Brick the shooting script by Rian Johnson


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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