Daisy

By TomMoulson

INT. HISTORY CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’A*’ written on the top in red pen. In the background there
is a chalkboard with ’Hitler = Bad’ written on.


INT. MATHS CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’A*’ written on the top in green pen. On the desk there is a
calculator and in the background there is a chalkboard with
Maths questions on and the date 7th June 1974.


INT. CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’A*’ written on the top in blue pen. On the desk there is a
beaker with coloured liquid in. In the background there is a
chalkboard with molecule models drawn on.


EXT. SCHOOL - DAY

FRAN and DAISY are stood by the entrance.

FRAN
Do you want to come out tonight? a
big group of us are going.

DAISY
Do I have to?

FRAN
Well no, but it’s a cool thing to
do, you want to be cool don’t you?

DAISY
Couldn’t care less. where are you
going?

FRAN
IQ.

DAISY
Okay, I might



FRAN
Okay, If you do, don’t wear your
glasses.

DAISY
Why?

FRAN
You just look better without them,
so, yeah. Don’t wear them okay?

DAISY
But. I need them to see?

FRAN
Whatever. So If you come I’ll be
waiting outside. You’ll see me
there?

DAISY
Not If I’m not wearing glasses,
won’t be able to see anything.

FRAN
Wear your stupid glasses then. It
just won’t be a boy chasing night
for you.

DAISY
Well at least I’ll have the ability
to see.

Fran walks away.

Daisy walks to the plain white Ice Cream van parked outside
of school With ’Stumleys’ written on the side. The Vendor is
called ETHAN he wears a headband, and a white granddad
shirt.

ETHAN
What can I get you?

DAISY
A plain Stumleys Please.

ETHAN
Sure.

Ethan gets a cone and starts to pull the lever on the Ice
Cream machine. 




ETHAN
I hope you’re okay by the way.

DAISY
What do you mean?

ETHAN
Well, it looked like you and your
friend were having a bit of a
falling out.

DAISY
You did well to observe that.

Ethan finishes off the Ice Cream.

ETHAN
One of the few perks of having a
van and parking it near a school is
that you get to be a bit nosy.
Unfortunately it has more
negatives.

DAISY
I bet you get lots of gossip, and
what negatives?

ETHAN
Sure do, and well. it’s a plain
white van. parked near a school.

DAISY
I see how that could be a negative.

ETHAN
Yeah not the best look. What was
your tiff about if you don’t mind
me asking?

DAISY
You could paint it and make it look
less, you know. ’Negative’. She
wants me to go out.

ETHAN
Don’t know why I haven’t thought of
that before, I will definitely be
painting it soon now. and to a
club?

DAISY
Yeah.



ETHAN
Ouch. I’m sorry.

DAISY
Thanks. Do you not like them?

ETHAN
Hate them. Do you?

DAISY
Really? I thought I was the only
one who hated them.

ETHAN
They are just awful places. Whats
the name? is it terrible?

DAISY
IQ

ETHAN
Oh that is embarrassingly bad. But
funny as most people with an IQ
wouldn’t go.

DAISY
(Laughs)
That’s an excellent point. I might
go though, just to keep her happy.

ETHAN
You should take this, it’s melting
a bit.

Ethan holds out the Ice cream cone.

DAISY
Thanks.

ETHAN
Here have a free flake for the
melted inconvenience.

DAISY
How kind. I have to go now but hope
to see you again soon.

ETHAN
Me too.

DAISY
Bye.




ETHAN
Bye. Have an ice day.

Daisy walks away with a smile on her face.


INT. BOOTH DINING ROOM - DAY

The BOOTH family are sitting around the table having a
Sunday lunch. HAROLD is Daisy’s dad who is wearing an open
collared white shirt, clear frame glasses, a multicoloured
patchwork cardigan, corduroy trousers and brown suede boots.
He has Grey hair, slightly balding, reaches for the turkey.
SUSIE, Daisy’s mum is wearing a checkered dress, pearl
earrings and pastel coloured heels. She has bright red lips
and a black bob style haircut.
Susie and Harold are discussing Daisy’s future.

HAROLD
(mouth full)
So, Daisy are you still wanting to
be a Teacher?

DAISY
(moody)
Want to try swallowing your food
before you speak?

SUSIE
Don’t be rude to your father Daisy.

HAROLD
(mouth full)
Yeah.

Daisy rolls her eyes.

SUSIE
But Harold

HAROLD
(mouth full)
Yeah.

SUSIE
Swallow your food before speaking.

Harold swallows his food.

HAROLD
Sorry. 



SUSIE
But yes Daisy, What are you wanting
to do with your future?

DAISY
I don’t know

SUSIE
Maybe College?

DAISY
I don’t know

SUSIE
Or an internship?

DAISY
I don’t know

SUSIE
I think Miranda down the road
wanted help with her catering job,
how about that

DAISY
(raised voice)
I don’t know, why don’t you bother
Ben about this stuff?

SUSIE
We do, all the time! But he always
says he wants to do art stuff.

DAISY
Where is he now?

SUSIE
Out doing art stuff.

HAROLD
Remember when you wanted to be a
ballerina?

DAISY
May I be excused?

SUSIE
But we didn’t finish our
conversation

Daisy gives her mother a cold stare before pushing in her
chair and exiting the room. 




EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT - DAY

Ethan is stood with Daisy’s brother BEN who is wearing an
over sized checked shirt, jeans and loafers. He has one real
eyebrow, and one penciled on eyebrow. Ethan walks over to
the Ice-Cream van and places his hand on it

ETHAN
Hey, do you reckon you can jazz
this up a little bit? Plain white
seems a bit boring.

BEN
It is very boring, yeah I’m sure I
can personalise it for you. Give me
a couple of hours and it’ll be all
done.

ETHAN
Thanks, I appreciate it. Want me to
stay here with you or?

BEN
No no, I’m good. Go off and do what
you want.

ETHAN
Thanks, bye.

BEN
See you.

Ben gets out paints and paint brushes and begins to paint
the van.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

There is a History and a Maths textbook either side of a
plain sheet of A4 paper.

Daisy reads through the History textbook. She frowns and
throws both the textbooks and the sheet of paper off her
desk. She puts her head on the desk and cries.

She picks her head up, picks up the now crinkled A4 sheet of
paper and begins to write a note.

CLOSE UP:OF THE FINISHED NOTE

Daisy reads the letter in her head 



DAISY (V.O)
Dear Family, I can no longer live
here I think you know why. Don’t
look for me. Kindest regards your
ex-daughter Daisy.

Daisy then puts the note inside an envelope and writes ’To
Family’ on the front.

CLOSE UP:OF A CANVAS BACKPACK WITH A LIGHTENING BOLT SEW ON
BADGE AND A HAPPY FACE SEW ON BADGE

Daisy throws socks, lingerie, jeans, t-shirts, cassette
tapes, a purse and an inhaler into the backpack.

She then puts the backpack on and is ready to go. She
notices a picture of her family on the wall. She holds up
the envelope over the picture and a tear drops from her eye.

She throws the envelope in the bin and puts her backpack on
the floor. She leaves her room and heads downstairs.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - NIGHT

Daisy goes into the kitchen where Susie and Harold are
tidying up after dinner.

DAISY
Hey, I’m going out with Fran for a
couple of hours. Will be back
before too late.

SUSIE
Wait Wait. When is too late?

DAISY
11:30?

SUSIE
So you’ll be back before then?

DAISY
Probably

SUSIE
No, you will be

Susie grabs a pen and paper and writes

’I Daisy, declare to be home before 11:30pm.’



SUSIE
Sign this

DAISY
Really? Fine

Daisy scribbles a wiggly line and leaves the house. Susie
looks at the paper.

SUSIE
That’s not her real signature.


EXT. IQ - NIGHT

Daisy walks to the entrance where Fran and a group of
friends of both Girls and Boys are waiting for her.

FRAN
I see you wore your glasses

DAISY
I did, I see you brought your charm

FRAN
Whatever. Lets go in

They all walk inside.


INT. IQ - NIGHT

The room is full of drunk people. Daisy is feeling anxious
and passes out.

Daisy wakes up and Fran is stood looking over her.

FRAN
Are you okay?

DAISY
Yeah I’m sure, just didn’t think it
would be this crowded.

FRAN
Take your glasses off, it could
help.

DAISY
I really doubt it. I’m just going
to go outside for some air.

Daisy exits. 


 


EXT. IQ - NIGHT

Daisy sits on the curb and looks left and right. She looks
left again and sees an Ice-cream van. Daisy gets up and
walks towards it.

She sees Ethan stood in the van which has multicoloured
patterns all over, and various other psychedelic patterns,
there is a big peace sign on the roof and on the bonnet it
has the text ’Make Stumleys Not War’

DAISY
New van?

ETHAN
No, just painted.

DAISY
I like it

ETHAN
it likes you too

DAISY
Do it yourself or get a
professional?

ETHAN
Neither. I just bumped into an art
enthusiast and I think he was a
college drop-out so had some time
on his hands.

DAISY
Very talented. How come you’re here
anyway?

ETHAN
After you mentioned you might come,
thought I’d check it out.

DAISY
So you stalked me?

ETHAN
Well I do have the van for
stalking.

DAISY
(laughs)
Worrying 



ETHAN
I’m joking, not stalking. Just
thought i"d try my luck and see if
I would see you.

DAISY
Guess you think I don’t have a high
IQ then?

ETHAN
Well you’re not inside so I think
you may be brighter than you think.

DAISY
Well I passed out, so that’s why
I’m outside

ETHAN
Whoa. Is it that bad?

DAISY
Definitely. My brain saw what was
happening, tried to imagine it was
somewhere else but just thought
shutting itself down was the
fastest way to get away.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - NIGHT

Daisy walks in through the front door.

SUSIE
And what time do you call this?

Susie looks at the clock and back at Daisy.

DAISY
11:35.

SUSIE
That’s right, 5 minutes later than
our agreed time. Go to your room.

Daisy walks up the stairs.


INT. BOOTH LANDING - DAY

Daisy leans on the stair banister and overhears her parents
in their room speaking about her future 


 


SUSIE(O.S)
She really needs to sort herself
out or else she won’t have a
respectable future.

HAROLD(O.S)
She will realise soon that her
future is important and she cant
keep saying i don’t know over and
over again

SUSIE(O.S)
So what can we do about this?

HAROLD(O.S)
I don’t know.

Daisy has a frustrated look on her face and storms back into
her room


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

Daisy picks up her backpack from the floor and takes the
envelope out from the bin. She ties a lot of clothes
together to make a rope. She ties one end to her radiator
and then opens the window and throws the other end out of
the window.


EXT. BOOTH HOUSE - DAY

Daisy abseils down the side of her house. She reaches the
bottom and walks towards a white bicycle. She unlocks the
bike and cycles out of her driveway and down the road. As
she sets off a bird is shown flying freely and elegantly
through the sky.


EXT. PARK - NIGHT

Daisy locks her bike to a street lamp and the curls up on a
bench and closes her eyes.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - NIGHT

Susie lingers outside Daisy’s room for a few seconds.

SUSIE
Goodnight Daisy

After getting no response Susie walks away with a saddened
look on her face



EXT. PARK - NIGHT

ZOOM IN: ON DAISY’S SLEEPING FACE


EXT. PARK - DAY

Daisy awakens, gets up and unlocks her bike. She looks
around and frowns. She cycles back down the footpath and
back the way she came the previous day.


EXT. DAISY’S STREET - DAY

Daisy gets off her bike and looks at her house, debating
whether she should go back in. She looks into the window and
sees Harold walk past the window. She slips behind the
closest street light to ’hide’ she then gets back on her
bike and cycles back to the park. Harold then comes back to
the window to look out.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN- DAY

The kitchen is furnished with a yellow fridge and yellow
counters. there is a table in the center surrounded by four
white chairs. In the corner next to the door there is a
little wooden table with a rotary dial phone. Harold walks
in from the other room

HAROLD
Have you seen Daisy this morning?

Susie looks at the empty chair where Daisy would usually sit
and proceeds to call Daisy down for breakfast.

SUSIE
(raised voice)
Daisy! Daisy!


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

PAN: OF DAISY’S ROOM

Daisy’s mum’s calls are heard whilst Daisy’s room is empty

SUSIE
(off camera)
Daisy! Daisy!



INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - DAY

Susie asks her son and Daisy’s brother BEN to go and get
daisy.

SUSIE
Ben will you do something useful
and get your sister up please.

Ben gets up and walks up to Daisy’s room.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

Ben opens her bedroom door and notices the open window.

POV: CLOTHES ROPE TIED TO THE RADIATOR AND UP AND OUT OF THE
WINDOW.

Ben walks further into the room and sees the envelope
entitled ’To Family’ and picks it up. He then leaves her
room and walks back down to the kitchen to alert his
parents.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN- DAY

Harold is sat holding a newspaper and cup of tea in a mug
that says ’Worlds Best Dad, Love Daisy’ written in permanent
marker. Susie and Harold are talking about Daisy’s future
again.

SUSIE
She cant be sleeping in if she’s
hoping to get a job.

Ben opens the door and walks in holding the envelope.

BEN
I have something you guys will want
to take a look at.

SUSIE
Not one of your damned art pieces?

HAROLD
Yeah come on kid, do something
useful with your life

BEN
well no, It’s not that. Ouch
though. I think Daisy has ran away.



SUSIE
Don’t be silly, why would you jump
to that?

BEN
Well her window was open and there
was also this note.

SUSIE
Let me have a look at that

Susie takes the note off Ben and gets up from the table, she
reads it as she walks up to Daisy’s room.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

The all walk into the empty room and stand still.

HAROLD
You know I think Ben’s right.

Susie crumples up the note and throws it at Harold’s left
cheek.

HAROLD
Why did she use the window though?
What if a bird had flown in. we
have a perfectly good front door
which is made for leaving.

BEN
She ran away Dad. She’s not going
to use the front door.

HAROLD
Quite right.

SUSIE
So where do we look for her?

HAROLD
Did you not read the note? it said
not to look for her.

Ben and Susie both leave the room leaving Harold stood
there.


EXT. PARK - DAY

Daisy sits on a bench looking across at the masses of grass
in the park. She gets up and walks with her bicycle down the
pathway. She notices the ice-cream van that parks outside
her school, she fiddles in her pocket for some change and
walks towards the van.

Ethan is stood in the van.

ETHAN
Hey there, not going to school
today?

DAISY
Can I have a Stumleys? and no, I’ve
just run away from home.

Daisy looks at her bike and then looks back at Ethan

DAISY
Well, cycled.

ETHAN
Oh I’m sorry that sucks, why did
you cycle away then? yeah would you
like a flake?

DAISY
Hassle about what I want to do with
my future and yes please, and some
sauce. How much will that be?

ETHAN
What do you want to do with you’re
future? and for a runaway like you,
its on the house.

DAISY
I’m not sure yet and are you sure?

ETHAN
Being unsure is fine, your parents
will realise that soon and yeah I’m
sure, enjoy it.

DAISY
Thanks. Do your parents hassle you
about your future?

ETHAN
I have no family, other than my
friends who all help with this van.



DAISY
Oh I’m sorry. If it helps I wish I
had no family.

ETHAN
You shouldn’t say that. I’m Ethan
by the way, not sure I ever gave
you my name.

DAISY
My name is Daisy. So you all just
run this van?

ETHAN
Daisy, pretty name. Yeah, well I do
most of the selling and making, but
the others help with all the ideas.

DAISY
Sounds like a really good way to
live. well I should probably go.

ETHAN
If you would like, you can come
with us we are going to a
carnival/festival to sell these
ice-creams. Saves you from cycling
to find shelter.

DAISY
Really? I don’t want to be any
bother

ETHAN
No, don’t worry about it just come
round the back and I’ll let you in

Daisy walks round to the back of the van where Ethan meets
her and opens the door and welcomes her inside.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - DAY

Susie picks up the rotary phone and dials ’9-9-9’. She gets
through to an OFFICER SHARP.

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
Hello, you’ve reached the Police
Department. This is Officer Sharp.
How may I be of service?


SUSIE
(on the phone)
Hello Officer, I’m reporting a
runaway child.

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
Is the child yours mam?

SUSIE
(on the phone)
Yes, my little daughter.

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
How old is she? What’s her name and
where do you live?

SUSIE
(on the phone)
She is 18, her name is Daisy and we
live at 8 Funnel Drive

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
Okay I will be over shortly so we
can start this investigation.

SUSIE
(on the phone)
Okay, we will see you soon then.

Just before hanging up Officer Sharp says a final thing
through the phone.

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
Do you have felt-tips?

SUSIE
(on the phone)
Yes I’m sure we do. Why?

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
We’re going to need to make some
posters.

Susie shakes her head and hangs up the phone.


INT. ICE CREAM VAN - DAY

Daisy is inside the van which has an Indian style rug on the
floor and a wall hang of a peace sign. there are cushions
scattered on the floor as well as one bean bag where a girl
called OCEAN, she has long blond hair with a fringe, is sat
cross legged. She is wearing a long red tribal dress with 


long white beads, she has bare feet and a headband. A little
table has a fish bowl on top with a single gold fish in. Sat
by the fish bowl is another boy called JON who has ginger
curly hair and is wearing a colourful tribal shirt, white
trousers and sandals. Ethan climbs over into the drivers
seat next to another guy named REX whose attire is a leather
head band, a tie-dye t-shirt with a velvet tasseled vest
top, denim three quarter length shorts, rounded sunglasses
and bare feet.

Ethan introduces them all to Daisy

ETHAN
Guys, this is Daisy. Shes just ran
away from home.

DAISY
Hey

OCEAN
Hey I’m Ocean

Jon points at the goldfish

JON
This is Gordon and I’m Jon

OCEAN
Or call him Dopey

DAISY
Hey. What should I do with my bike?

REX
Just lay it down against the back,
I’m Rex by the way.

Daisy puts her bicycle down and sits down on the cushion
next to the bicycle.

OCEAN
So why did you run away from home?

DAISY
Parents were hassling me about my
future.

JON
Are you smart?

DAISY
I guess so.




JON
I thought life was easier for smart
kids.

DAISY
Not at all.

Daisy looks at Ocean and then up at the ceiling, then back
at Ocean. Daisy opens her mouth then quickly shuts it again
before looking down at the floor.

OCEAN
Are you wanting to ask me a
question? don’t look so nervous all
the time. We are hippies, we aren’t
going to hurt you.

Daisy nervously laughs.

DAISY
I was just wondering where your
name came from?

OCEAN
Well my real name is Chloe, which
begins with a C and C sounds like
the sea and another word for the
sea is ocean.

DAISY
I see.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN- DAY

The doorbell rings so Susie goes to answer the door. She
opens the door to Officer Sharp. He greets her.

OFFICER SHARP
Good day Mrs Booth, I’m here about
your runaway daughter is that
right?

SUSIE
Yes that’s correct come right in.

Officer Sharp enters the house and wipes his shoes on the
door mat. He continues to walk into the kitchen.

Harold is stood there with the note from Daisy. He hands it
over to Officer Sharp.



HAROLD
we found this earlier today. It
doesn’t say much it just clarifies
that she has in fact run away.

OFFICER SHARP
I see, I see this information could
be vital for the posters.

HAROLD
Posters?

OFFICER SHARP
Yes, we need to make missing person
posters. How are your arts and
craft skills Mr Booth?

HAROLD
They’re not bad, Not great either.
It would be good if our son Ben was
here. He’s great with glue sticks.

OFFICER SHARP
He doesn’t sniff them does he?

HAROLD
No, of course not.

OFFICER SHARP
Good, that would have been
something I would have had to talk
to him about.

Susie is getting agitated by the nonsense conversation and
gets them back on track.

SUSIE
I’m sorry, but are we going to do
anything about my missing daughter?

OFFICER SHARP
Sure. So she is 18 and called
Daisy? This note does say not to
look for her, are we ignoring this?

SUSIE
I can’t believe you asked that. We
are on a search for my missing
daughter and you ask if we should
even search 



OFFICER SHARP
Maybe you ignoring her wishes is
the reason for her running away?

SUSIE
(frustrated)
Okay. You are a Police Officer and
not our Therapist so just do your
job okay.

OFFICER SHARP
Yes of course, I’m sorry. Just hand
me the felt tips and we can move
ahead with the search.

Susie reaches into a drawer and picks up a handful of felt
tips and places them on the table in front of Officer Sharp
and Harold.

HAROLD
I think we should write ’Wanted’ in
a red and bold font.

OFFICER SHARP
Agreed.

Harold and Officer sharp continue to draw up some posters
whilst Susie gets them both a drink of tea.

SUSIE
Do you have one milk or two with
your tea Officer?

OFFICER SHARP
Just the one thank you.

She sets down the drinks, overlooks the process of the
poster creations.

Harold looks over at Officer Sharps poster and points.

HAROLD
I think a little bit of blue would
look really good there.

OFFICER SHARP
Oh yeah thanks.

Susie shakes her head and walks out of the room.

SUSIE
Come through to the other room when
you’ve done your damn posters so we
can get looking for Daisy. 



Officer Sharp and Harold carry on drawing and whisper to
each other

OFFICER SHARP
Does she always say damn?

HAROLD
Quite frequently, yes.

OFFICER SHARP
I don’t like it.

Harold sits up and shouts.

HAROLD
Honey. Officer Sharp doesn’t like
it when you say damn.

They finish their posters and go through to show it to
Susie.


INT. ICE CREAM VAN - DAY

Daisy gets up and goes to stand behind Ethan’s chair.

DAISY
Could we make one quick stop?

ETHAN
Sure, where do you want to go?

DAISY
Just the next street on the left, I
want to tell my friend that I’m
leaving.

ETHAN
Okay. Rex, pull over on the street
on the next left.

REX
Roger.

The van turns onto the street and parks. Daisy steps out of
the van

DAISY
Whats the address for the festival
we’re going to?


REX
We’re at the Newsbury Park.

DAISY
Thanks.

REX
Here just take this leaflet. It has
all of the information on it.

Rex hands Daisy a leaflet with all the information on it.

A kid in a three piece suit comes up to the van and knocks
on the window. Jon gets up and opens the window.

KID
Hey, I’ll have a Mr Stumleys with a
flake please.

JON
Erm, sorry but we’re not selling at
the moment.

KID
Come on, don’t make me go get my
dad just give me a Mr Stumleys
okay.

JON
Whoa. Okay, that’ll be one shilling

The kid hands over a 10 shilling note to Jon

KID
9 shillings back please.

JON
Okay, hang on. Let me get it for
you.

Jon keeps looking in the cash register for 9 shillings
change.

KID
Hurrying up would be appreciated.

Daisy walks down a driveway. She gets to the door and rings
the doorbell. Her friend FRAN answers the door.

FRAN
Daisy, what are you doing here?


DAISY
I’m going away.

FRAN
Where?

Daisy hands Fran a leaflet for the festival.

DAISY
Here.

FRAN
Oh. right, who with?

DAISY
You know that ice cream van that
parks outside of school a lot?

FRAN
Yeah. That hot guy runs it.

DAISY
Yeah, well with him and his friends

FRAN
That’s who you’re running away
with?

DAISY
Yeah. Why?

FRAN
Damn. I like him. I would come but
I’m going to the club again
tonight.

DAISY
That’s too bad. I mean you weren’t
even invited but still. Too bad.

FRAN
Well I need to go get ready for
school.

DAISY
Okay, don’t tell anyone

FRAN
Yeah of course. Lips are velcroed
shut.

Daisy Walks away and Fran slowly closes the door.


DAISY
Bye

FRAN
Bon Voyage.

Daisy walks to the van and gets back inside.

Jon is in the back searching under the rug and behind books.

KID
Hello? I want my change please.

JON
(whisper)
Drive! quickly.

Rex starts the engine and begins to drive off. Jon Stands up
and looks out of the window. He shrugs his shoulders. The
Kid stands there and drops his Ice Cream

KID
Damn. What a waste of ten
shillings.

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a wallet, he stands
there a while flicking through many notes of shillings
counting them.

KID
10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80. Ah
well.

The kid walks off stepping in the ice cream as he walks.


INT. BOOTH LIVING ROOM - DAY

The room has a small TV in a box, a beige sofa with a few
brown cushions on and a couple of red cushions. There is a
table which centres the room and then a further floral chair
in the corner. Susie is sat in the floral chair as Harold
and Officer Sharp rush through with their posters.

SUSIE
Lets have a look at these then.

HAROLD
I think you will be quite
impressed.

Susie looks through the posters and suddenly rolls her eyes. 


 


SUSIE
Why is there a picture of a frog on
this poster? Harold was this you?

HAROLD
Yes, I thought if they couldn’t see
the photo of Daisy very clearly
they could look at the frog. She
looks a bit like one so with the
photo of her and the frog, they
will know exactly who to look for.

Susie takes a deep calming breath and continues to look
through the posters. Officer Sharp nudges Harold.

OFFICER SHARP
(whispering)
Smart idea. Why wasn’t she more
impressed?

HAROLD
(whispering)
I don’t know, she has never been
supportive of my creativity.

Susie finishes looking through the posters and hands them
back to Harold and Officer Sharp.

SUSIE
They’re good, now go and put them
up around town.

Harold and Officer Sharp leave the house.


INT. ICE CREAM VAN - DAY

DAISY
So what exactly is at this
festival, carnival thing?

REX
Amazing things.

DAISY
Such as?

ETHAN
There’s a stage, some stands with
games, stands selling things and
just little things like that 


 


OCEAN
and also a really good Ice Cream
van.

JON
But we have the Ice Cream van? you
can’t say other vans are good.

OCEAN
I’m talking about ours you dope.

JON
Ah yeah. I’m on the same page as
you now. We do sell good Ice Cream.

OCEAN
We are never on the same page.


INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

The classroom is full except for one seat. The teacher has
just finished doing the register.

TEACHER
Has anyone seen Daisy recently?

Nobody in the class answers and they get on with whatever
they are doing. There is Chinese girl who has a teapot on
her desk and she pours herself a cup of tea. Then there is a
boy who is painting a detailed model plane. Then there is
Fran who is looking nervously at the empty seat in which
Daisy is meant to be sitting.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - DAY

The van turns off the road and onto a field full of people
which has hot dog trucks, cake stalls, hook-a-duck, coconut
shy, basketball hoops and other carnival stands and at the
far end there is a stage with a microphone and speakers on
it.

REX
Here we are, our home for the
weekend

Rex parks the van and Jon stands up and opens the vans
window

JON
Open for business. 



Jon picks up his fishbowl and exits the van through the
backdoor. He places his fishbowl with his fish in it on the
roof of the van.

JON
There we go Gordon, now you’re part
of the action.

Daisy and Ethan stand in the truck and look out to a big
queue of customers. They begin to serve them

ETHAN
Yes, what would you like?


EXT. STREET - DAY

Harold and Susie walk down the street and they hand the
poster for Daisy’s search to a passing person. The person
accepts the poster but once they walk past Harold and Susie
they scrunch it up and put it in the bin.

Harold and Susie turn into a driveway and knock on the door
of a house. A woman comes and answers the door.

WOMAN
Hello there, anything I can do for
you?

SUSIE
Hey

Susie hands the woman the poster

SUSIE
Have you seen our daughter?

WOMAN
I’m afraid not, I will keep an eye
out though.

SUSIE
Thank you.

Harold and Susie walk out of the driveway and go down the
next driveway. They knock on the door and a CREEPY MAN
answers.

CREEPY MAN
What can I do for you? 



SUSIE
Yes, have you seen my daughter?

Susie passes the poster over to the Creepy Man.

CREEPY MAN
Oh isn’t she pretty. I haven’t seen
her unfortunately but I will
certainly keep my eyes open for
her.

SUSIE
Thank you ever so much.

CREEPY MAN
No problem, it’s my pleasure. Could
I keep this?

Creepy Man hold up the poster.

SUSIE
By all means keep it.

CREEPY MAN
Thank you, well bye now.

He closes the door.

Susie and Harold walk back out of the driveway.


INT. CREEPY MAN’S HOUSE - DAY

The creepy man walks into his kitchen. There is a kitchen
table with four chairs around it. The four chairs are filled
with handmade broomstick people, with twigs for arms. Three
of them have ’Missing Persons’ posters taped to the brush
part of the broom. He walks over to the broomstick which is
missing a poster and he tapes Daisy’s poster to that
broomstick. He then stands at the end of the table and puts
up a banner which reads ’Missing Persons Party’.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - DAY

Daisy is selling ice-cream from the van, there is a big line
of people outside of it.

CUSTOMER
Can I get a Mr Stumleys please? 



DAISY
Yeah sure, flake or not?

CUSTOMER
Surprise me.

DAISY
Okay, close your eyes

The customer closes his eyes and Daisy puts a flake into the
ice cream.

DAISY
Open them.

Daisy holds out the ice cream to give it to the customer

CUSTOMER
Oh yeah, I got a flake, thanks.

DAISY
No problem.

CUSTOMER
Peace.

The customer leaves and another one approaches Daisy.

Ethan leaves the van and starts to walk down the field.

DAISY
Hey, where are you going?

ETHAN
To check out this festival, look
around the stalls. I’ll be back
soon, can you work the van till
then?

DAISY
Yeah, sure.

Ethan carries on walking down the field looking at the
stalls and then comes across an art stall called
’Imaginative Reality’ which is run by Ben.

ETHAN
See you came

BEN
Well just for the day, just to see
what kind of interest I get in this
stuff. 



ETHAN
I’m sure it’ll get lots of good
reactions, you’re among hippies. We
love everything creative.

BEN
Thanks, I hope you’re right
otherwise I have to stop doing
this.

ETHAN
Why?

BEN
Well I think my parents want me to
follow a path leading to a more
stable job.

ETHAN
What’s with parents nowadays, I’ve
met a girl with very similar issues
to you. Parental pressure.

BEN
It’s tough. So I’m hoping this
works.

ETHAN
If you want to gain attention, I
can always put up a sign telling
people you painted the van and then
where they can find your stall?

BEN
That’ll be cool, sure you don’t
mind?

ETHAN
Not a problem man. Just paint a
sign and come to the van with it
and I’ll place it outside. Get
yourself an ice cream whilst you’re
there

BEN
Thanks. I’ll be up in around ten
minutes with a sign.

ETHAN
Cool.

Ben starts to paint the sign and Ethan walks off.




EXT. STREET - DAY

Officer Sharp is walking down a street and sees a girl with
brown hair in the distance sitting on a bench. He walks
quickly towards this girl and he gets to the bench and sees
a girl who is obviously not Daisy.

OFFICER SHARP
Hey, Can you come with me please?

Officer Sharp takes the girl and puts her in his car and
drives away. Whilst driving he sees another brown haired
girl and stops the car. He gets out and walks towards this
girl.

OFFICER SHARP
Hey, excuse me. Could you come with
me please?

The girl follows him and gets into the police car. Whilst
driving off again he notices another girl and stops. He gets
out of the car and the girl sees him and runs off. He runs
after her and eventually catches up to her.

OFFICER SHARP
You’re under arrest

GIRL
Why?

OFFICER SHARP
Don’t ask questions

Officer sharp walks her back to the car and puts her into
the back with the other girls. He then starts the car and
drives down the road.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - DAY

Ben walks up to the van joining the back of the queue with
his painted sign to get an ice cream.

Ethan walks back from checking out stalls and see’s Ben at
the back of the queue.

ETHAN
Hey man, see you did the sign.

BEN
Yeah, this is it. Think it’s okay? 



ETHAN
Look’s great, let me take it and
put it next to the van

Ethan takes the sign from Ben and rests it against the side
of the van.

Ethan then gets into the van. Ben is now next in line to be
served.

ETHAN
Daisy, take a break. I’ve got it
from here.

Daisy hands over a Mr Stumleys to a customer

DAISY
Okay, I’m just gonna sit down. That
okay?

ETHAN
Sure, knock yourself out. But not
literally.

Ethan goes to the window to serve the next customer and as
the customer approaches the window Daisy sits down.

ETHAN
Ah you again, what can I get you.

BEN
Just a Mr Stumleys please.

ETHAN
Sure thing, you okay with the sign
there by the way?

BEN
Yeah that’s great. thanks.

ETHAN
No problem. So how long you got
left here now?

BEN
Just a couple of hours I think,
then I’ll be packing up and going

ETHAN
Hope it all goes how you want it
to.

Ethan hands Ben the Stumleys. 



BEN
Thanks. How much will that be?

ETHAN
On the house.

BEN
Cheers man.

Ben walks off licking the ice cream.


EXT. STREET - DAY

Harold and Susie are knocking on someones door. A lady comes
to the door.

LADY
Sorry, we aren’t looking to buy
anything.

SUSIE
We aren’t here to sell anything,
have you seen our daughter?

Susie hands over the poster of Daisy

LADY
No I’m very sorry I don’t really
want to buy anything

SUSIE
(loudly)
We aren’t selling anything, have
you seen our daughter

Susie points vigorously at the picture of Daisy. Harold
pushes Susie aside.

HAROLD
I got this

Susie moves aside and looks at Harold

HAROLD
Have you seen girl? looks like a
frog? girl? frog? missing. Missing
frog girl. Girl frog gone.

Harold is hopping around like a frog holding the poster up.

The lady shuts the door. Harold puts the poster through the
Lady’s letterbox. 



INT. LADY’S HOUSE - DAY

The Lady picks up the poster and takes it into her kitchen.
She places it on the tables. her HUSBAND reaches over and
picks up the poster.

LADY’S HUSBAND
Hey, I saw this girl the other day.


EXT. PARK - DAY

Susie and Harold are walking through the park, they see a
bike on the floor and walk over to it.

HAROLD
Isn’t that Daisy’s

SUSIE
Looks it. Call Officer Sharp

Harold calls Officer Sharp

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
(on the phone)
Yes?

HAROLD
I think we’ve found a lead.

OFFICER SHARP(O.S)
(on the phone)
Me too, come to the station now.

Officer Sharp hangs up. Harold looks over at Susie

HAROLD
Police Station. Now.


EXT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT

Officer Sharp brings in Susie and Harold

OFFICER SHARP
I think I have found her

SUSIE
Really?

OFFICER SHARP
Yes, i have seven possibilities.
You just need to identify if any of
them are Daisy 



There are seven girls and ladies lined up. Four of which
look like they could be Daisy. But three that look
completely different. Including an African American girl
with curly hair, An elderly woman with a zimmer frame and a
punk rock girl with green spiky hair.

OFFICER SHARP
So do you recognise any of these as
Daisy?

Susie turns to Officer sharp and gives him a harsh stare.

SUSIE
Are you joking me?

OFFICER SHARP
No? Yes? I don’t think so.

HAROLD
Did you just bring in any female
you came across in the past few
hours?

OFFICER SHARP
Well I had to be thorough.

SUSIE
None of these are her.

Officer Sharp goes into the line up room where the women are
all lined up.

OFFICER SHARP
You’re all okay to go.

All of the women leave instantly.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - NIGHT

A musician is performing on the stage.

Ocean, Rex, Jon, Ethan and Daisy are in a big crowd near the
stage. Ethan and Daisy begin to edge away.

REX
Where are you going?

ETHAN
I think we’re going to head back to
the van


REX
Ah, alright.

Ocean looks over at Ethan and Daisy leaving the crowd and
leans over towards Rex.

OCEAN
Where are they going

REX
Back to the van.

OCEAN
Ooh la la.

At the Van, Daisy and Ethan set up two deck chairs next to
each other by the campfire. He gets out a resealable bag
with cannabis in. He rolls up a cannabis cigarette (spliff),
sticks a skewer into the side and lights it on the campfire.
Once lit her uses the skewer to navigate the spliff to
Daisy’s mouth.

DAISY
I’ve never done this before

ETHAN
It’s completely safe and harmless,
have you ever drank alcohol?

DAISY
Yes

ETHAN
Well then, this is less harmful

She inhales and takes a puff.

ETHAN
Not bad right?

DAISY
(coughing)
Nope.

After which she takes the skewer from Ethan and navigates it
towards his mouth for him to take a puff.

DAISY
So this is less harmful than
alcohol?



ETHAN
Yeah

DAISY
Well, if that’s the case, then why
is alcohol legal and cannabis
isn’t?

ETHAN
Cannabis is just frowned upon
because its done by the quote
unquote kids. All it does is make
you feel happy and peaceful. I
think its time to make the adults
and politicians smoke it so they
can cheer the hell up.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - NIGHT

Harold is sat on the bottom stair looking at the poster.

HAROLD
Where are you?

a tear falls onto his cheek, Susie sees him sat there and
creeps over and wipes the tear away from his cheek.

SUSIE
Don’t worry dear. We will find her

HAROLD
I hope so.

Susie budges Harold over and sits on the bottom step with
him. He puts his arm around her and kisses her on the
forehead.

HAROLD
I really do hope so.


EXT. BOOTH HOUSE - NIGHT

Ben walks up the driveway and walks through the front door.

HAROLD
Daisy?

BEN
No, sorry. Only me. 



SUSIE
And where have you been?

BEN
I went to a festival to sell some
art.

SUSIE
Ah I see. When are you going to
start doing real things with your
life?

BEN
I have done stuff, I do my art

SUSIE
Yes but you spend too much time
alone, but you need to go out and
meet people, doing real stuff to
further your career. Instead of
doing art.

BEN
I just went out and met people. But
I’m happier when alone.

HAROLD
Must get boring always in the same
room though when you’re at home.

BEN
I never really get bored when
alone, I create my own worlds and
characters.

SUSIE
Why can’t you be normal like Daisy?

BEN
You don’t understand, you don’t see
the world like I do.

HAROLD
Nobody see’s the world like you do.

BEN
Exactly.

Ben walks up the stairs with a smile on his face. 


 


INT. ICE CREAM VAN - NIGHT

Daisy and Ethan are in the Van talking.

DAISY
I want to thank you for all you’ve
done. I’ve never been happier than
I have been these past couple of
days.

ETHAN
I’m glad. You’re special Daisy and
you shouldn’t worry about your
future. You’re too young to feel
such pressure and know what you
want for the rest of your life.

DAISY
How can you be so carefree? Do you
not worry about your future and
think about what you want to do?

ETHAN
I don’t even know what I want to do
tomorrow. Never mind forever. I
think you just need to do whatever
makes you happy. If that stops
making you happy, do something
else.

DAISY
How can you be so happy without a
family though?

ETHAN
I don’t even know how to answer
that. You won’t know unless you
lose your family. Do you have
siblings?

DAISY
Yeah I have a brother but I doubt
he even knows I’m missing.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - NIGHT

Ben is sneakily looking in Daisy’s room. He starts be
looking on the desk, then her shelves and finally under her
bed and he finds a diary. He opens the pages and flicks
through, he stops on the last page written on. It reads

Dear Diary, today I stop writing in you. I am running away.
Sorry I’m not taking you. The pressure from my parents is 




getting too much. I have no idea what to do with my future
but I know what I want to do with my present. So farewell
diary.

BEN
(whispers)
I knew it

Ben shuts the diary and leaves Daisy’s room.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - NIGHT

Ben walks into the kitchen and shows Harold and Susie the
diary.

BEN
Mum? Dad? You may want to read
this, It’s Daisy’s diary I found
under her bed.

SUSIE
What are you doing going through
her room? Would you like it if she
did that to you?

BEN
Well, no but...

SUSIE
But nothing, go put it back.

Ben leaves the Diary on the kitchen side and walks out of
the kitchen.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - NIGHT

Ethan and Daisy are sat talking on deck chairs which are
side by side. There is a soft campfire glowing their faces.

ETHAN
Do you ever have a specific thought
about someone when you think about
someone? like you hear their name
and a certain thought comes into
your head instantly?

DAISY
Yeah. What do you think of when
someone says Daisy?




ETHAN
Glasses and Freckles

DAISY
Oh

ETHAN
Then that thought makes me smile.
They’re what make you, you. Have
you got any deep thoughts?
Something you just want to say?

DAISY
Well, I have loads of dislikes and
loads of likes and these should
define me as a person. But they
don’t. I like Rock music, a certain
style of art, A certain style of
subculture. But they just don’t fit
together. Then I find you and
everything seems to connect, making
me feel defined. You make me feel
like I make sense. That’s why I
love you.

ETHAN
That’s why you what? love me?

DAISY
Yeah?

ETHAN
But you can’t love me though. You
can’t love someone else if you
don’t love yourself.

Daisy sits back into her deck chair and grabs hold of Ethan
hand.

DAISY
I’m starting to.


INT. OFFICER SHARPS HOME - NIGHT

Officer Sharp walks in through the front door and takes off
his hat and hang up his coat. He is greeted by his WIFE

OFFICER SHARPS WIFE
Is that you dear?




OFFICER SHARP
Yeah, where are you?

OFFICER SHARPS WIFE
We’re in the Kitchen, Dinner is on
the table

Officer Sharp walks into the kitchen, kisses his wife on the
forehead and taps his daughter on the head and proceeds to
sit down in his chair.

OFFICER SHARPS WIFE
how was your day?

OFFICER SHARP
Interesting, I meet some pretty
broken families

OFFICER SHARPS WIFE
Are you talking about your runaway
case?

OFFICER SHARP
Yeah, the father is fun and all but
the mother, well, its obvious she
drove her daughter to runaway.

OFFICER SHARPS WIFE
Well, some families are like that
aren’t they.

Officer Sharps turns towards his daughter, and puts his hand
on her shoulder

OFFICER SHARP
We’re not are we, promise me that
you will never runaway

His daughter just smiles and carries on eating her dinner.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - DAY

The doorbell rings and Susie gets up out of the chair in the
living room to go and answer it. She opens the door but it
is still semi locked by a chain lock. Fran shows her head in
the gap of the door and passes letters through the gap.
Susie fully unlocks the door.

SUSIE
Fran what are you doing here?



FRAN
I thought I’d come by on my way to
school to show you these letters.

SUSIE
What are they?

FRAN
They’re from Daisy. We’ve been in
touch the past couple of days.

SUSIE
And you’re just telling us now?

FRAN
Yeah, I’m sorry I didn’t want to be
a bad friend by dobbing her in.

Susie points to the address at the top of one of the letters

SUSIE
Is this the address she’s at?

FRAN
Yeah, I don’t know how much longer
she’ll be there though.

SUSIE
Ice cream van?

FRAN
It’s weird isn’t it, but shes safe.

Susie calls down Harold

SUSIE
(loudly)
Harold! call Officer Sharp and
start the car.

HAROLD
Do we know where she is?

SUSIE
We certainly do! Thanks by the way
Fran.

FRAN
No problem, just don’t tell her it
was me who told you? I don’t want
her to get angry with me.



SUSIE
Of course I won’t

FRAN
Thanks, well I should probably be
getting back to school. So I’ll see
you later

SUSIE
Bye

Fran leaves the house and closes the door behind her.

SUSIE
Did you call Officer Sharp

HAROLD
Yeah, he has set off to go get her
now.

SUSIE
Okay, well come on lets join him,
grab the keys.

Susie and Harold leave the house and get into the car and
they set off.


EXT. FESTIVAL/CARNIVAL - DAY

Officer Sharp drives along the grass in his police car and
parks a few feet away from the Ice Cream Van. He gets out
and walks towards the group of hippies.

OFFICER SHARP
I’m looking for a Miss Daisy Booth,
have you seen or heard of her?

JON
Yeah she’s in the ...

Ocean firmly slams her hand over Jon’s mouth

OCEAN
No we don’t know where she is
unfortunately

OFFICER SHARP
You do know it’s illegal to
withhold information from an
Officer of the law. 



OCEAN
I know.

OFFICER SHARP
So you wouldn’t mind if I look in
your van then?

OCEAN
Not at all. But you know it’s
illegal to go through someones
personal belongs without a warrant.

Harold and Susie drive up in their people wagon and park
next to Officer Sharps police car. Harold and Susie exit the
car.

SUSIE
(loudly)
Do you know where she is?

OFFICER SHARP
(loudly)
I think she’s in the van.

Harold walks towards the van and Rex gets and walks in front
of Harold.

HAROLD
Move out of the way son

REX
You aren’t going into the van

HAROLD
Okay you b.o. soaked tree cuddler,
step away from the door so I can go
in and get my daughter. Peacefully.

REX
No can do I’m afraid.

Harold steps closer to Rex and twangs his headband against
his forehead. He then opens the door.

Daisy and Ethan are still talking.

DAISY
Dad! Go away.

ETHAN
Here, have this, it should help you
through the tough times. 




Ethan hands her an Ice Lolly sew on badge which says ’Stay
Happy’ on it for her bag. Daisy tears up as Harold picks her
up and carries her out of the van. He walks past Rex.

HAROLD
Peace out.

Harold then walks over to the car and places Daisy in the
back seat. Susie gives her thanks to Officer Sharp for the
help.

SUSIE
Thank you Officer.

OFFICER SHARP
No problem, I hope it is all calm
and sorted now. Send my best to
Harold.

Susie walks over to the car and gets into the driver’s seat.

Jon runs over to the car holding Ice Creams.

JON
Would you like a Stumleys for the
road? It’s a new improved recipe.

Harold and Susie look at each other.

HAROLD
Sure. We’ll take one.

Harold Looks at Susie again.

HAROLD(CONTINUED)
Each.

Jon hands out the ice creams to Harold and Susie.

OFFICER SHARP
And one for me too, thank you.

Officer Sharp takes the Ice Cream.

Susie drives them back home.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - DAY

Susie and Harold walk into the kitchen and Daisy slowly
turns away and walks up to her room. 




INT. ICE CREAM VAN - DAY

Ethan runs up to Rex

ETHAN
Get everyone together

REX
Okay, but why?

ETHAN
We’re going back

Rex goes and gets Ocean and Jon. They get into the van.
Ethan starts the engine and begins to drive off.

OCEAN
Is this because of Daisy?

REX
Of course it is.

JON
But I thought you didn’t like her.
You know, like that.

ETHAN
She is to me what Gordon is to you
Jon.

Jon picks up his goldfish in the fishbowl and stares at
Gordon his fish

JON
I totally understand.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - DAY

Daisy sits on her bed and sobs. After a little bit she gets
up and walks towards her desk, pulls open a drawer and takes
out a sewing kit. She sits at her desk and begins to sew on
the ice lolly badge that Ethan gave her. She positions it
central bottom.


EXT. STREET - DAY

The ice cream van parks at the end of the street. Ethan gets
ready to get out of the van.


REX
Good luck man. You’re brave.

ETHAN
Thanks. Bye, I’ll catch up with you
sometime I guess.

Ethan gets out of the van carrying a duffel bag. The van
drives away and Ethan waves goodbye.

Ethan walks down the street and turns into a driveway. He
stops, looks at the house, takes a deep breath and carries
on to open the door and walk inside.


INT. HOUSE - DAY

Ethan walks into the hallway.

ETHAN
Hello. Is anybody here?

A woman comes down the stairs. It is ETHAN’S MUM

ETHAN’S MUM
(loudly)
Ethan! you’re home!

Ethan and his mum share a hug.

ETHAN’S MUM
What are you doing back here?

ETHAN
I’m ready to move on and do
something with myself

ETHAN’S MUM
I’ve been waiting to hear this for
a long time. Pop your bags down and
come into the kitchen. Do you want
some tea?

Ethan takes off his bag and places it on the floor and walks
into the kitchen

ETHAN
Yes thanks, no milk though

ETHAN’S MUM
Okay, so sit down and tell me what
brought you back



ETHAN
well, I met someone. She’s back
here and I want to see her again.

ETHAN’S MUM
Once you get her back, will you go
off again?

ETHAN
No. I was thinking of going back to
therapy and then maybe finding work
somewhere or start my own business.

Ethan’s mum walks over with two cups of tea and places one
on the table just in front of Ethan and then she sits down
whilst blowing into her cup.

ETHAN’S MUM
Therapy? do you want to go back to
Dr. Wallace? I think I still have
his details somewhere.

ETHAN
Yeah sure, but what do you think
about the other stuff?

ETHAN’S MUM
Getting a job? I think it’s a great
idea, I’m a bit shocked considering
working hasn’t exactly been your
thing. But you need money and god
knows money doesn’t grow on trees
for you to just pluck.

ETHAN
(jokily)
Well paper grows on trees and money
is made from paper so money kinda
grows on trees

Ethan mum gives a little laugh

ETHAN’S MUM
See, you’re a sharp lad. You can do
more than just sell Ice Cream. So
what kinda business you thinking
of?

ETHAN
Ice Cream




INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - DAY

Susie and Harold talk in the kitchen.

SUSIE
Do you think one of us should go up
and talk to her?

HAROLD
I don’t know, maybe. Do you want me
to go up?

SUSIE
No, let’s leave her alone.

Ben walks through the front door and walks into the kitchen

SUSIE
Did you have a nice day out in the
real world?

Ben gets out a bowl and begins to pour some cereal for
himself.

BEN
It was boring, walked past a few
people talking about Daisy. They
were holding the posters.

HAROLD
Did they like them?

BEN
Urm I guess so

SUSIE
That’s not important, we’ve found
her now.

Ben stops eating his cereal for a second

BEN
Really? where was she then?

SUSIE
Some carnival festival thing. She
was with a group of hippies.

BEN
Has anyone spoken to her since she
got back?



HAROLD
No, we’re leaving her to it for a
bit.


INT. BOOTH LANDING - DAY

Susie knocks on Daisy’s door and gets no response, she
knocks again and still no response.

SUSIE
Daisy, do you want any dinner?

There is no response.

SUSIE
Please reply dear, I’ve made enough
for all of us. Do you want any?

nothing but silence comes from Daisy’s room.

SUSIE
I’ll take that as a no, I’ll be
waking you up for school in the
morning.

Susie walks away, stops for a few seconds and then continues
to walk down the stairs and back into the kitchen.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - NIGHT

Susie dishes up some soup for dinner and then places a plate
of bread rolls in the middle of the table.

HAROLD
Is Daisy going to join us?

SUSIE
I don’t think so, no

BEN
Have you figured out why she ran
away yet?

SUSIE
not yet sweetie. You see your
sister, she’s a little bit broken
at the moment.

HAROLD
Probably just a phase 



BEN
Is everything just a phase to
parents?

HAROLD
When you get older you will realise
that life is basically one just one
big phase.

BEN
A phase of what?

Harold dips his bread roll into the soup very slowly.

HAROLD
well, being alive.


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - NIGHT

Daisy is in her room. Looking through Polaroid photos she
had taken at the festival with her, Ethan and the rest of
the hippie group. She sticks them into a little book and
titles the book.

’Day I Was Born’ is the title on the book.

She then gets out an old book which has load of pictures of
her and Fran in it. With Fran, Daisy is pulling a straight
face in all the pictures and with Ethan, Daisy is always
smiling.

Daisy begins to cry.

DAISY
I don’t want to be here anymore.  

Ben is down for breakfast and Harold is sat down in a green
dressing gown and multicoloured slippers, reading the
newspaper and sipping some tea.

SUSIE
Daisy, time to get up.

the sound of a door opening and footsteps coming down the
stairs are heard. Daisy walks into the kitchen in a dead
like state wearing purple pyjamas.



SUSIE
would you like some breakfast
sweetie?

Daisy walks over to the counter, gets out a bowl and pours
her own cereal.

She then walks back up to her room.

HAROLD
No food upstairs.

There is the sound of a door shutting upstairs.

SUSIE
She’s obviously still upset after
her little adventure.

HAROLD
She better get over it soon. Her
school grades will slip and she’ll
end up on the streets if she
carries on being hung up on it.

BEN
Maybe it was more than just a
little adventure?

Harold and Susie both turn to look at Ben.

HAROLD AND SUSIE
Shut up Ben.


INT. HISTORY CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’F’ written on the top in red pen. In the background there
is a chalkboard with ’Cold War, heated rivalry - about 26
degrees Celsius’ written on it.


INT. MATHS CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’D’ written on the top in green pen. On the desk there is a
calculator and in the background there is a chalkboard with
Maths questions on and the date 10th June 1973




INT. CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM - DAY

A completed test is placed onto a wooden school desk with
’E’ written on the top in blue pen. On the desk there is a
beaker with coloured liquid in. In the background there is a
chalkboard with molecule models drawn on.


INT. CLASSROOM - DAY

Teacher takes Daisy to one side

TEACHER
Are you okay? your grades are
slipping?

Daisy puts her hand on the door handle

DAISY
I think about death a lot these
days

Daisy pulls the door open and walks out


INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR - DAY

Daisy walks up to Fran. Fran smiles and waves

DAISY
Don’t smile at me

FRAN
What? Why?

DAISY
I know you’re the reason I’m back
here. You told my parents where I
was. Why did you tell on me?

A little boy circles Daisy and Fran whilst bouncing on a
space hopper.

FRAN
I had to, I was worried.

DAISY
Why? I was with safe people

FRAN
Were you though? You were on a
field with strangers. 



DAISY
Yes. You know I was.

FRAN
I don’t know they’re safe. They
park a van near a school.

DAISY
You do know they’re safe. You just
couldn’t deal with the fact I was
with a boy you like.

FRAN
It’s not that.

DAISY
It is. Because I’m a loser and
you’re cool, I have to be a loner.

FRAN
No. I just wanted to see you. We’re
best friends.

DAISY
Were.

FRAN
What?

DAISY
Were. We were best friends. Past
tense.

FRAN
What’s that supposed to mean?

DAISY
Go to IQ and figure it out. Genius.

Daisy turns around and walks back down the corridor.

Fran stands there, drops her bag and kicks the space hopper
from under the kid.


EXT. SCHOOL - DAY

Daisy walks out of school and towards where the ice-cream
van would usually be parked. She stands there a while.

DAISY
(whispers)
I miss you. 



INT. THERAPY ROOM - DAY

Ethan is laying on a therapist couch with therapist Dr.
Wallace sat in a chair just a few feet from Ethan’s head.

DR. WALLACE
So, you’re here to deal with your
fathers death so that you can move
on with your future?

ETHAN
That’s right.

DR. WALLACE
Does your future career need to
reflect your father in any way?

ETHAN
I don’t understand that question.

DR. WALLACE
Do you feel you need to pick a
career path which your father would
be proud of?

ETHAN
Well I think he’d be proud of any
career path.

DR. WALLACE
So you don’t need to be a high
achiever?

ETHAN
Well I’m sure he’ll love me to be
the top of a big company. But I
don’t need to be a CEO of a big
company, I don’t need to climb to
the top of any profession. All I
need or want is down here. I don’t
want to climb away from them.

DR. WALLACE
Well it seems like you know what
you want. But back to the father
business. You want to make him
proud.

ETHAN
Yes. 



DR. WALLACE
Would he not have wanted you to
follow the crowd and aim to be
successful and rich.

ETHAN
Firstly, you don’t need to be rich
to be successful & following the
crowd is bad. There is an Einstein
quote, "The one who follows the
crowd usually goes no further than
the crowd but the one who walks
alone finds themselves in places
nobody has ever been".

DR. WALLACE
Very well so has anything or anyone
made you want to do something with
your future?

ETHAN
Well a girl called Daisy, she made
me happy and made me realise what I
could do. She was kinda sad when I
first met her but I think she’s
happy now which must mean
something.


INT. BOOTH KITCHEN - DAY

Daisy walks in from school and goes into the the first aid
cupboard. In the cupboard there are razors, plasters,
bandages and other medicines. On the bottom shelf there is a
bottle of sleeping pills which she takes out and puts in her
bag. She then walks up to the bathroom.


INT. BOOTH BATHROOM - DAY

She runs the taps and then walks onto the landing.


INT. BOOTH LANDING - DAY

Susie is at the bottom of the stairs calling up towards
Daisy.

SUSIE
Dinner will be ready soon



DAISY
Okay, I’m just taking a quick bath

SUSIE
Okay, I’ll see you at dinner then.

Daisy walks back into the bathroom and locks the door.


INT. BOOTH BATHROOM - DAY

Daisy opens her bag and takes out the bottle of sleeping
pills, she then pours seven pills into her hand and puts
them in her mouth and swallows them. She sets down her bag
Daisy climbs into the bath with the taps still running, she
closes her eyes and falls to sleep.

CLOSE UP: OF ’STAY HAPPY’ BADGE ON BAG WHICH ETHAN GAVE HER

The water then flows past her bag.


INT. BOOTH DINING ROOM - DAY

The family are sat around the dinner table.

SUSIE
Harold, go get Daisy

HAROLD
She’ll be down soon.

SUSIE
Just go get her, we’re all ready to
eat.

Harold gets up and walks up to the bathroom.


INT. BOOTH LANDING - DAY

Water is flowing under the door and onto the landing. Harold
rushes to the door and knocks aggressively

HAROLD
(loudly)
Daisy, Daisy, are you okay? Turn
off the taps.

There is no response so Harold starts breaking down the
door. He succeeds after a few nudges. He rushes in



INT. BOOTH BATHROOM - DAY

MEDIUM CLOSE UP: OF HAROLD’S FEET RUNNING THROUGH THE WATER
PAST DAISY’S BAG.

He places Daisy on the floor. Susie runs up the stairs and
bursts into tears. She grabs the phone and calls the
ambulance.


INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Daisy is laying in the hospital bed with her Harold and
Susie stood next to her. Susie walks over and sits on a
chair next to the bed and she puts her hand on Daisy’s
forehead.

DAISY
I don’t have a temperature mum.

SUSIE
Why did you do it?

DAISY
It doesn’t matter

SUSIE
It does matter, of course it does

Daisy turns her head to the other side and shuts her eyes.

A nurse walks in with Ethan behind her

NURSE
We have another visitor for you
Miss Booth

Ethan walks towards the bed

ETHAN
Hey

Daisy turns her head back

DAISY
Ethan, what are you doing here

ETHAN
Your friend Fran told me where you
were.

Daisy rolls her eyes.



DAISY
That girl needs to keep her snout
of my life.

SUSIE
And you are?

ETHAN
Oh sorry, I’m Ethan I essentially
kidnapped your daughter.

HAROLD
You did what!

DAISY
He was joking Dad.

SUSIE
Well should we leave you two to it?

DAISY
No you stay here and we’ll leave

Daisy gets up out of the hospital bed and walks over to
Ethan, wheeling her drip along with her. They both leave the
hospital room


EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY

Daisy and Ethan both sit on a bench. Daisy still in her
patient gown and with her drip.

ETHAN
Are you okay?

DAISY
Yeah I’m fine. What about you? how
come you came back?

ETHAN
Well the main reason was to come
see you but I also went home to my
mum

DAISY
I thought you had no family?

ETHAN
Tiny white lie. I have a mum, my
dad died but when he did die I
became distant from my mum, ran
away and I essentially had no
family in my life.



DAISY
Oh, I’m sorry. So are you okay now,
are you over the death?

ETHAN
well. I go to therapy now.

Daisy nudges closer to Ethan on the bench

DAISY
So, are you not with Rex, Ocean and
Jon anymore?

ETHAN
No, I feel like I want to move on
with my life now.

DAISY
How did he die? your dad? if you
don’t mind me asking

ETHAN
Well he had depression. One night
it became bad so he went for a walk
and he got hit by a train. People
say suicide others say it wasn’t. I
say it was both.

DAISY
How can it be both?

ETHAN
I don’t think he went out with the
intention of killing himself but
when he saw the train, I bet he
welcomed it and let it hit him.

DAISY
Oh. Ow. I’m sorry.

ETHAN
Don’t be, how come you tried to
kill yourself anyway? I think I’m
allowed this personal question
after yours.

DAISY
Well I want to say depression. But
seeing as your dad was actually
diagnosed with that, I don’t feel
right saying it. So, I’m gonna say,
I have excessive sadness.



INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Daisy is discharged from hospital. The Booth family exit the
hospital.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - DAY

The family walk through the front door, Ben walks into the
hallway from the kitchen and Daisy rushes straight upstairs.

HAROLD
Do you not want to talk about what
has just happened?

DAISY
I know what happened, I was there.
So not really anything to talk
about

BEN
She has a point. I think I may go
up and talk to her.

SUSIE
Don’t give her life advice.

BEN
Why? As the older brother I think
it’s my duty?

SUSIE
Yeah, but you need to sort your own
life out before going around giving
advice about life

Ben walks up the stairs


INT. DAISY’S ROOM - NIGHT

Ben knocks on the door and slowly walks into the room

DAISY
What?

BEN
Hey, are you okay?

DAISY
Obviously not.

Ben walks over to her bed and sits down on the bed next to
where Daisy is lying 



BEN
I found your Diary

DAISY
How? You went through my stuff?

BEN
I was worried. You just ran away.
Could have told me

DAISY
You and me aren’t that close?

BEN
We’re related

DAISY
Yes, but if we weren’t. I don’t
think we’d be friends, do you?

BEN
Maybe. Still you need to tell Mum
and Dad that you ran away because
of them.

DAISY
Why?

BEN
Maybe they’ll stop putting pressure
on you

DAISY
They wont. Even if they do, they
will always want me to get good
grades, go to university, get a
job, earn money and so on.

BEN
Do you want that?

DAISY
I don’t know. I don’t have any idea
of what I want

Daisy begins to cry

BEN
That’s okay, you don’t need to
know.



DAISY
Easy for you to say. You never
really tried at anything.

BEN
School made me feel like an idiot,
and I am an Idiot for thinking
school had any form of say in my
level of intelligence.

DAISY
But it has a huge say

BEN
It doesn’t, you need to stop
worrying about your future. It’ll
all go your way eventually.

DAISY
What if it doesn’t?

BEN
Well then don’t worry about what
will make everyone proud, do what
will make you happy. When mum and
dad die, they won’t be there to be
judging your life. You’ll be alone,
living a life you lived for them.
Once they go, that becomes
pointless, so live for you and not
for anyone else.

DAISY
Maybe school didn’t have a say in
your intelligence.

BEN
See. So what makes you happy?

DAISY
I don’t know.

BEN
When you were away, were you happy

DAISY
More than I’ve ever been.

BEN
DO something with that then, what
did you do?


DAISY
Worked in an ice-cream van.

BEN
There you go, and with anyone?

DAISY
Yep, a guy called Ethan.

BEN
So do something with him. If you do
something that makes you happy,
with a person that also makes you
happy, can you really go wrong?

DAISY
I guess not, thanks.

BEN
No problem, what siblings are for

Daisy smiles, Ben gets up and walks towards the door, he
opens it slightly. Then looks back

BEN
Also, If we weren’t related I think
we would be friends.

DAISY
Bestfriends.

Ben smiles and leaves the room closing the door behind him.


INT. BOOTH LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Susie and Harold are sat down in chairs. Daisy walks into
the room and sits down on the sofa.

DAISY
I want to talk about my future

SUSIE
Go ahead

DAISY
Well yesterday at the hospital I
was talking to Ethan and he wants
to do something with his life now

HAROLD
Ah so he’s moved out of the
kidnapping trade I see? Wise move.



SUSIE
It wasn’t a kidnap Harold.

HAROLD
He drove away with our Daughter

SUSIE
Good point, was it a kidnap? maybe
I should call Officer Sharp

DAISY
No I gave him permission to drive
me away. I ran away remember?

HAROLD
Ah yes, that’s right. You weren’t
taken from us. You left us
voluntarily.

Susie looks at Harold and rolls her eyes before looking back
at Daisy

SUSIE
Anyway, as you were saying?

DAISY
Yeah, well. Ben had an idea,
considering Ethan and I worked in
an ice cream van together for a few
days. He thought we could open a
business or something. Just until
we figure out what we really want
to do. Because I’m not ready for
University or anything, I’m sorry.

SUSIE
That sounds great.

DAISY
What?

HAROLD
Sounds like a good plan

DAISY
Really?

SUSIE
We don’t want to pressure you into
doing something that is going to
make you unhappy

Susie reaches behind a cushion on her chair and gently pulls
out a diary and places it on the table in front of her. 


 


DAISY
Is that my diary?

HAROLD
No it’s the book Ben brought down
to us.

Susie reaches over to Harold

SUSIE
(whispers)
That book Ben brought down was
Daisy’s diary.

HAROLD
Yes your diary. That’s what it is

DAISY
and you read it?

SUSIE
Yes, we’re terribly sorry for
invading your privacy but Ben was
in your room looking for a reason
why you ran away, and found this
and came down to show us it.

HAROLD
We didn’t mean to pressure you at
all. We just wanted what was best
for you.

DAISY
That isn’t true, you never asked me
what I wanted so you couldn’t
possibly have known what was best
for me.

SUSIE
Are we the reason you did the
thing? You know, in the bathroom?

Daisy looks up at the ceiling trying to hold back tears but
one falls down her cheek. Susie gets up and moves over to
the sofa to sit net to Daisy. Susie hugs Daisy

SUSIE
I am so sorry

Harold walks over to the sofa and leans over to join the
hug, Susie gently brushes him away, shaking her hand at him.

Harold quietly backs off



HAROLD
(whispers)
Ah I get it, this is a woman only
hug. I’ll just sit back down here
then.

Harold sits back down in the seat he was previously sat in.


INT. OFFICER SHARPS HOME - NIGHT

Officer Sharp walks into the kitchen where his wife his
standing by the counter tapping her foot aggressively.

OFFICER SHARP
Are you okay? We found that girl by
the way. So I can relax now. I’m
all yours and Lilly’s

WIFE
Well you can’t relax for long

OFFICER SHARP
Why?

WIFE
You know Lilly?

OFFICER SHARP
My daughter? yeah I guess you could
say I’m familiar with her

WIFE
Well she’s run away

OFFICER SHARP
Ah bother, really? no? hm. Well,
that is not good.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - DAY

Daisy and Ethan walk into the kitchen and see Susie and
Harold already sat at the table. Daisy and Ethan sit down
and join them at the table.

SUSIE
Have you discussed Ben’s idea with
Ethan?

DAISY
Yeah. He thinks it’s great. Where
is Ben. We ought to thank him.



HAROLD
Upstairs. In his room. As usual.

DAISY
Call him down?

HAROLD
(loudly)
Ben! come downstairs. Your sister
wants to thank you.

SUSIE
Well we thought about the idea too.
We would love to help you start a
business.

ETHAN
Really?

SUSIE
Of course, what kind of business
were you thinking of?

ETHAN
Well, I think Ice-cream because we
both have experience in that, it
also makes us both happy.

SUSIE
Daisy?

DAISY
Yeah, It does make us happy

SUSIE
Well let’s do it then.

Ben walks into the kitchen

BEN
What’s up?

HAROLD
Daisy and her Boyfriend want to
thank you.

Ethan turns round and looks at Ben

ETHAN
No way. It’s you?



BEN
Hey, what are you doing here?

ETHAN
I’m the guy opening a business with
your sister?

BEN
Seriously? this is weird.

SUSIE
Care to fill us in?

Ethan turns to Daisy

ETHAN
This is the guy that painted our
van

DAISY
Really? Ben. You did that?

BEN
Yeah?

DAISY
It’s really good.

BEN
Thanks.

SUSIE
Can I see this van maybe?

ETHAN
Sure. It’s parked outside.

Everyone walks over to the front window and looks out at the
van.

Ocean, Rex and Jon wave at them

HAROLD
I feel uneasy. Why do I feel uneasy

SUSIE
Just smile and wave back Harold

Harold forces a smile and waves back

ETHAN
Don’t be scared of them, They gave
me a lift here.



SUSIE
It’s pretty good. Well done Ben.

ETHAN
It’s great. How did your stall do
anyway?

BEN
Great. Sold all my pieces. Thanks
for the help.

DAISY
Wait. Stall? where was this?

ETHAN
The festival. Remember the great
artist I was talking about? And the
artists sign that was outside our
van?

DAISY
Yeah?

ETHAN
Well. That was Ben.

Daisy turns to Ben.

DAISY
So you were at the festival too?

BEN
Yeah just for the day.

SUSIE
You sold your art?

BEN
Yeah.

SUSIE
I’m proud of you. I guess people do
get you after all.

HAROLD
Anyway back to Daisy and Ethan

Harold gets up goes over to a kitchen counter and picks up
some keys.

HAROLD
we have a surprise for you guys.
Come with me.




Daisy and Ethan get up out of their seats and follow Harold
out of the kitchen. Susie follows them close behind.


EXT. SHOP - DAY

Harold, Daisy, Ethan and Susie all get out of the car and
the walk towards a building with a big sign saying ’sold’ on
it. Harold gives Daisy a set of keys.

HAROLD
Here you go

DAISY
What’s this?

HAROLD
Well they’re keys, you use them to
open doors.

DAISY
Yes but what are these keys for
specifically?

HAROLD
Why don’t you try them in every
keyhole you see till you find what
they are for?

SUSIE
Harold just tell them

HAROLD
Okay, well. We bought you a shop so
you can start your business.

ETHAN
No way, we can’t accept this.

DAISY
Yeah, we really cant.

Daisy holds the keys in front of her for Harold to take
back.

Harold closes her hand so she is grasping the keys tightly
and pushes her arm back towards her

HAROLD
Of course you can, if it’s what you
want to do then it’s the least we
can do, considering. 


 


Daisy walks up to the shop door and inserts the key and
opens the door. Daisy and Ethan walk into the shop holding
hands.

Susie and Harold walk in behind them linking arms and
smiling.


INT. SHOP - DAY

Daisy and Ethan look around the shop

HAROLD
It needs some work doing, but
that’s something that will keep you
busy, fixing it up.

ETHAN
It’s perfect, thanks Mr and Mrs
Booth.

SUSIE
Don’t mention it.

Daisy walks around and points to different parts of the shop

DAISY
The fridge can go here, a till
here, tables and chairs here.

Harold walks closer to Daisy.

HAROLD
There is one catch to all this.

DAISY
Thought so, what is it?

HAROLD
You let me design the posters to
advertise this place.

DAISY
Is that it? of course you can do
that.

HAROLD
Yes!

Harold turns round to Susie and raises his fist into the
air. 



HAROLD
Susie. To the felt tip drawer.

Harold walks out of the shop with Susie.


EXT. SHOP - DAY

Fran stands outside the shop, walks towards the door and
opens it.


INT. OFFICER SHARPS HOME - DAY

Officer Sharp is drawing up posters for his missing
daughter.


INT. BOOTH HOUSE - DAY

Susie and Harold are placing an easel in Ben’s room along
with lots of other Art supplies.

Susie puts her hand on Ben’s shoulder while Harold rubs
Ben’s hair.


EXT. ICE CREAM VAN - DAY

Rex, Jon and Ocean place a ’for sale sign’ on the ice cream
van.


INT. CREEPY MANS BEDROOM - DAY

The creepy man is laying in his bed smoking a cigarette with
two of his broomstick girls either side of him.


EXT. SHOP - DAY

Daisy and Ethan are inside the newly decorated shop and they
turn over the closed sign to say open.


EXT. FIELD - DAY

Lilly is laying in a bath filled with daisies in the middle
of a field.

END CREDITS



Document
Daisy

Created: Dec 03, 2014

Tags: ice cream truck, first time, feature length screenplay, fiction, 1970s, 1960s, feature film, script

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