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					   Living
     By
Thomas Wolf
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FADE IN: Titles over following scene.

EXT. CITY STREET DAY

Mike, a taller thin man in his early twenties, exits a
yellow cab onto a busy Chicago street. He is wearing a long
black wool overcoat and is carrying a leather side bag.

Mike walks down the busy street and enters a small and
cluttered corner store.

End titles.

INT. CORNER STORE DAY

The store, lined with half empty shelves, is empty except
for Mike and the Clerk.

Mike walks up to the CLERK who is standing behind a
protective glass partition reading a magazine.

                   MIKE
         2 packs of Lucky Strikes.

The clerk puts down the magazine he is reading and reaches
above him to grab a pack of cigarettes from the rack that
hangs over his head.

                       CLERK
         $10.50

Mike hands the clerk a 20 dollar bill.

                   CLERK
              (handing money over)
         Here you go.

Mike takes the change from the man and leaves the store.

EXT. CITY STREET DAY

Continue titles.

Mike crosses the busy street filled with speeding cars and
walks pas a sign reading “De Paul University, Chicago”.

Mike walks into a large building.
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INT. DE PAUL LAW LIBRARY DAY

Mike enters a large library which has vaulted ceilings and
is filled with warm colored wood.

Mikes walks to a secluded table in the back of the library
and sets his bag down. He takes out a piece of paper with a
list of books on it and starts to go around the room
picking out books.

After picking out several books, mostly law books covering
wills, Mike goes to the large information desk positioned
in the middle of the library.

                   MIKE
         Do you have anything on cryonics?

                   LIBRARIAN
         Le me check, hold on a minute.

The LIBRARIAN types into her computer.

                   LIBRARIAN
         Here we go. There are a few articles.

The librarian hands Mike a sheet that came out of her
printer.

                   LIBRARIAN
              (pointing across room)
         Take this to the desk over there, the man
         will get them for you.

                    MIKE
         Thanks.

Mike walks across the library to the desk the librarian had
pointed out. Mike gets behind a young women who is getting
her own articles. When she is done Mike walks up to the
man.

                   MIKE
              (hands man the paper)
         She said you could get these for me.

                    DESK MAN
                                                              4

         Sure, hold on.

                    MIKE
         Thanks.

The man leaves the desk and walks through a door behind
him. When he returns he is carrying two magazines.

                   DESK MAN
         Here you go.

                    MIKE
         Thanks.

Mike returns to his table, and sets his books and magazines
down in front of him. HOLLY walks to Mike’s table and sits
down.

                   HOLLY
         Hey busy boy, what’s up?

                   MIKE
              (looking up)
         Nothing, working on a case for class, you?

                   HOLLY
         Have a break, want a cigarette?

                    MIKE
         Sure.

Holly and Mike walk to the outside of the building.

EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF SCHOOL DAY

Mike and Holly stand on the concrete steps of the school
library. Mike and Holly pull out cigarettes and each light
their own.

                   MIKE
              (taking drag)
         I think I might get frozen.

                    HOLLY
         Oh yeah?

                    MIKE
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         This case, the man died and he had made
         arrangements to be frozen by ALCOR.

                   HOLLY
         He’s probably severely self centered.

                   MIKE
         I’m self centered.

                   HOLLY
         I believe I said severely.

                   MIKE
         I don’t know, it makes some sense to me.

                   HOLLY
         You actually think he’s coming back?

                   MIKE
         Seems logical.

                   HOLLY
              (putting out cigarette)
         Whatever, dinner tonight?

                   MIKE
         Ya, I’ll cook.

                   HOLLY
         I’m done at 8, I’m taking the trai so about 9?

                     MIKE
         Perfect.

Holly walks back inside. Mike continues smoking for a
minute then puts it out on the steps and walks back inside
school.

INT. DE PAUL LAW LIBRARY DAY

Mike walks over to his table and looks at his watch. He
picks up his stuff and leaves the library.

INT. CLASSROOM DAY

Mike walks into a large auditorium filled with students.
Mike sits down in the second to last row on the isle. MR.
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QUINLAN, a tall and bearded old man walks into the room
from side door and stands in front of a podium in front of
the classroom.

                     MR. QUINLAN
                (setting papers on podium)
           Hope everyone had a good weekend, so lets get
           started. Law and religion. How do tey work
           together? Should they?…You all probably think you
           know what you think about it. You’ll be surprised
           that an opinion on this subject is hard to get a
           grip on…anyone?

                     CLASSMATE 1
           They’re totally separate things. They shouldn’t
           have anything to do with each other at all.

                     MR. QUINLAN
           The law is involved in everything. Do you
           honestly think that there should be an exception
           here simply because it’s religion?

                     CLASSMATE 1
           Well…

                    MR. QUINLAN
          I’m not saying you’re wrong. I just want you to
think about it.

                     CLASSMATE 2
           There should be, religion is a personal choice
           and shouldn’t be legislated or controlled by
           anything, especially the law.

                     MR. QUINLAN
          Smoking is a personal choice to, but that’s
regulated…and taxed.

                     CLASSMATE 3
           But smoking effects other people, religion
doesn’t.

                     MR. QUINLAN
           Are you sure about that?

                     MIKE
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         Religion effects other people. The tax thing for
         example, churches don’t pay tax. That effects me.

                   CLASSMATE 3
         Not really.

                    CLASSMATE 2
          It doesn’t effect you enough to make a
difference.

                   MIKE
         Who are you to decide what makes a difference in
         my life or not? You have no idea.

                    MR. QUINLAN
          Not to get off track here, but he brings up a
good point. Who is to say what level of effect constitutes
to much? There’s the question. Anyway something to think
about. I want a paper next week on your opinion on this,
and back it up with some research please. That’s it.

Mr. Quinlan leaves the classroom.
The students start to get up and leave.
On the way out Mikes walks with Classmate 2.

                   CLASSMATE 2
         Now why couldn’t he have told us that last week
         instead of having us come down here for two
         minutes?

                    MIKE
         Yeah.

                   CLASSMATE 2
         So I take it you are not religious?

                   MIKE
         Religion is just people worrying about death.

                   CLASSMATE 2
         And you’re not worried?

                    MIKE
          No, I am. But I try and put my faith into
something a little more tangible.

                    CLASSMATE 2
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         Like what?

                   MIKE
         Like never dying.

Mike and classmate come to hallway and pause. A young women
approaches the two men.

                   YOUNG WOMEN
         So what’s going on?

                      CLASSMATE 2
         Nothing.

                   MIKE
         I’m late, I’ll see you later.

EXT. CITY STREET NEAR EL TRAIN DUSK

Mike walks down street towards train stop. Mike walks into
train stop and waits for train while man preaches the word
of god to the passengers in waiting.

While Mike waits he lights a cigarette.

A POLICEMAN walks up to Mike while he smokes.

                      POLICEMEN
         Young man.

                      MIKE
                 (throws out cig)
         Yeah.

                    POLICEMAN
          You know that you can get a 200 dollar fine and
be jailed for smoking on CTA property?

                      MIKE
         Oh yeah?

                   POLICEMAN
         Why don’t you put it out.

                   MIKE
         Already did.
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                   POLICEMAN
         Lets see your hands.

Mike shows the officer his hands.

                     POLICEMAN
         Alright.

Policeman walks away.
Train comes and Mike boards.

INT. EL TRAIN DUSK

Mike takes a seat and sits on the inside while watching the
other passengers. Sitting at the other end of the train is
an old man wearing a workers jumpsuit with a patch saying
“Mitchel’s Manufacturing”. Mike leaves underground station
through north exit.

INT. MIKE’S APARTMENT NIGHT

Small and dark one bedroom apartment with stylish furniture
and a fat cat named JESS sitting on a book in the corner.

Mike walks into his apartment carrying his mail and sets
down his bag while taking off his coat. Mike walks to his
kitchen and puts down his mail while filling the cat’s food
dish. There is a knock at the door and Mike walks to get
it.

                     MIKE
                (opening door)
         Hey.

                   HOLLY
              (comes inside)
         Hi, dinner ready?

                   MIKE
              (heads towards
              living room slowly)
         Just got home.

                   HOLLY
              (follows)
         So what are you gonna do?
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                      MIKE
         Chinese?

                      HOLLY
         Whatever.

                   MIKE
              (sits down)
         You gonna call?

                   HOLLY
              (sits down)
         You didn’t cook, you call.

                   MIKE
         You know I can’t.

                   HOLLY
         You have to get over that.

                      MIKE
         Just call.

                   HOLLY
         This is the last time.

                   MIKE
         Fine. Mushu Pork please. I’m buying.

                   HOLLY
         Good. Pot stickers ok?

                      MIKE
         Fine.

Holly walks to kitchen and calls to MIKE.

                   HOLLY
              (from kitchen)
         Where’s the number?

                   MIKE
         Check the drawer.

                   HOLLY
         What drawer?
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                     MIKE
           By the sink.

Mike turns on the T.V., the news is on. Holly is in the
kitchen talking to the restaurant. Holy come back into
living room and sits next to Mike.

                       MIKE
           How much?

                     HOLLY
           22. It’s going to be here in about 30 minutes.

                     MIKE
           How was class?

                     HOLLY
           So many stupid people out there, you know?

                     MIKE
           Yeah, by the way, how was your date?

                       HOLLY
           Good.

                     MIKE
           Did you get laid?

                     HOLLY
                (sarcastic)
           Of course, but enough of me. What did you learn
today?

                     MIKE
           There was this weird old guy on the train
tonight.

                       HOLLY
           Oh yeah?

                    MIKE
          Yeah, must have been at least 70 or so, and he
had on a workers outfit.

                       HOLLY
           So?
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                    MIKE
          He was 70 and still working, seems just a little
weird to me.

                   HOLLY
         You’d be surprised.

                   MIKE
         It kinda creeped me out.

                   HOLLY
              (cocky)
         Oh yeah?

                     MIKE
         Yeah.
                   HOLLY
         Can I use your room?

                     MIKE
         What for?

                   HOLLY
         For privacy, I have work to do you know.

                   MIKE
         Don’t you have a room?

Holly gets up and starts to go to Mike’s bedroom.

                   HOLLY
         Not as nice as yours.

Mike watches television as Holly goes to his room.

                   MIKE
              (yelling)
         Holly!

                      HOLLY
                 (from bedroom)
         What?

                   MIKE
              (yelling)
         I go hassled by a cop for smoking at the stop
today.
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                   HOLLY
              (from bedroom)
         Really?

                   MIKE
              (yelling)
         Yup, it’s intrusion after intrusion.

Holly peaks out from bedroom.

                   HOLLY
         Did you get a ticket?

                    MIKE
         No.

There is a knock at the door.

                   MIKE
         Could you get that.

Mike pulls his wallet out of his pocket.

                   HOLLY
         You get it, I called.

                   MIKE
         Just get it.

Holly walks over and takes the money out of Mike’s hand and
goes and gets the food from the delivery man.

                   HOLLY
         Did you take the train today?

                   MIKE
         Yes…well home at least.

                   HOLLY
              (setting food down)
         Weren’t to scared then I take it.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. EL TRAIN DAY
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Mike walks between all the cars looking around and being
disappointed. When finished he exits train into underground
station.

INT. MIKE’S APARTMENT DAY

Mike is standing while on the phone with Holly.

                   MIKE
         He wasn’t there.

                      HOLLY
         Who?

                   MIKE
         The guy on the train.

                   HOLLY
         What are you talking about?

                   MIKE
         The guy from yesterday, the old man, remember?

                      HOLLY
         Oh…so?

                   MIKE
         Well nothing, he just wasn’t there.

                   HOLLY
         And you expected…?

                   MIKE
         I just wanted to see him again.

                      HOLLY
         Why?

                      MIKE
         Curiosity.

                   HOLLY
         Curious of what, some old man?

                   MIKE
         His life must really suck.
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                   HOLLY
         You don’t know that.

                    MIKE
          Yes I do, he’s 70 years old and still working. A
failed life by my scales.

                   HOLLY
         Life doesn’t go by your scales.

                    MIKE
          It does as far as I’m concerned. What else
matters besides my thoughts?

                   HOLLY
         Others, maybe?

                      MIKE
         Not to me.

                   HOLLY
         So other peoples opinions don’t matter then?

                    MIKE
          If I do care about them, that makes them about
me, thus important. But other than that they don’t.

                   HOLLY
         Just a little asshole like are we today?

                      MIKE
         Always.

                   HOLLY
         Well asshole I’m going to let you go.

                   MIKE
         Ok, I’ll see you later.

INT. DE PAUL LAW LIBRARY

Mike sits at a table in the back corner of the library,
surrounded by books and ALCOR information.

Holly walks up to the table and stands next to Mike,
looking over his shoulder.
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                   HOLLY
              (rubbing Mike’s shoulder)
         I thought you were done with this?

                    MIKE
         I am.

                   HOLLY
         Then…what are you doing?

                    MIKE
          I’m just checking the validity of this stuff.
What are you doing here?

                   HOLLY
         I was at your apartment today.

                    MIKE
         Yeah.

                   HOLLY
         Well Jess got out and she got hit.

                    MIKE
         Hit?

                   HOLLY
         She’s dead.

                   MIKE
         Fuck, how did she get out?

                   HOLLY
         Your landlord was over earlier. You ok?

                   MIKE
         I’ll be fine.

                    HOLLY
          Well to get over it, do you want to go out with
me tonight?

                    MIKE
         Where?

                    HOLLY
         The bar.
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                   MIKE
         Do I have to?

                    HOLLY
         Yes.

                   MIKE
         Alright then.

INT. MIKE’S APARTMENT DAY

Mike walks into his apartment with his mail in his hands.
One of the pieces is a big white envelope with the word
ALCOR typed in the upper left corner. Mike places his mail,
including the envelope into a large pile of mail on a side
table. Mike goes into the kitchen without taking his coat
off. He goes into the freezer and pulls out a heavy black
trash bag. Mike places the cat food in the bag and leaves
his apartment.

EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF APARTMENT DAY

Mike walks to the back of his building and throws the black
trash bag into a dumpster. Mike then proceeds to walk to
the local corner store.

INT. CORNER STORE DAY

Mike walks into brightly lit corner store and walks up to
counter.

                   MIKE
         Two packs of Lucky Strikes.

The clerk pulls two packs of cigarettes from above his head
and hands them to Mike.

                   Clerk
         10.30 please.

Mike pays the man and the clerk hands him his change.

                    MIKE
         Thanks.

FADE OUT: Roll credits.

				
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