leaving Joanne confused.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL FETE - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas and Katie are watching people line up for a
ride.
                                                            

66.

                       ELLIE
I'm just going to put my rubbish
in the bin. Anyone else got any
rubbish?
                                                            
Thomas and Katie hand over two hands full of rubbish.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Gee, thanks. I only got two hands
you know.
                                                            
Ellie walks over to a rubbish bin. She dumps the rubbish in.
Someone grabs her from behind and whispers in her ear.
                                                            
                       MURDERER
I'm here!
                                                            
Ellie bites his hand and digs her elbow into his ribs. She
runs back to Thomas and Katie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He's here!
                                                            
Katie looks confused.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Who's here?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I'll explain later. Now run!
                                                            
They take off into the crowd. They soon run into Eleanor and
Micheal. Eleanor and Micheal look suprised.
                                                            
                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Woah there!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Sorry nan, we're in a hurry.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL HOLLOW
Yeah, we can tell.
                                                            

67.

                       ELEANOR HOLLOW
Before you go running off again,
have you seen your father or
Johnny?
                                                            
Ellie just looks around worridly.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Sorry, we haven't Mrs. Hollow.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Got to run, in a hurry.
                                                            
They take off leaveing Eleanor and Micheal feeling a bit
confused.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas and Katie run into the english room. Joanne
just looks at them stunned and confused as katie falls flat
on her back on the floor, panting.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What's going on? something spook
you!
                                                            
Thomas looks at Joanne as Ellie sits down.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You could say that.
                                                            
Thomas walks to the windows and looks out each one as he
continues to talk.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Can we stay here for awhile?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Sure, abit lonely otherwise.
                                                            
Thomas turns back to Joanne and looks around the deserted
room, except for Ellie, katie, Joanne and himself. He turns
back to Joanne.
                                                            

68.

                       THOMAS
I'm sorry the english disply was
not a success, Ms. Cathy.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well not everyone I guess likes
english.
                                                            
Thomas looks at Ellie. She is sitting at one of the desks
with her head in her hands. Thomas goes over and sits next
to her.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Are you ok?
                                                            
Ellie looks up at Thomas with tears flowing down her face.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Not exactly.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
We'll be ok.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
For now yes, but not for long.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Don't worry, I wont let them get
you.
                                                            
Thomas hugs Ellie as she continues to cry. Joanne notices
Ellie crying and becomes worried.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What's going on?
                                                            
Katie gets up and walks over to Joanne.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Thomas has been acting really
strange since he got hit byt that
car. We were haveing fun, Ellie
went to out the rubbish in the
rubbish bin but when she came
backshe was running. She told us
to run to. I'm scared.
                                                            

69.

Joanne lifts Katie onto her lap and cuddles her.
                                                            
 
INT. ENGLISH CLASSROMM - LATER - NIGHT
                                                            
Thomas is standing by the window. Joanne is sitting next to
Ellie. Katie is looking at the work on the walls.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Who or what were you running from?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't say.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
You can tell me.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I want to, I really do, but I
can't.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Why?
                                                            
Thomas looks from the window to Joanne.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Because he'll kill her and you.
Maybe all of us.
                                                            
Thomas looks back out the window. Katie looks at Thomas
shocked.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
I'm too young to die!
                                                            
Joanne looks at Katie. Katie turns to her.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
No one's going to kill us.
                                                            
Ellie looks up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yes they are.
                                                            

70.

Katie starts to cry.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Ellie!
                                                            
Thomas continues to look out the window.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
It's true. He will.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Who and why?
                                                            
Joanne pauses as she relises Ellie's secret.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
That's why you've been haveing
those nightmares. You witnessed
the murder.
                                                            
Ellie starts crying. She nods. Joanne looks at Ellie with a
look of sadness and shock on her face. She whispers.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Oh God!
                                                            
Joanne comforts Ellie. Thomas looks at them.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I think it's safe to leave.
Everyone's gone.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Before you leave I want to know
who did it.
                                                            
Before Ellie can answer every light in the building goes
out. Ellie stops crying and wipes her eyes. Everyone looks
around unsure what is going on. Joanne looks at Thomas.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I thought you said everyone was
gone.
                                                            

71.

                       THOMAS
I thought I saw everyone leave.
There was no one left outside.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He must be in the building!
                                                            
Katie looks scared.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Thomas!
                                                            
Katie runs over and clings herself to Thomas.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Maybe it's just a power failure.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Then how come the lights over the
street are still on?
                                                            
The door opens. Katie screams. Ellie jumps up. Thomas goes
to Ellie holding katie behind him. Katie's crying. All they
can see is two flashes of light. The lights go off and in
the light comeing in from the moon they see Elizabeth and
Paul.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Chill! It's just us.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Looks like the power's gone out.
                                                            
Thomas puts on a sarcastic voice.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Nah, I thought it always looked
like this with the lights on.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
All right, all right, mr. smartie
pants!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What are you oing here? Who's your
friend?
                                                            

72.

Elizabeth looks at Paul and then back to Joanne.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Mum, this is Paul. His grandmother
is best friends with Ellies' gran.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Hi, Ms. Cathy.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Hi.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
We came to see if you're ready to
go. Mr. Hollow was right behind us
but when the lights went out he
must've got lost.
                                                            
Ellie walks over to Paul.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Where did you get the flashlights.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
The office.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
But wouldn't be locked?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
That's the strange thing, it
wasn't.
                                                            
Ellie starts to walk towards the door.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
We need to go.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
What's the hurry?
                                                            
Thomas starts towards the door as well. He unclings Katie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I agree with Ellie.
                                                            

73.

Katie murmmurs.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
He's going to come.
                                                            
Elizabeth is confused.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Who's going to come?
                                                            
Katie looks up at Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
The murderer.
                                                            
Elizabeth face pales as she becomes scared. She turns to
Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
The same murderer that killed you
mum?
                                                            
Ellie nods. Elizabeth becomes angry.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
I thought you said you didn't
witness the murder!
                                                            
Ellie ignors Elizabeth and opens the door.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
We have to get out of here.
                                                            
Elizabeth ignores Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Who did it?
                                                            
Ellie turns around and exists the room.
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie walks out into the corridor as she continues to ignore
Elizabeth. She continues down the hall with Paul at her side
with the fashlights on and the others following them.
                                                            

74.

                       ELIZABETH
Who did it, Ellie?
                                                            
Ellie looks back at Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Keep your voice down!
                                                            
Ellie turns back around and Elizabeth whispers.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Who did it?
                                                            
Thomas starts to whisper to.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
She wont answer you.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Why not?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
'Cause if you know he'll kill you
too.
                                                            
Elizabeth gasps.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Then why is he here then?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Well we don't really know if he is
here.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
And if he is?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I guess 'cause he thinks she
blabbed.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
And has she?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Well, not really...
                                                            

75.

As Thomas trails off his sentance Elizabeth catches on with
surprise.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
You know, don't you!
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yes... But she didn't blab, I
guessed.
                                                            
A door creaks somewhere in the dark school.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Who's there?
                                                            
Ellie clings to Thomas and Katie clings to Joanne. They hear
fast steps in the dark Hallway. Paul turns to the others.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
I've got an idea.
                                                            
Paul leads them into an empty classroom.
                                                            
 
INT. EMPTY CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Joanne, Paul, Elizabeth, Ellie, Thomas and Katie crowd into
the empty classroom and take a seat at the desks. Paul
remains standing. Everyone waits for Paul's plan.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
If he really is here in the
building, the murdurer that is, we
should split up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
How's that going to help?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Well you see one group can
distract this guy while Ellie can
excape unharmed.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
And who's in what group?
                                                            

76.

                       PAUL GARDNER
Um... Well, Elizabeth, Ms. Cathy
and I in one and you, Thomas and
the little one in the other.
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Joanne, Elizabeth and Paul are creeping down the dark hall,
the only source light is comeing from the flashlight Paul is
holding.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I hope this works.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Well... It might not because
there's no one here who knows.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
But he doesn't know that!
                                                            
They hear running footsteps coming up some stairs. They
start to run as far away from the stairs as possible. They
go round the corner and peak back around. They see David
appear in the hall. Joanne gasps and Elizabeth slams her
hand over her mouth. David walks down the hall out of site.
Paul whispers.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Come on, lets go.
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Katie is walking in front of Thomas and Ellie. Thomas looks
behind them. He sees a shadow slowly disapering. Thomas
turns to Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
      (Whispers)
I think someone's following us.
                                                            
Ellie looks behind them, then back at Thomas.
                                                            

77.

                       ELLIE
How do you know?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I thought I saw something, and...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
And the feeling of something
crawling up and down your spine?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I feel it to.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Do you think it's him?
                                                            
Ellie takes another look back, sees nothing and turns back
to Thomas and Katie. Katie looks at them, scared.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Is it?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No, I don't think so.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
How can you be sure?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't, but there is only one way
to find out.
                                                            
Ellie turns around and starts to walk back the way they had
come. Thomas follows her and grabs her arm. Ellie stops and
turns to face Thomas.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
But what if it is him, Ellie? If
you over there he'll kill you.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
If it really was him don't you
think he would have already killed
us? There's been every
            (MORE)

78.

                       ELLIE (cont'd)
oppertunity.
                                                            
Ellie turns back and continues to walk the way they had
come. This time Thomas and Katie follow with out as much
hesitation.
                                                            
 
INT. STAIRCASE - NIGHT
                                                            
Joanne, Elizabeth and Paul decend a flight of stairs. They
walk slowly as to not make a sound. joanne is still shocked
from seeing David.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Calm down. Just because he's in
the building doesn't mean he's the
murderer.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Well I haven't seen anyone else,
have you?
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
No, but that doesn't mean no-one
else is in here.
                                                            
All of a sudden Joanne slips down a couple of steps and
cries out in pain.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Mum!
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Quickly, help me up. We need to
move, we've made to much noise.
                                                            
Paul and Elizabeth help Joanne down the stairs.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Where now?
                                                            
Paul points to a classroom.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
In there.
                                                            
 

79.

INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, Thomas and Katie round the hall corner slowly, scared
of who they'll find. As they round the corner Ellie bumps
head first into a dark figure and screams.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Joanne, Elizabeth and Paul enter the classroom.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Where can we hide?
                                                            
Paul looks quickly around the room and sees a cupboard, he
points to it.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
In there.
                                                            
Elizabeth looks at the cupboard and then back at Paul
worriedly.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
But there's only room for two.
                                                            
Paul looks at Elizabeth. His eyes giving away his scared
thoughts.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Quick, help your mum over.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
But what about you?
                                                            
Paul quickly looks around the room again more anxiously. He
spots the teachers desks. Paul looks back at Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
I'll be ok. Now go.
                                                            
Elizabeth helps Joanne into the cupboard. Paul runs and
hides under the teachers desk. A few secondes later you can
here a person enter the room. Their footsteps walk down the
room towards the teachers desk. Paul is panicking as he
tries to make himself as small as possible. Paul sees the

80.

feet pass the desk and slowly turn around again. The
footsteps slowly leave the room and Joanne, Elizabeth and
Paul start to relax. As the murderer leaves, he slams the
door makeing them jump.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie looks up and sees David. She relaxs and so does
Thomas. Katie remains scared.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Thomas, who's that?
                                                            
Katie clings to Thomas. Ellie turns to look at her.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
This is my father.
                                                            
Katie Relaxs. David looks worriedly at Ellie.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Ellie, what's going on?
                                                            
Ellie looks at her father as all her fears return.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
His here.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Who's here?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
The man who killed mum.
                                                            
David is shocked.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Wh... What? But Ellie, you didn't
see the guy.
                                                            
David shakes his head in confusion. Ellie looks as if she is
on the verge of tears, but she doesn't cry.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I did. I saw everything.
                                                            

81.

David draws her into a hug.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm sorry I lied, but he
threatened to kill me.
                                                            
                       DAVID
It's ok... It's ok.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Paul, Elizabeth and Joanne slowly creep out from their
hiding places.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Is he gone?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Well, if he wasn't you'd be dead
right now.
                                                            
Elizabeth answers blondly.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Oh, right.
                                                            
Joanne limps out of the cupboard. Elizabeth helps her.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
How's your foot?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Alot better than it was.
                                                            
Joanne sits on a desk.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
I'm going to get help. It'll be
alot faster if I go by myself.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
You're not going by yourself.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
How else are we going to get help?
                                                            

82.

                       ELIZABETH
What about the others?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
They won't get anywhere fast with
the little one.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Then I'm going with you.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
No. You have to stay with your
mum.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I'm fine. I'll be ok here by
myself.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
What if he comes back?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I'll be ok. Now go.
                                                            
Paul and Elizabeth look at each other then exit the
classroom.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
David stands against the wall in disbeliefe of what Ellie's
told him. Ellie has just told David what happened the night
of the murder.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I can't believe it. If I was
there. I... I could have stopped
him.
                                                            
Suddenly turning angry, David pulls out a hand gun. Ellie,
Thomas and Katie gasp under their breath.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I'm going to find him.
                                                            
David starts to walk off but Ellie pulls him back.
                                                            

83.

                       ELLIE
Believe me, I would like to kill
him to but that's not going to
change what happened.
                                                            
                       DAVID
But why..?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I... I don't know why... But what
I do know is we have to get out of
here.
                                                            
David nods at Ellies' sugestion.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Where's Joanne?
                                                            
Thomas and Ellie look at each other.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
She's with Elizabeth and Paul.
                                                            
                       DAVID
And where's that?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
We split up into two groups.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
They could still be inside the
building or they might have got
out.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Can we get out, Tom? I'm scared.
He'll find us if we stay here.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
She's right. We better get moving.
                                                            
 
INT. FRONT HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Paul and Elizabeth run down the stairs. They look carefully
both ways before they enter the entrance hall. They make

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their way slowly towards the front doors. Elizabeth spots a
pay phone. She points to it.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Paul. A phone.
                                                            
Elizabeth and Paul run to the phone. Paul picks up the
reciever and dials the emergency (999).
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
You've got to help. There's a man
here who is trying to kill us...
Because he thinks we know about a
murder he commited about nine
months back. You've got to help
us... There's about six of us...
At Hoppers High... There's two of
us at the front but I don't know
about the others... We saw him
last on the second floor... How
long?... Ok.
                                                            
Paul hangs up the phone. Elizabeth looks at him anxiously.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
How long 'till they come?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
About five, maybe ten minutes.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
What! Alot could happen in ten
minutes.
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Yeah, I know. But the closest cop
station is fifteen minutes away.
Now she said to wait outside for
them.
                                                            
Paul and Elizabeth exit the building through the front doors
looking both ways for any sign of their persuer. They run
across the courtyard. As they reach the outside of the
courtyard a gunshot goes off and glass shatters from a
second floor window. Elizabeth screams. Paul Pulls her
behind a bench.
                                                            
 

85.

INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
A sound of a gun going off and shattering glass echoes down
the second floor hallway. Ellie and David look at each
other, fearing the worst.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Joanne hears the gun shot and shattering glass and looks
worried, scared.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Oh god.
                                                            
There comes the sound of footsteps running down the hallway
outside. They stop outside the door. The door shakes as
someone places a key in the lock. It swings open to reveal
Mr. Wood. Joanne is shocked. She immediantly puts her hands
up.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I didn't know, I swear.
                                                            
Mr. Wood looks up to see Joanne. He face reads an expression
of shock, confusion and fear.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Joanne..?
                                                            
Mr. Wood shakes his head in a hope to clear his confusion.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Didn't know what?
                                                            
Joanne looks puzzled but a little more relaxed.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
So your not... You didn't murder
her?
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Murder who?
                                                            
Joanne relaxs and lowers her arms.
                                                            

86.

                       JOANNE
Ellies' mother. Mrs. Hollow.
                                                            
Mr. Wood approaches Joanne and sits down next to her.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Why would you think that?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
You knew the victim.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Many people knew her. She was very
popular.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Elizabeth told me about your
busted bumper bar after the Thomas
got hit.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
A car in front of me breaked
suddenly and I went into the back
of it.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Then why does Ellie act so scared
of you?
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Because when she was younger I
tought her for a day. She was
being a typical eight year old but
I couldn't handle it. I kept her
after school and lost my temper
with her.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
What happened?
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
I hit her. Not hard but enough to
make her terrified. I begged her
not to tell anyone, she was so
scared she didn't dare. There, you
now know my horrible secret. Now
            (MORE)

87.

                       MR. WOOD (cont'd)
what are you hiding from?
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
Paul and Elizabeth are still hiding behind the bench in the
fornt courtyard. Elizabeth is worried and scared. Paul is
trying to remain calm.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Where are they?
                                                            
                       PAUL GARDNER
Hopefully not to far away.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, David, Thomas and Katie walk slowly and quietly along
the wall of the hallway towards where the sound came from.
All of a sudden Ellie pulls back. They all flatten
themselves against the wall. There are sounds of footsteps
walking away from them.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's him.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Mr. Wood looks at Joanne with interest and fear. Joanne has
just told him what she knows of Ellies' story.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
So he's here now?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Yes, and that gun shot you heard
was probably him.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
Goodness...
                                                            
All of a sudden the door starts to rattle as someone tries
to open it. Mr. Wood and Joanne jump with shock.
                                                            
 

88.

INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, David, Thomas and Katie are still flat against the
hallway wall. Ellie is watching Johnny from around the
corner.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
What is he doing?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Trying to get into a classroom.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Why?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Looks like he's seen something.
                                                            
                       DAVID
What are we waiting for, lets get
him.
                                                            
Ellie looks at him as if he was stupid.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He's armed.
                                                            
                       DAVID
So am I.
                                                            
David pats his gun, hiddin under his shirt.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No dad. I'm not ready to lose both
my parents to this maniack.
                                                            
David looks at Ellie as if he had done the worse thing ever
to hurt her.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The door is pulled open and Johnny walks in. Joanne is
shocked to see the identity of the killer. Mr. Wood is
scared.
                                                            

89.

                       JOANNE
Oh my god. It's you.
                                                            
Mr. Wood turns to joanne with a look of puzzlement on his
face.
                                                            
                       MR. WOOD
You know him?
                                                            
                       JOANNE
Yes. This is Ellies' uncle. Johnny
Hollow.
                                                            
Johnny raises his gun to Mr. Wood and Joanne.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Yes. Nice to meet you again
Joanne, but don't play innocent.
That bitch told you, didn't she.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
No. I swear.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie, David, Thomas and Katie can hear Joannes' voice float
out of the classroom.
                                                            
                       DAVID
That's Joannes' voice.
                                                            
David takes off towards the classroom before the others can
stop him. Ellie goes after him.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Dad. No.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Johnny is holding the gun up to Joanne and Mr. Wood. Johnny
is very angry.
                                                            

90.

                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Don't lie to me! I knew it
wouldn't be long before she told
people. Especialy that boy.
                                                            
Realisation dawns on Joanne.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
You hit Thomas.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Well I had to. He could have told
someone.
                                                            
David runs into the room. His gun is out and pointing at the
back of Johnnys' head.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Put the gun down.
                                                            
Johnny keeps the gun raised. He doesn't turn round. He seems
pleased his brother is there.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Welcome brother! No doubt you know
too.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I wont let you take another person
away from me.
                                                            
Ellie comes into the room and stands by David.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Put the gun down uncle Johnny or I
swear my dad will blow your brains
from here to kingdom come!
                                                            
Johnny replies teasingly.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
He doesn't have the guts. Just
like he didn't have the guts to
admit his wife was having an
affair.
                                                            

91.

A shadow of fear crosses Davids' face.
                                                            
                       DAVID
My wife loved me!
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
That's not what she was saying
when she was with me. We were
going to run away together, maybe
even get married. But when the
time came she said no and so I
thought, if I can't have her, no
one will.
                                                            
David looks curious.
                                                            
                       DAVID
But why did she say no?
                                                            
                       JOHNNY HOLLOW
Because of her!
                                                            
Johnny turns quickly and swiftly to face Ellie. He points
his gun at her. Ellie looks terrified. Johnny fires his gun
at her. Everyone freezes in shock. Except Thomas. He jumps
in front of her, blocking the path of the bullet. Thomas
falls to the ground and clutches his left shoulder. Ellie
and Katie drop down to the ground beside him, tears running
down their cheeks. As this happens Joanne jumps on Johnnys'
back, knocking the gun out of his hand. Mr. Wood picks it up
and points it at Johnny. Johnny puts his hands up.
                                                            
                       KATIE BEGGINS
Thomas...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh Thomas. I am so sorry. This is
all my fault. I should never have
come here. I'm so sorry.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Please, don't be. I'm glade you
came. look Ellie, I need to tell
you something in case...
                                                            

92.

                       ELLIE
No. You'll be ok..
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I love you, Ellie.
                                                            
More tears run down Ellies cheeks at Thomas' words.
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
Ambilances and police cars fill the front of the school and
street ouside. Ellie, David, Joanne, Paul and Elizabeth sit
around on a couple of benches. Katie is on Ellies lap fast
asleep.
                                                            
                       DAVID
This brings up memories.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah.
                                                            
Ellie is in a world of her own. Joanne takes Davids hand to
comfort him. Ellie sees the paramedics wheel Thomas out on a
stretcher. They move really fast and they have urgent looks
on their faces that scares Ellie deeply. She looks at her
father once the Ambilance has left.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Dad, I have to get to the
hospital.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ellie paces the waiting room. Katie is sitting on David's
knee, crying again. Joanne is sitting next to them.
Elizabeth and Paul are standing against the wall. David
watches Ellie.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Ellie, why don't you sit down.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
He's going to be ok.
                                                            

93.

Ellie stops paceing and turns to face Joanne and David.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
How do you know? Can you see the
future? No, nobody can! So we
can't know how he is! He could be,
he could be...
                                                            
Ellie breaks off as a fresh wave of tears flow down her
cheeks at the thought of Thomas dieing. David gives Katie to
Joanne. He gets up and goes over to Ellie. He hugs her and
she hugs him back.
                                                            
                       DAVID
He's going to be ok.
                                                            
Ellie just nods. Annie walks into the waiting room. Ellie
breaks away from David. Annie cries tears of relief and
happieness. Everyone waits anxiously for the news of Thomas.
                                                            
                       ANNIE
He's going to be ok.
                                                            
Ellie collapeses into David's arms crying tears of relief
and happieness. Everyone relaxes.
                                                            
 
INT. THOMAS' ROOM - HOME - DAY
                                                            
It's three weeks later. Thomas is sitting up in bed with his
left arm in a sling. There's a knock on the door.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Come in.
                                                            
Ellie walks in closing the door behind her. She walks over
and sits next to him on the bed. Thomas straightens himself
up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
How are you?
                                                            
Thomas answers sarcasticly.
                                                            

94.

                       THOMAS
Oh, you know, feeling a million
bucks!
                                                            
Ellie laughs. She gets a photo out of her bag. It is in a
wooden frame.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I wanted to show you this.
                                                            
Ellie hands Thomas the photo. He examines it.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's my mum.
                                                            
Thomas looks up at Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
You look like her.
                                                            
Ellie smiles. She becomes serious again.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I haven't been able to look at it
before without thinking about what
happened.
                                                            
Ellie pauses.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Dad and I hope to go back to
Australia for a holiday sometime
this summer. Visit mums grave and
stuff.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
That'll be good.
                                                            
Ellie nods. She glances at Thomas' shoulder for a second.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
How is your shoulder?
                                                            
Thomas replies sarcasticly again.
                                                            

95.

                       THOMAS
Oh, this old thing...
                                                            
He smiles at Ellie.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
It's good, truly. Just a bit
stiff.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
For what? Ellie, it wasn't your
fault. You didn't shoot me.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I might as well have.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Don't blame yourself.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I should never have come here.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
But I'm glade you did. You have
been the best thing to come into
my life in years. I would have
jumped in front of a million
bullets if I knew that it meant
I'd never lose you. Ellie...
                                                            
Ellie stands up quickly, confused by what she is hearing.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I have to go. I promised dad I'd
be home for dinner.
                                                            
Ellie puts her bag on her back. She avoids eye contact with
Thomas.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
When will I see you again?
                                                            
Ellie shrugs. She looks at her watch.
                                                            

96.

                       ELLIE
I've really got to go.
                                                            
Ellie turns and heads to the door. Thomas remembers the
photo he is holding.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Ellie, your photo.
                                                            
Ellie walks back over to Thomas. He hands her, her photo.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thanks.
                                                            
Ellie leaves, shutting the door behind her.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Ellie, David, Elizabeth and Joanne are standing in a busy
airport, outside gate 48. Joanne and Elizabeth are wishing
Ellie and David goodbye. Ellie and David have backpacks on
their backs. David and Joanne are kissing. Ellie and
Elizabeth are embarrased to be seen with them.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
It's not as if they arn't ever
going to see each other again.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah. It's only for a few weeks.
                                                            
David and Joanne breake apart and turn their attention to
Ellie and Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I know but...
                                                            
Joanne looks between Ellie and David. She turns back to
Ellie.
                                                            
                       JOANNE
I'm going to miss you both so
much.
                                                            

97.

Joanne hugs Ellie and after a moment of uncertanty Ellie
huge her back. They beak apart after 15 seconds. Joanne
turns to David and hugs him. An airport staff members voice
comes over the PA.
                                                            
                       AIRPORT STAFF MEMBER
Flight 186 to Australia is now
boarding from gate 48. Flight 186
to Australia is now boarding from
gate 48.
                                                            
David and Joanne breake apart. In the background people
start to line up and board the plane.
                                                            
                       DAVID
We better go.
                                                            
Ellie nods. She takes one last look around the crowds. Ellie
appears disapointed, as if she was expecting someone, but
they hadn't turned up yet. David gets their tickets out of
his pocket. He looks at Ellie.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Well, come on Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok.
                                                            
Ellie looks at Joanne and Elizabeth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Bye.
                                                            
                       ELIZABETH
Bye.
                                                            
Ellie turns to follow David to the back of the line. Thomas'
voice yells over the crowd.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
ELLIE! WAIT, ELLIE! WAIT!
                                                            
Ellie, David, Joanne and Elizabeth look in the direction of
the yells. Thomas comes running out of the crowd, puffing.
Elizabeth smiles. Ellie sees Thomas and runs over to him.
                                                            

98.

                       ELLIE
Thomas!
                                                            
Ellie runs over and flings herself into a hug with Thomas.
Thomas' injured left arm is still in a sling. They give each
other a long warm hug. Ellie breakes away first. Tears run
down her cheeks, but this time they're different, they're
tears of happieness.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You came.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Yeah. Sorry I was late. Bruces car
wouldn't start.
                                                            
Ellie doesn't answer. Ellie hugs Thomas instead. Thomas
pulls away first this time. He becomes serious. Ellie wipes
her wet face with her hands. Thomas places his good hand on
Ellies shoulder.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I couldn't let you go Ellie...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm coming back you know...
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I know, but, that's ... that's not
what I mean.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       THOMAS
I couldn't let you go before...
                                                            
David interups them. He yells from the line.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Come on Ellie. Hurry up.
                                                            
Ellie looks over at David.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Just a sec Dad.
                                                            

99.

Ellie turns back to Thomas, giving him her full attention.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Before what?
                                                            
Unexpectedly Thomas leans in and kisses Ellie. At first
Ellie is shocked but then relaxs. They break away. Ellie is
smiling. Both Ellie and Thomas are a bit pink.
                                                            
                       THOMAS
Before that.