FLASHPOP TO -- (scene in the truck) ECU ON EDWARD’S HAND moving away from hers...
BACK ON BELLA’S WORRIED FACE, off which we go to --
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM - DAY
PAN the photos on the wall.
INCLUDE EDWARD who studies them, his expression grim. He looks down at Bella’s SCRAPBOOK to SEE the photo of him and Bella. He pulls it out, takes a closer look...
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE – DAY ON BELLA THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD of her truck as she pulls into the driveway. She climbs out, heads toward the house but stops, relief washing over her –
Edward. You’re here.
He stands by the house. Bella hurries toward him, but slows when she sees his cold, distant face; an unreadable mask.
Walk with me?
Edward gently takes her hand. Dread fills her, but she lets him guide her toward the woods...
EXT. WOODS – DAY
Edward stops by a fallen tree. Turns to Bella.
We need to leave Forks.
It’s time. Carlisle’s supposed to be ten years older than he looks; people will start noticing.
Bella reels, trying to take this in. Finally --
I’ll have to think of something to tell Charlie, but I can be ready --
Not you. Us.
What? -- no-- Edward, what happened with Jasper - that was nothing.
Nothing compared to what could happen. You don’t belong in my world.
I belong with you –
You don’t –
I’m coming –
I don’t want you to come!
Bella is stung, as if slapped.
You don’t... want me.
She steps back. Trying to understand this.
I’d like to ask one favor though.
BELLA(looks up, hopeful)
Don’t do anything stupid or reckless -- do you understand?(adding)...for Charlie’s sake. Just... take care of yourself.
I... yes... I will.
He softens ever-so-slightly.
Don’t worry. You’re human. Time heals all wounds for your kind. Particularly if you’re not reminded.
Desperation wells up in her, overwhelming dignity.
No, this is - don’t do this. Please.
He sees she won’t let go easily. Takes a breath. His face turns cold again.
Try to understand. Every second with you is about restraint. You’re too fragile. I’m tired of pretending to be something I’m not. Reining myself in so I can be with a human.
Then take my soul. I don’t care! I don’t want it without you --
You’re not good for me, Bella.
Bella looks at him. His hard face. His resolve.
I’ve let it go on too long. I’m sorry.
Tears sting Bella’s eyes. This can’t be happening. He steps forward... kisses her forehead. She closes her eyes.
I promise, it will be like I never existed. Goodbye, Bella.
And here, for the first time, we SEE how truly agonizing this really is for Edward. But Bella doesn’t see.
By the time she opens her eyes - he’s gone. She spins --
She SEES a LEAF FLITTERING to the ground where he grazed a branch; the only indication of his direction. She hurries down the path, then runs --
-- and she keeps running, going deeper into the woods...
A SERIES OF QUICK, SURREAL SHOTS - TIME LAPSING
Bella runs through the woods, searching, reminiscent of her opening dream. It gets darker and darker, until we’re deep into night
-- HEAR Bella’s sharp desperate BREATHS --
BELLA TRIPS. Falls to the damp forest floor. She looks up, the trees spinning around her...
STAY ON BELLA - NIGHT - AS HOURS PASS
She remains on the ground. Curls into a ball. Darkness shrouding her. Devastation paralyzing her.
ECU ON HER FACE - numb. HEAR the faint sound of her name being called in the distance. A search party. She’s too wrecked to respond. Rain begins to pour; she doesn’t register it....
SERIES OF SCENES END ON -- BELLA, lying there, dazed. She begins to HEAR an animal SNUFFLING. It gets closer. It sounds large. Scary. Then she hears a whisper --
She lifts her head, looks for Edward... but SEES something else instead –
BELLA’S POV - A DARK SHAPE, huge, black. Nearing. Its EYES reflect light for a split second; they’re inhuman, savage.Bella, terrified, manages to DRAG herself to a cluster of trees. She squeezes between them. Breathing hard. She closes her eyes, trying to disappear...
INT. WOODS - LATER NIGHTBella’s eyes open to find herself FLOATING several feet above the ground. Trees pass by. She’s being carried...
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Half the town is gathered - a tired rescue party that includes Mike Newton and Jacob Black. Charlie, beside himself with worry, pores over a map with BILLY BLACK (in wheelchair) and Quileute HARRY CLEARWATER, 46, (dark braids, stout, protruding belly, kind face).
I’ll call the Cullens again. Her note said she and Edward went for a walk.
They left town, Charlie.
Hospital said Doc Cullen got a big job somewhere else.
Harry puts a reassuring hand on Charlie’s shoulder.
We’ll find her, Charlie.
Charlie is glad for the comfort of his two friends.
Charlie spins to where Jacob points –
THEIR POV - THE EDGE OF THE WOODS
SAM ULEY, 20, emerges, a tall, strong Quileute Indian with cropped hair and a fierce expression. He’s carrying Bella.
It’s Sam Uley. He found her.
Charlie bolts to her; he’s never moved faster in his life. He wraps his arms around Bella, lifting her from Sam’s arms.
Thank you, Sam. Thank God.
Charlie carries Bella to the house, cradling her. Harry and Billy give Sam a nod of praise and gratitude. But Sam backs away, avoiding any accolades.
ON JACOB - jogging alongside Charlie, peering at Bella with worry. Then Jacob slows, feeling eyes on his back... he turns to SEE Sam Uley staring at him. Jacob, uncomfortable, quickly looks away.
ON CHARLIE CARRYING BELLA up the stairs to the house --
What were you thinking, Baby? Why were you out there?
Off her as Charlie carries her inside --
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM - NIGHT OVERHEAD SHOT OF THE BED - Charlie lays Bella down and wraps her in blankets...
A SERIES OF DISSOLVES ON BELLAShe’s curled in a fetal position in the middle of the bed. Then at its foot. Under the blankets. On top of them. In various different arrangements. Meanwhile...A BLACK LIQUID begins to flood the floor, slowly swallowing everything in the room. It rises up the sides of the bed, higher and higher until it breaches the top of the bed and begins to engulf Bella. Off her, submerged in blackness...
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE - DAY - A MONTH LATER
The leaves have turned red and orange. SEE a FIGURE in the upstairs window --
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM - DAY
Bella sits in a rocking chair by the window. Her face blank. Empty.
STAY ON BELLA, unchanging - but THROUGH THE WINDOW OUTSIDE, we SEE TIME LAPSING behind her --
OCTOBER -- Costumed kids appear in the yard, trick-or-treating. DISSOLVE INTO...
NOVEMBER -- NEIGHBORS (BOB MARKS and his WIFE) bring Charlie a turkey... they glance up at Bella’s window with concern...WINTER BEGINS -- the trees’ branches are now bare...
DECEMBER -- Charlie drags a Christmas tree toward the house... worry has taken its toll on him. But Bella remains unchanged...
Dear Mom... I’m... (beat)... lost...
PAN the now blank walls of the exceedingly neat room; gone are all traces of Edward...
Edward took everything with him. Including my life. He promised it would be like he never existed... ...
LAND ON the scrapbook which lies open; the photo of Bella and Edward’s embrace at the birthday party - gone.
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM - ANOTHER DAY
BELLA AT HER COMPUTER, typing an e-mail to Renee.
... But I need to know he did.
A SERIES OF TABLEAUS, DISSOLVING INTO ONE ANOTHER:-- INT. BELLA’S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM – DAY
Bella sits on the couch, blank, as the rain pounds. Charlie watches her, concerned.
It’s like a huge h*** has been punched through my chest...
-- INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
In the darkness, Bella is curled up in a ball on her floor.
But the pain is my only reminder that he was real... that they all were...
-- INT. FORKS HIGH SCHOOL - CAFETERIA – DAY
Lunch. Bella sits alone, staring straight ahead.
SEE Jessica, Eric, Angela and Mike, watching her with concern. Talking about her. She doesn’t notice.
I miss them. Especially Alice...
EXT. TANYA’S ALASKAN HOME – DAY
A one-story contemporary home, surrounded by snowy, barren land and woods. Through a LARGE PICTURE WINDOW we SEE Alice and Carlisle, arguing inside –
But I’m sure it’s better for them, not having me around...
INT. TANYA’S ALASKAN HOME (CONTINOUS) – DAY
Alice faces off with Carlisle as the others watch on. Esme desolate; Emmett blank. He sits next to Rosalie who seems almost irritated. Jasper isolates himself in a corner.
No. We promised Edward.
But she won’t do well without us. I get flashes of her, but they’re unclear --
Forget her, let’s drag Edward home.
He’ll come back when he’s ready. After Bella moves on.
Yes. When she’s living her life, safe from danger--
You mean safe from us.
Alice wraps an arm around Jasper, soothingly.
ROSALIE(pointedly to Alice)
And when will that be?
Can you see him, Alice?
They all turn to Alice... a beat. She closes her eyes, trying to get a lock on Edward
-- PUSH IN ON ALICE as –
The only decision he’s made... SMASH TO:
EXT. SOUTH AMERICA - ANDES (ALICE’S VISION) - DAY
(Visuals are jumpy, unclear) START HIGH ON A MOUNTAINTOP in the middle of nowhere. SWOOP DOWN to its peak on which we find EDWARD. Standing still, face agonized.
... is to be alone...
-- and suddenly, he starts running, like he’s trying to outrun his memories, faster and faster -- he races toward a CLIFF; a RAVINE hundreds of feet below --Edward doesn’t slow, just blasts forward faster; then he LEAPS off the cliff,FLOATING, but the pain stays with him --
ON EDWARD’S FEET landing hard on the other side of the ravine- as they hit ground we --SMASH BACK TO:
CLOSE ON BELLA’S FINGERS-- as they hit computer keys –
Time passes. Every tick that goes by... aches...
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
INCLUDE BELLA’S COMPUTER SCREEN, as she types...
Like the pulse of blood behind a bruise...
Bella stops. A beat as she stares at her own words. Then she hits “select all” and “delete”
--ON THE COMPUTER - A BLANK DOCUMENT.
She types: “Hi Mom, things are great, grades are up. Hanging with friends. Stop worrying. I’m fine.”
Bella presses “send”, and the cheery e-mail disappears. Bella rises, returns to her rocking chair, staring out desolately.
PUSH PAST HER OUTSIDE...AN UNKNOWN POV FROM THE WOODS - ON BELLA IN THE WINDOW-- Someone’s watching her, pacing menacingly, hungrily...DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE – DAY
Bella exits to find Charlie out by the street, stuffing trash into the bins. He talks with neighbor, Bob Marks, who also attends to his trash: two old, beat up motorcycles.
It’s about time you got rid of those, Bob. Seen one too many bikers smeared on the highway.
Save the lecture, Chief. Soon as the garbage truck hauls ‘em off, you and my wife can rest easy. (starts off, but stops)Oh, hey, what’s the word on that bear problem? Folks are saying they’re huge.
That’s just... talk...
-- as Charlie watches Bella walk to her truck, head down. Bob sees her, too –
How you doin’ there, Bella?