INT. ALICE'S HOUSE -BEDROOM - NIGHT
October 9, 1951
The room is dark, except for a round clock whose back lit
face shows 3:35. Charlotte is moves under the covers of
the bed, moaning.
Mom, mom! aahhhh! Something is
Charlotte sits up in bed abruptly, screaming.
Owowowow... this hurts! Oh
nooo..I'm all wet. I think my
water broke! Momomomom...Mommy! I
need you... mom, where are you?
Estelle and her sister Alice come into the room, Alice puts
on the light, and Estelle goes to the bed. She is carrying
a handful of towels which she sets on the empty bedside
Alright, now Charlotte,
easy,easy.. breathe in little
puffs. That will help the pain.
We'll get you cleaned up, and get
you to the hospital.
Estelle helps Charlotte get out of bed, while she makes
little noises of comfort. She sits up on the
side, obviously 40 weeks pregnant. Estelle holds Charlotte's wrist as she looks at her watch.
Fifteen minutes between
contractions. You're not in hard
labour yet. We'll get you to the
hospital in plenty of time.
Alice walks to the bed with a small pile of clothing in her
I'll help you get her dressed,
Estelle. Mark and Derrick are
already up and dressed. They'll
be waiting in the car with her
suitcase when she's ready.
Alice hands the clothing to Charlotte. She grumbles as she
You talk as though I'm not even
in the room, Aunt Alice. I know
that you'll be more than glad to
get rid of me. I can't wait till
I get out of this gloomy old
The women fuss around Charlotte.
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - LATER
Estelle is holds a lustily screaming baby in a blue blanket.
Mark stands beside her, self consciously rubbing the baby's
Oh Charlotte, he's beautiful! Nine
pounds, four ounces. He's going to
Charlotte is sitting up in bed, sweating profusely.She moves
slightly, moans with discomfort. She mumbles, just above a
That makes sense, considering his
father is probably a line backer.
Estelle rocks the baby gently, and he quiets. Mark peersdown
into the baby's face.
Well, he can play football in high
school if he wants to, but he's
going to be an engineer for the
CNR, like me. I'll teach him the
ropes as he grows up.
Do you want to hold him,
Charlotte? You might find a
connection, form a bond.
Estelle walks to the head of the bed, and shows the now
sleeping baby to his mother. Speaking softly, she tries to
reason with her daughter.
Look at his sweet little face,
honey. How can you turn your back
on him? If you decide that you
want to be a part of his life
after all, we'll be alright with
that. We'll still raise him, but
you can see him whenever you
Estelle holds the baby out to Charlotte, but she pushes him
away with both hands, raising her voice angrily.
No, no! You are not going to talk
me into it! I don't want to see
him, I don't want anything to do
Estelle backs off with the baby as Charlotte begins to
scream and cry hysterically.
We have an agreement!! I'm going to
Los Angeles to become a star! What
would it look like if the studios
knew I had an illegitimate brat
somewhere? Nobody would hire me.
I don't want anything to do with
A nurse enters the room with a glassed in bassinet. She
speaks to Charlotte in a disapproving manner.
Will you be breast feeding him,
No I won't, MISS snotty nurse! I
want painkillers, now!!
Estelle hands the baby to the nurse, who puts him in the
bassinet. She takes the baby out of the room.
The adoption attorney will be here
with the custody papers in a
couple of hours. You get some
rest. We'll be back later for you
to sign the papers.
Charlotte scrunches down in the bed and pulls the covers
up to her chin. She answers her mother in a disinterested
Fine, whenever. I don't care
INT. ALICE'S HOUSE -BEDROOM - NIGHT