FADE his dressing to leave for work. James looks

FADE
IN:

 

       INT. SPENCERS’ HOME IN GILLOW TOWN-DAY

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       KALLAR in her nightgown joins JAMES in
the living room where he is doing final
touches on his   dressing to leave for
work. James looks displeased    at the sight
of Kallar.

 

KALLAR

         Are you
almost ready? Let me fix that tie for        you.

      

JAMES

          Yes dear.

              

KALLAR

              (tightening James’s tie and
straightening             the collar of his shirt)

          You don’t look good of late, is it the
work                 pressure?

           

JAMES

           No, am okay.

                  

       KALLAR hugs James and leaves for work.
KALLAR     remains thoughtful about what
could be bothering   James. Kallar looks around
the room and sees her son MARK and
daughter HOLY coming down the stairs.

 

KALLAR

           
People! What’s keeping us busy today?

           

HOLY AND MARK

           
Cards!

KALLAR

              (Going upstairs)

           
Alright, going to freshen up will join you           two soon.

             

                                                                                                            DISSOLVE TO:

 

       INT. JAMES’S OFFICE GILLOW TOWM HOSPITAL LABOR         AND MATERNITY WING- DAY

       James
is seated in his office, and nurse ANNIE is pacing
around the office

ANNIE

          I
have already done my part, do yours now,           it’s
been years can’t she get out of our way         to
a happy love life together?

JAMES

          I
have told you several times that it cannot         happen
in a flash, I still need to sort out            some
issues with her.

ANNIE

          What
issues? For three years now you have            given
me excuses, you need to act now!

JAMES

          I
must convince her to sell her jewels and           share
some of the money with me first before          I
let her go. Don’t you want us to go on a              holiday
immediately?

ANNIE

          Of
course yes! Sometimes I wish I could              transform myself into a man named James and
act      within a day to put this
stalemate to an end.

ANNIE

                   (Walking out of the office)

          I
need to see some results, James!

                                      INTERCUT
WITH:

     EXT. JAMES
AND KALLAR’S HOME LAWN-SUNSET

     Kallar is
busy pruning some flower plants; she does so
while rubbing her back and looks at her    protruding
belly. Mark and Holy run towards her.

HOLY

          You
have been here for a long time, mom, let us

go and prepare dinner; Daddy
will be home soon.

KALLAR

          You
are right, Let’s cook!

      The three walk into the house.

                                      DISSOLVE
TO:

     INT: JAMES
AND KALLAR’S BEDROOM-NIGHT

     James is
walking up and down while Kallar who is     seated
on the bed is making a knot on her hair.

JAMES

          Darling,
we need to raise money for the              investment
I spoke to you about, it bothers me          deeply.
Why can’t you just sell the jewels              since
you do not even use them?

KALLAR

          You
know I can’t James, those are gifts from my           beloved
grandmother. Furthermore, I have

nothing else for myself
except those jewels.

     James does not respond, and Kallar turns to
look at him only to see him holding a
mallet.

KALLAR

          What
are you? ..(screams once)

     James hits
Kallar on the head with the mallet, she   passes
out and falls on the floor bleeding.

     James
throws the mallet into the dustbin. He    walks
around the room for about a minute and then suddenly
as though awakening from a bad dream,    bends over to Kallar and begins administering
first aid on her while calling her.

JAMES

          Kallar
dear, Honey, what have I done to you?

          Why
did I make that move? Why?

                                      CROSSFADE TO:

     INT. WING
DINNER’S PLACE GILLOW TOWN-NIGHT

     James and Annie are having coffee, Annie looks upset          while James looks around as if to make
sure there is       no familiar face in
the restaurant.

ANNIE

          You
have failed me yet again why do you have         compassion
for that woman? Didn’t you say you         no
longer love her?

JAMES

          Annie
dear, she’s human, she’s also expecting        my
child, I could not just kill her even if I          am
not in love with her anymore

ANNIE

                   (throwing up her arms)

          I am a
human too, and the delay is hurting           me.

                   (composes herself and moves closer to                James)

          We
can use the pregnancy to get rid of her,               what
about death caused by birth complications       or
postpartum depression that leads to suicide?       Which
one sounds easy?

JAMES

(Shaking his head)

          It’s
not that easy perhaps we should drop this       whole
thing. Let us just be as we are, after        all, we still see each other frequently. I           still feel the guilt of last time.

ANNIE

                   (bending
over the table, her face                          closer to James)

          Coward!
You cannot fight for our love. In fact,      you
have never loved me! I am just wasting my time
on you.

       Annie
briskly walks out of Wing Dinners. James         remains
seated with his head bowed down.

                                           DISSOLVE
TO:

       INT. JAMES AND KALLAR’S BEDROOM-DAY

       Kallar is in her room lying on the bed when her   cell phone rings and she presses the receive button.

VOICE

                        (hoarsely)

          Hallo, Mrs. Spencer, Mr. Spencer is out of the       office with Annie. Better be careful, they
make        a dangerous pair.

KALLAR

          Hello!, who are you, what are you saying, Annie           the nurse, Hallo. . . are you still
there?

       Kallar stares at the ceiling for about thirty     seconds and calls James’s office number.
There is   no answer up, and she leaves a
voice message.

KALLAR

          I Know what you are up to, you can as well           remain alone. I am tired of living
with all            the mysteries.

                                           CUT TO:

       EXT. JAMES AND KALLAR’S HOME LAWN-DAY

       Kallar and James are seated outside watching Holy and Mark chase each other around.

JAMES

          Honey, you know I am sorry about the missed               call and the other night’s
incident. Please               continue
keeping it a secret, let our children,         friends,
and relatives believe that you fell on       the
stairs.

KALLAR

          Am fine, the story will always be an accident.       I know what it means for this family and
our      reputation,
especially with the religious               community.

JAMES

              (pecks Kallar on the cheek)

          Thanks, darling, It was a mistake that will               never be repeated. I wouldn’t want
to ruin my         name in this town and
in our church. They             believe I
am a gentleman and I will always           behave like one.

       James walks towards the children wearing a smiling     face. He joins them in the play. Kallar’s
face shows despair and anger as she
follows James with her eyes.

                                   CROSSFADE TO:

       EXT: KALLAR’S PARENTS HOME VERANDAH-SUNSET

       Kallar and her elder sister IMELIA are seated on the verandah having some soft drinks. Kallar
is    cheerless,
and Imelia is trying to cheer her up.

IMELIA

          Sweet small sissy, what happened to you after        the accident on the stairs? You lost
something,         you are no longer the
jovial sister I had.

KALLAR

          It’s nothing sister, am getting older perhaps        maturing
in marriage and bogged down with this         pregnancy.

IMELIA

          Take care, honey, do not let marriage take away           the joy you had. Face the challenges
head-on.      Moreover, the baby is due
soon. It shall be             well with
you.

KALLAR

          Thanks dear, but should something happen to me       look for an inscription addressed to you
inside        the pink doll in my bedroom.

IMELIA

                   (pouring Kallar more juice)

          What do you mean, dear, drink this ? let me see

       if the cake is made, you will love it

       and I know you will be fine anyway.

       Imelia walks into the house. Kallar follows her   with sad looking eyes and sips the juice.

                                           DISSOLVE TO:

       INT. ONE OF THE ROOMS IN THE SPENCERS HOME THAT   HAD BEEN PREPARED FOR KALLAR’S DELIVERY-DAY

       Kallar is writhing and groaning on the delivery   bed, she is in labor. James is wearing his
work attires ready to help Kallar bring
their third child to the world.

                                           INTERCUT TO:

       INT. THE CORRIDOR LEADING TO ROOM WHERE KALLAR IS DELIVERING-DAY

       A curious and anxious looking Holy is making strides outside the delivery room. There is no   sign of Mark around.

       After several screams, the cry of a newborn baby  is
heard.

       All this happens while only Holy’s reaction is

       seen outside the delivery room. A long and

       disturbing silence follows the baby’s cry then

       James’ voice is heard.

                        JAMES

          Kallar, honey, are you there, stay with me!,

       see we have another daughter, don’t do

       that to me, Kallaaaar!!!

       Holy
rushes into the delivery room looks around   hastily
and goes to her mother who is lying still on
the delivery bed.

HOLY

          Dad, what happened to mom, she is not opening        her eyes, is she okay?

JAMES

                   (stroking Holy’s hair)

          No sweetie, your mom has left us, she could not           get through the process.

       Holy runs out of the room screaming and calling

       For Mark.

       James remains in the room looking at Kallar and   the baby.

       James picks up the receiver to make a call.

                                           CUT TO:

       EXT. THE SPENCERS’ HOUSE-SUNSET

       Paramedics emerge from the house pushing Kallar’s body and put it in an ambulance that is parked    near the entrance.

       James,
Mark, and Holy are watching in grief from the
left side of the entrance.

       Imelia and Kallar’s MOTHER are speaking to a DETECTIVE CHRISS at the right side of the   entrance.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

              (directly addressing Kallar’s Mother)

          I shall do my part, mom, we will try to              ascertain
if she died of child birth related       complications.
I will be in touch.

       Kallar’s Mother shakes her head in agreement to   Detective Chriss’s statement but does not
utter a    word. Detective Chriss goes to
his car and leaves.

IMELIA

                   (pointing at the entrance to                                 Spencer’s house)

          Let’s go in, mother.

                                      DISSOLVE TO:

       INT. KALLAR’S PARENTS HOUSE-DAY

       Detective Chriss, Imelia, Kallar’s Mother and two other POLICE OFFICERS are seated in the living     room.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          (speaking to Imelia and Kallar’s Mother)

          Do you know anything that could have made            Kallar’ so depressed?

IMELIA

          None, apart from the pregnancy and parenting

                   (turns to her mother)

          Mother?

KALLAR’S
MOTHER

          Mhh! I do not know of any other thing maybe…

                   (Imelia cuts her)

IMELIA

          Wait! I remember Kallar telling me that should       anything happen to her, I should get a
write –      up addressed to me from a
pink doll in her             bedroom. Yes!
That was the message!

                                           DISSOLVE TO:

       INT. KALLAR AND JAMES’S BEDROOM-DAY

       Detective Chriss and the other two Police Officers     are in the room, they pick up doll and unzip
it on

       the back.

       Detective Chriss retrieves a brown envelop from   the doll and hands it over to one of the
Police    Officers.

       The officer opens the envelope, finds a letter    which he opens to read.

                                                INSERT:

       EXTREME CLOSE-UP SHOT OF THE LETTER TO REVEAL SOME     OF THE SENTENCES.

                                                CUT TO:

       INT. GILLOW POLICE STATION, DETECTIVE’S CHRISS’S  OFFICE-DAY

       Detective Chriss is with the other two Police     Officers.

POLICE
OFFICER 1

          We need to question James and Annie, they are        mentioned in Kallar’s letter.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          I agree with you. We have a case here, she did       not just die in childbirth, and the
supposed       accident on the stairs was
fake. We need the      autopsy report, we
should also question Annie        and
workers at the hospital. Let’s move!

                                           DISSOLVE TO:

       INT. GILLOW TOWN HOSPITAL-DAY

       Detective Chriss and the two officers are              questioning employees at the
hospital. They       begin with Annie.

ANNIE

              (puffing up smoke and shaking the                           cigar between her fingers)

          Why do you even want to hear from me guys?           I wasn’t’ there when she was in labor,
                   James did not call me
to assist.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          Madam, we just want to ask some few questions        regarding your relationship with James.

ANNIE

                   (avoiding eye contact with any of the                  officers)

          Ah, James, we are simply in love. He promised        to divorce Kallar and marry me three years
ago,       but that did not happen.

OFFICER
2

          Have you been pushing him to divorce his wife?

ANNIE

          No, not at all. I only felt it was logical           enough for two people who have
something good         going on to stay
together. But James, ooh James        has
been dragging things.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          Alright, did you have an ultimatum, a deadline       of some sort?

ANNIE

                   (looks at Detective Chriss with a                           questioning face)

          A deadline?

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          Yes like a time frame within which he should         have divorced Kallar and married you.

ANNIE

         Ohh…
Nooo not at all. I know James loves                me and he would do it eventually no matter                  how
much he dragged.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          Thanks Annie

                                           FADE
TO:

       EXT. GUPPY STREET GARDEN, GILLOW TOWN-DAY

       Detective Chriss is seated in the garden with two FRIENDS of the Spencers.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

              (keeping eye contact with the female)

          What was Kallar like?

FEMALE
FRIEND

          Kallar was a loving and happy mother and wife        before she had the accident on the
stairs. She        and her husband were
fond of playing with their      children
outside the house. I was a perfect               family.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          What about after the accident?

FEMALE
FRIEND

          Kallar changed, it was easy to tell she was                 depressed
or experiencing difficult times. She         rarely
smiled and was most of the time lost in         thoughts.
She even stopped participating in             most
of the events in this town.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

              (looking at the male friend)

          What of James, did he also change after              Kallar’s accident?

MALE
FRIEND

          I didn’t notice any change in James, he              remained the same person all
through. What I       realized though that
he was not as concerned as       some of
us were about Kallar’s condition. But          that is normal for people who stay
together. It        is always assumed they
know each other better.       So I was
less bothered by that.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

              (addressing both male and female)

          Do you know if James was seeing another woman?

MALE
FRIEND

          No, none that I know of, James is a religious        man who upholds Christian morals, I do
not              think he would do a thing
like that.

FEMALE
FRIEND

          I have never heard of anything like that, James           and Kallar were together as husband
and wife.

                                                CUT TO:

       INT. THE SPENCER’S HOME-DAY

       Detective Chriss and other officers are conducting     a search.

OFFICER
1

         It seems there is nothing here to aid in the           investigation.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

          Yes, we’d better use what we already have, I do           not expect anything new to come up.
Let’s leave          this place

       Holy gets up from the couch and moves closer to   Detective Chriss.

HOLY

                        (whispering)

          I have something that can help you.

       Holy dashes out of the living room and returns    with a camera which she hands over to
Detective     Chriss.

HOLY

          I sneaked in this camera when my mother was               taken to the delivery room, I
wanted to capture      how
my sister would be born, but my curiosity       led
me to see more than that. Dad strangled mom       to
death.

DETECTIVE
CHRISS

         Thanks, honey. We shall view this back in the        station. Thank you.

                                           FADE TO:

 

 

 

       INT. COURTROOM

       The judge is standing up, she has just given a         verdict.

       James in handcuffs escorted by the police out of the court.

                                           FADE OUT.

THE
END

 

 

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