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Final Scene. Cut, Print… That Was, Unfortunately, a Wrap.


The MAN walks up to the cab.  The back door is open and a PASSENGER sits inside. The Man leans in and talks to the Passenger.


               I’d like to tell you I’ll stay in touch, but… hell, I haven’t stayed in touch at all over the past years.



               Don’t worry about it.

The Man reaches out to shake hands. He’s trying to come across with a kind of distant warmth common to men who don’t express any real feelings, but his smile only makes him look sadder.


               It’s been great to see you bro’.

The Passenger accepts the Man’s handshake and pulls it in tight, bringing both men together. The Passenger wraps his other arm around the Man, embracing him in a hug.


               You too.



(still hugging)

               I had a great time this weekend.  I really miss talking to you… And getting to see everyone again, like old times? You were always the one; you always brought everyone together.

The Man begins pulling back from the hug. They drop the handshake, but the Man remains there; leaning into the back of the cab. They are close in proximity. The Passenger is relaxed… accepting, but the Man feels a little awkward. He holds on to the front seat of the cab to steady himself. His grip tightens, willing himself to hold the position. To remain close.


(in a tired, weak voice)





(looking directly into the Passenger’s eyes)


               You know, if there’s anything I can do… Anything you need…



(nodding gently)

               I know.

The Man lets go his grip on the front seat and begins to straighten up out of the cab. The headlight of a passing car reflects wetness in his eyes.


               Take care of yourself brother



               You too…

It’s dark and it’s snowing and the wind whips at the Man’s jacket collar. He turns and walks five or six steps back to the sidewalk. His face looks like it might have been five or six miles. The snow muffles everything and it is quiet. The Man turns and looks back into the cab; through the front windshield. He sees only a silhouette now. He raises his arm up, bent at the elbow, hand about shoulder height. He waves just once, hand moving in a slight arc – away from the body. It’s a practiced wave, handed down by one generation of men to another. It’s meant to appear casual; a non-committal wave that conveys absolute commitment. The cab quietly pulls away.


Good-Bye little brother. You rest easy now… you’ve fought long enough.


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  2. Greg Swann January 9th, 2011 9:09 am

    Beautiful. Very well done. I’m sorry for your loss. Making this effort was worth it, I think.

  3. Ken Brand January 9th, 2011 9:21 am

    Amen. True, pure and beautiful.

  4. Jeff Brown January 9th, 2011 11:05 am

    I’m glassy-eyed, and feelin’ for you. So sorry.

  5. Robert Worthington January 9th, 2011 11:38 am

    Sean, the vivid details you desribed have goose bumps running from the top of my head down to my ankles. I’m sorry for your lose.

  6. Thomas Johnson January 9th, 2011 12:02 pm

    Sean, I am so sad for your loss. I am in awe of your talent in grief. God bless you.

  7. Brad Coy January 9th, 2011 12:36 pm

    All blessings, Sean. I’m sorry for your loss.

  8. Don Reedy January 9th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Sean, I’m having a good cry right now. That you were able to honor and express so much through these words is amazing and wonderful.

  9. lisa autry January 9th, 2011 7:05 pm

    i knew you would handle this with a grace not known to many.

  10. Geno Petro January 9th, 2011 7:06 pm

    Amen brother. Sad and beautiful, like all of life.

  11. Chris January 10th, 2011 9:04 am

    My thought and prayers are with you man!

  12. Brad Rachielles January 10th, 2011 10:37 am

    That last moment of closeness will last forever. Cherish it.

  13. Sean Purcell January 10th, 2011 11:12 am

    I wonder if anyone can ever know how powerful their words and well wishes are. It’s an absolute blessing to come here and find solace among so many friends. Thank you.

  14. Erion Shehaj January 10th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Oh man. So sorry for your loss…

  15. Tracy January 10th, 2011 3:41 pm

    Ahh Sean. You have me crying my eyes out. Who knew? God bless him and his family.

  16. Joe Daniel January 10th, 2011 9:16 pm

    sorry for your loss Sean. I lost my brother Drew.
    I still see him in my dreams. they never really leave us.

  17. teri lussier January 11th, 2011 9:05 am

    May the hole in your heart be filled with love.

  18. John Sabia January 13th, 2011 8:01 pm

    Sean, that was beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.

  19. Steve Keeley (from OLPH days) January 27th, 2011 1:30 am

    Sean, don’t know if you remember me from the OLPH days, but I received the FB page and was really saddened by the news. So sorry to hear that Mike had to leave this life so early. Knowing that you and your family will see him again is hopefully the best consolation during this difficult time. Take care.