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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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