[Ground floor Hallway. Mike shuts the office door and locks it with his keys.]
Mo (off camera): Please, Mike. Please?
May-Li (off camera): Mike?
[Mike turns around. May-Li is standing in front of him and Mo is standing next to May-Li.]
May-Li: The groceries haven't arrived yet.
Mo: Look, but why can't I sleep in the garden?
Mike: Coz you'll freeze to death. (He drops the keys onto a table)
Carmen (off camera, to Kazima): (Unintelligible)
Mo: Bailey and Mischief did it.
Kazima: (walking away from Carmen who is following her) My stuff isn't rubbish.
Carmen: I never said it was! (She slams a stack of books and magazines on top of Mike's keys)
Mike: (to Kazima and Carmen) Oh girls, give it a rest!
May-Li: Mike, we've got no bread, no beans...
May-Li: ...no milk - nothing! What are we going to do?
[Floss, who has been sitting on a sofa in the hallway, has got up and joined the others. She grabs hold of May-Li.]
Floss: We've got cake!
Mike: Ah. Little Marie Antoinette. "Let them eat cake"! Good night! (He walks away)
Floss: Come on! (She walks away and May-Li and Mo follow her)
Floss: Keep us happy. Cook fried carrots (???)
May-Li: No, you can't have any!
Mo: N-May-Li (???), please!
[The camera pans to the left to show Ryan at the entrance to the lounge with his arms folded. Seeing May-Li, Mo and Floss walking away arguing, he walks over to the table where Carmen left her stack of books. He picks them up and slides Mike's keys off the table, then pushes them with his foot underneath the table. Taking a quick look to nake sure no one else saw him, he then walks into the lounge with the books.]
[EXTERIOR SHOT OF ASHDENE RIDGE TRANSITIONING FROM NIGHT TO DAY.]
[RYAN'S BEDROOM THE FOLLOWING MORNING. IT IS EARLY MORNING, AND WE ARE SHOWN RYAN'S BED IS EMPTY. WE THEN CUT TO RYAN, USING THE KEYS HE HID LAST NIGHT, OPENING THE DOOR TO THE OFFICE. HE ENTERS THE OFFICE AND LOOKS ROUND TO MAKE SURE NO ONE SEES HIM. HE WALKS OVER TO A CABINET AND USES THE KEYS TO UNLOCK THOSE. HE TAKES OUT A NOTEBOOK FROM THE TOP DRAWER AND SITS DOWN AT MIKE'S COMPUTER. HE FLIPS THROUGH THE NOTEBOOK AND FINDS THE PASSWORD, WHICH HE ENTERS INTO THE COMPUTER. LOGGING INTO THE COMPUTER, HE ACCESSES THE FOLDER CONTAINING THE PROFILES OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE. HE OPENS TEE'S FILE AND READS HER HISTORY. HE THEN OPENS THE OTHER FOLDERS UNTIL HE GETS TO HARRY'S FOLDER, WHERE HE THEN OPENS HIS FILE. HE THEN TAKES OUT HIS PHONE AND TAPS A TEXT MESSAGE TO HARRY WHICH READS "HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY RYAN". HE THEN READS THE REST OF HARRY'S FILE, BUT IS INTERRUPTED WHEN HE HEARS HIS PHONE BEEP AND A DOOR SHUT. HE DARTS UNDER THE TABLE. IN THE HALLWAY, A YAWNING MAY-LI WALKS DOWN THE STAIRS AND THROUGH THE CORRIDOR. AFTER SHE HAS WALKED AWAY, RYAN COMES OUT OF HIDING AND EXITS THE OFFICE INTO AN ADJACENT ROOM. HE SHUTS THE DOORS LEADING INTO THE ROOM, SITS ON THE SOFA AND READS A TEXT FROM HARRY WHICH READS "HELP!!".]
[ON THE STEPS, RYAN IS LOOKING AT HARRY'S TEXT, CONFUSED. TYLER, HOLDING A CRICKET BAT, COMES DOWN THE STAIRS.]
Tyler (bending over to look at Ryan's phone, to Ryan): Who are you texting.
[RYAN DELETES THE TEXT AND LOOKS AT TYLER.]
Ryan: It's private, man!
[TYLER WALKS AWAY.]
[RYAN LOOKS AT TYLER, ANNOYED, THEN DIALS HARRY'S PHONE NUMBER.]
Adam (over phone): Hello?
Ryan: Oh, hi. Er, I wanted to speak to Harry.
Adam (over phone): He's not on this number anymore.
Ryan (looking confused): Sorry?
Adam (over phone): Who is this?
Ryan: Um, it's just a mate.
Adam (over phone): You've got the wrong number. Sorry. (He hangs up.)
[RYAN STARES AT HIS PHONE, CONFUSED. MIKE, WHO LOOKS CONFUSED ABOUT SOMETHING, ENTERS THE HOUSE, LOOKING BRIEFLY AT ONE OF HIS JACKET POCKETS.]
Mike: (inaudible muttering)
[RYAN NOTICES MIKE, WHO HANGS UP HIS JACKET.]
Mike: Morning, Ryan.
[RYAN GETS UP FROM THE STAIRS.]
Mike (off camera): What have I done with the office keys?
[RYAN SEES MIKE LOOKING AT THE DOOR TO THE OFFICE, WHICH IS AJAR THANKS TO RYAN. SEEING THIS, RYAN QUICKLY WALKS AWAY FROM MIKE. MIKE PUSHES THE OFFICE DOOR OPEN WITH HIS FINGER.]
[THE YOUNG PEOPLE (EXCEPT JODY) AND MAY-LI ARE IN THE KITCHEN HAVING BREAKFAST. KAZIMA IS TRYING TO READ A BOOK AND TYLER BATS A BALL AGAINST KAZIMA'S HEAD WITH HIS CRICKET BAT.]
Kazima: (to Tyler) 'Scuse me!
Tyler: Anyone up for a game?
[KAZIMA GETS UP FROM THE TABLE.]
Kazima: I've got a book to finish. (She leaves the table)
[TYLER WATCHES HER LEAVE, THEN WALKS OVER TO FLOSS, WHO IS WORKING ON HARRY'S BIRTHDAY CARD.]
Floss: (picks up card and shows it to Tyler) I'm doing a card for Harry.
[RYAN, STANDING OVER THE WORKTOP, TAKES NOTICE OF THIS.]
Floss: It's his birthday.
May-Li: (puts Mischief's leash on the table) Why don't you take Mischief for a walk, Tyler?
Tyler: (takes leash and goes to find Mischief) Best offer I'm gonna get.
[BAILEY WATCHES TYLER LEAVE.]
[RYAN HAS WALKED OVER TO FLOSS.]
Ryan: (to Floss) Harry's gonna love that. Won't you need his address though?
Floss: Oh yeah. Do you have it?
May-Li: It's on the computer. I'll go get it. Come on.
[BAILEY TURNS IN RYAN'S DIRECTION.]
Carmen (off camera): Hello (???) Good.
[RYAN LEANS AGAINST THE KITCHEN TABLE.]
[MAY-LI AND FLOSS ENTER THE OFFICE. A CONFUSED MIKE IS STARING AT THE SMALL FILING CABINET. MAY-LI SITS DOWN TO USE A COMPUTER.]
Mike (confused): That's really weird. I'm...(to May-Li) I'm sure I locked the cabinet last night.
May-Li: (to Mike) Why is the computer on?
Mike: What? (He walks over to the computer)
[LOUNGE. KAZIMA IS READING HER BOOK, RYAN IS NERVOUSLY STANDING NEXT TO HER. JOHNNY AND TEE ARE HELPING CARMEN WITH HER HOMEWORK.]
Tee (off camera): (Laughing) You have to use BIDMAS, Carmen.
Carmen (off camera): Laughing
Tee: Turn the page...
Tee: ...it explains it. Yeah. Brad Pitt, pixies (???)
[FLOSS ENTERS THE LOUNGE WITH HARRY'S CARD, NOW IN AN ENVELOPE]
Floss: Done it.
Ryan: (to Floss) Oh, cool. I was (takes letter from Floss) just about to go out, so I can post it for you.
[AS RYAN LEAVES, TYLER ENTERS THE LOUNGE WITH A TROMBONE. FLOSS TAKES A SEAT NEXT TO TEE.]
Bailey: (Gets up from seat, to Tyler, annoyed) Oh, what, you call that a walk? (He walks over to Tyler) You was out there for like 5 minutes.
[TYLER GIVES BAILEY MISCHIEF'S LEASH AND BAILEY EXITS, PRESUMABLY TO WALK MISCHIEF.]
Floss: (to Tyler) What's that?
Tyler: Trumpet. Found it in the skip down the road. Someone's dumped a load of old instruments.
Carmen: It's a trombone.
Tee (off camera): Come on then, give us a tune.
Tyler: OK. (He unsuccessfully attempts to play the trombone)
Johnny: I erm, I think you should put it back in the skip, mate.
Tyler: No way! I'll teach myself how to play. (He tries to play the trombone again and fails)
Carmen (off camera): (laughs)
[IN THE OFFICE, MIKE AND MAY-LI ARE LOOKING AT THE COMPUTER. WE ARE SHOWN A CLOSE UP OF THE WINDOW WITH THE RESIDENT FILES. TYLER CAN BE HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND ATTEMPTING TO PLAY THE TROMBONE.]
Mike (off camera): (to May-Li) Whoever's been on here has opened a lot of the Residents Case Files.
May-Li: They're confidential. No one should be looking at those.
[WE ZOOM IN ON RYAN'S FOLDER.]
Mike (off camera): There's one not open. (pauses) Where's Ryan?
[RYAN IS WALKING DOWN A SUBURBAN STREET, THEN APPROACHES ONE OF THE HOUSES. HE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR AND A YOUNG GIRL (CLARE) ANSWERS IT.]
Ryan: Is Harry in?
[CLARE SIGHS TO HERSELF QUIETLY IN DISGUST AND LETS RYAN IN.]
Harry: Ryan, please, you need to go.
Ryan: (sighs) There's me thinking you were pleased to see me. (He holds out the envelope to Harry) Here.
[HARRY TAKES THE ENVELOPE AND WALKS OVER TO HIS BED. HE TAKES IT OUT AND FINDS A BIRTHDAY CARD FROM FLOSS.]
Ryan (off camera): Harry...mate. (on camera) What's going on?
Harry: Nothing. (off camera) It's fine.
Ryan: Oh, really?
[HARRY PUTS THE LETTER ASIDE.]
Ryan: Well someone's got your phone for starters.
Harry: Mr Aycliffe, my foster dad. (off camera) He was angry with me for using it.
Ryan: Why? Because you sent me that text?
Harry: I never sent you any text.
[RYAN LOOKS CONFUSED.]
Finn (off camera): Harry?
[RYAN LOOKS AT THE DOOR AND SEES A SMALL BOY (FINN) HAS ENTER THE ROOM. RYAN TURNS TO LOOK AT HARRY AGAIN.]
Ryan: (to Harry) Who's this?
Harry: Finn. He's (off camera) fostered here as well.
Ryan (off camera): (to Finn) Hey Finn, I'm Ryan.
Harry: Ryan's from that place (off camera) I told you about. Ashdene Ridge.
[AS FINN SPEAKS, HURRIED FOOTSTEPS CAN BE HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND.]
Finn: (to Ryan) Have you come to take us away?
[ADAM RUSHES INTO THE ROOM.]
Adam: (panting, to Ryan) Hello. How you doing? Ryan isn't it? I'm Adam. (He holds out his right hand to shake hands with Ryan.)
[RYAN SHAKES HANDS WITH ADAM.]
Ryan: Was that you on the phone earlier?
Adam: Yeah. Sorry about that. I er heh, I thought you were a crank caller.
Ryan: Harry said you were angry.
Harry: (to Adam) I never. Honest!
Adam: Well, he knows phones aren't allowed in the bedroom, don't you? Hm? So, you two. Birthday outing, I thought we could go to the pictures, then maybe a pizza, hm?
Adam: Sounds great, yeah?
Harry: (with no excitement) Yeah.
Adam: Right, what are we waiting for?
Ryan: Can you, give us a minute please?
Adam: (Pauses, looking like a deer in the headlights). Of course. Don't be too long, Harry. (He chuckles and walks out)
Ryan: (to Harry) Pizza and a film. Sounds alright.
Harry: You don't know.
Ryan (off camera): Yeah you're right. (on camera) I don't. I get a weird text saying "help".
Harry: I never sent that.
Ryan: So, I come in here and everyone's nice as pie. There's something going on but you're not telling me anything. So next time...I'm not gonna bother OK? Happy birthday, yeah? (Ryan walks to the door)
Finn: Harry, say something!
[RYAN STOPS AT THE DOOR AND TURNS AROUND.]
Harry: (to Ryan) Tell Mike. Tell Mike he has to come.
[RYAN NODS, THEN EXITS.]
[BACK AT ASHDENE RIDGE, TYLER IS IN HIS BEDROOM. HE IS UNBENDING, WITH SOME DIFFICULTY, THE U-SHAPED PIPES OF THE TROMBONE.]
Tyler: (grunts, then sees that he can move the pipes easily, smiles, puts the trombone to his lips and starts playing the trombone again. Badly.)
[THE LOUNGE. TYLER'S "MUSIC" CAN BE HEARD.]
Mo: Why couldn't he have found a banjo or something like that?
Carmen: Yeah, or a triangle.
Johnny: Hang on.
[BAILEY GRIMACES AT TYLER'S "MUSIC".]
Johnny: Tyler said that there were loads of instruments in the skip, right. So I'm thinking if you can't beat them...
[CARMEN AND BAILEY GET UP FROM THEIR SEATS.]
[Downstairs hallway. Ryan enters through the front door. Mike, who is in the office, sees Ryan, makes eye contact and gives him a disappointed look.]
[Ryan is now standing inside the office. Mike is standing opposite him and May-Li is sitting in a chair observing the conversation.]
Mike: (to Ryan) You broke in here. (He raises his voice and points at the filing cabinet) You rifled through that filing cabinet, found the password (he points at the computer) and got on the computer.
May-Li: (to Ryan) To read everyone's files.
Ryan: (to Mike) Well you left it open.
Mike: (in a deep voice) No I didn't. Ryan (he pauses) this is serious.
Ryan: Look, it's Harry. He's in trouble.
[Mike removes his glasses.]
Mike: Define trouble.
Ryan: At his foster home. He's scared. Something's wrong.
Mike: What Ryan? What's wrong?
Ryan: I don't know.
Mike: His foster parents have passed all the criteria.
Ryan: I can't quite put my finger on it but (he pauses) the house, it was...
Mike: (cuts Ryan off) You went there?
Ryan: Yeah. (He pauses) I went over there this morning.
[May-Li gets out of her seat.]
May-Li: What did Harry actually say was the problem?
Ryan: He didn't.
Mike: (raising his voice) So there's actually nothing wrong?
Ryan: Yeah, he texted me. He said he needed help.
Mike: (worried) Show me the text.
Ryan: I deleted it.
Mike: (sighs at Ryan's response) You've betrayed...every single young person in this house by looking at thier personal files! AND THAT'S THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH? (There is an awkward silence) GO, GET UPSTAIRS! GO TO YOUR ROOM!
[Ryan goes to leave.]
Mike: AND STAY THERE!
[Ryan opens the door off camera.]
[Ryan shuts the door and walks off. Mike and May-Li both sit on tables.]
Mike: (still angry) This...this house, it's built on trust. It's...it's the mortar between the bricks. (calmer) If we let Ryan stay, are we saying that doesn't matter?
Floss (off camera): (Screams)
[May-Li looks at Mike.]
Mike: (sighs, then he and May-Li get up from the tables and exit the office.)
[Ryan comes down the stairs, noticing Mike and May-Li leave the office.]
[Laundry room. Floss is looking down at something and Mike enters.]
Mike: (worried) Floss, what is it? Are you OK?
[May-Li enters the room, followed by Carmen and then Johnny.]
Floss: (turns to Mike) Thought I saw a mouse, (she bends over to pick something up) but was just Bailey's sock. (She walks out the laundry room and hands the sock to Bailey, who was standing behind Johnny.)
[Adam's house. Ryan sneaks in through an unlocked back door and creeps through the bak yard, bent over, cautiously. He peers into one of the windows, sees nothing, then carries on. Adam can be heard shouting in the background. Looking into another window, Ryan sees Finn and Harry eating lunch on their own. He peers through a door and sees Adam, his wife and daughter (Clare) sitting at a table eating lunch. Adam and his wife are arguing at each other.]
Adam's wife: IT JUST ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH IS IT!
Adam: I am doing my best! I am! (Unintelligible shouting)
[Ryan creeps into the house, not noticed by Adam or his family. Finn and Harry spot Ryan. Ryan opens the door to the room where Harry and Finn are. Harry walks up to the door.]
Ryan: What are you doing here? (whispering) Why aren't you in there with the others?
Harry: (whispering) We're not allowed in there. (Normal) Where's Mike?
Ryan: He's not here.
Harry: Listen, you need to leave. You don't know what he's like. How angry he gets.
Ryan: Mike said you're to come with me.
Harry: What? Now?
Ryan: Yeah. (Take's Harry's arm, whispering) Come on, we need to go.
[Seeing Ryan take Harry out the door, Finn gets up from the table.]
Finn: What's going on?
Ryan: (to Harry) Come on, we need to go.
Adam: (Unintelligible shouting) ...IT BETTER!
[Finn watches Ryan and Harry leave. Outside, Harry abruptly stops.]
Harry: Wait. What about Finn?
Ryan: We can come back. Let's go.
Harry: No. I'm not leaving without Finn. (He runs back to the house for Finn.)
Ryan: (whispering) Harry, no!
[Harry goes back for Finn, takes him by the arm, and leads him out. Ryan watches Harry and Finn, and this does not go unnoticed by Clare.]
Adam (off camera): Harry?
Ryan: Come on.
Adam (off camera): What's going on?
[The boys make a run for it.]
Adam (off camera, shouting): HARRY! (He walks to the back door) Finn!
[A random street. The boys are honked at by an angry motorist. The car passes. Ryan looks both ways and the boys then dart across the road.]
Ryan: Come on.
Finn: Why are we running?
Harry: Ryan, I think we should go back.
Harry: We'll be in trouble.
[A black car being driven by Adam pulls up behind the boys.]
Ryan: Watch out, come on!
[The boys scarper].
Ryan (off camera): OK.
[Adam gives pursuit in his car. He pulls into a side road, stops and gets out.]
Adam: Harry! (He shuts the door of his car and walks down the road.)
Finn (off camera): (excited gasp)
[The boys are hiding behind a hedge, watching Adam, who then stops onto a road.]
Adam: Are you there? (Unable to find the boys, he gets back into his car and drives off.)
[Ryan peers out from his hiding place to check if Adam's vanished.]
[Back at Ashdene Ridge. May-Li, holding a tray of food and drink, comes to knock on Ryan's bedroom's door.]
May-Li: Ryan? (She hears nothing and knocks on the door again) Ryan? (She opens the door and finds no one)
[Tyler's bedroom. Tyler is still attempting to play the trombone. He then hears the bashing of other instruments and grimaces.]
[A cartoon animation. Tyler, now with an elephant's nose, is standing in a jungle. He blasts a noise from his trunk. Two elephants pop out from behind trees and blast noises from their trunks, scaring Tyler and causing the screen to shake. The animation ends.]
[The lounge. The young people have returned from the skip and are "playing" various musical instruments. An annoyed Tyler walks in with his trombone.]
Tyler: What's going on? What are you all doing?
[The cacophony of the "music" stops.]
May-Li (off camera): Come on guys (on camera, walking into lounge), please!
Johnny: What, so it's all right when he does it (pointing at Tyler), but not us?
May-Li: Look, has anybody spoken to Ryan?
[Tyler shakes his head. Mike walks into the lounge, putting on a coat.]
May-Li: Did he say anything about what he was up to, today?
Mike (to May-Li): I'll go to Harry's foster home.
Tee: Why, what's going on?
[Mike has already exited. May-Li exits without answering.]
[A road in the middle of nowhere. Ryan is walking, while Harry and Finn are jogging.]
Finn: Are we going to the "Ash Ridge" place? Harry said it's always warm. And there's things to eat. And it's full of idiots. And (pauses) it's safe!
Ryan: Yeah, that's about right.
Harry (to Ryan): Why didn't Mike come?
Ryan: He's just a bit mad at me, OK? It's got nothing to do with you?
Harry: He said he'd help, didn't he?
Ryan: Well, yeah, but he's not going to turn you away.
Harry: What about Finn? He said Finn too, yeah?
Ryan: Look, I got you out of there, and I'll get you to Ashdene Ridge, but that's all I can do, OK? (pauses) Look, I don't know about Finn, but (pauses) I'm sorry mate.
Finn: I go back, it'll be fine (he turns around).
Harry: (turns around) No, no Finn. (Takes Finn's arm) Come on. You're coming with me. Come on, Finn.
[Tyler is about to attempt to play the trombone in the garden.]
Kazima (off camera): Don't you dare! (on camera, walking out from behind a bush.) I came down here to get away from you. All I wanted was some peace and quiet.
Tyler: So do I!
Kazima: Oh, funny!
Tyler: I can't learn this thing (gestures to trombone) with all that racket going on! Listen!
[There is a terrible din coming from the house from the other residents "playing" their instruments.]
Tyler: Was I really that bad?
Kazima: (nods) Worse.
Tyler: I'm sorry. I just thought that (pause) maybe this could be something I could do.
Kazima: You're doing it wrong.
Kazima: You need to do it properly. You're not even holding it right!
Tyler: What do you mean?
Kazima: Give it to me. (She takes the dusty old trombone from Tyler and holds it, and prepares to blow into the mouthpiece.)
[Back on the road, Ryan and Harry are walking side by side with Finn lagging a few metres behind. Harry is wearing Ryan's black jacket.]
Ryan: I know what happened to you. Before you came to Ashdene Ridge.
Harry: Wh- how? (looks up at Ryan)
Ryan: (guiltily) I looked on the file, it's all on there. (pause) I know, Iknow I shouldn't have opened it but (pause) people are cruel Harry. (He looks down sadly.)
Harry: How do you know? (pause) Did those things happen to you too?
Ryan: (quietly) Something like that.
[We cut to the point of view of a car approaching the three boys. Finn stops walking]
Finn: (to Ryan and Harry) Someone's coming!
[Ryan scarpers, while Harry runs to Finn]
[The car draws up. Ryan darts behind a bush. Adam climbs out of the car.]
Adam: IN THE CAR, NOW! (Walks round to the boys, who have climbed into the car) HAVE YOU COMPLETELY LOST YOUR MINDS? I will deal (pauses) with you (pauses) BOTH OF YOU, when we get home. (Shuts the door on the boys and walks back to the driving seat) STUPID, STUPID IDIOTS! (He gets in but finds the keys have gone.)
[Ryan is then shown holding the keys in his hand. He tosses them into the field next to the road. Adam, having seen this, gets out of the car.]
Adam: (waggles finger at Ryan) Right. (He goes to find the keys.)
[Ryan lets Harry and Finn out of the car. Adam sees this and the boys fleeing.]
[The garden in Ashdene Ridge. Tyler and Kazima are sitting at a table. The trombone is sitting on a chair.]
Tyler: You've done this before.
Kazima: It's my dad. He's a musician.
Tyler: He plays trombone?
Kazima: The trumpet, too. That's how I know.
Tyler: And he taught you how to play?
To be completed