FADE IN: EXT. COFFEE SHOP. DAY.

Anna, 20, wears a diner uniform and stands behind the

counter cleaning and singing to herself.

 

INT. COFFEE SHOP. DAY.

Paul, 23, enter the coffee shop his head down and walks to

the very back booth. He sits down, his back against the

wall. Paul has bandages on both his forearms and a hospital

admittance bracelet around his left wrist. He wears the

uniform of a gas jockey.

Anna picks up a pot of coffee and heads towards Paul.

ANNA

You know, you look horrible Paul. You look like you have the Mean Reds, you do. Are you eating?

She fills a cup for him.

PAUL

No, I don’t really feel like it.

ANNA

You better eat or you’ll die. You should have some pie. It’ll cheer

you up. Hey, did I tell you?

PAUL

No.

ANNA

I haven’t told you?

She laughs.

PAUL

What?

ANNA

I’m going to New York. New York! Can you believe it? Like Audrey Hepburn or something.

PAUL

How’s that supposed to cheer me up?

ANNA

Cause it’s New York, haven’t you been listening. Jesus!

PAUL

I thought you hated Americans.

ANNA

Oh, I do, I totally do, but the money’s so good...

She gets up and grabs the pot of coffee.

ANNA (CONT'D)

...and I can always act or wait...

She refills two elderly gentlemen's coffee cups as she talks.

ANNA (CONT’D)

...or strip or something, so what, as long as I get out of here. I

mean whatever, I know you hate it here.

She cuts a piece of pie and puts it on a plate.

PAUL

Yeah, I know, but it's a war year.

She sits down again and hands Paul the pie.

ANNA

What do you care anyway? I thought

you were going to kill yourself today.

PAUL

There was a new record that came out I had to buy.  When are you

leaving?

ANNA

Tonight?

PAUL

To New York?

Anna gets up and starts to clean tables.

ANNA

Oh, soon, really soon...I’m sooo exited, fuck...

She spills a beverage and wipes it up.

ANNA (CONT’D)

...I can't wait. So when are you going to kill yourself again?

PAUL

I dunno. Tomorrow.  Maybe tonight, you can never tell about these

things.

 

ANNA

I guess not.

Anna smiles at him.

PAUL

Do you want to go to a movie?

ANNA

I don't know, you smell like gasoline Paul.

PAUL

I can change. I don't work till midnight anyway.

ANNA

Okay, but only if you change your clothes...

PAUL

I can do that.

ANNA

...and it's not a date.

PAUL

Sure no date, you pay.

ANNA

We split it.

PAUL

Sure, I was thinking that anyway.

ANNA

Okay. Meet me at the Burrard Station at four. We'll go to the

petting zoo. See the Dolphin. It'll cheer you up.

 

EXT. SUBWAY STATION. DAY.

Paul paces back and forth wearing a cheap suit and tie

smoking a cigarette. He stops to look at his watch. 4:17. He

paces again.

Anna comes up the escalator, dressed like Audrey Hepburn in

"Love in the Afternoon". Capri pants, white bows in her hair.

Anna looks at his suit.

ANNA

I thought this wasn't a date.

 

PAUL

It's not.

ANNA

You’re wearing a suit and tie Paul.

PAUL

It's the only thing I had that was clean.

Anna takes a look at his face.

PAUL

Honest.

ANNA

(suspicious)

You even shaved.

PAUL

(feeling his face)

Yeah, my whiskers were itchy.

ANNA

(smelling Paul)

Cologne?

PAUL

(looking around)

Where?

ANNA

It is. Fuck me, Paul! You're a

brand new boy.

Paul looks sheepish. He takes a drag from his cigarette.

ANNA

(taking a puff of his cigarette)

I don't know why you smoke, you work around gasoline.

She hands the cigarette back to him.

PAUL

(extinguishing the cigarette)

All the better reason.

ANNA

Hey did I ever tell you Imperial Oil is the Devil?

PAUL

No, I wasn't aware of that.

 

ANNA

It's true Paul.

 

EXT. PETTING ZOO. DAY.

They wander around looking at what ever animals are left.

INT. AQUARIUM. DAY.

Darkness. From the blackness a Dolphin makes a circle

towards the glass. Kids press their heads against the glass.

Anna and Paul look at the Dolphin tank.

ANNA

I wonder what it thinks.

They stare at the Dolphin.

ANNA

You know, they're smarter than

Humans. It's true.

PAUL

If they were smarter they wouldn't

be in a big fish tank.

ANNA

Maybe. I think it's smart. Look at

it. It's sad. It reminds me of you Paul.

Paul looks at the Dolphin.

ANNA

The saddest animal in the zoo, is you.

Paul looks over at Anna, and then back to the dolphin.

ANNA

It's true.

INTERCUT: C.U. Paul. C.U. Dolphin.

SLOW DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PARK. LATE AFTERNOON.

Anna and Paul walk through the Park. He's got his hands in his pockets and he stares

at the ground in front of him.

ANNA

Cheer up.

PAUL

Yeah.

ANNA

You're making me sad. Oh! Oh! This reminds me of a movie.

PAUL

Which one?

ANNA

I can't remember, but you know it does.

 

Paul stares at the sky.

ANNA

Paul?

Paul looks over to Anna.

ANNA(CONT’D)

Are you really going to kill yourself?

PAUL

Yep.

ANNA

Do you have a suicide note?

Paul reaches into his pocket and takes out an envelope. He

gives it to Anna.

ANNA

It's addressed to me?

PAUL

It has to be addressed to someone. Might as well be you.

ANNA

You’re so sweet. Can I read It?

PAUL

No, I'm not dead yet, and some of

that stuff is kinda embarrassing.

She hands the letter back to him.

ANNA

How then?

PAUL

Well at first I thought a train.

You know? But... that's a little too much. I tried cutting...

He holds his arms up showing the bandages.

ANNA

Did that hurt?

PAUL

Oh, Christ yeah. So that's why I have this.

He takes a sash cord out of his pocket. It is tied into a

noose.

ANNA

You carry this everywhere?

 

PAUL

Yeah. Hanging is the number three

most preferred way to go for men.

INSERT: METHODS OF SUICIDE CHART: HANGING.

ANNA

What's number one?

PAUL

Suffocation. Followed by guns and

explosives.

SCANNING CHART: SUFFOCATION, GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES.

PAUL(CONT’D)

Girls prefer poisoning.

ANNA

I'll have to remember that.

PAUL

(nonchalant)

You should. Yeah statistically I'm the perfect age to kill myself.

ANNA

When's your birthday?

PAUL

September 12th.

A man is selling helium balloons.

ANNA

Will you buy me a balloon? Pretty please?

 

EXT. STREET. TWILIGHT.

Paul and Anna walks with a bunch of balloons.

ANNA

When you die, do you think that

you'll be in some place...

PAUL

(interrupting)

Like Heaven or Hell?

ANNA

Yeah, or something?

PAUL

God I hope not.

ANNA

Wouldn't it be nice to come back and see me though?

PAUL

Like a ghost?

ANNA

Yeah, you could haunt me.

PAUL

If I can, I will.

ANNA

Promise?

PAUL

Promise. What if you go to New York though?

ANNA

I'll leave a forwarding address somewhere you can find it.

PAUL

Good thinking. I think I would like to haunt you.

ANNA

It would mean a lot to me.

PAUL

No kidding?

ANNA

No kidding.

PAUL

What do you want to do about the balloons?

She lets the balloons go. They watch the balloons rise into the sky.

 

EXT. MOVIE THEATRE. NIGHT.

Paul and Anna stand in front of a theatre box office.

PAUL

What movie do you want to see?

ANNA

Anything with Audrey Hepburn.

Paul scans the marquee.

PAUL

I don't think she has anything new playing.

ANNA

There must be an old one.

PAUL

What have you seen her in?

ANNA

I've never seen her in anything.

But wouldn't it be nice if she was in something good?

PAUL

Yes.

ANNA

I think so too.

INT. THEATRE.

Paul squints his eyes several times at the screen. Anna

rests her head against him. She stares at her hands. Paul

blinks. The theatre screen is bright white and glows like a

Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph.

EXT. THE SUBURBS. NIGHT.

Anna and Paul walk slowly down the street. Paul smokes.

ANNA

I wish I still had my balloons.

PAUL

I'll buy some more tomorrow.

ANNA

Do you promise?

PAUL

Sure. If not tomorrow, the day after that.

Anna stops in front of her yard.

ANNA

I'd invite you in but...

PAUL

I know.

ANNA

Yeah?

 

PAUL

Yeah.

Anna kisses him just long enough.

PAUL

What's that for?

ANNA

Nothin'. Don't kill yourself okay.

PAUL

Okay.

ANNA

Promise?

PAUL

Sure.

ANNA

I wish the movie was better.

PAUL

It had a good poster.

ANNA

Yeah. Okay, gotta go. Bye.

PAUL

See ya.

He watches Anna go across the lawn, open a gate and disappear.

 

EXT. THE SUBURBS. NIGHT.

Paul walks under street lamps and the branches of trees. He

looks up at a large overhanging branch. Underneath is a park

bench.

He checks his watch, then looks back up at the tree.

Paul pulls out his noose and throws it up around the tree

branch.  He steps up on the bench and places the noose

around his neck.

He pauses for a moment, then takes the letter out. He looks

at it and places it just inside his pocket. Paul closes his

eyes and steps off the bench, hanging himself.

The rope knot unravels and he falls to the ground.

Paul picks himself up off the ground and cleans the dirt

from his suit.

 

Paul looks back up at the tree, pauses, then heads on down

the street.

 

EXT. GAS STATION. NIGHT.

The mercury vapour lights and the large sign of the Service

Station glow and light up the night sky, as Paul, hands in

his suit pockets, walks toward them.

FADE OUT:

THE END

Reference:

Hepburn, Audrey, ne. Andrey Kathleen Ruston. b. 1929-1993. Belgian. Actor.

Humanitarian. Notable film rolls include among others; "One Wild Oat". 1951.

"Sydney Sheldon's Bloodline", 1979. "Love Among Thieves" TVM, 1987. "Garden's of the World with

Audrey Hepburn" TV Mini Series, 1993.

Imperial Oil. Petroleum manufacturer. Also know as, among others; "The Devil", "Lucifer",

"The Adversary", "Satan", "Mick Jagger" and "Beelzebub".

Sugimoto, Hiroshi. b. 1948. Japanese/American. Photographer. Notable works include, among

others; "Metropolitan LA, Los Angeles, 1993", "Ligurian Sea, Savoire, 1993". "Seagram

Building - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe,1997". "Queen Elizabeth II, 1999". He lives between

New York and Tokyo.