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Our Better Angels



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Formerly "Crack of Dawn" (new title)
When her mother dies, a troubled teenage girl must live with her great uncle, a man convicted of child rape. They must learn to trust each other to accept their respective betrayals.

Mallory is a 14-year old girl whose alcoholic mother died in a car accident because she was drunk. Roland is a 61-year old ex-con who served 10 years in prison for child rape. Mallory feels betrayed by her mother and internalizes this pain by blaming herself. Roland did not commit the crime for which he was incarcerated and feels betrayed by the government system that convicted him.

When Mallory, who has run away from three foster homes in two months, is assigned to Roland's care by juvenile court, both her and Roland's worlds are disrupted. He knows nothing about teenage girls, and she knows nothing about living on a farm.

Mallory hooks up with a small band of bad characters in school. Jag, the spoiled sociopath son of the wealthiest family in town, is the leader. Through tests of loyalty, Jag lures Mallory into his realm of narcissistic pranks and crimes.

Roland's nightmares of the beatings he took in prison haunt him. He also suffers from occasional seizures. After a seizure episode, he lies down to rest. Mallory stumbles upon old letters written by Roland's late wife Tess. She wrote to Roland in prison at a time when any semblance of love was absent in his world.

Through the letters and Mallory's newly formed love for animals, she confronts her feelings with Roland's help.

But Jag has different ideas for Mallory. He entices her to help him trash the school principal's office and computer room. Jag gets away, but Mallory is caught. She vows to shun Jag from that point forward.

The last act turns faster with a surprise ending and a final, emotional twist.

Through contention, arguments, newfound life passions, and personal confessions, these two very different people find their real selves and heal each other.

Submitted: January 23, 2019
Last Updated: March 9, 2019

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The Writer: Steven Michael

B.S. in Economics and M.B.A. degrees. All-American in baseball at Arizona State University. Played seven years of professional baseball. Worked odd jobs then started my first company. That moved me to start another one in Mexico. Worked eight years for a computer services company, then bought a retail company and sold it in 2007. Currently an Associate Professor teaching economics and project management at a private university part-time. This is my first foray into screenwriting. I have previously published two "how-to" books. Go to bio

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