Written by Dianne Messina Stanely & James Stanley; Directed by Kevin Dowling; (as "fanscribed" by Janet)
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Scene: brief exterior of Nikkis foster home. Interior of foster home with foster parents in living room talking.
Robin: How can we just give up?
Michael: Shes a good kid. Theres got to be some way to reach her.
Robin: She doesnt want to be reached, Michael. Shes made that abundantly clear.
Michael: If we dont take her with us to Denver, shes going to go back to the home. And we both know - - we both know that at her age, her chances of getting placed are pretty slim.
Robin: And that tears me up, Michael, it does, but we - - we did not create this problem.
Michae: We wanted a chi - - we want a child.
Robin: The question is do we want this child? For that matter, does she want us? She certainly doesnt seem to like it here.
Michael: If we just had a little more time.
Robin: But we dont. Mrs. Keller called this morning. If were going to adopt she needs to start the paperwork now. Michael, can you honestly say that youre ready to make a lifelong commitment to this child?
Foster Father: Ill call the agency in the morning.
(Nikki is on the stairs above listening to their conversation.)
Nikki: Like I care.
Scene: Brief exterior of McGintys. Switches to interior. Gary and Marissa are seated at a table while Marissa wraps Garys wrist in a bandage.
Marissa: It was a picture?
Gary: It was a picture of a plane on the side of the truck. And I'm telling you, she knew it was going to hit me.
Marissa: Lucky guess?
Gary: Marissa, she asked me if I stopped that tanker truck from hitting the school bus. Why would she ask about an accident that never happened?
Marissa: I dont know, Gary. Some people are just sensitive to their environment. You really think that shes clairvoyant? You really believe that she knows whats going to happen before it happens?
Gary: I dont know how to explain it. I mean, four years ago Id have said no, but here I am. Im the guy who gets tomorrows (slight pause) newspaper today. Whos to say that she cant see into the future as well.
Marissa: Poor kid.
Marissa: Its hard enough for you to know the future, Gary. Just imagine what it would be like for a child.
(Gary gets up from the table and picks up the first aid supplies.)
Gary: Excuse me. Thank you. (Leaves Marissa at the table thinking.)
Scene: Nikkis Bedroom. She appears to be sleeping. Theres a knock on the door.
Michael: Nikki? Honey?
(As the door closes behind him Nikki gets out of bed and crosses the room to the window. She climbs out and reaches back in for Cat.)
Nikki: Hey, Cat.
Nikki: Lets go. Im going whether you come or not.
Scene: Garys loft. Hes still asleep. Clock radio comes on. He has difficulty in getting is eyes to open and stay open as the light hits them.
Male DJ: Backed up on South Lakeshore from Route 55 all the way to west Pershing.
(Gary crosses the room and opens the door. No paper and no Cat. He looks very surprised.)
Male DJ: Some good news on Route 80 if youre heading west - - Theyve cleared that van out of the way, and thing should start flowing shortly. If youre wondering whats clogging up the north - -
Scene: Exterior of a large church. Scene changes to interior shot of Nikki sleeping on one of the pews.
Nikki: Hey, kitty. What you got there? A newspaper? Whered you get that?
Priest: You look tired, sister.
Nun: I was up late, Father. A few of the sisters got a tad rowdy last night during our weekly canasta game.
Nikki (in a whisper to Cat): We got to go
Scene: Exterior of Nikkis house. Gary rings the doorbell.
Gary: Hello. I was looking for my cat, a little orange cat.
Michael: Im sorry. I havent seen a cat.
Gary: He was here yesterday with a girl - so tall (indicates Nikkis size), red hair.
Michael: That sounds like Nikki, but - - Hold on, hold on. Hey, excuse me, did Nikki mention anything to you about a cat?
Gary: Could you ask her, please?
Robin: Shes getting ready for school.
Gary: Well, I know this sounds a little odd, but its very important.
Robin: Ill ask her.
Gary: Thank you.
Foster Mother knocks on the door to Nikkis room.
Robin: Nikki? (Opens door and finds Nikki gone) Michael! Shes not here.
Michael: Dont even tell me. (Gary is still standing in the doorway.) She has a habit of running off.
Robin: Only this time, she took clothes with her, Michael.
Michael: Oh, God. You dont think she heard us talking last night about leaving and not taking her, do you?
Gary: You dont mean to Switzerland, do you?
Gary: She mentioned private school in Switzerland.
Robin: She told you she was going to Switzerland?
Michael: What else did she tell you?
Gary: She said her parents died in a yachting accident.
Michael: Nikkis parents died in a car crash right here in town about three years ago.
Robin: Her father was drunk.
Michael: She was in the back seat. Its a miracle she wasnt killed.
Robin: Ill go call the police and tell them shes missing again.
Michael: Theyve heard the name Nikki Kurasek so often theyre not even going to bother.
Gary: Did you say her parents name was Kurasek?
Michael: Yeah. You know them?
Gary: No, uh
Robin: Michael, come on.
Michael: Excuse me. I hope you find your cat.
(Gary searches for Nikki in park.)
Gary: Nikki? Nikki? Come on, kid. Where are you?
Scene: Exterior of church. Nikki and Cat sitting outside. Nikki offers Cat something to eat.
Nikki: Want some? (Cat leaves.) Hey. Come back, cat. (Nikki grabs pack & follows. Gary is talking to passersby. Nikki and Cat run into him.)
Gary: She has red hair - -
Gary: Nikki? (Nikki starts to leave) Nikki, wait, please.
Nikki: Howd you know my name?
Gary: I know a lot about you.
Nikki: Like what?
Gary: I know youre not going to Switzerland.
Nikki: Big wow.
Gary: And I think you have a secret.
Nikki: What do you mean?
Gary: You know whats going to happen, dont you Nikki? That little boy who fell from the tree, you knew that was going to happen, didnt you? And the tanker truck with the bus - - you knew that was going to happen.
Nikki: Who are you?
Gary: Im just a friend.
Nikki: Youre not my friend. (Runs away and goes inside the church.)
Gary: Nikki. Nikki?
Nikki: Leave me alone.
Gary: Look, Nikki, I understand.
Nikki: You dont understand anything. Get away from me.
Gary: I know how difficult it is having a gift, Nikki.
Nikki: Gift? You call this a gift? Man, youre even dumber than I thought.
Gary: What I mean is - -
Nikki: Its a curse. I hate it. I wish I were dead.
Gary: No, you dont.
Nikki: Yes, I do. Its what I deserve.
Gary: Its what you deserve?
Nikki: You dont get it, do you?
Nikki: My parents are dead because of me.
Gary: Your parents - - they died in a car crash.
Nikki: But I saw it. I knew it was going to happen.
Gary: No, what happened to your parents had - -
Nikki: Stop. You want to know what happened, Ill tell you.
Gary: All right. All right, Im listening.
(Nikki drops her pack in a pew and sits down. Flashback three years to Nikki and her parents in their car.)
Nikki: It was three years ago. They were taking me to get pizza, and I was really happy because they had remembered it was my birthday. My dad bought me a present.
Sal Kurasek: Bet you cant guess whats in there.
Nikki: A Game Boy.
Sal: Son of a - - the little brats been snooping in the closet.
Nikki: No, I havent.
Sal: Was I talking to you?
Nikki (to Gary): I started to get this sick feeling like something bad was going to happen, but I was too afraid to say anything. Then, out of the blue, somebody stopped us. I thought wed be safe.
Sal (to stranger): Hey! Nobody tells me when I can and cant drive.
Nikki (to Gary): My dad drove off again. I knew we were going to crash.
Nikki (to dad): Dont turn that way. Its not safe. Go straight.
Sal: What do you know?
Nikki: Daddy, please.
Sal: Shut up, you mouthy little brat!
(tires squeal and car crashes)
Gary: Nikki, it wasnt your fault.
Nikki: It was.
Gary: No, it wasnt. Your father - - he was drunk.
Nikki: If I had kept quiet - -
Gary: He was drinking too much. He was out of control. He shouldnt have been driving the car.
Nikki: How do you know? You werent there.
Gary: Yes, I was.
Scene: Flashback to Gary with paper setting up barrier in roadway. Paper headline: DRUNK DRIVER KILLS SEVEN
Sal: Whats going on? (Tires squeal as he stops in time to avoid hitting Gary)
Gary: Sal Kurasek?
Mr. Kurasek: Who wants to know?
Gary: Uh, Im, uh, well, Im with the Chicago Safe Driving Association.
Sal: Never heard of it.
Gary: Well, thats because were new. Im just here to get you home safely.
Sal: Its covered pal.
Gary: Actually Mr. Kurasek, I dont think youre in any condition to be driving.
Sal: Oh, yeah? Watch me. Hey! (Gary reaches in and takes keys from ignition.)
Gary: Look, its for your own good.
Sal: Yeah, sos the butt-kickin youre going to get. Give me those keys! (Gary backs away from the car. Nikki fastened her seatbelt.)
Sal (to wife): Hey! Give me your keys.
Mrs. Kurasek: Sal, I can drive.
Sal: Hear me? Give me the damn keys!
Mrs. Kurasek: Sal.
Sal: Hey! Nobody tells me when I can and cant drive.
Gary: At least put on your seat belt.
Sal: Mind your own business. Now quit your yapping and get outta my way.
(Sal drives off. Garys paper shows headline: PARENTS KILLED IN DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT)
Scene: Interior of the church. Present time.
Nikki: It was you. You knew. And James in the tree - - you knew about that, too, and the school bus. You see things, too.
Gary: Not exactly.
Nikki: But you know. When something bads going to happen, you know.
Nikki: Only you fix it.
Gary: No, not always. Look, I couldnt have stopped your father any more than you could have. Im sorry.
Nikki: But they were my parents.
Gary: Look, Nikki, sometimes no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you know, you cant make these things come out the way you want them to, and you got to understand that.
Nikki: Im trying.
Gary: You are not responsible for your parents death. Youre a good kid.
Nikki: No, Im not.
Gary: Yes, you are. Look, knowing whats going to happen before it happens - - Nikki, thats a big responsibility.
Nikki: I didnt ask for it.
Gary: And neither did I, but you cant run away from it. Ive tried. I know that. Please believe me. You can look at this thing as a curse, and thats exactly what its going to be - - a curse - - but if you can look at it as a gift, if you can look at it as a way of helping people and changing peoples lives, then - - well, then its a blessing. At least, thats what Ive found. It just takes a little while to get used to.
Nikki: You really think Im a good kid?
Gary: Yeah, I think youre a good kid. (Reaches over to hug Nikki.)
Gary: Look at that, see? So does he.
(Cat sitting on nearby chair is purring.)
Gary: When you woke up this morning, was he there?
Gary: There wasnt a paper also, was there?
Nikki: Yeah, why?
(They look around for the missing paper.)
Gary: Are you sure this is where it was?
Nikki: Im sure.
(Snoring is heard from someplace close by. Following the sound Gary & Nikki find the nun asleep in one of the pews with the paper over her face.)
Gary: Thank you, sister. (Retrieves his paper.)
Nikki: What is it? Whats wrong:
Gary: Ive got to get over to 4654 Cannon Road. (Headline reads: MAN DIES IN BUILDING COLLAPSE)
Nikki: Thats my old apartment.
Nikki: Thats where I used to live. Whats wrong?
Nikki: Tell me. (Puts her hand on Garys arm.) Oh, no. Michael. Its my foster father, isnt it?
Gary: Come on. Come on.
Scene: Exterior of condemned building.
Michael: Oh, God. This is Nikkis old place.
Robin: It used to be. Its condemned.
Robin: Michael, nobodys in there.
Michael: Yeah, which makes it the perfect hiding place for a kid.
Robin: But, Michael
Michael: Honey, we have to check
(They enter the building.)
Michael: Nikki! (To wife) Wait for me.
Robin: Honey, be careful.
(Michael tries a door)
Michael: Its stuck.
(Gary & Nikki arrive at the building.)
Gary: Mr. Fielding!
Robin: Its Nikki.
Michael: Nikki, where are you?
Robin: Michael! Mich - - Ohh! (Floor gives way under Michaels weight)
Robin: Help! Help! Someone!
Michael: I cant pull up!
(Michael grunts with the effort)
(Gary & Nikki arrive at the scene.)
Gary: Hold on. Come on. Come on. Come on, give me your arm. Come on. Come on.
(With some effort manages to pull Michael up to safety. Nikki grabs hold and hugs him and her foster mother.)
Nikki: Michael, Im so sorry. Im so sorry.
Michael: Its okay, Honey. Its okay.
Nikki: Dont send me back. Ill be good, I promise. I'll be good.
Michael: You want to stay with us? (To Gary) Thank you.
Scene: Various shots of the city and then Nikkis foster home. Changes from night to day.
Robin: Okay, thats everything. Oh, except for the snacks.
Nikki: Ill get them Mom.
Robin: Gary, thanks again for everything. The change in Nikki, its - - Its a miracle.
Michael: She smiles, she talks.
Robin: We cant shut her up.
Michael: Shes happy.
Gary: Im glad everything worked out for all of you.
Michael: Whatever it was that you said to her, I - -
Gary: I think she just needed to forgive herself for a few things before she let anyone else in.
Nikki: All set.
Gary (to Nikki): I think theres someone else that wants to say good bye to you there. (Indicates Cat sitting on the lawn.)
Nikki: Cat. Take care. Okay, Kitty, Hey.
Gary: So, uh, you, uh, said anything about
Nikki: Im waiting for the right time, but I will. Thanks, Gary.
Gary: What are friends for?
Nikki: I didnt know till I met you. Im going to miss you. (Hugs Gary)
Gary: Well Ill tell you what kid. Why dont you give me a call sometime?
Nikki: Well see each other again.
Gary: Well, I hope so.
Nikki: I know so.
Gary: You do, huh? Theres not anything that you want me to know about by chance?
Michael: Sweetheart, time to go.
Gary: You take care of yourself.
Nikki gets in van. Gary waves as they leave and watches them drive off.
Many thanks to Janet for sharing her fanscription of "Gifted" Thank you!
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