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Female2Female
by Sonya Thomas (prettiazztomboi@hotmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Drama   User Review: ***1/2
What happens when an African American Lesbian transmits the HIV virus to another?


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



FEMALE2FEMALE

FADE IN:

INT. ROOM WHERE THERE IS A VERY DISTINCTIVE PARTY. - NIGHT
                                                            
The party is going on full scale. There are two types of
women; tomboys and femme's,and they are enjoying the music
by dancing. There is a stocky tomboy, DEVYN jumping up and
down eyeing her best friend, SHI, a cute stud who is
receiving a lap dance by a very attractive STRIPPER.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
Shi! Playboy! You over there
working it!
                                                            
                       SHI
Devyn! You tripping! But babygirl
is hella fine!
                                                            
The Stripper/Dancer giving the lap dance is simply gorgeous.
She is attracted to Shi, and Shi is smitten also.
                                                            
                       STRIPPER/DANCER
      (while flirting
       and dancing
       seductively.)
You wanna go home with me, sweet
thing? Yea...I'm talking to you
with the handsome smile...you
wanna take me in the room?
                                                            
The Stripper/Dancer was throwing out an invite to Shi which
she just could not resist. To play the situation off, Shi
rises from the chair to straighten up her clothes and holla
at her best friend, Devyn.
                                                            
                       SHI
I love you dog! You know you my
girl, and you doing it tomorrow! I
just want you to know that I love
and support you. Erica's a good
girl and you all deserve all the
happiness this love has to offer.
Be true Dev, don't take this love
for granted.
                                                            

2.

SHI HUGS DEVIN, AND GIVES HER THEIR SIGNATURE HANDSHAKE.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
Yea, I know I'm leaving a playa
all alone, but you gonna be all
right. You're little sexy
tomboyish ass can't and ain't
gonna settle down, cause you don't
know how!
                                                            
                       SHI
Yea...whateva D! Hey you got a
stick of gum? You know I gotta
keep it fresh!
                                                            
DEVIN ROLLS HER EYES WHILE HANDING SHI A STICK OF GUM.
                                                            
Shi pushes the gum up through the aluminum foil; as she
places the gum in her mouth she accidently cuts her lip on
the piece of foil.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (stepping back)
Ouch! Damn! I just cut myself!
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (looking at Shi's
       cut lip)
Damn girl! How did you do that?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (holding her lip)
I don't know, must've placed the
wrapper to close to my lip.I'll be
back let me clean myself up.
                                                            
Shi walks into adjacent room and wipes her lip off with a
damp rag.
                                                            
                       SHI (vo)
      (while admiring
       herself in the
       mirror.)
I can't believe I did this.
                                                            
Shi struts back into the party, looking for Devyn and eyeing
the sexy crowd. She peeps Devyn and walks over to her.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (while eyeing
       Shi's lip)
You all right, playa?
                                                            

3.

                       SHI
Yea, I'm cool.
                                                            
At that moment the stripper prances past the two eyeing Shi.
Devyn and Shi look at one another and give one another dap.
Knowing exactly what that look means. Shi rubs her hands
together and winks following in behind the stripper.
                                                            
THEY ENTER A CANDLELIT ROOM AS SHI EXTENDS HER HAND OUT.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (pulling the
       stripper close to
       her.)
So tell me sweetheart, what is
your name?
                                                            
                       STRIPPER/DANCER
      (looking intently
       in Shi's eyes.)
Dream.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smirks and
       flirtingly asks.)
Dream...so if that's your name,
you planning on making one of my
dreams come true tonight?
                                                            
                       STRIPPER/DANCER
      (kissing Shi
       softly while
       interjecting her
       answer.)
I'm all yours, and yes I'll let
you have your little way with me
tonight, especially since you are
the best man.
                                                            
DREAM KISSES SHI.
                                                            
 
INT. COMMITTMENT CENTER - DAY
                                                            
The Center is decorated for Devyn and Erica's Committment
Ceremony. There is a joyous crowd. Shi is Devyn's witness
and they are standing forefront along with the Minister.
                                                            

4.

THE WEDDING MUSIC STARTS PLAYING.
                                                            
Erica's witness begins the Wedding march, and she is
beautiful and Shi is defieitely taken by her. Erica finally
appears and the crowd is in awe. She walks gracefully up the
aisle and takes her place next to Devyn.
                                                            
                       MINISTER
      (smiling, looking
       over the crowd)
Good Afternoon, I want to welcome
you all to witness the committment
of two beautiful people that I
have had the pleasure of meeting.
Devyn and Erica in watching the
two of you together I have
witnessed a love that is beyond
words. It is written that those
who walk in the light of God are
forever blessed. They will rejoice
in his perfect rightousness.Today
you begin that journey. I have
been blessed to share in your
love, strive to be fair and
honest, wise and true. Devyn and
Erica have written their vows and
at this time I ask them to proceed
on with the ceremony.
                                                            
DEVYN TAKES A DEEP BREATH,THEN REACHES FOR ERICA'S HANDS.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (with a tear
       falling from her
       eyes.)
May my heart be your shelter,my
arms be your refuge,for when your
strength alone will not carry you
through, my strength will forever
be there. I open my heart and arms
to you with the promise of
everlasting love, understanding,
and hope for our tomorrows yet to
come. Side by side, step by step,
may we journey together through
eternity.
                                                            
                       ERICA
      (wiping off
       Devyn's tears.)
Devyn, you are my best friend and
everlasting companion. Whatever
road we travel down, I will always
be by your side. From the first
            (MORE)

5.

                       ERICA (cont'd)
day I laid eyes upon you. I knew
you were the one. So beautiful
then and even more beautiful now.
In return, I ask that you never
give up. Never in my life have I
been happier than I am at this
moment.
                                                            
                       MINISTER
      (looking at the
       emotional couple)
We will know exchange rings.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (placing the ring
       on Erica's left
       hand, third
       finger.)
Erica...baby...I am honored to
give you this ring as a symbol of
the promises I've made to you
today,and a proclamation to the
world of the love that I have for
you.
                                                            
                       ERICA
      (placing the ring
       on Devyn's left
       hand, third
       finger.)
Devyn, I give you this ring as an
expression of my love and
committment to you, Devin baby, I
love you now and more than that,
I'll love you forever.
                                                            
Devyn pulls Ericka close and gently kisses the tear rolling
down her cheek, they look at one another and softly kiss,
sealing their love for one another. The audience cheers
loudly as the wedding procession proceeds to exit.
                                                            
THE WEDDING PARTY IS HAVING THEIR PICTURES TAKEN.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (fixing Devyn's
       tie)
Devyn let's get this picture
taking out of the way so that we
can get our little party on!
                                                            

6.

                       DEVYN
I know. Ericka is all up in the
bathroom with her girl! You know
how they are, that's a femme for
ya!Hey...Playa...saw you checking
out ole girl! She fine ain't it?
                                                            
                       SHI
Yea, baby girl is all that, she is
beautiful, but that's Erica's girl
so you know...much respect...that
one's outta reach!
                                                            
                       DEVYN
Well Shi you know there's always
room for change, look at me! You
will know it when the right one
comes along. Hey pardner, you
know, you looks good! Didn't know
you cleaned up that well!
                                                            
Devyn admires her best friend, as the two give each other
the signature handshake and hug.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (rubbing her hands
       together, looking
       inquisitively.)
So playa! You hit last night, huh?
Honey was body beautiful, face of
an angel! So what's up with that?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smiling
       devilishly.)
Ah...It was all good...You know
me, I keeps it tight!
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (agreeing with Shi)
Yea playa, I know you, but you
know i guess I would keep that one
on the dl too! A playa gotta roll
like that!
                                                            
                       SHI
      (lightly socking
       Devyn in the
       stomach.)
Well you damn sure ain't no playa
anymore!
                                                            

7.

THE TWO SHARE A MOMENT REMININISNG THEN EMBRACE ONCE MORE.
                                                            
                       SHI
Hey D, I'm going to go to the
bathroom and tighten up a little
bit, I'll be right back.
                                                            
Shi proceeds to the adjacent room where she ogles the women
in the bathroom. She looks into the mirror examining her cut
lip.
                                                            
                       SHI (vo)
      (looking at her
       small injury
       while applying
       chap stick.)
Damn. I still can't believe I cut
my lip, hope it's not to
noticeable.
                                                            
Erica and her friend walk in beaming with joy. And Shi can't
believe the beauty of this woman, she is speechless, and it
shows as she admires the young lady standing right in front
of her.
                                                            
                       ERICA
      (Sarcastically)
Shi! Close your mouth! You look
like you just might dribble and
slobber all over my girl here and
then she will really know you for
the little ruff-ruff you really
are!
                                                            
THE TWO SHARE A LAUGH AT SHI'S EXPENSE.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (shaking her head
       and rolling her
       eyes at Erica.)
Oh...that's real cute Erica! How
you gonna play me like that?
                                                            
                       ERICA
      (playfully
       caressing Shi's
       chin.)
Ah...Poor Shi...you know me...I'm
just playing with you. Shi dear, I
would like to introduce you to my
best friend Nicole...Nicole this
is Shi, Devyn's best friend.
                                                            

8.

Shi extends her hand out to greet Nicole.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (admiring Nicole)
Pleasure's all mine, Nicole.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (also admiring Shi)
It's a pleasure meeting you too
Shi, and you can call me Nikki.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (flirting with
       Nikki aware of
       Erica listening
       to every word.)
Ok. Nikki, so this means we can
talk later, as in maybe you will
save me a dance?
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (smiling
       innocently)
You can bet on it.
                                                            
Shi winks at Erica and proceeds out the door with victorious
fist shake.
                                                            
AS THE LAST PICTURE IS TAKEN.DEVYN PEEPS SHI OBSERVING NIKKI
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (getting serious
       with Shi.)
Hey Shi, you keep peeping ole
girl. She is fine, and she cool
people too. You wanna holla? I
think you two would make a cute
couple, but only if you are
serious, for she is mos def a good
girl.
                                                            
Shi steps away from Devyn but listens carefully.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (continuing on)
She is Erica's best friend, and
you know how that goes. So if you
step, you have to be proper, and
don't think for one minute Erica
hasn't let her on to that playa
status you have acquired.
                                                            

9.

RECEPTION. MUSIC IS PLAYING. THE HAPPY COUPLE IS DANCING.
                                                            
SHI IS STANDING AT THE BAR WITH A DRINK IN HER HAND.
                                                            
Nikki walks over as Shi looks as if she is hypnotized by her
beauty.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (studying Shi's
       drink)
So you're a Gin and Tonic type of
stud?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smirking and
       nodding her head)
Yea, something like that, and you?
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (nodding her head)
I'm a wine connosseur.
                                                            
THE DJ ASKS THAT SHI/NIKKI JOIN THE WEDDED COUPLE.
                                                            
Shi escorts Nikki out on the floor. The two dance as if they
were meant to be together with Erica and Devyn alongside the
both of them. Devyn winks at Shi, and Shi nods her head
feeling like this just might be right.
                                                            
SHI AND NIKKI ARE CURLED UP ASLEEP ON THE SOFA.
                                                            
Shi awakens and smiles as she looks over at Nikki who is
peacefully sleeping but awakens as Shi slightly moves.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (propping herself
       up on the sofa so
       that she can look
       at Nikki while
       holding her.)
Good morning. Sleeping Beauty. How
are you?
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (rubbing the side
       of Shi's cheek.)
I'm fine, especially with you here
holding unto me.
                                                            
Shi smiles and gently strokes her lips before she softly
kisses her. The two share a moment looking deeply into each
other's eyes.
                                                            

10.

                       SHI
      (taking a deep
       breath, because
       she is
       comfortable right
       where she is at.)
You know I hate to leave, but I
have to be at Devyn's soon.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (looking
       dissappointed.)
No. You can't leave. I don't want
you to. You know something Shi?
Yesterday was beautiful, and last
night...last night was magical.
You make me feel so comfortable,
and I hope that we can get
together real soon, because I
kinda like having you around.
      (pausing,
       relishing in the
       moment.)
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smiles and licks
       her lips in a
       sexy and
       appealing way.)
Of course Nicole, because you know
something? I kinda like you too.
                                                            
Nikki pulls Shi close to her letting her know that she isn't
quite ready for good-bye. It is then that they let the
attraction run it's course. Slow romantic music fades in as
the lights dim out.
                                                            
 
INT. BASKETBALL COURT - DAY
                                                            
Devyn and Shi have just finished playing a game of
basketball they are sitting down wiping themselves down and
drinking water.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
Damn Shi, my used to be playa,
seems like you was bit by the
committment bug! You have mos def
changed your roll! You are all
that Nikki talks about, that girl
is so in love with you, that's all
she talks about and you know what
else, you have even made a
            (MORE)

11.

                       DEVYN (cont'd)
believer out of Erica!
                                                            
                       SHI
      (drinking water
       and bouncing
       ball.)
Oh! You didn't think I had it in
me! It's a beautiful thing, I
didn't think being with one woman
could be this self satisfying, but
Nikki is the epitome of love, she
makes it so easy. It's like I love
myself...I love me especially when
I'm with her...it's hard to
explain...you know?
                                                            
The sound of a cellular phone with the ring tone of Snoop
Dogg's 'Beautiful' is heard, Shi gets up and goes into her
gym bag to answer the phone.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smiling while
       looking at screen
       on phone as she
       answers.)
Hey sweetheart, what's up?
                                                            
                       NIKKI (vo)
Baby, Dr. Robinson's office called
in regards to your physical, they
want you to come into the office
this afternoon.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (smiling, but
       looking puzzeled.)
OK baby. I'll give them a call. So
I'll see you tonight...and
hey...sweetheart...I love you.
                                                            
                       NIKKI (vo)
I love you too...baby.
                                                            
Shi puts her phone on the table and reaches for a towel to
wipe herself off. She is quiet, suddenly preoccupied
wondering what the Dr.'s office could want. Devyn walks up
bouncing the ball.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (looking rather
       puzzeled.)
Hey D. I have to go and get
cleaned up. Seems as if the Dr.'s
            (MORE)

12.

                       SHI (cont'd)
office wants me to come in, and
I'm like seriously wondering why?
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (kidding as she
       places on her
       sweats.)
I know...you getting old!
                                                            
                       SHI
      (she walks away,
       giving her friend
       some love.)
Yea...yea...I holla at you ladda!
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (waving bye.)
yea...ladda.
                                                            
DR.'S OFFICE.
                                                            
Shi is seated in a chair flipping through a magazine. The
door opens and a nurse summons Shi.
                                                            
                       NURSE
      (giving direction
       to Shi.)
Shi the Doctor's ready for you,
follow me and have a seat.
                                                            
Shi nervously takes a seat, not quite sure of what to make
of this visit. The door opens and in walks Dr. Robinson.
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (taking a seat
       behind her desk.)
Ms. Shi, how are you doing today?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (quietly.)
I'm fine, a little curious about
this visit, but other than that,
I'm cool.
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (looking rather
       concerned.)
Well Shi. This a rather different
visit for you and I, and don't
think for any second that this is
easy for me for I love you as if
you were one of my own.
      (she pauses and
            (MORE)

13.

                       DR. ROBINSON (cont'd)
       takes a deep
       breath.)
Now I know and understand your
lifestyle, but I need to ask. Have
you been having unprotected sex?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (looking confused.)
No...ever since I took up with
Nikki the past six months , I've
been in love, no playing around,
nothing. Why are you asking me
this Dr. Robinson?
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (rising from her
       desk to position
       herself in front
       of Shi.)
Shi there is no real easy way for
me to tell you this, but you have
tested positive with the HIV
virus.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (disbelievingly
       shocked.)
What...Dr. Robinson...what are you
saying? That can't be. I don't...
      (she gets up and
       starts pacing the
       office.)
Dr. Robinson, I am a true lesbian,
Nicole and I have been together
for six months now, and I tested
negative last year.
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (seeing the pain
       in Shi's eyes.)
Shi, the only way to determine HIV
infection is to be tested yearly,
as symptoms and latent periods
vary from person to person. I want
to tell your that information from
HIV/AIDS surveillance suggests
that female-to-female transmission
of HIV is a rare occurrence, but
it can occur if your are involved
with women who were injecting
drugs or having sex with high risk
men.
                                                            

14.

                       SHI
      (her pain is
       flowing in the
       tears which run
       down her face.)
I don't understand how this can be
happening to me.
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (reaching out to
       console Shi)
Shi. I am your Doctor, and I care
about you. We will seek the best
medical care for you. You have to
realize that the medical field has
come along way and with the right
treatment plan, you can lead a
long and prosperous life, but you
need to go home and tell Nicole,
because you and I both know that
she needs to be tested as soon as
possible, I'll give you sometime
to get yourself together, but you
make sure you get Nicole in for an
appointment.
                                                            
Dr. Robinson hugs Shi.
                                                            
                       DR. ROBINSON
      (caressing Shi's
       head.)
Shi. We are going to get through
this, you have to be strong. Do
not think of this as being the end
of your world.
                                                            
Shi is sitting in her car unable to move she is thinking to
herself how this possibly could be happening to her. She
pulls down the mirror to take a good look at herself, it is
then that she has a self realization.
                                                            
                       SHI (vo)
      (disgusitingly
       thinks)
It was the night of the
Bachlorette party. Dream. I made
love to her, that night I cut my
lip.
                                                            
sitting in the car in a lost daze.
                                                            

15.

                       SHI
      (then doubtfully
       realizing.)
....shit...the next day...I met
Nicole...damn...I was with her the
next day. Ah...man...this can't be
happening...it just can't be...
                                                            
The sound of Shi's cellular phone goes off. She unwantingly
answers, for it is Nikki.
                                                            
                       NIKKI (vo)
Baby...where are you? It's getting
late.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (quietly)
Sweetheart... I apologize...
Something came up at work and I
got preoccupied. I'll be home
soon. Can I get you something?
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (excitingly.)
Yea...baby...I'm starving,can you
bring me home a Big Mac with extra
cheese, large fry, and Banana
Shake!
                                                            
                       SHI
      (laughing and
       crying at the
       same time.)
Of course my love...See you soon.
                                                            
Shi's curiosity is getting the best of her and she has to
have some answers to her questions. She walks into a place
she hasn't occupied in some months now. We see a flashing
sign 'The Ladies Brass Pole' Shi slowly walks in and makes
her way to the bar.
                                                            
WOMEN ARE DANCING AND A COUPLE OF PATRONS OCCUPY THE BAR
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
      (wiping the bar
       acknowledging Shi)
Wow...haven't seen you in awhile.
What brings you to this neck of
the woods?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (looking around)
Just wanted to check out my old
stomping grounds. See how
            (MORE)

16.

                       SHI (cont'd)
everybody was doing. Can I get a
Gin and Tonic?
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
      (smiling as she
       reaches for glass
       to make drink.)
Well some things never change.
Here you go. How are Devyn and
Erica?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (examining the
       crowd while
       searching for
       Dream.)
Devyn's cool, happily married and
all.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Now, you know something I would
have never thought you two playas
would have ever settled down, but
hey, it's a good thing, you know?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (agreeing with the
       bartender.)
Yea...you're right. Hey let me ask
you something, have you seen Dream
lately? Is she working tonight?
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
      (looking spooked
       by the question)
I guess you wouldn't know. Dream
passed away about a month ago from
complications from AIDS, seems her
boyfriend was living the DL and
passed the disease on to Dream. It
was so sad, she didn't deserve to
go like that, she was a good girl.
      (she pauses
       noticing the
       disbelieving look
       on Shi's face.)
Are you all right Shi?
                                                            
                       SHI
      (her face pale and
       flushed.)
Yea. That's too bad that something
like that happened to her, I
            (MORE)

17.

                       SHI (cont'd)
didn't even know that she
associated with men in that way.
                                                            
Shi gulps down the rest of her drink and made her way out of
the bar with the sounds of Juvenille's stripper national
anthem 'Slow Motion' playing in the background.
                                                            
IT IS MORNING AND SHI AND NIKKI ARE FAST ASLEEP.
                                                            
Shi awakens abruptly with her body glistening from the cold
sweat which has just emerged over her golden brown skin
tone.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (concerned,
       caressing Shi's
       shoulder.)
Shi...baby...sweetheart...what's
wrong? You tossed and turned all
night.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (looking in
       Nikki's eyes and
       wiping the sweat
       from her brows.)
Baby...I love you...
                                                            
Shi gently kisses Nikki, she then caresses her belly, it is
then that we learn she is with child. Shi bends down and
kisses Nikki's abdomen.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (kissing Nikki's
       abdomen.)
I love you to my precious baby.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
Baby...we love you too....
                                                            
                       SHI
      (as tears begin to
       well up in her
       eyes.)
Baby...I have something to tell
you.
      (she pauses.)
Ever since yesterday afternoon. I
have not even had the ability to
even think straight. I don't
know...I just don't know.....
                                                            

18.

                       NIKKI
      (scared...placing
       her hand on Shi's
       chin to look her
       in the eye.)
Shi...you are scaring me...what's
going on?
                                                            
Shi rises from the bed and leans on the floor to take
Nikki's hand. She gathers her composure and takes a deep
breath.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (looking down
       avoiding eye
       contact.)
Yesterday. When I went to see Dr.
Robinson, I was given the worst
news.
      (she pauses once
       again, and again
       Nikki takes Shi's
       chin and leads
       her eyes to meet
       hers.)
uhhmmmm....damn Nicole...this is
crazy....
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (she is now crying
       also.)
Shi...whatever it is we will get
through it together. Now please
tell me what it is....
                                                            
                       SHI
      (shaking her
       head...crying
       profusely.)
Nikki, baby, I tested positive
HIV.
                                                            
There is a deadening silence. Shi looks up at Nikki who has
since dropped her hand, and has this blank look on her face.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (tears flowing)
Baby, please say something...
                                                            
Shi is presented with a stern slap on the face. She falls
back on the floor as Nikki abruptly puts on a pair of pants
and runs out of the room crying. Shi follows her.
                                                            

19.

                       SHI
      (yelling.)
Wait baby! Don't go! We need to...
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (yelling back at
       her.)
Fuck you Shi!
                                                            
Nikki grabs her keys and storms out of the house. Shi falls
to the floor wrecked with pain.
                                                            
SHI AND ERICA'S HOME.
                                                            
A very concerned Devyn enter's the home.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (searching for
       Shi.)
Shi! Where you at? Girl, come on
now, it's been a couple of days
and I know you in here!
                                                            
Devyn walks in to find Shi laying on the floor, desolute,
clutching a baby blue crocheted blanket. Devyn is overcome
with emotion as she reaches down to console her best friend.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (crying, holding
       on to her friend.)
Hey Shi...come here...get up
man...come here...let me hold you.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (still hurting
       from the
       heartbreak.)
D...I messed bad...I am soooo
scared.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (handing Shi a
       kleenex, while
       wiping her own
       eyes.)
I know it seems like the end of
the road, Shi...but your life
ain't over...and dog...you have a
family to take care of.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (shaking her head
       not agreeing with
       Devyn.)
            (MORE)

20.

                       SHI (cont'd)
Nicole, don't want nothing to do
with me. She hates me D...and I
can't much blame her
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (standing up and
       stating
       confidently.)
Shi. I love you as if you were my
very own sister, and you know I
mos def got your back. I know it
seems as if you have nothing to
live for, but I can't let you go
out like this...I love you too
much...man.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (still very much
       doubtful but
       hopeful.)
Devyn...you have to believe that I
was loyal and faithful to Nicole.
I would never hurt her. This
happened before we were together,
and I feel so badly about putting
her and my child's life in danger.
I pray to God that they both test
negative.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
I know Shi, you need to stop
feeling sorry for yourself. Come
on...get up! Clean yourself
up...let's get out of here for a
minute...you need some air.
                                                            
Shi gently rises from the floor and grabs a hold of Devyn.
It is one of the most heartfelt hugs two friends can share.
                                                            
 
INT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
SHI AND DEVIN WALK TOWARDS A GRANDSTAND.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (taking a deep
       breath.)
So...D...How's Nikki? Is she all
right?
                                                            

21.

Shi notices the sign hanging between the trees above the
entrance to the grandstand 'Living With HIV'. She looks at
Devyn with a look of uncertainty.
                                                            
                       SHI
      (agitated, not
       quite knowing why
       they are there.)
D...why are we here? I'm not ready
for this shit.
                                                            
                       DEVYN
      (with a look of
       confidence.)
Shi...hey...you wanted to know
about your girl, and how she was
coping. Well come with me and see
for yourself how she is doing.
                                                            
As they approach the stage Shi notices the crowd. She looks
over to see Erica smiling faintly at her. Erica gets up to
walk towards Shi and Devyn, there are tears in her eyes as
she holds out her arms to embrace Shi. Shi feels a sense of
relief since Erica welcomes her. The crowd grows silent as
the emcee comes out to greet them.
                                                            
                       EMCEE
      (looking out over
       the crowd.)
Ladies and gentlemen. I would like
to present to you a beautiful
sister whom has a story to share
with us in regards to this disease
taking over our community. Give
her love and a warm reception...I
present to you Ms. Nicole.
                                                            

22.

THERE IS APPLAUSE,SHI LOOKS UP TO SEE THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (looking over the
       crowd.)
Good afternoon family. I am here
because I am a living testament to
this disease that I somehow
thought would never engage my life
the way it has. About a year ago I
met the love of my life and we
were the epitomy of
happiness...she was my stud...my
baby...
      (smiling at the
       remark that she
       just made feeling
       love from the
       crowd.)
my baby...yall she is the most
adoring, charming, intelligent,
and intellectual person that I
have ever met...and yall...she is
damn cute...I mean 'ole girl' has
it going on, and me well I was
hit, this girl had my nose wide
open....but you know
something...my best friend told
me. Nikki, that's a playa, for
sure, but me...hell I didn't
listen to her, for I felt deep
down this woman loved me. We made
a committment to one another and
our lives was filled with good
times, that is until the day she
came home and told me that she was
HIV positive.
                                                            

23.

THE CROWD GASPS, BUT NIKKI SMILES AND PERSEVERES.
                                                            
                       NIKKI
      (looking out with
       confidence to the
       crowd.)
But yall...I gotta tell
ya...everything that anyone had
ever told me about my baby was all
I could think about. Well I'm here
to tell you...I was wrong, we were
tested the beginning of our
relationship, and we both tested
negative. I was angry when she
confessed to me, but I'm here to
tell you. I was wrong to walk out
on her like that. I underestimated
the love of my life. Although she
had a past...I believe with me she
was true. These past couple of
weeks have been hell for me. I can
only imagine what she has been
through, and if she was here right
now I would say, baby, I'm sorry,
I love you. I would tell her that
I want to stand with you, beside
you, and baby...I got your back
for the rest of our lives. I'd
also let her know that me and our
baby are fine. WE do not carry the
virus. Shi, I love you
baby...wherever you are, and I
just want you to know WE are one.
And we, brothers and sisters are a
community that can beat this
thing, with prevention and
protection and our love for one
another...we can control this! And
Shi...baby I love you!
                                                            
THE CROWD EXPLODES WITH APPLAUSE!
                                                            
Nikki spots Shi as she walks up to the podium. They are both
emotional and crying. Nikki holds out her arms and says, 'I
love you' as Shi reaches her and they embrace while the
crowd descends upon them.
                                                            
                                         TO OVERHEAD
PROJECTION.
                                                            
It's a myth that has been perpetuated in the lesbian
community for decades, and one that has unfortunately been
coroborated by Health Care Providers and even the Centers

24.

for Disease Control and Prevention: While female-to-female
HIV transimission hadn't been ruled out, the risks were slim
to none.

With the recent report of the first documented case of
woman-to woman transmission, advocates who work in lesbian
HIV health are watching as the rest of the world realizes
what they've known for years: It was just a matter of time.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Natasia Bledsoe Date 2/2/2010 ****
it was really good and a eye opener. but it left me with some unanswered questions like how did nikki get pregnant? but overall it was very good and informative

From Jessica Date 1/16/2008 ***
It's very good so far, but one thing that you should watch out is the overuse of parentheticals/wrylies. Parentheticals should be short, to the point, descriptive, and only used when absolutely necessary. Leave the rest up to the directors and actors. Try taking out half of the parentheticals (the ones that are obvious to the actor) in your script and it should look a lot better.

From pedro Date 1/9/2008 ****
its really a sad but very sexy as well


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