01 INT. 50/50 - DAY

ERICA, JULIANNE and RACHEL are busy, moving around and answering phone calls.

ERICA

(Picks up the phone)

50/50 Press!

JULIANNE

(Picks up the phone)

50/50!

RACHEL

(Picks up the phone)

Good morning! 50/50 Press!

ERICA

(Shocked and stressed)

What?! How could that happen?

(Trying to calm down)

You know what? Whatever. We pay more. Just fix the damn lights.

(Hangs down the phone)

Thank you.

JULIANNE

(Rude tone. Stressed)

Are you joking? Red! I said Red!

R-E-D! The roses are red!

Julianne hangs down the phone.

ERICA

(To Julianne)

The sky is blue/ I am panicking/

and so are you.

RACHEL

(Looking for an agenda)

No. They're not available right now. You'll have to schedule a meeting...

Yes... Yes, they're available next week.

But I'll call you tomorrow to confirm that. Okay.

Bye.

Rachel hangs down the phone. Sighs.

JULIANNE

(To Rachel)

Another vampire?

RACHEL

Yes! I've got journalists from all over the world.

This one was from some unknown online newspaper from Quebec.

JULIANNE

Well, at least we're becoming world famous

and 'Tattered Rose' is not even "out and about" yet.

ERICA

Yes, but if something goes wrong...

We'll be known for the worst reasons.

JULIANNE

Erica! Come on! Push that Debbie Downer away from you.

A phone rings.

RACHEL

No, I'm feeling it too.

Rachel shows her arm.

RACHEL

See the skin crawl? It's not good.

I can feel it.

JULIANNE

And do you know what I feel, Ray-Ray?

That if you don't answer that phone, stat, I'll be the one

who'll tatter your rose... "Comprende"?

RACHEL

Sorry!

Rachel picks up the phone.

JULIANNE

And why is Brent taking so long?

ERICA

Julianne, let him take his time. We need him to

confirm whether everything is going as planned.

JULIANNE

I know, I know! You girls are infecting me with stress and negativism.

ERICA

Can you believe they called us here because the

light bulbs were burnt out, instead of...

The phones ring. Erica and Julianne sigh and answer them.
Erica is stressed.

ERICA - V.O

When something you want is finally arriving...

When something that has to be done requires your whole energy,

do you think you're able to do it? Do have the strength to face it

even knowing you're probably not gonna make it?

Erica hangs down the phone. Thoughtful and concerned.

CUT TO:

02 INT. TOM'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Old home made video. POV shot. Tom's recording. Six year old SARAH is running away, laughing. Tom's going after her.

TOM

I'm gonna catch you!

SARAH

No, you're not!

Sarah gets out of the screen. MARJORIE is in the kitchen,
cooking. Smiles to the camera. Tom goes up the stairs.

TOM

Where are you, Silly Billy?

A door closes. Tom approaches.

TOM

Knock-knock, who's there?

The camera records Tom looking through the door lock.

TOM

I found you! Get ready for the tickle attack!

Tom opens the door. The video ends.

CUT TO:

03 INT. TOM'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

TOM and SARAH are sitting on the sofa, watching the video.
The camera is connected to the TV.

TOM

The end.

SARAH

Aw, that was really sweet. I've never watched this.

Tom prepares to disconnect the camera from the TV.

TOM

Well, I never showed it you before.

SARAH

And you guys seem really... In peace, you know? You and mom.

Tom disconnects the camera without looking at Sarah.

TOM

(Uncomfortable)

Yeah... We were.

SARAH

(Thoughtful)

I wonder... Why did that happen?

The fights... And... Why did you torture yourselves for so long,

living like that?

TOM

Because we were cowards.

SARAH

No, I don't think it's just that.

You guys were thinking about me.

That's why you didn't split, right?

Tom sits again.

TOM

It doesn't matter, Sarah. We hurt you.

And what we did, the way we handled things, was wrong.

SARAH

So what about me? I ran away home,

I robbed mom... I was so lost.

Who's the coward here?

TOM

Don't say that, honey. You...

SARAH

(Switches the subject)

You know what? I miss mom. I really need to talk to her.

TOM

And I think it's a very good idea.

SARAH

Did you told her I was here?

TOM

Yes.

SARAH

And?

TOM

And... I can't tell what she felt. I called her.

She seemed calm, though. "The pursuit, even of the best things,

ought to be calm and tranquil", Cicero.

SARAH

(Remembers something. Smiles)

You always say those quotes. You seem like my ther...

Sarah realizes something and stops talking, concerned.

TOM

(Suspicious)

Your...

SARAH

Oh... Nothing. Forget it.

Sarah gets up.

SARAH

Well, I'm going to see mom.

Sarah goes away. Tom looks at nowhere, thoughtful. Smiles.

CUT TO:

04 INT. 50/50 PRESS - DAY

JULIANNE, ERICA and RACHEL are putting the office in order,
in a hurry.

JULIANNE

Chop-Chop, girls! Brent is arriving!

(Points to some papers on a desk)

Rachel, don't forget to file those.

Erica notices the papers and approaches to them.

ERICA

Oh, no, it's fine. I'll do it. This is some

stuff for Jana's book, 'All I ever wanted'.

JULIANNE

Well, what I want now is to go home, put my

fancy-schmancy dress on and go to the book launch.

BRENT arrives through the front door.

BRENT

Are you ready, ladies?

JULIANNE

Yes, yes, yes!

ERICA

Brent, please, tell us that everything is good at the runway.

BRENT

What do you think? Brent is a true leader, miss.

ERICA

(Relieved)

Oh, thank God! I'm so nervous!

JULIANNE

Who isn't? Come on! Let's go!

RACHEL

(Talking on the phone)

Okay. Bye!

Rachel disconnects the call.

JULIANNE

Rachel! What are you doing? Go lock the door!

RACHEL

Sorry! My boyfriend is picking me up, so...

JULIANNE

(Screams)

Go!

RACHEL

I'm on it!

Rachel goes close the door.

BRENT

Wow! You girls need to chill out.

JULIANNE

What I need is to go!

Rachel walks in. She holds an envelope. Suspicious.

RACHEL

Erm... Guys...

JULIANNE

What?

ERICA

(Notices the envelope)

What is that?

RACHEL

It's a letter, probably. I don't know who send it.

It has no name. It was on the floor, in front of the door.

Erica opens the envelope. Reads the letter. Gets shocked.

ERICA

Oh my God!

Julianne, Brent and Rachel approach. The letter is a photoshopped image of a gun pointed to Jay Manuel's head.
Below the image we can read 'TONIGHT. PECAULT SQUARE'

ERICA - V.O

And when you know that what you want is impossible to have,

would you still try to have it anyway?

Would you have that strength? And is that even called strength and bravery...

or is it foolishness? Maybe courage is all about giving up, after all?


BEING ERICA 5X03 - A TATTERED ROSE


05 INT. 50/50 PRESS - DAY

ERICA, BRENT and RACHEL are panicking, talking to each other. JULIANNE is holding the letter, concerned and tired of hearing them.

RACHEL

Who would send this?

ERICA

Well, obviously someone that knew that was going

to the mentioned in the book!

BRENT

OMG! Maybe it was that republican politician that had some gay fun with Jay!

ERICA

It can be anyone!

JULIANNE

People, let's calm down!

They don't pay attention to her and keep talking.

JULIANNE

Guys!

(Exclaims)

Would you just shut up?!

They shut up and look at her, surprised.

JULIANNE

Thank you! Jesus!

ERICA

Julianne, this is serious! What are we gonna do?

JULIANNE

Don't be chickens, chickens! This is not the first threat I receive.

'River Rock' has published very chocking and "unpleasant" books for some people.

ERICA

And...?

JULIANNE

(Discouraged)

And Frank Galvin was the one who dealt with that...

(Abandons the discouraged tone)

But... Most often, it was only that. Threats. Nothing else.

BRENT

Is that supposed to make us feel better, Jules?

ERICA

We don't know if this threat is fake. We can't be sure of that!

It's too risky!

JULIANNE

And what do you purpose? Cancel to book launch?

Throw all of that money out of the window again, Erica?

No. We are not going to do that. The book will be launched today.

Secret number 48: Surrender when you're dead.

Erica gets thoughtful.

ERICA

Okay. Okay, you're right. But, we have to tell Jay Manuel.

JULIANNE

What?! No! He would start pa...

ERICA

(Cuts her off)

Julianne! He has the right to know.

Julianne sighs.

END OF CHAPTER 1