DARK OF THE MOON

An Original Screenplay
By

Josh Becker
&
Scott Spiegel

June 6, 1987
Copyright (c)1987

EXT. LONE LAKE - DAY

Lone Lake is a small body of water.  A full moon sits in the daylight sky above the lake.  It is surrounded by thick woods, an old residential section, a beach and a clubhouse.  It is a pleasant, quiet, atmospheric community.

EXT. CLUBHOUSE - DAY

The clubhouse is a square wooden building with a cement deck.  Sitting alone in a big wooden chair is an old man wearing a skipper's cap.  He is silhouetted against the water.

EXT. DOWNTOWN LONE LAKE - DAY

The downtown area of Lone Lake is simply a row of stores, a gas station and a school.

EXT. LONE LAKE BARBER SHOP - DAY

The barber pole swirls.  Through the front window we can see two bored barbers reading the newspaper with the TV on.

EXT. IGA GROCERY STORE - DAY

IGA Grocery is a small store.  A stockboy carries an old woman's groceries to her car.

EXT. ED DOWNING'S DRUG STORE - DAY

A large mortar and pestle sit in the window of the drug store collecting dust.

EXT. VILLAGE SNACK SHOP - DAY

Many kid's bicycles block the entrance.  A mailman with an ice cream cone has difficulty getting out.

EXT. LONE LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY

Lone Lake Elementary School is an old brick building with many trees shading it.  The school bell rings and children come streaming out the doors.  They carry lunch boxes and school books.

At the crosswalk in front of the school a crossing guard holding a stop sign halts traffic.  The children cross the street.

EXT. IGA GROCERY STORE - DAY

A little girl, followed by two little boys break away from the group.  She is JESSICA STRAND, a pretty, five and a half year old with long dark hair that forms a widow's peak at her hairline.  She carries a Barbie lunchbox.

The boys are JIMMY and STEVIE.  They are both six years old.  Jimmy has black hair and Stevie is fat.  They both have baseball mitts.  They are teasing Jessica.

                                                                 JIMMY
                                Your mother's crazy!

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Defiantly)
                                No she's not.

                                                                 STEVIE
                                Yeah she is.  She's a looneytune.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Leave me alone.

Jessica tries to walk away but they follow her.

Standing nearby is BRIAN CUMMINGS, a lanky, six year old with blond hair.  He carries a "Six Million Dollar Man" lunchbox.  He has a baseball and a mitt.

Brian sees Jimmy and Stevie teasing Jessica.  He takes the baseball out of the mitt and throws it at them.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                                           (Hollering)
                                Catch!

Jimmy and Stevie are caught off guard.  They turn too late, miss the ball and have to run for it.  Brian runs up to Jessica.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Hi, Jessica.

Jessica smiles.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Hi, Brian.  Wanna come over and
                                play?

Jimmy and Stevie return with the ball and toss it to Brian.

                                                                 JIMMY
                                Come on, lets go play catch.

Brian looks at Jessica, then back to Jimmy and Stevie.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Maybe later.

Jimmy and Stevie start to leave.

                                                                 STEVIE
                                Fag!

                                                                 JIMMY
                                Pussy!

As they walk away they chant.

                                                                 JIMMY & STEVIE
                                Brian and Jessica/ sitting in a tree/
                                K-I-S-S-I-N-G/ First comes love/
                                Then comes marriage/ Then comes
                                Brian with a baby carriage...

Jessica goes over to the gumball machines in front of the store.  She has pennies in her hand.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Wanna a piece of gum?

Brian follows her.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Sure.

Jessica gets them both gumballs.  They put them in their mouths and chew.  Brian points at the quarter machine with the neat toys inside.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                I've put in a million quarters trying
                                to get that lighter.  Which one do you
                                want?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                The super ball.

Brian takes a quarter out of his pocket.

He puts in the quarter and turns the knob.  Brian looks at Jessica in suspense.  He opens the door and the plastic capsule drops into his hand.  It is the super ball.  Jessica's eyes light up.  Brian smiles and hands her the capsule.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Here.

Jessica is really happy.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Thanks.  I'll call it... I know, Alexander
                                Graham Ball.

Brian laughs.  Jessica smiles.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Wanna see my secret hiding place?

Brian looks down at his baseball and mitt, then up to Jessica and smiles.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Uh... Sure.

Jessica grins and they leave.

EXT. LONE LAKE - DAY

Jessica and Brian walks past the glimmering lake.  Seagulls circle above the water, cawing and swooping down.

EXT. TREE LINED STREET - DAY

Jessica and Brian walk up a tree-lined street.  Jessica bounces the superball and it flies high into the air.  Brian catches it.

EXT. BUTTRAM'S HOUSE - DAY

They pass a house that only has half of the cedar siding up.  A man is out in front watering his lawn.  He is RANDY BUTTRAM.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Hey, Mr. Buttram!  When are you
                                gonna finish putting up your siding?

                                                                 RANDY
                                Mind your own business.

Jessica and Brian both giggle.  They keep walking.

EXT. CUMMINGS' HOUSE - DAY

They walk past Brian's house.  His mother, MRS. CUMMINGS, a thin, blonde woman, works in her garden.  She looks up as the kids pass.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Brian, make sure you're in by five o'clock
                                for dinner.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Yes, mom.

                                                                 MRS. CUMMINGS
                                Hello, Jessica.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Hi, Mrs. Cummings.

EXT. STRAND HOUSE - DAY

Next door to the Cummings' house is Jessica's house.  It is an old red Tudor house with large bay windows and three stories.  Beyond the Strand house is woods.  The street ends right there in a cul-de-sac.

The curtains in the front window are pulled aside.  A face appears in the window looking at the two kids.

Jessica and Brian cut across the lawn toward the backyard.

EXT. BACK YARD - DAY

Separating the houses is a thick line of hedges.  Behind the house is a tall wooden fence.  The two kids go to where the hedges meet the fence.  Jessica gets down on her hands and knees.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                This is it.  Come on.

Jessica crawls under the hedges. Brian follows her.

INT. HIDING PLACE - DAY

The two kids crawl through a pathway under the hedges.  They arrive at an open area under the hedges that's like the inside of an igloo.  Sunlight streams through the foliage in thin little beams.  Brian looks around. Jessica has a little house set up.  A box is set as a table.  It has a table cloth and plastic cups and dishes on it.  Several dolls lie around.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Cool.  I live right next door and I
                                never knew this place was here.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I found it a long time ago when I
                                was just a kid.  Nobody knows about
                                this place...but you.

Jessica bends over and kisses Brian on the cheek.  Brian recoils and wipes his cheek.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                What's wrong with you?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I like you.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Big Deal!
                                                           (Excitedly)
                                Ya know what, there's gonna be a
                                'clipse tonight.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Interested)
                                Wow!  What's a 'clipse?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                It's when the moon goes away.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Where does it go?

                                                                 BRIAN
                                I don't know, it just goes away.  But I'm
                                gonna watch it with my binoculars.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Disappointed)
                                I don't have any binoculars.
                                                           (Brightening)
                                I have a magnifying glass.

Brian rolls his eyes.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                That's no good, that's just for burning
                                bugs.  You've gotta have binoculars or
                                a telescope...

Suddenly they hear Jessica's mother's voice.  She yells in a strident, desperate tone.

                                                                 JESSICA'S MOTHER (O.S.)
                                Jessica!  Where are you?  Get in this house
                                now!

Jessica looks sadly at Brian.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I gotta go in now.  Thanks for Alexander
                                Graham Ball.

Brian smiles.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                That's okay.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Wanna come here tomorrow?

Brian touches his cheek where she kissed him.

                                                                 BRIAN
                                Okay... 'Bye, Jessica.

Jessica leaves and goes into the house.

INT. STRAND HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

Jessica enters through the back door.  She looks around the kitchen but her Mother is nowhere to be seen.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I'm home, mom.

Jessica puts her lunchbox on the counter and goes to the cookie jar.  She takes out three Oreos.  Jessica opens the refrigerator, takes out a bottle of milk, shuts the door -- and there stands her Mother, MELANIE.  She is a slim, attractive brunette with dark circles under her eyes.  Jessica is startled.

Melanie takes the milk out of Jessica's hand and puts it back in the refrigerator.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                I thought I told you that I didn't want
                                you talking to that wicked boy!

She slams the refrigerator door shut.  Melanie snatches the cookies from Jessica's hand.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                How many times must I tell you the
                                same thing?

Melanie puts the cookies back in the jar.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                Now go to your room!

Jessica solemnly does as she's told.

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - DAY

Her room is filled with blue child size furniture, Dr. Suess books on the shelf and a collection of wind-up toys on the dresser: Felix The Cat, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.  She also has a Barbie's doll house with all the accessories.  On the headboard of her bed sits a Raggedy Andy doll.

Jessica goes to the window and looks out.  Brian is playing catch with Jimmy and Stevie in his yard next door.

Brian looks up and sees Jessica at the window.  He smiles and waves.  Jessica waves back.  Brian goes back to playing catch.

Jessica sits down on her bed, her hands folded in her lap.  Tears stream down her cheeks as she sits all by herself.

The voices of the playing children grows distant and indistinct.

Jessica's lifeless toys sit all around her and seem to be staring at her.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - DUSK

Jessica's bedroom door opens and there stands her Father, JONATHAN STRAND.  He is a tall, muscular, dark-haired man of thirty-five.  He smokes an old wooden pipe and smiles at his daughter.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                What's new, pussycat?

Jessica jumps up with joy and runs to her Father.  She sings the next verse of the song, "What's New, Pussycat?"

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Singing)
                                Woh-oh-oh-oh-oh...

They hug and kiss.  Jonathan picks her up and sits down on the bed.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                How come you're in your room?

Jessica looks down at the floor.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Mommy sent me here.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Why?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                'Cause she saw me talking to Brian.

Jonathan doesn't understand.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                What's wrong with that?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                She said I can't talk to him.  She said
                                he's wicked.

Jonathan shakes his head and frowns.  He holds Jessica closer.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                There is nothing wrong with you talking
                                to Brian.  And he's certainly not wicked.
                                You just don't let your Mother see.

Jessica looks worried.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Daddy, what's wrong with Mommy?  Did
                                I do something wrong?

Jonathan shakes his head and shrugs.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Of course not, pussycat.  Your mother's
                                just tired lately.  She'll get over it.

Jessica reaches into her pocket and takes out the super ball.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Look what Brian gave me.

Jonathan takes the super ball and looks at it.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                It's beautiful.

He gives it a bounce and catches it.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                And it works, too.

He hands it back to Jessica.  She puts it in her pocket.  Jonathan takes Jessica's hand.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Come on, pumpkin, let's go have dinner.

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

A serving spoon dumps peas onto a plate.  Then another spoonful, then another...

Jonathan and Jessica sit at the kitchen table.  They watch in silence as Melanie literally fills Jessica's plate with peas.

Melanie looks suspiciously at her husband and daughter, then sits down at the table.

Now they all sit in silence.  There is only the sound of silverware on the plates and chewing.  Jessica picks at her food.

Suddenly Melanie drops the dish of peas on the floor where it shatters.  Jonathan and Jessica jump.  They look at Melanie in bewilderment.

Melanie looks at them both and smiles.

EXT. STRAND HOUSE - NIGHT

The full moon shines brightly in the sky.  It casts sharp shadows of the trees against the front of the house.

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jessica tosses and turns in her bed.  She is having a nightmare.  Her covers are in a pile on the floor beside the bed.

Suddenly her mattress gives way like a trap door and she is plummeted into a black void.  Our view follows her into the void...

INT. CELLAR - NIGHT

...Our view pulls out of the black void which is Jessica's open mouth.  Jessica lays on a large marble slab.  Many tall, dark, hooded figures crowd around her.  They chant an unholy tune.

Two of the hooded figures step apart revealing a large black statue of a winged creature with a fly's head.  It turns it's head and looks at her.

Jessica's mouth is open but no scream comes out.

A hand moves down toward her face and the thumb is red -- blood red.

Then a red velvet robe moves close to her face.  Something gold on a chain swings near her eyes, back and forth.

Jessica's hand is taken in a larger hand.  One of the hooded figures moves down to her and it has Raggedy Andy's face.  It takes a curved silver dagger, puts it against Jessica's palm and cuts her.

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jessica gasps and opens her eyes.  She is in her bedroom and everything is all right.  Just then Raggedy Andy falls onto her face from the headboard above.  Jessica flings it to the floor and bursts into tears.

INT. PARENT'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

The room is dark.  Jessica's parents lie in bed.  Jonathan sits up in bed and can hear Jessica whimpering.  He looks over at Melanie who is sleeping, then he gets out of bed.  He puts on his robe and slippers and leaves the room.

Melanie's eyes open.  She watches Jonathan leave the room.

INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT

Jonathan walks up the hallway.  He opens Jessica's bedroom door and looks in.

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jonathan enters the bedroom, sees the Raggedy Andy on the floor and picks it up.  He steps over to the bed, picks up the sheet and blanket and covers his daughter.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                                           (Soothingly)
                                Shhhh, it's all right, baby, Daddy's here.
                                It was just a nightmare.

Jonathan holds out the Raggedy Andy to Jessica.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Your doll was on the floor.

Jessica pushes it away.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I don't like that doll.

Jonathan looks at Raggedy Andy and frowns.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                I don't like him, either.

Jonathan gives the doll a mighty punch in the face sending it sailing across the room.  Jessica smiles.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I love you, Daddy.  I love you more
                                than anyone in the whole world.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                I love you more than anyone in the
                                whole world, too, pussycat.  Now go
                                back to sleep.

He tucks her in and gives her a kiss, then leaves.  Jessica closes her eyes.

INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT

Jonathan leaves Jessica's bedroom door open a crack, then goes down the stairs.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Jonathan crosses the darkened living room and goes into the kitchen.

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

As Jonathan enters the kitchen he takes a key from his robe pocket and unlocks the cellar door.  He goes in and locks the door behind him.

INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT

Melanie steps out of her bedroom fully dressed.  She is wearing an overcoat.  In her hand is a small coat and a suitcase.  She walks quietly up the hall to Jessica's room.  She sets the suitcase down and enters.

INT. JESSICA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Melanie goes to Jessica and wakes her.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                                           (Whispering)
                                Get up, Jessica, we're getting out
                                of here.

Jessica answers in a loud, sleepy voice.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Where are we going?

                                                                 MELANIE
                                                           (Whispering)
                                Shhh.  Put this on.

Melanie puts Jessica's coat on her, picks her up and takes her out of the room.  She leaves the suitcase sitting in the hall.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Melanie comes down the steps holding Jessica.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Is daddy coming?

                                                                 MELANIE
                                                           (Desperately)
                                Be quiet!

She looks into the kitchen to the closed cellar door.  She turns and comes face to face with Jonathan.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Where are you going?

                                                                 MELANIE
                                                           (Frightened)
                                I'm leaving you and taking Jessica.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                No you're not.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                We're never coming back to this place.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                You want to leave, then leave.  But you're
                                not taking my daughter.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                Go to hell!

Jessica begins squirming in Melanie's arms.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I don't want to go anywhere!

Melanie puts Jessica down.  Jonathan steps over to her.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                Come on, baby, let's go back to bed.

Jonathan puts his arm around Jessica and leads her toward the stairs.

Suddenly Melanie appears behind him wielding a blunt heavy candlestick.  She clubs Jonathan over the head as hard as she can.  Once.  Twice.  Three times.

Jessica screams bloody murder.

Jonathan drops to the floor.  Blood gushing from his head.

Melanie drops the bloody candlestick.  She steps over Jonathan's convulsing body and grabs Jessica.

Jessica is kicking and screaming as Melanie drags her to the front door.

EXT. STRAND HOUSE - NIGHT

Jessica is screaming as loud as she can as Melanie pulls her out the front door.  The full moon is beginning to eclipse in the sky above.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                You killed Daddy!

                                                                 MELANIE
                                I hope I did!  It's for your own good.

Melanie puts Jessica into the car and drives away quickly.

EXT. CUMMINGS' HOUSE - NIGHT

In an upstairs window Brian can be seen with a pair of binoculars.  He watches the car drive quickly up the block.

INT. AUTOMOBILE - NIGHT

Melanie drives the car very fast with a frantic look in her eyes.  Jessica sits in the passenger seat shrieking.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                You killed him!  I hate you!  I hate you!!

Melanie hauls off and smacks Jessica face hard.  Melanie screams as loud as she can.

                                                                 MELANIE
                                SHUT UP!!!!

EXT. HIGHWAY - DAWN

As the car speeds up the highway the sun begins to rise.

EXT. CLARKSTON CATHOLIC CHURCH - MORNING

It is a very ornate Catholic church.  Many cars are parked in the lot.  Sunday morning mass is in session.

Melanie's car pulls into the parking lot and screeches to a stop.  She gets out of the car hauling Jessica behind her.  They go into the church.

INT. CHURCH - DAY

About one hundred people sit in the pews.  An old lady begins to play the organ and they all rise to their feet.  Sunlight streams through the colorful stained glass windows.

Melanie, dragging Jessica behind her, walks up the center aisle between the pews.  Outside the sound of police sirens can be heard.

The doors to the church burst open and there stands Jonathan.  Dried blood coats his head and face.  He is accompanied by two UNIFORMED POLICEMAN.

The organ abruptly stops.  Everybody in the church turns and looks at Jonathan and the two policemen.  They walk slowly up the aisle toward Melanie and Jessica.

                                                                 POLICEMAN #1
                                                           (Calmly)
                                Please, Mrs. Strand, just let go of the
                                child and come with us.

                                                                 JONATHAN
                                                           (Reasonable)
                                Do as he says, Melanie, and everything
                                will be all right.

Melanie's eyes go wide with terror as Jonathan steps over to Jessica.

The two policemen step up to either side of Melanie and take hold of her arms.

                                                                 POLICEMAN #2
                                Come along, Mrs. Strand.

Melanie watches as Jonathan nears Jessica, then looks down at the gun in the policeman's holster.  She grabs it and aims it at Jonathan.

The policeman sees what she's doing.

                                                                 POLICEMAN #2
                                Hey!

Jonathan turns.  Melanie shoots him five times in the chest.

Everyone in the church hits the ground.

Jessica is splattered with blood.  Jonathan dies in a heap beside her.

Melanie turns and sees the other policeman with his gun aimed at her.  She raises the smoking pistol.

                                                                 POLICEMAN #1
                                Stop!

The policeman shoots her three times.

The bullets go directly through Melanie, shattering the stained glass window behind her.

Melanie goes flying backward into all of the holy relics and candles.  She dies on the floor at the foot of the giant gold crucifix.

The Priest runs over to Melanie's body and performs the last rites.

Jessica looks from her dead Mother, to her dead Father.  She looks up at the broken stained glass window.  Her eyes are glazed.  She is in a state of shock.

Large pieces of colored glass drop to the ground and shatter into a million pieces.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MULLIGAN'S FUNERAL HOME - DAY

A hearse and several black Cadillacs sit in the circular driveway of Mulligan's Funeral Home.

INT. FUNERAL HOME - DAY

There are about fifteen mourners dressed in black scattered around the large room.

Two open caskets repose in the front of the room.

Jessica wears a black dress and approaches the two caskets.  In the casket to her right is her dead Father.  His face is pasty white with strange, unnatural make-up.

To her left is her dead Mother.  Jessica feels compelled to reach out and touch her Mother's face.  She hesitantly moves her hand nearer.  Just as her fingertip is about to touch her Mother s cheek Melanie's eyes open!

Melanie's corpse becomes reanimated, opens its mouth and brutally bites Jessica's hand.  Jessica screams as her Mother's teeth sink deep into her skin.

Jessica tries to pull her hand away and blood begins gushing out of the wound.  Jessica finally yanks free.  Melanie, with blood coating her face, sits up in her casket.  She grabs hold of Jessica's hair and pulls her into the casket with her.

The Priest steps up from behind and slams the casket's lid shut.

Jessica's horrified face goes black.

INT. DORM ROOM - NIGHT

Jessica bolts awake and she is now eighteen years old!  She is very attractive with long brown hair that comes to a widow's peak in front.

Jessica gasps and breathes heavily.

A female voice comes from the bunk above.

                                                                 MARCY (O.S.)
                                Jessica?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Marcy, did I wake you up?

                                                                 MARCY (O.S.)
                                Just once I'd like to sleep through one
                                of your nightmares.  What did she do to
                                you tonight?

                                                                 JESSICA
                                She bit my hand and pulled me into her
                                coffin.

MARCY, a cute seventeen year old wearing a tee shirt and bikini underwear, hops off the top bunk and sits on Jessica's bed.

                                                                 MARCY
                                And I used to think that going to school
                                in my pajamas was a nightmare.

Jessica laughs.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Gotta cig?

Marcy reaches between her mattress and box springs.  She retrieves an empty pack of Newports and squishes it.

                                                                 MARCY
                                                           (Shaking her head)
                                All gone.

Jessica's eyes light up.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Let's go get some.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Now?  We'll get caught.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                No we won't.  Come on.

Jessica and Marcy both put on jeans and tennis shoes.  They open the window and climb out.

EXT. FIRE ESCAPE - NIGHT

Marcy and Jessica come through the window onto the fire escape.  Marcy closes the window behind them loudly.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Shhh...

Jessica starts down the steps.  Marcy follows.

One floor down is a lighted window.  Inside is MRS. STEVENS, a slim middle- aged woman wearing half glasses, sitting at her desk working.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Whispering)
                                Oh, shit!  Mrs. Stevens is up.

                                                                 MARCY
                                                           (Whispering)
                                I don't think this is a good idea, Jess.

Jessica is watching Mrs. Stevens intently.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Whispering)
                                Okay... Now.

Jessica darts past the window.  Marcy panics for a second, then quickly follows.

EXT. CLARKSTON FOSTER CARE CENTER - NIGHT

The square three story building is illuminated by moonlight.  A sign in front says, "Clarkston Foster Care Center."

Jessica and Marcy sneak around the side of the building.  They are acting like escaped convicts. Jessica scopes out the rooftop.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Whispering)
                                The coast is clear.  If the Nazis catch you,
                                eat your cyanide pill.

Marcy rolls her eyes and smiles.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Yes, Colonel Hogan.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Now!

Jessica makes a mad dash across the lawn.  Marcy follows close behind.

EXT. JOE'S PARTY STORE - NIGHT

Jessica and Marcy arrive at an all night liquor store.  They are out of breath.  They go inside.

INT. JOE'S PARTY STORE - NIGHT

They go up to the counter.  No one is around except the store CLERK, a tall, stern-looking man reading Penthouse.  He looks at the girls and reluctantly closes the magazine.

                                                                 MARCY
                                I'll have a pack of Newports in the
                                box.

Jessica eyes the liquor.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                And a pint of El Toro Tequila.

Marcy is surprised.  The Clerk reaches for the Tequila and sets it on the counter.  Jessica takes money out of her pocket.  He looks more closely at Jessica.

                                                                 CLERK
                                                           (Flatly)
                                I.D.

Jessica hands the Clerk her I.D.  He scrutinizes it for a long, tense moment.  He hands it back.

                                                                 CLERK
                                                           (Smiling)
                                Happy Birthday.

He rings it up.  He puts the Tequila in a bag and hands it to her.  Marcy turns and hugs Jessica.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Happy birthday, Jess.

Jessica holds up the bottle.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                Let's celebrate.

EXT. FIRE ESCAPE - NIGHT

Jessica hands the half empty bottle to Marcy.  On the railing beside them is a long line of stubbed-out butts.  Jessica adds another.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I am an adult.  I am no longer a child.
                                I used to want a boy, now I want a man.
                                I can vote and I can drink...

She takes a drink and dribbles on herself.

                                                                 MARCY
                                Not very well.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I want everything I've ever seen on TV.
                                I want to be rich, and I want a big house...
                                On a lake.  And a boy...

                                                                 MARCY
                                Wait a minute, I thought you wanted a
                                man.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                I haven't had a boy yet, I can't be picky.
                                I want, I want, I want... I want my dad
                                back.  I want to smell the pipe he always
                                smoked, the way it got into his clothes.  I
                                want the life I had in Lone Lake.

                                                                 MARCY
                                It's nice to want.  I just want us to stay
                                friends forever.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                We will.  Always.  And when you get out
                                we'll move in together.  And we'll be the
                                Sparkle Sisters and have our own television
                                show.

The look at each other and begin to hum the opening bars of "The Patty Duke Show."

                                                                 JESSICA
                                                           (Singing)
                                Marcy adores a minute, the Ballet Russe,
                                and Crepe Suzettes...

                                                                 MARCY
                                                           (Singing)
                                ...But Jessie loves to rock & roll, a hot
                                dog makes her lose control, what a wild
                                duet...

                                                                 JESSICA & MARCY
                                                           (Singing together)
                                ...'Cause they're the Sparkle Sisters, they're
                                two of a kind...

Marcy looks all around in concern.

                                                                 MARCY
                                We gotta be quiet.

                                                                 JESSICA
                                The heck with Mrs. Stevens.  I'm eighteen
                                years old.  I'm outta here.  I'm an adult...

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