Ghost of Christmas Past, ATC. Another what-would-have-happened-if-fans-scripted-the-dream

The Captain draws Carolyn into the alcove. The VOICES of carolers float in SINGING "GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN."

EXT. COTTAGE – PORCH – NIGHT

as they ENTER.

CAPTAIN

"…From the first moment you smiled at me, I knew it could only be you through all eternity…"

CAROLYN

(unsteadily)

"…I've wanted to hear you say that for so long…and now that you've said it, I want to cry – why do I want to cry?"

CAPTAIN

(quietly; tenderly)

"Perhaps because this is only a moment in a dream…"

He kisses her. The VOICES of the carolers come UP FULL on "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen," and a dazzle of silver BELLS. Carolyn's and the Captain's figures FADE OUT UNDER.

INT. CAROLYN's BEDROOM-NIGHT

CAMERA PANS IN on Carolyn, as she stands shivering in her robe before the frost-lined bay windows. Captain Gregg materializes behind her. A roaring fire springs to life in the hearth. She sees his reflection, and returns his steady gaze.

CAROLYN

"What was it you said to Jonathan earlier about dreams?"

CAPTAIN

"That it's a pity dreams are never real."

CAROLYN

(whispers to herself)

"…they can only be lovely while they last. That's what you said. Your exact words."

CAPTAIN

"Aye, Madame. Those were my words – but not my sentiments."

CAROLYN

(turns abruptly to face him)

"Your sentiments – but not your intentions?"

CAPTAIN

"My intention in the blasted dream was to make you my wife!"

CAROLYN

"Your intention. Your dream. Our heartache."

CAPTAIN

(leaning closely toward her)

"My love."

CAROLYN

"Why not my lover?"

CAPTAIN

"I remind you, Madame, that dream was for everyone. For your children. For Martha. Even for Ebenezer Claymore…but most especially for you."

CAROLYN

(moves to within an inch of Captain's face)

"A dream especially for me would not involve the children. Or Martha. And especially not Claymore or a foundling baby."

CAPTAIN

(bending, as if to kiss her)

"Your point is very well-taken."

CAROLYN

(breaks the spell by pulling away)

"Well, at least we agree on something tonight."

CAPTAIN

"To bed, Mrs. Muir."

CAROLYN

(caught off guard, backs toward the bed and obeys)

"A command, Captain Gregg?"

CAPTAIN

"Nay, my dear. An order."

Carolyn falls immediately asleep. Seconds later, she awakens.

CAPTAIN

(staring deeply into her eyes)

"Lovemaking is like a dream, too. Very lovely while it lasts."

CAROLYN

(eyes widen)

"Am I dreaming?"

CAPTAIN

"In my dream, darling Carolyn. In our reality."

CAMERA PANS OUT on the lovers as Captain Gregg kisses her passionately.