Screenplay By Phillip Ghee (USA)
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A heavy rain is falling. Jared rushes through the rain to DeBaptise’s car. He opens the door and quickly enters.
Jean, your message sounded urgent. Is something wrong with one of the kids?
No. The kids are all right but I am here, not as Jean tonight, I have some serious questions to ask. You know that I am a policeman. But I never told you exactly what I do.
I am a homicide cop, a detective.
(Jared looks concern and worried)
No, relax, just some questions, first relax take a good breath. This is not about you but you may have some information that might help me in a very important matter.
You know, or should I say did you know Esemele Gutierrez?
(taken off guard, a little confused, hesitates to answer)
Gutierrez, Gutierrez Oh! Mele. Yes I did know her, not really well. She works as a maid at the Professor’s house. We would see her, Braxton and I, sometimes when we did our assignments. Just light chat. The maids worked upstairs and Braxton and I did most of our work in the basement. Sometime we would see her and ride up with her on the shuttle stop. Nice girl. We went to the funeral.
(Hesitates, searches his memory again. There were at least one or two more figures at the shuttle stop other than the blond boy and dark haired girl)
So what did you think of her?
Like I said, nice girl, what more else could of think of her? Like I said, I just knew her casually.
What about Braxton? Did he just know her casually also?
What do you mean, hey! What this about Jean?
Do you think her and Braxton may have been lovers?
I don’t think so. Anyway as they say, I am not my brother’s keeper.
So Detective, this whole buddy- up sham, me working at the center,
me being good with the kids and all, nothing but lies, nothing but a cover
so you could ask, interrogate me about my roommate?
Look Jared, I am sorry. There were questions I needed to ask. In fact I am hoping this whole thing blows over and I just happen to wander into a weird coincidence. You say, or imply the Braxton and the girl were merely casual?
DeBaptise goes on to tell Jared about the shuttle stop incident. He asks if Jared can confirm the incident. Jared confirms.
That seems more than just a casual relationship doesn’t it?
You gotta know Braxton. He flirts all the time. It’s just his nature. He doesn’t mean anything from it?
Well maybe it meant something to her. What about the Professor
Now you are going too! far Jean. Anything more, I think you should let me call a lawyer or something.
OK calm down. Look I want you to do me one favor. And if I don’t find what I am looking for. I promise you I will drop the whole thing. Hopefully you will forgive me and we can go on just like before. Deal?