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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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