Episode 1: Backyard At Work

PREVIOUS REVISION:  DECEMBER 19, 2017
UPDATED: APRIL 17, 2018

3 Reveries Long Wait

PILOT

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SHADE 8 BLACK

 

White subtitle fonts play on BLACK BACKGROUND:

Shawn initially thought he was always a Christian, but not for too long, a Caucasian female Christian evangelist named MB in mid-fifties; the whom unequivocally begged to differ, which Shawn’s childhood days lack any previously qualified assistance due to a single parent’s homophobic beliefs. Shawn began individualizing his examination on 3 October evenings.

BLACK SCREEN EXITS.

SCENE 1

FADE IN:

EXT. RABBIT LADY’S BACKYARD – SUNNY DAY 

TIME CARD – OCTOBER 1, 2014 (1 PM)

As the screen gradually opens from a residential backyard of WARMY, OCTOBER WEATHER.

 

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RABBIT LADY’S GATEWAY

 

DA’SHAWN MARQUES OWENS, African-American, a local birth of Saint Louis, Missouri.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn turns 22 in August 2014.

CUT TO BLACK

SCENE 2 

SUBTITLES ON BLACK SCREEN – AUGUST 8, 2014

FADE IN:

EXT. KIM’S HOUSE – TWILIGHT 

Focal point advances into a shady, dull sundown.

Smilingly, Shawn welcomes a young lady once parking her car downhill across from Kim’s house.

He could not wait to get out of the house to see his new friend.

KW, 26 years of age, a gorgeous Caucasian lesbian. Abbreviated for Kate Warden.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn, on the other hand, never had a car of his own, and never learns to drive one. 

NARRATOR (CONTD)

This time, he simply enjoys getting a free lift, and knowing the reality he ought to have paid her. Quite egotistical, would he say he isn’t, eh?

We notice when KW grins at him after getting out of her auto like a NASCAR winner, at that point, Shawn disclosed to his mother, KIM, quickly about his newest friend.

On the front door, KIM yawns in light pink pajama clothes while lazily gesturing her head as she tunes into Shawn’s comments.

She can see how exciting her son is, but when seeing KW for the very first time.

She thought KW was her son’s girlfriend.

KIM sent her goodbye to her son thoughtlessly; sluggishly.

Shutting the door for the rest of night.

KW (Smiling)

You ready to go?

SHAWN (Nodding)

Hell, yeah!

CUT.

SCENE 3

EXT. SAINT CHARLES – EARLY EVENING

KW took him to her old childhood hometown named Saint Charles. KW stopped by her cousin’s house to return “fangirl books.”

Then KW took him to watch the Drag Queen Show at Deaf Dog’s Ink tattoo shop for fund-raising donations at LGBT Center of Saint Louis.

FADE OUT.

SCENE 4

EXT. SIAM STL (LGBT-Friendly Bar) NIGHT 

SUPERIMPOSE – About 2 Hrs Later

Later on this evening, KW drove her phony companion to SIAM STL BAR on Manchester Avenue.

They would have a little senseless talk together. Nobody else sat with them.

Not very many good-looking people there.

NARRATOR 

KW encourages him to drink his first alcoholic taste, Dirty Perv Vodka, which madly designed by some male bartender.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

Shawn did not remember his name, but Dirty Perv Vodka was so incredibly delicious.

(CONTD)

KW appears to be eager to discover him extremely buzzed out on his 22nd birthday, with no luck, Shawn pussies out.

Faltering too long.

KW playfully made fun of him to man up to drink all the more, with no luck, it did not work. Shawn seems so MEH.

KW (Chanting)

Lame! Lame! Lame!

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Much to her dismay, Shawn never reveals why he doesn’t drink!

FADE OUT.

SCENE 5

INT. EPHRAIM BAPTIST CHURCH FOR THE DEAF – FLASHBACK

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

He spoke to Minister Paul Strosnider on alcoholism at the Ephraim Baptist Church for the Deaf.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

As a Christian, Shawn should have known better than that. If not for God, he would end up in Hell or worse.

BACK TO SCENE 4:

Shawn felt his heart crunching inside; something incorrectly. He cannot logically explain where chest pains came from.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn did not pass away on this evening. He just figured he would. What he felt was an odd feeling that was God’s warning.  He didn’t recognize what it is.

It is like God told him not to get drunk, so he never drank for tonight like he should and not every last bit of it.

KW (Bummed)

You know, I paid for this drink! What’s more, you have no real job in life!

She feigned exacerbation in a doubt.

KW

Alright, I’ll drink it myself!

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn wanted to tell her he will die of Martini Gin Vermouth, but she would think he is crazy. 

NARRATOR (CONTD)

In this situation, he decided to keep it to himself. Not a single word.

(CONTD)

Ironically, someone died the next day on a late afternoon.

(CONTD)

His name was Michael Brown. He died on August 9th. How bizarre does that sound?

(CONTD)

The question is, why? Was that dysfunctional behavior talking? Is it accurate to say that it was most certainly not?

(CONTD)

Who else told him?

(CONTD)

How could he know? Why now?

KW witnessed that her friend’s strange behavior was out of blue, however, she didn’t ask him for what reason.

NARRATOR

She basically imagined that Shawn was not prepared to get drunk on his birthday and he agrees with her.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

Well, Shawn could only discuss Fifty Shades trilogy, courtroom books, and the long piles of boring ass dialogues.

(CONTD)

It became clear that KW and Shawn have nothing much in common with one another, even though she loves Sign Language.

KW

Yeah, I need to practice more Sign Language. I know my ASL is rusty.

SHAWN

It is all right. It is just a quiet night, I guess.

They nodded in a silent agreement, and then look away from one another for few seconds.

NARRATOR

That was the whole point of embarrassing birthday story.

SHAWN (To KW)

I think we should call it a good night.

KW (With a comic relief)

Next time you better get your ass drunk! I would not joke about this!

Pitifully, Shawn grinned back.  

SIAM was the most noiseless bar with little quantities of socially dynamic adults.

CUT.

SCENE 6

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EXT. SHAWN’S SMALL-SIZED APARTMENT – NIGHT

KW dropped Shawn at the smallest size of the apartment where he lives, but he about 10 blocks away from Manchester Avenue.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

If it was not for her, he could just walk straight over there to LGBT-friendly bars.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

About 10 blocks away. A walk takes 15 minutes or so.

Outside of the front seat of KW’s BMW red minicar, Shawn shut the door nicely, he wanted to tell her something but did not.

NARRATOR

He knew she would not understand.

Shawn waves her goodbye before making a U-turn drive into the south TOWER GROVE.

Shawn went into his little apartment.

NARRATOR

This was the last time he had spoken to her, like ever. Two months later, they became mortal enemies. She said she did not give damn anymore.

(CONTD)

Shawn sent a lot of annoying emails to her many months later. She blocks him on Facebook, Twitter, and all kinds of social media on the internet.

(CONTD)

They never saw each other again.

CUT TO BLACK.

SCENE 7

TITLE CARD – AUGUST 9, 2014

CAME INTO THE FULL VIEW:

INT. SHAWN’S APT – LATE AFTERNOON

Shawn clicks a remote control on his TV screen, but when it came on. He was watching an 11 channel (Warner Bros).

A racist white police officer tragically shot somebody!

His name was Mike Brown, shot down by Darren Wilson 9 TIMES!

With a horrified gasp!

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn had never seen the face of Mike Brown before, did not hold any clue who he was, though. He never met him in his entire life, but still, Mike was the one that drew an emotional impact on the black community all over the USA.

FADE TO BLACK.

WHITE FONTS ON BLACK SCREEN – 2 MONTHS LATER

Ongoing racial riots on a national TV as Shawn watches it.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Mike Brown was not only changing the world but the way Shawn sees with fresh eyes. He was in for the rude awakening!

(CONTD)

August 2014 was the beginnings of great sorrows, which was to take place next. The Book of Matthew, as it mentions Chapter 24.

CUT TO BLACK.

SCENE 8

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EXT. RABBIT LADY’S BACKYARD – NOW

SUBTITLES IN MOTION PICTURE – OCTOBER 1, 2014

Shawn temporarily supervised 10 college-aged volunteers from Webster University in Rabbit Lady’s Backyard to clean up fallen leaves (from trees, of course) and filling them up in trash bags.

10 volunteers came here to make the backyard looking good, again.

CUT TO BLACK.

SUBTITLES ON BLACK SCREEN: ABOUT ONE HOUR OR SO…

An elderly Caucasian woman in her mid-fifties named MB, she had arrived late after one pm. 

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

This woman was the board advisor of the Iorek-Skaat. Her anonymous name is MB.

CUT TO BLACK.

SCENE 9

SUBTITLES ON BLACK SCREEN – AUGUST 2013

EXT. RABBIT LADY’S GATEWAY – DAY

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Shawn volunteered to work with people at a rabbit-based organization named Iorek-Skaat, however, to make his point truly clear.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

Only a few ones who are scholastically mindful of animal-therapy treatments in North America is Rabbit Lady.

(CONTD)

Yes, that is her anonymous name. Rabbit Lady.

(CONTD)

Animal therapy is exactly what this non-profit organization is about.

(CONTD)

Long story short, Rabbit Lady founded Iorek-Skaat in early 2014, yet, she would not work again with deaf people in August 2013, as she says.

(CONTD)

She told Shawn’s mother named Kim, another ancient non-profit organization was corrupted and shutdown.

(CONTD)

She said deaf volunteers did verbally attack her for last three years between 2012 to mid-2014.

(CONTD)

When Shawn first met Rabbit Lady. He did not know much about her old past tensions with deaf people in another organization.

(CONTD)

In late August, Shawn begins working for Rabbit Lady since his mother aggressively implores her to be a part of Iorek-Skaat.

(CONTD)

Kim wants Rabbit Lady to help Shawn since dropping out of college in November 2012.

KIM, 42-year-old, helplessly emotional mother who grumbles of everyone to do a goddamn thing about the “whimsical” child of her own. 

KIM (To Shawn)

She’s your last hope! She can help you with college! I ain’t no glad that you stopped going back to school!

KIM (CONTD)

Look at her, she is deaf! it did not halt her from being a doctor! What stopped you?

(CONTD)

You better plan to go back school soon!

Reluctantly, he obeys her.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

Once Shawn begins working for Rabbit Lady, after one year in the outcome, rabbits changed the way he considers animals in his life. He did think about going back to school.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 10

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SUBTITLES ON BLACK SCREEN – RABBIT LADY

EXT/INT: SAINT LOUIS – FLASHBACK

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Rabbit Lady, on the other hand, did not grow up in the Saint Louis deaf community, but in the world of sounds.

(CONTD)

She finished 22 years of college to become a nurse, a midwife, a doctor, and social worker.

(CONTD)

She got seven academic degrees. She claims to be the first animal doctor in North America that only spoke of rabbits.

(CONTD)

 She believes that rabbits are the power to help people with mental illness.

TRANSITIONAL CUT:

EXT. RABBIT LADY’S BACKYARD – SUMMER 2014

RABBIT LADY (To Shawn)

One certain type of a spiritual cult that I would never be working with: Satanists or Voodoo worshippers.

(CONTD)

I refuse to help them get married, not because I trust in God, but because I do not support the idea of killing animals for sacrificial purposes. That goes against my animal beliefs.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

  Rabbit Lady does not practice her beliefs in Christianity other than Tibetan Buddhism.

(CONTD)

She is a Buddhist nun, a wedding pastor, an animal rights activist. Even though Shawn had not seen her as an acting pastor at a wedding event or a church.

(CONTD)

He only saw her as a CEO and the executive director of Iorek-Skaat.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 11

TITLE CARD – KIM

INT. SHAWN’S APT – VIDEO PHONE VIA SIGN LANGUAGE

 SUBTITLES IN MOTION PICTURE – SUMMER 2014

KIM, 42-year-old, helplessly emotional mother who grumbles of everyone to do a goddamn thing about the “whimsical” child of her own. 

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Kim wishes that her son would admit the error of his logic. Being gay was plainly so wrong, and putting too much of her faith in Rabbit Lady to correct him.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

Rabbit Lady quickly told Shawn she is a social worker. She understood how profoundly disappointed Kim can be, which she reproaches him for not showing affections for his mother.

(CONTD)

Unequivocally, he cannot help contradicting Rabbit Lady as he turned out to be very defensive and hard-headed.

FADE OUT.

SCENE 12

SUPERIMPOSE – SEPTEMBER 2014

INT. RABBIT LADY’S GARAGE CABIN – DAY

SHAWN (To Rabbit Lady)

Why Mom refusing to acknowledge my sexuality?

RABBIT LADY (Elucidating in ASL)

Shawn, you must understand her reasons. Let me tell you what she told me. She did not want to take guardianship of you if you got AIDS.

Shawn rolled his eyes at her anyway.

RABBIT LADY

AIDS took a panic hit in 1982 where the Conservatives turned out to be excessively anxious to help, making it impossible to legalize the LGBT rights awareness.

(CONTD)

Experiencing serious difficulties as straight people neglect the amount of AIDS death tolls. Ignorance has negatively affected America for thirty years.

(CONTD)

Straight people did not understand AIDS properly or poorly educated. The trepidation of AIDS was a disdain development since the time that hit America.

(CONTD)

Fears and worries are a consistent shirking, yet it scares out of scorn seems leading more discriminations.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 13

INT. SHAWN’S APT -BEDROOM 

SUPERIMPOSE – LATE AUGUST 2014

 NARRATOR (Off-camera)

THE NORMAL HEART on HBO television as Ryan Murphy produced it. Shawn first learns about a Jewish Dramatist male named Larry Kramer.

NARRATOR (CONTD)

 Truly noted, anybody can simply advance the unique perspective through him as a Broadway genius, which implies the fact.

(CONTD)

AIDS emotionally affect Larry Kramer in his thirties or known as The Raging Eighties. Everyone knows how angry he is.

(CONTD)

About the same time in the late eighties, Rabbit Lady’s mother expels lesbians out of her office due to homophobic fears.

(CONTD)

 You see, the thing about fear is that you are a stranger amongst human civilizations, not had any desire to avail one that is dying, but it is what it is.

(CONTD)

Even today, there is an Ebola infection, ignorant idiots alarmingly ran away! What is next locally?!

CUT TO BLACK.

SCENE 14

SUBTITLES ON BLACK SCREEN – Midwife, Doctor, & Mother of Rabbit Lady

AS SUBTITLES TYPED.

INT. UNKNOWN HOSPITAL – SAINT LOUIS

SUPERIMPOSE – LATE EIGHTIES

MOTHER OF RABBIT LADY, in her late 50s, a birthing assistant specialist in her domain of biology and science; an extremely prominent one amid the new learning of AIDS Awareness.

NARRATOR (Off-Camera)

Rabbit Lady’s Mother, the whom had not supported same-sex rights around then, it conflicts with her Buddhist convictions.

(CONTD)

Rabbit Lady has grown up to obey her mother appropriately, as a loyal first-born daughter, and the only immigrant in America.

(CONTD)

It was not until her mother belatedly understood that she needs more paychecks to support herself and raising two children alone.

(CONTD)

Rabbit Lady lost her father at the age of twelve, she left alone with her mother and younger brother at 7. In late 1980’s, during the time of AIDS, her mother remembers the faces of women who always got into her office. It was the same group of bisexuals and lesbians seeking help from her.

(CONTD)

At first, she rejects, then later, changing her mind after learning the fact that those patients physically violated, and impregnated by evil men.

(CONTD)

Her patients did not want to keep their rapists’ babies, some took abortions, some give up for adoptions and orphanage services.

(CONTD)

Rabbit Lady’s mother accepts them once they permanently became her patients now. She belatedly apologized to them for discriminating their sexuality. It takes two weeks to change her mother’s mind, but for Kim, as Shawn’s mother, it might need years, it depends.

RABBIT LADY (To Shawn)

Now, you know my mother’s story. I’m just saying, be patient with Kim, she needs more time. People do not evolve overnight.

RETURN TO SCENE 8:

SUPERIMPOSE – OCTOBER 1, 2014

EXT. RABBIT LADY’S BACKYARD – CLOUDLESS DAY

NARRATOR  (Off-Camera)

God spoke directly to Shawn for some unknown reasons. He might have tapped on Shawn’s mind but did not know what is.

Shawn struggling to ignore or overlook celestial signs of God while working in the outdoorsy backyard.

Yet, once more…   

God

 Is trying to take his attention.  

Tapping silently on Shawn’s mind.

Tap!  Tap!

Defeated expressions play on Shawn’s face. 

Then he walks toward the lady named MB, as we (The Audience) watch him talking in a rear view.

  NARRATOR

God wanted him to have a real conservation with the lady named MB.

SLAM TO END CREDITS!

*ASL is American Sign Language

– SEB2018

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