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
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