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The Window Watcher

Synopsis and excerpt from The Window Watcher

The year is 1870, England. Abigail has arrived to visit her cousin Florence at her home, Willows End, in Somerset. Near by is the local tourist attraction Falcon House with it's high stone walls and only resident Alex Cheddick. Unable to speak, with a horribly deformed face, he sits in the window and waits for his mother to come home. But as the looming wrought iron gates, overgrown with years of creeping vines and sealed by time suggests, Alex has been waiting a long time. It's been twenty five years since his mother left, but little Alex waits. Abigail, who has suffered the loss of a young son, feels for this lonely, pathetic soul and decides she is going to find Alex's mother. Little did she know what hidden secrets were held within the memories of the local people and those she thought she knew. Secrets, best left undisturbed behind those wrought iron gates, but now revealed. Now the gates are open and Alex no longer sits in his window. Now the people sit and watch and wait at their windows. . . . for The Window Watcher.


The Window Watcher

										CUT TO
INT. WILLOWS END. NIGHT.

Abigail is sleeping. We hear muffled cries from a child, 
Abigail awakes and goes over to the window. It is raining 
heavily. A man is carrying a small child to a carriage.



	ABIGAIL
				
Charlie!

(Abigail rushes through the house in a panic.)
 
											CUT TO
EXT. A LARGE STATELY HOME. NIGHT

(As she gets outside, the carriage is pulling away with the 
boy leaning out of the window calling for his mother with 
his arm outstretched.)

SLOW MOTION.

	CHARLIE
				
Mommy!

	ABIGAIL
				
(Screaming) 
Charlie!

(Abigail falls to her knees crying, as the rain pelts 
against her.)

											CUT TO
INT. WILLOWS END. NIGHT.

(Abigail awakes with a start. She is sweating and looks 
scared. Realizing it was just a dream recounting her 
son's abduction she gets out of bed and goes over to the 
window. She can see Falcon House off in the distance. 
Although it is the dead of night, we see her begin to dress.)

										DISSOLVE TO
EXT. FALCON HOUSE. NIGHT.

(As a clouds pass over the moon, Abigail looks through the 
gates of Falcon House. She notices the dish of food left
by the housekeeper, then steps back into the shadow of a tree. 
She is then startled by the sound of rustling from beyond the 
gates. A hand is seen reaching out to the dish of food, then 
disappears into the night. Abigail comes back out into the 
moon light.)

	ABIGAIL
				
So, that's Alex Cheddick

											CUT TO
WILLOWS END. DAY.

INT.Florence is having breakfast in the dining room. 
Abigail comes in.

	FLORENCE
				
Good morning Abby, did you sleep well?

	ABIGAIL
				
Yes, thank you Flo.

	FLORENCE
				
George is at work today, so, we have the whole day to 
ourselves. What would you like to do?

	ABIGAIL
				
I would like to go to Falcon House.

	FLORENCE
				
(Looking at her stunned) 
Falcon House!. . . The home of The Window Watcher?

	ABIGAIL
				
Yes.

	FLORENCE
				
Why would you like to go to that ghastly place?

	ABIGAIL
				
For some reason, I feel drawn to that pitiful man. I want 
to help him.

	FLORENCE
				
But you know nothing about him.

	ABIGAIL
				
I know enough about him to want to help him.

	FLORENCE
				
Abigail, the whole of Somerset is at our feet,and you want 
to spend it at Falcon House, and that dangerous man?

	ABIGAIL
				
He is not dangerous! At least, I don't think he is.

	FLORENCE
				
And how do you expect to find out? Are you just going to go 
up to him and introduce yourself? (Mimicking her) 
Hello, Mr. Window Watcher, I'm Abigail from London. How are 
you today.. . He will eat you alive.

	ABIGAIL
				
Florence! You make him sound like he's some kind of monster. 

	FLORENCE
				
He may be just that.

	ABIGAIL
				
I went to see him last night.

	FLORENCE
				
(Looking shocked) 
You're serious. You went to Falcon House in the dead of 
night, on your own?

	ABIGAIL
Yes. I did. I had a dream, about Charlie. I Could see Falcon 
House from my window.I felt drawn to it.

	FLORENCE
Oh Abby (Hugging her) It won't bring Charlie back.

	ABIGAIL
I know, this is not about Charlie. I have to know what would 
make a mother turn her Back on her son. . .Why would she leave 
him sitting there like that, never to return?

	FLORENCE
I think the world is full of children left behind.

	ABIGAIL
Mothers, too. Will you help me?

	FLORENCE
I will not have to go into the house will I?

	ABIGAIL
(Smiling at her) 
No. Now let us go to Falcon House.

	FLORENCE
George will kill me if he finds out.

FADE OUT.