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the smell of something burning but sources unknown EXT- schoolyard elementary school kids playing in the school yard for after lunch recess. idyllic youth. view of the kids through a car window. Caitlin watching through the car window. She is in her mid-20's and sweetly dressed. From the shot, you can see the leather seats and the smart interior frame- it's an expensive if understated car- perhaps an Audi. Her left hand briefly caresses/thumbs the right hand of the driver, sleeved in a crisp shirt annd jacket as it manuvers the stick shift. View of the driver, Joshua, from the back/profile. He's slowing down and turning into their destination JOSHUA Relax, please. You're going to be fine. Caitlin smiles at him and turns back towards the window. INT- agent's office Office at Children's Home Society- inviting space of winodws, light, books on childhood development, and kids' kitsch- like the principal's office of a private elementary school. Social worker pulls up Cailtin & Joshua's file SOCIAL WORKER Gimme just a second here... Find where we left out. How are you doing? CAITLIN Good. A lot less nervous. JOSHUA Thanks for seeing us again. I feel much better with the DC deal behind me. SOCIAL WORKER Oh no problem. These things often take a couple days. How did it go? JOSHUA Well, we can afford you now-CAITLIN --not that we couldn't before SOCIAL WORKER You know that affluence is not required for an adoption. We are simply looking at your financial responsibility.
JOSHUA Of course. But the bonus will safely cover our upfront costs. The rest we can put in the college fund. Or I know you've been jonesing to shop for the nursery. Cailtin blushes/beems in modest joy. Social Worker smiles. SOCIAL WORKER Not that it exactly matters here, but how did you two meet? CAITLIN Well, it's nothing special. JOSHUA At a party-Cut to Party. Dance club. Joshua reclined on a seat, his back to the bar, surveying. He picks out Caitlin, who is beginning continually swept up by different dance partners away from her friends. With each new partner, the dance is off. Out of rhythm, incompatible sizes, perhaps one dancer is too forward for her obvious modesty. The last attempt throws her off kilter and the near fall embarrases her. She excuses herself and gingerly wanders to the bar. JOSHUA Is it twisted? CAITLIN Oh, I dunno. I don't want to risk it anymore. JOSHUA Can I get some ice? Let's see it-- up here He wraps a couple ice cubes in a bar napkin, gestures for her leg before gently hoisting it onto his lap and running the bundle around the ankle. CAITLIN Oh you don't need to--ooo JOSHUA Good? CAITLIN Thanks JOSHUA Want a drink? CAITLIN Ha, well this is an interesting way to a pick up line.
JOSHUA I don't need a pick up line when I've already picked you up. CAITLIN giggles Something light. I'll clearly can't handle drinking & dancing. JOSHUA Chardonnay. You know you aren’t that bad. You just need to give up and trust your partner more. CAITLIN What? I think I gave up more than enough. JOSHUA No. You didn’t trust your partner so he didn’t know how to handle your momentum. But him-- I get it. Next time. pause. Cailtin’s pride is both bruised and challenged. CAITLIN Are you giving dancing lessons? JOSHUA Are you asking? CAITLIN No. Joshua puts Caitlin’s leg down. JOSHUA Up. Come on. CAITLIN My ankleJOSHUA -is fine. CAITLIN ButJOSHUA bringing her up & onto dance floor. I’ve got you. We’ll start slow. Come here. Trust me, I dare you. Slowly, they dance. He guides her through a backbend, letting her give up more control as they progress.
INT- OFFICE SOCIAL WORKER And your relationship has remained stable since then? VO of interview during montage of Joshua’s & Caitlin’s romance. CAITLIN V.O. I mean, no relationship is perfect. But we've been so...steady EXT- SIDEWALK Tunneling shots of Joshua escorting Caitlin from 2nd date, her on his arm, 3rd date his arm around the back of hers, 4th him taking a moving box from her into their house. SOCIAL WORKER V.O. What marital roles do you each play? What positions do you anticipate taking in this child's life? JOSHUA Cait is a solidly the peacemaker. She's so canny at calming any situation with family, work1q INT- KITCHEN Shot in back/profile of Joshua bringing table items to sink while Caitlin is cleaning dishes. He looks intently at her. She glances briefly, smiles shyly, looks away. He grabs her face and turns it again towards him. They study each other. They kiss. INT-BEDROOM Caitlin & Joshua in foreplay in profile. CAITLIN Take it. Take me.