A small boy sits with his mother. He looks at her and
Her eyes tear up.
INT. OFFICE - 7:30AM 56
The office is dark and empty.
The elevator’s doors open and Shehzeen stands solitary
She finds her desk and turns on her desk lamp.
A photo of her and her fiance sits under the lamp. In the
picture they play on the beach and he holds her high with
her arms out like she is flying.
She holds her left hand out to the photo.
POV: She covers the man from view with her hand so that only
The elevator doors open and a SECURITY GUARD(Jerry) enters
Keeps the elevator doors open with his hand.
Shehzeen lowers her hand to acknowledge him.
I am sorry to bother you, but I
seem to have misplaced my coat last
night. Did you happen to see one
lying around here anywhere?
She shakes her head no.
Damn, okay. Well maybe it will pop
up somewhere today. Thanks.
He gets back into the elevator and the door close.
Almost immediately after Jerry leaves the elevator arrives
The elevator’s doors open and a group of BUSINESSMEN AND
WOMEN exit, with their eyes on the floor.
She attempts a smile.
Hello. Good morning.
A few say nothing and hurry to their desks.
A BUSINESS WOMAN stops and looks at her as if she had never
heard Shehzeen utter a word before.
A businessman exiting the elevator runs into her because his
head was buried in the newspaper. He doesn’t apologize.
BUSINESSWOMAN (UNDER HER BREATH)
The elevator doors begin to close.
A large gentle hand stops the doors from the inside.
The doors open again to reveal a large African man(Femi)
holding a large bouquet of ROSES.
Shehzeen knows exactly why he is there and begs with her
eyes that he go away.
Femi stares back compassionately and slowly walks to her
POV: Shehzeen closes her eyes and prays for him to
disappear. She opens her eyes and he is at her desk.
FEMI (IN A HEAVY ACCENT)
Hullo, Ms. Hussain?
She doesn’t answer. Tears role down her cheeks.
Other office personnel begin to snoop.
I heard you.
Yes, yes you did. I am
sorry...should I leave them here?
Femi motions to an open area on her desk over her calendar.
Yes, I am sorry. There would be
He sets the flowers on the calender.
Someone must really be loving you
to be giving you such a beautiful
bouquet of flowers.
-Nothing, thank you. Do I owe you
He looks at the co-workers and smiles. They quickly return
to their desks.
He waits for the elevator.
She sits at her desk, staring at the flowers. She finds the
card and takes it.
POV: Shehzeen looks at the Flower Guy in the elevator who
looks back at her in an almost loving yet sympathetic
The door shuts.
She opens the card.
People are making fake trips by to eavesdrop.
CU: Card - "Happy Anniversary, Wifey. Every second together
on earth will be multiplied by eternity in heaven. I will be
waiting for you. I love you." It is not signed.
She stands up throws the card in the trash, then grabs the
flowers and does the same with them.
She notices that she is being watched and quickly retreats
to the restroom.
Two co-workers look at each other.
Who do you think they were from?
Who else? Xavier.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING BATHROOM - 7:45AM 57
Shehzeen is in one of the stalls with the door closed,
INT. XAVIER’S OFFICE - 8:00AM 58
Shehzeen is in Xavier’s office. She is working through some
files on his desk.
Through the window, Femi and Xavier watch her.
INT. OFFICE - 8:15AM 59
Shehzeen sits at her desk.
The elevator’s doors open and a group of Businessmen and
Women pile out.
POV: Shehzeen watches Xavier stand in the elevator.
POV: Xavier stares back at her.
She moves to speak and he quickly works his way to his
office knocking over a trash can and a bouquet of flowers
spill onto the floor. He doesn’t notice.
Shehzeen reacts quickly. She grabs his messages and follows
him to his office.
Co-worker #1 and #2 watch from there desks.
I had no idea.
They peddle their wheeled chairs closer to Xavier’s office
to see and hear whats going on.
He is totally in love with her.
Xavier is in his office.
I wish Charles would look at me
She looks so sad. Do you think he
is forcing her to sleep with him?
Shehzeen in Xavier’s office.
Is it okay if I file these later
today? I have a couple more...
If he is, she should stand up for
herself, she would have him by the
balls. If you know what I mean.
Sure... wouldn’t you? He’s loaded.
Shehzeen exits the Xavier’s office.
The Co-workers look at each other in agreement and go back
to their desks.
Xavier stands by the window looking down at something, deep
INT. OFFICE BUILDING - 7:30PM 60
Montage of the office closing down.
Everyone has gone home except Co-Worker #1, Co-worker #2,
Shehzeen and Xavier.
Co-worker #1 and #2 pretend to work at their desks.
What a waste.
What? What’s a waste?
Those beautiful flowers. He didn’t
get those cheap you know. My
brother in-law is a florist and he
would charge like $200 for a
bouquet like that.
If you love someone, no price is
too high. I think that’s romantic.
There is a thin line between love
and lust. The fact she tossed ’em
in the trash means it’s unwanted
affection. She’s probably afraid to
lose that plushy job.
Plushy job? She’s a secretary. You
think he pays her more then us?
I don’t think...I know. I heard
from a friend of mine in receiving
who is, quote-
Co-worker #1 holds her hands up to form quotation marks.
-friends, unquote, with the guard
down stairs who is friends with the
janitor that she makes booku bucks.
Booku? How would the janitor know
what she makes?
Well, he told the guard who told my
friend that she gets direct deposit
and she throws the check stubs in
Oh no. That ain’t safe. She should
know better then that. People go
through the trash all the time and
get your into your personal
stuff...so how much?
I don’t know the figures, she just
Uh oh, don’t look now. But, it
looks like princess is about to
meet with the king.
Shehzeen enters Xavier’s office with a stack of FILES in her
Co-worker #1 and #2 work their way closer to get a better
Shehzeen loads the files onto an office chair with wheels.
Xavier opens the drawer he stored the tickets in. His eyes
never look away from Shehzeen.
OMG, is that what I think it is?
He’s gonna pop the question. I
didn’t realize it was this serious.
He looks so nervous.
Are you ok, Sir?
He’s chickening out.
Xavier brings his arm to his side as he closes the drawer.
I think I’m gonna cry... this is so
-The office will miss you.
Shehzeen pushes the chair filled with files out of the
office down the hall.
Xavier watches her fade into the dark hallway.
BILLY (TO CO-WORKER #1 AND #2)
What are you two doing?
OH! Baby Jesus!
She grasps her chest.
You scared the be-geezers out of
I gotta lock up, both of you gotta
We were just going.
Yep, all packed up and ready to go.
She drags Co-worker #2 with her to the elevator.
Billy pushes his cart up to Xavier’s office door.
INT. OFFICE BUILDING STORAGE ROOM - 7:45PM 61
Shehzeen is filing the folders into the cabinet.
She drops a file on the floor and papers fly everywhere.
She stares at the chaos on the floor without moving.
Movement catches her eye.
Hello? Who’s there?
INT. OFFICE BUILDING HALLWAY - 7:55PM 62
Shehzeen pokes her head out into the hallway.
No one there.
She walks back towards Xavier’s office.
INT. XAVIER’S OFFICE - 7:59PM 63
Xavier’s office is empty.
Something moves behind her and she turns quickly.
The janitor is cleaning the flowers from the floor.
With each flower he throws in the trash, Shehzeen breaks a
Finally, he finds the card. He looks at it for a second,
grunts, then tosses it in the trash.
She quickly retrieves it.
As she reads it again, the janitor turns her desk light
on and the photo of her and her husband comes into light.
The automatic street lights turn on and shine through the
window behind her.
She walks to the window and looks outside.
The streets are mostly empty at this time of night.
Femi stands in the median looking back at her.
He is glowing in the street lights.
He smiles at her and she smiles back.
A tear rolls down her cheek and she wipes it away.
She walks back to Xavier’s desk and wheels his chair around
to the center of the office.
The janitor watches her now.
She looks at the Femi again and he is still smiling.
In one swift motion, she throws the chair through the window
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING!?
She holds her hand to stop him, smiles; then, with out
hesitation, jumps out the window.
INT. PARKING GARAGE - 8:00PM. 64
Homeless Man is attempting to get Xavier’s attention.
Xavier speeds off.
EXT. OFFICE BUILDING PARKING GARAGE - SAME TIME 65
Shehzeen hits the ground with a thud.
Femi runs to her side and takes her in his arms.
Blood flows from everywhere.
Homeless Man exits the garage and sees Femi covered in blood
and takes off running back into the garage.
INT. PARKING GARAGE - SAME TIME 66
The elevator opens and Jerry walks out with his
walkie-talkie in hand. Someone is talking to him on the
other end. He sees the Homeless Man and throws the
walkie-talkie down to reaches for his gun.
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