Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

EXT. Harvard Medical school-morning.

Miles arrives just on time and meets his friend Josh.

 

Josh

You’re cutting it fine again man…

Miles

The first day of a new year, I thought I’d make the effort..

A loud bell rings and Miles and Josh hurry into a large building.

INT. Lab style class room filled with students.

Miles and Josh sit behind a bench listening to their professor as he concludes the class. Another bell is heard.

Professor

…And that’s all we’ve got time for today fellow mixologists.

The students begin to leave. Josh and Miles follow behind. The professor notices Miles.

 

Professor

Just a moment Mr. Raw.

Miles

….Professor?

Professor

Can we talk for a moment?

Miles turns to Josh.

Miles

I’ll catch up with you.

Josh leaves Miles and the Professor alone in the class room.

Professor

I read your paper personally. It was shoddy to say the least. I expected better from you.

Miles

I’m sorry, do you know me?

Professor

No, but I knew your father. How is he?

Miles

He’s sick.

Professor

Your father was a great man.

Miles

He’s not dead, he’s just sick.

PAUSE.

Was there anything else?

Professor

Yes. I want you to re-write your paper. I should never have accepted you into this class. Your father believed in you. You have until the end of the month, understand? And you will have to work harder to stay in this class.

Miles

I know….Thank you.

Miles leaves the class room.

Int. Harvard Medical School-Day.

Miles and Josh are walking to their next class.

Josh

What did he want?

Miles

He wants me to re-write my paper.

Josh

Did he say why?

Miles

He said it was shoddy…

Josh

Shoddy?

Miles

His words, not mine…

A beautiful girl stops Miles to ask a question.

Girl

Are you Miles Raw?

Miles

Indeed I am…And you are?

Gene

Gene…

Josh tries to introduce himself, but Gene ignores him.

Miles

And to what do I owe this pleasure?

Gene

I heard about your one week weight loss program.

Miles

Aha?

Gene

Yeah. I want to do it….

Miles

I normally run those programs on a school break….

Gene

I know. I just wanted to make sure I could get in..

Miles glances at his watch.

Miles

Add me on face book and let’s take it from there…

Gene

Thanks….

Miles

…I do have some spaces, but there are tests we would need to do first.

Gene

Is it true you reduce weight by making your patients sick?

Miles

I don’t like to discuss my methods, but you would be in a perfectly controlled environment, and it’s actually a little hush hush…How did you….

Gene

….Jan told me. She looks great by the way… And don’t worry I haven’t told anybody.

Miles

I appreciate that.

Gene

Its a thousand bucks right?

Miles

That’s right, but it includes accommodation for the week, medications, everything you need…

Gene

That’s fine, and you guarantee a loss of twenty pounds.

Miles takes a step back and looks at Gene.

 

Miles

I don’t guarantee anything until I’ve done my tests. But I don’t charge for the tests…As I say, add me on face book and we’ll take it from there.

Gene

You’ll be hearing from me soon…

 

Gene leaves.

 

Josh

Already booked up for your next session?

Miles

Pretty much… Can you handle another one?

Josh

Girls in their panties in your father’s private lab, I’m in.

Miles

Come on let’s get to class.

 

Josh and Miles enter their next class.

 

EXT. Harvard Medical school-Day.

 

Josh and Miles are leaving the school grounds.

 

 

Josh

Where’s your head today man?

PAUSE.

Miles

I’ve been thinking about my father….

Josh

Really…? What triggered that?

Miles

The professor mentioned him. Apparently he knew him..

Josh

The great Richard Raw…How is your dad anyway?

Miles

I stopped visiting him years ago. He doesn’t know me anymore. Can we talk about something else?

Josh

We still on for poker tonight?

Miles

Absolutely, see you at eight.

 

INT. Miles’s house in the living room-night.

The poker game is on. Four boys are sat around a large table smoking drugs….

PAUL

Where’s your grandmother tonight Miles?

MILES

She’s upstairs…

GERALD

You’re not worried she might come down and see us smoking this……

MILES

She’s out for the night…

JOSH

Out cold….

PAUL

What did you give her?

MILES

A little stensepoime

GERALD

You are one crazy…..

MILES

…….You wanted to play poker right?

JOSH

Let’s play…

EXT. Miles’s house-night.

Miles and Josh are saying goodbye to Paul and Gerald. Paul and Gerald step into a car and then drive away…

MILES

How much did we make?

JOSH

          A couple of grand….

MILES

How can these guys be so stupid….?

JOSH

We drugged them….

MILES

Again….

Miles and Josh laugh together and then enter the house….

INT. Miles’s house in the living room-night.

MILES

You better give me hand cleaning up…

JOSH

Sure…

INT. Miles’s house, Grandma’s bedroom-night.

Miles enters to check on his grandmother. She is still sleeping. He kisses her goodnight and exits.

INT. Miles’s house in the living room-day.

Josh enters the front door and rushes into the living room.

JOSH

Miles!

MILES

I’m up here!

Josh runs upstairs.

JOSH

Where?

MILES

With my Grandmother..

INT. Miles’s house, Grandma’s bedroom-night.

Josh rushes in to see Miles standing over his grandmother who is now lying naked on the bed. It looks as if Miles has been making some tests.

JOSH

What the hell man! Is she dead?

MILES

She’s not dead. She’s in a coma…I need you to help me carry her downstairs….

JOSH

Carry her downstairs? We need to get her to a hospital..

MILES

No. No hospitals. They would find the drugs I gave her last night. That would be my medical career over…

JOSH

Then what?

MILES

We take her down to the lab. I can take care of her myself… Nobody needs to know about this…

JOSH

Jesus Christ man….

MILES

Are you going to help me or not?

Josh is hesitant…

JOSH

How the hell is she in a coma?

MILES

I must have got the formula wrong or something…Listen I need your help. I need you as my friend. I can take care of her, you know I can…Will you please help me with the body?

JOSH

…And what if we get caught?

MILES

If I get caught, you were never here. It’s all on me…Ok?

JOSH

Alright……But put some clothes on her first man….

INT. Basement lab-day.

Miles and Josh carry in the body of the grandmother and lower her onto a bed.

JOSH

You really have all the equipment here to take care of her.

MILES

My father’s lab has pretty much everything..

Miles flicks on some light switches.

And after all the work we’ve done, I know this lab like it’s my own…

JOSH

What about drips?

MILES

I’ll pick up everything I need from my usual guy. Come on help me get this all set up.

JOSH

How we going to monitor her condition…Someone should be with her?

MILES

I’ll link the monitor up to my iPhone…. I’ve got it all covered…

JOSH

….Remarkable…

MILES

What is?

JOSH

That every time we have a crises you remain cool….

MILES

We are medical students after all….

JOSH

Yes and we’re going to be late for school…

MILES

Can you cover for me….?

JOSH

Sure….You should take care of your grandmother first…

MILES

Thanks…

JOSH

Alright I‘ll catch you later.