INT. MAXWELL HOUSE - DAY
The boys stamp their feet on the rubber mat as they enter.
They take off their outerwear and head into the kitchen
holding their mail. Colleen is dumping a large bowl of
chopped vegetables into a steaming soup pot.
Our O.P.P. letters are here mom.
Oh good. You boys have been so
anxious to get those letters for
the last couple of months. The
two of you went through so much
since graduation just to qualify
to apply! The soup won't be ready
for a half hour, so you might as
well open them now.
The boys sit at the dinner table and nervously open their
KYLE AND DAVID
Laughing, Kyle begins to read out loud.
Dear Mr. Maxwell. blah blah..
blah.. here it is. You have
successfully met all of the
criteria necessary to enter the
Ontario Provincial Police Cadet
Program. You will begin
orientation on January 2nd. 1970
at the Police College in Orillia
Kyle jumps up and begins hopping around waving the letter.
I did it. I did it. I got in!!
David sits quietly at the table with a sad look on his face.
Kyle looks alarmed and takes David's letter out of his
hands. He reads it quickly, and slaps him on top of the
head with the letter.
You got in too! I knew you were
faking. There is no way that I
got in and you didn't.
David laughs, then becomes serious.
What if I hadn't gotten in? You'd
still go take your training,
I guess I'd help you find out why
you weren't accepted. There would
have to be a really good reason.
If it was just a matter of lack
of space on the program, I'd wait
till there was room for both of
You would do that for me?
Sure, we're brothers, more or
less, aren't we?
David blushes slightly, embarrassed to discuss such deep
Pretty much, yeah. I'll wait till
after lunch to tell mom and dad.
I think they're both worried
about the danger of me being a
cop, but they've never tried to
talk me out of it. They know that
it's what I really want to do with
The twins can be heard coming down the stairs laughing and
talking. They come into the kitchen, and Emily picks up one
of the open letters on the table.
I'm guessing by all the hooting
and hollering that these are the
letters you guys were waiting
Kyle nods and grins.
We both got in. We go for
orientation for a week in
Orillia, then we'll be partnered
for a year with an experienced
Colleen calls from the kitchen.
You girls came down just in time
to set the table for lunch.
Why can't the boys do it?
Because they're doing the dishes,
The boys laugh.
Want to switch?
The girls are setting the table, and Colleen is bringing in
a plate of dinner rolls when the telephone rings loudly.
Kyle answers the phone which is on the wall between the
kitchen and dining room. Kyle answers it.
Hello? Oh hi, Mrs. Larson. Yes,
David is here. I'll get him.
Kyle holds the receiver towards David, who is still sitting
at the table.
It's for you, David. It's your
David takes the receiver. The siren of an ambulance is heard
screaming in the distance, and getting closer.
Yeah, hi mom.
David drops the receiver, and it dangles from the phone on
the wall. He staggers and sits abruptly on the floor as
though his legs gave out. He is as white as paste, and
tears are running down his face.
DD..Dad just had a heart attack.
The ambulance is just getting to
our place now.
Emily bursts into tears and goes to sit beside David. She
hugs him fiercely.
Girls, I'm going over to be with
Estelle until the paramedics get
Mark in the ambulance.
She strides purposefully towards the front closet and
hastily gets dressed for the outdoors. Kyle and the girls
help David to his feet. Emily runs to get his coat and
boots. He gets dressed.
I'll drive you in your dad's car
to the hospital, David.I imagine
your mom will go in the ambulance
with your dad. Kyle, help the
girls make sure the stove and
everything is off, and put the
vegetables away. You can
bring the girls to the hospital, Kyle.
I'll call your dad at work.
David follows Colleen out the door, and her children begin
following her instructions.
INT. MAXWELL HOUSE - DAY