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    paper at the wall again and again…

    …he stops suddenly, shocked. He SEES
    musical notes written down on the paper.
    his heart pounding in his chest, he
    searches frantically through the rubble
    scattered about him. More and more
    musical notes, sketched ideas, simple
    melodies, entire songs and scores — all
    meticulously recorded on lined yellowed
    paper, dated for the last 20 years, and
    signed…by his Father. He’s shocked to
    a standstill. Then the full
    significance of what’s before him hits
    him like a sledgehammer. He collapses
    in agony against the chest, tears
    flowing down his cheeks.

    (105) INT. BASEMENT — A SERIES OF SHOTS (NIGHT INTO DAY)

    Prince lying outstretched on the
    basement floor, sleeping fitfully,
    feverishly. His body is lathered in
    sweat, the droplets glisten in the pale
    light.

    ANOTHER ANGLE
    Cool, gray dawn. He’s in a dead sleep
    on the floor, his arms outstretched, his
    legs twisted beneath him. His Father’s
    outline seemingly rests by his side…

    Just then the basement window begins to
    glow with SUNLIGHT. It inches slowly
    across the floor, then sweeps him
    majestically, bathing him in its warmth.
    He wakes slowly, stretches his limbs
    like an opening flower. After a moment
    he sits up, shades his eyes…

    The basement is littered with debris.
    The destruction is complete, but in the
    midst of it lies his Father’s music.
    The yellow parchment is scattered about
    glowing in the sunlight…

    Something seems to flash across his
    mind. he stands, moves quickly down the