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SOUND OVER BLACK TEXT: "inter urinas et faeces nascimur" Shrieking and grinding metal as the tectonic plates shift far below the ocean floor. Rising up, the bubbling of air in water. Whales sing and fish swim by. A sonar beeping. Sucking, air bubble rush past. Sucked into a pipe. Traveling through piping up. Rising into a large sewage plant. Bobbing in and out of water. MEN’S voices in a foreign, muted tongue. Large turbines spinning. Sucked again into piping. Rising up through wide pipes into narrower piping. Up, up, up. INT.ROD’S.NIGHT Thick PAPER edges whirl as they cut through space. The maze of lines on fingertips rubs the pages as they turn them. Hands flip through the PHOTO ALBUM and settle on one PICTURE. It is of a young BOY in a little league uniform. Fingers try to pry the picture out of its sleeves. of paper slices into a fingertip. An edge
The hand jerks away to the mouth. A wince of pain as air is quickly drawn in through the teeth. A drop of blood is squeezed out of the finger tip. INT.AMBULANCE.DAY Two EMTs hover over an OLD WOMAN on the gurney. The EMTs try to keep her alive. The Old Woman is conscience and scared. She looks directly at ROD. She stares at him. Rod drives the Ambulance. The Old Woman’s eyes are full of tears. The EMT’s continue to work on her. BLEEDING from the WAIST. She tries to speak.
We see that she is He sees that
Rod uses the REAR VIEW MIRROR to watch. neither hand has a ring on it. She continues to attempt speech. One EMT begins CPR, but gives up quickly. shakes his head.
He looks up and
EMT 1 Shes dead. Does she have any identification? EMT 2 None that I know of... EMT 1 fills out a sheet on a CLIPBOARD. EMT 1 Jane Doe, approximately... 80? next of kin... EXT.PLAYGROUND. DAY MAN’S HANDS run over the monkey bars, down the slide, over the chain fence and settle on the chains of the swings. A penal code SIGN reads: "No adults allowed without a child." WENDY, 30’s, proudly alternates between watching children on the jungle-gym and working a small sewing project. ROD, mid 30’s, curious as an anthropologist, approaches the SWINGS. He watches a HIP FATHER, 40’s, put his LITTLE GIRL into a swing and begin pushing each other. The two men smile at each other. Hey bro. No one. Rod smiles. The Hip Father is uncomfortable. FATHER 1 Oh. (beat) Did you see that sign? The Hip Father points to the sign. ROD Yeah. That’s kinda funny. It’s the opposite way around normally. The Hip Father takes his Little Girl off the swing. FATHER 1 Well... it’s a safety measure. FATHER 1 Who do you belong to? ROD No
ROD Against what? The Father doesn’t know how to tell Rod to leave. ROD Oh. I was taking a walk. I didn’t mean to break any rules--FATHER 1 I mean, it’s cool, but the sign says--ROD I know, I know. My apologies---
They face off. Rod isn’t sure if he really needs to leave. The Father is standing his ground. ROD I’ll be leaving. Okay. FATHER 1 I think that’s best.
Rod turns and smacks into the METAL POLE of the swing-set. He staggers and bends double. Rod stands up. Father 1, hands out, follows Rod’s sway. ROD I’m going.
Rod, bent over, makes his way out of the play area. Father 1 goes to a group of PARENTS, who turn to watch Rod leave. Father 1 mimes the accident. Wendy, smiling, watches the children. INT.CLINIC.DAY Rod leans over the waiting room counter to talk to the NURSE. He has a large BANDAGE on his forehead. Rod shows the nurse an ENVELOPE. ROD Excuse me. I just got this in the mail. It says I have low motility? What’s that?
NURSE The ability to move spontaneously and actively towards an egg--Rod hands the Nurse a paper from the envelope. ROD Is it because I masturbated? It also says that my sperm wasn’t able to withstand the freezing process. NURSE (reading) Sir, you’re not supposed to ejaculate three days prior to a sample test day. ROD I know, I know. But it says that I’ve been rejected for low sperm count. I don’t really have--NURSE I’m not your doctor, so I couldn’t tell you that. ROD Well, can I just start over? NURSE I’m sorry, you can’t start over. Once you’ve been tested those results are final. ROD Is there another clinic I can--NURSE And you’re in our national data base so there is no other clinic, ours or otherwise. I’m sorry sir. The nurse hands back the sheet. Rod stands broken and in a daze. NURSE Oh, wait, sir. You can keep your file photograph. Rod collects the PHOTO of the boy in Little League Uniform.
Rod stops at the door and checks his reflection. He removes the bandage and examines a small cut and bruise on his forehead. He folds the bandage and drops it in the waste bin. INT.ROD’S.DAY Rod’s apartment is cluttered with stacks of boxes, books, bags of bags, records and other trash etc. -BATHROOM Rod changes from UNIFORM to street clothes. Rod notices his TOENAILS are long. Rod clips his toe nails. Switching SOCKS
He follows with his finger nails.
Rod cleans up the pile of nails. Holding them above the trash, Rod stops, dizzy, sways and rubs at his forehead. He takes an empty JAR from the shelf. Unsure, Rod drops the nail clippings into the jar. He removes a WRITING PAD from his pocket and writes "nails, XXXX 2011" He folds the paper and puts it into the jar. Something catches as Rod puts the pad back in his pocket. He removes the photo. -LIVING ROOM Rod finds the box marked "Family History." FOLDER and flips through to a marked spot. photo into it’s space on the page. He removes a He fits the
He flips back through the pages. Family trees are diagrammed with photos or names. Back on his page, Rod traced the blood line to his photo. Rod contemplates the jar. EXT.SPORTS FIELD.DUSK Rod, in high spirits, walks the perimeter fence of the game. YOUNG BOYS play Baseball and PARENTS cheer from the bleachers. Rod watches the game then sees Wendy in the stands. Rod approaches Wendy.
6. ROD Who do you belong to? WENDY (proudly) Peter. He’s next at bat. Rod watches PETER, 10 yrs old, fair haired and lanky. ROD He looks like a good kid. WENDY Oh, he is a good kid. really good student. ROD Oh, yeah? WENDY Yeah. He’s good at math, the sciences. He’s active, not like some of these fat kids. And he’s artistic too. ROD Oh, he’s artistic? WENDY Uh huh. He’s going to be in the school play. Peter Pan. Isn’t that perfect? Wendy stands up. WENDY I’ve seen you at the schools. Watching the kids. seem all right. He’s a
Wendy walks away. Rod, like a fugitive, tenses up when Wendy mentions the schools. Peter hits the ball. A YOUNG COUPLE cheers.
Rod, confused, follows Wendy. She has left the sports field and is walking through the park. Rod catches up to her. WENDY He reminds me of the little brother I always prayed to God for. Rod watches Wendy walk, amazed by her.
ROD I was married before. My wife wanted to adopt. She didn’t understand. WENDY I was always waiting to fall in love. I never married. I was waiting for the right man to come along. It wasn’t until I got too old to be attractive that I realized that there is no right man. There aren’t even really good men... (as Wendy talks) -They pass a TREE with low hanging FLOWERS and stop. Wendy crushes a flower and smells it. Rod smells the flowers and has an allergic reaction. WENDY (cont.) ...We’re all just shitty people waiting for someone better to do the right thing so we don’t have to do it ourselves. And the only reason anyone gets what they want is because they take it... (as Wendy talks) -Wendy hands Rod a TISSUE. Rod has a sneezing fit. They pass a TRASH CAN. Wendy motions at the can. Rod makes like he is throwing away the tissue, but hides it and puts it in his pocket. WENDY (cont.) ...And the only reason anyone keeps what they take is because everyone else is just so scared of life they’d sooner just not be involved. Wendy stops at the perimeter of the park. WENDY See you later.
8. EXT.BALBOA HIGH.CONTINUOUS Rod walks along the fence looking in. EXT.CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER.DAY Rod stands outside across the street watching children enter. INT.WENDY’S.NIGHT Rod and Wendy sit in a dark living room with a movie playing. Wendy is asleep on Rod’s shoulder. Rod turns down the volume. He slips out from under Wendy. Rod quietly examines Wendy’s living room then the hall. Light comes from under a door. Rod tests the handle.
WENDY Are you looking for the bathroom? Wendy stands behind Rod. ROD Oh. I was just leaving. Rod tries to pass by Wendy. She pushes up against Rod and kisses him on the mouth. Rod keeps his eyes open. ROD Thank you. Rod leaves. Wendy opens the door to the lit room. INT.AMBULANCE.DAY The AMBULANCE screams down the street. Rod, in a E.M.T. UNIFORM drives. In back the 2 EMT’s try to revive a YOUNG BOY, preteen, in SWIM TRUNKS, wet. FATHER 2 watches in horror. The Ambulance siren turns off. The EMT’s stop working. She goes in humming.
The Father pleads with the EMT’s to save his son.
FATHER 2 ¡Por favor! Usted debe ayudarle. Él no está muerto. ¡Oh, Dios mío! Ayuda de él! Es un nadador muy bueno. Por favor. ¡Él necesita su ayuda! E.M.T. 1 passes Rod’s window shaking his head and makes the swipe at his neck to say "dead." Rod breaks down crying in the cab. collects his TEARS in a JAR. INT.ROD’S.DAY -BATHROOM Rod scrubs his body with a PED EGG, collecting the dry skin into a jar. He combs his hair, collecting the loose strands into a jar. -PANTRY He places the jars onto a SHELF full of jars labeled "Feces XXXX2010," "Nails XXXX2010," "Sweat XXXX2010," and so on. The shelf is nearly full of jars. He makes a label, "Tears XXXX2010." -BEDROOM Rod fluffs BEDSHEETS. Particles of dust float around him. He tries catching as much particles as possible into a BAGGY. EXT.WHIZZ BURGER.DAY Sitting on a curb in uniform, Rod sips a drink. He intentionally scratches his hand raw. EXT.AMBULANCE.NIGHT Rod cleans the inside of the Ambulance. When finished he
INT.WENDY’S.NIGHT Wendy opens the front door to Rod, who comes in. WENDY I want to show you something. Wendy leads Rod to the door that was lit up the other night. Wendy opens the door and they go in the room. The room has shelves of DOLLS. On a sewing board are miniature DRESSES. Beads in jars. Fabric in jars. A child size MANNEQUIN. A book shelf full of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Rod opens a BINDER. Picture of children and fabric matching children’s garments. WENDY This would have been a nursery. Rod picks at the raw spot on his hand. WENDY Oh, you’re hand’s bleeding. Rod notices. She takes him to the bathroom sink. -BATHROOM Rod panics. ROD No no no! Wendy tugs him to the sink. Rod gives in as Wendy rinses the raw spot. Rod watches the blood run down the drain. We go down the drain with the blood. -SOUND OVER BLACK We go back down the drains, through the water plant, into the ocean and deeper. We reach the plates and they are screeching. The rumbling is intense. Any moment one will give in to the other. -BATHROOM
ROD I’ve got to go. Rod leaves.
I’m on call.
Wendy, goes into the Doll room. looses the spirit. INT.ROD’S.NIGHT -PANTRY
She tries to hum, but
Rod is on a STEP STOOL organizing his jars. He counts the SCABS in the scab jar. His hand is raw and unbandaged. -LIVING ROOM The apartment has gotten overly cluttered. There is a BUZZ at the door. Rod hurries to clean up a little and obstruct the view of the jars from the living room. He lets Wendy in. She pushes through the door and gets up in Rod’s face. She looks worse than before. WENDY You really made me feel bad last night. Why did you leave? ROD I was paged. WENDY No. ROD (stammers) I was...uh--WENDY No. I don’t buy it. It’s because I showed you my nursery. You think I’m disturbed and that there’s something wrong with me. Wendy is beginning to cry. ROD If you’ll just---
WENDY I want to have a child. I would make such a good mother. Overwhelmed, Wendy moves in and kisses Rod, to his surprise. Rod holds still, but is disgusted. Wendy rests her arms around Rod’s waist. WENDY I want us to be close. ROD Okay. Rod is mortified. -BEDROOM WENDY When I was seventeen my OBGYN told me that I would never be able to give birth. I just never saw the point in sex. In the bedroom they awkwardly undress. They sit on the bed in their underwear. ROD I think I have a condom somewhere. WENDY You can cum inside me. If you want. It won’t do anything. Rod, afraid, gets up. ROD Let’s just be safe. Wendy begins to cry again. Rod goes into the bathroom. -BATHROOM The bathroom is full of all the junk Rod moved from the pantry to make space for his collection. He moves boxes around and ends up staring in the mirror. Rod hears a floorboard CREAK.
He leaves the bathroom. Wendy enter the pantry. -LIVING ROOM
He checks the bedroom.
Wendy is standing at the door to the open pantry. She is looking at the jars and is confused. Rod, trembling, stands in the hall doorway. ROD I have low sperm count. know what else to do. I don’t
Wendy turns to Rod and covers her body with her arms. She takes a second look at the jars and comprehension dawns on her. She turns to Rod. Rod, ashamed, can’t look Wendy in the eye and begins to cry. Wendy reaches out to Rod. I do. WENDY I have a plan.
Wendy and Rod embrace. EXT.SCHOOL.DAY Wendy and Rod watch Peter from across the street. Peter ascends the school steps and enters with other children. Wendy leaves Rod to follow Peter. Wendy up the step to the door. ROD What’re you doing? there. Rod, surprised, follows
We can’t go in
WENDY I’m going to show you the trophy we got last year. He’s the youngest on his team. I could tell that he was nervous about auditioning for the school play, being an athlete. He’s always had a lot of energy, skateboarding, little league, A’s in P.E. But, honestly Rod, he’s a natural talent! Nothing less than the lead role.
Wendy throws open the door and enters. back, then hurries in after her. INT.SCHOOL.DAY
Rod, takes a look
They stand in front of a big class TROPHY CASE. WENDY Peter is going to be a heart breaker. You can just see it out on the streets. A FRUSTRATED TEACHER walks past them without making eye contact. WENDY In the supermarket other ladies stop their carts just to look at him. That’s why he gets picked on so much by the older boys. They can see it too. Look at him. Wendy walks confidently across the hall to a classroom. Wendy beams into the room at Peter. his desk writing along with the class. Peter is at
Rod looks in just as Peter glaces at the doorway. Rod jerks away, further down the hall. Wendy gently waves at Peter. Peter, politely waves back. Wendy moves on. EXT.DUBOCE PARK CAFE.CONTINUOUS Rod and Wendy sit at an outdoor cafe. WENDY It was my favorite book growing up. I wanted to mother all of those poor lost boys. It is simply delicious that Peter is Peter Pan in the school production. He’ll play fife just for me... We need your ambulance. And can you get ether? Rod measures the risks. Wendy watches him like a hawk. A TWINKLING OF BELLS begins very softly and builds.
ROD I don’t have access to medical supplies. Wendy is holding back frustration. WENDY You’ll figure something out. People at other tables begin to look around nervously as the TABLES begin to shake gently. ROD Are you doing that? Wendy is looking furiously at Rod. SILVERWARE, GLASSES and PLATES rattle, twinkling. INT.ROD’S.DAY The jars of waste rattle. EXT.DUBOCE PARK CAFE.CONTINUOUS Everything is gently shaking. Everyone shoots glances around, scared and disbelieving. WENDY We have to have faith in the plan. If you don’t have a plan you lose control and when you lose control what you want ends up in control. Wendy stares at Rod. Rod stares at his steady hand as the table shakes below it. INT.ROD’S.DAY The jars of waste rattle towards the edge of the shelves. EXT.CAFE.DAY A HIPSTER BOY at a table with his HIPSTER GIRL can be heard asking...
16. HIPSTER It’s not an earthquake, is it? Other people smile or laugh to stay brave. Rod meets Wendy’s stare. scared. INT.ROD’S.DAY The jars of waste topple off their shelves. EXT.CAFE.DAY The shaking dies off. ROD I can’t get an ambulance. It’s not like a taxi cab where I can just show up and take an extra shift. There are all kinds of release forms and what you’re talking about is a serious crime! WENDY I thought this was what you wanted. ROD No! This is not what I want! This is not at all what I want! This is the same thing my wife wanted. I don’t want some child running around me, calling me dad, wanting to play games, asking for help with homework, needing to be changed and read to and sung to sleep! Taking him will not make him yours. The only way to get what you want is to make it yourself! WENDY We’ll, it’s what I want and no one can tell me that its wrong. I deserve this! If you want something you have to make a sacrifice. You want a legacy, but you don’t want to work for it. Collecting your shit is not leaving a legacy, you’re just leaving a mess. Rod stands up. Glass crashes. Suddenly Wendy looks very weak and
ROD I can’t do this with you. Wendy panics. Don’t go! anyone? Rod leaves. INT.ROD’S.NIGHT Rod struggles to get the door open against all the fallen clutter. -LIVING ROOM He begins biting his nails. He picks up the telephone and begins pacing, muttering. ROD (furious) Understand! You understand! I thought I’d found kin. Ha! Wendy thinks she’s found a partner in crime. Ha! I’m nobody’s. Rod sees a mess and puddle in the pantry. All the jars are broken on the floor. The mess leads towards the drain in the floor. A GREASY LIQUID residue is all that’s left of his collections. Rod gasps. -PANTRY He takes stock. He panics. WENDY You’re not going to tell
He slips on the slime and slams his jaw on a low shelf. His mouth is bloody. He tests a loose tooth.
He leaves the room. He comes back and gathers up a messy jar. He begins furiously clipping his nails. He draws blood on a few finger tips. He drips the blood into the jar and drops in the nails. He pulls out some hair. He leaves the room and comes back tweezing his eyebrows.
ROD Control! He stops himself and steadies his hands. ROD Wendy. -LIVING ROOM Rod digs around in clutter to find the phone. 9-11. A SQUISHY sound slides by behind Rod. ROD I want to make an anonymous call. I need to know that it will be anonymous. I’m calling to report a--A DARK and SLIMY FIGURE moves in the bathroom. Rod freezes at the sound of CLANK CLANKING of glass coming from behind him in the hall. Rod peers around. He follows the continuing sound. 9-11 OPERATOR on the phone calls for Rod. 9-11 Sir? Sir? Rod peers into the hall. ROD (whispers) Wendy? Sir? 9-11 Sir, are you still there? ROD I’ll have to call back The He dials
I’m sorry. later.
Rod hangs up the phone. ROD Wendy? Rod follows a SLURPING sound towards the bathroom. Rod peers in and sees his LEGACY, a small human-like mess.
19. He screams and slams the door shut. He barricades the door with boxes. A box topples and a FAMILY ALBUM fall out. Rod collapses facing the door. The slurping continues, accompanied by a slight WHIMPER. Rod looks to the fallen book. The PHONE RINGS. The MACHINE kicks on. ANSWERING MACHINE (WENDY) Rod? (long pause) You’re not going to try and stop me, are you? (long pause) Rod? The machine stops. Complete silence. Rod crawls towards the door and listens. stronger than fear. He opens the door. The Legacy is a small dried mess, slowly RATTLING BREATH. Rod moves closer. He is distracted by a HAIR floating before him. He watches it float down an inch from the Legacy. He sees it sucked up by the Legacy’s breath. The breath smooths out. Rod backs out as the Legacy stirs. He closes the door. His curiosity is BABY PHOTOS.
Intrigued, but still frightened, Rod moves closer. He holds his hand above the door jam and squeezes a raw finger tip. One drop of blood falls. A quick flash of slime soaks up the blood drop. Harder sounds begin KNOCKING against the door. Rod pulls out the loose tooth. He places it on the floor.
A slimy paw-like thing grabs the tooth.
Rod backs into a stack of boxes. He and the stack topple. The stack explodes with papers,books, trinkets. Rod picks up an SCRAP ALBUM titled "OUR BABY." surrounded by photos and papers from the past. album. It is completely empty. Next to it is the letter from the sperm bank. The door RATTLES. Rod, in tears, stands and goes to the door. Rod opens the door. The Legacy rises from a slump, now lighter in color, flesh shining through a mess of slime and hair. It stands upright to face Rod. END. He is He opens the
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