Category: treatment

Aberration

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Logline: After a failed marriage, a selfish Marine Corp veteran turns drug dealer and then is confronted by his angry drug lord who thinks he is trying to take over his territory.

In mid summer 1995, scorching heat brings a Dallas, Texas metropolitan area better known as “Big D” to a crawl. ANTHONY SULLIVAN, 20’s, a veteran after a four-year tour in the Marine Corp is crawling out of bed and feeling on his battered face after getting into a fight with another guy over a girl. His wife just left him and took their two kids’ back to California leaving him asking the silly question why was he fighting over a girl anyway? Anthony had a slight reputation of being a ladies man and the very reason his wife questioned his loyalty. She asked Anthony what was he going to do without a job. He told her not to worry about that. She said she wanted to go back home where her mom was. He didn’t care. Anthony’s wife asks him to come back to California with them, but because he has a different agenda, is wrapped up in his ways, and is fed up with the both of them bickering most of the time; he opts out of the invitation. She leaves in tears.

Anthony is in search of a higher calling, of becoming something greater than what he currently is. He had a dream, a big one, a great calling. He just doesn’t know what that calling is, but he knew he didn’t want a woman, even his own wife, keeping it from him. He meets up with his old high school best friend TONY DONAVON, 20’s, when word gets around he is out of the Corp. Tony asks Anthony if he has ever smoked weed before, and when he tells him no, he convinces him to try it. Tony also asks him if he has ever watched the movie Friday before, and once again he says no. Tony then tells him you can’t get high and not watch Friday. After that, he rolls up a joint and puts Friday on the television. Anthony is on cloud nine for the first time in his life. With the movie playing in the background, Anthony laughing uncontrollably, and his eyes half closed, he is sure now and determined he is going to be a kingpin in the game of selling drugs. He is going to be a drug lord.

Anthony knows of only one person who can help him into the drug game. He is a ruthless angry killer who wastes no time in cutting erroneous deals and throats, COUSIN FRANK. Frank is a six foot ten inch light skinned black man, 40’s, with a low tolerance for ignorance, especially when it comes to his money. Frank pretends he is a friendly guy and easy to get along with to entice people into his notorious drug organization by introducing himself and insisting on everyone calling him “Cousin Frank.” However, Anthony is family by blood. It doesn’t take people long though to figure out Frank is far from the warm fuzzy friendly guy he wants everybody so badly to believe he is. He often cuts off a finger or toe of the people who cross him. Even after knowing all this, Anthony asks Frank to put him “in the game.” He doesn’t waste anytime letting his nephew know that family doesn’t receive any special privileges and that if he tries to take him for his money, he will have to kill him. Anthony knew of the people who went missing in the past for trying to get over on Frank, but he wanted in anyway.

Anthony’s agenda is much bigger than what Frank realizes though. Frank is the biggest kingpin in north Texas and possibly the entire state, maybe even region. The FBI, DEA, and CIA, all have their sites on him, but Frank launders well and they can’t build a solid case on him. In the meantime, Frank is calling every transaction that moves in and out of Dallas County right under the Fed’s noses. Subsequently, Anthony is looking to take his place. Meanwhile, DONNA GREEN, 20’s, AKA “Candy Rain” and the only other best friend Anthony has, is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow and out of harms way. Donna also known as Candy Rain or Candy for short is five foot, has light brown skin, hazel eyes, and pretty. She loves talking to Anthony and constantly challenges him to change his ways. She always seems to know when he is heading for trouble and tries to detour him from taking the job from Cousin Frank. Anthony is acting strange and he is trying to hide his involvement with Frank, but he doesn’t know Candy is following him, sees him go into Frank’s building empty handed, and come out with a black duffle bag.

Candy catches up to Anthony and asks him where he is going. Of course, because he respected her so much he didn’t want to lie to her so he dodged the question by asking her if she was hungry hoping she would forget. Deep down he knew that was another lie, Candy forgot nothing. She was a thinker, and she thought about Anthony a lot. In fact, Candy has been hiding a secret crush from Anthony since childhood. She grew up a Christian. Anthony grew up in church as well, but then, he turned to the wild side. Candy didn’t want Anthony or her family to know how she felt in fear they would disown her because of Anthony’s background. She also knew Anthony was a ladies man, and if he knew she wanted to be more than friends it could ruin their friendship. After their meal, Anthony finally shakes Candy off by deliberately starting an argument with her. However, she does not run away from Anthony that easy and continues to watch him from a distance. She is determined to get Anthony to have a relationship with God hoping they will start a family together.

Meanwhile, Anthony delivers the bag to Frank’s associate and reveals to him the plot to take over his operation and asks him if he is in. The associate tells Anthony he is crazy, but a lot of the guys are tired of Frank’s brutality and is willing to join him. They do everything they can to keep their plan from Frank, but he finds out anyway and all hell breaks out. Frank and the remainder of his loyal soldiers go to war on his traitors setting their sights on Anthony as the prime target. Frank wants Anthony dead. At the same time, the south Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff is turned upside down as drug dealer’s battle one another at all cost. Anthony’s military training kicks in pushing Frank back, however, Frank brings in dirty cops Anthony never knew about. He is quickly out gunned.

The battle turns in Frank’s favor as Anthony is shot in the shoulder and leg. Deep down Candy knows Anthony is in trouble and goes to him. She watches him get shot and calls 911. He is rushed to the hospital while Candy is diligently praying for him to survive. The bullets miss major organs and arteries and doctors manage to save him. Candy waits in the hospital for Anthony to wake up and then tells him that Frank is dead. Killed by one of the bullets he fired. Realizing how serious “the game” is, he sheds a few tears as he looks at Candy and she talks to him about quitting. She convinces him to say the sinner’s prayer. Out of options and at the end of his rope and after hurting so many people, he reconciles with God and becomes a Christian.

Anthony is over come with peace in that very moment and quickly recovers in the hospital, it astonishes the doctors. He is released in days and not weeks the doctors initially believed. Candy tells Anthony of her secret crush. Anthony acts surprised, but he tells her he knew it. They get married and start a family.