My True You by Gareth Dowson | Script Revolution

My True You

Ray's flashbacks to salacious, abusive youth destroy her. Finding happiness as counsellor in Survivors Rescue Unit, her motherly gift for caring leads her to discover true self.

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Ray, middle aged waitress, regretful of sexually active youth, wants to forget her past, steering clear of young men.

Completing group therapy, she makes friends with Peter, who she feels she can trust. Their friendship is tested to extreme by unwelcome narcissist who befriends Ray. Rosie wants to control Ray, fascinated by secret video tapes she assumes came from salacious past.

Young men at diner show porn on phone, ask if she's in it. Ray, shocked into first flashback, deteriorates as past relentlessly haunts her.

Peter loves her, wants to help. Rosie loves no one, wants tapes. At Rosie’s house, Ray casts Peter away not trusting maleness. Rosie tries to force Ray to show tapes. Ferocious rage from foiled Rosie informs Ray of true nature.

Following attempted suicide, Peter confesses to Ray he was raped years ago and cannot heal. At Survivors Rescue Unit, Peter spills his life to counsellor in front of Ray. Colin the counsellor is impressed by Ray’s handling of Peter and motherly ways. This is Ray’s secret true self. Colin and Wilma, who run unit, invite Ray to volunteer.

Sleeping together on unit bed, Peter becomes erect. Ray is repulsed, cannot trust him. Peter, insists he is harmless, is devastated, disappears. Ray, in grimy flat, is attacked by weeks of intense flashbacks. At unit, had picked flyer for free therapy. Now exhausted, makes appointment.

Her life mends with therapy, finding friendship with Colin, Wilma, eventually being offered full-time post at unit. To her relief, she leaves waitressing. Wilma invites Ray to be lodger, helps her buy Betamax VCR on eBay, which she’d never heard of. Ray finally revisits happy times with old boyfriend. Not adult at all. Colin, Wilma see she must move on, so make arrangements for Ray to work at RAINN.

Planning to move into own apartment, Peter visits her at work, much to her utter delight. They quickly re-bond, notice in each other massive changes. They discover their ‘true you’ – the original people they would have been if not for abuse. Peter found his true self as lady’s man, no threat to Ray. Ray, close to discovering her motherly fate, is happy with Peter and their promising, contented future....

Submitted: July 6, 2021
Last Updated: July 26, 2022

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The Writer: Gareth Dowson

Novelist and script writer. One novel on smashwords.com. One novel being sent to agents for representation. One 6-part police procedural. One tv pilot. Nine films in constant state of rewrite. Have recently upped my game with new editing skills. Have had diverse life in acting, nursing, policing, army, admin and school. Destroyed two earliest novels due to their embarrassing awfulness. Feel very confident in professional career when I compare old works to new. Constant flux of change, which is encouraging. Have a blog on mrdowsonsfilmreviews.blogspot. If ever you want to go unnoticed as a writer, write a blog! Go to bio

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