Devon has just turned seventeen. He has it all, looks, personality, confidence, captain of the football team. His older brother in Jeremy (Emy) who is mentally challenged with the mind of a seven year old. Devon has had to look after Emy as far back as he can remember. They both live with their mother, with the occasional visit from their good-for-nothing father. One day Devon's perfect life comes crashing down when he is involved in a car accident and ends up in a wheelchair. Now the roles are reversed, Emy must look after Devon. This is a story about life, relationships, it's about turmoil and change, but most of all it's about brothers.
DEVON Emy, help me get out of this thing before dad gets here. (trying to get out) JEREMY Where are you going? DEVON Help me into the bench, quick before mom comes out. JEREMY No. . Stay in the chair Devon. . .you have to stay in the chair. . DEVON I donít want dad seeing me like this. . .Emy, help me. . . Jeremy goes over and helps Devon to get into the picnic bench. JEREMY Youíre not supposed to. . . .careful. DEVON Easy. . . . (he makes it onto the bench.) ou. . . Christ that hurt. Jeremy sits next to him and starts rocking because heís upset. JEREMY Devon hurt. . Devon hurt. . . DEVON Okay Emy, Iím alright. . . Iím alright. . (trying to settle him down) Letís see that DVD. . . Jeremy stops rocking and hands him the DVD. The gate opens and Gary enters. Jeremy takes the DVD and goes over to him. GARY Hey, now thereís my boys. JEREMY (Getís up, showing him the DVD) Look dad, itís a new DVD. GARY (Dismissing him) Yeah. . Gary walks around Jeremy and goes straight to Devon. DEVON Hey dad. GARY (Placing his hand on his shoulder) Look at you, out of that chair and sitting around. Youíre looking good man. . .a darn site better than when you were in the hospital, thatís for sure. DEVON Iím doing okay Dad. Jeremy goes over to Gary again. JEREMY (Talking about the DVD) It was just released yesterday. GARY (To Devon) Can you stand yet? DEVON Emy has a new DVD dad. GARY Oh, yeah. . (taking it from him) Now, what you want to do go wasting your money on that for, itís not even a good movie. JEREMY Itís a remake of the original from nineteen sixty-four staring. . . GARY (Ignoring Jeremy, speaking to Devon) Have your friends been over to see you? DEVON Just Woody, he left a few minutes ago. He came over in a wheelchair, got mom all crazy. GARY Heís a dick. JEREMY I got the original last year, it was on sale at. . . GARY You do? Great, I like the original, I got an idea Jerry, why donít you go inside and find it and put it on, Iíll come in, in a few minutes and watch it with you? JEREMY (Excitedly) Yeah, Iíll go find it, put it on. . . you come in and watch it with me. . .Devon too. Jeremy goes inside. GARY Iíll be there before you can shake a leg at it. (Back to Devon) Peace at last! So, youíre doing well? DEVON Yeah, but sitting around here all day, Iím bored to death. GARY Bored! Why didnít you call me man, you could have come to the racetrack with me last night? DEVON I did call you, you said you were busy. GARY Did you? Oh yeah, come to think of it I had to meet a business partner there, so it probably wouldnít have worked out anyway. Still, come on lets go now. Where do you want to go? DEVON I canít go anywhere right now. GARY Sure you can, come on. . Look, if I want to spend time with my son I should be allowed, right! He goes over and brings the wheelchair to him. DEVON Dad! Iím kind of tired right now, besides momís made dinner. GARY She wont mind, (He lefts him into the chair) Here we go. . . and donít you worry yourself about this chair, youíll be rid of this in a few months and back to scoring touchdown for the Packers before the end of the school year. DEVON I donít think Iíll be able to. . GARY Sure you will, man, Iím counting on it. Devon looks guilty. Bonnie comes out. BONNIE What are you doing? GARY Thatís a nice welcome from the woman who shared my matrimonial bed. BONNIE A moment of weakness. GARY Eight years? BONNIE Iím a slow learner, and besides I wasnít the only woman using OUR matrimonial bed remember. GARY Thatís it, kick me in the balls when Iím most vulnerable. Iím taking Devon out with me for a while. BONNIE Gary, Iíve made dinner. GARY Itíll keep. (going over to her) The lads bored okay, itíll do him good to get away for a while. Donít worry Iíll bring him back in one piece. BONNIE Devon, are you alright to. . . DEVON (Frustrated) Yeah, Iím not a kid mom, okay. GARY Donít sweat over this Bon, a bit of father son bonding. . we wont be long. BONNIE And what about your other son, will there be any boding going on there too? GARY Oh, youíll explain things to him wont you Bon? BONNIE Oh no, youíre not getting away that easy! You can tell him. . . (Going inside she calls Jeremy) Emy! GARY Come on, Iíll get you in the car and come back. They exit. Jeremy comes into the yard. He looks around and stands at the gate. The car is heard pulling away. BLACKOUT. Scene 8 Scene opens later that night. Jerry is still in the yard sitting at the bench. The gate opens and Garry and Devon enter. GARY I think itíll work out really well Dev, and I know your mom. . . JERRY Hello Dad, did you have a good time Devon? GARY You still here? DEVON I went to see dadís new apartment, heís moving in a couple of weeks itís great. Bonnie comes out. BONNIE Itís late Gary, you should have called. You look tired Devon. GARY Ah, heís fine. We had a good time eh lad? DEVON Yeah Dad, we did. BONNIE Emy, take your brother inside for me please. GARY Night son, donít forget what I told ya about those leg exercises. DEVON Yeah dad, night. Bonnie scowls at Gary. GARY Ah, thereís that look, Iíve missed that look. BONNIE Iím trying to get him into a routine. Heís recovering from a very serious accident. GARY I know that? Listen Bon, sit down, I want to ask you something.. BONNIE Oh no, I always get nervous with the ďsit down I want to ask you something, routine.Ē GARY You donít know what it is yet. BONNIE I donít have to, the answers NO. GARY Give me a break. Itís about Devon. BONNIE Devon? GARY My son. BONNIE ONE of your sonís Gary. GARY Just listen will ya. Iím moving to my new apartment in two weeks and well, I want him to come and live with me. Bonnie stares at him. GARY (CONTíD) I know I havenít always been there for him but things are going to be different from now on. Seeing him lying there in the hospital, helpless. . it put it all into perspective for me. It made me realize, we almost lost him. I know I can help him Bon, I want to try to be the dad I know I can be.. . . . Bonnie continues to stare at him. GARY (CONTíD) Well, what do you think? BONNIE You done? GARY Yeah. BONNIE No, (Getting up) anything else. GARY Thatís it, NO, no discussion? BONNIE Thereís nothing more to say Gary, the answers no, we can discuss it for the next month if you like but the answer will always be no. GARY I wont mention it again. BONNIE Good. GARY But Devon might. BONNIE You didnít. . . .you did didnít you? You slimy piece of shit! You talked about this with our son before you talked to me about it. Why did. . . . GARY Of course I did, I had to ask him if he wanted. . . BONNIE Have you given this any thought at all? The boys in a wheelchair, he has to be cared for day and night. He canít do anything for himself. He goes to physiotherapy three times a week. GARY I know, but heíll be starting back to school next week and the physioís not going to be for ever, once he gets back on his feet. . . BONNIE And what if he doesnít? GARY He will. BONNIE WHAT IF HE DOESNíT? GARY (Thinking) Then thatís something weíll have to live with. Listen, I know you think Iím a complete moron, but I am perfectly capable of looking after my son, or at least as capable as you are. BONNIE Say what you like Gary, but donít EVER compare your parenting skills to mine! What would you know about being a parent? Your total parenting experience consists of the occasional, and I say occasional to be as fair as possible, half hour visit with your sons every blue moon. GARY What are you talking about? I take Devon out as often as I can. BONNIE And Jeremy? Or did you forget about your OTHER son? You do have two sons Gary. Does Emy come to live with his father too? GARY You know I canít. . . . BONNIE Canít what? GARY We canít upset Jerry like that, taking him away from his home. You know how close he is to you, Jerry and I. . . we just. . . BONNIE Oh, I know. I remember the look on your face when the doctor told us he was autistic. That look never left you Gary. GARY I donít want to go there again Bon, that has nothing to do with Devon coming to live with me. BONNIE There! Thatís the reason right there why I know Iím right when I say what a terrible mistake it would be because it has EVERYTHING to do with it. When things donít go according to plan you give up. When things get too heavy you run away and bury your head. GARY I donít bury my head. BONNIE How can you take on the care of a teenager in a wheelchair when you canít commit to anything? You canít keep a job, an apartment, you certainly canít commit to a relationship. Commitment Gary, youíre afraid of it. GARY It wasnít me who left this marriage, YOU threw ME out remember. BONNIE You were screwing your best friends fiancť. GARY Tammy was screwing me. Sheís a psychologist Bon, she. . . did things to my mind, hypnotized me or something, I had no control. BONNIE Sheís an animal psychologist you moron. GARY (A feeble attempt to be funny) She is? That explains why I stopped sniffing the cats butt after that. BONNIE Pity it didnít stop you sniffing around other butts too, like Pauline. GARY You and me had finished at that point. BONNIE Er. . . GARY In my mind, if not physically, you and me had finished. This WILL work Bon, itíll be good for him and before you know it heíll be up on his feet and running around this yard. BONNIE And thatís another thing, I hope this is not some pathetic attempt on your part to CURE him because you have to realize heís in the best care he can have at that clinic and I donít want you interfering with it. GARY I know he is, but itís normal to want to see him walk again isnít it? I want to take Devon to live with me. . .and he wants to come. BONNIE He wants to come? GARY Ask him, go on, ask him. BONNIE Right! Bonnie goes inside. Jerry comes out. JEREMY Hi Dad. GARY Hey there Jerry, come and sit with your dad. Jerry goes over and sits next to him. JEREMY I waited for you, to watch the movie. GARY Yeah, sorry about that, I forgot all about it. Hey, have you seen that new second world war DVD set by Time Life? JEREMY No. GARY Yeah, itís twelve hours long and contains never previously seen footage of actual battles at Vimmy Ridge and Dunkirk, I thought of you, how would you like me to get it for you? JEREMY No thank you GARY No? Oh. JEREMY I donít like documentaryís. I got Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Speilberg, thatís about the war. GARY Yeah but itís not real. Oh well, suit yourself, saves me Eighty-nine bucks. Listen, I got to tell you something. Devon is coming to live with me. JEREMY (shocked) Live with you? GARY Yeah, your motherís finding it hard looking after him in his situation, so heís coming to live with me for awhile. JEREMY Me too? GARY I donít think thatís a good idea, You wouldnít want to leave your mom all alone here by herself now would you? JEREMY She wont mind. I have to help my brother. GARY I donít have the room and. . . Truth is, I mentioned you coming too but Devon doesnít want you there. Lets give him some time to get used to it and settled in and weíll talk to him again about it okay? JERRY (Getting upset) Devon doesnít want me? But I look after him. GARY Well heís got me now, but weíll be over to visit you as often as we can. Jerry starts to cry. GARY (CONTíD) Ah come on, donít start that now, donít be so selfish, youíll upset your mother. JEREMY Iím sorry. GARY You want whatís best for your brother donít you. . . well donít you? JEREMY Yeah. GARY There you go. Now wipe your eyes before your mom comes out and sees you like that and gives me shit. JEREMY Devon takes me to the Y. GARY Iíll take you to the frigginí Y, when do you go? JEREMY Wednesdayís. GARY Howís this then, Iíll come by every Wednesday and take you to the Y, and Iíll even come in with you, spend a bit of quality time with my boy, what doíy think? JEREMY Devon too? GARY Sure. JEREMY Okay. Bonnie comes outside. GARY Jerry, give your mom and me and minute to talk will ya. JEREMY (Sadly) Yeah. Jerry exits. BONNIE Whatís wrong with Emy? GARY Oh, you know how he gets. Well, did you talk to Dev? BONNIE You sure did a number on him didnít you? GARY What are. . BONNIE A new computer, a game system, youíre promising him things you canít deliver on Gary. GARY They arenít the reason why he wants to come, I just got carried away. BONNIE He knows that, he said he never expected any of it. He knows you too well. . . . But he said he still wants to go. GARY And what did you say? BONNIE What can I say? Heís almost a man. He thinks heíll be happier with y. . . (she breaks down) Going over to her GARY Bon. .Bon. . .Donít cry. . . He goes to hug her but she puts her hands up defensively and backs away. BONNIE You hurt him. . .you hurt him in any way and Iíll kill you, doíy understand? GARY I wouldnít hurt. . . BONNIE You get him the end of the month and not before. . youíd better go in and tell him. GARY Thanks Bon, you wont regret it. He goes inside. BONNIE I already do. She sits down, defeated and stares at nothing. BLACKOUT.