EXT. VALLEY - DUSK
Gold light dappling across a valley that seems to reach on forever.
We ease back, revealing more - taking in the visual feast - finally
discovering a seated figure facing out over the valley - a DOG at
VIRGIL ANDERSON, life ahead of him - someone seemingly at ease with
himself. As we watch. him a moment - SOUNDS become prominent -
whistle of the wind through the grass - a bird's wings as it takes
flight - a tree branch creaking under its own weight. And as he sits
there, listening, we see the last rays of sunlight slip from the
BLACK - and our TITLES come up.
Then out of the darkness come a pair of HEADLIGHTS. - and we're:
EXT. NEW YORK TURNPIKE - INTO PINECREST - DUSK
An old BMW 2002 making its way up the Taconic Parkway.
INT. BMW - DUSK
On the radio:
Whitney Houston's "I'll Always Love You". AMY TREMONT,
30's, driving, on the phone.
I'm lost Betsy, and you know me -
I don't wear lost well - wait, wait I'm losing you...
(the cell phone glitches)
I'm pulling over before you disappear forever.
Amy pulls off the side of the road. Wrestles with a map and the
Sign? I was looking for a sign? There's no...
Her attention is caught by something off camera. She stares out into
HER POV - A small iced over pond - and in the middle - moving about
is Virgil, ICE SKATING - hockey stick in hand - moving about the
rink with an imaginary puck.
Yes... I took the first ..... no, no, I'm listening...
Virgil winds up and takes a slap at the ice with his stick - throws
his hands up in the air like he just scored.
Amy smiles, peers off down the road. A sign: BEAR MTN. SPA AND
RESORT 1.4 miles.
Wait, I got it - yeah. No don't call me.. right,
unless you hear from Atlanta. And fax me the
designs - I want to tinker with them a bit more
... I'm going to rest - bye - I'll see you in a week.
Beep she hangs up. Looks back out to the pond. It's empty. Shrugs -
about to pull out - that love song still blaring.
Oh p-lease, Whitney.
CLICK - she shuts off the radio - and pulls back out onto the road.
EXT. BEAR MTN. HEALTH SPA - NIGHT
Amy pulling luggage out of her car. She takes a breath - clearly
she's exhausted - and starts towards the entrance.
INT. BEAR MTN. HEALTH SPA - RECEPTION DESK - NIGHT
Amy at the front desk with the Night Manager CAROLINE, 30'S,
… we have a full weight room, lifecycles,
stairmasters, a spa, yoga, aerobics, spin classes...
I'm really just looking for a quick fix, here.
Do you have anything that just involves lying down?
Great. I'll have one a day. Not too early.
INT. BEAR MTN. - MASSAGE WAITING AREA - NEXT DAY
Amy enters, wearing sweats, she checks her watch - looks toward a
closed door - about to grab a magazine when she hears from behind
Virgil, Oh God..., right there. Yes.
Amy's interest piques - the woman's murmur continuing - deep
Yes there - a bit more...
(a small bell DINGS)
--wait - wait, you can't stop - one more minute - noo!
Sorry, Susan - time's up.
I've got someone waiting.
And the door opens - and we see a woman, 60's,
SUSAN, Bette Midler type, backing out of the room.
Virgil, you have to come live with me.
And what would your husband say?
Amy, you out there? - c'mon in.