How I Got Lost
Our story starts off during the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Here we meet Jake and Andrew, drinking in their local bar. Like everyone they are else numb and lost, and hoping it's all a bad dream.
The next day, on September 12, Jake meets Sarah in Central Park and they fall in love. It doesn't matter who they are, it doesn't matter where they're going. They have each other, even briefly.
A year later, Jake is trying to pick up the pieces. Sarah has left, and the hangover of the last year still lingers. He gets a call from Andrew, who is in holding at the police station. Jake shows up to bail him out again another drunk and disorderly. After he's bailed out, Andrew walks directly to work. Downtown.
On Wall Street Andrew stands out, a stockbroker wearing sunglasses. At Sports Weekly, Jake complains to his boss about having to cover the St. Johns basketball team, who havent won since the attacks. When we see him covering the game however, its clear that Jake is in his element.
Afterwards, Jake meets his friends again at their bar. Everyone is glad to see him, and Jake is happy to be back. At least until Sarah shows up. He tries to leave and avoid her, but she convinces him to come with her, and leads him away from the bar and into the night. They kiss in Times Square. Then Sarah leaves him and the city again, running away.
Jake spends the next day with Andrew, playing basketball and drinking in the daytime. Then Andrew comes up with an idea: its time to leave the city. Where to? He doesnt know. Andrew hails a cab and convinces the driver to take them to Philadelphia, where his mom lives. Jake follows along there is no saying 'no' to Andrew.
After borrowing her car, Jake and Andrew head west without a plan. Theyre lost in the middle of nowhere and out of gas when Andrew breaks down and reveals the secret motive for their escape: Andrews father has died and he needs Jake to come with him to the funeral. Jake agrees to go along, uncertain but now looking ahead.
The friends walk to get gas and meet a fearless young girl working a station surrounded by nothing. She is too young to be alone, but seems more mature than either of them. She drives them back to their car and they continue on, reaching Ohio as evening draws close. Andrew leads them off the highway to the summer camp they went to as kids, where they spend the night and light off fireworks.
The next morning, they arrive in Kirkwood, Ohio where Andrew grew up. After stopping at the house where Andrew was raised, they make their way to the funeral visitation. Despite Jakes support, Andrew ends up doing what he feared he would: he explodes, lashing out at everyone around him for his loss. He overturns a table and leaves. Jake stays around to clean up the mess.
Afterwards Jake is understanding, but Andrew pushes him away when he talks about the funeral arrangements and will. Not sure what to do, Jake wanders alone down the Main Street of the town and ends up at Spencers diner, the only place still open, where he meets a sincere waitress named Leslie who pours him a cup of coffee.
The next day, Andrew is gone. Surprising himself, Jake decides to stay in Kirkwood to deal with the fallout and let everything settle inside. That afternoon, he goes back to visit Leslie. They hang out after work and go to see a Little League game together. Leslie introduces him to her one-year-old son. That night without much else said, they sleep together out of pure need. The next morning, she makes him breakfast.
Back in New York, Andrews disintegration continues. He moves into a swanky downtown hotel, content to drink and be miserable alone. Then he sees Sarah in a bar. Andrew can't exactly help what happens next. Sarah seems drawn to his pain.
After executing Andrews fathers estate, Jake heads back in New York and tries to find his old life. He finds Andrew broken and drunk. And when he confesses to his one-night stand with Sarah, Jake angrily leaves him that way. He goes home and begins to write, after destroying his room, after throwing away all of the pictures and memories of the last few years. Then suddenly, without fanfare, all the lights go out. The buildings go dark. The traffic signals are dead. Car-honking confusion and panic fill the air but so does a strange quiet. Jake looks around him, as if seeing everything again for the first time.
At the same time, Andrew is on a subway. It screeches to a halt and falls into total darkness.
During the blackout of 2003, we see real footage of the event intercut with scenes of all of our characters dealing with the events. Andrew and makes his way out to the light. Jake heads to Central Park, where he met Sarah. When he gets there, she is waiting for him. It is the place they agreed to meet again if anything ever went wrong. They stand there together, watching the city, knowing things can never go back to the way they were. And finally, both of them are ready to move on.
Months later, Jake is covering a minor-league game upstate. The pitcher has a no-hitter going into the final innings. Its a story Jake was made to write -- about how moments are rare and fleeting, and how talent is a mystery and a gift.
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