Heaven’s Headquarters, Part 6

BEGIN SEARCH MONTAGE

INT. PUB. NIGHT.

Joseph and Ethan pop inside a pub where they see a group of his friends toasting to a victory and celebrating with cocktails. Ethan folds his arms in annoyance. Joseph snaps his fingers and they disappear.

EXT. GOLDEN GATE DRIVE. MORNING.

Ethan stands outside in his old neighborhood.

ETHAN:

I see someone bought my house!

Ethan watches a mother load her infant in the driveway where he used to live. The mother waves hello to the across the street neighbor, who is dressed in a suit and obviously leaving for work. One of his next door neighbors is working on a garden while the other waters his lawn. He walks down the street and sees everyone getting ready for their day. Ethan pouts. Joseph snaps his fingers and they disappear.

INT. DENTIST OFFICE. AFTERNOON.

Ethan and Joseph watch his dentist smiling while working on a patient. Joseph snaps his fingers to make them disappear.

EXT. SHOPPING DISTRICT. EVENING.

Ethan walks down a street that is full of shops and restaurants. He walks around listening to several conversations. When he realizes no one is talking about him and everyone seems to be in a pleasant mood. Ethan shakes his head despondently. Joseph snaps his fingers to make them disappear.

INT. AIRPORT. NIGHT.

Ethan watches as travelers go to the baggage claim, head towards their gates, get food and drink at a nearby coffee stand, and wait for their friends and loved ones. He is desperate to hear one person mention him.

TRAVELER:

Did you hear about Ethan?

Ethan looks hopeful.

TRAVELER:

He’s directing a new movie in L.A.

Ethan gets let down. Joseph snaps his fingers to make them disappear.

EXT. CITY HALL. NOON.

Ethan watches the mayor gives a speech about public safety. The crowd seems enthused. Joseph looks at Ethan, who is walking away from the scene with his head down. Joseph follows him.

END MONTAGE.

EXT. GRAVEYARD. NOON.

Joseph catches up with Ethan and puts a reassuring hand on his shoulder.

ETHAN:

I get it. I guess no one misses me.

JOSEPH:

That’s not true!

ETHAN:

Clearly the world is better off

with me not in it!

JOSEPH:

Don’t say that!

ETHAN:

It’s true! If it’s not true, then you

wouldn’t have shown me all this!

JOSEPH:

You were missed! But you needed

to die! I can’t tell you why!

ETHAN:

Whatever. Maybe Heaven can cheer

me up.

JOSEPH:

You ready to go?

ETHAN:

Can I have a minute?

JOSEPH:

Of course.

A cell phone in Joseph’s pocket rings, and he answers it.

JOSEPH:

Hey, it’s J.C.!

ETHAN:

Who?

JOSEPH:

Jesus Christ.

ETHAN:

Oh.

JOSEPH:

Yes, we’re almost done. How’s

the party? George Washington

did what?

As Joseph talks on the phone, Ethan looks forlornly at the graveyard. Suddenly, something catches his eye. He sees a statue with a huge angel on it. He reads the epitaph and his eyes widen in understanding.

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