1 THE HUNTER SCREENPLAY BY PAUL FEDELE MARCH 2010 2 e-mail;firstname.lastname@example.org Mob; (+44)07764188457 www.paulfedele.com 2 TITLE CARD LONDON EXT. LONDON – MORNING We view London around Canary Wharf; The three towers, in the distance the Millennium Wheel. INT. EXCUTIVE APARTMENT CANARY WHARF – MORNING A huge space with beautiful gleaming marble floors, ornate carvings. A panoramic view of Canary Wharf, the City, the River Thames. The living area looks like a picture from G.Q. Magazine, everything is of the highest quality. INT. BEDROOM – MORNING Impeccably decorated, obsessively clean. SAM HARPER 41, ruggedly handsome, short dark hair, toned, tanned, stands on the balcony watching the sun rise over the horizon, the street lights go out in shifting waves. SAM(V.O.) I’m a hunter, I like to roam Life is sweet, sometimes I have to pinch myself, because I can’t believe how lucky I am. He turns to look inside, on his bed lays ANGELINA, late twenties, long dark hair, beautifully curved, she’s snoring. Sam moves to the bathroom. INT. BATHROOM – MORNING Red and white marbled walls. Sam at the mirror brushing his teeth. SAM(V.O.) Three and out, they’re my rules. Take a woman out three times, and on the third date if she doesn’t put her hand in her pocket.......then. Why are we always expected to pay? Principles. Angelina stands naked at the bathroom door, her tongue moves around the inside of her mouth, she holds out her hand. 3 ANGELINA Can I? Sam pulls open his cabinet door, 20 new brushes in boxes stand in the corner, he pulls one out, gives it to Angelina. ANGELINA You know where my mouth’s been. Sam smiles, she grabs his arse. ANGELINA You’re an amazing lover. SAM(V.O.) My second rule, never go out with married women, come on there’s enough single ones about. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM - MORNING Angelina pulls on a short blue dress that hangs neatly over a chair. Sam puts on his silver Rolex. Angelina walks to the door, turns to Sam. ANGELINA Can I put my shoes on now? Sam checks to see where she’s standing. SAM Just don’t step on the rug. ANGELINA I enjoyed our first date, hopefully we can do it again? Sam smiles. SAM(V.O.) It’s funny when women say they never sleep with anyone on a first date, press the right buttons and they’re like jelly on a plate. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM – MORNING 4 Sam cranks up his Bang Olufsen, the apartment engulfed in music, he pulls out his stainless steel state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner, pushes back-and-forth, back-and-forth. STOPS, studies the pillow, starts to vacuum up Angelina’s long dark hairs. SAM(V.O.) Will I see her again? I’m a hunter, I love the chase. Sam rolls up his sleeves, starts to dust the bedroom cabinet. EXT. CHIGWELL COUNTRY LANES – EARLY MORNING Sam is driving his old 1972 SILVER GREY PORSCHE 911. U2 blasts from his stereo. “I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR”, Sam is energetically singing along. SAM “I have climbed the highest mountain I have run through the fields Only to be with you Only to be with you I have run, I have crawled I have scaled the city walls These city walls Only to be with you But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” EXT. GREEN FIELD – EARLY MORNING Sam is looking through a telescopic bow sight, beside him his best friend HARRY HOLMES 43. SAM(V.O.) I’m 41, divorced, two kids that I haven’t seen since... Since... I make lots of money, chase lots of women, and not always in that order, I’m a big knob in media, and you thought I was talking between the sheets. In my game there’s hundreds of single women, it’s the hours, not good for stable relationships, they love rich middle-aged men that shag all night, only I don’t 5 come as much as I used to, hey I’m getting on. HARRY Hey Apollo how many this week? We see the shape of a female Deer. SAM(V.O.) I’m a hunter, I know I’ve told you twice already.. Sam draws back the string of his compound bow, he’s locked on. Sam releases, it lands dead centre of the marked target, Harry is looking through binoculars. HARRY Jammy bastard. SAM You’ve either got it, or you... HARRY Least I won’t die a lonely old man. SAM Rather die lonely, than end up with a woman I don’t love. HARRY You just haven’t found the right one. SAM Don’t exist. HARRY Shallow, very shallow. TWO YOUNG ATTRACTIVE FEMALE ARCHERS, walk past, Harry follows with his binoculars. SAM Shallow. Harry is still looking through his binoculars. 6 SAM How’s Nicky? HARRY Sorry... Sam shakes his head, starts to walk towards the women. Harry heads towards the club house. SAM(V.O.) And I’m expected to respect the institution of marriage? INT. THE GYM SOUTH WOODFORD – DAY NICKY HOMES 32, dark short hair, sits in a pedicure chair, feet soaking. TANYA FIELD 33, blue stunning eyes, is having her nails polished. NICKY I thought you were still married? TANYA Divorced five years, refused to move out, so I have. NICKY And don’t you..... TANYA We slept in separate beds for three years. NICKY Three.... Jay’s got a friend who... TANYA No... NICKY But.... TANYA No... Forgotten what it’s like. NICKY Like riding a bike... They both laugh. 7 NICKY Could invite you both to dinner? Tanya’s mobile rings, hesitantly she answers. TANYA (a beat) How many more times, talk to our.. My solicitor... Tanya moves to the door, switches off her phone, Nicky follows. NICKY You okay? TANYA Need some air. NICKY Let me know. (a beat) In case you change your mind. EXT. CARNARY WHARF – MID MORNING Sam is driving his Porsche, we view the approaching skyline. EXT. PORSCHE CAR SHOWRROOM – DAY A corner building PORSCHE MOTORS LTD. The forty foot high glass surrounds a showroom full of Porsche 911s. And there elevated on a revolving dial, A 2010 SILVER PORSCHE 911 TURBO, gleaming in the showroom lights. Sam stops outside looks across at the 911 and grins. EXT. ZANE MEDIA BUILDING – MID MORNING A modern building, the sign above the glass doors reads “ZANE MEDIA” INT. UNDERGROUND CAR PARK – MID MORNING CLOSEUP ON A CAR BAY NO. 23 The Porsche SCREECHES to a halt inside the bay. Sam gets out passes a small parking attendant’s office, Inside stands TONY FREEMAN, black, mid 40s, slight build, he wears a smart jacket, on the breast pocket it reads “PARKING” Sam throws him his car keys. TONY Morning Mr Harper. 8 INT. ZANE MEDIA BUILDING CORRIDOR – MID MORNING Sam is meet by TRACY, late twenties, blond, he pops a mint into his mouth. SAM Morning Tracey. TRACEY He’s been shagging his secretary, bastard, I didn’t suspect anything. Said he was always tired. SAM Sorry. TRACEY They’re all bastards. SAM(V.O.) Not, how are you?..... Hello.... Did your mother survive the brain tumour? ......... Straight in, then it’s their life story, a woman always lets you know when they’ve broke up, it’s like they hold up a flag. Hey I’m available. Now guys, we hold it deep, don’t even tell our best mates. Tracey is stood at the lift entrance, she’s all woman. SAM(V.O.) Now look at her, stunning, ask yourself why would anyone be two timing her? Same old, same old, most women are shit in bed, they need positioning, bend over here, put that on, feel like I’m directing traffic most of the time. SAM Coffee? TRACEY I’m going to the bank lunch time. 9 SAM If you ever want to chat. TRACEY Mind, I could go tomorrow. SAM(V.O.) Remember. He who hesitates, masturbates, and I don’t do a lot of that, can’t waste it can I. SAM Twelve? TRACEY Great. INT. CORRIDOR – DAY Sam and Tracey both exit the lift, Tracey walks in the opposite direction. Sam is meet by JANE his personal secretary, early thirties, bright and professional with a dry wit, she’s carrying a pile of messages and note pad. JANE Been playing with your bow? Sam smiles, puts another mint into his mouth, she’s waving his messages. SAM(V.O.) And if you’re thinking what I think you’re thinking, never shit on your own doorstep, besides don’t think of her like that. They approach the office, the words “SAM HARPER DIRECTOR” etched on the door. INT. SAM’S OUTER OFFICE – CONTINUOUS Sam is walking past Jane’s desk; he’s looking at her messages, she hands him his morning latte. SAM When did my Ex ring? JANE Hasn’t stopped. 10 SAM(V.O.) My Ex, remarried, only her husband committed suicide, that fucked everybody including me. Had one girl, one boy. What did I know about kids, never wanted any, came off the pill, never told me, next she was four months pregnant. Both were born in two hours, it’s like they couldn’t wait to get out. INT. SAM’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS The size of a football pitch, leather furniture, a bar, on the walls expensive modern art, hi-tech gadgets everywhere. Sam sits in a grand leather chair, his feet on an enormous mahogany desk, he’s reading the Financial Times. SAM Has your mortgage.... JANE Choosing curtains..... (a beat) Do you want me to call? SAM Who? JANE The Ex, how did she ever get you to walk down the alse, let alone have children. Jane starts to dial a number, Sam reaches out, hangs up. SAM Order me some tooth brushes... JANE More teeth than a crocodile. (a beat) “CHANNEL 7” are here at ten to discuss the new network. “ASSOCIATE PRESS” at two. SAM(V.O.) 11 What can my Ex want? Money’s gone from my account, if she wants more she will have to talk to my Solicitor, at the end of the day, it’s just another business deal. JANE “MEDIA TWO” at four. SAM(V.O.) Bollocks, meant to tell my cleaner about the bath, made a real mess with this little red head, you haven’t got to know the details, let’s say she was impressed by the size of my tub. INT. HELENA HARPER’S HALLWAY – DAY HELENA HARPER, late thirties, sharp beautiful feature’s, tired eyes, she’s dialling a telephone number with one hand, holding her daughters head NATASHA 14 with the other, she’s in pain crying, ALEX 12 her brother is beside her, he’s wearing one sock on his left foot. NATASHA I want Daddy. ALEX Why d’you want that arsehole? NATASHA Shut up one sock, half wit. HELENA Please. (a beat) I’m ringing. INT. ZANE OFFICE – DAY Office phone starts to ring. INT. HELENA’S HALLWAY – DAY Alex looks into the road, we hear the sirens of an Ambulance. ALEX Mum come on. 12 Natasha starts to scream again. NATASHA I want Daddy. Helena tries to comfort her daughter. ALEX There’s only one person he thinks of. INT. SAM’S OFFICE - DAY Jane walks into Sam’s office. JANE Your Ex is on again. Sam’s mobile starts to ring, the name Amanda on screen, he hesitates. JANE She sounds really desperate. Sam presses the key to his mobile. AMANDA(V.O.) Do you fancy something hot? SAM(V.O.) Now we’re not talking Vindaloo. Sam puts his hand over the mouthpiece. SAM Tell her I’m in a meeting.... He takes his hand away. SAM Yours or mine? AMANDA Mine, I’ve something special. INT. HELENA’S HALLWAY – DAY ALEX 13 Mum, we don’t need him....... Helena puts the phone down. INT. JANE’S FLAT – EVENING Jane walks in from work looking tired, the flat small, working class. JANE Mum? Jane walks towards the bedroom. INT. MOTHER’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Jane’s mother mid 70s, frail, sickly, sitting up in bed coughing. Jane pours medication onto a spoon, feeds it to her Mother. JANE We’ll soon be in our new house. MOTHER Where would I be without you? INT. AMANDA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Beautiful white soft bed, candles burn in the corner, in the other a karaoke machine. AMANDA has in her hand a microphone, she’s singing directly to Sam, unaware she sounds like a cat on heat. AMANDA The first time ever I saw your face. Sam stares, not sure whether to laugh or run. SAM(V.O.) Fucking hell, I never knew shagging could be so painful. Sam accidently pulls the microphone from the speaker. He’s more urgent things to do, they’re all over each other, ripping at clothes, pawing at flesh, mouths locked; she arches, moaning, fumbling with his fly. He carries her across the bed, her legs wrapped around his. INT. AMANDA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT 14 They both lay on the bed, Amanda wearing a smile, Sam a blank stare. AMANDA God... You’re the best.. The fucking best. SAM(V.O.) 1,2,3,4,5,6. How long do you have to lay here for? Amanda moves to kiss Sam. Sam jumps from the bed, grabbing his clothes into a ball. SAM(V.O.) The moment I’ve finished I just want to go, no kissing, cuddling.. Sam dressed goes to the door, checking his hair in the mirror. SAM I’ll ring during the week. SAM(V.O.) Which means I don’t want to see you again, but haven’t the balls to tell you. EXT. STREET – NIGHT Sam looks towards her bedroom light. SAM(V.O.) And the other reason. Sam lets out an enormous fart. Fuck me, I don’t think I could have held that in all night. INT. TONY’S OFFICE CARPARK – MORNING Tony has his back to the door, dusting a picture frame. SAM Make sure they give it a good clean? Surprised, he drops the frame smashing the glass. He bends to pick up a picture of a young girl. 15 SAM Check they don’t scratch the leather. TONY My daughter. Sam doesn’t look, he starts to walk away stops, walks back to Tony who’s holding out the picture of his daughter. SAM How rude, my mind elsewhere. (a beat) Pick up all the glass, don’t want it trodden into the carpet... Sam exits, a hand takes the picture from Tony drops it back to the floor, a size 13 stands on her face, it belongs to BIG ZACK MOSES, a huge black muscular figure wearing a two day beard growth. Tony takes a car key from his back pocket hands it to Zack, he pushes Zack’s boot off his Daughter’s picture, he’s handed a bulging envelope. TONY This is the very very last time. BIG ZACK Dude I remember you saying that the last time. TONY It’s not about me. Tony looks at his daughter’s picture. BIG ZACK Let’s hope the operation is a success for yar shorty. INT. ZANE MEDIA OFFICE – DAY The London skyline shines through the windows of a beautiful conference room. FIVE DIRECTORS dressed in sharp suits; Hugo Boss, Armani, they gingerly sit around a large oak table littered with coffee cups, at the head CHAIRMAN SIR JOHN ZANE, a 60 16 something silverback in a Saville Row, Sam is addressing the room. SAM We’re going to announce the biggest merger in media history. ZANE People are nervous. SAM Have I ever got it wrong? ZANE I’m taking the biggest gamble of my life. Nods of approval from the other Directors. SAM Relax, the deal’s done, just sit and watch your shares go up. ZANE Sam you know I’m just a greedy old man who never stops thinking about the money. SAM That’s why you employ me. SAM(V.O.) When you’re put into a position of power, people listen, but it hasn’t always been like that. FLASHBACK A young office Junior Sam is chatting to a beautiful BLOND SECRETARY, they start to kiss, they sneak into the stationary room, start to kiss passionately, hands all over each other. SAM(V.O.) As a junior I was going nowhere but had a way with women. Samantha Baker, five years older, the office prick teaser, everyone had tried to date her including the MD, then along came me, within a week we were 17 making love in the stationary room until she fell on some drawing pins, wasn’t used to such a small prick. When you’re seen with beautiful women people treat you different, my life would never be the same. Sam is pulling the pins out of Samantha’s rear. FLASHBACK ENDS. INT. JANE’S OFFICE – DAY MARY You must be excited about the new house? JANE Ssssh... I’m using half the money to buy shares... whatever he touches.... MARY No..... (a beat) You could be buying furniture.... INT. LONDON TRADING FLOOR – DAY Lots of SUITED MEN are making frantic tick tack signs, trying to stem their losses. TRADER NO.1 Down three figures. TRADER NO.2 This whole thing doesn’t make sense, unless... INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY Sam is stood by the window; Zane enters, he flexes his jaw. ZANE You seen the markets? SAM Haven’t had a .... Sam’s mobile starts to ring, he ignores it, focuses on Zane. ZANE 18 They’re down fifty pence... Sam’s mobile rings again. SAM Just let me..... Sam walks into the corridor to answer. INT. CORRIDOR – DAY HARRY(O.S.) Here’s your chance. SAM What? HARRY(O.S.) This could be the one, according to my wife, she’s special. SAM Harry not now, and I don’t need you to find me any women. HARRY(O.S.) That’s the problem, you keep finding the wrong fucking ones. SAM Harry I’m going. HARRY(O.S.) You’ll regret it. SAM Won’t. HARRY(O.S.) Fuck, Nicky’s already planned the night, come on. Hey I heard she’s an angel. SAM So’s Mother Teresa. HARRY(O.S.) What do I tell Nicky? 19 Zane steps out into the corridor, his eyes on Sam, he loosens his tie. SAM Tell her I’m feeling hot under the collar. HARRY(O.S.) Great..... You haven’t even seen her. Eight, you won’t be disappointed. SAM Wait...... HARRY(O.S.) You’re definitely coming? ZANE Are you with us? SAM I’m coming. HARRY(O.S.) See you then. SAM No... Wait... Harry’s phone goes dead. ZANE We’ll talk about it tonight, I’ve booked us into the MIRAGE, bringing along my young Nephew, promised my sister, I’d find him a job. SAM Eight? Jane enters Sam’s office rolls her eyes, Zane notices. ZANE I think you’re wanted. Sam follows Jane into her office. 20 INT. JANE’S OFFICE – DAY JANE She sounds really upset. Sam dials a number. SAM I’m coming. Sam hurriedly moves towards the door. JANE If there’s anything you want me to do? Sam exits. EXT. GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL – DAY Sam runs into the hospital entrance. INT. GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL WARD - DAY Helena and Alex are sitting around Natasha’s bed, she’s holding her mother’s hand. Sam enters. The smile of Daddy’s little girl comes over Natasha. NATASHA D-a-d-d-y. SAM Princess. Alex gives his father an awkward stare; they’re uncomfortable around each other. Sam sits beside his daughter, she kisses his cheek, Sam holds her hand. ALEX How touching. A look of ice from Natasha to Alex. NATASHA Mummy said you had an important meeting the other night. Sam turns to Helena, nods. INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR – DAY 21 Sam stands with Helena SAM What did they say? HELENA They’ve ..... done an M.R.I.... She gathers herself, Sam goes to hold her, she pulls back. HELENA There’s a mark around her neck, at the base. You can hear Sam GASP. SAM I never.... Can’t find his breath. HELENA Would it make a difference? Helena walks back to the ward. SAM Where you going? HELENA I’m staying the night here with our daughter, and if you haven’t got another meeting then maybe Alex could come and stay with you, or scared he might dirty your carpet? SAM(V.O.) I realised then for the first time what it meant to be a parent. EXT. SAM’S CAR – NIGHT Sam is driving, Alex a passenger, they drive in silence. INT. SAM’S APARTMENT LOUNGE – NIGHT Alex is sat wearing one sock, the other discarded with his shoes on the rug, his school jacket and tie thrown on the 22 couch. Sam starts to dust the table, he lifts Alex’s cup, cleans the surface. SAM Go hang up your jacket. (a beat) And tie. (a beat) And what’s with the one sock? ALEX It’s called a Verruca. SAM Sambuca? ALEX Verruca. SAM What?... Take your foot off the table. Sam grabs an aerosol, starts to spray the area. ALEX The one with the sock..... Arsehole...... SAM What did you say? ALEX Verruca. Alex stands, moves to the door. SAM Where you going? Sam looks around the room uses a plastic bag to pick up the sock, his eyes follow Alex from the room. Alex SLAMS the door, Sam motionless holds the sock at arm’s length. INT. SPARE BEDROOM – NIGHT Alex has his bed cover pulled over his head, Sam enters. 23 SAM I’m trying, OK, I’m trying. Alex stretches out an arm from the cover, turns off his bedroom light. SAM So how long have you had this Verruca? The light goes back on, Alex sitting up. ALEX You can fool Mum, and Nat.. SAM What do you want from me? ALEX You don’t see it. Sam is uncomfortable with the sudden intimacy. SAM Tell me. ALEX Try and work it out, even you should be able to do that. Alex stretches his arm again, turns off the bedroom light. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Sam disconnects his phone from the socket, turns off his mobile, takes two sleeping tablets, lays on his bed eyes wide open. Sam’s bedroom light goes back on. Alex is stood in the doorway. ALEX You think you have everything. Alex turns to go. SAM Wait. ALEX Do you ever think of anyone but yourself? 24 SAM You’re twelve years old, what do you know? ALEX I know you don’t have anything. Alex exits the door. INT. MIRAGE RESTURANT – NIGHT An elegant FRENCH restaurant with tables and chairs to match, a PIANIST is playing Cole Porter, the wall clock shows 8.45, Zane looking frustrated, puts down his mobile, he’s sitting at a table with his Nephew CONRAD WHITE 24 baby-faced, no menacing physical presence, but a sharpness you feel, he’s smart, confident, edgy, eyes darting. A WAITER is standing by them while they check the menu. CONRAD Is he always late? ZANE He’s my right hand man, never lets me down. CONRAD Always a first time. Conrad turns to the Waiter. CONRAD I’ll have the crème brulee of Foie gras with tonga beans Followed by tartar of kobe Beef with Imperial Buluga Caviar and Belons oysters. (a beat) Hmmm Belons oysters, and you Uncle? ZANE Just the grilled sea bass, with a hint of lemon. Zane looks to the Waiter, pats his stomach. CONRAD And a bottle of Lafite 1982. 25 ZANE Expensive tastes for someone so young. CONRAD Must run in the family. The Waiter brings the decanted Lafite 82 with the cork, Conrad sniffs the cork, smiles. INT. HARRY AND NICKY’S DINING ROOM – NIGHT The dining table is lit by a pair of flickering candles, the dinner plates bare. Harry, Nicky and Tanya are drinking wine, the wall clock shows 9.15PM. NICKY Men.... You told him eight? HARRY YES... He’s not answering his phone. TANYA Now you know why. HARRY He will turn up. NICKY An hour and a quarter late. Nicky starts to dish up the food. HARRY What you doing? NICKY Should have known better.. TANYA A good book never lets you down. NICKY And in the morning I’m looking out my library tickets. Harry swallows hard. 26 INT. MIRAGE RESTURANT – NIGHT Conrad puts down his empty glass, two bottles of Lafite 82 finished. CONRAD So Uncle how do I get to be your right hand man? A raised eyebrow from Zane. ZANE You’re here to learn. CONRAD While others lose your money. INT. HELENA’S HALLWAY – DAY Sam enters the house with Alex. SAM(V.O.) The next day I had to go with Alex to his mother’s, he needed bits for school. Sam’s mobile rings. INT. HARRY’S KITCHEN – DAY Harry stands in his lime green dressing gown, he’s dunking a croissant into his black coffee, he pulls out his wife’s library tickets, his ears alert for Nicky, he quickly puts them back into his pocket. HARRY You’ve got me into trouble. SAM Sorry? HARRY(O.S.) You said you were coming. SAM Where? HARRY(O.S.) Mother Teresa. (a beat) Shit, Nicky’s on the war path. 27 SAM You never let me explain. HARRY(O.S.) Must go, got to hide her library tickets. Harry puts down the phone. SAM(V.O.) Knew I should have told them about Natasha, but I was embarrassed, embarrassed that I knew less about my own daughter than anyone. INT. NATASHA’S BEDROOM – DAY SAM(V.O.) This was the first time I had been in my daughter’s bedroom. Sam pulls open the curtains, sun streams into the room, his eyes adjust to the light, he runs his fingers along the furniture, on top countless pictures of him with Natasha. He picks up a DVD case, mutters the words written on top. SAM My favourite DVD. He places it inside a DVD player, presses play, on screen him with Natasha, he presses forward, him with Natasha, presses back him with Natasha, he picks up a picture of him and Natasha, he drops the frame, he sits back in a chair looking at her image. ALEX(V.O.) I’m ready. Sam stands wipes his eyes. EXT. HELENA’S HOUSE – DAY Sam is stood looking up at the house, Alex looking at the broken picture frame sticking from his Dad’s pocket. He turns to his Son. SAM It needs repairing. 28 INT. BOARDROOM – NIGHT Five Directors are sat around a huge television screen, at the top of the table looking uncomfortably serious, Sir John, beside him Conrad, they’re watching a BBC news report. BBC REPORTER The shares for the company ZANE MEDIA collapsed today from 564p to just 364p as its merger failed. No one has yet been able to talk to Sam Harper its original architect. In other news.... CONRAD Thought you said he never let you down? INT. GT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL NATASHA’S ROOM – DAY Light filters through the room, Sam sits by the bed holding his daughter’s hand, Helena stroking her head, Alex sat in the corner. SAM When are they going to do something? HELENA They have to be sure. INT. GT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL. NATASHA’S ROOM – LATER The scene dissolves into night, Sam and Helena continue to stay at Natasha’s side, the strain reflected in their eyes. A NURSE enters. NURSE Who’s staying tonight? Sam nods, Helena leaves the room. INT. GT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL. NATASHA’S ROOM – DAY The following day, Sam by her bed, Helena in the chair. SAM Maybe they’ll make a decision today? The scene dissolves into night. INT. GT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL. NATASHA’S ROOM – DAY 29 Natasha’s in a comatose state, Sam’s face next to her hand, Helena asleep beside her, Alex likewise. The door opens, Zane enters looking old, tired, he looks to Sam. Sam holds his fingers to his lips, they step into the corridor. INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR – NIGHT ZANE The one thing I never had. (a beat) Children. SAM Till this week neither did I. ZANE We all have responsibilities. SAM I’ve discovered. ZANE I won’t beat about the bush Sam, I need you back. Sam turns to Natasha’s room. ZANE I’m losing money that I trusted you with. SAM Hold on a minute. ZANE It’s a woman’s role to look after children, she can call you if things change. Helena walks out into the corridor rubbing her eyes. Zane turns to her. ZANE You don’t mind if he comes back? 30 Helena turns to Sam. HELENA You’re going back? Alex steps out, hearing half the conversation. SAM No you’re getting this wrong. Zane walks towards the exit. ZANE We only get to borrow what we have in life. Zane exits. SAM He only came to ask. ALEX And you said yes? HELENA You’d choose work over your Daughter? SAM What? I’m not going. HELENA We’ve heard it before. DOCTOR Mr and Mrs Harper? Sam and Helena turn to see TWO DOCTORS, they both take a deep breath. Sam offers Helena his hand, she holds it tight, reaches across for Alex. DOCTOR NO.2 The mass that we thought was a growth, that’s why we didn’t operate, is in fact a bruise. SAM 31 It’s taken this long? DOCTOR NO.1 We had to be sure, if it was malignant, it would have grown. Alex hugs his Mum. INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR – DAY Helena is walking with Natasha, Alex on the other side, Sam is behind carrying his Daughter’s bag. SAM V.O. The longest week of my life, they couldn’t operate because the bruise was inside the spinal column, and that’s why they hadn’t even taken a sample, one slip and Natasha might not have walked again, and she got it by falling off a wooden horse in PE. Now she’s going home safe, well, for me it had given me a different outlook. Even to the fact that for the first time in my 41 years I hadn’t woken up with an erection, in fact I hadn’t even looked at any women, was I getting old or just looking at life differently? INT. JANE’S OFFICE – DAY Mary is standing with Jane. JANE You knew about the shares? Mary holds up her hands. INT. ZANE’S OFFICE – LATE Zane is sitting behind his desk, Conrad in front with an assortment of papers. CONRAD Your shares lost another 7O pence, how much will they lose tomorrow? ZANE It’s all falling down around me. 32 CONRAD Let me work through the night, I’ll have a plan of action on your desk in the morning. Zane pulls the office keys from his pocket. A smile from Conrad. INT. ZANE MEDIA OFFICE – DAY The Five Directors, and Zane are sitting around the conference table, standing at the head holding their attention, Conrad. DIRECTOR.1 I say wait..... CONRAD Can your shareholders? Can you? DIRECTOR.2 He’s not on holiday. CONRAD Rome burnt while Nero fiddled. DIRECTOR.3 You piece of shit. ZANE Let him talk. CONRAD That’s OK, I use my head. (a beat) At university I had a top IT Company, paying me good money in exchange for information that me and my fellow student’s researched, we all made good money and everyone was happy. DIRECTOR.1 Sam has made us a lot of money. CONRAD And on this morning’s markets you’re losing it. 33 DIRECTOR.4 What do we do? A gleam in Conrad’s eye. INT. FRENCH COFFEE BAR – DAY Nicky and Tanya sit across from each other. TANYA I’d punch him straight in the... NICKY I never got to tell you... TANYA Who do they think they are... Sam enters the coffee bar alone with his thoughts, a YOUNG WOMAN, mid twenties, wearing a tight low cut dress with heaving breasts drops her credit card at his feet, he bends to pick it up, oblivious to her ample bosom. Sam glances over to Nicky. Tanya looks up, sees Sam looking at Nicky. TANYA Now that’s a good looking guy. NICKY Where? Sam walks across holds up his hands. SAM I heard you’re on the warpath? NICKY Sam. TANYA Is this? NICKY No... Wait. Tanya stands to confront Sam. He stares at her transfixed, her beauty hitting him, he’s no idea who she is. TANYA 34 Arsehole... SAM Sorry... Nicky stands between them. TANYA Do you treat all women the same... SAM Do I know you? TANYA Not if you were the last man on earth... Nicky turns to Sam. NICKY Go get some coffee, I’ve some explaining to ... INT. FRENCH COFFEE BAR COUNTER – DAY Sam stands at the bar with a faint frown looking across at the Two Women. Sam returns with coffee. TANYA I need to take my foot out of my mouth. NICKY Why didn’t you tell us? SAM I wasn’t going to shout it from the rooftops. NICKY And she’s fine? Sam smiles, nods his head. SAM Everything back to normal. 35 NICKY This is my friend Tanya. SAM Sorry we never said hello. TANYA Hello Sam. SAM Hello Tanya. SAM(V.O.) Fate can find you anywhere, that is how I meet Tanya, she was beautiful, smart and as you can see very fiery and yep I knew I wanted to see her again. SAM I suppose trying to make it up would be...... TANYA It should be ..... SAM Dinner, just to show I’m not an arsehole. Tanya’s Mobile rings, she looks to see whose calling, she holds up her hand, accepts the call. BRUCE(V.O.) How’s the coffee? Tanya looks out across the street, she recognises a Man in a parked car. TANYA Why can’t you leave me alone? BRUCE(V.O.) Why don’t I come in, cause a scene? Tanya stands, puts on her coat. 36 NICKY Something wrong? TANYA Must be something that doesn’t agree with me. NICKY So coffee.... Next week? The two Women hug, Nicky watches Sam’s eyes follow Tanya to the door. She writes a telephone number on a card, puts it in Sam’s shirt pocket, he looks puzzled. NICKY Woman’s intuition. INT. HELENA’S LOUNGE – DAY Alex is sitting at the dining table with his usual one sock, badly hand painting a miniature “LORD OF THE RING” figure, Sam enters, Natasha has her arms around her dad’s waist, Helena follows, Alex doesn’t look, to acknowledge his father. Helena looks towards her son. HELENA What’s wrong? NATASHA I suppose one-sock half-wit can’t do it. ALEX It was really quiet when you were in hospital. NATASHA Mum.... HELENA Alex. ALEX She’s only doing it because of you know who. NATASHA Shut up half-wit. 37 ALEX Don’t keep calling me that. NATASHA You said in RE they asked who Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John were, and you said members of Take That. ALEX Why don’t you tell everyone. SAM Stop you guys please, Alex let me help with the painting? NATASHA My school play’s tomorrow afternoon. Sam runs his finger across his head. SAM I’ll be there. Sam goes over, picks up one of the figures. ALEX I don’t want help. Sam accidently pulls of its head. ALEX Why did you touch it? Sam holds up his arms. ALEX Just leave it. NATASHA You could help with my homework. SAM I was good at this. NATASHA He doesn’t want you to. SAM 38 Nat, please. NATASHA It has to be in by tomorrow. SAM Just one? Sam grabs one of the figures, knocks Alex’s arm, smudges the paint, Alex throws the figure onto the floor. ALEX Look what you made me do. NATASHA Don’t blame dad, you made the mess. Alex walks towards the door. NATASHA You’re such a baby. SAM Nat... NATASHA Always sulks when he can’t get his way... ALEX Shut up. NATASHA Only miserable when dad’s here. ALEX Not.. NATASHA Are. SAM (SHOUTS) STOP..... Natasha walks towards the door, slams it. SAM 39 Not you as well. Sam can feel Helena’s eyes on him. INT. HELENA’S LOUNGE – NIGHT Sam is painting a Lord of the Ring figure. INT. NATASHA’S BEDROOM – LATE NIGHT Sam straightens Natasha’s cover, reaches down.... tenderly smoothes back a strand of her hair, he bends, kisses her forehead, tucks her in. Helena stands in the doorway. HELENA Since the hospital she’s been very emotional. (a beat) Don’t let her down. SAM Nothing, and no one will keep me away. INT. ALEX’S BEDROOM – MORNING An alarm clock rings, Alex pulls the sheets over his head, the alarm continuous, he sits upright, staggers from his bed, stubs his baby toe on a discarded shoe, hobbles to his alarm, turns it to silent, stops motionless beside it, sees ten of the most beautifully painted soldiers he’s ever seen, he runs his fingers over the figures. INT. SAM’S EXCUTIVE APARTMENT, BEDROOM – MORNING Sam sits on the edge of the bed, staring at Tanya’s number. INT. TANYA’S BEDROOM – MORNING A bedside telephone ringing, Tanya half asleep picks it up. BRUCE(O.S.) I’m outside. The front doorbell rings, Tanya in dressing gown exits the room. INT. TANYA’S FRONT DOOR – DAY Tanya is standing behind her front door, she pushes across the door bolt. TANYA If you don’t go I’ll call the Police. 40 BRUCE(O.S.) I just want to talk. TANYA You had the last ten years to do that. BRUCE(O.S.) Is it wrong that I miss you? SILENCE; Tanya is sat with her back against the door. BRUCE(O.S.) Just give me one more chance. SILENCE; BRUCE(O.S.) Please... I promise I’ll go, I just want to see you first. SILENCE; BRUCE(O.S.) SCREAM Argh..... We hear a crashing sound against the door. SILENCE; TANYA Stop messing around.... SILENCE; TANYA I’m calling the police.... SILENCE; TANYA I’m serious I’m going to call the police. 41 SILENCE; TANYA Bruce answer me. SILENCE; TANYA BRUCE... Tanya pulls across the front door bolt, Bruce is laying motionless against the front door. TANYA Oh my god... Tanya hesitates, unlatches the safety catch, opens the door, crouches to examine Bruce, touches his head, he springs like a jack in the box, she jumps back into her house, pushes the door shut, it’s stopped by Bruce’s foot, she barges against the door, Bruce contorted in pain pulls his foot free. BRUCE(O.S.) Listen you fucking whore bitch, don’t play the victim, I’m the fucking victim... Tanya pulls across the door bolt, slides down into a crouch. BRUCE(O.S.) I’m never going to leave, you understand, never..... INT. TANYA’S BEDROOM – MORNING Tanya sits on her bed crying. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM - MORNING Sam picks up the phone, starts to dial, hangs up. He closes his eyes, puts a mint in his mouth. He screws the card up, throws it in the bin. INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY Jane is looking anxiously at Sam. SAM You haven’t seen me. JANE 42 He’s got his obnox... Conrad enters, looks at the clock. CONRAD You’re forty minutes late. SAM Excuse me. CONRAD Conrad White, Zane’s nephew, maybe we can talk in my office? Conrad smiles. INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE MOMENTS LATER Conrad seated behind his desk, Sam sits opposite like a naughty schoolboy. SAM Own office, name on door, taken me fifteen years. CONRAD And five minutes to destroy it. SAM Sorry..... CONRAD Some of us have been fighting to keep this company alive, so maybe for a change you could grace us with your company. The Bankers are due in 2.30 with a plan to refloat. SAM Today? CONRAD Problem? INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY Jane is standing with Sam, she has an anxious look. JANE 43 You can’t be in two places? SAM Even if she sees my face. INT. UNDERGROUND CAR PARK – DAY Sam turns the corner towards Tony’s office; he hears heated voices, hesitates, not showing himself. BIG ZACK(V.O.) This ain’t no tonking. TONY(O.S) No more. BIG ZACK(O.S.) Then ring your shorty, say goodbye. TONY (O.S.) No wait, please. Big Zack is shaking, in need of a fix. BIG ZACK(O.S.) The fucking keys Dude, I need the money.. Understand? We hear the sound of flesh being hit. Sam turns to tip toe away. TONY(V.O.) If you kill me, my daughter will have no one. A moment of decision, a longer moment, Sam steps into the doorway. Tony is bleeding from the lip, and nose. SAM How much do you want? BIG ZACK Who the fuck? SAM How much? Money..... 44 Big Zack walks to a parked Mercedes, uses the butt of his gun to smash the windscreen, it SHATTERS. He walks to Sam, draws back his gun hand. Sam doesn’t flinch. BIG ZACK Why’d you want to save the Homey’s life? SAM Not his...... BIG ZACK Fuck you, you must be crazy Dude. So how much money ya got? SAM We’ve got to go to the bank and get it. INT. PORSCHE – DAY Sam is driving, Big Zack in the passenger seat, he puts his feet on the dash. BIG ZACK This is some fucking set of wheels. Sam turns to look him in the face, Big Zack drops his feet, he pulls out his gun. BIG ZACK Tell me why ya not scared? Sam looks at his watch. SAM Trust me there’s other things more scary than you. His car stereo is playing Andrew Gold’s “Lonely Boy” “He was born a summer day nineteen Fifty one. And with the slap of a hand he had Landed as an only son. 45 His mother and father said What a lovely boy. We’ll teach him. Oh Oh What a lonely boy Oh What a lonely boy Oh What a lonely boy”. Big Zack kicks the dash. BIG ZACK Turn that motherfuck shit off. SAM Don’t like my music. BIG ZACK Dude turn the fuck off. Sam reaches to turn off the music, his left wheel goes over a pothole, we hear a blowout to the front of the car, it veers to the left. SAM Fuck..... No, no, no, I can’t miss her school play. EXT. SAM’S CAR – DAY Sam is surveying his car, his watch says 2.35PM Sam is changing the wheel, Big Zack stands over him with a gun. SAM If you hadn’t been going on about my music. BIG ZACK So this is about ya Shorty? SAM What!!! BIG ZACK Ya shorty? SILENCE: 46 BIG ZACK How many ya got? SILENCE: BIG ZACK So? Don’t I talk English? Sam looks at his watch stares at Big Zack. BIG ZACK Ya must be a good father. Sam is struggling to undo the wheel nuts, now seriously irritated. BIG ZACK So looking at me, ya think I’d had a good father? SAM I think I would have drowned you at birth. Go look for a longer one of these. Sam holds up the wrench. Big Zack’s face does a complete change of expression. BIG ZACK Fuck You. Big Zack goes to the back of the car. SAM No the front, the boot is at the front. Sam kicks the wheel in frustration; Starts to turn the first wheel nut. BIG ZACK Who knows what I would I would have been if I’d had a father like you. INT. SCHOOL HALL – DAY On stage Natasha, and a 17 year old boy called JAKE TURNER, he kisses her cheek, she blushes. 47 The school audience with parents OOOOOS and whistles, Natasha looks to the audience for her dad. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY – DAY Helena comforts her daughter, Alex watches closely getting caught in his sister’s sadness. NATASHA How could he forget? HELENA Maybe he was caught up at work. ALEX I knew he’d never stick to it. EXT. CARNARY WHARF BANK – DAY Sam comes out of the bank, has a bundle of cash in his hand, Big Zack holds out his hand. SAM The gun. BIG ZACK Go fuck... SAM I don’t want you hurting anyone else... BIG ZACK How about, I blow your fucking brains out. SAM The gun. BIG ZACK Bro what blow you taking? SAM We all need to do something good. BIG ZACK Well I’m not becoming a priest. SAM 48 It’s never too late. BIG ZACK To be a priest? SAM To change. BIG ZACK Say I don’t want to? SAM This time last week I would never have turned that corner in the car park. Sam holds out his hand. BIG ZACK Naw... Sam steps closer. BIG ZACK Come any closer.... I swear... He aims at Sam. BIG ZACK Dude he ain’t even ya bro. Sam gently takes the gun from Big Zack. SAM You’ve got enough money in your hand to do anything, be anything, don’t waste it. BIG ZACK Can I have my gun... Please. Big Zack’s body language is different, like that of a young child. Sam nods. BIG ZACK(cont’d) Ya won’t snitch me... 49 SAM The last thing on my mind. INT. SCHOOL HALL – DAY Sam comes running along the corridor, Natasha is with her mother, Alex, and Jake. Helena and Alex are GLARING at Sam, PUPILS and PARENTS stream past unaware of the situation. HELENA Nothing and no one will keep me away. SAM Let me explain. HELENA How many times you going to break her heart? SAM I was on my way.... Something happened.... It was a case of life or death. ALEX You’re not even a good liar. (a beat) Our stepdad was more of a father then you could ever.... SAM Yeah that’s why he killed himself.... Sam is immediately upset with himself. SAM (cont’d) No, I didn’t mean that. Helena takes her daughter’s hand, leads her away. HELENA Stay away from us, you hear, stay away. EXT. HELENA’S HOUSE – LATER THAT DAY Sam paces outside, Helena stewing, stands by the front door deadpan, they stare at each other. 50 HELENA Come to apologise? SAM Come to see my children. HELENA They don’t want to see you. SAM You or them. HELENA What does that mean? SAM Maybe you’re just trying to get back. HELENA Get back? Because you walked out, you think you can just step back into their lives, because it suits you. We see she still cares. SAM These last days have been different. HELENA It’s a pity you weren’t like that when they were born, growing up, birthdays, sports days, days when they needed a father as well as a mother. SAM I can’t go back... A long look as she walks back into the house, closes the door. SAM Don’t do this to me. INT. BOARD ROOM – DAY 51 Zane, Conrad, TIM the BANKER and Five Directors are anxiously waiting for Sam. ZANE Give him another five minutes. Conrad looks to his uncle. CONRAD What excuse this time? BANKER Your Uncle mentioned you ran a company at university? CONRAD I don’t want to talk behind his back but he’s costing you millions. ZANE Conrad, Tim is talking to you. BANKER Your business at university? CONRAD I’ve drawn up a plan. Conrad hands out A4 sheets. CONRAD(cont’d) To refloat we need cheap English speaking programmes. (a beat) The cost of buying them, estimated revenue from advertisers, in six months we could be in profit. Tim scans the sheet. BANKER If these figures are correct? Conrad looks to his uncle, Zane nods his head. BANKER Let me analyze these. CONRAD 52 I’ll get your money. BANKER Sir John, walk out with me? Tim, and Zane exit. INT. BOARDROOM – DAY A beehive of activity. Conrad is ordering the Directors around like he’s the boss, anxiously going over reports, working the phones, drinking coffee. Sam enters reeling from his experience, he stands to observe the action. CONRAD Glad to see you could make it. All eyes go to Sam, fixating on his dishevelled looks. SAM What’s going on? DIRECTOR.4 We could be back in business. The Directors look to Conrad. Sam looks across. SAM Got a moment? Conrad walks over. SAM What the fuck you up to? CONRAD Your days are numbered and I’m going to be sitting in your chair. SAM Listen you little shi..... Zane re enters. ZANE 53 Sam, we need to talk. They walk to the opposite corner. ZANE Tim thinks he can get the money, on the provision.... SAM On the provision..... ZANE On the provision, because of what’s happened, that you’re not involved. SAM Fine... I’ve other projects. ZANE No I mean.... Out. SAM What? No wait, it was a good deal, the markets just.... ZANE Sam they want to set up an official inquiry, relax I’m... in your corner, I’m the one who brought you back... (a beat) Treat it like a sabbatical. SAM And you’re leaving that little shit in charge? Both look to Conrad. SAM(V.O.) For the first time, I felt like the hunted. INT. FRENCH COFFEE BAR - DAY Sam alone with a latte is sitting at the coffee bar deep in thought. 54 INT. JANE’S OFFICE ZANE MEDIA – DAY A UPS package arrives on Jane’s desk, it’s addressed to Conrad, underneath Jane’s caught some paperwork. INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE ZANE MEDIA – DAY Conrad is on the phone, Jane leaves the package on his desk unaware of the attached letters. INT. JANE’S OFFICE ZANE MEDIA – DAY Jane is searching the top of her desk, MARY comes in with a folder. JANE I left some letters. MARY You might have picked them up with something else. INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE – DAY Conrad opens the package, removes £30000 in fifty pound notes, Jane enters. Conrad throws the money to the floor, Jane’s eyes follow. CONRAD Don’t you knock? JANE Did I leave some...... CONRAD What? JANE Letters? Conrad looks to his desk, Jane moves forward, sees the letters. CONRAD I’ll do it. Conrad grabs the letters, gives them to Jane. CONRAD(Cont’d) Now excuse me. 55 EXT. FRENCH COFFEE BAR – DAY Tanya starts to enter, sees Sam, her mobile rings, WITHELD on screen. TANYA Hello, hello, hello.... SILENCE; Tanya puts her phone in her bag. Sam looks up, they share some meaningful eye contact. TANYA What a surprise. Sam’s mind on earlier. TANYA(Cont’d) Tanya...... In case you forgot... SAM How could I forget the woman who said that she wouldn’t want to know me if I was the last man on earth.. Tanya’s mobile rings again, WITHELD on screen. TANYA Sorry (a beat) Hello, hello..... (a beat) Stop messing around..... SILENCE; Tanya puts her phone in her bag. TANYA Sorry.. You know I didn’t ..... SAM Apologies accepted, on the provision that you let me buy you a coffee? Sam stands, her phone rings, hesitates, answers. 56 TANYA (shouts) Stay out of my life. SAM I only offered to buy coffee. Tanya looks at her phone, smiles, bursts into tears. SAM Do you fancy something stronger? Tanya’s phone rings, she looks down, turns it off. TANYA Please. EXT. ZOO’S BAR – NIGHT Sam and Tanya are stood outside, Big Zack on the other side of the Road is walking towards them, he’s different, clean shaven, smart suit, he spots Sam, holds up his arm to attract his attention, he notices Bruce spying on them from a doorway, he slips into the doorway behind. INT. ZOO’S BAR - NIGHT A small glamorous bar and dance floor, Sam is helping Tanya wipe a drink off her dress, the table full of empty glasses, they’re loosened up, R&B music plays. SAM(V.O.) I discovered that Tanya had an Ex who wouldn’t leave her alone. TANYA I’m surprised you haven’t run away? SAM Let me get you another. Tanya slightly tipsy, brushes her hair back as she speaks right into his ear. TANYA You’re not going to seduce me? Her cheeks pinken. 57 TANYA(cont’d) I want you to know... SAM You don’t make a habit of... Spilling drinks over your dress... TANYA I.. I still haven’t found what I’m looking for... SAM “I have climbed the highest mountain”. TANYA Sshh.. “I have run through the fields”.... SAM/TANYA “Only to be with you Only to be with you”. Sam laughs, Tanya completely at ease. SAM I’m sure there’s somebody. Sam stands to get more drinks, the music changes, more soulful, she pulls him back. TANYA Don’t go, I love this one... She starts to mouth the melody to Sam, takes his hand, guides him to the dance floor, her hips in rhythm to the beat, provocatively playing with her hair, they couldn’t be having a better time. Her hands go to the back of Sam’s hair, they move closer, they eye each other, sharing a moment of connection, start to kiss passionately, oblivious to all. EXT. ZOO’S BAR – NIGHT LATER Sam and Tanya stand kissing, they flag down a cab, Bruce steps from a doorway hails a cab behind, both drive into the night, Big Zack emerges from the doorway behind. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM – MORNING 58 Sam lays fast asleep, his arms around Tanya’s waist. INT. SAM’S BATHROOM – LATER Sam is stood at the mirror brushing his teeth, Tanya enters wearing his t-shirt, she passes her tongue over her teeth. TANYA Have you got another? SAM Use mine. TANYA It’s okay. SAM You know where my mouth’s been. Sam senses something is off. SAM (a beat) Could we do this again? TANYA Brush our teeth? Sam smiles. TANYA(cont’d) I’ll get the shirt back as soon as I can. Sam goes to kiss her, she steps back. . TANYA I think the drink was doing the talking. She moves into the hall. INT. SAM’S HALL – MORNING Sam stands in silence watching Tanya put on her coat, she moves to the front door. TANYA I’ll ring you. 59 SAM Right. She gives Sam a polite kiss on the cheek; he looks at his image in the hall mirror. SAM(V.O.) The hunter becomes the hunted. EXT. SAM’S APARTMENT – MORNING Tanya emerges from Sam’s apartment, across the road Bruce, he walks in line with her, oblivious, he steps into the road, a lorry heading towards him, he screams her name. BRUCE (shouts) T-a-n-y-a. She looks across, a bendy bus obscures her view, the sound of the lorry’s brakes makes Bruce turn, he holds up his hands the Vehicle inches from him, a hand grabs his collar pulls him from the lorry’s path, Big Zack pulls him behind a wall obscured from the street, Tanya shudders, she looks across to see an empty street. BRUCE You saved my life. (a beat) You saved my life, God I’m so grateful. Big Zack tightens the grip around his throat. BRUCE What you doing? Big Zack lets go of his grip. BIG ZACK Ya leave that woman alone. BRUCE The guy in the suit he’s paid you to frighten me? Big Zack starts to walk away. BRUCE 60 You don’t frighten me, you don’t frighten me at all, and I’m not going to leave the woman, you hear me? Big Zack pulls him between two parked cars, unseen by the oncoming DRIVER, Bruce can see it heading towards him. BIG ZACK Never dis me. BRUCE What you doing? Stop. Please stop, please. BIG ZACK Can’t hear you. BRUCE Please stop you’re going to kill me. BIG ZACK Ya wanna rethink? BRUCE I’ll leave the woman alone. The fast moving car is metres away. BIG ZACK Naw, then say it, say like ya mean it. BRUCE I promise, I’ll leave the woman alone. A crying and shaking Bruce is knelt on the road by himself between two parked cars. INT. BOARDROOM – DAY The Boardroom full of staff at Zane Media, Conrad presiding, some holding opened white envelopes, there’s a pensive feel. CONRAD I know this is hard for all of us, since the crash we’ve had to 61 restructure, my Uncle would like to thank personally those who’ve showed loyalty, unfortunately he’s had to go away, and asked that I pass these on. Mary is holding one of the envelopes. MARY So some of us have to make up for other peoples mistakes. CONRAD That was all before my time. MARY Rumours hit the stock exchange the day you joined. CONRAD Never believe rumours. Nervous chuckles, all eyes go to Mary. CONRAD(Cont’d) Those with envelopes, if you would clear your desks, and Zane Media would like to wish you all the best for the future. INT. JANE’S OFFICE – DAY Mary enters, looks around the office, Jane sat at her desk. She goes back to secure the door, it springs open Conrad enters, he looks to Mary. CONRAD I want you out in an hour. He exits. She turns to Jane. MARY Meet me at the coffee house at two. INT. COFFEE HOUSE – DAY Mary and Jane sit drinking coffee. 62 JANE You knew about the shares? MARY My boyfriend works for the Monopolies Commission, he would have lost his job. JANE So it had nothing to do with Sam? MARY They were down before they hit the market, they destroy a company, then buy cheap. INT. SAM’S LOUNGE – DAY Sam is on the phone. SAM Hello. INT. HELENA’S LOUNGE – DAY Natalie is holding the phone to her ear in silence. INT. SAM’S LOUNGE – DAY SAM Please say something? (a beat) I know I keep letting you down, I just want you to know that I love you, I love you very very much. INT. HELENA’S LOUNGE – DAY Natalie puts the phone down, runs into her mother’s arms. INT. JANE’S MUMS BEDROOM – NIGHT Jane’s mum is sitting up in bed looking frail. JANE It might take a little longer, but we will get our new house... MOTHER I could go back to work? 63 Jane’s mum starts to cough. INT. HELENA’S HOUSE – MORNING Helena puts the phone down, she has a worried look. Alex is standing with an empty pot of paint. ALEX What’s wrong? HELENA Come and sit down. NATALIE What is it? HELENA I need to go to my sister’s it will only be for a day.... She’s not well, and.... ALEX Yes.... That means time off school. HELENA No...... She can’t have you around. NATALIE So who’s...... ALEX No.... HELENA Yes. I’ve spoken to him.. He’s missing you.... Both of you... Please.... For me. EXT. HELENA’S HOUSE – MORNING Natasha and Alex are stood with travel bags, Sam approaches with a smile. SAM How we doing? Silence: 64 Natasha and Alex move towards their Dad’s car, Sam grabs their bags. SAM Hey so now we’ve got this time, what do you fancy doing? Natasha and Alex shrug. SAM I know, you’ll love it. EXT. GREEN FIELD – MID DAY Alex is struggling to pull the string back to his Dad’s compound bow, he and Natasha look like they want to be elsewhere. SAM Let me help. ALEX I can do it. NATASHA No you can’t. An attractive female ARCHER walks by. ARCHER Hi Apollo... Yours? Sam smiles looks to Natasha and Alex. NATASHA YES. (Whispers to her Dad) Why she call you Apollo? ALEX Duh, might be something to do with the bow. NATASHA Apollo was the guardian of women, half wit, learning that in classical history. Alex laughs. ALEX 65 Guardian... SAM OK, OK, let’s shoot some arrows. Sam sets up Alex to release the arrow, it flies through the air missing a small bird. NATASHA You nearly hit it. ALEX Didn’t. SAM Guys... NATASHA Did.. ALEX Didn’t. SAM Guys please..... NATASHA Bird killer. ALEX Not. SAM I want today to be fun. ALEX So let’s go home. SAM Come on, just one more go. Sam helps Alex, pull the string back, he starts to move with the bow. SAM Look where you’re aiming. ALEX 66 I am. NATASHA You’re not. Alex turns to face his sister. NATASHA Turn the other way. Natasha drops to her knees. SAM Alex..... Alex lets go of the string release, the arrow smashes the windscreen of a parked car, setting off the alarm. Alex and Natasha look to their Dad, he looks around to see if anyone’s watching. SAM Run.... The three run to the Porsche, Alex and Natasha have the biggest smile on their face, Sam in the lead, they jump into his car, burning rubber to exit the car park. INT. SAM’S APPARTMENT SPARE BEDROOM – NIGHT Natasha and Alex are sat on their beds. ALEX That was fun... NATASHA Don’t tell Mum.. Sam in an apron puts his head around the door. SAM Dinner’s ready. Natasha smells the air. SAM Shit!!!! INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – DAY Sam is holding a burnt cake on a baking tray. 67 SAM I wanted it to be a surprise. Alex’s mobile rings, he answers. ALEX You said you’d only be a day. HELENA V.O. She’s had another bad turn, I’ll be home as soon as I can. (a beat) Let me talk to your sister. NATASHA We’re going to bake a cake. She looks at her brother. HELENA V.O. Well don’t burn it. Natasha looks at her Dad. NATASHA We wouldn’t be that stupid. INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – MORNING Sam’s kitchen is covered in mixing bowls, icing sugar, double cream, half on the floor. Alex puts his finger into the bowl, Natasha slaps it. ALEX Ouch..... He licks his finger. ALEX Needs more sugar. SAM So let’s do it together. Natasha nudges her brother. ALEX 68 Together. SAM What shall we put in? NATASHA Nuts... ALEX Chocolate. NATASHA Chocolate? SAM Chocolate’s fine, just chop into small pieces. Alex puts the chocolate into the blender. NATASHA Bananas. ALEX Bananas? SAM No, bananas are fine. Sam, Alex, and Natasha are standing over the blender putting in different ingredients. Alex accidently drops in silver wrapping paper, he uses his fingers to take it out. SAM Hope those are clean? Alex uses the back of his hand to wipe his nose. ALEX Yup. Alex turns on the blender. SAM No....... They’re transfixed as the thick brown cake mix explodes onto their faces, they erupt into uncontrollable laughter... 69 Sam stares at his children and realizes, he’s never laughed with them before. Sam’s entrance bell sounds, his children look at him. INT. SAM’S FRONT DOOR – MORNING Sam opens the door, Jane is stood on the mat, beside him Natasha and Alex, She’s shocked at their appearance. JANE Oh my god... SAM I need to call a plumber. INT. SAM’S LOUNGE – DAY Sam is wiping off cake mix with a towel. JANE I shouldn’t have been so stupid. SAM Natasha, go make some tea. NATASHA We would have offered cake. Jane is looking at the cake mix in Alex’s’ hair. JANE I think I’ll just stick with the tea. INT. SAM’S LOUNGE – LATER Jane is drinking tea with Sam, Natasha and Alex looking on. SAM Cash in envelopes is not normal. JANE If only I could see inside his safe. SAM Wish I could help. 70 Natasha looks up at her Dad, his hand resting on her shoulder. SAM Life has changed. JANE Never saw you as a family man. (a beat) It suits you Sam. INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – LATER Sam, Natasha, and Alex are decorating a finished cake. SAM I had such a great day. NATASHA Could you help? SAM You mean Jane? NATASHA She’s lost all her money. SAM They’ll throw me out as soon as I step into the building. NATASHA Apollo, guardian of women. INT. ZANE MEDIA BUILDING CORRIDOR – DAY Sam dressed in casuals is being escorted by two burly SECURITY GUARDS, walking behind Conrad with a brown folder under his arm. CONRAD I want him out of the building. SAM Not till I get my folder, you little shit. 71 Sam breaks loose, grabs the folder, a Security Guard snatches it back, gives it to Conrad, he glances at the cover. CONRAD Apollo, never heard of them? SAM Give it back. CONRAD Take him out of the building, and if he gives you any trouble, call the police. SAM Not till I get my file. Conrad walks towards his office. SAM It’s my pension okay, it’s got nothing to do with Zane Media. Conrad flicks the paperwork, Sam’s mobile rings. CONRAD These shares have gone up five pounds in three weeks. Jane steps from her office. JANE Sam, what you doing here? Conrad turns to Jane. CONRAD Don’t pretend you don’t know. Sam’s mobile rings again. CONRAD Why don’t you answer that? Sam answers his phone. SAM 72 Don’t know if I want to sell. NATASHA V.O. Is he buying? Conrad disappears into Jane’s office. INT. JANE’S OFFICE – DAY Conrad runs his finger down the computer screen. INT. CORRIDOR – DAY Conrad walks into the corridor, he goes over to Sam, turns off his mobile. CONRAD They don’t exist? SAM Tell the monkeys to let go, and I’ll explain. Conrad nods to the Security Guards, Sam and Conrad walk into Sam’s old office, they close the door behind. INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY SAM They’re not trading under that name, so no one is seeing them go up. CONRAD How much you made? SAM If I sold today 400,000, and if the markets remain then maybe another 200,000. CONRAD What’s your name Madoff? (a beat) So how much would you sell them for? SAM I don’t think so. 73 CONRAD Stealing, trespassing, I’m sure I could plant more. (a beat) Should keep you away from your children. SAM You sick bastard. CONRAD It’s about the money. (a beat) I’ll say it again. How much? SAM Not selling. CONRAD Let me call the Police. SAM 250,000 cash. CONRAD 200,000, and we have a deal, but I need three days to raise it.. Conrad offers his hand, Sam doesn’t move. CONRAD Come on that’s £200,000 in your hand, no one will ever know. Conrad offers his hand again. CONRAD(Cont’d) Gentlemen’s agreement. Sam’s hesitates, offers his hand. Conrad flashes a satisfied grin. INT. TANYA’S LOUNGE – DAY Tanya on the phone, she’s ironing a man’s shirt. NICKY V.O. I heard you went on a date. 74 TANYA What date? NICKY V.O. Come on don’t pretend. TANYA We had coffee. NICKY V.O. So it was a coffee date. (a beat) I heard he’s changing. TANYA I wouldn’t know. NICKY V.O. Yeah right. TANYA He was... NICKY V.O. Was.. TANYA A gentleman.. A real gentleman. NICKY V.O. They don’t come along that often. (a beat) So would you see your gentleman again? TANYA Definitely not. Tanya holds the shirt she’s ironing to her face unable to suppress a smile. INT. FRENCH COFFEE BAR – DAY Sam is sat with his Two Children, he glances across the bar. FLASHBACK. TANYA Arsehole. 75 SAM Sorry. Nicky stands between them. TANYA Do you treat all women the same? SAM Do I know you? TANYA Not if you was the last man on earth. FLASHBACK ENDS. Sam has a smile on his face. NATASHA What you smiling at? SAM If I was the last man on earth. NATASHA What? SAM Doesn’t matter. NATASHA So what’s our next move? A brown package is placed in front of Sam, he looks up to see Tanya, hair swept back, a dress kissing her body, he’s enchanted, the look they exchange says everything. TANYA Knew I would find you here. Washed and ironed. Sam stands, hesitates, gives Tanya a kiss on the cheek. SAM Let me get you a coffee. NATASHA 76 Dad.... SAM Sorry, this is Tanya, and these are my children, Natasha and Alex.. Natasha and Alex, look Tanya up and down. SAM(cont’d) Just one coffee, as a thank you. NATASHA Dad.. We’ve things to do.. Remember.. Jane.... We need to go back home. TANYA Sorry. Don’t let me disturb you. SAM Don’t be silly, come back and have some homemade cake. TANYA Now there’s an offer.... INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – NIGHT Sam and Tanya are alone, they look comfortable around each other. SAM I still think about that night.. TANYA (whisper) So do I... Sam smiles. SAM So you wasn’t disappointed? Tanya smiles. Natasha and Alex enter, Sam takes from the fridge a decorated cake. SAM 77 I’m sure you’re really going to enjoy this. TANYA It looks lovely. Sam cuts her a piece, she takes a bite. TANYA Nice. (a beat) Chocolate? SAM Good. Coughs. TANYA Banana. SAM Are you okay? She catches her breath, coughs again. TANYA Yes I’m fine, this is impressive, well done all of you. NATASHA It was meant to be just for us. Replies with a look of ice. NATASHA(cont’d) So why did you have my Dad’s shirt? Tanya coughs again. SAM You sure you’re alright? Tanya holds up her hand. SAM She had an accident with her drink. 78 NATASHA So where do you know my dad from? SAM Why don’t we let Tanya eat her cake. Tanya looks in discomfort. SAM Are you sure you’re alright? TANYA Honestly I’m fine. NATASHA I thought we were going to discuss the next part of our plan? Tanya pulls at the chain around her neck. ALEX Dad she’s got something caught in her throat. SAM Get some water. Tanya is throwing her arms around. Sam uses the flat of his hand to smack the middle of Tanya’s back. NATASHA She can’t breathe. SAM I can see. Sam holds the glass to Tanya’s mouth, she pushes it away, her face blue. NATASHA I’m calling an ambulance! Tanya loses consciousness. SAM Too late. 79 Sam places his hand inside Tanya’s mouth, pulls out a piece of chocolate wrapping paper, he looks to Alex, Tanya starts to gulp in huge amounts of air. INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – LATER Sam and Tanya alone. TANYA God that was the longest three minutes of my life. Tanya starts to cry. SAM I’m not going to make you eat anymore. Tanya smiles, wipes away her tears. TANYA My Mum died choking on her own vomit, while my Dad was watching television in the next room. SAM That would scar you. TANYA It changed my life, made me look at things closely, none of us know what’s around the corner. There’s something different in Sam’s eyes... Something deeper. Sam smiles.. A broad smile. TANYA What? SAM Then something comes along and blows you away. TANYA Tell me. SAM She’s stunning, beautiful, haven’t 80 been able to get her out of mind. TANYA And she’s what you want. SAM I’ve only seen her twice. TANYA Wow. SAM You just know. TANYA It’s not too quick. SAM Not this time, and I’ve never felt like this before. TANYA Never? SAM Never. TANYA Have you told her? SAM No.. Not really.. I’ve told the man in the car showroom. TANYA What? SAM The most beautiful 911 I’ve ever seen. TANYA Ohhhhhhh. Both laugh. INT. NATASHA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT 81 We hear the sound of Sam and Tanya’s laughter, Natasha is laying on top of her bed she looks at her bedside clock. INT. KITCHEN – NIGHT Natasha enters, ignores Tanya, looks at her Father. NATASHA Have you seen what time it is? Some of us have got school in the morning. Natasha exits, Sam calls after her. SAM Don’t I get a goodnight kiss? SILENCE: Sam shrugs, looks to Tanya, she looks at her watch, stands unsteady on her feet, grabs her coat. TANYA God I didn’t realise. SAM I don’t think you should drive. (a beat) Stay the night. TANYA Don’t think your daughter would approve. SAM I’ll sleep on the couch. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM - NIGHT Sam pulls a T-shirt from a draw, gives it to Tanya, they give each other a long stare, Sam exits. INT. NATASHA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Natasha is laying awake on her bed, Sam enters, she closes her eyes, he goes over, kisses her head. SAM Goodnight princess. SILENCE: 82 INT. SAM’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Tanya is laying face up, Sam enters, looks across. SAM You okay? TANYA I never thanked you for saving my life. SAM You’re welcome. Tanya runs her hand over the bed. TANYA This is a big bed, you don’t have to sleep on the couch.. Sam smiles. TANYA(cont’d) You wouldn’t know I’m here. SAM Goodnight. TANYA Sam. (a beat) Come here. Sam moves to the bed, she pulls back the covers, she’s naked. TANYA I want to give you a goodnight kiss. She stands, kisses Sam around the neck. SAM God you really want me. TANYA It’s not the wine this time. 83 Her tongue goes in his ear running her fingers through his hair. They fall onto the bed, then to the floor, they respond in laughter. INT. NATASHA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT We hear the sound of Sam and Tanya’s laughter, tears running down Natasha’s face, she turns up her music. INT. SAM’S BEDROOM – NIGHT Sam looks at Tanya, it’s like the first time he’s ever seen her. SAM God you’re so beautiful. TANYA Are your kids asleep? Sam kisses her gently on the head, turns towards the door. SAM Night. Sam exits. INT. KITCHEN – MORNING Sam is sat at the table drinking coffee, Natasha by the sink drinking juice, Tanya enters wearing Sam’s t-shirt, Natasha drops her glass onto the tiled floor, it smashes into a thousand pieces. NATASHA Haven’t you got clothes of your own? She says with a menacing scowl. SAM Wait. I told her to stay, she wasn’t well enough to drive. Sam is on his knees picking up the glass. NATASHA You mean sober. Pity this Apollo is just about how many strings he has 84 in his bow. SAM Don’t talk like that. Natasha moves to the door. NATASHA I’m late for school. Sam watches her leave. INT. SCHOOL FIELD - DAY Jake dressed cool, walks with Natasha. JAKE You don’t seem yourself? NATASHA Fathers are full of shit. He takes her hand. INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE – DAY Conrad is closing his case, it’s full of fifty pound notes. Director No.1 walks in. CONRAD Can no one knock in this place? DIRECTOR NO 1 No one’s heard of Apollo. CONRAD I know that, they’re under another name, tell me when he comes in? DIRECTOR NO 1 Ten minutes ago. INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY Sam is alone with Jane. SAM You okay? JANE 85 She was up all night with a bad cough. SAM We go today... Conrad enters. CONRAD Apollo, you’d better be telling me the truth. SAM They hit today, everything will go crazy. An out-of-breath Alex enters his father’s office. SAM Alex... CONRAD God, we running a nursery? ALEX You’re such an arsehole, why did you let that woman stay? SAM What you talking about? ALEX Nat’s not at school, she was upset, now everybody’s looking for her. SAM Maybe she went to your Mum’s? Alex shakes his head. CONRAD What are you, some kind of double act? The money’s here let’s get the deal done. Alex walks towards the door. 86 SAM Alex wait. Turns to face his Father. ALEX Why’d you always do this to us? SAM We’ll start at the school. Turns to Jane. SAM(Cont’d) I’m sorry. JANE Go get your daughter. CONRAD One hour, or the deal’s off, do you hear me? INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE – DAY Conrad is taking money from the safe, the door unlocked. INT. SAM’S CAR – DAY SAM Who does she hang with? (a beat) Think? FLASHBACK INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR – DAY Sam is walking up the school corridor, coming the other way Helena, Alex, Natasha with Jake. FLASHBACK ENDS INT. SAM’S CAR – DAY SAM The boy at the play? ALEX Jake..... Jake Turner. 87 EXT. SCHOOL GATES – DAY POLICE MEN (POLICE CARS) People milling around. Sam walks to a group of YOUNG GIRLS. SAM Do you know where he goes? FLIRTY GIRL I like your glasses. Sam turns to walk away. A YOUNG GIRL moves out from the crowd, calls after him. YOUNG GIRL He’s a loner, really weird, spends a lot of time by himself over the sports field. SAM Which one? ALEX I know. Sam and Alex run to the car. INT. CAR – DAY ALEX Is she going to be okay? Sam reaches across, holds his Son’s shoulder. INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE – DAY Conrad’s safe open, Jane is reading through a file. A cover page: The sale of Zane Media. Another page: Takeover at Zane Media. JANE Oh, my God. EXT. SCHOOL FIELD – DAY JAKE 88 So what were they doing? NATASHA It was disgusting, she’s always wearing his clothes. JAKE Were you watching? NATASHA Don’t be sick. JAKE But you could hear them. He starts to kiss her hand, she pushes his head away, he stares at her. JAKE What noises where they making? NATASHA People will be missing us. He pulls her back, starts to kiss around her ears. JAKE Let yourself go. He tries to kiss her lips. NATASHA No......... JAKE I like you Natasha... NATASHA Stop it...... JAKE You’ll hurt yourself. He pushes her to the floor. NATASHA Stop it, I don’t like it. 89 Jake is pulling at her clothes. She kicks him away, starts to run, he chases, pulls her to the floor. INT. SAM’S CAR – DAY Sam catches sight of his Daughter in the distance, he mounts the grass, the wheels slip on the surface, over-revs the Porsche, smashes into a tree. EXT. SAM’S CAR – DAY The front bonnet has flung up, Sam’s compound bow sits on the grass. Jake runs into the forest, Sam grabs the bow, starts to chase. Sam shouts back to his son. SAM Call the police. ALEX I want to come with you. SAM Do as I say. EXT. FOREST – DAY Jake has his back against the perimeter fence, Sam has his bow drawn, Jake in his sight. SAM Run you fucker! Alex has caught up with his Dad. ALEX No Dad. JAKE She doesn’t like you. Alex stands next to his Dad. SAM Stand away. JAKE She got to see what a disgusting old man you are. 90 ALEX Don’t listen. SAM Go stay with Nat. JAKE A new woman comes along, and you don’t want to know your kids. ALEX Dad, please don’t listen. JAKE What kind of sick fuck are you, she could hear everything. ALEX Shut up Jake. JAKE That’s why she wanted to do it, wanted to know what it felt like. SAM You’d better start running. JAKE She was offering it to me.. Maybe she was still turned on listening to you, maybe she’s as sick as you? ALEX Shut up. JAKE What a fucking sick family. Sam releases the arrow. JAKE (SCREAMS) NO........ ALEX (SCREAMS) No Dad..... 91 We hear the arrow hit a solid object. JAKE Argh ...... Jake looks to see the arrow sticking into the tree. JAKE You missed, you fucking dick head... TWO POLICEMAN grab hold of Jake. Sam turns to his son. SAM Let’s get your sister. EXT. FIELD – DAY Sam has his arms around Natasha and Alex. SAM Let’s go home. A uniformed POLICE SERGEANT approaches. SERGEANT Mr Sam Harper? Sam turns. SERGEANT We’re arresting you for the assault on a teenager, and the possession of a hand gun found in your car. Natasha and Alex hold their dad’s arm. NATASHA You’re not taking him away. SAM Don’t worry, everything is going to be fine. Sam, handcuffed, is placed inside a police car, a distraught Natasha and Alex watch him being driven away. 92 INT. CONRAD’S OFFICE – DAY Jane is standing by the fax machine; the last page is going through. Conrad enters; he looks with open eyes at the fax machine. JANE Some bedside reading for your uncle. Jane exits. INT. POLICE INTERVIEW ROOM – DAY A POLICE SERGEANT is talking to Sam. SERGEANT A Mr Zack Moses has come forward to say that the hand gun we found in your car was his, told me to tell you that after your little talk he’s become a changed man, even though he didn’t quite make it to become a priest. Said you would know what he was talking about. Sam smiles. SAM And the boy? SERGEANT He’s been charged with the assault on your daughter, his Solicitor has dropped his charge against you. SAM So that means I’m free to go? SERGEANT Go get your kids.... INT. SAM’S APARTMENT – DAY Sam is holding Natasha in his arms. SAM If you want, I won’t see her again..... 93 NATASHA (a beat) We’ve been talking and I’ve decided that if she makes you happy then we don’t mind. SAM First I need to sort out Jane. ALEX Does that mean we lose you again? SAM Thought you’d be happy. ALEX We’ve had the best time ever. SAM Thought it was just me. INT. ZANE MEDIA – MORNING Sam strides through the entrance foyer is greeted by a Director. DIRECTOR Welcome back Boss. Conrad is being escorted from the building by three POLICE OFFICERS. One carrying a cardboard box full of A4 working files. CONRAD You set me up with that Apollo shit. SAM I’m sure your uncle will come and save you. CONRAD He’s the one that’s had me arrested. SAM Never mind, heard prison food is really good. CONRAD 94 Rot in hell you bastard. SAM And don’t go dropping your soap in the shower. INT. JANE’S OFFICE – LATER Sam is talking to a worried looking Jane. SAM I’m sorry about not getting the money. JANE I don’t know how Mum will cope, she’s so stressed. SAM I’ve got some old stock I could sell, it might be enough for a deposit on a house..... JANE Moving into a new house, she’s going to find it strange. SAM I need to check the current value... What? JANE Zane wanted to know about everything, he’s giving me the money to buy a new house, said it’s in repayment for my years of loyal service, so now I’ve got some spare cash, I thought you might... SAM Don’t you dare... JANE Not even... SAM No... 95 Jane looks towards Zane’s office, she looks worried. JANE He wants to see you. SAM Get me a strong latte. INT. ZANE’S OFFICE – DAY Zane is sitting by the window, an ARTIST sketching his image onto canvas, Sam pokes his head around the door. ZANE Come in. He walks across the expansive floor, looks at the sketch. ZANE Guess how much? Sam shrugs. ZANE £200,000, what else can a lonely old man spend his money on? SAM Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a mirror? The statement goes over Zane’s head. SAM(cont’d) Sorry about the Nephew. Zane bangs the table. ZANE I’m not, little shit, never liked his mother, but then we can’t choose our family. (a beat) This has been the worst time... (a beat) I hope you forgive me? Sam nods. 96 ZANE(Cont’d) I’ve had to make some tough decisions. Zane, stiff, stands from the chair, looks at the Artist, explodes. ZANE How much longer do I have to sit here? ARTIST Immortality can be painful. Zane ignores the statement, slides an envelope to Sam. ZANE What happened makes you look at life differently, please look inside, you have twenty four hours to come back with an answer. Sam opens the envelope, glances at the paperwork, moves towards the door. Zane moves back to the chair by the window, the Artist moves Zane’s posture into its earlier position, Zane calls to Sam. ZANE I need a twenty four seven commitment Sam, with no family ties, I think you know what I mean. INT. COFFEE BAR – LATER Sam, alone, is drinking a latte. FLASHBACK INT. GREAT ORMOND STREET – DAY - FLASHBACK Natasha is lying in a hospital bed, Sam holding her hand. EXT. GREEN FIELD – DAY – FLASHBACK A car alarm sounds, its windscreen smashed, Alex and Natasha are running towards their father’s car laughing. FLASHBACK ENDS. INT. SAM’S OFFICE – DAY 97 Sam sits at his desk staring through the window, Jane’s concentration taken by the opened envelope on Sam’s desk. JANE Are you okay? Sam slides the envelope to Jane, she carefully reads the paperwork. JANE Fantastic, he wants to make you an equal partner, you’re made for life. INT. ZANE’S OFFICE – DAY Zane is studying his portrait, Zane acknowledges Sam, sits at his desk. ZANE Made your mind up already? SAM Made it up before I left your office. Just tell me one thing, do you ever regret not having children? Zane comes from around his desk, puts an arm around Sam’s shoulder. ZANE With a personal fortune of 47 million, you really think I have regrets? They walk to the painting, study the canvas, Zane starts to feel around his nose. ZANE I’ve never noticed my nose before, I think I’ll get him to change it. SAM With 47 million pounds you really can buy whatever you want.... ZANE 98 So don’t keep me in suspense, what have you decided? INT. SAM’S EXCUTIVE APARTMENT CANARY WHARF – DAY A FEW WEEKS LATER Alex is tidying the lounge, the room full of people, Sam looks at his son, smiles. HARRY So you’ve given it all up to spend more time with your kids, and a woman you hardly know. In the background a huge flat TV screen, on view a News broadcast. TV REPORTER Young Executive Conrad White, along with fellow Directors were sentenced today for their attempted takeover of Zane Media in exchange for huge amounts of cash. INT. SAM’S EXCUTIVE APARTMENT CARNARY WHARF – DAY Harry is still talking to Sam. HARRY Is this really the Sam Harper that I used to know. SAM You know, I think I’m in love. HARRY You? It will never last. SAM Good job you’re not a betting man. We hear the sound of Natasha and Alex in the middle of a titanic argument. NATASHA You did. ALEX I didn’t. 99 NATASHA You did. ALEX I didn’t (a beat) I said, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John were the Beatles. HARRY Some things can never change. Sam watches Tanya as she brings food from the kitchen, her beauty all the more evident at this moment. HARRY I know you, you’ll soon get bored. Sam watches her return to the kitchen, sips his wine, stands. SAM Excuse me. INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – DAY Tanya is searching through a drawer. SAM Looking for anything special? TANYA No I found what I’m looking for, and you Sam, you still looking? No wait, don’t start telling me about this 911 you’ve seen. SAM I was going to say... TANYA Yes.. He looks at Tanya for a long time, they come together in a tender passionate kiss. 100 INT. SAM’S EXCUTIVE APARTMENT CARNARY WHARF – DAY Natasha and Alex stop in mid argument, they see their Father in the kitchen; they give each other the thumbs up. INT. SAM’S KITCHEN – DAY Sam and Tanya break their embrace. SAM I was going to say it’s a lot better, but.... TANYA But... Sam starts to move from Tanya. SAM But, only the ride’s not as comfortable.. Tanya picks up the cake aims at Sam’s head making full contact to the amusement of everyone in the lounge, Sam uses his fingers to wipe the cream from his lips. SAM V.O. Mmmmm. The day comes when every hunter has to hang up his bow. FADE OUT. THE END.