Brent receives an email one day and all it says is “Are you the Brent Parker who worked at Whistler BC in 1977? Although this intrigues his curiosity Brent is nervous about responding to this unknown sender. After confiding in his brother-in-law he is persuaded to answer the email and let the chips fall where they may. That decision will impact Brent to the extremes. How much do we owe for mistakes from our past? Just how far would you go to make amends for something you did all those years ago? What if that decision was life or death?
Brent opens the door and goes inside. His bedroom door then opens and Heather comes out and goes into the kitchen. Brent rushes out of Logan’s room. Brent (cont’d) I’m gonna kill that. . . . Heather Morning Sweetie. Brent Heather, You’re home already. I was surprised when I saw you this morning. When did you get back? Heather Late last night. We left early because Susan’s not well and we thought we might as well come back considering we can’t do much without her. Brent I see. Did you have a nice time? Heather Not really. You know what Susan and Dawn are like when they’re together. I spent the whole time refereeing. I’m sure Susan’s illness was brought on by stress due to Dawn’s meddling. I have never seen such conflict between two people in my life. Brent That’s a shame. Heather Dawn does not know how to follow simple instructions without making everything into a challenge. She wants to try again next week but I’m not going. You have to wonder don’t you. Brent About what? Heather Why some people have kids if all they do is argue. What were you looking for? Brent What’s that? Heather You were in the spare room. Brent Was I? Heather I thought you might have been looking for that boy. Brent is frozen. Brent Boy? Heather Yes, he was up in the night. He got himself a drink of milk. . from the carton no less. Brent Did you speak to him? Heather No, he drank the milk and went back to bed. Brent Logan. His name is Logan. Heather Logan? That’s an unusual name. Brent Yes, it is. He’s fifteen. Heather That’s nice. Where is he? Brent I don’t know. He goes out early in a morning. He’ll be back shortly I’m sure. . . .I hope. Heather Maybe I should make a cooked breakfast? Do you think he’d like that? Brent He likes cereal. Heather Maybe I’ll hold off until he comes home and I can ask him. Brent Don’t you want to know who he is? Heather No. Well, I did wonder I suppose. I thought he might have been a friend of Steven’s. Brent And you didn’t wonder why our nephew’s friend would be here for the night? Heather Steven has stayed here lots of times. I thought he might have brought a friend. I wasn’t concerned. I knew you’d explain it to me when you got up. Brent Come here and sit down. I can’t believe you didn’t wonder why there was a strange kid in the apartment. Heather Brent Sweetie. Ever since we’ve been married you’ve brought home dogs, cats, injured birds, chipmunks and last year you arrived home with that filthy old man dressed in a Santa suit. Brent Oh yeah, Terry. He was confused. Heather I’d say, it was April. Brent Well this is a little different even for me. Heather Sounds serious. I’m not sure I want to know. Brent Logan is. . . .there’s no easy way to say this. Logan is. . . . The front door opens and Logan walks in. They both look at him. Logan Hey, you must be Heather. Heather Hello Logan Hey Man, dad called me. Congratulations you two, you have just become proud grandparents of your third grandchild, Patricia. Baby and Mother doing fine. He said he hopes to be back in a couple of days. Logan walks into his room and shuts the door. Brent Heather. . . Heather Would you get me a glass of water please? Brent Water. . . .of course. Brent rushes over to the sink and gets his wife a glass of water. Brent (cont’d) He did that on purpose the little b. . . .brat. That kid is not the easiest person to get on with. He’s no fool but. . Heather What he said. Is it true? Brent Listen Love. . . Heather Brent! What that young man just said about us and grandchildren, is it true? Brent Yes. But let me explain. . . Heather throws the glass of water into Brent’s face, gets up and walks away. Brent I deserve that. I do, I deserve that. Heather When? Brent When what? Heather When did. . . .for you to have grandchildren you have to have children. Brent That’s right. Heather When? Brent A long time ago. Heather How could you. . . (starts to cry) Brent Heather, It was before I met you. Heather What about the test? Brent Test? Heather (Loud) The test! Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, Brent. Brent I do know. Heather More lies? Brent sits, unable to answer. Heather All these years. All these years. Deceit, secrets, lies. How could you? Brent I didn’t know about him. I swear to you Heather. I didn’t know I had a son until a couple of weeks ago. . . .I got an email. It said are you the Brent Foster from Whistler BC in nineteen seventy seven. I answered the email and I find out I have a thirty six year old son. Heather Who was she? Brent She was a one night stand. She was a friend and we ended up in bed. Then three months later when I get back from Whistler I get a letter. She said she was pregnant with my child. Heather Three months? That would be November seventy seven, we met in September. Brent I couldn’t tell you. I had fallen in love with you. I was afraid I would lose you. Heather So, you knew you were going to be a father back then. Brent Yes. . .no. . . I wasn’t sure. . there’s so much more. . I sent her money, to have an abortion. Heather Did she say she wanted to get rid of it? Brent Not exactly. Heather What does that mean Brent? Brent No, she didn’t say she was going to get rid of it. I sent her to the money anyway. Heather Who are you? I thought I knew you after all these years but clearly I don’t. Brent You know me better than. . . Heather Lies, Secret children, grandkids. . . . Brent For goodness sake Heather. . . Heather I was honest with you was I not? Brent Yes, you were honest with me. Heather And then there’s the test. Did you even have it? Brent Do we have to do this now? Heather We based the rest of our lives on that non- existent test. That’s the cruelest secret of them all. Brent I didn’t do it to hurt you. I would never intentionally do anything to hurt you. Heather You have hurt me. Heather walks towards the bedroom. She stops. Brent There’s more to this and there’s Logan. . . . Heather. . . Heather goes into her room and closes the door. Brent looks to Logan’s room and sees him standing there. Brent goes over to the couch and sits. Logan walks over to him. Logan Sorry. Brent I’m sorry you had to hear that. Logan I didn’t mean for that to happen. Brent It had to come out. I was hoping to do it in a less conflicting way. Logan Is she going to leave now? Brent Leave? No. Logan Are you going to leave? Brent Of course I’m not. Why would you ask that? Logan When mom and dad have a bad argument one of them leaves for a day or so. One time mom was gone for two weeks. I thought she’d never come back. Brent Well, we don’t do that. If we have a disagreement we usually take a time out to settle things down and then we talk things over. We work it out. Logan I think it’s going to take more than a time out to sort this one out. Brent Well, that’s where you’re wrong. You mark my word, this time this afternoon everything will be forgotten and back to normal. That’s the way mature, responsible adults handle conflict. Blackout.