4th Revision 2009 Rico Alago



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A Father's Forgiveness

Written by

Rico Alago

4th Revision

© 2009 Rico Alago

ricoalago@comcast.net

All rights reserved

VICTOR - Hispanic male shop keeper, forty five.
ALEX - Young child about four. Could be boy or girl.
CHARLIE - Caucasian Male, seventy five.
Young EMMA - Caucasian ten to twelve.
Adult EMMA - Caucasian Thirty five.
BLACK

FADE IN. EXT. -DAY.

(Tune) Overlay titles. Slowly ZOOM-IN on the road to Lake City, GA.
In front of a small country store, Alex plays in the middle of the road.
VICTOR (O.S.)

Alex! Get off the road!


Alex turns around and runs towards the store and approaches Victor.
ALEX

Why daddy? Why can't I play on the road?

No cars are coming.
With a firm tone of voice and a stern look on his face.
VICTOR

I already told you. It is dangerous to play on the road.

You have to learn to obey and do what you are told.

I know what's best for you.


Alex looks down.

ALEX


OK, Daddy. I won't play on the road no more
In a softer tone of voice.
VICTOR

Good. Now, go play outback.


Alex runs away from Victor. Victor looks in Alex's direction until Alex disappears around the building. Victor turns and enters the store.
CUT TO
INT. STORE - DAY

Charlie is waiting at the counter with some articles. He is shaking his head from side to side as Victor enters.

CHARLIE

That's the problem with kids...They never listen.


VICTOR

Don't be such a sour-pus Charlie.

Have you forgotten your childhood?
CHARLIE

Nope. But back then, that road was a horse trail.

Sometimes I wish it still was.
VICTOR

I know what you mean.

Ever since they built that road to get to the mines,

things have changed in this town.


CHARLIE

And to make things worse, now they have increased the speed limit.

It isn't safe to cross that road anymore.
VICTOR

My Emma would have fought the city council

to keep that from happening.
CHARLIE

Yea...


She sure loved running that trail.

I remember it, like it was yesterday...


FLASHBACK

EXT. -DAY

Young Emma running through a country trail, passes a chicken farm.
CHARLIE (V.O)

When she was just a little girl,

she would run from old man Carson's house

to the chicken farm and back.

She ran like a gazelle.

BACK TO THE PRESENT

A smile comes over Victor's face. Victor gazes at the door lost in thought.
VICTOR

That was my Emma alright. She ran 'til the day she died...


FLASHBACK

EXT. - DAY

Adult Emma, running on the road.

As she runs, she gets struck by a car that continues down the road. She falls to the side of the road.


BACK TO THE PRESENT

Victor is snapped out of his gaze by Charlie's voice.


CHARLIE

Victor, we all loved Emma very much, but...

You should be thinking about getting that child of yours a new mom.
VICTOR

I don't know Charlie.

Sometimes I think this is all a dream and...

One day I'll wake up, she will walk right through that door

and into my arms, like she used to.
CHARLIE

Well. Wake-up to reality my friend.

Knowing your wife as I did,

I don't think she would approve of you being alone.


VICTOR

I know old friend. I know. It's just...

FADE
EXT. - BACK OF THE STORE - DAY.
Alex is playing with a soccer ball.

Alex kicks the ball hard and it goes pass the makeshift goal, and the building.


CUT TO

EXT. THE ROAD. - DAY

A truck is speeding down the road.
INT. CAB OF THE TRUCK. - DAY

The soccer ball runs across the road. The driver hits the breaks.


CUT TO
INT. STORE - DAY

Almost all of Charlie's merchandise is bagged. Victor is placing the last item in the bag. .

VICTOR

Alex likes to help around, some times...


(O.S.) A loud screeching sound is heard. The two men look at each other.
VICTOR and CHARLIE

Alex!
CHARLIE

Go! Go!

Victor runs out the door. Charlie follows at a slow hurried pace, walking with a cane.


FADE
EXT.THE ROAD - DAY

Victor is approaching the truck. The driver is stepping out of the truck and leaves the door open.


DRIVER

He jumped in front me! I tried to stop!

I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Oh! God! Oh! God! please...
Victor continues to the other side of the truck, followed by the driver.
ALEX (O.S.)

Daddy! Daddy!


Victor reaches the other side and looks down.
VICTOR

Alex!
Behind the truck's front tire lies Alex in a pool of blood. His abdomen crushed.

Victor immediately kneels and tries to pick up Alex.
ALEX

It hurts Daddy! It hurts!


Crying.
VICTOR

I know baby. I know. Daddy is here.


Victor cradles Alex.
DRIVER (O.S.)

I'll call for help!


The driver's legs moves out of the shot.

VICTOR


Why Alex? Why?
Sobbing and shaking, uncontrollably.

ALEX


I'm sorry Daddy. My ball ran onto the road.

Please Daddy, Please forgive me, please.


VICTOR

I forgive you. I forgive you.


Alex's voice is now barely a whisper.
ALEX

Good by Daddy. I love you.


Alex smiles, stares at Victor, stop breathing and body goes limb.

Victor closes Alex's eyes, hugs the child and cries.


{tune) slowly ZOOM-OUT higher and higher.

Charlie is standing behind victor.

The truck driver is standing on the side of the driver's door speaking onto a cell phone.
Overlay credits.
FADE OUT

BLACK




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