The Aurors: S01E01

Approval

EXT. PARK - NIGHT

Barrett walks through the crowd to Claire. She doesn't look happy.

CLAIRE

There you are! Took you long enough. It was no easy feat covering for you that long.

BARRETT

He offered me a job.

CLAIRE

What?

BARRETT

Howards offered me a job.

CLAIRE

That's amazing!

BARRETT

I know! But keep it on the down low.

CLAIRE

Wait, in Boston?

CAPTAIN KYLE ERICKSON (M, 55, smoker) stands behind Barrett.

ERICKSON

Fuzzoni!

Claire and Barrett turn to face Erickson. He lights a CIGARETTE.

CLAIRE

That's you.

BARRETT

Yeah.

He takes a deep breath, then walks forward to Erickson.

ERICKSON

Where the hell have you been? Are you trying to make me look like a fool, having my head agent running out on an active crime scene?

BARRETT

Sir, with permission, I'd like a private word.

ERICKSON

Of course. Come.

They walk together to the far side of the clearing. Two MEN walk up and flank Claire, crossing their arms.

MAN 1

Reading him the right act, ain't he?

MAN 2

Man he's getting it.

CLAIRE

(Quietly)

He's moving to Boston.

MAN 1

Say what?

CLAIRE

Nothing. What are you two gawking at anyway? Get back to work.

The two men walk off, back to the crime scene.

BARRETT

In the end, he asked me to transfer to his division. Of course I wouldn't transfer without your say so.

ERICKSON

Go.

BARRETT

What?

ERICKSON

Go. Asking you was merely a formality. I approved your transfer three weeks ago.

BARRETT

You did?

ERICKSON

Yes. You're on the 9:30 am train to Boston in the morning. Go home, pack your things, come to the office in the morning and clean out your desk, then get on the train. We'll send up the rest of your stuff later.

BARRETT

Yes sir.

Barrett starts back towards Claire, then stops and turns back.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Sir? Thank you.

ERICKSON

Get to work Fuzzoni.

BARRETT

(Smiling)

Yes sir.

He jogs back to Claire.

CLAIRE

Well?

BARRETT

He approved me three weeks ago. I'm going to Boston.

CLAIRE

That's incred-

BARRETT

Not here. Let's finish this then go back to my place.

Claire nods and they go back to the crime scene. Claire smiles to herself.

INT. STUDIO APARTMENT - NIGHT

Barrett and Claire walk into the apartment. Juliet runs over to Claire, who greets her.

CLAIRE

Hey Juliet.

Barrett goes to the kitchen and grabs two BEERS from the fridge. He hands one to Claire, then twists his CAP off, tossing it aside. He collapses onto the COUCH, Juliet jumping up next to him. Claire joins them.

CLAIRE (CONT'D)

You excited? Scared?

BARRETT

I don't really know.

CLAIRE

Boston is really hard. People die, or worse.

BARRETT

I know Claire. Sorry, I'm just kinda freaking out. I mean, Captain Walter Howards himself asked me to transfer.

CLAIRE

Yeah, that's pretty crazy.

BARRETT

What if I'm not good enough? What if I let him down?

CLAIRE

Hey, you'll be fine. Trust me. You're the best agent we have. You always have been the best. Hell, the academy still has your name on the wall for holding like 7 records. Plus, Captain Howards must have seen something. He wouldn't have asked just anyone.

BARRETT

But what about my life here?

CLAIRE

What life? You live in a shit apartment, have no friends, have no social life to speak of, you haven't been on a date in three years. Not much you're leaving behind.

BARRETT

I have Juliet.

CLAIRE

A dog? Really? That's what you're claiming as your life? First off, you're not the crazy dog guy, at least not yet. Second, she'll come live with you up there.

BARRETT

What about you?

CLAIRE

I'll be fine. I'm a big girl.

BARRETT

It's just, after Mom and Dad died...

CLAIRE

Hey.

BARRETT

We were a team, you know?

CLAIRE

We still are a team. Always will be.

BARRETT

It'll be different with me in Boston.

CLAIRE

Yeah it will. But it will be okay.

BARRETT

I guess its just a big change from before.

CLAIRE

Yeah. You took care of me. Hell, you basically raised me. You made me who I am today. I wouldn't have gotten into the Academy if you hadn't said something. Look at it this way. With you out of my way, I can finally beat out all your records.

BARRETT

(Sadly laughing)

Like that will ever happen.

CLAIRE

It could happen. But we'll never know unless you get the hell out and stop beating your own records.

Long silence.

CLAIRE (CONT'D)

Come on. I'll help you pack.

She walks over and grabs a TRUNK from the closet.

INT. NEW ORLEANS DEPARTMENT - DAY

Barrett stands at a DESK, putting ITEMS into a CARDBOARD BOX. He pulls a BADGE out of his pocket and lays it on the DESK. Once loaded up, he picks the CARDBOARD BOX up, and walks away through the office. An OFFICER stands and starts CLAPPING. Another joins him, and another. Erickson stands in his office doorway, applauding. People clap him on the back, congratulating him. Claire comes over to him, CLAPPING as well.

BARRETT

You told everyone?

CLAIRE

No. Someone else must have.

Barrett looks over at Erickson, who gives a small salute to him. Barrett smiles and turns away.

I/E. CAR - DAY

Barrett puts his BOX into the backseat of the CAR, next to Juliet. Then he and Claire get into the CAR and drive away.

CLAIRE

How you feeling?

BARRETT

Scared. Elated. Nauseous. Excited.

CLAIRE

(Laughing)

Okay, slow down cowboy. One emotion at a time.

BARRETT

I can't help it. This is the biggest thing to ever happen to me. It's what I've spent these last eight years training for.

CLAIRE

Is this what you thought you'd be doing? You know, before... Mom and Dad?

BARRETT

No. I was actually thinking of teaching.

CLAIRE

What made you change your mind?

BARRETT

Remember when we heard? Heard that someone had flown a plane into Dad's office building? That Mom had just happened to be visiting Dad when the plane hit? Do you remember that letter?

CLAIRE

It's seared into my memory.

BARRETT

It was my fourth year in school. I remember reading the paper, hoping, praying that by some fluke, they hadn't been in the Trade Towers that day. I watched and waited, but no news came. Then we received the insurance check, and I knew all I'd dreaded and hoped wasn't true, was in fact. It was that moment that I swore I'd help protect the people like Mom and Dad. Then I was offered a side job down here and I had to take it to support us. I studied hard at school, and worked and practiced for the exams on summer vacation. I swore that one day I'd catch the people responsible for their deaths. What's with the interrogation? Why'd you get into it?

CLAIRE

Because you did. I was only ten when it happened, remember? I had no idea what I wanted to do. I saw you go into law enforcement, so I followed suit. Your encouragement helped a bit too.

BARRETT

Yeah, I was kind of pushy, wasn't I?

CLAIRE

You were fourteen year old kid, not even graduated school yet, and had a ten year old sister to look after. I don't blame you for pushing me to take care of myself. And look how we turned out? I think we turned out pretty good, didn't we?

BARRETT

Yeah. Yeah we did.

INT. TRAIN STATION - DAY

Barrett and Claire stand on the platform next to a train, Juliet on a LEASH next to Claire.

CLAIRE

Let me know when you get there?

BARRETT

It's rough having spent all this time getting to the top, only to be moved and start at the bottom again.

CLAIRE

Then don't let them keep you on the bottom.

A WHISTLE sounds.

CLAIRE (CONT'D)

Come on. You need to go.

They hug. Claire kisses him on his cheek. He kneels and rubs Juliet's head.

BARRETT

By Juliet. I'll see you soon, okay?

(Softly, to Claire)

Bye sis.

CLAIRE

(Softly)

Bye.

Barrett gets onto the train, then turn and watch Claire and Juliet through the window. She waves at him, and Barrett waves back. The train pulls out of the station, and Claire watches them leave.

FADE TO BLACK.

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