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The Fumble (short)
by parker mathewson (parkermathewson05@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG   Genre: Sports   User Review: 1/2


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FADE IN:

INT. WALKING TO SCHOOL ON A COLD MORNING - DAY
                                                            
                       BILLY
Hey! Nice game last night! it was
amazing.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh, hey thanks man. I'm so tired
now though. My parents were so
proud of me after that we had a
party until midnight.
                                                            
                       MR D
pARTY UNTIL 3 ON A SCHOOL NIGHT?
UNLIKELY.
                                                            
                       SARA
UH! Lucky! I wish my parents did
that for me sometime!
                                                            
                       BILLY
Well your not the one who tackled
the guy and recovered the fumble
for a touchdown now were you?
                                                            
                       SARA
no.... But hey i can do some
amazing things!
                                                            
                       BILLY
Oh sure.. Like talk so fast my
ears fall off? But anyways, dude
Mike, I hope your the MVP this
year. I mean a thursday night game
that you won against the toughest
team in California? And how do you
still have time for your
homework!?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hehe, you know Bill, I have no
clue... But i didnt beat them
alone, it was a team effort
                                                            
                       SARA (mad at Billy)
Well I hear soemone has a heart,
unlike someone whos name I will
not speak
                                                            

2.

                       BILLY
Aww come on Sara! You know you
love me! Ugh i guess now its time
to make up during class by making
you laugh...
                                                            
 
INT. ENTER SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       MRS. G
Ok everyone sit down!

Everyone stop crowding around
Mike!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok guys seriously the bell rang
and i dont want a detention after
last night
                                                            
                       MRS. G
      (Screams)
HEY!! EVERYONE SIT DOWN!!

and mike you did an excelent job
last night, Im sure you will be
getting the MVP award this year
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks Mrs. G but its a team
effort, not only me so not only I
should get the award
                                                            
                       COACH
You see, thats why you should have
the MVP award, you make our team a
team. I think you are the only one
who has realized its not a solo
sport, no team could ever do
anything with only 1 good player
                                                            
                       MIKE
Coach! Why are you here? I didnt
see you come in
                                                            
                       MR D
IN FRONT OF THE CLASS? UNLIKELY
                                                            
                       COACH
I am here to tell you to get a
speech ready for the award
ceremony hint hint, nudge nudge
                                                            

3.

                       MIKE
o..k... but how long shoud it be?
                                                            
                       COACH
how ever long you want, just make
it good. I am trying to get you a
scholorship
                                                            
                       CLASS
*cheers for Mike*
                                                            
 
INT. LUNCH TABLES - DAY
                                                            
Mike walking in trying to memorize his speech
                                                            
                       SARA
Hey Mike, whats that your reading?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh, this? Nothin important

looks like your not mad at Billy
anymore
                                                            
                       SARA
yea he was realy funny in first
period so i accepted his appology

Hey! dont change the subject on
me! Realy what is that?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Something I had to write.. youll
see in 7th period
                                                            
                       SARA
7th period? but thats math what
would you have to write for math?
                                                            
                       BILLY
      (sits down handing
       sara her lunch)
Hey guys! Watcha talkin about?
                                                            
                       SARA
      (stares at Billy
       smiling)
Oh, nothin just how im not mad at
you anymore.. you know the usual
                                                            

4.

                       BILLY
Haha suree.. well Mike, are you
gunna have another party tonight
with friends instead of family?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I dont know.. not up to me but you
will be the first to know
                                                            
                       JAKE
First to know what?
                                                            
                       MIKE
If im gunna have a party tonight
about last night
                                                            
                       JAKE
Dude if that happens, its gunna be
awsome!!
                                                            
                       MARK
Congrats Mike! Dude i wish i was
you right now, just wait till 5th
period i heard somebody wants to
ask you somethin
                                                            
 
INT. 5TH PERIOD - DAY
                                                            
                       MRS. C
Buenos Dias Clase!
                                                            
                       CLASS
Buenos Dias Senora C
                                                            
                       KYLE
      (whispers to Mike
       handing him a
       note)
hey this is from Katie
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (looking over at
       Katie after
       reading the note)
*note reads*(Hey what are you
doing saturday night? call me
555-7284)
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (Staring at Mike
       dreamily)
                                                            

5.

                       MRS. C
Mike! What are you doing?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Nothing Senora C. I am just
preparing for next period
                                                            
                       MRS. C
Ok well stop and pay attention
this is on the test next teusday
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (putting the note
       in his pocket)
Yes mam
                                                            
 
INT. 7TH PERIOD - DAY
                                                            
                       MR. TWAIN
this is your principal speaking,
all classes must report to the gym
for an assembly
                                                            
                       SARA
Oh, so this is what you were
studying those lines for, the
assembly
                                                            
                       MIKE
Shh! dont tell anyone
                                                            
                       SARA
what is it for?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I dont know... All i know is I
needed a speech ready...
                                                            
                       BILLY
Hey, whats this about?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Who knows?
                                                            
 
INT. GYM - DAY
                                                            
PEOPLE ARE RESTLESS IN THE GYM WHILE THEY ARE SETTLING IN
                                                            
                       MR. TWAIN
Kids, settle down, its about time
for this assembly to start. Coach?
                                                            

6.

                       COACH
Thankyou Mr. Twain. now as you
kids know, we had an amazing
season, and an even greater night
game last night
                                                            
                       WHOLE GYM
*cheers* *everyone around Mike
hitting him playfully*
                                                            
                       COACH
now we all know that that was the
toughest team in California right?
                                                            
                       WHOLE GYM
yea...
                                                            
                       COACH
well i am here to award the MVP to
the person who made that game
possible for us to win, Mike
Endure!
                                                            
the gym goes crazy as Mike starts walking up to the stage
taking out the peice of paper that has his speech on it
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (nervously)
Thanks Coach, now i know all of
you guys were phsyched for the
game last night, especially after
we won!
                                                            
                       WHOLE GYM
      (cheers wildly)
                                                            
Mike takes his speech and reads it slowly, with pauses
between each sentence.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Everyone may think that this is
all for me, but i believe that
last nights game was a team
effort. Along with all the games
before this, and even in the
future, these will be team
efforts. We will only win, AS A
TEAM.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I will only accept this award as a
team, i promise, i will not take
this as a single person or let the
success go to my head. Thank you
            (MORE)

7.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
for your support of our team and
school!
                                                            
After finishing his speech, he walks off the stage with
everyone cheering their lungs out
                                                            
                       COACH
      (wiping tears)
That is what our school is all
about, a team effort. That was
beautiful. everybody give 'im
another hand
                                                            
                       WHOLE GYM
      (claps
       thunderously)
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE WALKING HOME - DAY
                                                            
Walking out of the gym after the speeches by the award
winners and the lettermen jackets had been newly equipped
with their badges and letters, Mike seems very happy.
                                                            
                       BILLY
      (runs up)
you seem extremely happy Mike,
whats goin on with you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yea man, i got her number
                                                            
                       BILLY
wait who?
                                                            
                       MIKE
her... cant you remember??

fine... Katie
                                                            
                       BILLY
      (blank face while
       thinking)
oh yea! haha sorry, couldnt
remember who you were talking
about
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (handing him the
       note)
check this out
                                                            

8.

as billy starts reading the note, sara comes running up
smiling
                                                            
                       BILLY
      (stuffing note in
       pocket to hide
       from sara)
Hey sara, whatcha up to
                                                            
                       SARA
Hey!!, nice new letter AND pins
Mike!
                                                            
                       MIKE
thanks, i don't know were to put
my pins around my letter
                                                            
                       SARA
Here (puts his pin in his letter
in a better spot)
                                                            
                       MIKE
Woah thanks! it looks great!
                                                            
                       BILLY
So are we gunna start walking?
                                                            
                       MIKE
yea i guess
                                                            
                       BILLY
      (high fiving Mike
       handing him the
       note secretly)
forgot to say, nice new jacket
                                                            
start walking home and joking around
                                                            
 
INT. MIKES HOME - DAY
                                                            
Mike is sitting on his bed, bored so he picks up the phone
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey Katie, so what did you say you
were doin tomorow night?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Hey Mike! nothing, why whats up?
                                                            

9.

                       MIKE
Well i was just wondering if you
wanted to go see a movie tomorrow
night...
                                                            
                       KATIE
YEA!! ok so what time should we
meet?
                                                            
                       MIKE
umm... six sound good to you?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Ok, ill be counting the minutes
                                                            
THE PHONE CLICKS OFF
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (dials another
       number)
Hey is Billy there?

Thanks
                                                            
                       BILLY
Hey man whats up?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I just got off the phone with
Katie
                                                            
                       BILLY
oh no way man! niice.. what did
she say?
                                                            
                       MIKE
well.. i asked her to the movies
tomorow...
                                                            
                       BILLY
wait.. you sound sad.. did she say
no??
                                                            
                       MIKE
HAHA PSYCHH!!! no dude she said
yes!!
                                                            
                       BILLY
ohh sweet!!
                                                            
                       MIKE
but ive never done this before..
what do i do?
                                                            

10.

                       BILLY
oh god... weve got a lot of work
to do..
                                                            
                       MIKE
i know...
                                                            
 
INT. OUTSIDE - DAY
                                                            
                       BILLY
ok i called sara
                                                            
                       MIKE
YOU WHATT!?!? I THOUGHT WE WERENT
GUNNA TELL HER!!!
                                                            
                       BILLY
dude chill, we are gunna have a
lot of work to do before tomorow
night and i cant do it by myself
                                                            
                       MIKE
ok fine.... it better be worth
it...
                                                            
                       BILLY
trust me.. it will
                                                            
                       SARA
      (walking in, stops
       and sighs)
ok.. lets get this going
                                                            
                       MIKE
yea... so what are we going to do
to help me?
                                                            
                       SARA
dont ask unless its important, we
have little time and lots to do
                                                            
                       MIKE
o..k....
                                                            
 
INT. 'MOVIE THEATRE' - DAY
                                                            
we appear in what we think is the movie theatre with mike
and katie sitting next to each other
                                                            

11.

                       KATIE
im having a real good time tonight
thanks for coming with me
                                                            
                       MIKE
so am i, (whispers something in
her ear)
                                                            
                       KATIE
(smiles)
                                                            
camera is about the perspective of the reel for the movie,
as we see them of what we think is making out. the camera
goes up and looks at the movie screen and starts going up to
the ceiling and fades.
                                                            
                       MR D
THIS SHOWS HARD WORK BUT IM NOT
REALLY SURE WHAT THE POINT IS.
THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME THING TO
OVERCOME OR CHANGE. WHY THE
FUMBLE?
                                                            
                                         CREDITS
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Chris Date 5/28/2009 1/2
Why does one guy say til midnight, then the next guy says til 3?

From Marcus Robinault Date 2/2/2008 *1/2
It was okay, but extremely vague. Where are they? What are they doing? What do they look like? These are questions that you need to answer!

From J.J Date 1/30/2008 0 stars
First off, why was that rated PG? Now, this script has no direction. I had no idea what was going on. Movies are a visual media. I could not imagine what any of the characters looked like, how old they were etc. This needs to be described. This really didn't have that good of a plot either. The dialog was awful. It really wasn't believable at all. There were also a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. There's more I could talk about, but I won't waste my time.


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