Digital Ischemia

16/09/2012

Learning

Filed under: What You Wish For-S — Teepwriter @ 15:13

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – 2015, WINTER, DAY – ESTABLISHING

Monochrome, still, leafless.

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE OFFICE – DAY

Converted small bedroom, desk with computer kit, office chair, shelving over cupboards, piles of paper.

Innes slides an antique desk over a tarpaulin through the doorway, balancing a matching chair aloft in his other hand.  He guides the desk to the window overlooking the glen, aligns the chair.

Polly supplies paper and pencil.  Innes settles himself, arranges a book and the stationery on the desk.  She hauls up the office chair.

MONTAGE

1) Innes pores over a school textbook, running his fingers along the text, partitioning complex words.  Polly whumps a dusty box beside him.
2) Innes leans on the window frame, gazing at falling snow smoothing out a set of footprints approaching and leaving the house.  He clenches a fist, forces himself back to the desk.
3) Innes is alone, reading rampantly.  His eyes flit over the text of a novel; his fingers flick the page.
4) Innes is motionless, the back cover of a closed 1850s novel before him.  He swivels to face the computer.  He starts at Will entering.  Will glances at the computer, raises his eyebrows at Innes.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE GARDEN – DAY

Snow-iced world.  Jade, 10 months, writhes in snow, giggling.  Finn, 10 months, extracts a handful of snow, examines it.  He faces Innes, outstretches his hand.  Innes jerks his concern back from the glen road.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – SPRING, DAY – ESTABLISHING

INT. BENACHAR BARN – DAY

Daylight through the untiled roof.  Innes frowns over a complex geometrical puzzle scored into dusty ground.  He follows his attention with a long stick.

In the b.g., Will stacks roof timbers, pauses to watch Innes with tutor’s pride.

INT. BENACHAR HALL – DAY

On the table, opened brown envelopes splay government department guidelines, warnings, forms.  In the b.g. Innes retreats into gloom.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – SUMMER, DAY – ESTABLISHING

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE OFFICE – SUMMER, DAY

Polly batters at the computer keyboard.  Will leans in.

WILL
Are you not done yet?!

Polly completes typing a sentence.

POLLY
Far be it for my money-earning efforts to interfere with your lust for academic Utopia.

WILL
He’s the perfect student.  His mind’s quite untainted!  Hurry up!

Polly closes her work, graciously relinquishes the computer.  Will bustles around her.

POLLY
You’re the perfect tutor.  What’s today’s topic?

Will covers self-consciousness with terseness.

WILL
Trigonometry, mechanics, then, after lunch, electronics.

Polly chuckles.  Will whips a CD into the computer.  She presses an affectionate hand to his shoulder, departs.  He snaps his head around, follows her with his eyes.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – AUTUMN, DAY – ESTABLISHING

Patchwork of yellow, orange, brown fallen leaves swirling among swaying evergreens. 

INT. BENACHAR HOUSE HALL – DAY

Polly approaches, hugging a bundle of children’s filthy clothes.  She raises her eyebrows in question.  Will and Innes present themselves in similar clothing.

POLLY
You’re wearing his clothes?

INNES
Aye.

POLLY
Because?

INNES
Will is taking me to a class so I must look like a student.

POLLY
Or a ‘never grew past being a student’?

Will flaps his hand, dismissing Polly, propels Innes out.  Polly catches Will’s arm with concern.  He tries for reassurance, breaks to follow Innes.  Polly’s gaze wanders to the table, a solitary brown envelope.

EXT. WILL’S HOUSE – EVENING

Innes and Will stride up, gripping bundles of papers.

WILL
You don’t seem entirely content?

INNES
What I could do wi’ this then.

WILL
That would be an ethical dilemma.  Are you considering going back?

INNES
I ken I will.

Will is quizzical.

INNES (CONT’D)
There was nae bench at the kirk.  I decided to make yin.  I did nae think when.  Immediately it was there.  The enquiries at the hoose will nae stop.  I dinnae belong now.

Innes and Will halt at the gate.  Will grapples.

WILL
It’s we who don’t belong; we’ve forgotten how to live.  A good teacher would inspire you: you have an aptitude for harnessing natural energy.  You could make Benachar House self-sufficient.

Innes is startled, captivated.  Will raises an encouraging eyebrow.  Innes nods acceptance, appreciation, sets off.  Will watches, wonders.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – 2016, WINTER, DAY

Innes steps backward away from the house, plants his feet apart, peruses the house elevation.

EXT. BENACHAR HOUSE – SPRING, DAY

MONTAGE

1) Innes attaches solar panels on the roof.
2) Innes constructs a wind turbine tower on the hill.
3) Innes re-pipes the house guttering to deliver rain water to the basement.
4) Innes renovates the walled garden, plants fruit trees.
5) Innes presents his efforts to Polly.  She admires the accomplishment and workmanship.  Her pleasure fades.

    POLLY
    You’ve made power cuts impossible.

    Innes double-takes.  Polly is paralysed.

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