INT. MAXWELL KITCHEN
January second, 1970
David leans against the kitchen counter with a suitcase and
a duffle bag at his feet beside him. He munches on a piece
of toast. Emily wanders in combing her long hair. She sees
David , turns and silently leaves. Kyle enters with a
couple of duffle bags and drops them on the floor.
Whatever happened between you two
before Christmas, I wish you'd
get over it. I'm sick of Emily's
moods and your silence on the
subject. We'll be gone for a week
of orientation, and then we'll be
on the job training. Maybe it'll
just blow over.
Somehow I doubt that. She might
never forgive me.
She asked me why I never asked her
out, and I told her it would be
like dating my sister.
Kyle laughs, glances at David's sour expression, and stops
That explains a lot. I know that's
how you feel about Joanie, but I
thought Emily was different for
you. I guess I've always had it
in the back of my mind that the
two of you would end up together
I guess I did too, somewhere deep
in my sub conscious. Anyway, we
had just kissed under the
mistletoe, and ..
Kyle sits his cup of coffee on the table and looks over his
shoulder at David. He raises one eye brow in deep interest.
David waves away the inevitable question, unwilling to go
into detail. He continues with his explanation.
I was off balance. Joanie walked
in on us, and I was embarrassed.
I was blindsided by that question
about asking her out. I just said
the first thing that came into my
head without thinking it through.
I didn't mean it the way it came
out. Emily was less than
impressed. She didn't give me a
chance to explain. She has barely
spoken to me since then.
Emily has been standing just behind the door frame leading
into the other room, listening. She strides into the
kitchen and takes Kyle by the arm, and pulls him to the
dining room door. She pushes him through.
Get lost big brother. David and I
have to talk.
Laughing good naturedly, he closes the door behind him.
Eavesdropping is not an attractive
personality trait, Emily.
I don't care. You said I didn't
give you the chance to explain.
Now you've got the chance,
David goes to her and takes her hand. He leads her to the
table. He pulls out a chair for her and she sits. He sits
beside her and holds both of her hands.
I'm sorry I hurt your feelings,
Em. I really am. The thing is, up
until that kiss, I tried very hard
not to think of you in any other
way but as my sister. You had
been dating Jeff Pike for six
months, and you seemed happy
enough. I didn't want to get in
the way of that.
Emily snorts disgustedly and pulls her hands away from his.
Sometimes you can be really slow
on the uptake, David Larson!
Didn't you ever notice that I
never went to any event with Jeff
unless you were going to be there?
I noticed that you were at those
events of course, but you were
there with Jeff. I assumed you
only wanted to be there with
Jeff. What else was I supposed to
Emily half rises from her chair, takes his head in her hands
and gives it a quick shake. She sits back down.
Give your head a shake, you thick
headed dolt! I was trying to make
you jealous, take a stand, take me
away from Jeff. Instead, you
avoided us altogether!
Be reasonable Emily, I'm not a
mind reader. Besides, you're only
sixteen years old.
So.. any relationship between us
is likely to get hot and heavy
fast. That kiss under the
mistletoe proved it. You're too
young. Jail bait, in fact. Your
father is a cop. If he ever found
out that we'd had sex, he'd charge
me with statutory rape, and put me
behind bars until you were legally
an adult. That is, after he maimed
David gets up and paces the room as he speaks
This whole conversation is
pointless, Emily. You've already
got a boyfriend your own age. He
doesn't look like much, so if he
ever tries to do anything you
don't like, I know you can handle
I can, and I have, actually. I
broke up with him the day after
the mistletoe incident. It took
me awhile to get rid of him. Five
months in fact. I finally had to
threaten him with a restraining
KYLE AND BARRY ENTER.
Come on you two, we've got to go!
Joanie and Colleen are already in
the car. Let's get this luggage
into the trunk. It's a bit of a
drive from here to there.