"Fox & Rat" Virtual Series - Season Seven

 

Review By: Gothic Spook

"That was Carlos. I don’t think he likes me." - Brad

It has FINALLY hapened! Brad meets Monica's family! But what will their reactions be? Be prepared to hear stories from Grandmama Reyes no one ever imagined to be true in this heart wrenching episode! Who is Monica's real parents and what happened to them? Read and find out!

7x03 "Historias Del Pasado"

Title: "Historias Del Pasado"
Written by: Kristi
Date: April 19, 2004; May 3, 7, 2004; June 23-25, 2004; July 1, 3, 25, 2004
Air Date: September 20, 2004
Rating: PG-13
Series: FRVS - Episode #126
Spoilers: Past episodes of FRVS may be spoiled.
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Author's Note: The personalities of the characters within the world of "Fox & Rat" are not those you know from "The X-Files" television series. We have warped them and given them a common past, immature behavior and a sense of humor. Any horrid behavior should not be mimicked in your every day life.
Summary: Brad goes to Mexico to visit Monica’s Grandmama.


FADE IN:

EXT. DIRT PATH – MORNING

CHIHAUHAU, MEXICO

The blazing sun radiates down on Brad Follmer as he walks up the dusty dirt road. Monica had advised him, before disappearing, never to drive a car up to her Grandmama’s home. Brad respects these wishes, despite being completely exhausted from hiking up hill for the past hour.

He stops in the middle of the dirt path to rest again, swinging his backpack around his shoulder to retrieve his bottle of water. Brad takes a large mouthful and swallows it. Despite having lost it’s cool, the water still refreshes him from the late March heat.

Brad puts the water back into his backpack and looks up to the sun. His eyes squint at the late morning light.

He fumbles around in his jean pockets and retrieves a folded piece of paper. Monica had written him directions to her Grandmama’s home a month before she disappeared: “Just in case” she had told him. Perhaps she knew something bad would happen.

At the time, Brad didn’t think of her warning as anything. Now, knowing what he knows, he wishes he could go back in time and find a way to prevent what has happened. Every time he thinks about it, he wishes he never would’ve gone up to New York. He could’ve been there to help Monica and John from Alex Krycek, and whatever events led to Monica and Dana to disappear, never would’ve happened.

If he would have stayed in D.C., Monica would be with him as he visits her family.

Brad lets out a sigh. There’s no use in lingering on the “what ifs” of the past, they won’t help the future.

Brad looks down at the piece of paper he holds in his hands. Out here, there are no street names to help with navigation. Structures and landmarks are the only means to navigate, along with the sky above and the stars at night. This isn’t the ideal way for Brad to navigate, but Monica had assured him it was the only way.

She was right.

He looks up from the paper and spots an oddly shaped rock ahead of him. The rock matches a drawing in the directions.

GRANDMAMA (O.S.)
Thank you for not driving
the car to my home, Bradley.

Brad looks up and to his left when he hears the thick accent of Monica’s Grandmama. Grandmama stands on top of a little hill, smiling down at him. Brad smiles up at her.

BRAD
Monica warned me never to do that.

Grandmama smiles at Brad s he makes hi way up the hill to reach her. Her long dark hair is braided down her back. She’s wearing a yellow dress that compliments her wise brown eyes.

GRANDMAMA
Smart girl. (beat) You didn’t
park your car at the little
town at the bottom of the
canyon, did you?

Brad stands before her, as he pulls out his bottle of water again.

BRAD
I did. Why?

He takes a drink.

GRANDMAMA
(mysterious/up to something)
Oh nothing... It might not
be there when you get back.

Brad’s eyes widen.

GRANDMAMA
Crazy thieves will come take
it, and you’ll have to ride
my mule all the way back to D.C.

After a moment to allow Brad to panic, Grandmama smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
I’m joking.

She laughs as Brad relaxes.

BRAD
(amused)
A mule? Really?

GRANDMAMA
Yes. His name is Toby.
He is magnificent animal.

She smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
I will walk with you the
rest of the way. My home
is not far now.

Grandmama wraps her arm through his and walks with him the rest of the way.

SMALL TIME CUT TO:

EXT. GRANDMAMA’S HOME

Grandmama’s home rests at the edge of a cliff, overlooking a deep canyon. Her home is small and made of all natural elements of the land. Off to the side of her home is a small wooden pen where her mule, Toby, stays at night. During the day, Toby is free to roam around as he pleases. Grandmama knows he will always come back.

The front of her home is simple. Two windows on either side of her wooden door. A wooden chair sits in front, next to a few flower pots and plants. On the chair rests a clay ocarina (flute).

Grandmama and Brad walk up to her home. She goes over to a basket by her door and picks it up. The basket is heavily filled with fresh vegetables.

BRAD
Let me help you with that.

Brad goes over to her, despite the fatigue he’s fighting and offers his help.

GRANDMAMA
(assuring)
Oh no. I’m fine. I may be
old woman, but I’m tough.

She smiles at him with a twinkle in her eye.

GRANDMAMA
Oh, who am I kidding?
You are strong man.

She happily hands Brad the heavy basket. He takes it, and slightly leans forward. The weight was more than he thought. Grandmama smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
Come inside.

She opens her door and allows him in first. She follows behind him.

The interior of her home is spacious and neat. Every item seems to be placed a certain way to help the atmosphere feel free and light. The home is made up of five comfortable rooms: living area, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms.

The living room has a homemade wooden couch and chair that surround a wooden table. The couch faces an external brick fireplace that rests against a wall. Each brick has a name engraved on it from those who helped built it. Brad notices one with Monica’s younger handwriting on it.

Off to the left of the living room are the two bedrooms and bathroom.

Grandmama leads Brad to the back of the home and into her kitchen.

GRANDMAMA
You may set the basket on the
table for me. (beat) I will
make a “Reyes Salad” for us.

Brad sets the basket on the wooden table. He looks around the kitchen.

Everything is how Monica described it to him. The old table that sits in the middle of the kitchen. The sunlight beams in from the small window in front of the sink.

Each tile of the floor has been hand painted by a member of the family. Some tiles have faded from the many years they have been here. Others are bright and vibrant in color from the more recent years.

Brad takes a seat at the table and looks at the tiles. Monica had told him about the tiles, and how when she was a little girl she never finished her tile. Only half was completed. When he asked her why, she simply shrugged her shoulders. Brad figured she knew why, but it would remain one of her many charming mysteries.

Unknown to Brad, but Grandmama is watching him as if she knows his thoughts. She quietly bends down and picks up one of the tiles from the ground. She sets it on the table in front of Brad. His eyes look at the unfinished tile.

BRAD
Monica?

He picks up the tile.

GRANDMAMA
Do you really need me to
answer when you already know?

Brad looks up at her and she smiles. She goes back over to her counter and starts to chop the vegetables to make her “Reyes Salad”.

Brad looks back at the tile. The tile possesses so much of Monica’s soul. She had painted small daisies at the bottom of the tile. The edge of the tile is bordered with a light blue weaving boarder, as if it were a ribbon intertwined with another for eternity.

BRAD
How old was she when she made this?

GRANDMAMA
Five years old.

Brad looks back at the tile.

For a five year old, she certainly knew what she was doing.

She had started painting a sunset, which he guessed could only be seen here. The sun set is incomplete and white spaces are left where they shouldn’t be.

There is a small house that she also left unfinished. The house has no windows or doors, only an outline. She had started to paint a white picket fence around it, and Brad can almost make out what looks like it could be a dog house in the front yard.

Monica had also started to draw something in the foreground of her tile that looks as if it could be a ring with “eternal” written on it. However, her tile remains incomplete.

Brad sets the tile down on the table and looks up at Grandmama. She is still chopping vegetables.

BRAD
You’re not surprised
that I’m here.

GRANDMAMA
I knew you were coming.

She looks back at him with a sly grin.

GRANDMAMA
Would you like something to drink?

Brad is about to respond, but she stops him.

GRANDMAMA
No wait, don’t answer. (beat)
I know just what you want.

Brad smiles as he watches her retrieve a tea cup from the cupboard.

GRANDMAMA
You have been walking in
the heat for a long time.
(beat) I will make you a
special “Reyes Drink”.

Brad laughs inside as he watches Grandmama make the special “Reyes Drink”. There’s nothing unique about it, and he knows it. Monica had made him numerous Reyes Meals and Drinks in the past. There was nothing different, but that was part of the Reyes Charm.

Grandmama sets the tear cup in front of him.

BRAD
Thank you.

GRANDMAMA
(eager)
Tell me. How does it taste?

Brad takes a sip and nods his head in approval.

BRAD
The best I’ve ever had.

He smiles up at her.

GRANDMAMA
Gracias.

BRAD
So, what makes this-

GRANDMAMA
-A “Reyes Drink”?

Brad nods, not surprised she’s able to finish his question.

GRANDMAMA
If I told you, it would
ruin it’s charm.

She smiles at him slyly.

GRANDMAMA
You know this.

She turns back to her vegetables.

BRAD
(after a beat)
You know why I’m here.

Monica had told him her Grandmama was a psychic, but he had always been a little skeptical. He sips his tea.

GRANDMAMA
(not missing a beat)
You came to tell me that Monica
is dead. (beat) But you also know
that I know the truth about what
really happened.

She looks back at him and smiles at his shocked expression.

GRANDMAMA
Don’t look so surprised, Bradly.

She brings two bowls of Reyes Salad to the table and smiles at him with a twinkle in her eyes. She sits across the table from him.

GRANDMAMA
How is Monica’s Papá?

BRAD
Out of the hospital, but still
made at Carlos over the whole
Chino thing. (beat) But you
already knew that.

Brad smiles at her. Grandmama nods her an affirmation as she eats her salad.

BRAD
He didn’t accept what
happened to Monica.

GRANDMAMA
No one does. (beat) Her
Papá had a message for Monica?

BRAD
He wanted to tell her he was
sorry for his outburst and
that it is all right for her
to marry me. (beat) I didn’t
know she told them about me.

GRANDMAMA
She told them the day
before she went missing.

Brad nods his head.

BRAD
That explains how Isabella
knew me on the phone.

GRANDMAMA
Si.

BRAD
Monica’s father told me he didn’t
Mean to yell at her. He just kept
Seeing her as the little Monica with braids.

Brad laughs.

BRAD
His “brush with death” made him
realize that she’s grown up.

Grandmama chuckles.

GRANDMAMA
He’s afraid he won’t be
loved. (beat) I see you
have a cut on your hand.

Brad looks down at his right hand.

BRAD
That was Carlos.

Brad smiles at Grandmama.

BRAD
I don’t think he likes me.

GRANDMAMA
He does. He won’t admit
it now, but he does.

BRAD
I hope so.

He sets his fork down in his bowl. Grandmama looks at him. He’s a fast eater.

GRANDMAMA
Would you like a tour?

BRAD
Certainly.

Grandmama smiles.

GRANDMAMA
We’ll start with the living room.

She happily gets up and goes into her living room. Brad follows.

GRANDMAMA
Did you know that everything I
own has been made from the earth?
I don’t need to go out and buy
anything. This is why my home is
so special to me. (beat) Everyone
has contributed to my home. Like the
tiles in the kitchen floor, and the
bricks of my fireplace.

She goes over to her fireplace.

GRANDMAMA
Each brick was made by a
family member. This is why
their names are on it. (beat)
My home will always symbolize
the love and closeness a family has.

She smiles.

BRAD
That’s good you have a close
family. (beat) These paintings...

Brad points to a few paintings on the walls.

BRAD
Are they family as well?

GRANDMAMA
Si. (beat) You see this one.

Grandmama goes over and takes an old painting off the wall. It’s of a young girl standing next to a bull. She’s dressed as Matador.

GRANDMAMA
This is me when I
was fifteen years old.

She hands the painting to Brad.

BRAD
You were a Matador?

GRANDMAMA
Yes. I was the only
woman to do it.

She smiles at him with a big grin.

She takes a second painting off the wall. This one was done around the same time as the first. In this painting she’s wearing a black and red Paso Doble dress with gold decorations, and in her hand is an elegant fighting sword.

GRANDMAMA
This is of me with my Great-
great-great-grand Papá’s
fighting sword. The same sword
he used in 1846 to fight
in the Mexican War.

She looks at Brad, her eyes wide with excitement, remembering a time in her life.

GRANDMAMA
I came from a poor family in
Spain, and I helped my family
earn money by fighting bulls
at governmental parties.

She smiles.

GRANDMAMA
Would you believe me if I told
you I won a great battle against
a powerful Spaniard? (beat) A
battle of freedom and love...

FADE TO BLACK:



CHAPTER ONE
“DANCE OF THE BULL”



FADE IN:

EXT. COLISEUM

MADRID, SPAIN
1933

The large coliseum is packed full of spectators. The entire crowd is cheering wildly. Down below inside the ring is Carmen Isabel (aka: Grandmama) at fifteen. She stands in the center, in full concentration. Her red cloth gracefully held behind her back. Her long brown hair tired into a tight bun.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
(excited as if in the moment)
I am fifteen years old and to
this day, I remain the most
feared Matador to all the bulls.

In front of her, locked in a holding cage, is a gigantic bull. Scratching his hooves on the ground, snarling to get out and attack his opponent.

The bull is released and the crowd goes crazy. Money is exchanged as people bet for or against young Grandmama.

The bull charges at her, but she does not move an inch. Her eyes follow the bull, knowing it’s every move. Her eyes make contact with the bull’s. The bull stops and lets out hot breath, causing dust to fly up from the ground.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I do not fear him and I wait
for him to fear me. Everything
that I do, every move I make,
is planed for the ultimate end.

The crowd is roaring, but she does not hear them. She is in complete concentration. The large bull in front of her hooves at the ground.

Gracefully, she whips out her red cloth to allow the bull to charge. The crowd roars in excitement as the bull charges towards her, following her choreographed movement.

Step by step, her “dance” is executed to perfection. She performs her final strike on the bull, killing the defenseless creature. The crowd roars as she stands above her kill. She is unharmed.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I did not even break into a sweat.
(beat) My talent of bull fighting
traveled fast, and I performed for
the most powerful leaders of Spain.
I became their entertainment, and for
a good some of money. Money I gave
entirely to my family.

CUT TO:

INT. BALLROOM

Young Grandmama stands among the Officials and Leaders of Spain, wearing the Paso Doble dress from the painting in her living room.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
To insure that I would live a
good life, my father had arranged
for me to marry a very powerful
main in the Spanish government.

An old, large man comes up and stands next to her, as if she is his token, his property that he shows off. Young Grandmama glares at him with hatred as he talks to his political friends.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I did not like this man. I hated
to be his arm piece. (beat) He
thought he could own me and that
I would listen to everything he had
to say. (beat) But that night... as
I stood there next to him, I had a vision.

Young Grandmama’s eyes lower, and she scrunches her forehead as an immense pain strikes her head. She shuts her eyes, allowing what is happening to her to happen.

DISSOLVE TO BLACK:

We slowly fade into Grandmama’s vision... She is on the dance floor of the ballroom she is in. She is dancing with someone, but can’t make him out. The old Spaniard comes up behind her and stabs her with his sword.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
In my life, I have always had
visions of future events. And
in this vision, I saw my own death.

Young Grandmama falls to the ground and lies in her own pool of blood.

DISSOLVE BACK TO:

INT. BALLROOM

Young Grandmama looks at the old Spaniard she is suppose to marry. Her knowing eyes watch him.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
That night, I was going to
cheat my own death. I foresaw
what would happen, and I decided
I would not die. (beat) At fifteen
I was young and had a special power.

Young Grandmama’s eyes wander across the ballroom and stop on a young English soldier. The same man she saw in her vision.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
As I looked at the man across the
room, I saw the beginning of my
new life. My second chance at life
was waiting for me. I knew at that
moment, I would not have to pretend
with the old Spaniard anymore. I was
going to disobey my father and my
own destiny. (beat) I would follow my heart.

Young Grandmama quietly excuses herself from her betrothed fiancé and makes her way across the ballroom to the young English soldier.

The soldier watches her as she comes over to him. Their eyes lock, as if they know they are meant to be.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
As I look into the eyes of this
man, I know he is the one I’d
marry. His name is Bram Pearson.

Without a word, Bram Pearson takes young Grandmama’s hand and leads her onto the dance floor.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
At this moment, I feel the change
in my life coming to me. I know
my moment is upon me, and I will
take control of my own destiny.

Bram and young Grandmama continue their dance on the dance floor, and forgetting their surroundings, Bram leans in and kisses her. The powerful Spaniard Grandmama was supposed to marry watches them. He becomes furious and charges towards them, pulling out his fighting sword.

Young Grandmama and Bram Pearson part from their kiss. Young Grandmama looks behind Bram and sees the old Spaniard coming towards them.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I do not fear him as he comes
up to us. (beat) I see him as
one of the bulls I fight. (beat)
The first of my visions did not
happen that night. I knew I should
come prepared to this ball. I was
not going to let him take my life,
or the life of one of my future husbands.

The old Spaniard approaches them and is about to kill Bram, but young Grandmama pushes Bram out of the way. Without missing a beat, she pulls her Great-great-great-grand Papa’s sword out from the elegant ruffles of her dress. She blocks the Spaniard’s first blow and glares right into his eyes. The Spaniard’s eyes go wide, not expecting a young woman to stop him.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I hold my sword against his,
waiting for him to make the
next move. I glare into his
eyes, and I know he knows
this is his end.

The Spaniard pulls his sword away from her and backs away. The whole room is watching them. The dance floor clears so it’s only the two of them.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I eye him as he backs away. I
watch him like I watch the bulls.
I know his every move and can
anticipate his next. I do not
fear him, but he fears me.

They both stand apart from each other. Both waiting for the other to make the next move. Young Grandmama moves her sword into the fighting position, starting her choreographed “dance”.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
I choreograph our “dance” like I
do with the bulls. My sword is my
red cape, and I know once I reveal
it, he will charge.

Young Grandmama looks deep into the Spaniard’s eyes as he charges after her... like the bull!

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
And like all men, he is the
impatient one and charges like a bull.

Young Grandmama patiently stands waiting for him. He attacks her with all his might. With every strike he makes, she blocks him. With one graceful movement, Grandmama slices a large cut down the Spaniard’s arm. He quickly retreats, backing away from her. She slowly follows him, as he trips to his feet.

She stands above him and looks into his fearful eyes. She places her sharp blade to his neck. He shuts his eyes, expecting death.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
As I stand over this man, I
decide not to kill him. (beat)
He would expect that.

Young Grandmama smiles down at the Spaniard, amused that he would give up so easily.

YOUNG GRANDMAMA
(in Spanish)
You think you are so powerful?

The Spaniard opens his eyes and looks up at her.

YOUNG GRANDMAMA (CON’T)
Look at you. Cowering on the
ground with your useless life
in the hands of a young fifteen
year old girl. (beat) You are
a coward and are not fit to be
a leader of any government.

Young Grandmama removes her sword blade from the Spaniards next and slowly backs away.

YOUNG GRANDMAMA
Killing you would only put you
out of the embarrassing misery
I leave you to live with. (beat)
Killing you would bring sympathy
to the rest of your life. Since I
will leave you to leave, you will
have to live the rest of your life
being called a coward. (beat) Let
this be a lesson learned that you
can not own anyone, and that you
should learn to watch your temper.

She smiles at him graciously and puts her sword away. Young Grandmama walks over to Bram and wraps her arm through his and they leave.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Needless to say, I angered this
powerful Spaniard. Bram and I
had to flee the country, leaving
behind my family.

CUT TO:

EXT. SMALL CHAPEL – ENGLAND

Young Grandmama and Bram Pearson stand in front of a priest. We see them both mouth off the words “I do” and kiss.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
We were married in his homeland,
where I became part of a new family.

Off their kiss...

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. GRANDMAMA’S LIVING ROOM – PRESENT DAY

Grandmama hangs the paintings back on the wall. She turns and smiles at Brad.

BRAD
(amused)
You could really conceal
and carry a sword like
that in the ruffles of your dress?

Grandmama smiles at him with a twinkle in her eye.

GRANDMAMA
Of course I could.

She winks at him.

BRAD
You called Bram “one of
your husbands”. If it was
true love when you first saw him...

Brad gives Grandmama a questioning look. She smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
He died young. I still believe
he was my one true love. Even
after all the others.

Brad gives her another questioning look.

BRAD
“All the others”? How many
times have you married?

GRANDMAMA
(“disapproving”)
Now Bradley, is that any
question to ask a woman?

BRAD
Sorry.

Grandmama smiles at him slyly again.

GRANDMAMA
I have been married five other times.

BRAD
Five?

GRANDMAMA
Yes. Not all of them died.
Some I just married for fun,
or I drank a little too much...

Brad cocks an eyebrow. He never would’ve expected Grandmama to be a drinker... She smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
An old woman, like myself,
has been through many experiences.
It’s part of my charm, wisdom,
and life. This is why I
am qualified to give advice.

She smiles at him again.

GRANDMAMA
Speaking of experience and life...
I have learned that everything
in life happens for a reason.

Brad listens.

GRANDMAMA
Think about it. In your life,
hasn’t everything happened for
a reason? Aren’t you happy? (beat)
Ignore right now that Monica is
not with you.

She smiles at him, and Brad nods his head.

GRANDMAMA
Everything happens for a reason.
The good. The bad. Everything.

She looks deep into his eyes.

GRANDMAMA
There will come a time, Bradley,
when Monica will need you to
know and understand certain
events that have happened to her.
(beat) Events that right now she
can not recall.

Brad listens, sensing the seriousness in her voice.

GRANDMAMA
Monica has a very special Gift. A
Gift that has just begun to come
through to her. One day, she will
recall a traumatic event that happened
in her life. (beat) I will tell you a
tale from the past. (beat) A tale of
the bloody little massacre of Corona, New Mexico...

FADE TO BLACK:



CHAPTER TWO
“THE BLOODY LITTLE MASSACRE
OF CORONA, NEW MEXICO”



FADE IN:

INT. EASTERN NEW MEXICO MEDICAL CENTER

ROSWELL, NW
APRIL 25, 1968

A doctor and several nurses are rushing a young woman down the clean white hallway. The young woman is in labor. A man wearing a Sheriff’s uniform, including the hat, is helping to get her into the delivery room. He holds her hand tightly as he smiles down at her.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Monica was born into a happy family.
Her father, Alejandro Esteban de
Velázquez was the Sheriff of Corona.
(beat) Her mother, Carolina Amata de
Velázquez was an elementary school
teacher. (beat) This happy Mexican/American
couple started their new life together
in the spring of 1967. A few months
later they were blessed with the joyous
news: their new life together would
be welcoming a third member.

The doctor enters the delivery room and everyone gets to work fast.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
What they did not know was that
little Monica would be the happiest
surprise they would ever have.

The doctor holds up a little baby for Carolina and Alejandro to see.

DOCTOR
(happy)
Congratulations! It’s a boy!

The doctor hands the baby boy to one of the nurses and turns his attention back to Carolina and Alejandro. He smiles happily, but his expression quickly changes to a shocked surprise.

DOCTOR
(happy)
Uh-oh! Looks like you’ll
need to push some more.

ALEJANDRO/CAROLINA
(surprised)
What?!

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
You see, the doctors did not
find little Monica because
she was hiding throughout
her mother’s pregnancy.

The doctor holds up a little baby girl for her shocked parents to see. She does not scream, only cries; very opposite of her twin brother.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
She was the calmest little
baby the hospital had ever seen.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM

Alejandro and Carolina are holding their babies. The little boy cries and kicks, and the little girl calmly looks up into her parents eyes. She gives them a little smile, followed by a giggle.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
They named their twin babies Carlos
Mateo and Monica Isabella. (beat)
As you know, Monica has always been
into surprising people

TIME CUT TO:

EXT. SMALL HOUSE – DAY

Little Monica is hiding behind a garbage can wearing her father’s Sheriff’s hat. She spies on little Carlos, who is playing in the front yard with his toy trucks.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
In 1971, at the age of three, Monica
continued her favorite pass time of
“surprises and hiding”.

Carlos continues to play by the white picket fence that surrounds the house. Monica jumps out from behind the garbage can. She hold sher hand in the form of a gun.

MONICA
Bang! Bang!

She runs up to Carlos and “arrests” him, pretending to be like her father. Carlos doesn’t resist and plays along with their fun game of “cops and robbers”.

Carolina and Alejandro watch Monica and Carlos play. Monica comes up to them with Carlos.

MONICA
(proud)
Look Mommy! Look Daddy!
I’m a police man!

CARLOS
(proud)
And I did bad!

CAROLINA
Oh no. What did you do, Carlos?

Carlos looks to Monica. What did I do?

MONICA
He uh... he...

Monica looks back at the front yard at Carlos’ toy trucks.

MONICA
He ran his truck over the fence!

CARLOS
I did?

MONICA
(whisper)
Go along with it.

Carlos nods his head. Alejandro smiles at them Carolina looks at the fence, as a haunting feeling washes over her.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Unknown to Alejandro and Carolina,
but an evil that is more feared
than the devil himself was coming.
Coming to ruin their happy family.

CUT TO:

INT. CORONA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Blood is all over the floor and walls. A young deputy is on the ground, bleeding in a pool of blood, not yet his own. The evil hovers above him.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
This evil is Enrique Reyes, the
oldest of all the Reyes brothers.
(beat) And at the age of sixteen,
he had slain the entire town of
Corona. Killing everyone but one person...

Enrique Reyes takes out a large knife and threatens the already blood covered deputy.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Enrique gathered information from
the young deputy on where he could
find Sheriff Alejandro de Velázquez, the
man responsible for locking him away for
his most recent crime: the murder of the
new school teacher earlier that week. With
each lie the deputy gave, the more limbs
he lost from his body. (beat) With his life
on the edge of it’s end, the deputy gave
Enrique all the answers he wanted to know.
(beat) Unfortunately for the deputy, he
would not die.

The deputy lies on the ground with tears streaming down his face, his eyes begging for death. Enrique stands menacingly before him, blood dripping from his knife.

ENRIQUE REYES
I have left you alive and near
death for three reasons. (beat)
The third: so you can live with
the deformities I have bestowed
upon you. So you’ll remember always
that there is nothing you can do
to stop me.

DEPUTY
(begging for his end)
Please.

Blood spits out of the deputy’s mouth.

ENRIQUE REYES
(ignoring his plead)
The second: I want you to suffer
through the guilt of being responsible
for my final killing. The killing of
a man you’ve admired, Alejandro Esteban
de Velázquez, I want you to know that
his death will be my best ever.

Enrique bends down for the next reason. To emphasis it’s importance.

ENRIQUE REYES
And the first reason: You are the
only survivor of this worthless
town. I want everyone who comes
here to know what I’ve done. I
want them to know that I am
unstoppable. And I want them
to know that there is not a
god dammed thing in this world
that can stop me.

Enrique stands and leaves the deputy wishing for death.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Enrique Reyes burned like the flames
of Hell as he crossed miles of dirt
road to get to the small, welcoming
home of Alejandro de Velázquez.

Enrique drives over the small white sign at the edge of the driveway that reads “All Are Welcome”. He drives straight toward the small home, tearing everything down in his path.

CUT TO:

INT. DE VELÁZQUEZ HOME

Carolina and Alejandro are bringing Carlos and Monica back inside the house. Enrique’s car is heard roaring towards them. Alejandro orders Carolina, Carlos and Monica up into the attic.

ALEJANDRO
Go! I can take care of this.

CAROLINA
(pleading; knowing)
No. He will kill you.

Alejandro forces Carolina up into the attic, just as Enrique’s car is heard tearing through the white picket fence that surrounds the house.

Alejandro grabs his gun and stands ready to face Enrique.

Carolina, Monica and Carlos hide directly above Alejandro, and just as the attic door shuts, the front door flies open.

Enrique enters the home and viciously punches Alejandro. Alejandro’s weapon flies out of his hand as he falls to the ground unconscious. Blood has flown from his mouth and has splattered on the white wall behind him.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
For three hours, Alejandro was
out of consciousness. Brave
Carolina had to keep her children
silent so they would not be found.

SMALL TIME CUT TO:

CAROLINA’S POV

She watches as Enrique moves Alejandro from the floor and into a small wooden chair. He ties him up tightly as Alejandro slowly comes to.

Carolina notices the gun lying directly below the attic door.

Enrique stands before Alejandro with his large knife in his hand. The sharp steal stained with blood.

ENRIQUE REYES
I have broken out of your jail to
show that there is no stopping me.
It is my fate to kill you here
tonight. There is nothing you can
do to escape your inevitable death.

Enrique steps towards him. Alejandro shows no fear.

ENRIQUE REYES
After I claim what I want of your
life, I will leave you at the thin
threads of your end, so you can see
for your own eyes, what a ”foolish
coward”
I am.

Enrique spits out the exact words Alejandro told the press about Enrique before they captured him.

Enrique takes another step towards him as he jabs the knife into Alejandro’s body. The jagged teeth tearing Alejandro’s skin, taking what he wants of his life.

Above them, Carolina covers the mouths of Monica and Carlos to prevent them from screaming. Tears fall down their faces as they witness what is being done to Alejandro.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
As Enrique finished claiming what
he wanted of Alejandro’s life, he
calmly looked up into the attic,
through the small crack, and into
the eyes of Carolina. He smiled up
at her as he walked into the kitchen
to wash Alejandro’s blood from his hands.

Enrique walks out of Carolina’s view.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Carolina knows that is it now
or never. She has to get Alejandro’s
gun. She knows that Enrique knows
where they were. This is her only
chance to save her family from this man.

Carolina cautiously and quietly makes her way out of the attic, knowing that if she does not succeed her life and the life of her children will come to a merciless end by the hand of this evil creature.

Hearing the sound of running water in the kitchen, Carolina picks up the gun, turns around and finds herself face to face with Enrique! Alejandro’s blood is still on his hands. He smacks her to the ground, not in the way he hit Alejandro. He keeps her conscious.

Screams are heard from the attic as we...

FADE TO BLACK:

OVER BLACK:

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Enrique took Carolina and violently
beat and raped her in front of her
children and dying husband.

All we hear are Carolina’s muffled screams and cries for help that will never arrive.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
When he finished with Carolina, he
dragged her unconscious beaten body
outside. He tied her feet and hands together.

TIME CUT TO:

FADE UP:

Carolina is tied up on the ground. Blood is all over her once beautiful face. She is beaten badly and can only wish for a quick death. Behind her, Enrique is digging a deep hole into the ground. A wooden coffin is next to the hole. Carolina slowly comes to.

Enrique throws the shovel to the ground and goes over to Carolina. He drags her over to the coffin and throws her in.

CAROLINA
(begging)
Please don’t.

Enrique ignores her plead, as he hammers the coffin shot. Inside, Carolina screams for help. Once Enrique finishes hammering her inside her coffin, he tosses her down into the ground. Her cries for help continue as she lies in her final unmarked resting place.

Enrique stands over her, feeling like God.

CUT TO BLACK:

INT. COFFIN

Carolina’s breaths are terrified. She pounds on the coffin, hoping to break out. Hoping for someone to save her and her children. She hears nothing for a long time. Knowing Enrique is still up there, looking down at how defenseless she is. She continues to cry, not wanting to give up, but knowing there is nothing she can do.

ENRIQUE REYES (O.S.)
I have chosen to end your life slowly
and under this dirt because you did
nothing wrong. I know you do now want
your children to find you dead. This is
my favor to you. (beat) I want you to know
that I own your children now. I will not
harm them. (beat) You are my final victim.

Silence.

Carolina sniffs away a tear.

CRASH!!

Carolina screams at the sound of the dirt pounding down on her. Her cries forever swallowed by the land she loves so much. Another CRASH falls onto her. With each crash of dirt that her cries become muffled, and with each crash her hopes of living are buried forever in her unmarked grave.

Enrique leaves her to die slowly, knowing she did nothing to deserve this death. Knowing that her children, Carlos and Monica, belong to him now. Her tears and cries are the last we ever hear of Carolina Amata de Velázquez.

INT. DE VELÁZQUEZ HOME

Enrique re-enters the once joyful home, walking through Alejandro’s blood and over to Carlos and Monica. They have been tied up as they were forced to watch their mother and father suffer to the end of their lives.

Enrique stands above them, having no sympathy or regret for what he has done to them. He bends down and unties them, collecting his frightened tokens. Carlos glares into Enrique’s eyes with hatred for what he has just done.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Enrique took little Carlos and
Monica as his tokens so he could
always remember his final murder.

We fade out of this flashback with Enrique carrying Carlos and Monica out of their home. Both are crying as we...

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. GRANDMAMA’S HOME – PRESENT DAY

Brad and Grandmama are now walking outside of her home and are looking out over the canyon. Brad is speechless as he wipes a tear away from his eyes. It’s hard to believe that Monica and Carlos could have witnessed such a horrifying tragedy.

BRAD
What did Enrique do with them?

GRANDMAMA
He took them back to his home
in Mexico. Back to the very home
he was born and raised in. He wanted
to show his family the extent of
his wicked ways.

Grandmama turns to face Brad.

GRANDMAMA (CON’T)
Roberto, his father, took Enrique back
to New Mexico and turned him over to
the authorities. (beat) Roberto knew
that little Carlos and Monica needed
a good home. Foster homes were not
what they needed after what they saw.

Grandmama sighs.

GRANDMAMA
I knew I couldn’t provide for
them. I didn’t make enough
money. I wanted them in a good
home. So, the Reyes family adopted them.

Brad looks at her.

BRAD
(realizing)
You’re their biological grandmother.

Grandmama smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
Yes I am.

BRAD
Why does everyone call
you “Grandmama Reyes”?

GRANDMAMA
When Monica and Carlos were
adopted, I changed my name
to make it easier for them.

BRAD
Monica doesn’t know?

GRANDMAMA
She doesn’t know a lot of things.

Grandmama smiles.

GRANDMAMA
Like how Carlos is her twin brother.

Brad ponders this.

BRAD
You never would know by
looking at them. They’re
nothing alike.

GRANDMAMA
Oh buy they do. (beat) They
have many similarities. Like the Gift.

BRAD
“The Gift”? What Gift?

Grandmama eyes him slyly and grins.

GRANDMAMA
I have talked too much.
I tell you later.

She smiles.

GRANDMAMA (CON’T)
It is your turn to tell
me a story about you.

BRAD
I don’t have any stories.

Grandmama sarcastically rolls her eyes at him.

GRANDMAMA
Everybody has a story.

She eyes him slyly again.

GRANDMAMA
Ok, tell me about why you
decided on law enforcement.

Brad thinks.

BRAD
I don’t know...

He shrugs his shoulders.

BRAD (CON’T)
So I could help enforce the law.

GRANDMAMA
No. That is not why.

Brad gives her a questioning look.

GRANDMAMA (CON’T)
Like I said before: everything that
happens in our lives happens for a
reason. (beat) I don’t want to hear
a boring, thoughtless ”so I could
enforce the law
”.

She sarcastically rolls her eyes at him again and looks him in the eyes, as if she’s mad at him. After a brief moment, her smiles reappears.

GRANDMAMA
(enthusiastic)
Stories are fun and exciting.
Dramatic and romantic. (beat)
So, I ask you again... What in your
life made you become an officer of the law?

Brad thinks for a long time. There are so many influences in his life that made him decide to do what he does. All the dramatics of life in boarding school... a moment from his childhood enters his mind. He looks up at Grandmama. A smile forms on her face: Bingo.

BRAD
There are so many reasons why I chose
law enforcement. I grew up seeing many
teen suicides, drug use, alcoholism...
All in the boarding schools I attended
growing up. (beat) I’m sure you know that
I come from a very...

How do you put this?

BRAD (CON’T)
... dysfunctional family...

Grandmama listens as Brad recalls a memory from his past.

BRAD
My father, James, is a very wealthy
business man who owns several business
chains around London. He has never truly
worked to earn a cent of his money. He
inherited all of it when his father died
of lung cancer in 1964. (beat) My father,
like his own, is out to earn millions
as quickly as he can. I also believe that
a large sum of his money has been obtained
through some form of illegal means.

Brad lets out a sigh before continuing to layout the foundation of his story.

BRAD (CON’T)
My father worked from home, and I
was never allowed in his office. (beat)
You know how you tell a kid not to
do something, and the moment you turn
around, they go and do it anyway?

Grandmama nods her head.

BRAD (CON’T)
Well, I was that kid. So naturally,
I would sneak into my father’s office.
(beat) Little did I know at the time,
but all the sneaking around would
change my life forever.

FADE TO BLACK:



CHAPTER THREE
“A LIFE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER”



FADE IN:

INT. FOLLMER RESIDENCE – LONDON, ENGLAND

DECEMBER 24, 1974

Brad Follmer, age seven, sits on the floor in the living room. He sits in front of the television, watching “It’s A Wonderful Life” – his favorite movie. On top of his head he wears a light blue paper crown that he got when he opened his Christmas cracker. He is also playing with a small plastic magnifying glass that was his prize in the Christmas cracker.

The Christmas tree is lit behind him with only white lights and very few tinsel. The tree has only glass and crystal ornaments. Very little presents are under the tree as well.

The front door to the house opens, letting in the cold winter night air. Brad looks out into the foyer to see his father enter the home with two men, none of whom Brad has ever seen before.

JAMES FOLLMER
(to the men)
My office is this way, gentlemen.

James leads the two men off towards his office.

As they head of, one of the men looks into the living room at Brad. The man has an old scar on the left side of his face. A scar caused by a knife. Brad watches the man as he leaves. He doesn’t get a good feeling from this man.

After the men are out of few, Brad gets up and heads towards his father’s office, the plastic magnifying glass is still in his hand. He sneaks his way to the door and cracks it open just enough to be able to see what’s going on inside.

Inside his father’s office, the man with the scar on his face stands behind the other man, who is sitting in a chair. Across from them in James Follmer. He sits at his desk, and doesn’t look very happy.

They talk in hushed voices, making it hard for little Brad to hear.

JAMES FOLLMER
(mad)
... and now I’m responsible
for this problem.

The man sitting in the chair says something quietly in response.

Brad listens closely, trying to figure out what’s going on.

JAMES FOLLMER
(mad)
I don’t bloody care about your family.
You’re mistake has caused my business
and me money. (beat) How are you going
to make that up to me?

The man looks down at his hands and answers him quietly.

JAMES FOLLMER
(pissed)
You can’t?!

He looks to the man with a scar on his face.

JAMES FOLLMER
(to Scar Man)
Wouldn’t you call this a problem?

SCAR MAN
A large one, sir.

James looks back at the man sitting in the chair.

JAMES FOLLMER
(to sitting man)
Well, every problem has
a solution. Doesn’t it?

The sitting man nods his head.

JAMES FOLLMER
(to Scar Man)
Kill him.

The Scar Man nods his head and pulls out a large knife.

SITTING MAN
(panic)
Wait! I can-

He’s cut off when the Scar Man pulls his head back and slices his throat.

Outside the office, Brad’s eyes are wide with fear. He gasps in shock, and quickly covers his mouth so he’s not heard. The Scar Man and James Follmer have heard him, and look back at him. Brad quickly takes off running down the hall and up the stairs.

CUT TO:

INT. ATTIC

Brad quickly and quietly enters the attic, shutting the door behind him. He cautiously makes his way to a corner near a window. He sits down and holds his knees close to him. Tears come down his face. He doesn’t bother to wipe them away.

BRAD (V.O.)
At that moment, I realized there were
a lot of things wrong in my life. I
came to a realization that I feared my
father. (beat) He drank a lot and yelled
at me all the time. But what happened
that night changed me. (beat) Seeing
my father order another man to be killed
made me sick inside. It makes me sick still.

Little Brad picks up the plastic magnifying glass from the floor and holds it tightly.

BRAD (V.O.)
I remember thinking about all the
Sherlock Holmes books I had read
so far in my life. He was always
good, solving things. At that
moment, becoming an investigator
entered my mind. I wanted to put
a stop to all the wrong in the world.
In my world... (beat) Christmas
morning came, and the only present
I received was being told I would
be going to a boarding school once
they started back up after the holidays.
My father told me he didn’t want
me around to judge him.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. CALDICOTT SCHOOL – BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, ENGLAND

James and Rebecca drop Brad off at the boarding school and drive off, leaving Brad with the Dean.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. GRANDMAMA’S HOME – PRESENT DAY

Brad and Grandmama slowly walk towards her home.

GRANDMAMA
Did you ever tell your mother?

BRAD
No. I couldn’t. When I
tried to tell her what
I saw, she’d cut me off.
I think she knew though.

Brad shakes his head.

BRAD
I’m just glad I got out of that
house when I did. I don’t even
want to think about how screwed
up I’d be if I never went to any
boarding schools, you know? (beat)
I watched my father a lot as a kid.
I always wanted to make him proud of me.

Brad lets out a “why’d I even try”, “laugh”.

BRAD
I hate to say this, but unfortunately,
observing my father has caused me
to make mistakes in my life.

GRANDMAMA
How do you mean?

BRAD
Well, James always held money
high in his priorities and values.

Grandmama listens.

BRAD
My first year as S.A.C. in
New York, I uh... I accepted
some money, a bribe actually,
to get this guy out of an indictment.

Brad sighs, hating the fact he did that.

BRAD (CON’T)
After the guy got off, I realized
what I had done. I was turning into
my father, which has been something
I never wanted to have happen since
I was a child. (beat) I threw the money away.

Brad and Grandmama reach her home and go inside.

INT. KITCHEN – CON’T

They make their way back to the table and sit down.

GRANDMAMA
It is good that you have morals.

Brad smiles.

BRAD
When he came to me again in
’95, I turned him down. He
told me we had a deal. Whatever
that “deal” was, I wasn’t aware of it.

Brad laughs.

BRAD (CON’T)
I put him away in prison for
his crimes. He threatened Monica
if I did that. But you know, how is
he going to do that when he’s
behind bars.

Brad smiles at Grandmama. After a moment, his smile fades as he thinks of how he doesn’t know where Monica is, or even if she’s all right. Grandmama watches him for a moment.

Brad picks up the tile Monica had left unfinished when she was five. He examines it for a few silent moments. Grandmama watches him. He looks up at her.

BRAD
You mentioned before
that Monica has a Gift.

Grandmama smiles.

BRAD (CON’T)
I know you wouldn’t have
brought it up if you didn’t
want me to know about it.

Grandmama nods her head. Brad sets the tile back down on the table and leans forward.

BRAD
So, what is the Gift?

GRANDMAMA
The Gift comes in many forms.
It is why I live up here in solitude.

She looks into his eyes.

GRANDMAMA
The Gift runs thick through our
blood. (beat) Monica’s mother,
Carolina, had the Gift. I have
the Gift, and Monica and Carlos have it.

Brad listens.

GRANDMAMA (CON’T)
For me, the Gift is very strong.
I can look into a person and know
Everything about them. This is how I
knew you were coming. I knew why you
got into law enforcement, and I know
your biggest fear: that Monica will
never be returned to you. The fear you
have of being like your father, and
how he treated his family. But I also
know that you don’t have anything to
fear. (beat) I look at a person and
know their pain. I feel their pain.
(beat) This is why I live up here.
So I don’t have to see everyone else’s
lives, and their deaths.

Brad looks at her, shocked by what she’s just told him.

GRANDMAMA
Yes. That is right. I can see
people’s futures. This is why
I know everything happens for a reason.

Grandmama looks deep into him.

GRANDMAMA
I know right now you are wondering
if I know where Monica is...

Brad looks to her with hope in his eyes. Grandmama lowers her eyes away from him.

GRANDMAMA
(after a beat)
Monica’s Gift is growing stronger
within her with each passing day.
(beat) At the age of five, the Gift
came alive within her. And on that day,
she knew exactly what to do for her
life to get on the path it is on now...

FADE OUT:



CHAPTER FOUR
“THE GIFT”



FADE IN:

INT. REYES HOME

McALLEN, TX
1973

Monica (age five) is inside the living room. She is wearing a white dress with a yellow sun patched on the stomach. Her hair is parted and braided into two braids with yellow ribbons, that rest on her shoulders.

She has her face up close to a fish bowl as she watches her goldfish swim around. She turns to Grandmama, who is sitting on the living room floor weaving a basket.

MONICA
Grandmama, I need Carlos to
come steal Petie away from me.

Grandmama looks up from her basket weaving.

GRANDMAMA
Why do you want Carlos to
take your fish, Monica?

Monica walks over and stands in front of her Grandmama.

MONICA
So I can chase him into the dark
forest and to the creek where I’ll
meet my best friend.

GRANDMAMA
Oh?

Grandmama looks deep into Monica’s eyes, knowing what’s happening. Monica nods her head.

GRANDMAMA
How do you know who
your best friend is?

MONICA
Because I dreamed of him last night.

Monica smiles, just as Carlos comes running in and grabs the fish bowl. Monica turns and sees him.

MONICA
Hey!

Carlos sticks his tongue out at her and runs out of the house. Monica runs after him.

EXT. HOUSE

Carlos is running fast, water from the fish bowl splashes out. Luckily for little Petie the fish, he manages to stay in.

Monica bursts out of the house, running after Carlos.

MONICA
Give ‘im back, Carlos!

CARLOS
NO!

MONICA
Give me back Petie!

CARLOS
NEVER!

MONICA
I’m telling mom!

Carlos runs into the small forest behind the house, disappearing from Monica’s sight.

Monica stops before entering the forest. The forest is dark and she’s never ventured into it, for fear that she’ll never come out. Her eyes frantically look around.

MONICA
Carlos?

She waits for an answer, but it never comes. She slowly takes her first step into the forest.

MONICA
Where are you?

Suddenly, Carlos runs out from behind a tree and runs deeper into the forest. Monica takes off after him.

MONCIA
Give him back!

Carlos turns ahead of her and faces her as she continues to run after him.

CARLOS
I’m gonna squish him!

Monica’s eyes go wide with fear as she chases after Carlos.

MONICA
(voice squeaking)
No!

Carlos continues to run deeper and deeper. Monica loses sight of him again. She stops running and looks in all directions.

MONICA
Carlos?

Monica slowly walks deeper into the forest. The sound of water flowing catches her ears.

MONICA
(scared)
Carlos? Where are you?

The trees clear as she continues to walk, and she finds herself at the edge of a creek. She stops walking and looks around.

MONICA
Carlos?!

Her eyes spot her fish bowl laying on it’s side near the creek’s edge. She walks over to it, only to discover that it is empty. She kneels down and picks up the bowl and looks out into the creek.

MONICA
Petie?

Her eyes fill up with tears as she sits down on the ground. She continues to cry, knowing that Petie has swam away.

LITTLE BOY (O.S.)
Hey, shut up!

Monica turns her head to see little John Doggett (age six) standing behind her. He doesn’t seem happy with her.

MONICA
(crying)
My fish just swam away.
Leave me alone.

She turns away from him and continues to cry. John makes his way down to the creek. He stands next to her.

DOGGETT
I don’t care! You’re loud!
I’m playing hide-and-seek,
and if I get caught, it will
be all your fault!

Monica looks up at him with tears in her eyes.

MONICA
You’re mean!

DOGGETT
Nuh-uh, you are!

Behind little Johnny, stands little Knowle Rohrer (six years old).

MONICA
I am not!

DOGGETT
Yes you are!

Knowle taps John on the shoulder, and he turns to face him.

KNOWLE
(calm)
I win.

Knowle smiles at him. John looks down at Monica.

DOGGETT
It’s all your fault!

Monica stands up to defend herself.

MONICA
It is not! You were the
one yelling at me!

DOGGETT
So! It’s still your fault!

Monica narrows her eyes and glares at him.

MONICA
But you were yelling at me!

Behind them, an older man is making his way down to the creek. It is Knowle’s father. He does not look happy at all.

KNOWLE’S FATHER
Knowle Justin Rohrer!

Monica jumps when she hears him yell. She and John stop fighting. All three kids turn to face Knowle’s father.

KNOWLE’S FATHER
How many God dammed times do
I have to tell you not to come
down you, you worthless little shit!

He comes down and grabs Knowle roughly by the back of his neck.

KNOWLE
Ow.

He drags Knowle away from John and Monica without another word.

Tears are in Monica’s eyes, and not because her fish swam away. She’s never seen anyone be treated like that. John turns to face her. He looks worried.

MONICA
Who was that?

DOGGETT
Knowle’s father. He’s not
a good person. Knowle tells
me that he hits his mom.

MONICA
Does he hit Knowle?

John nods his head “yes”. A tear falls down Monica’s cheek.

DOGGETT
He’ll be ok, don’t worry. (beat)
My name’s Johnny, but you can call me John.

MONICA
I’m Monica.

DOGGETT
Did you lose your fish?

Monica nods her head.

MONICA
Carlos made him go away.

DOGGETT
I can help you get a
new fish if you want.

MONICA
Oh no. We couldn’t do that.

DOGGETT
(confused)
Why not?

MONICA
That would be stealing them from
their home. We don’t want them
to be taken away from their family.

Monica looks out into the water and sighs.

MONICA
I guess Petie will find a
new home and family now.

Monica smiles at John.

MONICA
Where do you live?

DOGGETT
Through the forest just
over this stream.

MONICA
You mean the farm?

John nods his head.

MONICA
I live past all these trees
behind us. (beat) Maybe I
can come visit you someday.

DOGGETT
Yeah! You can play war with me.

MONICA
Ok.
She smiles.

DOGGETT
Well, it’s late and I need
to get home on time for dinner.

MONICA
Ok. Bye!

Monica and John part ways.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Her dreams that would come true
were just the beginning. Her senses
would enhance over the next few
months. Senses that she couldn’t
control and didn’t understand...

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. FUNERAL HOME – NIGHT

McALLEN, TX
THREE MONTHS LATER

A lock is being picked open from the outside. The door pops open, and Carlos (5), Antonio (6) and Monica (5) sneak into the funeral home.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Back then, Monica’s Papá was a
mortician and owned a funeral
home. (beat) Monica was always
frightened of this place and
hated going there. But one stormy
night, her brothers dared her to
sneak in there with them.

Antonio, Carlos and Monica sneak into a room that displays coffins. Carlos and Antonio walk in without hesitation. Monica on the other hand, stops. She is afraid to go in.

Carlos turns to her.

CARLOS
Come on, Mon.

Monica shakes her head “no” and folds her arms across her chest.

CARLOS
Stop being so scared all the time.

ANTONIO
There’s nothing to be afraid
of, Monica. They’re just coffins.

Monica shakes her head again.

MONICA
I want to go home.

Antonio comes up to Monica.

ANTONIO
It’s ok. I just want
to show you something.

MONICA
What?

Antonio leads her into the room.

ANTONIO
Come on...

He leads her over to a coffin that Carlos is standing next to.

CARLOS
We dare you to lie down in here.

Monica’s eyes widen and she shakes her head “no”.

MONICA
No. I want to go home. I
don’t want to be locked in a coffin.

ANTONIO
We’re not going to lock
you in the coffin.

MONICA
(scared)
Yes you are.

CARLOS
I promise, we won’t.

MONICA
(scared)
No.

She shakes her head.

MONICA
(scared)
No. I want to go home.

ANTONIO
We won’t shut it.

CARLOS
Yeah.

Monica shakes her head “no”.

ANTONIO
Here, I’ll get in and show
you that it’s nothing.

Antonio climbs in and lies down in the coffin for a moment.

ANTONIO
See. That’s all you have to do.

He climbs out.

MONICA
I don’t want to.

CARLOS
Scardy-cat.

Monica looks at him.

MONICA
I am not.

CARLOS
Oh yeah...? Then prove it.

Antonio and Carlos give her a daring look.

MONICA
Fine.

Monica climbs in, determined to prove her brothers wrong. She lies down in the coffin, her arms at her side.

MONICA
There. Happy?

CARLOS
Yeah.

Suddenly, Carlos and Antonio slam the coffin shut, leaving little Monica in the dark. She screams!

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
You have heard Monica say how
her brothers buried her alive
in a coffin when she was a child, no?

BRAD (V.O.)
Yeah.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
They never did. There was no way
for them to move a heavy coffin.
Monica felt what it was like as
they locked her inside. She felt
her mother’s suffering...

Monica stops her screaming and starts to cry softly in the darkness of the coffin. Nothing can be heard from the outside. Monica’s cries stop and turn into small sniffles. Her breathing, though terrified, has calmed.

CRASH!

The sound and feel of dirt pounds down on the coffin. Monica screams as the pounding continues. She squeezes her eyes shut.

MONICA
(whimpering)
Please don’t do this...

She starts to cry again.

MONICA
(sobbing)
Please don’t take them.

The coffin opens, but Monica doesn’t realize it. Antonio and Carlos look at her. Her eyes are tightly shut, and tears fall down her cheeks.

ANTONIO
(worried)
Monica?

He reaches out and touches Monica’s arm.

ANTONIO
Carlos, she’s freezing.

Antonio looks to Carlos. Both are worried. Carlos goes closer to the coffin.

CARLOS
(worried)
Moni?

He shakes her, but she doesn’t respond.

CARLOS
We gotta get her out of there.

Carlos tries to lift her on his own.

CARLOS
Help me!

Antonio helps Carlos get Monica out of the coffin. Her eyes open as they lie her on the ground.

MONICA
I want to go home.

She sits up and wipes her tears away.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
Little Monica came to me the next
morning and told me what her brothers
did. I knew that her Gift was getting
stronger. I knew that her mother had
been with her that night.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. REYES HOUSE – KITCHEN

Little Monica sits at the kitchen table with Grandmama. Once again, Monica’s hair is in braids and she’s wearing overalls and a white T-shirt. Grandmama is painting a white tile.

GRANDMAMA (V.O.)
She sat down and told me what she
felt when she was in the coffin.
How she was somehow calmed. She
told me she felt a light hearted
and beautiful spirit. (beat) I
thought of telling her about Carolina,
but as I looked inside of her, I
knew her soul was still fragile.

Grandmama hands a tile to Monica with a smile.

GRANDMAMA
Here, paint this for my kitchen.

Monica takes the tile.

MONICA
What do you want me to paint?

Grandmama smiles at her.

GRANDMAMA
Whatever your heart feels.

Monica smiles and takes a brush and stares down at the blank tile for a long time. She then dips her brush in a light brown paint and starts to paint her tile.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. GRANDMAMA’S HOME – KITCHEN – PRESENT DAY

Grandmama and Brad are still sitting at the table. Brad carefully paints the rest of Monica’s tile as he listens to Grandmama tell her story. Grandmama smiles at him.

GRANDMAMA
Do you know why she never
finished her tile?

Brad looks up and shakes his head.

GRANDMAMA
Well, when she handed me her tile,
I asked her why she left it incomplete.
(beat) She told me that her heart told
her not to finish because one day her
other half would finish it for her.

Grandmama smiles at Brad. He looks at the brush in his hand and at the tile he has just finished painting. A small smiles forms on his face.

GRANDMAMA
She knew about you for
a long time, Bradley.

Brad looks up at Grandmama.

GRANDMAMA
(after a beat)
Life is a road. A road with many
curves and detours. (beat) One large
path, that sometimes leads us into
dark forests.

Grandmama looks deep into his eyes.

GRANDMAMA
Even when you get off your path
and the forest has swallowed you
up, there is always a light at
the other end, where you continue
on with your path of life...

Off Grandmama’s smile and hope for the future.

FADE OUT:

THE END.


 

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