RTZ: Act 3, Scene 3

Scene 3: On the platform waiting for the train. John and Abercrombie are talking as they wait for John’s train.

 

John/William

I know that I have no right to ask, but I have a request where my son is concerned.

 

Abercrombie

And that would be?

 

John/William

Rather than separating him from the main population, Keep him in public schools.

 

Abercrombie

(raising an eyebrow, impressed)

Very well. We will teach him how to play nice.

(smiles)

I would have done so anyway. Teaches how to be a humble leader.

 

John/William

(gracious)

Thank you, Uncle.

 

Abercrombie

(smiles)

Nothing doing! I would have done the same for you if you were my boy!

The train arrives and passengers disembark. After a brief refueling, The call begins for passengers to get aboard.

 

Porter

(calling loudly over the bustle)

All aboard! Calling all who are headed for Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts! All aboard for Boston Mass and all points north!

 

Abercrombie

Just so you know. This really isn’t about the girl. I, personally, think you make a great couple.

 

John/William

(in shock)

Then, why–?

 

Abercrombie

(smiling)

I wanted to see how decided you were on the girl. I must say that you have the Sparrow rebelliousness. Don’t worry. I won’t go through your mail. And don’t worry. I will make sure she is still waiting for you when you return…if it is within my abilities to do so.

I had this planned when you first wrote me telling me that you were coming to Gloucester. Now get on that train and make me–and your dead father–proud.

 

John/William

Yes, sir!

 

John goes and boards the train, finding a window seat. Moments later, as the train pulls away from the station, he waves at his uncle from the window and Abercrombie waves back. He watches as his uncle becomes a speck on the platform, then disappears. He turns his attention to his new surroundings. 

He is one of several passengers in the car. these passengers range from families to elderly men and women. The porter begins making his way back.

 

Porter

(calling out)

Tickets, please!

 

John/William

(when the porter stops and takes his ticket to punch)

Excuse me, which way to the club car?

 

Porter

(pointing the direction he is headed)

Right back that-a-way.

 

John/William

(graciously)

Thank you, sir.

 

Porter

My pleasure.

(holding his hand out)

Ticket?

 

John/William

(handing him his ticket)

Oh. Here.

(porter punches his ticket and hands it back to him)

 

Porter

Enjoy your trip, Sir.

 

John/William

(smiles)

Thank you.

 

John makes his way back to the club car. As he goes, he listens to the buzz of conversation around him, picking up a little news here and there. He enters the club car and sits at the bar. 

 

Bartender

What’ll it be?

 

John/William

What do you have?

 

Bartender

As long as you don’t squeal, I have whiskey. I also have martinis.

 

John/William

(smiles knowingly)

No worries here. I’ll take a glass of your finest wine. Never been one for whiskey.

 

Bartender

(trying to start a conversation)

You know, this may be the last train to offer drinks. the law changed at the beginning of the year.

 

John/William

Yes, I know. Prohibition has begun. Don’t think it’ll take. Too many things going against it. Will cost too much as a law to remain in effect.

 

Bartender

Hope yer right.

 

John/William

When’s dinner served in the dining car?

 

Bartender

(hands him a menu)

Here. this’ll do a better job than me.

 

John/William

(takes the menu)

Thanks.

 

Bartender

(setting down the flue of wine in front of John)

My pleasure. Enjoy.

 

John sits and drinks his wine, reading the menu. When he is finished, he gets up and fishes in his pocket for the cost of the wine. Setting down the payment, he takes his leave and heads back to his seat.

Once back at his seat, John settles in. It is going to be a long ride. He might as well sleep a little. Fade to black. new scene. John has awakened.

 

Porter

(calling out)

Baltimore, Maryland! Next stop is Baltimore, Maryland! All passengers getting off at Baltimore please be ready to disembark when we stop!

 

Passenger

(sitting in front of John)

Where you headed?

 

John/William

Boston.

 

Passenger

Then you got a while.

 

John/William

(nodding)

Yes.

 

Passenger

College bound?

 

John/William

Yup. And you?

 

Passenger

Golly, no! I get off at the next stop. Going visiting.

 

John/William

Always a good thing, right?

 

Passenger

(smiles)

I suppose.

 

John/William

(perplexed)

I take it, this is not something you chose.

 

Passenger

(shaking their head)

No, not really.

John/William

I see.

 

Passenger

My mom and dad died and I am headed to my aunt and uncle’s.

 

John/William

How old are you?

 

Passenger

Eighteen.

(then realizing that they haven’t introduced themselves and offering John their hand)

Oh. Sorry. I’m Sarah Molfey.

 

John/William

(shaking her hand)

Hello, Sarah. I am William Sparrow.

 

Passenger/Sarah

(eyes growing wide in surprise)

Nephew of Abercrombie Sparrow? that William Sparrow?

 

John/William

(with a smile)

Yes, last time I checked.

 

Passenger/Sarah

(excitedly)

Golly! I wouldn’t have known! Could you look me up if you’re ever in Baltimore?

 

John/William

I’ll see what I can do. Not sure when I will be back this way. Perhaps you should look me up if you’re in Boston. I’ll be around, since I am headed for Harvard.

 

Passenger/Sarah

(excitedly)

If my aunt and uncle don’t want me ’round, I definitely will!!!

 

John/William

Whatever happens, I wish you the best of luck.

The train pulls into Baltimore station and Sarah rises to go. He notices just how beautiful she is. He smiles. 

I hope your aunt and uncle know how lucky they are to have a niece like you.

 

Passenger/Sarah

Th-thank you.

 

She turns and leaves. The porter comes by and stops at John’s side.

 

Porter

Mr. Sparrow, sir.

 

John/William

(looking up at the porter)

Yes?

 

Porter

That was right kind of you to talk to the young miss.

 

John/William

Yes, yes it was.

 

Porter

(shaking his head)

Poor child. Lost everything. I doubt her aunt and uncle will keep her long. Sad thing is she’s too old for an orphanage.

 

The porter walks on. John looks out the window in time to see Sarah;s uncle point at the train and force her back aboard. he hails the porter.

 

John/William

Porter! Porter!

 

Porter

(coming to where he is)

Yes, Mr. Sparrow?

 

John/William

How much is her fare?

 

Porter

Depends on the destination.

 

John/William

I will pay her fare to Boston. From there, we will decide where she will go…or if she will stay.

 

fade. End of scene.

 

 

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RTZ…Or Not to RTZ

OK, so I returned to the original title. Seems to be a better fit. Take Me Back seemed to fit better as the episode title….Since we are going back in time only to walk forward 80 years through the whole series.  We are now exploring the year 1920. Next up, after this episode, is 1921. Like The Morrow Family Saga, We are covering a huge period of history year by year, rather the daily grind. May actually do a historical fiction series as a daily thing if this takes off. Don’t know yet.

So How did we like the end of the last “scene”? OK, I admit. I am being a very naughty boy. But I have never shied away from sexual content. Ever. I even have a flair for including food in my stories (and plays) for a reason. Food and sex are the two ways to a man’s heart. At least that is what I have been told. Not that I would know. I am one of those men who also knows that food and sex also helps win other hearts…at times.

RTZ: Act 3, Scene 2

Scene 2: The next day. Uncle Abercrombie is at the window of his penthouse study. John, now William, has been called in. The business of the day has not yet started. 

 

Abercrombie

(sternly)

I will not have my nephew cavorting with his secretary. It is not the way things are done.

(peering sternly over his glasses at John)

Did you bed her?

 

John/William

(honestly)

No, Uncle. We just had lunch. Nothing else.

 

Abercrombie

But you asked her to be your girl.

 

John/William

Well…yes. As a casual affair.

 

Abercrombie

(frowning)

This is simply unacceptable.

 

John/William

(panicking)

You aren’t going to fire her, are you?

 

Abercrombie

(shaking his head)

No, no. But I am sending you to Harvard. Perhaps a little schooling might knock some sense into that country brain of your’n.

 

John/William

And Michael?

 

Abercrombie

He is to  enter a school here. what you do with him when you get back from Harvard is your affair. All I know is that I need you educated enough to take over for me in five years.

 

John/William

As you wish, Uncle.

 

Abercrombie

(sternly)

Good. Now go get yourself packed for the trip. You leave tomorrow.

 

John/William

Yes, Uncle.

 

He takes leave of his uncle and heads to his room. Scene changes to a little later at the Newspaper. Carmine is in his office, taking a dictation.

 

John/William

Beloved, I have been informed that I am to be shipped to Harvard tomorrow. I would like to meet with you privately this evening.

 

Carmine

(hesitantly objecting)

But your uncle…

 

John/William

Don’t worry about him. I want to meet you at your place. Away from prying eyes.

 

Carmine

(jotting down an address and handing it to him)

I moved into my own apartment last month.

 

John/William

(accepting the slip of paper)

I will see you…about 8?

(she nods)

Good. Now go before he suspects something.

(again, she nods and gets up to leave)

I really do love you. I hope you know that.

(she blushes, nods, and takes leave.)

 

He is alone for only a short time, then Mr. Toller appears.

 

Mr. Toller

I heard what your uncle is doing. That’s a good thing.

 

John/William

(scratching his head in wonderment)

It is? How?

 

Mr. Toller

I don’t mean where your love life is concerned. I mean where our–agreement–is concerned. This means that I can meet with you on a regular basis instead of simply when I am in town.

AS for Carmine, she’ll still be around in four or five years. Maybe. Just depends on where the world heads for her between now and then.

 

John/William

Thanks for that vote of confidence where my love life is concerned. But I do agree with you on our meetings. We’ll be able to set things up as we need them so that everything we have planned will go without a hitch.

 

Mr. Toller

Indeed.

 

John/William

So what news do you bring?

 

Mr. Toller

None at the moment. The Committee is out, at the moment, deciding on a plan of action after your agreement to be a part of the…operation.

 

John/William

(nodding)

I see. So I have time to get educated.

 

Mr. Toller

(in agreement)

Yes. And your uncle has actually played it to our favor.

 

John/William

In what way?

 

Mr. Toller

You can get a law and business degree. Maybe even a background in politics. When you come back here, you will be ready to take over, but will also have other organizations under your control.

 

John/William

And have everything arranged to set other things in motion.

 

Mr. Toller

Precisely.

 

Change scene. It is around eight, John has gone to the address Carmine had given him and gone to the apartment number given. He knocks. She answers and pulls him in before anyone can see him.

 

John/William

Thank you for seeing me, Carmine, my love.

 

Carmine

(throwing her arms around him)

Oh, Will! How will we ever be together?

 

John/William

(kissing her on the lips)

I will leave instructions with Michael to stop by and pick up any letters you write to me and send them to me at Harvard.  I will send my letters to you to him and have him deliver them.

(they kiss again)

In the meantime, let’s use this time together wisely.

 

Carmine

I want to give myself to you.

John/William

(passionately kissing her)

I was going to take things slow, but–

 

she pulls him toward the bedroom as he begins to remove her blouse. She is also undressing him as well. Fade out as the couple disappear into the bedroom. Open on new scene. It is later. John has just returned home. he motions Todd/Michael to follow him. The two men go to his room. He closes the door.

 

John/William

(hushed, almost a whisper)

I will need you to do me a favor while I am away.

 

Todd/Michael

(hushed)

OK. What?

 

John/William

I will get Uncle to agree to allow you to go to the local public school. In return, I need you to play messenger boy for me.

 

Todd/Michael

In what way?

 

John/William

I will need you to pick up and deliver letters between myself and Carmine. The letters from Carmine, you are to hide within your letters to me. My letters, will be hidden in my letters to you. There will be no letters for the first ten. this will allay uncle’s suspicions enough not to invade your privacy. Or mine.

 

Todd/Michael

And the butler?

 

John/William

(with a mischievous smirk)

I will send him letters with pinups in them. that should keep him busy enough not to want to snoop for uncle.

 

Todd leaves John’s room. John sits down at the desk in the corner of his room, tips his chair back, kicks his feet up on the desk, and begins remembering the amazing night he just had. A smile spreads across his face. Fade scene into flashback of sex scene between John and Carmine. Fade to black. End of scene.

Update on RTZ

While the title is still up in the air, some things are not. For instance, I literally changed the “point of entry” date, the date they go back to in order to begin changing events. I have also changed a few other details as well. For instance, John is the nephew of a newspaper magnate, not just a poor dirt farmer, when he arrives in 1920. Though he is a farmer, he moves to the city after the death of his wife (or should I say William, his alter ego does, even though William is actually dead as well and so is Michael, the boy who Todd assumes the identity of  Both died with the mother. but, John and Todd assume their identities when they appear so that things can be done) to apprentice at the newspaper. Abercrombie Sparrow has other ideas…which I will explain in the script.

RTZ: Act 3, Scene 1

Act 3, Scene 1: both John and Todd look as if they are about to puke. They appear next to a pile of newspapers. John picks one up one. January 1, 1930.

 

John

Well, we made it. Least they could’ve done was warn us of “jump sickness”.

 

Todd

(smiles nervously)

Maybe it affects each jumper differently.

The two of them begin to walk. John smiles. 

 

John

(musing to himself)

Good to see that the city never changes.

 

Todd

I agree.

 

John

Now, we need to find our contacts.

 

John and Todd go in search of the men sent to prep things for them. 

 

Voice From Alley

(in harsh whisper as they pass)

Pssst…Hey! In here!

 

They follow the whisper into the alley. A man in a trench coat stands, back against the wall.

 

Agent

(with English accent)

No lasting side effects?

 

John

Nope. Just a minor bout of “jump sickness”.

 

Agent

Sorry ’bout that.

(changing subject)

We’ll switch out Identities now.

(takes a package out of coat pocket. removes first set of ID out of package)

John, You are Now William C. Sparrow. Your stage name is J.C. Harrel.

(hands John his ID papers, then takes the second set out of the package)

Todd, you are now Michael John Sparrow. Your Stage name is T.D. Harrel.

(hands Todd his new identity.)

John, I need you to divest yourself of your old ID cards. You won’t need them anymore.

(John reaches into his back pocket and pulls out the cards in his pocket, handing them to the agent.)

One last thing.

(the agent reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out banking passes. hands them to John.

Your accounts. Guard them well. Should your wealth last, you will leave behind billions.

(gets ready to disappear, but pauses)

Oh. a word of caution. Your identities are of living…I mean were of living people. Both died, father and son, of starvation a year back, but no one knows that they are dead. I built your wealth with hard work and ingenuity.

 

The agent turns and disappears. John and Todd emerge from the alley. John looks on the ID and finds the address. 

 

John

(whistles in surprise)

We have ourselves a penthouse.

 

Todd

Just curious. What is your line of work?

 

John

Newspaper magnate. Thus the fortune.

 

Todd

And me?

 

John

I will put you in a public school. No need for private schooling.

 

Todd

(nods)

Sounds good.

 

The two head to their new home. When they arrive, the doorman lets them in and they head to their floor. A butler opens the door.

 

John

Good evening…Jeeves?

 

Butler

Good evening, Sir. You’re such a joker, sir. Name’s Marcus, Sir.

 

John

Yes, yes. Sorry, Marcus. Been a long day.

 

Butler

Of course, sir.

Todd

I think I will head to bed, Father.

 

John

(nods)

Have a good night’s rest, Michael.

 

Fade to scene in newspaper office, next day.

 

Carmine

Sir? There’s a Mr. Toller here to see you.

 

John

Send him in, Carmine

 

looking up, he admires her curves as she walks out the door. a few seconds after she disappears, Mr. Toller enters. John recognizes him as the second agent.

 

Mr. Toller

I assume that Mr. Greene met with you last night?

 

John

Yes.

 

Mr. Toller

As you can gather, I am here to discuss the agency.

 

John

Yes. Is there somewhere we can meet in private?

 

Mr. Toller

Yes, when we get down to the details.

 

John

What is the price tag we are shooting for?

 

Mr. Toller

About 300 grand.

 

John

Not a problem.

 

Mr. Toller

Then we’re agreed?

 

John

(nods)

Yes.

 

Mr. Toller

Very well, then. I will contact you when everything is ready to finalize and e will meet in private.

 

John

Agreed.

 

Mr. Toller leaves John’s office. Carmine comes back in.

 

John

(nervously)

Carmine, are you married?

 

Carmine

No, sir.

John

Would you go to lunch with me?

 

Carmine

Sir?

 

John

Would you go to lunch with me?

 

Carmine

Yes, sir.

 

John

Carmine?

 

Carmine

Sir?

 

John

You don’t have to call me sir.

 

Carmine

Sir? What should I call you?

 

John

Please call me William.

 

Carmine

Yes, S–William.

(turning to go, then turning back to him)

Why did you ask me if I was married?

 

John

I didn’t want to make a possible husband mad at me for taking you out to lunch.

 

Carmine

(blushing)

Oh. Is that all, William?

 

John

For now, yes.

 

She turns and walks out of his office. Again, he watches her as she sashays through the door.  scene change. Noon. John and Carmine meet for lunch at a nearby club.

 

John

Order whatever you want, my dear.

 

Carmine

OK.

 

The waiter appears, ready to take their order.

 

John

I’ll have the house special.

 

Waiter

(writing John’s order down)

And what’ll you have, Miss?

 

Carmine

The house salad.

 

Waiter nods and writes the order down, then leaves. John looks Carmine over.

 

John

So…What is your dream, Miss Carmine?

 

Carmine

To be a working girl, I guess.

 

John

Nothing more?

 

Carmine

Well, to be a mother someday.

 

John

You need a boyfriend for that, don’t you? I mean who’ll marry you?

 

Carmine

(apprehensively)

I-I suppose. Why?

 

John

I suppose I should quit beating around the bush. I find you irresistibly attractive and I was wondering…Would you fancy being my girl?

 

Carmine

Are you asking me out?

 

John

(chuckling)

Yes, I guess I am.

 

Carmine

But aren’t you married? I mean, you have a son and–

 

John

No, Carmine. I am not married. I am a widower.

 

Carmine

(excitedly)

Oh, Will! Yes!

 

He kisses her hand after he gently takes it in his own. Their meal is brought to them and they eat in silence. end of scene.

 

 

 

 

 

RTZ: Act 2, Scene 6

Scene 6: The preset date of departure. John’s office. John is sitting in front of his computer, reviewing something.

 

John’s Voice

(narrating)

To date, we have brought down many of the smaller threats that has brought this country to its knees. We have also brought down many of the top threats as well. I have intimidated dignitaries and world leaders…and even a President. I don’t scare anymore and that scares everyone. Threats of death have no effect on me. In essence, I have nothing to lose.

 

Jennie enters John’s office and sits on the desk.

 

Jennie

Whater you watching?

 

John

Eepisode three of “Pennies”. I’m reviewing it for inconsistencies.

 

Jennie

Is there?

 

John

No. Looks pretty good so far. Pennies From Heaven is going to be an amazing series. Too bad I won’t be around to see the last episodes.

 

Jennie

I am pretty sure that whoever you get to take it over will do fine.

 

John

Yeh, Me too.

 

Jennie

Have anyone in mind?

 

John

For the entertainment business?

 

Jennie

Yes.

 

John

Sure do. And I believe I have also found who will be training her.

 

Jennie

(confused)

Oh? Who?

 

John

Tawnie Lee. And you are going to train her.

 

Jennie

child?

 

John

teenager. One I can identify with. She is bullied and teased. I was done the same way when in school. That was why her mother asked me to mentor her.

 

Jennie

So you are handing her your entertainment business.

 

John

(nodding)

Yes. But you get both this business and the incubator. After all, I have been training my replacement for the past month. I figured that you and your sister could handle this operation. That was why I recommended her for the London office.

 

Jennie

Did you look at the last files?

 

John

Sure did. 

 

Jennie

(curious)

And?

 

John

(smiles)

Everything looks good. I think it’s time for the takedown.

 

Jennie

I’ll go inform the board.

 

John

This is your baby. Go wow them.

(looks up at her)

I taught you well.

 

She gets up and goes around to where he is sitting. She puts her arms around him from behind. He leans back and they kiss. He watches her leave, then returns to what he is doing. A few minutes later, the phone rings.

 

John

(picking up the phone and putting it to his ear)

Hello?

(listens for a few seconds)

Yes Todd? Yes you can come in and talk to me. Ok. See you in a few.

(hangs up the phone. sits back for a minute and looks at the time)

Almost time. Just a few more minutes.

 

time seems to pass rather quickly as a pain hits. Todd appears in his office doorway. 

 

Todd

Hey, dad. Are we ready?

 

John

(a tear coming to his eye)

One more minute.

(types a quick reply email and hits send.)

Now, I am ready.

(stops in apprehension momentarily)

You called me dad.

 

Todd

(nods)

Mom would’ve wanted it that way.  Besides. I stopped in here while you were out earlier. Jennie told me about you and mom’s plan to get me back. Only a dad would fight for a child.

(looks at John questioningly)

Why aren’t you taking Jennie with you?

 

John

She belongs here. In this time. Not with us in the past.

 

Todd

Oh.

 

John

Besides. I can find us someone to complete the family when we get to where we’re going. It’s more practical that way.

 

Todd

Won’t you miss her?

 

John

(nodding)

Sure I will. She’s been wonderful. But she also made the sacrifice so that we could go do things to make sure that things turn out different.

 

Todd

In other words, she gave you up so we could go get you and mom together before you met this round.

 

John

(nods)

Pretty much.

(looks at Todd)

But we have other things to do as well.

 

Todd

Like set up the organization.

 

John

Exactly.

 

Todd

(smiles, looks at John)

Then let’s do this.

(he grabs John’s hand)

 

The room around them vanishes. End of scene. 

 

End of Act 2