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Monday, September 24, 2012

Come wander with me love


Come wander with me love

By

Tami Sefcovicova



INT.HOUSE PARTY.NIGHT

ADAM is in the house party of his friend in London. The
house is full of young dancing and drinking students. He’s
looking at JASPER, SIMON and COLETTE, who are standing near
the corner. COLETTE looks very anxious. JASPER and SIMON are
trying to calm her down.

AGNES
Hey Adam! There you are. I was
looking for you.

ADAM
Hello! I was looking for you as
well but I suppose it’s impossible
to find anyone in this crowd.

AGNES
Yeah, we wanted to have a huge
party but no one expected hundred
people. That’s massive. Who are you
looking at?

ADAM and AGNES are looking at COLETTE, SIMON and JASPER.
They seem to be arguing.

ADAM
Do you know who are they? I’ve
never seen them in the university
before.

AGNES
That’s because you are never there
and when you show up, you are not
looking at anyone and..

ADAM
(interrupting)
Alright, I know. I’m just thinking
about many things.. Could you
please tell me who are they?
AGNES
Well, no one really knows. They are
always together, all four of them,
and they are at every single party
but they never talk with anyone
else. I’ve tried to talk to them so
many times, especially to Jasper,
but they just don’t care about
anyone else.

ADAM
I can see just three of them there?
Where’s the fourth one then?

AGNES
I have no idea. It’s strange
because Zooey, that’s his name, is
always with them.
The music at the party is changed, becoming very fast and
loud. Some students are screaming at AGNES.

AGNES
(continuing)
I love this song. Let’s go dance!

ADAM
Maybe later. I’ll go smoke. Well,
if I can only manage to pass
through all of those people.

AGNES
You can go to my room. It’s just
next to my bathroom. You know
there’s a fire escape leading from
my window.

ADAM
Thank you! I won’t be long. See you
in a bit.

ADAM is going to AGNESE’S room. He’s passing through JASPER
and SIMON, COLETTE is not with them. They are both staring
at him intensely.

EXT.THE FIRE ESCAPE IN AGNESE’S ROOM. NIGHT

ADAM is lifting the window to get outside. While he’s
lifting it he hears COLETTE singing. She is sitting on the
stairs turned back from ADAM.

COLETTE
He said come wander with me love,
come wander with me. Away from this
sad world. Come wander with me. He
came from the sunset. He came from
the sea. He came from my sorrow and
can love only me.

ADAM
Hello!

COLETTE
Thank you!

ADAM
For what?

COLETTE
(she’s turning and looking at
him)
For not interrupting my song. I
guarantee that 97 people out of 100
would not let me finish my song
because they would want to attract
my attention.

ADAM
Who are those three other people?

COLETTE
Jasper and Simon. I came with them
here. They are inside. I should
probably go and join them...

ADAM
And who’s the third one?
COLETTE abruptly stands up. Suddenly she looks very pale and
anxious.

COLETTE
He’s gone.... I killed him this
morning.

ADAM
You did what? Why?

Adam is looking at her sweet, childlike face.

COLETTE
In spite of my fragile, doll-like
appearance, I am a very
strong-minded woman. I do not like
people to resist me.

ADAM
Well, that’s a pretty good reason
for killing.

COLETTE
I had to kill him because if I
didn’t he would kill me.

ADAM
That’s better but... I’m afraid I
must leave now.

As he is turning back to the window, he sees an umbrella
falling strongly on his head. The last things he sees before
he faints are SIMON’S and JASPER’S faces leaning over him.


INT.IN THE CAR.DAY

It’s early morning. The car is driving on the highway away
from London. JASPER is driving. Next to him is COLETTE.
SIMON is sitting on the back seat with ADAM, who’s asleep.
There’s a stream of blood on his face. His hands are tied.
Slowly he’s waking up. He’s looking around, disoriented.

ADAM
(grasping)
What.....what happened? What did
you do to me?
He looks at his tightened hands and he touches his hurt
head.

ADAM
(continuing)
Why am I tied up?

COLETTE
You’re asking too many questions.
Which one is it you want to know
the answer to?

SIMON
Colette, it’s very natural that he
has so many questions. What would
you do in his place? Imagine you
would wake up in a strange car with
people you don’t know and....

COLETTE
(interrupting)
It would be so exciting. Adventure!

JASPER
Yes but you’re special. Can you
give our prisoner some painkiller,
please? I’m sure he’s dying of
pain.

COLETTE gives a painkiller and a bottle of water to ADAM.
SIMON puts the painkiller into his mouth and helps him to
drink water. ADAM still looks very confused.

ADAM
(pleadingly)
Can you please answer me? Look, I
don’t know who are you or what are
you trying to do but...

JASPER
(interrupting)
I guess you punched him too hard,
Simon. He doesn’t remember the
little secret that Colette told
him.

ADAM is thinking for a while and suddenly his face frowns.

ADAM
But... I thought she was just
making it up! Who would tell a
complete stranger about a murder?

SIMON
Colette would and she did.

COLETTE
I know.... I probably shouldn’t
have but sometimes I’ve got this
enormous need of talking. I guess I
have so many secrets, memories and
thoughts and they are all mixed up
in my mind and when I’m not
concentrating they just jump out.

JASPER
That’s ok. You were lucky that we
saw him going to the fire alarm and
that we heard what you told him.

ADAM
Is that some kind of a sick joke?
You can’t be serious. I don’t care
what you have done for Christ’s
sake! I don’t know you. Can you
please let me go?

ADAM tries to remove his tights.

JASPER
Stop it! You know too much. We
can’t risk anything!

SIMON takes a gun from his jacket and he aims it at ADAM.
ADAM immediately stops moving and he’s staring at the gun,
surprised.

SIMON
If you try to escape or scream, I
swear, I’ll shoot you in...

COLETTE
(interrupting)
Your toe. He’ll shoot you in your
toe.

SIMON
I meant head, Colette. What would
be the point of shooting him in his
toe, for Christ’s sake? You can
live without a toe.

COLETTE
But what a dreadful and terrible
life it would be? Imagine not to
have a toe?!

SIMON
So what? It’s on your foot. You
don’t look at it. Most of the time
you don’t even know that there’s
any toe at all.

COLETTE
What? I definitely know that. My
toe is simply adorable. Oh, Simon,
can I hold your gun, please? It’s
lovable. Where did you get it from?
Can I have it for a while, please?

SIMON
No!
COLETTE
But why?

SIMON
Because in your case there’s a huge
possibility that you’ll shoot us
all by accident.

ADAM is confusingly looking at SIMON and COLETTE arguing.
JASPER is smiling and he looks at ADAM through the mirror.

JASPER
They are always like that. Imagine
being with them everyday.


INT.IN THE CAR. LATER DAY

SIMON is driving now instead of JASPER, who sits on the back
with ADAM. ADAM is now awake and fully aware.

ADAM
This is ridiculous! If you wanna
kill me just because of this crazy
thing she told me...

JASPER
(interrupting)
It may sound crazy but
unfortunately it’s true. Colette
killed our friend, Zooey, in the
little cottage near Guildford. And
that’s the place where we’re going
right now.

ADAM
Why? Why are we going there? If you
wanna kill me why won’t you do it
now and here?

JASPER
Well, there’s still Zooey’s
unburied body. I was thinking that
we could kill you there as well and
then get rid of both your bodies at
once. There’s a beautiful little
field near the house. I’m sure
you’ll appreciate it.

COLETTE
No! I don’t think he should be
buried in the same place as Zooey.
They deserve their own privacy;
besides, what if they both become
ghosts..I’m sure they’ll hate each
other.

SIMON and JASPER are laughing.

SIMON
Actually you’re right. Imagine
Zooey naked and reading his
Bukowski or Henry Miller.

ADAM
I do love Bukowski.

SIMON
We all do but not after listening
to his poems every single day. His
poetry is like a cancer. Spreading
around your body, attacking your
brain. You’ll actually believe that
there are worse things than being
alone.

Everyone is quiet for a while. ADAM stares speechless
through the window then suddenly he laughs out loud.

JASPER
What?

ADAM
(between laughing)
I just think that this situation is
so absurd. It can’t be true.
Yesterday I had a normal student
life. And then I met you, who
kidnapped me, tied me up, and
you’re driving me to a place where
you want to kill me. That’s insane.

JASPER
That’s life.. it doesn’t make
sense, really.

COLETTE
I think that the meaningless things
are so charming.

ADAM
I can’t imagine that you’re going
to kill me?!

SIMON
I can’t imagine it either but we
don’t have another choice.

COLETTE
You know killing is not really that
hard once you’ve done it.

ADAM
The best thing is that I just don’t
care. I truly don’t. I always
thought that if I knew I’m gonna
die soon I would be extremely sad
and that I would do my best to
avoid it but now.... nothing seems
to be important.

JASPER
I don’t think there’s anything
important really. Perpetuum mobile!

SIMON
Colette, give us those sandwichees
you made. I’m starving.

COLETTE
Sure.

SIMON stops the car in the hard shoulder. He locks the car
so ADAM can’t escape. COLETTE’s giving them sandwiches.

SIMON
Hope you didn’t forget to put
butter and everything else inside.

COLETTE
It happened just once and you
always have to remind me. You’re..

JASPER
(interrupting)
Please not now. Let’s just eat.

SIMON
However innumerable beings are, I
vow to save them. However
inexhaustible the passions are, I
vow to extinguish them.
However inmeasurable the Dharmas
are, I vow to master them. However
incomparable the Buddha- truth is ,
I vow to attain it.

ADAM
What is it?

JASPER
It’s called the four Great Vows.
Simon says them before every meal.

COLETTE
Simon wants to gain Prajna; that
is, the ability to see things in a
larger, ultimately cosmic
connection.

SIMON
(to Colette)
I almost did gain it but of course
you had to completely destroy my
balance.

COLETTE
Oh, don’t start again. I apologized
to you at least a hundred times.
You moaning little boy! Adam,
what’s your definition of love?

JASPER
I simply adore the way you change
topics, Colette.

ADAM
What do you mean by definition of
love?

COLETTE
I meant exactly what I’ve asked.
What is your definition of love?

ADAM
Well... I’m not sure now. When I
was younger I read Plato’s
Symposion and I loved his idea of
love.

COLETTE
Which is?

ADAM
He believed that in the beginning,
people looked like a cylinder and
they had four legs, four arms and
two faces. They were tumbeling
across the world and their arms and
legs were shinning like the stars.
They were strong as a bear and they
were perfect. Unfortunately they
became very arrogant and they
started to make fun of the Gods.
That’s why the Gods got really
angry and they cut each cylinder in
half, exactly at the center, and
they chased away those halves
around the world...

JASPER
And since then there was a problem
because every one of us is just
half a man and is always looking
for his other half.
COLETTE
That’s so beautiful! Why didn’t you
tell me this story before,Jasper?

JASPER
I thought I forgot it.

ADAM
Yeah it’s a nice story but it just
doesn’t work.

COLETTE
Is that why people say love is the
longing for the half of ourselves
we have lost?

ADAM
I suppose so.


EXT.BENCHES NEAR PETROL STATION.DAY

ADAM, JASPER, SIMON and COLETTE are sitting on two benches
with tables outside the petrol station. Adam sits next to
JASPER, who holds a gun faced to ADAM underneath the table.
ADAM’S tightened hands are covered by a sweater.

SIMON
I want to eat some chocolate. I’ll
go to the petrol station.
COLETTE
I’ll go with you.

SIMON and COLETTE leave to go to the petrol station. ADAM
and JASPER are waiting for them outside. ADAM is playing
with the rope around his hands. JASPER stares at his red
wrists.

JASPER
Is it painful?

ADAM
My hands were tied for almost a
day. What do you think?

JASPER
Yeah, silly question. I’m sorry but
I can’t release them even though I
believe that you wouldn’t escape.
It looks like you don’t take this
trip to your death seriously, do
you?

ADAM
If I consider all of the
circumstances, how I got here and
what you weird people are talking
about. No, I don’t take it
seriously at all. This is the
weirdest thing that ever happened
to me.

JASPER
Ha, I guess you must have had quite
a boring life then.

ADAM
I suppose I’ve lived more in my
mind, or when I was making up my
own stories.

JASPER
So, you wanna be a writer, huh?
Well, then our little trip must be
very inspiring for you. I bet your
mind is starving for a paper and a
pen. I can see your hands shaking.

ADAM
I admit I feel very alive despite
the whole absurdity of this trip.
How long have you known Colette and
Simon? I’ve never met anyone like
them before. Especially Colette.
She’s so...

JASPER
(interrupting)
...soul consuming?

ADAM nods and they both smile.

JASPER
(continuing)
I met Colette 6 years ago when she
was swimming in a fountain in
Paris. It was freezing and she was
completely wet. It looked like the
scene from La Dolce Vita. She
introduced me to Simon. They’ve
known each other since they were
kids.

ADAM
And the guy she killed. Zooey?

JASPER
(with sad, distant voice)
Zooey..he was Colette’s only love.
Colette used to say that they are
unseparable but not together.

ADAM
Why did she kill him then?

JASPER
I guess she loved him more and she
simply couldn’t stand that fact.
Zooey was a photographer. To him,
Colette was a muse,that gave him
so many ideas and visions. Mostly
he was looking at her through the
lenses, not with his own eyes.
Maybe she just tried to force him
to really look at her.

COLETTE and SIMON get back from the petrol station with many
sweets. All four of them are sitting on the two benches,
facing each other.

COLETTE
I’m thinking about Zooey.... where
is he now? I’ve never believed in
an afterlife but now when he’s gone
I wish there would be some place
for him with so much beauty and
that his only duty would be to
catch it.

SIMON
I don’t know. I think when one dies
it’s like your substitute goes out
and your memory is suddenly free. I
love what Walt Whitman said about
death: the smallest sprout shows
there is really no death, and if
ever there was it led forward life.

ADAM
So what you’re saying is that I
should accept the fact that I’m
gonna die because the death doesn’t
really mean the end of my being?

SIMON
Kind of....

ADAM
(sarcastically)
Great! I feel much better now.

COLETTE
I’m trying to figure out which one
of my personalities would die
first?

ADAM
So you’ve got more than one
personality?

COLETTE
Of course. That’s why I’m so not
collected. I suppose...

JASPER
Colette’s got six different
personalities.

COLETTE
One is worse than the other. The
first one is a lost and erratic
little girl with mis-matched eyes,
who’s running from life.
JASPER
(interrupting)
That’s my favourite one.

COLETTE
(continuing)
The second one is a cruel and
arrogant bitch hurting everyone
around and she does it just for
fun. Then there’s the lonely old
lady wandering the streets. The
fourth one is a gay in skinny jeans
crying for his dead lover and the
other one is a murder who killed
the whole world.

All three are laughing at her.

ADAM
You forgot the sixth one.

COLETTE
Oh, shit! I can’t believe I forgot
the most beautiful one?! The last
one is the blind poet writing by
his eyes.

Some people near the petrol station are coming to the
benches. JASPER stands up.

JASPER
Shall we leave now? I don’t want
many people to see us.

SIMON
Yeah, sure. Adam, let’s get quickly
to the car. Just don’t do anything
stupid.

ADAM
I can’t believe that you just said
that pathetic line from every
single crime story.

EXT. COTTAGE IN GUILDFORD.DAY

All four are in Guildford in front of the cottage. It looks
very old and deserted. There is a field next to the cottage
and a forest. There are no houses and people around. JASPER,
COLETTE, ADAM and SIMON are getting out the car and going to
the cottage.

ADAM
Who’s cottage is it? It looks so
old.

COLETTE
It’s my grandparents cottage. I
used to come here when I was young.
After my grandparents died no one
from my family really wanted to
come here.

JASPER
Let’s go inside!

INT.COTTAGE IN GUILDFORD.DAY

JASPER, SIMON, ADAM and COLETTE are inside the cottage and
they are going upstairs. COLETTE leads them there. She stops
in front of one of the rooms and slowly opens the door. It
stinks a lot in the room. The smell is coming from the dead
body lying on the carpet soaked with blood. JASPER, SIMON
and ADAM cover their mouths. ADAM is coughing loudly and he
looks as though he’ll be sick very soon.

SIMONE
So now you believe us, huh?

ADAM nods and he has a shocked look on his face. COLETTE is
staring at Zooey’s body. She leans towards him and touches
his cold and pale skin. She sobs. JASPER is taking her away.

JASPER
Stop, Colette. Don’t touch him.
He’s dead.

JASPER is hugging her.

COLETTE
I just.... I thought that I coped
with it but it seems like..

JASPER
You just need more time. Simon,
let’s go to the garden. We have to
dig a hole before it gets dark.
Colette, could you please take care
of Adam while we’re digging?

She nods slowly and SIMON gives her a gun.

SIMON
You know there’s a meadow nearby
and it’s full of camomilles. Maybe
you can pick up some of them for
Zooey’s grave..

COLETTE
Zooey loved camomilles.. Yes I’ll
go there. Adam, come with me!

EXT.THE MEADOW.DAY

ADAM and COLLETE are on the meadow. COLETTE sits on the
grass and she’s pointing a gun at him.

COLETTE
I don’t think this gun is
necessary. I’m sure you won’t run,
will you?

ADAM
Where would I go? There’s no way
for me to get back...

COLETTE
I’m really sorry, Adam. I told you
my secret. It shouldn’t have been
you. It shouldn’t have been anyone.

ADAM
You’re not sorry at all. You all
don’t care about anything.
Obviously I’m just another human
being to be killed.

COLETTE
You were... in the beginning but I
guess after our trip I like you a
bit. Stupid feelings and words!
They always do so much to you. They
always mix you up and get you
attached.

ADAM
I guess even feelings aren’t sacred
to you.

COLETTE
What?

ADAM
You were able to kill Zooey just
because he didn’t love you in the
same way, or not enough.

COLETTE
Is that what Jasper told you? I
wish he was right. I wish Zooey
didn’t love me enough so I could
let him go and we could live
without each other.

COLETTE stands up and she’s tearing the camomille leaves in
her palms. ADAM is staring at her. She starts to spin and
turn, faster and faster. Then she suddenly falls on the
grass. ADAM lies next to her.

ADAM
Talk to me. I deserve to know.

COLETTE
(with eyes closed)
Zooey and I.. we couldn’t live with
each other nor without..it was
irresistible. I had to stop it
somehow.

ADAM
By killing him?

COLETTE
I know that it must seem very
drastic for you but it was the only
one solution. Zooey knew it as
well.

ADAM
But..

COLETTE
(interrupting)
Hush! You talk to me with words and
I look at you with feelings. That’s
the reason why we won’t understand
each other. If you really wanna be
a writer, don’t talk, stop to think
for a while and just look around.

ADAM and COLETTE are silently lying on the grass.


EXT. NEAR THE COTTAGE. TWILIGHT


ADAM and COLETTE are walking towards the field next to the
cottage. JASPER and SIMON have already dug the hole and they
put Zooey’s body inside. There’s another dug, empty hole
close to ZOOEY’S one. ADAM is staring at this hole. His face
is unreadable. COLETTE’s holding many camomilles in her
hands and she’s throwing them into the hole on Zooey’s body.
After a while, JASPER and SIMON come to her.

JASPER
It’s time now. We have to finish
it.

JASPER, SIMON and COLETTE are hugging and crying. After a
while JASPER and SIMON come to ADAM. They stand next to him,
one on each side, and they are holding him slightly. All
three are looking at COLETTE, who’s holding a gun, and they
are waiting. ADAM is very pale and he’s shaking. COLETTE is
staring at them and her lips are slowly moving.

COLETTE
Come wander with me love. Come
wander with me. Away from this sad
world. Come wander...

Suddenly COLETTE turns the gun from ADAM’s direction towards
hers and she shoots herself. ADAM is shouting very loudly
and he falls onto the ground. JASPER and SIMON are picking
up COLETTE’S body and they put her into the hole next to
ZOOEY’S one.

INT.COFFEE BAR.NIGHT

ADAM and AGNES are in a coffee bar. They are sitting on the
high chairs near the window. AGNES is reading ADAM’S script
called Come wander with me love. ADAM is looking through the
window and sipping his coffee. After the reading AGNES looks
at ADAM.

ADAM
So that’s the thing I was doing
when I didn’t pick up the phone and
when I wasn’t in any of our
lectures.

AGNES
Well I forgive you....

ADAM
So what do you think?

AGNES
I think it’s very realistic.. When
I consider that the first scene
with me in the party actually
happened.

ADAM
Yeah.. you know I wanted to put
some real bits there as well and
you inspired me when you talked
about Colette, Simon and Jasper.

AGNES
Yeah I can see that. But you know
what’s the weirdest thing?

ADAM
What?

AGNES
After the party they simply
disappeared.... No one has seen
them and I heard some gossiping
that even the police are looking
for them.

ADAM
Seriously? Wow, that’s creepy.

AGNES
Yes, but you know it could be just
a rumour. Anyway I need to go to
the lady’s room. Be right back.

AGNES goes to the toilet and ADAM is staring through the
window. He’s holding a dry camomille in his hand.