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Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
FADE IN: BEGIN CREDITS 1 INT. CARNEGIE HALL - EVENING 1
WE SEE small female hands, playing a complicated, classical melody on the piano, the fingers moving with tremendous skill, the rhythm alternately passionate and sensuous. VERONICA "RONNIE" MILLER, (13, wearing formal gown) concentrates as the piece reaches its climax. She breaks into an effusive, childlike smile. In the audience, STEVE MILLER and KIM MILLER, her parents, join the wild applause. RONNIE spies her parents and like the young girl she is, she waves, proud of what she's done. END CREDITS 2 EXT. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - MORNING The ocean is glowing gold, as tern darts in and out of the surf, poking for sand crabs. 3 INT. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - BEDROOM - MORNING 3 2
RONNIE, now a pretty eighteen-year-old girl, stands near her bedroom window, staring at the water, as her mother, KIM MILLER (40s) pokes her head in. KIM Do you want some breakfast? I found some cereal in the cupboard. RONNIE I'm not hungry, Mom. KIM crosses the room and stands near her daughter. KIM You need to eat, sweetie. RONNIE I was wrong, Mom. And I don't know what to do anymore. KIM Do you want to talk about it? I'd love to know what's been going on with you.
CONTINUED: RONNIE What about Jonah? KIM Brian ran him to the store. He's like a puppy. His feet are growing faster than the rest of him. RONNIE smiles, but it fades as she stares at the candle. KIM (CONT'D) I'll tell you what. You can pack while you talk. Jonah mentioned that it started with the turtles? RONNIE No, not really. Even though I wasn't there yet, I think the summer really began with the fire.
CLOSE IN on the sun glowing in a multicolored Votive ... the sun now changing ... the sun becoming a fire ... MATCH CUT TO: 4 EXT. CHURCH - EVENING 4
... that licks at the walls and roof of a small, historic ocean-front church. Sirens sound in the distance as the fire comes alive, devouring the building. There is a haunting orange glow behind a large and intricate stained glass window of the risen Christ. The orange glows deeper and deeper, the color ominous and dangerous. The flames begin to finger the glass, tapping and taunting, melting, until suddenly the stained glass window ... ... EXPLODES outwards, the fire now out of control ... While SCOTT THOMAS, (17, panicked) looks on from the street. Suddenly, a pickup truck skids to a stop. WILL BLAKELEE, (handsome, 18, beach boy) jumps out and rushes toward SCOTT. WILL What the hell did you do? SCOTT I was at the beach lighting bottle rockets and the wind took it! It wasn't my fault!
WILL tries to rush that way when SCOTT grabs his arm to stop him.. iPod blaring..4 CONTINUED: WILL reaches for his cell phone and Scott grabs his arm. a 17 year-old Goth queen..LATE AFTERNOON 6 5 . 6 EXT. 4 WILL debates when he sees MARCUS. By his expression. SCOTT (CONT’D) What are you doing? You can't call the cops! I told you it was an accident! (Beat.. STATION WAGON ... He's okay! SCOTT (CONT’D) He's out! We gotta go! The church WILL debates as SCOTT rushes to WILL'S truck. his sleeves singed. and WILL finally runs off. The car hits a pothole and . Cars float past the church. (CONTINUED) . DISSOLVE TO: 5 EXT. with a purple streak in her hair. CHURCH . it's clear that MARCUS saw everything..LATE AFTERNOON 7 KIM drives while RONNIE dozes in the front seat. ignoring the activity as . plays his Game-boy in the backseat. sitting on the hood of a car across the street. STREET IN FRONT OF CHURCH . LANCE... a dusty station wagon loaded with suitcases slows before finally making a turn in front of the church. burns . JONAH. TEDDY. tattooed and pierced. as SCOTT stares) C'mon man! You owe me! 3. dark clothes and black nail polish. ignoring the sound of the piano concerto playing on the radio. RONNIE'S ten-year old brother. too. along with BLAZE. with wild hair.LATE AFTERNOON The church being rebuilt a few months later beneath a hot June sky. 7 INT.. as an elderly man comes out of the church. coughing. SIRENS begin to sound in the distance . Shirtless workers are pounding shingles and hammering planks of siding to the walls. head against the window. She's punk-rock beautiful.
and notes a burned CD with the words. credit scene. STATION WAGON . RONNIE I'll make sure to do that. Can we go? JONAH KIM You'll have to ask your Dad. I don't. KIM (CONT’D) I like hearing you play. there is a carnival taking place on the boardwalk at the head of the pier. we'll all sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows. And maybe afterward. 4. Off to the side. "RONNIE'S RECITAL: CARNEGIE HALL" hand-stenciled on the case. You need to give him a chance." is diverting traffic around the crowd congregated in the street directly ahead. Mom! Watch your driving! KIM I see your nap put you in a better mood. the same music from the opening. KIM Your dad is a good man and he loves you. RONNIE reaches over to shut it off.LATE AFTERNOON 9 The car finally works its way past the crowd.LATE AFTERNOON A policeman up ahead. complete with a Ferris wheel. Tilt-a-Whirl and Bumper Cars. 7 RONNIE hears the music. PIER/BOARDWALK .7 CONTINUED: RONNIE (Removing her earphones) Ow! Geez. (CONTINUED) . standing beneath a banner proclaiming the "WILMINGTON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Hey! 8 RONNIE JONAH Check that out! 8 EXT. 9 INT.
STEVE'S HOUSE . and STEVE gets up and steps out the door . Whatever. forty-three years old. Mom. A framed "Gramophone Magazine" article. All he's ever cared about is the piano.DUSK 10 The station wagon makes a turn and slows. She's been down this road before. 9 KIM Look . KIM bites her lip. recessed alcove off the living room.. asks: "CAN A SEVEN YEAR OLD REALLY PLAY LISZT? YES! (And her name is Veronica Miller!)" A car honks. Photos and laminated clippings of STEVE'S career line the wall behind him: STEVE performing at Columbia University. about this summer. and still another of RONNIE playing at CARNEGIE HALL.DUSK 11 STEVE MILLER. a younger STEVE teaching at Julliard. okay? He left us. STEVE'S STREET . RONNIE JONAH Hey. but try to make the best of it. a tour schedules from years ago showing stops in mid-size cities.... KIM searches for the right address on the houses along the oceanfront drive. On the piano are three other photographs: One of he and JONAH flying a kite. 5. his fingers flying across the keyboard. another showing him sitting beside a young female piano student (RONNIE). 11 INT. . He walked out on us three years ago. plays a mismatched-piece piano in a windowless.9 CONTINUED: RONNIE Just stop with the Oprah therapy. does Dad know you were arrested? RONNIE He won't care. CUT TO: 10 EXT. I know you don't want to be here.
go ahead. KIM You doing okay? He straightens. hops out of the car and races toward him. reluctantly. Kim. RONNIE. STEVE notices RONNIE as she approaches.DUSK . JONAH runs into his father's arms. Dad! JONAH 12 KIM follows from the car. then. Sweetie. Dad. (CONTINUED) ... STEVE Hi. Thanks..6. JONAH This place is awesome! (Pulls away and begins to jog to the shore) Can I? STEVE Yeah. It's okay. RONNIE I'm not going to play the piano for you. JONAH sees STEVE. revealing a small and weathered beach-front cottage. STEVE I missed you so much! gotten so big! You've JONAH sees the ocean beyond the sea-grass speckled dunes. STEVE'S HOUSE . STEVE (CONT'D) You look terrific. Yeah.. Be careful! KIM finally reaches them as JONAH heads over the dune onto the flat. KIM STEVE RONNIE It's okay. Mom. 12 EXT. wind-swept stretch of sand that leads to the ocean. It's good to see you. Ronnie .
STEVE 13 KIM So this is the place? character. where .. But it's quiet and the church owns it and Pastor Harris is letting me use it for free. STEVE and KIM watch her go. JONAH chases seagulls while RONNIE heads down the beach.. I assume that means you noticed the leaky roof and lack of air-conditioning? KIM flashes a brief smile. She just needs a little time to adjust. caught.. I figured. I know that. STEVE By character. CUT TO: . (Beat) So you and Brian are going to take the big plunge. STEVE'S HOUSE .. STEVE (CONT’D) It's not much. Outside. KIM She'll be alright.DUSK KIM stands near the kitchen window . I just KIM drops her eyes before she finally glances out the window. CUT TO: 13 INT. want you to be happy.. STEVE brings her a glass of iced tea. toward the carnival. 12 RONNIE walks past him without another word and heads down the beach.. huh? KIM Look. looking out of place in her black jeans and T-shirt..12 CONTINUED: 7. STEVE It's okay. I understand. She sees RONNIE enter the crowd near the carnival. about that . It's got ..
sipping her drink. RONNIE'S drink splashes over half of her shirt." On the beach. makes an equally impressive set.. Though volleys go back and forth. WILL spikes home a point. she sees another crowd watching a night-time beach-volleyball game in progress. when no one is looking. WILL wears a macrame-beaded bracelet. The kids are covered in muddy sand. On his wrist. RONNIE smiles as they pass. The crowding group leaves little room near the court but RONNIE gets closer. On the steps.. With another volley. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . (CONTINUED) . 14 EXT. WILL and SCOTT dominate the game when another volley starts . then. On the beach. RONNIE Just . ignoring WILL'S gaze.8. adds a couple of dollars to the donation box.. heading toward the game. CARNIVAL . veering through the crowd and passing "carnies" asking her to "try the game. WILL slams on the brakes before colliding with RONNIE. SCOTT.. the ball goes wide and WILL makes a mad dash for the ball.. WILL dives and digs. RONNIE glances up as . She turns and leaves as SCOTT saunters up and sniffs... athletic ASHLEY and CASSIE cheering. There are puppies in the box on the table. making an amazing save. running hard . she pauses and moves aside for a harried father leading three little kids in the opposite direction... Across the court. RONNIE sees beautiful..DUSK RONNIE buys a drink and sees an elderly woman sitting at a table with a sign requesting donations for the local SPCA. his partner. she takes the stairs to the beach. RONNIE walks off. . WILL lets go and Ronnie steps back.DUSK 15 14 . and then realizing he can't reach it but out of control. Let go of me. Whoa! WILL Sorry! Are you okay? WILL holds her for a second and a couple of people in the crowd laugh at the spreading stain. Though he keeps her from falling. 15 EXT. Intrigued. RONNIE coos and pets them for a moment. RONNIE hears them...
LIVING ROOM . and she won't talk to me abut it. I mean. STEVE With the way she swung that club.. (Beat) How's Ronnie really doing? KIM I don't know. KIM (CONT'D) It's not funny.. Like with Jonah. KIM rubs the top of the mismatched piano. because she's barely passing any of her classes. They can argue like cats and dogs. BACK TO: 16 INT. Which is strange. But it still plays like a dream. she ignores her curfew. And I haven't told you this. ASHLEY notices WILL'S interest in the new girl. And I don't think she does. dark. 16 (CONTINUED) .DUSK In the alcove. either. WILL glances at RONNIE. And when he was having trouble in math. she tutored him every night. But . 9. (Beat) Do you know how smart you have to be to miss every single question? STEVE laughs under his breath. there are moments when she's still as sweet as she ever was. the way she blew you off . STEVE'S HOUSE .15 CONTINUED: WILL What are you doing? SCOTT I'm just checking if you smell. moody phase. She's in this black. but I made her take the SAT in February. she really should have gone out for the golf team. then returns to the game. KIM I'm glad you were able to fix it. but she still brings him to the park every weekend. 15 Over his shoulder.. She missed every single question..
STEVE (CONT’D) She made a mistake. anyway. she couldn't hold everything. it seems to be an honest mistake .16 CONTINUED: STEVE It's kind of funny. STEVE You're worried about this. okay? CUT TO: 10. KIM You haven't had to deal with it the last three years. And make sure Ronnie gets home. If not . It's a long drive back. 16 . KIM You haven't seen her temper lately. JONAH Dad! I found a really cool workshop! Come on! KIM I've got to get going.. Kim.. so she tucked the lipstick in her pocket. She paid for everything else and when you look at the video. And she admitted that.. it'll be expunged from her record. But this time. STEVE But you're not sure. KIM shakes her head. STEVE What did the Judge say about the shoplifting? KIM If she doesn't get into any more trouble.. JONAH comes bursting in the door. At that moment. KIM She's done it before which is the problem. And she's always had a good heart.
11." below that: "Pastor injured" On the shelves.like squirrels with bass tails. STEVE'S HOUSE . STEVE'S WORKSHOP . but transfixing. JONAH What is this stuff? STEVE Art.DUSK 18 . JONAH You're making this? STEVE The artist who lived here taught me how when I was supposed to be at bible study. Dad? 18 INT. stained glass piled all around the room.DUSK 17 STEVE watches KIM hug and kiss JONAH goodbye. too. The man who used to live here made all this. Tacked to the wall is a picture of the risen Christ that looks fifty-years-old. A moment later.STREET . it's obviously the same as the church window that had blown out in the earlier fire. It's for the church down the street. JONAH Is this his? STEVE No.). an unkempt. 17 EXT. Beside the picture is a newspaper article.. Weird. JONAH This is awesome. JONAH You ready. JONAH comes running back to the house. "ILLEGAL FIREWORKS SUSPECTED IN CHURCH BLAZE. The headline reads. In the center is a large work-table. (CONTINUED) . JONAH glances at the work table in the center of the room. ramshackle workshop. on it are the beginnings of a large stained-glass window. I'm doing this. etc. with a photograph of the burned church. the room is lined with dozens of taxidermy "fish-mammals" (a strange "melding" of the two species . He did the stained glass..
I get it. A pause . only to bump into BLAZE CONWAY. grabbing her drink she turns quickly around. You're being funny. STEVE Do you know what that is? JONAH Dad. then.. CARNIVAL . BLAZE motions to the now fully soaked shirt. BLAZE Sucks being you. 18 19 EXT.EARLY EVENING RONNIE wipes her shirt. I'm not a little kid anymore. I'd love the help. It means "Pissed at Men Syndrome". BLAZE laughs. And she won't play the piano anymore. STEVE How about we go find your sister? CUT TO: 12. JONAH She didn't read any of the letters you sent her. trying to get the stain out. Dad.. Surprising RONNIE. (Beat) Mom says it's because she has PMS. JONAH nods before running his hand over the glass. either.18 CONTINUED: STEVE I missed a lot of bible study. Nemo? RONNIE (CONTINUED) . 19 Finally. More drink splashes onto RONNIE but she can't believe it. But at least the other side matches. then nods toward a booth. (Beat) I can teach you how if you want to learn. BLAZE I saw some Nemo shirts over there. RONNIE Oh.
MARCUS calls to BLAZE as he passes with his gang.19 CONTINUED: BLAZE Orange and white fish? Gimpy flipper? Dad has to find him? RONNIE I don't want a Nemo shirt. RONNIE Tell him you didn't see me.slips it on over her shirt. RONNIE isn't sure what to do as BLAZE keeps going. She ducks through the crowd. JONAH (CONT’D) He's getting closer. (Beat) Now it's ten bucks. RONNIE Maybe if you're six. she throws the money on the counter. RONNIE sees STEVE approaching with JONAH. she sees JONAH standing before her. As she gets her bearings again. Behind them. JONAH Dad's looking for you. JONAH Five bucks. paying for the shirt. Wait. (CONTINUED) . Ignoring him. okay? BLAZE Nemo's cool. eating an ice cream cone. 19 BLAZE continues walking backward pacing MARCUS. RONNIE (CONT’D) How do I get out of here? 13. STEVE continues to look for RONNIE. BLAZE decides to join MARCUS. Just then. BLAZE That's up to you. But he knows what you're wearing. RONNIE digs through her pocket again and hands him the money before ducking away. toward the booth selling Nemo shirts and despite her reservations .
The conversations stops as BLAZE and RONNIE pass by. RONNIE notes a group of people crowding in a circle. eating burgers. On the pier.EVENING 21 . RONNIE Someone told me that Nemo's cool. obviously the popular group. As she turns around.. ASHLEY and CASSIE look them up and down... They see MARCUS handling a fireball .LATER RONNIE and BLAZE weave through the crowd. talking .EVENING . patio restaurant. BLAZE Maybe if you're six.a hand-made cloth ball held together by thread and soaked in lighter fluid. SCOTT looks away.19 CONTINUED: (2) 14. As they get close. RONNIE What kind of name is Blaze. Galadriel? RONNIE C'mon.. My mom's weird like that. celebrating. They speed up and . PIER/CARNIVAL . SCOTT... BLAZE eyes a group of teens in the distance sitting outside a small. BLAZE stares at SCOTT as they pass. BLAZE Nice shirt. RONNIE sees WILL. CARNIVAL . BLAZE and RONNIE push their way in. anyway? BLAZE My real name's Galadriel. 21 EXT. (CONTINUED) . RONNIE What was that all about? BLAZE doesn't answer. 20 BLAZE It's from Lord of Rings. 19 Behind her. RONNIE sees JONAH leading STEVE into the arcade. BLAZE is leaning against a piling. CASSIE and ASHLEY. 20 EXT.
Now. You three. MARCUS moves the fireball around his fingers. quickly reaches for the money and tosses the hat to LANCE. BLAZE That's Ronnie. disappearing into the throngs of people. WILL takes a final basketball shot at one of the booths. missing. OFFICER JOHNSON Out. He adjusts the macrame bracelet as ASHLEY walks up. RONNIE jumps out of the way. 22 EXT. a police officer. who slips it on.EVENING 22 . BLAZE moves toward him and kisses him. officer. Members of the crowd clap and drop money in a hat as RONNIE leans toward BLAZE. PETE JOHNSON. LANCE & TEDDY move away. OFFICER JOHNSON stomps on the ball.21 CONTINUED: 15. MARCUS stares at RONNIE before lighting the fireball again. then another and performs a juggling act. studying her. moves toward the crowd. ASHLEY You avoiding us? WILL Just messing around. In that instant. (CONTINUED) . extinguishing it... MARCUS We were just leaving. as does RONNIE. teasing the crowd. It's amazing MARCUS doesn't get burned. They pass carnival game booths as . MARCUS puts out the fireball. And this is Marcus. 21 MARCUS moves it between his fingers as LANCE and TEDDY breakdance to loud music. The crowd disperses as MARCUS. The crowd cheers as he finally "hacky-sacks" one of the fireballs to TEDDY who passes it to LANCE.. PIER/CARNIVAL . MARCUS lights a second fireball. BLAZE follows. MARCUS You like fire? MARCUS tosses the fireball at her.. RONNIE Who's that? Just then.
remember? SCOTT My point is she's hot. ASHLEY I want to know what I did wrong. Have you even seen Ashley tonight? She looks like that chick in Maxim.. Cassie won't go with me unless you go with Ashley. SCOTT She told you. ASHLEY Then why did you end it? 16. Without answering.22 CONTINUED: ASHLEY You want to get out of here? My parents are in Raleigh for some award thing with the governor. Ashley.. She wants to "Romance the Stone. WILL laughs. WILL You didn't do anything wrong. he heads toward SCOTT who's standing at a nearby table. but doesn't know what to say. She mentioned it. man! Take one for the team. Her parents' place? WILL Yeah. SCOTT And we're still here because? When WILL doesn't answer . SCOTT (CONT'D) Do it for me. SCOTT (CONT'D) See? That's why I don't get you." She wants to "Free Willy". but still isn't convinced. We used to go out. right? Cassie. WILL I'm not so sure that's a good idea. 22 WILL'S heard this before. me. then. you. WILL I know. C'mon. while CASSIE goes to comfort ASHLEY. (CONTINUED) .
Boo! MARCUS (CONT'D) SCOTT reacts with a quick jump back. (CONTINUED) . ASHLEY and CASSIE push their way in. the crowd continues to shift and a LITTLE KID is knocked over. only to see MARCUS smirking. You want one? 17.. WILL doesn't realize what's happening. 22 After WILL walks off. their eyes steady on each other. In the growing tension. As OFFICER JOHNSON closes in. SCOTT stares.22 CONTINUED: (2) WILL I need a soda. growing angry. other teens crowd around. The crowd closes in. MARCUS finally takes a step away and suddenly jumps off the boardwalk onto the sand below. MARCUS stares at SCOTT. In the distance. All at once. SCOTT is bumped by MARCUS. MARCUS jerks his head forward. who's walking past with his group. teens sensing blood. the shock of it. RONNIE (CONT’D) (To LITTLE KID) Are you okay? Where's your mom? Let's go find her. the KID'S MOTHER comes forward. OFFICER JOHNSON notices the commotion and begins to run toward them. TEDDY and LANCE follow. RONNIE (Shouting) Just stop! Knock it off! All of you! Someone's going to get hurt! RONNIE'S outburst. WILL finally sees what's going on and rushes back to SCOTT as TEDDY and LANCE move in . RONNIE reacts on instinct . is enough to stop them. MARCUS Whatcha gonna do? rocket at me? Shoot a bottle SCOTT seethes as RONNIE and BLAZE arrive with a crowd that seems to sense what's coming next. BLAZE heads to the stairs leading to the beach.. MARCUS I know your secret.. leaving RONNIE behind. SCOTT whirls..
SCOTT and the group are still staring at her. STEVE and JONAH suddenly arrive. 18. STEVE There you are.. (Beat) This is my son Jonah. BLAZE and the others. You ready to go? No. As she does. (CONTINUED) . she realizes that WILL. We've been looking for you. RONNIE RONNIE heads for the beach as OFFICER JOHNSON walks up. OFFICER JOHNSON Hey Steve. OFFICER JOHNSON Nice to meet you. little man. WILL (To STEVE) They're going to Bower's Point.. 22 RONNIE debates what to do. making things worse. You doing okay? STEVE I don't know.22 CONTINUED: (3) KID'S MOTHER There you are! Are you okay? You shouldn't run away like that! RONNIE (Shouting after BLAZE) Where are you going? BLAZE Bower's Point. STEVE glances in RONNIE'S direction as she regroups on the beach with MARCUS. STEVE Do you know where they're going? OFFICER JOHNSON Could be anywhere. Kid's causin' trouble again. STEVE thinks about that. But if she's with Marcus .
but there is nothing. furious before finally crossing the room. 24 INT. CUT TO: 19. then the next shirt.) Before I get completely grossed out. She rummages for her PJs. OFFICER JOHNSON Let me take care of it. RONNIE You sent the cops after me? I can't believe this! I hate you! STEVE I know. casting only a dim glow. she grabs the photos and hurls them across the room. STEVE stops playing. They crash and crack. JONAH (O. OFFICER JOHNSON As the door closes. STEVE'S HOUSE . Noting the photographs atop the piano. She opens her suitcase exposing a copy of Anna Karenina. seeming to lose himself in the music. RONNIE lets out a startled sound. you should know I'm in here.LATE EVENING 24 RONNIE abruptly enters. But I don't take it personally. sweetheart. STEVE'S HOUSE .. Go on.LIVING ROOM .LATE EVENING 23 STEVE plays the piano in the quiet house. She's angry and flicks on a small lamp. a look of concentration on his face. reminding her of her past.S. The complex melody fills the room as RONNIE steps inside. 22 23 INT. Instead. (CONTINUED) . then OFFICER JOHNSON. RONNIE stares at her father. then . STEVE begins to play the piano again. RONNIE waits for more.22 CONTINUED: (4) STEVE looks at WILL.BEDROOM . OFFICER JOHNSON is behind her. She rips off the Nemo shirt. STEVE (CONT’D) Good night. shards of glass spreading on the floor.. RONNIE turns to walk to her room.
STEVE'S HOUSE .. cartoons on television. trying to get its attention. RONNIE pulls back the covers and takes a seat. Unless you want to sleep in Dad's room.MORNING 27 26 . (CONTINUED) . RONNIE Bars on the window? Like I'm supposed to be your prisoner? JONAH I told you she'd be mad. CUT TO: 25 EXT. She hears the commotion and goes to the window where she pulls back the curtain.BEDROOM . JONAH. A RACCOON startles her. After a long moment . too. (Beat) I kind of miss Mom. RONNIE She misses you.. PIER .have been set up again.MORNING RONNIE wakes up. JONAH (CONT'D) I'm glad you're back. RONNIE gets up and goes to JONAH'S bed. She sits beside him. ignores her. 26 INT. She runs a hand through his hair.24 CONTINUED: Get out! RONNIE This is my room! 20. She taps the glass. Disgusted. 27 INT. I know.. when she notices the bars on the window. STEVE'S HOUSE .MORNING 25 Through the morning mist. where STEVE softly plays the piano.. then storms into the living room . She ponders for a second.the frames cracked and glass broken . The Tilt-A Whirl is disassembled and booths loaded onto semi-trucks. 24 JONAH No. I didn't like being in here alone. it's our room. intent on the On the piano. generators whine amidst a flurry of activity while the carnival is being packed up.LIVING ROOM . RONNIE notices the photos ...
21. STEVE stops playing and looks at her. STEVE Fair enough. STEVE How long has she been a vegetarian? JONAH Three years. but still looking ratty.27 CONTINUED: STEVE They came with the house. That's it? to say? RONNIE That's all you're going STEVE Do you want breakfast? bacon. (To Steve) You need to stop thinking I'm still your little girl! I'm eighteen years old! JONAH You're seventeen. She slams the door shut behind her. They did. RONNIE I'm sure they did. JONAH She's a vegetarian. so it makes sense. (CONTINUED) . For the first time. RONNIE Please stay out of this! (To STEVE) I'm old enough to make my own decisions. Dad. RONNIE storms through the living room. But she's weird sometimes. her clothes changed. I made some RONNIE makes a face and heads back to her room. JONAH To protect the art. 27 RONNIE I'm not talking to you. You'll be eighteen in August.
BRAKE SHOP . stand beneath a car lift. It's obvious you need help. WILL I don't want to get back together with Ashley.27 CONTINUED: (2) JONAH (CONT’D) Don't worry Dad.MORNING 28 RONNIE sits on the dune as BLAZE walks up. SCOTT See. you're thinking about this all wrong. and getting back together with Ashley again. There's a difference between hooking up. in uniforms. STEVE You want to help me with the stained glass window today? CUT TO: 22. And I still don't know why you broke up with Ashley in the first place. BEACH . SCOTT That's what I'm trying to tell you.MORNING 29 SCOTT and WILL. too. She slams the door at home. (CONTINUED) . replacing a set of brake pads. BLAKELEE . RONNIE Are you just getting in? BLAZE Do you have any money? hungry. 27 28 EXT. I'm kind of CUT TO: 29 INT. WILL Why are we still talking about this? SCOTT Aside from the fact that "Harry didn't get a chance to meet Sally" last night? Because I'm your friend.
. (CONTINUED) . I haven't seen her before. Then. he already would have. And then. It just surprised me. Since Marcus knows what happened. if he was going to tell the cops. Why? RONNIE What have you done? It's what BLAZE It's not what I've done. WILL I'm just saying it's a good thing she stopped the fight. you're going to thank me for taking such good care of you. Look. you poured her soda all over her. BLAZE takes a seat. Okay. First. RONNIE waits. okay? WILL is conflicted. 23. I know.. remember? She thought you smelled.29 CONTINUED: WILL Did you see that girl? The one who stopped the fight? And helped that little boy? SCOTT The vampire chick? Yeah. 29 30 INT. What about her? WILL I don't know. but nothing else comes. SCOTT I told you. It was an accident. here's what's going to happen. SANDWICH SHOP . we're going to win the volleyball tournament later this summer.AFTERNOON 30 BLAZE and RONNIE put their trays on the table and sit. but says nothing. you're going to relax. BLAZE Shoplifting? That's it? You must be the world's most boring teenager. SCOTT Whatever.
You ready to call it a day? I'm getting kind of tired. RONNIE is noticeably missing..30 CONTINUED: BLAZE (CONT’D) Thanks for this. I'm starving. STEVE'S HOUSE . CUT TO: 31 INT.. DISSOLVE TO: 32 INT.LATE AFTERNOON 31 STEVE sits on a bench next to JONAH. but reaches for BLAZE'S sandwich. STEVE uses metal solder to hold together a couple pieces of glass as JONAH hands the another piece of glass to STEVE. while TEDDY and LANCE grab the fries. LANCE and TEDDY appear as if by magic. JONAH Can we have Veal Marsala tonight? STEVE I was thinking more along the lines of spaghetti. RONNIE Why didn't you go home to eat? BLAZE I don't want to talk about it. . Without the cops this time. Outside. STEVE sees the moon glowing in the sky. STEVE Perfect. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . MARCUS I want you to come tonight.LATE EVENING 32 STEVE peeks in on a sleeping JONAH. MARCUS. 24. MARCUS Talk about what? Your mom's sexy boyfriend again? BLAZE Don't be gross. 30 MARCUS takes a seat beside RONNIE not BLAZE.
. LANCE then flicks it to TEDDY. MARCUS Just say "no"? Whatever.LIVING ROOM . BLAZE notices. MARCUS You do that. BLAZE is drunk and snuggling up to MARCUS who watches RONNIE across the fire. MUSIC plays from a boom-box and there are empty bottles of beer in the sand. near the water's edge. RONNIE is standing apart from the group. MARCUS Would you get me a beer? As BLAZE rises unsteadily. then to MARCUS who squeezes out the flame. MARCUS Then what are you doing here? MARCUS steps forward. BEACH .LATE EVENING 33 . TEDDY. STEVE'S HOUSE . and BLAZE are seated around a bonfire. A fire ball flies through the air and is caught by LANCE who rolls it over his hand. slipping his arm around RONNIE. 33 EXT. That's all.. LANCE. RONNIE BLAZE digs through the cheap cooler for a beer. RONNIE I gotta go. MARCUS (CONT’D) Are we boring you? RONNIE I don't drink.LATE EVENING As RONNIE sneaks in the front door. She's not happy about it.25. where MARCUS. MARCUS walks over to RONNIE. does. Yeah. CUT TO: 34 INT. 34 As he (CONTINUED) . She thinks she's safe until she sees STEVE watching her from the piano.
the moonlight illuminates a silhouette of turtle tracks stretching from the surf... RONNIE storms toward the door. STEVE Can we talk? RONNIE Talk about what? STEVE Last night. STEVE'S HOUSE . JONAH slathers frosting atop the PopTart.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . And we're going to fly kites later. the porch-light flicks off. STEVE'S KITCHEN . JONAH Got it handled. unacceptable. RONNIE shakes her head as STEVE starts to play again and .) Make sure you get something good for you. . Where you were.LATE EVENING 35 . 34 STEVE There's pasta in the fridge if you want some. CUT TO: 36 EXT. Outside.MORNING 36 JONAH grabs the Pop-tart from the toaster as STEVE plays the piano in the alcove.. 35 EXT.S. What time you came in.m. then adds a couple of teaspoons of sugar as well.. in the silver light.MORNING 37 As STEVE plays the piano. toward the dune behind the house . STEVE'S HOUSE . sea oats wave on the dune as a giant Loggerhead turtle lays the first of her eggs.. though more softly. Dad. STEVE continues to play as he speaks..34 CONTINUED: STEVE It's almost two a.BEACH/DUNE . And? RONNIE That's 26.LIVING ROOM . STEVE (O.. right? After we work on the window? 37 INT.
okay? 27. 37 JONAH walks out. RONNIE I've been looking all over for you. STEVE Slight change of plans today. She heads in.37 CONTINUED: STEVE (CONT'D) Whether you were out with people who howl at the moon. I hate it! Don't you get that? I don't want to hear it! I don't even want to see it! She approaches JONAH and grabs the Pop-Tart off his plate before leaving the house. RONNIE Well. looking. RONNIE (CONT’D) And would you stop with that! STEVE (finally stops playing) It makes me feel better. she sees BLAZE in a music store. The door slams again. holding his Pop-Tart. RONNIE It's none of your business. (CONTINUED) . RONNIE What's that supposed to mean? BLAZE I saw the way you looked at him. BEACH SHOPS .AFTERNOON Are 38 RONNIE walks past the shops. STEVE That's obvious. BLAZE I thought we were friends. RONNIE I don't want to talk about it. JONAH She took my Pop-tart. But it's not an answer. you any good with a hammer? 38 EXT. In the distance.
Busted. STEVE But I can fly a kite. kite still flying. either. RONNIE is dumbfounded as BLAZE storms out.DUSK 41 STEVE watches JONAH flying the kite before finally noticing the remnants of the Loggerhead turtle tracks.38 CONTINUED: 28. but finally makes her way slowly to the door. or should I? 41 EXT. STEVE'S HOUSE . the ALARM begins to sound. CUT TO: 40 INT.. 38 BLAZE suddenly walks off.LIVING ROOM . leading to the dune. As she exits the store. STEVE grabs the photo of RONNIE at CARNEGIE HALL and puts it in the end-table drawer. Unbeknownst to RONNIE. jogs over and . bumping into RONNIE as she goes.LATE AFTERNOON The 39 The alcove has been sealed off with a plywood wall. POLICE STATION . No. along with the magazine article.LATE AFTERNOON 40 With RONNIE finished getting processed at the police station. And you can't play the piano any more. BEACH BEHIND STEVE'S HOUSE . and STEVE hangs a painting on it as JONAH looks on. STEVE What do you think? JONAH It looks like we put up a plywood wall and hung a picture on it. (CONTINUED) . 39 INT. BLAZE drops two CDs into RONNIE'S bag. OFFICER JOHNSON Do you want to call your Dad. OFFICER JOHNSON leads her to the chair next to his desk. security guard rushes over.. STEVE Hey Jonah! Come here! turtle nest! It's a JONAH.
STEVE Yeah. wincing. STEVE I believe you.DUSK STEVE sits on the beach under the moonlit sky. It's tense. 42 42 INT. 45 EXT. From inside. CUT TO: 44 INT.DUSK 44 RONNIE enters the house and starts toward her room. JONAH Mom's going to be mad. Don't get too close. (Beat) She must have laid them last night. She thinks about that as JONAH goes past her. Peeking out the door. RONNIE I didn't do it. and heads inside. CAR . she sees STEVE sitting on the dune behind the house. 41 He rises. CUT TO: 43 INT. And don't touch. JONAH in the back. STEVE'S HOUSE .EVENING 43 STEVE drives as RONNIE sits in the front seat. RONNIE Are you mad? No. STEVE hears the phone begin to ring.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . pausing when she sees the alcove closed in by plywood. 29. the sea turtle nest when RONNIE walks up. heading to the kitchen.41 CONTINUED: STEVE (CONT'D) Be careful. STEVE'S HOUSE . I'll be right down.DUSK STEVE answers the phone and listens before closing his eyes. BEACH/DUNE . STEVE 45 He is next to (CONTINUED) .
RONNIE Why did you say you believed me? STEVE Because I trust you. and finally takes a seat beside him. they'll eat every single one of the eggs. STEVE I've already left a message with the aquarium. They're endangered and only one out of 1000 live to maturity. and if they get a chance. she urinates. 45 RONNIE smiles. RONNIE Is that why you built the wall to hide the piano? No. and I don't want any raccoons to get them. RONNIE How would raccoons know they're here? STEVE When a female lays eggs. Hopefully. RONNIE I saw a raccoon the other day.45 CONTINUED: RONNIE Then what are you doing out here? STEVE A Loggerhead laid her eggs. you have to have faith. RONNIE What's going to happen to me? (CONTINUED) . Usually at night. STEVE I did that because I love you. touched. 30. Raccoons can smell it. RONNIE What about tonight? STEVE Sometimes. someone will come by to put up a cage tomorrow to keep the nest safe.
It's just to let the people who put up the cages know where the nest is.. RONNIE It's fine. RONNIE What are you doing here? WILL I'm here to mark the nest. RONNIE You work for the aquarium? WILL I volunteer there. a figure makes his way over the dune.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . 45 46 EXT. but I don't know. BEACH/DUNE . but I work at my dad's brake shop. RONNIE. RONNIE ponders and then changes the subject. My name's Will.. wakes with the early morning light. Just then. curled up on a chair near the nest. carrying stakes and construction tape. RONNIE I don't want anything to happen to the turtle eggs.MORNING 46 Terns dart along the shoreline while the sun comes up as . STEVE So what do you want to do? CUT TO: 31. I survived. . by the way.45 CONTINUED: (2) STEVE Officer Johnson said he'd talk to the owner. RONNIE When will they put it up? (CONTINUED) . who's wearing a uniform with the name BLAKELEE BRAKES.. How does that tape keep the raccoons away? WILL It doesn't.. She recognizes WILL. He stops when he sees her. Sorry about running into you at the volleyball court.
isn't it? RONNIE Why are you being so nice to me? STEVE Why shouldn't I be? JONAH walks in and spying an extra burrito .KITCHEN . I didn't hear you come in. WILL You didn't tell me your name.MORNING 47 RONNIE yawns as she enters the kitchen and sees STEVE smile as he scrapes a portion of the fixings onto a tortilla. STEVE Good morning. beans and tofu. WILL smiles and drops the stakes. Tell them I saw a raccoon sniffing around the nest. Dad! (CONTINUED) . 46 RONNIE Just call them. I guess I didn't. Maybe in a couple of days. That's okay. he drives it into the sand and looks up to see RONNIE glance back at him as she enters the house. sweetheart.he turns. his eyes wide. JONAH Don't tell me you went over to the dark side.and the container of tofu . Grabbing one. RONNIE No. RONNIE That's not soon enough. (Beat) It's rice.46 CONTINUED: WILL I don't know. STEVE'S HOUSE . 47 INT. Call and tell them they have to put up the cage today. okay? RONNIE starts back toward the house. Did you? WILL 32.
PIER .AFTERNOON RONNIE pauses in front of a window.LATE AFTERNOON 52 RONNIE is still walking in a daze as MARCUS suddenly emerges from behind a parked car. well.. BLAZE stands and brushes the sand from her pants. (CONTINUED) .LATE AFTERNOON 50 . leaving RONNIE in stunned disbelief. Oh. BLAZE looks up... STEVE So what's on your agenda today? CUT TO: 33. as RONNIE scans the tables .AFTERNOON ... 51 RONNIE You have to tell the police what you did.LATE AFTERNOON . sitting on a distant dune. 51 EXT... BEACH SHOPS ... as RONNIE looks up and down the beach. You're the RONNIE You know I can get in trouble for this. RONNIE heads purposely toward the steps . BLAZE I didn't do anything. BLAZE BLAZE walks off. BEACH DUNE .. She focuses on a small figure in black. 47 48 EXT. he's alone... RONNIE How about a Pop-Tart. 52 EXT. SANDWICH SHOP . one who got caught.47 CONTINUED: STEVE and RONNIE try to stifle their smiles. looking in . I told you what happened. 49 50 EXT. PIER/PARKING LOT . instead? As RONNIE opens the cupboard. and walks until she reaches BLAZE. STEVE heads to the table. 48 49 INT. For once.
JONAH throws the covers back over his head as RONNIE sighs and wipes a tear from her eye. RONNIE (CONT'D) Just stay away from me! CUT TO: 53 INT.. RONNIE I'm not crying. 53 .... RONNIE I'm not in the mood for this. She focuses out the window and sees the stakes and barrier tape around the nest . 52 MARCUS moves closer.52 CONTINUED: MARCUS Troubles with Blaze? RONNIE What do you know about it? MARCUS I know enough not to trust her.... If .. along with a raccoon scurrying toward the eggs. JONAH emerges from beneath the covers. JONAH Go ahead and cry. If what? RONNIE 34. MARCUS Don't walk away. It doesn't bother me. I might be able to talk her out of it. JONAH It's okay. RONNIE Oh . STEVE'S HOUSE . RONNIE jumps up from the bed and takes off ..EVENING RONNIE enters her room and sits on the bed. running a finger down her arm.BEDROOM . visibly upset. crap .. RONNIE tries to move past him.
MORNING A well maintained.EVENING . and bursts through the back door.LIVING ROOM . BLAKELEE .. wiping his hands.MORNING She sees WILL and SCOTT. racing through the living room . BEACH/DUNE . working beneath a lifted car. JONAH emerges on the back porch. 55 EXT. back at the house. BLAKELEE BRAKES .35. No! 56 Stop! RONNIE Go away! 56 EXT.. JONAH What is it? RONNIE They didn't put up the cage! 57 EXT. She yawns and tries to get comfortable.EVENING The sound startles the raccoon and it scampers away. WILL 59 58 RONNIE Thanks for nothing. 54 INT. WILL walks toward her..NEAR THE TURTLE NEST ... charging for the dune. BEACH/DUNE . 59 INT. four-bay car service center . WILL What are you talking about? RONNIE You didn't call about the cage! RONNIE stares at WILL before storming off...800 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE as RONNIE pushes through it. STEVE'S HOUSE . Hey.EVENING 55 54 . Behind her. STEVE'S HOUSE . 58 EXT.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST .BRAKE SHOP . Stenciling on the door reads: BLAKELEE'S BRAKES ..LATE EVENING 57 RONNIE sits under the stars watching the nest as the waves crash on the beach. (CONTINUED) .
NEAR THE TURTLE NEST ..MORNING . disgusted. call.. The same one I told you about! WILL You really slept outside? RONNIE. 60 EXT. WILL leaves the brake shop and .. 59 RONNIE doesn't bother turning around.59 CONTINUED: Hold on! WILL Wait a minute! SCOTT walks up.. man? We've got a lot of cars to work on. 61 60 .MORNING He starts the car and . where RONNIE stands by the nest.. in fact. RONNIE Yeah. BEACH/DUNE .. jumps in his truck. BLAKELEE BRAKES . RONNIE What do you want? WILL You didn't let me finish. (Beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) I did . WILL What's your problem? RONNIE My problem is that I had to sleep outside again last night because the raccoon came back. 36... RONNIE HEARS a truck door slam and looks up as WILL approaches. Twice. turns and starts to walk away. SCOTT (CONT'D) Where are you going. WILL (CONT'D) They're coming tomorrow. SCOTT What was that about? WILL watches her leave before heading after her. right. 61 EXT. eventually ends up at the beach.
RONNIE That doesn't help my turtles tonight. every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. WILL (CONT'D) (quoting from Anna Karenina) "Happy families are all alike. BEACH/DUNE ." I read the book in English last semester. 62 EXT.61 CONTINUED: WILL (CONT'D) I just came from the aquarium. isn't it? 62 (CONTINUED) . I'll have to remember that. WILL simply stares at her. 37. Your house. My turtles. WILL takes a seat beside her. director said they'd put it up first thing tomorrow.EARLY EVENING RONNIE is sitting alone and reading in the dim glow of a small camping lantern when WILL suddenly walks up. WILL I figured you'd be here. does it? WILL Your turtles? Yeah. RONNIE My house. staring at yourselves in the mirror? WILL That's funny. your turtles and all. WILL Probably. Despite her disdain. (Beat) It's a beautiful night. WILL notes the book as RONNIE begins to read again. RONNIE Your parents must be proud.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . 61 The For a long moment. Any sign of the raccoon? RONNIE Shouldn't you be with your friends.
I just felt bad about the cage. RONNIE But you'd protect me. Ronnie. Even if you haven't told me your name yet. What's your 38. WILL I'm not hitting on you. RONNIE It's short for Veronica. but she shipped me and my brother here for the summer to stay with my dad and now I'm stuck baby-sitting turtle eggs while a volleyball player-slash-grease-monkey-slash aquarium-volunteer tries to hit on me.62 CONTINUED: RONNIE finally looks up from the book. right? WILL If it came down to that. It's a public beach and you never know who might come walking up. story? RONNIE Why do you care? WILL Give me a break. One sentence. yes. I'm trying. RONNIE What's with the full court press? WILL I like people who like turtles. and to be honest. okay? RONNIE I live in New York with my mom. 62 WILL All right. (CONTINUED) . And I figured you might want some company. Ronnie. I didn't want you to be out here alone. RONNIE wonders if he's serious. but can't help but feel at least a little flattered.
laughs. How about if I join you? JONAH 63 (CONTINUED) . the moonlight shines.62 CONTINUED: (2) All right. WILL (CONT'D) You're okay if I stay? RONNIE It's a public beach. RONNIE I'm sure he knows you're here. STEVE sits and puts his fingers on the end table. 62 WILL I'm a volleyball-player-slash grease-monkey-slash-aquarium volunteer. and loves cookies right before bed? STEVE I have no idea. What's your 39. speaks French. STEVE'S HOUSE . JONAH Hey Dad. story? RONNIE Your turn. On the coffee table is sheet music with a few notes penciled in. noting the lights are on. WILL What about your dad? RONNIE glances at the house. STEVE I think we've got some in the kitchen. RONNIE. The waves continue to crash on the beach. What has one eye.LIVING ROOM . JONAH covers one eye with his hand. despite herself. WE HEAR the first few notes of the song he's writing when JONAH enters the room. As he pretends to play. 63 INT. Moi. STEVE laughs.EARLY EVENING STEVE releases the curtains and walks back to the couch.
CONTINUED: JONAH and STEVE head to the kitchen.
EXT. BEACH/DUNE - NEAR THE TURTLE NEST - EARLY MORNING
RONNIE opens her eyes and sees JONAH staring at her, inches from her face. When she jerks back, JONAH nods toward WILL. JONAH Who's the stiff? Nobody. RONNIE Just a friend. Go away.
WILL wakes with the commotion and wipes the sand from his face before focusing on JONAH. Hey. Hi. WILL JONAH I'm her roommate. And you are?
RONNIE This is my nosy brother Jonah. Will. WILL Nice to meet you.
JONAH Hey, I know you. You were the guy who told the cop that Ronnie went to Bower's Point. RONNIE turns toward WILL before storming to the house. WILL Thanks for that. WILL quickly rises and goes after her. WILL (CONT'D) Ronnie! Wait! C'mon. I'm sorry. I didn't mean for you to get into trouble. WILL grabs her arm and RONNIE whirls to face him. RONNIE You and I have nothing in common! Get it?
CONTINUED: WILL Then why were we both here last night? Leave. RONNIE Me. Alone.
WILL Your act doesn't work on me, Ronnie. You stopped the fight, you helped that little boy and you read Tolstoy. And you like sea turtles. So what? RONNIE
WILL So I want to show you something today. (Beat) You'll like it. Trust me. RONNIE stares at him. 65 INT. WILMINGTON AQUARIUM - MORNING WILL leads RONNIE through the darkened, still- closed aquarium, past fish-tank-lined walls. RONNIE pauses before a black lit tank filled with jellyfish that seem to glow. From there, they go to see three river otters - in another exhibit - frolicking in the water. RONNIE smiles at their playfulness and puts her hand to the glass as otters brush up against it. WILL slides away, glancing at her as he unlocks a door. He pushes the door open to reveal ... 66 INT. WILMINGTON AQUARIUM - MORNING 66 65
... another, large tank, away from the viewing public, where an injured, Loggerhead swims. The turtle's shell is scarred and one of the flippers is missing, causing her to bump into the walls. As WILL watches it, RONNIE finally joins him. WILL That's Mabel. She was found a month ago, barely alive. She was hit by a boat propeller. RONNIE Is she going to be okay?
CONTINUED: WILL I hope so. She's stronger now than she was. But no one knows if she can survive in the ocean. RONNIE Why did you want me to see this? WILL Because I thought you'd like her as much as I do. Scars and all. RONNIE wonders if WILL is talking about her as well. RONNIE Aren't you supposed to be at work? WILL It's my day off. RONNIE Working for dad has its perks, huh? WILL You might say that. RONNIE So what do you usually do on your day off? CUT TO:
EXT. SMALL PIER - AFTERNOON WILL holds a fishing rod as RONNIE sits beside him, legs dangling. Above them, lazy clouds roll while an osprey floats on the updrafts. Water laps gently at the pilings. RONNIE Just a good, Southern boy, huh? Going fishing, watching the clouds. I feel like you should be wearing a NASCAR hat and chewing tobacco. WILL Don't be a snob. Believe it or not, the south is great. We have indoor plumbing and everything. And on weekends, we go mudding. Mudding? RONNIE
. no. WILL hops to his feet and hands the rod to her. RONNIE What's your sister like? 68 (CONTINUED) . 43. Put it back in the water! WILL I'm trying! I've got to get the hook out! RONNIE Then get it out! 68 EXT. WILL grabs the net. 67 RONNIE tries to imagine the fun in something like that without success. As she reels. the action getting exciting. suddenly moving fast. just take it . It's been a little .... WILL scoops the fish and brings it to the deck as RONNIE dances around the flopping creature... not like that! RONNIE I don't know what to do! WILL You're doing great! I can't! RONNIE RONNIE begins to laugh and scream. the line goes tight and the reel bends. making it into a bigger deal than it is. WILL So mom's been going crazy trying to plan my sister's wedding and making the whole thing perfect.67 CONTINUED: WILL We drive our trucks in the mud. All at once. hold on to it! Now reel it in . STEVE'S HOUSE . WILL (CONT’D) Okay .. tense at the house.. RONNIE (CONT'D) It's dying! ...LATE AFTERNOON As RONNIE and WILL walk toward her house.BEACH .
RONNIE Tell me you don't kill ducks. (CONTINUED) . rusted cage over the turtle nest. You want to take me duck hunting now. Come RONNIE hesitates before finally deciding to go with him. WILL That's in the winter. Lives in New York. on. It's fun. RONNIE walks beside WILL as STEVE steps outside the workshop.68 CONTINUED: WILL Smart.LATE AFTERNOON 69 STEVE watches them go. flying toward their little duck pond. 69 EXT. WILL doesn't respond. RONNIE bumps against him before they pause at the dune. JONAH steps outside. just minding their own business? And you blow them out of the sky? WILL Not today. A bit of a free spirit. to go home yet? Do you have 44. Pretty much like another older sister I know. sweet little feathered creatures. looking like a deep sea diver. (Beat) I've got a volleyball game. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . RONNIE That's going to keep the raccoon out? WILL That's what they say. examining the rickety. RONNIE (CONT'D) Cute. RONNIE Evil duck killer. still wearing his safety goggles. 68 RONNIE Let me guess. RONNIE stares at him.
. Yeah . Dad? an eye on them for you? STEVE smiles.. man? You know we're playing this weekend for a higher seed in the tournament. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . (CONTINUED) .. Are we up next? WILL sees SCOTT staring at RONNIE.LATE AFTERNOON 70 WILL moves through the crowd. WILL I'm sorry. WILL (CONT’D) Now Scott on the other hand. 69 70 EXT.. Time got away from me. It's his life. SCOTT Where've you been. RONNIE They look so serious about this. lives for volleyball. CASSIE and ASHLEY are staring at RONNIE as well. SCOTT Oh . SCOTT sees WILL and moves toward him. some don't. Keep 45. RONNIE notices a few of the other teams and is surprised by the intensity she sees in their expressions. RONNIE trailing behind him. Off to the side. And you? RONNIE WILL I play because I enjoy it. STEVE I think they'll be okay. We're up in a couple of minutes.69 CONTINUED: JONAH Need me to follow them. man. RONNIE moves into view and SCOTT freezes. Don't they know it's just a game? WILL Some do.
RONNIE SCOTT simply stares at him. RONNIE What are you talking about? ASHLEY New girl. They've made good progress on the window. 71 EXT. WILL turns toward them. While getting ready to serve. He took you fishing? RONNIE Do I know you? ASHLEY No. He can't help it. new conquest? It's just the way he is. making great sets and shots.70 CONTINUED: WILL I've got to go. 70 WILL heads off with SCOTT. (Beat) Don't tell me you were actually falling for it? RONNIE glances from ASHLEY to WILL. (CONTINUED) . but I know Will. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . huh? Let me guess. ASHLEY You and Will. ASHLEY sits next to RONNIE. Suddenly. Behind him. looking like he has the hang of it.LATE AFTERNOON 71 After one WILL and SCOTT play. And I guess you're his latest project. concentrating. of them WILL sees RONNIE and smiles. STEVE pulls a hot piece of glass from the kiln and holds it up to the light. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . carefully solders part of the window. RONNIE I gotta go. 46. His brow furrows. before putting it on the table. 72 INT. Go ahead.LATE AFTERNOON 72 JONAH. checking the color.
and sees WILL on the porch. The door slams shut.. RONNIE moves past him and heads toward the living room. he spots RONNIE heading toward the house. where she .. knocks at the partially open door. 75 EXT. Okay? I just don't like it here.. RONNIE I'm out of here... STEVE'S HOUSE . Dad.DUSK 75 74 .PORCH . WILL What happened? Why'd you leave? RONNIE scowls and starts to close the door .BEDROOM . RONNIE stares at her father. 74 INT.LATE AFTERNOON He sees RONNIE 73 . there's a knocking at the door.... The last person she wanted to see. WILL knocks again.. 73 INT..LATE AFTERNOON . STEVE'S HOUSE . I'm calling Mom. packing her suitcase. STEVE leaves the workshop and . looking angry.72 CONTINUED: 47.. opens the door ... 72 Through the window.LIVING ROOM . All at once. STEVE You think you can handle the next couple of pieces on your own? JONAH Got it covered. Hold on! WILL (CONT'D) Wait! Pounds on it. STEVE'S HOUSE ... After a moment. Ronnie! What did I do? (CONTINUED) . WILL (CONT'D) Come on. you can't make me stay.. That bad? STEVE RONNIE Look .
RONNIE 48. WILL I'm not going until you talk to me! BACK TO: 76 INT. 75 RONNIE closes the door again. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH . (CONTINUED) . Two black dresses are laid out. KIM So what did you end up doing? DISSOLVE TO: INT. her.LIVING ROOM . as if transfixed.75 CONTINUED: After a moment. STEVE'S HOUSE .BEDROOM . RONNIE I wasn't thinking all that clearly. RONNIE I'm not going to play your game. JONAH How long do you think he's going to sit out there? STEVE Why don't you go ask him? JONAH He's not my boyfriend. WILL What are you talking about? Go away. staring in the direction of the turtle nest. KIM You didn't give him a chance to explain. STEVE is reading the Bible while RONNIE reads Anna Karenina. I think I had some anger management issues back then. the door swings open. this time for good.MORNING KIM walks up behind 76 RONNIE loads her suitcase on the bed.EVENING JONAH is standing near the window.
(CONTINUED) . BEACH/DUNE . WILL I just want to know what Ashley said to you. JONAH It's just weird. RONNIE heads toward the door. We're over. unimpressed. CONTINUED: RONNIE He's not mine either. but RONNIE pretends not to see it.EVENING 78 WILL is tossing tiny shells at the spider crabs when he sees RONNIE approach. RONNIE She didn't say anything. WILL (CONT'D) What did she tell you? That we're still seeing each other? Because we're not.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST .49. You should go. WILL No? Then why'd you run off after talking to her? Why did it take you three hours to finally come outside? RONNIE continues to stare at him. He stands. too. JONAH (CONT'D) I wonder if he'll be out there all night. JONAH continues to stare. And tomorrow. JONAH What'd I say? 78 EXT. Fine! RONNIE I get it! I'll go! JONAH turns to his father. don't you think? Sitting out there all alone waiting for you to talk to him? STEVE glances up at RONNIE. talking absently. (Beat) Talk to me. RONNIE You've got my brother completely wigged out.
As she stares.. Ronnie. Hi. and a fireball. RONNIE PASTOR HARRIS Pleased to meet you. STEVE'S HOUSE .. I'm going to check on the repairs at the church. OFFICER JOHNSON. I thought . (To STEVE) Let me know if you need anything. RONNIE watches him go. Up close. old man's arms. she sees the flicker of a lighter .. OFFICER JOHNSON nods and they shake before OFFICER JOHNSON gets into the car. thinking. RONNIE backs away and heads inside. MARCUS. 78 RONNIE says nothing as she begins to understand the reason behind ASHLEY'S comment. (CONTINUED) .78 CONTINUED: 50. moving slowly and with a limp.. WILL throws up his hands. RONNIE What was that all about? STEVE Let's have breakfast first.. she sees burns on the STEVE Ronnie. She's about to start after him when she catches a shadowy image on the beach. WILL turns and heads toward his truck. RONNIE walks toward them. This is my daughter. WILL (CONT'D) I thought you were different. PASTOR HARRIS walks off. But before she can say anything.. I don't know what the hell I thought. STEVE and PASTOR HARRIS (70s) stand next to the squad car in the driveway and watch as RONNIE steps outside. CUT TO: 79 EXT. this is Pastor Harris.MORNING 79 A pelican skims the gentle swells in morning sunshine as .
AFTERNOON 80 RONNIE sits by the turtle nest.. 79 80 EXT. Or happiness. BEACH/DUNE . 51. STEVE You're not going to be able to go back to your mom's. My dream. you know? Be a famous concert pianist? But my being gone was hard on your mom and we just sort of . Dad? (Beat) I'm old enough for the truth. Your mom's a great lady. RONNIE Why did you leave us. and I'm sorry for that. Dad. But that doesn't mean I ever stopped believing in the magic of love. RONNIE Was she mad? STEVE I'm pretty sure she Godzilla'd the kitchen. wasn't there? STEVE doesn't deny it.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . okay? STEVE After I stopped teaching at Julliard. (Beat) The store owners still intend to press charges. The arraignment is set for Tuesday. STEVE I know I should have tried harder to save the marriage. I did every show I could. RONNIE There was someone else.79 CONTINUED: RONNIE Just tell me. drifted apart.. But she'll get over it. and RONNIE looks toward the sand. RONNIE That doesn't really help me. watching the water when STEVE walks up and takes a seat beside her. (CONTINUED) .
WILL smiles. That it's what you always do. I've got to get back to work. RONNIE I'm sorry. And they just won junior nationals. that's all.80 CONTINUED: STEVE Maybe you should go talk to him. WILL sees her and approaches. SCOTT suddenly stops as he sees RONNIE standing in the doorway that leads to the garage bay. For the first time. WILL They haven't lost yet this year. You do that. had a good time yesterday. BLAKELEE BRAKES . (Beat) You looked happy yesterday. WILL She lied. Okay. (CONTINUED) . too. 80 81 INT. SCOTT The chick from the Lost Boys is back. SCOTT I'm just saying you were a little off. and we're going to crush Tyson and Landry. (Beat) Look.AFTERNOON 81 WILL and SCOTT are working beneath a car on the lift. And he did. 52. WILL And I No smile this time. Just keep your head in the game. changing a set of brake pads. I overreacted. You know how important the tournament is to me. WILL What do you want? RONNIE I left because she said I was your new project.
STEVE'S WORKSHOP .. BLAZE'S smile fades. she drops the bag. RONNIE resists a bit at first. then gives in and kisses him back. CUT TO: 82 EXT. she sees MARCUS and BLAZE tossing two fireballs back and forth. 83 EXT. it seems as he's playing the piano. 81 All at once. She's holding a small bag of dried fruit. But for the first time...AFTERNOON 84 PIANO music BOOMS -. When WILL finally pulls back. Dad. BLAZE looks a tiny bit guilty.81 CONTINUED: RONNIE That's it? That's all you're going to say after I come all the way over here to apologize? Okay? 53. STEVE'S eyes are closed and for a moment. WILL takes a step forward and places a hand on RONNIE'S hip. As she opens the door. she's a bit flustered. JONAH (Sounding far away) (Sounding a bit closer) (MORE) Dad. he kisses her. RONNIE ducks back so they don't see her. BEACH SHOPS .AFTERNOON 83 .AFTERNOON 82 RONNIE exits a store. WILL The next time you're mad at me. just as BLAZE turns in her direction. (CONTINUED) . WILL meets her eyes.. In the background. don't shut me out. I don't like playing games. SCOTT sees the whole thing. obviously practicing.blocking out all other sound.more melody from the song STEVE is writing -. 84 INT. Pulling her close. she heads in the opposite direction . turning around. BEACH SHOPS . still amazed at what had just happened. smiling to herself. Then. She picks up the pieces and tosses them in a nearby trash can. Up ahead.
Didn't you hear the beeper? Sorry. RONNIE looks around the shop. JONAH Ronnie's back.. but dad won't even let me have a single cookie. RONNIE I talked to him. loud. How are you doing? JONAH I'm dying of starvation. Finally. RONNIE Hey.. And? STEVE How (CONTINUED) . speaks French . 84 STEVE puts on his gloves and pulls another piece of handpainted glass from the kiln with tongs. she sighs. Can you believe that? JONAH trudges off and RONNIE flashes a brief smile as she enters. STEVE No cookies until after lunch. What has one eye. The window is about a quarter done. knowing she'll get around to what she wants to say. Jonah. STEVE stays quiet. She notices the newspaper article and leans in to read it. JONAH heads to the door as RONNIE walks in. JONAH Hey Dad. about I make some sandwiches? JONAH Sandwiches? STEVE I'll meet you inside in a couple of minutes. suddenly stopping the booming music in STEVE'S head) Dad! The glass is ready. STEVE 54. really taking it in for the first time.84 CONTINUED: JONAH (CONT'D) (Then. and STEVE sets the glass down to cool.
and I just couldn't imagine the church without the window. RONNIE Why are you making the window for the church? And yesterday. Hey. WILL RONNIE Don't kiss me.84 CONTINUED: (2) RONNIE He likes me. and working with him was . It just wouldn't be right.. He was my first piano teacher. as a kid. (Beat) I'm talking too much. ASHLEY isn't happy about it... 84 RONNIE moves toward the window and stares at it. I need to finish it. . (Beat) The pastor almost died and the insurance only covers half the damage . WILL hands the ball to SCOTT and walks past ASHLEY and CASSIE. He should. but .AFTERNOON 85 SCOTT and WILL have just finished another game and approach CASSIE and ASHLEY when WILL sees RONNIE in the distance. And when the church burned .. Just listen. amazing. 55. When can I meet the young man who likes my daughter? 85 EXT.. I saw you reading the Bible. What's going on? I mean I know you always went to that church.. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . STEVE You're a catch. so I'm going to finish it. I used to play hours beneath the original window with this wondrous light shining around me. SCOTT You've got to be kidding.. STEVE Pastor Harris was like a father to me..
both of them showing off matching macrame-beaded bracelets. WILL'S TRUCK . WILL doesn't say more and RONNIE gets the sense he doesn't want to talk about it. RONNIE Oh. We make them.. RONNIE Ten bucks says you posted this on your facebook page. okay? 87 EXT.DUSK WILL takes it 89 88 .. RONNIE You know my dad won't care if you're still sweating. WILMINGTON STREETS . WILL My sister and I both do.DUSK 87 The truck passes homes that get progressively larger. 86 INT.. You lose.DUSK 86 The truck.56. 88 INT. vibrates as RONNIE glances around. iron gates swing open just before WILL pulls into the drive. and presses a button . WILL'S DRIVE-WAY . WILL It's just a few of minutes. 89 EXT. What's with the matching bracelets? You always wear it. with well-manicured lawns. WILL That's my sister. (CONTINUED) .DUSK RONNIE Where are we going? WILL Could you reach into the glove compartment and get the remote? RONNIE opens it up and hands over the remote. She flips down the visor and sees a photo of WILL with a beautiful blond who wears a VANDERBILT sweatshirt.. as large. with raised wheels. WILL'S TRUCK .
SUSAN tries to recover...DUSK .89 CONTINUED: The drive curves and after a moment. there's a definite lack of warmth in her eyes.. Come on. can't move. Will? SUSAN (O. with stately columns and flanked by two five car garages appears.. RONNIE You didn't tell me your last name was Blakelee. and you brought company. enters the room.." WILL pushes the door open .) Is that you? 90 SUSAN BLAKELEE. BLAKELEE MANSION .. Georgian home. holding a wedding magazine. grandest home she's ever seen.. Hey mom.. that overlooks the intra-coastal waterway .. Can I get you something to drink while I change? WILL leads the way. walk up the steps. . To one side of the door is a sign announcing that "THE BLAKELEES DO NOT RECEIVE UNANNOUNCED VISITORS. toward the great room. WILL pulls the door open for her and they . Though she smiles. coiffed.. crystal chandelier and amazing water views off the Great Room. to reveal a massive. By her expression. attractive and perfectly dressed. WILL Where's Dad? SUSAN spots RONNIE behind her son. (CONTINUED) . I'm Susan Blakelee.. 57. WILL This is Ronnie. with an intricate. WILL You didn't ask. SUSAN He's in the den . RONNIE. marbled foyer. still staring at the house. through the foyer .. a massive.S. It's the largest... past the music room . A female voice calls out. past the Billiard room... 89 WILL pulls the truck to a stop in front of the house and gets out. it's the first time someone who looks like RONNIE has ever been inside her home. 90 INT.
TOM Come on. You like airplanes. I want to SUSAN I'm sure she's not interested in your airplane. a noisy whine sounds as TOM holds a remote in his hands. okay? (To RONNIE) I'll be right back. RONNIE 58. SUSAN Will is going to be joining Ronnie and her family for dinner. SUSAN TOM Do you have a second? show you something.. TOM I thought I heard someone come in. casually dressed and looking friendly. 90 WILL I'm having dinner over there tonight. Tom .90 CONTINUED: Hi.DUSK 91 . excitedly pushing controls back and forth while a small. TOM BLAKELEE walks in. TOM Don't bother making anything fancy. sure. WILL heads toward the stairs and for a long moment. neither SUSAN nor RONNIE say anything to each other. The kid lives on pizza and burgers. BLAKELEE MANSION . So you're the one he's been talking about. Do you want to try? (CONTINUED) . I'm Will's dad.. TOM I always wanted one of these things... remote control airplane buzzes over the water. right? RONNIE Yeah.BACK VERANDA . 91 EXT.
See? TOM She doesn't care. TOM Why not? (To RONNIE) Does that bother you? RONNIE Not at all. WILL Sorry about all that. he looks freshly showered. (To RONNIE) He used to be the shyest kid in town. WILL'S TRUCK . concerned. Not only changed. RONNIE smiles.. WILL TOM It's true. She's a whole lot prettier than you let on. WILL You have to forgive my dad.DUSK 92 WILL closes the door and glances over at RONNIE. 91 WILL steps onto the porch. (Beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . WILL I can't believe you're saying this. SUSAN watches them. He sometimes forgets he's an adult. Through the window. Couldn't even look at a pretty girl without his cheeks turning bright red. 59. 92 INT. WILL shakes his head in disbelief. TOM At least I'm honest. closing the door behind him. Dad . I like him. RONNIE Don't be.. Don't be embarrassed.91 CONTINUED: RONNIE That's okay.
. STEVE a three and JONAH a nine.. you're lying and I'm sick and tired of it! RONNIE (O. JONAH seems to be winning. each of them holding a playing card to their head. RONNIE I'll see that! The others call. STEVE Bad move.. WILL an eight.KITCHEN . It's over. WILL looks at each of them. son.92 CONTINUED: RONNIE (CONT'D) Now about tonight. WILL. 60.. All have their "game-faces" on.S. .EARLY EVENING 93 Stars glow over the cottage as a couple of voices sound: WILL (O. JONAH You're both lying! lying all night! You've been WILL A quarter says you don't know what you're talking about. JONAH You're all liars! I'll (CONTINUED) . WILL throws a quarter into the pot. all four of them bring their cards to the table. So does RONNIE.S. obviously enjoying a game of Liar's Poker.EARLY EVENING 94 We PAN OVER the dirty plates on the kitchen counter to . RONNIE holds a seven. STEVE'S HOUSE .. In the middle is a pile of change. JONAH and STEVE sitting around the table.) Don't even go there! You're the one who's lying! 94 INT. My family has this weird tradition. STEVE'S HOUSE . raise you fifty cents .) No. pausing. All at once. 92 93 EXT. RONNIE. trying to read them..
STEVE'S HOUSE . Their eyes linger. tending a small bonfire. WILL motions to the workshop. I (CONTINUED) . Up ahead. WILL You just need to lie better. RONNIE You know what I mean. (Beat) So what's next for you? Are you going to keep working for your dad? WILL Just until the end of August. a light breeze. He and Jonah are making a stained glass window this summer. looks at RONNIE.BEACH . but I haven't figured out how. summer evening on the beach. The faint strains of music are evident. the moon hanging over the ocean making the water seem to sparkle. the waves gently rolling. WILL Do you want to go for a walk? 61. a group is clustered on the beach. WILL What's that place? RONNIE My dad's workshop.EARLY EVENING 95 It's a beautiful. WILL 95 EXT.94 CONTINUED: JONAH rakes the money in as they all laugh. the happy mood from the game still lingering. RONNIE I don't know how he always wins. I'm going to Vanderbilt in the fall. think he cheats. 94 As he does. RONNIE Like you telling me you work for your dad? WILL I do work for my dad. WILL and RONNIE walk beside each other.
So much fun. Five years ago. Especially me. without Scott.. knowing something important is coming.. My parents went there. and so she tries to control things. She ... RONNIE waits. 95 (CONTINUED) . Mike... But Mike . and I got accepted to a place that has this incredible environmental science program. She wanted me to go to Vanderbilt. my mom and I probably wouldn't have made it either. WILL (CONT’D) I had a little brother.. He's the reason my sister and I wear the bracelets. Hell. Mike didn't make it. But my mom still blames herself. RONNIE glances at the bracelet. RONNIE What do the letters mean? WILL In-My-Thoughts-Forever. It's a family tradition. Even me.. Scott and I had a basketball game. He died on impact. RONNIE And you said Scott saved you? WILL He pulled us out before the gas tank exploded. my sister went there. WILL I wanted to go someplace different. And my mom . Great little guy. RONNIE Do you always do what your mom wants? WILL You don't understand. but my mom . and we brought Mike with us. Somehow my mom lost control of the car. (Beat) (MORE) I-M-T-F 62.95 CONTINUED: RONNIE You don't sound very excited.
KIM You fell in love with him. At that instant. 63. RONNIE closes her eyes for a moment.MORNING 96 KIM watches RONNIE'S reflection in the mirror. RONNIE (CONT’D) What did you wish for? Instead of answering. They begin to sway to the music. WILL slides one arm around her back and takes her hand in his.95 CONTINUED: (2) WILL (CONT'D) I'll never go to another funeral again. then dance in slow circles. The suitcase packed.BEDROOM .. anyway. run along the beach. then finally opens them. again WE SEE the black dresses. a shooting star passes overhead and RONNIE points.AFTERNOON 97 WILL and RONNIE. RONNIE Not yet. There's more and WILL knows it. BACK TO: 96 INT. BEACH . 95 It's a moment of truth . didn't you? Not then. (Long beat. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH . . breaking the tension. but RONNIE seems hesitant.. transfixed. remembering) Now it's your turn for secrets. RONNIE I used to play the piano. both of them laughing and finally collapsing in the sand. where they kiss. Used to? WILL RONNIE I don't play anymore. DISSOLVE TO: 97 EXT. What don't I know about you? Something no one around here knows.
WILL I'd like to see that.. WILL lobs the ball toward her. He grabs the lip of the board and starts to bounce it up and down.AFTERNOON 100 RONNIE suns on her stomach on the diving board.AFTERNOON 98 WILL tries to teach RONNIE to play volleyball. WILL spies the photographs and magazine article in the end-table drawer. RONNIE catches her breath. ending up against the wall. and WILL is there to grab her. CUT TO: 100 EXT. RONNIE Stop.AFTERNOON 99 WILL and RONNIE kiss in the doorway and then spill into the house. But do one.. The same thing happens again . teasing WILL as he stands on the pool cabana roof. stares at him.64... if that's all you can do. WILL backs up. RONNIE Anyone can do one flip. looking more graceful than she'd imagined. 99 EXT. then darts for her room. RONNIE I'm just saying I could. He does two flips. and dives in the water with only a slight splash.POOL . BLAKELEE MANSION . could do one flip.. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . In her absence. STEVE'S HOUSE . Finally. reluctantly. I'll pretend to be amazed. WILL swims toward the diving board. curious . RONNIE puts her hands to his chest.. takes two quick steps and jumps. He pulls them out and looks them over.DOORWAY . And I've got to get my suit. 98 EXT.. RONNIE yelps as she sends the ball flying off to the side . RONNIE screams and falls in .. she hits the ball well and it goes soaring over WILL'S head .. My dad might walk in at any time. He tries to kiss her as she splashes away.. But the next time. Even I .
near the turtle nest. TEDDY & LANCE step forward. RONNIE lands in MARCUS'S arms. MARCUS (CONT'D) See you around.when TOM walks up. MARCUS Take it easy. she sees him staring at her. (CONTINUED) . but MARCUS holds tight. WILL is listening intently as RONNIE shakes her head. SUSAN I don't trust that girl. each of them enjoying a snow-cone. And by the way. 102 EXT. WILL rushes toward them. When RONNIE finally turns to WILL.65. Let me go! RONNIE RONNIE struggles but MARCUS won't let her go. 101 INT. BLAZE. SUSAN That's what I'm worried about. And say hey to the Judge for me on Tuesday. BLAKELEE MANSION . how's Scott doing? WILL freezes. MARCUS and the others head off. his expression concerned.. TEDDY and LANCE suddenly round the corner. Will. RONNIE and WILL walk beside each other. MARCUS finally lets her go and RONNIE rubs her arms where MARCUS had squeezed too hard. ready to intervene.DAY 101 SUSAN is standing by the window watching WILL and RONNIE not happy ..LATE AFTERNOON 102 She's . BEACH/DUNE . Ronnie. When WILL takes a bite. got an edge to her. BEACH SHOPS . WILL laughs and begins to chase her. 103 EXT.DUSK 103 RONNIE and WILL sit on the dune. RONNIE struggles. RONNIE pushes WILL'S snow-cone up onto his nose and takes off. TOM Will seems to like her. I was just keeping her from falling.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . when MARCUS.
WILL It's not that. I admitted everything the first time because I knew I was wrong. but it seems like you're only hurting yourself.. I don't know.. but this time.103 CONTINUED: RONNIE And that's all of it.. But Galadriel . but after her mom and dad got divorced. but what she's doing to you is wrong. WILL (CONT’D) Why did you stop playing the piano? I saw the picture and the article. He's been crazy since he was a kid. Nothing surprises me about Marcus. I know you probably don't believe me. WILL It's not my business. WILL (CONT’D) Can I ask you a question? different subject? RONNIE glances at him. And you seem caught in the middle. It's like I was so angry at him that the best way to get back at him was to quit. RONNIE What's going on with Scott and Marcus? First. I feel bad for her. RONNIE knows there's more but doesn't press it. then he says something weird.. I'm innocent. Who knows? Maybe you could go to Julliard? Totally 66. She used to be the nicest girl. 103 (CONTINUED) . WILL It's nothing. she just sort of lost who she was. they almost fight. You have a gift. RONNIE My dad taught me to play from the time I was able to walk and when he left us .
Your Honor. COURT HOUSE . facing the Judge. 106 EXT.BEDROOM . STEVE and JONAH are in the front row behind her. JUDGE Trial will be set for August 20th. my dad used to teach there. slips further into the background. Men and women hurry up the steps. COURT HOUSE . who works for another attorney. (CONTINUED) .MORNING 105 RONNIE stands next to a female ATTORNEY. holding flowers. 105 INT. From the first time I saw you I saw you. WILL Then why don't you go? RONNIE Does it matter that much to you? That I'm not just who you thought I was? That I'm better? WILL You're exactly who I thought you were.LATE MORNING 107 KIM watches as RONNIE adjusts the strap on her black dress. ASHLEY The stern PROSECUTOR stands at her table. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH .MORNING 104 A stately limestone structure where WE PAN to the words: NEW HANOVER COURT HOUSE. BACK TO: 107 INT. They still write me. And 67.MORNING 106 As RONNIE and STEVE talk to RONNIE'S ATTORNEY. 103 104 EXT. but RONNIE doesn't notice her. ASHLEY heads over to confer with the PROSECUTOR as she watches RONNIE leave. ASHLEY sees RONNIE.103 CONTINUED: (2) RONNIE I could. The court is crowded and among those present is ASHLEY. RONNIE sees WILL leaning against his truck. RONNIE Not guilty. COURT HOUSE .
(Beat) But it's strange. pointing to the sand near the cage. 109 EXT. RONNIE comes up to join him.AFTERNOON 110 WILL'S truck is stuck in the mud and a cable has been anchored to a nearby tree.EVENING 109 She As WILL sits by the nest. RONNIE You didn't tell me raccoons could dig under the cage! You're going to have to stay out here tonight! WILL Me? I thought you said they were your turtles! RONNIE storms off toward the house. DIRT ROAD . WILL is winching the cable as RONNIE leans out the window.107 CONTINUED: RONNIE That's when I fell in love with him.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . 68. 107 108 EXT. we watch fireworks on the 4th of July. We argued about everything. WILL Ease down on the gas gently. RONNIE Up north. The only thing we had in common was that we couldn't get enough of each other. CUT TO: 110 EXT. BEACH/DUNE . We were so different. Because that's when I knew he loved me too.AFTERNOON RONNIE is 108 RONNIE and WILL stand near the turtle nest. (CONTINUED) . KIM Because he was there? RONNIE No.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . sits and hands him a cup of cocoa. BEACH/DUNE . We don't get stuck in the mud.
RONNIE (CONT’D) In the end. PASTOR HARRIS is there as well. you should always do the right thing. The problem is. off the muddy track. WILL makes a sudden. WILL (CONT’D) A little harder. spraying WILL with mud. RONNIE What's going on? WILL motions out the filthy front window. CUT TO: 112 INT. PASTOR HARRIS looks over at him. RONNIE pushes the accelerator too hard. and the rear of the truck begins to slide sideways. sharp turn. DIRT ROAD . WILL drives the truck as it bounces through the mud.110 CONTINUED: 69. that's also usually the hard thing. (CONTINUED) . STEVE'S WORK SHOP . WILL winches again. Now try. then jogs into position for a better view.AFTERNOON 112 RONNIE and WILL examine the progressing work on the stained glass window as STEVE and JONAH continue to work. toward a small clearing before finally bringing the truck to a stop. but the tires spin. RONNIE What does it matter? WILL How far would you go to protect a friend? RONNIE What aren't you telling me? WILL doesn't answer. RONNIE watches as fireworks begin exploding in the evening sky. 111 EXT.EVENING 111 With lights on the truck's roll cage glowing in the darkness. 110 The engine revs. WILL You didn't tell me the window was for the church that burned. RONNIE is having the time of her life.
making him more comfortable. RONNIE screeches.DAY 113 WILL is reeling in a fish. frustrated) Feed the otters! (Then softly.112 CONTINUED: WILL says nothing. STEVE'S HOUSE . They're starving. She pulls the blanket up. surges and WILL goes flying off the back. WILL Put it in reverse! Hurry! almost out of line! I'm The boat RONNIE panicking. CUT TO: . As she tosses it in. CUT TO: 115 INT. slams the throttle forward. baby. as if disgusted. In the silence. WILL (tired of this) Grab the fish and throw it! otters need to eat! The RONNIE It looks all slimy! It's gross! WILL (Voice rising. trying to charm) Please feed the otters. while balancing on the back of the small boat. RONNIE I'm not putting my hand in there.DAY 115 RONNIE is staring at the pail of fish and shaking her head. STEVE coughs. SMALL BOAT ON THE OCEAN . WILMINGTON AQUARIUM .LIVING ROOM . 70. CUT TO: 114 INT. 112 113 EXT.EVENING 114 RONNIE sneaks in the door to find her father asleep. an otter jumps. RONNIE grimaces as she reaches in and grabs the fish.
EVENING 118 .. SUSAN walks out and spots them. RONNIE Oh. breathing hard. hey Jonah. Just then.DAY 117 WILL and RONNIE kiss as they lean against WILL'S truck. That. BLAKELEE MANSION . 117 EXT. I'll stop. RONNIE I really have to go. RONNIE leans in to kiss him again before hopping out of the truck and running to the house. 116 EXT. Gross. RONNIE jumps. RONNIE hears the distant sound of a piano while noticing that a light inside the not-yet-completely-repaired church is on. SUSAN turns around and marches inside. upset that WILL is late again. 118 INT. At that moment.DUSK 116 As WILL runs toward SCOTT.PARKING COURT .. not realizing that JONAH was sitting on the rocker on the porch. because RONNIE and WILL kiss passionately on the front seat before RONNIE finally pulls back. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . I mean. So.71. but it doesn't matter . Where's Dad? JONAH The church. feeling very happy. who's holding up his hands. JONAH Was. WILL (just as breathless) Sorry. She turns to wave at WILL as he pulls away. Stop kissing me! I have to watch the nest tonight in case the raccoon comes to dig again. RONNIE steps off the porch and . He's been going there more and more lately to play. ... When he's not sleeping or working on the window.. WILL'S TRUCK .. SCOTT sees RONNIE in the distance and his eyes narrow.
RONNIE What's wrong? STEVE I must be coming down with the flu or something. RONNIE Was that the song you were playing? I've never heard it before.EVENING 119 . (Beat) What time is it? RONNIE Just after ten. STEVE (CONT’D) That's where the window will go by the way. the keys jam together. I'm fine.. RONNIE rushes to him. liking this version slightly better. STEVE begins to cough uncontrollably. STEVE grabs the sheet music and stands. As he does . 119 INT. Dad? RONNIE Are you okay? STEVE catches his breath. When we get the money to finish the repairs. RONNIE RONNIE listens. and STEVE pauses and tries again. that is. STEVE points up.72. I didn't hear you come in.. CHURCH . until all at once. Are you sure you're okay? STEVE Yeah. STEVE Hey. Though lovely. PASTOR HARRIS sees RONNIE and smiles before leaving. (CONTINUED) ... but tries to make light of it. enters a half-repaired church to see her father playing the song he'd started to write that summer. How long have you been here? Not long. RONNIE isn't so sure she believes him. it sounds unfinished. Really. realizes that her father didn't know he was there.
RONNIE sees ASHLEY & CASSIE with him at the same moment SCOTT sees her. I guess you couldn't live without the piano... they walk past SCOTT. looking like something from another world. 119 120 EXT. I get it.EARLY EVENING 120 It's a perfect summer evening on the beach as WILL and RONNIE scamper on the beach carrying flashlights.. SCOTT Dude .. No big deal. He grabs WILL'S arm. At that moment...119 CONTINUED: STEVE It's just something I've been working on. BEACH . WILL They're not going to hurt you. And my sister will love you. She squeals again and darts out of the way.. RONNIE squeals . Dozens of spider crabs scurry from the light. where you been hiding out lately? First you've been blowing off practice . right into WILL. Then . huh? (Beat) It's okay.. I don't care. right? 73. Trust me. RONNIE So .. SCOTT (CONT'D) Oh . RONNIE I said I don't like crabs.. (CONTINUED) .. RONNIE Your mom won't want me there. Dad. WILL So? It's not her wedding.. They move quickly. ASHLEY & CASSIE aren't happy either. He takes her in his arms. It's a gift. WILL I want you to come to my sister's wedding with me.
And number two. It starts the day after my sister's wedding. man. RONNIE And it's important to Scott? help him get a scholarship? To WILL I know there's going to be a lot of coaches in the stands. We're going to win it all. RONNIE Then make time for practice. 120 RONNIE What was that about? WILL A volleyball tournament. WILL Yeah. WILL All right. Do what you have to do to get ready. the tournament's coming. Play games. but I do. okay? And I need this going into my senior year. BLAZE What do you want? (CONTINUED) . SCOTT is visibly angry. Of course.DAY 121 BLAZE is sitting on the beach near the pier when RONNIE walks up. all right? RONNIE and WILL head off. you try to talk some sense into Blaze. 121 EXT. On two conditions. You might not have needed a volleyball scholarship to pay for college.120 CONTINUED: WILL What do you get? SCOTT Look. 74. First. dance with me at the wedding. BEACH . Catch you later.
RONNIE I know you don't have any money to eat and you won't go to your mom's. JONAH So buy something. It's all I have. I have to wear something to that wedding or Will's mom would string me up. she digs some money out of her pocket and sets it beside BLAZE. I'm okay.121 CONTINUED: RONNIE Marcus hit on me. I'm worried about you. BLAZE watches her. you know where I live. JONAH studies her before getting up from his seat. BLAZE I've got it handled. RONNIE turns and walks off. He heads Lots of JONAH opens it up and pours the contents on the bed. Finally. you're pretty and he treats you terrible .BEDROOM .DAY RONNIE flings clothes all over when JONAH walks in. That's why I left that night.. And you deserve better than him. 121 In the silence RONNIE watches her. What's going on? RONNIE I don't have anything to wear to the wedding. 122 INT. money: tens and twenties. 75. wondering. JONAH Dad's taking a nap again so keep it down. RONNIE (CONT'D) Where'd you get all this? JONAH starts pointing at the money on the bed. (CONTINUED) . And Lord knows. dollar bills mixed in. RONNIE I don't have any money. okay? You're smart. That fire stuff is crazy. over and grabs a small tin box.. 122 STEVE'S HOUSE . But if you get hungry again or want a place to sleep.
This twenty was for when you snuck in past curfew in New York. This was for the guy with blue hair . RONNIE You saved it all? JONAH I like Will. 125 One of them is too formal. RONNIE smiles and it's obvious she loves it.. And besides. 76. 124 125 INT... one of them is too blue.. the purple streak gone.DAY She begins to 126 Both STEVE and JONAH stare at RONNIE as she enters the living room in her new dress. she looks spectacular. STEVE'S HOUSE .AFTERNOON RONNIE works with a SHOP ATTENDANT who pulls several beautiful dresses off the racks for RONNIE. The SHOP ATTENDANT hands her a dress over the dressing room door but we can't make it out. slip it on and . RONNIE Do I look okay? JONAH You look like you spent two hundred forty two dollars on the dress.AFTERNOON Several rapid shots of RONNIE in a variety of dresses. arms full. 123 124 INT. 122 123 INT. Her expression lets us know she hates them all. DRESS SHOP .122 CONTINUED: JONAH This ten was for when I told dad I didn't see you at the carnival. Her hair is styled.MINUTES LATER RONNIE heads to the dressing room..DRESSING ROOM . 126 INT.LIVING ROOM . you need it more than I do. DRESS SHOP . (CONTINUED) . Dad cashed me in. This twenty is what I won playing liars poker.AFTERNOON .. DRESS SHOP . one of them makes her look like she's wearing a sack .
BLAKELEE MANSION . ASHLEY So Will invited you to the wedding.BACK VERANDA .BACK LAWN . The dance floor begins to fill. 126 127 EXT. The ushers come by. RONNIE is standing off to the side when ASHLEY walks up beside her. CUT TO: 77. BLAKELEE MANSION . BLAKELEE MANSION . okay? Never forget RONNIE smiles and with a deep breath. she walks up the steps. (CONTINUED) . and her NEW HUSBAND pose for yet another photograph as the camera flashes. WILL continues to stare at RONNIE from afar. The river shimmers.EVENING 130 The reception is in full swing as MEGAN and her NEW HUSBAND finish dancing with a dip and then kiss.. huh? Good. MEGAN BLAKELEE. He's utterly amazed at how beautiful RONNIE is. Have your fun. ASHLEY scowls. The crowd claps as the band starts playing a snappier tune.126 CONTINUED: STEVE You look wonderful.. 128 EXT. then smooths her dress again after stepping out of the car..AFTERNOON 128 RONNIE sits in a white chair overlooking the trellis where the ceremony will take place. that. and ASHLEY arrive as well. 129 EXT.AFTERNOON 127 .PARKING COURT . STEVE I'm proud of you. RONNIE smiles and smooths her dress . BLAKELEE MANSION . and finds it impossible to turn away. toward the mansion and is spotted by a tuxedoed WILL. STEVE leans across the front seat.BALLROOM . CASSIE WILL'S SISTER. 130 INT. escorting the bridesmaids.. the flowers and ice sculptures are spectacular.DUSK 129 SCOTT.
133 EXT. 130 RONNIE knows ASHLEY just wants to upset her. 131 EXT. (Beat) It's not real. you'll be going to Vanderbilt and we'll never see each other again. WILL What's wrong? Don't shut me out. BLAKELEE MANSION . WILL I don't know where you're getting this.BACK LAWN . RONNIE I'm not in the mood. when WILL walks up. staring at the yacht in the slip. but the girl has a knack for knowing exactly what buttons to press.BOAT DOCK .130 CONTINUED: ASHLEY motions to SUSAN who's dancing with TOM. ASHLEY (CONT'D) But do you honestly think his mom will ever accept you? Did you know Megan was engaged twice before tonight? His mom ran both of them off.EVENING RONNIE Where is this going? You and me? I live in New York. she heads over to SUSAN. 132 EXT.EVENING 131 RONNIE leans against the piling. Forever. He leaves in a couple of weeks. but you're wrong.EVENING. 132 ASHLEY sees WILL and RONNIE together and frustrated. I've been looking for you. BLAKELEE MANSION . 78. You owe me a dance. Something I learned when I was working at the courthouse. (Beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) 133 .BOAT DOCK . BEVERLY There's something you should know about Ronnie. WILL There you are. BLAKELEE MANSION .
And continue kissing . notices the collapsing tent. Their faces linger close. WILL reacts. SUSAN is coming down the lawn. WILL kisses her again. MARCUS breaks free and runs into the darkness..133 CONTINUED: WILL (CONT'D) You . MEN in tuxedos follow. WILL (CONT’D) (whispers) You want to see my dad's boat? RONNIE (whispers) Okay. WILL (CONT'D) (his voice low) You know I love you. right. or my mom. loving him. WILL pushes her against the cabin. No matter what you think about me.. despite her reservation. too. WILL kisses her gently. as does RONNIE. In the distance. 79.. WILL reaches behind him to open the door when all of a sudden. or my house. He sees MARCUS. She turns to him and he takes her in his arms. 133 RONNIE. shouting for help as they see what's happening. you make me feel alive. they dislodge a rope that's supporting the tent and part of the tent collapses onto the guests. pulling RONNIE away and stomps on the fireball after it bounces off the cabin and lands on the deck. a fireball goes flying his way. But even before they go inside the cabin. WILL leads RONNIE to the yacht and helps her up. WILL finally . in the brief scuffle. needing each other. lighting another fireball. she runs her finger through his hair. It doesn't change how I feel about you. or that I'm going to Vanderbilt. She leans into him. WILL What the hell are you doing? MARCUS Why don't you ask Scott? doing Ronnie? How you WILL jumps down and goes after MARCUS. knows she feels the same way. WILL and RONNIE start kissing. standing on the dock..
MORNING 136 RONNIE walks into the living room.) Oh. the arguing continues. There. JONAH You've got company.S. TOM Do you want me to bring you home? RONNIE I think you'd better. RONNIE Where's dad? JONAH He's still sleeping. STEVE'S HOUSE .S. that girl? Did you know she was arrested? WILL (O. tailored outfit.LIVING ROOM . 134 INT. TOM walks in. (CONTINUED) . (Beat) Tell him I said goodbye.) She explained that! SUSAN (O. TOM isn't happy. she sees MEGAN in the living room. And that I'm sorry it didn't work out. In the background.. STEVE'S HOUSE .80. SUSAN (O.MORNING 135 RONNIE is in her pajamas when JONAH pokes his head in.LATE EVENING 134 RONNIE sits away from the party as she listens to the shouting in the room next door. she explained it! She's not good enough for you! You've got your whole future ahead of you! She's low class! Low! Class! Just then. Stunning.S. BLAKELEE MANSION . but he's kind. in a sharp.) She ruined your sister's wedding! And what were you about to do down there with .. CUT TO: 135 INT. 136 INT.BEDROOM . And she's waiting. And she's hot.DEN .
WILL Look.136 CONTINUED: RONNIE I'm sorry about ruining your wedding. She's been disappointed with me. BEACH/DUNE . just as MARCUS walks up. 137 138 EXT. in a bikini top. barely able to look at her. RONNIE Where is he? MEGAN Watching the nest. 136 137 EXT. (Beat) You should talk to Will. too and she always gets over it. (CONTINUED) . RONNIE I need you to do something for me. about last night. BOWER'S POINT .. Where else? He said it was his turn. 81.MORNING 138 An isolated sandy beach where BLAZE. sits beneath a rickety beach shed. (Beat) And just so you know? We postponed our honeymoon so we could watch my little brother play in the tournament today. RONNIE Why are you here? MEGAN I want to know if you love him? RONNIE nods. whatever that means.MORNING As RONNIE walks up to WILL at the nest.. unaware that the can tips over soaking her shirt. soaking a fireball with lighter fluid.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . WILL stands. Or my mom. MEGAN (CONT'D) Then don't worry about my wedding. MEGAN You definitely made it memorable. She absently sets the can aside. Something about raccoons digging under the cage.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT . The ball is returned. AUGUST 10.. cheering as .. The score is 12-9 in favor of BLAKELEE/THOMAS. BLAKELEE and THOMAS advance.WILL and SCOTT walk off the court exhausted. 141 EXT. As MARCUS drops a hat and lights a fireball.. WILL makes a diving set and SCOTT drives it home . -. PIER ... On the scoreboard. -. just past the outstretched hands of a diving LANDRY. WILL dives for the serve . RONNIE applauds as the scoreboard behind her reads: SEMIFINAL RESULTS .138 CONTINUED: MARCUS Come on.. TWO PARAMEDICS are leaning on the front bumper of their van...As WILL and SCOTT play the last point in their first match. and WILL taps it over the net. MEGAN and her NEW HUSBAND. The match is called in favor of BLAKELEE/THOMAS. BLAZE grabs her shirt and begins slipping it on.. 138 139 EXT. -. where they have the lead .SHORT/KELMER 5. SCOTT digs .BLAKELEE/THOMAS 15 .AFTERNOON 142 The scoreboard shows that each team has won one set. 142 EXT.. (CONTINUED) .The scoreboard flashes: TYSON/LANDRY..AFTERNOON 141 FINAL MATCH BLAKELEE/THOMAS . SUSAN and TOM. And I need some money. RONNIE rises. WILL and SCOTT leave the court slapping hands.... 140 MONTAGE ..WILL AND SCOTT'S TREK TO THE FINALS 140 -.. 82. Among the crowd. we see ASHLEY and CASSIE . END MONTAGE... Big crowd today. WILL and SCOTT serve for the win. SCOTT sets and WILL spikes the victory shot. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT .AFTERNOON 139 A banner reads: TENTH ANNUAL WILMINGTON/CUERVO GOLD BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT. as do LANDRY and TYSON . the volley continues . flirting with a couple of bikinied coeds on a sunny afternoon.In the next game.
...AFTERNOON 143 . Another fireball comes at BLAZE . as WILL tears off his shirt and wraps it around BLAZE.AFTERNOON He 144 RONNIE screams before pushing her way out of the stands . WILL turns. an ace! Match-point.. she sees MARCUS.. she sees SCOTT watching them.. MARCUS tosses one to BLAZE and she catches it..... Glancing at the court. 144 EXT... 142 RONNIE cheers. BLAZE'S mother.. PIER . MARCUS stares. the paramedics tearing open the back door and going for the stretcher . 145 EXT. ball moving fast ..142 CONTINUED: 83. 143 EXT. TEDDY and LANCE doing their show. and tosses it back .EVENING 146 WILL and RONNIE are in the waiting room when MARGARET CONWAY. horrified... WILL I've got to get her to the hospital. As she looks around. PIER . and sees MARCUS juggling three fire balls.AFTERNOON 145 . She doesn't see . and then rushes for the pier as well . As he does. leaves the intensive care unit.. BEACH VOLLEYBALL COURT .. . SCOTT We own these guys! Keep it going! WILL serves .... backs away before taking off with TEDDY and LANCE. HOSPITAL . RONNIE Is she going to be okay? (CONTINUED) .. WILL scoops BLAZE into his arms and starts carrying her toward his truck. and this one hits her shirt.. MARGARET Thanks for doing what you did. RONNIE glances back at the pier . RONNIE follows. RONNIE arrives from the stands as BLAZE cries out in pain.. 146 INT. suddenly igniting it ...
146 147 EXT. toward SCOTT.. WILL slams a fist into MARCUS'S face as TEDDY dives in. WILL smashes into MARCUS like a football player.. WILL knocks it aside and charges. BOWER'S POINT . Stop! RONNIE He's not worth it! After a long moment. LANCE'S head snaps back.MORNING SCOTT refuses to turn around. TEDDY and LANCE are drinking beer as .. 151 .. then hits him again . RONNIE Please don't do this. RONNIE concerned.EVENING 148 WILL looks angry. his eyes wild. When WILL reels back again. WILL head-butts TEDDY.. MARCUS gets up as WILL moves in.146 CONTINUED: MARGARET We don't know yet.. breaking his nose. The paramedics were there.. WILL brings his knee up. 148 INT. WILL rises quickly as LANCE rushes him going low. WILL comes out from around the truck. 151 INT. CUT TO: 84. and sees a small bonfire near an old beach shed. pissed ... BOWER'S POINT ..EVENING 150 MARCUS. his arm is grabbed. TEDDY screams. MARCUS grabs a piece of burning wood and swings it.. ending up on top of TEDDY. BLAKELEE BRAKES . and again . 149 EXT.EVENING 149 The truck slides to a halt and the driver's side door opens. WILL'S TRUCK .. SCOTT You didn't have to quit the match. WILL hits MARCUS . WILMINGTON STREETS . WILL gets to his feet and walks . toward the beach.EVENING 147 WILL'S truck speeds along quiet roads. again landing on top. WILL rolls.. 150 EXT.. blood flowing. (CONTINUED) .
151 SCOTT Yeah.DAY 153 While WILL talks to the hostess.EVENING 154 WILL and RONNIE walk hand in hand. You need to do the right thing. STEVE. RONNIE leans over and blows them out.EARLY EVENING 152 WILL and RONNIE sit together. Well so am I. the hostess leads them in another direction. 154 EXT. (CONTINUED) . STEVE coughs as he waves at the smoke.Happy birthday dear Ronnie! .151 CONTINUED: WILL I wasn't thinking. I'm 85..KITCHEN . Look. RONNIE sees SUSAN at a table with a group of women. and I needed this. ignoring his former friend.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . Up ahead are SCOTT.DUSK 155 JONAH carries a birthday cake toward the table. You need to tell the truth.Happy birthday to you! JONAH sets the cake on the table. BEACH/DUNE . 153 INT. SUSAN stares angrily at her. 155 INT. WILL looking depressed. You owed me WILL I don't owe you. CASSIE and ASHLEY and as WILL and RONNIE pass. Thankfully. RONNIE reaches for his hand. SCOTT (shouting) You want me to ruin my life? You want me to go to jail! For an accident? 152 EXT. STEVE'S HOUSE . JONAH and WILL sing the last two stanzas . SCOTT turns his back. I've been covering for you since the fire and I'm tired of Marcus playing us.. STEVE/JONAH/WILL (singing) . RESTAURANT . sorry. BEACH SHOPS . WILL starts walking away.
STEVE (CONTINUED) . followed by another and another . the moon is now higher and the crowd is gone. RONNIE smiles as STEVE begins to cough . and cough . JONAH Why is he holding the light over there? WILL So the turtles go toward the water. JONAH That. for a moment.. 157 EXT... I'm leaving Friday. STEVE and JONAH.. 155 156 EXT. The exterior lights on the house are off. three becomes five and six . WILL puts his arm around RONNIE and they watch as ... RONNIE. but the moonlight shows a smooth pathway leading to the water. STEVE catches his breath. RONNIE. all of them anxious. JONAH and STEVE remain. then twelve. So. One of the volunteers holds a flashlight near the water's edge. 86. everyone is excited.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST . including half a dozen people wearing Wilmington Aquarium shirts and WILL. Cool.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST .155 CONTINUED: WILL What do you want for your birthday? (Beat) Come on.EVENING 156 A crowd has gathered around the turtle nest.. RONNIE glances at WILL and slowly begins to smile. .. the moon hovering just over the horizon.. When he finally stops. BEACH/DUNE ......LATER 157 .EVENING . (Beat) Look! The first of the turtles begin to scamper out .. BEACH/DUNE . Only WILL.. it sounds as if he's choking. Was.. Even more turtles crawl toward the moonlit ocean . I'm okay..
EVENING 159 158 Both have RONNIE sits on the hospital bed. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM . Tears begin to fall down her cheeks. KIM No. KIM Your dad wanted a normal summer with you.157 CONTINUED: 87. their black dresses on by now . STEVE is pale and hooked up to an I. DISSOLVE TO: 159 INT. And they've done everything they could. I asked you to come so I could see you live. (CONTINUED) .AFTERNOON Both RONNIE and KIM are silent for a long moment. RONNIE This can't be happening.. It's just an aggressive form and the treatments didn't work. BACK TO: 158 INT. RONNIE (Angry disbelief) So you brought me here to watch you die? STEVE No. RONNIE You should have told me. There wasn't anything you could do. I could have done something. 157 But WILL. STEVE'S face is covered in blood.V. JONAH and RONNIE are horrified. Doctors STEVE Not this time.BEDROOM .. STEVE takes her hand. make mistakes. looking at her father. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH . sweetie. RONNIE But if I'd known.
EVENING 161 JONAH goes into the room and sees his dad on the bed. JONAH But JONAH gets up. JONAH turns and sees her as well. okay? Cool. tears on his cheeks. As the door closes. 159 160 INT. 161 INT. PASTOR HARRIS I'm so sorry. cookies and milk in front of them. I'll walk you there and wait outside the door. RONNIE turns and sees PASTOR HARRIS in the hallway. WILL watches as RONNIE puts an arm around him. JONAH Why can't you tell me? WILL glances up to see a stricken RONNIE entering the cafeteria.159 CONTINUED: STEVE (CONT’D) I'm so sorry. crying. RONNIE breaks down and he holds her as she cries. CUT TO: . 88. oblivious. I love your father like my own son.HALLWAY . HOSPITAL CAFETERIA .EVENING 160 WILL sits with JONAH at the table. HOSPITAL . sweetie. RONNIE breaks down and leans into her father. JONAH What's wrong with Dad? WILL I think you need to talk to Ronnie. but WILL knows enough to leave them alone. JONAH munches on a cookie. JONAH (CONT’D) Can I go see him yet? RONNIE He wants to talk to you alone.
I can call an advisor or the dean and explain what's happening . roll steadily over the beach. (CONTINUED) . He kept asking when Dad is coming home. 162 EXT. getting angry.. STEVE'S HOUSE ... I'll stay tonight . WILL Jonah's finally asleep.LATER 162 Waves 163 Heavy clouds drift over the house.89. looking ominous. she doesn't turn. her voice rising. RONNIE spins toward him.NEAR THE TURTLE NEST .. WILL (CONT'D) Are you okay? RONNIE How do you think I'm doing? I just found out my Dad is dying and that he probably won't live to see Thanksgiving.EVENING . absently staring at the broken eggs and tiny trails left by the baby turtles. when she hears the front door close. saying nothing. WILL Look. BEACH/DUNE . Though WILL approaches.EVENING RONNIE stands at the turtle nest. RONNIE You can't fix this! that? Don't you get WILL I'm not trying to fix it. But I don't think he understands. you are! But you can't! And you can't understand what I'm going through either! RONNIE feels the tears starting to form. RONNIE nods. 163 EXT. RONNIE Yes. I'll stay as long as you need me to.
taking out her frustration. Up close. WILL It's not your fault.163 CONTINUED: RONNIE (CONT’D) I was so mean to him! I quit the piano and I wouldn't talk to him for three years! And now I can't get those years back. She collapses into him. Let me go! alone! RONNIE I can handle this The blows continue until finally.BACK PORCH . WILL sees her eyes are red. RONNIE I spoke to the doctor and he said my dad's in a lot of pain.MORNING RONNIE standing on the back porch.. around.MORNING 164 Looking WILL wakes after spending the night on the couch. RONNIE'S energies drain away.. any sleep? WILL Were you able to get RONNIE Not really. he hears the back porch door slam shut.. WILL simply takes it. WILL holds her and RONNIE begins to pound on his chest. but she's quiet.. The door squeaks open. WILL gets up and heads to the kitchen. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 163 WILL reaches out to her and she pushes him back. 165 EXT. as if depression has settled in. I'm sorry. I finally crawled in bed with Jonah. 165 STEVE'S HOUSE .LIVING ROOM . He sees . looking at the water. Pastor Harris is with him now. 90. But maybe if I'd hadn't been so angry . so they want to keep him in for a couple more days. 164 INT. RONNIE (CONT’D) I don't want you to leave. but my brain just wouldn't shut off. STEVE'S HOUSE .
STEVE'S WORKSHOP . lands in the sand. RONNIE and WILL see JONAH forcefully dragging a broken chair outside. WILL stares at her.BACK PORCH . 166 EXT. the macrame bracelet. too. and I can't take that away from you.MORNING 168 RONNIE enters. WILL a step behind her and they see JONAH tugging at a heavy crate on the floor. 165 In the silence. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . he takes off RONNIE is touched. there is the sound of breaking glass coming from the workshop. looking angry. but all of a sudden. STEVE'S HOUSE . JONAH lifts it up and throws it.165 CONTINUED: RONNIE (CONT'D) And not just because of my dad. Because of you. 167 EXT.. RONNIE What are you doing? JONAH I can't reach it! enough! RONNIE Can't reach what? What's wrong? I'm not tall (CONTINUED) . 168 INT.. RONNIE I don't want you to.MORNING Jonah! RONNIE The chair 167 RONNIE and WILL run toward the workshop.MORNING 166 The workshop door flings open. WILL I already told you that I can postpone it. Finally. WILL I want you to have this. (Beat) I know you're leaving tomorrow . You're about to start college. 91.
JONAH rises and pushes JONAH I can do it! I don't need you! JONAH starts to cry. maybe Dad will get better.. the dad he'd never stopped loving. She takes him in her arms. 168 For the first time. but it broke and I fell and I got mad and then the crate's too heavy .168 CONTINUED: 92. JONAH (CONT'D) And now I can't reach the middle part of the window. RONNIE notices the blood on JONAH'S leg and the torn jeans. I can't finish it! So I tried the chair. at him when he gets close. JONAH finally breaks down completely and RONNIE goes to him. It crashes to the floor. Terrified at the thought of losing his dad. JONAH (CONT'D) Dad told me to finish the window! Me! That's what we were doing all summer! You weren't here! All you cared about were the turtles! But I was with him every day! JONAH speaks through tears. his voice breaking. angry and frustrated. It jerks. causing one of the mammal-fish to fall off the wall. RONNIE Let's get you inside. okay? JONAH What about the window? If I finish it. (CONTINUED) . still trying to pull the crate.. RONNIE Can I help? JONAH You don't know how. I want to check the cut on your leg. WILL rushes across the room to help. RONNIE (CONT’D) You're bleeding! JONAH ignores her.
168 CONTINUED: (2) WILL Will you show us? 93.LATER JONAH solders another piece together as another piece of glass is presented. standing on the crate. WILL sees the burns on the Pastor's arms and hands. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . PASTOR HARRIS It's beautiful. looking worn out.MORNING JONAH. 174 EXT. He turns to RONNIE. then gently tapping it. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . RONNIE Will you be able to use it? PASTOR HARRIS Lord willing.LATER 170 JONAH shows WILL how to properly bend the solder that holds the glass pieces in place.EVENING 173 172 171 WILL comes in with fast food as the sun goes down.LATER 174 The stars are out in full as WILL holding a sleeping JONAH in his arms.AFTERNOON JONAH shows WILL how to pull the glass from the kiln. shows RONNIE how to cut the glass by running the glass cutter over it. knowing what he has to do. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . Inside. STEVE'S WORKSHOP . STEVE'S WORKSHOP . STEVE'S WORKSHOP . If we can find a way to finish the repairs. we can see RONNIE soldering at the table. the window getting closer to completion. JONAH places it in the correct spot. 171 INT. (CONTINUED) . 172 INT.MORNING 175 The morning sun shines through the window as RONNIE and WILL stare at the completed project on the table when PASTOR HARRIS walks in. 175 INT.AFTERNOON . 168 169 INT.MORNING . 169 170 INT. pushes open the door.EVENING . 173 INT. STEVE'S WORKSHOP .
RONNIE GO! You're leaving anyway and we'll never see each other again! LEAVE! I can't handle all this right now! And I can't be with someone I don't trust! (Beat) You just need to go..175 CONTINUED: WILL There's something I need to tell you. Then go. BEACH BEHIND THE HOUSE . 94. 175 176 EXT. No. I can't. RONNIE Just go. WILL I told him to go the police. he's my friend . RONNIE The pastor almost died! And the church . RONNIE Scott started the fire? been protecting him? And you've 176 WILL I told you it was an accident.MORNING RONNIE stares at WILL.. WILL What? . Ronnie.. I thought you were better than that.. RONNIE But what if he doesn't? Are you going to keep covering for him? WILL Yes. RONNIE It doesn't matter! He needs to take responsibility for what he did. LEAVE! (CONTINUED) ... WILL Ronnie.
WILL turns and heads off. As he looks over his shoulder, he sees RONNIE crying, her back to him. He stares at her, hating what's happened, hating himself. 177 INT. BLAKELEE MANSION - DEN - AFTERNOON WILL sits in the den, suitcases packed when TOM walks in. TOM takes a seat beside him, knowing how upset WILL is. You okay? TOM 177
WILL If I asked you to do something important for me, something for a good cause, something big, would you do it? No questions asked? TOM simply looks at him, debating. 178 INT. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY 178
RONNIE, now wearing the bracelet, sits beside STEVE, who lays in the hospital bed. JONAH is at the door. Despite his weakness, STEVE smiles. STEVE You really finished the window? JONAH It's awesome, dad. You'll see when you get home. What kind of soda do you want? STEVE Anything's fine. JONAH leaves the room. Once he's gone ...
STEVE (CONT’D) Officer Johnson called. They agreed to postpone the trial. RONNIE I can't think about that right now. STEVE nods. He should have known.
STEVE How's Jonah holding up?
CONTINUED: RONNIE Like me. Lost. Confused. Scared. Barely holding it together. STEVE I'm sorry I wasn't strong enough to stay out of the hospital. So you didn't have to see me like this. RONNIE Never say you're sorry about that. STEVE You ready to tell me what happened with Will? RONNIE shakes her head. No. RONNIE But I want to know something. STEVE
RONNIE When you said playing the piano made you feel better, did you mean that it helped to keep the pain away? (Beat) The truth, Daddy. Yes. STEVE
RONNIE's eyes fill with tears as she realizes what she'd put him through. STEVE (CONT'D) Oh, Ronnie. Please don't cry. It's okay. I'm not mad. Most of the time, it wasn't that bad. And I had the kind of summer that I'd dreamed about when I asked your mom to let you stay with me. RONNIE Oh, Daddy ... I'm so sorry. RONNIE leans onto STEVE and he runs his hand through her hair.
CONTINUED: (2) STEVE Shh ... It's okay. Really. I got to watch you save the turtles, I had the chance to see you fall in love, even if it didn't last forever. And best of all, I got to know you as a young woman, not a little girl. I can't tell you how much joy those things gave me. JONAH suddenly walks back into the room. JONAH Look who I found! KIM follows immediately behind him. quickly wipes her face. KIM Hi, sweetie. Hey Steve. Hi, Kim. STEVE RONNIE sits up and
KIM I think we all need to talk. 179 INT. STEVE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 179
KIM is cleaning up the kitchen when RONNIE walks in. KIM Are you packed yet? RONNIE I'm not going back to New York. KIM We discussed this. RONNIE No, you discussed this. But I'm staying. And I'm eighteen now. And you can't force me to go. KIM This ... isn't your responsibility. RONNIE Then who's is it? He told me what happened and I know you were angry with him. But I don't understand why you couldn't forgive him.
RONNIE Stop talking to me like that! I know exactly what I'm doing. 179 RONNIE stares at her mother. But you can't. KIM I know you do. STEVE has tears in his eyes. At that moment. getting angry. I promise. sweetie.AFTERNOON 180 JONAH is holding STEVE as JONAH cries on STEVE'S chest. was it? (Beat. too. JONAH That's not fair! I don't care about school! 180 INT. and I'm staying here.179 CONTINUED: KIM What exactly did he tell you? 98.) And you let me believe that he just walked out on us for no reason? How could you do that? KIM can't say answer. KIM You don't know what you're doing. School is getting ready to start. RONNIE It wasn't him. We've got to go back. finally beginning to understand. (CONTINUED) . It's my choice. both of them knowing it's the last time they'll ever see each other. I want to stay. RONNIE (CONT’D) You know what? I don't care any more. But I'm not leaving Dad. JONAH Who's staying? If she's staying. JONAH (crying) But I want to stay with you. I'll be good. JONAH walks back in. Daddy. There's no one else who can take care of him. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM .
held together with a rubber band. And every time the shines through the window we or any window at all. She pulls out a bundle of letters. But I'm to watch over you.. JONAH (crying inconsolably) I love you. RONNIE starts to tear open the package. (CONTINUED) .MORNING 182 As the Fed-Ex man arrives with a box. too. RONNIE I need you to do something for me as soon as you get back home. Can you do that? JONAH finally looks at his father as STEVE holds him. you'll I'm there.. okay? I promise. And I'm going to miss you. But your 99. As soon as she gets it. RONNIE and KIM fight back tears as they watch JONAH and his father talk for the last time. STEVE'S HOUSE . daddy. STEVE I'll miss you. too. 182 EXT. I want you to listen to me. okay? going light built know In the doorway.AFTERNOON 181 RONNIE turns toward her mom. mom's right. 181 INT. You're going to grow up and do wonderful things. STEVE Hey . And I love you so much. HOSPITAL . 180 JONAH (crying) It's not fair.180 CONTINUED: STEVE I know you'd be good. STEVE (CONT’D) I want you to know that you're the best son a dad could hope to have and I'm so proud of you.HALLWAY . It's just not fair.
BEACH .O.MORNING 184 RONNIE puts scrambled eggs on the breakfast tray and brings it to her father in the living room.) Simply because you and Jonah have always meant so much to me . both of them moving slowly. I decided to try this instead .) I don't even know how to start a letter like this.. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM .. 100. draped in a blanket.) You have every right to be angry at what's happened with your mom and me. 182 As she walks toward the house. STEVE'S HOUSE .. and since you won't take my calls.182 CONTINUED: The letters are addressed to her.MORNING 186 RONNIE carries STEVE'S breakfast on a tray and brings it to the living room. other than to say I love you . both now wearing sweaters. from her father.O. STEVE (V.AFTERNOON 185 RONNIE helps her father walk on the beach.KITCHEN . Or with Jonah. she pulls the first of the envelopes out and ... STEVE'S HOUSE . STEVE (V.LIVING ROOM .O. 183 INT. CUT TO: 184 INT. CUT TO: 186 INT.. STEVE (V.O.. CUT TO: 185 EXT. STEVE (V. looks up from his spot on the couch. CUT TO: .. STEVE.DAY 183 RONNIE helps STEVE into a wheelchair.) Please understand that none of what happened had anything to do with you.
TOM BLAKELEE stands on the street. wondering . I know. STEVE'S HOUSE .) But I want you to know that I still believe in miracles. You deserve that . 189 EXT.) It's not much. STEVE (V. RONNIE puts the Bible on the night-stand. too.EARLY EVENING 188 STEVE and RONNIE stand at the door as Trick-or-Treaters hold out their bags. everyone working hard... STEVE (V. CUT TO: 188 INT. She begins to finish the song...BEDROOM . STEVE is now using a cane and looks gaunt.AFTERNOON 189 STEVE and RONNIE stand on the beach beside PASTOR HARRIS as they watch the dozens of workers completing the church. marriages just don't work out ..O. RONNIE drops the candy in. 187 INT..101.) Sometimes.. RONNIE studies the music as she wanders down the hall. CHURCH .EVENING 187 STEVE is sleeping. for reasons that aren't always clear.O. PASTOR HARRIS and STEVE look on with amazement. CUT TO: RONNIE . RONNIE sees sheet music and pulls out the pages. In the background. STEVE'S HOUSE . I believe in the magic of love. and after pulling up the covers. and I want you to believe in it. STEVE (V. recognizing it as the music she'd heard STEVE playing in the church.LIVING ROOM .O. RONNIE puts the pages on the coffee table and finds a pencil. sees him. They see the stained glass window being framed into place. and certainly not enough to make you understand ..
hasn't been crying.DAY RONNIE sits beside a sleeping STEVE.BACK PORCH . RONNIE checks on her father one last time and stands. Am I interrupting? RONNIE He's sleeping. RONNIE enters BLAZE'S room. She hides the music.. RONNIE brushes a loose strand of hair from STEVE'S face as MARGARET. RONNIE leans back. STEVE'S HOUSE .MORNING 190 RONNIE works on the STEVE'S song.O. (CONTINUED) . you'll find some way to forgive me for leaving.. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM . Looking up. How's Blaze? mean Galadriel? I MARGARET If you have a minute. but she looks tired. 191 She STEVE can barely stand. BLAZE'S HOSPITAL ROOM . adding to it.102. It doesn't have to be now.DAY She 192 . she'd like to talk to you. MARGARET The door was open. BLAZE looks up. Her stomach is still wrapped in gauze. RONNIE pales. smiling at what she's added when she hears her father come out. I'll be waiting with open arms on what will be the happiest day of my life. BLAZE'S mother. STEVE (V.. 192 INT. knocks. But when you're ready.. as are her arms and hands. crosses the room and . RONNIE What's wrong? STEVE I need to go back to the hospital. CUT TO: 191 INT. 190 EXT.) And I hope that in your heart. holding his hand.
All of it. but . WILMINGTON STREETS . BLAZE We're getting along better. 192 I'm sorry. Anyway I'm going to testify against him.DAY 193 OFFICER JOHNSON leads a hand-cuffed MARCUS. Kind of sad that it happened like this. BLAZE (CONT’D) 103. There won't be a trial. But what's going to happen to you? BLAZE I'll be okay. I guess I always knew that. (Beat) I met with the prosecutor and I told her what I did to you. I'm glad. (Beat) Scott didn't do it. TEDDY and LANCE toward the police cruiser as the PROSECUTOR looks on. so he did. He's crazy. I had some information they wanted. Her expression is answer enough. Marcus did. RONNIE Thank you. Finally... CUT TO: . About the way the fire really started at the church.192 CONTINUED: BLAZE How's your dad doing? RONNIE shrugs. CUT TO: 193 EXT. He saw the chance to start the fire and get away with it. RONNIE Your mom seems nice. but that's not why I wanted to talk to you. RONNIE Are you going to get out soon? BLAZE In a couple of days.
too. STEVE'S HOSPITAL ROOM . And I want to do something for you. I want you to know that. How are you? The doctor said I can bring you home tomorrow. RONNIE That's not funny. RONNIE puts the letter aside and smiles.. I'm sorry. But you know what? No matter how bright your star became. STEVE I was going to say you're beautiful. STEVE Do you remember when you were little? You used to watch me playing for hours .AFTERNOON 194 RONNIE is reading another one of the letters from her father as STEVE sleeps beside her. 194 INT. I heard music and found you playing a song you'd written yourself. Daddy. STEVE The food here is killing me. Good. STEVE takes her hand and kisses it. When STEVE stirs.. Do you know that? RONNIE I'm sorry about blaming you. I never cared about the music half as much as I cared about you as a daughter. You. CUT TO: . RONNIE I love you. RONNIE Hey.and then one day. Daddy. You have such amazing talent.104. You were only four years old. On STEVE'S lap is the Bible.. on the other hand . STEVE You're right.. RONNIE Don't start with me. And I am feeling better.
playing the song STEVE wrote with soft passion. 195 INT. SCOTT moves to the next nail and . The music slows. It's hard for her to get the claw of the hammer beneath it and the claw keeps slipping. watching as RONNIE sits behind the piano..LIVING ROOM . STEVE. But that's not why I'm here.. Behind her. SCOTT I'm sorry about your dad. And the way I treated you all summer. And what happened with Will. STEVE'S HOUSE . becoming rich and full. too. then speeds up again into something almost beyond comprehension. the door suddenly opens and she sees SCOTT. looking apologetic.105. He gets the claw beneath the nail.MORNING 195 RONNIE wrestles with a nail on the plywood wall.. SCOTT listens. STEVE is on the couch. 196 INT.. BACK TO: 196 Finally . Did you ever get your scholarship? SCOTT Yeah. WE HEAR a good portion of STEVE'S SONG. RONNIE I'm having some trouble with this.. gradually becoming softer until . frozen in place. and it's both beautiful and complicated. closes his eyes as well and seems to feel the music as a single tear drifts down his cheek. .AFTERNOON SCOTT stands across the room. The music continues.. STEVE'S HOUSE . they simply stare at each other. SCOTT crosses the room and takes the hammer from her. I wanted to come by to see if there was anything I could do to help. For a moment.LIVING ROOM . however. and it comes out with a squeak. utterly amazed. leaning against the wall. RONNIE I'm sorry. For the first time.
(Beat) Did you get everything packed? We have to go straight to the airport after the funeral. it was that sometimes. That's all we've ever wanted. I promise. CUT TO: . KIM I know. KIM If your dad taught you one thing.. We all do. Mom. I don't know what to do. It made him so happy. KIM I know you did. sweetie. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH . Both are fully dressed in black. sweetie. ready for the funeral. RONNIE nods.BEDROOM . And I know it was 197 RONNIE I miss him. For a long moment.. the music finally fades away completely. and I tried so hard to make it as beautiful as I could. beautiful. I mean about you becoming the young woman we both knew you would be. I did the very best I could. RONNIE You mean about deciding to go to Julliard? KIM No. And he would have been so proud of you. there is silence in the room.LATE MORNING . both are trying and failing to fight back the tears. I just wanted to have the chance to say I was sorry. you just have to have faith. She stays quiet for a moment. RONNIE I haven't from Will.106. 197 INT. I miss him so much. RONNIE I played for him every day.
Her voice is soft and genuine. her eyes never leaving the window. 198 EXT. It's what my dad wanted more than anything. TOM enter as well. is surrounded by flowers. her hand on top of it. funeral workers are quietly removing the flower arrangements. Finally. almost heavenly. is trailed by JONAH and KIM in the mostly empty church. RONNIE smiles.AFTERNOON People in black are leaving the church after the funeral. at the back of the church. Behind her. JONAH and KIM hesitate as RONNIE approaches the altar. They pause to express their condolences to KIM and JONAH. Daddy. though. A moment later. PASTOR HARRIS is shaking hands as people pass. light on the piano. A moment later. enter. RONNIE (whispers) Hi. is the magnificent stained glass window. 199 INT. SCOTT. it too. casting its spectacular. RONNIE turns around and sees them. the doors of the church opens. CHURCH . SUSAN heads toward the altar. glowing in the cloudy light. is the piano where RONNIE had watched STEVE play. the clouds outside seem to have parted. and CASSIE also dressed in black. because the sunlight begins to slant through the window. On either side of the altar. SUSAN I'm so sorry for your loss. ASHLEY. Straight ahead.107. She runs Suddenly. On the altar. (CONTINUED) . RONNIE I want to thank you for what you did for the church. RONNIE steps up and wanders to the piano. CHURCH . SUSAN and SUSAN and TOM walk forward.AFTERNOON 199 198 RONNIE. remembering. dressed in black.
Up ahead. The song. and that your dad taught you. sorry about your dad. RONNIE But it's over? WILL Summers always come to an end.. What happened this summer . And I'm RONNIE I'm sorry. That you were wonderful.. huh? RONNIE Yeah.. too. RONNIE I thought you wouldn't go to funerals. I didn't mean them. CHURCH .199 CONTINUED: SUSAN Scott told me you could play the piano. more softly. It continues as the light streams down around her ... walking beside KIM.. She can't read his expression. RONNIE sees WILL standing off to the side. JONAH stands beside BRIAN at the car. (CONTINUED) . I guess you're heading back to New York. is finally complete and RONNIE plays..AFTERNOON 200 . we realize. dressed in a black suit. the music in perfect harmony. fully loaded with suitcases. STEVE'S SONG. and still continues. and begins to play AND SING. nor does he move toward her. (Beat) Would you play something to honor him? 108. as RONNIE leaves the church. She closes her eyes . I'm going to start at Julliard in January. WILL The summer meant a lot to me. About the things I said to you. She approaches. WILL I wouldn't have missed it. 200 EXT. too. 199 RONNIE goes to the piano and takes a seat..
BEDROOM . 109. she removes the macrame bracelet. fingering the spot on her wrist. and RONNIE sees a poster showing Wrightsville Beach. RONNIE Why not? CUT TO: 201 INT.AFTERNOON As RONNIE stares out the window. NYC APARTMENT . KIM puts a hand on her CUT TO: 202 INT. But now isn't the time. remembering. WILL It's not that. It's something else. knee. but there's something I want to tell you . RONNIE pauses to look at it. NEW YORK CITY . NYC APARTMENT . Sure. the bracelet. but RONNIE barely notices. Look.AFTERNOON 203 Ronnie plays the piano in the living room as KIM looks on.EVENING 202 201 RONNIE goes to her small bedroom. CUT TO: . knowing it's really over. knowing he won't call.. as if remembering. How about I give you a call? After you get settled in. CUT TO: 204 EXT. They pass a travel agency. AIRPLANE .200 CONTINUED: WILL Good for you. She debates whether or not to put it on before setting it aside. 200 RONNIE stares at him. 203 INT. RONNIE I already know what your parents did. and wanting to wear..AFTERNOON 204 RONNIE walks with JONAH down the streets. From her bag. I know you've got to go. her heart breaking inside.
. but the hands are those of a high school girl.) I hate the way it ended between us.) How's Jonah doing? RONNIE What do you want. WILL (O. She looks at it as she finally answers. Will? WILL (O...C.C.. she moves toward the window as it rings a third time and sees a pigeon sitting on the window sill. JULLIARD . 205 EXT. How's New York? RONNIE It's okay. Rising from the piano bench. and WE SEE hands on the piano (like the opening credit scene). wondering what to say if she does. RONNIE plays the music from the OPENING CREDITS.110.C. Grabbing it. she checks the caller ID.. but it's home. . She hesitates before answering it. her cell phone on the piano. It says WILL BLAKELEE. Hello? RONNIE WILL (O. She wears the macrame bracelet. WE DISTANTLY HEAR the music from the funeral . JULLIARD CLASSROOM . It's not the same as the beach. RONNIE Summer's come to an end.) Do you remember when I said I had to tell you something? (CONTINUED) . The music begins to rise in volume . wondering whether she should.) I guess I did.C. right? Isn't that what you said? WILL (O. As she plays. 206 INT. he's startled by the ringing of her cell phone.AFTERNOON 206 .AFTERNOON 205 As students enter the building.
where she sees WILL standing in the doorway. RONNIE I remember. I remember.C. I'm staying with her for a while. WILL Well. the school doesn't normally make exceptions and it wasn't the right time to talk about it at the funeral . As does WILL.. Outside the window. WILL (O. anyway. (Beat) I've transferred to Columbia. It takes a moment for the news to settle. When it finally does. RONNIE slowly begins to smile.. shocked.) Is that a pigeon on the window sill? RONNIE What are you talking about? WILL (O. Look. Don't ask me how. (CONTINUED) . 206 RONNIE gradually comprehends what he's saying and she slowly turns around. But why? RONNIE WILL Do you remember when I said that Vanderbilt wasn't my first choice? That I wanted to go to that school with the incredible environmental science program. I should do this in person. He snaps his phone shut as she stares. RONNIE What are you doing here? WILL My sister lives here.C.206 CONTINUED: RONNIE Yeah. 111. My mom knew some people and pulled some strings. remember? Actually. maybe this will be easier if you just turn around.) A pigeon.
As we pull back. And I never will. WILL reaches her and slowly wraps his arms around her. RONNIE Maybe if you're lucky. I hope you're okay with that. I came a little early to get settled in. FADE OUT. strangely. Especially in January. RONNIE I love you. WILL The new term starts in January. But you do know they don't have a lot of fishing or mudding around here. it's as if the light through the window is shining on them. WILL I never stopped loving you.206 CONTINUED: (2) RONNIE You're going to go to school here? In New York? WILL starts walking toward her. They begin to kiss. WILL 112. . I figured. RONNIE I guess I'm okay with that. Considering I couldn't stop thinking about you. 206 RONNIE And not a lot of beach volleyball either. even if summers do end. playful look. WILL I guess I'll just have to make sacrifices. the kind of love that will no doubt last forever. too. their passion evident. RONNIE offers a teasing. you'll find other ways to occupy your time.
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