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Anna's Botanicals

Episode 8 The Festival - Written November 2018

FADE IN

EXT - MORNING - OUTSIDE THE PUB

(CAMERA POV ON SHUTTLE BUS PARKED OUTSIDE)

GEORGE has rented a large shuttle bus, parked it, opens the doors and smiles as several of the village residents are climbing into the van (FIONA, SANDY, SADIE, JOHN, LAURA, GISELLE, ASHER, DONNA, JOSIAH, PARIS, ROSE, PARKER, TEDDY, COOKE and AUTUMN), others drive their own vehicles (ROMAN, ANDREW, PIPER, JERRY, RICHARD, MARGARET, CHARLES, MICHAELA, ISRAEL). GEORGE looks around and smiles brightly, as he sees ANNA locking up her shoppe and walking to the van. He walks over and opens the passenger door, still smiling.

GEORGE

Good morning, M’Lady! Your chariot awaits.

ANNA

Good morning, M’Lord! Many thanks.

GEORGE holds out his hand, ANNA takes it and climbs in, puts her backpack on the floor next to her and buckles her seat belt.

We can see some in the back look at each other, amazed with how GEORGE is acting and they nod in approval. GEORGE carefully closes her door, then the van door, goes around, gets in the driver’s seat, smiles at ANNA and they drive off.

EXT - DAY - FESTIVAL

(CAMERA POV ON GROUP INSIDE FESTIVAL)

The Village group is milling around just inside the ticket booths, looking at their maps, deciding which way to go. CHARLES is carrying ISRAEL. GEORGE is handing out the admission and ride bracelets, then stands with his arm around ANNA’S waist, looking at their map, deciding where to go.

MICHAELA, LAURA, SADIE, FIONA, ROSE

(not in unison, tripping over each other)

George, thank you for this, it was well needed.

GEORGE

My pleasure, please, go enjoy yourselves. It's the least I can do for the trouble I've caused. 

CHARLES

Let’s take Israel on a gentle roller coaster?

MICHAELA

That sounds like fun, then onto the tilt-a-whirl.

LAURA and ASHER look at the map.

ASHER

Can I take Donna on the roller coaster?

LAURA

I think she’d like that. Thank you, Asher. (to DONNA) Want to go on the coaster with Asher? 

LAURA, ASHER and DONNA head off to the roller coaster as well.

AUTUMN

Can I take Teddy on the rollercoaster?

ROSE

How about we start with the carousel first?

AUTUMN

Okay.

ROSE, PARKER, TEDDY, COOKE, and AUTUMN head for the kiddy rides as well.

ANDREW and ROMAN look at each other, point to the KARAOKE stage, close up the map quickly, grab PIPER by the arms and off they go.

PIPER

Hey, wait, what are you doing? 

ANDREW 

We’re going to have some fun!

ROMAN

Oh yeah... this is gonna be great.

(CAMERA POV FOLLOWING GEORGE/ANNA)

They all split off in different directions. GEORGE loops ANNA’s arm through his and they walk to the exhibit barns. GEORGE’s demeanor is so different now, much happier and brighter, he doesn’t slouch or slump, he holds his head up and stands tall and is proud to have ANNA on his arm. They meander along, looking at and enjoying the exhibits.

ANNA

That one’s brilliant. So creative these.

GEORGE smiles and nods.

GEORGE

They are really good, considering their ages.

ANNA

I truly admire parents that encourage their children to follow their passion without hindrance from the other parent. I tried to do that with my two sons, but my first husband had other ideas.

ANNA turns to walk and a man, CHRISTOPHER CLARK, who tries to hurry past her and bumps into her, almost knocking her over, he grabs her arm to steady her, touching skin to skin.

GEORGE (protectively) 

Watch it!

CHRISTOPHER 

Oh, I’m so sorry.

ANNA

No worries. I’m fine.

CHRISTOPHER lets go of her arm, looks at his hand and runs off, bumping into another woman MARTA ANDERS, he grabs her arm the same as he did ANNA’s to keep her from falling over, he apologizes and she looks at him and rubs her arm as he runs off again.

JERRY and PARIS still shadow GEORGE and ANNA, though they enjoy the sights as well, chatting about this display and that. PARIS is unaware someone is watching and shadowing her.

JERRY

What does she see in him?

PARIS

He is so different than he used to be.

JERRY

I wonder if that’s down to her?

PARIS

I mean he’s smiling and laughing, it’s almost like the other George doesn’t exist anymore. And yet, when he is around Karen, his guard goes up.

EXT - DAY - KIDS RIDES

(CAMERA POV ON KIDDY RIDES)

LAURA, ASHER and DONNA walk off to the kids rides, as do CHARLES, MICHAELA and ISRAEL. We see the kids all riding the rides, the parents taking pictures.

EXT - DAY - CAROUSEL

(CAMERA POV ON CAROUSEL ON MICHAELA, CHARLES, ISRAEL)

CHARLES, MICHAELA and ISRAEL are on a carousel and MICHAELA takes pictures of the two, laughing and smiling, then CHARLES takes the phone and takes pictures of MICHAELA and ISRAEL. CHARLES and ISRAEL on the kiddy roller coaster-MICHAELA takes pictures of them, then they go to the tilt-a-whirl, MICHAELA is on with ISRAEL and CHARLES is taking pictures.

EXT - DAY - KIDS ROLLER COASTER

(CAMERA POV ON KIDDY ROLLER COASTER ON ASHER/DONNA)

ASHER takes DONNA on the roller coaster and LAURA takes pictures of them. The three go on the carousel also. LAURA takes selfies with the two as well as just pictures of ASHER and DONNA.

EXT - DAY - GAMES

(CAMERA POV ON GROUP AT GAMES)

FIONA, SANDY, SADIE, JOHN and JOSIAH head off to the bigger kids’ rides and games. We see them play the "knock the bottles," then the ring toss, the frog catapult, the basketball game and darts. FIONA and SANDY are following the kids, taking pictures.

EXT - DAY - CONCERT STAGE

(CAMERA POV ON RICHARD/MARGARET)

RICHARD and MARGARET go off to one of the stages and listen to music.

EXT - DAY - GAMES

(CAMERA POV ON GROUP AS THEY SPLIT UP)

ROMAN and ANDREW go off to the rides, JOSIAH, GISELLE and PIPER go off to the games: baseball speed throw, darts, Knockdown clowns. JOSIAH wins a stuffed animal and gives it to PIPER.

PIPER

Aww, how sweet, thank you.

JOSIAH pays for another game and knocks down more than enough to win another stuffed animal, he gives it to GISELLE.

GISELLE

Um, thanks?

GISELLE laughs and takes the stuffed animal.

FADE OUT

(Other storyline)

FADE IN

EXT - DAY - FESTIVAL

(CAMERA POV ON GEORGE/ANNA/OTHERS AT GAMES)

GEORGE and ANNA walk amongst the games, watching those playing them, cheering on the kids that they know. They walk over to MICHAELA, CHARLES, and ISRAEL and smile and wave, taking pictures of the three of them. GEORGE and ANNA wander over to where LAURA and the kids are and take pictures of them as well.

GEORGE

Come with me.

ANNA

What? Where?

GEORGE spots the Octopus ride, grab ANNA by the hand and drags her onto it. They get settled in the ride, ANNA is as far to the inside as she can get.

GEORGE

What’re you doing over there? Come here you.

ANNA

I'll end up over there soon enough.

GEORGE reaches over and pulls ANNA to him. He kisses her passionately as the ride starts moving. ANNA tries to grab hold of the other side of the ride car to pull herself off him. He tickles her to get her to let go and it works. The ride ends and they stumble off the ride laughing very hard.

GEORGE

Ready for another?

ANNA (breathless)

What?

GEORGE

Come on!

ANNA

What has gotten into you?

GEORGE

You! You have gotten into me! I feel like I could fly, I’m happy for the first time in my life, I feel happy and I want the whole world to know!

ANNA looks at GEORGE, shakes her head as he laughs and pulls her to the Tilt-a-Whirl. ANNA sees her chance to get revenge. The ride begins and ANNA starts by spinning the ride car and making GEORGE slide toward her, then away and then she gets it spinning VERY fast. GEORGE looks as if he is turning green. She stops spinning it and he looks better. ANNA catches PARIS taking pictures of them. The ride ends and they walk off laughing. PARIS has disappeared.

GEORGE

How did you learn to make it go that fast?

ANNA

Plenty of practice with my two sons.

GEORGE

You miss them?

ANNA

Yes and no.

GEORGE looks at her curiously.

ANNA (continues)

My youngest never understood what his father was doing to me. Oldest wouldn't listen when I tried to warn him of what was going to happen if he kept doing what he was doing.

GEORGE

Am sorry to hear that.

GEORGE puts his arm around ANNA's shoulders and she leans her head on his shoulder. ANNA spies a photobooth, grabs GEORGE's hand and pulls him in. We see a series of flashes then they emerge and wait for the pictures to print. ANNA takes them when they're done and there's one with them kissing, two with them making funny faces, and one with them smiling with his head on her shoulder.

GEORGE

Would you like something to drink?

ANNA

I'd love a lemonade.

GEORGE and ANNA walk over to a vendor selling frozen lemonade.

GEORGE

Two, please.

The VENDOR Scoops out two lemonades and hands one to ANNA and then one to GEORGE as he takes the money from GEORGE.

ANNA

Thank you.

GEORGE

Think nothing of it. I'm having a wonderful time and it's all because of you. I haven't had this much fun since I was a child.

ANNA

I'm glad. It's good to see you enjoying yourself.

GEORGE

Enjoying is an understatement.

GEORGE kisses ANNA on the cheek as they exit the rides area and amble over to the Karaoke stage where ROB and ANDREW are singing and they pull PIPER up on stage with them for harmony. ANNA takes pictures of them singing.

ROMAN

So lately, been wondering who will be there to take my place when I'm gone you'll need love to light the shadows on your face. 

ANDREW

If a great wave shall fall and fall upon us all then between the sand and stone, could you make it on your own?

ROMAN/ANDREW/PIPER(harmony)

If I could, then I would I'll go wherever you will go way up high or down low, I'll go wherever you will go.

ANDREW

And maybe, I'll find out a way to make it back someday to watch you, to  guide you through the darkest of your days.

ROMAN

If a great wave shall fall and fall upon us all then I hope there's someone out there who can bring me back to you.

ROMAN/ANDREW/PIPER (harmony)

If I could, then I would I'll go wherever you will go way up high or down low, I'll go wherever you will go run away with my heart run away with my hope run away with my love 

ROMAN

I know now, just quite how my life and love might still go on. 

ANDREW

In your heart, in your mind, I'll stay with you for all of time.

ROMAN/ANDREW/PIPER(harmony)

If I could, then I would I'll go wherever you will go way up high or down low, I'll go wherever you will go If I could turn back time, I'll go wherever you will go If I could make you mine, I'll go wherever you will go I'll go wherever you will go

PARIS and JERRY are nearby, enjoying the day yet watching GEORGE and ANNA. CHRISTOPHER, same as one that ran into ANNA, catches PARIS's eye and winks, she smiles in return, blushes somewhat and watches him go up on the stage after ROMAN, ANDREW and PIPER walk off. CHRISTOPHER touches the monitor, the music starts.

CHRISTOPHER

Maybe it's intuition, but some things you just don't question like in your  eyes, I see my future in an instant and there it goes, I think I found my best friend I know that it might sound more than a little crazy, but I believe I knew I loved you before I met you I think I dreamed you into life I knew I loved you  before I met you I have been waiting all my life there's just no rhyme or reason only the sense of completion and in  your eyes, I see the missing pieces I'm searching for I think I've found my way home I know that it might sound more than a little crazy but I believeI knew I loved you before I met you  I think I dreamed you into life I knew I loved you before I met you I have been waiting all my life a thousand angels dance around you I am complete now that I've found you I knew I loved you before I met you I think I dreamed you into life.

CHRISTOPHER keeps his eyes on PARIS the whole time he is singing, PARIS blushes. He finishes singing, puts the microphone back, walks off the stage and over to PARIS.

CHRISTOPHER

Hi, I'm Christopher.

PARIS

Hello, I'm Paris. You’re a good singer.

CHRISTOPHER

I don’t usually do that, not sure what came over me.

EXT - DAY - FESTIVAL

(CAMERA POV ON KARAOKE STAGE)

GEORGE

I’ll be back shortly, my love.

ANNA is distracted watching the village children playing the games nearby. GEORGE kisses her on the cheek and walks off.

ANNA

Alright.

PARIS watches GEORGE as he goes up on stage, she realizes what he's doing and gets her phone ready.

CHRISTOPHER

May I ask what you’re doing?

PARIS

Video for social media.

CHRISTOPHER

Oh.

A few minutes go by and suddenly music starts. GEORGE’s voice comes over the speakers and ANNA turns around to see. The others from the village come over, intrigued that he is singing. PARIS starts recording GEORGE clearly singing to ANNA, as she steps towards the front of the stage, but stays a few feet away.

GEORGE

When the rain is blowing in your face and the whole world is on your case I could offer you a warm embrace to make you feel my love. When evening shadows and the stars appear and there is no one there to dry your tears I could hold you for a million years to make you feel my love. I know you haven't made your mind up yet but I would never do you wrong I've known it from the moment that we met no doubt in my mind where you belong. I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue I'd go crawling down the avenue and oh, there's nothing that I wouldn't do to make you feel my love. The storms are raging on the rolling sea and down the highway of regret the winds of change are blowing wild and free you ain't seen nothing like me yet. I could make you happy, make your dreams  come true nothing that I wouldn't do go to the ends of the earth for you to make you feel my... love.

ANNA blushes, teary eyed and smiles at him brightly. The music ends, GEORGE puts the microphone back and he walks back over to her and hugs her tightly. The villagers show their approval, clapping, awwing, whistling. JERRY sees his chance and goes up on stage, picks a song and the music starts. GEORGE and ANNA turn to watch JERRY. JERRY is focused on ANNA as he catches her eye and winks. ANNA looks at GEORGE then back at JERRY.

JERRY

Why do you look at me like that? Your eyes saying things that they can't take back. Feels good. Feels right. It don't help. Every night when the clock gets loud, I hate that I know what you're doing right now. Your arms around someone else. Every time I'm next to you, I swear that you can feel it too. How long can we do this to ourselves? In a different place and time, maybe in another life, I bet that baby you and I would have worked. We'll never get the chance to try. And what makes it worse is you would have loved me, if you met me first I can't even count all the  times I've thought about the line I'd never cross. But I've crossed that line in my head. I can't steal you from somebody else, just to have you to myself. My heart don't wanna hear me tell the truth. In a different place and time, maybe in another life, I bet that baby you and I would have worked. We'll never get the chance to try. And what makes it worse is you would have loved me, if you met me first. I'm not hanging on to hope. If you do or if you don't, I don't ever wanna know for sure.

JERRY finishes, the music ends and everyone in the crowd applauds. A lady, MARTA, catches JERRY's eye as he walks off the stage, she walks over to him and they start talking. ANNA looks on as JERRY keeps glancing her way while MARTA is talking to him.

MARTA

Hi, I'm MARTA.

JERRY takes her hand, bows and kisses it.

JERRY

A pleasure, I'm Jerry.

MARTA

That was beautiful.

JERRY

No, I’m rubbish, but it’s all I could think of to get a certain someone’s attention.

MARTA

Well, it certainly got my attention.

JERRY

Would you like a drink?

MARTA

Yes, please.

JERRY offers his arm to MARTA, she loops hers through his and they walk off to the food section.

EXT - DAY - HARVEST FESTIVAL - KARAOKE STAGE

(CAMERA POV ON KARAOKE STAGE/ANNA/GEORGE)

ANNA speaks softly to GEORGE.

ANNA

I think Jerry sent me that bear.

GEORGE

Oh? How do you know?

ANNA

Because of the way he acts around me, the fact that the first time he and I met in my shoppe he kissed my hand like a medieval knight, he asked  after me when Justin took the throat lozenges to the factory, and now this song, he locked eyes on me and winked before he started singing. But,  seems someone else has caught his eye now, which is good.

GEORGE

Hmm…Good. (pause) Will you come up and sing with me?

ANNA

Um... Sure, why not.

GEORGE pulls ANNA up on stage, uses the touch-screen to find a song, takes a microphone and hands one to her. The music starts. PARIS video records GEORGE and ANNA singing.

GEORGE

How can I believe that my heart would find someone like you? You see me, the real me No in-betweens, I had nowhere to hide. You took away the walls around me, Made me feel safe to share my truth. 

GEORGE & ANNA (harmonize)

I see the heavens open, a heart that once was broken, is holding nothing back now that I found you. You hold me like a prayer, you touch me  everywhere. A lifetime just ain't enough to love you true now that I found you, now that I found you.

ANNA

I believe we're meant to be our chemistry will last forever and through the years we'll see some tears we'll conquer fears together we will grow looking in your eyes they tell me, I no longer have to feel alone.

GEORGE & ANNA (harmonize)

I see the heavens open, a heart that once was broken is holding nothing  back now that I found you uou hold me like a prayer, you touch me  everywhere. A lifetime just ain't enough to love you true now that I found you. Now that I found you.

GEORGE

You see me, the real me, You believe in me I see the heavens open, a heart that once was broken, Is holding nothing back now that I found you. You hold me like a prayer, you touch me everywhere. A lifetime just ain't enough to love you true. Now that I found you.

The music plays on and GEORGE takes ANNA’s left hand in his left and gets down on one knee. ANNA looks at him and her eyes go wide with surprise.

GEORGE

Anna, My eyes search for you when you are not around, but my heart knows where you are. My arms ache when I can’t hold you, but you complete me. You are the reason for all my happiness and without you my life would be in ruins. All I want is to stay by your side forever. (Thoughtful Pause) Anna, I love you. Will you marry me? 

ANNA looks at him, smiles, tears up and nods.

ANNA

Yes, I will.

GEORGE reaches into his pocket and pulls out a ring, sliding it on ANNA’S left hand ring finger. He gets up, hugs and kisses her passionately. The village residents who started gathering around the stage when he started singing all applaud and cheer. PARIS continues to video record the proposal and the subsequent answer from ANNA, then posts it on social media.

ANNA

Sing with me now, my love.

GEORGE

Alright, my love.

ANNA selects a song on the Karaoke screen. PARIS starts to record again.

ANNA

It’s a true sign of a soldier, taking care of the hearts around them, and the whole world loves a hero, a leader and a shoulder to cry on. That’s what you are to me, Everyone around can see, yeah. 

ANNA & GEORGE

When we’re face to face, oh I when the music plays, oh I standing side by side we put the past behind us no one can take your place when we’re face to face.

GEORGE

You can measure the strength of a human by the weight of the love around them one sweet light in the darkness guided me like a pilot that’s what you are to me everyone around believes, yeah.

ANNA and GEORGE-harmonize

When we’re face to face, oh I when the music plays, oh I standing side by side put the past behind us no one can take your place when we’re face to face.

GEORGE

When you live your life with a passion

ANNA

Taking nothing for granted

GEORGE

You made me believe if you give love, you will find it

ANNA

You, you are the world to me, yeah

GEORGE

A heart as wide as the ocean

ANNA

You aim to climb every mountain

GEORGE to ANNA

And the unknown you understand.

GEORGE & ANNA - harmonize

When we’re face to face, oh I when the music plays, oh I standing side by side we put the past behind us no one can take your place when we’re face to face, oh I when the music plays, oh I standing side by side put the past behind us no one can take your place when we’re face to face.

Those in attendance applaud and congratulate them as they walk off the stage, GEORGE walks down first and then holds a hand out for ANNA to come down the steps carefully.

CHRISTOPHER waits until PARIS is done recording and puts down her phone.

CHRISTOPHER

Will you have dinner with me?

PARIS

Yes, I’d like that.

CHRISTOPHER offers PARIS his arm, she loops her arm through his and they walk off to the rides. RICHARD pulls MARGARET up on stage with him. He picks a song, hands her a microphone and the music starts.

INT - DAY - FARM MANOR OFFICE

(CAMERA POV FROM LEFT OF KAREN AT DESK, SHOWS LAPTOP)

KAREN is sitting in front of the laptop and a notification pings. She clicks on it and it opens the video of GEORGE and ANNA. KAREN clicks the mouse to pause on GEORGE and ANNA's faces.

KAREN

(menacingly)

Ahhhhh…so that’s who it is. Thanks Paris, well done.

FADE OUT

(CUT TO)

EXT - DAY - HARVEST FESTIVAL

Special appearance singer. GEORGE is hugging ANNA and they start swaying to the music, he spins her to face him and they start dancing to it, then the other festival guests follow suit, like an enlarged couples line dance following ANNA's moves, everyone’s having a blast and the camera pans down from above, then shows the whole festival while they’re all dancing and laughing.

FADE OUT

END OF EPISODE

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Emily A Dinwiddie
Emily A Dinwiddie

Am a 30+ year experienced script/screenplay/storyline writer. Writing is my passion. I write poetry when my Muse gives it. My guardian burned my creative writings in '87, but I kept going anyway. 

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