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EXT. SAINT PAUL Master shot of downtown Saint Paul at sunrise. INT. SAINT PAUL HOTEL Hotel employees have just completed morning tasks and are coming together in the lobby. CYNTHIA is greeted by the hotel staff as she exits the front door. She enters the park across the street. CYNTHIA is 36, an Artist living and working on Downtown Saint Paul. She has a standing room at the hotel. She comes to the hotel and Rice Park to be with and watch people. Cynthia is a writer and painter. Cynthia is a strong, sensitive, inspiring woman. Rice Park is a meeting place in downtown Saint Paul. It is wooded with a large fountain and many benches. Rice Park is surrounded by the Saint Paul Hotel, a century old library and theater. The park is filled with people from all walks of life. INT. CLEVELAND OFFICE VICTOR is 35, an Executive that travels to Saint Paul on a regular basis. Victor is a passionate, kind and lonely man. He is consumed with his work and has little time for social pleasures. VICTOR is joined in his office by MANNY, his male secretary. MANNY is 27, tall, good looking, well spoken and educated. MANNY I've got your tickets to Saint Paul, the notes from the Shepard case and your schedule for next week. VICTOR Thanks. MANNY My pleasure. Victor stares out the window onto the city below. Manny walks up to the window to speak to Victor. MANNY You better hurry! Victor does not respond. He continues to stare out the window. Manny tickles Victor. He is very sensitive and lets out a loud scream. EXT. MINNEAPOLIS SAINT PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [Sequence of shots - Begin] A plane lands, flying over head. Plane wheels screech on the runway. Victor gets into a taxi. The taxi pulls away.
[Sequence of shots - End] INT. VICTOR'S HOTEL ROOM Victor sits in his room and watches TV. It's a beautiful day outside. Victor walks over to his window and looks down on Rice Park. EXT. RICE PARK Victor is looking out his window. Victor moves away from the window. The camera moves down from Victor as he leaves the window, to the hotel entrance as Victor exits the hotel. The park is crowded with people. There is an ice cream cart selling ice cream, kids and adults are playing. Victor sits on the Park Bench. He is looking at the kids playing in the fountain. Cynthia is sitting across the park painting. Victor and Cynthia meet eyes a couple of times. Victor always looks away first. A group of boys comes over by Victor, blocking Victor's view of Cynthia. Transition to Cleveland [show time passing - 30 days] INT. CLEVELAND OFFICE Manny and Victor sit at a conference table together in Victor's office. We join the end of their conversation. MANNY I don't think so. VICTOR It's right here buddy, Simon and Barry had the copyright, so they retain the revenue. Victor stands up, hands Manny the magazine article. He continues to his desk and then towards the door. VICTOR I have to go! Have a good week. MANNY You to! EXT. MINNEAPOLIS SAINT PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [Sequence of shots - Begin] A plane lands, flying over head. Plane wheels screech on the runway. Victor gets into a taxi. The taxi pulls away.
[Sequence of shots - End] EXT. RICE PARK Victor is sitting on the same bench that he always sits on. Cynthia is laying on the bench across the park. She is reading a book. There are many people in the park. Victor is staring at Cynthia. A ball rolls over to Cynthia and causes her to pull her head up from the book. She looks around and catches Victor staring at her. Victor looks away and Cynthia smiles. Cynthia walks to a different part of the park. Victor tries to follow with his eyes. Cynthia walks out of site. Victor is talking to some little kids and looses site of Cynthia. He looks around the park and does not see her. He sits on the bench and scans the park. Cynthia walks up slowly behind Victor and gently places a key in the bench next to Victor. The key is an old skeleton key with a large silver pendulum that reads 'Property of the Saint Paul Hotel, room number 1023'. Cynthia moved back to watch Victor discover the key. Victor looks at the key and then slowly looks around the park. Cynthia turns to walk towards the Saint Paul Hotel. The hotel attendant greets Cynthia as she enters the hotel, holding the door for her. INT. SAINT PAUL LOBBY Victor enters the elevator alone and the door closes. The elevator doesn't move as Victor has not pressed a button. He looks down to the number of the key. Room number 1023, he pushes the button. INT. HOTEL ELEVATOR The elevator rises to the 10th floor. The elevator stops at the 8th floor allowing an older woman to get on the elevator. VICTOR Hello. OLD WOMAN Hello. The old lady sees the key in Victor hand with the silver ring. The elevator stops at the 9th floor and no one is there. The elevator stops at the 10th floor and both Victor and the older woman get off. Victor walks the opposite direction of the old woman. He notices that the numbers are going the wrong way. He turns to see the old woman going into her room. They stare for a moment and then the Old Woman goes into her room. Victor looks at his key. He walks to the end of the hall to find 1023. INT. CYNTHIA'S HOTEL ROOM The door cracked. Victor knocks lightly on the door and it opens. Cynthia is dressed in a long bath robe provided by the Saint Paul Hotel. Victor tries to speak and Cynthia covers his mouth gently with her finger. She holds Victors hand and guides him to the edge of the bed where she slowly undresses him. Cynthia motions Victor to lay on the bed. She applies a large towel that covers his entire body head to neck. She prepares the oils and lotion that will be used for the massage. There is a long silence and Victor tries to speak to Cynthia again. With Victor still covered, Cynthia removes her under pants, but keeps the robe on. She reaches over and pulls the towel down to Victors waist. Cynthia climbs onto Victors back and begins to massage his back and neck with the oils. Victor closes his eyes, giving up on trying speak to Cynthia. She continues to massage his shoulders working down his back. Each time Cynthia moves, Victor feels her naked body on his back. [Time passes] Pulling Victor from his little fantasy, she turns him over and begins to massage his head and scalp. Again, Victor attempts to talk. VICTOR What's your name? CYNTHIA Cynthia VICTOR Nice to meet you. Cynthia applies a finger to Victors mouth. CYNTHIA Shshsh ... No talking. She completes the massage. CYNTHIA Time to go, I have another appointment. VICTOR An appointment? Victor is confused. Victor gets dressed. Cynthia takes Victor's hand and guides him to the door. She sort of pushes him out of the door, but in a cute way. CYNTHIA Breakfast? Victor steps away from the door. CYNTHIA Six? VICTOR 6 A.M. Downstairs. Victor smiles at Cynthia Victor has the big silver key in his hand. After closing the door, Cynthia opens the door to get the key back. CYNTHIA I need that! Cynthia grabs the key from Victor and then show gives him a quick smile. CYNTHIA So what's your name? VICTOR Victor. CYNTHIA See you in the morning Victor. Cynthia closes the door. INT. VICTOR'S HOTEL ROOM Victor sits on the bed talking on the phone with and Air Lines Representative. VICTOR $200.00 to extend the ticket!? AIRLINES That's right sir. VICTOR OK! Victor lays back in bed and falls asleep. EXT. RICE PARK With the hotel in the background, there are many people in the park. Night falls on the park. The sun comes up. Cynthia is sitting in the window of the hotel cafe.
INT. SAINT PAUL HOTEL CAFE Victor joins Cynthia who is already seated for breakfast with juice and a couple of donuts. CYNTHIA Good morning. VICTOR Good morning to you. Looks like you are getting started. Victor picks up one of Cynthia's donuts CYNTHIA Breakfast of champions. Victor sits across from Cynthia and they look at each other for a moment. VICTOR So do live in the hotel? CYNTHIA No, I just have what you might call a standing room. A long story that I will tell you some day. VICTOR Tell me now. CYNTHIA No. Victor takes another look at Cynthia's donuts. CYNTHIA Are you hungry? You better get your own donuts. Cynthia gets the attention of KATHY. KATHY is 61 and has worked for the hotel for 30 years. Kathy and Cynthia are friends. Kathy comes to the table. KATHY Hi Cynthia. Cynthia introduces Victor to Kathy. CYNTHIA Kathy this is Victor. Victor shakes hands with Kathy. KATHY Pleased to meet you. I've heard a lot about you. Victor looks at Cynthia. KATHY Just kidding. Can I get you something to eat. VICTOR I'll just have a couple donuts and some orange juice. WAIT PERSON Two plain cake donuts and a large orange juice? VICTOR Sounds good. Kathy leaves the table. VICTOR So you know everyone around here? CYNTHIA Most of the older generation. There is a pause in the conversation. Cynthia and Victor look at each other. Cynthia takes a bite of her donut. CYNTHIA You've been hanging around that park for some time. Victor nods his head. CYNTHIA I see you sometimes, and then not for weeks. VICTOR I'm a drifter. CYNTHIA A drifter. VICTOR I get in here a couple times a month. VICTOR I would see you to. Cynthia and Victor look at each other. Victor looks hard at Cynthia and then Cynthia breaks the stare with a funny face. VICTOR Always a little scared to say hi. The Wait Person comes back with the juice and the donuts. Cynthia and Victor pause in there conversation while the wait person is at the table. The wait person gives them both a look as she leaves. CYNTHIA So it's a good thing I invited you up for a massage. The camera will pull out of the cafe to the front of the hotel and we will continue hear some of the conversation. I bus will drive between the camera and the conversation, providing our transition to Cleveland. VICTOR A good thing. CYNTHIA Do you enjoy it. VICTOR Yes! CYNTHIA Good. EXT. MINNEAPOLIS SAINT PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [Sequence of shots - Begin] A plane lands, flying over head. Plane wheels screech on the runway. Victor gets into a taxi. The taxi pulls away.
[Sequence of shots - End] EXT. SAINT PAUL HOTEL A taxi pulls up to the hotel. The door opens and Victor's head pops out and he looks into Rice Park. Cynthia sees the taxi and Victor. Victor and Cynthia lock eyes and smiles. The hotel attendants at the hotel are watching. They are smiling. INT. CYNTHIA'S HOTEL ROOM Cynthia finishes her massage. She lays her naked body on his back and pulls herself to his neck to kiss him for the first time. Victor turns his head to meet her lips for a passionate kiss. They kiss and hold each other for an extended time. Victor and Cynthia making love. INT. CLEVELAND OFFICE Victor is in his office alone. He stairs out the window at the city below. EXT. SAINT PAUL [Sequence of shots - Begin] Victor and Cynthia sitting in the park under a tree. Playful and loving, they kiss and hold hands. Victor run after Cynthia down a street. Cynthia and Victor look at the river. Cynthia and Victor playing with kids in the park. Cynthia and Victor make love Cynthia is painting in her studio Victor and Cynthia running naked in the hotel hallways. Victor and Cynthia in the park [Sequence of shots - End] INT. CLEVELAND OFFICE Victor stares out his Boston Office Window. EXT. SAINT PAUL HOTEL A city bus stops on the corner across from the Saint Paul Hotel. Victor steps off the bus to see Cynthia sitting in the park. He approaches Cynthia and they share a passionate kiss. Victor and Cynthia sit for a moment and watch the kids play in the fountain on a beautiful summer day. Cynthia takes Victors hand and they walk toward the hotel. INT. CYNTHIA'S HOTEL ROOM Cynthia and Victor make love Exhausted Cynthia and Victor fall asleep in each others arms. The next morning the sun fills the room. Victor wakes in the same spot where he laid with Cynthia. Cynthia is not there. There is a note and a small box on the counter. Victor reads the note as a tear forms in his eye. Inside of the box is the key to her room. EXT. SAINT PAUL HOTEL Victor walks out the front to the Saint Paul Hotel. It's winter. The camera pulls back to reveal Victor alone in a park, trees covered with snow. The End
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