This is my assigned chapter for the Breaking Dawn Screenplay Challenge. It is Chapter 24 - Surprise. Thanks to Rhianna Blackburn and Strudwicke of PTB for being my betas.


INT. CULLEN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - FACING WINDOWS - NIGHT

BELLA with baby in arms, holds key. ALICE facing. EDWARD approaches.

BELLA

(shaking head)

No, no way! No, this doesn't count. I stopped aging three days ago. I am eighteen forever.

ALICE

(shrugging)

Whatever. We're celebrating anyway, so suck it up. Are you read for your present?

EDWARD

(swinging key)

Presents.

ALICE

Mine first.

EDWARD

Mine is closer.

ALICE

But look how she's dressed. It's been killing me all day. That is clearly the priority. I know! I'll play you for it. Rock, Paper, Scissors.

(laughing)

EDWARD

(deadpan)

Why don't you just tell me who wins?

ALICE

I do! Excellent.

Edward looks at JACOB and SETH asleep on couch.

EDWARD

It's probably best I wait till morning anyway. I think it might be more fun if Jacob is awake for the big reveal, don't you agree? So someone there is able to express the proper level of enthusiasm?

ALICE

Yay! Bella, give Ness - er - Renesmee to Rosalie.

BELLA

Where does she usually sleep?

ALICE

In Rose's arms, or Jacob's, or Esme's. She has never been set down in her entire life. She is going to be the most spoiled half-vampire in existence.

BELLA passes baby to ROSALIE

ROSALIE

(laughing)

She is also the most un-spoiled half-vampire in existence. The beauty of being one of a kind.

ALICE tugs BELLA'S arm.

ALICE

Let's go. Let's go.

ROSALIE

Enjoy your gift. It's from all of us. Esme especially. We'll give you a chance to appreciate it, alone.

ROSLIE exits with baby, laughing.

ALICE and BELLA exit, EDWARD follows. Run through dark night, blurring, cut between ALICE, BELLA and EDWARD to ALICE standing, waiting.

EXT. FOREST - NIGHT

ALICE

Don't attack me.

ALICE jumps on BELLA'S back, covering her eyes.

BELLA

What are you doing?

ALICE

Making sure you can't see.

BELLA

Alice...

ALICE

Don't bother Bella. We're doing this my way.

EDWARD takes BELLA'S hand.

EDWARD

Just a few minutes more, Bella. Then she'll go annoy someone else.

ALICE

You might be a little more appreciative. This is as much for you as it is for her.

EDWARD

True. Thank you again, Alice

ALICE

Yeah, Okay. Stop there. Turn her a little. Yes, like that

ZOOM IN — BELLA

BELLA

I'm ready.

ALICE

Surprise!

PAN - COTTAGE

grey stone, small, two story structure, chimney, thatch, vines growing up sides.

PAN - GROUND

large stones in pad walkway.

ALICE

What do you think?

BELLA opens her mouth, but doesn't speak.

EDWARD leans over BELLA'S shoulder.

EDWARD

Esme thought we might like a place of our own, but she didn't want us too far away. And she loves any excuse to renovate.

ALICE

Don't you like it? I mean, I'm sure we could fix it up differently, if you want. Emmett was all for adding a few thousand square feet, another story, columns and a tower, but Esme thought you would like it best the way it was meant to look. If she was wrong..."

BELLA

Shh. (BELLA pauses) You're giving me a house for my birthday?

EDWARD

Us, and it's no more than a cottage. I think the word house implies more leg room.

BELLA

(grouchy)

No knocking my house.

PAN OUT - ALICE

ALICE

You like it?

BELLA shakes her head.

ALICE

Love it?

BELLA nods.

ALICE

I can't wait to tell Esme!

BELLA

Why didn't she come?

ALICE

We all remember how you are about presents. No one wanted to put you under too much pressure to like it.

BELLA

But of course I love it, how could I not?

ALICE

Well, your closet is stocked. Use it wisely. I guess that's everything.

BELLA

You aren't coming inside?

ALICE

Edward knows his way around. I'll stop by later. Call me if you can't match your clothes right. Bye!

ALICE runs off in a blur.

BELLA

That was weird. They didn't have to stay away. Now I feel guilty. I should go back and thank Esme...

EDWARD

(interrupting)

Bella, don't be silly. No one thinks you're that unreasonable. Alone time is their other gift. Alice was trying to be subtle about it.

BELLA

Oh.

EDWARD steps around BELLA who follows his movements.

EDWARD

Let me show you what they've done.

EDWARD opens the door, turns and sweeps BELLA up in his arms.

EDWARD

Thresholds are part of my job description.

EDWARD and BELLA kiss as he carries her into the cottage.

INT. - COTTAGE - MAIN ROOM - LAMP AND FIRELIGHT

PAN ROOM TO BELLA AND EDWARD

Stone walls are covered in paintings and pictures. Plush furniture, loveseat, chair, upright piano, fireplace with fire burning, large area rug on tile or stone floor.

EDWARD

I'm curious. Tell me what you're thinking right now.

BELLA

Everything! All at the same time. Right now I'm thinking, Esme is an artist. It's perfect.

EDWARD

We're lucky Esme thought to add an extra room. No one was planning for Ness- um, Renesmee.

BELLA

(frowning)

Not you too.

EDWARD

Sorry, love. I hear it in their thoughts all the time. It's rubbing off on me.

EDWARD nibbles BELLA'S ear.

EDWARD

I'm sure you're dying to see the closet. Or at least I'll tell Alice that.

BELLA

Should I be afraid?

EDWARD

Terrified.

EDWARD carries BELLA out of the room and down a hall, pausing at an open door. The room is empty.

EDWARD

This will be Renesmee's room. Nothing's been done with it, what with the angry wolves...

EDWARD growls and huffs in BELLA'S hair. BELLA laughs. EDWARD turns to the door at the end of the hall.

EDWARD

And this is our room. Esme tried to bring some of her island back here for us. She guessed that we would become attached.

INT. - COTTAGE - BEDROOM — MOONLIGHT

Large white bed with canopy, light color hardwood floor, light blue walls, french doors showing greenery of a garden.

EDWARD

The closet is through those double doors. I should warn you - it's bigger than this room.

BELLA presses her face close to EDWARD'S.

BELLA

(whisper)

We're going to tell Alice that I ran right to the clothes. We're going to tell her I spent hours playing dress-up. We're going to lie.

BELLA and EDWARD fall to the floor, BELLA on EDWARD.

SFX: tearing clothes

FADE OUT

BELLA and EDWARD, both sitting up on the bed, still moving slowly.

BELLA

How long does this go on? I mean, Carlisle and Esme, Em and Rose, Alice and Jasper, they don't spend all day locked in their rooms. They're out in public, fully clothed all the time. Does this (BELLA pauses) craving ever let up?

EDWARD

Everyone is different and, well, so far you're the very most different of all. You're such a natural at this, Bella. I forget how strange and new this all must be for you. I wish I could hear it. I wish I could hear you.

EDWARD nips BELLAS shoulder making her gasp.

BELLA

You can hear me. How long?

EDWARD

Well, with the average vampire, after that first year, other needs make themselves known, but neither thirst, (lustily) nor any other desire, ever really fades. Rosalie and Emmett were the worst. It took a solid decade before I could stand to be within a five-mile radius of either of them.

(laughter)

EDWARD

Esme built them a house, too. Much grander than this, but she knows what Rose likes, and what you like. Carlisle and Esme simply had to kick the happy couple out. Even they were having trouble stomaching it.

BELLA

So after ten years everybody is normal again?

EDWARD

(chuckling)

Well I'm not sure what you mean by normal. You've seen my family going about life in a fairly human way. But you've been sleeping nights. There's a tremendous amount of time left over when you don't have to sleep, allowing you to (EDWARD pauses) balance your interests. There's a reason why I'm the best musician in the family, why, aside from Carlisle, I've read the most books, studied the most sciences, become fluent in the most languages. Emmett would like you to believe I know it all because of the mind reading, but the truth is, I've just had a lot of free time.

BELLA

Yes (BELLA pauses) I think I can find better uses for that time.

FADE OUT

EDWARD hovers over BELLA on the bed, close on faces.

BELLA

Do you miss it?

EDWARD

Miss what?

BELLA

All of it. The warmth, the soft skin, the tasty smell. I'm not losing anything at all, and I wondered if you were sad that you were.

EDWARD

(laughing)

EDWARD kisses BELLA.

It would be hard to find someone less sad than I am now. Impossible. Not many people get every single thing they want, plus all the things they didn't think to ask for, in the same day. You are warm.

EDWARD runs hand over BELLA'S neck and shoulder.

You are soft.

EDWARD'S hand moves to BELLA'S cheek and body moves up over hers, noses touching.

And as for the scent. I can't say I miss that. Do you remember the scent of those hikers?

BELLA

(grimacing)

I'm trying not to.

EDWARD

Imagine kissing that. So the answer is no. I am filled with joy because I am missing nothing. No one has more than I do now.

BELLA

I don't know about...

EDWARD interrupts her with another kiss.

FADE OUT

INT. - COTTAGE - BEDROOM — DAWN

BELLA leans down to kiss EDWARD.

BELLA (V.O.)

As I saw the sun rise for the first time with my new eyes, it really hit me. This was the first and the last day of forever.