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Just Wanna Dance
by Aileen Santangelo (AASJDS@wmconnect.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: 1/2
Her dream is to dance in New York. Or will she let the love of a man keep her from going.


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JUST WANNA DANCE

FADE IN:

INT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: 1998
                                                            
JUSTINE CLARK, 13, her long dark blond hair is tied in a
bun. She practices her jazz routine in front of the long
mirror.

JEFF TAYLOR, 13, spiked dark brown hair. Mowing the grass
next to the dance studio.

Jeff stops the lawn mower to watch Justine dance through the
window.

Justine looks outside.

Jeff abruptly looks away.

Justine smiles and turns her head back to the mirror.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (twirling)
So Jeff Taylor is watching me!
                                                            
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: 8 YEARS LATER
                                                            
JUSTINE CLARK, 21, is beautiful with long legs, with loyalty
in her eyes, she has purpose in every step she makes. She
smiles brightly as she WALKS to her 1993 Honda Accord.

CHRISTINE, 21, short with red hair, and a twinkle in her
eyes. Christine taps her boyfriend on the behind and he
walks off.

Justine smiles at Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
So are you ready to go kick
some...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smirks)
Yes... I can not believe it is
today.
                                                            
Justine unlocks her 1993 Honda Accord.
                                                            

2.

                       JUSTINE
You just want to ride with me
Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Sure. Let me put my books in my
car.
                                                            
Christine OPENS the car door. She throws her books in the
back seat. She SLAMS the car door.

DARRA SMITH, 46, college professor with dark brown hair,
approaches the girls.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
I hope you are going to open up
those books tonight.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (opens car door)
Yes ma'am. As soon as we get home
from the try-out.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
Oh, that's right. Are you excited
Justine?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes. I'm looking...
                                                            
Christine looks at her watch.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Oh. We've got to go.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (waves bye)
You girls have a good time.
                                                            
Christine and Justine get into the car.

Justine DRIVES out of the parking lot.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S CAR - SAME
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What if we miss the deadline?
                                                            
Christine smirks at Justine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
We won't.
                                                            

3.

                       JUSTINE
You don't know that.
                                                            
Christine is putting on lipstick and checking her makeup.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Will you just chill.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (gripping the
       steering wheel)
I just want to be in this
competition. Just once I want
this...
                                                            
Christine turns side ways in her seat to face Justine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Justine... you are a great dancer.
You are going to make it big.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well... nothing has ever come my
way before.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (slaps Justine's
       arm)
Stop that!!
                                                            
Justine veers into the Princeton Dance Studio parking lot.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I told my old dance instructor I
was trying out.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
What did she have to say?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
That I was one of her best. She
said of all her students I would
make it someday.
                                                            
Justine DRIVES her car into a parking space. She turns off
the engine of the car.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (opens car door)
Well that must have made you feel
good.
                                                            

4.

                       JUSTINE
Yeah... it did!!
                                                            
Justine OPENS her car door.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You should not have stopped
dancing.
                                                            
Justine bends over and adjusts a strap on her sandals.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I didn't have a choice.
                                                            
PARKING LOT
                                                            
Christine goes around to Justine's side of the car. They
start WALKING to the dance studio.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
How come you stopped taking dance?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (sadly)
My parents couldn't afford it
anymore.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Got to expensive?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
My parents both work and they
still had a hard time making ends
meet. I couldn't add to their
burden.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You poor thing.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
But Mrs. Stevens would exchange my
cleaning for some dance classes.
                                                            
Justine stops suddenly. She sees a 2005 LandRover.

Christine looks to where Justine is looking.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (squinting her
       eyes)
Oh... she can't be here.
                                                            

5.

                       JUSTINE
      (starts walking)
Probably... anything I want she
takes.
                                                            
Justine and Christine WALK to the front of the dance studio.
                                                            
Christine OPENS the door for Justine. Justine WALKS inside
the dance studio.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - SAME
                                                            
Justine and Christine push their way up the hallway.

There are about TEN COUPLES standing in the hallway.

INSERT - SIGN-UP DANCE COMPETITION
                                                            
Justine stops and INHALES deeply.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well...
                                                            
Jeff, 21, much taller and well built with very handsome
features. His piercing blue eyes are looking right at
Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Hi Justine... Hi Christine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Hi there.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (smiling)
Hi Jeff.
                                                            
LISA, 21, short with blond hair and gorgeous comes out of
doorway.
                                                            
                       LISA
      (smugly)
Oh... hi girls.
                                                            
Lisa takes a hold of Jeff's hand.

Jeff smiles at Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Here for try-outs?
                                                            
Justine nods yes.
                                                            

6.

                       LISA
So how is the community college?
                                                            
Christine glares at Lisa.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Just fine...
                                                            
Justine grabs a hold of Christine's arm. She pulls her into
the room.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Why did you do that for?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
To keep you from trouble.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the end of the line. There are four people
in front of her.

Justine adjusts her shirt.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You look fine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I just want to make a good
impression.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Your beautiful.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You say that only because your my
best friend.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (pointing at
       Justine)
I say it because it's the truth.
Jeff knows it too.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Stop that now!
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (quietly)
You should see the way he looks at
you.
                                                            
Justine is TAPPING her foot. Only one more person in front
of her.
                                                            

7.

MRS. STEVENS, 31, a glamorous and good looking woman with
dark blond hair, and a contagious smile. She stands behind
the counter.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
Next...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Mrs. Stevens what are you doing
here?
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
I'm helping some friends by
getting the try-outs signed up.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well I'd like to sign-in.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
      (frowning)
I'm sorry Justine. We are only
taking couples now.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What?
                                                            
Justine looks at Christine in disbelief. Justine has tears
in her eyes.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Why only couples?
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens places her pen down on the counter.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
We are only allowing so many
dancers. We only have one more
spot and it's for a couple.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (tears in eyes)
I'm always a dime short.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
      (pointing to
       Christine)
Why don't you and Christine sign
up?
                                                            
Justine looks at Christine and LAUGHS bitterly.
                                                            

8.

                       CHRISTINE
      (laughs)
Because I'm not any good.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Can't you just squeeze one more
in.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
I'm sorry. They are only allowing
five dancers and five couples. I
have had to turn away the last ten
people.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
But Mrs. Stevens...
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens places her hand on Justine's hand.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
I'm sorry. I really am.
                                                            
Justine steps out of the line. She wipes away her tears.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (sadly)
I'm sorry Justine.
                                                            
Justine turns and WALKS out the doorway. Justine CRIES.

Justine RUNS down the hallway. Jeff turns to see Justine
rush passed him out the door.

Lisa smirks.
                                                            
                       LISA
I guess she won't be in the
competition.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Just once... could you be civil to
Justine... just once...
                                                            
Jeff RUNS out the front door.
                                                            
EXT. PARKING LOT - SAME
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (yelling)
Justine...
                                                            
Justine RUNS faster to her car. Christine WALKS to the car.

9.


Jeff RUNS up behind Justine.

Justine UNLOCKS the car door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine... are you...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Am I okay? No...
                                                            
Justine gets into her car. Christine OPENS her car door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
What happened?
                                                            
Justine starts the car engine. She ROLLS her window down.

Christine ENTERS the car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (looking in his
       eyes)
They are only signing up couples.
I don't qualify.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Jeff leans down to the car window.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well... it's to be expected.
                                                            
Jeff places his hand on Justine's shoulder.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine... just because...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (looks at steering
       wheel)
I've got to go.
                                                            
Justine SHIFTS the car in DRIVE. She DRIVES out of the
parking space. Justine SCREECHES out of the parking lot.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S CAR - SAME
                                                            
Justine brushes away tears from her eyes.

Christine BLASTS the radio on.

Justine turns the radio off.
                                                            

10.

                       CHRISTINE
      (looking out
       window)
Justine...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Don't you dare say... it's going
to be alright.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
But it will...
                                                            
Justine HITS the steering wheel with her hand.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I wanted to be in this competition
so much.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
I know you did... you are going to
make it in New York...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
We'll see!!
                                                            
Justine drives into the college parking lot.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Why did you act like that to Jeff?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (blushing)
What do you mean?
                                                            
Christine stares at Justine.

Justine drives up to Christine's Hyundai.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Why were you rude to Jeff?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I was upset. I didn't mean to
take it out on him.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Lisa is a jerk. She always has
been. Personally I don't see why
he likes her and stays with her.
                                                            

11.

                       JUSTINE
She has him wrapped around her
little finger. Just once I
wish...
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
He'd look at you more than just a
friend. You've liked him for a
long time.
                                                            
Christine gets out of Justine's car.

Justine looks at the clock.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
For far too long... well I've got
to go. I'll see you tommorow.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You have to work.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yeah. Well this will give you and
Charles a chance to be together
alone.
                                                            
Christine bends down, and puts her head in Justine's car
window.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Well thank you. Charles will
thank you too... Your going to
make it in New York. I know it. I
can feel it.
                                                            
Christine TAPS Justine's car door.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
See ya later.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S HOUSE/KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine quietly closes the back door. She tip toes through
the kitchen, holding onto her shoes.

Justine reads twelve thirty on the stove clock.

DIANE CLARK, 51, tall and slender slightly greying hair. She
stands in the kitchen doorway.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Yeah. It's late.
                                                            

12.

                       JUSTINE
      (grimaces)
Sorry. I told you I was going to
be late.
                                                            
Diane hugs Justine.
                                                            
                       DIANE
I know. I still worry.
                                                            
PAUL CLARK, 53, tall dark and handsome. Paul enters into
the kitchen.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Good, your home. Now we can go to
bed.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
You two go to bed.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to her bedroom door on the first floor.

Justine OPENS her bedroom door.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Justine. Did you sign up for that
competition?
                                                            
Justine looks down at the floor in the hallway.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
No. They were only accepting
couples by the time I got there.
                                                            
                       DIANE
I'm so sorry.
                                                            
Justine points to her bedroom.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm tired. I'm going to bed.
                                                            
                       DIANE
      (climbing the
       stairs)
Alright sweetheart. Good night.
                                                            
SLAM!

Justine DROPS her bag and books.

Justine falls on her bed and CRIES into the pillow.
                                                            

13.

INT. KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
TABITHA CLARK, 16, brunette with dark eyes and spunky RUNS
into the kitchen.

Justine is getting toast out of the toaster.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
So... how did it go?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I was too late. They were only
taking couples.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Let me guess... Lisa was there,
right?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
How did you know?
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Her brother Wayne told me. He is
nothing like Lisa. He's actually
very nice.
                                                            
Justine LAUGHS.

Tabitha grabs a glass.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Oh, there is only one Lisa. She
thinks the world revolves around
her.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Well everyone knows that Jeff is
the better dancer.
                                                            
Diane and Paul WALK into the kitchen together.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Well ofcourse... he took dance for
a couple of years.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
He did?
                                                            
                       DIANE
      (pouring coffee in
       mug)
Had the same teacher as you.
                                                            

14.

                       JUSTINE
I didn't know that... he was never
in any recitals.
                                                            
                       DIANE
He was a football player. He had
to remain cool.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
He is so cute. He is cool
whatever he does.
                                                            
Justine and Tabitha smile at each other.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well, I've go to go. I don't want
to be late again.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Another long night?
                                                            
Justine puts her books in her bag.

Tabitha gets a bowl of cereal.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes. I have to help pay for the
rest of the semester.
                                                            
                       DIANE
It's hard to believe graduation is
in a few weeks.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So isn't the rest of my loan...
bye.
                                                            
SLAM!!

Paul looks at Diane.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Are you ready to go?
                                                            
                       DIANE
I'm ready.
                                                            
Diane grabs her pocketbook and keys.

Diane KISSES Tabitha on the cheek.
                                                            

15.

                       DIANE
Bye Tabitha. Have a good day at
school.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
      (smirking)
Yeah. Have fun answering the
phone.
                                                            
Diane smiles at her daughter and walks out the back door.

SLAM!

Tabitha finishes her bowl of cereal. She puts the bowl into
the dishwasher.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Gotta go catch the bus.
                                                            
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - DAY
                                                            
Justine is sitting on the grass under a big oak tree.
Reading her communications text book.

Christine WALKS toward Justine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Reading?
                                                            
Justine jumps holding her chest.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You trying to give me a
heartattack... I have an exam
tommorow.
                                                            
Christine sits down next to Justine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Sorry...are you working tonight?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes. But that means I'll have
Saturday and Sunday off.
                                                            
Justine stands up. Christine gets off the ground.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
But tonight is Friday. Girls
night out.
                                                            

16.

                       JUSTINE
Sorry. Call Charles and do
something tonight.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
I guess I will. I'm having dinner
with him and his parents on
Saturday night.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well you have a good weekend.
Enjoy the company of each other.
                                                            
Justine picks up her bookbag. She puts her text book in the
bag.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
What about you?
                                                            
Justine WALKS toward her car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'll be fine. I'll call you on
Sunday.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
I won't be home. We are picking
my grandmother up from the
airport.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (laughs)
Then we'll talk on Monday.
                                                            
Christine gives Justine a hug.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Your not upset?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Not at all. Maybe I should get
myself a man.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
He'd never live up to your ideal
man.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Who? George Clooney.
                                                            
Christine nudges Justine in the side.

Justine holds her side where Christine nudged her.
                                                            

17.

                       CHRISTINE
You mean Jeff.
                                                            
Justine puts her sunglasses on.

Christine takes her keys out of her pocketbook.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
He was never mine, Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (shrugs)
Well that's because Lisa just got
right in your way. He liked you
not her.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Lisa has always gotten her way.
Jeff is still with her that is one
thing I don't understand.
                                                            
Christine rubs her fingers together.

Justine OPENS her car door.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Money.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
But there nothing alike.
                                                            
Justine looks at her watch. It reads four thirty.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
I know you have to go to work.
                                                            
Justine ENTERS her car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'll talk to Monday.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Have a good weekend.
                                                            
EXT. JOE'S BAR - SAME
                                                            
SLAM!!

Justine looks at her vehicle.

Justine WALKS toward the door of JOE'S BAR. She looks to
see there are a lot of cars in the parking lot.
                                                            

18.

                       JUSTINE
Looks like we're going to be busy.
                                                            
INT. JOE'S CAR - SAME
                                                            
JOE, 65, short, overweight and balding man with a heart of a
teddy bear.

Joe waved to Justine to come over to him behind the bar.

Justine makes her way over to Joe.
                                                            
                       JOE
      (quietly)
Justine... here is your check. I
got a little bonus in there for
helping me out this week.
                                                            
Justine hugs Joe.

Joe tries to hide a smile.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You sweet man. Thank you.
                                                            
                       JOE
Alright then. Get back to work.
                                                            
Justine picks up her drink order. She makes her way over to
some patrons.

Justine hands over a screwdriver to the woman. She gives
the man a martini on the rocks.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
What time is it?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (looking at her
       watch)
It's eleven-thirty.
                                                            
                       WOMAN
Thanks.
                                                            
Justine goes back to the bar. She takes off her apron.

BONNY, 40, an attractive waitress who could pass for 30.
Bonny walks over to Justine.
                                                            
                       BONNY
Justine... you have a gentleman
caller.
                                                            

19.

                       JUSTINE
Who?
                                                            
Bonny points in the direction of the entrance.
                                                            
                       BONNY
That handsome tall young man.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Jeff?
                                                            
Justine picks up her pocketbook. She WAVES bye to Joe. Joe
WAVES back.

Justine WALKS over to Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Hi... what's up?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Hi... I have a favor to ask of
you?
                                                            
Justine WALKS toward the entrance.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Okay... can we talk while we go to
my car?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Sure...
                                                            
EXT. PARKING LOT- SAME
                                                            
Jeff is rubbing his hands together.

Justine is getting her keys out of her pocketbook.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Okay... here goes... would you be
my partner in the dance
competition?
                                                            
Justine stops walking and stares at Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What?
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (nervously)
We were practicing. Well... Lisa
decides to do this jump. She
broke her ankle.
                                                            

20.

                       JUSTINE
Oh, no. Ouch!!
                                                            
                       JEFF
I need you. I talked to Lisa and
she wants you to be my partner.
She's fine with this. Believe me.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
She would be okay with me being
your dance partner?
                                                            
                       JEFF
She said absolutely...
      (grabs Justine's
       hand)
... please I beg you.
                                                            
Justine looks into Jeff's eyes. She stares at him for just
a moment.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Alright. I can start practicing
tommorow. I'm off the whole
weekend.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS to his Nissan XTerra. He unclocks his car door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
That sounds great. Mrs. Stevens
is letting us use her dance studio
after hours...
      (turns around)
... by the way the rules stipulate
boy and girl. So they don't care
that I changed partners.
                                                            
Jeff OPENS the door of his Nissan XTerra.

Justine unlocks her car door and OPENS the door.

Justine gets into the driver's seat.

Justine ROLLS down her car window.

Jeff ROLLS down his car window.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So what time tommorow?
                                                            
                       JEFF
How about four o'clock. If
something should happen I'll call
            (MORE)

21.

                       JEFF (cont'd)
you...
      (holding his hand
       up)
... I know your number. I don't
think it's changed since high
school.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
See you tommorow.
                                                            
EXT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Justine gets out of her car.

Justine sees that Jeff's Nissan XTerra is parked in front of
the studio.

Justine WALKS to the side door.

KNOCK! KNOCK!

Justine checks the door and it OPENS.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Hello...
                                                            
                       JEFF
Hey... come on in.
                                                            
 
INT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Jeff takes Justine's bag from her.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let me get that...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Thanks...
                                                            
Justine takes her jacket off. She is wearing a t-shirt and
leggings.

Jeff is wearing a sculpted t-shirt and jeans.

Justine drinks some of her water bottle. Justine puts her
bottle down.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So... have you thought much of the
routine?
                                                            

22.

                       JEFF
Well I thought of combining some
classic moves with some more
recent dance steps.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What about a little swing,
merengue,samba and a little jazz.
                                                            
Jeff looks at Justine in the eyes.
                                                            
                       JEFF
That is exactly what I was
thinking. Great minds think
alike.
                                                            
Justine looks away from Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well let's start with...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... the merengue.
                                                            
Jeff puts the disc in the player. FAST music begins to
play.

Jeff goes to Justine's side. They begin the MERENGUE.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff is picking up his jacket.

Justine is putting her water bottle in her bag.
                                                            
                       JEFF
That was a great first practice.
Tommorow same time?
                                                            
Justine digs out a towel from her bag.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Sure. That sounds great.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS toward the door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I hate to run. But I promised
Lisa I'd take her to the nine
o'clock movie.
                                                            

23.

                       JUSTINE
No problem. Jeff... your sure
she's okay with this?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Absolutely.
                                                            
Jeff hesitates for a moment.

Justine waves bye. Jeff gives a nod of his head.

Jeff RUNS out the door.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I wish you were in a rush to see
me.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS (OS)
He will be soon enough.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens comes out of the shadow of the doorway.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (holding her chest)
Mrs. Stevens... you scared me.
What do you mean he will be soon
enough. His girlfriend is Lisa.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens WALKS over to where Justine is standing.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
He cares for you very much. Just
in the way you dance. You dance
beautifully together. I know your
feelings on the matter.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I think everyone knows how I feel
about him... except him. I'm just
a dance partner to him... just a
friend.
                                                            
Justine begins to WALK to the side door.

Mrs. Stevens STROLLS to the mirror.
                                                            
Justine stops and looks at Mrs. Stevens.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
Justine... he likes you.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens begins to STRETCH her leg on the bar.
                                                            

24.

                       JUSTINE
What? He told you that?
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens STRETCHES her other leg.

Justine OPENS the door.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
No, he didn't tell me himself.
Listen... I may be in my thirties
but I'm not blind to love. He
cares for you Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm not the one he was rushing off
to see...
      (waves bye)
... see you later Mrs. Stevens.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
Justine... give yourself some
credit... you are a beautiful
young lady. You have a great
personality.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Thanks... have a good evening Mrs.
Stevens.
                                                            
Justine WAVES bye to Mrs. Stevens.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Jeff is lifting Justine for a SWING KICK.

Justine LEAPS into the air and lands on the floor.

Jeff wipes his brow off.

Justine picks up her water bottle.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
That was great...
      (drinks some water)
... I think we nailed that.
                                                            
                       JEFF
That was perfect.
                                                            
Justine's bracelet catches on her pant leg. She jerks it
off. The bracelt FALLS off her wrist.


25.

Jeff and Justine go to pick it up at the same time. Their
hands touch.

Jeff doesn't take his hand away.

Justine pulls her hand away.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Stupid bracelet... it never...
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (brushes her hair
       away)
... wants to stay on...
      (his finger
       lingers)
... Justine.
                                                            
Justine gets up from the floor.

Jeff helps her up.

Justine WALKS over to her bag and pulls out a towel.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So how is Princeton?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Busy. How are your classes?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (putting towel
       down)
Great. Graduations is in three
weeks.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS toward Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
What will you have a degree in?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Communications... but the day
after graduation I leave for New
York City...
                                                            
Jeff STOPS in his tracks.
                                                            
                       JEFF
How come?
                                                            
Justine TWIRLS around Jeff.
                                                            

26.

                       JUSTINE
So I can dance there and...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... so you are just going to up
and leave everything.
                                                            
Justine stretches her legs.

Jeff begins to WALK back and forth.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I promised my Dad finishing
school... then I decided off to
New York I go.
                                                            
Jeff stretches next to Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Well... I am sure you will succeed
there.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (mumbles)
I hope!
                                                            
                       JEFF
What was that?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Nothing... let's practice the jazz
step.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS to the stereo and PRESSES play on the tape deck.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff is taking his dance shoes off.
                                                            
Justine puts her towel into her bag.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So when is the competition?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Fourteenth...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... What... the day before
graduation... talk about cutting
it close.
                                                            

27.

Justine SITS down.

Jeff WALKS over to where Justine is sitting.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Well I still have two years of law
school left.
                                                            
Justine puts on her sneakers.

Jeff SITS down next to her.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Oh... so what are you up to
tonight?
                                                            
Jeff looks at his watch.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I don't know. I have to call
Lisa. Are you meeting Chris?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (laughs)
Chris... he has been old news...
      (gets up from
       floor)
... we broke up months ago.
                                                            
Justine picks up her bag. Jeff stands up from the floor.

Jeff takes Justine's bag from her.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Oh... sorry... well there has to
be someone...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smirking)
Me... myself... and I.
                                                            
Justine puts her jacket on. Jeff grabs his duffel bag. They
both begin to WALK toward the side door.

Jeff stops Justine just as they get to the side door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm glad we have this opportunity
to dance together...
      (leans into
       Justine)
... I've missed you.
                                                            

28.

Justine STEPS back from Jeff. She turns her head away from
his eyes.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I've missed talking to you too...
      (opening door)
... so when do you want to
practice...
                                                            
Justine WALKS

OUTSIDE

Jeff WALKS behind Justine.

Jeff OPENS Justine's passenger side door. He places her bag
down on the seat.
                                                            
                       JEFF
How about Friday... that's the
only free night I have.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (opens driver door)
That sounds great...
      (pointing to bag)
... thanks...
                                                            
Jeff hesitates for a moment. Jeff leans over Justine's car
door. Justine looks at Jeff.

Jeff KISSES her on the cheek. Justine puts her hand to her
cheek.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What was that for?
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (smiling)
I'll see you Friday.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS toward his car. Justine ENTERS into her vehicle.
She watches him get into his XTerra. Justine starts her
engine.

Jeff DRIVES out of his parking space. Jeff WAVES to
Justine.

Justine WAVES back and DRIVES out of her space.
                                                            

29.

                       JUSTINE
      (teary eyed)
He will only break your heart
again.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM/JUSTINE'S - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine and Diane are sitting on the couch. A big bowl of
popcorn is between them.

CREDITS ROLL ON TELEVISION.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
That is just one of my favorite
movies... I love Sandra Bullock
movies...I could just watch it...
                                                            
                       DIANE
... all the time... I know... me
too.
                                                            
Justine cuddles up to Diane. Diane lays her arm around
Justine.

Tabitha ENTERS into living room.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
So... how did practice go?
                                                            
Justine smiles and turns her attention to Tabitha.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
It was really good... He is such a
good dancer...
                                                            
                       TABITHA
... I'm sure that's not all he's
good at...
                                                            
Diane reaches out to playfully smack Tabitha.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Tabitha... enough... Justine are
you doing okay with all of it?
                                                            
Justine stands up.

Diane moves to the edge of the couch.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm doing fine... he's a
gentelman... but he's with Lisa...
                                                            

30.

                       TABITHA
So... he's still human... and you
can't tell me...
                                                            
Diane gets off the couch.
                                                            
                       DIANE
... Tabitha... please ...let me
talk to Justine.
                                                            
Tabitha EXITS living room.

Diane WALKS to Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Mom... really... I'm fine.
                                                            
                       DIANE
I can tell your heart is already
involved.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm through with hoping. He is
with Lisa... I have gone on with
my life...
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the hallway.

Diane follows Justine to the hallway.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Justine... your a romantic...
there is nothing wrong with
that... but...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Mom... I'm beat... I need to
go to bed...
      (hugging her mom)
... I do love you.
                                                            
Justine EXITS living room.

Diane picks up bowl of popcorn from the couch.

Diane EXITS the living room and ENTERS

KITCHEN

Paul ENTERS the kitchen.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Where are the girls?
                                                            

31.

Diane places the popcorn bowl into the kitchen sink.
                                                            
                       DIANE
There in their bedrooms... I'm
worried about Justine...
                                                            
Paul puts his arms around Diane.
                                                            
                       PAUL
... She is a woman now... she'll
be fine...
                                                            
                       DIANE
Justine... don't forget your
taking me to work tommorow.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE (OS)
      (yells)
Okay... I'll be ready.
                                                            
Paul LOCKS back door.

Diane turns off the light in the kitchen.

Paul and Diane EXIT the kitchen together.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Justine is sleeping

DREAM

Jeff is TWIRLING Justine. Jeff catches Justine and KISSES
her. There is a blaring light, she can not see Jeff's face.

END OF DREAM
                                                            
Justine opens her eyes. She stares at the clock. The clock
read SEVEN THIRTY.

Justine jumps out of bed.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Oh... crap...
                                                            
Justine takes off her nightshirt.

Justine grabs jeans and SLIDES them on. She pulls a t-shirt
out of her drawer and puts that on.

Justine brushes her hair and looks in the mirror. Justine
shrugs her shoulders.
                                                            

32.

INT. KITCHEN - SAME
                                                            
Tabitha places a bowl in the sink.

Justine RUNS into the kitchen. Justine OPENS the back door.
Justine STOPS.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Mom... left... she took your car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I can see that... what am I
going...
                                                            
                       TABITHA
... I suggest you start running...
the bus comes in just two minutes.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Great... See ya.
                                                            
SLAM!!

Justine RUNS down the driveway... Justine RUNS down the
street... She sees the bus coming... She RUNS to get to the

BUS STOP

Justine waits for an OLDER WOMAN to get on the bus.

Justine climbs the bus steps. She places her token in the
machine. Justine sees no empty seats.

Justine hangs on to one of the bars. A briefcase HITS her
side. The bus stops.

A few people get off. Justine sits down. She looks out the
window.

The bus stops.

Justine STANDS UP.

Justine gets off the bus.

Justine watches the bus drive down the street.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE (VO)
Thank goodness I have a car.
                                                            
Justine takes a deep breath... Justine RUNS two more blocks
and comes around the corner.

33.


Justine RUNS up the steps of the college.

Justine RUNS up behind Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Have you been out for your morning
run?
                                                            
Justine catches her breath.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Ha... Ha... long story... wait
till I tell you... what happened
this weekend.
                                                            
INT. COLLEGE CLASSROOM - SAME
                                                            
Christine's mouth is gaped opened.

Justine is LAUGHING.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You might want to close your
mouth...
      (hitting Christine
       in the arm)
... you look funny.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Oh this is sweet...
      (smirking)
... poor Lisa...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
He's such a great dancer... we can
only practice on the weekends...
      (sitting down)
... with school and my working...
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
... You'll take it... to have that
time with Jeff.
                                                            
Justine looks at Christine out of the corner of her eye.

Christine ignores Justine's glance. Christine pulls out her
notebook.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
We're just dancing... Christine.
                                                            
Ms. Darra ENTERS.
                                                            

34.

                       MS. DARRA
      (walking to desk)
Okay... let's open to page 150.
                                                            
INT. KITCHEN/JUSTINE'S - NIGHT
                                                            
Paul and Diane are finishing their dinners.

Tabitha places a glass on the counter.

Paul wearing his work clothes stands up.

Tabitha EXITS the kitchen.

Justine is putting on her jacket.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Why does Joe need you now... it's
six o'clock...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Bonny went home not feeling
well... he's swamped... I have to
go and help.
                                                            
Paul WALKS to the sink and places his plate down.

Justine OPENS the back door.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Wait Justine... I'll walk out with
you.
                                                            
Paul grabs his keys off the counter.

Diane KISSES Paul.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Bye honey...
      (blows a kiss to
       Justine)
... bye sweetheart.
                                                            
Justine WAVES bye. Justine EXITS the house. Paul follows
her outside.

Justine WALKS to her car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (pointing to a car)
When are you going to fix mom's
car...
                                                            

35.

                       PAUL
... When we have the money...
that's why I'm working tonight.
                                                            
Justine KISSES her dad on the cheek.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Your a hard worker... and your a
good father... and husband.
                                                            
Paul WALKS to his truck.
                                                            
                       PAUL
I don't know... when your daughter
has to help pay for her own
education...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Stop that... I don't mind...
plus I've been able to put some
aside for New York.
                                                            
Justine OPENS her car door.

Paul OPENS his truck door.

Justine watches Paul get into his truck.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Be careful coming home.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
Love ya... dad.
                                                            
 
INT. JOE'S BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
The bar is full of PATRONS. Their is only one empty table.

Justine is WALKING to the bar.

Jeff and Lisa WALK into the bar. KARL and STACEY, preppy
friends of Lisa follow Jeff into the bar.

Jeff points to a table.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let's grab this table...
                                                            
                       LISA
... Jeff... this place is nasty.
                                                            

36.

Lisa leans on her crutches. Jeff pulls out a chair for
Lisa.

Karl and Stacey sit down watching pandemonium at the bar.
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to Jeff's table. Justine's head is down
while counting her money.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (head comes up)
What can I...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... Hey Justine...
                                                            
                       LISA
... Justine... this is your kind
of place isn't it... you fit right
in...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... This is Karl and Stacey.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Hi... What can I get for you?
                                                            
Karl looks over Justine from head to toe.

Justine turns her attention to Jeff.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'll have a Sprite...
                                                            
                       LISA
... Screwdriver...
                                                            
                       STACEY
Karl and I will have whatever is
on tap.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the bar. Justine gives Joe the order.

Jeff watches Justine.

Justine POURS the beer into glasses. Joe places the other
drinks on her tray.
                                                            
                       LISA
The music is so loud...
                                                            
                       STACEY
... This is not our kind of place.
                                                            

37.

                       JEFF
      (watching Justine)
I like it here.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to their table.

Justine smiles at Jeff.
                                                            
                       LISA
I just love the apron...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Screw... driver.
                                                            
Jeff smirks.

Justine places the drinks down on the table. Justine cleans
off the table next to them.
                                                            
                       LISA
I'm ready to go... I have been
since we got here...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... Let's just relax for a little
bit.
                                                            
                       KARL
We can go back to my place.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the bar.

Lisa leans over and KISSES Jeff. Justine turns her head and
continues to clean off the tables.

Justine brings a drink to HAROLD, an older man in his
sixties. He is hardly able to sit on the stool.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Harold...
      (puts drink down)
... I think you've had enough.
                                                            
Harold TWIRLS around in his chair. He FALLS off the chair.
                                                            
                       HAROLD
Come on Justine...
      (grabs Justine by
       waist)
... let's go dance.
                                                            

38.

                       JUSTINE
Harold... sit down... you couldn't
dance...
                                                            
Justine removes Harold's hands from her waist.

Harold grabs her waist.
                                                            
                       HAROLD
... Come on...
                                                            
Jeff turns his attention to Justine at the bar.

Justine keeps removing Harolds hands off of her.

Jeff JUMPS up from his chair and WALKS over to the bar.
                                                            
                       JOE
Harold... leave Justine...
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine away from Harold.

Jeff grabs Harold by the collar of his shirt.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Sir... do you have a problem...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (pulling at Jeff)
... Jeff... it's okay...
                                                            
Harold is backing away from Jeff. He HITS his back on the
bar.
                                                            
                       HAROLD
... I didn't mean it...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... This is a lady and she
deserves...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Jeff... let him go.
                                                            
                       JOE
      (yelling)
Young man... let go of my
customer.
                                                            
Jeff lets go of Harold. Lisa, Stacey and Karl WALK over to
the bar.
                                                            

39.

                       LISA
Are you okay... Jeff?
                                                            
Jeff looks at Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Are you okay?
                                                            
Justine steps backwards, away from Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm fine... I can handle Harold.
                                                            
                       STACEY
Let's go... this isn't our kind of
place...
                                                            
                       LISA
      (laughing)
... Stacey is right... let's go...
this place attracts... well...
                                                            
Justine glares at Lisa.

Justine WALKS over to a table of patrons.

Jeff watches Justine WALK away. Lisa pats Jeff's arm.
                                                            
                       JOE
      (points to the
       door)
... I think the lady is right...
leave now... I don't want no
trouble.
                                                            
Jeff looks from Joe to Justine. Justine POURS a drink into
a glass.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I was just...
                                                            
                       JOE
... Justine does just fine...
she's a tough woman.
                                                            
Lisa pulls at Jeff's arm.
                                                            
                       LISA
Come on...
                                                            

40.

Jeff helps Lisa with her crutches. Stacey and Karl WALK to
the door. Jeff STOPS and turns around.

Justine watches them leave. She stares at Jeff.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Justine turns away from Jeff.

Jeff and Lisa EXIT.
                                                            
 
EXT. JOE'S BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
SLAM... CLICK... CLICK... Justine looks at the dark sign...
Justine looks at her watch.

Justine WALKS to her car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Man... I have got to get home...
                                                            
Justine YAWNS and holds her key out to unlock the car...
CLICK... Jeff comes around Justine's car.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry...
                                                            
Justine JUMPS back from her car... CLANG... Jeff picks up
her keys.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (holding her heart)
What in the hell...
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry about...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I didn't need rescuing...
      (opens car door)
... Harold is harmless.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I just thought...
                                                            
Justine ENTERS her car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm a big girl Jeff... I take care
of myself all the time.
                                                            

41.

                       JEFF
I'm sorry about Lisa...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... You know ...
      (yawns)
... I don't care anymore.
                                                            
Jeff CLOSES her door. Justine rolls the window down.

Jeff bends down to the car window. Justine starts the
engine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Well there was no...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (yawns)
... I've go to go... I'm tired and
have an early class.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Oh... sure... I'll see you Friday.
                                                            
Justine drives out of the parking space. Jeff WAVES bye to
Justine. Justine WAVES back.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (outloud)
What a day...
      (puts on radio)
... I wake up late and it ends
like this.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Jeff PACES the floor. He looks at the clock on the wall.
Jeff PUNCHES her number in his cell phone. RING... RING...
RING.

Jeff picks up his jacket.

SLAM!!

Justine ENTERS.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Sorry... my mom needed a ride...
then I needed to get my sister
to...
      (putting bag down)
... long story... but I'm here
now... let's get started.
                                                            

42.

Jeff stares at Justine. Justine looks at Jeff in shock.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Are you mad?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Do you know that it's eight
o'clock?
                                                            
Justine bends down to put her shoes on.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm sorry... it won't happen...
                                                            
                       JEFF
Couldn't you have called?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I don't have a cell phone.
                                                            
                       JEFF
You don't have a cell.
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to the mirror. She begins to stretch her
legs.

Jeff stretches his arms over his head.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Not everyone can afford one. But
when money is not a question?
                                                            
Jeff stops stretching and looks at Justine. Justine
continues to stretch her legs.
                                                            
                       JEFF
What's that suppose to mean?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Nothing...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS toward Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
No... I really want to be
enlightened.
                                                            
Justine removes her leg from the bar. Justine looks right
in Jeff's eyes.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I have to work and go to school.
So I can help my parents out with
            (MORE)

43.

                       JUSTINE (cont'd)
my education...
      (walking closer to
       Jeff)
... I don't mind. But would you
understand that Jeff. For someone
who has everything.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (points to Justine)
Don't go there...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS away from Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I don't have the time to enjoy the
little things in life...
      (following Jeff)
... you know how long it's been
since I went to a movie... or went
out to dinner...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS over to the mirror. He stretches his leg on the
bar.

Justine lays on her back and lifts her legs.
                                                            
                       JEFF
So it's my fault I have money and
Justine doesn't... I work just as
hard at my education...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (huffs)
... I'm sure with dad's help.
                                                            
                       JEFF
My dad could care less...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Oh! Poor Jeff!
                                                            
Justine sits up. Jeff STOPS stretching.

Justine shakes her head. Jeff WALKS over to Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine... what's wrong with
you... your never like this.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm so sorry... it's just... I had
no right to say that to you. I
know you work hard...
                                                            

44.

Jeff stands over Justine. Jeff helps Justine stand up.

Jeff stares into Justine's eyes.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry too...
      (steps back)
... let's say we never had this
conversation.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Deal... I'm sorry for being such a
jerk.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS to the stereo.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm the one who should
apologize...
      (turns it on)
... for the rude friends and Lisa.
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to the stereo.

Jeff puts the CD in the stereo. Jeff removes his shoes.

Justine removes her shoes.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Shall we get to work.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let's do the routine up to the
Samba.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Okay... that sounds great.
                                                            
MUSIC PLAYS. Jeff and Justine MAMBA.
                                                            
EXT. DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff is WALKING Justine to her car. Justine OPENS her car
door.

Jeff WALKS to his XTerra.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Well... have a good evening...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You too...
                                                            

45.

Justine's engine won't start. She tries the ignition again.

Jeff turns around and looks at Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Won't start...
                                                            
Justine EXITS the car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
No... this is just great...
                                                            
Jeff WAVES Justine over to his car.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Come on... I'll take you home.
                                                            
Justine grabs her sweater and purse.

Jeff OPENS the passenger door of his vehicle for Justine.
                                                            
INT. JEFF'S CAR - SAME
                                                            
Jeff STARTS the engine.

Jeff pushes a button on the radio... MUSIC PLAYS...

Justine BUCKLES her seatbelt.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm sorry about this... I know I'm
out of your way.
                                                            
Jeff turns volume down on the radio.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Nonesense... I couldn't leave you
stranded there.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I don't know how I'm going to pay
for this.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Don't worry about it. I'll call
my mechanic... I'll take care of
you... I mean... the car... I'll
take care of the car.
                                                            
Justine stares at Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I couldn't.
                                                            

46.

Jeff lays his hand on Justine's hand.
                                                            
                       JEFF
No argument. My present to you for
helping me in the competition.
                                                            
Justine looks away from Jeff and out the car window.

Jeff pulls his hand away from Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
So... what was that all about
tonight... the whole money
thing... that wasn't like you.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
It's just been a bad week. My
moms car needs to be fixed... my
sister just started a new job...
      (yawns)
... my poor dad is working doubles
to try to get extra money in.
                                                            
                       JEFF
So the last thing you needed to
here was my rampage...
      (turns off radio)
... I'm sorry... I didn't realize.
                                                            
Jeff drives up to Justine's house.

Justine turns to look at Jeff in the eye.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I've never been ashamed of who I
am and where I come from. I'm
proud of my parents...
      (grabs pocketbook)
... they are proud of me. We are
a close supportive family...
                                                            
                       JEFF
I admire your strong
independence... it's just...
      (opens her car
       door)
... you make it hard for others to
help you.
                                                            
Justine EXITS Jeff's car. SLAM.

Justine leans into the passenger window.
                                                            

47.

                       JUSTINE
Sorry... I'll try not to be so
stubborn... how did you know where
I live?
                                                            
                       JEFF
There is a lot I know about you
Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Oh... thanks for the ride.
                                                            
Justine WALKS up the driveway and STOPS and looks back at
Jeff.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Don't worry about the car... I'll
take care of it.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (waves bye)
Thanks.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the back door.

Jeff watches Justine ENTER into the house.

Jeff DRIVES down the street.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Lisa... you know we have just
driffted apart...
                                                            
 
INT. CHRISTINE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Justine looks in the mirror, putting on mascara.

Christine looks at Justine with the corner of her eye.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (smiling)
Mascara... since when...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... What!! I want to wear
mascara. Is that a crime?
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (laughing)
Not at all. It's good to see you
so happy... you deserve to be.
                                                            

48.

                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
Thanks... I am happy. If I just
didn't have to work tonight.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Well you only have a week and a
half left.
                                                            
Justine puts on lipstick.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I can't believe it... then off to
New York.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
When will Jeff drop off the car?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I talked to him because I left my
sweater in his car...
      (powdering her
       nose)
... but he said it should only be
one more day.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (sarcastically)
Left it in his car... yeah
right... it's your way of luring
him to you.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smacks her arm)
Oh... stop it!
                                                            
Christine DRIVES up to the entrance of Joe's Bar.

Justine EXITS Christine's car. She leans into the car
window.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (pointing to watch)
What time...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (nods no)
You don't have to. Jeff is
bringing me the sweater... so he
said he'd bring me home.
                                                            

49.

                       CHRISTINE
      (smiles brightly)
Alright... behave yourself.
                                                            
Christine WAVES bye to Justine. Justine WAVES back.

Justine ENTERS Joe's Bar.
                                                            
INT. JOE'S BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine is talking to some patrons at the bar.

Joe WALKS over to Justine. He taps her on the shoulder.
                                                            
                       JOE
      (pointing to Karl)
He's been here all evening... he's
been watching you...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (looks at Karl)
... He's a jerk... I'll go talk to
him.
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to Karl. Karl drinks the rest of his
drink.

Justine leans over the bar.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What's up Karl?
                                                            
                       KARL
      (picks up glass)
I could use another one of
these...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Is that all?
                                                            
                       KARL
      (smirking)
You could leave with me later...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (seriously)
... I don't think so Karl...I'll
bring that drink over in a minute.
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to the bar.

Karl watches Justine.
                                                            

50.

Justine puts the drink on the bar.
                                                            
                       KARL
      (touches her hand)
Thanks...
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to the next table and gets the patrons
order.
                                                            
INT. JOE'S BAR - SAME
                                                            
Only about a half a dozen patrons are at the bar.

Justine looks at the clock reads eleven thirty.

Joes WALKS to Justine, and puts his arm around her
shoulders.
                                                            
                       JOE
Why don't you go ahead and go...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (grabs phone)
Okay... I'll call Jeff...
                                                            
Justine HANGS up the phone. She grabs her pocketbook. She
WALKS over to Joe.
                                                            
                       JOE
Is he on his way?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (hugs Joe)
... yeah... I'm going to wait
outside... it's so nice out. See
ya.
                                                            
EXT. JOE'S BAR - SAME
                                                            
Justine PACES back and forth.

Karl WALKS up behind Justine.
                                                            
                       KARL
Hey... let me take you home... you
were so nice to me tonight...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... No... that's okay... Jeff is
on his way.
                                                            
Justine WALKS away from Karl.
                                                            

51.

                       KARL
Jeff has a girlfriend... why don't
you come home with me...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I said No... now go away...
                                                            
Karl WALKS over and lays his hand on Justine's arm.
                                                            
                       KARL
      (pulling her)
No... I insist...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Karl... let me go...
                                                            
Justine KICKS Karl in the leg. She then KICKS him in the
groin.
                                                            
Jeff's car DRIVES into the parking lot.

Karl kneels on the ground breathless.

Jeff sees Karl. Justine backs away from Karl. Jeff
SCREECHES to a stop in front of Karl.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (jumping out of
       car)
Justine... are you okay?
                                                            
                       KARL
I'm the one on the ground.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm fine.
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine to be behind him.

Karl WALKS to his car.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (angrily)
You better go home man... before I
do some damage.
                                                            
Karl gets into his car. He DRIVES out of the parking lot.

Justine hangs on to Jeff. Jeff gets her into the XTerra.

Jeff DRIVES out of the parking lot.
                                                            

52.

                       JUSTINE
      (taking a breath)
Thank you...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... Are you okay? I'm so sorry...
your sure your okay...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm okay now... he was in the bar
all night... he was being so
creepy...
                                                            
Jeff lays his hand on Justine's arm.

Justine stares at his arm.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (stroking her arm)
... you should have called me
sooner... I would have come down
and got rid of him for you.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I should have... I'm just glad you
came when you did... I don't want
to think about it anymore...
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (stops stroking)
... It's okay... it's over...
let's get you home.
                                                            
Justine and Jeff are silent.

Jeff DRIVES down Justine's street. Justine grabs her
pocketbook.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
You seem to be my knight in
shining armor lately...
                                                            
Jeff parks in front of Justine's house.

Jeff turns to Justine. Justine stares at Jeff.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (smiling)
I don't mind... especially when
their as beautiful as you...
                                                            

53.

                       JUSTINE
      (looks down)
... your just being nice...
                                                            
Jeff lifts Justine's face up with his hand.
                                                            
                       JEFF
No... I'm speaking the truth... I
should have told you...
                                                            
Justine OPENS the car door. She gets out of Jeff's hold.

Justine gets out of the car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (leaning into
       window)
... Don't Jeff... you are with
Lisa... I'm not going to get in
the middle of that.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (leaning over seat)
Justine... Lisa and I are not...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (turning away)
... I've got to go...
      (turns around)
... thanks again for everything.
                                                            
Jeff turns his head to see Justine's sweater.

Jeff grabs the sweater. He OPENS his car door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (yells)
Justine...
      (Justine stops)
... the whole purpose of me
picking you up...
      (hands her sweater)
... by the way... your car will be
ready tommorow... I'll have it
dropped off at the college.
                                                            
Justine takes sweater. Jeff won't let go.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (looking down)
Thanks... I appreciate that.
                                                            

54.

                       JEFF
      (pleading)
Justine just listen to me...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (yawns)
I've got to go... thanks Jeff.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the back door. She OPENS the door and
ENTERS the house.

Jeff WALKS back to the vehicle. Jeff OPENS the door and
ENTERS the vehicle.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (hitting steering
       wheel)
Well... that went just great.
                                                            
INT. COLLEGE CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
I want all term papers turned in
on Monday... so if you have any
last minute changes... you have
the weekend...
      (pointing to door)
... class is dismissed.
                                                            
Twenty students get up from their desks. Ms. Darra smiles
at them as they leave the classroom.

Justine stands in front of Ms. Darra's desk.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Ms. Darra... could I get your
opinion?
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (sitting down)
Of course...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (sitting down)
Going to New York has been a dream
for so long... do you think I'm
crazy for wanting to go there...
on my own?
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (leaning forward)
Not at all... I wish I had as much
nerve when I was your age...
            (MORE)

55.

                       MS. DARRA (cont'd)
      (stands up)
... it will take a lot of work.
But I believe you should always
take those risks... that is what
makes us stronger.
                                                            
Justine stands up and smiles.

Ms. Darra WALKS around her desk and stands in front of
Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (picks up books)
My mom and dad don't understand...
they are supportive of me going...
though they do think it's a waste
of time.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
Do you love to dance?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
Yes... more than anything in the
world.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (touches Justine's
       arm)
Then it's not a waste of time.
                                                            
Justine WALKS to the door.

Ms. Darra WALKS with her to the door.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Thank you... I needed some
encouragement.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
Plus... your communications degree
will come in handy...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (turning to Ms.
       Darra)
... That is what I figure... it
will help a lot.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (stops walking)
When do you plan on leaving?
                                                            

56.

                       JUSTINE
      (stops walking)
I have a train ticket for next
Sunday...
      (hugs Ms. Darra)
... you will be at the competition
next Friday... right.
                                                            
                       MS. DARRA
      (smiling)
I wouldn't miss it for the world.
                                                            
 
EXT. COLLEGE PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Justine WALKS over to a huge oak tree. Christine and
Charles are leaning on the tree.

Justine bumps into Christine. Christine gets knocked off
balance. Charles catches her. Justine and Christine LAUGH.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (seriously)
Hey you... I hate to be the bearer
of bad news...
      (pointing to
       Justine's car)
... but you have company waiting.
                                                            
Justine LOOKS to where Christine is pointing. Justine's
smile disappears. Lisa is LEANING against Justine's car.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (frowning)
Well... I can see my car got
delivered...... I was having a good day.
                                                            
Christine gives her books to Charles.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
... You want me to go with you?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
No... I'll go see what she wants.
                                                            
Justine WALKS toward Lisa. Lisa sees Justine coming and
gets off Justine's car. Lisa leans on her crutches.

Justine smiles at Lisa.
                                                            

57.

                       LISA
      (angrily)
Don't bother smiling Justine...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... What?
                                                            
                       LISA
You know... I was fine with all
this dancing crap... I didn't mind
him dancing with you...
      (pointing to
       Justine)
... I didn't think you would be so
low... as to try to steal my
boyfriend...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (angrily)
... What the heck are you talking
about... trying to steal Jeff from
you... give me a break...
      (unlocks trunk)
... I'm dancing with Jeff...
that's all... That's it!!
                                                            
Justine OPENS her trunk. She places her books and bag in
the trunk.

Christine and Charles are WALKING closer to Justine's car.
                                                            
                       LISA
      (shouting)
Well... if that was it... why did
Jeff break things off between
us...
      (pointing to
       Justine's car)
... why did he fix your car for
you?
                                                            
Justine looks at Lisa in shock.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What... he offered to fix my
car... He wanted to help me... He
broke up with you?
                                                            
                       LISA
      (shouting)
... I can't believe you... you
don't even apologize... your such
a...
                                                            

58.

                       CHRISTINE
      (yelling)
Lisa... I think it's time for you
to leave...
      (getting between
       the girls)
... go... now.
                                                            
Lisa leans on the crutches and WALKS back to her car.
Justine watches Lisa go to her car.

Lisa turns back around as she opens her car door.
                                                            
                       LISA
You know Justine... you just hate
that he was with me and not you...
you just had to have him...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (yelling)
...Lisa... Jeff and I are
friends... we have been friends
for a long time...
                                                            
                       LISA
      (shouts)
... You keep telling yourself that
if it makes you feel better...
      (enters car)
... but truth be known... you
broke us up... I hope your happy!
                                                            
Lisa CLOSES her car door. Lisa EXITS the parking lot.

Justine stares to where Lisa's car was parked.

Christine OPENS Justine's car door.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Christine... what have I done... I
didn't do anything...
      (upset)
... why would Jeff break things
off with Lisa? They have been
together for so long?
                                                            
Christine hugs Justine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Justine... you didn't do anything.
Don't listen to Lisa... maybe Jeff
finally realized which one...
                                                            

59.

                       JUSTINE
... Christine... how could you say
that? Jeff is meant to be with
Lisa.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
No... Jeff is meant to be with
you. He should have been with you
a long time ago.
                                                            
Justine ENTERS into her car. Justine CLOSES her car door.

Charles wraps his arms around Christine's waist.

Justine ROLLS her car window down.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'll talk to you later
Christine...
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Are you working tonight?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
No... we dance tonight.
                                                            
Christine smiles and latches onto Charles.

Justine DRIVES out of the parking lot.

Christine stares at Justine's car.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Well it's about time Jeff Taylor.
                                                            
INT. DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine is DANCING and SINGING to LIGHT and EASY MUSIC.

Justine is TWIRLING and LEAPING.

Jeff ENTERS the dance studio. LIGHT MUSIC IS PLAYING.

Jeff remains in the shadows so Justine can not see him.

Jeff stares at Justine.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
She is beautiful...
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens comes up behind Jeff.

Jeff watches Justine dance.
                                                            

60.

                       JEFF
      (hypnotically)
... Very... Beautiful.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens smiles. Jeff doesn't take his eyes off of
Justine.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
She will do beautifully in New
York.
                                                            
Jeff turns his attention to Mrs. Stevens.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Do you think she'll still go?
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
She is going... she is on a train
the day after she graduates.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens WALKS toward her office.

Justine KNEELS on the ground. The SONG ENDS.

Jeff CLAPS.

Justine JUMPS up real quick.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (startled)
Oh... I didn't realize I had an
audience.
                                                            
Jeff WALKS toward the stereo.
                                                            
                       JEFF
That was beautiful to watch...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (shyly)
... Thanks... Jeff.
                                                            
Jeff takes off his shoes. Justine adjusts her shirt.

Jeff WALKS over to Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let's get started.
                                                            
Jeff PLAYS the MUSIC.

Jeff TWIRLS Justine.

61.


Justine loses her balance and FALLS.

Justine LAUGHS. Jeff smiles.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (laughing)
Oops... sorry about that.
                                                            
Jeff helps Justine stand up.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Are you okay?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yeah... I'm fine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Do you want to try the lift?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Sure... so from the twirl...
                                                            
Jeff twirls Justine. Justine steps back. Jeff backs up.
Justine RUNS to Jeff.

Justine leaps into Jeff's arms. Jeff brings her body close
to his. Justine lowers her head. Justine looks right into
Jeff's eyes.

Justine leans into Jeff's face. Justine KISSES Jeff. Jeff
lowers her to the ground without letting go of her.

Jeff is KISSING slowly... Jeff rubs Justine's arms...
Justine shivers.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Are you cold?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Not at all.
                                                            
Jeff holds Justine's face in his hands. Jeff traces her
face with his index finger. Jeff's hands move to the back
of Justine's head.

Jeff KISSES Justine passionately. Justine returns the KISS
very eagerly.

Justine then STEPS BACK out of Jeff's embrace.

Jeff holds onto Justine's hand.
                                                            

62.

                       JEFF
Justine...
                                                            
Justine tries to let go of Jeff.

Jeff pulls Justine toward himself.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Jeff... this isn't right...
you broke up with Lisa... because
of...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... I broke up with Lisa because
we didn't have anything in
common...
      (puts his arms
       around her)
... I only wish I had done it
sooner.
                                                            
Justine pushes Jeff slightly away from her.

Justine SITS on the floor. She takes off her shoes.

Jeff SITS down next to her on the floor.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Lisa came to talk to me today...
she said... well it's not
important...we just wouldn't work
out Jeff...
      (gets up from
       floor)
... you have money... I don't. Go
be with Lisa.
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine down next to him on the floor.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I want to be with you. I've cared
about you for a long time...
      (begging)
... please... Justine... you mean
the world to me.
                                                            
Justine looks into Jeff's eyes.

Justine's hand comes to Jeff's face.

Jeff places his hand on her leg.
                                                            

63.

                       JUSTINE
You don't know how long I've
wanted to hear those words...
      (places finger on
       his lips)
... but... my life can not take a
detour at this time... we have a
competition...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... Justine... I'm not a detour...
I want...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (stands up)
... Jeff this isn't about you...
it's about my dream and I am not
going to ruin it... not now.
                                                            
Justine grabs her bag and WALKS to the door.

Jeff WALKS behind her.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Will you at least consider...
                                                            
Justine STOPS WALKING.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Alright... I'll think about it
tommorow... I'll see you Sunday at
four... no phone calls in the
meantime.
                                                            
Justine OPENS the door.

Jeff picks up his duffel bag.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine...
                                                            
Justine TURNS around while holding the door.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yeah!!
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (smiling)
If it means anything... I was
trying to tell you about all
this... the other night.
                                                            

64.

                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
Jeff... I'll see you Sunday.
                                                            
Justine blows Jeff a KISS.

Justine EXITS the dance studio.

Jeff turns off the stereo and WALKS to the door.
                                                            
 
INT. JUSTINE'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine is sitting at the kitchen table finishing a term
paper.

Tabitha ENTERS the kitchen. Tabitha pours some water in a
glass. Tabitha SIPS the glass of water.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
So... Justine... I hear that Jeff
broke things off with Lisa.
                                                            
Justine looks at Tabitha. She TAPS her pencil on the table.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes... Tabitha... they did. How
did you hear about it?
                                                            
Tabitha sits down at the table.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
I'm friends with Lisa's brother...
he was surprised Jeff didn't do it
sooner.
                                                            
Justine looks back at her paper. Justine erases a sentence.

Tabitha leans over the table.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Do you mind? I have got to finish
this... it's due Monday.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
So... are you going to see Jeff
now...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Tabitha... really... I need to
finish this... I still have to
type this all out...
                                                            

65.

Justine stands up.

RING... RING...

Tabitha jumps out of her chair. Tabitha trips. Tabitha
pushes Justine into the door frame.

BANG...

Justine SLAMS her right side into the door frame.
                                                            
                       TABITHA
I'm sorry... are you okay?
                                                            
Tabitha leans over Justine.

Justine stands up.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yeah... I think so.
                                                            
Diane ENTERS into the kitchen.

Justine rubs the right side of her back.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Are you okay... I heard the crash.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
The door frame and I collided.
                                                            
Diane OPENS the freezer. Diane grabs an ice pack.

Diane hands it over to Justine.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Here... you better put this on
it... your going to be sore.
                                                            
Justine places the ice pack on her side.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Well... I'm going to my room...
good night.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S BEDROOM - SAME
                                                            
Justine is standing in front of the mirror. She lifts her
shirt up and sees scrapes and a huge bruise forming.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (annoyed)
Great... just great.
                                                            

66.

INT. DANCE STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Jeff is stretching his hamstrings. DOOR OPENS.

Justine ENTERS.

Justine is not dressed in her dance close. Jeff looks at
Justine in wonderment. Justine is wearing a jean skirt.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine...
                                                            
Justine turns her back to Jeff. She lifts her shirt
slightly, to show him the bruise on her back.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
We won't be able to practice
tonight... I'm really sore.
                                                            
Jeff WINCES. He WALKS over to Justine. He examines the
huge bruise on her back.

Justine fixes her shirt. She STEPS away from Jeff.
                                                            
                       JEFF
What happened?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
My sister was just a little too
eager to grab the phone...
      (flicks her wrist)
... she tripped and pushed me into
the door frame.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I'm sorry about that...
      (hugs Justine)
... but you know what... it's
okay... we are all set for Friday.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
We should have had one more
practice...
                                                            
Jeff leans over and takes his shoes off. He WALKS to the
stereo. He takes his music out of the player.

Justine watches Jeff WALK back to her.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (smiling)
... But... this now gives us an
opportunity to go on our first
            (MORE)

67.

                       JEFF (cont'd)
date...
      (puts his arm
       around her)
... and I won't take no for an
answer.
                                                            
Justine smiles. Jeff WALKS Justine toward the door.

Jeff OPENS the door.
                                                            
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff and Justine are finishing their meals. Justine is
SIPPING some water. Jeff looks at Justine.

Justine stares at Jeff's mouth.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Did you know that is very
disconcerting?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Your staring at my mouth.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Sorry... I don't know what came
over me...
                                                            
Justine looks away from Jeff. Jeff leans over and tilts
Justine's face to meet his gaze.

Jeff stares into Justine's eyes.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Did you know I would watch you
dance in Mrs. Stevens old
studio...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (pointing to him)
... yes... I caught you the one
time... you were mowing...
      (shyly)
... I was so happy that you had
noticed me.
                                                            
Jeff grabs Justine's hand.

Justine looks down at the table cloth. Jeff rubs her hand
against his cheek.
                                                            

68.

                       JEFF
I loved watching you dance...
that's why I became interested in
dance myself...
      (squeezing her
       hand)
... I just never had the nerve to
go to you...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I wish you would have...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... I don't know why I let my
friends dictate my life...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... you wanted to fit in...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... But in the process of that, I
hurt you... and I am truly sorry
for that... will you forgive me?
                                                            
Justine leans over the table and KISSES Jeff on the mouth.

Jeff leans back and smiles.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Your forgiven.
                                                            
                       JEFF
If it's any consolation... I
always thought about you and hoped
that this would happen one day...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
That deserves another kiss...
                                                            
Justine KISSES Jeff. Jeff brushes his hand behind Justine's
neck.

The WAITRESS clears her throat.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let's have dessert?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I thought I already have.
                                                            

69.

Justine licks her lips. Jeff LAUGHS.

Justine smiles at the waitress. The waitress smiles while
WALKING to the kitchen.
                                                            
INT. RESTAURANT/LOBBY - SAME
                                                            
Jeff is helping Justine put on her raincoat.

Karl WALKS in with Stacey.

Jeff WALKS by Karl and Stacey.
                                                            
                       KARL
So it is true... you broke up with
Lisa... for that?
                                                            
Jeff turns around and WALKS right up to Karl. Karl STEPS
away from Jeff.

Stacey pulls at Kar's arm.
                                                            
                       JEFF
This is for the other day...
                                                            
Jeff HITS Karl in the stomach.

UUMPH...

Stacey holds onto Karl.

Justine EXITS.
                                                            
EXT. PARKING LOT - SAME
                                                            
DIBBLE... DOP... DIBBLE... DOP

Justine WALKS to the car. Jeff RUNS after Justine.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine... put this over your
head...
                                                            
Justine pushes the umbrella away from herself.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What was that all about back
there... why did you do that?
                                                            
                       JEFF
He had that coming to him...
                                                            
Justine wipes her wet hair out of her eyes.
                                                            

70.

                       JUSTINE
I didn't need rescuing. You didn't
have to punch him in the gut...
there was no need for that... you
are a bigger person that that.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I was protecting you.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
How much of that was for me... and
how much of that was for your ego?
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine into his arms. Justine places her face
into Jeff's neck.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I only want to protect you from
all jerks... you mean the world to
me...
                                                            
Justine lifts her head up. Jeff leans his head down and
KISSES Justine.

Justine wraps her arms around Jeff. Jeff wraps his arms
about Justine's waist.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'm sorry for getting upset...
let's get in the car.
                                                            
INT. JEFF'S CAR - SAME
                                                            
Jeff's left hand is on the steering wheel. His right hand
is holding onto Justine's hand.

LIGHT MUSIC.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
So... you'll be doing a summer
session... when will that start?
                                                            
                       JEFF
I think... July fifth... what will
you do this summer? Start looking
for a more substantial job?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You know I'll be in New York... I
hope to find something by then...
                                                            

71.

Jeff lets go of Justine's hand.

CLICK...
                                                            
                       JEFF
... You're still going to go!
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Yes... you didn't think, just
because you finally told me how
you felt... that I would stay...
                                                            
                       JEFF
I was hoping... I thought we could
make up for lost time.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... That's not my fault... plus,
we can still talk... it might be a
distance but it could still work.
                                                            
Jeff drives into Justine's driveway.

SCREECH...

Justine doesn't move.

Jeff turns off the engine. Jeff stares out the window.
                                                            
                       JEFF
It wouldn't work for us.
                                                            
Justine is mad.

Jeff won't look at Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Jeff Taylor... do you know how
long I've waited for you to notice
me... for you to even... and
now...
      (getting teary
       eyed)
... you can't wait for me... to go
live my dream...
                                                            
Jeff takes a hold of Justine. He KISSES Justine
passionately. Justine moves closer to Jeff. A tear falls
down Justine's cheek. Jeff brushes it away.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (kissing her chin)
... I'm sorry... yes... I can wait
            (MORE)

72.

                       JEFF (cont'd)
for you...
      (kissing her cheek)
... you are worth waiting for
Justine...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... you mean that...
                                                            
Jeff holds his hand over his heart.
                                                            
                       JEFF
...I promise my love and devotion.
                                                            
Justine sits back.

Jeff holds onto Justine's hands.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What else can a girl ask for...
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine back into his arms.

Justine leans into Jeff... KISS PASSIONATELY.
                                                            
INT. JOE'S BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Justine is wiping down the bar.

Joes is escorting the last patron out of the bar.

Bonny WALKS over to the bar and sits on a stool. Bonny
starts to rub her calves.
                                                            
                       BONNY
Well... Justine... I am sure going
to miss you...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I'm going to miss you both...
I liked working here these last
two years...
                                                            
Joes WALKS behind the bar and STOPS next to Justine.

Justine picks up some dirty glasses. She puts them under the
counter.

Joe puts his hand on Justine's shoulder.
                                                            

73.

                       JOE
... Justine... I'm going to miss
you... but you are going to be
just fine... you just don't forget
us... you hear me.
                                                            
Justine hugs Joe.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I would never forget you... or
this place.
                                                            
Joe gives Justine an envelope.
                                                            
                       JOE
Here is your last check... you
know Justine... your a gem.
                                                            
Justine hugs Joe.

Bonny gets off the stool and WALKS behind the bar.

Bonny hugs Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (choked up)
Bonny... would you mind... I need
to go to the bathroom...
                                                            
Bonny nods her head.

Justine ENTERS

BATHROOM

RIP... RIP... Justine GASPS looking at the check.

The check is written for eight hundred dollars.
                                                            
Justine HOLDS the ENVELOPE up to her HEART.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (whispers)
Oh... Joe... you big sweetheart.
                                                            

74.

INT. JUSTINE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Justine is sitting in front of her mirror. She is wearing a
long trench coat. Justine is putting lipstick on.

FLASHBACK - MOVIE THEATER

Jeff has his arm around Justine's shoulders. They have a
bucket of popcorn between them.

Justine lays her head onto Jeff's shoulder. Jeff leans over
and KISSES Justine's hair. Justine looks up at Jeff...
KISS...

BACK TO PRESENT DAY

Justine applies some eye shadow.

Justine's bedroom door OPENS. Tabitha ENTERS.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What do you need Tabitha?
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Jeff's here.
                                                            
Tabitha EXITS. Justine STANDS UP. Justine fixes her hair
and smiles.

Justine EXITS.
                                                            
 
INT. DANCE AUDITORIUM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff and Justine ENTER.

Jeff and Justine WALK down the hallway. They both ENTER
into the dressing room.

Justine takes off her trench coat.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Wow... you look beautiful...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... What... this old thing.
                                                            
Justine TWIRLS around. Justine is wearing a beautiful blue
and white dress. The back of the dress is all open. The
front of the dress is a halter top. Her stomach is covered
with a shimmering blue material. The skirt is tight against
the hips and is diagonal across the top of her knees. Her

75.

shoes match perfectly with high heels.

Jeff's wearing light blue dress pants. His tight fitting
white dress shirt, showed every muscle. With elegant black
dress shoes.

Jeff TWIRLS Justine around and around. Justine falls
against Jeff's chest LAUGHING.
                                                            
                       JEFF
You look amazing!!
                                                            
Justine smiles. Jeff touches Justine's cheek. Justine
steps back from Jeff.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I don't know if I can do the swing
moves... my side is still so
sore...
                                                            
Jeff grabs Justine by the waist.
                                                            
                       JEFF
... You'll be fine...
                                                            
KNOCK... KNOCK...
                                                            
                       MAN (OS)
... You're on in three minutes...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I have no choice but to be
fine.
                                                            
Justine checks herself in the mirror. Jeff takes Justine's
hand. He KISSES her hand, and then KISSES her cheek.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Let's go have some fun.
                                                            

76.

INT. DANCE FLOOR - SAME
                                                            
Jeff and Justine are at opposite sides.

JAZZY MUSIC PLAYS...

Jeff and Justine JAZZ WALK toward each other.

They grab each others hands and DANCE...

the CHA CHA, they do a close basic step. They DANCE...

the SAMBA, in the progressive basic. They let go of each
others hands. Justine and Jeff then do TRAVELING JUMPS with
a SKIP.

Jeff and Justine turn their bodies into each other and start
to DANCE...

the TURNING HUSTLE, then they do the TURN-STEP HUSTLE. They
turn around and begin to DANCE...

the MERENGUE, as Jeff and Justine pivot away from each
other. Side by side they DANCE... HIP HOP.

Justine then does a couple of BENT KNEE JUMPS. Jeff WALKS
over to her point and grabs her hand and they begin to
DANCE...

the SWING. But Justine WINCES in pain. Jeff tries to slow
down. Justine loses her balance. She trips over her foot.
Jeff catches her and throws her between his legs.

Justine gets up and makes eye contact with Jeff. She RUNS
and SOMERSAULTS and lands in Jeff's arms..

Jeff CRADLES Justine in his arms. Jeff and Justine turn
their faces to the JUDGES and smile.

CLAP... CLAP... CLAP... CLAP...

                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
      (at microphone)
We will have the results in a few
moments.
                                                            
Christine and Charles are WHISTLING.

Diane, Paul and Tabitha are smiling.


77.

Jeff sees his parents smiling.

Lisa STANDS UP and EXITS.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I think we did real good.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I messed up.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
      (clearing throat)
Will all couples please come up on
stage...
                                                            
                       JEFF
Here we go...
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens OPENS the envelope.
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
... Coming in third is... Paul and
Jessica...
                                                            
CLAP... CLAP... CLAP...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (whispers)
Maybe we'll be second...
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
... Coming in second is... Jim and
Nadine...
                                                            
CLAP... CLAP... CLAP...

Justine is trying to hide disappointment. Jeff is smiling
brightly.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... We didn't even make a
placement...
                                                            
                       MRS. STEVENS
... Coming in first place is...
Jeff and Justine...
                                                            
Justine is in shock. Jeff hugs Justine. Justine SMILES.

Ms. Darra stands up LAUGHING... CLAP... CLAP.... CLAP...
CLAP...

Mrs. Stevens WALKS up to the couple,and hugs them both.
                                                            

78.

                       MRS. STEVENS
Justine even though you slipped...
you both covered it so well...
that was superb dancing...
      (kisses Justine on
       cheek)
... you will do fabulous in New
York.
                                                            
Mrs. Stevens WALKS toward the judges.

Jeff holds onto Justine a little longer.
                                                            
                       JEFF
I told you... you were amazing out
there...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I was only amazing... because
you were out there with me.
                                                            
Jeff and Justine WALK toward the judges.
                                                            
EXT. PARKING LOT - SAME
                                                            
Jeff and Justine are leaning against Jeff's automobile.

Jeff's parents, MADELINE AND THOMAS are WALKING toward his
vehicle.

Jeff stands up straight.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Hi there...
                                                            
                       MADELINE
... You two did beautifully...
      (hugs Justine)
... Justine... I enjoyed watching
you both dance so much.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Thank you... Mrs...
                                                            
                       MADELINE
... Call me Madeline...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Okay... thank you Madeline...
your son is a great partner...
                                                            

79.

                       THOMAS
      (laughing)
... He got those genes from his
mother... I don't know my left
foot from my right foot...
      (shakes Jeff's
       hand)
... you did a good job... son...
you too Justine...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Thank you Mr...
      (he points to
       Justine)
... I mean Thomas... thank you
very much.
                                                            
                       MADELINE
Well... we'll let you two talk...
Justine, I hope to see you soon...
                                                            
Madeline and Thomas WALK away from Jeff and Justine.

Jeff holds Justine by her waist.

Justine puts her head on Jeff's shoulder.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (lifts her head up)
Jeff... this evening was
wonderful... but it helped me
realize even more... how much I
want to dance...
      (teary-eyed)
... I love you... and I don't want
to lose you... but...
                                                            
Jeff leans into Justine and tenderly KISSES.

Jeff brushes away a tear from her cheek.
                                                            
                       JEFF
... I love you too... I want you
to go and dance... I'll always be
with you.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I'll think of you everyday... I'll
even buy one of those cell
phones... so I can call you at
anytime.
                                                            
Jeff OPENS the car door.
                                                            

80.

                       JEFF
We'll think of something...
                                                            
 
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - DAY
                                                            
A grassy field and all GRADUATES are WALKING finding family
members.

Justine's HOLDING her CAP in her hand and WALKING up to her
parents.

Paul and Diane HOLD THEIR ARMS out to Justine.
                                                            
                       PAUL
We are so proud of you... good
job.
                                                            
Tabitha and Christine WALK up to Justine and her parents.

Tabitha is HOLDING her CAMERA.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Let's all get a picture...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS up behind Justine. He PUTS HIS HANDS on top of
Justine's EYES.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
I know who this is...
                                                            
Justine JUMPS up in the air. Jeff CATCHES Justine and he
KISSES Justine.

Jeff is WEARING a pair of DRESS SLACKS and a SPORT JACKET.

Diane turns her attention to Jeff.
                                                            
                       DIANE
Jeff... would you mind... taking a
picture of us all.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (taking the camera)
Of course I will... okay...
everyone gather around Justine...
      (holds camera up)
... okay... everyone say New
York...
                                                            

81.

Everyone SMILES BRIGHTLY... CLICK... CLICK...

Justine and Christine hug one another.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You are coming over later...
right...
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (hugging Justine)
... Yes... I'll be over later.
                                                            
Justine and Christine STOP HUGGING.

Paul and Diane START WALKING to the PARKING LOT.

Tabitha WALKS off with Christine. Charles GRABS a hold of
Christine. Tabitha and Christine start LAUGHING. They
continue to WALK toward the PARKING LOT.

Jeff and Justine are standing under an oak tree. Jeff takes
a hold of Justine's hand.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Justine... I can't come over
later... I'm going out of town in
just a little bit...
      (motioning to his
       car)
... I won't be able to see you off
tommorow...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
That's okay... I'll call you...
                                                            
Jeff pulls a small package out of the inside of his jacket.

Justine SMILES at the wrapped package.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (kissing her cheek)
... I wanted you to have this...
      (handing her
       package)
... open it on the train...
promise...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (crosses her heart)
... I promise.
                                                            
Jeff pulls Justine close to himself. Justine LEANS into

82.

Jeff and they KISS. Justine pulls back SLOWLY.

Jeff WALKS toward the parking lot.

Justine WALKS the other way.
                                                            
INT. JUSTINE'S BEDROOM - SAME
                                                            
Justine's door is OPEN.

Justine is looking out the window.

Christine STANDS in the doorway... KNOCK... KNOCK.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (enters bedroom)
Hey there...
                                                            
Justine wipes at a tear from her eyes. Justine's eyes are
swollen. She tries to SMILE.

Chritine WALKS up to Justine. Christine HUGS Justine.
Justine SOBS into Christine's shoulder.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (stops crying)
I'm alright... really... I only
gave my self that one cry...
that's it...
      (steps back from
       Christine)
... I'm ready to do this.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Well I know I'm going to miss
you... I'm sure there is someone
else who will too...
                                                            
Justine pulls out a suitcase from under her bed.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Enough Christine... we have
discussed this... I'm going to New
York... it will be hard... but
we'll get through this...
                                                            
Justine puts the suitcase on top of her bed...ZIP...ZIP...

Justine PULLS open her drawers and starts unloading them and
putting them in her suitcase.

Christine OPENS her closet. Christine PULLS out skirts and
hands them to Justine.
                                                            

83.

                       CHRISTINE
... Justine... you are one of the
bravest people I know... I don't
think I could do what you are
about to do...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Christine... to tell you the
truth... I'm scared to death.
                                                            
Justine and Christine START LAUGHING.

Justine pulls out a duffel bag.

Christine bends down in the closet, and hands Justine her
shoes.

Justine places them in her duffel bag.

Christine stands up straight, and stretches her back.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (stands up
       straight)
Well... my dear... that is all of
your shoes...
                                                            
KNOCK... KNOCK...Tabitha TAPS her foot in the doorway of
Justine's bedroom.

Justine and Christine both look at the doorway.

Tabitha ENTERS the bedroom.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Tabitha... you want to help...
      (puts duffel bag
       on the floor)
... I'm almost done...
                                                            
                       TABITHA
      (sadly)
... I'm going to miss you
Justine... do you have to go...
      (Justine
       approaches her)
... I need you here...
                                                            
Justine HUGS Tabitha. Tabitha won't let go of Justine.

Christine turns her head to the window.

Tabitha CRIES. Justine's EYES CLOSE.
                                                            

84.

                       JUSTINE
      (wiping at her
       tears)
... You will always have me... I
will only be a phone call away...
I'll be home to visit all the
time...
      (pointing out the
       window)
... you'll have a piece of me with
you every day...
                                                            
                       TABITHA
... What do you mean?
                                                            
Tabitha looking confused looks out the window.

Justine smiles.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
You will be driving my car... so
I'll sort of be with you...
                                                            
                       TABITHA
Your letting me use your car...
that's awesome... thanks sis.
                                                            
Justine and Christine LAUGH.

Justine, Christine and Tabitha join in a circle and HUG.

KNOCK... KNOCK... Diane STANDS in the doorway.
                                                            
                       DIANE
      (pointing to watch)
We have got to go... you don't
want to be late for the train.
                                                            
Christine picks up Justine's suitcase.

Tabitha picks up Justine's duffel bag.

Christine and Tabitha EXIT.

Justine WALKS over to her desk, and picks up the wrapped
package from Jeff. She places it in her pocketbook.

Justine EXITS.
                                                            

85.

INT. TRAIN STATION - DAY
                                                            
Justine HUGS Tabitha. Tabitha steps back and wipes away her
tears.

Justine HUGS Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You better call me...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... Of course...
                                                            
Paul and Diane WALK up to Justine.

Diane is CRYING. Paul holds out his arms to Justine.

Justine WALKS into his arms.
                                                            
                       PAUL
      (sadly)
Well... I guess this is it... I'm
going to miss you...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I'll be home visiting before
you know it...
                                                            
Justine STEPS BACK out of Paul's embrace.

Justine smiling. Diane WIPES away a tear.

Justine HUGS her mother.

Diane steps back, and touches Justine's hair.
                                                            
                       DIANE
You are such a strong willed young
woman... I know you will do well
in the city...
      (holding Justine's
       face)
... but you call...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I will call you often... I
promise.
                                                            

86.

Justine HUGS Diane.

Justine STEPS BACK and grabs her bags.

Justine WALKS to the Terminal. Justine turns back around,
and waves BYE to everyone.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
      (yelling)
Knock em dead Justine...
                                                            
Justine LAUGHS and waves BYE. Justine WALKS around the
corner and WALKS straight to Terminal Ten.
                                                            
INT. TRAIN - SAME
                                                            
Justine is WALKING in the Train car. Justine LOOKS at her
ticket and LOOKS at the seat number thirty-four.

Justine STOPS. Justine CHECKS her ticket and LOOKS at the
seat number thirty-four again.

Justine NODS her HEAD. Justine PLACES her duffel bag under
her seat. She SITS down.

Justine STARES out the train window at the tracks. TAP...
TAP... Justine turns her head.

An OLDER WOMAN is looking at Justine.
                                                            
                       OLD WOMAN
      (clears throat)
Excuse me... is this seat 35?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes...
                                                            
                       OLD WOMAN
      (smiling)
... Thank you.
                                                            
The TRAIN begins to move. The Old Woman SITS down. Justine
PICKS UP her pocketbook.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (apologetically)
Excuse me... I need to get by
you...
                                                            
The Old Woman moves her legs. Justine SHUFFLES by the Old
Woman.


87.

Justine WALKS to the bathroom. Justine OPENS the bathroom
door. Justine stares in the mirror and SMILES.

Justine LOOKS at her pocketbook. Justine PULLS out the
present from Jeff. She RIPS open the gift.

She OPENS the box. She STARES at the box.

Justine takes out a cellphone. She then removes a check.
Justine opens the card.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (reads card)
I want you to have this cell phone
to call me at any time... I miss
you already... I want you to have
the money from the competition...
      (Justine smiles)
... you deserve it... it will help
you while you establish
yourself... I love you... Jeff.
                                                            
Justine places the check and card back in her pocketbook.

BEEP...BEEP...BEEP... BEEP...BEEP...BEEP...BEEP...

Justine puts cell phone to her ear.
                                                            
                       JEFF (OS)
I've been waiting for this phone
call...
                                                            
Justine SMILES.
                                                            
EXT. GRAND CENTRAL STATION - DAY
                                                            
Justine is pulling her suitcase, and carrying her duffel
bag.

TAXIS are all by the CURB.

Justine sees a VACANT TAXI.

Justine WALKS to the TAXI.

A man pushes her out of the way, and gets into the TAXI.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (yelling)
Hey... thanks a lot... you jerk.
                                                            

88.

Justine WHISTLES for a TAXI.

TAXI DRIVES to Justine. TAXI STOPS. TAXI DRIVER gets out
and POPS the trunk for Justine.
                                                            
                       TEENAGER
      (laughing)
Nice... I'll have to learn to do
that...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (laughing)
... You'll learn it quicker than
you think.
                                                            
Justine gets into the taxi. TAXI driver gets behind the
wheel.
                                                            
                       TAXI DRIVER
So... where to?
                                                            
INT. JEFF'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jeff HANGS up the cell phone. Jeff PACES his bedroom then
SITS down at his desk.

Jeff puts his head on the desk.

Jeff's head POPS up.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (to himself)
I know what I need to do...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS to his closet.

Jeff OPENS his closet door. Jeff GRABS a duffel bag.

KNOCK... KNOCK... KNOCK...
                                                            
                       JEFF
Come in...
                                                            
Madeline OPENS the door.

Jeff is putting close into his duffel bag.
                                                            
                       MADELINE
      (surprised)
Jeff... what are you doing...
                                                            

89.

                       JEFF
      (walking to closet)
... I can't live without her...
this week has been horrible...
      (picks up shoes)
... I have to be with her...
                                                            
                       MADELINE
... Sweetheart... it's only been a
week...
                                                            
Madeline WALKS to Jeff's bed.

Jeff CLOSES his duffel bag. Jeff SITS on his bed.

Madeline SITS next to him.
                                                            
                       JEFF
... But mom... that is one week
that I haven't seen her... she is
such a beautiful person in and
out...
      (stands up)
... I let time slip by before... I
can't let that happen again...
I'll transfer schools...
                                                            
Madeline STANDS UP next to Jeff.

Jeff WALKS to his desk. He picks up his wallet.

Madline lays a beautiful engagement ring on Jeff's duffel
bag.
                                                            
                       MADELINE
... I was wondering, how long it
would take you... just do me a
favor...
      (pointing to the
       ring)
... do this the right way...
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (surprise)
... Mom... that's grandma's
ring...
                                                            
Jeff WALKS to his mother.

Madeline HUGS Jeff and KISSES his cheek.
                                                            

90.

                       MADELINE
... I know... it could only take a
woman like Justine to wear it.
                                                            
Jeff RELEASES Madeline. Madeline WALKS to doorway.

Madeline TURNS around at door.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (picking up his
       duffel bag)
Mom... how will dad react...
                                                            
                       MADELINE
... Give your dad some credit...
your not quitting school... just
changing schools...
      (pointing to Jeff)
... and anyway... your dad was
young once too you know...
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (smiles)
... you mean...
                                                            
                       MADELINE
      (turning around)
... Okay son... don't you have to
get on the road.
                                                            
Madeline EXITS the BEDROOM.

Jeff EXITS the BEDROOM LAUGHING.
                                                            
 
INT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
Justine EXITS her apartment building.

Justine wearing capri pants, and a halter top adjusts her
pocket book strap. She drops piece of paper.

Justine BENDS down pick it up. Justine STANDS up, and
STARES at the curb.

Jeff is leaning against his XTERRA. Jeff SMILES as Justine
RUNS toward him.

Justine JUMPS into Jeff's arms and KISSES his lips... KISSES
his cheeks... KISSES his neck.
                                                            

91.

                       JEFF
      (laughing)
So... I guess this means... your
happy to see me...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... More than you know...
      (pinches herself)
... ouch... no... I'm not
dreaming...
                                                            
Jeff puts her down. Jeff holds Justine's hand.

Justine STARES into Jeff's eyes.

Justine places her hands on Jeff's chest.
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (careses her face)
... Your not dreaming... I'm here
for good...
                                                            
Justine TOUCHES Jeff's hand that's on her face.

Justine takes his hand and KISSES his hand.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
What about school?
                                                            
                       JEFF
... I'm going to go to NYU...
      (hugging Justine)
... because I'm going to support
you and everything you do...
                                                            
Justine steps back and looks at Jeff.

Justine looks at her piece of paper.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
... I love you Jeff... would you
like to walk me to my audition?
                                                            
                       JEFF
      (bowing to Justine)
I would be honored.
                                                            
Justine LAUGHS.

Jeff offers his arm to Justine. Justine wraps her arm in
his arm.

Jeff WALKS with Justine down the sidewalk.
                                                            

92.

                       JEFF
Are we headed in the right
direction?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
Yes. We are heading absolutely
heading in the right direction.
                                                            
Jeff SQUEEZES Justine a little closer.
                                                            
EXT. NYU- DAY
                                                            
SUPER: ONE YEAR LATER

Justine wearing jeans and a halter top is leaning on a tree.

Justine SMILING while she plays with the ring on her left
hand.

DOORS OPEN of the UNIVERSITY.

Students WALK out onto the SIDEWALK.

Jeff LOOKS at the tree and SMILES.

Justine WALKS toward Jeff. Jeff HUGS and KISSES Justine.
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
How was your day?
                                                            
                       JEFF
Usual... so... what happened?
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
I got the part. I'm the lead.
                                                            
Justine SMILES, and Jeff PICKS Justine up and SWINGS her
around. Justine LAUGHS.
                                                            
                       JEFF
Oh... sweetheart... I'm so happy
for you...
      (puts Justine down)
... we must celebrate...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (smiling)
... Let's go to your favorite
place to eat... then we can go
dancing...
                                                            
Jeff and Justine WALK hand in hand down the sidewalk. Jeff
PULLS Justine closer.
                                                            

93.

                       JEFF
... I knew you would do it...
      (looking at watch)
... we need to call your folks and
mine...
                                                            
                       JUSTINE
      (tapping his chest)
We will... but lets enjoy each
others company first.
                                                            
Jeff SMILES.

Justine and Jeff WALK down the sidewalk, holding tightly to
each other.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Paul Shannon Date 8/9/2005 0 stars
Wow, several scenes taken from pop films. Characters are identical to characters in similar films. And oh wow, same storyline as a multitude of movies. It is in a good format though.

From Ethan Ames Date 7/29/2005 *
pretty cliche. this story has been done before many times, in a few different ways.


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