What Becomes A Legend Most

 

EXT. CEMETERY DAY
Nicky’s funeral in London is well attended by members of the rock world, business associates, friends, and family. Roxie plays the role of the grieving girlfriend, while Ronnie and his mother DIANA stand holding hands as the pastor reads Psalm 121. DAVID ELLIS, The Excessives’ business manager approaches Ronnie.

DAVID
(whispers)
Ronnie, we really need to do a tribute album so we capitalize on Nicky’s death.

RONNIE
Well, if you really think Nicky is worth more dead than alive, then let’s go for it.
When the funeral breaks up and Ronnie, Diana, and Cassie head for the limousine, Ronnie is approached by reporters.

REPORTER
Ronnie, did you know about Nicky’s heroin problem?

RONNIE
It must have been something that developed once he left The Excessives since no one in the band or in our entourage has ever used narcotics.

REPORTER
But what about Cleo Castelle, Nicky’s girlfriend who died of a heroin overdose?

RONNIE
Cleo was a very disturbed young girl before she ever met my brother, and as far as I’m concerned she was nothing more than a groupie.

REPORTER
Just one more question, Ronnie.
Ronnie waves the reporter away and walks off with his mother.

Double Life

INT. HOTEL BALLROOM NIGHT
Imported caviar, ice sculptures, and a beautiful six layer wedding cake set the tone for Chelsea and Richard’s reception. Richard spots Sean downing glasses of champagne from the champagne fountain and gets up the nerve to walk over to him.

SEAN
Congratulations.

RICHARD
Thanks.

SEAN
I hope you don’t mind that I’m here.

RICHARD
Actually I was hoping you would come.

SEAN
I want you to be happy with Chelsea, Richard, if that’s what you really want, but I also want you to know that I still love you.

Richard looks around nervously.

RICHARD
I love you, too, Sean, but I’m married to Chelsea now.

SEAN
So what you’re saying is that it’s easier to play it straight in a straight world?

RICHARD
I’m saying that I just want to start a new life, Sean, and put the past behind me.
Sean finishes his glass of champagne.

SEAN
Okay, Richard, have it your way, but when it all falls apart between you and this chick and that gay man inside of you decides to pry open that closet door, here’s the number in New York where I can be reached.

RICHARD
You’re moving to New York?
Sean hands Richard a piece of paper.

SEAN
Yeah, I’m leaving tonight. There’s nothing left for me here.
Richard attempts to hand back the piece of paper.

RICHARD
I won’t need your number, Sean.

SEAN
You never know.

Richard tears up the scraps and places them in Sean’s hands.

 

Shell

INT. JEANNE’S BEDROOM NIGHT
Kathey is just finishing giving Jeanne a sponge bath.

KATHEY
John, can you help me.

JOHN
Coming.

Kathey grows impatient as John remains glued to the computer in the living room and doesn’t come right away.

KATHEY
John, can you hurry!

John bounds into the room

JOHN
I’m sorry. What do you need?

KATHEY
Get on the other side of the hospital bed and help me flip Mom over on her side so I can change the dressing on her wound.

John walks around to the other side of the hospital bed.

JOHN
Okay, go ahead.

Kathey kneels down and removes large gauze pads on Jeanne’s back bedsore, which has grown even larger.

JOHN
(gasps)
Oh God, poor Jeanne.

KATHEY
I know it’s just getting worse and worse. At least the antibiotic has decreased some of the smell. Before it smelled like decaying flesh.
Kathey patches up the wound and she and John carefully roll Jeanne over.

KATHEY
Now will you help me sit her up in the wheel chair so I can change the linens.

John and Kathey carefully lift Jeanne’s emaciated body clothed only in an adult diaper into the wheelchair. Her breathing is labored and her eyes roll up in her head.

KATHEY
(kneels down again)
Mom! Mom! Are you okay? Mom!
Jeanne closes her eyes, but is still alive and breathing. John maintains a watchful eye as Kathey changes the bed linens.

JOHN
Hurry, Kathey, let’s get her back into bed where she can rest. It’s too hard for her to sit up.

KATHEY
Okay, I’m ready.

They each grab a thigh and under Jeanne’s arm to lift her from the wheelchair and transfer her back into the bed.

KATHEY
Oh shoot! I forgot to catherize her. I’m sorry , John, can you help me lift her when I get ready to put a new diaper on?

JOHN
No problem.

John turns his back as Kathey catherizes Jeanne.

KATHEY
(lowers voice)
John, I just can’t imagine her living like this for much longer. It’s so cruel.

JOHN
I can’t get over that sore. Poor, Jeanne. She’s been through so much.

KATHEY
I just don’t want her to suffer anymore. Okay, I’m ready.

After Kathey finishes catherizing Jeanne, John gently lifts Jeanne up as Kathey slips the diaper on Jeanne. When John turns her on her side, she immediately adopts a fetal position.

JOHN
God loves you, Jeanne.

Suddenly Jeanne raises up in the bed and opens her eyes wide and looks right at John.

KATHEY
Get some sleep now, Jeanne Bean. I’ll be back to check on you.

Kathey leans over and kisses Jeanne on her forehead and she and John exit Jeanne’s bedroom.