EDWARDS RETURN

by Elisabeth Dubois

Short Film
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An unsolved murder, fuelled by jealousy, takes its victim’s soul through time in order to find his killer. Edward was not ready to die. Synopsis: Australia 1845… The contented life of Edward Seymour, a loyal bank employee, dramatically changes when his employer, Mr. Case, dies. Lying on his deathbed, Mr. Case bestows Edward his business and Estate with one condition; -- Edward is to care for his two daughters. Edward agrees marrying one of them; although, in love with another woman. Weeks after the wedding, Edward is found murdered. A housemaid, his mistress, is wrongly accused of his murder and is convicted and hung. 165 years later, the present… Two women share inexplicable dreams and experiences; unbeknown to them, they are connected with Edward’s past. Edward’s wait is over; through the incarnation of these souls, the identity of his killer will be revealed. Edward returns. He wants to live.

Edward's Return
by
Elisabeth Dubois
Registered script: #9553
©Elisabeth Dubois, 2006
P.O BOX 3114,
BATEHAVEN, NSW, 2536,
AUSTRALIA
(612)4471 2431
1 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - BEDROOM - NIGHT 1
The full moon illuminates the average size room. A beam
falls on SAMUEL’s face.
Samuel, handsome, mid 30s, is asleep and dreaming, next to
a sleeping LINDA, attractive, early 30s, on a queen size
bed.
2 INT. COURTHOUSE, 1845 - DREAM SEQUENCE - DAY 2
A CROWD fills the small sandstone walled courthouse.
A JUDGE presides the chair.
SOPHIE, 20’s, attractive, Dublin accent, sits at the front
of the room dressed in a yellow convict robe; an officer
either side of her.
She faces and awaits the Judge’s decision.
THOMAS, 30s, dressed in gardening attire, stands at the
back of the courtroom, a rag hanging from his side pocket.
He stares unemotionally towards Sophie.
The Judge hammers the gavel.
JUDGE
Sophie McGuire please stand.
The two OFFICERS jointly grab her arms, all three stand.
JUDGE
The court has made its decision.
It’s considered the evidence
presented and your convict stand
in society. A Guilty verdict has
been passed.
(the crowd murmurs)
Sophie Mcguire you will be
sentenced to death by hanging for
the Murder of Edward Seymour.
Sophie screams out and is held back by the officers.
SOPHIE
I didn’t do it Sire.
JUDGE
Take her away.
Sophie passes a grinning Thomas as she is led out of the
courthouse.
SOPHIE
Thomas? Please help me.
Thomas sarcastically remarks.
THOMAS
Shouldn’t have killed Mr Seymour
Miss.
He watches her walk away. She stares back totally confused.
END DREAM SEQUENCE - BACK TO SAMUEL.
Samuel sits up in bed with a start.
3 EXT. RIVER’S EDGE, 1845 - NIGHT 3
The MOON illuminates the trees and SPARKLES off the river
as the sound of a GALLOPING HORSE approaches.
The HORSE and RIDER come into view at a FAST PACE.
EDWARD, 30s, handsome and determined, URGES his mount
forwards.
He reaches the CASE MANSION where oil lamps burn at its
entrance.
A pale light GLOWS from an upstairs WINDOW.
At the ENTRANCE he begins to dismount.
The door opens and a MANSERVANT comes quickly out and takes
the reins of the horse.
Edward hurries inside the mansion and removes his COAT as
he enters the HALL where a maid, Sophie, approaches.
She does a slight CURTSEY and reaches to take his coat.
She takes his coat and their eyes meet. There is a loving
message in her eyes.
SOPHIE
They await you in the master’s
bedroom, sir.
Edward removes his hat and passes it to her.
EDWARD
Thank you Sophie.
Edward moves quickly to the STAIRCASE and ascends.
2.
Sophie stands and watches him as he turns into the UPSTAIRS
CORRIDOR.
She holds the COLLAR of his coat and lovingly CARESSES it
against her CHEEK before placing it carefully on a HOOK.
4 INT. MR CASE’S BEDROOM, 1845 - CONTINUOUS 4
MR CASE lies in his bed. He’s old, pale and close to death.
HELENA, 25, demurely pretty is being clutched by EDWINA,
27, whose sightless pale eyes gaze into the distance.
They are distressed by their father’s condition.
DR CHALMERS, 50, leans over Mr Case and gently wipes a wet
cloth over his brow.
The door opens and Edward enters.
He nods respectfully to the women and approaches Dr
Chalmers.
Helena is comforted by his presence.
Edward looks at Dr Chalmers and then Mr Case and back to Dr
Chalmers. Their eyes say it all.
Mr Case gasps and whispers.
MR CASE
Ask my daughters to wait outside.
Dr Chalmers nods and the girls numbly follow as he leads
them to the door and closes it after them.
Edward looks at the old man.
EDWARD
Are you sure you want them out?
MR CASE
We need to finalize business, my
boy. Dr Chalmers will be our
witness.
Dr Chalmers nods to Edward and takes a contract with a wax
seal from a table and offers it to Edward.
Edward reads the document. He shows disbelief.
EDWARD
You are giving me the entire
business?
3.
MR CASE
On one condition. Once you agree
before Dr Chalmers, it is all
yours Edward.
Edward looks at the document again. He frowns then
inquisitively looks to Mr Case.
MR CASE
It’s a moral one. God is the
other witness. I love my
daughters despite their flaws.
If you agree to marry Helena and
care for them both, I will die in
peace.
Edward is thunderstruck and is about to speak when he is
interrupted.
MR CASE
I know. I know. I’m an old man
Edward, but not a foolish old
man. I know your passions. Just
care for them.
Edward contemplates both the other men. They are waiting.
DR CHALMERS
Mr Case has signed and I have
witnessed.
Dr Chalmers walks to the table, takes a quill from a pen
case and opens an inkwell.
Edward makes his decision and walks to the table. Dr
Chalmers offers him the pen.
Pen in hand, Edward looks to Mr Case. Edward awkwardly
smiles then signs the document.
Dr Chalmers carefully blots the ink and then witnesses
Edward’s signature.
MR CASE
Care for them Edward. That’s all
I ask. Bring them back in now.
Edward goes to the door and leaves.
He enters, followed by Helena, leading Edwina on her arm.
They all approach the bed. Mr Case looks at his daughters.
MR CASE
Edward will care for you.
4.
Edwina’s eyes widen.
EDWINA
No!
All eyes are on Edwina. Helena tugs her arm, shushing her
lovingly.
HELENA
Edwina, please.
Mr Case gasps and has a seizure. Helena cries in fright, in
turn frightening Edwina who claws Helena’s arm and gives a
prolonged agonized wail.
Mr case lies staring at the ceiling.
Dr Chalmers leans over and feels for a heartbeat.
After a moment, he stands back and bows respectfully to
Helena.
DR CHALMERS
I’m sorry Miss Helena, your
father has passed away.
5 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, PRESENT - DAY 5
Samuel and a land Developer, ANTHONY, 50s, walk away from a
4WD parked by the side of an unsealed road.
Next to it, a large sign reads: THE SEYMOUR ESTATE. In
smaller letters... Another Five Star Development by Anthony
Rudridge.
A river borders the rear of the Estate. They walk and head
towards the river.
As they near the river, a gravestone is visible under an
old Oak.
Samuel uncomfortably rubs his arms and frowns as they
approach the stone.
SAMUEL
Any words from the council about
the relocation of the grave?
ANTHONY
We’ve decided to leave it. After
all, it is a part of the Estate’s
history.
Anthony holds a rolled up blue print; with it, he points
towards building footings to his right.
5.
ANTHONY
We’ll have the first house of the
Estate completed in six months.
(looks to Samuel)
And it’s all yours.
Samuel is taken aback in shock.
SAMUEL
All mine?
ANTHONY
Take it as a token of my
appreciation. You’ve been a
terrific asset over the last four
years. The contracts have been
drawn and sent to your address
for your perusal.
Samuel takes a quick glance at the gravestone, shivers and
rubs his arms as he uncomfortably looks to Anthony.
SAMUEL
Well, hmm! That’s a hell of a
gesture Anthony. Really! I’m
overwhelmed but I can’t accept
it.
Anthony is dumbfounded.
ANTHONY
Whoa!, Never expected that for an
answer.
(beat)
Something I should be made aware
of?
SAMUEL
No not at all. The Estate’s great
but living here? -- doesn’t
appeal to me.
ANTHONY
You don’t have to live here. You
can sell the house.
(beat)
Anyhow, have another think and
talk it over with the wife then
let me know for sure.
Samuel nods and they shake hands.
6.
6 EXT. CASE MANSION, 1845 - DAY 6
THOMAS tends to one of the rose beds. He cuts a piece of
rope with a long bladed knife then ties back one of the
climbing rose bushes onto a timber trellis. A rag hangs
from his side pocket.
Edward and Helena stand by an awaiting carriage loaded with
personal effects.
MRS BLIGH, 60s, plump and friendly faced, steps up the
carriage’s step with Edward’s help.
EDWARD
It will be an honour to have you
at the Seymour estate, Mrs Bligh.
I don’t think there is a better
cook in all of New South Wales.
Mrs Bligh is flushed with pride.
MRS BLIGH
Thank you Sir. It will be an
honour to serve you as I have Mr.
Case.
She sits in the carriage then Edward helps Sophie up. They
share a passing glance.
EDWARD
Miss Sophie.
SOPHIE
Thank you Sir.
Helena steps close to the carriage.
SOPHIE
Will Madam be alright?
HELENA
The wedding is only two days away
Sophie. I think Anna should be
able to help me manage Edwina.
SOPHIE
Very well ma’am.
Sophie sits next to Mrs Bligh.
The carriage drives off and disappears from view.
Edward turns to Thomas.
7.
EDWARD
Thomas?
Thomas faces Edward.
THOMAS
Yes Mr Seymour?
EDWARD
I’ve had a word with Miss Helena.
How would you like to tend my
gardens?
Thomas involuntary gives a fleeting passionate glance
towards Helena as he walks over.
Helena uncomfortably down casts her eyes as Thomas looks to
Edward.
THOMAS
It would be an honour Sir.
Helena is a little flushed. She gives thomas a faint smile,
silently noticed by Edward.
EDWARD
(to Thomas)
Prepare your things. You can move
in tomorrow. I am sure the ladies
will need a strong helping hand
to help them with the wedding
preparations.
Thomas pulls out the rag hanging out of his side pocket and
wipes his hand before outstretching it to Edward.
THOMAS
I’d be honored sir. Thank you.
They shake and Thomas nods respectfully.
7 INT. SUSIE’S APARTMENT, PRESENT - BATHROOM - NIGHT 7
SUSIE, 20’s, tall plain and pale steps out of the bath.
She wraps herself in a towel and walks over to the vanity
and then wipes the steamed mirror with her hand.
The bathroom door behind her is closed.
She grabs another towel - off the side rack - and wraps it
around her hair then opens the top vanity draw.
She pulls out a new set of contact lenses. She wipes the
mirror and inserts one.
8.
Picks up the other and attempts to insert it only to be
startled by an apparition in the mirror of a shadow passing
behind her.
Dropping the lens in the sink she slowly turns around. She
is alone. Reassured she regains composure and retrieves her
contact lens from the sink.
She faces the mirror to insert it.
Her reflection momentarily is that of Edwina’s.
Susie freezes in shock, the lens falling into the sink.
8 INT. LINDA’S OFFICE RECEPTION, PRESENT - MORNING 8
A well lit reception area is furnished with timber chairs
and a large desk.
JOANNE, a young brunette sits at the reception desk as
Linda walks in. The waiting chairs are empty.
JOANNE
Good morning Doctor Grimshaw.
LINDA
Good morning Joanne. What’s my
schedule like for today?
JOANNE
You now have seven. Susie Jones
rang this morning hoping you
could fit her in first up. Oh and
your sister-in-law rang. Said she
would pop in tomorrow morning.
Linda looks up to Joanne, showing a look of “how unusual”.
LINDA
Did she say why?
JOANNE
No she didn’t.
Linda shakes her head in wonder and walks to her office.
9 INT. LINDA’S OFFICE 9
A LOUNGE and a comfortable leather RECLINER are placed near
the entrance. A large mahogany DESK is set near the WINDOW.
A framed DIPLOMA of psychiatry with Linda’s name is
displayed to its right.
9.
Linda places her KEYS on the desk next to a VASE of yellow
ROSES and SMELLS them.
A WEDDING photo and a NEWBORN BABY photo are placed in
front of the vase.
She picks up the wedding photo - Samuel and herself
exchanging a loving look. Linda holds a BOUQUET of white
and yellow ROSES.
She smiles and places it back on the desk and then CARESSES
the baby photo, placing her other HAND simultaneously on
her BELLY.
10 INT. LINDA’S RECEPTION - MOMENTS LATER 10
Joanne is typing at her desk.
SUSIE, 30s, dark circles under her eyes, sits uncomfortably
in a chair with restless hands.
Linda’s door opens and steps out.
Joanne looks up and they exchange a glance.
LINDA
(looks to Susie)
Come in Susie.
Susie gets up, staring at the floor and walks into the
office watched by Linda and Joanne.
Linda glances at Joanne as she shuts the door.
11 INT. LINDA’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS 11
Susie walks to the sofa and slumps sullenly on it. She
doesn’t look up.
Linda sits at her desk and looks at her notes.
LINDA
How are you Susie?
Susie stares at the floor as Linda waits.
LINDA
Take your time.
Susie rocks on the sofa, clutching her upper arms and looks
around furtively.
SUSIE
She’s back.
10.
LINDA
Who’s back Susie?
Susie shakes her head.
SUSIE
Don’t you think I’d tell you if I
knew?! I just want her out of my
life.
LINDA
Calm down Susie. Let’s talk about
it.
SUSIE
Talk? That’s all we ever do! It’s
not making it go away. Why do I
see that face? What does it mean?
LINDA
I don’t know yet Susie. That’s
why we need to talk.
SUSIE
Talk! Talk! It’s not helping!
Don’t you understand?
Susie gets up and storms to the door, flings it open and
heads out to the
12 RECEPTION AREA 12
Susie storms through it past a bemused Joanne and runs to
the door, flings it open and leaves.
Linda appears at her office door and sees it’s no use
following.
JOANNE
(looks to Linda)
Do I send her an account?
LINDA
No, leave it. She’ll be back.
With or without an appointment.
13 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - EVENING 13
Linda sits on the lounge perusing a contract. She smiles as
she turns the pages.
The front door opens. Linda stands and rushes over to greet
Samuel placing the contract on the lounge.
11.
She throws her arms around his neck and kisses him
repeatedly in short bursts. Samuel chuckles through the
kisses.
SAMUEL
Woah! Now that’s a great welcome
home.
LINDA
Why didn’t you tell me?
SAMUEL
Tell you what darling?
Linda bites her bottom lip.
LINDA
Emm! Was it a surprise?
Samuel is totally confused.
SAMUEL
What are you talking about?
LINDA
The house.
A look of horror passes over Samuel’s face.
LINDA
I spoiled it didn’t I?
SAMUEL
No, not at all.
Samuel walks over to the lounge, seeing the contract he
picks it up and sits. Linda follows and sits next to him
still excited.
LINDA
I have some news for you too.
Samuel in his own thoughts glumly looks to her.
LINDA
It fits in so perfectly.
She looks him in the eyes her facial expression glowing.
Samuel forces a smile.
LINDA
I’m pregnant Samuel.
(She rubs her belly)
We’re having a baby.
Samuel gapes, dumbfounded and shocked.
12.
SAMUEL
I thought we’d agreed to wait
before starting another family.
Linda is a little confused by his remark.
LINDA
‘Til we had our own house -- and
now we do. I thought you’d be
ecstatic.
Samuel stands tossing the house contract back on the lounge
and walks over to pour himself a drink from the drink
cabinet.
Linda takes hold of the contract and looks to him baffled
and glum.
SAMUEL
The house is a gift from Anthony.
I told him I didn’t want it.
Linda looks dumbfounded.
LINDA
I don’t care if it’s a gift.
Didn’t you hear what I just said?
I’m pregnant.
14 INT. LINDA’S RECEPTION, PRESENT - MORNING 14
Linda escorts KATHLEEN out of her office and sees MARY,
20’s, attractive, sitting in the waiting room.
Linda gives her an acknowledging nod.
LINDA
(to Kathleen)
I’ll see you next week Kathleen.
Kathleen wipes a tear from her cheek.
KATHLEEN
Thank you Dr. Grimshaw.
Mary stands and glumly walks over to Linda.
LINDA
Glad to see you. Come in.
Linda ushers her into her
OFFICE
and closes the door.
13.
Mary sits on the lounge.
LINDA
It’s been almost a year Mary. Why
haven’t you called?
Linda sits beside her.
MARY
I thought I could deal with it. I
didn’t want to trouble you.
LINDA
What are sisters for?
Mary starts to cry. Linda places her hand on Mary’s face.
LINDA
Hey? What’s wrong?
MARY
I just can’t get Charles out of
my mind. I miss him so much. It’s
doing my head in Linda.
LINDA
Oh sweet heart, I’m so sorry. It
takes time.
MARY
I look through our wedding album
every night. I even dream about
him.
Linda offers Mary a tissue - from the box placed on the
nearby side table.
LINDA
How about I pop over on the
weekend. We can have a chat.
Mary takes a tissue followed by Linda whose eyes begin to
well in tears.
MARY
I’d love that.
15 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - FRONT DOOR - EVENING 15
Edward walks out onto the porch and straightens his coat.
Thomas carries a basket full of freshly cut roses under one
arm and his knife in his other hand.
He approaches Edward near the porch’s steps.
14.
THOMAS
Out for an evening stroll, Mr
Seymour?
EDWARD
Yes! Always! Love that night air.
The knife’s tip glints in the moonlight. Edward frowns.
EDWARD
That knife looks awfully sharp.
Thomas looks to it with pride.
THOMAS
It was my father’s. Keep it with
me at all times. Reminds me of
him.
The knife glints in the moonlight as he rotates the blade.
EDWARD
Well be careful with it.
They exchange smiles, Thomas nods.
THOMAS
Have a nice night Sir.
Edward walks off. Thomas watches Edward head for the river.
16 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - KITCHEN - SAME TIME 16
Sophie and Mrs Bligh decorate a white iced wedding cake.
Sophie appears distant as she helps pipe roses.
MRS BLIGH
What’s up lass?
Sophie looks sad but gives a faint smile.
Mrs Bligh places her icing cone down and gently grabs hold
of Sophie’s arm.
MRS BLIGH
The two of you were never meant
to be lass. You know that.
Thomas walks in with his rose filled basket.
THOMAS
Good evening ladies. Flowers for
the bridal bouquet.
15.
17 INT. MARY’S APARTMENT, PRESENT - MORNING 17
On an easel placed in the corner of the lounge room, rests
a canvas with a painting in progress.
The outline of a man’s face is apparent, Edward’s.
Mary and Linda sit on the lounge drinking coffee as light
music plays in the background.
An open photo album with happy snaps of Mary and a man,
CHARLES, blond hair, 28 and a sketch pad with his profile,
are placed on the coffee table.
Linda picks up Charles’ sketch and sighs a she looks to it.
LINDA
I miss him so much.
Linda’s eyes well in tears as she looks to Mary who places
a hand on linda’s hand as her eyes begin to also well.
MARY
Hey, you may have a lost a
brother and I a husband.
(faint smile)
But, you’ve gained a sister in
the process.
Linda wipes a tear that runs down her cheek and faintly
smiles back.
LINDA
And here I am suppose to be
cheering you up!
They exchange smiles as both wipe their tears.
Linda’s eyes are drawn to the painting on the easel.
LINDA
Who’s that?
MARY
I have no idea. He keeps
appearing in my dreams.
LINDA
In your dreams?
(Mary looks to the
sketch)
I thought your dreams were of
Charles.
16.
MARY
That’s what I thought until a few
nights ago until...
(looks to the painting)
...this face became so clear.
The background music and the ceiling fan stop.
MARY
Not again!
Flustered, Mary gets up and walks over to a small fuse box
located on the kitchen wall. Linda eyes her along.
She flicks the master switch. The fan and music
recommence.
MARY
This damn switch keeps jumping.
18 INT. CAR, PRESENT - AFTERNOON 18
Samuel drives along a stretch of country road with Linda
who sits in the front passenger seat.
Samuel slows down and points towards her window.
SAMUEL
The land starts from about here.
Linda looks out attentively and points to the trees in the
distance.
LINDA
Is that a river over there?
SAMUEL
Yeah.
Samuel stops by the side of the road.
SAMUEL
This is it. The Seymour Estate.
LINDA
It’s beautiful.
SAMUEL
Legend has it that this site is
haunted.
Linda looks to Samuel peeved off.
17.
LINDA
You’re kidding! That’s the reason
why you don’t want to live here?
‘cause you believe it’s haunted?
You and your damn ghost phobia.
Linda opens her door and steps out.
LINDA
Come on. Show me the site.
SAMUEL
We agreed to only drive past the
Estate on the way to the
cemetery.
LINDA
I want to see what I am missing
out on.
Samuel sighs and steps out of the car.
He slams the door in frustration and joins Linda.
19 EXT. LOCAL CEMETERY, PRESENT - LATER 19
Samuel and Linda kneel by a small white plaque. It reveals
a photo of a newborn - the same as on Linda’s desk.
An inscription below it reads: ”Phillip Grimshaw. Born and
died, 3rd January 2007”. “Beloved Son of Linda and Samuel
Grimshaw”.
Linda places a bunch of roses into the permanent receptacle
located above the plaque. Samuel gives her a supporting
hug.
Linda places her hand on her belly and caresses the photo
with the other.
LINDA
Phillip would have been one
today.
Linda begins to cry. Samuel holds her even closer. They hug
for a moment.
Linda looks up, wiping her tears then takes hold of his
hand and places it on her belly.
LINDA
I want that house Samuel!
SAMUEL
Will talk about it later Linda.
18.
Linda is peeved and takes a step back.
LINDA
No Samuel, we won’t.
(beat)
There is nothing to discuss.
We are going to have a child
Samuel and now we have a home.
Linda stars to cry. Samuel attempts to hug only to be
pushed away.
LINDA
No! I hate you sometimes. Get
over your damn fears!
Flustered, she walks off and heads for the car visible in
the distance.
20 INT. MARY’S APARTMENT, PRESENT - LATE AFTERNOON 20
Mary stands near her easel. An upright lamp casts its light
on the painting in progress - a sketched outline of Edward,
eyes almost complete.
She picks up a paint brush and works on the eyes.
After a few strokes she takes a step back and ponders with
hand under her chin.
A gratified smile lights her face.
MARY
Just a little more shadow here.
Mary applies her brush just above Edward’s right eyelid -
Eyes are finished.
MARY
Perfect.
The music stops and the room is almost in total darkness.
MARY
Darn.
Mary places her brush down and cautiously heads for the
fuse box. She flicks the switch. The lights and music
return.
She walks back towards her painting.
After a couple of steps she freezes on the spot her eyes
fixated on the canvas.
19.
The portrait is complete.
Mary anxiously looks around the room.
MARY
Whoa! What the hell is going on?
Mary regains composure and slowly walks over to the
painting.
She lifts her right index finger and lightly touches
Edward’s painted cheek.
She looks to her finger, dumbfounded - The paint appears
dry.
Mary slowly looks around the room confused then turns back
to face the painting - It has reverted as to previous -
finished eyes only.
Aghast, she takes a couple of steps backward.
21 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - GARDEN WEDDING - DAY 21
Edward stands next to a ROSE BED, below a rose decorated
ARCH.
To his right stands Dr. Chalmers and to his distant left,
Sophie.
A small gathering of servants and friends sit patiently
waiting.
Edwina sits in the front row of chairs, Mrs Bligh by her
side.
The household servants stand at the rear, behind the
chairs.
The PRIEST, near Edward, waits for Helena to make an
entrance.
Helena appears at the mansion’s ENTRANCE and steps out on
the PORCH where Thomas awaits her.
THOMAS
(yearning)
You look so beautiful, Miss
Helena.
Helena blushes as they exchange looks.
HELENA
Thank you Thomas.
20.
She takes Thomas’ arm and elegantly makes her way towards
the arch.
Every one stands and smiles.
Helena radiates. She wears a pearl colored laced, SATIN
FROCK with a floppy lace hat to match.
Her right arm supports the bridal bouquet, her left is
supported by Thomas.
Edwina holds onto Mrs Bligh’s arm.
MRS BLIGH
I wish you could see Miss Helena,
Edwina.
EDWINA
This marriage is all wrong Mrs.
Bligh.
MRS BLIGH
(Whispers)
Sweet child what has come over
you?
Edwina bitterly frowns but does not reply.
Helena moves up to the arch. Thomas hands her hand to
Edward, who takes it as he quickly glances Sophie’s way.
Thomas notices.
Thomas alternating looks between Sophie and Edward, joins
Mrs Bligh.
Edwina crosses her arms.
EDWINA
Mr Seymour is evil...
Mrs Bligh frowns at her.
PRIEST (O.S)
Please be seated.
All sit. Sophie looks to Mrs Bligh with sad eyes as she
tries to put on a brave face.
Mrs Bligh gives her a caring motherly look.
Sophie understandingly nods then looks to Helena.
SOPHIE
You look so beautiful ma’am.
21.
HELENA
Thank you Sophie.
22 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - GARDEN WEDDING - MOMENTS LATER 22
The ceremony is almost over.
PRIEST
I know pronounce you Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Seymour. You may now kiss
the bride.
Thomas looks on wrathful as Edwina tugs at Mrs Bligh’s arm.
EDWINA
Is it over yet?
MRS BLIGH
Almost Miss Edwina, the witnesses
are signing the wedding papers.
Mrs Bligh looks back to the bridal party as Edwina
whispers.
EDWINA
Fancy a convict witnessing my
sister’s wedding.
Mrs Bligh looks to Edwina, annoyed.
MRS BLIGH
I’m sorry Miss?
Edwina does not respond.
They all stand. Mrs Bligh walks Edwina over to Helena. They
congratulate the couple, Thomas follows.
23 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE, PRESENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT 23
Linda and Samuel lie awake on their bed bathed by
moonlight.
LINDA
So, have you changed your mind?
SAMUEL
No.
Linda sits up enraged.
LINDA
For goodness sake Samuel, Grow
up.
22.
(beat)
You get given a brand new home
and you don’t want it. Do you
really believe the estate is
haunted?!
Linda lays back down and pulls the sheets to her neck with
force.
LINDA
What a joke!
Linda turns her back on Samuel.
Samuel sits up and turns his bedside lamp on.
THOMAS
That Estate has a haunting legend
Linda. It’s not my imagination
you know.
Linda faces him.
LINDA
How does that affect us?
SAMUEL
A man called Edward Seymour built
that estate 160 years ago. A few
weeks after his wedding he was
found murdered. They say his
killer was hung but legend has it
that they were innocent.
LINDA
So?
SAMUEL
The legend has it that Edward’s
soul remains trapped until he
finds his killer.
Linda sits up frustrated.
LINDA
Come on Samuel. You expect me to
believe that? A dead man is
looking for his killer who would
have died 100 something years
ago? Who fed you that bullshit?
(beat)
Did you see any signs of haunting
while we were there? It’s utter
nonsense and if you decline
Anthony’s offer I will never
forgive you.
23.
LINDA (CONT'D)
Linda, irate, lays down and turns her back to Samuel.
He sits and ponders a while longer then turns his bed light
off.
Samuel lies down and cuddles up to Linda, he ponders
staring at the ceiling. All falls silent.
After a moment of soul searching Samuel’s face turns toward
Linda, he whispers.
SAMUEL
Linda?
Linda answers abruptly.
LINDA
What? Let me sleep.
SAMUEL
I’ll tell Anthony...
(beat)
... we’ll take it.
Linda quickly turns to face him.
LINDA
You’ll what? Really?
SAMUEL
Huh huh.
LINDA
Thank you Samuel.
She locks in an embrace and passionately exchanges a kiss.
24 INT. HELENA’S BEDROOM, 1845 - NIGHT 24
Oil lamps illuminate Sophie turning back the covers of the
bed.
She goes to some drawers and removes a nightgown. She lays
it on the bed. It is prim, ankle-length and laces at the
neck.
Helena enters the room and Sophie turns and makes a polite
bow.
HELENA
Oh Sophie. Please help me with my
night attire. I am quite unsure
of what I am to do.
24.
SOPHIE
I am sure the master will put you
at ease Miss Helena.
25 INT. EDWARD’S BEDROOM 25
Edward is in front of his mirror, donning a plush dressing
gown.
He looks seriously at his own reflection, deep in thought.
INTERCUT BETWEEN HELENA AND EDWARD
Helena sits at her dressyes
ing table and Sophie moves over and begins to let down her
hair.
The two women look at each other in the mirror.
HELENA
I wish I had your features,
Sophie.
SOPHIE
I am sure the master finds you
very engaging Miss Helena.
HELENA
It is my wish. I want to make him
happy.
Edward picks up a brush and flicks hair away from his
forehead and gazes deeply at himself again.
Sophie, gently brushes Helena’s hair gazing bitterly at
Helena’s reflection.
They fall quiet, each in her own thoughts.
Edward looks at his clock and sits in an armchair, lost in
thought.
Helena is in her nightgown, sitting on the edge of the bed.
Sophie is putting her brushes away.
HELENA
Sophie, what do I do?
SOPHIE
I am unmarried, Miss Helena.
Shall I call Mrs Bligh from the
servants’ quarters?
25.
HELENA
No, no, she likes to sleep early
and she is needed first thing in
the morning.
Sophie waits while Helena grapples with her own fears.
HELENA
Perhaps he is as inexperienced as
I. Please let him know I will
receive him, Sophie.
SOPHIE
I will advise the master, Miss
Helena.
Sophie leaves the room, closing the door quietly behind
her.
Edward sits, brooding. -- A soft knock. (O.S.)
Helena sits on the edge of the bed, trembling.
Edward gets up and walks to the door, opening it. Sophie
stands there, spiteful.
SOPHIE
Miss Helena awaits you, Master!
He looks at her.
EDWARD
Does she require you any more
tonight?
SOPHIE
Of course not!
EDWARD
Go to your room, Sophie.
Sophie walks off as Edward steps into the CORRIDOR.
He closes his door and watches Sophie until she enters her
room.
He quietly walks to Helena’s door and knocks softly.
END INTERCUTS.
26 INT. HELENA’S BEDROOM 26
Helena sits on the edge of the bed. She looks at the door
nervously.
26.
HELENA
Come in.
The door opens and Edward enters, smiling at her
nervousness.
HELENA (CONT’D)
Edward, it is quite all right
with me if you wish not to...
He silences her with a gesture and sits on the bed beside
her.
EDWARD
It’s your wedding night.
He stands and gently lays her on the bed and then sits
beside her.
EDWARD
It will be all right.
He places his hand on her ankle and smiles at her. She
looks at him nervously.
Slowly he moves his hand along her leg, under the
nightgown. Helena lies stiffly, staring at the ceiling.
Edward caresses her gently.
HELENA
Is it not forbidden to do such?
EDWARD
Shortly you will understand,
Helena.
He continues to caress her and she slowly starts moving to
his caresses.
EDWARD
How do you feel?
HELENA
I think I am beginning to
understand.
He leans down and kisses her lips and caresses her with
more intensity.
27 INT. CORRIDOR - LATER 27
The door to Helena’s bedroom opens and Edward enters the
corridor slowly, carrying a candle.
27.
He silently closes the door behind him and walks quietly
along the corridor. His legs under the gown are bare.
He comes to a door, looks around and quickly opens it and
enters.
28 INT. SOPHIE’S BEDROOM 28
Sophie sits up in bed, covers pulled to her neck.
She looks at Edward entering her room, a little surprised.
SOPHIE
What are you doing here?
EDWARD
Did you think an arranged
marriage would change anything?
He stands beside the bed. Looks at her and grasps the
covers and pulls them down. She is naked.
He looks at her with desire and undoes his gown and lets it
fall to the floor. He is naked.
He leans forward, grasps her upper arms and drags her to
him and kisses her almost in a fury. She flings her arms
around his neck and returns his kisses with passion.
They fall onto the bed entangled and make love.
29 INT. EDWINA’S BEDROOM - SAME TIME 29
Edwina lies in bed on her back. Moonlight barely
illuminates her.
Her eyes are open.
Faintly, we hear moans of pleasure from Sophie’s room.
Edwina suddenly sits up and turns her head to hear better
then she utters in disgust.
EDWINA
No.
30 INT. EDWINA’S ROOM - MORNING 30
Sophie helps a disgruntled Edwina get dressed, attempting
to button the back of her dress as she wriggles around.
Sophie gets impatient.
28.
SOPHIE
Miss Edwina! Please! Stand still.
Edwina acts in a way that startles Sophie.
EDWINA
Awh! Awh! Awh yes!
SOPHIE
Miss Edwina, what has come over
you?
EDWINA
I am blind but not deaf. I know!
Sophie has no reply and feels caught out. Edwina moves a
step away.
EDWINA
I know!
Sophie tries to ignore.
SOPHIE
Please Miss Edwina, let me finish
buttoning your frock.
Edwina nastily smiles and replies.
EDWINA
You won’t get away with it. I
promise.
Sophie finishes up quickly.
SOPHIE
Breakfast should be served.
Sophie takes Edwina by the arm and leads her out of the
door.
31 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - GARDENS - MOMENTS LATER 31
Helena, Edwina and Edward finish breakfast, served near the
gardens on a white outdoor table.
Helena gives Edward a shy smile as she places her napkin on
the table.
Edward returns a more confident smile.
HELENA
Think I will take Edwina for a
walk. It’s such a lovely Sunday.
Join us Edward?
29.
Edward stands then walks over to help Edwina up from her
chair and then looks to Helena.
EDWARD
No you go. I will pot around the
rose bushes with Thomas for a
while.
Helena giggles.
HELENA
You and those roses.
Edward has hold of Edwina’s arm.
Edwina shrugs his hold and stands.
Helena is a little startled by Edwina’s reaction, so is
Edward.
HELENA
What’s the matter Edwina?
EDWINA
Nothing! Let’s go for our walk.
Helena grabs hold of Edwina as she looks to Edward and
shrugs her shoulders confused.
EDWARD
Enjoy your walk ladies.
Helena and Edwina head out at a casual pace towards the
river.
Thomas tends the gardens.
Sophie steps outside, walks over and begins clearing the
table taking a glance towards Helena and Edwina.
Edward admires her beauty as Thomas oversees.
EDWARD
Tell Mrs Bligh that was the best
Sunday breakfast, Miss Sophie.
Sophie looks to Edward and smiles.
SOPHIE
Yes sir.
Edward returns a more confident smile.
She stacks the plates then walks back towards the mansion
as Edward eyes her along.
30.
Thomas keeps a vigil eye on them.
ANNA, 20’s, English, dressed in a maid’s uniform walks out
and heads for the table.
Edward stops eyeing Sophie and looks to Thomas who quickly
down casts his eyes as Edward faces him.
EDWARD
Pruning time is it?
THOMAS
Yes Mr Seymour.
Edward takes hold of a pruning shear placed in a wooden
gardening tool box, near the garden; Thomas’ knife is next
to it.
EDWARD
May I join you Thomas?
THOMAS
It would be a pleasure Sir.
Edwina and Helena near the trees by the water’s edge.
32 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S HOME, PRESENT - MORNING 32
The CURTAINS have been drawn. The room is dark.
A small round TABLE centers the room with two CHAIRS.
A small crystal BOWL filled with water and a lit church
pillar CANDLE center the white tablecloth.
MADAM CLAIR, a plump pleasant looking lady in her mid 60’s,
enters her lounge room with Susie.
She points to the chairs.
MADAM CLAIR
Take a seat Susie.
Madam Clair feels a chill as Susie passes her and rubs her
arms. It startles her but says nothing.
Susie sits down followed by Madam Clair. The candle throws
a warm glow on their face.
MADAM CLAIR
What answers do you seek Susie?
SUSIE
I am not sure. I think I may be
possessed.
31.
MADAM CLAIR
Lost souls have been known to
latch on to people.
Susie looks anxious.
MADAM CLAIR
Shall we get started?
(Susie nods)
Being a trans-medium the spirits
will usually only speak through
me and only if they are willing
to come forth.
(beat)
On rare occasions they have been
known to take over someone’s
body. It’s only temporary. So do
not be alarmed if this happens.
Madam Clair extends her hands.
MADAM CLAIR
We’ll form a spiritual circle.
This circle must not be broken
once contact is made.
SUSIE
Why?
MADAM CLAIR
It could kill me.
SUSIE
Oh!
Madam Clair gives her a faint smile.
MADAM CLAIR
That's if they’re evil. Please
hold my hands and try to relax
Susie. You may close your eyes if
you wish.
They join hands.
Madam Clair closes her eyes then takes in deep breaths. Her
head slumps slightly forward.
The candle flickers.
Susie’s eyes wander to the candle then to Madam Clair.
MADAM CLAIR
We call upon the hindered spirits
to come forth and make your
presence known.
32.
Madam Clair goes quiet. Her eyes are shut.
Susie stares at the flame, it flickers. She anxiously looks
around.
Madam Clair moans a while then straightens her head and
opens her eyes - trance-like - and stares at Susie, who
stares back.
Madam Clair begins to speak - still using her own voice but
in a deeper tone.
MADAM CLAIR
Did you enjoy your stroll Edwina?
Susie frowns confused.
33 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - LOUNGE ROOM - SAME TIME 33
Linda hangs up the phone.
Samuel walks in, hands behind his back.
Linda smiles.
LINDA
What are you hiding?
Samuel grins.
Linda walks over to him and curiously tries to look behind
his back.
LINDA
Show me! What are you hiding?
Samuel brings his hands forward - He holds a small box
wrapped in gold paper and a bow.
SAMUEL
Happy anniversary darling!
Linda, embarrassed, gapes placing her hands on her mouth.
LINDA
Oh! I forgot! I am so sorry.
Samuel gives her the gift.
SAMUEL
Don’t worry about it.
(excited)
Open it.
Linda takes the gift and unwraps it as she looks to Samuel.
33.
SAMUEL
Thought we would go out for
dinner tonight.
Linda gives an acknowledging nod as she unwraps the gift.
She drops the wrapping paper and opens the box.
She takes an heirloom chained pendant out of the box - a
rose gold pendant with a ruby incrusted in the centre with
matching chain.
LINDA
Oh it’s so beautiful.
She leans it against her chest. Samuel fastens it.
She embraces and kisses him.
SAMUEL
It’s an antique. I fell in love
with it the instant I saw it. The
dealer said it dates back to the
mid 1840s.
She examines the pendant with a smile.
SAMUEL
I thought you might like it.
LINDA
Oh I do. It’s exquisite. Thank
you darling.
She kisses him.
SAMUEL
Who was on the phone?
Linda hesitates for an instant.
LINDA
Mary.
Samuel appears peeved.
SAMUEL
What does she want?
LINDA
I rung her. I’ve invited her for
lunch on Sunday.
34.
34 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - ENTRANCE - MORNING 34
The carriage awaits Edward.
Sophie has hold of his coat and waits outside near the
front door.
Edward steps out, looks to Sophie.
SOPHIE
Your coat Sir.
They share an unmistakable look of lust as she helps Edward
don his coat then nods as would a maid.
SOPHIE
Have a good day, Sir.
Edward proceeds to the carriage.
Sophie watches him and so does Thomas who stands by the
garden beds near the
CARRIAGE
Edward steps up and sits.
The COACHMAN turns around and tips his hat.
COACHMAN
Lovely day, Sir.
EDWARD
Yes. Wonderful.
The carriage rides off. Sophie stands at the
ENTRANCE
Eyeing him off.
She walks back inside as Helena approaches her at a fast
pace. Sophie is a little startled.
HELENA
Has Edward left?
SOPHIE
Yes Ma’am.
HELENA
Oh bother!
Helena grabs hold of Sophie’s hand.
35.
HELENA
I need your help. Edwina is
delirious.
At a fast pace they’re out of site.
BACK TO:
35 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S HOME 35
Susie sits confused.
SUSIE
I’m Sorry?
Madam Clair speaks in a deeper voice - still hers.
MADAM CLAIR
Did you enjoy your stroll Edwina?
Susie’s eyes wonder around the room then back to Madam
Clair.
SUSIE
Who’s Edwina?
The candle flickers as Madam Clair suddenly slumps her head
forward.
Susie, agitated, quickly looks around the room then back to
Mme. Clair who hasn’t moved.
SUSIE
Mme. Clair? Are you alright?
Madam Clair takes a deeper breath and tilts her head back.
Susie appears apprehensive.
The candle flickers and almost blows out.
SUSIE’S POV:
The room is almost in total darkness.
SUSIE
Mme. Clair?
MADAM CLAIR
Who calls upon Susie’s soul?
Madam Clair moans.
A ghostly figure of Edward slowly appears near Madam Clair.
36.
The candle glows a little brighter.
Susie stares at Edward uneasy. He moves a little nearer.
EDWARD
Why didn’t you tell the truth
Edwina?
Susie frozen in fright takes shallow breaths. Edward’s face
now inches away.
EDWARD
Why Edwina? Why?
BACK TO:
36 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - LOUNGE ROOM - SAME TIME 36
Linda stands with her hands on her hips arguing with
Samuel.
LINDA
What is it with you and Mary?
SAMUEL
I knew she’d come back into our
lives.
LINDA
So? What is it about her that you
dislike so much? I miss not
seeing her. Don’t you think it
was tough enough losing my
brother? Mary’s like a sister to
me.
SAMUEL
She is your sister-in-law Linda,
not your sister.
LINDA
What bloody difference does that
make?
SAMUEL
None I suppose. I just don’t like
her. There’s something about her.
Linda peeved off mimics Samuel before she flies off the
handle.
LINDA
There’s something about her.
There’s are so many things don’t
like.
37.
You and your bad feelings and
your vibes and your ghosts. We
are so damn opposite you and I.
What the hell do we share in
common Samuel?
Linda storms off then quickly turns around to add an extra
line in.
LINDA
And don’t say it was fate.
Linda storms off.
Samuel stands flabbergasted after Linda’s spiel then
whispers to himself.
SAMUEL
Oh, bloody hormones. Another nine
months of this shit.
37 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - EDWINA’S ROOM - NIGHT 37
Edwina steps into bed with Sophie’s help. Edwina sits and
shrugs off her hold.
Sophie pulls the covers over Edwina’s legs and grabs a
partly filled glass - medication - off the bedside table.
She grabs hold of Edwina’s hand to place the glass.
Edwina frets, briskly pushing Sophie’s hand away - almost
spilling the glass.
SOPHIE
Miss Edwina. You must take your
medication. Dr. Chalmers’
orders.
Edwina angrily frowns in Sophie’s direction.
Helena walks in.
EDWINA
Let me be. You’re an evil wench.
Helena stands near the door a little surprised.
HELENA
Edwina! What’s come over you?
Apologize.
Sophie looks to Helena.
38.
LINDA (CONT'D)
SOPHIE
Miss Edwina refuses to take her
medication, ma’am.
Helena walks to the bed then takes the glass off Sophie.
HELENA
Edwina. Take your medication!
Edwina faces the direction of Helena’s voice.
Helena places the glass in Edwina’s hands.
EDWINA
I don’t like her Helena. Get rid
of her.
Sophie and Helena exchange glances.
Sophie shrugs her shoulders dumbfounded and takes a step
back.
EDWINA
(wriggles her torso)
Awh! Awh! Yes!
Helena looks to Sophie a little confused by her sister’s
behavior then back to Edwina.
HELENA
What has come over you Edwina?
Edwina sarcastically mimics facing Sophie’s direction.
EDWINA
What has come over you Edwina?
She blindly turns her head towards Helena.
EDWINA
I hate this place. I hate her. I
hate Edward. This whole place is
evil.
Helena looks to Sophie baffled. Sophie is embarrassed.
HELENA
Let me tuck her in. I’m sure
she’ll settle down. You go off to
bed. She’ll be fine.
SOPHIE
Very well ma’am but I will keep
an ear out for her.
Edwina takes a sip from her medicine glass.
39.
HELENA
Thank you.
Sophie walks out of the room and steps into the
CORRIDOR
and closes the door.
Apprehensive, she walks away then enters the next room -
hers’.
38 INT. SOPHIE’S BEDROOM 38
Sophie closes the door and throws herself on the bed. In
tears, she buries her face in the pillow.
39 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE - LIBRARY, 1845 - NIGHT - SAME TIME 39
Edward walks over to a drink cabinet.
A framed sketch of Edward is placed near the whisky
decanter and glasses.
Edward takes a glass and pours a nip of whisky.
He walks over to a leather single sitter lounge placed next
to a book filled bookshelf and sits. He faces a painting of
Mr Case placed on the opposing wall.
Edward looks to it and lifts his glass towards it.
EDWARD
To you, Mr Case.
Edward takes a sip and relaxes comfortably back in his
chair as he looks to the painting.
40 EXT. GROCERY STORE, 1837 - TOWN - FLASHBACK 40
SUPERIMPOSE: 8 YEARS PRIOR
Edward, a 23 year old farm boy dressed in his Sunday’s
best, nears the town’s grocery store’s entrance.
He counts his pennies and accidently collides with Mr Case,
50s who is stepping out of the store.
Edward drops his handful of coins then looks to Mr Case
ready to curse.
Mr Case smiles.
40.
MR CASE
I am sorry lad.
Sensing the gentleness of the man, he apologizes.
EDWARD
No It was my fault sir.
Edward bends down and gathers his coins, Mr Case helps him.
They stand and Mr Case hands him the salvaged coins smiling
then visually examines Edward.
MR CASE
What sort of work do you do Lad?
EDWARD
I work my father’s farm Sir.
Mr Case smiles.
MR CASE
A farm boy. What a waste.
EDWARD
I’m sorry sir?
MR CASE
You have an earnest face lad and
your manners match. How would you
like a real job?
EDWARD
It is a real job sir.
Mr Case points to Edward’s hand.
MR CASE
It doesn't make much by the looks
of it. Can you count or write?
EDWARD
Yes Sir! My mother came from a
very educated background. She
taught me how to read, write and
count.
MR CASE
Impressive! What’s your name lad?
EDWARD
Edward. Edward Seymour.
Mr Case outstretches his hand.
41.
MR CASE
I’m Mr Case. Owner of the bank.
Edward nods in respect and shakes Mr Case’s hand.
EDWARD
A pleasure Mr. Case.
MR CASE
So, how would you like to work
for me Mr Seymour? I would like
to try you out as a cashier.
Edward is dumbfounded.
EDWARD
I’m flattered, but...
MR CASE
(cuts in)
Very well then. Be there first
thing Monday morning. 8:00 sharp.
Mr Case walks away then turns. Edward gapes speechless.
MR CASE
It’s the only bank in town. You
can’t miss it.
END FLASHBACK - BACK TO LIBRARY
Edward finishes his glass, stands and walks back to the
cabinet where he leaves the glass.
He walks over to the library door and exits, closing it
behind him.
41 INT. ENTRANCE - CONTINUOUS 41
Sophie waits by the entrance door; Edward’s coat in hand.
Edward nears the entrance and is surprised to see her.
EDWARD
(whispers)
What are you doing here?
Sophie hands him his coat and whispers back.
SOPHIE
I need to talk to you. Miss
Edwina knows about us.
Edward frowns and looks around before whispering back with
authority.
42.
EDWARD
Not now Sophie. I will see you in
your room later.
Sophie frowns and heatedly walks away.
Edward opens the door then walks out onto the PORCH
straightening his coat.
He walks down the steps and then heads towards the RIVER.
42 INT. SUSIE’S APARTMENT - MIDDAY 42
Susie’s frantic. She holds a portable phone in one hand and
turns off the kitchen tap with the other.
SUSIE
(into phone)
There’s water everywhere. Some
one’s turned all my taps on.
43 INT. LINDA’S OFFICE, PRESENT - MIDDAY 43
Linda sits at her desk talking on the phone.
LINDA
(Into phone)
Calm down Susie, you make no
sense.
INTERCUT BETWEEN SUSIE AND LINDA
Susie moves to the bathroom. Water overflows from the sink
onto the floor.
SUSIE
(into phone)
Oh shit! This place is a fucking
swimming pool.
Linda is on the phone. Samuel walks in.
LINDA
(into phone)
Susie?
Samuel looks on inquisitively as he sits on the recliner.
Linda acknowledges him with a nod.
LINDA
(into phone)
Susie talk to me.
43.
Linda hears a busy tone. She pulls the phone away from her
ear for an instant looking concerned.
SAMUEL
What’s happening?
LINDA
I have no idea! One of my
patients just rung. She was
absolutely delirious. Couldn’t
understand what she was trying to
say then she hung up.
Susie sits in the of the corner of the wet lounge room
floor knees bent up and arms locked around them.
She rocks to and fro, phone in hand.
Linda re-dials the phone.
SAMUEL
What are you doing?
LINDA
Calling her back, something’s
very wrong.
She listens and waits. No answer. She re-dials as she looks
to Samuel.
LINDA
She’s not answering. I’m calling
the police.
SAMUEL
Are we still on for lunch?
The phone is answered. Linda waves him quiet as she nods
agreeing.
LINDA
(into phone)
My name is Dr. Linda Grimshaw and
I would like to report a ...
Linda hesitates unsure what to report.
LINDA
(into phone)
I think... someone’s in trouble.
END INTERCUTS.
44.
44 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - AFTERNOON 44
The front door shuts.
Linda and Samuel enter the lounge room.
Linda slumps onto the lounge and takes off her shoes.
LINDA
That was the best Indian food
I’ve had in a long time. We’ll
definitely have to go back there.
Samuel joins her and places his arm around her.
SAMUEL
I’m glad you took the afternoon
off work.
The phone rings.
Samuel stands and walks over and answers it.
SAMUEL
(into phone)
Hello.
(beat)
Yes she is one minute please.
Samuel looks to Linda who is staring his way.
SAMUEL
It’s the police. Joanne gave them
your home number.
Linda stands and walks over to Samuel. He hands her the
phone.
LINDA
(into phone)
Hello?
(Beat)
Yes it is!
(beat)
Yes I do. How is she? May I talk
to her?
(long beat)
Susie? What’s happened?
Linda looks to Samuel as she fiddles with the cord during a
long beat on the phone.
LINDA
(into phone)
Sure.
45.
I don’t see a problem with that.
You can stay on the lounge.
Plenty of room.
Samuel looks to Linda with a look of what’s going on?
LINDA
(into phone)
No, not a problem. I’ll see you
soon.
Hangs up the phone.
SAMUEL
What’s going on?
LINDA
That patient that I was on the
phone to in my office this
morning? The police advised her
to stay with a friend until they
finish conducting their
investigation in her apartment.
She just asked if she could stay
here tonight.
SAMUEL
And you said yes? She’s a patient
not a friend.
LINDA
For goodness sake Samuel. She was
already embarrassed about having
to ask. She has no family no
friends and nowhere else to go.
And right now I believe she needs
me.
Samuel walks off. Linda eyes him along shaking her head in
dismay.
45 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - GARDENS - AFTERNOON 45
Thomas, by the rose beds, picks up his pruning shears and
places them in his gardening tool box as Helena steps out
of the mansion to admire the flower beds.
Thomas clips a rose and walks over to Helena. He smiles and
offers it to her.
THOMAS
A beautiful rose for a beautiful
lady.
Helena smiles. She takes the rose and their eyes meet
exchanging a warm glow.
46.
LINDA (CONT'D)
HELENA
Thank you Thomas. You are such a
sweet and caring soul.
Thomas chuckles.
THOMAS
I wish your father could have
heard that...
(beat)
...Maybe he would have taken me
seriously when I asked for your
hand in marriage.
Helena blushes and down casts her eyes.
LINDA
Father had his mind set on who
his daughter should marry.
She timidly turns to walk away as Thomas softly calls out.
THOMAS
Helena?
Helena turns around.
Thomas unfastens a pendant necklace from his neck.
HELENA
Yes?
Thomas places the necklace in the palm of his hands and
offers it to Helena.
THOMAS
Take this. I’ve always wanted you
to have it. It was my mother’s
and it certainly doesn’t belong
around a man’s neck.
Helena is taken by surprise.
HELENA
It wouldn’t be right Thomas.
Thomas lifts the necklace from his hand. The chained
pendant sways - a rose gold pendant with a ruby incrusted
in the centre - The chain is of rose gold.
THOMAS
It belonged to a beautiful woman
and it should be worn by one.
Please. Do me the honours. No one
needs to know.
47.
Helena outstretches her hand cupping it below the pendant.
She gently uplifts the pendant resting it on her fingertips
and looks to it.
HELENA
It’s so beautiful Thomas.
Helena looks to Thomas, their eyes passionately meet.
Thomas lowers the necklace into her palm.
THOMAS
It would give me the greatest
pleasure Helena.
She looks to the necklace then to Thomas. She takes both
ends of the necklace and places it against her chest then
faces her back to Thomas allowing him to fasten it.
Thomas caresses her hair in the process.
Helena momentarily shuts her eyes as she holds a breath
taking in the moment of bliss.
THOMAS
All done.
Helena lifts the pendant, looks to it then to Thomas.
HELENA
I will treasure this Thomas,
always.
Helena kisses Thomas’ cheek.
HELENA
I must go.
She hurries back towards the mansion.
Thomas touches his kissed cheek and sighs.
46 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - DINING ROOM - EVENING 46
Helena, Edwina and Edward sit to dinner at a long timber
table set with candles and flowers.
Dessert plates are being placed on the table by Anna and
Sophie.
Edward looks to Sophie then to Helena and slumps back in
his chair in amazement.
48.
EDWARD
How strange. A deja vu you might
say.
(looks to Helena)
This whole set-up reminds me of a
dinner with your Father a few
years back.
47 INT. CASE ESTATE - DINING ROOM - EVENING - FLASHBACK 47
Mr Case, Edwina, Helena and Edward sit around a large
wooden dining table set with silver cutlery and crystal
glasses.
A floral arrangement and a three-arm silver candle-holder
in the centre.
Mr Case sits at the head of the table; Helena to his left,
Edwina next to her; Edward to his right.
Sophie and Anna serve dessert.
Anna serves Mr Case. Sophie serves Edward. They share
intimate glances only noticed by Mr Case.
Helena tends to Edwina’s napkin that has loosened from her
neck.
Anna and Sophie respectively serve Helena and Edwina.
Mr Case takes his glass then stands and then looks to
Edward.
The maids leave the room.
MR CASE
Edward. Tonight is a special
night for me, you and the bank.
Edward looks on inquisitively.
MR CASE
It’s been eight years today since
we casually bumped into each
other.
Edward smiles.
MR CASE
I am very proud of you Edward and
regard you as my own son.
EDWARD
Thank you sir.
49.
All eyes are cast on Mr Case.
MR CASE
As of tomorrow. The bank is half
yours Edward.
Edward is stunned.
HELENA
That’s a wonderful gesture
father.
MR CASE
Trust me Helena. Edward deserves
every bit of it.
EDWARD
Mr Case. I am truly overwhelmed
by your gesture but I...
MR CASE
Nonsense my boy. You’ve worked
hard and have proven yourself
many times over.
Mr Case lifts his glass.
MR CASE
To you Edward. One day...
(he winks)
... play you cards right and
this...
(waves his glass around
the room)
... may be all yours.
Edward stands and lifts his glass smiling.
EDWARD
Thank you Sir. I am truly
overwhelmed.
Together they tip glasses.
END FLASHBACK - RETURN TO SCENE.
Helena sadly looks to Edward.
EDWARD
I’m sorry Helena. Didn’t mean to
upset you. I know how much you
miss him. Your Father was a great
man.
Edward takes his Glass and stands.
50.
EDWARD
Join me in a toast Helena.
Helena takes her glass and stands.
EDWARD
A toast to the greatest man I
have ever known.
Helena forces a smile.
EDWARD
To Mr. Case.
HELENA
To Father.
They tip each others glass. Edwina has not hushed a word in
the entire time.
48 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S HOME, PRESENT - DAY 48
Madam Clair spreads a white cloth on the table.
EDWARD (V.O.)
The circle is complete Mrs Bligh.
She arranges four chairs then walks over to a small old
cupboard in the lounge room.
EDWARD (V.O.)
All these years I’ve waited for
all their souls to reincarnated
together including yours Mrs
Bligh. You are the catalyst.
She opens its door, takes out a golden decanter and a
crystal bowl.
EDWARD (V.O.)
Not until fear is instilled in a
killer’s soul can a murdered soul
move on.
She takes the lid off the decanter and slowly pours a small
amount of its water content into the bowl.
EDWARD (V.O.)
(voice begins to fade)
My soul is in your hands Mrs
Bligh.
She re-corks it placing it back in the cupboard.
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She picks up the crystal bowl and proceeds to the table;
there, she holds the bowl at eye level.
EDWARD (V.O.)
(fainter still)
Help me find my killer Mrs Bligh.
MADAM CLAIR
Protect this room from evil and
allow no harm to take place.
She places the bowl at the centre of the table then walks
back to the cupboard, takes the pillar candle and places it
on the table then takes out a box of long stemmed matches
from her pocket.
EDWARD (V.O.)
(voice fades to nothing)
I’m entrusting you Mrs Bligh...
She lights the candle and blows out the match then places
it on the table.
She cups the flame - at a comfortable distance - between
her hands.
She closes her eyes and smiles.
MADAM CLAIR
I hear you Master Edward.
(beat)
Let the flame illuminate your
passage through time and let it
bless your soul.
(beat)
Let your killer suffer for his
insolent crimes.
49 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE, PRESENT - LATER 49
Susie and Linda set the sofa to a bed.
DOOR BELL (O.S.)
SUSIE
I am really so grateful Linda. I
had no one else to turn to.
LINDA
Don’t worry about it. You’re more
than welcome.
Samuel walks in and looks to Linda.
52.
SAMUEL
The police are at the front door.
They want a word with you.
Linda is a little surprised.
LINDA
OK! Can you help Susie with the
sheets?
SAMUEL
Sure.
Linda walks away.
Samuel unfolds a sheet. Susie takes hold of its opposing
corners and helps.
SUSIE
I really appreciate this.
Samuel looks to Susie uneasy.
SAMUEL
Not a problem.
Linda nears the open front DOOR where CONSTABLE SMITH
stands.
CONSTABLE SMITH
Dr. Grimshaw?
LINDA
Yes.
CONSTABLE SMITH
I’m constable Smith. You reported
the incident about Miss Jones?
LINDA
Yes.
CONSTABLE SMITH
We’ve thoroughly checked her
apartment. There are no signs of
any break and enter or willful
damage.
LINDA
Really?
Linda takes a quick look back to Susie.
CONSTABLE SMITH
No ma’am.
53.
LINDA
But she found all her carpets
soaking wet and her taps were
left on.
CONSTABLE SMITH
No, there’s no such evidence.
Linda frowns and glances back towards Susie then back to
the constable.
CONSTABLE SMITH
I just thought I should tell you
personally Ma’am. She said you
were her psychiatrist.
LINDA
I am. Sorry for the
misunderstanding.
CONSTABLE SMITH
Not a problem. Part of the job
ma’am.
Linda closes the door. She leans against it and ponders an
instant as she watches Susie slip the pillow case on the
pillow. Samuel is not in sight.
50 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE, PRESENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT 50
Linda steps into bed and kisses a sleeping Samuel on the
cheek then pulls the covers to her neck.
Within seconds she is asleep. Her head turned gently to the
side, she begins to dream.
51 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - DREAM SEQUENCE - NIGHT 51
The moon illuminates Helena’s passage from the garden to
her walk towards the river; she calls out at intervals.
HELENA
Edwina? Edwina?
Helena appears concerned.
HELENA
Edwina? Where are you?
A loud blood curdling scream (O.S.) Edwina’s .
END DREAM SEQUENCE.
MATCH CUT TO:
54.
52 INT. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS 52
Blood curdling screams (O.S.) Susie’s.
Linda wakes up in a start, so does Samuel.
SAMUEL
What was that?
Linda regains her bearing and steps out of bed.
LINDA
Sounds like Edwina.
SAMUEL
Like who?
Linda dons her gown and makes her way to the
LOUNGE ROOM
Samuel follows.
Linda turns the light on and rushes over to Susie who has
fallen on the floor.
LINDA
Susie are you alright?
Susie, disoriented - as if blind - feels around and tries
to lift herself up.
SUSIE
Helena? Is that you?
Samuel rushes to help Susie.
She blindly grabs hold of Samuel's arm then immediately
shrugs it off and screams.
Samuel moves back in a start.
SUSIE
Helena? Where are you?
Linda moves closer to Susie and takes hold of her arm.
LINDA
Susie?
Susie’s blind gaze slowly returns to normal.
SAMUEL
What the hell is going on?
55.
Linda ignores him. Susie regains her bearing.
LINDA
Are you alright?
Susie realizes she is on the floor, sits up on the sofa a
little dazed. Linda joins her.
SUSIE
I had the worst nightmare.
LINDA
Want to talk about it?
53 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - RIVER’S EDGE - NIGHT - 53
FLASHBACK
Edwina kneels beside a bloodied gasping Edward. Taking his
last breath his last breath, he shuts his eyes.
SUSIE (V.O.)
I couldn’t see a thing. All I
could hear was this horrible
gurgling moan.
Edwina blindly feels Edward’s wet bloodied chest.
SUSIE (V.O.)
It was sticky and wet.
Edwina emits a blood curdling scream then wipes her
bloodied hands on her frock expressing a look of horror.
SUSIE (V.O.)
It felt like blood. Lots of it.
Helena approaches Edwina from behind, out of breath but
relieved to have found her.
HELENA
There you are.
Helena shrieks in horror as she notices Edward laying on
the ground in front of Edwina.
Helena moves closer then looks back to Edwina, horrified.
HELENA
What have you done?
END FLASHBACK.
56.
54 INT. LOUNGE ROOM - CONTINUOUS 54
Linda sits gaping.
LINDA
Oh my God this is so weird. You
woke me from a similar dream.
55 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - GARDEN - MORNING 55
The carriage awaits Edward.
Thomas walks up to the carriage, approaches the impatient
COACHMAN.
COACHMAN
Thomas, have you seen Mr Seymour?
THOMAS
I haven’t seen the master all
morning.
COACHMAN
It’s been an hour. I have never
known Mr Seymour to be late.
Helena walks out of the mansion looking concerned and
approaches the carriage.
HELENA
Thomas? Have you seen Mr Seymour
this morning?
THOMAS
No Ma’am. Should I send the
carriage away?
HELENA
You might as well. Maybe he has
gone for one of his strolls and
forgotten the time.
THOMAS
Yes ma’am.
Thomas looks to the coachman.
THOMAS
You best be on your way.
The coachman nods and pulls on the rein whipping the horse
gently on his flank.
Thomas turns to Helena.
57.
HELENA
See if you can find him, Thomas.
This is quite out of character.
THOMAS
Yes Ma’am.
Thomas walks towards the river.
Helena heads back inside.
56 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - SAMUEL’S OFFICE - MORNING 56
A small well lit room with a bookshelf, an office desk and
a computer.
Samuel peruses blue print laid out on the desk.
Linda enters with two cups of coffee.
LINDA
How’s our new house coming along?
SAMUEL
You get to pick the brick color
next week.
Linda hands him a cup glancing at the plans.
LINDA
This is getting so exciting.
Samuel looks to her sullen faced.
SAMUEL
I still don’t like the idea of
living there Linda. I mean, there
is a grave in our own backyard
for goodness sake.
LINDA
It’s at the edge of our lot.
Honestly! No ghost is going to
creep out of it and get you. We
have the best part of the land
and its history to go with it.
SAMUEL
You don’t understand Linda.
LINDA
No I don’t and there’s nothing to
understand.
(beat)
58.
Oh by the way, just reminding
you, Mary will be here shortly.
I’m asking Susie to stay for
lunch as well.
Samuel places his cup down on the desk.
SAMUEL
I may be late for lunch. I have
to meet Anthony at the Estate in
an hour.
LINDA
It’s Sunday. You never work on
Sunday.
SAMUEL
He is going away for three weeks.
There’s a couple of things he
wants me to look at. I should be
back around 1:00.
DOOR BELL (O.S.)
Linda is peeved.
LINDA
Typical. Not trying to avoid
Mary, are you?
Linda walks out.
57 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - KITCHEN - MID MORNING 57
Mrs Bligh and Sophie polish silverware in the kitchen.
Thomas enters through the garden/ kitchen door entrance,
frantic and breathless.
THOMAS
Master Edward... He’s dead.
Sophie and Madam Bligh stare at Thomas in horror. Sophie
weakens at the knees Mrs Bligh grabs hold of her.
MRS BLIGH
Dead?
Thomas regains his breath.
THOMAS
By the old oak down by the river.
Sophie looks to Mrs Bligh in total anguish and begins to
cry.
59.
LINDA (CONT'D)
SOPHIE
No. He can’ be. How?
Anna enters through the corridor/ kitchen door entrance.
THOMAS
I think he’s been murdered.
Anna blesses herself.
Sophie frantically rushes out the garden/ kitchen door.
ANNA
Oh sweet Jesus. Who’s been
murdered?
Mrs Bligh looks back to Anna.
MRS BLIGH
Anna, please fetch miss Helena.
Hurry Lass.
Anna exits in haste.
MRS BLIGH
Thomas, have one of the
manservant ride out and fetch the
constable and go see if Miss
Sophie is all right.
Thomas acknowledges and exits.
58 INT. LINDA’S HOME, PRESENT - ENTRANCE - CONTINUOUS 58
Susie is at the front door. Linda let’s her in.
LINDA
Did the walk clear your head?
Susie nods smiling as Linda shuts the door.
LINDA
My sister is coming over for
lunch. I would like you to stay
and join us.
Susie follows Linda to the
KITCHEN
SUSIE
No I think I’ve overstayed my
welcome.
60.
LINDA
Nonsense. Stay. It will be fun.
She is all into that mumbo jumbo
stuff. You’ll have to tell her
about you seance experience.
She’ll love that.
Linda takes four plates out of the cupboard.
SUSIE
All right then, thank you.
Susie takes the plates from Linda’s hands.
SUSIE
Let me help.
She carries them into the adjoining
DINING ROOM
LINDA (O.S)
Are you still going to see Madam
Clair again this afternoon?
SUSIE
Yes. Want to come?
Linda walks in with the cutlery.
LINDA
Nuh. You could ask Mary though.
59 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - AFTERNOON 59
The mounted CONSTABLE has arrived in a carriage with two of
his DEPUTIES. Thomas and Anna greet them.
Thomas escorts the two deputies to the old oak tree by the
water.
Anna escorts the constable.
ANNA
This way Sir.
They enter the Mansion’s Entrance.
60 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE - LIBRARY, 1845 - CONTINUOUS 60
Helena and Edwina sit. Dr Chalmers stands behind them, a
hand on Helena’s shoulder in console.
61.
Anna enters showing the constable in and looks to Helena.
ANNA
The constable ma’am.
She curtsies and walks out.
The constable moves closer to Helena and takes off his hat.
CONSTABLE
I am really sorry ma’am. Any idea
who may have done this?
HELENA
(teary)
No. None.
Sophie’s eyes red from crying enters the library with Mrs
Bligh.
MRS BLIGH
(to Helena)
Is there anything we can do
ma’am?
Edwina senses Sophie’s presence and quickly turns her blind
gaze towards her.
EDWINA
Sophie, that useless convict,-
she did it.
All eyes are on Sophie except for Helena who looks to
Edwina completely taken by surprise.
Sophie is totally stunned and eyes everyone in return.
SOPHIE
I didn’t do it.
Helena blankly looks to Sophie.
Mrs Bligh gently grabs hold of Sophie’s arm in solace,
shocked by Edwina’s accusations.
Sophie looks into Mrs Bligh’s eyes sobbing uncontrollably.
SOPHIE
I didn’t do it Mrs Bligh. It
wasn’t me.
Mrs Bligh looks pleadingly to the Constable.
MRS BLIGH
Miss Sophie, God Bless her soul,
could never do such a thing sire.
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(to Helena)
Ma’am please. You can’t honestly
believe Miss Sophie is guilty.
Helena eyes Mrs Bligh and takes a sigh in hesitation.
CONSTABLE
(to Helena)
Ma’am?
Helena shares an alternating look between Sophie and The
Constable.
HELENA
Do what you have to constable.
The Constable respectfully nods towards Helena then walks
over to Sophie.
Helena down casts’ her eyes.
SOPHIE
No Ma’am! Please.
Thomas enters as Sophie is pulled off Mrs Bligh’s arm.
SOPHIE
Miss Helena, please.
Sophie eyes begin to well with tears as she is removed from
the room, eyeing everyone for the last time, lastly Edwina.
Helena looks away as Edwina grins.
THOMAS
(To Mrs Bligh)
What’s happening?
MRS BLIGH
(in tears)
They’re accusing her of murder.
Mrs Bligh and Thomas follow Sophie and the constable out to
the
GARDENS
The deputies are placing Edward’s covered body in the back
of the open carriage.
The constable walks over to the carriage and passes Sophie
to the deputies.
They help her up and place her between them as they sit in
the carriage.
Thomas and Mrs Bligh approach the carriage.
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MRS BLIGH (CONT'D)
The constable steps up and places himself at the front.
Sophie looks to Mrs bligh in tears.
SOPHIE
It wasn’t me.
MRS BLIGH
I know child. I know.
The constable pulls on the reins. The carriage drives off.
Thomas walks off. Mrs Bligh remains until the carriage is
out of sight.
61 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, PRESENT - MID MORNING 61
Anthony and Samuel stand by the gravestone.
ANTHONY
I know it’s an eye sore. I’ve
resubmitted the objection to the
council. I think you should lodge
one too, considering it’s now
your block.
SAMUEL
I have. They won’t allow it. I
thought you may have had more
luck.
Samuel stares at the grave and gets an instant chill.
ANTHONY
(chuckles)
Plant a few roses around it. It
won’t looks so bad.
Samuel appears in a daze as he turns to face Anthony,
frowning.
SAMUEL
What? Why would you say that?
Anthony is confused and concerned.
ANTHONY
What’s the matter Samuel? Are you
all right? You’re not your cheery
self lately.
Samuel appears pale.
64.
SAMUEL
Oh, I’m sorry Anthony. My mind is
elsewhere lately. The thought of
having another child. I don’t
think I’m quite ready yet. Not
after the last one.
Anthony lightly taps him on the back.
ANTHONY
Yeah. That was tough.
(composes himself)
Anyway! Any questions before I
head off to Hawaii?
Samuel applies a more business like manner.
SAMUEL
No, everything should be fine.
I’ll follow up on things.
They walk away from the stone and head back for the road.
ANTHONY
I knew I could depend on you.
Sorry for bringing you out on a
Sunday.
They near Anthony’s 4WD. Behind it is Samuel’s car.
SAMUEL
Not a worry.
Samuels stands next to Anthony who opens the 4WD driver
side door.
SAMUEL
See you in three weeks. Enjoy
yourself.
Anthony drives off and screams out his open window.
ANTHONY
I will.
Samuel looks towards the grave.
62 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - LIBRARY 62
The room is empty. The door opens and Mrs Bligh sneaks in,
closing the door behind her.
She walks over to the drink cabinet where the framed sketch
of Edward stands.
65.
She grabs it and places it in her large apron pocket then
walks over to the door, opens it and makes a quick exit.
63 INT. MARY’S APARTMENT, PRESENT - DAY 63
Mary is on a step ladder placing Edward’s finished painting
up on the lounge room.
She steps down and admires her work, pleased.
She walks over to her easel and packs it up.
64 INT. COURTHOUSE, 1845 - JAIL - LATER 64
The OFFICER stands by the bars of Sophie’s cell.
Sophie sits on her bed, distraught.
OFFICER
Oy! Wench!
Sophie looks to the officer.
OFFICER
You have a visitor. Make it
quick.
Mrs Bligh approaches the bars as Sophie stands.
Sophie’s face lights up.
SOPHIE
(teary)
Mrs Bligh.
Mrs Bligh moves as close to the bars as possible.
MRS BLIGH
I have something for you child.
She takes a folded piece of paper out from her pocket and
hands it to Sophie through the bars.
Sophie takes and unfolds it then looks to Mrs Bligh in
smiles.
It is the sketch of Edward.
SOPHIE
How did you get this?
MRS BLIGH
Don’t worry about it child.
66.
Sophie places the sketch close to her heart.
MRS BLIGH
Make sure you hide it.
Sophie folds it and places it down the front of her dress
that is gathered by a rope around her waist. She joins her
hands over her heart.
SOPHIE
Thank you Mrs Bligh.
The officer walks over.
OFFICER
OK that’s enough! Visiting time’s
over.
He grabs hold of Mrs Bligh’s arm.
OFFICER
Move along. Come on, time to go.
MRS BLIGH
God be with you child.
The officer shoves her away. Sophie watches on in tears.
65 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - EDWINA’S ROOM - MID MORNING 65
Helena steps into Edwina’s room, locks the door behind her.
She holds a bed sheet under one arm.
She unfolds it, spreads it on the floor then kneels. She
lifts the bed spread, reaches for - what looks like - rags.
She drags it out, revealing two crumpled blood stained
dresses.
Helena individually bundles and places them on the opened
bed sheet.
She folds and rolls the sheet into a neat package then
picks it up, placing it under her arm.
She walks to the door, unlocks it and walks out.
66 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - NOON 66
Two carriages are waiting.
Thomas helps Mrs Bligh up the carriage’s steps, Anna
follows. Thomas steps up and sits next to the coachman.
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Thomas looks back to Mrs Bligh. Anna consoles her.
THOMAS
Are you sure you want to go Mrs.
Bligh?
She nods and wipes her tears.
Thomas turns around and nods to the driver.
THOMAS
Let us go!
The carriage drives off.
In the other carriage, Helena sits. Dr Chalmers and
coachman help Edwina up.
Dr Chalmers looks to Helena.
DR CHALMERS
Do you think it wise, Miss
Helena?
HELENA
She wants to come.
DR CHALMERS
Very well!
Edwina sits next to Helena. Dr Chalmers steps up. The
coachman retracts the steps stand, steps up, sits and grabs
the reins. The carriage drives off.
67 INT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE - DINING ROOM - PRESENT 67
Linda and Susie set the dining table.
Knock (V.O.)
LINDA
That will be Mary.
SAMUEL (V.O.)
I’ll get it!
Susie heads back for the kitchen.
SUSIE
I’ll get the cutlery.
Samuel walks in with Mary. Samuel’s face paints a picture
of self afflicted pity.
Linda, notices and ignores it.
68.
She walks up to Mary and gives her a kiss.
LINDA
Glad you came.
Linda looks back to Samuel, mouthing.
LINDA
Did you say Hello?
Samuel pulls a face, nods in acknowledgement.
Susie returns from the kitchen, hands filled with cutlery.
LINDA
Susie, I would like you to meet
Mary.
MARY
Hi Susie.
Susie looks to Mary and is strangely startled. In reflex,
she clutches the cutlery to her breast and holds her
breath.
68 EXT. COURTHOUSE, 1845 - PORTABLE GALLOWS - DAY 68
The CROWD has gathered around the portable short drop
gallows.
A HANGMAN stands on the platform.
He holds a white hood in one hand and the end of the noose
in the other.
Mrs Bligh, in tears, holds on to Thomas. They stand near
the gallows’ steps.
Helena, Edwina and Dr Chalmers sit to their right, in front
of the gallows. Edwina holds Helena’s arm.
Sophie, guided by two constables, is led to the steps. She
wears a yellow convict robe, her hands tied behind her
back.
She nears Mrs Bligh and Thomas.
The crowd becomes alive with profanities: “Hang that
convict wench!” “Murderess!” “Whore!”
Sophie looks to Mrs Bligh and Thomas, in tears.
MRS BLIGH
We love you sweet child. I know
you didn’t do it.
69.
Sophie tries to smile then glances over towards Helena, who
quickly drops her eyes.
Sophie is shoved up the steps, onto the platform.
The crowd cheers. A FAT WOMAN shouts.
FAT WOMAN
Hang that murderous wench!
Mrs Bligh shakes her head, looks to Thomas in tears. Thomas
hugs to console her.
Edwina agitated, tugs on Helena’s arm.
EDWINA
What’s happening?
Helena tries to ignore, Edwina is persistent.
EDWINA
Helena! What is happening?
HELENA
It’s almost over, Edwina.
Edwina grins then stares blindly towards the gallows.
The hangman places the noose around Sophie’s neck.
Sophie drops her head.
Edward’s ghost walks up the gallows’ steps.
He makes his way to Sophie, gently places a hand beneath
her chin and lifts her head.
INTERCUT BETWEEN GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE AND THE GALLOWS
Mary is startled by Susie’s reaction.
MARY
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to
startle you!
Susie looks on, speechless.
LINDA
Susie? Are you all right?
A little more composed she gathers her thoughts.
SUSIE
Yeah! I’m fine.
70.
She looks to Mary as she places the cutlery down in a pile
on the table.
SUSIE
I am so sorry. Have we met?
MARY
I don’t think so.
She outstretches her hand, Mary copies, they shake and
exchange smiles.
SUSIE
Pleasure to meet you Mary.
Mary’s smile instantly disappears as she makes contact with
Susie’s hand. Susie reveals the same expression.
Linda looks on baffled.
THE GALLOWS
Sophie looks up, sees Edward. He smiles.
Baffled, she smiles back as her eyes light up.
SOPHIE
Edward?
Mrs Bligh looks to Thomas, who looks back just as confused.
THOMAS
Who is she talking to? Why is she
smiling?
Edward gently kisses Sophie on the lips, a tear rolls down
her cheek.
EDWARD
Heaven awaits you my sweet
darling. I’ll find who’s
responsible. No matter how long
it takes. They will remember us
when I do. I’ll always love you.
The hangman places the hood over Sophie’s face.
Edward dissipates.
GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE
Lunch over, all help clear the table.
Linda looks to her watch.
71.
LINDA
It’s already 3:30. If we’re going
to see this medium friend of
yours Susie, We’d better get
going.
SAMUEL
You’re going too? I thought you
didn’t believe in all that mumbo
jumbo.
LINDA
I don’t. Never been to one so
I’ll tag along and see what these
two are on about.
MARY
(to Linda)
You’ll love it.
(to Samuel)
Would you like to come?
Linda giggles.
LINDA
Are you kidding? Samuel’s afraid
of ghosts.
SUSIE
(to Samuel)
Why? Have you seen one?
Samuel sighs.
SAMUEL
No. I know it sounds ridiculous
but who knows what really exists.
The girls giggle. Linda kisses him on the cheek.
LINDA
OK let’s go!
Linda takes her bag off the kitchen bench whilst Susie gets
hers off the ground near the lounge.
Mary stands next to Samuel.
THE GALLOWS
The hangman looks to the constable who nods in return.
A lever is pulled, the platform drops.
The crowd becomes silent.
72.
Sophie’s body wriggles for a minute then becomes still.
GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE
Mary stands next to Samuel.
LINDA
(to Samuel)
We won’t be too...
Her words are cut short as she looks to Mary who clutches
her neck as if trying to hold something back.
She loses her balance, Samuel grabs her.
LINDA
(horrified)
Mary?
Mary gasps for air. Samuel holds her as Linda hurries over.
SAMUEL
What’s going on?
LINDA
How should I know?
Linda tries to pull Mary’s hands away from her neck.
LINDA
Mary?
Mary’s legs are giving her no support.
LINDA
Quick, lay her down.
Samuel lowers Mary’s body to the ground. Linda cannot pry
Mary’s hands.
Susie stands near the lounge staring as if in a trance.
THE GALLOWS
Looking to Sophie Mrs Bligh covers her eyes in total
desolation.
THOMAS
Come on, let me take you back.
Thomas guides her out of the crowd.
Helena’s are eyes downcast and appears remorseful. Edwina
is quite cheerful.
73.
EDWINA
Is she dead?
Dr Chalmers realizes Edwina is crowding Helena, takes hold
of Edwina’s arm.
EDWINA
(Insisting)
Is she dead?
DR CHALMERS
I’ll take her back to the
carriage Miss Helena.
Helena nods, haunted by the hanging.
HELENA
Thank you.
LINDA’S HOME
Susie stands near the lounge in a trance.
Linda looks to her.
LINDA
Susie. Call for an ambulance.
She does not respond. Linda is frustrated.
LINDA
Susie!
Susie - trance-like - does not elicit a response but grins.
Linda reverts her attention back to Mary.
Mary passes out.
Linda checks Mary’s pulse then looks frantically to Samuel,
who kneels holding Mary partially in his arms.
Linda stands and rushes for the phone and dials out.
Susie regains her bearing and sees Samuel fussing over
Mary, she rushes over.
Samuel tries to elicit a response from Mary as he gently
taps her on the cheek.
SAMUEL
Mary? Can you hear me? -- Mary?
SUSIE
What is happening? Is she dead?
Mary moans. Samuel looks to Linda.
74.
SAMUEL
Wait up ! She’s coming to.
Linda hangs up and returns to Mary’s side.
SUSIE
Will someone tell me what’s going
on?
Mary regains her bearing. Linda is by her side.
THE GALLOWS
The hangman loosens the noose off Sophie’s lifeless body.
The crowd pass near the body as they exit the area uttering
partially audible moans.
GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE
Mary slowly sits up.
MARY
What happened?
LINDA
You passed out.
MARY
I did?
Linda looks to Susie irate.
LINDA
And what the hell was wrong with
you?
SUSIE
What do you mean?
Mary slowly stands.
SAMUEL
(to Mary)
Maybe you girls should stay here.
Mary is a little surprised.
MARY
Aren’t you a caring darling.
Samuel pulls a face.
75.
LINDA
Samuel’s right.
(to Mary)
Has this happened before?
MARY
No, never!
LINDA
Way don’t you lie down for a
while.
(to Samuel)
Could you get her a glass of
water?
Mary cocks up.
MARY
I’m fine. Honestly.
Linda looks to Susie.
LINDA
I’m sorry, Susie. You’ll have to
go on your own.
Susie nods. Mary is annoyed.
MARY
Nonsense I feel fine, seriously.
END INTERCUTS.
69 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - LATER 69
Helena, Edwina and Dr Chalmers’ carriage pulls up,
followed by the servant’s carriage.
Dr Chalmers steps off and helps Helena off.
DR CHALMERS
I’ll take Edwina to her room.
I’ll give her a sedative before I
leave. This should give you a bit
of time to yourself.
HELENA
Thank you Dr Chalmers.
DR CHALMERS
I will also leave you a small
dose, in case you cannot sleep
tonight.
Helena nods and walks towards the mansion.
76.
Dr chalmers helps Edwina, who grins, off the carriage. He
tells the coachman to wait.
DR CHALMERS
I won’t be long.
COACHMAN
Very well sir.
He guides Edwina back towards the mansion. She laugh.
EDWINA
I showed them. No-one shares my
Helena. I showed them.
The servants step off the carriage. Thomas looks towards
Edwina then helps Anna then Mrs Bligh step off.
Mrs Bligh, tearful, takes a glance towards Edwina as Thomas
guides her down.
MRS BLIGH
Evil lass!
Thomas nods.
Mrs Bligh and Anna walk back to the mansion. Thomas walks
over to the tool shed.
70 EXT/INT. MADAM CLAIR’S HOME, PRESENT - AFTERNOON 70
Linda, Mary and Susie are at Madam Clair’s front door.
Susie presses a door bell buzzer.
LINDA
I don’t know how the two of you
managed to get me into this,
honestly.
(to Mary)
Still feeling OK?
Mary nods as the door opens.
MADAM CLAIR
Please come in Ladies.
They enter. Madam Clair closes the door closes behind them.
Linda, Mary and Susie are shown into the lounge room. She
points to the chairs.
MADAM CLAIR
Please make yourselves
comfortable.
77.
Madam Clair sits between Linda and Mary and opposite Susie.
She smiles and looks to each individually.
MADAM CLAIR
Shall we begin?
They nod in response.
MADAM CLAIR
Let us join hands.
Madam Clair takes a couple of deep breaths and relaxes.
71 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - AFTERNOON 71
Thomas stands by the incinerator. He lights it.
Anna walks out with a handful of trinkets and approaches
Thomas.
ANNA
Where should I put Miss Sophie's
things?
Thomas points to the ground.
THOMAS
Just there lass.
Anna neatly places them on the ground. She stands a moment
out of respect, eyes downcast as she blesses herself and
then walks away.
Thomas watches her till she almost reaches the mansion’s
entrance.
He kneels and picks up the items, one at a time, he throws
them into the fire.
Helena walks up behind Thomas.
HELENA
Thomas?
Startled, Thomas turns around.
THOMAS
Yes ma’am?
Helena holds the rolled up sheet under her arm.
She hands it to Thomas.
78.
HELENA
Anna forgot a few of Sophie’s
things.
Thomas takes the bundle.
Helena turns around and walks back towards the mansion, she
steps inside.
Thomas watches then unwraps the bundle dropping its
contents to the ground. It reveals two blood stained
frocks, one blue and the other brown.
Thomas retrieves and examines the frocks one at a time.
He glances over his shoulder towards the mansion then
throws the frocks in the fire, followed by the sheet that
had bound them.
He ponders and grins as he watches the flames roar.
72 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S HOME, PRESENT - CONTINUOUS 72
Madam Clair takes a couple of deep breaths, relaxes then
shuts her eyes.
MADAM CLAIR
We open this circle to allow the
spirits to come forth.
The girls look to each other. Susie takes a deep breath and
tries to relax.
All eyes on the candle. It begins to flicker.
Madam Clair falls in a trance, her head leans forward.
All eyes casted on her.
A moment of calm before she tilts her head up, eyes shut.
MADAM CLAIR
I see a man standing near a door.
A beautiful young woman hands him
a coat.
73 INT/EXT - SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - FRONT DOOR - NIGHT - 73
FLASHBACK
Sophie waits by the mansion door, Edward’s coat in hand.
Edward nears, surprised to see her.
79.
EDWARD
(whispers)
What are you doing here?
Sophie hands him his coat.
SOPHIE
(whispers)
I need to talk to you. I think
Miss Edwina knows about us.
Edward frowns as he looks around then whispers back with
authority.
EDWARD
Not now Sophie, I’ll see you in
your room later.
Sophie frowns and heatedly walks away.
Edward opens the door and walks out onto the
PORCH
He straightens his coat and walks down the steps. A full
moon illuminates the
GARDENS
He passes them and walks towards the
RIVER
A slight breeze blows.
Edward nears the water’s edge looking relaxed.
He sits under the Oak and watches small moonlit ripples
form on the water.
END SEANCE FLASHBACK.
74 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S - CONTINUOUS 74
Mme. Clair is in a trance. She lifts her head then opens
her eyes and looks to Mary.
Mary stares back.
Mme. Clair’s head jerks back then slumps forward.
MADAM CLAIR
(deep voice)
Ahhhhh!
80.
Mary lifts her hands in fright.
Susie quickly responds.
LINDA
Don’t break the circle. It can
kill her.
Mary stares to Mme. Clair in a panic then back to Linda and
Susie.
MARY
What are we supposed to do? She
looks in pain!
LINDA
I don’t know.
The room becomes dim.
Linda, Susie and Mary slowly shut their eyes and appear
hypnotized.
Mme. Clair straightens her head and opens her eyes.
She looks to them and smiles.
Susie, Mary and Linda are suddenly replaced by Edwina,
Sophie and Helena, respectively - a sudden solid
transition.
All hands are joined, their bodies trapped within the
other’s entity.
Madam Clair suddenly becomes Mrs Bligh.
All four open their eyes, hands remain joined.
Edward materializes and stands near Mrs Bligh.
Rapture overtakes Sophie.
SOPHIE
Edward?
Edward smiles back as he approaches her and stands behind
her.
He places a hands on her shoulder as he looks to Helena and
Edwina.
EDWARD
I’ve waited a long time for you
all to incarnate together...
81.
He caresses Sophie’s hair as he directs his words to
Edwina.
EDWARD
...especially you Edwina.
HELENA
Let her be Edward. She never
meant to kill you. It was an
accident.
EDWINA
(to Helena)
I didn’t kill him Helena.
Although I would have love to.
(to Sophie)
It was that convict girlfriend of
yours who dit it. I sensed her
jealousy right from the start.
HELENA
(shocked)
So it was true. You were in love
with Sophie. Edwina was right.
Sophie looks up to Edward.
SOPHIE
They’re all lying Edward. I could
never have hurt you.
Edward smiles to her and lovingly caresses her cheek before
walking over to Helena.
She follows his approach in disgust.
EDWARD
How dare you judge me Helena.
Edwina frowns to that remark.
EDWARD
You and Thomas were in love way
before we ever became husband and
wife.
HELENA
How absurd.
MRS BLIGH
Enough. All of you.
(to Helena)
Your feelings for Thomas were no
secret Helena.
82.
I would watch you sneak out to
the gardens every chance you had
just to see him and he you.
(to Sophie)
As for you dear child. I had
warned you nothing could ever
become of your love for Edward. A
love that brought you an untimely
death, thanks to Miss Edwina...
(to Edwina)
and you, what can I say... Always
sneaking around and never minding
their own business...
75 INT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - BEDROOM HALLWAY - FLASHBACK 75
Helena steps out of Edwina’s bedroom, frantic.
HELENA
Edwina? Edwina?
Sophie runs towards Helena.
SOPHIE
I can’t find her.
HELENA
Search all the rooms. I’ll get
Edward.
SAMUEL
Yes ma’am.
Helena runs down the stair case and hurries out the
FRONT DOOR
And steps onto the PORCH and heads for the GARDENS, calling
out.
HELENA
Edward? Are you out here? I need
your help. Edwina has gone
missing. Edward?
Helena stops and looks around annoyed.
HELENA
Where is every one?
She walks back towards the mansion but stops dead in her
tracks as she hears a blood curdling scream, Edwina’s.
Horrified she faces towards the river.
83.
MRS BLIGH (CONT'D)
HELENA
Edwina?
Her frock lifted with both hand she runs Frantically
towards the
RIVER
Where the moon’s bright glow reveals a kneeling
SILHOUETTE
Helena nears it. It’s Edwina, her back faces Helena.
Helena is relieved and stops to catch her breath.
HELENA
Edwina, you had me so worried.
What are you doing out here?
Edwina turns her head towards the sound of Helena’s voice.
Helena steps closer and shrieks in horror as she sees
Edward lying on the ground.
Helena looks to Edwina in shock and total horror.
HELENA
What have you done?
Edwina clumsily stands.
Helena grabs hold of Edwina’s upper arms then shakes her in
outrage.
HELENA
Why Edwina? What possessed you?
Edwina stretches her arms out to hug Helena.
Helena is enraged and pushes her away as she looks to
Edward.
Edwina falls backwards.
EDWINA
Is he dead?
Helena takes control.
HELENA
Don’t say another word and don’t
you move.
Helena looks to Edward’s lifeless body and without a second
thought drags him out of sight behind the large oak tree.
84.
HELENA
(Shaky teary voice)
I’m so sorry Edward. Truly.
She covers him up with loose foliage.
HELENA
Please forgive me.
Edwina has not uttered a sound nor moved an inch.
Helena glances back as she returns to Edwina then with
force she grabs hold of her arm and wipes her teary eyes
with the other.
HELENA
Get up Edwina.
EDWINA
Helena I...
HELENA
Not a word!
Helena holds Edwina’s arm TIGHT as she hurries her pace
towards the MANSION.
Thomas quietly steps out of the SHADOWS and watches them
rush OFF.
His knife’s blood stained blade catches the moonlight.
Thomas pulls out his rag from his side pocket and carefully
wraps the knife then places it in his pocket.
Helena and Edwina pass through the GARDENS and head for the
mansion’s open FRONT DOOR; No-one is in sight.
Helena whispers sternly.
HELENA
Not a sound.
They quickly escalate the STAIRCASE leading them to the
BEDROOM HALLWAY.
No-one crosses their paths.
Helena opens EDWINA’S BEDROOM DOOR and they enter.
85.
76 INT. EDWINA’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS 76
Helena locks the door. Both their frocks are covered in
blood. Edwina wears a brown frock, Helena Blue.
HELENA
(stern)
Take your clothes off Edwina.
Helena does the same.
In her undergarments, she walks over to the wardrobe and
takes out two of Edwina’s nightgowns then throws them on
the bed.
She bundles up the bloodied dresses and stashes them out of
sight under Edwina’s bed.
Helena walks over to the vanity and pours water from a
pitcher into the bowl, spilling a little on the floor.
She walks up to Edwina, grabs her by the arm and returns to
the vanity.
Edwina stands in the puddle as Helena cleans her up.
EDWINA
I’m cold. My feet are wet.
HELENA
Shut up Edwina!
KNOCK(O.S.)
Helena looks to the door, startled.
SOPHIE (O.S.)
Miss Edwina, are you in there?
The door knob turns.
SOPHIE (O.S.)
Miss Edwina, unlock the door.
Helena breaks the silence and tries to remain calm.
HELENA
I am with her Sophie. She’s fine.
SOPHIE (O.S.)
I am pleased to hear that ma’am.
Would you like me to help prepare
Miss Edwina for bed?
86.
HELENA
No thank you Sophie. I will do it
tonight.
77 INT. BEDROOM HALLWAY 77
Sophie appears confused.
SOPHIE
Very well ma’am.
Sophie slowly walks away, then jumps in fright to Edwina’s
sudden loud evil SCREAM.
She returns to the door, lifts her hand to knock.
HELENA (O.S.)
(angry)
Enough Edwina.
Sophie lowers her hand and prefers to walk away.
MRS BLIGH (V.O.)
That Edwina is an evil woman
but...
END SEANCE FLASHBACK.
78 INT. MADAM CLAIR’S - CONTINUOUS 78
MRS BLIGH
(to Edward)
...But she’s not as evil as we
may think Master Edward. She’s
not your killer.
All eyes are on Mrs Bligh.
EDWARD
Who is?
MRS BLIGH
(to Edward)
Your culprit is still at large.
It is now up to you to seek
retribution your own way Master
Edward.
Mrs Bligh suddenly disappears followed by Sophie, Helena
and Edwina, leaving Susie, Mary, Linda and Mme. Clair
sitting in their respective chairs; a sudden transition,
still hypnotized.
Edward begins to dissipate.
87.
EDWARD
I release you all.
He looks to Mary as he becomes almost invisible and
inaudible.
EDWARD
Especially you my darling.
Edward has gone.
Madam Clair tremors then opens her eyes.
MADAM CLAIR
We are alone.
Linda, Mary and Susie open their eyes.
Madam Clair lets go of Linda and Mary’s hands.
MADAM CLAIR
The spirits are gone.
They all look to each other, confused.
LINDA
What spirits?
SUSIE
What happened Madam Clair?
Madam Clair smiles to Susie.
MADAM CLAIR
You are free of your past soul.
She looks to Mary.
MADAM CLAIR
So are you.
(to Linda)
And you.
MARY
Our souls? What ever do you mean?
What happened?
DISSOLVE TO:
SUPERIMPOSE: Eight months later. Seymour Estate. Grimshaw’s
new home.
79 INT. NEW HOME - LOUNGE ROOM - PRESENT - DAY 79
BOXES are strewn all over the floor and on the lounge.
88.
The lounge room’s OPEN PLAN design allows the
KITCHEN/DINING area to be visible.
Linda is PREGNANT and full term.
Mary, Susie and Linda walk out of the lounge room carrying
unpacked boxes to the NEAREST open door, the
NURSERY
It is painted in BLUE. Partly furnished with a white cot
and a cupboard.
They place the boxes on the floor.
SUSIE
Blue hey?
MARY
Are we having a boy?
Linda smiles and rubs her belly.
LINDA
Yeah, I couldn’t wait to find
out.
Susie looks towards the river out the partly opened
nursery window. SMOKE covers the view to the river.
SUSIE
Where’s this smoke coming from?
LINDA
I’m not sure. Samuel said he
wanted to clear debris left by
the builders in the yard. Maybe
he’s started another fire. He had
one going last week.
80 EXT. GRIMSHAW RESIDENCE, PRESENT - GARDENS - SAME TIME 80
Samuel stands by a BURNING PILE of timber with a watering
HOSE in hand, his back to the river and the GRAVESTONE.
A BREEZE picks up increasing the flames and SMOKE.
The breeze has no pattern, the smoke strews in all
directions finally getting into Samuel’s EYES.
Samuel takes a few steps back to avoid it nearing the
gravestone in the process then turns to face the river to
desperately avoid the intensifying smoke.
89.
He squints and pulls out a large rag hanging from his side
pocket and wipes his eyes. He coughs.
SAMUEL
Where the hell did this wind come
from?
Samuel’s body is engulfed by the smoke, only his coughing
is heard.
81 INT. NURSERY - SAME TIME 81
Susie takes a small pile of baby clothes from one of the
boxes and lies them neatly in one of the cupboard’s
drawers.
Linda places a fitted sheet on the cot’s mattress as Mary
pillowcases the baby’s pillow.
MARY
He didn’t like me coming over did
he?
LINDA
Oh you know Samuel. Give him
time. When the baby’s born he
might change his attitude on
family virtues.
Mary places the pillow in the cot.
SUSIE
Us three in one room together.
First time since that seance.
LINDA
In some ways that seance brought
us together and I have ended up
with two great friends.
Linda giggles as she rubs her belly.
LINDA
This little one will now have two
Aunties.
Mary takes a blue baby blanket out of one of the boxes and
places it on the bed, Linda helps.
SUSIE
Ever had any recall about that
seance? Till this day I still
don’t remember a thing.
90.
I walked out of Madam Clair’s
feeling like a load had been
lifted off my shoulders. And I’ve
never had an apparition since.
Do you guys remember anything?
Mary straightens the pillow in the cot.
MARY
Funny you should bring that up. I
was thinking about that seance
this morning.
LINDA
I still don’t know how you guys
ever tricked me into going. Told
you things like that were a waste
of time. A whole lot of Mumbo
Jumbo.
MARY
(giggles)
You and that expression. Typical
psychiatrist. You’ll see, one day
something will happen to make you
believe.
They all giggle. The smoke appears to thicken and enters
through the nursery window. Linda closes it.
LINDA
I’ll go see what he’s burning.
Linda walks out.
MARY
Well, we’re done here let’s see
what else we can do.
Mary followed by Susie walk out of the nursery.
82 EXT. GARDEN - CONTINUOUS 82
Linda nears the freshly planted rose beds planted near the
front door.
A couple of yellow rose buds are visible on one of the four
bushes.
The smoke has begun to disperse and the breeze has died.
She looks towards the dying fire and its light smoke trail;
behind it the grave is now visible. She looks around.
LINDA
Samuel?
91.
SUSIE (CONT'D)
She heads towards the fire.
LINDA
Samuel? Are you out here?
She walks heading towards the GRAVESTONE which is covered
in MOSS.
Linda has a sudden urge to pick at it. The moss breaks off
into small pieces.
She looks around and picks up a solid twig.
She returns to the stone and picks at the moss until it
reveals a dirty and unreadable surface.
Linda picks at its surface, her twig clears out one of the
stone’s letter’s; the letter y.
She digs at the remaining letters until they reveal: Edward
Seymour. 1812 - 1845.
She suddenly takes hold of her belly.
Linda has a contraction. She holds her breath and leans
forward supporting herself on the stone.
LINDA
Samuel?
She kneels by the stone and takes a breath.
LINDA
Samuel?
She looks around and sees Mary and Susie stepping out of
the front door of the house.
LINDA
Mary?
Mary and Susie rush by her side and kneel beside her.
MARY
Are you alright?
LINDA
I think it’s time.
SUSIE
Where’s Samuel?
LINDA
I don’t know.
Mary takes hold of Linda’s arm, Susie takes the other.
92.
MARY
Come on. Let’s take you inside.
They walk slowly back towards the house, passing the dying
fire.
83 EXT. SEYMOUR ESTATE, 1845 - AFTERNOON 83
Thomas stands by the fire. He looks around then carefully
pulls his gardening rag from the bulging side of his
overall pocket. It is lightly blood-stained.
He opens it revealing his knife; its wooden handle is bloodstained.
He examines it.
THOMAS
I couldn’t let you have Helena. I
love her. I’ve always loved her.
He throws the knife in, followed by the rag.
He stares, captivated by the flames.
84 INT. LOUNGE ROOM. 84
Linda wobbles to the lounge, Susie and Mary accompany her.
They sit.
She has another contraction and looks to her watch, holding
her breath.
LINDA
Is this normal? Two contractions
in less than three minutes.
SUSIE
You will be having the baby here
if we don’t get you to the
hospital quick.
LINDA
Mary, see if you can find Samuel.
I’ll get my bag ready.
MARY
Sure.
Mary stands up and heads out.
Linda has a contraction as she attempts to stand. Susie is
nervous but concerned.
93.
SUSIE
Stay her. I’ll get your bag. You
do that -- that breathing thing -
you know, when you have to pant.
Linda giggles through her pain.
LINDA
Yeah, yeah, I know.
Susie disorientated walks off.
LINDA
It’s the red one on the floor in
my bedroom.
Mary enters the room.
MARY
I can’t find him.
LINDA
Great. Perfect timing. Of all
time to take a stroll.
MARY
It’s OK, I’ll drive you. Have you
decided on a name yet?
Mary helps Linda up.
LINDA
We can’t seem to agree on one.
SUSIE
I suppose you could call him
Junior.
They giggle as they walk towards the door.
LINDA
I was thinking of calling him
Edward. The original owner of
this estate was called Edward
Seymour.
SUSIE
Nice old fashioned name. Does
Samuel like the name?
Linda has another contraction and breathes.
94.
LINDA
I don’t know. I haven’t suggested
it.
Susie walks in the room with the red bag.
SUSIE
Did you find him?
MARY
No and we’re not waiting. We’re
taking her to the hospital.
LINDA
I’ll leave a note for him.
85 EXT. GARDENS - CONTINUOUS 85
Mary Escorts Linda down the DRIVEWAY to her car, followed
by Susie who holds the bag.
Mary opens the passenger door. Linda sits and has
contraction; she breathes.
Mary is excited.
MARY
Won’t be long before the baby
pops his head.
Mary closes her door walks over to the driver side and
steps in. Susie steps in behind Linda and closes the door.
They drive off.
86 INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - LATER 86
The clinically white room hosts a row of chairs. Mary and
Susie sit waiting.
MARY
Hope everything is all right.
Susie looks at her watch.
SUSIE
It’s only been half an hour.
A nurse MICHELLE in her 20’s enters the room.
MICHELLE
Susie and Mary?
Excited, they stand and answer in unison.
95.
MARY
Yes.
SUSIE
Yes.
They look to each other and laugh.
MICHELLE
If you’ll follow me. I’ll show
you to Mrs Grimshaw’s room.
They step out into the
87 CORRIDOR 87
the nurse between them, they walk towards Linda’s room.
MARY
(to nurse)
How is she and the baby doing?
MICHELLE
She gave birth to a beautiful
4.2kg baby boy. She’s a bit
tired.
MARY
You’re kidding me. That’s
massive.
The nurse stops in front of door #23
MICHELLE
Here we go ladies.
She pushes the door open.
88 INT. LINDA’S HOSPITAL ROOM 88
Linda sits in bed cradling the baby in her arms, smiling.
They enter and approach in total elation.
The door gently swings shut behind them.
Mary nears Linda to get a better look at the baby followed
by Susie.
Mary kisses Linda on the cheek.
MARY
Look at the size of him.
LINDA
You’re not kidding. I thought
he’d never come out.
96.
SUSIE
He’s gorgeous.
MARY
(excited)
May I have a hold?
LINDA
Sure.
Linda lifts the baby. Mary slides her arm under him then
looks to his face.
She smiles and gently caresses his cheek with her index
finger.
MARY
Aren’t you a handsome boy. Say
“hello” to Aunty Mary.
Susie peers over and touches the baby’s hand, smiling.
The baby is awake and content.
SUSIE
Hello Edward.
(Excited to Linda)
Oh look. He’s smiling.
LINDA
Is Samuel here?
MARY
I haven’t seen him.
LINDA
I’m getting worried.
Samuel, a little pale enters the room.
LINDA
Talk of the devil. Where have you
been? You had me so dammed
worried and you missed the birth.
Samuel walks over to Linda’s empty side of the bed, in a
light sweat and kisses her on the forehead.
He pulls the rag out of his pocket then wipes his hands and
brow.
Susie looks to Mary.
SUSIE
May I have a little hold?
97.
MARY
Sure!
Mary nods and smiles as she passes the baby to Susie.
SAMUEL
I’m really sorry Linda. I took a
stroll and lost track of time.
When I returned I found your note
and came straight down. I tried
ringing you but your cell phone
is switched off.
LINDA
Well yeah! Hospital policies and
I really couldn’t answer it while
I was in labour.
Linda looks to the baby then Samuel.
LINDA
Have a hold Sammie.
Samuel looks uncomfortable but forces a grin.
SAMUEL
I’m a little dirty. Let me get
cleaned up.
LINDA
Nonsense.
Susie Walks over to Samuel.
SUSIE
Isn’t he gorgeous?
(looks to the baby)
That’s your daddy.
Susie extends her arms a little towards Samuel.
Samuel looks reluctant to have a hold.
SAMUEL
I can’t. I’m too dirty.
LINDA
(annoyed)
Samuel?
Samuel sees the agonizing look in Linda’s eyes.
SAMUEL
Just a little nervous darling.
You know. After our last one.
98.
He forces a smile and hesitantly extends his arms towards
Susie who places the baby gently in his arms.
SUSIE
(excited)
Here’s your daddy, Edward.
Samuel eyes widen in shock as he looks to Linda.
SAMUEL
Edward? Who decided on that name?
The baby begins to squirm and cry.
LINDA
I did. I thought it was kind of
cute. And I think Seymour would
make a great middle name.
Samuel eyes are drawn towards the hospital door where a
ghostly smiling Edward dressed in 1840’s attire is
materializing.
The baby stops crying. His eyes unnaturally open and looks
to Samuel. (CGI)
Samuel is startled.
Linda looks towards the door where Samuel’s eyes are
fixated then back to Samuel.
LINDA
Samuel? What’s wrong?
Samuel looks to Edward’s apparition who smiles.
The room appears to dim revealing only Samuel, Edward and
the baby.
EDWARD
Hello Thomas. Surprised to see
me?
Samuel stares as if in a trance then morphs into Thomas
still holding the baby.
THOMAS
Edward?
EDWARD
Yes, it’s me Thomas!
Edward takes a step closer.
99.
EDWARD
...162 years of waiting and I
finally stare my killer in the
eyes.
Edward takes a step closer.
EDWARD
...162 years of incarceration now
ends as my soul regains its will.
Edward takes a step closer.
EDWARD
...162 years of wondering why my
life ended so abruptly.
Edward takes a step closer.
EDWARD
And now...
Edward stands next to Samuel.
EDWARD
I’ve returned Thomas.
EDWARD
...and, it’s retribution time.
Thomas takes on a sarcastic approach.
THOMAS
What? You’re going to kill me?
That would make you no better
than I.
EDWARD
Oh No. I’m not going to kill you
Thomas. I have a fate much more
rewarding in mind.
Edward’s smiling presence gradually dissipates as he points
to the baby.
EDWARD
Say hello to baby Edward Seymour,
Thomas.
Edward’s voice becomes faint has he fades to nothingness.
His body stepping backwards towards the door as he does.
100.
EDWARD
No-one will ever know I have
returned except for you Thomas...
for the rest of your mortal life.
Edward has gone. Thomas instantly morphs back to Samuel.
The room brightens and returns to normal.
Time within the room has stood still.
Samuel, a little dazed, looks to the baby.
The baby appears content and smiles (CGI)
Samuel is horror stricken. *
THE END
POSSIBLE SEQUEL: EDWARD GROWS UP.
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