INT. OFFICE - 8:20AM 25
Xavier watches Shehzeen work at her desk until she notices
him in the elevator. She moves to speak and he quickly works
his way through the office.
He knocks over a trash can and a bouquet of flowers spills
onto the floor. He doesn’t notice.
INT. XAVIER’S OFFICE - SAME TIME 26
He places the plane tickets in his desk drawer.
Good morning Sir, your messages.
The beautiful woman he watched from the street hands him a
stack of message post-its.
With an awkward smile, he attempts to look normal.
He watches her as she shuffles through the files that are
piled on a chair in front of his desk.
She is crying.
Is it okay if I file these later
today? I have a couple more to
finish on my desk. I would prefer
not to have to make two trips, if
Xavier touches her hand. She immediately pulls away.
-Are you okay? I know what today
is...I really wanted to give you
She flashes a fake smile and retreats.
XAVIER(SPEECH PICKING UP PACE AS SHE
TRIES TO LEAVE)
-but you are the only person I
trust-Shehzeen! Stop. Please.
She stops at the door.
He looks at the desk drawer where he placed the plane
-Yes, sir. Anything else, sir?
He shakes his head ’no.’
He walks to the window and looks down at the street.
Femi looks back at him and smiles.
Xavier promptly closes the blinds.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING - 7:30PM 27
There is a montage of images of the office closing down.
People pack up and turn things off as they go.
Xavier still works in his office.
INT. XAVIER’S OFFICE - SAME TIME 28
Shehzeen enters his office with a stack of FILES in her
hands. She drops them on the chair with the other files.
She opens the blinds.
She finds an office chair with wheels and begins to load the
files onto it.
Xavier opens the drawer.
CU: Plane tickets in the drawer.
His stands up and prepares himself to ask her to go with
Shehzeen sees this and cuts him off.
Are you ok, Sir?
He closes the drawer.
I’m fine. I was gonna ask the same
I am fine too, Sir.
He smiles at her, she doesn’t return one.
Do you have anything else you want
filed before you go?
Shehzeen looks at her watch.
You better hurry, you don’t want to
miss your flight, sir. The office
will miss you while you are gone.
She pushes the chair out of the office.
He takes the coffee-stained tickets out of his desk and puts
them back into his pocket.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING HALLWAY - 7:35PM 29
Shehzeen pushes the chair filled with files down the hall.
He watches her fade into the dark hallway.
Billy, the janitor, pushes his cart up to Xavier’s office
Xavier sees the flowers on the floor for the first time.
Billy works his way from desk to desk turning on and off
desk lamps to see under them.
Xavier picks a red rose from the pile and exits the office.
EXT. OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE - 7:55PM 30
Xavier pulls up to the street in his car.
Femi is almost glowing in the amber street lights as he
calmly watches something in amazement.
Xavier watches him.
The Homeless Man knocks on his window.
Xavier is startled.
Evening! My aristocratic friend,
might you have a penny to pinch for
a fellow business man on hard
Xavier quickly pulls away from him an onto the street.
As he drives away, something falls from the sky behind him.
INT. LILLY’S BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING - TODAY 4AM 31
Faded pink curtains barely shield the room from the
streetlights and neon just outside.
Lilly sleeps on her stomach barely covered by a equally
faded pink blanket.
She clutches a teddy bear tightly.
ACTION OF CAMERA: The front door opens but doesn’t close.
Heavy footsteps end with the thud of a body falling on the
INT. LILLY’S BEDROOM - 5:00AM 32
Lilly sleeps in a fetal position with her back to the empty
side of the bed.
SOUND: Alarm clock
CU: Alarm Clock - 5:00am
Lilly turns it off and reaches behind her for someone that
She sits up and surveys the bed.
INT. LILLY APARTMENT - SAME TIME 33
She walks into the living room and is caught by a chilly
breeze, thanks to front door being open.
On the couch asleep is DEVON, her husband.
She waits to see if he is breathing and when he snorts she
She leans in to kiss him and wrenches her face.
She closes the front door as a NEIGHBOR walks by.
Morning, Mrs. Peterson.
Is everything okay?
Oh, hunky dory, thanks for asking.
She closes the door and locks it.
She looks back at Devon who snorts and turns.
INT. LILLY’S APARTMENT KITCHEN - SAME TIME 34
Lilly retrieves a bottle of "Febreeze" from the cabinet.
INT. LILLY’S APARTMENT BATHROOM - SAME TIME 35
Lilly stands over Devon’s almost lifeless body and sprays
him down with "Febreeze"
She smells him again and smiles.
INT. LILLY’S APARTMENT BATHROOM - 5:25AM 36
Lilly is dressed in a faded pink waitress uniform.
She pulls her hair into a ponytail like you would see on a
cheerleader in high school.
DEVON(FROM THE LIVING ROOM)
WHAT THE FUC.....!
EXT. LILLY’S APARTMENT BUILDING - 5:30AM 37
Lilly exits the building quickly and walks down to the bus
Her sweet smelling husband storms out after her.
Did you think that was funny!?
She smiles, still walking away from him.
Devon grabs her arm and drags her to him.
Ouch... you’re hurting me-
-I take good care of you-
-The last thing I need is to be
humiliated by my own wife after I
have been working all day-
-and night? And I wasn’t trying to
-and night? What are you trying to
People from the bus stop pretend not to hear.
A business man interrupts them.
Is everything okay?
Yes, thank you for your concern,
now go away!
The bus arrives and Lilly breaks free from Devon and boards
it before he can grab her again.
The business man stands between them.
Lilly! I’m sorry...
INT. BUS - 5:30AM 38
Lilly takes the first seat and curls up, she begins to cry.
INT. BUS - 5:47AM 39
The bus makes the next stop and a group of businessmen and
One at a time, they pass Lilly without paying her any
The driver closes the doors and begins to accelerate.
The driver maneuvers the bus quickly to miss Xavier’s
Just cause they got money they
think they own the road... fucking
INT. BUS IN TRAFFIC - 6:20AM 40
Lilly watches Xavier in his car as he plays with the plane
He is a welcome distraction from her life.
EXT. STREET - 7:42AM 41
The bus arrives at her stop and the doors open.
The businessmen and women pile out single file.
Lilly exits last to give her the time she needs to put
herself back together.
She finally exits and hurries across the street to the small
She grabs the handle to the diner’s door.
Lilly, surprised, screams a little.
Femi holds out a pink lily.
I don’t have any money-
-What a coincidence, neither do I.
Consider it a gift.
He clips the end of it off and places it in her hair.
I have to go to work. I’m late. I
mean it though, thank you for the
She enters the diner.
INT. DINER - 7:30AM 42
Lilly enters the diner in a hurry.
There is a large family with obnoxious kids and scattered
people in suits drinking coffee and reading papers.
There are two other waitresses working tables
An older man(Angel) in a cook’s uniform looks at her like a
dad that just found out his daughter wasn’t a virgin
I know, I know, I’m late-
-If you know so much then why can’t
you get here on time?-
-I said I was sorry. Give it a rest
His face softens.
Have you been crying?
I don’t want to talk about-
A SMALL MAN enters the cafe.
SOUND: Screeching tires and a car horn.
Lilly moves closer to the window to get a better look.
Xavier is in the street and a man in a car yells obscenities
-When you gonna admit it’s over?
When it is over.
Okay, Alice, when you get back from
wonderland please make the coffee.
Small Man walks directly to Lilly.
Can you sign for this please?
Small Man hands her a clipboard.
What’s this for-
A flash of light as the Small Man takes her picture.
He quickly takes the clipboard back and hands her a manila
SMALL MAN(SMITTEN WITH HIMSELF)
You have just been served. Good day
The whole staff comes to her side.
What is it?
Karmen smacks him.
-What the hell was that for!?
Go man handle those biscuits, you
Karmen and Lucy walk Lilly to the women’s restroom.
INT. DINER WOMEN’S RESTROOM - 7:38AM 43
Karmen and Lucy quickly begin to pamper Lilly with words of
Maybe it isn’t what you think?
Even better, maybe it is. Screw
I don’t want to open it.
I’ll do it!
Lucy reaches for the package and is stopped by Karmen.
Created: Feb 22, 2010Document Media