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EVANGELINE DRAKE

EZRA DRAKE

DELANEY STANTON

MICHAELA BURKE

MELODIE MORRISON (O.S.)

RUSSELL

NICOLE

YOUNG EVANGELINE

YOUNG JASMINE (NON-SPEAK)

TIFFANY (NON-SPEAK)

FLIGHT ATTENDANT (NON-SPEAK)

SET LIST

INTERIORS

EVANGELINE’S APARTMENT

AIRPORT

EZRA’S PICKUP TRUCK

EZRA’S HOUSE

KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM

EZRA’S ROOM

EZRA’S OFFICE

EVANGELINE’S BEDROOM & BATHROOM

SUSHI RESTAURANT

COFFEE SHOP

MICHAELA’S CHARGER

AIRPLANE

EXTERIORS

EZRA’S STREET

DOWNTOWN STREET

TIFFANY’S HOUSE

WATERFRONT

EZRA’S HOUSE

BACK PORCH

GARAGE

AQUATIC CENTER

TEASER

INT. EVANGELINE’S APARTMENT – SUMMER MORNING

EVANGELINE DRAKE stands next to her daybed, in the center of her studio apartment, packing a few final items in her suitcase.

EVANGELINE (V.O.)

I’ve always been interested in origin
stories, the parts of people’s backgrounds
that helped shape them into who they are.
Where someone came from, and how that place
made them feel. The things a person overcame
to get to where they are, and who they are,
now.

She zips up her suitcase and lifts it down onto the floor. She grabs her backpack and begins to double-check its contents.

EVANGELINE (V.O.) (CONT’D)

To me, stories are all about two things:
character and setting. These encapsulate the
most important elements of stories — and of
lives. The relationship between character and
setting allows for a push and pull between
intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

She glances at her phone then walks over to the window, looking out at the Boston street below.

EVANGELINE (V.O.) (CONT’D)

The circumstances of a particular place,
and the desire to stay in it or leave it, can
also be a source of motivation in a person’s
life. And because we don’t choose where and
how we start our lives, settings have a major,
inescapable influence on our origin stories.

Evangeline almost puts her backpack on her back to leave, but she decides to grab a reporter’s notebook off of the desk and toss it into the backpack before putting it on. She rolls her suitcase over to the door, looking back at her apartment.

EVANGELINE (V.O.) (CONT’D)

I’m drawn to origin stories, but lately
I’m even more curious about how they end.
Where does the origin story end and the rest
of life begin? What makes up the dividing line
between origin and being? I used to think the
origin story ended when the character left the
place where they started; or when they finally
went to the place they had yearned to be.

She turns out the lights and closes the door behind her.

EVANGELINE (V.O.) (CONT’D)

But now I realize it’s not that simple.

END OF TEASER


















FADE IN:

EXT. EZRA’S street - sunrise – TRACKING – ten years ago

We follow YOUNG EVANGELINE (9, long brown hair) as she walks down the suburban street toward the rising summer sun. She slowly examines the houses; this place is new to her. Gradually, her pace quickens.

INT. AIRPORT - AFTERNOON – TRACKING - PRESENT

We continue to follow EVANGELINE DRAKE (19, dirty blonde) as she makes her way through a bustling airport terminal toward baggage claim, where she expects to be greeted by her father. Evangeline glances around the terminal, and spots her father, EZRA DRAKE (early 50s, clear resemblance between father and daughter) waving at her. Evangeline is slightly taken aback to see a woman, DELANEY STANTON (mid 30s, long black hair, dressed like a teenager) standing beside him. Ezra and Delaney are beaming, though Evangeline perceives Delaney’s smile as at least partly feigned, and Evangeline manages a halfway convincing grin as she approaches them.

EZRA

Eva, it’s so good to see you.

EVANGELINE

Hi, dad. You too.

DELANEY

Hi Evangeline, I’m Delaney.

Evangeline wonders if this introduction is supposed to mean something.

EVANGELINE

Nice to meet you.

EZRA

Why don’t we get your bag and head home?

EVANGELINE

Okay.

INT. EZRA’S PICKUP TRUCK (MOVING) - LATE AFTERNOON

Delaney sits in the passenger seat, and Evangeline is cramped in the truck’s pseudo-backseat. An uncomfortable silence ensues, and Delaney rests her arm on Ezra’s leg as he drives.

DELANEY

How was your flight, sweetie?

Momentary silence until Evangeline realizes this question was addressed at her...

EVANGELINE

Oh, it was good.

(beat)

Uh, how’s the weather been here lately?

EZRA

Hot. Humid too.

DELANEY

Your dad and I got a membership to the
aquatic center for the summer. You can use
it while you’re here if you want.

EVANGELINE

Nice, thanks.

Evangeline’s gaze drifts to the window, and Delaney absentmindedly scrolls on her cell phone. Evangeline instinctively looks back toward Delaney, scrutinizing her movements and trying to catch a glimpse of what she’s doing on her phone.

EZRA

Is everything looking familiar Eva?

EVANGELINE

Sort of. It’s been a while.

Ezra nods, but does not respond.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN - EVENING

Ezra, Evangeline, and Delaney enter the living room. Ezra is carrying Evangeline’s suitcase.

EZRA

I’ll take this upstairs for you, Eva.

EVANGELINE

Thanks, dad.

Delaney heads into the kitchen, getting out glasses.

DELANEY

Can I get you a drink babe?

EZRA (O.S.)

I’ll just take a beer.

DELANEY

Do you want anything sweetie?

(beat)

Evangeline?

EVANGELINE

Oh, uh, I’ll just take some water. Thanks.

Delaney hands Evangeline a glass of water.

DELANEY

You’ll be a sophomore this fall, right?

EVANGELINE

Yeah, I will.

DELANEY

Your dad says you’re doing really well. Do
you know what you want to major in?

EVANGELINE

I have some ideas.

Evangeline decides not to share them.

EVANGELINE (CONT’D)

I haven’t really made my mind up though.

DELANEY

It’s a tough decision. I definitely didn’t
know what I wanted to do when I was
nineteen.

Before Evangeline can ask Delaney what she did end up doing, Ezra returns to the kitchen and Delaney hands him a beer. Ezra and Delaney kiss, and Evangeline takes a long drink of water.

EVANGELINE

So... has anything interesting been going
on around here?

She asks despite recognizing that something obviously has, in fact, been going on.

DELANEY

It’s a small town, that’s for sure.

EZRA

Our work picnic was last week, and they’re
having a parade and fireworks in town for
the Fourth. Other than that, nothing too
exciting.

DELANEY

Your dad and I try to get into Tampa on
weekends whenever we can. We got tickets
to see an amazing local band last weekend.

EVANGELINE

That’s good.

Evangeline hesitates but decides to continue the attempt at conversation.

EVANGELINE (CONT’D)

My roommate and I got to go to some really
good concerts in Boston in the fall, but
in the spring we were so busy with school.

DELANEY

Yeah? That sucks. Maybe we can go to
something fun like that while you’re here.

EVANGELINE

I mean, yeah, sure.

EZRA

Eva, do you remember our old neighbors
Russell and Nicole?

EVANGELINE

Uh, not really.

EZRA

Nicole used to babysit you once in a while
when you were really little.

EVANGELINE

Oh, yeah, I think I know who you mean.

DELANEY

They’ve invited us to dinner at this
awesome new sushi place in town.

EVANGELINE

Sounds good.

EZRA

We should probably leave in about 45
minutes.

EVANGELINE

Should I change?

DELANEY

It’s kind of a formal restaurant, so I’m
probably going to.

EVANGELINE

Okay. I’ll, uh, go get ready then.

Delaney smiles, too sweetly, toward Evangeline, and Evangeline heads upstairs.

INT. EVANGELINE’S ROOM - EVENING

Evangeline enters her old room and begins looking around. It’s apparent that she hasn’t been here for several years. She opens her suitcase to begin unpacking, and takes out some clothes to hang. She opens the closet, finding it empty except for a box of toys on the floor. She closes the closet door, leaving her clothes on the bed.

INT. EVANGELINE’S BATHROOM - SAME

Evangeline, changed into a sleeveless sundress, looks into the mirror and slowly brushes her hair, thinking. After a few moments of silence, we hear muffled voices from downstairs.

DELANEY (O.S.)

You know I love you.

EZRA (O.S.)

Honey... Okay, babe.

DELANEY (O.S.)

What do you think... Everything’s been so
great.

EZRA (O.S.)

I know, Delaney... whatever you want, babe.

INT. EVANGELINE’S BATHROOM - EVENING – TEN YEARS AGO

Young Evangeline brushes her hair while staring into the same mirror. From downstairs, we can hear the muffled voices of Evangeline’s mother, MELODIE MORRISON, and Ezra.

MELODIE (O.S.)

I can’t believe this, Ezra!

EZRA (O.S.)

Look, Melodie. Just calm down.

MELODIE (O.S.)

Calm down? What the hell were you thinking?

EZRA (O.S.)

I just...

MELODIE (O.S.)

How’d you meet her? She’s married too, you
know.

EZRA (O.S.)

Damn it, it wasn’t my fault.

MELODIE (O.S.)

That’s bullshit and you know it. If it
wasn’t your fault, whose fault was it? How
could you do this to us? Did you even
think? How long has this been going on?

INT. EVANGELINE’S BATHROOM - EVENING – PRESENT

Evangeline has stopped brushing her hair and looks into the mirror, processing the memory. She puts her brush down on the counter with a brusque, decisive movement. She practices an inviting smile, then abruptly lets it drop, wondering to herself what she’s even doing.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Evangeline enters the living room to find Ezra and Delaney intertwined on the couch. Delaney has not changed clothes.

EZRA

Hey, Eva. You all set?

Evangeline puts her rehearsed smile into action.

EVANGELINE

I’m ready when you guys are.

EZRA

Great. Let’s head out, ladies.

INT. SUSHI RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Ezra, Delaney, and Evangeline enter the restaurant and are greeted by RUSSELL and NICOLE.

NICOLE

Evangeline Drake! Is that you?

Inexplicably, Evangeline wants to make things look good to their old neighbors.

EVANGELINE

Nicole, it’s so great to see you. How have
you been?

NICOLE

I’ve been really good, thanks honey. I
can’t believe you’re so grown up already!

RUSSELL

Hi, Evangeline.

EVANGELINE

Hey, Russell. Good to see you again.

RUSSELL

Have a seat, guys. We’re glad you could
come.

INT. SUSHI RESTAURANT – NIGHT - AN HOUR LATER

Ezra and Russell are discussing baseball as Delaney feigns interest. Nicole leans over to Evangeline and speaks to her in an almost maternal way.

NICOLE

How is it, being back in town with your
dad?

EVANGELINE

Well, it’s been good so far.

NICOLE

Did you just get in today?

EVANGELINE

Yeah, I flew in this afternoon. I wasn’t
really sure if I’d remember much about
town, but it feels really familiar.

NICOLE

I know you haven’t been back for a while.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy your time here.

Evangeline smiles at Nicole, aiming to channel a bit of the sweet little girl Nicole would remember.

EVANGLEINE

Yeah, I hope so.

NICOLE

How’s your mom been?

Evangeline quickly settles on her standard lie of omission.

EVANGELINE

She’s... She’s been good.

NICOLE

I’m glad to hear it.

Evangeline pauses, mentally reaching for a new topic of conversation.

EVANGELINE

I remember you had a puppy you used to
bring over sometimes, do you still have
him?

NICOLE

Duke! Well he’s definitely not a puppy
anymore. But yeah, he’s a happy senior dog
now.

EVANGELINE

That’s good. I used to love playing with
him.

Nicole glances sideways across the table to see that Delaney is still concentrated on feigning enthusiasm for Ezra and Russell’s discussion.

NICOLE

So, how long ago did your dad tell you
about Delaney?

EVANGELINE

Well, actually, he never really did.

NICOLE

You mean... You didn’t know until you got
here?

EVANGELINE

No, I didn’t.

(beat)

Um, how long have they been... together?

NICOLE

They’ve been dating for about six months,
and Delaney moved in with your dad about
two months ago, I think.

Evangeline tries, with mixed success, to hide her surprise at this information.

EVANGELINE

She, uh, doesn’t seem like she’s from
around here.

NICOLE

They met when your dad was on a business
trip to New York, and they visited each
other back and forth after that until
Delaney moved down here.

EVANGELINE

Do you know what she does? Like for work?

Nicole smirks slightly.

NICOLE

Nothing that I know of.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – KITCHEN - NIGHT

Ezra, Delaney, and Evangeline enter the kitchen, and Evangeline puts a takeout box into the fridge.

EVANGELINE

It was really nice to see them again.
Especially Nicole.

DELANEY

Aw, I know they were happy to see you too,
sweetie.

EZRA

Eva, you’re probably pretty tired from
traveling, huh? It’s getting late.

Evangeline debates refusing to take this hint, but she decides to grant Ezra a favor he doesn’t deserve.

EVANGELINE

Uh, yeah. I am tired. I think I’ll head up
to bed. Good night.

DELANEY

Good night, Evangeline.

Ezra reluctantly hugs Evangeline; their embrace is unfamiliar.

EZRA

Good night, Eva.

INT. EVANGELINE’S ROOM - NIGHT

Evangeline lays on top of the bed on her back, staring at the ceiling while talking on the phone.

EVANGELINE

Yeah. I didn’t ask. That’s just what
Nicole told me.

(beat)

I know. I know. Six months, apparently.
And she’s been living here for two.

Evangeline rolls onto her side, looking out the window.

EVANGELINE (CONT’D)

No, I don’t need to talk to him about
that. It doesn’t bother me anymore.

(beat)

I know. I remember. But I’m an adult now.
I think he’s just trying to move on with
his life. Just like my mom and I did...
After what he did. But something about his
relationship with Delaney feels kind of
off to me.

Evangeline considers something seriously for a few moments, then sits up suddenly and continues.

EVANGELINE (CONT’D)

Yeah, I actually might call the
investigator Jeffrey recommended to me. I
still trust his judgement, no matter what
people say about him now. He’s the best
teacher I’ve ever had. And I’m not just
saying that in case he tapped my phone.

(beat)

Okay. Yeah, I will. Remember to water my
plants. Goodnight.

Evangeline hangs up and sets her phone on the nightstand. She lays back down and returning her gaze to the ceiling.

INT. EVANGELINE’S ROOM - NIGHT – TEN YEARS AGO

Young Evangeline lays in bed staring at the ceiling, thinking hard about what she heard earlier.

INT. EVANGELINE’S ROOM - LATE NIGHT - PRESENT

Later that night, Evangeline still lays awake. She is thinking deeply about something, remembering, and seems conflicted. She suddenly rolls onto her side and fixes her gaze on the window, before purposefully closing her eyes.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – KITCHEN - MORNING

Evangeline enters the kitchen to find Delaney sitting at the table with a bowl of cereal and coffee.

EVANGELINE

Good morning.

DELANEY

Good morning, Evangeline. How’d you sleep?

EVANGELINE

Really good, thanks.

Evangeline opens a cabinet, expecting bowls to be there. She closes it and opens a few others with no luck.

DELANEY

Oh, are you looking for a bowl?

EVANGELINE

Uh, yeah.

DELANEY

Let me get it for you. Did you want some
coffee?

EVANGELINE

Yes, please. Thanks.

Delaney hands Evangeline a bowl and spoon and pours her a cup of coffee. Evangeline puts creamer in it and pours her cereal and milk, then joins Delaney at the table.

DELANEY

Your dad’s in the shower. He should be out
pretty soon though.

EVANGELINE

Okay. Is he working today?

DELANEY

Yeah, he is. But I think he’s going to try
to get home early so we can all do
something together.

EVANGELINE

That sounds good.

DELANEY

You know your dad and I are really happy
you could come visit.

Evangeline studies Delaney’s face as she says this.

EVANGELINE

Yeah. Me too.

Delaney and Evangeline continue to eat breakfast in silence for a few moments. Evangeline considers how to make conversation with Delaney without interrogating her.

EVANGELINE

So... How do you like living here so far?

DELANEY

Well, in the summer the heat can be kind
of brutal. But it’s beautiful, and the
beaches are perfect.

EVANGELINE

You moved from New York right?

DELANEY

Mm-hm, the Upper East Side.

Evangeline refuses to be impressed.

DELANEY (CONT’D)

Yeah, I’ve always lived in the city, so a
little change has been good.

Ezra enters the kitchen, in a fitted blazer and jeans, and pours some coffee into a thermos.

EZRA

Good morning, girls. I’m running a little
late this morning, so I’m going to get
going.

DELANEY

Okay babe.

Ezra kisses Delaney briefly and turns to leave. Evangeline momentarily studies her father’s movements.

EVANGELINE

Have a good day at work, dad.

EZRA

I can’t make any promises. But you two
have a nice day, too. I’ll see you this
afternoon.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM - EARLY AFTERNOON

Evangeline sits on the couch, reading a book. She glances at her phone to check the time then puts the book down, standing up. She walks, reluctantly, down the hall and knocks on the door to EZRA’S ROOM.

DELANEY (O.S.)

Come on in, Eva. What’s up?

INT. EZRA’S ROOM – EARLY AFTERNOON

Delaney is sitting on the bed, doing her makeup.

EVANGELINE

Hey. Uh, I was wondering what you wanted
for lunch. I can make something if you
want.

DELANEY

Oh, don’t worry about it, sweetie. I found
this amazing new recipe for a veggie
quiche that I thought I’d try for lunch.

EVANGELINE

Okay. That sounds good.

DELANEY

I’ll start it in a little bit.

Delaney struggles to think of a way to end the exchange.

EVANGELINE

Um, it’s really nice out so I think I
might find my old longboard and go for a
ride.

DELANEY

Oh, good!

Delaney’s inflection confirms to Evangeline that neither of them wants to be together.

DELANEY (CONT’D)

I’ll have lunch ready when you get back.

EVANGELINE

Okay.

Evangeline closes the door behind her.

EXT. EZRA’S HOUSE – GARAGE - EARLY AFTERNOON

Evangeline carries her old longboard out onto the driveway, dusting off the design on the bottom of the deck and spinning the wheels. She finds her old pink skate tool in the bottom compartment of Ezra’s toolbox and begins to adjust the wheels and trucks.

EXT. EZRA’S NEIGHBORHOOD - AFTERNOON – TRACKING

Evangeline rides her longboard through the neighborhood, slowly at first then pushing faster. We follow her as she speeds down the house-lined streets until she reaches the street across from the WATERFRONT and stops.

Evangeline hops off and picks up her board, then begins to walk along the coastal road, taking in the scenery. After a few moments, she gets back on her board and rides down the street, going a different direction than the way she came.

EXT. DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD - AFTERNOON - TRACKING

Evangeline rides through another neighborhood, with more purpose. She fixes her gaze on one specific house (TIFFANY’S HOUSE) and slows as she approaches it then stops, remembering it.

EXT. TIFFANY’S HOUSE - DAY – TEN YEARS AGO

Young Evangeline and YOUNG JASMINE (7, long blonde hair) play catch in the backyard. Ezra and TIFFANY (late 20s) are seated close together on the back porch with drinks, talking. As the girls toss the ball back and forth, Ezra and Tiffany laugh loudly, and Young Evangeline looks towards her father.

EXT. DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD - AFTERNOON – PRESENT

In deep thought, Evangeline holds her gaze on the house's front door. After a few moments, she rides away.

INT. EZRA’S HOUSE – KITCHEN - AFTERNOON

Evangeline walks into the kitchen to find Delaney and Ezra slicing the quiche.

EZRA

Hey Eva.

DELANEY

Hi sweetie. How was your ride?

EVANGELINE

It was really nice. I went down by the
waterfront. It looks just like I remember.

EZRA

Yeah, not much has changed in the past few years.

This comment has a double meaning for Evangeline and gives her pause. Delaney hands her a plate and the three of them sit down for lunch.

EVANGELINE

How was your day at work?

EZRA

Not bad. I had a few meetings then I was
able to sneak out early. Did you two have
a good morning?

DELANEY

We did, we just kind of relaxed and took
it easy.

EZRA

Eva, is there anything you’d like to do
this afternoon?

EVANGELINE

I don’t really have anything in mind. What
were you guys thinking?

EZRA

Well, I still have the paddleboards, and I
thought you might like to go out on the
water.

EVANGELINE

Yeah. That sounds good.

DELANEY

Actually, I have some errands to run over
on that side of town, so if you want you
could drop me off on your way over. That
way you guys get some father-daughter time
too.

EXT. WATERFRONT - LATE AFTERNOON

Ezra and Evangeline pull two paddleboards and paddles out of the back of Ezra’s truck.

EVANGELINE

Do you use these much?

EZRA

Well, no. They haven’t been used for a
while.

(beat)

But as far as I know they float.

Evangeline sees Ezra smiling sarcastically at her, waiting for a reaction, and she musters a smirk back.

EVANGELINE

That’s reassuring.

EXT. WATERFRONT - LATE AFTERNOON

Ezra and Evangeline paddle out into smooth water. Ezra lifts his paddle out of the water, drifting, and Evangeline does the same. Alone, they seem almost comfortable with each other.

EZRA

I hear that school is going well.

Evangeline almost asks Ezra where, exactly, he would hear that, but she decides against it.

EVANGELINE

Yeah, it is. I really like it in Boston so
far.

EZRA

I’ve seen some of the articles you’ve
published.

Evangeline pauses a moment, wondering if this observation is meant to constitute a compliment.

EVANGELINE

Oh, yeah. My editor gave me some good
assignments even though I was a freshman.

EZRA

You’ve always been good at writing.

(beat)

And at figuring things out.

Evangeline glances toward Ezra following this comment, but he is already looking away, focused on the water in front of him as he paddles.

EXT. WATERFRONT - EVENING

Dripping wet, Ezra and Evangeline carry their paddleboards back to the truck to find Delaney leaning against the passenger side with a few shopping bags.

DELANEY

Hey kids. I was thinking about sending out
a search party.

Ezra and Delaney kiss briefly.

EVANGELINE

How was shopping?

DELANEY

It was nice. The little shops in town are
so quaint.

EVANGELINE

That’s good.

DELANEY

Did you two have a good time?

EVANGELINE