INT. ALTON PSYCHIATRIC WARD—CHRISTMAS DAY 2007

Marcus is sitting on his bed eating a candy bar.  The CD of Miles Davis is open.  He’s taken the cover out.  The two CNA’s enter with Willie—fresh and clean.  They wheel him to his bed and while one props him up the other goes through his dirty clothes—Willie has on fresh pajamas.

Rasputia has on gloves.  She throws Willie’s old pajamas into a bag.  She pauses for a moment then holds up Willie’s colored boxer drawers to the light from the window.  You see white stains.

RASPUTIA

Willie what you been doin’?

Medea has Willie positioned and looks up at what Rasputia’s holding up to the window.

MEDEA

Oh no he din’t!

RASPUTIA

Umm Umm Umm, I swear…  Willie what’s we goin’ to do wit ya?

Willie grins as the two CNA’s shake their heads and leave the room.  He looks over at Marcus eating his candy bar.

WILLIE

Now you know why I’m in the bathroom so long…  Can I have one of your candy bars?

MARCUS

(handing him a Twix)

Sure.

WILLIE

How long we been roommates?  Two weeks?  And you never once asked me why I’m here.

MARCUS

You never asked me neither.

WILLIE

I used to work as a bus driver.  Holiday’s were the the worst.  People shoppin’.  So much on their hands they couldn’t hold on to nothin’…  People don’t want to go crazy.  That’s what it’s all about—the work.  Most people don’t want to know more than what’s beyond their calendars.  And they want to fill it the time so they don’t see the horror.  Our idle lot…  You have to join them or stay here.  You have to learn how they laugh.

EXT. BOND STREET EAST ST. LOUIS—DAY AUGUST 2005

You see a pawn shop with a TV turned on in the window.  You pan out from the street the litter in the gutters the tell-tale sign of used cars parked there to the pawn shop window.  A news report—the Doppler map of weather patterns over Louisiana and the Gulf.  A weather man at his desk holding papers where you don’t know what’s on them.  Katrina has hit land.  Then from up above you see a car driving by the pawn shop window.  A Gran Torino.  Marcus is driving—you see him from a dashboard shot behind the wheel.  A girl sitting next to him.

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