INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
David and Estelle are standing beside the bed. Mark is
wearing an oxygen mask, and he's hooked up to a heart
monitor and and IV pole. He is propped up on pillows while
He sleeps fitfully, groaning and moving occasionally.
Estelle holds his hand and weeps quietly.
It's a good thing that you were
right there to give him CPR, mom.
You're a terrific nurse. You saved
Estelle kisses her husband's limp hand, and speaks quietly,
almost to herself.
I may have saved his life, but for
how long? the doctor says that his
heart is damaged. I'm glad he
retired a year ago. Now he can
just take it easy, regain his
Now that I've graduated from
school, I can stay home and help
you take care of dad.
The doctor says that he can go
home in a couple of weeks. You'll
have all of December with him
before you go to Orillia.
Mrs. Maxwell told you about that?
I wasn't going to say anything
for now. I might put off going
You will do no such thing!!
Becoming a cop has been your dream
since you were just a kid. Your
dad would never want you to give
that up. You're only going to be
gone a week, and then you'll be
back home and on the job as a
I know, but I'll have to spend
some time in Aylmer at the Police
College taking the courses I'll
need to take the final exam in a
year's time. I don't like to
spend so much time away from home
when dad is so sick.
I know you don't honey, but he's a
Strong man with an extremely
strong will to live. That makes a
huge difference in situations like
this. He will fight tooth and nail
to see you receive your badge.
Becoming a cop is not only your
dream, but our dream as well. It
is a noble profession, and we
couldn't be prouder of you. Your
dad will just be thrilled to
learn that you've been accepted.
Mark moves in the bed and slowly removes the oxygen mask.
David was accepted?
You're awake. Oh thank God! We've
been so worried about you,
sweetheart. Yes, David was
That's my boy! Congratulations,
Thanks dad, but we can talk about
that later. Right now, you need
rest. You scared the crap out of
David reaches over and gives Mark's shoulder a gentle
squeeze. Mark smiles and reaches up to pat David's hand. He
flinches slightly, indicating pain. He lifts his blanket and
looks under it.
I've had surgery.
Double bypass. Your surgeon told
me that your artery was so
clogged with cholesterol it
looked like a corroded iron pipe!
Cheese and butter are off the menu
for you, now.
That's a small price to pay for
He glances up at the bag of IV solution and grins.
It looks like everything is off the menu for awhile. I don't
suppose there's any way of squeezing a milk shake into that
Estelle and David laugh, Mark chuckles weakly.
All your friends down at the train
station came in to give blood,
just in case you needed it. The
ones that weren't the right type
gave it anyway, in your name.
Most of Mr. Maxwell's detachment
came in to give blood too. The
Police chief really appreciates
what you've done over the years
to help the police. You've
transported troops and police and
emergency personnel to trouble
spots all over Canada!
The head nurse in charge of the
blood bank said that you brought
in more units than last summer's
blood drive! Even at your
sickest, you have the power to
inspire and assist others.
Estelle turns away and rummages for a tissue in her purse.
Her shoulders shake, fighting off tears. David puts his arm
We're going to let you rest now,
dad. There are a lot of people
out in the waiting room that are
anxious for news about you. We'll
be back later.
Estelle kisses Mark's forehead. David squeezes his shoulder.
He escorts his mother to the door.
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY