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THE BENCH Written By: Matt Layden 04/05/06 EXT. PARK - DAY It's summer, there's a slight breeze. There are kids playing on the playground, with their parents talking to each other, but watching their kids at the same time. It's a bright and sunny day, no clouds in sight. A man dressed all in white with a white hat, sits on a nearby park bench, overlooking the bay. He sits there by himself, just admiring the scenery. Beside him on the ground is a briefcase, it's black. The man looks young, mid 20's, with black hair. He has a strong face and is handsome. He glances at his watch, it appears as if he's waiting for someone, or something. A homeless man, dressed in raggedy clothing, dirty and old, with a beard walks over to the bunch. He is pushing a shopping cart, it's full of random garbage. He mumbles to himself as he takes a seat next to the man in white. HOMELSS MAN Do you have a dollar? The man in white looks at him with disgust. MAN IN WHITE Can't you dress (pause) Appropriate for the situation The homeless man looks over at the man in white. HOMELSS MAN Where's the fun in that? I've already made ten dollars today. MAN IN WHITE What are you going to do with money? It's of no use to you. HOMELSS MAN I like fucking them, you know. They think they're all high and mighty over individuals. When in reality, they're all cattle for the slaughter. The man in white looks up at the sun over top their heads. Then back to the homeless man. MAN IN WHITE I have hope for them. The homeless man laughs. HOMELSS MAN For these people? These people who mock you? How the heaven can you have hope for them? MAN IN WHITE For the same reason you damn them. The homeless man laughs yet again. HOMELSS MAN You amaze me you know that? I see a sin on every street corner. If I turn my head, I'll point three out to you right now. MAN IN WHITE The ais more good then evil in this world. HOMELSS MAN That what you think. You know, I'm not such a bad guy. It's the people here that give me the bad image. MAN IN WHITE I know what you're capable of. I've seen the torture. I've seen the look on the faces you cast into damnation. HOMELSS MAN They deserve it. In my world, everybody is either a rapist or a murderer. Back in the day, you and me weren't all that different. I was you're right hand man. Now? Now, it's black and white, up and down, good and evil. Who made it that way? MAN IN WHITE You did. HOMELSS MAN No, you see that's where you're wrong, I didn't make it that way. I simply made an alternate place for people to go. Those people, those people made me into what I am today. MAN IN WHITE If you have to keep telling yourself that. The homeless man takes out a cigarette. He offers it to the man in white. MAN IN WHITE If you know that I'm going to reject it, why bother to offer? HOMELSS MAN I thought maybe today would be different. The homeless man places the cigarette between his lips and lights it. He pauses in between his speech to take a drag from the cigarette. HOMELSS MAN Nice day today isn't it? MAN IN WHITE Beautiful. HOMELSS MAN Too bad it has to end. A blue ball rolls beside the man in white. He looks over to it and sees a young boy pick it up. The young boy looks in the eyes of the man in white and smiles. The boy then runs back to his friends to play. HOMELSS MAN Cute...real cute. MAN IN WHITE It doesn't have to end. HOMELSS MAN You know something. People call me the devil. I'm sure what I'm going to tell you, you already know, but I'm telling you this anyway. (pause) The word devil comes from "deus", which is Latin. It means God. When you speak of the devil, you speak of God. People in this world actually believe that you created this world. They actually think that you created (pause) Me. The man in white looks over to the homeless man. HOMELSS MAN What would it do to them, if they ever learned the truth. If they ever found out that it wasn't you who created them but me. That it was I who made life, it was I who created this world and it was I who created you. The man in white looks back to the beautiful scenery across the bay. HOMELSS MAN Do you think it would create chaos here? Would it officially be the end of the world? MAN IN WHITE You don't understand. Good will always prevail. Light always breaks through the darkness. It's not about who is more powerful, it's about who they accept. The blue ball yet again rolls over to the bunch. This time it's on the homeless man's side. The young boy again comes to grab it. Before he runs back to his friends, the homeless man stops him. HOMELSS MAN Listen boy, would you like an apple? The homeless man pulls an apple from under his raggedy clothing. The apple is dark red, and looks delicious. The young boy stares at it, his eyes widen. The boy drops the blue ball and stares at the apple. He stares at the apple... FADE TO BLACK: THE END
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