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Towers: Melody
by John Eicher (johneicherbuisness@gmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Comedy   User Review:
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The fourth installment of Towers, tensions are high between Nico and the group as a mystery of his past weighs on his shoulders.


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FADE IN:

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
The boys sit at a restaurant table conversing and laughing
with each other.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Kid looses his virginity and he
can't even remember it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I kinda remember it.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
What i remember is waking up and
there being a fucking rat pancake
in my carpet.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We were all drunk. What were we
supposed to do?
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Not turn my living room into a
steel cage match.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
What did you tell your mom?
                                                            
                       JIMMY
I just said I ran it over and
covered it up with a pillow.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Wheel chair pity?
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Wheel chair pity.
                                                            
The waitress comes over to take orders.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS
Okay guys are you ready to order?
                                                            
                       NICO
No I still need a minute.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS
Okay I'll get you last. (To
Austin) What would you like to
order?
                                                            

2.

                       AUSTIN
I'll have the forbidden fudge
brownie.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (Whispering to
       John)
That sounds like a code word for
anal.
                                                            
John does a spit take with his water.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (laughing)
I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'll just
have a vanilla milkshake.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
A hunka chunka sundae will be
good.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
I'm just gonna have a water, thank
you.
                                                            
The waitress turns and looks at Nico waiting, and Nico get's
irritated.
                                                            
                       NICO
Can you come back in a sec? I need
some more time.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS
Might I suggest the hunka chunka?
It's my personal favorite.
                                                            
                       NICO
I bet
                                                            
                       WAITRESS
      (Irritated)
What is that supposed to mean?
                                                            
                       NICO
Oh I'm sorry you must be slow. I'm
calling you fat.
                                                            
There is a dead silence as all the other tables turn and
look to see the occurrence. The guys looks at each other
shocked. Jimmy looks up at the waitress and shrugs.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
We're handicapped?
                                                            
 

3.

EXT. OUTSIDE OF RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
John is seen being tossed out while everyone else is already
outside except for Jimmy. A restaurant is seen wheeling
Jimmy out.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (yelling)
FROZEN HUT ICE CREAM SHOP HATES
CRIPPLES AND THEY KNOW IT!!!
INJUSTICE! DAIRY PRODUCT NAZIS!
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (mad)
The hell is wrong with you?
                                                            
                       NICO
That lady was shaking me down to
order. I asked her to give me a
minute she kept pressing.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Well now we can't get ice cream
anymore.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's okay. I'm lactoast intolerant
anyways.
                                                            
                       NICO
It's lacTOSE not lacTOAST you
fucking moron. You're not allergic
to wheaties are you?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (solemn)
Well if i ate them with milk it
would make me gassy.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
What is your problem?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Guys it's November eighth.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (calm)
Oh. Nico why didn't you...
                                                            

4.

                       NICO
      (angry)
Don't you dare pity me! You know
I'm glad we got kicked out. I'm
going home.
                                                            
Nico walks off scene.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (confused)
What's up with November eighth?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
It's nothing. Don't worry about
it. He'll be fine tomorrow.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
I think I'm gonna go home too.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Touche.
                                                            
                       JOHN
So what, the days just over? Why
don't we just go talk to him?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Look bud, don't take it personal.
There are things that are just
better if you let them be. Go home
                                                            
Everyone walks away and John just stands there stunned at
what just happened. After everyone is gone. The waitress
walks back out.
                                                            
                       WAITRESS
      (pissed)
Your friend left his wallet
behind.
                                                            
John opens it up to see Nico's I.D
                                                            
 
EXT. NICO'S FRONT DOOR - DAY
                                                            
John walks up to Nico's front door. He knocks a couple times
and waits to no response.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (yelling)
Nico!
                                                            

5.

John waits a little longer and sighs. He then stops and
begins to listen closely. He can here a piano faintly
playing in the background, and he presses his ear to the
door. After a moment of thinking, John slowly walks into the
house. He stands at the foot of the stairs and he can here
the keyboard from upstairs. He can start to hear faint
singing too. John walks up and stands in Nico's doorway
unnoticed. Nico is singing and playing the keyboard.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (singing)
And I tried to make you notice,
And i tried to make you stay,
and a million reasons noted,
not one when you went away.
oh oh ohhhh.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Loud)
Nico
                                                            
Nico turns around shocked to see John there.
                                                            
                       NICO
What are you doing here?
                                                            
                       JOHN
You forgot your wallet at the
resaurant. (John tosses it) That
was really good, you know.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (annoyed)
Thanks.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well what's it about?
                                                            
                       NICO
It's just a song.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well I'd love to here it.
                                                            
                       NICO
Do i look like your stage monkey?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm sorry. I just wanted to here
it.
                                                            

6.

                       NICO
Yeah well we all don't get what we
want, do we?
                                                            
                       JOHN
But that was really good. Come on
bud, just sing it.
                                                            
                       NICO
Go away.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I really want to here it. Please.
                                                            
Nico angrily turns around.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (angry)
Sing me a song. I'm fucking
serious. If you're gonna stand
there and beg for music then sing
a song! (pause) I'm waiting!
                                                            
John looks around awkwardly and starts singing the tune to
"Hey Jude" quietly to himself.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (singing)
Hey dude. How have you been. This
is really, uncomfortable. I think,
I'm gonna stop, because this is
really weird and I really don't
want to do it anymore.
                                                            
Nico turns around and puts his head down, not facing John.
                                                            
                       NICO
Look, I'm sorry. Please, just go
man. Just leave me alone.
                                                            
John looks at him for a second and exits the house.
                                                            
 
INT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
John is scene walking down the side walk with his phone up
to his ear.
                                                            
                       NATALIE
      (Voice Mail)
Hey it's Natalie. Can't talk on
the phone right now because I'm
doing something. Leave a message
            (MORE)

7.

                       NATALIE (cont'd)
after the beep.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (message)
Hey it's John. It's been about a
week and you haven't called me so
I thought i would. Call me back,
you know if you want too. I would
really like to talk too you. You
know. See what's going on between
us, and the thing. So call me. Or
not. It's your call, or whatever.
It's John from the party, so bye.
                                                            
John is walking with his head down when Rob bikes up besides
him.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
That might be the saddest voice
mail I ever heard.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (glum)
Hey Rob.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Eh don't take it too hard. Life's
not always blow jobs and
lollipops. Just be glad when it
gives you something to taste.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Wouldn't that mean I'm the one
giving head.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
It's always putting something in
our mouth. It's just up to us
whether to suck it or not
                                                            
                       JOHN
You know Robbie, that was actually
really deep, in a gross, perverted
sorta way.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
So why are you walking from Nico's
house?
                                                            
                       JOHN
He left his wallet at the
restaurant.
                                                            

8.

                       ROBBIE
Well that was nice of you to
return it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah well he wasn't super excited
to see me.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Yeah. Just go easy on him. It's a
rough day for him.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You know everyone keeps saying
that and I have no context to put
that under. He just get's pissy
with me and whenever I ask what's
going on everyone just says "Don't
worry about it". It's starting to
piss ME off.
                                                            
Rob hits the kickstand on his bike so he can stop and really
talk to John.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
It's his sister's birthday.
                                                            
                       JOHN
So?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Do you SEE is sister around
anywhere?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (concerned)
Is she?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
No she's not dead. Just gone.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What happened?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Nico's dad's an alcoholic asshole.
Always has been. After Nico was
born, his Mom left soon after, and
it was really just him and his
Sis, Jessica. The only thing they
had were each other, and they were
inseparable. It was like that
until the week she turned
eighteen. Left with no note,
            (MORE)

9.

                       ROBBIE (cont'd)
address, nothing. Took Nico's
heart with her. The guy's been a
different person since.
                                                            
John looks down and took a long moment to process.
                                                            
                       JOHN
And she really just left him like
that?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
It was a shock to all of us. No
one saw it coming. We can't figure
out what's worst, the fact that
Nico doesn't have her anymore, or
the fact that she didn't care
enough to stay. That's why we're
all he's got. We just may look
like a group of assholes looking
out, but were more than that.
We're a family, and you're on the
inside now, so you got to get used
to these kinda things. Look, we
all understand Nico is being a
total dick today, but he needs us,
and every person who leaves him
puts him right on the track to
being like his fuck-up of a
father. He's a good guy at heart.
Do you understand what I'm saying?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah i think i get it.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Good. The group been's off for a
while, especially Austin, but
having you here, that fresh
vitality, it's bringing us back I
think.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I appreciate that, but Austin
seems like he's the most together
out of all of us.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
He didn't bring up Fallon?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Who the fuck is Fallon?
                                                            

10.

                       ROBBIE
That's not for me to give away.
                                                            
Rob puts up his kick stand and starts to bike away.
                                                            
                       JOHN
But wait! I'm so lost.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
      (looking back)
Aren't we all!
                                                            
 
INT. NICO'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
John walks up to Nico's door and knocks on the frame. He
turns around and is angry to see him.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (annoyed)
What?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I know about Jessica.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (furious)
Well congratulations Dr. Holmes.
You solved the case. Do you feel
vindicated?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Irritated)
Look I just came back here to
help.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (mad)
Well i was just begging for it,
wasn't I.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (louder)
Look we all go through rough
times...
                                                            
                       NICO
      (sarcastic)
You seem to have your fair share.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (angrier)
I know how it feels!
                                                            

11.

                       NICO
      (louder)
Do you really? Do you have a case
of depression.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (yelling)
Don't act like it's just you!
                                                            
                       NICO
      (yelling)
What cross do you have to bear!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (yelling)
I TRIED TO KILL MYSELF!
                                                            
The room goes silence and Nico is stunned. There is a pause.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (calm)
I know how it feels to be lonely,
just like you.
                                                            
Nico turns around
                                                            
                       NICO
But you don't know how it feels to
have it taken away.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Because I never had anything to
loose. I mean, I have a house to
go to. A warm bed to sleep in.
Food. Statistically, I'm one of
the luckiest people in the world.
I could be someone starving in a
third world country, or an abused
child, or dead. I could not be
breathing today. I could have
robbed myself of that. But it all
felt so... empty. Just numb in
this state of indifference. But
then I found you guys. A family of
four. And coming into it, it comes
with a price. The promise of joy
matched with the possibility of
despair. Knowing that getting to
smile means eventually having to
cry, but we can't get caught up.
She left you. It sucks, I know.
But Jimmy, Austin, Robbie, they
would be here in a drop of a hat
if you let 'em. It's addicting.
            (MORE)

12.

                       JOHN (cont'd)
The despair. It would be so much
easier just to cling on too it
forever, and just let it rob you.
Let it become you. Just die. But
death is coming for all of us
anyways. It could be eighty years
from now, it could be tomorrow,
but too spend this limited time
here just killing it. I'm not
doing it, and you aren't either. A
family of four.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (pause)
It's five now.
                                                            
There is a silence.
                                                            
                       NICO
Do you want to here my song
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah. I think i would.
                                                            
Nico begins playing the keyboard.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (singing)
lay down, teeter off a the flight
of stairs,
Only so many memories, for a soul
who didn't care
Nurture, my best friend my little
dreams,
was it loss of interest, or was it
half a scheme.
Four notes makes the measures
start.
The rhythm isn't, perfect
metronome's a broken heart.

And I tried to make you notice,
And i tried to make you stay,
and a million reasons noted,
not one when you went away.
oh oh ohhhh.

So burn your mementos,
forget, and be reborn,
keep your steps quiet,
be silent, don't slam the door.
I don't know to miss you,
I still question why.
            (MORE)

13.

                       NICO (cont'd)
Blood ties are unwoven,
I was here to pass the time.

I'll leave the front door open,
keep track in back of mind.
I spend the last breath hoping,
your heart was part of mine.
Oh, ohh, ohhh.
                                                            
                       NICO
That's all i got right now.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (sarcastic)
Well it wasn't as good as MY song,
but I think it was pretty good.
                                                            
                       NICO
If Paul Lennon was still alive to
here that song, he would hang
himself all over again.
                                                            
                       JOHN
There are so many things wrong
with that sentence.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (laughs)
God, you're just like Fallon.
                                                            
John sighs and looks down.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I think it would be really less
depressing, if went and tried to
flip this day around.
                                                            
 
EXT. RESTAURANT WALL - DAY
                                                            
John, Austin, Nico, Jimmy, and Rob are all seen throwing
eggs at the wall of the frozen hut.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (yelling)
Frozen Hut Ice Cream made my legs
stop working!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (yelling)
There Ice Cream gives me the
shits!
                                                            

14.

                       NICO
      (yelling)
So does toast!
                                                            
The boys are seen laughing and yelling and enjoying there
time. As the boys keep throwing eggs, John walks over to
Austin.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Austin.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (throwing eggs)
Yeah what's up?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I really need to talk to you.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (throwing eggs)
About what?
                                                            
                       JOHN
It should really be between us.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (throwing eggs)
We're all family dude. Just say
it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
But Austin...
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (thowing eggs)
C'mon
                                                            
                       JOHN
Who's Fallon?
                                                            
Austin stops throwing eggs and turns white. He looks at John
and just can't process.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (sad)
No one you need to worry about.
                                                            
Austin goes back to throwing eggs, but the look on his face
his completely joyless. John just looks down and gives up.
                                                            


THE END


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