INT. SECOND FLOOR KATE’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Kate descends the ladder rungs with calculated movements to minimize the creaking of the wood.
The living room light is on, PATRICK’s (49), Kate’s father’s, conversation is heard.
He is talking on the phone.
Patrick’s shadow crosses the wall of the room and disappears into the side. Kate uses the opportunity to move toward the exit door.
She opens it carefully.
The lock clanks like never before.
Kate stops, listens.
She walks out to the—
STREET OUTSIDE KATE’S HOUSE
—where she walks farther away from the house.
However, she can’t see Thomas.
Suddenly, the lights of a car, parked nearby, flash, signaling Kate to approach.
Kate hesitates, decides to approach anyway.
The pilot window rolls down, Thomas appears from inside the car.
Do you think I’m going to go just like that?
The automobile moves forward.
The car stops abruptly, the passenger door opens.
Kate looks toward home.
You know what’s in there, Kate.
She runs to the open door, gets inside.
INT. THOMAS’ CAR – NIGHT
Thomas drives at high speed through empty streets, when he faces a red light, he goes through without stopping.
Where are we going?
Don’t worry, just trust me.
I don’t even know you.
But you do, Kate.
Thomas goes through another intersection with a red light.
What are you talking about?
Listen, it’s too complicated to explain, you better see it for yourself.
Thomas’ car takes a side road and then enters the freeway.
The car speeds up.
Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to meet. Isn’t that right?
The lights on the side of the road form lines of light before Kate’s gaze.
INT. THOMAS’ CAR – LATER
Kate sleeps, leaning against the side of the seat, facing the window.
The car moves abruptly, she wakes up.
Looks at the clock on the dashboard, it reads 6 am.
We are here.
Thomas sets the parking brake and turns off the engine.
He gets out of the car.
From outside, he signals Kate to come with him.
Kate gets out of the car and walks to the—
VIEWPOINT OUTSIDE THE CITY
She walks to Thomas, to the edge of the viewpoint.
Down she can see a lush forest and beyond, the city.
In the background the mountain range.
Seeing the precipice, she backs away.
Where are we?
You don’t remember.
Why do you keep talking as if we’ve known each other before?
Thomas smiles and looks at the horizon.
Kate follows Thomas’ gaze to the first rays of the sun between the mountains.
You said you wanted to escape, Kate. What if you have already done it, but you can’t remember.
That doesn’t make sense.
What if you did, but you were too afraid to follow through. To walk through the door.
That’s what it says on the website, do you really think it’s okay to make people commit…
They are not committing anything, they are just walking through.
Thomas looks Kate seriously in the eye.
This is a waste of time.
She turns to the car, but stops when Thomas holds her hand.
Kate stands still as she sees Thomas next to the rising sun and the feel of his hand against hers.
A vision in her mind.
She sees two hands joined together next to the sun’s rays, wrinkled skin on both of them.
Kate is confused.
What was that…
Thomas smiles, his gaze filled with reassurance.
Kate stares at Thomas as the rays of the dawn sun reach them both.
(To be continued…)