23 and THEM! by Tim Westland | Script Revolution

23 and THEM!

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Those home genetic tests sometimes reveal more than you expect and can be life changing...
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Harvey Miller is a meek, insecure man. So it's no wonder that when Sam, a co-worker, reveals that he's getting a divorce because he used a genetics test and discovered that his kids weren't actually his, Harvey begins to think about his own kids.

Harvey's always wondered why a hot chick like Sue, his wife, would marry him. And the kids look nothing like him.

So he buys some Home Genetic Tests and secretly swabs DNA from his wife and kids as they sleep.

8 weeks later, Harvey will confront the results... and his life will change forever.

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23 and Them
DNA Tests Never Turn Out Well....

The world’s full of mysteries. Does God exist, how did we get here, is our world even real…and how on earth does that milquetoast office slave have such a stunning wife?

That final mystery, of course, is the one relevant to 23 And Them. And it’s one that Harvey, the office slave in question, is forced to seriously ponder after a fellow co-worker observes that his two “children” don’t really resemble him at all. Nor their mother, Sue.

Now Harvey’s home life is blissful – Sue’s a stay-at-home cook, and the kids are just as innocent and smiley as she is.

Almost too innocent, in fact.

But the seeds of doubt have been sown, and eventually they grow too big for Harvey’s mind. So, he secretly obtains a 23 and Me kit, along with DNA swabs from his “perfect” wife and kids.

8 weeks later, the results arrive. At the front door. When Harvey’s not home.

And when he does get home, his wife’s words and actions show her fury, but the smile never disappears from her face…or the kids’ faces, for that matter.

Why? Because Sue’s got her reasons for tying the knot with Harvey, but they’re not obvious reasons. Rather, they relate to the results of the DNA tests, which also reveal his wife’s darkest secret. One which she shares with “their” kids.

Are Harvey’s children his? Why did Sue marry him? And what do Sue and the kids have in common that Harvey doesn’t?

With tension oozing off every page as the moment to the truth draws nearer and nearer, 23 and Them will hook you in and never let you go until you find answers to these questions. Answers you certainly won’t be able to guess!

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The Writer: Tim Westland

Howdy... my name is Tim Westland. I am an award winning writer, with multiple feature and short scripts placing highly in Page, Screencraft, BlueCat and other well respected competitions. Several of my short scripts have been produced, most recently “For The Love of God”, a topical LGBT-friendly story about a priest who experiences a crisis of faith. My feature, "OBeast", co-written with the incredible Rod Thompson, is a 2016 Screencraft Top Ten Finalist! You can read it at the link below! I am also the co-author (with Matt Scott) of the comic book (and screenplay) adaptation of Joe Schreiber’s horror novel, “Chasing The Dead”. Published by IDW as a four-part series, it was so well... Go to bio

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