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James Good, The Hall City Life
by robin (lara.robin77@yahoo.com)

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James lives in New York and goes to Hall City for a speech about religion. Tells his wife to go to Hall City for vacation, and she agrees.


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JAMES GOOD, THE HALL CITY LIFE

FADE IN:

INT. HALL CITY 2:30PM ACT 1 - DAY
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
      (quietly speaking
       with priest in
       John's office)
James is coming to Hall City and
he will be giving his Speech about
his religion.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
      (asks)
When will he arrive? What time is
his speech? Is there anything that
I can do to help?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
      (answers)
He will arrive on a 4:00 flight
from New York City.He will speak
at 7:30 tomorrow night in the
auditorium.If you don't have
anything to do,can you please go
and pick him up at the airport?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well then,I will see you later.
                                                            
Priest leaves office.
                                                            
                                         MEANWHILE IN NEW
YORK CITY...
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (packing suitcase
       calls to wife)
Honey,have you seen my papers for
my speech; did I leave them in the
den?
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (calls back)
No,I haven't seen them. Are you
sure you haven't packed them in
your briefcase?
                                                            

2.

                       JAMES (MAN)
      (puzzled)
I could have sworn that I left
them in the den.Where could they
be? Boys, have either of you seen
my briefcase?
                                                            
                       COREY ( BOY)
Yes,Dad,I saw it on the kitchen
table. I'll get it for you.
                                                            
Corey runs into the bedroom carrying the briefcase.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Thanks,son.
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
      (looking out the
       window,yells)
Hey, Dad, the taxi's here.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Thanks Kevin,go outside and tell
him that I will be out in a couple
of minutes.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Honey,the taxi is waiting I need
to go please tell the boys to be
good and to be respectful to you.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (in a sadly way)
Why do you need to go? Why can't
you send one of your other friends
to give the speech?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Honey,I know that you are going to
miss me,but sometimes a man has to
do his job and you know that I am
the only one that can give the
speech.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Well,then I'll see you.Bring the
boys and me something nice from
Hall City and try to call home
sometimes alright?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Alright I will.
                                                            

3.

James kisses his wife on the cheek and hurries to the taxi.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (to the taxi
       driver)
Take me to the airport please.
                                                            
James arrives in the international airport, checks his bags
and sits down.An announcement comes up that all passagers of
flight 1169,will be departing in 15 minutes,and that
boarding will begin in 5 minutes.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (in a sweet voice)
Excuse me miss,is this the line
for flight 1169?
                                                            
                       
      (smiling)
Yes it is,please walk inside the
jetway and put your stuff in the
overhead compartment and make sure
that its well closed.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Thank you.
                                                            
James walks on the jetway and puts his stuff in the overhead
compartment and takes a seat.As the plane takes off,he
enjoys the perfect view out the small window.
                                                            
 
INT. HALL CITY AIRPORT 4:45PM ACT 2 - DAY
                                                            
James has arrived in the airport of Hall CITY,has picked up
his suitcase and is looking around for the priest.Once he
finds him,they leave for the hotel.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (happy)
Well hello there,are you the
priest that John Green sent to
pick me up?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
      (in a nice way)
Yes,yes!!,I am the one that John
Green sent to pick you up.Come
with me the car is here.So tell me
how was your flight?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Fine thank you. Let's go.
                                                            
 

4.

INT. CAR GOING TO HOTEL 5:00PM - DAY
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well,James tell me a little about
yourself.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I was born in New York,I have a
wife named Megan and two twin boys
Corey and Kevin.I work as a
dentist and I am a great speaker
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, that's good and James tell
me are you almost ready to give
your speech?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes,I will be giving my speech on
Wednesday.Today I want to rest
from my trip and tomorrow I want
to get to know HAll City a little
better and maybe visit a couple of
places.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
      (happy)
Ok,then,I will pick you up around
6:45 in the afternoon and give you
a little tour around the city,and
also make sure to call John when
you get to the hotel.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok!
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well,it looks like we're here,
James.
                                                            
 
INT. INSIDE THE HOTEL 5:50PM - DAY
                                                            
James has arrived at the hotel and registers himself at the
desk.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (nicely and with a
       smile)
Excuse me, I would like to stay
for
a couple of days,how much do you
guys charge?
                                                            

5.

                       DESK CLERK (MAN)
      (Pleasant)
We charge about $200.00 a night
which includes everything in the
room and breakfast. So, would you
like that?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (delightful and
       agreeable)
Alright.
                                                            
                       DESK CLERK (MAN)
      (nicely says)
Thank you,and to get to your
room,walk up those stairs,take a
right and you should see room 109.
That's your room. Here is your
key,sir.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES IN HIS BEDROOM 6:15PM - DAY
                                                            
James, in his room. He is thinking about things he saw on
the way to the hotel. But first he has to call John.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (dialing phone)
Hello,John,how are you?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
      (confused)
Who is this?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (laughing)
Hey,it's me James. Don't be a wise
guy.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
My bad, James.So tell me, how was
your flight?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
It was good,I enjoyed the perfect
view out the window.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Well that's good. So, are you
almost ready to give your speech?
                                                            

6.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes,I will be ready by tommorow.
At first I thought I would like to
rest up,but I think I'd like to
see some of Hall City and have
dinner. Are you free this evening,
John?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Well,that's good that you want to
visit places in Hall City. I will
pick you up later and we can go
together.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes thanks,I'll see you in an
hour, say 7 o'clock in the hotel
lobby.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Bye!
                                                            
John picks up James at the lobby at 7:00pm.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
So, where are we going for dinner?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
We're, going to eat in a
restaurant, called The SAN HALL,
its one of the best restaurants in
Hall City and they have one of the
best chicken soups there, too.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
So, this means that we are going
to have chicken soup for dinner
then?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Of course!
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Alright then.Lets go to the car.
                                                            
 
EXT. JOHN AND JAMES IN THE CAR 7:00PM - NIGHT
                                                            
James and John driving to the restaurant. James stares out
the window, sees how safe their streets are and calm. Not
hearing a sound of people screaming to each other from place
to place like New York City.
                                                            

7.

                       JOHN (MAN)
So, what do you think?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
It's better than New York City
that's one thing and people seem
to be ok.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
In what ways?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, to start, people seem to be
calm here and people don't seem to
be yelling to each other from
place to place like people in New
York City. it's seems to be a
peaceful place.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Well, Yeah I know. This city is
very calm all the time.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well look, Is that the restaurant
over there? It's pretty big!
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
That's the one.
                                                            
 
INT. JOHN AND JAMES HAVE ARRIVED AT SAN HALL 7:55PM - NIGHT
                                                            
John and James go inside and James sees a lot of people
eating and drinking. John and James have a seat and the
waitress comes to take their order.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS (LADY)
      (kindly)
Excuse, me, may I take your order.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Yes, we would like two chicken
soup plates. James do you want
anything else?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
No, thanks, that's all for now,
John.
                                                            

8.

                       JOHN (MAN)
Alright then, we would have only
the chicken soup for now.
Thank you!
                                                            
                       WAITRESS (LADY)
Ok, then two chicken soup plates
coming right up!
                                                            
John and James have a conversation as they wait for their
chicken soup to come.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
So, James, what do you think of
our little city?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I like the quiet, slow pace of the
city. People seem friendly from
what I can see.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Good I am glad you like it! So,how
is your speech coming? Is there
anything I could do for you? Is
there anything you need?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
No thanks, John. I am all set. Oh
here comes our soup.
                                                            
The waitress sets two steaming bowls of soup before them.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS (LADY)
Excuse me, the chicken soup you
ordered. Will there be anything
else, gentlemen?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Oh, thank you.
                                                            
Both men begin eating and everything is quiet for a little
while.
                                                            
 
INT. MEN HAVE FINISHED EATING AND ARE NOW IN THE CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
John and James finish eating their chicken soup. Now John
takes James for a drive around the city. James sees the
different things of Hall City, including how the cars work
and wonders how they work.
                                                            

9.

                       JAMES (MAN)
John, what kind of power do people
use in Hall City for their cars?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Well, most cars are powered by
electricity here, and others are
powered by solar power. What about
New York, what power do they use?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Most cars are powered by gasoline,
and we have some that are hybrids,
that is, they run on gas and
battery.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
That's good, but how come you
don't have cars that are powered
by solar power?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Maybe they haven't thought of it
yet. Who knows?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Yeah, who knows?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
The air here in Hall City is
really clean. What kind of power
does Hall City use for heating and
cooling?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Well, James, here in Hall City we
use wind power to protect the
environment, since it doesn't
pollute the air and is use using
wind turbines and the government
things its the best energy power
for the city.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well that's good. If only the
government of New York thought
that way, things in New York would
look better and cleaner and people
will enjoy nature more.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Yeah, I know, I have been reading
things over the internet about New
York and I can't believe why the
            (MORE)

10.

                       JOHN (MAN) (cont'd)
government doesn't do anything
about it.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yeah, I wonder if the environment
will ever change in New York.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES IN HOTEL ROOM 10:00PM - NIGHT
                                                            
James is back in his hotel room and decides to give his wife
a call. James talks to Megan about the flight. He also tells
her that the speech is today. James tells Megan about his
dinner with John and how good the chicken soup was.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (sweet voice)
Hello, Megan, how are you?
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (sweet voice)
Honey, I miss you and the kids
too. I thought you were never
going to call. What took you so
long to call?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, honey, I had to do things
and get myself in order, you know
what I mean?
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Well then, ok, but next time don't
take long to call.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok, honey
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Ok, then. So how was your flight
and when is your speech?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
My flight was great and I had a
perfect view from my window. I had
dinner with John and the food was
excellent.My speech will be on
Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Honey, are you going to call me
tomorrow? I miss. I love you. It's
too late for the kids to talk with
            (MORE)

11.

                       MEGAN (WOMAN) (cont'd)
you they are asleep.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Bye, I'll talk to you tomorrow.
Love you too.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES HOTEL ROOM 8:30AM - DAY
                                                            
After breakfast he is sitting at his laptop putting the
finishing touches on his speech when the phone rings.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hello.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Hi,James, this Father Smith, I'll
be there an a hour to pick you up.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Great I'll be ready.
                                                            
 
INT. IN FATHER SMITH'S CAR ONE HOUR LATER - DAY
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Where do you want to go? What
Would you like to see? If you've
got any questions I will answer
them.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I would like to learn more about
education in Hall City. Could we
pass by a school and see kids?
                                                            
James and Father Smith driving around the city until they
stop in front of a school.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Father Smith, I wanted to know
what kind of school this is?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James, it's a public Middle
school. What do you think?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, it's pretty big and it
reminds me of my two boys, Corey
and Kevin, they're both in the
sixth grade.
                                                            

12.

                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, that's good. Your boys they
seem to be really smart for
getting so far.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, yeah, they both have their
father's genes and I am very proud
of them for that.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, that's nice.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Father Smith, do you know at what
time the kids get in and out of
school?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
They start school at 8:00am and
they get out at 3:00pm.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
What about their test scores
averages are they high?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, yes their test scores are
high and their attendance is great
too.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok then. What about safety, do
kids feel safe inside and outside
the school?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Yes, there is always a policeman
near the school, in case anything
happens.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I was thinking, that if my kids
move here they could come to
school here, since everything
looks safe. What do you think?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
That sounds good. I think they
would like it. James, you're
thinking of moving here?
                                                            

13.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, I think that I will stay for
a couple of days, and maybe check
things out.
                                                            
 
INT. FATHER SMITH AND JAMES GO OUT FOR LUNCH - DAY
                                                            
Father Smith and James go out for lunch. They go out for
pizza, to a restaurant call Pizza Hall.
                                                            
                       WAITER (MAN)
Excuse, me, may I take your order?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Yes, we would like a large cheese
pizza and a meatball too. Thank
you.
                                                            
                       WAITER (MAN)
Alright then one large cheese
pizza and meatball pizza coming
right up.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
So, James what do you think of the
place.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I don't know, but I can't wait to
taste their pizza.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, let's just wait and see.
                                                            
                       WAITER (MAN)
Excuse me, gentlemen, your order.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, that was quick.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Let's start digging!!
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
So, what do you think of the pizza
James, is it good or what?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, it's one of the best pizzas
I ever had. It tastes so fresh
that I can't believe it!
                                                            

14.

                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, that's good that you enjoy
the pizza and do you want a drink?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yeah, soda.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Ok, then.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES AND FATHER SMITH GO TO THE CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
James and Father Smith just had lunch and now they go to the
church called "The Hall Church" James prepares himself for
the speech.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
So, what do you think of the
church?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
It looks nice, but I feel a little
nervous about the speech.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James sometimes a person
needs to control their fear. Don't
be nervous.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
You know what, you're right, there
is no need for me to be nervous.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
That's the spirit!!
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James in a few hours you
will be giving your speech. What
would you like to do now?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I think I would like to go back to
my hotel room, and take a shower
and rest for a little bit.
                                                            
 
INT. 4 HOURS LATER BACK AT CHURCH - NIGHT
                                                            
James is walking around, talking to Father Smith
                                                            

15.

                       PRIEST (MAN)
Are you really nervous, James?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well,yeah, anyone would be.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Look just get it over with and
give your speech, and after we
could go out and talk about
things. Anything you want.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Alright then, I'll see.
                                                            
By eight, everyone leaves the church. After dinner, James
and Father Smith go out around the city and they have a
talk.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES AND FATHER SMITH TALKING 10:45PM - NIGHT
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Father Smith, I wanted to know,
What do you think my life would
be if I moved here?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James I can't say, but I
could give you a picture of how it
would be.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
So, then, let's hear it.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, to start, your kids will
have to go to a new school and
make new friends, and they will
probably be nervous for a couple
of weeks and your wife would have
to look for a new job and so would
you.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, a little change wont hurt.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Are you sure about that?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, maybe my wife would get mad
at me, but I will sweet talk her.
I really think I should stay for a
            (MORE)

16.

                       JAMES (MAN) (cont'd)
couple of days to look at think
here in Hall City.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
That's sounds good.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yeah, and maybe I should call my
wife and have a few words with
her.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Alright then we should be going,
it's getting late
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
What time is it?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
It's 11:35 pm
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Let's go. I need to give my wife
a call before it's gets too much
later.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Ok.
                                                            
 
INT. BACK TO THE HOTEL ROOM 12:15AM - NIGHT
                                                            
James has arrived back at the hotel where he calls his wife.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hello, honey.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (mad)
James, do you have any idea what
time it is? Why are you calling
this late?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I wanted to talk to you about
something.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
What? When are you coming home?
                                                            

17.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, I'm thinking I'd like to
stay here a few more days.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Are you crazy? Are you out of your
mind? What are you thinking?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Look, I really like it here and I
think we should at least consider
coming here for a vacation. That's
why I want to stay and talk with
some more people and look around.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Well, what about me? the kids? Why
do you want to do this?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Don't worry, honey, I'm just
interested in the place. It's so
awesome here. It's quiet,
peaceful, clean, safe. I just need
to be here awhile longer.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
How do I know that for sure? How
do I know that you won't call me
in a few days and say you're
staying even longer than that?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, yeah, but here in Hall City
it's different. Kids have fun with
one other and enjoy playing with
each other in a clean safe
environment. The schools are good,
too.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Wait a minute. Are you suggesting
that we move there permanently? If
you are, then this conversation is
over.
                                                            
Megan slams doen the phone and Act 2 ends.
                                                            
 
INT. 5 AM HOTEL ROOM ACT3 - DAY
                                                            
After the conversation with Megan James hasn't slept. He has
been pacing around the room for awhile. He goes to the

18.

phone, picks it up and tries to call Megan. Meagan doesn't
answer.
                                                            
Phone rings. James runs to the phone thinking it's Megan.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hello, Megan.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
No, buddy, it's me, John. Were you
expecting Megan?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes, I was. We had an argument
last night and she hung up on me.
I have been trying to call her.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Is there anything I can do to
help?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
No, thanks, this is something that
I need to straighten out myself.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Ok, then. Talk with you later?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hey John can I ask you something?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Sure.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok, I am really impressed with
this place and I would like to
stay behind for a couple of days
and see if Megan and the kids
would want to come here for a
little vacation.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Good, I think it's a good idea for
you to stay for a couple of days.
Let me Know if Father Smith or I
can help in any way.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Thanks I will.
                                                            
 

19.

INT. HOTEL ROOM LATE AFTERNOON AFTER SIGHTSEENING - DAY
                                                            
James walking in the door, phone ringing like crazy.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hello, Megan is that you?
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Yes its me. Would you mind telling
me why you are so crazy about Hall
City?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, honey, first I want to say
that I am sorry for making you
mad.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Alright, honey, I accept your
apology.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok, then thank you, honey.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Honey, I am going to email you
some pictures of Hall City.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Alright, honey, send them.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok, emailing them. Tell me what
you think. I hope you like them.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
James!! This place looks so
peaceful and its looks perfect.
People seem to be safe and happy.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, Megan, what would you have
expected? I told you Hall City is
a great place to live.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Well, honey, since this place
looks so nice and peaceful, maybe
the kids and I could join you
there for a little vacation.
                                                            

20.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Yeah!! I knew you would change
your mind. Thank you, honey.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Let's get something settled first.
Just because I've agreed that
maybe we can take a little
vacation does not mean anything
more than that. Do you understand?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (quiet but hopeful)
Ok, but I think you'll really like
it here. Are the boys around? I'd
love to speak with them.
                                                            
                       COREY ( BOY)
Hello, Daddy!
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Corey, how are you doing?
                                                            
                       COREY ( BOY)
I'm good Dad, When are you coming
home?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
In one or two days.
                                                            
                       COREY ( BOY)
Good, I miss you.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Miss you too, son. Now let me talk
with Kevin.
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
Hey, Dad. How are you? We miss you
here. Will you be home soon?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Soon, son.
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
What's going on? You sound
different.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Oh, just something your mother and
I are trying to work out. Maybe a
little vacation.
                                                            

21.

                       KEVIN (BOY)
Cool. When?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Your mother will explain
everything to you and when discuss
more when I get home.
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
Hey, Dad? I got in trouble today
for talking back to the teacher.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
What!! But Kevin you're a nice
kid, What were you thinking?
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
I'm sorry, Dad.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Kevin, did you apologize?
                                                            
                       KEVIN (BOY)
I will.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Good. Let me speak with you mother
again.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Hi, do you want me to tell the
boys anything?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes. Tell them the truth. Tell
them that we have talked and we'd
like to take them on a little
family vacation to Hall City. Get
their reactions. I don't think
they'd mind a little trip and a
few days out of school, do you?
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (laughing)
No, I don't think they'll give you
any arguments about that.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
They're good students and they
could probably use the trip to
write a report for their teacher
about their experience in Hall
City.
                                                            

22.

                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
Good idea.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Ok. I think we're settled for now.
I'll call you again tonight.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
I love you, James. Bye.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Honey, I love you too, bye.
                                                            
James hangs up the phone and he is smiling.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (talking/praying
       quietly)
Oh, Lord, I really do hope Megan
and the boys will like it here. I
found so much acceptance when I
spoke to these people the other
evening. I feel at peace here.
These are good tolerant people who
find it in their hearts to embrace
everyone.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM LATER THAT EVENING - NIGHT
                                                            
James is on the phone talking with Megan.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Honey, I've decided to fly back
the day after tomorrow. That'll
give me one more day to look
around and talk with people.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
I'm glad to here that and I'm sure
the boys will be happy too.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
I've missed you and I want to come
home, but this is important to me,
to us also.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
I'm really trying to understand
and I'm willing to listen to you.
As a family we are important and
we must stick together.
                                                            

23.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Thanks, Megan. I appreciate that.
Goodnight. I love you.
                                                            
                       MEGAN (WOMAN)
      (sighs)
Me too, my love.
                                                            
Both hang up their phones.
                                                            
 
INT. NEXT MORNING IN FATHER SMITH'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Father Smith is driving slowly, nodding his head as he
listens to James' words.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
So, you're telling me that you'd
really consider relocating to Hall
City if the conditions are right.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Yes, I would. I just had a talk
with my wife last night; she
agrees to come for vacation.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Good, I knew it would work out.
Tell me where do you want to go
now?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Somewhere calm. I know maybe the
water fountain near the park.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Ok, I know one.
                                                            
 
INT. JAMES AND FATHER SMITH AT THE WATER FOUNTAIN - DAY
                                                            
James and Father Smith are at the water fountain talking.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
It sure feels calm here. I think
that when Megan and the kids come,
I'll bring them here to have
lunch.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
You know what, that's not a bad
idea.
                                                            

24.

                       JAMES (MAN)
Father Smith, I wanted to know a
about health care.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James, health care is not a
big problem here in Hall City. If
you and your partner got kids they
will receive health care without a
problem.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Really I never suspected that, I
feel good to know it. In New York
City I see things differently,
the only way you can get health
care is if you have disability or
if you are at age 70. We pay
plenty in New York City. Are you
telling me there no cost for
health care?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, James things here don't work
the way they do in New York City.
As you can see people care for one
another and know the importance of
health care.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
What about employment?
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
We here in Hall City don't have
high unemployment.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, it is possible I can get a
job here, if I move here.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Well, yeah it's very possible.
With your background, it should be
easy.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, I'm convinced. With the
photos I've taken and the
brochures I've collected along the
way these past few days, I have
enough to show my family. Let's
get John and go have dinner. I
think since this is my last night
in Hall City, at least for a
            (MORE)

25.

                       JAMES (MAN) (cont'd)
little while, that I'd like to
treat you both to dinner.
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
      (smiling)
I'd love to have dinner with you
and John especially if you're
paying. Thanks.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Tomorrow I leave for home, but I
plan to return with my family soon
for a vacation. Then we shall see.
                                                            
 
INT. THE DINING ROOM OF A QUIET SEAFOOD RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
      (proposes a toast)
I'd like to thank you gentlemen
for your hospitality and help
during my stay in Hall City.
Hopefully, this will be the
beginning of a long a beautiful
friendship. Cheers!
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
      (as they clink
       glasses)
Cheers!
                                                            
                       PRIEST (MAN)
Cheers!
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
You look happy, James. More rested
than I've seen you look in a long
time.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
You know, John, I feel great. I
only hope Megan will see what I
see in Hall City.
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Do you think there might be a
problem? Would you like me to
speak with her on your behalf?
After all, she is my sister.
                                                            

26.

                       PRIEST (MAN)
      (surprised)
You guys are related?!
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Yes, that's one of the reasons I
stayed away during James' visit. I
did not want to influence him in
anyway.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Thanks for the offer, John, but
I'll be fine. This is something we
have to work out and agree on
together. What you can do for me,
though, is drive me to the airport
tomorrow. Will that be a problem?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
My pleasure, brother-in-law. What
time?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
My flight is at noon, so 11:30
would be good. Still ok for you?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
Yes.
                                                            
Their food arrives.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Here's our dinner, let's eat.
                                                            
The men spend the rest of their evening out talking and
enjoying their meal.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM LATER THAT EVENING - NIGHT
                                                            
James is packing his bags and humming to himself. Soon he
turns out the light and goes to sleep.
                                                            
 
INT. NEXT MORNING 11 AM - DAY
                                                            
Phone rings. James answers.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Hello. Oh, John, Yes, I'm ready.
I'll be right down.
                                                            
 

27.

INT. IN TRAFFIC ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
It's good that I came early. Look
at all this traffic! So do you
think my sister will go along with
this idea of yours?
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
Well, so far I have gotten her to
agree to come for a vacation. I
think you two should kiss and
makeup. After all it's been what,
15 years?
                                                            
                       JOHN (MAN)
No, sixteen years. I miss my
sister.
                                                            
                       JAMES (MAN)
That may soon change. We're here.
I can take it from now on. I'll be
in touch soon.
                                                            
The two men give each other a brotherly hug and part saying
good-bye and waving.
                                                            
 
INT. AUTHOR BIO - DAY
                                                            
Robin Lara, a third year student at Feinstein High School,
works hard on all his assignments. He makes his home in
Providence, RI where he lives with members of a close-knit
religion family. He will be a senior next year and will
graduate in 2009. This is his first screen play.

Ps, Miss I didn't know where to put the bio. Robin.
                                                            


THE END


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