01 INT. 50/50 - DAY
ERICA, JULIANNE and RACHEL are busy, moving around and answering phone calls.
(Picks up the phone)
(Picks up the phone)
(Picks up the phone)
Good morning! 50/50 Press!
(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)
(Rude tone. Stressed)
Are you joking? Red! I said Red!
R-E-D! The roses are red!
Julianne hangs down the phone.
The sky is blue/ I am panicking/
and so are you.
(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.
Rachel hangs down the phone. Sighs.
Yes! I've got journalists from all over the world.
This one was from some unknown online newspaper from Quebec.
Well, at least we're becoming world famous
and 'Tattered Rose' is not even "out and about" yet.
Yes, but if something goes wrong...
We'll be known for the worst reasons.
Erica! Come on! Push that Debbie Downer away from you.
A phone rings.
No, I'm feeling it too.
Rachel shows her arm.
See the skin crawl? It's not good.
I can feel it.
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 picks up the phone.
And why is Brent taking so long?
Julianne, let him take his time. We need him to
confirm whether everything is going as planned.
I know, I know! You girls are infecting me with stress and negativism.
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.
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.
I'm gonna catch you!
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.
Where are you, Silly Billy?
A door closes. Tom approaches.
Knock-knock, who's there?
The camera records Tom looking through the door lock.
I found you! Get ready for the tickle attack!
Tom opens the door. The video ends.
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.
Aw, that was really sweet. I've never watched this.
Tom prepares to disconnect the camera from the TV.
Well, I never showed it you before.
And you guys seem really... In peace, you know? You and mom.
Tom disconnects the camera without looking at Sarah.
Yeah... We were.
I wonder... Why did that happen?
The fights... And... Why did you torture yourselves for so long,
living like that?
Because we were cowards.
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.
It doesn't matter, Sarah. We hurt you.
And what we did, the way we handled things, was wrong.
So what about me? I ran away home,
I robbed mom... I was so lost.
Who's the coward here?
Don't say that, honey. You...
(Switches the subject)
You know what? I miss mom. I really need to talk to her.
And I think it's a very good idea.
Did you told her I was here?
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.
(Remembers something. Smiles)
You always say those quotes. You seem like my ther...
Sarah realizes something and stops talking, concerned.
Oh... Nothing. Forget it.
Sarah gets up.
Well, I'm going to see mom.
Sarah goes away. Tom looks at nowhere, thoughtful. Smiles.
04 INT. 50/50 PRESS - DAY
JULIANNE, ERICA and RACHEL are putting the office in order,
in a hurry.
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.
Oh, no, it's fine. I'll do it. This is some
stuff for Jana's book, 'All I ever wanted'.
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.
Are you ready, ladies?
Yes, yes, yes!
Brent, please, tell us that everything is good at the runway.
What do you think? Brent is a true leader, miss.
Oh, thank God! I'm so nervous!
Who isn't? Come on! Let's go!
(Talking on the phone)
Rachel disconnects the call.
Rachel! What are you doing? Go lock the door!
Sorry! My boyfriend is picking me up, so...
I'm on it!
Rachel goes close the door.
Wow! You girls need to chill out.
What I need is to go!
Rachel walks in. She holds an envelope. Suspicious.
(Notices the envelope)
What is that?
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.
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.
Who would send this?
Well, obviously someone that knew that was going
to the mentioned in the book!
OMG! Maybe it was that republican politician that had some gay fun with Jay!
It can be anyone!
People, let's calm down!
They don't pay attention to her and keep talking.
Would you just shut up?!
They shut up and look at her, surprised.
Thank you! Jesus!
Julianne, this is serious! What are we gonna do?
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.
And Frank Galvin was the one who dealt with that...
(Abandons the discouraged tone)
But... Most often, it was only that. Threats. Nothing else.
Is that supposed to make us feel better, Jules?
We don't know if this threat is fake. We can't be sure of that!
It's too risky!
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.
Okay. Okay, you're right. But, we have to tell Jay Manuel.
What?! No! He would start pa...
(Cuts her off)
Julianne! He has the right to know.
END OF CHAPTER 1