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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rumbling like a tank. A crackling roar and short squeal of tires spit the mustang forward. It comes straight at Brendan. Brakes squeal behind him. removes his glasses. Brendan falls to his knees. head up. puts them in a hard case and puts the hard case in his pocket. Tug turns and pops him once squarely in the mouth. three times. ready to drop it through the window. idling about fifty feet away. Tug turns back to the car and takes out his keys. Tugger hits him like a train and throws him across the pavement. It speeds past him not six inches to his left. then lets the chunk fall to the ground. facing Brendan. He casually leans against the car. pushing him back while he slaps him hard in the face. Tugger eyes him curiously. When Tug lets go Brendan drops like a stone. Grunting. Its motor purrs deeply. brushing the edge of his jacket. his face stiff. . Brendan gets up and comes towards Tug. Coming Brendan stands there for a moment. The mustang drives about a hundred yards out into the parking lot. spins around and stops. waddles over to the car and holds the chunk above his head. He stops.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. with BRENDAN I want to see the Pin. TUGGER (nods slightly) Yeah. whose name is Tugger. The lanky shaved-head kid. He stops at the window. While Tug unlocks the door Brendan stands up woozily. His eyes catch something in the distance. eyes steady. Brendan begins to limp towards it doggedly. some respect. Tug spins and grabs Brendan's jacket. back and forth. I guess you do. Brendan turns and lopes towards the mustang. catching himself on his hands and knees. Brendan stops walking and stands very still. eyes fixed. The car door slams. towards him fast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and if I don't die we're right as rain. it better be! It's telling that I'm out from your thumb. forward. Tug starts to follow. and if I do die you have your war. Tug just stares at Brendan. BRENDAN I'll dose it. then scuffling and shouting. What? PIN Brendan steps BRENDAN If it'll shut you two apes up I'll the dose. PIN Tangles. All eyes to him. take all two it BRENDAN Johnny. so long as you keep off my grave. TUGGER Yeah. but Brendan holds him back. go with him. They go. To hell! TUGGER PIN Your not wanting to dose it's telling me something right here.99 PIN I wanna see it. Deal? Fine. 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. CRASH! from the next room. The two punks look at their bosses. Everyone freezes. They all wait. . then run out. unbelieving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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