INT. REX HOUSEHOLD KITCHEN - AFTERNOON
LINDSEY BLAKE, 14 years old, gets home from school on a Monday afternoon and enters the kitchen where her single mom, STACY is sitting at the counter drinking coffee and watching Oprah. STACY Hi honey! How was your day? LINDSEY Ughh so long, I hate mondays. Like seriously they couldnt go by any slower. STACY I’m sorry hon, at least its over. Why don’t you come watch Oprah with me? LINDSEY I really shouldn’t I have so much homework. STACY That’s too bad. LINDSEY Tell me about it but oh well I don’t feel like starting it yet. Lindsey sits down next to her mom. STACY Want me to make you a snack? LINDSEY No it’s alright I got it. Lindsey gets up and goes to the cabinet to look for a snack. LINDSEY (CONT’D) Nothing sounds good. Lindsey keeps looking. STACY I went to the grocery today, go look in the plastic bag on the table. Lindsey moves from the cabinet over to the table to look through the groceries.
2. LINDSEY You got starbursts? Yes! Good job Mom! STACY I had a feeling you’d like those. LINDSEY Well duh. Wait, whats this?
Lindsey pulls papers out from underneath the grocery bag. STACY Oh uhhhh...nothing important. Just put them on my desk. Lindsey takes a closer look at the papers and notices that it is a medical bill. LINDSEY A medical bill? Mom, when did you go to doctor? And why didntSTACY Like I said, its nothing just put it on my desk LINDSEY You’re acting weird Mom, is everything ok? Why didn’t you tell me you were going to the doctor? STACY Honey, I’m fine it wasn’t anything important that’s why I didn’t tell you. Stacy stands up, grabs the bill out of Lindsey’s hands, and walks into the family room. Lindsey follows in a tantrum. 2
INT. REX HOUSEHOLD FAMILY ROOM - AFTERNOON
Stacy and Lindsey are both in the family room, as Lindsey questions her mother in histerics about her secretive behavior towards the medical bill. Stacy confesses her sickness to Lindsey, and together they grieve. LINDSEY Mom! What are you doing?! I was just looking at it! Stacy stays quiet as her eyes begin to well up with tears.
LINDSEY (CONT’D) Mom are you crying? What’s wrong you’re starting to scare me! Stacy gives Lindsey a big hug as she begins to cry. STACY (Whispers while crying in Lindsey’s ear) I’m sick honey LINDSEY No, Mom no! You’re gonna be ok right? Tell me right now you’re gonna be ok! (sobbing) STACY Its not that simple Linds, ok!? Why do you think I kept it a secret! Lindsey sits down on the couch in the family room and crys in confusion. LINDSEY (Lindsey trembles) So, what is it? STACY Well... LINDSEY I want the truth this time Mom. STACY (Murmurs to herself: I never wanted to face this day) Two years ago, they found a tumor in my kidney. It’s cancerous. LINDSEY So are they gonna get it out or what? Cancer is treatable, they can fix it right?! STACY I wish honey. But it’s not that easy. At first, the doctors suggested chemo, but we decided against it. Its not worth it.
LINDSEY What do you mean it’s not worth it!? Of course it is you need to get better! For you, for me! STACY (Still sobbing) I’m stage 4, they said my chances of being surviving it was slim to none. My options were to be in the hospital for a good portion of the rest of my life, constantly getting treatments. Or to live normally and take advantage of my last few years with you, at home. LINDSEY But momSTACY I know honey, I know. LINDSEY How much longer do you do youSTACY Do I have to live? LINDSEY Yeah. STACY They’re not sure. They said anywhere from 4 months to a year and a half. Lindsey burys her head in Stacy’s lap and crys. LINDSEY I can’t live without you. I cant. STACY It’ll be ok I promise. Im still fighting strong and I plan on beating the odds. But I need you to be strong for me too. LINDSEY I dont know how. Can I ask you something?
STACY Of course. LINDSEY Why didn’t you tell me earlier? STACY Because I love you, and I wanted to save you from the pain. LINDSEY But now I feel like I wasted so much time doing other things, when I could’ve been with you. STACY This is exactly what I didnt want. LINDSEY What do you mean? STACY Just because I’m sick, doesnt mean you need to change your life around. LINDSEY This just isnt fair! STACY Life isnt fair Linds, but well get through. Come on, let’s go get dinner to cheer you up. Wendy’s sound good? LINDSEY How am I supposed to eat when I feel like this? My stomach is in knots. STACY I know the feeling, but it’ll help take your mind off it. Promise. And I need company. LINDSEY Ok ok, fine. Only cause I love you. Lindsey gives her mom one last big hug before they stand up to go to Wendy’s.