Custody

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - LATER

               Charlotte's parents and aunt and uncle stand near the end
               of the bed. The adoption attorney stands beside the bed and
               hands Charlotte a clipboard with an attached document.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              Please read this thoroughly.
                              Before you sign anything, you
                              have to understand exactly what
                              you are doing.

               Charlotte takes the clip board and carelessly flips through
               the pages.

                                          CHARLOTTE
                              I'm not going to go through all
                              this! Just give me the
                              highlights.

               The attorney shrugs his shoulders.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              Alright then, if that's what you
                              want. This document gives full
                              unconditional custody of your
                              baby boy to your parents.

               The attorney turns towards Estelle

                                          ATTORNEY
                              Oh.. uh.. has a name been chosen
                              yet?

                                          ESTELLE
                              Yes, his name is David Mark
                              Larson.

               The attorney takes a pen out of his pocket and reaches for
               the clipboard. He flips some pages, writes something, flips
               a few more pages, and writes.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              When this document is signed, Miss
                              Larson, you won't be able to see
                              your son at all without your
                              parents' permission. Do you fully
                              understand what that means?

               Charlotte reaches over, grabs the clip board.

                                          CHARLOTTE
                              Yeah, yeah, I know. That's not
                              going to be a problem. I'm
                              leaving the country, and I don't
                              ever want to come back! Give me
                              the pen, and show me where to
                              sign.

               He hands her the pen, and flips pages, indicating where to
               sign, three times. She signs and hands back the clip
               board.He turns towards the end of the bed.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              Good, now Mr. and Mrs. Larson, If
                              you would like to sign these,
                              we'll have mr. and Mrs. Patterson
                              sign as witnesses.

               He indicates Alice and Derrick with a nod of his head. Mark
               and Estelle take the offered clipboard, and sign in the
               places that the attorney indicates.

                                          MARK
                              Your turn Derrick, try to make it
                              legible.

               Grinning, he hands the clip board to Derrick, who signs the
               top page, and hands it to Alice. She signs and gives it to
               the attorney.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              Well, that's it then. Mr.and
                              Mrs.Larson, you are now
                              officially the parents of little
                              David Mark Larson.

               He walks to the door, turns, and speaks to Charlotte,coldly.

                                          ATTORNEY
                              And you, young lady, are on your
                              own!!

The End

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