Reflections. by Martin Cox | Script Revolution


When a down and out meets a man of God, they discover they have more in common than first meets the eye.



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Harry is a forlorn homeless drug addict. He shelters from the torrential rain under a highway bridge as he struggles with a syringe for a much-needed hit. A shadowy figure looms from behind, and clubs Harry with a broken pool cue, stealing his escape from reality in the process.
Mike, a pastor, drives through the storm, tired, listening to the jazz on his radio. Suddenly he spots Harry standing on the highway, drenched, eyes closed, arms spread as if crucified. There is no time to react properly, but by God's grace, Mike's car misses Harry.
Mike, pulls over and rushes back to Harry who is still motionless. In the brief conversation that follows Mike realizes that Harry was on a mission...suicide by someone...anyone.

Mike offers Harry a hot shower, food, and a warm bed for the night which he begrudgingly accepts.

When the two men have showered, changed into fresh clothes, and eaten, they swap stories. Harry is bitter with his lot, telling Mike how he hates God for allowing his wife and unborn baby to be killed in a car crash. From that point onward, Harry lost everything, his successful business, his self-esteem, his will to live. Mike basically tells him to pull himself together and when Harry tells him he could never understand, Larry tells Mike that his wife and daughter were raped and murdered by two felons, who called him on his cell and made him listen to his family as they were tortured and killed. This seems to touch Harry as Mike retires, leaving him with his own thoughts, and a small mirror.
The next day, Mike takes Harry into town, where Harry sees that Mike is recognized and acknowledged by all and sundry. But he is most affected by the fact that everybody carries a small mirror, like the one Mike gave him, and they flash the sun's reflection to Mike and each other, as a recognition of being not only part of the community but also an integral part of Mike's flock.
The real kicker is when a whole building, which is occupied by abused women with their children and funded solely by Mike, explodes with reflections from every window.
Harry discovers that Mike's resources are running low as he hands out the mirrors and provides food and lodging for the abused, and he will be bankrupt in a matter of months.
The next day, Mike knocks on Harry's door but there is no answer. He enters the bedroom and sees the bed is empty. He looks outside and his car is gone and on checking for his cell phone, that is missing also.
Dismayed, Mike wearily makes his way to his church to preach his sermon, while we see Harry drive into a parking lot, hear him arrange a "score" and then walk into a bar.
Later, Mike is saying goodbye to his congregation. A car horn sounds. Mike looks up but the sun is shining and he cannot make out who is honking. Then he sees a flash of light and prays that his friend has returned.
Later, Harry apologises for taking the cell and the car, but he had to meet a 'Bro' in a bar, to score. Mike looks disappointed, but Harry explains that the 'Bro' was in fact his brother who is a financial wizard and he, after looking at Harry's business plan for Mike's non profit organization, has agreed to fund it for the next two years to allow the two men to get back in the black and run a great concern for all to benefit from.

Submitted: October 9, 2020
Last Updated: October 9, 2020

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The Writer: Martin Cox

My name is Martin Cox and I am an Englishman, London born and bred but now a proud American citizen, domiciled in fabulous Las Vegas with my beautiful Asian wife Anita. Yes, I am very blessed!. I feel extremely humbled to join the Script Revolution and be in the company of so many talented writers. Since childhood, I have had a love affair with the written word, weaving copious amounts of rhyming tapestries, essays and plays for my fellow students to share and perfom in. This was when I initially experienced the total intoxication of hearing others breath life into my written words. How wondrous the feeling. And I have been fortunate enough to prolong that addiction throughout the years... Go to bio

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