1. EXT. O'DONNELL FAMILY HOME - DAY
SEAN O'DONNELL (45) is sitting next to sick AMELIA O'DONNELL (43) on a double bed. Their is a quite knock on the door. A priest walks in looking solemn. He nods to Sean.
Sean kisses Amelia on the forehead and leaves. Sean walks out into the hallway and looks to their two daughters VICKY (13) and VERONICA (17). Veronica is holding Vicky, both crying.
The priest comes out and declares Amelia dead. The camera zooms in on Sean's face which is devastated but not crying. He looks down.
Sean looks up and he and his daughters are at the round dinner table. There is complete silence except for the noise of cutlery scraping against plates.
Where'd they take her?
Veronica starts crying into her food
Dad, she's in a better place
Sean drops his knife and fork, pushes back is chair and storms into his office, leaving Veronica sobbing and Vicky staring after him.
INT. SEANS OFFICE - NIGHT
Sean is sitting at his dim lit desk in a dark room that is covered in shelves and shelves of taxidermized animals. There is another door in the back of his office that is secured with a lock
He is working on stuffing a squirrel. He is shoving straw wrapped in string into the squirrel's dissected body. He drops the animal and looks to the door behind him, thinking. He puts the animal in a freezer, picks up a tool box and goes to open the locked door.
He fiddles with the lock until it pops open. He opens the door and enters the room.
INT. KITCHEN - MORNING
Vicky and Veronica walk into the kitchen, ready for school. Sean is sitting at the table eating a plate of pancakes and reading the paper.
Veronica and Vicky are putting on their jackets and are a bit taken aback by Sean's happy tone of voice.
Sit down I made pancakes
Um no thanks, they look lovely but we should really get going
Just as Sean was about to protest the doorbell rings.
Sean walks to the door and looks through the peep hole.
Sean unlocks the multiple sets of locks on the door before welcoming his first client of the day in, Derry.
Derry has a box in his hands and has red rimmed eyes from crying.
Thanks so much for this last minute appointment, I know you and your family are grieving, oh hey girls, but I just couldn't b-bear the thought of him in that freezer anymore an-
Hey Derry your fine, I had an open slot today anyway and plus me and the girls are getting on fine, aren't we?
Sean looks from Derry to the girls waiting for them to agree with him.
There is dead silence in the room for a beat and Derry is in the middle looking very awkward
Anyway, come on let's fix...
Let's fix Sir Reginald and make him good as new. I'll talk prices with you too...
Sean leads Derry into his office with a hand to his back while talking. He shuts the door and we hear it lock.
Vicky and Veronica pick up their school bags and head out the door until Vicky pauses and stares at his office door.
Why is he acting so... ok
I don't know... I guess people grieve in different ways. He did the same thing when Nana and Grandad died....he just blocked it out. Come on.
Vicky and Veronica walk out the door.
Ext. front door - day
Veronica and Vicky are about to open the door when Sean opens it for them. The girls are shocked by Sean's huge grin.
Welcome home, wait wait before you come in I have a surprise for you
Sean is blocking the girl's view of the kitchen
When Sean moves we see dead Amelia sitting on the kitchen chair, taxidermied. Amelia's body is very ridged as if she's a Barbie doll. She's pure white and her eyes seem to follow you around the room.
We hear a bone chilling scream from Vicky and see Veronica cover her mouth in shock. Sean walks over to Amelia and puts his hand on her chair. He turns Amelia's face to look up at him and touches her chin with his knuckle. He looks from Amelia to the girls and says...
Things are ok again. We're all together.
Int. dinner table - evening
Sean has his hand on top of Amelia's on the table. He's chocking down his dinner as if it's his last and is talking to Amelia.
You know, I was thinking about going on a little road trip in a couple of days-
Sean is acting as if Amelia is talking back to him
No, no I've fixed the car- Mmm maybe Monday. Tuesday? What do ye think? Mom's vote is for Tuesday.
Veronica and Vicky haven't touched their food and are staring at Amelia.
Dad this so wrong. She's...she's dead. She should be in the morgue like you told us, not... not at our dinner table.
Veronica is tearing up and is saying this is a strong whisper.
Veronica I don't know if you're feeling well because your mother is not dead, she is very much alive and is quite frankly, getting very mad at you for not eating your dinner. Aren't you-
Sean has paused his eating and is getting impatient with his 'ungrateful' daughters.
Dad stop. This is disguising, this is inhumane-
When Veronica get's closer to her mom she stops with realization.
You.....you stuffed her. You stuffed her like one of your animals. You-
I did no such thing. Your mind goes to sick places Veronica, very sick places. Now sit down your making your mother upset.
Sean wipes his face with his napkin and claps his hands together. He walks over to the radio on the fire mantle piece and looks for a station. A waltz comes on.
Well my darling, shall we?
Sean puts Amelia's legs into a standing position and picks her up. He holds her to his chest and buriers his face in her neck. He sways with her.
Veronica and Vicky just stare at the two. Vicky runs to the nearby toilet and vomit's.
Int. hallway - night
Veronica and Vicky are heading into their bedroom.
Vicky, a word please.
Sean is at the end of the hallway. Veronica shakes her head at Vicky.
I'll try and talk to him
Vicky walks down the hallway and Sean places his hand on her back. Sean looks at Veronica, smiles and walks to his office with Vicky.
Int. the girl's bedroom - Early morning
Veronica and Vicky share a double bed. Veronica is on her side staring at Vicky's empty side of the bed. Veronica sits up. She gets up and puts on her dressing gown which is hanging on the door. She silently creeps out.