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                                                     GOODNIGHT, SWEET PRINCE
                                                                    TEASER
     FADE IN:


     EXT.  BACK YARD - LATE AFTERNOON

                        PATTI, 9, sprawls across porch steps, surrounded by carelessly discarded 
                        dolls and toys.  She reads to herself from a book, following the words with 
                        her finger, her attention frequently distracted.

                        Her MOTHER, early 30's, kneels close by in rose garden planting a new rose 
                        bush.

                                                PATTI
                                                Mom?

                                                MOTHER
                                                Uh huh?

                        Her mother scoops dirt out of hole.

                                                PATTI
                                                Can I go bike riding now?

                        Against the porch is a new two-wheel bike, the store tags still attached.

                                                MOTHER
                                                I told you, Patti, home work first.

                        Her mother throws in some fertilizer and chemicals and stirs the soil.

                        The bike shines in sun as the SOUNDS of unseen children grow louder.  The 
                        woman concentrates, carefully arranging the rose roots in the hole.  The 
                        little girl looks longingly at the new bike.  Her mother shakes the dirt off her
                        hands and reaches for the next bush.

                        Patti slips quietly over to her bike and, watching her mother over her 
                        shoulder to make sure the woman doesn't notice, walks the bike around the
                        corner of the house.


     EXT.  STREET IN FRONT OF SMALL TORONTO HOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON

                        Getting on her bike, Patti peddles furiously away, eyes alight with her 
                        successful escape.


     EXT.  STREET SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY - LATE AFTERNOON

                        Patti rides down the street, pleased with herself and her adventure.  Cars 
                        pass her and stop at the end of the block.  She reaches the light and stops 
                        beside a black van.  The passenger window rolls down.

                                                MAN (O.S.)
                                                I have a kitten here I'm trying to give 
                                                away.  Know anybody who wants one?

                        The girl is undecided whether to ignore the stranger or look at the kitten.  A 
                        MEOW  decides the issue.

                                                PATTI
                                                Can I see it?

                                                MAN (O.S.)
                                                If you hurry.  The light's about to 
                                                change.

                        Patti carelessly drops her bike to the sidewalk and hurries to the opening 
                        door.  She looks into the van.

                                                PATTI
                                                It's so cute!

                        An orange tabby kitten sits on the seat.  The girl leans in to pet it.  Suddenly,
                        she's pulled into the van.  As she struggles, the kitten jumps out.  The van 
                        door closes and the van speeds away. 


     EXT.  BACK YARD - LATE AFTERNOON

                        The mother sits back on her heels and proudly surveys her new roses.

                                                MOTHER
                                                Aren't they beautiful, Patti?

                        When no answer is heard, the woman turns and looks at the porch.  It's 
                        empty.

                                                MOTHER
                                                (continuing)
                                                Patti?

                        Seeing the empty spot where the bicycle had been, the mother runs out of 
                        her yard.


     EXT.  STREET IN FRONT OF SMALL TORONTO HOUSE -   LATE AFTERNOON

                        The mother looks frantically up and down the street.

                                                MOTHER
                                                Patti!  Patti!

                        The empty street gives back no answer to her distress.
                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                               END OF TEASER









                                                                   ACT ONE
     FADE IN:


     EXT.  TORONTO SKYLINE (STOCK) - SUNSET


     EXT.  STREET CORNER - NIGHT

                        NICK and SCHANKE watch as the TECHNICAN dusts the bike for prints. 

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I hate this kind of case!

                                                NICK
                                                She's not dead yet.  Nat said the other 
                                                three girls weren't killed for days.  Until
                                                we find her body, there's a chance.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Jennie's been asking for this bike.  I 
                                                asked her what was wrong with her old 
                                                one.

                                                OFFICER (O.S.)
                                                (calling)
                                                Detective?

                        An ELDERLY WOMAN and a POLICE OFFICER, 30's, stand to the side.  Nick 
                        waves then he and Schanke walk over to join them.  The woman cuddles the
                        kitten which was last seen jumping out of the van.

                                                WOMAN
                                                Speeders.  I keep calling.  Last month I 
                                                gave the police 46 license plates.  46.  
                                                Did they put up a single speed trap?

                                                OFFICER
                                                Detective Knight, this is Mrs. Soxer.  
                                                She thinks she got the license number 
                                                of the van that picked up the little girl.

                                                WOMAN
                                                30 miles an hour it's posted.  That van 
                                                was doing at least 40.

                                                NICK
                                                You saw the girl taken?

                                                WOMAN
                                                She got in by herself.  If I'd realized 
                                                what was happening, I would have 
                                                called sooner.

                                                OFFICER
                                                Mrs. Soxer came over while we were 
                                                examining the bike.

                        Nick reaches out to pet the kitten.  It hisses.  Nick concentrates on the 
                        kitten (HEARTBEATS begin).  It relaxes, beginning to purr.  Nick takes the 
                        kitten in his arms and pets it (HEARTBEATS stop).

                                                WOMAN
                                                Isn't he adorable?   What sort of 
                                                monster would throw away an angel 
                                                like this.

                        Nick remembers one.


     EXT.  LIBRARY - OXFORD (1830'S) - NIGHT

                        La Croix and Nick watch Janette trying to coax a kitten from beneath a 
                        bench.  It hisses.

                                                JANETTE
                                                Mon petit chat.  Are you hungry?

                                                NICK
                                                I think it's wondering the same about 
                                                you.

                        Janette pointedly ignores him and makes encouraging noises to kitten.  
                        When it won't come, she concentrates (HEARTBEATS begin).  It purrs, and 
                        goes to Janette who scoops it up, stands and pets it (HEARTBEATS stop).

                                                JANETTE
                                                Come back to Paris, Nicholai.  If you 
                                                want to study ideas, I have some I could
                                                let you investigate.

                        Nick responds to the invitation with a brief caress.

                                                NICK
                                                Ideas that would undoubtedly shock 
                                                the entire Oxford student body.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                Nicholas, the knight, the man of action. 
                                                A scholar now.

                                                NICK
                                                It is fascinating to study history and 
                                                hear people argue over why we did 
                                                what we did.

                                                JANETTE
                                                The past is dry and dull.  It's over!   Why 
                                                waste your time there when the 
                                                present can be so exciting?

                                                NICK
                                                Ideas can be exciting.  It's like solving a 
                                                mystery to try to see behind men's 
                                                thoughts - to understand their reasons, 
                                                hopes, what makes them  m ore than 
                                                that kitten in your arms.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                You forget, Nicholas, to you that's all 
                                                they are.

                        Two students pass by.  La Croix indicates them.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                A meal. (pets kitten) A snack.

                        Janette turns away from him and murmurs to kitten.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                (continuing)
                                                They invent meaning for their lives to 
                                                make death palatable. And what does it 
                                                get them?   In the end, they still die.

                                                NICK
                                                Perhaps so, but can't death itself have 
                                                meaning?  Consider that candle.

                        A candleabra burns on a table in a window behind them.

                                                NICK
                                                (continuing)
                                                It is made of wax and wick and yet it's 
                                                only in the burning, in its death, that it 
                                                has any purpose.

                        La Croix takes the kitten from Janette.  It purrs beneath the sensuality of 
                        his stroking.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                And after it has burned, what is it then? 
                                                Nothing!  Don't think, Nicholas.  Feel!  
                                                For us, meaning is the removal of that 
                                                barrier between blind instinct and 
                                                awareness.  This little creature already 
                                                knows that.  Study him if you must.

                        Carelessly, La Croix drops the kitten onto the bench.  Startled from its 
                        drugged contentment, it MEOWs, then runs away.  La Croix laughs.


     EXT.  STREET CORNER - NIGHT - RESUME SCENE  

                        Nick stares into his memory.

                                                SCHANKE (O.S.)
                                                Nick?  The car?

                        Nick breaks from his trance to find Schanke staring.  Reorienting himself, 
                        he hands back the kitten.

                                                NICK
                                                Yes.  You say you saw the car.

                                                WOMAN
                                                A black van.  It ran the light so I wrote 
                                                down the license number.  I always do, 
                                                but do you think anyone cares?

                                                NICK
                                                (to officer)
                                                Have you checked out the plate yet?  Do
                                                we have a name?

                                                OFFICER
                                                Not exactly, Detective.

                                                NICK
                                                Well, why not exactly?

                        The officer takes Mrs. Soxer's purse, opens it and displays the contents.  
                        Inside the purse are m any small scraps of paper.  Schanke picks out one of 
                        the scraps on which is written a license number.  He looks at the rest.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Great!


     EXT.  PRECINCT - NIGHT


     INT.  PRECINCT - SQUAD ROOM  - NIGHT

                        Nick and Schanke sit at their desks. Schanke is on phone.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I know computers go down, Norma, but 
                                                there's a little girl being held 
                                                some where in this city by a serial killer 
                                                and I don't think she wants to wait for 
                                                the technician to get back from dinner.  
                                                (pause)  Then go get him.  I'll spring for 
                                                a sandwich.  Hello?

                        Schanke slams down phone while Nick watches sympathetically.

                                                NICK
                                                There must be a printout.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Nada.  Departmental efficiency 
                                                experiment.  They're saving trees.  Can 
                                                you believe it?

                        NATALIE walks up to them.

                                                NICK
                                                Find anything?

                                                NATALIE
                                                No.  Since my  computer's down, I just 
                                                thought I'd come over and see if you 
                                                had anything.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                It's a technological revolution alright.  
                                                And we're the victims!

                        Schanke gets up and storms away.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Did I miss something?

                                                NICK
                                                The little girl.  She looks like Jennie.

                                                NATALIE
                                                These cases make m e feel like I'm 
                                                dipping into a pool of human slime.  

                                                NICK
                                                There's a dark side to humanity.


     EXT.  OXFORD INN (1830'S) - EVENING

                        Nick, Janette and La Croix stand outside inn as YOUNG MEN hurry in.  
                        Roughly printed sign reads "COCK FIGHT TODAY."

                                                JANETTE
                                                So this is why you don't come back with
                                                us, Nicholai.  Cock fights.  How  
                                                fascinating.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                Oh, but they are.  How  much easier to 
                                                find prey amid the confusion and 
                                                revelry.  And the very atmosphere 
                                                (inhales deeply) excites the senses.

                        The door to the inn opens.  A MAN, 40's, drags BOY, 8, by his jacket and 
                        throws him out the door to the ground.

                                                MAN
                                                Don't bother me when I'm drinking.  
                                                You can tell your ma  I'll be home when 
                                                I'm home.

                        The man reenters inn, slamming the door.  The boy awkwardly gets up, a 
                        bruise darkening his cheek.  Nick goes over and touches his shoulder.  The 
                        boy cringes.

                                                NICK
                                                Are you hurt, my  lad?

                        The boy shakes his head, edging away.  Nick tries to grip him, but the boy 
                        slips out of his hand and runs away.  Nick starts to follow but Janette puts a 
                        hand on his arm.

                                                JANETTE
                                                You can't save the waifs of the world, 
                                                Nicholai.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                (indicating inn)
                                                Perhaps not, but I do believe our 
                                                Nicholas has made his choice for the 
                                                evening.

                        A slow, frightening smile comes over Nick.


     INT.  PRECINCT - SQUAD ROOM  - NIGHT - RESUME SCENE

                                                NICK
                                                But being human means having the 
                                                ability to choose between good and 
                                                evil.  Not everyone chooses well.

                        Natalie touches him lightly.  A hair on his shirt draws her attention.  She 
                        picks it up to examine.

                                                NATALIE
                                                A redhead?

                                                NICK
                                                With four feet and a tail.  One less waif 
                                                in the world.

                                                NATALIE
                                                You took in a cat?

                                                NICK
                                                (shaking his head)
                                                They recognize us.  Instinct.  The 
                                                witness who saw the car found a kitten.

                        CAPTAIN COHEN walks up to Nick and Natalie.

                                                COHEN
                                                How  are you coming with the license 
                                                number of that van?

                                                NICK
                                                We're waiting for the computer to come
                                                back up.

                                                COHEN
                                                Not again!

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Coming through.

                        Cohen and Natalie step aside to let Schanke, his arms full of printouts, 
                        through to Nick's desk. He drops them.

                                                NICK
                                                I thought they saved the tree.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                This one got sawed down six months 
                                                ago.

                        Schanke begins bursting apart the printouts.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                (continuing)
                                                As long as our man hasn't gotten new 
                                                wheels in the last half year, we've got 
                                                him.

                                                COHEN
                                                You're going to need some help, 
                                                detectives.

                        She looks around the room  at the OTHER DETECTIVES to decide who's 
                        available.  

                                                COHEN
                                                (across room)
                                                Stuart.  McGinnis.  Give Knight and 
                                                Schanke some help here.

                                                NATALIE
                                                You're going to have a long night.

                                                COHEN
                                                It's going to be a lot longer for that 
                                                little girl.


     EXT.  PET STORE BACK ROOM  - NIGHT

                        Cacophany of BARKING from cage after cage of puppies.  In last cage Patti 
                        sits huddled against the bars, her mouth taped shut and her hands bound.  
                        On her frightened face, paths of tears m ark her cheeks.  Through the bars, 
                        the puppy in the next cage licks at her face.
                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                              END OF ACT ONE














                                                                   ACT TWO
     FADE IN:


     EXT.  DRIVEWAY - HOUSE - NIGHT

                        Nick and Schanke walk slowly past a black van whose side reads "Toronto 
                        Elderly Association."  Handwritten "Just Married" sign and shoes adorn the
                        vehicle.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Why do I think we just scored a great 
                                                big zero for the night?

                                                NICK
                                                Maybe it's a diversion.  Who gets 
                                                married in a black van?

                        They walk up steps to porch, past rocking chairs to door.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Someone who doesn't have another 
                                                car.  Trust me  on this one, partner.  And 
                                                it's your turn to wake them up.

                        Nick makes a face, but rings the bell.  No lights go on.  He rings again.  Waits.
                        They're getting impatient.  Third ring, they're looking at one another.  

                        Light comes on, door opens.  MAN and WOMAN, 80's, appear in doorway, 
                        both wide awake and disheveled, woman incongruous in black peignoir and 
                        carrying baseball bat.  Schanke looks expectantly at Nick to handle 
                        explanations.


     INT.  BACK ROOM PET SHOP - NIGHT

                        Door opens and MAN, 30's, enters wearing coveralls and carrying cleaning 
                        equipment.  He walks up to the first cage where a puppy tries eagerly to get 
                        to him.  He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a dog biscuit which he feeds
                        to the puppy.

                                                MAN
                                                There you go.  

                        The man walks on to the next cage, opens the door and pets an excited 
                        puppy who tries to climb into his arms.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                Yes, you're a good boy.  No, stay in 
                                                there.  Here's your cookie.  (gives 
                                                biscuit, closes door)  We'll play 
                                                tomorrow.

                        Patti bangs her feet on the cage.  Hearing the noise, the man walks to her 
                        cage and looks at her, a wide smile spreading over his face.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                Everybody wants attention.  I bet 
                                                you're hungry, too.  Soon as we get 
                                                home I'll microwave some TV dinners 
                                                for us.

                        The man cleans up his equipment.  Patti watches in fear.  Unnoticed by him, 
                        she twists her hands trying to get them loose.  Her bonds are loosening.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                I don't like cages.  When I come to 
                                                clean, I let all the dogs out to play. I 
                                                can't have pets where I live. (laughs) 
                                                But I bet I can sneak you in.

                        He starts to open her cage.  She cringes back.


     EXT.  ALLEY BEHIND PET SHOP - NIGHT

                        The man pulls Patti, her feet untied so she can walk, out the back door of 
                        the store and over to the van.  Opening the van door, he lifts her in.

                                                MAN
                                                We can get going as soon as I make sure 
                                                I haven't left anything behind.  I'm so 
                                                excited that you can come home with 
                                                me.  Don't get lonesome.


     INT.  VAN - NIGHT

                        As soon as the man closes the door, Patti struggles with her bonds.  They 
                        come loose.  Ripping off her gag, she hurries to the door, her breathing 
                        ragged with fear.  She opens the van door.  The alley is empty.  She gets out.


     EXT.  ALLEY BEHIND PET SHOP - NIGHT

                        The alley is long, straight and empty.  Across from the pet store an opening 
                        can be seen in the boarded-up door of a condemned building.  She listens to 
                        NOISES coming from the pet store and runs into the abandoned building.

                        After a moment, the man emerges from the pet store with mops and pails.  
                        He closes and locks the store door, then takes his supplies to the van.  He 
                        stops, realizing the door is open, drops his supplies and looks inside van.  

                        The van is empty.  The man moves to the middle of alley, looking for the 
                        girl.  His frustration and anger grows.

                                                MAN
                                                Everyone runs away from me.  I don't 
                                                like it!

                        Silence.  He sees the opening to the condemned building. He smiles happily, 
                        almost innocently.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                I know where you are.

                        He goes through the opening after the girl.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - ENTRY AREA - NIGHT

                        The man enters and looks around.  The room  in which he stands is large.  It 
                        might have been used for storage or as a factory.  The walls are stained and 
                        broken.  Empty boxes, broken furniture and debris lie around - a thousand 
                        hiding places.


     INTERCUTTING INT. BUILDING/INT. BOX

                        The man walks slowly through the room  - looking, listening.  Within a box 
                        the girl cowers, finger in mouth to stop herself from crying.  The man 
                        knocks aside a packing crate.  There's nothing there.  He walks on, his way 
                        lit by streetlights shining through upper windows. 

                        A beam  of light comes through a hole in the box.  Patti puts her eye to the 
                        box.  Immediately in front of her eye the man walks by.  Patti sticks her 
                        finger again in her mouth to stifle a scream.  

                        The man continues to poke through boxes, moving farther from her.  Patti, 
                        trying to watch him while crouching awkwardly, loses her balance.  The 
                        SOUND of her landing echoes through the empty room.  The man stops.

                                                MAN
                                                I knew you were in here!

                        Patti freezes.  The man looks around.  There are too many places to hide and
                        the source of the sound unclear.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                We're playing Hide and Seek!  That's 
                                                okay. You can have till I count to a 
                                                hundred but we can't play long cause 
                                                I'm getting hungry.

                        The man hurries out, closing the door behind him.  At first Patti doesn't 
                        trust he's gone, but the dark silence is scary too. 

                        Patti throws off the box and runs to the door.  It won't open.  She cries, not 
                        knowing what to do.  She looks frantically around.  The windows are too 
                        high. She runs from the door back into the room.  


     EXT.  CADDY - NIGHT

                        Driving through Toronto streets.


     INT.  CADDY - NIGHT

                                                SCHANKE
                                                That was embarrassing!

                                                NICK
                                                Waking up the newlyweds?

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Who said we woke them up? (pause)  
                                                Ever wonder what you'll be like when 
                                                you're old?

                                                NICK
                                                You mean grey hair and rheumatism?  
                                                Sometimes.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Kids visiting, bringing their kids.  
                                                (thinking) I wonder if I should have 
                                                bought Jennie that bike.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NIGHT

                        As Patti runs, the floor cracks beneath her.  She falls, her leg scraped and 
                        painful.  The door to the alley CREAKS open. She gets up and runs on.

                        Man walks in with the puppy that had been licking Patti.

                                                MAN
                                                I hope you're hidden good 'cause I've 
                                                got help. Okay, boy, can you find her?  


     INTERCUTTING INT. CONDEMNED BUILDING/INT. SHAFT - NIGHT

                        The man lets the puppy loose to run randomly about as he walks slowly 
                        down the aisle.  Patti's face is scrunched, eyes closed.  The puppy sniffs and 
                        gambols happily from side to side.  Excitedly, it begins to scratch at a box.

                                                MAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                Good boy, we got her!

                        The man walks over and moves the box with his foot, exposing fast food 
                        containers.  

                                                MAN
                                                (to room)
                                                One point to you.

                        He moves away from the area followed by the puppy.  Hidden in a ventilator
                        shaft, Patti gasps, trying not to cry.  The man and puppy walk down the 
                        aisle. 
      

     INT.  CADDY - NEAR DAWN

                        Schanke looks at storefronts as they drive past.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I think there's a donut place around 
                                                here that opens early for the factories.

                                                NICK
                                                Come on, Schank.  It's almost morning.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                We never got dinner.  Just slow down 
                                                and let me  look.

                        Grudgingly, Nick slows down.  Schanke looks at stores.  As they pass an 
                        alley, he turns in his seat.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Stop!

                        Nick stops the car.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                That alley we passed. Back up.

                                                NICK
                                                (backing up)
                                                It's in an alley?  They must not get much
                                                business.

                        They stop in front of an alley, down which can be seen a black van, its back 
                        door ajar.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I'm going to be seeing black vans in m y  
                                                sleep.  Is that number familiar?

                        While Nick looks at the sky which is lightening, Schanke pulls out a list and 
                        looks up number, shows it to Nick.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                (continuing)
                                                Here.

                                                NICK
                                                The last two digits are reversed.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Maybe Mrs. Soxer's dyslexic.

                                                NICK
                                                You mean she switches numbers?

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Why not?  It's worth a try.



     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NEAR DAWN

                        The puppy runs to the wall and scratches at a drop cloth.  The man arrives.  
                        He pulls the cloth away, revealing a small shaft.  He looks into the shaft. 
                        Patti huddles at the blocked end, face turned away, eyes closed.  

                        The puppy scrambles into the shaft, makes his way to the girl and jumps 
                        into her lap.

                                                MAN
                                                That was fun.

                        Patti holds the puppy, crying.  It licks at her tears.


     INT.  CADDY - NEAR DAWN

                        Nick and Schanke look in the back of the van.  There's rope and a wide piece 
                        of tape on the floor.  Nick picks them up.  He and Schanke look at one 
                        another.

                                                NICK
                                                The next donuts are on me.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I'll remind you of that.

                        Closing van door, they move to the center of the alley and look around.  
                        Nick looks at the condemned building  and listens with vampire senses 
                        (HEARTBEATS begin, end).

                                                NICK
                                                They're in there.

                        As Nick looks at the sky, Schanke moves to the doorway.  Realizing Nick 
                        isn't behind him, Schanke looks back impatiently.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                (stage whisper)
                                                Come on, partner.

                        Nick follows him over.

                                                NICK
                                                It's almost sunrise, Schank.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                You're worried about blisters when 
                                                that kid is worrying about god knows 
                                                what.  I'll buy you sunscreen.

                        Schanke turns away and enters building.  Sky lightening over rooftops.  
                        Nick hurries after him.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NEAR DAWN

                        Nick comes up behind Schanke.  Together they move quietly through the 
                        building, looking left and right.  The windows show a lightening sky.  Nick 
                        stops and listens (HEARTBEATS begin, end).


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NEAR SHAFT - NEAR DAWN

                        The man looks down the shaft at the huddled girl clutching puppy.  He tries 
                        to crawl in but doesn't fit.

                                                MAN
                                                You know I'm gonna get you.  Why don't
                                                you just come out?

                        Patti buries her face in the puppy's fur.  The man looks around the floor, 
                        sees a stick and brings it back.  Leaning into the shaft, he tries to poke the 
                        girl but his stick is too short.  Patti screams.


      INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NEAR DAWN

                        Nick and Schanke stand listening to Patti's SCREAM.  Nick runs toward the 
                        sound, Schanke behind him.  As Nick passes a support beam, the floor 
                        beneath him cracks and breaks, opening a hole through which can be seen 
                        the basement below.  Nick falls through the hole.

                        Schanke hurries forward and peers down.  Nick is caught partway down on 
                        debris.  Near to Schanke the support column tilts at an angle, its own 
                        support beginning to give.  Schanke leans forward and reaches out his 
                        hand.

                                                NICK
                                                Get back!  It won't hold you.

                        Ignoring him, Schanke takes Nick's hand to pull him up. The floor collapses 
                        and they fall amid clouds of dust.  The support beam  collapses, bringing 
                        down the ceiling.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - NEAR SHAFT - DAWN

                        Debris rains down.  The man runs.  W hen the dust clears, the shaft is 
                        blocked and BARKING is the only sound heard.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - DAWN

                        Schanke lies unconscious, head near Nick's feet.  His leg, near Nick's head, 
                        is covered with blood.  As Nick tries to move, a spasm of pain crosses his 
                        face.  A piece of wood passes through his leg, pinning it to the floor. 

                        Nick looks up.  Above his head is a pickup-sticks pile of debris.  A pointed 
                        stake just above his chest restricts his ability to rise. Nick stares at it, then 
                        closes his eyes in unconsciousness.
                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                              END OF ACT TWO


















                                                                  ACT THREE
     FADE IN:


     INT.  LAB - MORNING

                        Natalie works at desk organizing information from open file folders.  She 
                        looks up as Cohen walks in.

                                                NATALIE
                                                You're here late.

                                                COHEN
                                                Don't remind me.  Have you heard from 
                                                Detective Knight?

                                                NATALIE
                                                I assume he's in bed by now.  
                                                (stretches) Which is where I'm going as 
                                                soon as I finish looking through the files
                                                of these three other little girls.  What's 
                                                up?

                                                COHEN
                                                Schanke's wife called and he hasn't 
                                                come home.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Schanke not go home to Myra?  Do the 
                                                swallows decide not to return to 
                                                Capistrano?  This sort of case gets to us 
                                                all. I wouldn't worry yet.

                                                COHEN
                                                I always worry about my  detectives.  
                                                That's part of my  job.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - SHAFT - MORNING

                        Patti huddles at the back of the shaft with the puppy.  

                                                COHEN (O.S.)
                                                Their job is to worry about that little 
                                                girl. 

                        Patti looks toward the shaft opening which is now blocked by debris.  A hole
                        in the debris lets through a single ray of light.  Dumping the puppy off her 
                        lap, the girl crawls to the blockage and attempts to widen the hole.  

                        Some pieces move, others don't.  The hole widens letting in more light.  The 
                        puppy barks.  Patti reaches down to shush it.  She looks back at the hole.  
                        Inches away, the man's face fills the space.  She screams.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - MORNING

                        With the SCREAM sounding faintly in the distance, Nick struggles to free 
                        himself.  He's unable to do so.  He raises himself enough to see Schanke, 
                        who is still unconscious, his leg covered with blood.  Nick grips Schanke's 
                        leg to staunch the bleeding.

                                                NICK
                                                Schank?  Stay awake!

                        Schanke starts awake.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Has anyone come?

                                                NICK
                                                Not yet.  But you shouldn't fall asleep 
                                                after a head injury.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                It's not my head that hurts -  it's my  leg.

                        Schanke tries to get more comfortable, winces in pain.

                                                NICK
                                                Take it easy.  Someone will see the cars 
                                                in the alley and investigate. It won't be 
                                                long.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                We're great rescuers, aren't we?  That 
                                                creep is probably long gone and I didn't 
                                                even write down the license number of 
                                                the van.

                                                NICK
                                                They're still in here.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                How  do you know?

                                                NICK
                                                I know.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Then what are we doing here?

                        Schanke tries to get free but immediately cries out in pain.  Nick struggles 
                        to hold onto his bleeding leg.

                                                NICK
                                                There's nothing we can do!  Until 
                                                someone gets us out of here, all we can 
                                                do is wait.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                And Patti?

                                                NICK
                                                She waits, too.

                        Reluctantly, Schanke relaxes back.  He stares up.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I'd kill for a donut oozing with jelly. 
                                                Aren't you hungry?

                        Nick's hand, covered with blood, grips Schanke's leg to form a tourniquet.  
                        Fresh blood still oozes onto his hand.  Nick looks at the blood, then looks 
                        away.


     INT.  LOFT - MORNING

                        Natalie opens the elevator door and, hesitantly, enters room.  She looks 
                        around.  The room is empty.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Nick?  Are you here?

                        She goes to stairs and, part way up to loft, pauses.

                                                NATALIE
                                                (continuing)
                                                I'm coming upstairs.  Nick?

                        She continues.


     INT.  NICK'S BEDROOM - MORNING

                        Natalie reaches loft. It's empty, the bed still made. She looks around.  A 
                        note by the bed catches her attention.  CALL JANETTE.  Embarrassed at 
                        invading Nick's privacy she hurries back down the stairs.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - LATE MORNING

                        Groans and creaking of timbers precede the sudden settling of the debris.  
                        Dust rises, revealing the stake closer to Nick's chest.  He looks up helplessly 
                        as he pulls at Schanke's tie which is around Schanke's leg.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I'm feeling really funny.

                                                NICK
                                                You've lost some blood.  You're just a 
                                                little weak.

                        Nick looks at Schanke's leg, soaked with blood.  He pats Schanke with his 
                        free hand.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Nick, have you ever thought about 
                                                dying?  I mean really thought about it?

                                                NICK
                                                You're not going to die.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                One minute here.  Next minute gone.  It 
                                                doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?

                        Nick retreats to his memories.


     EXT.  FOREST CLEARING - 1830 - NEAR DAWN

                        The man from the tavern lies on the ground, two puncture marks in his 
                        neck.  Nick sits on a fallen tree contemplating the body.  Janette enters the 
                        clearing.

                                                JANETTE
                                                Nicholai!  What is taking you so long? 
                                                The sun is almost up.  We must get back 
                                                to your room.

                                                NICK
                                                Alas, poor Yorick.

                        La Croix joins them.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                We have to go. (looks at Nick) What are 
                                                you doing, Nicholas?

                                                NICK
                                                Have you ever wondered what death 
                                                really is?

                                                JANETTE
                                                He's crazy!  It's all this schooling.

                        La Croix walks to the body, turns it over with his foot.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                The world's a bubble and the life of Man
                                                less than a span;   Who then to frail 
                                                mortality shall trust, but limns on 
                                                water, or but writes in dust.

                        Nick looks up to La Croix's face.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                (continuing)
                                                Dust, Nicholas.  To be swept under the 
                                                earth's rug. Of no more value than that.

                                                NICK
                                                You don't think death a transition to a 
                                                life more eternal than ours?

                                                JANETTE
                                                You're both crazy!  Can we leave before 
                                                we find out what this death of yours 
                                                does mean?


     INT.  RAVEN - LATE MORNING

                        The club is closed for the day, cleaning done.  MIKLOS watches Janette with 
                        some concern.  She stares into space and drinks, her fingers nervously 
                        tapping the glass.

                                                MIKLOS
                                                I'll stay if you want company.

                                                JANETTE
                                                No.  Go home. I'll be fine.

                        Miklos shrugs, reluctantly turns and leaves. At the door, he passes Natalie 
                        coming in.

                                                MIKLOS
                                                We're closed.

                        Janette looks up, recognizes Natalie with a grimace of inevitability.  She 
                        gestures for him to let Natalie pass.

                                                JANETTE
                                                (to herself)
                                                Of course.

                        Natalie hurries down the stairs and over to Janette.

                                                JANETTE
                                                (continuing)
                                                So, you've lost Nicholai again.  Why 
                                                must you keep looking for him here?  
                                                I'm not his keeper.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Nick isn't home and neither is Schanke. 
                                                I hoped you might know something.

                                                JANETTE
                                                I know enough to let him make his own 
                                                mistakes.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Don't you care that something could be 
                                                wrong?

                                                JANETTE
                                                Why must you always assume that 
                                                Nicholai needs our help?  He's not such 
                                                a child that he doesn't know to come in 
                                                from the sun.  Let him live his own life.  
                                                I do.

                        Natalie angrily turns to leave.  She stops and turns back, uncertain of 
                        overstepping.

                                                NATALIE
                                                I thought Nick said the two of you 
                                                shared a bond.

                        The admission is difficult after all their years together.

                                                JANETTE
                                                It's weak.  Sometimes I can barely feel 
                                                him.


     INTERCUT FLASHES JANETTE'S CONCERN/NICK'S PAIN

                        Janette takes a long drink to stop the memories.

                                                JANETTE
                                                (continuing)
                                                It's what he wants.

                        Natalie leaves.  Janette stares into her glass.


     INT.  COLLAPSED AREA - LATE MORNING

                        Nick's leg is still spiked, his face pale from his own blood loss and strained 
                        from pain.  Nick tries to reach the spike but its angle gives him no leverage.

                        Nick lifts slightly to check Schanke.  Schanke's eyes are closed.  Nick falls 
                        back down again.

                        Nick raises his hand and looks at it.  His hand is covered with Schanke's 
                        blood.  Driven by instinctive need, Nick's hand rises toward his mouth.  
                        Schanke GROANS quietly.  Nick regains control, dropping his hand.  The 
                        effort isn't easy.  His face reflects the strain.


     INT.  LA CROIX'S ABODE - LATE MORNING

                        La Croix's face is still and motionless - intense.  The sound of Schanke's 
                        GROANS continue, but now as if coming from a distance.
                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                             END OF ACT THREE















                                                                   ACT FOUR
     FADE IN:


     EXT.  TORONTO SKYLINE (STOCK) - SUN MOVING THROUGH NOON


     INT.  PRECINCT - COHEN'S OFFICE - EARLY AFTERNOON

                        Cohen works on papers at her desk.  Natalie walks in.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Any word yet?

                                                COHEN
                                                Nobody's seen Knight's car and there's 
                                                nothing further on the black van.

                                                NATALIE
                                                One of them should have called in by 
                                                now.  It has to be this case.  I'm going 
                                                back to the lab and see if I can find 
                                                something I missed on those other little
                                                girls.  

                                                COHEN
                                                Just don't let your imagination run 
                                                away with you, Doctor.  These 
                                                detectives are good at taking care of 
                                                themselves.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - EARLY AFTERNOON

                        Schanke grimaces with pain as Nick struggles with tie on his leg.  When Nick 
                        is done, Schanke struggles to sit up.  He touches his leg, then raises his hand
                        to see the blood.  His hand passes near Nick's face, making Nick's eyes 
                        CHANGE.  Nick turns his head aside, gaining control.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I hate to think what Myra's gonna say 
                                                when she tries to get this stuff off my  
                                                pants.

                                                NICK
                                                I use cold water and sometimes a 
                                                cleaner with bleach.

                        Schanke wipes the blood off his hand and lays back down, weak from his 
                        loss of blood.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                I should have gotten that bicycle for 
                                                Jennie.

                                                NICK
                                                You can get it tomorrow.  Come on, 
                                                Skank, stay quiet and conserve your 
                                                strength.

                        Schanke lies thinking quietly for a moment.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                You know, Myra's really a wonderful 
                                                woman.  If I had it to do over, I wouldn't
                                                change a thing.  How  many people can 
                                                say that?

                        Nick knows he isn't one.



     INT.  OXFORD LIBRARY - 1830'S - NIGHT

                        In front of book shelves, Nick sits at a library table covered with books.  As 
                        he reads, he writes notes.  GRAHAM, a student, approaches, his finger in a 
                        book.

                                                GRAHAM
                                                Nicholas, look at this.

                        Graham  lays the book down for Nick to read.

                                                NICK
                                                Vampires - Causes and Cures.  What is 
                                                this?

                                                GRAHAM
                                                My lecture for Professor Elger's class. 
                                                Metaphysical Phenomena?  Shall I 
                                                choose vampires or witches' brews?   
                                                Ashwood stakes or eye of newt?

                                                NICK
                                                As long as you aren't planning to make 
                                                us drink it - eye of newt, by all means.  
                                                Perhaps a spell for softening the heart 
                                                of a young lady?

                                                GRAHAM
                                                A love spell!  Yes!

                        Graham  hurries off, leaving behind the book he brought.  Nick picks it up, 
                        shaking his head with amusement, and pages through it.  As he reads, 
                        interest begins to outweigh amusement.  

                        From  behind the stacks, La Croix strolls out, book in hand, and comes to 
                        stand reading over Nick's shoulder.  He laughs.  Nick ignores him.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                A Sumatran cure for vampirism.  You're 
                                                not taking that seriously, I hope.  There 
                                                is no way back, Nicholas.

                                                NICK
                                                So you've always claimed.  You'll 
                                                forgive me if I look at what someone 
                                                else has to say on the subject.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                Ah, yes.  An expert, no doubt.  Perhaps 
                                                your friend's eye of newt?  There is no 
                                                cure, Nicholas.

                        Stubbornly, Nick ignores La Croix and continues reading.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BLDG - BASEMENT - EARLY PM - RESUME SCENE

                        Nick shakes off the memory.

                                                NICK
                                                If I had it all to do again?  Some things.  
                                                Yes.

                        A timber creaks.  Dust rises as the debris shifts.  Schanke exhales loudly as 
                        nothing more happens.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Do you think Patti's still in the 
                                                building?

                        Nick listens as HEARTBEATS begin and end.

                                                NICK
                                                I think they're both here.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - OUTSIDE SHAFT - EARLY AFTERNOON

                        The shaft opening is almost clear except for a large timber pinned across it.  
                        Using another piece of wood, the man tries to move the timber.  Cowering 
                        at the shaft's far end, Patti hides her face in the puppy's fur.

                                                MAN
                                                (emphasizing each word)
                                                I don't see why you don't come out!

                        The wood he is using for leverage breaks.  The man throws it down in 
                        frustration and, sitting on the floor, buries his face in his hands and starts 
                        to cry.

                                                MAN
                                                (tearfully)
                                                Why won't anyone ever play with me?

                        Angry now, he gets to his feet and tears at the timber.  It begins to move.  
                        Patti looks in terror.  Gradually, the timber shifts and, with it, the ceiling.  
                        Horrified, the man looks up to see the ceiling begin to fall.


     INT.  LAB - AFTERNOON

                        Natalie works on the files at her desk, turning pages, writing notes.  As she 
                        sips her coffee, she spills some on her sweater and brushes it off.  She looks 
                        closely at the stain and begins to brush more vigorously. 

                                                NATALIE
                                                At least black and white fur goes with 
                                                most clothes.  Think if Sidney was an 
                                                orange tabby.

                        She holds up a strand of Sidney's fur, remembering a previous 
                        conversation.


     INT.  PRECINCT - SQUAD ROOM  - NIGHT

                                                NATALIE
                                                You took in a cat?

                                                NICK
                                                (shaking his head)
                                                They recognize us.  Instinct.  The 
                                                witness who saw the car found a kitten.


     INT.  LAB - AFTERNOON

                        Natalie begins furiously looking through her files.


     INT.  LA CROIX'S ABODE - AFTERNOON

                        Row upon row of rich, leather-bound volumes fill the shelves of a library as 
                        violin music PLAYS.  

                        Surrounded by his books, La Croix sits in stillness, his concentration still 
                        focused on his connection to Nick.  

                        Across from La Croix is an open window which allows the afternoon light to 
                        slant across the floor away from where he sits in shadow.  Out the window, 
                        the sun shines brightly over the rooftops.


     EXT.  TORONTO SKYLINE (STOCK FOOTAGE)- SUN MOVING DOWNWARD


     INT.  RAVEN - AFTERNOON

                        Janette stands at the bottom of the stairs holding scarf and sunglasses and 
                        looks at the doorway leading outside, her fear of the day fighting her desire 
                        to find Nick.

                        Finally, she turns on her heel and walks back to the bar, throwing her scarf 
                        and sunglasses down in anger.

                                                JANETTE
                                                The threads of our connection are so 
                                                weak, Nicholai.  The result of this 
                                                idiotic desire of yours for mortality.

                        She pours from a bottle and drinks deeply.



     EXT.  FOREST - 1830'S - NIGHT

                        Nick sits on a rock looking indecisively at a bag.  Making up his mind, he 
                        takes from the bag a large head of garlic, using only his fingertips.  The 
                        smell nauseates him.  He puts the garlic on a large rock and uses a small 
                        rock to crush it.  The smell knocks him back.


     EXT.  OXFORD LIBRARY - 1830'S - NIGHT

                        In a chair by an open window, La Croix reads by candle-light. Bored, 
                        Janette sits beside him.  La Croix freezes.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                Nicholas, you fool!

                        Reaching out to Janette, La Croix pulls her to him and flies them both out 
                        the window, blowing out the candles in passing.


     EXT.  FOREST - 1830'S - NIGHT - RESUME SCENE

                        On the ground Nicholas twists in agony, his shirt open, smashed garlic 
                        smeared over his heart.  The forest distorts and spins through his eyes.

                        As Nicholas spasms, a WHOOSH is heard.  La Croix and Janette hurry 
                        forward, stopping as the smell of garlic reaches them.  Janette retreats, 
                        nauseated, the vampire in her RISING at the danger.

                        La Croix holds his place through great control.  His anger rises as he 
                        comprehends Nick's situation.

                                                JANETTE
                                                (agonized)
                                                Why would he do this?

                                                LA CROIX
                                                Why do children do whatever you tell 
                                                them not to do?  To prove they know 
                                                more than you.

                        La Croix looks around.

                                                JANETTE
                                                Here.

                        She lifts her skirt, ripping a piece from her petticoat, leans forward to hand 
                        it to La Croix and pulls back, sickened by the smell.  La Croix prepares 
                        himself, then goes forward to kneel beside Nick.

                        Using the cloth to avoid touching Nick, La Croix cleans Nick's chest, then 
                        throws the cloth away.  Nick turns his face toward La Croix's, who twists 
                        away from his breath.  As Nick writhes, La Croix tries to hold him but can't.  

                        La Croix brings his own wrist to his mouth and bites, blood oozing out.  He 
                        holds his wrist to Nick's mouth. Even in pain, Nick is drawn to the blood.  
                        Nick grips the wrist and drinks, spasms easing as he does.  La Croix's face 
                        reflects his disgust with the situation.

                        As Nick's body relaxes, La Croix pulls his wrist away and stands, allowing 
                        Nick to drop carelessly to the ground, his recovery already beginning.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                You can never leave us, Nicholas.  I 
                                                won't allow it!  You're playing with 
                                                ideas.  You have no understanding of 
                                                the reality of death. 


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING BASEMENT - LATE AFTERNOON

                        Nick looks up at the stake above him.

                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                              END OF ACT FOUR













                                                                   ACT FIVE
     FADE IN:


     INT.  PRECINCT - COHEN'S OFFICE - LATE AFTERNOON

                        Cohen hangs up the phone as Natalie impatiently watches.

                                                COHEN
                                                The Gireaux child didn't own a pet at 
                                                all.  That makes it a perfect score, 
                                                Doctor.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Three little girls and all with animal 
                                                hairs found on their clothes.

                                                COHEN
                                                That still doesn't give us a lot to go on.  
                                                You don't have to register anywhere to 
                                                have a litter of kittens.

                                                NATALIE
                                                But how likely is it that whenever this 
                                                m an wanted to pick up a child, he 
                                                would also happen to have a kitten?  

                                                COHEN
                                                If he adopted them from the pound, 
                                                there might be records.

                                                NATALIE
                                                What about pet shops?

                        Cohen picks up the phone again.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - LATE AFTERNOON

                        Schanke lies unconscious.  Nick, CHANGED, listens to blood PULSE through 
                        the man's veins.  Ravenous, he leans forward to bite.  The pain in his leg 
                        stops him, bringing him back to awareness.

                        Nick turns his head to control.  When he turns back, his eyes have returned 
                        to normal.  He shakes Schanke.

                                                NICK
                                                Schanke?  Come on, Schanke, wake up.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                (resisting)
                                                Go away!  I need to sleep.

                                                NICK
                                                (pulling on tie)
                                                Not permanently!  Come on.  I need to 
                                                loosen this again.

                        Awkwardly, Schanke helps, then lies back looking up at debris balanced 
                        above them.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                At least if we don't get out of here, we 
                                                won't be the ones to have to do the 
                                                paperwork.

                                                NICK
                                                I'd rather do the paperwork.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Myra's gonna kill me.  Forget I said 
                                                that.  What are we doing here?

                                                NICK
                                                Waiting.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                It feels like we've been here forever.

                                                NICK
                                                Trust me, Schanke.  Eternity feels 
                                                longer.

                        Schanke stares up in thought.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                When I was a kid, I used to think about 
                                                living forever.  Didn't make any sense 
                                                that people just - stopped.  I figured 
                                                somebody had to be first so, why not?  
                                                Sound crazy?

                                                NICK
                                                Not to me.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Then I got older and got married and 
                                                had Jennie and death sort of made 
                                                more sense.

                                                NICK
                                                How  is that?

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Well, knowing that you're going to die 
                                                someday is sort of like being on a diet.  
                                                You may not get to eat everything you 
                                                want, but when you do eat something, 
                                                it tastes great!

                                                NICK
                                                Could we not discuss food just now?

                        The debris CREAKS.  Nick and Schanke nervously look up.


     EXT.  TORONTO SKYLINE (STOCK FOOTAGE) - SUN SETTING


     INT.  LA CROIX'S ABODE - SUNSET

                        As La Croix sits listening to the CREAKING of the debris in the distance, he 
                        watches the sun on the floor before him.  The splash of light disappears as 
                        the sun sets.  Abruptly La Croix stands, ready now to act.


     EXT.  TORONTO - FLYING (STOCK FOOTAGE) - NIGHT

                        The city passes by beneath La Croix.


     EXT.  ALLEY BEHIND PET SHOP - NIGHT

                        A uniformed POLICEMAN, 30's, puts away his radio and walks slowly past 
                        the Caddy and the black van.  He sees the opening to the condemned 
                        building and goes in.


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - ENTRY WAY - NIGHT

                        The policeman enters, draws his gun and flashlight.  Slowly he moves 
                        forward, trying to estimate what danger there might be.  He hears nothing 
                        and keeps walking.

                                                POLICEMAN
                                                (calling)
                                                Is anyone here?


     INT.  CONDEMNED BUILDING - BASEMENT - NIGHT

                        Nick and Schanke listen alertly.

                                                POLICEMAN (O.S.)
                                                Detective Knight?  Detective Schanke?

                                                NICK
                                                (shouting)
                                                We're down here.

                                                POLICEMAN (O.S.)
                                                Keep talking so I can find you.

                                                NICK
                                                The floor caved in.  We're pinned and 
                                                Schanke's hurt.  Call for an ambulance.

                        The policeman appears at the edge of the floor, cautiously looking down at 
                        them.

                                                NICK
                                                (continuing)
                                                Get back from the edge!  This place is 
                                                like a bunch of pick up sticks.  
                                                Everything could fall in a minute.

                        Immediately the floor begins to give.  The policeman jumps back.  Debris 
                        begins to shift.

                                                POLICEMAN (O.S.)
                                                I'm going for help!

                        Another support beam begins to slip.  Debris falls down the hole.  A chunk of
                        plaster hits Schanke on the head.  Nick can't get to him as the air fills with 
                        dust.  The debris holding the sharpened stake begins to move.

                        A WHOOSH signals La Croix's arrival.  Debris flies as he crashes through it, 
                        throwing it left and right.  When the dust clears, the hole over their heads is 
                        empty and La Croix stands in the basement over Nick and Schanke.

                        La Croix looks at the unconscious Schanke, the blood, and Nick who, though
                        weak, tries again to reach the stake in his leg.  La Croix's anger grows at 
                        what he sees.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                You can lead a mule to water but you 
                                                can't make it drink.

                                                NICK
                                                It's my  decision.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                I didn't give you eternal life to let you 
                                                throw it away so easily.

                        La Croix takes a medical pouch of blood from his pocket,  opens it and 
                        kneels beside Nick who turns his face aside.  La Croix dribbles blood onto 
                        Nick's lips.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                (continuing)
                                                Here's the train and here's the tunnel...

                        Blood spills over Nick's lips until the temptation is too great.  He opens his 
                        mouth and swallows, reaching out for the bag which La Croix gives him.  La 
                        Croix smiles in triumph as he watches.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                (continuing)
                                                That wasn't so bad, was it?

                        Nick throws down the empty bag.

                                                NICK
                                                Are you satisfied?

                                                LA CROIX
                                                That you've learned anything?  I doubt 
                                                it.

                                                NICK
                                                Oh, but I have!  I've learned that I can 
                                                control enough not to kill even when I 
                                                hunger.

                                                LA CROIX
                                                That wasn't the lesson I wanted you to 
                                                learn!

                                                NICK
                                                That's the problem with having 
                                                children, isn't it?  They learn what they 
                                                want to learn, not what you want them 
                                                to learn.

                        A distant VOICE alerts them.  Rescuers are coming.  La Croix, still angry, 
                        looks at Nick, then leans over and pulls the stake out of Nick's leg, ignoring 
                        Nick's pain.  La Croix FLIES up out of the basement, through the roof.

                        Natalie appears from behind a wall shutting them off from the rest of the 
                        basement.  She turns her head.

                                                NATALIE
                                                (calling)
                                                I've found them.  Over here.

                        She hurries to the men, glancing at Schanke as she crouches beside Nick.  
                        She touches him gently, part medical, part caring.

                                                NATALIE
                                                (continuing)
                                                You had us so worried.  Are you all 
                                                right?

                                                NICK
                                                I will be soon enough, but Schanke's 
                                                lost a lot of blood.

                        Natalie moves over to Schanke as COHEN appears from behind the wall, 
                        quickly followed by other OFFICERS.

                                                COHEN
                                                (to Natalie)
                                                How are they?

                        Natalie feels for the pulse on Schanke's neck.  Schanke starts to regain 
                        consciousness.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Schanke needs to get to the hospital.  
                                                He's lost blood.  Nick seems okay.

                        The policeman who found them comes to the edge of the hole, though not as
                        near as when he caused the cave-in.

                                                POLICEMAN
                                                (calling down)
                                                Captain Cohen?  I found someone else 
                                                trapped in here.  A little girl.

                        Patti emerges from behind the policeman, covered with dust but happy to 
                        be free.  She clutches the puppy.  The policeman lowers his voice.

                                                POLICEMAN
                                                (continuing)
                                                There's something else you should see, 
                                                too. (beat) There's a body.
      
                        Cohen hurries off followed by the other officers.  Two AMBULANCE 
                        TECHNICIANS, 30's, pass her and make their way to Schanke as Natalie 
                        moves over to Nick.  They put Schanke on a stretcher as Natalie helps Nick 
                        up.

                                                NATALIE
                                                (softly)
                                                You look like a mess.

                                                NICK
                                                And you look beautiful.

                        Natalie picks up the empty bag of blood and looks at Nick quizzically.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Hey, partner.

                                                NICK
                                                (aside to Natalie)
                                                I'll tell you about it later.

                        Nick goes over to Schanke.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Don't you think it's time you returned 
                                                some of that Grade A Schanke sauce I 
                                                loaned you?

                        Nick and Natalie look at one another.

                                                NICK
                                                I'd love to, Schank, but...

                                                NATALIE
                                                His condition means that he can't 
                                                donate.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Isn't that always the way?  You know 
                                                Carter still has my  foot massager.

                        Technicans lift stretcher and start to take it out.

                                                SCHANKE
                                                Hey!  Careful there.  By the way, can we 
                                                stop on the way at that department 
                                                store on Queen Street?  I need to get a 
                                                bicycle for Jennie.

                        Nick and Natalie laugh as Schanke is carried away.

                                                                                                                               FADE OUT.
                                                              END OF ACT FIVE















                                                                      TAG
     FADE IN:


     INT.  NICK'S LOFT - NIGHT

                        Nick, dressed for an evening out, carries his bloody clothes downstairs and 
                        toward the kitchen.  As he passes the elevator it opens.  Natalie starts to 
                        enter, pauses.

                                                NATALIE
                                                I'm sorry.  Are you going out?

                                                NICK
                                                I just needed to feel clean.  Weren't you 
                                                going to the hospital with Schanke?

                                                NATALIE
                                                (coming in)
                                                It was starting to get crowded there.

                                                NICK
                                                The police family.  Yeah. It's one of the 
                                                things I like about this job.

                        Natalie walks over and takes Nick's clothes from him.

                                                NATALIE
                                                Here, let me.  (looking at them)  Pardon 
                                                me if it looks like somebody died in 
                                                these.

                                                NICK
                                                Close, but the undead still walk among 
                                                us.  (shaking his head)  And I'd like to 
                                                keep doing it for a while longer.

                        Nick plucks back his clothes and walks to the kitchen to throw them out.  
                        Natalie yawns and follows him.

                                                NATALIE
                                                You're not really dead.

                                                NICK
                                                You know, I think Schanke had it right.  
                                                Death is like being on a diet.

                        Nick walks to the sofa and perches on the back.

                                                NATALIE
                                                What?

                        Natalie follows him over and curls up on the sofa to listen.  She stifles 
                        another yawn.

                                                NICK
                                                (continuing)
                                                Death gives the reason for life.  If you 
                                                know that you have eternity, then 
                                                there's really nothing that makes one 
                                                day different from another. Every 
                                                sunrise 

                        Nick indicates his painting of the sun.

                                                NICK
                                                (continuing)
                                                looks like every other sunrise.  It's only 
                                                when you know the days are limited 
                                                that each one becomes special.

                        Nick turns for Natalie's opinion.  She's asleep.  After watching her 
                        affectionately for a moment, Nick gets up, removes the throw from the 
                        sofa, covers her and kisses her forehead.

                        Going to the telephone, Nick dials and speaks quietly.

                                                NICK
                                                (continuing)
                                                Janette?  Instead of coming over here, 
                                                how about if I meet  you at the Raven?  
                                                (pause, softly)  Yeah, I know.

     FADE OUT.

                                                                   THE END