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INT. AMY’S HOUSE, ATLANTA, GA - LATE AFTERNOON AMY has just arrived to her beautifully, decorated town home from her third trimester check up. She is standing in the mudroom taking off her coat. AMY James! James! I’m home! Where are you? I know you’re here somewhere (She is frantically moving through the kitchen and on to the stairs) AMY (CONT’D) I know you didn’t want me to..but I found out the sex of the baby! I couldn’t wait anymore James I am just too excited. Do you want to know too? Please, please say you do(She is now standing in the empty bedroom. Sun is shining in through the windows that cover the walls)

AMY (CONT’D) James? Are you here? You better not be hiding(She stops when she finds a note in closet that reads "I just can’t do this anymore. Best of luck to you. -James.)

INT. MASTER BEDROOM, AMY’S HOUSE, ATLANTA, GA - LATE AFTERNOON Amy is sitting on the side of her perfectly made bed with her phone in hand, held up to ear, sobbing while she is trying to call James. JAMES "Hi you have reached James McMullen. I am unable to answer your call at the moment. Please leave a message."

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AMY James please call me back. I don’t understand what is happening. Your closet is empty. Please, please call me..I’m your wife. You can’t do this to me. I love you. I am carrying your child. Please call me. Answer my calls my love. How could you do this(She is interrupted by the beeping of an incoming call)

AMY James! My love, what is going on? Where are you? You can’t possibly want this. How could you do this to me? JAMES Listen Amy, we have just grown apart. I apologize for the note I just couldn’t handle telling you in person. I’m sorry Amy. AMY Married for this long and you couldn’t tell me in person? You’re killing me James. Please tell me this is not what you want and just need some time. Cause time, I can do time. Do you want time? I love you, you love me all marriages have problems James. They do, but the most important thing is our love. James were having a child together. You can’t want him to be without a father. I know you aren’t heartlessJAMES Amy, stop. This is what I want. I’ve been wanting it since the day you found out you were pregnant. I’m sorry to have to say this, I guess I have just been ready for a long time. I never wanted children,you know that. I want my life. I like my time, my space, and my art. I can’t be carting a child and you to gallery premieres. I don’t want a mother of a wife. I (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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3. JAMES (cont’d) want a wife that can travel with me and be gone for months at a time. I want a wife to eat fine foods with and explore the world and all it has to offer. Children bog people down and squelsh dreams. I have high society clientele Amy..you think they want to be wined and dined by my wife, and my kid? I don’t think so. Amy, it’s done. I’m sorry. AMY It’s a boy. JAMES Fuck Amy..don’t you hear me? I don’t give a damn, boy or girl. Call me heartless, I don’t care. I don’t want a child and that is that. I never wanted a child. Hell for all I know you stopped taking your birth control on purpose and just didn’t tell me. Women do that and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re one of them. We’ve changed Amy. People say not to marry young because you change in you’re 20s. Well we’re a prime example of that. But I can tell you one thing..I don’t love you anymore and that will never change. AMY What happened to you? Change? I love you James. I can travel the world with you. I can wine and dine. There are babysitters. I have family that can watch him. I never want to be without you and I know you never want to be without me. JAMES No, no, no! You’re not listening to me. I don’t want babysitters. I don’t want your family. and I really don’t want a fucking kid. I’m going to get off the phone. This is why I didn’t want to talk in person. I knew you would react like this and try to persuade me that I loved you. But the truth is, I don’t. I don’t love you Amy. (CONTINUED)


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AMY How can you say that? After all this time? How have I not noticed the past 8 months? I loJAMES How have you not noticed? I hardly spend anytime at home anymore. When I do come home you’re either in bed or studying a baby book..and hell, don’t even get me started on the last time we’ve had sex. AMY Every time I tried you weren’t interested JAMES Amy, I just don’t want this. Any of it. We are over. I want to move on with my life. My art is suffering and I’m ready to start seeing new people. AMY NEW PEOPLE?! James you are being irrational. Think this through..think of all we had...have. I can’t possibly go on without you in my life. JAMES Amy I have thought this through. I’ve been thinking this through for 8 months and have known for about the last 4. It’s torture. Do you know what it’s like to put on a face everyday? I’m done Amy, I just can’t do it anymore. AMY What will I tell our son? JAMES Your son Amy..YOUR son. I will not sign the birth certificate nor will I ever want this kid contacting me in the future. I will make sure to leave you with a generous amount of money and periodically put more in.

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AMY James no JAMES I’m sorry Amy. This is what I want. You will be fine. It’s only a matter of time before you will feel like I do AMY No..you are wrong. I will never feel like you do. I love you James. When I said those vows I meant them. You will forever be the father of my child and nothing can change that. JAMES Goodbye Amy AMY No James don’t goJAMES Please don’t try to further contact me. If you do I will change my number and make sure you are never able to contact me. AMY How can you do this to me? You act like I mean nothing..like I haven’t been the love of your life for the past 16 years. You will come back to me, I know it. JAMES No, Amy. I won’t. Don’t hold on to that because it will never happen. I am getting off the phone now. Goodbye Amy. (James hangs up the phone Amy is curled up on bed sobbing.)

3 INT. ELEVATOR, AUSTIN, TX - AROUND 5 All are sitting on elevator floor looking at Amy. Sean is laying in Amy’s lap sleeping.

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AMY So, about a month after that I had Sean. My family was all there. It was a truly indescribable moment that made all my horribly sad and resentful feelings of James change. I felt only bad for him. He missed out on something so incredible. Anyways, James left me enough in my account to support us both for years. I went back to my dream of designing my own line and was able to be there for Sean without worrying about finances. It really worked out for the best ya know? I thought as I was going through it all that I would never make it out alive, but I did. And I like to think that I am the one living the life. I received the divorce papers from James when Sean was about 2 months old and they were sent from New York City. I have since read that he doing really well for himself. But look what I have? A wonderful son and a blossoming career.


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