Discover the power of family through a journey of unexpected twists and life-changing experiences.
The sound of rain pattered against the window panes, a soothing lullaby that offered the only comfort in a room filled with tension. Charlie Babbitt sat silently in the back of the funeral home, surrounded by his father’s colleagues and acquaintances. None of them had come to offer condolences – they were all there for the will reading. A sense of dread began to settle in as Charlie realized he wasn’t mentioned once in his father’s will.
But as the lawyer read on, Charlie learned about the existence of his older brother, Raymond, and the fact that their father had left his entire fortune to the mental institution in which Raymond resided. Charlie was left stunned and confused. He knew nothing of this older brother, and he wondered why his father had kept him a secret. And more importantly, what made Raymond so important that his father would leave everything to an institution in his name?
Chapter 1: The Funeral
Charlie Babbitt stood with his arms crossed, watching as the casket was lowered into the ground. He wondered if his father was looking up at him from hell, reveling in the fact that his son was getting nothing from his will. Charlie’s father had been a successful businessman, obsessed with money and material possessions. He had never shown affection or love towards his only son, and Charlie had grown bitter and resentful towards him over the years.
It wasn’t until the will reading that Charlie learned of his older brother, Raymond, whom he had never met before. The lawyer had only briefly mentioned Raymond before moving onto the more important matters of the will. Charlie couldn’t stop thinking about him. Who was he? Where was he? Why had he never heard of him before?
As the mourners began to disperse, Charlie approached the lawyer and demanded more information about his brother, Raymond. The lawyer hesitated, but Charlie was persistent. He wanted to know everything.
“The institution is in Cincinnati,” the lawyer said. “It’s called Walbrook. That’s all I can tell you.”
Charlie was determined to find out more. He left the funeral home and drove straight to Walbrook, hoping to get answers about his brother. The institution was located on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by sprawling fields and forests. Charlie walked into the main building, feeling a sense of unease wash over him.
He introduced himself to the receptionist and asked to see his brother, Raymond. The receptionist looked up at him skeptically. “Do you have permission to visit Raymond?”
Charlie shook his head. “No. But I’m his brother. I just found out about him.”
The receptionist hesitated before picking up the phone and calling someone. Charlie waited nervously, wondering if he had made a mistake in coming here. After a few minutes, a tall, thin man with wire-rimmed glasses approached him.
“Are you Charlie Babbitt?” the man asked.
Charlie nodded. “Yes. And you are…?”
“I’m Dr. Bruner,” the man said. “I’m Raymond’s doctor.”
Charlie looked around, taking in his surroundings. The institution was clean and sterile, with white walls and fluorescent lighting. It was a far cry from the luxurious homes and cars that his father had surrounded himself with.
“Can I see him?” Charlie asked.
Dr. Bruner hesitated before nodding. “I’ll take you to him. But I need to warn you – Raymond is special.”
Charlie followed Dr. Bruner through the halls of the institution, feeling a sense of foreboding. What did he mean by “special”? They entered a large room filled with people, all of whom seemed to be engaged in some sort of activity. Charlie spotted Raymond immediately, sitting alone at a table with a deck of cards in front of him.
Raymond was unlike anyone Charlie had ever seen before. He was thin and pale, with a shaved head and thick glasses. He was dressed in a button-down shirt and slacks, and he had an air of detachment about him. But what caught Charlie’s attention were Raymond’s hands – they moved quickly and deftly, shuffling the deck of cards with ease.
Dr. Bruner introduced Charlie to Raymond, but Raymond didn’t seem interested in meeting him. He continued to shuffle the deck of cards, muttering under his breath.
Charlie felt a sense of disappointment wash over him. This was his brother? He had hoped for a heartfelt reunion, but instead he was met with indifference.
“Can he talk?” Charlie asked Dr. Bruner.
Dr. Bruner nodded. “He can. But he struggles with social interactions. He has a condition called savant syndrome.”
Charlie had heard of savant syndrome before – it was a rare condition that caused individuals to excel in certain areas, such as music or math. But it also came with social and developmental challenges.
Charlie tried to strike up a conversation with Raymond, but it was clear that he wasn’t interested. Eventually, Charlie gave up and left the institution, feeling a sense of disappointment and confusion. What was he supposed to do now? His father had left his fortune to Raymond and the institution – what did that mean for him?
As he drove back to his hotel, Charlie couldn’t stop thinking about Raymond. There was something about him that intrigued Charlie, despite his cold demeanor. He wondered what it would be like to have a brother – a real brother, not just someone who shared the same blood.
Little did he know, his life was about to change in ways he never could have imagined.
Chapter 2: Meeting Raymond
Charlie had never heard of his older brother Raymond until the day of their father’s funeral. The revelation rattled him to his core. All of these years, he had grown up an only child, believing that his father had disowned him. The fact that there was another sibling, one with a mental condition to boot, was overwhelming to him.
But Charlie was not one to shy away from a challenge, especially when there was money involved. He quickly set out to track down Raymond, who was living in a mental institution in Cincinnati. When he finally found him, the sight of his brother was both shocking and saddening.
Raymond was sitting in a small room, surrounded by books and puzzles. He wore a bright yellow shirt, which contrasted with the sterile white walls of the institution. Charlie’s initial reaction was one of pity. How could he have a brother who was essentially a prisoner in his own mind?
But as Charlie began to talk to Raymond, he realized that there was more to him than met the eye. It was clear that his brother was not just any man with a mental condition. He was a savant, with an incredible ability to recall numbers and patterns. Charlie was amazed at what he heard.
Raymond told Charlie about his time at the institution, about the routines that he followed every day, from his morning oatmeal to his nightly check of the faucets. Charlie was struck by how regimented Raymond’s life was, but also by how much he relied on these routines to function.
As they left the institution, Charlie began to understand the challenges that came with caring for a savant. It was clear that Raymond needed structure and routine, but Charlie was not sure how he could provide it. He felt overwhelmed by the responsibility that he had taken on.
But he was not going to give up. They drove to a nearby motel and checked in for the night. Charlie began to think of ways that he could help Raymond adapt to life outside of the institution. He asked him questions about his routines and tried to find ways to incorporate them into their journey.
The next morning, they set out on the road towards Los Angeles. It was clear that Raymond was uncomfortable with the change in routine, but Charlie tried to keep him calm by distracting him with math problems and puzzles. It worked for a while, until they encountered a traffic jam on the highway.
Raymond began to panic. He needed to use the bathroom and was unable to do so due to the gridlock. Charlie tried to reason with him, but Raymond was unable to process the situation. It was in moments like these that Charlie realized just how much Raymond relied on his routines.
They eventually made it to a rest stop, where Raymond was finally able to use the bathroom. Charlie realized that he needed to be more patient with his brother. He couldn’t force him to adapt to new situations right away. It would take time and effort, but he was willing to put in the work.
As they continued on their journey, Charlie began to see the world through his brother’s eyes. He realized that Raymond’s unique abilities were not a curse, but rather a gift. He was amazed at how easily his brother could calculate large numbers or recall obscure facts. It was clear that Raymond was not just any man with a mental condition. He was special.
By the time they reached the halfway point of their trip, Charlie had developed a newfound respect for his brother. He realized that Raymond was not just a burden, but rather a valuable asset. He began to see the journey as a chance to help Raymond adapt and grow, rather than just a means to an end.
As they pulled into another motel for the night, Charlie decided to take a step back and let Raymond lead the way. He asked him what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. It was clear that Raymond was happier when he was in control of his own routines and habits.
The night passed without incident, and the next morning, they set out once again towards Los Angeles. Charlie was no longer overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for his brother. He realized that Raymond was not just a savant, but also his brother. And he was committed to helping him live the best life possible.
Chapter 3: The Road Trip Begins
Charlie had convinced himself that taking care of Raymond would be a simple task. After all, he was just taking him on a road trip to Las Vegas, where he could use Raymond’s savant abilities to win big at the casinos. However, as they hit the open road, Charlie quickly realized that he had underestimated just how challenging traveling with a savant could be.
Raymond had a strict routine that he followed religiously, which included specific times for meals, rest, and even bathroom breaks. He struggled with social interactions and was easily overwhelmed by the noise and chaos of the outside world. Charlie found himself having to constantly coax Raymond out of his shell, while also trying to keep up with his rigid schedule.
The first stop on their journey was in Flagstaff, Arizona, where they pulled into a small diner for lunch. Charlie was taken aback by the sight of Raymond counting the number of toothpicks on the table, but tried to brush it off as a harmless quirk.
It was there that they met Susan, a young waitress who was intrigued by Raymond’s unique abilities. As they chatted over lunch, Charlie found himself drawn to Susan’s kind spirit and easy smile. He couldn’t remember the last time he had felt a connection with someone.
After lunch, Raymond insisted on taking a specific route to the restroom, which involved walking around the entire diner and counting the number of steps it took to get there. Charlie sighed inwardly, already feeling the weight of responsibility that came with taking care of his brother.
As they continued on their journey, Charlie grew increasingly frustrated with Raymond’s routines and quirks. He struggled to understand why his brother couldn’t just be more like everyone else. Why did he have to be so different?
But despite his frustrations, Charlie couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the way Raymond saw the world. He watched in amazement as Raymond counted cards at a blackjack table in Vegas, racking up winnings that left Charlie speechless.
And when they stopped at a gas station in the middle of the night, Raymond pointed out constellations in the sky that Charlie had never noticed before. It was moments like these that made Charlie feel like he was seeing the world in a whole new light.
By the time they made it back to the hotel room that night, Charlie was exhausted both physically and emotionally. He collapsed onto the bed, feeling the weight of the journey starting to take its toll. But as he closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for the unexpected bond that had formed between him and his brother.
The road trip with Raymond was far from easy, but it was also teaching Charlie lessons about love, compassion, and the true meaning of family.
Chapter 4: The Pit Stop in Flagstaff
Charlie and Raymond had been on the road for days, and Charlie was starting to feel the strain. Traveling with a savant was proving to be more challenging than he had anticipated, and he was beginning to regret his decision to take his brother on this trip. However, they had made a pit stop in Flagstaff, Arizona, which had presented an unexpected opportunity.
As they sat in a diner, Raymond was reciting phone books to himself while Charlie sipped his coffee in silence. That was until their waitress, Susan, approached their table. She was a tall, thin woman with long brown hair and a friendly smile.
“Can I get you anything else?” she asked, looking down at Raymond with interest.
Charlie shook his head, but Raymond spoke up. “I would like some toothpicks, please,” he said.
Susan raised an eyebrow. “Toothpicks? Sure thing,” she said, before turning to grab some from the counter.
Charlie watched as Raymond’s eyes followed her, and he felt a twinge of jealousy. He had never been good with women, and he couldn’t help but feel as though Raymond was stealing Susan’s attention away from him.
As Susan returned with the toothpicks, she started to make small talk with Raymond. Charlie listened in, fascinated by the way his brother was able to effortlessly recall random facts and figures.
Soon, Susan was sitting down at their table, listening to Raymond recite the capitals of every state in America. Charlie felt an odd mix of annoyance and gratitude. On the one hand, he was glad that Raymond was able to connect with someone. On the other hand, he felt left out of the conversation.
As the trio began to spend more time together, Charlie found himself drawn to Susan. She was witty and intelligent, and despite her initial interest in Raymond, she seemed to be equally intrigued by Charlie.
One night, as they were walking back to their hotel, Charlie mustered up the courage to ask Susan out on a date. To his surprise, she said yes.
They went to a local bar, and as they sat across from each other, Charlie found himself opening up to her in a way that he never had before. He talked about his strained relationship with his father, and his regrets about how he had treated Raymond in the past.
Susan listened intently, offering words of encouragement and support. Charlie felt a warmth inside him that he hadn’t felt in years. He could tell that Susan was someone special.
However, as the night wore on, Charlie began to feel the weight of his responsibilities. He couldn’t forget that he had taken Raymond out of the institution without proper permission, and that he was risking everything for the chance at a large payout in Las Vegas.
As they parted ways, Charlie couldn’t help but feel conflicted. He wanted to be with Susan, but he also knew that he had to put Raymond’s needs first.
The next morning, as they prepared to leave Flagstaff, Charlie felt a sense of regret. He knew that he might never see Susan again, and he wondered if he could have done things differently.
However, as Raymond counted the number of cars they passed on the highway, Charlie began to realize that he had been approaching things all wrong. Instead of focusing on the money and the potential payout, he needed to focus on his relationship with Raymond and on being a better brother.
With this newfound sense of purpose, Charlie set his sights on the road ahead, determined to make things right with his brother and with himself.
Chapter 5: The Casino
Charlie Babbitt couldn’t help but feel a sense of nervous energy as he and Raymond stepped foot into the bustling casino. The bright lights and endless rows of slot machines and gambling tables were overwhelming, even for someone as experienced in the world of gambling as Charlie. But he was determined to use his brother’s incredible counting abilities to his advantage, and win big.
“Alright Raymond, we’re here to make some serious money” Charlie said, trying to sound confident, but feeling a little uncertain.
Raymond didn’t seem to notice the casino’s sensory overload, instead taking in everything with a calm, analytical eye. He was dressed in his usual plaid flannel shirt and khaki pants, looking more like a farmer than a savant card-counter.
The duo made their way over to the blackjack table, where Charlie handed over a stack of cash to the dealer. He gave Raymond a signal to start counting, and the savant immediately went to work, muttering numbers under his breath as cards were dealt.
At first, the game seemed to be going well. Raymond’s counting was spot on, and they won several hands in a row, racking up a decent pile of chips. But Charlie’s good luck wouldn’t last forever.
As the night wore on, the cards seemed to turn against them. A run of bad luck had them quickly losing their winnings, and before long, they were left with only a handful of chips.
“We need to get out of here, Raymond,” Charlie said, feeling the pressure of the situation.
But Raymond seemed undeterred. He was focused on the game, his face expressionless as he counted cards.
“Raymond, we need to go now, before we get caught,” Charlie pleaded.
But it was too late. The pit boss had already spotted them, and they were quickly surrounded by security guards. Charlie tried to protest, but it was useless. They had been caught counting cards, and they were escorted out of the casino.
The pair found themselves standing outside in the cool, desert air, their hopes of winning big dashed. Charlie couldn’t help but feel angry, both at himself for getting caught, and at Raymond for not realizing the danger they were in.
But as he looked over at his brother, Charlie saw a look of contentment on Raymond’s face. He didn’t seem to care about the lost money, or the fact that they had been kicked out of the casino. To him, it was just another experience to add to his collection of memories.
And in that moment, Charlie realized that his brother’s unique perspective on life was something to be treasured, not something to be exploited for his own benefit. He vowed to learn from Raymond, and to embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies that made him who he was.
As they made their way back to the car, Raymond began to hum a familiar tune. Charlie recognized it as the theme song from the television show “Jeopardy.” It was a reminder of the incredible abilities that his brother possessed, abilities that were more valuable than any amount of money.
And so, even though they had lost at the casino, Charlie knew that he had gained something much more precious – a deeper understanding of his brother, and a renewed appreciation for the complexities of the human mind.
Chapter 6: The Return Home
Charlie and Raymond’s road trip had been filled with unforeseen challenges and surprises, and now they were finally on their way back to Los Angeles. Charlie was exhausted, emotionally drained from the journey and frustrated with Raymond’s quirks, but he couldn’t deny the bond that had formed between them. He watched as Raymond counted cars and recited baseball statistics out loud, his face lighting up with joy and excitement.
As they drove, Charlie couldn’t shake the feeling that the trip had changed him. He had always been a self-centered man, motivated only by money and his own interests. But being with Raymond, seeing the world through his unique perspective, had opened Charlie’s eyes to a whole new way of living.
They stopped for lunch in a small town, and Charlie watched as Raymond meticulously arranged his food and utensils, refusing to eat until everything was just right. It was frustrating, but also endearing in a strange way. Charlie found himself becoming more patient with his brother, understanding that his routine was a necessary part of his world.
As they approached Los Angeles, Charlie’s mind raced with thoughts of what he would do once they arrived. Raymond could no longer stay at the institution, but Charlie didn’t know how he would manage taking care of him on his own. He couldn’t deny the thought of putting Raymond back in the institution crossed his mind, but he quickly shoved it away.
When they finally arrived at Charlie’s home, he was relieved to see that Susan was there waiting for them. Raymond was hesitant at first, but Susan quickly won him over with her kindness and understanding. Charlie couldn’t help but feel grateful for her presence in their lives.
The next few days passed in a blur of trying to adjust to their new normal. Charlie struggled with the fact that Raymond needed a structured routine, and that he couldn’t just go back to his old life of chasing money.
One afternoon, Charlie took Raymond to the park. He watched as his brother became fascinated by a flock of pigeons, counting them and studying their movements. Charlie couldn’t help but smile, proud of how far Raymond had come on their journey together.
When they returned home, they found Susan waiting for them with news. She had found a program that would help Raymond transition to life outside the institution, providing him with the structure and routine he needed. Charlie felt a weight lift off of his shoulders, knowing that Raymond would be in good hands.
As the weeks passed, Charlie settled into his new role as Raymond’s caregiver. He found himself not only accepting Raymond’s quirks but embracing them, understanding that they were a necessary part of who he was. He even began to use Raymond’s abilities to help grow their car dealership, amazed at how his brother’s talents could be leveraged in the business.
One evening, as they sat around the kitchen table, Raymond announced that he wanted to go back to the casino. Charlie was hesitant at first, remembering their disastrous experience in Las Vegas. But he couldn’t deny the determination in Raymond’s eyes. So, they packed up the car and headed back to the casino.
This time, things went differently. Raymond’s abilities helped them win big, and Charlie couldn’t help but feel grateful for his brother’s unique abilities. As they drove back home, Charlie felt a newfound sense of peace. He knew that life with Raymond would never be easy, but he also knew that it was worth it. Raymond had changed his life in ways he never could have imagined, and he was grateful for every moment they had together.
Chapter 7: The Lawsuit
Charlie knew that the road ahead would not be easy. He was determined to win custody of his brother Raymond, but the legal battle was going to be grueling. The mental institution was not going to give up easily. They had the $3 million inheritance from their father, and they were not going to let Raymond leave their care.
Charlie hired the best legal team he could find. They poured over every detail of the case, strategizing the best way to argue for Raymond’s release. The mental institution, however, was equally prepared. They had their own top-notch attorneys, and they were not afraid to fight back.
The day of the trial arrived, and Charlie and Raymond appeared in court. The atmosphere in the courtroom was tense, and Charlie could feel the weight of the situation on his shoulders. He knew that the outcome of this trial could very well determine the rest of Raymond’s life.
The prosecution argued that Raymond was not fit for independent living. They cited his routine-oriented behavior and difficulty with social interactions as reasons to keep him in the care of the institution. They also argued that the inheritance from their father should rightfully go to the institution, as that was his wish.
Charlie’s team, on the other hand, argued that Raymond had already shown significant improvement since leaving the institution. They cited his successful road trip with Charlie and his ability to adapt to new environments as evidence of his readiness for independent living. They also argued that the inheritance should go to Charlie, as he was the only living relative of their father.
The trial lasted for several long, grueling days. Witnesses were called, evidence was presented, and arguments were made. Charlie sat through it all, growing more and more anxious with each passing moment. He could see the emotional toll the proceedings were taking on Raymond, who was becoming more and more withdrawn.
Finally, the judge made his decision. He declared that while Raymond was capable of independent living, he would require ongoing support and care. He also ordered that the inheritance from their father be split between Charlie and the institution.
Charlie was overjoyed at the news. He had won custody of his brother, and they could finally start their new life together. Raymond, however, was still struggling to process the decision. Charlie knew that it would take time for his brother to fully adjust to his new life, but he was ready to support him every step of the way.
As Charlie left the courtroom with Raymond by his side, he felt a sense of relief wash over him. He knew that the journey ahead would still be challenging, but he felt more confident than ever before that he could handle whatever obstacles lay in their path. Together, he and Raymond would face the world, and they would do it as a family.
Chapter 8: The Verdict
It had been a long and grueling legal battle, but Charlie had finally won custody of his brother Raymond. The mental institution had fought tooth and nail to keep Raymond in their care, arguing that he was better off in their structured environment. But Charlie knew that his brother deserved more than a life confined to a hospital room.
The trial had been emotionally draining for both Charlie and Raymond. They were forced to relive painful memories of their tumultuous relationship with their father, as well as confront the challenges that came with caring for someone with a mental disability.
But despite the difficulties, Charlie never lost sight of his goal. He knew that Raymond deserved a chance to live a full and independent life, and he was determined to make that happen.
The day of the verdict was nerve-wracking for Charlie. He arrived at the courthouse early, dressed in his best suit and clutching a folder full of legal documents. Raymond was by his side, wearing his trademark grey suit and clutching a small stuffed animal.
As they made their way through the crowded courthouse, Charlie could feel his hands shaking with anticipation. He knew that the decision that would be made that day would have a profound impact on their future.
The courtroom was packed with people – lawyers, reporters, and mental health advocates alike. Charlie and Raymond took their seats at the plaintiff’s table, while a team of lawyers from the institution sat across from them.
The judge entered the room and took her seat at the bench. She surveyed the room, her eyes lingering on Charlie and Raymond for a moment before she began to speak.
“Good morning, everyone,” she said, her voice ringing out across the room. “The court has reviewed all of the evidence and testimony presented, and has come to a decision in the matter of Babbitt vs. St. Matthews Mental Institution.”
Charlie’s heart was pounding in his chest as the judge continued to speak. He could feel Raymond’s hand gripping his arm tightly, a sign of the nervousness he was feeling.
“After careful consideration, the court has decided that custody of Raymond Babbitt should be granted to his brother, Charlie Babbitt,” the judge announced.
Charlie felt a wave of relief wash over him as the words registered in his mind. He had done it – he had won custody of his brother.
The courtroom erupted into applause as Charlie and Raymond hugged each other tightly. Charlie could feel tears streaming down his face as he looked into his brother’s eyes. They had been through so much together, but now they could finally start a new chapter in their lives.
As they left the courthouse, Charlie couldn’t help but feel a sense of joy and pride. He had fought tirelessly for his brother’s right to live a full life, and now they could finally begin that journey together.
The road ahead would undoubtedly be challenging, but Charlie knew that they could face any obstacle as long as they had each other. They had come a long way since that fateful day at their father’s funeral, and now they had a chance to build a brighter future together.
As they walked down the courthouse steps, Raymond turned to Charlie and smiled. “Home?” he asked.
Charlie smiled back, feeling a sense of peace and contentment that he hadn’t felt in years. “Home,” he replied, and they began the journey to their new life together.
Chapter 9: A New Beginning
Charlie, Raymond, and Susan started a new life together in Los Angeles. Charlie had used Raymond’s savant abilities to help grow their business, and they had become a successful team. Although they had faced many challenges on their journey, they had come out on the other side with a newfound appreciation for one another, and for the power of family.
One day, as they were driving home from a successful business meeting, Raymond began to exhibit signs of distress. He was tapping his fingers rapidly against the car window, and Charlie knew that this meant that something was wrong. He pulled over onto the side of the road and turned to his brother.
“Raymond, what’s wrong?” he asked, placing a hand on his shoulder.
“We have to go back,” Raymond replied. “I left my watch at the meeting. We have to go back and get it.”
Charlie frowned. “Raymond, we can’t go back now. It’s too late. We have to go home.”
“But my watch,” Raymond protested, his voice rising in agitation. “I need my watch. It’s important.”
Charlie sighed, knowing that he had to handle the situation delicately. He knew that he couldn’t just dismiss Raymond’s concerns, but he also knew that they couldn’t turn back now.
“Okay, Raymond,” he said gently. “We’ll go back and get your watch. But first, let’s have a snack. I know a great place nearby that we can stop at.”
Raymond’s face lit up at the mention of food, and they drove to a nearby diner. As they sat down at a booth, Charlie knew that he had to talk to Susan about Raymond’s behavior. He excused himself from the table and went outside to make a call.
“Hey, Susan,” he said when she answered. “I need to talk to you about Raymond. He’s been exhibiting some concerning behavior lately, and I think we need to get him some help.”
Susan nodded. “I noticed that he seemed agitated earlier. What do you think we should do?”
“I think we should take him to a doctor and get him evaluated,” Charlie replied. “I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but I think we need to be proactive here.”
Susan agreed, and they made an appointment with a specialist the following week. The doctor performed a series of tests and evaluations, and ultimately diagnosed Raymond with a form of autism that had gone undetected for years.
Charlie was stunned by the news, but also relieved to have a diagnosis. He knew that this would help them to understand Raymond better, and to provide him with the care that he needed. He also knew that it wouldn’t change the love and appreciation that he felt for his brother.
As they left the doctor’s office, Raymond turned to Charlie with a small smile on his face.
“I feel better now,” he said. “I’m glad we went to the doctor.”
Charlie smiled back at him. “Me too, Raymond. We’ll get through this together.”
They drove home, feeling a renewed sense of purpose and gratitude for one another. Charlie knew that their journey together would continue to be filled with challenges, but he also knew that they had each other to lean on.
As they pulled into the driveway of their home, Susan turned to Charlie and placed a hand on his arm.
“You know, Charlie,” she said. “I had no idea what I was getting into when I met you and Raymond. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
Charlie smiled at her, feeling a rush of emotion wash over him. He knew that their journey together had been unexpected and challenging, but it had also been filled with love, growth, and unexpected moments of beauty.
As they entered their home, Raymond began to hum a tune that Charlie recognized as a song from their childhood. He joined in, and soon they were singing together, laughing and swaying to the music.
In that moment, Charlie knew that they were exactly where they were meant to be – together, as a family, ready for whatever challenges or joys lay ahead.
Some scenes from the movie Rain Man written by A.I.
EXT. CEMETERY – DAY
Charlie Babbitt, a well-dressed man in his early thirties, stands at his father’s grave with a look of resentment on his face. He wears a suit and tie, but his hair is disheveled, and he looks like he hasn’t slept in days.
CHARLIE: (under his breath) You couldn’t have left me a little something? Just a token of your affection?
A strange man, RAYMOND, stands a few feet away from Charlie, engrossed in counting fallen leaves.
CHARLIE: (turns to the stranger) Who are you?
RAYMOND: Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen. My name is Raymond. I’m your brother.
Charlie’s demeanor changes from confusion to anger.
CHARLIE: (shocked) My brother? What are you talking about? I don’t have a brother.
RAYMOND: You do now. Our father passed away, and he left everything to me.
Charlie’s face turns red with fury.
CHARLIE: (yelling) That’s not fair! I’m his son! I deserve something!
RAYMOND: (calmly) The money is going to the mental institution where I live.
Charlie is taken aback by Raymond’s answer.
CHARLIE: (confused) Mental institution?
RAYMOND: Yes. I have a condition. I’m a savant.
Charlie looks at Raymond skeptically.
CHARLIE: (sarcastic) Right. And I’m a Hollywood movie star.
RAYMOND: I have an incredible memory. I can count cards and win at blackjack. Would you like me to show you?
Charlie is taken aback by Raymond’s offer.
CHARLIE: (intrigued) You can do that?
RAYMOND: (nodding) Yes. I can count anything. Cars, people, toothpicks. It’s a gift.
Charlie considers Raymond’s offer for a moment.
CHARLIE: (thoughtful) Alright. Let’s do it.
EXT. MENTAL INSTITUTION – DAY
Charlie Babbitt, a slick and cunning car dealer, stands outside the gates of a bleak mental institution. He’s here to visit his estranged older brother, Raymond, who he’s never met before.
INT. MENTAL INSTITUTION – DAY
Charlie is escorted down a long, sterile hallway by a nurse. They reach a door at the end of the hall.
Here we are. Raymond’s room.
Charlie takes a deep breath before opening the door.
INT. RAYMOND’S ROOM – DAY
Raymond, a slender man in his forties with wild eyes and an awkward smile, sits on his bed, counting toothpicks. Charlie is taken aback by Raymond’s strange behavior.
Hi there, Raymond. I’m your brother, Charlie.
Raymond doesn’t respond. He continues counting toothpicks.
I said, I’m your brother, Charlie. C’mon, say hello.
Charlie tries to make small talk, but Raymond is more interested in his toothpicks. Charlie begins to feel like he’s hit a dead end.
(starting to leave)
Well, I think I should be going-
Wait. What day is it?
No, it’s not. It’s the eighteenth. It’s definitely the eighteenth.
Charlie is taken aback by Raymond’s sudden outburst. He realizes that his brother’s savant abilities are much more pronounced than he thought.
How do you know that?
I know many things.
Scene 3: The Road Trip Begins
EXT. CINCINNATI MENTAL INSTITUTION – DAY
Charlie arrives at the mental institution as he prepares to take Raymond on a road trip. He nervously approaches the reception desk where he is met by the institution’s director.
(to the director)
Hi, I’m Charlie Babbitt, and I’m here to pick up my brother Raymond.
Yes, Mr. Babbitt. Raymond is ready to leave whenever you are. We have prepared all the necessary paperwork for you to sign.
Charlie signs the documents as Raymond appears, wearing his signature grey suit and clutching a small notebook.
Hello Charlie. We need to leave now, it’s 4:08PM.
Okay, let’s go.
EXT. MENTAL INSTITUTION – DAY
Charlie helps Raymond into the car as they begin their journey back to Los Angeles. Raymond is focused on his notebook, reciting random facts and figures.
Qantas airline, Australian. 4th biggest airline in the world.
We need to make a pit stop in Flagstaff before we hit Vegas. Do you need to use the bathroom before we go, Raymond?
Yes, of course. We should also stop at a gas station to buy some nourishment.
They continue on their journey, making small talk as Raymond shares random facts and trivia with Charlie.
INT. CAR – DAY
What’s the capital of Bolivia?
La Paz, but the administrative capital is Sucre. Interesting fact: Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.
That’s impressive, Raymond.
They drive in comfortable silence as the sun sets on the horizon.
EXT. A DINER IN FLAGSTAFF – DAY
Charlie, Raymond, and Susan sit in a cozy diner in Flagstaff. Raymond is intently focused on his food, while Charlie and Susan chat animatedly.
So what brought you to Flagstaff?
I came out here to visit my sister. She’s stationed at the Air Force base nearby.
That’s 27 miles away.
Susan and Charlie turn to look at Raymond.
Wow, you really do have an incredible memory.
Yes, I remember everything I’ve ever read or seen.
Charlie watches as Susan and Raymond begin to bond over their shared interests, feeling a sense of jealousy.
Hey, can you calculate the tip for us?
Raymond immediately begins to scribble on a napkin, while Susan turns to Charlie.
Your brother is amazing. I feel lucky to have met him.
Charlie looks at Susan wistfully.
Yeah, he is something else.
Suddenly, the sound of dishes shattering interrupts their conversation. Charlie turns to see Raymond standing up, his face contorted in fear.
Two minutes to Wapner. Two minutes to Wapner.
Susan looks at Charlie, confused.
What’s going on?
Charlie quickly realizes that Raymond is struggling with his routine, and tries to calm him down.
(holding Raymond’s hand)
It’s okay, Raymond. We’re here. We’re safe.
As Raymond begins to calm down, Charlie turns to Susan.
I’m sorry. My brother has some quirks that can be a bit overwhelming.
It’s okay. I like him just the way he is.
Charlie looks at Susan, surprised by her understanding and acceptance.
Yeah. Me too.
EXT. LAS VEGAS CASINO – NIGHT
Charlie and Raymond stand outside the casino, both dressed in suits. Charlie looks nervous, while Raymond is focused on counting cards.
CHARLIE: (whispering) Remember, you count the cards and I’ll do the betting.
RAYMOND: (nodding) Yes, we’re going to win big.
They enter the casino and walk up to a blackjack table. Charlie hands over their chips and Raymond starts counting the cards.
RAYMOND: (counting) Three, four, six, nine…
CHARLIE: (whispering) What’s the count?
RAYMOND: (whispering) Plus eight.
CHARLIE: (smiling) Alright, let’s bet big.
Charlie puts down a large bet, and the dealer deals the cards. They continue to play, with Raymond’s counting proving to be incredibly accurate.
After a few rounds, the pit boss approaches the table.
PIT BOSS: Excuse me, sir. Can I see your identification?
Charlie nervously hands over his ID, while Raymond continues to count the cards.
PIT BOSS: (looking at the ID) Mr. Babbitt, it seems your luck has run out. Please leave the table.
CHARLIE: (frustrated) Damn it! Raymond, let’s get out of here.
They quickly exit the casino and start walking down the street.
CHARLIE: (disappointed) We were so close.
RAYMOND: (calmly) It’s okay, Charlie. We can try again tomorrow.
CHARLIE: (smiling) You’re right. I like your attitude, Raymond.
They walk back to their hotel, with Charlie feeling grateful for having Raymond by his side.
INT. CAR – DAY
Charlie and Raymond are driving back to Los Angeles from their road trip. Raymond is humming to himself while Charlie is visibly agitated.
CHARLIE: (Sighs) Raymond, could you please stop with the humming? It’s driving me insane.
Raymond looks confused and stops humming.
RAYMOND: Why, Charlie?
CHARLIE: (Exasperated) Because it’s annoying! Can’t you see that?
RAYMOND: (Shakes his head) I don’t understand why it’s annoying. It makes me feel happy.
CHARLIE: (Rolls his eyes) Of course it does.
There is a moment of silence before Raymond begins to hum again. Charlie looks like he’s about to snap.
CHARLIE: (Yelling) I said, stop it!
Raymond flinches at the sudden outburst, and Charlie immediately feels guilty.
CHARLIE: (Sighs) I’m sorry, Raymond. I shouldn’t have yelled at you like that. I just need some peace and quiet for a little while.
RAYMOND: (Nods) Okay, Charlie.
There is another moment of silence, but this time it’s a comfortable one. Charlie takes a deep breath and starts to relax.
CHARLIE: (Smiling) You know, Raymond, I may have had my doubts about this whole trip, but I’m glad we did it. We’ve had some good times together.
RAYMOND: (Smiling) Me too, Charlie.
Charlie glances over at Raymond and smiles back.