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CARRIE'S TREASURE
 
 
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FADE IN:

EXT. FOREST ACRES VIRGINIA -- DAY

It is early morning in late summer. Forest Acres is a small town in Virginia that is encircled by the forest and rolling hills of the state park. Deer, raccoons, skunks, and black bears roam the open back yards of the homes that border the forest. A mother duck and her ducklings float across a small pond.

Forest Acres is a town that spans the ages of American history. A restored log cabin serves as the town's museum from it's frontier days. A street plaque describes its place in history. A Civil War monument with two soldiers, one for the north and one for the south, represents the pasts split political views of the border line states.

A supermarket and its mini-mall of stores represents Forest Acres' position in the present day

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

The house is a pre-Civil War Victorian. It looks like someone has not lived in it for many years. There is no paint on the wooden boards, the windows have been broken, there are holes in the roof, and the shutters are hanging off. The property outside is overgrown with grass and shrubbery.

Two twelve year old boys, CALVIN and JACK, are standing on the front grass of the house next door looking up at the attic. Jack turns towards Calvin.

JACK

Do ya think they're really up there?

CALVIN

Mary Sue said she saw one walking around the house with a candle.

JACK

You can't believe her, she's your sister.

CALVIN

If she says they're in there, then they're in there.

A large water balloon hits the ground between them. They look at each other with their eyes wide.

INT. MRS. BERGER'S HOUSE -- DAY

In the well kept Victorian home next door, MRS BERGER, 60, a gray haired, chubby, eccentric, nosey-body, yells out of her window.

MRS BERGER

Hey you brats, get off of my grass!

The two boys take off running.

INT. APARTMENT -- DAY

It's moving day. There are neatly stacked boxes all around the living room. Each box is labeled, indicating what is enclosed; Carrie's Personal Things, Tommy's Personal Things, Mom's Personal Things, Books, Paintings, Mom's Job, Family Room Things, etc.

CARRIE SULLIVAN, 11, tomboy, clad in a New York Giant's shirt, makes her way through the maze of boxes until she comes up her own. She opens it takes out her football. TOMMY SULLIVAN, 13, glasses, nerd, clad in a Batman T-shirt and Batman cap takes a book 'The American Civil War' from his own box, and closes the box very carefully.

INT. ELEVATOR -- DAY

Tommy and Carrie are in the elevator with a BOY, Tommy's size. As the elevator drops through the floors, the boy intentionally knocks Tommy's cap off, and laughs. Carrie glances back at the boy. Tommy leans over to get his cap just as the door opens in the lobby. The boy kicks Tommy's rear, sending him flying out of the elevator. Carrie presses the 'door hold' button and turns towards the laughing boy. He YELLS IN PAIN. Carrie runs out of the elevator LAUGHING as she tosses the football to herself. The boy exits the elevator holding his nose. He looks at his hands and screams.

BOY

You little freak. You made my nose bleed.

Carrie spins around to look at him, smiles, then exits the building.

EXT. APARTMENT -- DAY

There is a large interstate moving van directly in front of the building. DONNA SULLIVAN, 33, attractive, red hair, blue eyes, soft spoken, is waving the DRIVER to come to her.

DONNA

Are you sure you know where Forest Acres is? I don't want any problems.

DRIVER

Lady, you asked me that over the phone, three times in two days. I know where it is. It's in the middle of the state forest.

A cab arrives for the children.

CARRIE

Mom, the cab's here!

DONNA

Okay kids!

Donna helps the CAB DRIVER put the luggage into the trunk. She hugs the children.

DONNA

Have a good time with your Dad. I'll see you in a week.

Tommy kisses his mother and jumps into the back seat. Carrie hugs her mother around the waist.

CARRIE

I'm not gonna like this trip Mom. You know I don't get along with Brenda.

Donna brushes Carrie's hair back with her hand.

DONNA

It's only for a week, Carrie. Do it for your Dad.

DRIVER

Lady, this is costing you money.

Donna motions to him for one more minute. She pulls Carrie close and hugs her, then she looks into the back seat.

DONNA

(To Tommy)

I want you to take care of your sister while you're on vacation.

Tommy rolls his eyes.

DONNA

(To Carrie)

No match making, young lady. Promise?

Carrie smiles.

INT. CAB -- DAY

The cab takes Carrie and Tommy over a bridge into Manhattan. Carrie has the football on her lap. Tommy's reading his book. The driver has the radio on.

RADIO ANNOUNCER

That's our program for today. I hope you enjoyed our musical trip down the yellow brick road.

There's background music from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Two dialogue clips come on.

DOROTHY

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

LION

I do believe in spooks...I do believe in spooks...I do...I do...I do believe in spooks.

EXT. HI-RISE APARTMENT -- DAY

The cab pulls up in front of the Eastside building. The black doorman, TOM, opens the cab door and Carrie jumps out. They 'slit each other five.'

CARRIE

How ya doin' Tom?

TOM

I'm doing fine Carrie. How are you doing?

Carrie tosses him the football.

CARRIE

I got the football I wanted.

JEFF SULLIVAN, 34, handsome, blonde hair, blue eyes, exits the lobby with his girlfriend. BRENDA STOREWELL, 29, beautiful, short black hair, dark eyes, shapely. The children run up and hug their father.

TOMMY

Hi Dad!

JEFF

Hi kids, we have to leave right away. We have a 12:30 flight to Orlando.

The cab driver and doorman place the luggage in the cab trunk. Carrie gives Brenda a dirty look, then waves good-bye to Tom as she is getting into the cab.

CARRIE

Tom, say hi to your daughter for me.

TOM

I will. You write and tell me about the new house. Don't forget.

Once everyone is in the cab Carrie taps her father on his shoulder.

CARRIE

Do ya got it, Dad?

Jeff smiles at his daughter, reaches into his pocket and hands her an Ipod. Carrie quickly puts the head phones on.' Brenda glances at Jeff.

JEFF

She likes my Eric Clapton music.

EXT. CANDY STORE -- DAY

In Forest Acres a small candy store is wedged between the town's lone real estate office and the supermarket. Customers are rushing in and out for their morning papers and coffee, greeting each other by their first names, AD LIB.

BEN HILL, 30, a dark skinned, burly, black park ranger rushes from his ranger car and holds the door to the candy store for a woman who has just exited the real estate office. CHARLOTTE GRACE, 36, short brown hair and brown eyes, clad in a business suit, smiles and bows slightly to Ben.

BEN HILL

Good morning Charlotte, you're here early.

Charlotte enters the store and turns around to Ben.

CHARLOTTE

I have a woman flying in from New York City this morning. She's renting the old Wilson place.

Ben stops short in his tracks. He has to move away to let a man out, and apologizes, AD LIB. Ben's eyes are wide open.

BEN HILL

You've gotta be kidding me. Why would anyone rent that place?

Charlotte picks up a newspaper, grabs a bag of M&M's, and turns towards Ben.

CHARLOTTE

She needs a place right away and it's the only thing in her price range. She just got a job down here and she starts a week from Monday.

Ben shakes his head in disbelief and chuckles.

BEN HILL

Yeah, but the Wilson place?

Charlotte holds her hand up to cut Ben's word off.

CHARLOTTE

Don't believe everything you hear, Ben. No one ever proved any of those stories about that house. It's old and it needs work, that's all.

Again, Ben chuckles and shakes his head.

BEN HILL

I usually don't believe in ghosts, but there are so many stories about the Wilson house, I just don't know what to believe.

EXT. AIRPORT PARKING LOT -- DAY

Charlotte is walking to her car with Donna Sullivan, who's clad in a business suit.

DONNA

It's really very nice of you to pick me up at the airport like this.

CHARLOTTE

Don't mention it. I know what it's like to be a single parent. Having to do everything for your children.

DONNA

It's almost impossible. I never seem to have enough time to do anything for myself. I really appreciate this.

Again, Charlotte smiles.

EXT. WINDING ROAD -- DAY

The car passes through the state park. Charlotte glances over to Donna.

CHARLOTTE

What's your children's names again?

Donna smiles with pride.

DONNA

Carrie and Tommy.

Suddenly, Charlotte has to stop short when she notices a mother black bear and her cub crossing the road right in front of them.

DONNA

Wow! I haven't seen a bear so close since I moved from Pine Grove.

CHARLOTTE

Pine Grove, Virginia?

Donna gives a proud, sweet smile.

DONNA

That's where I was born. I moved to New York when Jeff and I married after college.

(pause)

I couldn't afford moving back there with the kids. The housing is so expensive now.

The car begins moving along the road. Deer stand at the edge of the road and dash into the woods as the car passes them.

CHARLOTTE

Don't you have family there?

DONNA

They all offered, but I want to try and do things on my own.

EXT. FOREST ACRES -- DAY

As the two women drive through the picturesque community, children of all ages are walking toward their school. The women see the school bully, MOOSE, 13, pushing a boy, 11, to the ground. Charlotte rolls down her window and yells.

CHARLOTTE

Leave the boy alone, Moose! You're much bigger than him.

(To Donna)

That kid is always beating up on someone.

DONNA

We have a few of those bullies in our old neighborhood. You get them all over, no matter where you live.

EXT. CANDY STORE -- DAY

Charlotte pulls in front of the store and stops.

CHARLOTTE

It sure is nice that your children's father took them to Florida so you can get the house set up.

DONNA

Yes, he's like that. It's just that with his manager's job in computers, he doesn't find that much time for them. We never got to see him much.

(pause)

The only time I get to talk to him, is when we're arguing about the children.

Charlotte opens the car door.

CHARLOTTE

I'll be right out. I just have to get a bag of M&M's. I think I have an addiction to them.

Both women LAUGH.

EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF THE WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

Donna's eyes are wide open as she stares in disbelief.

CHARLOTTE

I know what you're thinking. With paint and a few new pieces of glass, this old place will look great.

DONNA

Come on, Charlotte. The only thing this place can use is a bolt of lightening.

Slowly, Donna exits the car. Charlotte runs around, place her arm around her new friend. It appears she supplies some encouragement. Donna is speechless as she inches forward. Jack and Calvin walk up, bound for school. They stop and watch as the women move closer to the porch. Just as Donna is about to touch the door knob, Calvin calls out.

CALVIN

I wouldn't go in that Wilson house, it's haunted.

Donna turns to Charlotte, her eyes are open even wider.

CHARLOTTE

There's no such thing as ghosts. This house is old, and needs work, but that's all.

Jack moves closer.

JACK

Everyone in town knows that it's haunted.

Donna's finger touches the door knob and suddenly the door falls off of its hinges and crashes to the floor in a cloud of dust. Charlotte and Donna jump back expecting the worst.

JACK

You'll see. This place is haunted.

INT. MRS. BERGER'S HOUSE -- DAY

The nosey-body peers through her blinds to watch what is going on next door. She turns toward her pet parrot, CHARLES, as she fingers her hair bun.

MRS BERGER

Brats! All I need is my prize flowers destroyed.

Mrs. Berger notices the two women leaving the Wilson house. She opens the front window a little.

MRS BERGER

Maybe you can hear them talking, Charles.

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

Front yard, Donna back peddles as she looks towards the Wilson house. She shakes her head.

DONNA

I don't know about this place. Are you sure this is the only place in my price range. There has to be something better then this. Maybe a tent or something.

CHARLOTTE

I have a couple of days vacation coming. I can help you get it ready for the kids.

The old, worn curtains at the attic window move away as if someone was looking down at the two women below.

EXT. DISNEY WORLD -- DAY

The amusement park is crowded with young families. Carrie, clad in a Dallas Cowboy's shirt, and her brother, Tommy, clad in a Mickey Mouse shirt, are racing to the Small World amusement line. Carrie wins but Tommy sneaks ahead of her. Carrie pushes him. Tommy fixes his glasses and smiles. Their father and his girlfriend, Brenda, are coming in behind them. Carrie and Tommy are pushing each other.

JEFF

I told you two before to cut it out. If you don't stop, you won't get any ice cream later.

The children stop. Carrie looks around at all the families walking by. She turns towards Tommy, speaking loud enough for her father and Brenda to hear.

CARRIE

I wish Mom was here instead of Brenda.

Her father and Tommy are aghast that she said it so Brenda could hear it. Brenda shakes her head and a slight smile breaks her lips.

JEFF

Carrie! Apologize to Brenda right now!

Carrie steps back slightly.

BRENDA

It's okay, Jeff.

CARRIE

Apologize? You told us we were allowed to say anything to each other as long as it wasn't insulting or mean. Besides, I wasn't talking to Brenda. I was talking to Tommy. It's not my fault she heard me.

JEFF

I said to apologize.

CARRIE

It's not fair. I didn't do anything wrong.

JEFF

I told you to do something, Carrie. I'm not telling you again.

Brenda holds Jeff's arm.

BRENDA

Don't worry about it sweetheart. I understand. Carrie just misses her mother.

Jeff gives his daughter a dirty look.

CARRIE

(fast)

I'm sorry.

JEFF

Say it nicely.

CARRIE

Fine. I'm sorry Brenda.

INT. SMALL WORLD -- DAY

Carrie and Tommy get into the car and the vehicle pulls away.

TOMMY

I worry about you, Carrie. I'm much older then you, I can see more. You have to give Brenda a chance.

CARRIE

Not! You're only 13 and I'm 11. Besides, I'll never give her a chance. She's not good enough for Dad! Plus I don't trust her. She's up to somethin'.

TOMMY

Don't tell me you're still trying to get Mom and Dad back together.

CARRIE

I'll never give up. They still love each other. They're just to stubborn to show it.

TOMMY

You're the stubborn one.

In the next car, Jeff and Brenda are sitting with their arms around each other.

JEFF

I'm sorry Carrie said those things to you. Sometimes, I just don't understand her.

BRENDA

It's hard for her to accept the divorce.

(pause)

So, when are you going to tell her and Tommy we plan on getting married on Thanksgiving?

JEFF

I don't know yet. Tommy shouldn't be a problem. I know he can adjust. But Carrie, she's gonna be tough.

Brenda leans over and kisses Jeff on the cheek.

BRENDA

You better do it soon, sweetheart. I don't want any trouble with her the day of the wedding. I want my wedding day to be perfect.

EXT. DISNEY WORLD -- DAY

Together, Tommy and Carrie go on the different amusements. Jeff and Brenda are close by, holding hands. The children continue to push each other. Carrie gets angry from one push, and punches Tommy in the arm.

TOMMY

(rubbing his arm)

Why'd you have to do that? We were just playing.

CARRIE

Yeah, but you didn't have to push so hard.

Carrie turns to Brenda and gives her a dirty look, and at one point sticks her tongue out. Tommy catches her.

TOMMY

Don't let Dad catch you doin' that.

Angry, Carrie shakes her fist at Tommy.

CARRIE

Why don't you mind your own business and leave me alone. You're just mad because I punched you.

Tommy follows his father and Brenda, who are walking to a food booth. A ten year old boy, who is eating an ice cream cone, mimics Carrie's fist shaking. Moments later, Carrie's LAUGHING as she runs to catch up to Tommy. The boy is CRYING as his ice cream cone is now sticking from his forehead.

INT. HOTEL ROOM -- NIGHT

Jeff and the children have a two bedroom suite, with Brenda's room right next door. Jeff pours Brenda a glass of wine. Brenda takes a sip of the wine and lays her glass down.

BRENDA

Well, did you get a chance to tell the children we're getting married?

Jeff fingers the rim of his glass.

JEFF

No, I want to do it tomorrow at breakfast while you're out shopping.

Brenda takes a potato chip from a bowl in front of her and holds it to her lips.

BRENDA

I want this wedding to be the year's best social event on the eastside. I don't want Carrie causing a scene on our day, sweetheart.

The children's bedroom door is slightly open. Tommy, who has been listening, glances over towards his sleeping sister.

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

It is early morning. Donna and Charlotte are in front of the house, ready to go in and start the cleaning and repair work. Donna looks discouraged. A tool box and cleaning materials are at their sides. Three car loads of YOUNG ADULTS and TEENAGERS arrive at the curb, followed by two pickup trucks loaded with supplies of wood, glass, and paint. Donna is astonished, and glances toward Charlotte for an answer. Charlotte smiles and holds Donna's hand.

CHARLOTTE

The Church just started up a youth group and I volunteered to be the director, so I thought this would be a good first service project for them. I hope you don't mind.

Donna smiles.

DONNA

I'd be crazy to mind.

The teenagers GREET THE WOMEN, AD LIB, as they pass them on their way into the house. Once the volunteers are inside, the two women follow them in.

SERIES OF SHOTS:

HIGHLIGHT THE CONDITION OF THE HOUSE, REPAIR AND CLEANING PROCESS. SOME SHOTS ARE COMIC WITH CLOUDS OF DUST ENGULFING EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE.

INT. HOTEL RESTAURANT -- DAY

Breakfast is half eaten when Carrie pushes her plate away.

CARRIE

How could you, Dad?! I don't believe you could do this to Mom.

Jeff goes to hold her hand across the table and Carrie quickly pulls it away.

JEFF

Your mother and I are divorced, Honey. I have to live my life and she'll live hers. Brenda will be like your second mother.

Carrie pushes her chair back and stands up. Her eyes highlight that she can not believe what she just heard.

CARRIE

Brenda will never be my mother! I hate her!

Carrie runs out of the room and into the lobby. Jeff and Tommy glance around at all the staring families. Tommy decides to go after her and finds her sitting on the sofa.

INT. LOBBY -- DAY

He sits down next to her on the sofa.

TOMMY

Carrie it might be fun. Look at all our friends who have two mothers. They seem happy. Yeah, look at Charlie Gallo, he loves his stepmother, and still loves his real Mom.

CARRIE

I'm not going to love her and she's not going to love me, or Dad. She's two faced.

INT. JET PLANE -- DAY

Flying over the ocean, Jeff is working with his lap top computer as his children are asleep next to him. Carrie's wallet drops to the floor and spills out it contents. Jeff picks them up and notices his wedding picture with Donna. He looks at it and releases a slight SIGH. Trying to act as if she is asleep, Carrie watches him with one eye. She motions as if she is waking up and her father quickly shoves the picture back into the wallet.

INT. WASHINGTON D.C. AIRPORT TERMINAL -- DAY

Jeff and the children exit the plane gate and look around the crowd for Donna. Tommy notices her and points.

TOMMY

There's Mom! Over there by the pay phones.

Jeff hugs Tommy and shakes his hand.

JEFF

Remember to listen to your Mother, and don't give her a hard time about moving to Virginia. You're gonna like living there. I did when I was in college.

Jeff goes to say good-bye to Carrie, but she walks away.

JEFF

You're still not talking to me, Carrie? You're not even gonna say good-bye?

Ten feet away, Carrie turns toward her father, but walks backward toward her mother.

JEFF

Good-bye Carrie. I'll call you.

Carrie dashes back to her father grabs hold of him. Tears are rolling down her cheek.

CARRIE

I love you, Daddy. I love you so much.

Jeff pushes her away slightly so that he can see her face.

JEFF

I love you too. I don't want you to be angry with me over this wedding. I want you to be happy.

CARRIE

I can't stay mad at you, Dad.

Jeff smiles

JEFF

You never give up. You better go to your mother. She'll think you got lost in the crowd.

As Carrie makes her way through, Jeff eyes Donna, who looks very attractive in her business suit. Their eyes meet. As Donna and the children walk through the terminal, Jeff watches them. His New York connection is announced, AD LIB. As his plane lifts off, Donna watches.

INT. SULLIVAN CAR -- DAY

Before the car starts, Carrie leans over the seat and gives Donna a hug and kiss on the cheek.

CARRIE

You look so pretty today, Mom. Are you going somewhere?

DONNA

Yes honey. I've got to go to work. But first, I have to drop you and your brother off at home with the babysitter.

CARRIE

Babysitter! I was hoping you would stay home today. Please Mom stay home. Your boss won't miss you one day.

DONNA

I can't honey. It's my first day at the new job. I want to make a good first impression. Besides, we can really use the money. I've asked the boss if I could go in late tomorrow, so that I can take you and Tommy to school in the morning.

CARRIE

Why can't we stay home the rest of the week?

Donna puts her seatbelt on and glances back to make sure the children have theirs on.

CARRIE

Come on Mom, can we stay home tomorrow? You can show us Forest Acres.

TOMMY

I don't wanna stay home. I wanna get started as soon as possible. They've got a really cool computer department.

DONNA

Your brother's right, honey.

Carrie shakes her fist at him, Tommy smiles.

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

The children stand next to each other, looking at the house. It has a completely different look, with its new paint job, fixed shutters, and window panes. Donna is very proud.

DONNA

So, what do you think? It's beautiful isn't it?

CARRIE

I'll tell you one thing, it's big.

TOMMY

It's old. The architecture looks like it was built before the Civil War.

Donna places her hands on his shoulders.

DONNA

I don't know when it was built. It could have been built last year for all I know. Let's go inside, I want you to see your rooms.

As they walk on the porch's wooden floor, Donna's foot breaks through the plank. She rolls her eyes.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

At the attic window, the old curtains close. Downstairs in the hallway, MRS ANDERSON, the babysitter, middle aged woman, built like a Marine drill instructor, and facial expression to match, meets the Sullivans. Carrie rolls her eyes at Tommy.

DONNA

Hi, Mrs. Anderson. I was just going to show the kids their new rooms.

Mrs. Anderson pulls Carrie by the shoulder.

MRS ANDERSON

That's alright, Mrs. Sullivan, I'll take the children around the place, you just go off to work.

DONNA

Are you sure?

MRS ANDERSON

Handling kids is my specialty.

Carrie turns her back on her.

CARRIE

(sotto)

This is one kid she's not gonna handle.

Donna takes Tommy to the side. She brushes his hair back with her hand.

DONNA

I want you to keep an eye on your sister. Try and play with her as much as possible over the next few weeks.

Tommy rolls his eyes.

TOMMY

Come on, Mom. You know how she is.

DONNA

At least keep an eye on her until she gets some new friends.

TOMMY

Alright.

DONNA

I knew I could count on you.

Donna says good-bye to Tommy and Carrie, AD LIB, then leaves. Mrs. Anderson watches Donna pull away in the car, then turns around toward Tommy and Carrie.

MRS ANDERSON

I'm gonna tell you both once, and only once, I'm not here to be your maid, I'm only here to make sure you do the right thing.

MRS ANDERSON

No rough housing, no raiding the refrigerator, no television, and no playing music. I like it quiet when I'm watching my soaps.

She points to the children's luggage.

MRS ANDERSON

Now get those bags upstairs before I make you do fifty. Now! Get moving!

In the family room, Mrs. Anderson is setting up a lunch tray in front of the television. In the kitchen, unknown to the woman, Carrie is putting something into Mrs. Anderson's sandwich. The babysitter takes her lunch to the television. As Carrie watches, Mrs. Anderson looks at her watch, then turns on the television to a soap opera. The woman unwittingly puts her sandwich close to her mouth. A worm sticks its head from between the bread slices. The sandwich is only an inch away from Mrs. Anderson's mouth as she continues to stare at the television. Carrie takes something from a bag in the hallway. Mrs. Anderson pulls her sandwich away from her mouth in reaction to something on the soap. She takes a big bite out of it, and MAKES A SOUND that she likes it. Carrie's laughing to herself. Mrs. Anderson's about to take another bite when half of a worm falls on her tray. She jumps up SCREAMING, and runs into the hallway. Carrie shoves a snake into her face. The woman locks herself in the bathroom. When Donna arrives home, Mrs. Anderson rushes past her out the door.

MRS ANDERSON

Let me out of this house!

DONNA

What about tomorrow?

Mrs. Anderson's in a trot down the street.

MRS ANDERSON

You don't need a babysitter! You need a zoo keeper!

Donna turns toward a LAUGHING Carrie.

DONNA

What'd you do to that poor woman? Now she's doesn't want to come back.

Donna turns her back and watches Mrs. Anderson. Carrie does a slight victory dance, and Donna catches her.

DONNA

Go to your room.

CARRIE

It's not fair. I didn't tell her to leave like that.

DONNA

Get!

INT. GRAMMAR SCHOOL -- DAY

Beginning of the school day. The hallway is crowded with children, parents, and teachers. Dressed for work, Donna kisses Carrie and Tommy good-bye and exits the school building. Moose, the school bully, and his friend, BILLY, are watching the scene. Billy pushes Tommy into Moose. Moose grabs Tommy by the collar, knocking his glasses to the floor.

MOOSE

Who do you think you are pushing into me?

TOMMY

(nervous)

I...I didn't do it on purpose. Someone banged into me.

BILLY

Ya gonna take that from a nerd?

Billy shakes his head.

BILLY

This is not like you Moose.

Moose pulls Tommy close and lifts him off the floor.

MOOSE

You talk funny. Where ya from, nerd?

Carrie moves through the crowd and pulls her brother from Moose, then hands Tommy back his glasses.

CARRIE

Leave my brother alone! He didn't do anything to you.

Billy's eyes go wide.

BILLY

You know who you're talking to, girl?

Moose goes to grab Tommy's collar and Carrie SLAPS his hand. A HUSH sweeps the hallway.

CARRIE

I don't care who I'm talking to. You don't mess with my brother.

Moose LAUGHS. Billy follows suit. Carrie holds her ground and Tommy hides behind her.

CARRIE

Go start with someone else.

MOOSE

Don't this beat it all. This four eyed clown has to be protected by his little sister.

BILLY

Break his face for him.

Moose raises his hand to cut off Billy from talking. He points at Tommy.

MOOSE

Listen ya little mouse turd! Your mother and little sister ain't gonna be around all the time to help ya.

Moose then points to Carrie. Carrie SLAPS his hand away.

CARRIE

Develop some manners.

Moose smiles and shakes his head in disbelief.

MOOSE

Listen, sweetheart. You're lucky you're a girl. But next time, I won't be so nice. I don't like people making a fool out of me in front of my friends.

CARRIE

Don't blame that on me. You were a fool before I met you. I'm sure your friends know that.

Billy CHUCKLES and Moose gives him a dirty look. He starts to walk away, then turns around to Carrie and Tommy.

MOOSE

I'm gonna be looking for you two.

Carrie shakes her whole body as if she is afraid.

BILLY

Why'd ya let that girl do that, Moose? Everyone's gonna talk how you backed down from a girl.

Moose smiles at Billy.

MOOSE

This is just the beginning between us. I'm gonna have them beggin' for mercy.

BILLY

I think ya shoulda done it when everyone was looking. This is not good for our rep.

Moose shoves Billy against the wall, and walks away alone.

INT. MARINO BUSINESS SYSTEMS -- DAY

It is a modern computer office. Terminals are set up in the many office cubicles. Donna Sullivan is hard at work at her terminal. Piles of computer manuals are on the desk next to her along with a case of beautiful flowers. Pictures of Tommy and Carrie are near by. She leans over to smell the flowers then gets back to work. ROBERT FOX, 60, black, bald with neatly trimmed hair on the sides, thin mustache, clad in a business suit, passes by Donna's cubicle. Donna notices him and calls him over.

DONNA

Mr. Fox.

He enters with a big smile and points at the flowers.

FOX

I can see you received our welcoming gift. I hope you like them.

Donna smells then again and fingers a flower.

DONNA

I love them. They're so beautiful.

FOX

I'm glad you like em'.

Mr. Fox sits on the edge of the desk.

FOX

I just got off the phone with your former boss, Mr. Stewart. He said nothing but great things about you and your work.

Fox CHUCKLES.

FOX

In fact, he said he did everything in his power to keep you there.

DONNA

Yes, Mr. Stewart was a great boss. I couldn't have been happier there.

Donna presses the enter key on her computer.

DONNA

I was happy there, but I wanted to move back to Virginia.

FOX

The way you've been pounding out on that terminal of yours, I can see New York lost a great resource.

DONNA

Thank you.

Donna smells her flowers.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

CARRIE BRINGS A FIELD MOUSE INTO THE HOUSE IN A SHOE BOX, AND SHOWS THE NEW BABYSITTER. THE WOMAN JUMPS ON THE KITCHEN TABLE TO GET AWAY FROM IT. CARRIE PICKS UP THE SMALL ANIMAL BY THE TAIL AND BRINGS IT CLOSE TO THE WOMAN. WHEN DONNA RETURNS FROM WORK, THE BABYSITTER RUNS OUT. CARRIE DOES HER VICTORY DANCE AND IS SENT TO HER ROOM. ANOTHER BABYSITTER, WHO LOOKS LIKE A WITCH, CHASES CARRIE WITH A BROOM. THEY GO OFF THE SCENE AND RETURN WITH CARRIE CHASING THE BABYSITTER WITH THE BROOM.

The fourth babysitter, PAM, a teenage high school girl, is talking on the phone in the family room. Carrie enters the room in a panic.

CARRIE

Come quick! Come quick!

The girl puts the phone down and runs out into the hallway. Tommy is watching from the kitchen. Carrie sneaks back into the family room and sticks a huge wad of gum on the ear piece of the phone. Pam reenters as Carrie hides behind the sofa.

PAM

I don't know what...

She pulls the phone away and the gum is attached to her hair. She SCREAMS. Donna returns home and Pam shoves ten dollars into Donna's hand.

PAM

Take this money and please don't ever call me again.

Pam runs out the door. Donna CALLS OUT.

DONNA

Carrie, get to your room.

Tommy meets Carrie at the top of the stairs.

TOMMY

I know what you're trying to do, and so does Mom.

Carrie makes a face and moves her head from side to side.

TOMMY

Well, it's not going to work. Mom has a plan.

Carrie pushes him as she enters her room.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

The large country kitchen is done in with simple but quaint furnishings. The PHONE RINGS and Carrie and Tommy race from the family room to get it. Tommy trips and his glasses fall to the floor. As he picks them up, Carrie answers the phone.

CARRIE

Sullivan's truck stop. You got the money, we got the mush.

JEFF

Carrie honey, can you hold on?

Carrie covers the mouth piece and turns towards Tommy.

CARRIE

It's Dad!

INT. JEFF'S WORK OFFICE -- DAY

Jeff's office is neat, yet there are stacks of papers and computer listings everywhere. Jeff's sitting at the desk holding the phone with one hand and an office memo in the other. An EMPLOYEE enters, and hands Jeff a report.

EMPLOYEE

Can you sign this report for me, Jeff. Mr. Cunningham's waiting for it.

Jeff flips a few pages then signs it.

JEFF

Did you fix those spelling words?

The employee smiles and closes the door as he leaves.

JEFF

Thank you for waiting Carrie. I'm very busy today. I've been working very hard.

Jeff takes a sip from his coffee mug, labeled 'World's Best Dad.'

JEFF

I have to talk to you about something very important, honey. Let me say everything before you cut in.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

Carrie's smile turns to a frown as she listens to her father over the phone. She sits down.

CARRIE

You've moved the wedding day to Columbus Day! Why? You can't do that. Columbus Day is only a month away.

Carrie's eyes begin to fill with tears.

CARRIE

Dad, why are you letting Brenda do this? Don't you have a say in this? What, are you afraid of her?

She snaps a pencil that was laying on the table.

CARRIE

I want to see you before then. Can you come visit us this weekend? Please!

JEFF

I can't, honey. Not this weekend.

CARRIE

Then can Tommy and me go up to visit you in New York? We won't be any trouble. You won't even know we're there.

JEFF

Brenda and I will be very busy.

CARRIE

What do you mean you're going to be busy with Brenda? We're you're children. I don't believe you, Dad!

Carrie throws the phone, runs out the back door, and into the yard. Tommy picks up the phone.

TOMMY

Dad...Dad? Are you still there?

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

The Wilson backyard borders the state park. Carrie walks behind the old carriage house and sees a young deer. She inches toward the animal.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

The old worn curtains move away as if someone is looking down at her.

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

CARRIE

Are you lost little deer? I'll help you find your parents.

The deer runs off into the woods and Carrie follows. She tries to keep up, but slips while crossing the stream and falls into the mud.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

In the family room Tommy is changing the channels on the television when he comes to a channel showing black bears. There's an interview with Ben Hill.

BEN HILL

During the summer months, park bears develop some bad habits with the help of our tourists, maybe even some of our own town's people.

(pause)

People spoil the animals by feeding them scrapes from the table or picnic baskets. Now the bears want more and they won't take no for an answer. They'll do anything to get it. Even steal from garbage cans.

INTERVIEWER

Ben, are these bears dangerous to the public? Are they something we should be afraid of?

BEN HILL

Normally, bears are more afraid of people, then you are afraid of them. They won't bother you unless they feel threatened or think their young are threatened. They're extremely protective of their young.

Donna comes in from work. As the television interview continues. Tommy speaks to his mother. The television shows garbage left on a picnic table and a bear rummaging through it. A cub is at it's side.

TOMMY

Did you ask your boss about your plan?

Donna lays her briefcse down, and Tommy turns the television low.

DONNA

He likes the idea. He said he was going to recommend it himself.

Donna kicks off her shoes and rubs her feet.

DONNA

Where's Carrie? Is she out playing?

TOMMY

She went out back, about two hours ago. Dad and her had a disagreement. It really upset her.

DONNA

Two hours? She could be lost in those woods!

Tommy glances at the television which is still showing the bears.

EXT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

Near the face of the woods, Donna and Tommy are CALLING OUT TO CARRIE, AD LIB. Mrs. Berger sticks her head out from her back window.

MRS BERGER

Stop the yelling before I call the police.

Carrie exits the woods, covered in mud.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

In the kitchen Donna is on the phone, arguing with Jeff.

DONNA

Why can't you see past your own nose? You know how this child feels about your relationship with Brenda!

JEFF

My getting married is not selfish. Getting remarried happens everyday.

DONNA

You know I'm not talking about you getting remarried. It's your lack of understanding about how she feels. She's just a kid!

Up at the top of the stairs, Carrie is listening to her parents argue about who's fault everything is, AD LIB. The young girl hates to hear her parents argue and you can see it on her face. She hears her mother hang up the phone. When she thinks her mother is coming up the stairs, Carrie backs up into a door, and a skeleton key falls from a door ledge. After realizing that no one is coming up the stairs, she tries the key on the door, and finds it to be an empty closet. she tries another door, and finds the stairs to the attic. She climbs slowly through the layers of cob webs. She sees a spider and tries to pick it up, but the insect runs into a hole.

INT. WILSON HOUSE -- DAY

In the kitchen, Donna is sitting on a chair when Tommy comes up behind her and hugs her.

TOMMY

It's okay, Mom. Things will settle down with Dad once the wedding's over.

Donna hugs Tommy's hand and pulls him in front of her.

DONNA

I have a surprise for you, young man. I can tell you my plan.

(pause)

We're getting a computer installed tomorrow in the family room.

Tommy's face turns to all smiles.

DONNA

My boss is giving me one at home, so I can do a lot of my work here. This way I can be home with you and Carrie more.

TOMMY

I can use it right?!

DONNA

Only if I'm not using it for work.

INT. WILSON ATTIC -- DAY

Carrie is walking around the attic which is filled with antique furniture and novelties. She is sad. She picks up a porcelain doll, and hugs it.

CARRIE

I wish you were a real friend. Then at least I would have a friend.

She brushes the dust off the dress.

CARRIE

We could talk. Tell each other our problems.

She wipes a smudge from the doll's face.

CARRIE

I wish you could understand about parents and divorce. About brothers, and school, and things like that.

(pause)

It so hard being a kid. No one really understands you.

She takes the doll and walks around looking around at everything. She hears a noise downstairs, lays the doll on a chair and walks to the top of the stairs and looks down. Suddenly, she hears her NAME BEING CALLED, AD LIB, from a corner of the attic. She walks over to where the elderly voice came from. She is standing before an old painting of two elderly men, and a small black and white spotted dog, sitting on a 19th century sofa. Confused, she walks back to the stairs. Again her NAME IS CALLED, AD LIB. She returns to the painting. Suddenly, the dog BARKS and wags its tail. Carrie jumps back and falls into a chair. GEORGE WILSON, grey hair and long mustache, stands up in front of their sofa.

GEORGE

Don't be afraid. We're here to help you. I'm George Wilson and this is my brother Ulysses.

He opens his hand toward ULYSSES, a tall, lanky, bald man, with a long beard. Carrie pinches herself repeatedly. Her eyes are open as wide as they go.

CARRIE

(sotto)

This can't be happening. This isn't real.

GEORGE

We're ghosts, but we're not here to scare you, Carrie. We want to be your friend.

Carrie shakes her head as Ulysses pulls on his beard. The dog continues to wag her tail. She BARKS, and Carrie jumps back in her seat

GEORGE

Oh, I'm sorry. This is our dog, Happy. She's the brains of this outfit, and the one who keeps us in line.

Carrie slowly inches forward on her chair.

CARRIE

Wilson. You're the people this house was named after.

George gives a warm smile.

GEORGE

Yes, that's us. Our father built this place in 1845, with the help of his family.

Ulysses is silent, but continues to pull of his long beard. Happy continues to wag her tail.

CARRIE

I can't believe this is happening. I must be dreaming.

George CHUCKLES.

GEORGE

It's true. We're ghosts

(pause)

We're stuck in this house.

Carrie stands up and moves closer to the painting.

CARRIE

Why are you talking to me and not the rest of my family.

GEORGE

We want to help you. Your parents.

Carrie makes a facial expression like she is shocked.

CARRIE

How do you know what's going on?

GEORGE

We saw and heard everything. Our father made a strong house, but he didn't make the walls too thick. He always wanted to hear if our ma was calling for him.

Downstairs, Donna CALLS UP TO CARRIE, AD LIB.

CARRIE

I can't stay. My turn for the television is now. My mother's probably wondering what I'm up to.

Moments later, Carrie's smiling, as she runs downstairs, holding a small wooden box in her hands.

 
 
THE  END  OF  ACT  I
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