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EXT. BACKYARD OF SAFEHAVEN FACILITY - AFTERNOON

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After receiving his assignment from the overseer, ABRAM looks out from the veranda to 150 yards in front of him: past that, the there is no green fertile grass, but miniture models of toy army soldiers , milk cartons and wooden fixtures that resemble run down buildings, all in various lines leading to the man in the midst of it all. JON comes up to ABRAM and joins him outside to share the view. JON So, are you excited about your new case? ABRAM Would you get excited about getting an 80 year old man with enough money to bail himself out of this place, but instead (pauses) instead he makes his living destroying the little piece of landscape, an-an-an-and nature these people get to enjoy when they’re not shut up in this place? JON I’ve heard he’s a good storyteller. ABRAM Well, it’s time to pull him away from the bonfire. JON You sorry little man. You’ve no idea what you’re up against. ABRAM On the contrary, I would have you know that I come across much more stern with my patients than you can see. JON I’m waiting... ABRAM and JON walk up to David. Abram’s body movement becomes more tense as he gets closer to David. ABRAM Mr. David, It’s time to go inside now.

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DAVID (never looks up from the ground) Sounds like the wuss is deciding to go home. JON (quietly) Wuss. Humph. He told DAVID My apologies. Two wusses. ABRAM Pardon me, Mr. David. I am justDAVID Following orders, I know. (pauses) But what good did following orders ever do for us? ABRAM Sir, I think you’re exhaustDAVID Better believe I’m exhausted! But do you see me breaking the line, leaving the front because I’m exhausted?!? Sit down maggot! ABRAM (startled, but shaking, attempting to control the situation) Now this is no way toDAVID SIT DOWN! ABRAM ok (quickly sits down. looks at his surroundings due to embarrassment.) JON Looks like you’re taking it pretty well so far. Well, I’ll just leave you two -

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DAVID You’re a maggot today. Sit down. I’ll only tell you once. You don’t want to watch me tell you twice. JON (Jon pauses. Looks a the cluttered mess in the dirt. Looks at David) This should be fun. (sits down) DAVID Alright, ladies. You came into this field as maggots. Let’s see if we can turn you into some rusty soldiers.

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