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EXT. BRODY FUNERAL HOME - AFTERNOON An AMBULANCE truck pulls into the parking lot of the two story funeral home. Two WORKERS, one tall, one short, open the back of the truck. A stretcher is opened and a covered body is placed on it. PAUL BRODY, a man of limited height, but you can tell just by looking at him that he's got a mind to suffice, waves the two workers over to him. The workers push the stretcher over to Paul, near the first floor back entrance. SHORT WORKER Are you the owner of this funeral home. PAUL BRODY Yes, yes, I am. Please, there's an entrance here to bring the body through. They all walk inside. INT. BRODY FUNERAL HOME - BACKROOM - CONTINUOUS They're are many WORKERS inside, the make up guy, the enbalmer, etc. PAUL BRODY You can just leave the stretcher there, in the main center. SHORT WORKER Okay. PAUL BRODY There's probably some papers I have to sign, right? TALL WORKER Yes, just a page or so. He hands Paul a clipboard with a couple of papers on it. Paul fills them out as he talks. PAUL BRODY Excuse me. TALL WORKER Yes? PAUL BRODY You just gave me a person named Bruce Cooper. TALL WORKER Yes, that sounds about right. PAUL BRODY The Bruce Cooper that went to Haydenfield High School? SHORT WORKER Hey, buddy, we just dump the bodies, we don't investigate nothin'. PAUL BRODY Alright. (finishes the papers) Here you go, should be all done. TALL WORKER (checks over the papers) Yes, it all seems to be correct. You have a nice day, sir. PAUL BRODY Thank you, you too. SHORT WORKER See you later. The workers leave the room. JIMMY, one of the workers, looks over the body with Paul. JIMMY Hey, Mr. Brody, you know this guy or something? PAUL BRODY No, well I mean, I used to. JIMMY What, you guys used to be friends? PAUL BRODY Not exactly. Are any family members coming to look over the body? JIMMY The wife called before, we made an appointment. She should be over tomorrow or later tonight. PAUL BRODY Okay, thanks. They look over the body, a morose looking combination of blue and pale white. JIMMY Jeez, what happened to him? PAUL BRODY Looks dehydrated. JIMMY Looks like the life was sucked out of him. Look at those veins, they practically sticking out. PAUL BRODY Was he drowned? JIMMY I don't know, I don't have any of the information. Was it on the sheets those guys gave you? PAUL BRODY It might have been, although I didn't really look at it in too close of detail. I just kind of stopped caring after awhile. Understand? JIMMY Yeah, maybe the wife knows anyway. We can ask her when she shows up. PAUL BRODY Maybe she does. Roll the body on its stomach for me. JIMMY Sure thing. (rolls the body over) Oh, shit. The back of the body's head has a couple holes in it. JIMMY (CONT'D) Bullet holes? PAUL BRODY Looks like it. JIMMY Looks like we got our answer already than. PAUL BRODY Please, Jimmy, it's not really any of our business to begin with nor is it a big deal. If you are curious about it, ask the wife when she gets here later. JIMMY Paul, what's wrong? PAUL BRODY Nothing. JIMMY Really? Because I've never seen you act like this before. PAUL BRODY It's just...I guess I've seen so many over the years, that I just stopped caring. You'll understand when you're older. JIMMY All of a sudden you feel like this? PAUL BRODY It's been building slowly over the years. JIMMY Okay. Can we talk outside for a second? PAUL BRODY Sure. They walk outside. EXT. BRODY FUNERAL HOME - CONTINUOUS They walk toward the front of the funeral home. JIMMY You know I don't believe you. PAUL BRODY Believe me on what? I already told you what's going on. JIMMY Oh, come on. PAUL BRODY I don't know what you're getting at Jimmy, but I advise you that if you want to keep your job here, don't step over the boundaries. They're at the entrance. JIMMY Look, I know I haven't been hear that long, but I've been here a hell of a lot longer than anyone else has, and I know you. I've never seen you act like this. PAUL BRODY Like what? JIMMY So lifeless in reaction. Now, come on, just tell me what's up. PAUL BRODY (takes in a deep breath) Alright, sit down. They sit on the front steps. PAUL BRODY (CONT'D) That man in there, that body. I knew him. JIMMY Was he a friend. PAUL BRODY (a little laugh) No. JIMMY What's so funny? PAUL BRODY Back in high school, he kind of used to pick on me. JIMMY You had a bully in high school? PAUL BRODY Sort of. I mean, it was no big deal, just once in awhile he'd pull some stupid prank on me. I've learned to let it go. It's just, seeing this now, it's freaked me out a little. JIMMY I see. PAUL BRODY So, please, just go in there, and prepare the body. JIMMY Yes, sir. Jimmy walks away. Paul just sits there, staring at the traffic. INT. COOPER HOUSEHOLD - AFTERNOON SUPERIMPOSE: ONE DAY EARLIER BETHANY COOPER sits on her staircase, just staring with a sullen face at the door. The door opens, Paul Brody comes into the house with his wife JENNA. They all hug each other. JENNA Are you okay? Bethany can barely keep herself from crying. BETHANY Yeah, I'm trying. I'm just glad it's over, that's all. JENNA Yeah. BETHANY Come on, let's go into the kitchen. I'll make us some coffee. They walk into the kitchen. INT. COOPER HOUSEHOLD - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS It's a well sized kitchen filled with lots kitchenware, plates, etc. A POLICE OFFICER is standing in the kitchen, just looking around. BETHANY Officer Lakes, this is Paul and Jenna Brody. OFFICER LAKES Hi, nice to meet you. PAUL & JENNA Hi. BETHANY I'll go make the coffee. JENNA Oh, let me help. The two ladies go searching around the cabinets. Officer Lakes and Paul sit down at the main table. OFFICER LAKES You believe this shit? PAUL BRODY What happened? OFFICER LAKES His body was in a river for a month before we found him. They start making the coffee. JENNA What river? OFFICER LAKES Wampatamo. It's up north, 'bout an hour from here. JENNA (to Paul) Honey, isn't that where you two used to go fishing? PAUL BRODY Yes, it is, but we haven't gone fishing in years. What was he doing up there? OFFICER LAKES We're still not sure. May I ask what your relationship is to the Cooper family? PAUL BRODY Well, my wife was friends with his wife, and I guess out of just me and him being around so often, we ended up becoming friends. JENNA Oh, but they weren't friends before that. In fact, Paul didn't really like him at all. OFFICER LAKES You knew him before hand? PAUL BRODY We went to the same high school. OFFICER LAKES Oh, well, you know, people outgrow things like that. It's not very uncommon for enemies to become friends later on. PAUL BRODY Yeah, he was a pretty good guy. BETHANY Who would do something like this? OFFICER LAKES We have a couple suspects. One guy has been known for killing people up by that river for quite awhile now. We have evidence against him for quite a few cases and to tell you the truth, this looks to be the one that killed your husband. BETHANY Why Bruce, though? I mean, why? He never hurt anybody. He was calm and considerate and nice. OFFICER LAKES I know, I know. Do you remember the night he went out? BETHANY Yeah, he said he was going out for awhile. OFFICER LAKES Is that all he said? BETHANY That's it. OFFICER LAKES Well, I'll be back here later for further questioning. BETHANY Okay. Do you want any coffee before you go? OFFICER LAKES No, but thank you. The officer leaves. JENNA Look, Beth, at least the wait is over, right? I mean, you don't have to worry about it anymore. BETHANY Yeah, I know. I guess this is better than it was before. PAUL BRODY Waiting can be dreadful. JENNA You know, if you ever need anything, you can stop by. BETHANY Okay. I just, I-- JENNA What is it? BETHANY I just don't get it. What was he doing up there? Why was he by the river? JENNA I don't know. (to Paul) Did he talk to you about it? PAUL BRODY No. He has told me before that he likes to go fishing by himself though. JENNA At night? PAUL BRODY I don't know. Paul's cell phone RINGS. He walks out of the room to answer it. BETHANY I just want him back. JENNA I know, sweety. You just gotta' learn to accept life for what it is now and not compare it to what was before. CUT TO: EXT. COOPER HOUSEHOLD - EVENING SUPERIMPOSE: THIRTY-THREE DAYS AGO BRUCE COOPER, tall and thin, walks out of his house, towards his car. He gets in. There's fishing gear in the back. INT. BRUCE'S CAR - LATER Bruce is driving, when his cell phone RINGS. He answers it. BRUCE Hello? PAUL BRODY (O.S.) Hey, man. BRUCE Yo, Paul, what's up? PAUL BRODY (O.S.) Nothing much, just hanging around. Looking for something to do. What are you doing? BRUCE I'm just driving around, maybe catch a movie. Want me to pick you up? PAUL BRODY Sure. BRUCE Okay, I'll be there in a couple minutes. INT. BRUCE'S CAR - LATER Bruce is driving now, but with Paul in the passenger seat. PAUL BRODY (looking in the back seat) Why do you have fishing gear? BRUCE Oh, I just left it in here from last time. PAUL BRODY Oh. Well, this may seem like a crazy suggestion, but...you want to go fishing? BRUCE What, now? It's gonna' be dark out soon. PAUL BRODY I've fished at night before. It's actually a lot of fun. BRUCE Paulie, are you just jerkin' my chain? PAUL BRODY No, I'm serious, let's do it. BRUCE (laughing) Alright. INT. FISHING BOAT - NIGHT Bruce is fishing, while Paul sits by him. They're the only ones out on the river. BRUCE This is pretty cool actually. PAUL BRODY (takes a sip of his beer) I told you man, I told you. BRUCE So, what made you decide to do this? PAUL BRODY Oh, I guess it was just a spur of the moment kind of thing. BRUCE Well, it was a great idea. Thanks. PAUL BRODY Anytime. Paul grabs another beer. PAUL BRODY (CONT'D) (laughing a little) You know what was funny? BRUCE What? PAUL BRODY Remember that time back in 9th grade when you pants-ed me in gym class and all the girls saw it. BRUCE (laughing) Yeah, that was a riot. PAUL BRODY Yeah. BRUCE I can't believe you still remember that. PAUL BRODY Oh, how could I forget. It was the shining moment of my life. BRUCE (laughing) Mine too. Paul forces a laugh. PAUL BRODY Can I ask you a question? BRUCE Yeah? PAUL BRODY Why'd you do it? BRUCE What, pull down your pants? PAUL BRODY Yes, but I don't mean just that. Everything. All of high school. Why'd you pick on me? BRUCE (laughing) Because I was an asshole back than. PAUL BRODY Yes, I'm aware, but why? BRUCE I don't know. Look, don't worry about it, it was a long time ago, and who would have thought that we'd be friends. PAUL BRODY I know, but I'd still like to know. Why were you so mean to me? Like when you used my bookbag as a toilet, or when you threw food at me during lunch. Did you think I enjoyed it? BRUCE No. It was just the cool thing to do, man. PAUL BRODY How do you think I felt? BRUCE Probably terrible. Look, you know me now, so just forget about the past. I was an asshole back than, but I'm a nice guy now, right? PAUL BRODY Yeah, you're a good friend. I have a question though. BRUCE Yeah? PAUL BRODY If you aren't as you say, an asshole anymore, than why'd you fuck my wife? Bruce is SHOCKED by this comment. He gives Paul a blank stare. PAUL BRODY (CONT'D) Hmmm? You're not even going to deny it, are you? BRUCE (bows his head in shame) No, I'm not. Look, Pauley, it was a one time thing, I swear to you. PAUL BRODY Do you really expect me to believe that? BRUCE I would hope so because it's the truth. PAUL BRODY You say you're my friend, and than you go behind my back like that? BRUCE I'm sorry. I really am. PAUL BRODY You have a beautiful wife, yet that wasn't enough. BRUCE Look, I'll make it up to you. PAUL BRODY Oh, yeah? How? Bruce sticks his head out. BRUCE Punch me. PAUL BRODY Oh, come on. BRUCE No, seriously, just punch me in the face as hard as you can. Just get your anger out. Please, I deserve this. PAUL BRODY I can't. BRUCE Just do it. They stare at each other for about five seconds. Paul pulls his arm back and than lets go. BLAM! His fist connects with Bruce's face and knocks Bruce back. PAUL BRODY Oh, man, are you okay? BRUCE Yeah. Feel better now? PAUL BRODY Yes, I do. BRUCE Good, now let's get back to fishing. Now, trust me when I say this, Pauley, I'll never touch your wife again, I swear to God. Please, trust me on this. PAUL BRODY I hope I can believe you on this. BRUCE You can, trust me. PAUL BRODY Okay than. Let's get back to fishing. BRUCE You wanna' handle the rod? PAUL BRODY No, thanks. You go ahead. BRUCE Okay. Can you grab me a beer? PAUL BRODY Sure. Paul gives him a beer and than gets one for himself. BRUCE You know, I love fishing. One of the best things you can do in this world. It's so relaxing and so peaceful. It's just a couple of guys hanging out on a boat with no worries in the world. PAUL BRODY Exactly. During Bruce's speech, Paul has gotten out a SILENCED PISTOL. He POINTS it at Bruce's head. BRUCE God, I love this. BANG! Paul shoots Bruce in the head. The body falls over on it's stomach. Paul SHOOTS him again in the head. He takes the body and PUSHES it off the boat. He throws the pistol in the river. He moves the boat towards the nearest land side. EXT. DOCK - CONTINUOUS While on the empty dock, Paul kicks the boat away. He watches as it flows down river. Paul now turns and walks down a road. He sticks his thumb out for someone to pick him up. After a few cars pass by, one pulls over. DRIVER You need a ride, mister? PAUL BRODY Oh, yes, thank you. Can you drive me to Wilingham? It should only be about an hour away tops. DRIVER Sure, get int. Paul gets in the car and it drives away into the night as the moon beautifully shines upon the dark and mysterious river.