Stop, both of you. I’m a big girl.
I’ll open it when I’m ready to open
When exactly will that be?...I got
a table to be getting back to and-
Lilly opens the restroom door and peaks out.
Xavier is standing in the doorway of the diner looking out
the front window.
-Damn, I got to get this.
-Please, I need to.
Does this mean she isn’t going to
KARMEN (TO LUCY)
Lucy! Seriously, get a life.
That hurts my feelings...I just
want to know what it says. What’s
wrong with that?
Lilly sneaks out of the restroom while they bicker.
What’s wrong with that? It’s not
yours! Is wrong with that!
Seriously, you are retarded
sometimes. Let’s get back to work.
-Oh, shut up.
Well, I’m not...damn, I gotta pee
I know. It’s like the little bugger
tap dancing on my bladder. Maybe
he will take after his daddy and
dance the momba!
The momba? Seriously, Lucy, I think
this Brett of yours is a figment of
your imagination. Why have I never
He got shipped to Iraq, you know
that! Besides, how did THIS-
She points to her baby bump.
-happen if he wasn’t real?
Bottle of Vodka and a bad pick-up
Karmen! I told you that in
confidence. And it only happened
that one time! Are you ever gonna
let me live that down?
Never! Hah hah
Karmen exits the bathroom and turns the lights off.
INT. DINER - 7:45AM 44
Lucy attempts to handle a large family with 3 kids. But they
are getting the best of her.
Karmen walks around filling coffee cups for people that
don’t even know she’s there.
ANGEL (TO KARMEN AND LUCY)
Hey, Bonny and Clydette, Come over
here... what’s going on with Lilly?
She got some package from that
She doesn’t want to open it-
-I would have, but, someone
wouldn’t let me-
-Seriously, I’m standing right
-Why’s it gotta be about you?-
-Shut up the both of you! What
She just got served papers-
-You don’t know that-
-What else could they be? I mean,
she ain’t that important to be like
a witness in some big murder trial
You have no idea what your mouth is
saying half the time? Do you?
Shit. Scatter. She’s coming.
Lilly walks to the sink and picks up a wet towel.
That’s what you need. A
A professional man?
Or a military man.
I’m just saying, it’s nice to have
a man that handles it at work and
then handles it at home. If, you
know what mean.
She nudges Lucy.
She points a finger at them.
-are not well.
Hey, Lilly, um, when you think you
are gonna open that package?
Lilly’s smile goes away, she rings the towel out and returns
to Xavier without answering.
LUCY (TO KARMEN)
Roles her eyes at Lucy.
INT. DINER - 7:59AM 45
Lucy serves the large family. The parents run to the
bathroom to clean up the youngest who just made a mess in
and out of his pants. This leaves poor Lucy alone with the
two older and mischievous members of the bunch.
The two children look at her suspiciously.
LUCY (TO HERSELF)
Oh, Brett, please save me.
From across the diner.
XAVIER (TO LILLY)
In my car- You spying on me?!
Patrons watch the spectacle.
Lilly hurries to the register.
Karmen, Lucy, and the other patrons watch.
He looks out the window while he waits.
Lilly works the register and attempts not to cry, but fails.
she quickly returns with his check.
Here. I am so sorr-
He pays her with cash and she puts the money in her apron
without counting it.
Xavier stuffs the tickets into his pocket and barges out the
door and Karmen and Lucy run to Lilly’s side.
What the fuck was that about?
Nothing...It was my fault...forget
Lilly pushes them away and returns to the kitchen.
Karmen and Lucy run to the window.
I’m lost, what was her fault?
Whatever it was, it wasn’t her
fault. Seriously, I think she is a
magnet for assholes.
SOUND: Car Horn!
Xavier is standing in the median talking to Femi and
watching Shehzeen in the window.
What’s he doing?
Who cares, if we’re lucky he’ll get
hit by a car.
Xavier crosses the street.
Angel pops his head between them.
Shows over. Back to work.
INT. DINER - 7:45PM 46
The dinner rush is over; Karmen and Lucy are cleaning up.
Lilly is at the counter staring at the package.
Hows it going kid?
She doesn’t answer.
Ya know,... Leslie isn’t my first
She looks at him surprised.
I know, I know... A saint like me
could never make a bad decision.
She laughs sarcastically.
Nothing happened. I mean, nothing
like that. We were young and in
lust and too stupid to know the
difference. Basically... After the
lust went away and responsibility
kicked in, we didn’t want to make
it work. So we got a divorce.
Where is she now?
Who knows. Who cares. The point is,
it happened and it was the best
thing that ever did.
Because I met the love of my life
the day I signed my divorce papers.
He tosses his towel down on the counter.
Now get back to work! luv ya.
SOUND: Telephone - Ring Ring
Angel answers the phone.
Lilly empties her apron.
She finds the cash Xavier had given her. She counts it for
the first time.
CU: 200 dollars in cash laid out on the counter.
ANGEL(GETTING LOUDER WITH EXCITEMENT)
...That’s great news! You want me
to get her?...Oh, yah, no
problem...See you in a little bit.
He hangs up the phone and almost skips over to Lilly.
Lilly looks at him interested and amused.
ANGLE(QUIETLY TO LUCY)
That was Brett! He got in a week
early. He’s coming to suprise Lucy!
Really?! She is gonna pee her pants
with excitement when she finds out.
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT BEDROOM - 5:00AM SAME DAY 47
SOUND: Radio Alarm clock - Allahuakbar... The sound of the
A small bedroom. The walls are all white except the wall
behind the bed, which is red. The pillows and sheets are
Shehzeen lies with teary eyes starring into the sky beyond
She makes her bed, making sure to get everything just
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT BATHROOM - 5:05AM 48
Shehzeen stands in front of the sink in the dark doing WUZU.
She washes her hands three times, her mouth, nose, face,
arms, all three times.
With her hands wet, she wipes the top of her hair, behind
the ears, and the back of her neck.
Standing inside the bathtub, she washes her feet three
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT BEDROOM - 5:25AM 49
With the light still off, Shehzeen sits on a prayer rug, her
hair covered with a veil, praying. She stands up then sits
down again. She bends down over the rug and sits back up
again. She turns her head from side to side and raises her
hands to make her wishes known to God. Then, she touches her
face with her palms and looks to her right.
POV: Picture of her and her fiance very happy.
She turns the light on.
She is sitting in front of the mirror of her dressing table
brushing her hair slowly.
She sets her hair in a bun. Her mind is somewhere else and
it falls; she repeats this a few times before it finally
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT KITCHEN - 5:30AM 50
Shehzeen is in the kitchen making tea .
She fills and places a water KETTLE on the stove.
She drops three tea bags into the water.
She adds cardamom, cloves and chops a piece of ginger. Adds
them to the water, then covers it.
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - 5:35AM 51
A small room with little furniture is decorated with red and
gold designs. A mirror, some Islamic paintings, and frames
with Arabic writing hang on the walls.
Shehzeen puts on her shoes and checks them for dust. She
sees something even though we don’t and bends to clean them.
She looks into the mirror. She is beautiful, but not
She uses the mirror to apply black eyeliner.
SOUND: The kettle screams!
She turns too quickly and drags the line of her Kohi too
far. She leans in to fix it and her hair comes apart again.
She looks at herself in the mirror again. She is a beautiful
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT KITCHEN - 5:50AM 52
SOUND: Kettle still screaming!
Shehzeen grabs the kettle, burns herself, and drops it on
INT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT LIVINGROOM - 6:00AM 53
Shehzeen stands at the front door while she finishes her
Her eyes survey the apartment like they are saying goodbye
and this is the last time they will ever see it.
ECU: Shehzeen’s face - She is emotionless.
ECU: Shehzeen’s hand is in a tight white knuckled fist.
EXT. SHEHZEEN’S APARTMENT BUILDING - 6:10AM 54
POV: The Shehzeen faces the camera through the bus doors as
it pulls up. She is emotionless, almost lifeless.
The doors open and she is taken by surprise.
CU: Her left hand loosens and a small silver ring falls
FOLLOW: The ring rolls down the street with Shehzeen in
close pursuit until it rests in a mud puddle.
With out hesitation Shehzeen kneels and reaches in after it
with no concern for her clothes. She retrieves it and uses
her shirt to clean it immediately.
She places it on her ring finger and pulls her hand close to
INT. BUS - 6:15AM 55
Shehzeen rides in the front seat and always arrives at the
office before anyone else.
The only other people on the bus are factory workers and
their small children on their way to daycare. They are
either half asleep or playing on their cellphones. No one
pays any attention to her.
She continues to clench her left fist.
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