Brick the shooting script by Rian Johnson

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SUPER MAIN TITLES over a grimy concrete wall creeping by. EXT. RUNOFF TUNNEL - EARLY MORNING A gaping hole in the concrete side of a freeway. On the embankment beside the hole BRENDAN FRYE squats, shoulders hunched. His dark eyes behind thin glasses watch the shallow stream of water which flows into the tunnel. THE WATER not more than six inches deep. Just beneath the surface a young woman's pale blue arm in gaudy bracelets bats against the edge of her body like a docked boat. A pebble plinks into the water beside it.1 TITLE CARD OVER BLACK: INT. LOCKER CAGE - DAY A single locker. That same arm, bracelets and all, slips a note through the slats, then leaves quickly. As the cage empties a lone figure slumps to the locker. Opens it. The note falls to his feet. The figure is Brendan. He unfolds the note (folded in a triangle) -- "12:30 PICO & ALEXANDER". A STREET SIGN Pico and Alexander.2 A WRIST WATCH 12:43. Brendan looks up from the watch. "2 DAYS PREVIOUS" We emerge from...

EXT. STREET CORNER - DAY He sits on the curb of a wide suburban street, eats lunch from a brown bag and watches a phone booth on the corner. He shows no surprise when it begins to ring. Brendan goes to the phone and puts the receiver to his ear. Silence for a moment, then a thin female voice from the phone.

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Originally Dode was later revealed to have been hiding above the tunnel. The street names were changed in production to match existing streets (we couldn’t afford to create custom street signs.)

2 VOICE (over phone) Brendan? BRENDAN Emily? EMILY (weakly) Yeah. How's things? BRENDAN (slow, deliberate) Status quo. EMILY Yeah? Uh huh. BRENDAN

EMILY That's good. Her voice thins to a high, strained breath. She is crying. BRENDAN What's going on, Em? EMILY (through strained crying) It's good to see you, Brendan. Brendan's eyes glance around the surrounding street. Emily is crying again. EMILY (CONT'D) (cont'd) It's been some time. BRENDAN Two months. EMILY Yeah. I didn't even know your locker. I had to ask Brain. More crying noises. BRENDAN Em, why don't we meet somewhere? I can't. EMILY

. A short kid with eyeglasses the size of 1 Because of the orientation of the street. A man's hand drops a cigarette butt from the driver side window.empty.the hallways are alleyways between buildings. Brendan drops the receiver and spins out of the booth. another pay phone up the hill -. and the hand came from the passenger window. gone. but the pin's on it now for poor Frisco and they're playing it all on meBRENDAN Slow down now.1 The mustang turns the corner. EXT. causing mass confusion for about half an hour on set. I really screwed up. Brendan walks after it. I didn't know it was bad. Brendan turns to the black mustang. There.3 BRENDAN Why not? EMILY I screwed up real bad. A pale blue arrow is printed on the filter. SCHOOL HALLWAY . finds the cigarette butt on the street. far down the street. what? EMILY You gotta help me Brendan I think tugOh! With a sharp breath the line clicks dead just as a black mustang roars by. Still smoking. fast and incoherent) I did what she said with the brick. this was all flipped when we shot it. In the distance the class bell rings. BRENDAN Screwed up how? EMILY (blubbering.DAY The high school is open air . The dialogue in the ending field scene was changed to match.

leans on the wall beside him. What's it been. You gave Emily my locker number? THE BRAIN A few days ago. BRENDAN THE BRAIN Hey Brendan. It's been awhile. Was I wrong? What? BRENDAN THE BRAIN To give it? BRENDAN No. no one's seen you. .4 Volkswagen headlights sits against the wall. Brendan enters. The Brain avoids Brendan's gaze. It's hard to keep track. eating with? Who's she been THE BRAIN (uncomfortable) I dunno. THE BRAIN It's been so long. BRENDAN It has been awhile. Yeah. it's been awhile. a couple months? BRENDAN Yeah. Is it? BRENDAN THE BRAIN (shrugs) Can be. Where you been eating? BRENDAN Back of school. THE BRAIN Huh. I don't know you two's stats. Brain.

THE BRAIN Help with what? BRENDAN I don't know. Laura Dannon's crowd. Cream on the upper crust.5 BRENDAN Uh huh. BRENDAN (softly) He's a sap. BRENDAN Laura Dannon there with the Rabbit? THE BRAIN Yeah. BRENDAN Yeah well. I'm not looking for a patch up. So she picked her way down the . I just want to know she's ok. THE BRAIN Know him? By sight. Em's life is her own. THE BRAIN She hasn't been doing too good. but it didn't work. But she asked for my help. Anyway Em tagged after them for a bit. Across the parking lot a beautiful girl with dark long hair kisses an football player. Brad Bramish with her. A beat. That's all this is. THE BRAIN Well. I don't even care. I know she was poking in with the Ivy-bound cheerleading elite. Brad laughs heartily. BRENDAN THE BRAIN I won't argue then. it's not my business. so I've got to find her.

drinks in hand. Keep your specs on. find me if she shows. that drama vamp. BRENDAN You know her locker number? Kara's? Em's. EXT. augh. The Brain trots off.DAY Sixth period has broke.6 food chain. Last I seen she was with whasshername. EXT. EXT.DAY Empty. PARKING LOT . Sorting more papers. THE BRAIN Sure. BRENDAN Thanks Brain. Masses of students pile into busses. its door swinging gently in the wind.DAY Brendan sits against the massive building. he finds a red card with a sequined mask on the front. 239. He finds two photographs. BACK OF GYM . In the distance Brad and Laura laugh. the evil one. Small time dealer. and he kisses her. the other of Emily with a beautiful sharp-eyed girl at a party. flipping through loose papers. one of Emily hugging him. BRENDAN THE BRAIN That's my bus. the one you datedKara. THE BRAIN BRENDAN THE BRAIN . Her hair blows in the wind. LOCKER CAGE . The bottom edge has been torn off. Locker 239 is open.

that thing bites. BRENDAN No. INT. her face in shadow. The freshman sits up. . Brendan steps behind one. She looks back at Brendan. Brendan strides towards it. SCHOOL THEATER . BRENDAN I'm all friendly. purring.7 EXT. KARA I'm listening. (to the lapdog) Watch your head. Brendan. Kara pulls him down and nuzzles his ear. BRENDAN KARA Come to see the show? Kisses the freshman's forehead. (to Brendan) Don't be mean.DAY A huge chunk of brown building. GIRL (through a mocking smile) Hello. Kara. kid . looks to Kara like a spooked puppy. She holds a freshman boy's head in her lap. Pets it like a dog. The dog pops up again. SCHOOL THEATER . KARA (to the lapdog) Stay.CONTINUOUS Drama people sit on the floor facing the stage. BRENDAN (CONT'D) (cont'd) I need words. blow. the sharp-eyed girl from the picture. I didn't. (nudges the freshman with his toe) Lapdog.

She stops nuzzling a little too quickly. BRENDAN Way once. Who's she eating with now? KARA Eating with? BRENDAN Eating with. you come up clean. Kara smiles at Brendan. You and Em were tight for a bit. He growls and pushes them away. BRENDAN Still picking your teeth with freshmen? KARA You were a freshman once. Emily found out. . Lunch.1 1 Who. The whole Jerr thing blown over. (he goes) Hurry! He breaks into a trot. so he partnered up with Jerr then ratted him out to Trueman. The author has threatened to write it as a stand alone short story. most of which were trimmed back in the editing process for clarity. BRENDAN You gonna tell me? KARA Guess you're up from the underneath then. KARA You're a cutie. a small time dealer. so in a nutshell: when Brendan and Emily were still an item she started hanging out with Jerr. sister. and that led to their breakup on the field. which we see in a flashback. One of many instances of an allusion to the Jerr backstory. Lucky strikes. you and your partner get bulled. She slides her fingers up his arm. But I guess you were always the brains of the outfit. but probably never will. Brendan didn’t approve. KARA (to the dog) Get me my purse.8 BRENDAN About Emily Kostich.

KARA Brendan. but whole. Across the bottom in small print: "Halloween in January Call for DETAILS .. nothing. BACKSTAGE OF THEATER . . crosses the backstage area and enters the dressing rooms. you looking to get back into things? I could use you. Brendan roughly searches drawers. BRENDAN'S ROOM . BRENDAN (standing to go) God.the same red card with a mask on it. Brendan slips in through an exit door.NIGHT Brendan pulls a phone across his desk and dials the number on the flyer. Pictures of Kara with friends are stuck in the mirror. He stops.. the play goes on.. BRENDAN I know you do. so why don't you want me to find her? KARA Maybe I'm looking out for you.9 BRENDAN Where's Emily? KARA Sometimes I wonder why I dumped you. A red edge behind one of the photos . KARA I don't know where she's at.CONTINUOUS Cramped and empty. pockets. Behind Kara.CONTINUOUS The play is seen in shadow-play through the backdrop. INT. BRENDAN (going) Well I appreciate that.555-2394" INT.. bags. DRESSING ROOM . He is gone. Brendan. INT.

A beat of silence. hi Tom. this is Tom. LAURA'S VOICE Who is this? BRENDAN I don't think we've met. and would like details. I have procured a certain someone's invitation. Laura's here. I'm a friend from school. ma'am.10 WOMAN'S VOICE (over phone) Hello? Brendan hesitates. LAURA'S VOICE Well then I don't think you're invited to my party.. LAURA'S VOICE For what? BRENDAN Details about the party. But discretion of your invite sending aside. he cuts her off) You should really work on your invite management. BRENDAN Hello. It's a rather exclusive gathering. hold on. (she starts to speak. . BRENDAN I can imagine.. LAURA'S VOICE (over phone) Yes? BRENDAN I'm calling for details. That might be a personal 'room for improvement' area in your life. Could I speak to. WOMAN'S VOICE (over phone) Oh. He trails off.

up in Stockton Cove. perfectly still. DISSOLVE TO: 7:37 Brendan at his desk. whoever you are. LAURA'S VOICE Who are you? Or I'll hang up. A shower runs behind an ajar door in the background. Nine o'clock. BRENDAN You don't know me . Buzz 42 at the gate. Ask whose invitation I've got. Tetris paused.I'll save you some time. . But whoBrendan hangs up. tapping away at Tetris. DISSOLVE TO: 8:30 The desk is empty. BRENDAN Emily Kostich. A beat. LAURA'S VOICE 15 Bush street. He folds his hands under his chin and stares at the phone.11 LAURA'S VOICE You think you're cute. LAURA'S VOICE (slightly) What you said. The clock on his desk says 4:53. BRENDAN Wait'll you get a load of my felt fedora and spats. LAURA'S VOICE I know everyone and I've got all the time in the world. BRENDAN Folly of youth.

DANNON" Using the call box as a hand hold he hops the gate and walks briskly up the street. lovely and soft but with strength. crowded.SAME Richly adorned. She wears a red kimono. Through the darkened window behind him a match flares up. With non obtrusive confidence he cuts through the crowd to the beer keg in back and draws half a cup. not free. Brendan ducks out. lit with bright pools of light. He gets a couple odd stares.” but the publishing rights proved too expensive (i. LIVING ROOM Large and clean.e. free. Laura sings. then strides up to the front door. and is striking against the velvet black piano. some in costumes. but his eyes gleam.1 Brendan watches from the back. The music comes from a baby grand piano set against one wall.NIGHT Shiny cars line the curb. INT. his face obscured in shadow. Brendan takes a short breath. which besides being lovely was also in the public domain (i. Brendan coasts up on his bike and ditches it in the bushes.12 EXT. EXT. with a two story ceiling and a railed staircase at one end. but no one stops him. Fifteen or twenty clean people. STOCKTON COVE STREET . and someone standing outside lights a cigarette. deep in shadow. 11 years old with glasses. The room applauds. and she ruffles her kid sister's hair. He checks the call box directory: "42 -. Party noises come from an upscale two story house. INT.e.NIGHT An imposing private community gate. PARLOUR . Laura's kid sister. mill about in cliques.) . Brendan comes in as if he doesn't mind who sees him coming in. and into 1 By the time we got around to production this had changed to “Someone to Watch Over Me.) We chose the Gilbert & Sullivan song. Brendan drifts in and stands in the back. Laura finishes the song. STOCKTON COVE GATE . Laura Dannon leans against it. sits at the piano playing "All I do is Dream of You".

Brendan turns back to Brad. just right in his faceBIFF He was! BRAD Just 'Let me play! Let me play! Let me play!' 'No you gotta' 'No. coach is pissed I ran it on a pass play. let me play. leaning against a divan. Brendan scans the rest of the room. and he's saying 'no you're out' and I kept saying 'Let me play! Let me play! Let me play!'. straight into Brendan. please? I'm trying to follow Brad's story. BRENDAN (cont'd) Could you step aside. LIVING ROOM . but I can't put my best game in if I've got to worry about whether I'm going to be in there. blocking his line of sight. Tom turns around. and it's difficult when I can't see his face. BRAD If the coach wants to play me I'll play. still shouting 'let me play'. sits slouched on the couch in a dense crowd. let me play! Let me play! Let me play!' Brad hunches forward. his face swollen purple. She looks away quickly. Tom steps in front of Brendan. the jock who was kissing Laura in the parking lot.SAME Brad Bramish. Halftime last game. and I said to him you gotta let me play! I'm out there. He holds a cup and speaks much too loudly to a guy named Biff at his elbow. . He wags his eyebrows at her. Most of the room follows suit. His eyes catch on Laura. BRENDAN Tom! Brad falls silent. yelling that over and over. Her bright. sharp eyes cut through the room.13 INT. Tom stands between them. out on the field he says to me 'you gotta think about the team and you gotta' you know and 'if you run that ball again you're out'. Brendan smiles good naturedly.

Brendan then slowly drags his gaze over to Laura. not amused at all. puts ice in a glass and cracks it with liquor. glass touching his lips. Tom mumbles something and steps aside.S. her eyes slightly amused.) Whiskey? Brendan pauses. Brendan looks at Brad. who is staring back at him. BRAD (stumbles) He doesn't give me a play to make. INT. looking at Laura now. Brendan stands to go.14 The room watches Brendan. Brendan cocks an eyebrow. BRAD Why don't you leave? BRENDAN (leaving) That's what I was doing. you know? He falls into awkward silence. Brendan goes to the bar. and she wags her eyebrows once at him. Unless your anecdote's got a 2nd act. DARK ROOM With a lit wet bar at one end. BRAD (cont'd) Hey. Biff starts babbling. Brendan flashes a dopey grin and tips his glass. Biff chatters on. Brendan glances back at Brad. staring at him too. what can I do. LAURA (O. . Hey! What are you doing here? Leaving. Oh yeah? BRENDAN BRAD BRENDAN Uh huh. Brad stares at Brendan stupidly. Brad cuts him off. The slightest hint of a smile takes the corner of her mouth.

hands her a drink. He downs half of it. How long were you two joined up before your operation got the sting? . The broken light of the bar makes her features seem liquid. Laura sips her drink. She studies his face. LAURA I knew your old partner Jerr since grade school. BRENDAN That's a pretty sick thing to be attracted to. and slips out a sliding glass door. Suburban lights fill the valley below.15 BRENDAN Jameson. LAURA Brad's not a good guy to get on the wrong side of. BRENDAN Uh huh. EXT. LAURA I like a man who knows what he's drinking. Quit your yappin and fix me one. LAURA I'll never get through all this. He fills another glass with whiskey and cuts his with water. LAURA Fearless flyer. Uh huh. Tough break.NIGHT Brendan joins Laura. She sips more. BACK PATIO . BRENDAN They stare at each other in silence.

LAURA Nearly nobody's seen her. nobody's seen her. I wasn't with Emily enough to know details of what she was in. Was he? LAURA BRENDAN You knew him. I just got wind of the downfall. but he took the heat. you're scratching at the wrong door. LAURA Listen. why'd her name get me into your rather exclusive party? . LAURA She wasn't invited. BRENDAN I saw her yesterday. BRENDAN She had an invitation. LAURA Yeah I did.. and I didn't get any details of that. I've got to work on that. So what did she tell you? BRENDAN (winces) Score 0 for finesse. So now that we're showing some cards.. He was a good guy. So why are you here tonight? BRENDAN I'm looking for Emily.16 BRENDAN A few months. BRENDAN If you haven't got a finger in Em's troubles. except that it was bad. Could have helped himself out by turning me in. Solid. LAURA Well like you said. Em's been AWOL for a good month.

BRENDAN Yes. I just want to find her. Another girl. but it sounded like you did. Laura flashes Brendan a look and goes to her. LAURA Coffee and pie. Laura comes out the front door. then seems to come to a decision. He sips his drink. Brendan . and that works for me. A long beat. EXT. LAURA You'll stay right here and wait -. The words hang in the air a moment. The moment she leaves Brendan runs across the lawn and hops the fence. Now I'm not so sure. I don't know. I don't know a damn thing about whatever troubles. Laura studies Brendan's face. and a body's got a right to be curious.17 LAURA Keep up with me now. LAURA (CONT'D) (cont'd) Will you wait here for me? BRENDAN Sure. BRENDAN Well I'll put that body to bed. They have quick. into the neighbor's yard. Laura turns back to Brendan.I'll be five minutes. quiet words and the girl leaves. cuts across the lawn and sidewalk and trots out into the street. A voice calls from the glass door. BRENDAN Coffee and pie oh my? LAURA And you didn't hear it from me. SIDE OF HOUSE Brendan runs to the edge of the neighboring house and peeks around. A look of recognition from Brendan.

Brendan follows. A dark figure wearing a long coat and broad rimmed hat. a towering black form against the window. catching his breath. EXT. Hand rolled. all inky black.SNAP! A twig. Brendan throws himself backwards onto the grass. The glowing cigarette falls to the grass. . Brendan sees a lanky kid in baggy jeans and engineer boots with a clean shaven head leaning against a black Mustang. BRENDAN'S POV . The cigarette still smolders on the ground. it spins to face Brendan. Using parked cars as cover. No black figure to be found. absently stroking his cheek. Then he breaks the trance and creeps towards the street. then hops the fence. EXT. Brendan gazes through the window. Brendan creeps towards the fence and peers through a splintered hole. Brendan steps back . A metallic glint. Brendan hesitates. making no noise at all.THROUGH THE FENCE A brightly lit window in the side of Brad's house. Through the hole the black of the figure's cloak whips away. and a clicking sound not unlike a gun.a match being struck. and through the window the party.SAME Brendan lands on his feet.18 begins to follow. but a noise from behind the fence stops him .NIGHT Peeking around the house. plain paper. Brendan sees Laura cut across the lawn and trot into the street. The figure freezes. EXT. STREET Between cars. Laura goes to him and speaks quickly. A beat. SIDE OF BRAD'S HOUSE . FRONT LAWN . Then. The figure smokes a cigarette and watches the party.

BRENDAN STONER 2 Brendan moves to the next one. Dode slumps against the wall. throws a look back at the house and walks off down the street. BACK PATIO The two drinks. Laura takes hers and drains it. CARROWS PARKING LOT . Slivery eyes. bra. Their beady eyes follow Brendan in sync as he approaches. A thin head pokes from around the dumpster. EXT. Dode? Uh uh. Silence and blank stares. DODE Hey Brendan.19 The dark figure in the hat emerges from the shadows. Laura turns and slowly walks towards the house. The suburban lights twinkle like stars. thin and delicate in dusty black. where Brendan left them. muffled intelligence. he gets in the car with the bald kid and peels off. a squat structure backed against the weedy edge of the runoff tunnel ravine. He goes to the nearest one.DAY The sun rises over Carrows family restaurant. Brendan calmly moves to the next stoner. When she is gone Brendan stands. . Brendan steps around the dumpster. EXT. towards the guard gate. Grunting something angrily. BRENDAN Where's Dode? STONER 1 Dunno. Maybe you shouldn't be here."Coffee and Pie oh my!" A pack of six pale stoners slump against the rear dumpster. A banner from 1973 in the window . Laura says something to him. pale lips.

Brendan doesn't. BRENDAN It's not about that. Leave the low life to the low lifers and dangle. Dode Brendan's fist slams into his face. . DODE (cont'd) Heel it now. turns his head away to light a joint. Brendan slams Dode's frail frame against the dumpster. Listen man. Dode.20 BRENDAN Kara told me you know where Em's at. DODE Whatever it's about. Uh huh. and right now that's the best place for her. DODE And why are you looking for Em? BRENDAN She asked for my help. act smarter than you look and drop it. sending the joint spinning. BRENDAN You're on the bright side of dim. BRENDAN Where is she? DODE She's with me. DODE Uh huh. deer in the headlights. One makes a half hearted motion to intervene. but if I thought you had this halfhandled I'd be eating lunch. I've got plenty on my plate without dealing with some jilted ex. Where's she at? DODE Better get while it's good. threatening. dig? The 5 big stoners appear behind Brendan. The 5 stoners stand in the exact same position.

. man! DODE Deal with whatever this ain't about and drop it. BIG STONER (to Brendan) Nothing more here. bra. She told me to shake you if you came by. BRENDAN Tell Emily I want to see her. Tell her if she still wants my help or not that's her business. BRENDAN Throw one at me if you want.21 BIG STONER Back off. STONER 1 (O.) Put him down. She was tight when she called you. BRENDAN Today. Just easyBIG STONER Brendan slams Dode into the wall. Said you'd only make things worse. He drops Dode.S. She knows where I eat lunch. but I want to hear it straight from her. I've got all five senses and I slept last night. Brendan covers how shaken he is by this statement fairly well. DODE She don't Brendan walks away. BRENDAN (to Dode) Where's Em? DODE (deliberate) She's with me. man. that puts me six up on the lot of you. hash head. Came to and freaked.

EARLY MORNING The sun is rising as Brendan tails Dode through the twisty suburban streets. He raises his eyes. STREET . empty utility road behind the school. Brendan watches him from a distance. then follows Dode back towards school. she nods and speaks back. .22 When Brendan is a safe distance away the biggest stoner shouts with conviction BIG STONER And stay out. He hands her a slip of paper. Dode walks off and the girl gets in her car. Dode speaks quickly to her. SIDEWALK . A girl gets out of the car and embraces Dode. Brendan stumbles after the car. which she tucks into a brightly colored address book and slips in her jacket pocket.CONTINUOUS Brendan hides behind a tall clump of bushes. FADE OUT: FADE UP EXT. Brendan takes cover as Dode stops by a white hatchback. He watches it go. A moment later Dode hustles away from Carrows. eyes thoughtful. SCHOOL THEATER . EXT. LATER Reclining on the wall. They embrace again.MIDDAY Brendan eats lunch alone on a concrete wall beside a long. but it is quickly gone. Brendan follows. After a beat he turns and walks off into the thickening crowds of students. BACK OF SCHOOL . EXT. Her wrist is adorned with the same cheap plastic bracelets as the dead girl's arm. punk! EXT.MORNING Dode slumps into the front door of the brown building. reading "Lord of the Flies". and sits up suddenly.

SCHOOL HALLWAY . forget about it. Too much makeup. but she looks bad.CONTINUOUS Emily and Brendan sit in silence. Em? She looks back at her shoes. She pushes on. He's a good guy. EMILY (cont'd) It was dumb. I was high. stare is unwavering. She taps her shoes together lightly. EMILY And stop picking on Dode. speaks to her shoes. EMILY I must have sounded pretty crazy on the phone. stop being angry because where I want to be at's different from where you wanna be at. Emily. He catches her just as she stumbles and falls and carries her into the shade of a covered hallway. EMILY (cont'd) Brendan. I got paranoid over a really stupid thing. cause you think I went away from you and went to them. eyes fixed on them. Please. She turns her weak eyes to Brendan for the first time. stumbling. the girl Dode spoke to. EXT.23 Off in the distance on the utility road a tiny figure approaches. But you've got to start seeing it as my decision. but now you have to forget about it. Brendan jumps and hits the ground running towards the figure. Meet the girl with cheap bracelets. Yesterday. She sniffles. I know you're mad at all these people. the dead girl. searching. I went crazy for a little bit. That's how you can help me now. BRENDAN The Carrows rat? His . BRENDAN (angry) Who fed you that line. not enough sleep. She is very pretty.

BRENDAN You're in a spot. I had to see what was what. She taps her clogs. and whatever heat follows you I'll deal with. I'm not like you. seizes up. One has a hole worn through the sole. not liking anybody. what are you? Eating back here. EMILY (cont'd) I'm sorry Brendan. I can get you out of it. do it. You're not hearing me. I'm gonna let you go. I came to say goodbye. I'm sorry. Whatever you have to do to let me go. I can't love on your terms. for good. No. Her face contorts. I don't want to be put away and protected. Never. I couldn't heckle life with you. and she is sobbing. I can't do that. I've . BRENDAN You've got to come back to me. I had to get with people. no. BRENDAN Tell me about the trouble. No. how are you judging anyone? I loved you alot but I couldn't stand it. EMILY No. Brendan. He has a hard time speaking. the brick and the pin EMILY You gonna fix things like you did with Jerr? No. Come back to me. A beat. Never. Em. She buries her face in his shoulder. BRENDAN So what am I? EMILY (strained anger) Yeah.24 EMILY He's a good friend. EMILY (cont'd) No. EMILY No.

Busses pull into the parking lot behind them. lost in thought. The teacher drones on about the significance of the pig's head in "Lord of the Flies". that you'll let me go. The degree to which the lack of classroom time in the film has been commented on has always bemused the author. She embraces him. promise you won't torture yourself. nothing that stops his search . He watches her as she walks away. SCHOOL HALLWAY . THE BRAIN Hm. EXT. Brendan is distant. Make sure that.then the note Dode gave her. . numbers. flipping through the address book.1 THE ADDRESS BOOK Illegible scribbles.DAY The Brain studies the paper. enveloping him in her jacket.25 decided that. INT. His face is a frozen mask. CLASSROOM Brendan sits in the back. who cannot for the life of him remember a single interesting thing that happened in a classroom in high school. Do you know anything else about this? 1 Our one and only scene in a classroom was moved to Brendan’s lunch spot to save us a location change. Let me go. names. you've got to. a corner of loose-leaf paper which looks like this: Brendan studies the paper intently. EMILY (cont'd) As she pulls away he mechanically slips an address book from her jacket pocket.

The pitch is they've got little symbols for each one. so word won't get around. BRENDAN But Dode wouldn't know it? THE BRAIN This is upper crust. Brendan studies the symbol. at the theater? BRENDAN (shrugs dismissively) Kara. Why'd you let Dode fly when he came back to whose-her-name.26 BRENDAN (shakes his head) Mm. less he's playing out of his league. There's alot of them. (touches the paper) But anyway. THE BRAIN Slim pickings. Dode's pie pan grease. and that would only biff their play. Well. and that's how they tell each other the place. let it ride and see what comes of it. if this is what I think it is. I know under the pier's one. THE BRAIN Hm. Yeah. down by the bike trails in the state park's another. Best to know it's there. it didn't come straight from Dode. I couldn't hear them without being seen. (beat) I can only give you my best guess. So this might be that. It's their turf. BRENDAN THE BRAIN When the upper crust does shady deeds they do them in different spots around town. BRENDAN Call anything up? .

over concrete. screaming. LATER 10:30 by the clock radio on Brendan's nightstand. The slip of paper rests beside it. Anyway. BRENDAN THE BRAIN You said her business was none of yours. breathing raggedly. her long hair sweeping around him then pulling away. what good could you do? She's smart. sleep. BRENDAN'S BEDROOM . then folding into darkness. then back underwater. Brendan choking. staring off into space. even if you figured it out. burning with a searing intensity. He takes the paper and a pencil from the nightstand and shades the symbol to look like this: FLASH CUT . she's gunning to square things. Water rushes overhead. screaming.27 THE BRAIN How many places start with 'A'? Or if it's a shape. forget it now.NIGHT Sparsely furnished. His eyes tense. Brendan drips with sweat. concrete with a hole in it -. staring at the symbol on the paper. Brendan plays Tetris on his computer. so she's alright. Go home. Brendan lies in bed. lining up perfectly with the now shaded symbol. The clock says 3:46. plunging upwards. A woman with no face falls from the darkness and kisses him. just for an instant. As the last strands slide off his face he wakes up with a start. she knows the play. THE SYMBOL Growing larger. His mom's voice calls "Good night" and the hallway light turns off. INT. or just a random symbol. BACK TO BRENDAN .the runoff tunnel.The runoff tunnel. Yeah.

Brendan freezes. frozen mask. then echoing footsteps running away. Bluish white. silent. From the tunnel. robotically he pushes through.. but then The scrape of a shoe against concrete. BRENDAN'S FACE A contorted. RUNOFF TUNNEL Silently. . squatting in the mud. sprinting into the tunnel. Red foam clings to her. drifting. BRENDAN'S HOUSE . eyes wet. A noise. pale.DAWN Brendan walks off into the hazy pre-dawn light.. EMILY'S BODY Face down. listening to the low gurgle of moving water. His lungs empty in one choppy breath.28 His eyes turn uneasy as he removes his glasses and clicks off the light. Brendan springs like a cat. EMILY'S HAIR Stringy. EMILY'S ARM Lifeless. EXT. then suddenly snapping to attention. bobbing gently in shallow water.. EDGE OF RAVINE Brendan stops at a high wall of weeds. Slowly. flowing gently in the water. EXT. EXT. BRENDAN'S EYES Dazed.. He pulls his glasses off sluggishly. as if lowered by a string Brendan sinks down. The inky blackness of the tunnel mouth opens like a vacuum.

hello? Hello? Brendan hangs up. TUNNEL Nearly pitch black..EARLY MORNING Emily's body is still there. still in a stupor. Silence in the darkness. heart pounding . FIGURE (low whisper) Your little Em. running full speed into the blackness.29 INT. and someone near. EXT.CONTINUOUS Early morning mist below a squat brick building.. Brendan crawls out of the tunnel and collapses in the shallow water. Brendan nearly collapses against one. Brendan limps across the barren lawns. CAMPUS . eyes burning VOICE ON PHONE (cont'd) Saint Clement police. EXT.. He rests his head on his arm. nearly empty. LIBRARY . SLAM! Brendan takes a fist in the cheek and goes down. PHONE BOOTHS A line of phone booths on campus. eyes on Em's hair. the figure over him. Brendan is chasing. beside the body.we almost don't notice that Brendan's are now the only footfalls. . then is gone. 2 sets of running footfalls. He stops. Brendan notices. Brendan stares into space. An inky black figure steps from the shadows and kicks him in the stomach. He dials.the figure is silhouetted briefly against the distant bright end of the tunnel. VOICE ON PHONE Saint Clement police. Brendan raises his head painfully . except for Brendan's breath.. RUNOFF TUNNEL . Brendan curls on the ground. The figure runs off. EXT. EXT.EARLY MORNING Cold and barren.

The Brain looks him over. BRENDAN (thick. Time to read's nice. I gotta take the early bus.30 INT. are you here for zero? THE BRAIN Nah. back to his book) Find Emily? Brendan breathes out softly. distant) I couldn't sleep. What. THE BRAIN (cont'd) You alright? BRENDAN Yeah. I can't. So what's the word with Em? BRENDAN She's gone. sheltering the few souls scattered here and there at tables. THE BRAIN Can't raise her? BRENDAN No. cause the others don't run by my street. Brendan falls into a chair. The Brain sits at one of them reading an impossibly large book. THE BRAIN (nods. BRENDAN Bad break. He watches curiously as Brendan approaches him. Brendan. THE BRAIN So what now? . THE BRAIN (cont'd) You're up early. THE BRAIN Hey. THE BRAIN Eh. LIBRARY Warmly lit.

Tell me to drop it. BRENDAN Kara tried to rope me.. Tell me to walk from this. I don't know. She was scared. He stares down at his glasses. Drop it. BRENDAN (cont'd) I'd need you to Op. He looks Brain in the eye. wet with condensation. and his mannerisms come back into focus. but that was cake to this. She came right out and asked. I can't let her go. maybe break some deserving teeth? BRENDAN Yeah. Brain.. I don't know.31 BRENDAN Now. I think I could. And unlike Jerr. Brendan takes a long moment. there's not much chance we'll come out clean. Brendan. I was set to but I can't. Like on Jerr. I guess it's. THE BRAIN Walk from it. I don't think I can. You okay to op for me again? . THE BRAIN You think you can help her? No. THE BRAIN Brendan rubs his forehead. BRENDAN (cont'd) Brain. (grins) You're thick as what-all. BRENDAN Yes I am. Well. Twenty four seven on this one. Brendan cleans his glasses. BRENDAN THE BRAIN You think you can get the straight.

1 This describes the location at my school that the “showdown” scenes were originally written for. BASKETBALL FIELD . and if we're doing this I want the whole story. Your mom still have the cell? THE BRAIN In her car. bulls would gum it. however. BRENDAN No. (stands to go) Wait for my word. and so we reluctantly moved these scenes to the football field. gray. Brendan's voice starts speaking rapidly. not for a bit. Between when I wrote the script and when we shot it. BRENDAN Borrow it for a few days. and cover for me first period. tip the bulls? Brendan puts on his glasses.1 Brendan trudges across it. confident and clear. stands to go. I'm going to be a little late. . EXT. They'd flash their dusty standards at the wide-eyes and probably find some yegg to pin. staring at the ground for a beat then raising his eyes to THE HORIZON Flat.32 The Brain barely smiles. the school expanded and built portable classrooms on the basketball field. his steps heavy. probably even the right one. He stops and stands very still. No cops.DAY A vast field of asphalt segmented by a dozen basketball courts outlined in cracked paint. But they'd trample the real tracks and scare the real players back into their holes. pin straight. THE BRAIN So what first? BRENDAN I don't know. THE BRAIN What first. get me the number.

thank god. It is back to present day. A beat. clean shaven. I'd burn down the whole party if they tried to play you again.S. An ARM swings into frame. His eyes are cold with resolve. He keeps talking directly at us. PAN AROUND to reveal BRENDAN. BRENDAN'S FACE Watching her go. Jerr and whoever's next. Emily wrenches her arm away and stumbles backwards onto the pavement. Jerr spooked some decent gees and ran around some what was straight with him. EXT. She twists away. partnered up and sent him over. I want to keep you safe. This wasn't a business sit.33 BRENDAN (O. He grabs her shoulder. He looks different. Brendan.) Yeah it was personal. Em. sullen. Brendan grabs her sleeve. edgier. pale. Without delicacy he lifts Emily's body and pulls her back into the tunnel. I bulled him. and you can't beat it. But yeah. wearing different clothes and a thin goatee1. she resists. He catches it. Gulls cry in the distance. but I'm nobody's bull runner. more alive.EARLY MORNING Brendan sloshes down into the water. Brendan's face looks lumpish. EMILY You can't keep me safe. . BRENDAN (cont'd) I'd bull the lot of them. INT. It slaps Brendan hard in the face. Not if I don't want you to. I'm in a bigger world now. wearing cheap plastic bracelets and pale blue fingernail polish. RUNOFF TUNNEL 1 Which Joe would not even consider. while Emily's is strong. RUNOFF TUNNEL . grabs her waist. and suddenly they are struggling with violent pent up intensity until with a shout she breaks away and falls to the ground. and you can't hide me from it. She stands and walks off into the distance across the barren field. Got in tight.

34 Pitch back. and I need you on the underneath. Wants words in his office. I'm going to throw a few words at you. causing the pebble described on page 1 to plink into the water. Brendan lays the body down. he won't bite. Brendan follows it without looking back at the body. BRENDAN Better stop meeting me in the open too. The eyes hop forward . No.DAY Brendan and the Brain lean against a wall. THE BRAIN Trueman asked for you. then the gull squawks and flutters out the bright mouth of the tunnel. THE BRAIN 1 A very early draft held on the tunnel after Brendan left.1 EXT. THE BRAIN I'll try. and revealed a dark figure (Dode) creeping away from the top of the tunnel. Keep him off me . CROWDED HALLWAY . BRENDAN I bet.he freezes. I'll call. THE BRAIN There's the cell number.a gull. I'm going to start getting visible. tell me if they catch. Two beady eyes peer at him from the darkness . So what's first? BRENDAN Make Em's troubles mine. The two watch each other for a moment. Brick. . The Brain slips him a piece of paper. THE BRAIN (pats his jacket pocket) Yeah. BRENDAN Keep it on vibrate. just keep him away from me.stonewall him.

but was a great guy who simply had a very cool sounding name. Real trash. He is now (the author was horrified to learn) practicing law. like 26. maybe hit a class a week. and who was neither a druggie nor ‘real trash’. 1 All apologies to Frisco Farr. You know the Kingpin? BRENDAN I've heard it. Frisco Farr1 was a sophomore last year.. BRENDAN Drink? THE BRAIN Vodka and milk or something. Pin. who the author did actually go to school with. Supposed to be old. . that might be a drink. BRENDAN Poor Frisco. THE BRAIN The Pin's kind of a local spook story. No. I think. the Pin? BRENDAN The Pin. THE BRAIN Frisco.. lives in town. Didn't know him then.. or maybe not.35 BRENDAN Or bad brick. and haven't seen him around. BRENDAN THE BRAIN Pin. THE BRAIN BRENDAN THE BRAIN Tug. Tug.. yeah. THE BRAIN Same thing.

. BACKSTAGE OF THEATER Brendan strides past forest scenery and drama geeks. I've heard that helps. EXT.DAY Kara smokes a cigarette. BRENDAN You think the Pin's just a tale to take whatever heat? THE BRAIN (shrugs. Beat) But what's first? BRENDAN A show of hands. Here for the show? BRENDAN No. maybe. right? THE BRAIN Big time. this was changed to ‘Dope runner’ in post production. BACK OF THEATER . Brendan leans beside her... and after four or five connections the list'll always end with the Pin. through another door and into sunlight. you'd get a crowd of full pockets. BRENDAN Try smoking like a chimney. INT. KARA (annoyed) Hey Brendan. KARA Would you go then. cause I've got this headache. honey. 1 In an admittedly paltry concession to clarity.36 BRENDAN Jake1 runner. But I'll becha you got every rat in town together and said 'show your hands' if any of them've actually seen the Pin. Ask any dope rat where their junk sprang they'll say they scraped it from that who scored it from this who bought it off so.

37 Brendan grabs the pack of cigarettes. and I need words. BRENDAN (cont'd) Isn't this Dode's brand? Kara snaps her head towards him. but I can't guarantee safe passage after tonight. KARA The story about what? BRENDAN I don't want to play games if you've got a headache. KARA You don't know Dode's brand. BRENDAN Oh I do now. a flash of anger. KARA Brad Bramish? Through the door and into the theater. BRENDAN (cont'd) I'm going to start shaking things up. KARA The story about what? BRENDAN Alright. KARA I don't know whatAt the stage door. not slowing. He turns and walks away. Give me the story and you might miss the bite. Get me if you want to spill it. She catches herself and smiles cooly. BRENDAN Tell the Pin that Brad was my calling card. Angry again. . Kara snatches the pack from him.

She's worried. PARKING LOT . BRAD Hey! What are you doing here? . She looks away. EXT. Get off my grill man. His eyes catch on Laura Dannon sitting in another convertible. Her bright eyes cut through the crowd. you didn't put me in. BIFF They didn't! Brendan scans the rest of the cars. EXT. front door open. else wait for my call. BACKSTAGE OF THEATER . BRENDAN (fast and low) Tail Kara through lunch. is put me in the game and I'll do what needs to be done. his crony Biff at his elbow. man. drop her.LUNCH Brendan wanders through the thick lunchtime crowd towards a cluster of 3 or 4 flashy luxury cars set aside at the far end of the lot. She goes home.CONTINUOUS He spins to see Kara's face just before the door closes.DAY The Brain walks out of a classroom and Brendan swings behind him. Brendan walks into Brad's direct line of view and obviously leans against one of the cars. but they don't put me in. what needs doing don't get done and don't come crying to me. straight into Brendan. CROWDED SCHOOL HALLWAY . The Brain turns and Brendan's gone. off to the side.38 INT. He wags his eyebrows at her. A small crowd hangs about Brad. She's got rehearsal but she'll blow early. don't come to me if you didn't let me play. BRAD That's all I'm saying. Brad Bramish sits slouched in the front seat of his convertible.

Uh huh. You've got heart. BRAD (not amused) Oh yeah? BRENDAN Of all things. I'm a scout for the Gophers. BRAD Who invited you? BRENDAN To the parking lot? Well gee I kind of invited myself. Been watching your game for a month. BRAD BRENDAN . I'll wait. How soon can you move to Minneapolis? A few snickers around the crowd. Yeah? Yeah. you got me. Go ahead. but that story just now clenched it. BRENDAN Alright. but nowhere near Brad.39 BRENDAN BRAD Listening. BRAD Oh yeah? BRENDAN There's a thesaurus in the library. but they've got a great public transit system. BRAD (flat with anger) Yeah? BRENDAN Cold winters. yeah. 'Yeah's under 'Y'. BRAD I think you'd better leave then. kid.

Brendan smiles slightly. People gather around in a wide circle. then smacks the palm of his hand into Brendan's face. Brad follows and the rest of the crowd trails after him. and very deliberately crosses his legs. Brad's face tenses. Brad tags Brendan in the ribs. shoving him back onto the pavement.40 BRENDAN No. BRENDAN (cont'd) (as if he's been asked to the movies) Sure. behind Brad. BRAD Just the same. Brendan kicks Brad full force in the shins. With you? BRENDAN Brad says 'who else?' by lifting his arms. Brendan stands and walks off. He leads them behind a parked VW van and turns to face Brad. Brad grunts but doesn't lose ground. watching. Brendan pulls his jacket off as Brad hangs back. Brendan throws his short stocky frame into Brad's larger one and tenderizes his midsection with jabs. . Beating a small frye won't win me anything and it's not going to do you any goodLaura pulls up in her convertible. BRAD (cont'd) Maybe you want to go someplace more private. mumbling. He comes at Brendan with his big fists clenched. I'm having too good a time. BRAD You know what's good for you you'll just beat it. In the next moment Brendan cuts Brad off by putting his fist in his face.

LAURA You're quite a pill.CONTINUOUS Brendan limps down the hallway. and looks up at the small crowd. then another. BRENDAN He throws a last look at Laura. EXT. LAURA Brendan ignores her and b-lines for the school. STRAGGLER Hey. connecting hard with the point of Brad's chin. Laura brakes hard. The sound of eggs breaking. BRENDAN Uh huh. parking by the curb.41 Brad tumbles.CONTINUOUS Brendan walks away from the lot. and Brendan comes up fast. SCHOOL PARKING LOT SIDEWALK . Hey. Brendan staggers back. towards the school. Laura pulls up beside him in her car. SCHOOL HALLWAY . and Brad falls backwards like a board. Some stare at Brendan. Brendan pulls back and kicks Brad's shin where he had kicked it before. trotting to catch up. Laura appears behind him. holding his face. both into Brendan's stomach. Brad roars and hits Brendan very hard in the face. is there a fight? Yeah. pushing past the last few people rushing over. who meets his gaze and drives off. Brendan bounces back like a rubber ball and throws his weight into a square punch right into Brad's nose. breathing hard. but nobody seems about to do anything. Brad gets his balance fast. . and before Brendan can throw another he throws one himself. He stays down. EXT. Brendan runs his sleeve over his face and walks unsteadily off. some at Brad.

I didn't shake the party up to get your attention. so you're a player. you were with him and so you were playing him. LAURA I want to help you. I can't trust you. He stops. That's a chilly heel to be giving a girl who's where you want to know about. BRENDAN (CONT'D) (cont'd) Look. BRENDAN LAURA Why did you take a powder the other night? BRENDAN Same reason I'm taking one now. and I can't spare it. LAURA I wouldn't have to lead you in by the handBRENDAN I can't trust you. (he keeps walking) I don't get you. you weren't. but the bad baggage they bring could make it zero sum game or even hurt me. You ought to be smart enough to know that. BRENDAN Go away. Your connections could help me. BRENDAN I'll get where I'm going just fine. and I'm not heeling you to hook you. Brad was a sap. so I'm better off coming at it clean. turns wearily. She looks genuinely hurt. . LAURA Hold it.42 LAURA Where are you going? Home. With you behind me I'd have to tie one eye up watching both your hands. Silence behind him.

So now I know he's a sap and anyone who acts like he isn't is profiting by it. You really do that? Yeah. didn't she? THE BRAIN Yeah. THE BRAIN BRENDAN S'alright.43 LAURA You're not Brad. SCHOOL PAYPHONE . licking a bruised lip. EXT. but she stopped at a payphone and made two calls that she didn't want on her phone bill. . BRENDAN Sorry. He wears dark glasses. She doesn't follow. He turns and walks away. I downed him on his field and his crew didn't bite. Kara went home though. THE BRAIN (on the phone) You didn't call. That's not why I roughed him. BRENDAN Get the numbers? No. BRENDAN No. BRENDAN THE BRAIN Why? Is Brad the Pin? BRENDAN Brad's a sap. Sorry. Are me and Brad front page news? THE BRAIN All the buzz. receiver to his ear. I'm not. though.AFTERNOON Brendan slumps against it.

Look. Brad's the school's biggest jake buyer. The class bell rings. FADE IN: INT. A man in his early thirties behind a wood colored . And keep your specs on . OFFICE Brendan sits with an ice pack against his head in a tiny office. Brendan lies still. turns a black tang? THE BRAIN I told you before I don't know the car. short. Legs criss cross before his eyes. Those types are a nickel a pound. now's just shaking things out. Anyway. so if this Pin is behind all the selling. very distant. heavy blows. THE BRAIN Brendan hangs up and turns sluggishly. beating his face and body with short.I need to find that kid. Brendan hits the pavement.a shiny scar shaped like a thin triangle runs down the side of his face. lanky. but nobody I know that you don't. And Trueman againBRENDAN Keep him off. FADE OUT. Okay.44 BRAIN For kicks? BRENDAN Economics. you know a kid around the burgh. each blurring the world a bit more until it is completely smeared. I just got his attention. Flashes of the lanky kid .S. The lanky kid is over him in a split second. shaved head. A lanky kid with a short shaved head and engineer boots punches him in the face. A car peels out and roars off O. After a brief silent thrashing the kid walks off with several other blurry figures.

he asked for my lunch money first. you've been an asset to us. TRUEMAN And he just hit you? BRENDAN Like I said. TRUEMAN You didn't know this boy? BRENDAN No sir. TRUEMAN Mm. we know you're clean. I think you're a good kid. not to see you fed. BRENDAN Uh huh. never seen him. Brendan doesn't react. TRUEMAN Tough teacher? BRENDAN Tough but fair. BRENDAN No. Anyway then. I gave you Jerr to see him eaten.45 desk and name plate. TRUEMAN Alright Brendan. Trueman trains a good natured dubious eye on Brendan. TRUEMAN (cont'd) You've helped this office out before. "GARY TRUEMAN. I've been looking to talk to you. Mrs. despite your motives. and well put. Kasprzyk. BRENDAN Accelerated English. Good thing I brown bagged it. TRUEMAN Fine. . ASSISTANT VICE PRINCIPAL" plays with a pencil. and you've.

So do I? BRENDAN Maybe. Brendan stands to go. You can't pull a play like that unless I need you for something. BRENDAN (angry) I was done here three months ago. And no more of these informal chats . I'm not your inside line and I'm not your boy. TRUEMAN (cont'd) We're not done here. There might be some heat soon. Mr.could write you up for talking back to a VP.hold it . For looking at me in a threatening way. I could .46 TRUEMAN I want to run a couple names by you. .if you've got a discipline issue with me write me up or suspend me and I'll see you at the parent conference. I need you off my back completely for a few weeks. I told you then I'd give you Jerr and that was that. TRUEMAN That's not a very helpfulBRENDAN (anger builds) You know what I'm in if the wrong yeg saw me pulled in here? TRUEMAN What are you in? BRENDAN No. BRENDAN Maybe. TRUEMAN Hold it. I'd exercise a little more tact. Alright. TRUEMAN So maybe you're gonna need me too. Frye.

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING . And I'll have you. There better be some meat at the end of this like you say.I couldn't have brass cutting me favors in public. Dode's MIA all around. Also. EXT. EXT. TRUEMAN Get the hell off my campus. But if anything comes up with your fingerprints on it. The Veep will need someone to hand over. Brendan breathes uneasily. I'm just saying now so you don't come kicking in my homeroom door once trouble starts. and limps off. punk! Brendan glances around.47 TRUEMAN (interested) If it's something I can't cover.AFTERNOON Brendan leans against it. I'll ride it a little while. CARROWS PARKING LOT . Trueman bites a thumbnail. no Dode.AFTERNOON Gary Trueman throws Brendan out. as long as it doesn't get too rough. Got one more favor to ask. here's what I can do. I won't pin you for anything you aren't caught at. PAYPHONE BY CARROWS . EXT. . BRENDAN If I get caught like that it's curtains anyway . if I get to the end of whatever this is and it gets hot and you don't deliver. or at least a fall guy. BRENDAN Sure I am. policewise. I won't go to bat for you. or you're it. TRUEMAN Okay. THE BRAIN No.AFTERNOON No stoners. I can't help you.

He pulls the door handle. I'll call you tonight. I'm going home sick. SIDEWALK . EXT. Ask around for Dode. Can't say I didn't enjoy it. Brendan approaches the car and walks around it slowly.LATE AFTERNOON The sun hangs low. She's some piece of work. keep your specs on for him. I got knives in my eyes. THE BRAIN No more job offers? So she's got a play. EXT. BRENDAN And I know enough about Kara to let that worry me. locked.LATE AFTERNOON Bordering a supermarket. . Parked in the supermarket parking lot is a black mustang. well. A tuft of paper pokes out from under the seat. Suddenly he stops.48 BRENDAN I'm 9 of 10 that Kara's got him. but who knows where. He peers inside. and Kara knows you know me. BRENDAN That's the spirit. nearly shook me upside down. Laura Dannon came to me looking for you. tail Kara again at lunch. BRENDAN (considers this) She did. but why'd she come to me? BRENDAN She's tapping Kara. If I had known where you were I might have told her. Alright. Any other news? THE BRAIN Some. I shook but she's not spilling. PARKING LOT . huh? THE BRAIN Fourth period. THE BRAIN Yeah. Brendan trudges along.

Tugger eyes him curiously. eyes steady. with BRENDAN I want to see the Pin. I guess you do. His eyes catch something in the distance. It speeds past him not six inches to his left. his face stiff.49 Brendan picks up a broken chunk of concrete from the ground. The gap between him and the car closes in no time at all. some respect. The mustang drives about a hundred yards out into the parking lot. head up. TUGGER (nods slightly) Yeah. eyes fixed. When Tug lets go Brendan drops like a stone. Brendan falls to his knees. Brendan stops walking and stands very still. then lets the chunk fall to the ground. It comes straight at Brendan. While Tug unlocks the door Brendan stands up woozily. catching himself on his hands and knees. A crackling roar and short squeal of tires spit the mustang forward. towards him fast. facing Brendan. whose name is Tugger. Brendan turns and lopes towards the mustang. Brendan gets up and comes towards Tug. Coming Brendan stands there for a moment. Tug spins and grabs Brendan's jacket. He casually leans against the car. Brakes squeal behind him. waddles over to the car and holds the chunk above his head. . Tugger hits him like a train and throws him across the pavement. three times. Its motor purrs deeply. Tug turns back to the car and takes out his keys. Tug turns and pops him once squarely in the mouth. The lanky shaved-head kid. brushing the edge of his jacket. removes his glasses. The car door slams. back and forth. idling about fifty feet away. He stops at the window. spins around and stops. puts them in a hard case and puts the hard case in his pocket. ready to drop it through the window. rumbling like a tank. He stops. pushing him back while he slaps him hard in the face. Brendan begins to limp towards it doggedly. Grunting.

REAR OF FAST MOVING MUSTANG . MOVING MUSTANG .LATE AFTERNOON The trunk pops open. STREETS Twisty and narrow. 1 Unfortunately Mr.1 The car zooms on. BASEMENT HALLWAY A very dim narrow hall with a steep stairway at one end. given the context. eyes down.50 EXT. When they are gone the broken trunk drifts open.CONTINUOUS Tug is putting a tape in the deck. Tugger drags Brendan down the stairway. some scraping. The mustang slides to a stop beside an elaborate wooden mailbox carved as an eagle's head. .LATE AFTERNOON A small one story house. DARKNESS Loud engine noise."Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor. dark doors down the length of it and a lit door at the other end. EXT. then pulls down out of sight just as he looks back up. INT. FRONT OF HOUSE . jostling. covering his eyes with a palm. was probably wise. which. just enough to see which street signs pass by. roaring past like a bullet. Then a metallic jangle. Loud music plays from the car -. Tugger opens the trunk and drags Brendan out. Behind him the trunk pops open. INT. BRENDAN'S POV Through the ajar trunk. slams the trunk and goes inside. The black mustang flies through them at impossible speeds. and a CLINK! EXT. grunting. Brendan closes the trunk. TRUNK OF MOVING MUSTANG Brendan holds the trunk about three inches open. slightly run down. INT. drops him and goes into the lit room. revealing Brendan holding a jack rod. Taylor flatly refused.

Mid to late twenties. amazingly messy.51 Brendan lifts his head painfully. INT. Brendan is shoved into the center of the room. For a beat the only noise is the scratching of the thin man's pencil. The overall impression though is not of jumbled chaos. Clothes strewn about. Tug and his clones slump against the surrounding walls. but of a nest. comfortably woven and very worn in. bored. Sallow features. writing under a green bookkeeper's lamp. PIN Helled if you're gonna go breaking my best clients' noses and expect me to play sandbag.he is just one inky black mass from the neck down and eyebrows up. TUGGER Arms pop out of the darkness and drag Brendan towards the lit room. Alright. His clothes are so richly black it is difficult to make out specific items -. some dressed like Tugger. others dressed in black. Brendan watches the thin figure's back. sniffing for me like a vampire bat for a horse . tired eyes. A slim figure with wispy hair sits facing the wall at a small desk. Anyway you've been sniffing me out before then. Tug pokes his head out. The Pin shifts in his seat. groves of empty bottles. Surrounding him in the darkened doorways are dozens of boys. precarious piles of books. BRENDAN You the Pin? PIN Yeah. BRENDAN Maybe I'll just sit and bleed at you. (beat of silence) So now I'm very very curious what you're going to say next. Then he sighs and swivels around. KINGPIN'S DEN A small room.

then slowly) I was going to make up some bit of information or set up some phony deal. BRENDAN 1250 Vista Blanca. The Pin's eyes shoot to Tugger. . Would have been a neat trick. which he never does. (Brendan blinks) So now you got Tugger to bring you here. TUGGER You gonna do what now?! The Pin walks towards them. Dannon in from the hall first. and you got me listening. One of his shoes is twice the size of the other.52 with a nick on its ear he can suck on. TUGGER He knows zippo. They do that. PIN (amused) No dice. The world turns on its side as Tugger pushes Brendan's head down into the carpet. Tug's face is a mask of rage. though. the ink blotter at the desk in the den in the basement of the house with the tacky mailbox. PIN No good. anything so you'd let me walk. soldier. His face swells. really good. soldier. BRENDAN Call Ms. so I'm curious what you've got to say that better be really. she oughta hear this. BRENDAN (shrugs. Then I was going to go to the vice principal and spill him the street address of the biggest dope port in the burgh. who doesn't flinch. Brendan can't breath. The cronies around the room begin cackling.

leaving us in black. The thin whispery voice of the Pin speaks softly. Sneering. A bare light bulb hangs from the ceiling. stop. BRENDAN Where are my glasses? (Tugger grins) Hell with ya then. watching him like a hungry dog. Suddenly Tug vanishes -. amused. Which wall's the door in? Tug points. LAURA Tug's face breaks for a moment. Brendan heaves himself up. and he lets go. (OS) Tug. FADE UP SMALL DARK ROOM Brendan wakes up curled on a mattress on the floor. Brendan stares back at him through thick. the cackling laughter reverberates. let up. . Tugger grabs his shirt and slams him into the wall. Laura stands in the dark doorway. but freezes when he hears a door latch click. stands and lurches towards the door again. and Tug shoves him back down. Brendan winks at him. Tugger sits five feet away. Light footsteps clack on the cement floor. Brendan sees Tug's knuckles and a flash of white for a split moment as Tug hits him in the face. but what the hell with what you said before. he drops Brendan back onto the mattress and sits against the opposite wall.53 PIN (cont'd) Alright. PIN Sorry about this kid. glazed eyes. then a clean voice pierces the din. Sounds of a door opening and closing come from the darkness. Brendan's world grows hazy. The Pin's black body spills out across the frame. Brendan's head lolls to the side. But Tug doesn't let up.the room's darkness just seems to swallow him.

so you've got that trade off with your standing. MOTHER Now just a moment. or not soda but it hasn't got any juice in it. Laura talked me down. or milk. I'm sorry. But nuts isn't all bad. I got it. we have apple juice here. Brendan stifles a cough. though you've got that in your cornflakes. PIN (cont'd) Where you were at. KITCHEN . I don't know if drinking it as well might be too much. BRENDAN Apple juice sounds terrific. with all of us and the Tug a fist away. MOTHER It's country style. ma'am. He is standing in front of Tug. you've got to use your nut.54 His disembodied face appears a few feet about where Tug had sat. How about Tang. The kitchen is on the first floor of the Pin's house. thanks. I don't know. His black clothes and broad rimmed black hat blend perfectly with the dark room. MOTHER I thought we had orange juice. So yeah. . Let's get you upstairs. Allay the situation. PIN (cont'd) So. if you'd like that. but I'm also thinking you're a little nuts now. She is a soft old lady in a pastel cotton dress. INT. currently bent over the fridge mumbling. or that's more like soda isn't it. Brendan.DAY Brendan sits at a breakfast table eating cornflakes. back with the living. it can't be very fortifying. such that his face seems to bob about in space. or rather the Pin's mother's house. BRENDAN Water's fine. so maybe it was a good play. you're not scared of me.

. It starts out same as before. and this floor ain't carpeted. do something in the other room now. mom. She shuts the fridge. PIN We're cooled off. PIN Looky. eats oatmeal cookies with small delicate bites. Mrs. M. The Pin grins thinly. uncomfortable. She shuffles out. well I'm going to go.. The Pin kisses her on the cheek. I want him out. MOTHER Okay. The Pin. your muscle seemed plenty cool putting his fist in my head. PIN Thanks. a sharp black hole against the soft yellow kitchen. PIN (to Brendan) So hows bout we take another snap at hearing your tale? BRENDAN I don't know. um. Tugger and the Pin sit behind her. how'd that be? Boys? TUGGER I'm fine. looking comfortably bored. soldierBRENDAN The ape blows or I clam. .55 BRENDAN That's perfect. MOTHER I'll even give it to you in a country glass. BRENDAN Yeah well.

watching each other. I didn't ask him to. well they didn't like it. Nothing on my official record. but the VPs play it like I owe them one. Tug. So now they think I'm on your trail. The Pin goes back to gnawing his cookie. PIN Gee that's tough. BRENDAN About a year ago I had a small time dealing partnership with Jerr Madison. PIN . BRENDAN Yeah well. Tug stomps off.56 TUGGER (stands violently) So clam! What've you got I can't beat out of you back in the basement? The Pin and Brendan are perfectly still. badgering me. So? PIN (cont'd) Brendan sets down his spoon. I gotcha. Beat. but he was a straight player. PIN Give us a few minutes. PIN (cont'd) I'll call you if whatever. BRENDAN I don't like being told whose side I'm on. They keep calling me in. Know him? PIN Till he took the fall for you. Tug turns to him. but Pin keeps his eyes on Brendan. I'm in a nice spot to know their movements and feed them yours. I got out clean almost. When I made it clear I wasn't playing their hound dog. slamming the narrow door hard behind him.

Brendan stands but doesn't follow as the Pin opens the narrow door Tugger went through and descends the dark stairs behind. PIN (cont'd) We're done. Brendan stares sullenly into space. LAURA'S CONVERTIBLE MOVING . LAURA I'll drive you back. INT. She takes Brendan's hand. I don't think that's unreasonable.57 BRENDAN You haven't got me yet. and seeing how it stretches we'll either rub or hire you. PIN What. PIN Fair enough. You'll know which by end of the day tomorrow. (they take a hard turn) How long was I out? LAURA Half an hour. just so I can be specific on the invoice? BRENDAN (shrugs) Whatever serves your interests. It took all of it for me to cool the Pin down. I'll have my boys check your tale. The moment the Pin vanishes into the basement's murk Laura comes up out of it. price? BRENDAN Considering the benefits my services could yield. . BRENDAN Just drop me at school. PIN And what are your services exactly.SUNSET They zig zag though the twisty suburban streets. The Pin stands.

BRENDAN LAURA A few months go by. but I don't know all what goes on.1 Brendan leans on the car. He studies her face for a moment. With me? So far. I knew Em when she tried to get with me and Brad. but the original version of this scene (shot as written) is on the deleted scenes section of the DVD. When she left she took some souvenirs. top level of the tower and I know everyone. LAURA Come here. dirty habits she wasn't strong enough to control and a connection to the Pin to keep them going. BRENDAN You think Em scraped the junk off the Pin? 1 Not to weasel in a plug. LAURA You trust me now? BRENDAN Less than when I didn't trust you before. and I liked her. Available at fine retailers everywhere. and the downfall's coming on Em's head. his face close to hers. and it didn't work. If you can tell me your angle in this. but sincerely) Thanks. She was smart. SCHOOL PARKING LOT . . and Brendan climbs out painfully. maybe I can. LAURA (CONT'D) (cont'd) I'm on the in. EXT. and the next I hear the Pin's raging over a situation with some certain junk Em was partial to. They drive on in silence. But she wasn't us.DUSK Laura's convertible stops.58 BRENDAN (flatly.

WOMAN'S DRESSING ROOM Hazy and cramped.59 LAURA I don't know. Brendan pushes in. but. Throwing the car in gear. past forest scenery. I'm usually pretty sharp. Everything blends into the color of flesh. INT. I've never seen the Pin so hot. getting feisty. trying to help her. BRENDAN Now you are dangerous. (giggles) Last time we talked you were giving ultimate-tims. INT. KARA Oooh. BRENDAN This all helps but it's not what I asked. deeper and deeper until he comes to a door. she peels out and leaves him standing alone in the fading evening light. . No walls are visible.. so you'll tell me or you won't. BACKSTAGE Brendan pushes through the gloom. putting on eyeliner. Kara sits at the mirror. What's your angle in all this? LAURA I don't know. but whether she scraped or copped or just ran her tab around the world and into her own back. maybe I see what you're doing for Emily. KARA (sing song) Brendan Brendan Brendan! BRENDAN Where's Dode flopped? (she makes a face) I know you two are cozed up.. it must have been grand. it is all billowy piles of costumes. And I don't know anyone who would do that for me.

weren't we? Sometimes I miss having someone I can talk to. KARA We were a pair and a half for a few months. The sooner I get the truth from Dode or the truth about Dode from you. You went to Laura. KARA All part of your plan? BRENDAN Turned out to be. Sometimes I just hate myself. KARA (darkly) You better be sure you wanna know whatcha wanna know. Brendan? BRENDAN Where's Dode flopped? She turns to face him. You ever miss having someone? I guess you must. No? Pass it on to Dode anyway. BRENDAN Gol. Maybe he'll have the . KARA Whatever happened to us. BRENDAN I need to hear Dode's tale about Emily. It's important. BRENDAN Uh huh. KARA I feel so cheap and used. and I'll have the Pin and Tug in my corner soon. Brendan stands. the safer you'll both be. Laura's working with me now. Brendan's face is a mask. I must seem a real cad. didn't you? Told her my tale. coughing. Kara grins dreamily.60 BRENDAN It worked.

You stick to Kara. BRENDAN'S ROOM .61 sense to get out from under you before he gets hurt. LOCKER CAGE . He pulls it open. A note falls to his feet. opens his locker. keep your specs peeled for Dode and stay away from Laura. Brendan. and the cage quickly empties.different handwriting. it'll be yes.NIGHT Brendan's at his desk. . "TWELVE THIRTY PICO & ALEXANDER". did you? Brendan leaves without looking back. KARA You didn't. THE BRAIN Brendan gently replaces the receiver and sits for a moment in silence. The Brain is quiet for a beat. Brendan limps in. BRENDAN (too sharp) I'll let you know when she is. INT. I'd give us 70/30. It is folded into a star. Okay. Unless his crew spotted VP Truman's social call this morning.MORNING The class bell rings. He fishes the old note out and compares them . THE BRAIN I think she's with us. EXT. on the phone. If we're in I get under his skin and see what's what. THE BRAIN (on the phone) So what happens now? BRENDAN Now we wait for the Pin's answer. A beat of silence.

CAMPUS SQUARE . the lug very close. EXT. Their footsteps clatter on the cement.he's down the hall on Brendan's right. listening. and the white filling inside turns red. Before the lug winds up for another slash Brendan is running. Brendan tightens his hand into a fist. doubles back and stops with his back to a wall . coming from all directions at once. his knife hand flashing. and his black hair comes down over his eyes like a sheepdog's. Brendan sweats. Brendan swings around a corner. A lug with a lumpish face is coming towards him. SCHOOL HALLWAY . The lug's footsteps echo through the hallways.62 The locker cage is now empty and silent.DAY Wind rushing. He wears a black trenchcoat over bulbous shoulders. Then CLICK! and a long slender switchblade gleams in the lug's right paw. Brendan looks up from the notes. down the hall.he's lost sight of him. THE LUG AROUND THE CORNER Running fast. Brendan jumps back as the lug swipes the blade at his torso.DAY Brendan runs through the empty campus square. not slowing. Then it seems clear . Brendan sprints away. sweating. gets his footing and scrambles out of reach. Brendan drops to a sitting position. except for the steady sound of heavy footfalls. Brendan dashes left. . Wrong. Brendan's jacket shoulder tears open. BRENDAN (cont'd) So what's his answer? Closer. the lug follows. EXT. gaining about thirty feet on the lug before turning the corner. BRENDAN You the Pin's? No answer. The lug looms over him. The lug keeps coming. He stumbles back blindly.

I just can't pin him to any crowd. The lug's footsteps are impossibly loud. tangling his legs into the lug's. The lug pitches forward with frightening momentum. A wallet with a couple of twenties and a student ID (CHUCK BURNS). He's definitely not muscle for anyone. BRENDAN Chuck Burns. fifteen joints. BRENDAN On his socked feet running silently back towards the corner. THE BRAIN I'll check it. Brendan leaves it all on him and staggers off. He hits the hall's metal handrail with his arms and head. CAMPUS PAYPHONE . EXT. and the lug falls like a puppet with his strings cut. He taps the Carrows crowd but doesn't hang with them.63 BRENDAN Kicks his shoes off and clambers to his feet. big lug with hair like a sheepdog. three hash pipes. . If you've got a guess I could check it outBRENDAN The Pin. I'm in third nowBrendan spots the Pin's Cady pulling into the parking lot. THE LUG Just about to round the corner. If he's with the Pin everything's kablooie and I gotta blow the burgh. a baggie of weed and a large brownie in another baggie. Brendan slides like a baseball player. A hollow gong reverberates through the hallway. The lug's footsteps crash like symbols as they both come around the same corner in opposite directions at full speed.DAY Brendan breathes heavily into the phone. THE BRAIN (on the phone) Yeah I know him.

The cady pulls up beside him. Brendan and the Pin are silent for a beat. in where you get sliced in with my crew. Tangles pulls out an envelope and drops it in Brendan's lap. VOICE With no perceivable hesitation. eyes on Brendan. Square? BRENDAN Yeah. Tangles. The seats are pink vinyl. INT. hand in his jacket. BRENDAN So? PIN So. The car lurches forward. A stocky kid in the front seat turns.64 BRENDAN Never mind. not looking at each other. Brendan hangs up and begins walking at a normal pace along the sidewalk. Get in. PIN (cont'd) That's what you'll get every week for your services. Brendan's face is placid. For a moment he stays like that. fingering the rim. The door swings open and a voice comes from inside. he does. Less of course there's a specific job involved. and reaches into his jacket.DAY Brendan sits beside the Pin. and he stops walking. Silence. The Pin holds his hat in his hands. If I don't call by three call in the bulls. The windows are tinted and the car is very dark. PIN We're doing a thing down at the Hole tonight. Know it? . CADILAC .

And I'm going to tell someone. VOICE (on the phone) I know what you did.DAY Brendan looks up from his watch and answers the payphone. it would ruin you some way. EXT. EXT. A phone begins to ring. I saw what you did. Brendan’s first line was overdubbed in post to say ‘Dode?” instead of “So?” . BRENDAN'S WATCH 12:32. BRENDAN So? VOICE Anyone I tell. BRENDAN Hire another hash head to blade me? 1 Originally the source of this call was supposed to be a mystery. PIN It's sort of a welcome you in thing.65 BRENDAN South of T Street. BRENDAN Are you making an offer? VOICE Maybe. Eight o'clock. The Cady drives off. but during post production we decided it was one layer too many. holding the receiver to his ear in silence. PICO & ALEXANDER . CAMPUS PAYPHONE . yeah. Brendan checks his watch.DAY Brendan climbs out of the car on the exact spot they picked him up. The car stops. filtered through something. Or maybe I'll just do you in.1 The voice is low and garbled. and identified the caller as Dode.

BRENDAN That's not good. He set up whatever Emily walked into. Brendan hangs up. it's getting more and more urgent we talk. BRENDAN What do you want? VOICE Just to see you sweat. BRENDAN Trueman and the VP? THE BRAIN No. Trueman was looking for you. Alright. . Then he inserts a coin and dials. THE BRAIN (on the phone) Brendan? Yeah. shamus. just Trueman. Keep digging on the Burns lug. but looked. keep me posted. but the main thing is to find Dode. THE BRAIN Alright. Brendan replaces the receiver and stands still for a moment. BRENDAN Asked for me? THE BRAIN No.66 VOICE Don't need no blades. CLICK. BRENDAN THE BRAIN You alright? BRENDAN Yeah. I'm fine. I just gotta squawk.

I'm tailing out this big deal. They sit in the sand. PIN It's over enough. facing the breakers. PIN (cont'd) I gotta lay something out. . well. You're gonna make me curious. BRENDAN Oh yeah? What was it? PIN Big time.67 EXT. cleaning up the Turkish dues. pulling in the strags. Anyway there isn't much else doing. and there was a snag in it. 1 If ever you want to witness a look of pure horror. PIN BRENDAN Almost. being so curious. but that's almost done. BRENDAN What was it? It's over. Figures jump through the blaze to thrash music. Shooting at sunset proved a fortunate and less horror inducing solution. Who knew. Biggest I ever done. shoot a micro budget feature film and tell your cinematographer that there will be an extended scene on a beach at night. you said. BRENDAN Small fries. The Pin and Brendan wander towards us on the dark beach.NIGHT1 A bonfire burns about a hundred feet off. PIN Yeah. You're coming into a certain situation. BEACH . and I'm bringing you in sort of because of it. Turns out it’s difficult to light up a beach without very large and expensive equipment. Just to see how you handle. but it's almost done now. PIN So I'm going to start you on the dope circles.

though. BRENDAN Muscle you can't control's no good at that. I know. The breakers crash. complicated. Tug just did it. the Hobbit books? Yeah. he just gets hot. BRENDAN A moment of silence. (silence) You read Tolkien? BRENDAN What? PIN Tolkien. I don't know. He was hot. it's tough sometimes. and he just hit you. that's all. BRENDAN PIN His descriptions of things are really good.68 (beat) I didn't tell Tugger to hit you for the Brad Bramish thing. Laura and I. Everyone's got their thing. Oh yeah? BRENDAN . PIN Things can get. PIN You're working for me. he's loyal. Twisted. I decided I oughta hear what you were gunning for before I made an enemy. Yeah? BRENDAN PIN He's got my best interests. you know. He's been doing that. watching all the. Alright. not Tug.

with no warning at all. I got home late. INT. BRENDAN'S ROOM . BACK OF LIBRARY . a poisonous chemical found in laundry detergent. The Brain hands Brendan a photocopy of a newspaper clipping. Agh. his stomach contained a sausage sandwich. Behind them. The phone is ringing. a train shoots by. flashing lights and gleaming metal streaking and squealing behind him.EARLY MORNING A cold gray morning. THE BRAIN Get out of there too. THE BRAIN (on the phone) Don't go to class. What? BRENDAN THE BRAIN Fifth period Trueman and the VP come in asking for you. Brendan half wakes and puts it to his ear. "LOCAL YOUTH HOSPITALIZED" THE BRAIN Frisco Farr was found on a sidewalk outside Pinkerton's Deli three weeks ago. He was in a coma. EXT. I've got some stuff. Tug stands with his hands jammed in his pockets. Frisco's still under . Meet me behind the library.EARLY MORNING The clock radio blinks 5:34. BRENDAN THE BRAIN Did they call your mom? BRENDAN Probably. a horse dose of Heroin and traces of Choleric Tricemate.69 PIN He makes you want to be there. then. The waves crash.

then takes the Brain's cell phone and dials.. (fishes a note from his pocket) Here. Bad junk. BRENDAN I told you to stay clear of Laura.70 and nobody's talking. who unfolds it roughly. Bad brick. THE BRAIN You tell her to stay clear of me? He gives the note to Brendan." Brendan crumples it into a ball. BRENDAN Huh. Tell her I'll be at the Pin's at one. BRENDAN (cont'd) No. THE BRAIN The Brain lays out a local newspaper with Emily's picture "LOCAL GIRL MISSING". its street handle's 'whip' or 'rock' or 'brock'. could that form of Heroin be called 'Brick'? THE BRAIN No -. . the chem the junk must have been cut with put him down. OD? BRENDAN THE BRAIN No. From Laura. BRENDAN This isn't good.it was a concentrated powder. The Brain looks hard at him. BRENDAN (mutters) I gotta get voicemail. Any luck with the lug? No. The note reads "Meet me at the southeast corner of the school at 9:30.. Brendan stares off into space for a beat. so nothing's come of it. Uncomfortable silence.

but ask on the underneath for Dode. It's a very serious thing. We shouldn't have met in the open. BRENDAN What the hell are you doing asking for me in class? TRUEMAN What the hell are you doing out of class? BRENDAN What? TRUEMAN (very deliberate) The VP and I needed to ask you a few questions about Emily Kostich. got it? THE BRAIN What are you going to do? BRENDAN I'd like to have played it safe. so the VP and I came to ask you questions. but there's no time. TRUEMAN (on the phone) This is Trueman. find Dode.71 BRENDAN (cont'd) (into phone) Mr. Trueman please. If you don't have a valid excuseBrendan hangs up. but you were truant. but do it on the underneath. That's all that matters now.distinct handwriting on each. Brendan compares the two notes from his pocket with Laura's . The Pin's not letting . The police are involved. who you might have heard is missing. What? THE BRAIN BRENDAN I've been cut loose. The VP and I knew you two were close. Alright. I'm not safe here. lay low.

Silently he replaces the money and drawer. Brendan creeps towards the stairs. INT. to the Pin's desk.DAY The bird of prey mailbox looms ominously. Barely breathing. . INT. Quickly he removes the top drawer and reaches down into the desk frame. and it gives.SAME Empty. BASEMENT HALLWAY . Brendan knocks on the front door. all open but for one. No answer. PIN'S DEN . then with greater confidence he rifles through it papers and trinkets. He reaches beneath the desk. He presses lightly on the screen door. He creeps towards the door on the balls of his feet. He stops for a moment. EXT. meaningless. INT.silence.SAME Deathly still and silent.72 anything drop.SAME Empty. so I gotta push things a bit.SAME Still empty. listening . THE PIN'S HOUSE .pure hundreds. Thumbing the stacks -. Brendan freezes. Another. Brendan crosses the warped linoleum and gently opens the narrow basement door. BASEMENT HALLWAY . KITCHEN . How? THE BRAIN BRENDAN I don't know. He descends into inky gloom. passing other doorways. Another. Slowly. Brendan goes to the lit doorway at the end of the hall. Something creaks in the hallway. He pulls out another. Brendan floats through the room like a ghost. Just find Dode. knocking it gently with his knuckles. his eyes on the doorway. Brendan draws out a stack of hundred dollar bills two inches thick. INT.

TUGGER What with the poking. STORAGE ROOM . genius?! Maybe you're poking for your bull friends! BRENDAN Don't be a sap.pitch black but for a small high window. then a strangely bare corner with a single white lump in it. Brendan pulls the curtains aside. Brendan walks the large mirror into the beam of light. Someone else. in the room. its dark eyes caught in the bare light. He throws Brendan across the room. TUGGER You oughta ask him what you wanna know. TUGGER Yeah well.SAME Brendan enters the room . He didn't tell me. I can't even face up at school. in the mirror. White chalky residue patterns the floor -.73 INT.there were other bricks there before. BRENDAN I'm looking to find this big game the Pin's played. a mattress. the VP's so hot for me. and his reflection in the large mirror jumps as well. something moves. Tugger. The bird flies out the window. reflecting it around the room like a flashlight. Behind Brendan. Brendan jumps back. but just so when its tail jams in my back I'll know who to bill for the embalming. The white bird stands behind the lump. A beam of sunlight spills just enough light to reveal a figure in the dark. More junk. a small brick of white powder. A white bird nesting in the window flutters into the dark room. Maybe you're looking to make good. BRENDAN I did. not to gum it. then heaves him into a wall. . Brendan goes to the white lump.

sell em off round the high. There were problems with that. KITCHEN . BRENDAN What about the ninth brick? TUGGER Ah yeah. TUGGER Yeah. We gotta break it into doses.74 Tug loosens his grip. uh. That's understandable. He paces. So that's the tenth in there. INT. BRENDAN (sympathetic) Huh. Makes me angry. TUGGER Yeah.. maybe some by Shorecliffs. BRENDAN Yeah? It. I don't know who. That was eight. BRENDAN (cont'd) When a gee I'm paid to side with won't give me the straight that makes me nervous. there aint enough marks in the whole burgh to eat that.DAY Tug sets a country glass of orange juice in front of Brendan.. TUGGER There was ten of them. he didn't tell me. well. TUGGER . BRENDAN Didn't tell you. Tug draws back a bit. even up to the docks. I don't know where he picked them. TUGGER So we get ten kils of brock. Brendan gasps for air. So he unloads eight of em up way north.

One of ours took a dose off the top. TUGGER BRENDAN TUGGER Don't know her. TUGGER Yeah. you know. BRENDAN The screen door swings open -. BRENDAN I heard something fell with Emily Kostich. We'll track down the rat. and whatayaknow. Someone skimmed it. and it laid him out. A quiet pause. then he jerks out of his trance. poor Frisco. We started raising hell with all the likely suspects. thinking harder than he's used to. BRENDAN Huh. Emily who? Kostich. Frisco. . BRENDAN TUGGER Yeah. cause if you heard something. Tug's scar reddens a bit more. But it came back bad.enter the Pin. I wanna check.75 He stops. Just takes time. it came back. TUGGER (cont'd) (quickly) It disappeared. Ask him. Tell me what he says. If he's surprised he doesn't show it. Sure. he might know something. You heard about that. TUGGER Has the Pin talked about her? BRENDAN Not to me. His scar reddens slightly.

sniffling. PIN (cont'd) You alright. PIN (cont'd) So. Someone who says they know something about Emily. (to Brendan) Emily was Tug's girl for awhile. Where she's at now. . His big foot clunks on the linoleum. didn't you? BRENDAN A while back. Four o'clock. soldier? Brendan moves a hand dismissively. just shooting it. TUGGER (uncomfortable) Yeah? PIN So we'll meet him. PIN So maybe you want to come along too. Says we'd want to know. TUGGER Emily? PIN Emily Kostich. I heard that. PIN You've heard she's missing? BRENDAN Yeah. PIN Good. I got a call.76 PIN Pow wowing? BRENDAN Just shooting the shat. You know Emily. He eyes a very sick looking Brendan. Wants to meet. TUGGER Yeah. Tug.

and they jerk forward. EXT. anywhere. BRENDAN (roughly) A payphone. PIN Four o'clock. He gives a slip of paper to Tugger. and a coughing fit hits. maybe we'll find out.DAY PAYPHONE The mobile customer you have called is away from the phoneBrendan slams the phone down violently and walks back towards the car. FRONT OF PIN'S HOUSE . EXT. LAURA WhatBrendan throws the car into drive. Tugger glances at the slip. then slides it to Brendan. . PIN (cont'd) Four o'clock. It has the symbol drawn in pencil: A horn honks outside. His legs quiver. The Pin calls after him as he leaves.77 BRENDAN What has Emily got to do with you? PIN (looks at Tugger) Show.SAME Brendan falls into Laura's idling car. STREET CORNER . BRENDAN That's my ride.

her hair around him. Brendan spins backwards into DARKNESS Emily kissing his mouth. you needBRENDAN Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! He keeps yelling that until she does. what you've got to do is drive around to the Carrows lot. SCHOOL PARKING LOT . LAURA'S CAR STATIONARY . LAURA Get back in the car. Laura dabbing his head with a wet napkin. You've got to rest. . you've got to. Laura follows. but it isn't her hair. coughing. Brendan shoots upwards INT.78 Hacking and spluttering he falls to his knees. His head spins.DAY and sits up with a jolt. He throws himself out of the car. BRENDAN (barks shakily) What time is it? LAURA Lie down. EXT. I'm taking you home. you're feverish. Laura's arms wrap around him. Laid out in the back seat. BrendanBRENDAN What timeLAURA You've got a fever. BRENDAN (cont'd) Okay. you've got to go to the hospital orBRENDAN What time is it? LAURA Three forty. it's Laura's. you're sick. it's Emily.SAME Brendan falls to his knees. except it isn't Laura.

Closer. long short long short. watching the barren horizon. DODE You gonna stop me? BRENDAN What do you think you're doing. Still a dark dot.DAY A flat plane of pebbly asphalt with a dozen basketball courts faintly outlined across its surface. Brendan slumps towards it. He holds her shoulders. the basketball field. BRENDAN Do it! Will you do it? I need you to do this. BRENDAN What are you doing. He holds a newspaper. If you see anyone but the Pin or Tugger or their crew go down into the ravine. across the field. Closer. honk four times.79 I'll be up on the. a speck. Dode? DODE I saw you. So you've got to go by you or me to get down there. Brendan stands crooked. BRENDAN What'd you see? I saw you. and the sky is dark. BASKETBALL FIELD . then her face registers resignation. The wind blows bitterly. DODE BRENDAN What'd you see me? . A beat. LAURA Get back in the car. I need you. But don't be seen. Coming towards Brendan. Brendan's face snaps into recognition. Dode? Dode grins. here. Please. EXT. I saw what you did. Then. the blacktop.

DODE (cont'd) put it over real nice- .80 DODE You were with her. but we figured out. I thought you didn't. dead. you're gonna shut up now! BRENDAN I didn't kill her. and you took the body. then snaps back. cause you hid the body. I know you're thinking of Em. That's all you saw? What about before? DODE Before what? BRENDAN Did you see who killed her before I got there? DODE (face ashen) You killed her. I did. BRENDAN I found the body. the world blurs out for a moment. BRENDAN Yeah. I got the news on ya. I know you tried to help herDODE Shut up! You're gonna shut your Brendan staggers. Dode. why wouldn'tBRENDAN Who's 'we'? DODE Shut up! You're always talking. DODE You. DODE You're not going to talk this! BRENDAN Dode. Dode. always this and that smartso.

but shrinks back in a coughing spasm. I just gotta know who! Dode throws the paper. DODE Shut up! She's dead. Brendan puts a hand on his shoulder. youBRENDAN Why was she scared. who was she scared of? I think I know why. which scatters in the wind. DODE You're trying to confuse me. Brendan's face is empty. BRENDAN Dode. Brendan hits the pavement. BRENDAN What was yours? DODE I loved her. . Dode? She came to me. and you couldn't stand that. Dode walks stiffly away. DODE You couldn't stand it. Dode grabs Brendan's wrist and hits him in the face.81 BRENDAN -so I'm telling you now you're in over your head. Your little Em. She was gonna keep it. BRENDAN What was yours? DODE I had you pegged. you don't want to put your hand in thisDode shakes the newspaper at him. it was mine. I'm gonna bury you. And I woulda loved the kid.

He says he knows who did it. HEAVEN . He says he knows where the body's at. RUNOFF TUNNEL . Dode is nowhere to be seen.DAY Brendan pulls the newspaper off his face. He limps across the field. sharp light. still he keeps limping forward. Brendan's face is placid. EXT. BRENDAN That so. Emily flies towards us. lying in a fetal position. glowing. The black field seems impossibly long. painfully. Oh yeah? BRENDAN PIN Yeah. Dode? (to the Pin) . Everyone looks at Brendan. barely able to keep his footing.DAY Brendan slides down the embankment. five of Tugger's flunkies and Dode in the middle. Nobody reacts to that. Slowly. The wind blows against him. (beat of silence) And he says he wants more money than I think the information's worth. the Pin. He coughs and splutters. then dimmer. A long silence. landing on his feet. EXT. and we are looking at Emily's picture in the newspaper article.DAY Bright clouds. Gathered around the drain tunnel entrance are Tugger. her wings splutter out. BASKETBALL FIELD . Brendan hoists himself up. PIN Dode here says Emily Kostich is dead.82 EXT. BRENDAN What'd I miss? More silence. the clouds turn gray. Brendan clears his throat. Every step is agony. towards the ravine.

BRENDAN (shrugs) Maybe you will. PIN (to Brendan) Stay.83 So walk. DODE No it's not. Why pay for dirt you can't believe? DODE You'll believe this. He's a pot skulled reef worm with more hop in his head than blood. (to Dode) It's still too much. you can't trust it. but it's Dode. he says. Tugger's eyes are locked on Dode. his scar the color of raw liver. And he wants cash on the nail. whose face is loose and nonchalant. Brendan laughs and turns away. DODE You'll believe it. DODE PIN Plenty. cause it's someone close to you. BRENDAN Uh huh. What's the info have to do with you anyways? Plenty. You won't complain when you hear it. The Pin looks up at Brendan. BRENDAN Maybe it's hot. Let him milk you if you want. Real close. DODE Real close. . BRENDAN I'm getting my shoes wet for this.

Brendan yells. Tug pulls the gun from his jacket. then falls limp into the water. The back of Dode's skull comes off. DODE You had her against the wall with the brick PIN I know my business. and cause he's got a lot to lose. It's still too much. DODE (with growing confidence) It's not. Tug levels the gun at Dode's head and fires one shot. The rapport reverberates through the black tunnel behind them. slips and falls into the shallow water. and he's really really scared . it's alright! Tug has Dode on the ground. BRENDAN (murmurs) So maybe you should. PIN Tug backs off. Dode remains upright for a moment. and birds fly out. and it's real important to you. . He grabs Dode's hair and knees Brendan stumbles towards them. stop. cause that's not why she was killed. cause the person who killed her's real close.84 Tugger twists a stick in his hands. curious. Tug.she had a kid in her and he couldn't stand Tugger springs like a cat. Dode raises his head. kicking his stomach and chest. and he knows if I don't bury him by spilling to you I spill to the bulls and bury him for real. Brendan watches him. BRENDAN Tug. his face.

Distant sirens. watch it sleepily. hospital. shallow water.. she knew her. and the Pin is away. Brendan's eyes open. but I couldn't. lifeless. TUGGER (cont'd) You up? You weren't doing too good there for awhile. TUGGER'S BEDROOM . I think bout it being true. INT. And maybe I did it cause I thought it was true. That's a hell of a thing to spring on a guy. TUGGER She sprung it on me. both misses.85 The Pin's face is stupid. you know. but I still think sometimes. then sharpen. BRENDAN What's the stats? . PIN (cont'd) (thickly) Tug. yelling for him to stop. Laura talked me down after.dirt kicks up. Tug fires twice more. Brendan crawls towards Tug. said it wasn't true. said whatever. Laura said take you. A hell of a thing.. Tugger fires . just. gun in hand. Brendan watches him for a long moment in the room's dim light. Bout it being mine. I don't remember much. He stumbles and falls into the FADE OUT FADE IN: A CEILING FAN Spinning gently. smoking. Tug turns to him. and the Pin scrambles back.NIGHT Brendan sits up in the bed. Tugger sits in a chair bedside. Brendan stares at him through cold. Brendan's vision blurs. empty eyes.

It can do that. strong tide. . BRENDAN Hey. Everyone's lying low. TUGGER So just lie low. Laura. steps into his shoes and hobbles out of the room.86 TUGGER Everyone's just laying low. Sleep some more. BRENDAN The hell I am. They're gone. I'm with you. Tugger exits. TUGGER (cont'd) So everyone's assuming it's war. BRENDAN War? TUGGER You're with us. BRENDAN (cont'd) Alright. Brendan nods to them. Brendan nods. You're here with us. The bulls got Dode fore the tide took his body. Tug steps in front of him. like out to sea. she said you should sleep. Brendan swings his legs over the bed. BRENDAN Tide? TUGGER Yeah. but no one's said it yet. But the fuzz got there first. TUGGER'S LIVING ROOM .SAME About ten more kids dressed like Tug are cleaning guns. INT. at my folks place. staring him down. Brendan runs his fingers through his hair. would've taken the body.

87 They nod back, not paying much attention as he goes out the front door. EXT. STREET - NIGHT On a lamplit street corner Brendan leans against a payphone.

THE BRAIN (on phone) Brendan? BRENDAN Yeah. THE BRAIN Are you - what, man, have you heard about DodeBRENDAN I was there. YouTHE BRAIN

BRENDAN Where were you yesterday? I called. THE BRAIN Kasprzyk took my phone, turned it off. I just now got it back. BRENDAN Alright, listenTHE BRAIN Are you okay? BRENDAN Just listen. Is my name in the papers with the story? THE BRAIN No. BRENDAN Alright. Is it just Dode in the papers? THE BRAIN Yeah. What do you mean?

88 BRENDAN Listen, I'm going to be calling you tonight, probably late. Sleep with your phone on. Could you get a car if you needed to? THE BRAIN If it's late enough I could take my mom'sBRENDAN Be ready then. I'll call. Alright. THE BRAIN

INT. DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT Brendan kicks in the door. Kara sits in front of the mirror in a soft pink robe, a boy on the floor beside her. She gasps. KARA Brendan. Did you hear about Dode? BRENDAN You scheming tramp. You set that poor kid up, you hid him, fed him your tale. You got info from Laura and held Dode like a card till you could play him. For money! Brendan throws a chair. The boy stands. KARA I don't know what you're talking about. BRENDAN You'd bury me at the same time, but it was mostly for the money. You got Dode thinking Em had his kid, thinking I did it, and that was enough for him, but he stuck to the money cause you had your claws in him, cause he couldn't come away from the deal without it and make you happy. KARA Sit down, you're a mess. Russ, go get my shoes from the wardrobe locker, would you sweetie?

89 He goes, trying to look mean at Brendan. Brendan and Kara watch each other like caged rats. KARA (cont'd) Still wish you knew what you wanted to know? If it's any consolation, it probably wasn't Dode's kid. It might have been Tug's, but frankly I wouldn't bet a horse - it was a crowded field there at the end. Brendan grabs a clock and throws it. Kara's mirror shatters, revealing a grimy dark wall behind. KARA (cont'd) Meany. You want my tale, Brendan? I still know what Dode was selling, but I'd play it smart. A quick call from a payphone to copland, they drag the tunnel and you're through. She comes very close to him. Her robe falls open slightly. KARA (cont'd) Five thousand. Cash. I know you can get it from the Pin, but even if you can't I want it by first period tomorrow, or I play my hand and bury you. She turns away, lets her robe fall.1 KARA (cont'd) Now get out. Brendan's eyes burn. He lunges at her. EXT. BACKSTAGE - SAME Drama geeks sit in groups. The dressing room door flies open and Kara flies out, stark naked. Brendan flies out after her. KARA What are you doing? BRENDAN Showing your ace. Brendan storms out.

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. And if you're with him. He's been anxious cause he thought if you found out he killed Emily you'd turn him over. well. PIN So? BRENDAN So what are the stats? PIN The stats are war. soon as the press heat dies. The Pin. PIN'S HOUSE . He panicked. BRENDAN Laura here? Beat of silence. no roughing. BRENDAN No. BRENDAN Yeah. you're with him. I wasn't even there. A voice from the screen door VOICE Far enough. PIN Tug's been after my digs from the get go. PIN He was right.NIGHT Brendan walks past the bird of prey mailbox.90 EXT. PIN I told him to get the straight. PIN Everyone's paying social calls. BRENDAN Tug got hot.

PIN Yeah. at least let's have a pow wow fore we start digging trenches. Brendan stares at the passing lights. Brendan turns away. Tomorrow? PIN BRENDAN Tonight. . What would it take? PIN I don't know. So he's a hot head.91 BRENDAN Alright. You'll be here? BRENDAN Yeah. LAURA'S CAR . He owes me some money. BRENDAN Alright. INT. alright. Maybe we can all walk away amiable enemies. LAURA What's going to happen? Brendan coughs.MOVING . but we can talk. PIN Four tonight. Wait! LAURA (OS) She comes out of the house with her purse. LAURA (cont'd) I'll drive you back.NIGHT Laura drives. We'd have to square everything between us. Let's clear it all before it boils up again. So you don't want him on your side. BRENDAN Four o'clock.

BRENDAN The Pin's sitting on the brick profits hitting him now would be post. I said lay low. and you're going to work with him for whatever he needs. his place. LAURA He's right. Tug's hands grab him roughly. Take all the muscle you want. TUGGER'S LIVING ROOM . you won't need it. BRENDAN She was at the Pin's. . So here's the sit. TUGGER Hell I don't. BRENDAN Uh huh. cause you don't want war. He drops Brendan. TUGGER For a smart guy you aint too smart. You and the Pin are going to pow wow. Tug. Laura enters. four o'clock tonight. He wants to talk straight. LAURA Tug. INT.92 LAURA (cont'd) Do you feel better? BRENDAN (weak) I don't know. Make peace and wait for your chance. feeling his forehead. TUGGER Yeah.NIGHT Brendan stumbles in. she's our go-between. Smooth it out. Laura kneels beside Brendan.

we'll talk. TUGGER Yeah. Brendan's throat contorts in a hard swallow. Brendan tries to speak. She puts a pale hand on his clammy forehead. Then the fan is still and the room is spinning. Brendan breaks. Her hands all over his face. Brendan stumbles into the bedroom. War'll mean you vs. LAURA I'm sorry Brendan. He fingers slide over his face. Her hair falls around him. THE FAN Spinning dizzily from Brendan's POV. His eyes are wet. then shivering with an almighty release he cries like a baby in her arms. Laura floats across the room to him. then the room. BRENDAN (croaks) Go away.93 BRENDAN (between coughs) Besides. In silent sobs first. Brendan clamps his eyes shut. then the fan. She nods. touching him. She pulls off his glasses. Brendan shrinks back. A door creaks open. he's got you on the Dode thing. Sweat stands on his forehead.NIGHT Brendan lies on his back. thinking. Her hair. THE FAN . Tugger turns away. TUGGER'S BEDROOM . but cannot. her hands all warm and gentle. him and every bull in the burgh. LAURA (to Brendan) You going? BRENDAN Yeah. INT.

BRENDAN I've got to make sure it plays out smooth. Just until everything clears. stop. Her smoke drifts into the fan. . but we could go for awhile. She stubs the butt out in an ash tray on the table and curls against his chest. he nonchalantly spins the ash tray around with his finger. LAURA Don't go tonight. LAURA I wasn't serious. but think about it. I mean why not just run away. LAURA Well let's just.94 Spinning above them. (Brendan grins) Yeah. Brendan watches the smoke. Stretching his arm across the table. They lie beside each other. I'm in it too. Why? LAURA BRENDAN Cause if there's war. Through the left lens the cigarette is magnified. BRENDAN I've got to make sure. it's a stupid thing. Pale blue arrow on the filter. I've got a car. (Brendan gives a wry look) I've got an aunt in New Orleans. she wouldn't care. school? C'mon. LAURA It'll play however it plays without you there. His glasses lay on the table. Family? BRENDAN Alright. Laura lights a cigarette. Go somewhere. why not? What.

They'll think it's you. Smarts. TUGGER'S LIVING ROOM . BRENDAN I've seen you smoke.95 Laura's arm stretches across his chest. then up at the fan. The hellTUGGER BRENDAN I'll take the scenic route to draw off any tailers. A glowing clock radio reads "3:16". LATER Brendan slips out of bed. Brendan goes to Tug. He tosses Brendan his keys. Tug's flunkies prepare various weapons. Get it? TUGGER Mr. TUGGER They're just ready. BRENDAN Take it and Laura's. INT. they might even radio back that you're alone. BRENDAN Your folks left a car here? TUGGER Yeah. Got a cigarette? TUGGER No. spinning. (Brendan tosses Tug the keys) I'll go first in yours. .NIGHT A swarm of silent activity. BRENDAN Tell your boys no knuckle business. BRENDAN Alright. I don't smoke. He looks at it.

Brain. Alright? (silence) Alright? Okay. . then go. but if she blows on foot or gets a pick. BRENDAN Alright. STREET . Laura's inside. THE BRAIN BRENDAN Go to 2014 Clancy. FRONT OF PIN'S HOUSE . TUGGER'S HOUSE . Brendan talks at a payphone beside the curbed mustang. off Pico west of La Grange.NIGHT Brendan pulls the mustang into the driveway. EXT. I warned you. THE BRAIN BRENDAN I'll call you when it gets light. BRENDAN Give me fifteen minutes.NIGHT Brendan slides into the black mustang and gutters off into the night. EXT.96 TUGGER I don't smoke cigarettes. One of the Pin's boys lets him in. She hasn't got a car. (silence) Thanks. Park outside and wait.NIGHT Overlooking a twinkling valley of suburban lights. THE BRAIN (on phone) Yeah. EXT. CLICK. tail her. limps up to the front door and knocks. Can you get the car? Yeah. Brain hangs up.

BRENDAN PIN I want full assurance that any heat from Emily and Dode is gonna be on just you. Second. Tug sits in the center of the room. half dressed like the Pin and half like Tugger. BRENDAN Then you owe it.SAME Several more punks from both camps crowd the hall. You did them after all. I don't even want my name pulled in the shindig. and more lean in the darkened doorways.SAME Crowded with tense looking punks. Shouldn't need a shake on that. Tug's eyes burn.97 INT. flanked by two of his boys. KITCHEN . you owe me six Cs. Talk. The Pin's mom is shuffling about. Brendan passes through quickly. Lay low it'll blow over. pouring them milk. TUGGER Alright to both. Brendan saunters between them and leans against the dresser. . no rush. INT. his scar reddens. two of his punks beside him. PIN'S DEN . one of you'll dish it to bury the other and you'll both get the rap. BRENDAN (to Tug) That's square. As to the six.SAME The Pin at his desk. BASEMENT HALLWAY . Stick on this. Tug looks at the Pin. did you borrow it? TUGGER Yeah. INT. but I want your shake that it'll come home in not too much time.

BRENDAN Alright. PIN That aint the point. PIN Not good enough. kicking away his chair.98 BRENDAN Good. BRENDAN Did you. Let's seal it up and blow for keeps. Tug here's had the means to swipe half and cut it bad for a long time. Then we're square. The last brick. BRENDAN What would be good enough? PIN I wanna see him dose it. I'm gonna start selling it. Just to prove it. Tug shoots to his feet. Brendan looks up sharply. Now we're splits my loss of trust's retroactive. taken off guard. PIN Third thing. that's it. Tug? TUGGER (eyes hot on the Pin) No. How do I know it aint bad? BRENDAN Why would it be? PIN Why was the last one? Cause someone got greedy. TUGGER Hell for that! I didn't touch your junk. so let's shake and blow. BRENDAN It's yours. .

What? PIN Brendan steps BRENDAN If it'll shut you two apes up I'll the dose. All eyes to him. To hell! TUGGER PIN Your not wanting to dose it's telling me something right here. TUGGER Yeah. take all two it BRENDAN Johnny. forward. They go. They all wait. then run out. The two punks look at their bosses. Everyone freezes. BRENDAN I'll dose it.99 PIN I wanna see it. so long as you keep off my grave. but Brendan holds him back. Deal? Fine. . it better be! It's telling that I'm out from your thumb. More breaking. that I aint playing lapdog to no gothed up cripple no more! Everyone in the room is on their feet. then tosses his hands up slightly and turns away. then scuffling and shouting. Tug starts to follow. and if I do die you have your war. Tug just stares at Brendan. and if I don't die we're right as rain. CRASH! from the next room. unbelieving. PIN Tangles. go with him.

Another gunshot. huh? Talk it out? Get your boys in my den soes you could snag it under my nose? Tug's scar is fiery red. Tangles stops gasping. or sell it off to flat the war odds? BRENDAN (shouts) Pin. think about itTUGGER Alright. Alright! TUGGER BRENDAN No. The Pin bends over him. He punctuates his words with hard straight blows into the Pin's face. his chest red.100 The noise through the wall grows tremendous. The ceiling pounds and shudders with footfalls and bodies hitting the ground. that's notPIN Was it bad. The brick's gone. A few tense seconds. it's gone. Then. The Pin stands. The Pin stands and goes towards the door. but Brendan shouts No! BRENDAN (cont'd) and slams it shut. from not too far away. Footfalls. PIN Make peace. . eyes blazing at Tug. He coils his body. a gunshot. I did all that! Tug blows past Brendan like a train and slams the Pin into the ground with his fist. a full brawl. then Tangles falls through the door. TANGLES (gasping) The brick. Tug? Snag it so I don't know. snarling.

over and for a moment Brendan is caught and torn. Brendan grabs into the ceiling. I snagged your junk. Brendan screams. flips the Pin over and beats his face mercilessly. Brendan takes the gun from his limp hand. Brendan walks backwards as if in a trance. straining to keep it there. and the Pin shouts Brendan's name. Brendan spins on his heel and fires three shots into the darkness. A terrible crunching popping sound. The Pin strains to keep Tug down. which falls silent. firing Plaster sprays. I stole the money. From the darkened doorways and the thin ceiling relentless sounds of fighting. pinning Tug's gun hand to the carpet. thrashing wildly. Tug grabs his wrist and the gun goes off. The Pin is on top.SAME Empty. and manages to slip out of his bloodied jacket and out from between the two. PIN (cont'd) Do him now! Brendan stumbles back. hit it.101 TUGGER (cont'd) I cut the brick. BASEMENT HALLWAY . The gun clunks onto the carpet. Inside wild shadows splay across the walls. then winds up and kicks Tug in the wrist with all his strength. I faked a peace. PIN Do him! Brendan backs off a few steps. Tug roars. Tug roars. staggers. Light flashes from another darkened doorway and the wall beside Brendan splinters. The Pin flips Tug between them. eyes glued to the Pin's door. Brendan stumbles out into the hall. INT. wrenching it sideways. Brendan leaps to his feet. I did it all! He pulls the gun. . rolling over the gun. Brendan shouts and throws himself on Tug's arm.

He notices a light from the Mustang . Cheap plastic bracelets.the trunk has drifted open. Everything is suddenly still. calling for help. The dark doorway looms up before Brendan. Brendan stands slowly. Two sharp gunshots come from the house. breaking bone. With a spray of sparks the doorway turns dark. screams.NIGHT Brendan scrambles out. They broke the lamp. . Inside. FRONT OF PIN'S HOUSE . Brendan drops the gun. then walks off down the street and vanishes into the inky night. Brendan slumps against the payphone.EARLY MORNING The morning is cold and clammy. He breaks through the darkness and heaves himself up through the small window. STORAGE ROOM Dark. It thunks on the carpet. The Pin screams Brendan's name over and over. Time slows down. slips on the grass and hits the ground hard. A moment later police cars pull up. Brendan runs through. sirens blaring. Horrible sounds come from it. inky black. Blue fingernails. blows. clawing past dark fighting shapes. a pale blue arm lies tangled in black plastic.102 He turns the gun back on the Pin's doorway. lights turning the dark streets bright as day. INT. Brendan shuts the trunk solidly. FADE OUT FADE IN: EXT. running like a man possessed. EXT. SCHOOL PAYPHONE . Brendan steps back. Pleading. In one motion Brendan kicks the gun down the hall into the Pin's doorway. turns and runs into the room where he found the brick.

THE BRAIN BRENDAN She there now? THE BRAIN Yeah. ADMINISTRATION BUILDING .103 BRENDAN Hey. THE BRAIN BRENDAN But she came straight to school from Tug's? Yeah. . Where are you? THE BRAIN (on phone) Library. lost in thought. but here. BRENDAN You didn't give her a ride. writing on a piece of looseleaf paper. EXT. then pauses.LATER Brendan slips the paper under a door stenciled "VP Offices".LATER Brendan sits against the massive gym building. SIDE OF GYM . Where are you? BRENDAN Did she blow last night? THE BRAIN No. did you? No. Not with me. Alright. Tell her I wanna meet up on the basketball field in half an hour. THE BRAIN Brendan hangs up. Stayed there till six thirty. then go home and get some sleep. BRENDAN Alright. then walked to school. EXT.

LAURA The papers say six dead. a little uneasy. Same gun. Huh. hands in pockets. Wind whistles softly and jangles the metal mesh basketball nets like windchimes. LAURA (softly) Did you see it all? With Tug and the Pin? Brendan looks at her a moment. a warm embrace. I took your advice and didn't go. They tied him to Dode. one girl in the trunk of Tug's car. eyes trained on the cold black horizon. too. BASKETBALL FIELD . three around the house. Brendan's face is frozen in an ambiguous frown. BRENDAN LAURA Well good thing you weren't there. Brendan draws back. BRENDAN No. bracing himself against the wind. A speck appears. and the Pin and Tug. BRENDAN Yeah? LAURA Tug tried to shoot his way out when the police got there. Brendan waits for it. And the girl. barren. .LATER Cold. She puts her arms around him. Laura. Brendan stands crookedly.104 EXT. LAURA (confused) No? BRENDAN What happened? Laura looks at him strangely.

And now it's finished. and doesn't let go. BRENDAN Laura pulls back. BRENDAN Laura embraces him again. BRENDAN (cont'd) I set out to know who put her in the spot. looks at his face. angel. LAURA You did all this cause you loved her. LAURA (drifting back further) What are you talking about? .105 BRENDAN Yeah. who put her in front of the gun. Tug pulled the trigger on Em and he got the fall. LAURA You think the girl was Emily? Probably. Laura's face softens a bit. LAURA What? BRENDAN No. No. It is a mask. BRENDAN (distant) Yeah I did. it's not finished. (tightens her embrace) I love you. Laura pulls back more. That was you. but the bulls coulda found that out without me. LAURA You loved her.

She saw you and ran like she saw some devil. Emily came to you and Brad. you want the whole tale? You want me to tell it to you? LAURA (bewildered) Tell it to me. She wants in. Maybe accidentally. No. then you cut her loose. but poor Frisco doses off it and lands in a coma. She saw the passenger side. who you were hooked with. from the top. or at least a scape. And there's Emily. the Pin driving. but you cut it bad. Last week on the payphone. She goes on the backburner. angel. maybe he's jealous of Brad. so when the Pin scores big with the bricks you take your shot. Meanwhile maybe you're getting bored. maybe just greedy. It's duck soup. she saw something she was scared of. Pico and Alexander. you saw her for what she was. an insecure little girl trying to get in. maybe to down the Pin's operation. quivering. Laura's face is very still. You put it back. You hook one. doesn't matter. You turn on your heel and bite her in the throat. . LAURA (murmurs) No. she was across the street. You know trouble. BRENDAN Alright. take half.106 BRENDAN It was you. She trusts you. Tug's car driving by. What. so he comes to Brad's crowd looking for blood. She saw you. but she wouldn't have seen the Pin. There's going to be a war over this. (voice strengthening) So now the Pin's fuming. and cut it back to size. You had your fingers in Brad Bramish for appearances and to keep him buying from the Pin. BRENDAN You frame her for the bad brick.

But maybe you had talked Tug up. NoLAURA . Dode hid her away. that they would make good.he hit her. I want you to have been on my side all along.It isn't true! She sobs through a tensed. And sent Tug. but Em sprung it on him that she had her kid. BRENDAN I hope it isn't. LAURA You know me. straight face. Gave her a time. tracked her down. She took the hit for you. Brendan holds her stare. You let her take it. LAURA Stop it! BRENDAN That's the tale. and a place. She crumples against him. looking him straight in the eye. I've only helped you.107 LAURA Brendan. Stop it! LAURA BRENDAN You're going to tell me it's not? It's not! LAURA BRENDAN Look at me. not just trying to get me under your thumb like Brad and the Pin and Tug. why are youBRENDAN And she took the hit. but the Pin was on to her. and he did what anyone could count on Tug doing . but his eyes are distant. How can you . Just to get the straight. told her to meet him. or maybe he just blew a fuse.

And when Trueman reads the note. BRENDAN (gently) It's done. he won't find a damn thing. BRENDAN That's good. . She watches his eyes. The basketball nets jangle. You didn't lead Tug and the Pin and their crews to the slaughter.INSERT Trueman and several other men force Laura's locker open.SAME A moment of silence between them. About your and Brad's involvement in the Pin's runnings. don't. I think that was your final play. But I hope I'm wrong. Her face does strange things.. EXT. LAURA (murmurs) Brendan. subtle contortions. EXT. LAURA (breathes) I didn't. He doesn't look at her.. That means you didn't let me walk into a slaughterhouse.. Laura steps back. I hope you didn't steal the brick last night. BASKETBALL FIELD . Something changes in Laura's eyes. Her voice shakes.108 BRENDAN But I think you knew that meeting was going to blow up. From its dark interior the chalky white brick falls out. In your purse. LOCKER CAGE . She looks as if she has been punched in the face.. and shatters silently on the locker cage floor. takes my cue and searches your locker. I hope everything I wrote in the note I dropped at Gary Trueman's office this morning is wrong. spins through the air.

3 months. barren field of asphalt. she straightens up. Brain. steadily. but she didn't love the father. Chuck Burns came to. On his own. and says two words. BRENDAN (nods slightly) Fits. THE BRAIN Yeah.109 LAURA Done. That's most of it. Brendan turns to see the Brain hopping a chain link fence. BRENDAN You get your straight? THE BRAIN Yeah. . Brendan watches her go across the dark. She turns and walks briskly away. Most wouldn't. Right up against him. She was starting to show. Brendan turns his eyes back on Laura. breathes warm breath. Well. She steps towards him deliberately. Go sleep. or have you known all along? Slowly. The first is LAURA (cont'd) Motherthe second is low. BRENDAN THE BRAIN Yeah. Spilled it all to the bulls. You know whose kid that makes it. we'd found a doctor. puts her lips to his ear. I wouldn't haveS'alright. You did good. just a grudge thing. I told Em to tell Tug it was his. Her figure takes back some dignity. Told her it would soften him up. She brings her head to his. She said she wished she could keep it. well. you too. Closer. guess Brad Bramish hired him. 9 out of 10. The knife guy. I was going to drive her down the next day. guttural and lost to the whistling wind. Metal jangles.

The first period bell rings. THE BRAIN Alright. you don't have to tell me. watching Laura until she reaches the end of the field and walks off behind a twisted chain linked fence. FADE OUT.110 The Brain starts to walk away. but turns back. . BRENDAN As what-all. and Brendan walks back towards campus. THE BRAIN (cont'd) What'd she whisper to you? BRENDAN She called me a dirty word. Thick. Brendan stands alone on the asphalt field.

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