INT. AIRPORT - CHICAGO

SYD and OWEN race through the airport on their way to the ticket counter. Syd has a distraught look on her face as she tries to keep pace with Owen who races ahead of her.

Owen looks back at his wife and slows down. Reaching out for her, he takes Syd's hand as the two approach the ticket counter.

Out of breath, Owen steps up to the counter and asks the ticket agent...

OWEN
Have we missed flight 1465 to Providence?

AGENT
No. That flight has been delayed due to the weather.

SYDNEY
(to Owen)
We'll take another flight.

AGENT
Ma'm all flights have been delayed due to the weather.

SYDNEY
You don't understand. This is an emergency! We HAVE to get to Providence! What about Boston or Hartford?

AGENT
(losing her patience)
ALL FLIGHTS have been grounded until further notice. Why don't you take a seat and...

SYDNEY
There must be something!

Owen takes Syd by the arm and tries to pull her aside.

OWEN
Syd, calm down...

Sydney, not only frantic but furious now, punches her husband in the chest with both fists, hollering at him...

SYDNEY
Don't you tell me to calm down! For all I know my little brother could be dying and I am stuck here in Chicago when I should be in Providence.

She starts sobbing as Owen pull her close and wraps his arms around her. The ticket agent watches in stunned silence.

SYDNEY
(continuing)
He hates hospitals. I should be there with him.
(crying harder)
I just wish I knew what was going on. Joanie sounded so frantic the last time I talked to her.

OWEN
Look, we'll try call your family again.
(kissing her head)
Everything will be OK.

AGENT
(sympathetically)
Ma'm, I promise we will do everything we can to get you on the first flight to either Boston or Providence.

OWEN
Thank you.
(taking Syd by the arm)
Come on Syd. Let's go sit.

LATER

SYDNEY is lying across several chairs, sleeping, when LYNDA'S VOICE is heard over the PA System.

LYNDA
Attention all passengers...

Sydney opens her eyes and sits up.

LYNDA
(continuing)
Attention please! We are now boarding all passengers on flight 1465 to Heaven at Gate One. All passengers on flight 1465 to Heaven should report to Gate One now.

Sydney looks around confused. Suddenly, she sees ROBBIE sprint by her on his way to Gate One.

She jumps up and runs after him.

SYDNEY
Robbie! Robbie wait!

Robbie stops and turns to his sister.

ROBBIE
Syd, I really don't have time to talk right now! I'm gonna miss my flight.

He starts to run off but Syd grabs him by the arm...

SYDNEY
Robbie, YOU are not on that flight.

ROBBIE
(pulling away from her)
I'd better be!

He runs off and Sydney follows him in a panic. They both arrive at Gate One where Lynda is at the head of the line, checking tickets and boarding passengers. Robbie gets into the line.

Syd is horrified.

SYDNEY
Robbie! There has been a mistake. You don't belong on this flight!

ROBBIE
Of course I do Syd. I have my ticket right here.

He holds up what looks like a lottery ticket.

SYDNEY
That's not a plane ticket!

ROBBIE
(looking at the ticket)
Oh! Well I got it here someplace.

He pats down the pockets in his jacket.

ROBBIE
Here it is!

He pulls the ticket from the inside pocket of his jacket.

LYNDA
Next!

ROBBIE
(excited)
Oh! That's me!

SYDNEY
No! No! Wait!

Robbie steps forward and hands his plane ticket to LYNDA. She studies it for a moment before informing him...

LYNDA
Sorry. Looks like there has been a mistake. YOU are not going to Heaven.

ROBBIE
Oh give me a break! A few lousy misdemeanors and your going to send me...
(he looks around to make sure no one is watching and then points downward)

LYNDA
NO! Don't be ridiculous! YOU are not going to heaven because YOU are not dead.

SYDNEY
Oh, thank God!

ROBBIE
I'm not?

LYNDA
Nope! The "Big Guy" decided to give you another chance. He has a soft spot for ya kid!

Robbie smiles-looking pleased with himself.

LYNDA
(continuing)
BUT you have to promise that this will NEVER happen again. You screw up one more time and there won't be any second chances.

ROBBIE
Don't worry. I'll behave. I've learned my lesson.

SYDNEY
(confused -again)
What lesson? He was beaten in a robbery at O'Neill's. That was hardly HIS fault.

LYNDA
You really don't know your brother at all. Do you?

ROBBIE
(rolling his eyes)
Duh!

SYDNEY
What's that suppose to mean. Of course I do!

LYNDA
NEXT!!

Robbie smiles at his sister, shrugs, and walks away.

PA SYSTEM
Attention passengers. We are now boarding flight 1461 to Boston at Gate 7. All passengers on flight 1461 to Boston should report to Gate 7 now.

Sydney is once again asleep on the chairs when Owen approaches and starts shaking her gently.

OWEN
Syd! Syd, wake up!

Sydney opens her eyes and sits up.

SYDNEY
(groggy)
What? What is it?

OWEN
They got us on a flight to Logan. It's boarding now. Let's go!

SYDNEY
Oh, thank God

As Syd and Owen rush off to catch their plane...

END PART ONE