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In Whom We Trust by Christopher Harmason EXT. SUBURB HOME. DAY. DARRIN dumps a bag of coals into a grill. He mops his brow. From around the corner of the house comes his daughter, OLIVIA, eager to play. DARRIN cleans his hands, and kisses OLIVIA on the nose. She giggles. They play with a beach ball, ending with DARRIN tickling OLIVIA into a laughing fit. DARRIN Honey, give daddy a second while he preps the grill, don't get too close. You play with the ball until I get through. OLIVIA's giggling fills the air as DARRIN lights the charcoal. Soon the sound of DARRIN working at the grill is the only thing heard. OLIVIA has become strangely silent, except for the sound of a ball slowly bouncing lower and lower. DARRIN You alright, honey? Got the fire going so we can play until it's time to eat... DARRIN's heart sinks as he sees a barely bouncing ball where OLIVIA was standing. INT. HOSPITAL. DAY. DARRIN busts through the door of the Emergency room of the hospital. A limp OLIVIA is in his arms. DARRIN Help! Somebody help me! Hospital staff rush to DARRIN with a gurney and he gently sets OLIVIA down onto it. As the staff move OLIVIA down the hall, DARRIN and a NURSE square off on either side of OLIVIA's gurney. DARRIN What do you need me to do? NURSE Wait here, we need to examine, now what did... DARRIN I'm going with her. NURSE Normally we don't allow... DARRIN I'm not asking! DARRIN and OLIVIA disappear behind hospital double doors. INT. DARRIN'S HOUSE. NIGHT. The house is lonely and foreboding. MARIA, DARRIN's wife, sits nursing a bottle of wine while flipping through an album of wedding pictures. Her cell phone rings, breaking the silence. MARIA Yeah? DARRIN Hi, honey, it's me. MARIA What happened,? I thought you were off and going to spend the day home with OLIVIA since I had to work? Sounds from the attic, and then the kitchen make MARIA cover the receiver of the phone. Out walks MARK, her co-worker, shirtless, and carrying a wine glass and a wine bottle. MARIA motions for him to sit and be quiet. DARRIN I'm still waiting to find out what's wrong, but...Olivia's hurt. I got her to the hospital as fast as I could. MARIA What did you do? DARRIN Me? I didn't do anything. I just played with her and set the grill up, and... MARIA And? DARRIN And after that, I don't know. I brought her to the hospital. All I know is that she's hurt, and I could almost feel it. I called in to work and I'm staying overnight. Wanted to give you a heads up so you could be here. MARIA I'm on my way MARIA hangs up the phone, and brushes off MARK. MARIA What do you think you're doing? MARK Thought I'd ease your troubles. You've been down for so long I thought I'd... MARIA Kick me? MARK You don't think I'm trying to take advantage of you? MARIA Only if I let you. You have the worst timing. And what were you doing in the attic? MARK You sound upset? MARIA An emergency hits, and you make a pass at me, while I'm looking at wedding photos no less. MARK An emergency? What do you need me to do? MARIA Put a shirt on, and go home. MARIA closes the photo album, down her last gulp of wine, and grabs her keys. EXT. SUBURB HOME. MORNING. DARRIN waits in front of his house. A car pulls up. DR. MORRIS, and DETECTIVE FRIPPE get out of the vehicle. DETECTIVE FRIPPE greets DARRIN warmly. DETECTIVE FRIPPE This is Dr. Morris, a man who you can trust. DR. MORRIS seems looks DARRIN up and down. DETECTIVE FRIPPE You haven't been in the neighborhood long, have you? DARRIN No. We only moved in a few months ago. DETECTIVE FRIPPE How many, just you, and you're daughter? DARRIN And my wife. DETECTIVE FRIPPE Strange. The woman listed at this address has a different last name. DARRIN She kept her name. if you look our daughter has both of ours. DR. MORRIS This house, is there an attic? DARRIN Yes, why? DR. MORRIS Any work done on it, any place with holes or anything that she could crawl into, or someone could hide something in maybe? DARRIN We broke a wall down for more space...what does that have to do with what's going on? DR. MORRIS We found traces of fiberglass and some illegal substances in your daughter's system. DETECTIVE FRIPPE Let's see this attic. INT. DARRIN'S HOUSE. DAY. DARRIN, DR. MORRIS, and DETECTIVE FRIPPE stand in the attic. Everyone searches for anything unusual. DARRIN Could I get you guys something to drink? DETECTIVE FRIPPE I could some water? DR. MORRIS I'll have some as well. DARRIN turns to heads down out of the attic, when he notices an odd spot in part of the wall. He kneels, and finds a pack of pills and needles. DETECTIVE FRIPPE You find something, Darrin? DARRIN No, just thinking about the work I need to finish. I'll get you that water. DARRIN carefully pockets the needles and pill packs and heads to the kitchen. ©2009 United States Copyright Christopher Harmason
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