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Anna's Botanicals

Episode 5 Anna's Arrest—Written October 2018

FADE IN

INT—DAY—ANNA’S SHOPPE

(CAMERA POV FROM FRONT LEFT CORNER OF SHOPPE)

ANNA has her music player going, and is making some skin scrubs. GEORGE uses his key and stealthily walks in the door, closing it quietly behind him. He starts humming with the music.

GEORGE (sings):

It’s amazing how you can Speak right to my heart. 

Without saying a word, you Can light up the dark.

GEORGE walks up behind ANNA, and hugs her around the waist, putting his head on her shoulder, and kissing her neck.

ANNA:

Good morning. Do you normally serenade the women you date?

GEORGE (thoughtfully):

Come to think of it, no, this is just since you arrived.

ANNA (astonished):

Really?

GEORGE:

Yes. I'll stop if you don't like it.

ANNA:

I never said I didn't like it, please continue.

GEORGE starts humming and swaying side to side, taking ANNA with him. Suddenly there is a knock on the door, ANNA turns down the music as GEORGE walks over and opens the door to two POLICE OFFICERS standing there.

GEORGE:

May I help you?

PC STIRLING:

Is Anna Dunwythe here?

ANNA:

Yes, Officers, come in please, how can I help you?

PC BELTANE:

Anna Dunwythe, there have been charges filed against you.

GEORGE (concerned) :

Charges? For what?

ANNA walks over, sighs and takes the paper, opening it up.

ANNA (shocked):

Murder…

GEORGE:

What?!

ANNA:

Oh this figures. Marie has brought murder charges against me.

GEORGE (concerned):

May I see?

ANNA hands him the paper, walks over, turns off the music, and gets her wallet out from under the counter, her grey sweater off the chair, her phone off the counter, and hands her phone to GEORGE.

ANNA:

I don’t know what she expects to get out of it. I didn’t do it.

GEORGE:

I know you didn’t.

PC STIRLING:

Anna Dunwythe, I am arresting you on suspicion of murder of your late husband Gary Kyle. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand your rights?

ANNA:

Yes.

GEORGE:

Anna, don’t worry, I’ve got a good lawyer. Marie won’t get away with this. I’ll lock up the shoppe.

GEORGE kisses her on the cheek. PC BELTANE leads her out of the shoppe, and puts her in the patrol car. GEORGE looks around the shoppe, makes sure everything is in order, closes, and locks the door. An even more concerned look appears on his face.

EXT—DAY—TOWN ROAD IN FRONT OF ANNA’S SHOPPE

(CAMERA POV ON ANNA’S SHOPPE/POLICE CAR)

GEORGE takes out his mobile phone and makes a call, as RILEY walks over to GEORGE, and watches the police car drive away. ANNA turns and looks at them through the back window.

GEORGE:

Marcus, need a favour. Police Department. Anna Dunwythe. False charges of murder. Thank you.

GEORGE turns to RILEY.

RILEY:

She what?

GEORGE:

Riley, you’ve known Anna longer than I. I know in my heart she didn’t do it, but we’ve only known each other five minutes. Could you get in touch with anyone who might be able to vouch for her? Let them know what’s happened, please?

RILEY:

Of course, George.

RILEY takes out his phone, looks at it, clicks the buttons and makes a call.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION

(CAMERA POV FROM NEXT TO DESK ON DOOR)

PCS STIRLING and BELTANE are processing ANNA in, mugshot taken, fingerprints taken, valuables placed in bag (wedding ring, wallet, earrings).

PC STIRLING:

The necklace, too.

ANNA:

Alright.

ANNA removes her necklace and hands it to PC STIRLING, who places it in the bag, Ziplocs the personal belongings bag, labels it, and sets it on the desk behind him.

(CAMERA POV FROM INSIDE CELL ON OPEN DOOR)

PC BELTANE leads ANNA to a holding cell, closing the door behind ANNA. She looks at the window, closes her eyes, and then sits down on the cot. She starts thinking of the names of people she thinks can help clear her name, counting them off on her fingers. PC STIRLING comes to the door.

PC STIRLING:

On your feet, your solicitor is here.

The door opens, ANNA steps forward, and walks down the hall to the interview room with PC STIRLING behind her.

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION INTERVIEW ROOM

(CAMERA POV FROM FAR RIGHT CORNER, ON DOOR AND TABLES)

PC STIRLING stands in the corner of the room while PC BELTANE sits across from ANNA at the table. The door opens again and George's solicitor—MARCUS McRORY walks in. MARCUS—tall, dark hair, six feet tall, Scottish, wearing a dark suit, light blue shirt, and blue striped tie.

MARCUS (Scottish accent):

Hello Anna, I’m Marcus McRory, George Frederick asked me to come and represent you against the charges. Do you accept me as your solicitor?

ANNA:

Yes, I do. Thank you for coming so quickly.

MARCUS turns to the OFFICERS.

MARCUS:

May I have a few moments to confer with my client?

PC STIRLING:

You've got five minutes, we'll be just outside.

PCS STIRLING and BELTANE leave the room and close the door.

MARCUS:

Can you tell me what you remember from that day?

ANNA:

I was working in my Botanicals shoppe, was busy with customers all day. I closed at five thirty PM, and went home. I walked my dogs, started dinner, got the text that Gary was on his way home. Looked at the clock, it was six PM. I knew he'd be home around six thirty PM, as usual. When seven PM  came and went, I just thought maybe he was stuck in roadworks traffic.

ANNA starts tearing up, and gets choked up, her voice cracking as she continues.

ANNA:

About eight-thirty PM, the police showed up, and told me there was a bad car wreck. They said his car looked like someone put it in a car crusher. His car was in between two lorries. They said his body was so mangled and broken, they weren’t sure he could be positively identified. But they wanted me to come and try anyway.

Tears now flow freely down ANNA's face. MARCUS puts his hand on hers.

MARCUS:

And did you?

ANNA:

Yes, I put the dogs in their pens, locked up, and went with the officers.

MARCUS:

And did you manage to identify him?

ANNA:

Yes. But only by the wedding ring on the dismembered hand clenched on the steering wheel, it has our names and our wedding date on it.

ANNA rubs her left ring finger.

MARCUS:

Can you tell me the names of anyone who can corroborate your story?

ANNA:

Mum Kyle, um Patricia Kyle—his step-mum, Mark Kyle—his brother, Rachel Marney, Emma Fehrenufski, Riley Blackstock, Josh Clements, Hosyar Gally. The customers in my shoppe that day—I should have that in my laptop, or at the least in a receipt book at my new shoppe. George has a key for it. 

MARCUS:

Can you tell me about your marriage? Anything that might give the accuser cause to think you wanted to kill him, or have him killed?

ANNA:

We met online, I had just divorced out of an emotionally abusive marriage. We started talking, and our personalities clicked. Two years later, I came here to visit him, stayed for four days, then went back to the states. 18 months later, he came over to me on a fiance’ Visa, we married, then we both worked hard to get the money together to come back to the UK. Normal marriage really, we’d both work, then come home, he’d relax, and I’d take care of my dogs and the house. Nothing out of the ordinary, except we almost never fought, and when we did argue, it was over the fact that he hated it in the states. So as soon as we could, we came back to the UK. I couldn’t work for anyone else yet, but he could, so he did, and I started my botanicals shoppe, sharing a storefront with a friend of ours. I had no reason to kill my husband, he wasn’t perfect, but I did love him.

The door to the interview room opens, and in walk one male and one female DETECTIVE, closing the door behind them. DS #1—MALLARD sits across from ANNA, and DS #2—BAILEY stands in the corner next to the recording device, he starts the recording.

DS BAILEY:

Interview with Anna Dunwythe. Present are DS Mallard, DS Bailey,...

DS BAILEY (standing next to the recording device), looks to MARCUS McRORY.

MARCUS:

Anna’s Solicitor, Marcus McRory.

DS MALLARD:

Anna, I must warn you that anything you say may be used as evidence. Do you understand? 

ANNA:

Yes.

DS MALLARD:

Anna, can you tell me what you remember about the day your husband  died?

ANNA tells them exactly what she told MARCUS.

FADE OUT

(Other story line)

FADE IN

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION FRONT DESK

(CAMERA POV ON FRONT DESK)

PATRICIA KYLE, MARK KYLE, HOSYAR GALLY, and JOSH CLEMENTS all walk into the police station. PATRICIA approaches the DESK SERGEANT.

DESK SERGEANT:

Can I help you?

PATRICIA:

Yes, we’re here to make statements on behalf of Anna Dunwythe, she’s just been arrested for murder. 

DESK SERGEANT:

Ah, yes, alright. Have a seat, DS Mallard and DS Bailey will come and take your statements when they are done interviewing Ms. Dunwythe. They all take a seat in the chairs along the wall.

EXT—DAY—TOWN ROAD IN FRONT OF ANNA’S SHOPPE

(CAMERA POV ON GEORGE AND ANNA’S SHOPPE)

GEORGE is pacing, brooding, beside himself, RILEY walks up to him.

RILEY:

George, you’ll wear a path in the road, not that there isn’t one already. What has gotten into you?

GEORGE:

I don’t know. I have never felt this way about anyone before. I want to be with her, but I don’t think it would help her case. I know in my heart she didn't have a hand in it, not sure how I know, I just do.

RILEY:

You’ve done the best you can for now. You got her a solicitor.

GEORGE takes her phone out of his pocket and looks at it, pondering.

RILEY:

Is that her phone?

GEORGE:

Yes.

RILEY:

Wouldn’t it help her to have the police go through the records?

GEORGE:

Yes, it would. I don’t know where my head is.

RILEY:

It’s your connection. We all can see how much she means to you. The  village is abuzz with it, obviously. Go help her! Give a statement as well, if you think it will help. We can all see she’s been nothing but a positive  influence on you.

GEORGE:

Am not sure if it would help, her sister-in-law already thinks Anna’s  replaced her late husband with me. I’ll at least take her phone, laptop, and anything else I can think of, to the station.

RILEY:

George, I heard a quote the other day that rings very true. ‘Every day, tell  them you love them. Tomorrow is promised to no one.’

GEORGE looks at him.

GEORGE:

Are my feelings toward her that obvious?

RILEY nods.

RILEY:

Didn’t you hear them the other day when you two walked back from the bomb incident?

GEORGE (quietly):

Damn.

RILEY:

Don’t worry man, it’s all good.

RILEY walks off and GEORGE smiles, and walks to Anna’s Shoppe, unlocks the door and goes in.

FADE OUT

(Other story line)

FADE IN

INT—DAY—ANNA's BOTANICALS SHOPPE

(CAMERA POV FROM LEFT FRONT CORNER OF SHOPPE)

GEORGE walks in the shoppe, looks under the counter she keeps the laptop on, reaches under, grabs the backpack, and places it on the top. He opens it, takes the laptop and charger, and neatly puts them in the backpack, looks more, and finds the bag of receipt books she’s kept, puts them in the backpack as well. Takes the phone out of his pocket, and places it in the front pocket of the backpack. He turns and looks at the side wall, and notices the wood-burned sign hanging there. ‘Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength’. He smirks, zips up the backpack, picks it up, checks the rest of the shoppe, goes to the door, walks out, closes, and locks the door again.

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION

(CAMERA POV ON FRONT DESK AND DOOR)

DS MALLARD and DS BAILEY have interviewed those who came to give statements. They walk out of the room with the last one, PATRICIA KYLE.

DS MALLARD:

Thank you Ms. Kyle, if we need anything further, we'll be in touch.  Likewise, if you remember anything else, please let us know.

DS MALLARD hands her a business card, and she heads for the door. GEORGE is coming in the door and holds it open for her with one hand while holding the backpack in the other.

PATRICIA:

Thank you.

GEORGE:

You're welcome.

GEORGE walks in and over to the DESK SERGEANT.

DESK SERGEANT:

May I help you?

GEORGE:

Yes, is Marcus McRory still here?

Just then, MARCUS walks down the hall and over to GEORGE, hand extended. GEORGE shakes MARCUS’ hand.

MARCUS:

George, Good to see you.

GEORGE:

Good to see you, too. I've brought Anna's laptop, receipt books, and phone. How is she?

MARCUS:

Brilliant. She's good, she's strong. I don't think this is going to take long. It's a solid case in her favour. But how did you know to bring it?

GEORGE:

It was the logical thing to do. Will I be able to see her soon?

MARCUS:

Fairly soon.

GEORGE:

She and I haven't known each other five minutes, should I give a statement?

MARCUS:

I don't think it's necessary.

GEORGE:

Okay, I'll be in town for a bit. Call or text if I'm needed for anything?

MARCUS:

Oh, she did want you to take her personal belongings, and keep them safe.

MARCUS looks at the DESK SERGEANT.

MARCUS:

Anna Dunwythe's personal effects? She wanted them given to George Frederick.

MARCUS turns to GEORGE.

MARCUS:

For not knowing her long, there’s an awful lot of trust there already.

GEORGE:

It can’t be explained. I struggle to define it myself.

DESK SERGEANT hands MARCUS a clipboard, he takes it, signs it, and hands it back. The DESK SERGEANT hands him the bag, looks at the clock, and signs the clipboard as well. MARCUS hands the bag to GEORGE, who opens the bag, takes out ANNA’s wallet, puts it in his inner coat pocket, takes out the earrings and a wedding ring. He looks at them for a moment, then puts them in his outer pocket.

GEORGE:

Thank you.

MARCUS:

My pleasure, see you soon. I’ll let you know what happens.

GEORGE:

Thank you.

They shake hands again, MARCUS walks down the hallway, and GEORGE starts to leave the building. GEORGE puts his hand in his outer pocket and feels the ring. He smiles, looks through the glass door as if looking for a place, spots it, and walks out the door towards it.

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION INTERVIEW ROOM

(CAMERA POV ON ANNA AND THE OFFICERS)

ANNA is still sitting at the table, PC STIRLING is standing in the corner. DS MALLARD and DS BAILEY walk back in with MARCUS behind them carrying Anna's backpack with laptop, phone, and bag of receipt books. DS BAILEY starts the recorder again. DS MALLARD sits down across from ANNA, and MARCUS sits next to ANNA, he takes the items out of the backpack, and places the items on the table.

DS MALLARD:

Is this your laptop, phone, and receipt books?

ANNA:

Yes, they are.

DS MALLARD:

Could you please open the laptop, turn it on, and sign in?

ANNA:

Certainly.

ANNA opens her laptop, turns it on and signs in, then turns it to face DS MALLARD, who uses the keyboard and touchpad to open files. ANNA takes the initiative and unlocks her phone with her fingerprint, and hands it to DS BAILEY who touches the screen, and opens the contacts. ANNA then looks through the bag of receipt books, finds the one that has the correct date on it, she opens the book, and hands it to MARCUS.

DS MALLARD:

Is this all your emails?

DS MALLARD turns it to show ANNA, who looks it over.

ANNA:

No, may I do one thing that will make it easier for you? My emails also come through on my phone, feel free to compare.

DS MALLARD:

Certainly.

Leaving the laptop turned, so DS MALLARD can watch, ANNA types on a couple of keys, and the screen shows her personal email account, as well as business account. DS MALLARD starts perusing through the emails quickly.

DS BAILEY:

Can you tell me who these people are? Rankin Dunwythe?

ANNA:

My father in the states.

DS BAILEY:

Stanley Charles?

ANNA:

The vendor I get the essential oils from for my bath salts.

DS BAILEY:

Helena Haskins?

ANNA:

The vendor I get fresh herbs from that I can’t find locally.

DS MALLARD:

What is this email about, titled "Project"?

ANNA:

My outfit for the Renaissance faire. Open the attachment, it's a picture of the dress I wanted made.

DS MALLARD clicks on the picture and it opens. DS MALLARD and DS BAILEY look at each other. They hand the phone to ANNA, close the laptop, and hand it to her with the charger. MARCUS puts the items back in the backpack.

DS MALLARD:

I think we’re done here. Based on the lack of evidence against you, Anna Dunwythe, you are free to go. Please stop by the Desk Sergeant, and sign out.

ANNA looks at them, then at MARCUS.

ANNA:

Thank you.

DS BAILEY:

We are sorry to have inconvenienced you.

ANNA:

No worries, I apologize for Marie wasting your time.

They all stand up, shake hands, DS BAILEY opens the door, and they all walk out. MARCUS texts on his phone, then walks out behind ANNA. DS BAILEY walks over and stops the recording device.

INT—DAY—POLICE STATION

(CAMERA POV ON FRONT DOOR AND FRONT DESK)

ANNA and MARCUS walk to the DESK SERGEANT. DS MALLARD and DS BAILEY walk up with the file, and DS BAILEY hands it to the DESK SERGEANT, who looks to them for confirmation that ANNA is free to go.

DS MALLARD:

Anna Dunwythe is cleared of all charges.

DS BAILEY, DS MALLARD, DESK SERGEANT, MARCUS, and ANNA all sign the outside of the file folder. ANNA looks to MARCUS,

ANNA:

George was here to drop these off, he received my personal effects? How is he?

GEORGE walks in the door and over to ANNA and MARCUS.

GEORGE:

Yes and am fine... now.

ANNA smiles and turns around, GEORGE smiles back brightly, and hands her the wallet, which she puts under her arm, her earrings, which she puts in her ears, and the wedding ring, which she puts in the bag with the receipt books. GEORGE takes the necklace, and gently puts it on ANNA, while she holds her hair out of the way. ANNA reaches out to shake MARCUS’ hand, he takes hold.

ANNA:

Thank you Marcus.

MARCUS:

You are very welcome.

MARCUS looks at his hand curiously when they finish shaking hands.

GEORGE:

Yes, thank you Marcus, sorry for the short notice.

MARCUS:

No worries, always glad to help a mate.

GEORGE takes the backpack from ANNA, then holds his arm out for ANNA, who loops her arm through, and they walk out the door with MARCUS right behind them.

EXT—DAY—POLICE STATION

(CAMERA POV ON FRONT DOOR OF POLICE STATION)

MARCUS walks off in one direction, as GEORGE and ANNA walk in another.

GEORGE:

Have you ever been here? Would you like to look around? 

ANNA:

Nope, haven't ever been here, till now. I'd love to.

GEORGE:

One moment. (calls out) Marcus, got a minute?

GEORGE catches up to MARCUS. ANNA looks around, sees a bulletin board, and walks over to it.

MARCUS:

What's up?

GEORGE:

On behalf of Anna, is there any compensation that can be legally obtained  by filing charges against Marie for perversion of justice, or filing false charges?

MARCUS:

I'll see what can be done and let you know. 

GEORGE:

Sounds good. Thank you.

GEORGE shakes MARCUS’ hand again, then walks to where ANNA has wandered over, and is looking at a poster for the Harvest Festival, coming soon. He puts his arm around her waist.

GEORGE:

Would you like to go?

ANNA:

To the festival? Sure, it's been a while since I've been to one in fact, have not been to one over here.

GEORGE:

I'll see if I can rent a van so some of the village can come too.

ANNA:

That sounds like fun!

EXT—AFTERNOON—TOWN SHOPPES

(CAMERA POV, PANS OUT, AND FOLLOWS THEM)

GEORGE holds his arm out for ANNA again, she loops her arm through his, and they walk down the sidewalk window shopping.

END OF EPISODE.

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