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CHAPTER 3 The Family Man Written By: Matt Layden 04/07/06 INT. HOUSE - MORNING Greg sits at the kitchen table reading the newspaper and eating breakfast. His wife, Joan is making some coffee. A young boy at girl, both looking at the age of 8 sit at the table as well eating Lucky Charms. The boy's name is Alex and the girl's name is Sandra. SANDRA Are you going to come to my play tonight daddy? GREG I'll be there honey. Don't worry. ALEX Yeah, you always say that, but you never show up. SANDRA But Daddy, you promised. ALEX He always promises and he always breaks them. GREG Alex, be quite. Darling, I'll be there. Greg looks over to Alex. GREG (CONT'D) I promise. Joan walks over to the kitchen table and sits down with a cup of hot coffee in her hand. JOAN I'll be there honey. SANDRA You're always there, I want daddy to come. GREG Sandra, I already said that I was going to be there. SANDRA Good. JOAN Hurry up and finish or you'll miss the bus. CUT TO: EXT. HOUSE - MORNING The school bus is sitting in front of the house with the doors open waiting for the two kids. Alex is walking towards the bus and Joan is zipping up Sandra's jacket. JOAN Kisses. They kiss each other on both sides of the cheek. JOAN Bye baby. SANDRA Bye mommy. Sandra runs towards the bus. Joan stands in front of the door frame watching the bus drive away. Greg walks up behind Joan and kisses her neck. JOAN So help me Greg, if you don't show up. He stops. GREG I'll be there. JOAN And what do you want me to tell them when you don't. You're not the one who has to see the look on their faces when you miss their baseball game (pause) Or school play. Joan walks back into the house. Greg stands there thinking about the comment Joan has just said. CUT TO: INT. HOUSE - MORNING Joan is cleaning up the kitchen and Greg is wearing a suit. He grabs a briefcase and kisses Joan on the lips. Greg runs out the door and into his car. Joan looks out the window as Greg drives away to go to work. He waves and honks the horn before he leaves. She closes her eyes as a tear falls down her face. CUT TO: INT. OFFICE - EVENING Greg is in a cubical doing random paper work and computer typing. Evan, Greg's boss walks up into his cubical. EVAN Hey Greg, how are ya today? GREG I'm fine Evan. Just doing the daily reports. EVAN You hear about Juan? GREG No, what happened? Greg stops his work and turns around to face Evan. EVAN He fell down the stares, he's in the hospital. GREG You're kidding? Is he okay? EVAN Bumps and bruises. But it's serious enough for him not to be here today. (pause) Which is why I'm here to see you. GREG No, I'm sorry Evan, but no can do. Ive got to go to my daughter's school play tonight. There is absolutely no chance of me staying here overnight. EVAN Listen Greg. We've got a lot of backed up work since December. We need to get these logs out to our distributors before we get heel from the big guy upstairs. GREG Why can't you get Lenny to do it? EVAN No can do, he's taking care of the Mendez file. GREG Well what about Carl? EVAN He's helping Lenny. Seriously those two are always working on projects together, you know that. The Mendez file is too big for one person. Listen Greg, if there was anyone else I would, but I'm sorry, there just isn't. You're going to have to do it. Evan walks away before Greg can say anything. GREG Shit... Greg looks at the picture of Sandra and Alex on his desk. He then proceeds to pick up the phone. Greg dials his home number and Joan answers it. JOAN I knew it... GREG Listen, it whouldn't take me too long. JOAN No, you know what, you're not getting out that easy. If you want to skip out on them, you tell them yourself. Sandra is in the kitchen trying on a princess outfit. Joan calls for her to pick up the phone. Sandra picks up the phone located in the Kitchen. SANDRA Daddy? Daddy I'm a princess. It's pink and I got a tiara and a princess wand. GREG That's great darling. Listen Uh... Sandra cuts him off. SANDRA Where are you daddy? The show starts in two hours. GREG Yeah, I know darling. Listen, I don't think I'll be able to make it tonight. SANDRA But you promised. GREG I know darling, I know I did. But there is all this work and no one else can do it. SANDRA You never keep your promises, NEVER!! Sandra slams the phone done and runs into her room crying. Alex stands in the living room and looks over to Joan. ALEX I told you so, way to go. GREG Oh God. I really screwed up didn't I? JOAN Yes, you do it. Don't bother coming home tonight, with all that work that you have. Joan hands up the phone. Greg sits on the other end, with the phone to his ear, listening to the dial tone. GREG God dammit. Greg hangs up the phone and begins to type at his work. FADE OUT: INT. OFFICE - NIGHT The clock is ticking, it's 30 minutes till Sandra's school play. No one is in the office except for Greg, who is typing a mile a minute at his computer. He stops to take a breather. He looks over at the picture of his daughter and son once more. Greg picks it up and holds it. He takes the picture out of the frame and reads the back. It reads: "Joan, Alex and Sandra At Cottage, 1999" Greg look at the picture once again. GREG I'm never around... Greg places the picture back on the desk and takes his jacket off the chair. He leaves the computer on and runs for the elevator. He grabs his cell phone and dials Joan's number. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - NIGHT. Joan is sitting in the audience with Alex, Sandra is backstage getting ready for the play. She hears the phone ringing, it's the Superman Theme Song. Joan sees that it's Greg calling and rolls her eyes. JOAN What is it now? GREG Put her on the phone. JOAN She is backstage Greg, what do you want? GREG I'm on my way. JOAN What do you mean you're on your way. GREG I'm on my way, I'm making this one. Look, I know I haven't been around because of work, but that's going to change. I want to be apart of this family again. JOAN I'll believe it when I see it Greg. If this is true, you have less the 30 minutes to get here. GREG I'm on my way. Greg closes his cell phone and gets off the elevator and into his car. INT. CAR - BASEMENT. Greg gets into his car and races out of the buildings parking basement. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - NIGHT. Alex looks over at his mother. ALEX Is he coming? JOAN He says he will be here. But we have to wait and see if he shows up. CUT TO: INT. CAR - NIGHT. Greg is racing to the school to see his daughter in her school play. There is no one else on the road, he runs though red lights to get their quicker. GREG I'll make it. I'm going to make it. I've still got... Greg checks his watch. GREG (CONT'D) 20 or so more minutes. Greg turns onto James street and speeds up. He is able to see a set of headlights heading towards him in another direction. The headlights are getting closer and closer. A car suddenly speeds across Greg, Greg hits the rear end of the car. GREG Oh Shit. Greg loses control of his car and directly hit the car that was heading towards him. The car that was hit on the tail end swerves out of control and hits a ditch a few yards down from the accident. The two cars that hit each other head on are destroyed. Greg hits head on the steering wheel and covers his head in pain. GREG Fuck. Oh shit. God dammit. Greg takes off his seat belt and exits his car. EXT. STREET - NIGHT. Greg stumbles back and forth, he's injured. There is blood on his forehead. He slowly walks towards the front of his car. He inspects the damage. GREG Shit...perfect. Greg looks over at the other car, no one has gotten out yet. GREG Hey, Hey buddy. Are you okay? The man in the other steps out. There is blood all over his face. His shirt is bloody and he's seriously injured. GREG Jesus Christ man. You need to go to a hospital? The other driver takes out a gun and shoots Greg in the chest. Greg falls to the ground. The man goes back into his car and takes out a screw driver. He proceeds to unscrew the license plates of his car. Greg is gasping for air. GREG Help me...please. The man doesn't listen to him. Instead he takes out a can of gasoline and pours it over his car and on the inside. He takes out his lighter and sets the car on fire, then throws his lighter inside the car. The man runs away into the darkness leaving Greg there to die. GREG Sandra...I'm sorry. I love you... Robert is heard yelling to see if Greg is okay. ROBERT Are you okay? Help is on the way. Greg doesn't respond, he cannot talk. He gurgles blood and holds on tight to Robert. ROBERT It's going to be okay man. I've called the police, they're on their way. Robert looks in Greg's eyes. ROBERT You're going to be okay, trust me. Okay? Do you hear me? Can you hear me? What's your name? If you can hear me what's your name? Greg isn't able to say his name. ROBERT Fuck....what the hell. I'm sorry man. I'm so sorry. Greg dies slowly in Roberts arms. Robert closes the Greg's eyes and holds him close to this body. A police officer is seen down the street, he runs towards the accident. NICK Jesus Christ. Nick draws out his gun and runs towards the two cars. He sees Robert holding Greg NICK Freeze, this is the police. Robert holds his hands up. NICK I didn't say hold your hands up I said freeze. Robert puts his arms back down. NICK No, put them back up, you already had them up, so leave them up. Robert put his arms back up. NICK Now step away from the body, slowly. Robert slowly gets up from the ground and turns around. I ROBERT Listen man, I called this in. This guy was in an accident then he was shot. NICK Shut up, we'll wait for back-up. Suddenly Michael shows up, out of breath. NICK What are you doing here? MICHEAL I've come for the accident. NICK What about the body, the car, the building and the drug addict? Michael stops to think. MICHEAL Oh, shit. Michael begins to run back to the police car. NICK Listen, I don't care if you called in the police or not. I simply want you to step aside and lay on the ground with your arms spread out. ROBERT Okay, okay. Robert does as Nick says. When Robert lays on the ground, the car finally explodes. Nick falls to the ground and Robert covers his body as best he can. Nick gets up to see the damage. Greg's body is covered in car parts and flames. NICK Shit. Hey you. ROBERT What? Robert looks up at Nick. NICK Get out of there. Robert crawls out of the wreckage area and into safety. Robert sits there, with blood on his hands and burn marks on him. Nick and Robert both sit there look at the flames flicker in the night. End of Chapter 3
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