Heart of Clouds – Screenplay – 24

Heart of Clouds

by Adrienne Wilson

*adaptation of my novel to go to FILM

(for Walter Halsey Davis, of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference)

Book is registered at WGA, and I will reformat this script for the WGA as well. I’m at page 154.


INT. CHRISTINA BEDROOM. PINK LIGHT.

Teenie sits holding her mothers hand, glad she is awake and alive. She describes Mr. Honeygarten and Claire in childhood.

TEENIE

Mom I met a boy on the beach. His name is Devlin Underwood and he moved here because his mom died last year. He lives with his grandparents now. He wants to be friends Mom.

CHRISTINA

Oh honey, I’m so glad you met a friend like that, Teenie

TEENIE

He’s really nice Mom

CHRISTINA

Tell me something about him

TEENIE

Well he left me this shell

CHRISTINA

He did?

TEENIE

He built a total castle on the beach, Mom

CHRISTINA

A castle?

TEENIE

It is Mom

He took all these pieces of driftwood and just stacked them all together into a structure – I found it the other day

CHRISTINA

Wow

TEENIE

Mom I think he saw me crying and it’s like totally embarrassing

CHRISTINA

What were you crying about?

TEENIE

Dad. Sometimes I really miss him Mom

CHRISTINA

I know you do honey

TEENIE

I really wish he would call Mom

CHRISTINA

Tell me about the castle again

TEENIE

Well that first day I saw him he ran away. I saw him up on the dunes and I called out to him but he ran away

CHRISTINA

(smiles)

Your father ran away from me like that

Teenie I never told you about Delos did I?

TEENIE

(looking at her Mom with wonder)

Who was Delos?

CHRISTINA

(nodding and smiling)

He was the first boy who ever held my hand Teenie

TEENIE

How old were you

CHRISTINA

I was fourteen and so was he

TEENIE

Mom you never told me

CHRISTINA

Maybe I was saving it for today

Delos. Puppy Love

TEENIE

What’s puppy love Mom?

CHRISTINA

Well it’s kind of hard to explain, but sometimes it happens when you are about fourteen or so

TEENIE

It does?

CHRISTINA

Once he took me up to some caves by a creek, and he held my hand as we climbed over the rocks. It was the first time a boy held my hand

TEENIE

You were my age Mom

CHRISTINA

A little bit older

TEENIE

What was he like?

CHRISTINA

He was the nicest boy, he really was

There was another boy too, Teenie

TEENIE

(raises eyebrows, close in on surprised look)

Another boy?

CHRISTINA

His name was Charles

TEENIE

Mom you never told me any of this

CHRISTINA

I guess I didn’t did I?

TEENIE

Mom!

CHRISTINA

Well I guess you weren’t going to turn fourteen before

TEENIE

Mom!

CHRISTINA

Now that you’re going on fourteen I guess it’s time we had a talk about boys

TEENIE

(very surprised that she and her mother are talking this way)

Mom!

CHRISTINA

Charles made a ring for me once

TEENIE

He did?

CHRISTINA

We better have some breakfast. I want to hear all about Devlin and his castle

INT. CHRISTINA KITCHEN. PINK LIGHT

Christina making two bowls of cereal with bananas, and Teenie’s first cup of coffee.

CHRISTINA

I put a lot of cream and sugar in this

TEENIE

(amazed, her first cup of what adults drink)

CHRISTINA

Teenie Alexander I think my little girl is growing up

TEENIE

I am Mom

CHRISTINA

Tell me about Devlin

TEENIE

Only if you tell me about Delos and Charles

CHRISTINA

You go first

TEENIE

First he left me a shell, and then I left him a note. I hid it Mom. Then he left me a note back.

Mom was Delos your friend?

CHRISTINA

He was honey, that summer

Now that I think of it Teenie, he asked me to kiss him but I didn’t

TEENIE

He did?

CHRISTINA

He told me our friends, Susie and Paul had kissed, and he wanted to do what Paul did, but I didn’t want to so I didn’t

TEENIE

Did you kiss Charles?

CHRISTINA

Yes, honey I did

TEENIE

Was it when he gave you that ring?

CHRISTINA

It might have been – he designed the ring himself because we were both taking a jewelry class together

TEENIE

Did he like you?

CHRISTINA

I think he did. We were reading a book called The Hobbit when we took that class and he designed the ring that looked like it came right out of the book

TEENIE

Did you wear it?

CHRISTINA

Well it seemed like if I wore it it would mean something so I kept it in my jewelry box instead. I wasn’t sure why he gave it to me, to be honest

TEENIE

What did it look like?

CHRISTINA

It was silver with a dragon swirling all around it

TEENIE

Mom what was kissing like?

CHRISTINA

When I was fourteen I didn’t kiss boys often Teenie – Charles and I might have just kissed each other on the cheek when he gave me that ring

(pauses)

I didn’t want to give him the wrong idea about me

TEENIE

(thinking of invisible kiss she left for Devlin)

Mom can a boy and girl be friends without kissing?

CHRISTINA

(smiles warmly at her daughter)

A kiss is a really special thing Teenie. A boy and a girl should be really good friends

before they try and have a first kiss

Never kiss a boy if you don’t want to Teenie

TEENIE

I won’t Mom

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