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               EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE, OLD PARKING LOT - DAY

               Shane breaks up concrete slabs with a heavy jackhammer. He
               wears protective ear gear against the noise of the
               compressor. A large dump truck backs up to Shane. 

               MEEKA, from the second photo on Shane Dugan's mantel, pretty,
               feisty woman wears denim overalls, jumps down out of the
               driver's side of the truck. Meeka taps Shane on the shoulder.
               Shane stops the hammer and turns to Meeka.

                                   MEEKA
                         Shane. It's lunch time. Lets go.

               Shane nods to Meeka. Meeka lumbers over to the compressor and
               shuts it down. Bird CHIRPS pierce the sudden quiet air.



               EXT. NATURE PARK - LATER

               Picnic tables dot the park. 

               Shane sits at a table and stares distant at his sandwich
               which lays untouched. Meeka watches Shane with a frown.

                                   MEEKA
                         Something troubling you Shane? You
                         seem preoccupied. Unusual even for
                         you, 'mister I don't need help' guy
                         that you are.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Just thinking about things that
                         happened.

                                   MEEKA 
                         It must have been awful, your
                         father being killed.

                                   SHANE DUGAN 
                         I've got his memories locked in a
                         cedar chest. I have my suspicions.

                                   MEEKA 
                         What?

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         I won't say until I'm sure.

                                   MEEKA 
                         Your mother died at a young age.
                         What happened to her?

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         After my father was killed, we lost
                         everything. Had to rely on outside
                         help. That hurt her terribly.

                                   MEEKA 
                         You definitely take after your
                         mother.

                                   SHANE DUGAN 
                         She was too indebted to the
                         Cornell's. I think she was blinded
                         by what she thought was Ray's
                         incredible generosity.

                                   MEEKA 
                         Your landlord? You don't trust him.
                         It doesn't surprise me. You don't
                         trust very many people.

               Shane gives Meeka a shy smile. He stares blank into the sky.

                                                               FADE TO:



               INT. DUGAN'S HOUSE, KITCHEN - NIGHT - FLASHBACK 

               Dana Dugan, late thirties, shows signs of a bitter life. She
               sits at opposite end of table facing, 

               SHANE DUGAN (16) listens to her with sad eyes. 

                                   DANA DUGAN 
                         Shane. I want you to keep your
                         father's belongings. His business
                         documents and diary. 

               Shane nods and stares at Dana curious.

                                   SHANE DUGAN 
                         Whatever happened to daddy's
                         business partner ROY?

                                   DANA DUGAN
                         Roy committed suicide after he was
                         released for the murder of your
                         father. 

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Do you believe Roy killed him? 

               Dana gazes at Shane puzzled, but refuses to answer.

               Shane persists with intense curiosity.

                                   SHANE DUGAN (CONT'D)
                         How did Ray Cornell get daddy's
                         business? Did Ray have anything to
                         do with his death? 

               Dana stares disappointed at Shane.

                                   DANA DUGAN
                         Of course not. Ray and Carol have
                         always been there for us.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         How did Carol Cornell die? 

               Dana stares blank at Shane, lost for an answer.

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. NATURE PARK - PRESENT TIME

               Shane stares blank at Meeka.

               Meeka looks down at Shane's uneaten sandwich then looks up at
               Shane.

                                   MEEKA
                         You'd better eat. We have to get
                         back to the site.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         I'll take it home.

                                   MEEKA
                         Okay. But as hard as you work,
                         you're going to get mighty hungry.

               Shane stares at the table and Meeka continuous.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         I know we could've been good for
                         each other. I've liked you since we
                         were in high school together.

                                   MEEKA 
                         It would never have worked out.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Why?

                                   MEEKA
                         You just don't trust people.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         But I trust you.

                                   MEEKA
                         You can't trust. That's why you've
                         always been alone. 

               Shane stares down at his sandwich embarrassed.



               EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - LATER

               Shane tosses large chunks of concrete into the bed of the
               dump truck. Broken concrete slabs begin to fill the bed of
               the truck.

                                                               FADE TO:



               INT. DUGAN'S HOUSE - NIGHT - FLASHBACK

               The living room is all decorated for Christmas. Colorful
               flicker lights brighten the room. Dana Dugan hangs Christmas
               ornaments on a medium size spruce tree. 

               Shane Dugan (7) pulls shiny red Christmas balls out of a box.

               Carol Cornell arms loaded with wrapped boxes enters the room. 
               Ray Cornell carries a bag of groceries behind Dana. Ray sets
               the bag on a chair. He keeps silent and to himself as he
               scans the room with intense interest.

                                   DANA DUGAN
                         Carol I don't know how we would
                         have managed these past four years
                         without you and Ray's help.

               Carol sets the boxes on a coffee table. The two women greet
               each other with a kiss.

                                   CAROL CORNELL
                         I haven't a problem with that.

                                   DANA DUGAN
                         Shane and I are fine now. We manage
                         pretty well.

                                   CAROL CORNELL
                         I won't hear another word of this.
                         You are family to us.

               Tears well up in Dana's eyes.

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY - PRESENT TIME

               Shane slings large chunks of concrete slabs into the bed of
               the dump truck.

               Meeka lumbers over to Shane concerned. 

                                   MEEKA
                         Shane. Slow down for goodness
                         sakes.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Almost finished.

                                   MEEKA
                         It doesn't have to be done all
                         today.

               Shane smiles and slings more blocks. Meeka shakes her head
               and walks away.

               SUDDENLY

               Shane clutches his chest in pain and drops to the ground. 
               Meeka rushes over to him in a panic. 

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - LATER

               Ambulance lights FLASH, siren SCREAMS. It speeds off the
               construction site.

               Meeka covers her mouth and stares glassy eyed.



               EXT. HOSPITAL - EVENING

               The Ambulance pulls up to the emergency doors of a medium
               size hospital. Two EMTs jump out of the ambulance.
               They race to the back doors and throw them open, pulling a
               stretcher out with Shane Dugan laying unconscious on it.



               INT. HOSPITAL, RECOVERY ROOM - NIGHT 

               Shane Dugan lays pale and motionless in bed, attached to
               monitors and IV machine. His eyes shut.



               NURSES STATION

               Meeka's eyes are red and tired as she listens to DOCTOR
               DORLEEN KABIAN (30's) professional and distinguished woman
               wears a long white coat with a pocket label tag that
               identifies her as a doctor.

                                   DOCTOR DORLEEN KABIAN
                         Shane may be paralyzed for life.
                         Will he be prepared for it?

                                   MEEKA
                         Is anyone ever prepared for that? 

                                   DOCTOR DORLEEN KABIAN
                         I suppose you're right.

                                   MEEKA
                         When he finds out the news, it'll
                         kill him for sure.

                                   DOCTOR DORLEEN KABIAN
                         We'll put him through psychological
                         therapy. 

                                   MEEKA
                         You don't know Shane. It won't
                         work. Maybe I should have told him
                         we had a chance together.

               The Doctor eyes Meeka confused. Meeka lumbers away depressed.



               INT. RAY CORNELL'S HOUSE - NIGHT

               Meeka rants and raves at Ray in disbelief. 

                                   MEEKA
                         You're nothing but hypocrites. How
                         could you do that to Shane?!

               Ray stares at Meeka stone faced.

               Meeka glares with cold dark eyes at Ray. She turns and storms
               out the door, slamming it behind her.



               INT. HOSPITAL, PATIENT ROOM - NIGHT

               The moon shines through the window in a clear night sky. 

               Shane's face barely visible. His eyes closed and body
               motionless.

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. RAY CORNELL'S HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK

               Dana Dugan holds eight year old Shane Dugan's hand. Her eyes
               show weariness. She has aged beyond her years. They stand
               facing Ray Cornell in the front yard just beyond the, 



               FRONT PORCH

               Carol Cornell gazes with sad eyes at Dana and Shane.

               FRONT YARD

               Ray speaks solemnly to Dana.

                                   RAY CORNELL
                         We're sincerely sorry you lost your
                         home. We understand your financial
                         burden since the death of your
                         husband Darren. You'll be pleased
                         to know I bought your house at
                         auction. The two of you may stay in
                         the home, paying rent of course. 



               FRONT PORCH

               Carol embarrassed by Ray's words, storms into the house.



               FRONT YARD

               Shane stares at Ray suspicious. Dana gawks at Ray devastated.

                                                               FADE TO:

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