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Act Six

December 26, 2019

Scene: Sound & Fury bookstore, before dawn. Menetre is making cinnamon rolls. Harper sits on a stool observing, drinking coffee. 


MENETRE: So it's important that you let the dough be sticky. Don't be tempted to add too much flour. 


HARPER (yawning): Sticky, okay. Got it. 


MENETRE: Explain to me again why it's suddenly so important for you to learn to make cinnamon rolls? Is this for Alex? 


HARPER: Oh, Mama...I don't think I'll be making cinnamon rolls for Alex any time soon. 


MENETRE: Oh, baby...what's happened? 


HARPER: I don't know...we just seem to have...different priorities. 


MENETRE: Well, that happens sweetie. The question you have to ask yourself is, Is it worth trying to work it out? 


HARPER: One of several questions I seem to be asking myself lately. 




Scene: Poinsettia Town Square. Harper is sitting on a park bench, reading her phone. Beau approaches with two coffees. 


BEAU: Hi. Still mad at me? 


HARPER (looks the other way): Maybe. 


Beau offers a coffee.


BEAU: Look, I'm sorry. I know I overreacted. I was judgmental. I was way out of line. 


Harper takes the coffee from him. 


HARPER: I accept the coffee. I'm not accepting the apology. Yet. 


Beau sits next to her on the bench. 


BEAU: I know it's not Washington, or New York, or some snow-dusted city. But I do think our town is beautiful at Christmas. 


HARPER: Christmas is beautiful no matter what town you're in. But yes, we do have a charming little town. 


BEAU: It warms my heart to hear you say that. 


HARPER: This may come as a shock to you, Coach Beau, but I never lost my love for this town. It's what's driven me to want to make things better for us - for our parish, and our state. 


BEAU: I suspected it all along! I just wonder if you don't lose and then.  


HARPER: Why do I feel like your idea of "focus" is me relocating permanently back to Poinsettia? 


BEAU: I thought we just agreed that this is a wonderful place to be? 


HARPER: Here's a newsflash for you, Beau: There are a lot of wonderful places in the world. 


BEAU: But only one that can hold your heart. 




Scene: Will's law office. Amy Ray is at the reception desk. Enter Harper. 


HARPER: Hi Amy Ray. 


AMY RAY: Why hello, Harper Lee. I wasn't expecting you today. 


Harper sinks into a chair. 


HARPER: I know. I wan't expecting to be here myself. How are you feeling? 


AMY RAY: Pretty good actually. The morning sickness has subsided. 


HARPER: Well you look adorable pregnant. 


AMY RAY (laughing): Thanks. 


HARPER: I'm sorry. I got up early. Made cinnamon rolls. I may be delirious. But I think I need to talk to Will. 


AMY RAY: Well go right in. Your brother always has time for you. 


Harper goes through the door to the inner office. Will is working at his desk. 


WILL: Oh hey, Sissy. I wan't expecting you today, was I? 


HARPER: No. Sorry to drop in. Is this okay? 


WILL: Of course! Always! What's going on? 


HARPER: I was you still have the Doucet paperwork? 


WILL: I...I guess, sure. Do you have a new prospect? 


HARPER: I was just wondering...what kind of paperwork would we need if we were to...keep Sound & Fury in the family? 


Will sighs. 


WILL: Harper, we've been through this. It's too much for Amy Ray to take on. 


HARPER: I'm not talking about Amy Ray. 


WILL: You found a long-lost bookworm cousin? 


HARPER: No, Will. Me. I think it should be me. 


WILL: But...what about DC? Alex? Your job? All the things you said? 


HARPER: A wise soul once told me that sometimes the items on the list of what's most important to you shift places. 


WILL: Just to be clear, you're going to run the shop? From here? Right? Not by...telepresence or anything? 


HARPER (laughing): Yes. Me, here, in the shop. Making cinnamon rolls! I actually have some ideas...visiting authors, elementary book clubs, graphic novels...


Will gets up to hug his sister.


WILL: This may be the best Christmas gift you've ever given us. 


HARPER: This may be the best gift I've ever given myself. 




Scene: Scene: Sound & Fury bookstore, before dawn, Christmas morning. Harper and Menetre are making cinnamon rolls together. Christmas music plays quietly. The bell on the door tinkles. A man enters. 


HARPER: I'm sorry, Christmas cinnamon rolls will be ready at 6. 


Enter Beau in a Santa hat. 


BEAU: HO HO HO! Merry Christmas! 


MENETRE(laughing): Merry Christmas, Beau! What are you doing out so early this morning? 


BEAU: Well I wanted to be first on the list for the new Sound & Fury cinnamon rolls! I heard they are now under new management! 


HARPER: News travels fast in this town. 


BEAU: Well, good news does anyway. 


MENETRE: It's the greatest news, isn't it? 


HARPER: Mama...


BEAU: Truth is, Miss Menetre, it's just what I asked Santa for. 


Beau pulls out a sprig of mistletoe


BEAU: Merry Christmas, Harper Lee. 


HARPER: Merry Christmas, Coach. 


They kiss. 


Fade to black. 









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