One of the toughest transitions to pull off in this issue was the move from child to adult Anika in the middle of the page. The script read:
CLOSE UP OF ANIKA. SHE SMILES SWEETLY, ACCEPTING HIS WORDS IN A WAY ONLY A CHILD CAN.
It wasn’t meant to be a lie
END FLASHBACK CUT TO:
EXT. STATUE OF TEJUMIN — NIGHT
MATCH CUT TO THE ADULT ANIKA. FEAR AND HORROR PLAY ACROSS HER FEATURES.
I had to lie about so many other things.
I wanted that to be true.
Sometimes, the artist me hates the writer me very, very much.
I came pretty close. Not perfect, but close.
Oh, and I really do love her smile.