40 INT. DE LUCA KITCHEN - NIGHT

Maria is sitting at the kitchen table; Amy is pacing back and forth in the kitchen. She is obviously agitated, but trying to speak calmly.

AMY
Do you have any idea how embarrassing it was for me to learn from someone, other than my daughter, that the boy that my daughter is dating has his own apartment, with NO supervision? Did you not think that this was news; that I wouldn't be interested in what my daughter's boyfriend was doing with his life?

MARIA
(sheepishly)
Um ... sorry ... I guess it just ... slipped my mind?

AMY
Maria, why didn't you tell me? When did we reach the point where you no longer feel you can be candid with me?

MARIA
(she's pained that she hurt her mother, but unrepentant about her actions)
I'm sorry. It's just that, I was afraid you would overreact, like you did when you found Michael sleeping in my bed.
(slowly, and looking down, because it's painful for her to even think the following)
And ...I was afraid you ... I was afraid you would tell me ... I couldn't see him anymore.

Maria looks back up, with tears in her eyes.

AMY
I wouldn't exactly say I "overreacted" in that situation.

MARIA
But you assumed the worst, and nothing happened. Just like nothing is happening now, but I know you think there is.

AMY
I have every right to assume that something is happening. First you keep the fact that Michael has his own place--and that you are seeing him there--from me; then I get up this morning to find you already gone and your bed made. When I call Michael's, he tells me you're in the shower, and you tell me you're not dressed yet! What am I supposed to think?
(beat)
Tell me the truth. Did you spend the night? Are you two sleeping together?

MARIA
NO! Of course not.

Amy releases a breath she didn't even realize she was holding.




Sheriff Valenti is walking past the file room. The door is closed but Valenti notices a stream of light coming out from underneath, and pauses. He looks at his watch with a puzzled expression on his face, as if wondering why someone would be in there at this hour. He opens the door.

Cut to:

  42 INT. ROSWELL SHERIFF'S DEPT FILE ROOM - CONTINUOUS

The new deputy is looking through a file while standing by an open file drawer. He is slightly startled when the door opens suddenly. He looks up and smiles when he sees Valenti standing in the doorway.

NEW DEPUTY
Evening, Sheriff.

The deputy casually closes the file he was perusing and places it back in the middle of the file drawer.

VALENTI
You're working late.

NEW DEPUTY
Just trying to catch up on old cases. You never know when a clue from an old case can help you with a new one.

VALENTI
I'm impressed with your dedication ...
(beat, then with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion)
but I didn't realize you were working on a case right now.

NEW DEPUTY
I'm not. I'm just preparing for the future.

VALENTI
(raising an eyebrow)
Now I'm really impressed. That's a lot of information to remember, for a future case.

NEW DEPUTY
Not for me. I have a photographic memory.

The deputy notices the time on the clock on the wall--9:30--and closes the drawer he was looking through.

NEW DEPUTY (cont'd)
Guess that's enough for today. Goodnight, Sheriff.

He heads for the exit, passing Valenti as he leaves.

VALENTI
Goodnight.

Valenti watches him for a beat, until he is sure he is gone, then steps into the file room. He heads for the file cabinets and opens the drawer the deputy was looking in. He flips through the files in the middle of the drawer, trying to determine which one the deputy was perusing. There is a file folder sticking up slightly as if it was hastily replaced. Valenti puts his hand on the folder to look at the label, which reads "Frazier Woods Sighting". He seems puzzled, but relieved that this is the folder the deputy was reading. He's about to close the drawer when he notices what else is in the cabinet--a few files further is a file marked "Hubble, Everett". Valenti puts his hand on the file. A look of concern crosses his face. He pauses, then pulls the file out of the drawer, closes the drawer, and exits the file room with the Hubble file tucked under his arm. Kyle almost runs into him in the hallway. Valenti holds the file protectively.

VALENTI
Kyle! What are you doing here?

KYLE
(hesitantly)
I ... there's ... There's something I need to talk to you about.

VALENTI
I was just about to leave for home. It wasn't something that could wait till I got there?

KYLE
No ... I think it's better if I talk to you about it here.

VALENTI
(concerned)
OK. Let's go back to my office.

The camera follows Valenti and Kyle as they walk back and into his office, then close the door. The camera zooms in on the closed door.

To be continued ...

END OF ACT IV