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               EXT. CEMETERY - DAY - FLASHBACK

               Shane (18) kneels to the ground facing a gravestone. He holds
               a bouquet of flowers. The gravestone reads, 

               'TO MY MOTHER DANA DUGAN. WHO TRIED SO HARD TO RAISE ME IN
               SUCH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES'. 

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Mama I miss you. I promise I will
                         find daddy's killer. I believe Ray
                         Cornell is the key to all that has
                         happened to our family.

               Shane places the flowers gently against the gravestone and
               stands. He turns from the gravestone and lumbers away.

                                                               FADE TO:



               INT. HOSPITAL, PATIENT ROOM - DAY - PRESENT DAY - WEEKS LATER

               Shane sits on the bed and reads a book titled, 'Science and
               the Afterlife'. 

               Meeka enters. She wears a troubled gaze.

               Shane perks his head up from the book and tosses it on the
               bed with anticipation.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Have you talked to the Doctor?

                                   MEEKA
                         I'm headed there now.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Did you find Miss Blacky?

               Meeka gropes for the right words, but answers hurried.

                                   MEEKA
                         She must be hiding. Let me see the
                         Doctor. I've got something
                         important to tell you later.

               Shane opens his mouth to reply but, Meeka slips back out of
               the room.



               INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - LATER

               Meeka too anxious to sit, stares at Doctor Dorleen Kabian who
               eyes Meeka upbeat.

                                   MEEKA 
                         Shane can leave soon?

                                   DOCTOR DORLEEN KABIAN 
                         Very soon. A word of caution. Shane
                         seems to have recovered fully...

                                   MEEKA 
                         He is doing very well.

                                   DOCTOR DORLEEN KABIAN 
                         We have done test on Shane. His
                         heart has been under great stress
                         during his recovery stage.

               Meeka shakes her head. She knows her tasks will not be as
               easy as she hoped.

                                   MEEKA
                         I have no choice, but to give Shane
                         the news I dread to tell him.

               Meeka lumbers out of the room. Doctor Kabian watches Meeka
               and frowns uncomprehending.



               INT. HOSPITAL, PATIENT ROOM - EVENING

               Shane dressed in street clothes and quite ready to leave the
               hospital. He watches Meeka pace the room nervous. Shane
               senses Meeka's hesitancy and sits back on the bed.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         Go ahead Meeka. You've been trying
                         to tell me something for the past
                         20 minutes.

               Meeka stops pacing, turns to Shane and slings the words out
               of her mouth as fast as she can.

                                   MEEKA
                         Ray thought you wouldn't pull
                         through, so he sold all your stuff
                         and rented the house out. 
                             (beat)
                         I can help you Shane.

               Shane's teeth clinch. His eyes blood shot. 

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         What about Miss Blacky?

               Meeka swallows and takes a deep breath.

                                   MEEKA
                         I'm sorry Shane. I think she's gone
                         too.

               Shane's face turns beet red.

                                   SHANE DUGAN
                         That crook. He'll pay for this. If
                         he thinks...

               Shane clutches his shirt in agonizing pain. He slips off the
               bed, onto the floor. 

               Meeka in a panic races to the door.

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. HOSPITAL - EVENING

               A coroner's vehicle is parked at the emergency entrance of
               the hospital.



               BACK OF VEHICLE

               Two men load a stretcher with a filled body bag into the long
               black car.



               EXT. CEMETERY - DAY

               Small deserted cemetery. Gravel paths cross, leading to one
               of the plots.



               GRAVE SITE

               Meeka stands in front of a gravestone. A large wreath lays up
               against the stone. The stone reads, 

               IN MEMORY OF SHANE DUGAN 

               A tear runs down Meeka's face. She wipes the tear with her
               hand.

                                   MEEKA
                         Shane. Only if you could have been
                         more trusting. I could've helped
                         you. 
                             (pause)
                         I really did care about you Shane.
                         I knew we would not have had a
                         trusting relationship together. You
                         didn't know how. 
                             (pause)
                         I hope that your troubled past is
                         put to rest now. I will always have
                         a place for you in my heart.

               Meeka turns away from the stone and walks down the gravel
               path.

                                                               FADE TO:



               EXT. RANCHER - EVENING

               Dark clouds roll in blotting the setting sun. A chilling
               breeze rustles the tree leaves falling to the ground.

               At the front of the rancher where Shane once lived, Miss
               Blacky eats out of a bowl not far from the front door.



               INT.  RANCHER, LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

               Furnished different. The bookshelf once loaded with books now
               dotted with nick knacks.

               RAUL MANNING (late 40's) a burly man, scolds his wife, TRISH
               MANNING (mid 40's) a short hair, stocky woman. 

                                   RAUL MANNING
                         Why the hell are you feeding that
                         stinking cat. Get rid of it.

                                   TRISH MANNING
                         I didn't feed the cat. I thought
                         you did. 

               Raul stares at Trish in disbelief.



               EXT. RANCHER - NIGHT

               An outdoor lamp attached to the back of the house lights up
               the back yard. Rain droplets pelt the back window.



               LOWER BACK EXTERIOR WALL OF RANCHER

               Miss Blacky pushes through a small flappable door at the
               foundation of the house.



               INT. UNDER RANCHER - CONTINUOUS

               A long roomy kneeling high crawl space with dirt floor barely
               visible from, 



               FAR BACK WALL

               The only light shines from a crack in the wall from up inside
               the house. The light streaks across and illuminates the cedar
               chest, which is securely locked. 

               Miss Blacky brushes up against the chest and purrs. Footsteps
               CREAK from the floor boards above.

               SUDDENLY 

               a shadow crosses and blocks out the stream of light from the
               crack. The crawl space fades to black.



               EXT. RAY CORNELL'S HOUSE, BACK YARD - DAY

               Ray scrubs a red stain on the large crenate rock the EPA man
               fell on, with a wire brush. He strokes it with meticulous
               care. A cell phone RINGS. Ray pulls the phone out of his
               pocket.

                                   RAY CORNELL
                         Yes.

               Voice on cell phone, 

                                   BARRY CORNELL (V.O.)
                         Dad, did you forget we have a
                         special meeting at the church
                         tonight?

                                   RAY CORNELL
                         Okay, okay.

               Ray pushes the phone back in his pocket. He grabs a bucket
               and the brush and walks away from the rock. 

               The stain is faded, but still visible.



               INT. RANCHER, BEDROOM - NIGHT

               The moon casts an eerie light through the open curtains and
               into the dark room. 

               Raul and Trish sound asleep in a king size bed. 

               Twirling wind SMACKS the window pane. A glass SMASHES to the
               hard floor from another room unseen. 



               BED

               Trish jumps up. She turns and tugs on Raul. 

               Raul, groggy, turns to Trish and crumbles. He turns back.

               The sound of a cat's piercing MEOW echoes into the bedroom. 

                                   TRISH MANNING
                             (whisper)
                         Raul. Get up.

                                   RAUL MANNING
                         Go back to sleep.

               Trish pulls the blanket up to her chin.

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