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Malcolm Gets and Will Chase
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Nothing There THOMAS:
Angels in the Snow.
A work in progress.

I hunkered down and got back to work, trying desperately to avoid any...distraction.



ALVIN:
Merry Christmas, Tom!
I hope this card finds you locked in your office writing; otherwise, I simply won't excuse your not coming home.
When are we gonna see a new book from you?
Customers keep hounding me!
I tell them, 'Don't rush him, it's a process!'

So...how's the process?
Miss you.
Love, Al.

THOMAS:
(rustling paper)

(reading/writing his story;)

EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE, WE'D MAKE ANGELS IN THE SNOW...
JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER KID HAS DONE

(writes, the sound continuous under his voice)

WE'D STRETCH OUT OUR ARMS AND LEGS
THEN WE'D...WAVE THEM TO-AND-FRO
IN A...

(sighs)

In a...something...

IN A...HALO OF THE LATE...

(taps pen)

DECEMBER SUN...

(crumbles paper)

ALVIN:
Merry Christmas, Tom!
How can you bear another Christmas without me?
Where's your new book?
Why aren't you writing?
...Why aren't you writing me?

Love, Al.

THOMAS:
(smooths out paper and writes on it again)

PROUDLY WE'D CREATE OUR TWO ANGELS IN THE SNOW
WITH...WITH...WITH REVERENTIAL ROBES AND PERFECT WINGS

(crumbles sheet, pauses, then smooths it out again and continues to write)

WE'D SPEND HOURS IN THE YARD...

ALVIN:
Merry Christmas, Tom!

THOMAS:
ALL THOSE CHRISTMASES AGO...

ALVIN:
Another Christmas, another card!

THOMAS:
AND...WHEN, AT LAST, THEY WERE COMPLETE, WE FELT LIKE KINGS

ALVIN:
I wish you'd write.

THOMAS:
THEN...AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED

ALVIN:
Love, Al.

THOMAS:
(hissing breath in)

AND, WHEN, AT LAST, THEY WERE COMPLETE, WE FELT LIKE KINGS
THEN, AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED...
AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED, WE WOULD

ALVIN:
Merry Christmas, Tom, from the Kelbys.

THOMAS:
(slaps notebook) THEN, AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED

ALVIN:
Please, write!

THOMAS:
AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED
AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED
AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED
AS THE SUN DISAPPEARED
AS THE SUN...

I JUST NEED SOMETHING DOWN ON THIS PAPER
STILL NOTHING THERE!
NOTHING...

(bitter laugh)

Who's story is this?

ALVIN:
We are gathered to honor the life-

THOMAS:
(starts overlapping at Alvin's 'gathered')
We are gathered here to honor the life-

THOMAS AND ALVIN:
-of Alvin Kelby!

THOMAS:
NOTHING THERE!

ALVIN:
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW, TOM

THOMAS:
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW, TOM
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
THE WORLD MUST KEEP MOVING AND CHANGING SO FAST

ALVIN:
IT'S RARE THAT YOU NOTICE A MOMENT;
THE MOMENT, IT'S HURRYING BY!

THOMAS:
THE TRICK IS IN KEEPING THE PAST IN THE PAST

ALVIN:
If a stupid, squashable bug can have that kind of power, what about us?

THOMAS:
WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO BE MORE THAN JUST THAT WEIRD KELBY KID?

ALVIN:
I KNEW MY MOTHER'S ROBE,
BUT, SOMEHOW, I'D FORGOTTEN HER

THOMAS:
WORDS HAVE NO POWER TO CHANGE WHAT IS DESTINED TO DIE

ALVIN:
May I drop down dead in my tracks and rot!

THOMAS:
I GUESS WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY,
NOW THAT WE HAVE A MINUTE,
IS THAT, LATELY, YOU'RE ASKING
FOR MORE THAN I'M ABLE TO GIVE

ALVIN:
Look up from your page, Tom!

THOMAS:
HE TURNED INTO SOMEONE I'M NOT SURE I KNOW

ALVIN:
MONEY AND PRIZES ARE FINE CONSOLATION-

THOMAS:
SOME FRIENDSHIPS CONTINUE
AND, SOME, YOU OUTGROW

ALVIN:
YOU'RE AMAZING, TOM-

THOMAS:
HAVE BIRTHDAYS
AND CHRISTMAS
A TOKEN
HELLO

ALVIN:
I'm gonna miss you.

THOMAS:
'TILL THE LAST TIME WE SAY

ALVIN:
Goodbye, Tom.

THOMAS:
HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY
I LEFT HIM HERE ALONE

[Thanks to Mephistopheles for lyrics]
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