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A ROAD IN ENGLAND By JOSH RIMMER


INT. MICHAEL’S CAR - NIGHT MICHAEL and his daughter CLAIR are driving down a dark country lane with only the lights on the front of the car to illuminate the dark road. MICHAEL’S tired eye’s gaze into the gloom as the white lines in the road blur by. CLAIR is next to him in the passenger seat. She too is tired but tired from the argument she’s having with her father. MICHAEL (ANGRY) I’m tired of having this argument with you. Your not old enough to stay round his house. CLAIR (ANGRY) But why not? you let me stay round Jess’s all the time. MICHAEL That’s different. CLAIR How? MICHAEL Because your girls. Chris is your boyfriend and it wouldn’t be appropriate for you to stay there. CLAIR But I’m sixteen years old. MICHAEL You could be thirty years old for all I care, if you were still living under mine and your mothers roof you would still respect and follow our rules. CLAIR sighs and looks away, she then notices a gloomy figure in the distance, slowly being lit up by the car light. CLAIR Dad. MICHAEL (TIRED) What? CLAIR (NERVOUS) There’s somebody walking in the road. MICHAEL peers into the gloom and a girl is slowly reveled to him. (CONTINUED)


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MICHAEL What the hell? The young girl is bare footed and wearing a long silky red dress. CUT TO: EXT. COUNTRY LANE - NIGHT The car pulls up next to the girl and MICHAEL rolls down the window and speaks to her. MICHAEL (CONCERNED) Hey are you okay. THE GIRL stays still, looking down the road. MICHAEL (CONCERNED) Are you okay there, do you need a lift. Still she looks blankly down the road, a bird crows. MICHAEL (CONCERNED) I can give you a lift if you want, I’m heading in the same direction, It wouldn’t be any trouble, honestly I’d be more than happy to... MICHAEL trails off as THE GIRL slowly turns her head towards him. Her skin is very pale but her eye’s are a bright blue, like pure water. Blank, and expressionless. CUT TO: INT. MICHAEL’S CAR - NIGHT THE GIRL is in the middle seat in the back looking down at her knees. Her face blank yet somewhat sad. CLAIR is looking at her and passing nervous glances with her dad. MICHAEL looks at the girl in his rear view mirror. MICHAEL (TRYING TO BE FRIENDLY) So, where am I taking you? The girl looks up slightly and meet MICHAEL’S eye’s in the mirror.

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THE GIRL (MONOTONE) Five miles. MICHAEL What, five miles this way, no turnings? THE GIRL looks back down again. THE GIRL (MONOTONE) Five miles. MICHAEL looks at his daughter and back in the mirror and again tries to break the ice. MICHAEL (TRYING TO BE FRIENDLY) So, err, whats your name? THE GIRL looks at MICHAEL in the mirror then looks back down again. MICHAEL (TRYING TO BE FRIENDLY) I just wanna know who I driving, that’s all. CLAIR Dad. MICHAEL (CONFUSED) What? CLAIR Just leave it. CUT TO: EXT. COUNTRY LANE - NIGHT The car drives on, past a field, a foxes big black eye’s watch the cars movement as it goes by. CUT TO: INT. MICHAEL’S CAR - NIGHT MICHAEL leans forward as a house by the side of the road comes into view. MICHAEL Well I guess this must be you then.

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MICHAEL’S eye’s flash to the mirror to look at THE GIRL again. CLAIR suddenly shouts out. CLAIR (SHOUTING) DAD! MICHAEL looks back to the road to see a deer bounding across it. MICHAEL (SHOUTING) CHRIST! MICHAEL swerves the car. CUT TO: EXT. COUNTRY LANE - NIGHT The car lurches off to one side narrowly avoiding the deer before grinding to a halt just outside of the house. All the upstairs light in the house are turned on shining through the windows. CUT TO: INT. MICHAEL’S CAR - NIGHT The light illuminates MICHAEL and CLAIR and the shadows of tree branches snake across their faces. CLAIR is frozen stiff while MICHAEL pants like he has just run a marathon. He turns to his daughter. MICHAEL (CONCERNED) Are you okay? CLAIR nods her head. MICHAEL turns to face THE GIRL MICHAEL (CONCERNED) Are you okay... MICHAEL freezes as he looks into an empty space that used to contain a girl. CLAIR turns around then looks at her dad terrified. CLAIR (TERRIFIED) Daddy. MICHAEL continues to stare and breathe heavily.

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CLAIR (TERRIFIED) Daddy, where did the girl go? MICHAEL turns slowly back around and looks towards the house. MICHAEL Just, just sit here will you. MICHAEL takes off his seat belt. CLAIR panics CLAIR (TERRIFIED) Please don’t. Please don’t go! MICHAEL (TRYING TO COMFORT) I’ll just be in that house okay, I’ll be right back, I promise. CUT TO: EXT. ISOLATED HOUSE - NIGHT MICHAEL knock on the door; an old lady opens up. OLD LADY Are you here about my daughter? MICHAEL (CONFUSED) Yes, yes I am. OLD LADY You better come inside then. She turns around and heads back indoors, MICHAEL hesitates before following and closing the door. CUT TO: INT. ISOLATED HOUSE - NIGHT MICHAEL is sitting in the living room opposite an old man who is staring blankly at him. The old lady comes in with a tray of tea. She puts it down on a little wooden antique table. she sits down at the far end of the room. OLD LADY So, I suppose you want to know what about my little girl.

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MICHAEL (CONFUSED) Well I was just giving her a lift... OLD LADY ...No, no you weren’t. MICHAEL (CONFUSED) But I was taking... OLD LADY My daughter’s been missing for thirty years. MICHAEL looks on in disbelief. OLD LADY Today is her birthday, and every birthday is the same. She comes back and brings us someone. MICHAEL looks at her confused and the old man shakes as he stands up and moves to a cabinet behind MICHAEL and opens a draw and takes something out. MICHAEL (CONCERNED) brings you people. The old lady nods. MICHAEL (CONFUSED) What do you mean she brings you people? OLD LADY Well, every year on this date she would bring us someone. We used to think it was for company, but we have come to learn that the people she sends are just the people who represent the tyranny of this world. MICHAEL is taken by surprise as the old man behind him brings down a hammer on his head, causing MICHAEL to flop onto the table in front, spilling tea and pots everywhere. MICHAEL’S blood begins to pool out onto the floor. The old women wipes a spec of blood off her cheek and smiles. OLD LADY Another day another dime.

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