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Last day (12.13.13)

  1. 1. LAST DAY Written by Brent Durham
  2. 2. INT. EMILY’S APARTMENT. MAGIC EMILY sits at her small kitchen table, pen in one hand, head resting in the other. Her task is monotonous and she can barely keep her eyes open. RYAN appears behind her and he places his hands on her shoulders. Ryan is a nice looking guy. He’s clean shaven with short, well kept, hair, and his clothes say relaxed but not casual. This is in stark contrast to Emily. Everything about her screams uptight. She has her hair up with clothes she must have worn to work earlier. She hasn’t allowed herself the comfort of changing after work. RYAN I have to go. Emily perks up. EMILY Already, but you just got here. She doesn’t take her eyes off her work. RYAN Em, I’ve been here for three hours. Besides, all the guys are going to be there soon, and as much as I love to watch you work... EMILY I’m sorry, I really thought I would be finished already. I’ve just been so tired. Emily runs her eyes and gets up from the table. RYAN You need a break. All this work is leaving you exhausted. Go out tonight. Call Sam or something. The two of you can unwind, but get some sleep. You’ll work better if your rested. EMILY I know, it’s just, this is to important. RYAN Hey, look at me, (he grabs her shoulders) you’re going to be great.
  3. 3. 2. EMILY You don’t know that. RYAN I do, because I know you, and I know how hard you’ve worked. EMILY I’m sorry, I really wanted to be done by now. Ryan starts to back away. It’s fine. got to go. RYAN It really is, but I’ve EMILY You boys have fun. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do if I were there. Ryan stops at the door. RYAN (sarcastic) Oh, in that case I’ll be back in like twenty minutes. Whatever. EMILY Ryan smiles and starts to close the door. Ryan! luck? EMILY (CONT’D) You’re not going to wish me RYAN Your thing’s not till Monday, Em. I’ll see you before that. EMILY The preparation’s the most important part. RYAN Good luck with your preparations then. Now, I’m going to go get lucky. He starts to close the door, but quickly swings it back open.
  4. 4. 3. RYAN (CONT’D) (ineloquent) Poker. You know what I meant. Emily smiles and shakes her head. She turns back to the papers on the table. Only a moment passes before the door bursts open and Ryan comes rushing back in. He is wearing an oversized red sweatshirt and faded jeans. His hair has been completely mucked up and his face is no longer clean shaved. EMILY Oh my God! You scared me. are you doing? What Ryan rushes toward her and grabs her by the hand. clutches her chest. She RYAN You need to see this. EMILY Stop it, that hurts. He drags her over to the window facing the parking lot. RYAN Who is that? He points down for her to look and see Ryan. The same Ryan that she had just been talking with. The Ryan who was dressed well and clean shaven. Not the Ryan she is standing with now. EMILY I don’t understand. He releases her hand and she starts to back away from him. Her hands still clutching her chest. RYAN That’s what I want to know. to find you and saw him. I came EMILY This isn’t, I can’t... She reaches back for the couch and lowers herself to the ground. Emily! RYAN Emily?
  5. 5. 4. He races forward and helps her to the ground. EMILY (breathing heavily) I just need to catch my breath. Emily loses consciousness. INT. EMILY’S APARTMENT. NIGHT EMILY is lying face down on her couch. The room is dark when she finally stirs. RYAN is sitting by her. RYAN Good, you’re awake. EMILY Did I fall asleep? RYAN You fainted, actually. Her eyes pop open and she sees RYAN with the red sweatshirt. It takes her a second to catch up, but she quickly remembers all that happened. In one movement, she jumps up from the couch and swings around the backside, opposite Ryan. RYAN (CONT’D) Wait, I can explain. Can you? EMILY RYAN Well, no, not really, but I’m not going to hurt you. EMILY How do I know that? RYAN Because I would have already. EMILY (sarcastic) That’s very reassuring. Emily reaches back by the kitchen and grabs a knife from the counter. Ryan’s body language changes from alert and defensive to calm and collected.
  6. 6. 5. RYAN It’s me. You know me. ever hurt you? Would I Emily’s posture relaxes a little. EMILY How do I know it’s you? RYAN I don’t know, but believe me when I tell you that I want to know what’s happening as much as you do. EMILY I doubt that. RYAN You’re not the one this is happening to. EMILY The double of my boyfriend broke into my apartment and assaulted me. How is it that this isn’t happening to me? She puts her free hand over her chest. RYAN I’m sorry, you’re right, but you’re not the one who can’t remember anything. EMILY What’s that? RYAN I don’t remember anything before this morning. EMILY Yeah, that’s not creepy at all. RYAN Emily, please. You’re the only one I can turn to. I need your help. EMILY Fine, but I’m keeping this. She holds up the knife.
  7. 7. 6. Fine. RYAN EMILY Why do you think I can help? RYAN Since this morning, my memory has been coming back little by little. When I saw you earlier I got a boost, or something, and a ton of memories came flooding back. EMILY (sarcastic) That’s sweet. How does that mean I can help? RYAN I think you can help me remember. That’s it? to do? EMILY That’s all you want me RYAN That’s a lot. EMILY What about this double thing? Do you remember something about that? No. RYAN EMILY Because that’s kind of weird. RYAN You basically know everything I do now. EMILY Does your head hurt? What, no. RYAN Should it? EMILY I don’t know, but I’m thinking it would if you were hit in the head or something. I’m just trying to figure out what this could be, and now I don’t think it’s head trauma. (MORE)
  8. 8. 7. EMILY (CONT'D) There’s just a million other things it could be. RYAN A million, huh? EMILY Why not? You could be a clone, or a shape-shifter. Maybe, you were tracking your doppelganger and, just before you could make contact, you were struck with memory loss. RYAN Come on, Emily, this is serious. EMILY I am serious. There is no realistic explanation as to why your here right now, so either you’re something weird or I’m dreaming. I’m leaning toward I’m dreaming. I’ve been pretty tired lately. I’m sure that can cause weird dreams. RYAN You’re not dreaming. EMILY Said my dream. RYAN I know you’re not, because I’m not a dream. EMILY Oh (she jumps). Am I dead? It happened. I’m dead aren’t I. She sits down on the couch. RYAN No, You’re not dead. EMILY (sarcastic) Convincing argument. RYAN I’m his twin. Ryan Sits down next to her.
  9. 9. 8. EMILY What? RYAN It’s a realistic argument. I found my twin, but I lost my memory before I could meet him. EMILY Yeah. (Pause) No. How would you know me or where I lived. RYAN I found out before I lost my memory, and for some reason that’s what I remember. EMILY That’s sweet and all, but I don’t think... RYAN ...Time travel. EMILY Oh, good one. I like that. RYAN No, I think that’s what this is, seriously What? EMILY How? RYAN I don’t know yet. It’s just a feeling. I’m not from now. EMILY Then you’re only from tomorrow, because you’re not that old. Thank you. RYAN EMILY And you need to get that time travel device fixed. Coming back with no memory is super unhelpful. RYAN That’s a good point.
  10. 10. 9. Thank you. EMILY RYAN Why would I lose my memory going back in time? EMILY If you went back in time. RYAN I’m pretty sure. Sure, part. It fits. EMILY besides the time travel RYAN Who’s that? Ryan is looking at a picture across the room of Emily with a young man. EMILY Jealous much? RYAN I recognize him. She watches him for a second as he tries to figure it out. EMILY He’s my brother. That’s how we met, or how I met your twin anyway. At a bar. RYAN EMILY You remember that? RYAN Sort of. It’s hard to explain. picked you up at a bar? Hardly. EMILY That’s just how we met. RYAN I remember differently. EMILY Does this mean you’re getting you’re memory back? I
  11. 11. 10. RYAN Some of it. Can we go? EMILY Go where, to the bar? RYAN Sorry, that’s probably asking too much. EMILY No, it’s just that I’m not sure... RYAN ...I get it. Don’t worry. I’m just trying to think of things to jump start my memory. EMILY I’m sorry, I’ve just got this presentation on Monday that I have to work on. RYAN The Atwater account. EMILY How did you know that? RYAN I don’t know. EMILY So if you really are from the future you would know if I get it. Do I? RYAN (smiling) I don’t know, sorry. me? You believe EMILY No, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Do you remember that trip to the lake? She puts the knife down and gets up to look at another picture. Ryan’s eyes fall on the knife on the table. RYAN Which lake? Guess not. EMILY
  12. 12. 11. Ryan puts his head down. RYAN Trust me, I wish I could remember. Emily sees him with his head in his hands. EMILY You know what, let’s do it. He lifts his head. RYAN Are you sure? EMILY Why not? Sitting around here’s not going to do either one of us any good, and you need to get your memory back. INT. BAR. NIGHT There is only a few people at the bar. secluded place near the back. Anything? EMILY and RYAN pick a EMILY Ryan smiles. RYAN Nothing substantial, but I’ll let you know. EMILY So, what do you think this is all about? What? RYAN She gives him a look of disappointment. RYAN (CONT’D) The time travel? EMILY I’m just saying, what’s the point of going back in time if you can’t remember anything from before you got there.
  13. 13. 12. RYAN It’s a good point. I don’t know. My memory’s coming back, though. Maybe I figured I’ll get it all back eventually. EMILY Sure, we got time. Funny. RYAN EMILY What if you were a time traveling secret agent and you were attacked, which is why you don’t remember, and the only time you could escape to was this one. RYAN I don’t think I’ve done this before. EMILY It’s just that, when you about it, what makes now important. If this is a thing why would you come think so one time back here? RYAN This is so frustrating. It’s like the answer is right out in front of me, and all I have to do is grab it. EMILY This isn’t working. have another idea. Come on, I She pulls him up from the bar. EXT. PARK. NIGHT EMILY pulls RYAN by the hand over to one of the swings. She positions him at just the right spot and moves in front of him. To his surprise, she plants a kiss on him. EMILY How about now? RYAN Let me guess, first kiss?
  14. 14. 13. She sighs and drops her shoulders. EMILY Nothing? That should have done something. RYAN Hold on. I think it’s working. it again. Do She goes in for another kiss, but notices he’s smiling. Before she reaches him she pulls back and slaps him on the shoulder. Funny. EMILY Ryan shrugs. He still has a His mood changes. His smile and then he starts to sway. doesn’t fall. His head goes his eyes to meet hers. Wow. It worked? His smiles returns. embrace. Hi. Hi? smile, but something changes. fades into a look of confusion, She clutches his arms, but he limp and then he slowly raises RYAN EMILY He notices that she has him in an RYAN EMILY RYAN You’re them most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Emily blushes and let’s go of him. he can’t take them off of her. She avoids his eyes, but EMILY All right, fella, it was just a little kiss. Let’s not get crazy now. She pulls away from him.
  15. 15. 14. RYAN This is so weird. you all night, but seeing you for the can’t explain why, to see you. I’ve been with it’s like I’m first time. I but it’s so good EMILY You remember. That’s great, so what is it? Time travel spy? RYAN You. EMILY Come again. RYAN I came back for you. EMILY What’s that mean? RYAN I don’t know. I don’t have all the pieces yet. EMILY But you remember. Yes. RYAN We can go home now. EMILY Are you sure? Maybe you’ll remember the rest of it. I’m sure. RYAN I remember enough. INT. EMILY’S APARTMENT. NIGHT EMILY opens her front door and walks in. RYAN follows behind her slowly. She puts her keys down on the counter and he sits down in the living room. EMILY Are you okay? Yeah, why? RYAN
  16. 16. 15. EMILY You haven’t said anything since the park. RYAN Just thinking, I guess. EMILY About what? He stands up. RYAN Can I get some water? Sure. EMILY She gets a glass and pours him some water. EMILY (CONT’D) What have you been thinking so hard about? RYAN I don’t belong here. EMILY Well, sure, you’re from the future. RYAN That’s not what I mean. I can’t shake it, but it’s definitely a bad feeling. They are both standing in the kitchen. the table with her papers on it. Emily looks over to EMILY You don’t happen to remember anything more about my account, do you? Do I get it? Ryan puts the glass down aggressively. RYAN There you go with that again. Emily is surprised, and Ryan begins to clean up some spilled water. RYAN (CONT’D) I don’t know why, but it annoys me. It’s not that important.
  17. 17. 16. EMILY How can it not be that important? This will be huge for me. RYAN It’s not important. She begins to smile. EMILY I think I understand now. I get the job, and it takes me away from you. You’re jealous. RYAN That’s not funny. EMILY It’s a little funny, and how would you know? You don’t even remember. Ryan cracks a smile. RYAN I’m not jealous. EMILY It’s convenient you’re forgetting that part. Whatever. RYAN He continues to stare at her. What? Emily blushes. EMILY RYAN I love you. Her smile fades as she watches him. Sitting across from her with a giant smile on his face staring back at her. She looks away and gets up from the couch. RYAN (CONT’D) What is it? What did I say? EMILY It’s nothing. He gets up to follow her.
  18. 18. 17. Tell me. RYAN EMILY Don’t worry about it. He spins her around to look into her eyes and she has a tear running down her cheek. He thinks she is crying, but she is just breathing heavily again. RYAN What’s wrong. Nothing. EMILY I promise. She starts to breath more heavily as he clutches her shoulders. EMILY (CONT’D) There’s a prescription on the counter. Could you hand that to me? Sure. RYAN He lets her go and she lays down on the couch. He fills a glass of water and gets her pills. When he reaches her she is having trouble breathing, but she manages to take her medicine. Ryan sits with her and watches as she closes her eyes and drifts off to sleep. INT. APARTMENT. NIGHT Emily lifts her eyes to see Ryan pacing back in forth in front of her. She moves her hand and he looks over to her. RYAN Hey. Are you okay? something. Do you need EMILY No, I’m fine. Did I feint again? RYAN You didn’t feint. You had some kind of an attack, or something. didn’t know what to do. EMILY I took my pills. else to do. There’s nothing I
  19. 19. 18. RYAN Should I take you somewhere. you need to see a doctor. Do She grabs his hands and holds them. EMILY No, I’m fine. RYAN Emily, you’re not fine. She looks outside and sees that it is still dark. EMILY What time is it? RYAN I don’t know. (He checks his phone) Five-thirty. EMILY I know where we can go, but you’re not going to like it. EXT. PARK. MAGIC EMILY and RYAN sit next to each other on a park bench. The Sun is rising in front of them. Emily doesn’t look as well as she did previously. RYAN I forgot you liked to do this. EMILY That’s good right. Not that you forgot, but that you remembered. RYAN Sure, I guess. I just wish I knew more. I keep getting this feeling like I’m wasting time. Emily slowly turns to scowl at him. RYAN (CONT’D) No, not like that. This is pointless. No, I mean, I keep feeling like I’m here for a purpose, but I still don’t know what that is.
  20. 20. 19. EMILY (sarcastic) Well, whatever it is I hope it’s important. I’d hate to think I’ve been wasting my time. RYAN You know what I mean. I promise you whatever it is, this is what I would rather be doing. EMILY Oh yeah, usually you tell me you’d rather be sleeping. RYAN (sarcastic) Sure, if I had to wake up for this, but we were already up. The Sun rises early. Emily turns to look out over the pond. the distance. The sun is rising in EMILY You probably don’t remember this, but there was one time you promised me you would meet me for coffee at sunrise. You didn’t make it. I had to go over to your place and knock on your window to wake you up. Once we got out there it was beautiful, though. I thought so at least. You fell asleep. She stops talking. She is not looking at Ryan. Her eyes are still watching the horizon. Slowly she turns to see if Ryan is asleep. He’s not. His eyes are on the horizon too. It’s almost as though he is going to cry. Emily watches him for a second. RYAN I remember. EMILY That’s another good sign. RYAN No, I remember everything. EMILY Everything, everything?
  21. 21. 20. Yes. RYAN EMILY That’s great, isn’t it? Ryan isn’t looking at her. His mood has grown somber. RYAN I think we should go. Why? EMILY RYAN Em, please, can we go back? Okay. EMILY Ryan hops up and Emily attempts to follow, but she hesitates and falls back into her seat. RYAN Are you alright? EMILY I’m fine, just give me a second. So much for a good nights rest. Ryan sits back down next to her. back tears. He watches her, fighting RYAN We need to go. EMILY Why did we stay up all night again? RYAN To be together. Thanks. I’ll help you. EMILY Ryan helps her up. INT. AMANDA’S APARTMENT. DAY RYAN opens the door for EMILY.
  22. 22. 21. EMILY I’m sorry, but I think I may go lay down for a bit. Sure. RYAN She walks by the kitchen and sees her work on the table. EMILY Oh, I’m so far behind. RYAN Don’t worry about that now. He grabs her arm to help her to her bed. immediately, but looks at him. She doesn’t move EMILY Do I get it? Come on, be honest. RYAN It’s not important. They start to walk back to her bedroom. EMILY It’s important to me. RYAN Yes, you got it. You walked in fully rested and beautiful. They took one look at you and knew you were the one. You did your presentation and got the gig right after. EMILY You make it sound so easy. What about us? Do we make it, or do we end up driving each other crazy? She seems weaker now. up. Ryan is struggling more to keep her RYAN Em, You’re going to drive me crazy till the day I die. He helps her down onto the bed and turns to get a blanket. EMILY Why are you here?
  23. 23. 22. For you. RYAN I told you that. EMILY Are you sure it’s for me? you look at me? Why wont RYAN What are you talking about? I am looking at you. I can’t take my eyes off of you. He pauses for a moment and stops unfolding the blanket around her. He looks into her eyes. EMILY I’m sorry. I thought we could have a normal life. I thought it would be just like everyone else’s. RYAN What are you talking about? EMILY I know why you’re here. She grabs his hand as he is positioning the blanket. fights back tears. RYAN Contrary to what you believe, you don’t know everything. EMILY I know enough. RYAN Why didn’t you tell me? EMILY The same reason you didn’t tell me. RYAN I told you everything. I didn’t keep anything from you. EMILY Today was the first time you ever told me you loved me. Why didn’t you say it before? RYAN I was scared and weak. know I love you. Surely, you He
  24. 24. 23. I do now. EMILY RYAN You were scared? Is that it? could have been here for you. I EMILY You are here for me, and I’m not afraid of dying. I was afraid you would see me differently, and I didn’t want anything to change between us. Besides, It wouldn’t change my situation. There’s nothing anyone can do. RYAN I’ve never forgiven myself. I wasn’t there for you when you needed me the most. EMILY But you are here for me, and when you go back you can go on knowing I wasn’t alone. Ryan shakes his head. RYAN There is no going back, Em. It was a one way ticket, or a brief layover, whatever you want to call it. There is no going back for me. EMILY So what now? Is this our last day? He crawls into bed with her. RYAN I don’t know what it is, but I’m happy I have it. Me too. What? EMILY Hey! RYAN EMILY You lied to me. RYAN About what?
  25. 25. 24. EMILY I’m not going to get that account am I? RYAN You wouldn’t have wanted it anyway. EMILY I worked hard on that. RYAN It would have been so time consuming, and all it would have done would have been to take you away from me. EMILY I like what I do. RYAN Yeah, but you like me more, right? EMILY Maybe. You’re okay. You did come back in time to be with me, so you get some points. They smile together. INT. EMILY’S APARTMENT. DAY The door unlocks and SAM, Emily’s female friend, comes in. SAM Em, You here? I’ve been calling. She comes further into the apartment. SAM (CONT’D) Ryan thought we should hang out tonight. He said you were wanting to unwind a bit. Em? She walks into the bedroom to see her laying on the bad. She is on her side with her arms across her chest, as if they are clutching something. There is no one else in the room.