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Strayed - Love Requires Some Things Be Hidden... Right?

A distraught little girl spots her mother stuffing a suspicious bag into a trash bin soon after her dog goes missing.

Disappointment in a child’s eyes can ravage a mother’s soul. Haunt and eat away at it. Create its own sore of sadness that can only be healed by an act of redemption.

As some wise folks often say, “A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child.”

Brandi Self’s “Strayed” shows how one quick-thinking mom attempts to handle the her daughter’s best interests. She thinks.


April gets out of the car. Stares wide eyed as she looks down.


Blood runs down the street and hits her feet. She slowly backs up.

Oh god, what did I do?


April finishes wrapping it up in a black trash bag. Begins washing the bloody spot off the street with a large sponge.


April crams the black trash bag into the bin.

What’s that?

(whirls around, flustered)
Oh, hi honey. How was the park?

Bo Bo’s gone.

April sees a spot of blood on her own hand and quickly wipes it away.

“Strayed” shows that In the big scheme of things, death is a part of life. As parents, we do our best at shielding our children from the sadness of loss.

But, just how far should a mother go to save her child from heartbreak?

With a couple of locations, a couple of characters, and an ending that will leave you gasping, “Strayed” wraps it up nicely. But certainly not in the neat way you'd expect.

The Script


A sullen little girl spots her mother stuffing a suspicious bag into a trash bin soon after her dog goes missing.

About The Reviewer

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Linda Hullinger is an award-winning screenwriter and published author who has written fourteen short screenplays, five feature screenplays and two TV pilots. In 2019, one of her short horror scripts "Redirected" was produced, and one of her holiday features "Joy for Christmas" was optioned. She’s had short stories, articles, and essays traditionally published in magazines such as Woman’s World, Over My Dead Body, Dogwood Tales, Emporium Gazette, and Night Visions. In 2012, she won two...Read more

About The Writer

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Produced/Optioned Screenwriter 

I create surreal, carefully constructed stories that dissect love, morality, oppression, identity, alienation, and stagnation by catapulting characters into sometimes absurdly juxtaposed worlds where they must use self-examination as a tool for escape and redemption. 



Rod Serling/Twilight Zone

Charlie Kaufman 

David Lynch

Franz Kafka



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