Primal Tears (partial movie script - PG13 edition)

I have long been a fan of Kelpie Wilson's novel Primal Tears. To find out more about it click the link to the youtube video. I have included here, a sample of the theatrical version of a script for a Primal Tears film.

I will eventually post a sample of the R rated version on here as well.

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6. The Truth

INT. SAGE’S BEDROOM - DAWN

Title: Two years later

Sage’s bedroom still looks basically the same, although she has whittled her collection of stuffed animals down to just three, and she now has a computer on a desk that the 10 year old sized girl is sitting at frowning in concentration.

Suddenly she gets up and exits the room.

SAGE: (O.S.)

“Why can’t I find anything about Fletcher’s syndrome?”

Pause as stillness fills the house.

SARAH: (O.S.)

“Because there is no such thing.”

INT. CARRIGAN/SHEPARD KITCHEN - BRIGHT

Sarah (who has cut her hair down to shoulder length) is standing and Sage sits at the kitchen table (Sarah has been making pancakes). Sage looks visibly hurt.

SAGE:

“So what am I? And don’t say I’m special. I want the truth for once.”

Sarah eyes the chair next to Sage.

SARAH:

“Can I sit down?”

Sage frowns, but gestures towards the chair nonetheless.

SARAH:

“Thank you.”

Sarah sits down and reaches for Sage’s hand, but Sage pulls her hand away.

SAGE:

“I don’t want to hold hands. I want you to tell the truth.”

Sarah takes a deep breath and Sage looks at her, the corners of her eyes tightening.

SAGE:

“What am I?”

Sarah takes another deep breath and starts to speak.

SARAH:

“First of all, I want you to understand one thing above all others. You are my daughter. Your daddy is your father because he loves you like a daddy should. But you have a different donor father.”

Sage seems surprised.

SAGE:

“Who’s my donor father.”

Sarah clasps her hands together and Sage stares.

SARAH:

“Have you heard of bonobos? They’re sort of like chimps but nicer.”

Sage frowns.

SAGE:

“I’ve heard about them, but what does that have to do with my donor father?”

Sarah smiles.

SARAH:

“Actually it has everything to do with your donor. And let’s not call him your father. Let’s just call him your donor okay?”

Sage shrugs.

SARAH:

“Before you were born, I was a teacher at a school where the principle had some pretty ridged viewpoints. He didn’t believe in evolution and he was mad that I insisted on teaching it. So he fired me.” 

Sage frowns.

SAGE:

“That’s not fair.”

SARAH:

“You’re right it’s not fair to treat someone bad just because they believe something different from you. Anyway it kind of threw me into a funk for a little while. Then your aunt Fern told me about an experiment.” 

Sage leans forward.

SARAH:

“Fern’s friend John was trying to figure out if a bonobo baby could grow in a human mama.”

Sage blinks in surprise.

SARAH:

“So I decided to volunteer for the test. I don’t have to tell you, that something went wonderfully wrong.”
Sage looks down at her lap, Sarah takes Sage’s hand, and Sage looks up again.

SARAH:

“The reason that you’re special honey (pause), is because your birth mother is a human.”

She points to herself.

SARAH:

“And your donor, is a bonobo.”

Sage blinks rapidly and Sarah looks at her daughter nervously.

SAGE:

“What’s my donor’s name?”

Sarah smiles.

SARAH:

“His name is Dexter.”

Sage looks down at her lap.

SARAH:

“Do you understand?”

Just then they hear the front door open and Sage jumps up and runs into the -

INT. CARRIGAN/SHEPARD LIVING ROOM - MORNING

Sage runs into her father’s arms and Kevin smiles.

KEVIN:

“Hey tiger.”

They embrace.

SAGE:

“Mommy told me the truth.”

Kevin looks a little surprised and Sarah steps into the kitchen doorway looking sad.

SAGE:

“But don’t worry. You’ll always be my parents.”

Kevin takes Sage’s hand and leads her to Sarah, who gets to her knees, and hugs her daughter.

KEVIN:

“If you ever have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them. It makes me happy to know that you still want us to be your parents.”

Kevin hugs Sage.

SARAH:

“I’m sorry we lied to you honey.”

Sage takes one of Sarah hands with a smile, and Sarah looks relieved to see her daughter’s acceptance.

SARAH:

“But the one thing we have never lied about, is that you are a very special little girl.”

Sage giggles.

SARAH:

“But you have to promise us, that you won’t tell anyone else about this.”

Sage frowns.

SAGE:

“Why?”

Kevin gets down to his knees.

KEVIN:
“Cause some people are really mean. And some people might want to take you away.”

Sage looks confused and Sarah looks upset with Kevin.

KEVIN:

“Because some people want to control things that they don’t understand. So don’t tell anyone, not even Carver. Promise?”

Sage makes a noise but Kevin cuts her off.

KEVIN:

“Promise?”

Sage looks upset but Sarah and Kevin look at her sternly.

SAGE:

“Okay.”

Sarah and Kevin hug Sage.

FADE TO BLACK.
 

 

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