Scene I

The camera begins to focus on rural Mississippi, just north of Stone County. The small town is known as Eden. The camera focuses on a small, one-story house. The camera enters the bedroom window of sixteen-year-old Cale, the protagonist of this story. Cale sits up in his bed as the sunlight strikes his eyes; he scratches his scruffy blonde hair and gets out of bed. Cale's mother Julia knocks on the door.

Julia:
Are you awake Cale?

Cale:
Yeah mom, I'm up.

Cale gets out of bed and pulls on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. He picks up his pair of sneakers, backpack, and car keys. Cale exits his room and proceeds to the kitchen. After putting on his sneakers, Cale pours a bowl of cereal and begins to eat. Julia enters with a basket of clothes.

Julia:
I need you to stop by Casey's to get dinner tonight.

Cale:
You're working late tonight?

Julia:
No, I have a date.

Cale:
Alright.

Cale looks up at the clock above the sink.

Cale:
I have to go now. I'll see you either tonight or tomorrow.

Cale gets up and walks out the door. He approaches his 1993 Nissan, and opens the door to put his backpack in. Cale's cell phone rings, he looks at the caller ID and answers.

Cale:
Hey Amy.

Amy:
Are you on your way?

Cale:
Yeah, I'm about to pull out of the driveway.

Amy:
Okay, I'll see you in a few minutes.

Cale hangs up his cell phone and starts his car. As he pulls out of the driveway, he switches to a local rock n' roll station. He drives a few streets down from his house to a two-story house. Cale honks his horn and a girl Cale's age exits the house. She is wearing a shirt, jeans and a small jacket. The girl walks on the other side and sits in the passenger's seat. Cale leans over and gives her a quick kiss.

Amy:
Hey Cale.

Cale:
Hey Amy, how are you this morning?

Amy:
Good, I had a long night though.

Calle pulls away from the curb and continues to the school.

Cale:
How did you have a long night?

Amy:
I wasn't laying next to you.

Cale stops at a stoplight and looks at Amy curiously.

Cale:
It's only been a week.

Amy:
I know, but it's just been harder to sleep without you beside me.

Cale:
I'll call my mom and see if you can stay over this weekend.

Cale pulls forward into the school's parking lot.

Amy:
Thanks Cale.

Amy kisses him and exits his car. Cale does the same and locks the doors. The bell rings for the students to go to the first class of the day.

Amy:
I'll see you later, and hopefully, this weekend.

As Amy walks away, Cale stares at her, until he feels a hand on his shoulder.

Jeremy:
Close your mouth, you'll catch flies.

Cale give him an angry look.

Cale:
Get you hand off me.

Jeremy laughs and removes his hand from Cale's shoulder. The two begin to walk to their World History class.

Jeremy:
So, got plans this weekend?

Cale:
I'm going to see if Amy can stay over.

Jeremy:
Don't forget your party hat.

Cale:
Me and Amy swore not to, until after high school, at least.

Jeremy rolls his eyes as they enter the classroom and sit in their desks. The camera skips to later on during the day after school has ended. Cale is standing in the Student parking lot. Amy walks up to him and gives him a quick hug.

Amy:
How was your day?

Cale:
Good. How about yours?

Amy:
It was good. Have you talked to your mom yet?

Cale:
No, not yet. I'll call her when I get home.

Amy:
Okay

Cale and Amy climb into the car and exit the school grounds. Cale stops at a stop sign and notices a chaffer behind him. Cale stares for a second, and soon realizes he has to keep going. Amy give him a concerned look.

Amy:
Are you okay?

Cale:
I'm fine; it's just that the driver behind us was giving me a strange feeling.

Amy:
That's weird. It's probably nothing though.

Cale nods his head and continues to drive until he pulls into the front of Amy's house. Amy leans over and hugs him before opening the door.

Amy:
Thanks Cale, I'll see you tomorrow.

Cale:
Bye.

Cale pulls away from Amy's house and pulls into his driveway a few streets down. Before getting out Cale sighs heavily.

Cale:
Shit!

Cale pull out again and drives down the road about five miles to Casey's, a locally run take-out diner. Cale gets out of his car and enters the diner. He approaches the cashier and orders a hamburger, fries and drink. While Cale is waiting, the driver he saw earlier enters with a tall, pale man with long blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. The man is wearing a black silk button down shirt with black pants and dress shows. Cale looks over his shoulder slightly, but brings his glance back forward.

Cale: (In his mind)
Shit! Who is this guy?

The man approaches the cashier.

Cashier:
Welcome to Casey's, how may I help you?

Man in black(William):
Yes, I'd like to pay for that young man's meal.

The man points to Cale. Cale's eyes widen when he sees the man point to him.

Cashier:
How sweet.

The man pays the four dollars and twenty-five cents for Cale's meal. Cale stands up and approaches the man.

Cale:
Thank you. I'm trying not to seem ungrateful, but who are you.

Man:
My name is William.

Cale:
My name is Cale.

Cale extends his hand and shakes it with William.

William:
Your mother has raised you well.

Cale:
What?

William:
Never mind. I hope to meet you again Cale.

William turns around and leaves. Cale sits back down and waits for his order. Cale's order is given to him; he exits the diner, and drives home. The camera fades to a small, yet fancy restaurant. Julia walks into find William waiting for her.

William:
Hello Julia.

Julia:
Hello William.

William:
I see these past sixteen years have treated you well.

Julia:
Funny, you look the same as the day you left me and Cale in Eden.

William:
Did I not leave you with a nice house that is fully paid for? Not to mention no property taxes or utility bills.

Julia sighs.

Julia:
You did. I'm sorry, that was out of line.

William:
It's okay; let's have a seat.

Julia follows William to a small table for the two of them.

Julia:
So, why are you showing up now?

William:
It is time. Cale's maturation is about to start.

Julia:
What? Now? No, you can't just show up and pull him out of school.

William:
He has no choice, my nest if prepared for him. If a fully matured vampire does not supervise him, the process could kill him.

Julia:
How much longer can he stay with me?

William:
A day, maybe two, but that's pushing it.

Julia sighs and puts her hands to her face.

William:
I am sorry Julia, but he will return to you when he has matured.

Julia:
How long will it take?

William:
If he is like me, then maybe a few months to a year.

The camera focuses on Julia's face. She nods to William and the camer fades, ending Scene I.