Scene 1: Sarah, a young woman with short dark hair, in a black dress, sits in the front pew at Mount Zion Church, Tuscumbia, Missouri. It is the funeral of her maternal grandmother, Esther. As Reverend Felton ends his address, he asks the congregation to remember Esther as they listen to a song that she had requested be played today. As The Everly Brothers sing – ‘When I feel blue in the night and I need you to hold me tight..’ – Sarah smiles, recalling the story that her Grandma had told her many times, a story of lost love in the innocence of her teenage years.
Scene 2: After the funeral service, Sarah notices a young man, who she does not recognise, looking at her from the other side of the grave, as Reverend Felton intones, ‘Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…’. At the end of the ceremony, Sarah tells her family that she wants a little time alone so she’ll walk back to the house, if that’s ok.
Transition: The camera follows Sarah as she crosses New Mount Zion Cemetery. She stops and looks wonderingly at a gravestone engraved with the name ‘Paul Kelsey’.
Scene 3: Sarah is startled by the sudden realisation that the young man who had been looking at her at the burial is standing beside her.
Young Man: Did you know him?
Sarah: No, not really. My Grandma knew him when she was young.
Young Man: [laughing] Yeah, I heard that story too.
Sarah: You knew him?
Young Man: Well, I bear his name, so if I didn’t know him, I doubt if anyone did. [He holds out his hand] I’m Paul Kelsey… the third.
Sarah: You’re… you’re Paul Kelsey’s grandson? Oh my God, I feel that we’re practically related!
Paul: [laughing again] May I walk with you?
Scene 4: As they walk, Sarah and Paul share what they knew of that event, back in 1958.
Sarah: My Grandma told me that her brothers gave Paul a beating.
Paul: Yes, they did. I guess they were just trying to protect their little sister. But he went right on loving her.
They realise that they are approaching the old dance hall where their grandparents had met…
Scene 5: Sarah and Paul enter the now derelict dance hall. A shaft of sunlight is shining through the broken blinds. Sarah takes out her cellphone and finds that same song that their grandparents had danced to.
Transition: As the song plays, Paul and Sarah begin to dance together and the dance hall transforms…
Scene 6: It is 1958. She is wearing a blue taffeta dress. Paul’s scent, of pomade and pine tar soap, overwhelms her. She hears Paul whisper, ‘Esther… I want you’. She feels his mouth on hers. She hears the rustle of her stiff blue taffeta skirt being lifted and a rough-skinned hand on her thigh. Her hands urgently unfasten Paul’s belt and, as Paul lifts her from the ground, she holds up her skirt and petticoat and pulls aside her panties as he lets her sink down on to his jutting cock. She inhales as he slowly fills her to the limit…
Transition: The song ends and the dance hall transforms again.
Scene 7: Paul and Sarah are back in the present. They stare at each other. Flustered and confused, Sarah asks Paul to wait while she finds a mirror to fix her makeup.
Scene 8: The camera follows Sarah into a side room where she finds a mirror and she takes a hairbrush and lipstick from her purse. Sarah stares at herself in the mirror, as though she is no longer certain of who she is. When she returns, Paul is not there. The camera follows Sarah outside. Paul is nowhere to be seen. She calls his name. There is no reply.
Scene 9: Back home with her family, Sarah asks her mother about the story about Paul Kelsey and Grandma and she asks if Paul Kelsey’s grandson still lives around here.
Sarah’s Mom: Grandson? Honey, Paul and Grace Kelsey never had no children, let alone no grandson. Wherever did you get such an idea from? No, there were no more after him – his daddy was Paul Kelsey junior and his granddaddy was Paul senior, but your Grandma’s beau, Paul Kelsey the third, he was the last of the line.