EXT. GAS STATION – DAY
Drew’s road-dusted car pulls into a Kansas gas station.
INT. DREW’S RENTAL CAR – DAY
Drew looks in his backpack and finds his father’s Brown Wallet. There is $120 inside. He takes sixty bucks.
He takes a breath, and actually finally considers crying. He decides against it.
INT. SEVEN-ELEVEN – DAY
Drew pays for gas. Feeling bad about spending his father’s last money, he turns to see two awkward-looking boys, about 12, standing at the counter with ornate Slurpees. Drew’s eyes travel down. Both wear Spasomotica shoes. Drew looks concerned. Is it a mirage?
The car continues against the sky, with music. Drew continues, road-weary and suspicious.
In a mall in Kansas, the strangely similar sight was repeated.
INT. MALL – AFTERNOON
Drew notices another pair of Spasmotica shoes walking the other way. Music continues.
The Spasmotica had begun to appear like taunting
demons . . . wherever I went.
He sits, watching, puzzled.
SHOTS OF SHOES
groups of feet, and the increasingly plentiful sight of Spasmoticas. Drew’s cell-phone rings.
INT. TAIWAN OFFICE MERCURY SHOES – NIGHT
David Tan, Drew’s Taiwanese counterpoint, is on the phone. (We see the top of his head.)
Drew, it’s David Tan . . . listen to me . . . my heart is
beating so fast . . . 79% of the recalls were rejected
by 92% of the outlet stores in 72% of the global . . .
forget it, forget it . . . I was re-instated this morning!
Drew sits listening to his manic and happy Taiwanese counterpoint.
It’s a revolution, man!
(very serious, disbelieving)
The Spasmotica was finding love. Love in the hearts of people . . . okay, mostly young kids . . . who apparently found my billion dollar, girlfriend destroying, global merger wrecking, walking-on-a-cloud curiosity . . .
The shoes are everywhere. Drew stands, trying to process it all.
. . . profound.
Can you hear me? They are recalling the recall.
How’s the weather?
Who knows, man. I’m walking on a cloud!
It’s a Spasmotica World! I’m going to yell
for joy now, so get ready. AAARRRRRRHH!
Drew hangs up, stunned and almost delirious. He lingers a beat. It’s a curious sensation, beginning in his chin, and slowly moving across his face. He begins to cry. It’s all coming out now. He hugs a Stranger wearing the shoes.
Where did you find them?
It wasn’t easy.
PASSING SHOT OF HUGE LANDSCAPE
INT. DREW’S RENTAL CAR – DAY
Drew takes big gulps of air as he drives, still crying. Looking over at the Purple Urn. Trying to read her map.
“Don’t get lost. Go to Exit 52A from I-42C.
You are now entering Scottsbluff, Nebraska . . .
ON PASSING SIGN
reading: Scottsbluff, Nebraska. “Come Experience The Difference.”
“ . . . where a fur trapper with a great name – Hiram
Scott – gained immortality by dying, alone and
deserted by his companions . . . “
parked again. Reading the map and her words carefully. He looks up at the very bluffs she’s writing about.
“ . . . at the base of a magnificent formation of
bluffs along the North Platte River in 1828.
The bluffs are just as powerful as her words.
“That was his cross to bear. But this many years later,
they’re all forgotten, and what’s left is what you see,
everything, named after the guy they abandoned . . .
EXT. MOUNTAINS – DAY
Drew stands at the spot.
. . . at this very spot.”
Hiram. Meet Mitch.
Drew spreads the most ashes yet.