May 12, 2016

SETTING: SHAE sits at the bow of DREW’s yacht having just returned from an early morning sail around Sydney Harbor.


DREW: I thought you’d be here.


SHAE scans the horizon: “…”


DREW: I’m sorry I upset you. I thought it was the only solution.


SHAE: But you didn’t ask me. You just decided.


DREW: I’m sorry. Okay to come aboard?


SHAE: She’s your boat.


{DREW hooks SHAE’s hair behind her ear}


SHAE: Is Finn awake?


DREW: Nope. I came to tell you something.


SHAE snorts: More bad news?


DREW: I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad. I’ve had another load of texts—from Symbol, as I’m going to call him.


SHAE: What do they say?


DREW: It’s more what they show. Have a look.


SHAE: Oh my god, there are about 50 photos. Are they all of your mom?


DREW: Yes. And she looks older—like she might look now if she were alive. Her hair is shorter. And she’s with a kid who’s about 5 or 6.


SHAE: But your mom died 6 years ago.


DREW: Or did she? Can someone doctor this many photos? Why bother? And look at the final text.


TEXT: Mother is Mrs Vega. Son is Drew. Daughter is Kate. But who’s the father? カルマ


SHAE: Oh my god. Your mom’s alive and has a daughter?


DREW: Exactly. Jamison still insists it’s a hoax. And he’s usually right about everything.


SHAE: What are you going to do then?


DREW: I don’t think the Brody note and these texts are linked. Someone didn’t want Brody and Finn building that boat.


SHAE: Enough to kill them over it?


DREW: The Arabian Challenge is new, lots at stake, pros and amateurs, and a $1.5 mill prize. That’s the kind of money someone might kill for.


SHAE: Whoa. We need to get Finn out of here.


DREW: Yup. I reckon we all head to LA asap.


SHAE: So we’re not splitting up anymore—very publicly and very noisily?


DREW: Come here. I didn’t want to split up.


SHAE: I know. But it still hurt.


DREW: If the Symbol jerk and Finn’s letter writer are NOT connected, the only place I need to be is in LA—looking for my mom.


SHAE: What if she is alive?


DREW: I’ll feel like crap actually. I should be happy, right? But it means she left me and dad.


SHAE: How did she not die in that car accident?


DREW: That’s what I want to know. And it means she chose her new child over me. Was I not good enough for her?


SHAE: Oh Drew. That won’t be the reason. You’re amazing. Irreplaceable.


DREW: I think you might be biased.


SHAE: Kiss me and I’ll show you how biased I am…


DREW cups SHAE’s chin and kisses her: …You’re definitely good at distraction. Let’s go sailing. I can’t stand to think about this anymore.


SHAE: Only if I can be the Captain.


DREW: I wouldn’t dare try to stand in those shoes with you aboard.


SHAE: Are you sure you want to go out? You don’t look so good.


DREW: I’ve got that falling down the stairs, head over heels, feeling. Please Shae, just sail me into the sun and far away from the real world.


SHAE: That’s Captain Shae to you.



SETTING: FINN and SHAE are back at Drew’s house, in the kitchen. JAMISON fixes food no one will eat because everyone is upset.


FINN: There’s no way I’m leaving. I’ll talk to the investor. He’ll move the boat if I threaten to walk. Brody’s design belongs to me now.


SHAE: Forget the design. Forget the bloody boat. Your life is in danger.


FINN: If you believe that note.


SHAE: The police are certainly taking it seriously. I am. Everybody but you is. You could be in a coffin next, Finn.


FINN: I promised Brodes. I promised to make his designs come alive and to build this boat for him.


SHAE: You can do it another time.


FINN: Sure. An investor with this boat comes around every second week. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


SHAE: To get killed. Yeah.


FINN: I’ll be careful. We’ll move somewhere secret. It’ll be okay.


SHAE: Please Finn. Come to LA. You can stay with us, surf every day—meet hot chicks on the beach, find work. They have boats in LA too.


FINN: This is my dream. You’ve no idea what we’re building here. I have to do it. It’s not just that I want to.


SHAE: But you could die for it.


FINN: It’ll be a living death to give up now.


SHAE: It’ll be a permanent death if you don’t give up now. Drew, help me out here.


DREW: Not my place. But remember your dream of crossing the Pacific, Shae? Wasn’t exactly a safe choice.


JAMISON: Seems some of my wisdom is rubbing off on you Mr Vega. It’s the choices we make in life that prove who we are.


DREW’s phone pings.


TEXT: You better not read the next text.


DREW: What the—? Is this another one?


DREW’s phone pings again and everyone crowds around him.


TEXT: Told you カルマ {Photo of gravestone}





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