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INT AFTERNOON WIDE: POLICE STATION HALLWAY

(Camera follows Hollis into the building and down the hall)

                            HOLLIS

(Hurries around corner, sees Lily sitting on bench)

Lily!

                             LILY

(stands)

Daddy. Please don't be mad.

                            HOLLIS

What on earth are you doing here?! Please don't tell me you put
someone into the hospital again!

                             LILY

Daddy, no! I'm not in trouble... except...

                            HOLLIS

Except?

                             LILY

I skipped seventh period.

                            HOLLIS

Lily! I was a cop, remember?! Cops don't arrest kids for
skipping class!

                             LILY

No, Daddy. It's not like that. I skipped class because they
brought in Tyler Chamberlain for questioning!

                            HOLLIS

Tyler Chamberlain?!

                             LILY

Yes.

                            HOLLIS

What for?

                             LILY

They said he stole some things from other kid's lockers.

                            HOLLIS

That doesn't sound right!

                             LILY

That's what I said!

                            HOLLIS

Tyler Chamberlain is making a very good living from television.
He doesn't need to steal.

                             LILY

That's what I said! But they didn't listen.

(Gwen enters from a side room beyond, dabbing her eyes)

                            HOLLIS

(approaches)

Mrs Chamberlain, what's going on?

                             GWEN

I think I made a mistake.

                            HOLLIS

I don't understand.

                             GWEN

I told Tyler to answer all their questions. But I think I should
have asked for a lawyer.

                            HOLLIS

Why? What happened?

                             GWEN

I think they're going to hold him overnight at Juvenile Hall.

                            HOLLIS

(looks back down the hall)

Mrs Chamberlain, I was a cop in this precinct. I still have some
pull here. But before I pull some strings, I need to know... Did
Tyler do what they said?

                             GWEN

No! Of course not!

                            HOLLIS

I'm not asking Tyler's mother. I'm asking you, as a witness of
what you heard in there...

(points)

I need to be absolutely certain. Did Tyler do this?

                             GWEN

Tyler doesn't have a dishonest bone in his body.

                             LILY

That's true, Daddy. He doesn't even like to keep secrets.

                            HOLLIS

Okay, then, I'll see what I can do.

                              COP

(enters from side room)

Mrs Chamberlain, we've decided to hold Tyler until his
arraignment in the morning.

                             GWEN

Oh no!

(sits)

(Lily sits with Gwen, holds her hand)

                            HOLLIS

Hold off for a minute on that, will you Frank?

                              COP

Bill Hollis! You old hound dog!. What brings you to these
hallowed halls?!

(offers hand)

                            HOLLIS

(shakes)

I'm a friend of Mrs Chamberlain.

(points)

I think you should slow down a little.

                              COP

What do you mean?

                            HOLLIS

I mean, I've stood where you're standing and I know that
sometimes things aren't what they look like.

                              COP

Surely, you don't think the kid is innocent! We caught him with
the stolen credit cards in his locker!

                            HOLLIS

All I'm saying is, there's more than one way for stolen property
to get into a kids locker.

                              COP

(sighs)

Bill, I've got a solid case against this kid. So, if it was
anybody but you stepping in, I wouldn't even hesitate to go
ahead with it. But you were a good cop. You've always had good
instincts. How do you read it?

                            HOLLIS

(turns away from Gwen)

Frank, my gut tells me that there's only a 5% chance that Tyler
Chamberlain is your guy. But even if the chances were 95%, I'd
still advise you to put this off for two days until we're 100%
sure.

                              COP

Two days? I don't know, Bill.

                            HOLLIS

Frank, Tyler Chamberlain is a television star. They shoot his
television show here in the city. Even if he did it, there's
nowhere for him to run that he wouldn't be recognized. What's
the hurry to lock him up?

                              COP

Well, when you put it like that...

                            HOLLIS

Give us two days. I'll dot the I's and cross the T's myself. If
he's guilty, I'll make sure he pleads guilty. It's his first
offense. The most time he'll do for it is 30 days. But if he's
not guilty and you ruin his reputation, well...

                              COP

Alright. Alright. Bill, I wouldn't do this for anybody else but
you. You have two days to do your own investigation.

                            HOLLIS

That's all I'm asking.

                              COP

I just have one condition.

                            HOLLIS

I'm listening.

                              COP

This will not be a whitewash. In two days you either hand over
Tyler Chamberlain or the real perp PLUS a bushel basket of
evidence that I can hand over to the D.A..

                            HOLLIS

(offers hand)

Deal.

                              COP

I'll get the kid.

(turns)

                            HOLLIS

And I need to see the case file.

                              COP

(turns, sighs, shakes finger, backs away)

Hollis, this better not fall back on me!

(exits)

                            HOLLIS

Frank, it's me!

(turns)

Lily, if you're wrong about this, I won't be able to show my
face around here ever again.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: POLICE STATION ENTRANCE

(TV news crews block the exit of the Hollises and the
Chamberlains)

                           REPORTER

(holds mike in front of Hollis)

When will Tyler be arraigned for this crime?

                            HOLLIS

He's not going to be arraigned.

                           REPORTER

Then, the police are releasing him?

                            HOLLIS

They're not releasing Tyler because they never arrested Tyler.
He was just here to help the police with the investigation. The
perpetrator of the crime is still at large.

                           REPORTER

We have reports that the stolen property was found in Tyler's
school locker.

                            HOLLIS

What the reports DIDN'T tell you is that only a few of many
stolen items were found in Tyler's locker. We think the items
were placed in his locker to divert suspicion from the real
thief.

(pushes through)

Now if you'll excuse us, we need to get Tyler home so he can
resume his normal activities.

(Lily and the Chamberlains follow Hollis down sidewalk, Gwen
looks back)

                             GWEN

Mr Hollis, you couldn't have handled that better if you were a
$500 per hour lawyer.

                            HOLLIS

Who do you think I learned that from when I was a cop?

INT EVENING WIDE: FAIRFIELD ACADEMY HALLWAY

(The Chamberlains and Hollises stand in front of Tyler's open
locker. Hallways are dark except locally)

                            HOLLIS

According to the police report, the stolen credit card and the

(refers to notepad, points to open locker)

stolen gift card were found here in Tyler's locker.

                             LILY

That doesn't mean Tyler stole them!

                            HOLLIS

Lily, you're not Tyler's friend now. You're Tyler's
investigator. Focus on the investigation. Let the evidence lead
you to a conclusion.

                             LILY

Sorry, Daddy. I'm focused.

                            HOLLIS

Both the gift card and the credit card belonged to the same
person...

(reads)

Bradly Lamson. Where is his locker?

                             TYLER

Next to mine. On the left there.

(points)

                            HOLLIS

According to the police report, eleven other lockers in this
area were also looted. Can you confirm?

                             TYLER

(nods, points)

When I arrived, these twelve lockers were open. The Police made
me open my locker and found the gift card and the credit card.

                            HOLLIS

(points to notepad)

Neither the locks nor the lockers showed any signed of being
forced open. How do you explain that?

                             TYLER

(shakes head)

There are key holes on the backsides of all the locks

(lifts lock, points)

and there's a master key that opens them all.

                            HOLLIS

That means unless the thief had memorized the combinations to a
dozen locks...

                             LILY

...the thief had access to the master key!

                            HOLLIS

According to the police report, there are only three master keys
in existence:

(reads)

one is in the school safe, one is carried on the key ring of the
head master and one is carried by the head janitor. Who do we
suspect?

                             GWEN

Well, I can rule out the head master. She's a friend of mine.
She would never...

                             LILY

What about the head janitor?

                             TYLER

He's been here since the school opened over thirty years ago. No
way he'd start stealing after all this time.

                             LILY

That leaves the master key in the school safe in the head
master's office.

                             GWEN

I can help you there. The head master is the only one with the
combination to that safe.

                            HOLLIS

She's not old enough to have been here since the school opened.
Maybe the previous head master still knows the combination.

                             GWEN

(shakes head)

I helped her move into her office. The first thing she did was
change the locks on the office door and the combination to the
safe.

                             TYLER

That leaves no suspects with a master key.

(points)

You don't suppose someone picked twelve locks...

                             LILY

Have they narrowed down when the cards were stolen?

                            HOLLIS

(points to notepad)

They narrowed it down to the last half of sixth period.

                             GWEN

That's less than a half hour.

                             LILY

Daddy, you can pick locks... could you....

                            HOLLIS

It's not like you see on TV. You've got to pick one tumbler at a
time and there are six or eight tumblers per lock. For twelve
locks that could take fifteen or twenty minutes. No thief would
expose himself in this hallway for that long. The guy who did
this used a master key.

                             LILY

But we've already eliminated all the suspects with keys.

                             TYLER

So, we're back to me as the only suspect.

                             LILY

We don't suspect you! Do we Daddy?

                            HOLLIS

Why did they suspect you, Tyler?

                             TYLER

I got a hall pass to go to the library during sixth period. I
stopped by my locker to pick up a book.

                             LILY

So, whoever did this saw Tyler at his locker!

                            HOLLIS

Did you see anyone in the hallway?

                             TYLER

(pauses)

There were several people... employees I think... walking down

(points)

the back hallway. But nobody in this one.

                             LILY

So, it could be one of them!

                            HOLLIS

We can't eliminate the students yet.

                             TYLER

He's right. A student may have walked by in the front or back
hallways when I wasn't looking.

                            HOLLIS

(holds up finger)

Follow me on this.

(pantamimes)

The perp opens ten lockers. Then searches coats and jackets and
backpacks until he finds cash and credit cards and stuffs them
in his pockets. When his pockets are full, he searches one more
locker, takes a credit card and a gift card from this last
locker and slides them through the louvers of Tyler's locker to
divert suspicion.

(turns)

Are you with me so far?

(all nod)

Any conclusions?

                             LILY

It can't be a student, Daddy!

                             TYLER

Why not?

                             LILY

Suppose one of the students comes out of class to go to the
bathroom and sees a student standing in front of eleven open
lockers....

                             TYLER

I see where you're going with this! If it's a student, the first
thing you think is the kid is stealing!

                             LILY

But if it's an adult in that same situation,...

                             TYLER

You think there must be a water pipe leaking in the wall behind
the lockers or it's a locker inspection to find cigarettes or
drugs.

                             LILY

So, we're definitely looking for an adult.

                             GWEN

I'll have the head master question the staff tomorrow.

                            HOLLIS

Actually, I think this investigation will have to be done by the
kids.

                             TYLER

Really?!

                             GWEN

You can't be serious!

                             LILY

What do you mean?

                            HOLLIS

If the perp gets wind that we know it's a staff member, he'll
destroy the evidence. And there are far more kids in this school
than adults. And kids are more open to answering questions from
kids than from adults.

                             TYLER

So, we get to do a real investigation?

                             GWEN

You can't be serious! Tyler's future is at stake!

                             TYLER

Lily and I solved the sabotage of Bella's costumes.

                             LILY

And the house burglaries.

                             GWEN

You really think these kids can clear Tyler's name?

                             TYLER

Lily is a gifted investigator. My only doubt is who will end up
in the hospital.

INT NOON WIDE: FAIRFIELD ACADEMY LUNCH ROOM

(Lily comes off the line carrying a tray of food. Tyler is
already sitting with eighth grade girls.)

                             TYLER

(to girls)

Move over and let Lily have a seat.

(the girls slide aside, Lily hesitates nervously)

                             TYLER

(points)

Sit.

(Lily sits)

Any luck interviewing the kids in YOUR classes?

                             LILY

(shakes head)

No. All the seventh grade lockers are on the other end of the
building. Nobody saw anything. What about you?

                             TYLER

(to Girl1)

Tiffy, tell Lily what you told me. Tell her who you suspect.

                             TIFFY

Billy Ridgeway.

                             LILY

(looks subtly)

Ridgeway. That name sounds familiar. Is he a seventh grader?

                             TIFFY

He's a dishwasher in the kitchen.

(points subtly, looks out of the side of her eye)

That's him collecting the trays from the trash can.

                             LILY

Why does the name Ridgeway sound familiar?

                             GWEN

Billy's dad is the Head Janitor.

                             LILY

That's interesting. Why do you think it's him?

                             TIFFY

There are three elements required to zero in on a suspect:
means, motive and opportunity.

                             LILY

(smiles)

You get that from watching television?

                             TYLER

I think she's got something here.

(Counts on fingers)

Means, motive and opportunity. Let's start with opportunity. The
thefts happened during sixth period when all the kids are in
classes.

                             TIFFY

The kitchen crew is off work half way through sixth period.

                             TYLER

It's the right time at the right place.

(counts on finger)

That means Billy's got the opportunity.

                             TIFFY

I heard that Billy lost his job and he had to move back home
with his parents. His dad got him a job here at the school.

                             TYLER

That means he would have access to his dad's master key at home.

                             LILY

He could make a copy of it and return the key to the key ring
without anyone noticing.

                             TYLER

Billy has access to the master key.

(counts on finger)

Billy has the means.

                             LILY

(hand to face)

Quiet. Here he comes.

(Billy passes by)

                             TYLER

(whispers, counts on finger)

That leaves motive.

                             TIFFY

If he moved back in with his parents, and his dad had to get him
a job here, it means that Billy probably lost his job and needs
money.

                             TYLER

Billy needs money.

(counts on finger)

That means Billy has a motive.

(counts on fingers)

Means, motive and opportunity.

                             TIFFY

So, let's go get a search warrant!

                             LILY

We need more than suspicion to get a search warrant.

                             TIFFY

We can't just sit back and wait for the police to come and
arrest Tyler. What else can we do?

                             LILY

We need to catch him in the act.

                             TIFFY

Too late! The crime was yesterday!

                             LILY

If...

(looks both ways)

...if Billy is in financial need, looting the lockers of a few
eighth graders won't solve his financial problems. If he thinks
he got away with it once, he'll probably try it again.

                             TYLER

Especially if he thinks I'll take the blame!

                             LILY

Exactly.

                             TYLER

So, we can still catch him in the act!

                             LILY

WE are not going to do anything. YOU shouldn't be anywhere
near...

(looks both ways)

Billy when we catch him in the act.

                             TIFFY

She's right, Tyler. If the cops see you with Billy, they'll
assume you're cooperating with him.

                             TYLER

That's no fun! I love detective work!

(Lily raises her eyebrow)

Alright. Alright. I'll stay out of it.

                             LILY

Make sure you get a hall pass and go to the library during sixth
period again today. Daddy and I will do the rest.

                             TYLER

Good luck.

INT AFTERNOON POV: FROM INSIDE A DARKEN SCHOOL LOCKER

(Lily watches through the louvers as Billy pockets money and
cards from the last three of ten open lockers. Then he looks
both ways and pulls two of the gift cards out of his pocket and
slides them through the louvers of Tyler's locker. Lily sends a
text message: "Daddy, Billy is perp. Move in." A message appears
on the screen. "No service." Billy exits. Lily waits for a few
seconds, then exits the locker cautiously, puts phone to ear.)

                             LILY

(following Billy cautiously)

Daddy! Change of plans. My cell phone didn't work inside the
locker. Billy got away. He went out the BACK door. I'm
following.

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: FAIRFIELD ACADEMY BACK DOOR

(Lily opens door cautiously, peeks out, looks both ways, sees
Billy jump over the wall beyond the school yard, Lily runs,
jumps to top of wall, a german shepherd barks fiercely from the
other side. Lily drops down, runs along the wall, climbs to top
again, sees Billy climbing a fence on the far end of someone's
yard. Now wary, Lily walks the length of the side fence like
it's a balance beam, dismounts off the far end with a somersault
with a half twist)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: CITY SIDEWALK

                             LILY

(phone to ear, running cautiously, ducking behind bushes and
walls occasionally)

Daddy, Billy cut through someone's yard behind the school. He's
headed toward the strip mall near the 7-11 where you stop for
coffee.

I can't wait for you there, I might lose him.

Got to go.

(pockets phone, reaches out, pulls Tyler into frame)

Tyler! What are you doing here?!

(pulls Tyler behind a dumpster, ducks)

                             TYLER

(points)

He went that way.

(turns)

You're mad. I can tell you're mad.

                             LILY

You're going to ruin everything! Go home!

                             TYLER

Well, I couldn't let him get away! Your dad was parked in front
of the school, but noone was covering the back!

                             LILY

(looks around dumpster)

He's gone! I lost him.

                             TYLER

Oh no! That's my fault. I thought I was helping.

                             LILY

You're not helping. Go home.

(Tyler exits, Lily hops onto a stack of empty wooden pallets,
onto a dumpster, onto an electrical equipment cabinet, onto the
ladder spikes of a nearby power pole. She climbs up the pole to
get a look around, sees Billy in the distance turning into the
back entrance of a storefront business. Holding on with one
hand, she digs into her shirt pocket for her cell phone, other
hand slips, she drops phone to grip the pole, phone slips out of
her hand, tumbles to the ground)

(close-up: phone smashing to pieces in slow-motion)

INT AFTERNOON TWO-SHOT: HOLLIS' CAR

                             LILY

(drops the pieces of broken phone into Hollis' hand)

Daddy, I am so sorry! That was a new phone.

                            HOLLIS

(pulls car door closed)

The important thing is that YOU are in one piece.

(camera zooms out to include the back door of the storefront
business, a police car and an ambulance, as Billy is loaded into
the ambulance on a gurney)

What happened?

                             LILY

I tried to dial the phone while I was at the top of a telephone
pole.

                            HOLLIS

I'm not talking about the cell phone! I'm talking about what
went on here. You put two more people into the hospital!

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: BEHIND THE USED-BOOK STORE

                             LILY

(hops up a stack of inverted milk crates, to the top of a
dumpster to the top of a wall nearby to sneak a peak through a
rear window, sees Proprietor approach Billy from the front of
the store. Billy pulls some of the stolen cards from his pocket.
Proprietor turns, checks to see if there are any customers in
the front of the store.)

(voiceover)

I followed Billy to this bookstore and when I looked in through
the window I saw Billy pull out the credit cards and gift cards
he stole from the kids at school.

INT AFTERNOON TWO-SHOT: USED-BOOK STORE BACK ROOM

                             BILLY

(counts out the stolen cards on a work table as Proprietor
watches)

...seven, eight, nine.

(straightens, smiles)

Nine cards at ten bucks a piece. That's ninety bucks you owe me.

                          PROPRIETOR

I'll pay you fifty bucks.

                             BILLY

Fifty?!

                          PROPRIETOR

A couple of those gift cards you brought me last time had less
than five bucks left on them.

(sound cue: bell tinkles)

                             BILLY

What about the other cards? I'll bet you....

                          PROPRIETOR

(Holds up finger, backs away to front of the store. Looks
around, sees noone. Sidesteps to see between several stacks of
books all across the store. Makes one final scan of the store,
shrugs shoulders, turns, returns to back room)

(camera pans bookshelves revealing Lily hiding beneath a table
of books. She climbs to the top of a bookshelf, crawls to the
rear of the store, over the partition between front and rear,
over books on the top shelves along the wall, partially obscured
from view by other shelves. She ends up at the rear of the back
room as the men talk)

Where were we?

                             BILLY

You were about to rip me off!

                          PROPRIETOR

Wrong. Offering to pay you fifty bucks is the opposite of
ripping you off.

                             BILLY

You paid me ten bucks per card last time.

                          PROPRIETOR

But last time they weren't worth ten bucks per card.

                             BILLY

How much did you get for them?

                          PROPRIETOR

The mark-up I get from the sale of my merchandise is none of
your business. Now, do you want fifty bucks for nine cards or
not?

                             BILLY

You're not the only game in town, you know.

                          PROPRIETOR

You're welcome to take your business elsewhere if you like.
Nobody has a gun pointed at your head.

(smiles)

                             BILLY

Seventy-five bucks.

                          PROPRIETOR

Fifty bucks is the offer.

(smiles)

                             BILLY

I know. We're negotiating. Sixty bucks.

                          PROPRIETOR

Fifty bucks is the offer.

(smiles)

                             BILLY

I suppose next time you'll pay me a dollar a card.

                          PROPRIETOR

This is here and this is now. Fifty bucks is the offer. Take it
or leave it.

(smiles)

                             BILLY

Alright, I'll take it. But next time, I'm finding somebody else
to fence my cards.

                          PROPRIETOR

(pulls a wad of bills from his pocket, peels off two twenties
and a ten)

Okay, we have twenty, forty, fifty dollars.

(gathers up plastic cards)

It's been a pleasure doing business with you.

(smiles)

                             BILLY

(takes money)

Yeah, yeah.

(turns toward back door)

                             LILY

(shot widens)

I'm sorry, I can't let you leave until the police get here.

                          PROPRIETOR

Who is she? And how did she get in here? Did you rat me out?!

                             BILLY

Don't blame me! I'm leaving.

(steps toward door)

                             LILY

No, you're not.

(pushes a loaded shelf unit over with her foot, blocking the
back door, covering Billy with books. Lily crawls toward the
front door)

                          PROPRIETOR

You little brat! Look at the mess you made!

(to Billy, pointing)

Get her!

                             BILLY

I'm sorry, I'm a little busy.

                          PROPRIETOR

(following Lily)

Who do you think you are, coming here and making a mess?!

                             LILY

I go to the school where Billy stole those cards from. So, he's
going to jail and so are you.

                          PROPRIETOR

(grabs an extension book-grabber, pokes at Lily repeatedly)

That's not going to happen. I'm afraid you're going to have a
little accident.

(lunges)

You're going to fall from a great height and

(lunges)

die!

                             LILY

(leaps to the side)

You wish.

                          PROPRIETOR

That was you coming in through the front door, wasn't it?

(lunges)

                             LILY

(leaps to a nearby shelf top)

Yes.

                          PROPRIETOR

So, you haven't had a chance to call the police yet, have you?

(lunges)

                             LILY

(swings from fire extinguisher pipe, lands on another shelf top)

As a matter of fact, I thought I would use your phone.

                          PROPRIETOR

I hate to disappoint you, but I won't be here when the police
arrive.

(turns toward front door)

                             LILY

Yes,

(pushes over book shelf with foot, blocking the door, covering
Proprietor in a pile of books)

...you will!

INT AFTERNOON TWO-SHOT: HOLLIS' CAR

                             LILY

I really made a mess of things, didn't I Daddy?!

                            HOLLIS

Look on the bright side. The police haven't even mentioned it.

                             LILY

They haven't?

                            HOLLIS

No, what they mentioned was that they've been after the
proprietor of this bookstore for fencing stolen property. And
they found nine stolen credit cards in his pocket. So, YOU just
made the case against him.

                             LILY

And against Billy?

                            HOLLIS

And against Billy.

                             LILY

What about Tyler Chamberlain? Is he still in trouble?

                            HOLLIS

Nope. Thanks to you, Tyler Chamberlain has been cleared of all
charges.

                             LILY

Awesome!

(reaches into pocket for cell phone)

I'll call him and tell... Oh. I broke it.

                            HOLLIS

(voiceover as car drives away)

You can tell him in person. We're all having dinner together.

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