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Arcade Games
by Corinne (crystalstr8@aol.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: **1/2


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.



FADE IN:

EXT. ABANDONED AUTO SHOP - NIGHT
                                                            
Three 14 year old boys, ROBBY HENSON, CARSON REED, and
ABRAHAM FARMER, are in front of the shop. Robby is looking
for a way in.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Come on, Robby. There's no way
in. Let's go.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Chill, Abe. Where's your sense of
adventure?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Probably at home with his dignity.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Shut up, Carson. I can say the
same about your-
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I got it!
                                                            
Robby uses all his weight and pushes open the side door.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Come on.
                                                            
 
EXT. FARM - NIGHT
                                                            
ABRAHAM FARMER, now a 17 year old, watches the herd of sheep
grazing in the field. An Australian Shepherd, TUCK, watches
the sheep also. Abraham pushes back his jacket sleeve and
looks at his watch. He WHISTLES to the dog.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Tuck)
Come on, boy. Time to head in.
                                                            
Tuck looks at Abraham and looks back at the sheep, ignoring
him. Abraham CLAPS his hands.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You heard me, Tuck. Time to go
in!
                                                            

2.

Tuck herds the sheep into a large barn. Abraham closes and
locks the barn. They both walk enter a house through the
backdoor.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham and Tuck walk into the living room. SARAH FARMER,
Abraham's 10 year old sister, is watching TV.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey, Sarah. Where's Dad?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (looking at TV)
He called to say he'll be late
again.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Mom!
                                                            
                       MOM (OS)
Yes, Honey?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
When will Dad be home?
                                                            
                       MOM (OS)
He didn't say.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham walks into the kitchen. His MOM is cooking dinner
on the stove.
                                                            
                       MOM
Hey, Abraham. I found some
in-state colleges that aren't that
expensive. Why don't we go check
them out sometime?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Sure, I guess.
                                                            
                       MOM
Deadlines are soon, Abe. Think
about you're future.
                                                            
Abraham looks at the pot on the stove.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What are you cookin'?
                                                            

3.

                       MOM
Pasta. I'm making it for his
birthday. You know how he loves
it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I can't stay tonight. I'm hanging
with Robby and Carson, remember?
                                                            
Abraham takes a slice of bread from the kitchen table and
takes a bite.
                                                            
                       MOM
It's your father's birthday,
Honey. Can't you go out with your
friends tomorrow?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Nope. Sorry.
                                                            
A car HONK is heard outside. Abraham looks toward the front
door.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Robby's here.
                                                            
Abraham heads toward the front door.
                                                            
                       MOM
At least be home for birthday
cake.
                                                            
Abraham leaves the house and shuts the door behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham enters his house. Tuck goes to him and Abraham pets
his head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Sorry I'm late!
                                                            
KITCHEN
                                                            
Abraham walks into the kitchen. Tuck follows him.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We decided to go to a diner. It
was Carson's idea.
                                                            
Abraham sees the diner table set with half eaten spaghetti.
No one is there. Tuck WHINES.
                                                            

4.

                       ABRAHAM
Shit.
                                                            
 
EXT. ABRAHAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
EARLIER
                                                            
Abraham walks down the driveway to a red pick up truck.
ROBBY HENSON, now 17 years old and in the driver's seat,
looks at Abraham.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Come on, Abe. I gotta pick up
Carson too. The dumb ass got his
car taken away after his last
progress report.
                                                            
Abraham opens the passenger side door and gets in the seat.
A car pulls into the driveway. Abraham's DAD gets out of
the car. He looks at Abraham as Robby drives off.
                                                            
 
INT. ROBBY'S TRUCK - NIGHT
                                                            
Robby is driving the car and Abraham is in the passenger
seat.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What's up with your dad, man?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
When I saw him, I got a sudden
urge to shoot myself.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
He'll get over it.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What happened?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
He's just... It's his birthday
today.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Why would he be sad about that?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm not celebrating it with him.
                                                            

5.

                       ROBBY
Oh. That's it? I thought he got
fired from work or something.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah. There will be more
birthdays.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
My exact words.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham is sitting in the waiting room with Mom and Sarah.
Sarah is listening to her I-pod.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       MOM
Don't blame yourself.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
For being late.
                                                            
                       MOM
Oh.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Look at the bright side, Mom. I
made it in time for cake.
                                                            
                       MOM
Now is not the time for jokes,
Abraham.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Lighten up.
                                                            
                       MOM
Your father just had a heart
attack, Abraham, on his birthday.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I kinda got that when you called
from the hospital.
                                                            
                       MOM
Your father wanted you to be there
tonight.
                                                            

6.

                       ABRAHAM
I'll be there for his next
birthday.
                                                            
A DOCTOR, a 30 year old woman, goes to Abraham, Mom and
Sarah.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
      (to MOM)
Mrs. Farmer?
                                                            
                       MOM
How is he?
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
He's doing great. We're going to
keep him over night. You'll have
him back around noon tomorrow.
                                                            
Mom touches her chest where her heart is.
                                                            
                       MOM
Thank you so much, Doctor.
                                                            
Sarah takes her headphones off and looks at the Doctor.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Doctor)
Is Daddy okay?
                                                            
Mom runs her hand through Sarah's hair.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Sarah)
He's fine, Sweetheart.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
      (to Sarah)
Just a little tired.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Doctor)
Can we see him?
                                                            
                       DOCTOR
      (to Mom)
Of course.
                                                            
 
INT. ROBBY'S TRUCK - NIGHT
                                                            

7.

EARLIER
                                                            
Robby pulls the car into a driveway. CARSON REED, now 17
years old, gets in the back seat.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Thanks, Robby, for picking me up.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Hey, what are friends for?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
For bailing you out of jail.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
But a best friend would be sittin'
next to you laughin' his ass off.
                                                            
                       CARSON
You got that right.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You owe me 5 bucks, Carson.
                                                            
                       CARSON
What?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
For gasoline, Carson. You know
I'm not the kind of guy that has
money growing off of trees in my
back yard.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah, Carson. You know the
government doesn't allow him to
have plants in his back yard after
what happened a couple years ago.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
That's not true. My father had a
subscription to those plants.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Face it, man. Your dad was a
pothead.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Shut up, Carson and give me the
damn money.
                                                            
Carson puts his hand in his pocket to search for money.
Robby holds his hand out while driving. Carson struggles to

8.

find money, but finds a five dollar bill and gives it to
Robby. Robby puts it in his pocket.
                                                            
                       CARSON
When am I gonna ride shotgun? I
always get stuck in these tiny ass
seats in the back.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Carson)
Cause you're the only one who can
fit back there.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Don't shoot that bull, Abe. We
all know you can fit back there.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Carson)
When Robby picks you up first, you
can get shotgun.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Abraham)
That's not fair. You live down
the block from him. You always
get picked up first.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Stop whining, Carson. You're
giving me a headache.
                                                            
A car cuts in front of Robby's car. Robby swerves and
HONKS.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (angry)      (at other car)
Hey, buddy! What the hell are you
thinking? Shit. Damn.
                                                            
Robby HONKS the horn again.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Who do you think you are? Son of
a bitch.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Calm down, Robby. He only cut you
off.
                                                            
Robby holds the horn down while driving behind the car.
                                                            

9.

Abraham holds his head in annoyance.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Heh. What do you think of me now,
huh?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Shut up, Robby! You're over
reacting.
                                                            
Robby lets go of the horn.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Robby)
Where are we heading tonight?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
The deli to pick up dinner and
then Melone Arcade.
                                                            
Carson sits in the middle of the back seat and leans forward
so his head is in between the driver's seat and passenger's
seat.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Why don't we go to a restaurant
for a little change guys? I heard
the new place down the street is
pretty good.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You can care less about the food.
You only care about the
waitresses.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Not true, Rob. I do care for the
food...a little.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What do you think, Abraham?
                                                            
Abraham looks at Carson and Robby, startled.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
About what? The restaurant?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Would you rather us have a good
time at the boardwalk or go to the
fancy shmansky diner.
                                                            

10.

                       CARSON
      (to Abraham)
Where the girls are smokin' and
sizzlin' like the hot food they
bring out in trays.
                                                            
Abraham looks at them for a moment.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Come on man. Arcade or diner.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
How about the diner for a change?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Yes!
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Are you serious? You would rather
sit at a table and eat than eat
while playing games at the arcade
and hittin' on chicks?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Chill out, Robby.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Yeah. There are plenty of girls
at the diner and we get to have
one wait on us hand and foot.
                                                            
 
INT. DINER - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham, Carson and Robby are sitting at a booth. GUS,
their 45 year old overweight waiter with a short beard, is
standing at their table. Gus finishes writing on his
notepad.
                                                            
                       GUS
Will that be all fellas?
                                                            
Robby and Carson are both wide eyed and surprised and they
are looking at Gus.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       CARSON
For now.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Thanks.
                                                            

11.

                       GUS
Okay. You're drinks will be right
out.
                                                            
Gus walks away.
                                                            
Robby glares at Carson.
                                                            
                       CARSON
What? There are a lot of chicks
here.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
That's not my problem.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Then what is?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
None of them are waiting on us!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Chill, Robby. Yeah, ones not
waiting on us, but we can still
talk to 'em.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Robby)
Yeah. Don't loose your head.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Shut up Car.
                                                            
Carson leans over the table and nudges Abraham.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Abraham)
Abe, check out the hottie behind
you.
                                                            
Abraham looks behind him. ANNE BAKER, a 16 year old
waitress, is taking a family's order at a table. Abraham
looks back at Carson.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (looking at Anne)
She's not half bad.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Way out of our league guys.
                                                            

12.

                       CARSON
Do you know what you are saying,
man?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Nothing that looks like that is
out of my league.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Anything that looks like that also
gives you a slap in the face and
calls you a...
                                                            
Robby leans forward in his seat.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What are you saying? That I can't
win over..
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Exactly what I'm saying.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Drop it guys. She's heading this
way.
                                                            
Abraham, Robby and Carson look at Anne as she walks by. She
sees them and goes to their booth.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Hey guys. What can I get you this
evening?
                                                            
Anne takes out her notepad and pen. Robby looks at Anne,
full of lust.
                                                            
Abraham scratches his ear and looks at Anne.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We already ordered.
                                                            
Robby glares at Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Oh. I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Don't be sorry.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Yeah. Jolly old Saint Nicholas is
probably on his way.
                                                            

13.

                       ANNE
      (smiling)
You mean Gus?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I think I hear the hooves of his
tiny little reindeer now.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (looks at Anne)
Don't take it personally. My
friend is always like this.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
I see.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Anne)
Yeah. Christmas is like months
away.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Abraham and
       Carson)
Hey. Friend has a name, guys.
      (to Anne)
I'm Robby.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
Anne.
      (to Abraham,
       Carson and Robby)
Well, if you guys need anything,
you know my name.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Bye.
                                                            
Anne walks away.
                                                            
Abraham holds his head is his hand.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh Robby.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Could you be any more of a creep?
                                                            

14.

                       ROBBY
Hey. I got her name didn't I?
                                                            
Abraham looks at Robby.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
A name doesn't get you anywhere.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Hey, Abe. I don't know about you,
but I pace myself. I get to know
the girl before...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Jolly old Saint Nicholas? Come
on, Rob. You can admit that was a
little corny.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Almost as corny as the little
reindeers' hooves.
                                                            
Carson and Abraham laugh.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Laugh all you want, but she
doesn't know any of your names.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (laughing)
Do you think I care? I'm glad I
don't loose my cool around girls.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You think I lost my cool?
                                                            
                       CARSON
You were practically drooling over
her.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We should buy you a bib for
Christmas.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
How bout I get you a life for
Christmas, Abe? How would you
like that?
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Robby)
Take it easy, Rob.
                                                            

15.

                       ABRAHAM
Learn to take a joke, man. You
pick up more girls with a wink
than I do with 10 bucks and a trip
to the movies.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Mom, Sarah, and Abraham enter the hospital room and go to
Dad resting in a bed. Dad looks at them. Mom holds Dad's
hand.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Dad)
Hi, Honey. How do you feel?
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Mom)
I'm fine.
      (to Abraham)
Hey, Abe. How are Robby and
Carson?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Dad)
They're fine, I guess.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Abraham)
Where'd you go tonight? The
arcade?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Dad)
Carson said the new diner down the
street was good, so we checked it
out.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Abraham)
Well, how was it?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Dad)
Pretty good.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Dad)
Are you scared, Daddy?
                                                            

16.

                       DAD
      (to Sarah)
Why would I be scared, Sarah?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Dad)
It looked like it hurt.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Sarah)
You're Daddy's not scared of
anything.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Dad)
You scared me.
                                                            
Sarah hugs Dad.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Sarah)
I'm sorry, Honey. I didn't mean
to.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Are we still having cake?
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey, we're still celebrating a
birthday.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Abraham)
I think we should wait until your
father comes home.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Mom)
No. The doctor said to lay off
the sweets for a while.
                                                            
                       SARAH
So we're still having cake?
                                                            
                       DAD
Why not?
                                                            
 

17.

INT. ABRAHAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham, Mom and Sarah enter the house.
                                                            
                       MOM
Sarah, it's late. Why don't you
go get ready for bed?
                                                            
                       SARAH
But I want some cake.
                                                            
                       MOM
You'll have some tomorrow.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Okay.
                                                            
Sarah goes up the stairs.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Sarah)
I'll be right up.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Mom)
I think I'm gonna hit the hay too.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Abraham)
Not yet. Could I talk to you in
the kitchen?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'd rather not.
                                                            
                       MOM
That wasn't a question.
                                                            
Abraham and Mom walk into the kitchen.
                                                            
KITCHEN
                                                            
Mom stands in front of Abraham and crosses her arms.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What did I do?
                                                            
                       MOM
One word. Cake.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What can I say? I like it a lot.
                                                            

18.

                       MOM
You don't get it do you, Abraham?
Your father had a...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Heart attack, I know, on his
birthday.
                                                            
Mom crosses her arms.
                                                            
                       MOM
So you do understand.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So I can't have a piece?
                                                            
                       MOM
Forget about the cake, Abraham! Do
you even feel anything towards
your father?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Are you saying that I don't care?!
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I do more in a week than that low
life does in a month!
                                                            
                       MOM
Do not call your father that!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Why not? It's true! I care for
the sheep, the pigs, the dog, the
whole freaking farm! And what
does he do? Pushes pencils at the
office.
                                                            
                       MOM
He's getting paid now more than he
ever did!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
He quit the farm! He abandoned
it!
                                                            
                       MOM
At least he is taking advantage of
his college education.
                                                            

19.

                       ABRAHAM
What are you saying? That I'm
stupid?
                                                            
                       MOM
No, Abraham! You're just too damn
ignorant!
                                                            
Abraham and Mom look each other in the eyes.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham enters his room and slams the door. He hits the
light switch on the wall and the light goes out.
                                                            
 
INT. ABANDONED AUTO SHOP - NIGHT
                                                            
Robby, Carson and Abraham, all 14 years old, walk into the
dusty old garage. Old equipment and tools are still there.
There is even a dusty old mustang.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Awesome.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (looking around)
Yeah. This is like the perfect
setting for a horror film.
                                                            
Robby goes to the old mustang.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Oh, man, guys. Look at this. It's
incredible. Who would leave
something like this?
                                                            
Robby looks in the windows of the car.
                                                            
                       CARSON
And this is the part where the
homocidal psyco's hand touches the
glass as he sits up from the
backseat. His eyes gleaming with
pure evil. His smile hides a
secret like Mona Lisa as his other
hand reaches for his meat cleaver
beside him.
                                                            
Carson goes up behind Abraham and tries to scare him.
Abraham pushes him away.
                                                            

20.

                       ABRAHAM
Cut it out, Carson.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Come on, Abraham. That had to
freak you out a little.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It was a little freaky, I'll give
you that. You would make a hell
of a writer.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Really? You think so?
                                                            
Robby opens up the car door.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Check it out. It's open.
                                                            
Robby sits in the driver's seat. He put his hands on the
steering wheel.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
This is it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
This is what I want to do.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Everyone is going to learn to
drive, Rob.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
No. I want to run an auto shop. I
know, we could open one after
graduation.
                                                            
                       CARSON
That's four years away.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Enough time to scrape up the money
to start it.
                                                            
Robby looks around in the car.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I wonder if it still runs.
                                                            

21.

                       CARSON
If it did, you couldn't drive it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Come on, Rob. Let's get out of
here before the cops bust us.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham, 17 years old, enters he kitchen in a hurry. He is
dressed. His shirt is wrinkled and his hair is messy. Mom
is in the kitchen, making a sandwich.
                                                            
                       MOM
Hi, Abraham.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey.
                                                            
Abraham takes his flannel jacket from the kitchen chair and
puts it on.
                                                            
Mom looks away from the counter and looks at Abraham.
                                                            
                       MOM
Jesus, Abraham! Fix your hair.
And change your shirt, it needs to
be ironed.
                                                            
Abraham fixes his hair with his hand. He grabs a poppy seed
bagel from the table.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm late.
                                                            
                       MOM
Maybe if you woke up earlier, you
wouldn't be late all the time.
                                                            
Abraham looks at the sandwich in a zip lock bag.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Is that mine?
                                                            
                       MOM
Yes.
                                                            
Abraham puts it in the brown paper bag next to it. He picks
up the bag and kisses Mom on the cheek.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I gotta go.
                                                            

22.

                       MOM
Bye.
                                                            
Abraham walks out the door.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is sitting at a desk in a classroom. He is located
at the back of the classroom and has his head down on the
desk, looking like he is sleeping. Every desk has on it a
copy of 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens. MR. MCTAVISH, the
35 year old English teacher, reads from 'Hard Times' by
Charles Dickens.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"Now, what I want is facts. Teach
these boys and girls nothing but
facts. Facts alone are wanted in
life. Plant nothing else, and
root out everything else..."
                                                            
MR. MCTAVISH looks at Abraham sleeping.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"You can only form the minds of
reasoning animals upon facts:
nothing else will ever be of
service to them..."
                                                            
Mr. McTavish looks at KARA REDBRIDGE, a 17 year old girl,
texting with her cell phone.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Like that cell phone, Ms. Kara.
                                                            
                       KARA
Sorry.
                                                            
Kara puts her cell phone in her purse.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"This is the principle on which I
bring up my own children, and this
is the principle on which I bring
up these children..."
                                                            
Mr. McTavish looks at Abraham sleeping at his desk.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Abraham.
                                                            

23.

                       ABRAHAM
"Stick to facts, sir!"
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Sit up, Abraham.
                                                            
Abraham sits erect in his desk and looks at Mr. McTavish.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
I am impressed that you have done
your homework and read the
chapter, but that does not give
you an excuse to blow off this
class by sleeping.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yes, Mr. McTavish.
                                                            
Mr. McTavish starts to read from the book.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"The scene was a plain, bare,
monotonous vault of a school room,
and the speaker's square
forefinger emphasized his
observations..."
                                                            
Abraham puts his head back on the desk.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"...by underscoring every
sentence..."
                                                            
Mr. McTavish looks at Abraham and sighs.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Mr. Farmer, I do not want to ask
you again.
                                                            
Abraham looks at Mr. McTavish and sits lazily in his chair.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
"...by underscoring every sentence
with a line on the..."
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
"...schoolmaster's sleeve."
                                                            
Mr. McTavish looks at Abraham annoyingly.
                                                            

24.

                       MR. MCTAVISH
      (to Abraham)
Do you know of which character we
are speaking of?
                                                            
                       STUDENT
They don't mention...
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
I asked Abraham.
                                                            
Mr. McTavish and Abraham stare at each other for a moment.
The students in the classroom also look at Abraham for the
answer.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You?
                                                            
The class room becomes awkwardly silent. Some students
cover their mouths, hiding smiles.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
After class, Mr. Farmer.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
The dismissal bell rings and all students except Abraham
leave the classroom. Abraham stays seated at his desk and
Mr. McTavish goes to him.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
What seems to be the problem,
Abraham?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (smirks)
There's no problem, Mr. McTavish.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Oh. Okay. Then tell me why
you've been using my class as your
second bedroom?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm just tired.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Exhausted?
                                                            
Abraham nods his head.
                                                            

25.

                       MR. MCTAVISH
From what?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Life.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Would you care to elaborate?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Do I have to care?
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
I would like to know.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I would like a pony for Christmas,
but that's not happening.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Mr. Farmer, I have the correct
authority to send you to the nurse
for a drug test. Now I suggest...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I was working.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Is there more?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I was working...hard?
                                                            
 
INT. NURSE'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is standing in front of the NURSE, a petite 50 year
old lady with big round glasses. She hands him a plastic
cup.
                                                            
                       NURSE
Just fill this halfway, put the
cap on it, and you'll be on your
way.
                                                            
Abraham takes the plastic cup and the cap.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Why can't the solution to being
tired be...I don't know, lack of
sleep? Instead they give you 5
minutes and a plastic cup.
                                                            

26.

                       NURSE
Nobody said we like the rules we
enforce, Abraham. The bathroom is
right there.
                                                            
Nurse points to the bathroom door and Abraham goes to it and
opens the door.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
This is such bull...
                                                            
                       NURSE
Watch your language, Mr. Farmer.
                                                            
Abraham goes into the bathroom and shuts the door behind
him.
                                                            
 
INT. NURSE'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is standing in front of Nurse's front desk. Nurse
is sitting behind it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You're calling my house?
                                                            
                       NURSE
It's just part of the procedure,
Abraham. Is your mom home?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
She's at work. Can't you just
call her after school?
                                                            
                       NURSE
Is anybody home now?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
My dad, but can't you wait to
call?
                                                            
Nurse puts the phone to her ear and starts to dial the phone
number. Abraham pushes the switch-hook down with his hand,
hanging up the phone. Nurse looks at him.
                                                            
                       NURSE
Go sit down, Mr. Farmer.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
But my dad...
                                                            
                       NURSE
Sit!
                                                            

27.

Abraham sits down in a metal chair across the office.
                                                            
Nurse dials the phone number.
                                                            
                       NURSE
      (on phone)
Hello. Mr. Farmer? This is the
Northeast High School health
office.
                                                            
 
INT. NURSE OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Dad and Abraham are standing in the nurse office. Nurse is
standing with them.
                                                            
                       NURSE
      (to Dad)
I'm sorry you had to come here in
your condition, Mr. Farmer.
                                                            
                       DAD
It's fine.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I didn't do anything, Dad. I
swear.
                                                            
                       NURSE
      (to Dad)
I just need you to bring him to a
doctor for a check up.
                                                            
                       DAD
Why?
                                                            
                       NURSE
We found opium in-
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Dad)
I had a poppy seed bagel for
breakfast, remember, Dad? You got
them at the store yourself,
remember?
                                                            
                       NURSE
He's been insisting that all
morning, Mr. Farmer. Is it the
truth?
                                                            
                       DAD
I did buy a few bagels, yes.
                                                            

28.

                       ABRAHAM
      (to Nurse)
See? I told you! I'm as clean as
the kitchen floor.
                                                            
 
INT. DAD'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is in the passenger seat while Dad is driving. There
is silence. Abraham looks at Dad, then out the window. He
turns on the radio and turns the volume up then looks out
the window.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham walks into the kitchen. Tuck goes to him, his tail
wagging.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (petting Tuck)
Hey, boy. How are the sheep
doin'? Let's go find out, bud.
Come on.
                                                            
Abraham walks into the living room. Tuck happily follows
him.
                                                            
LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Dad is on the couch watching TV. He looks at Abraham.
                                                            
Abraham heads toward the back door with Tuck.
                                                            
                       DAD
Where you goin'?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
To work.
                                                            
Abraham and Tuck go out the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. FARM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham unlatches the barn door and opens it. The sheep
walk out onto the pasture and start to graze.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Watch them for me, Tuck.
                                                            
Tuck follows the herd of sheep.
                                                            
 

29.

INT. CHICKEN COOP - DAY
                                                            
Abraham looks at all the noisy chickens. He starts
collecting eggs that the chickens hatched and puts them into
the empty carton.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Calm down, girls. We go through
this everyday. I just want your
eggs. Don't you talk back to me.
You girls gotta earn your keep
around here or I'll kick you out.
Oh, yes. I do have the authority
to put you out on the streets.
Like Mr. McTavish has the
authority to make me piss in a
cup.
                                                            
 
EXT. PIG PEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham fills up the water trough for the pigs with a big
bucket of water. Pigs are laying in the mud pile near the
fence.
                                                            
 
EXT. PIG PEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham fills up the food trough with a big bucket of mixed
grain, wheat, soy bean, and vegetables. The pigs come over
to the trough and start eating.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (scrunching nose)
This smells so gross.
                                                            
 
INT. COW PEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham goes to 2 cows in the barn.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hi, ladies. Who wants to go first
today?
                                                            
All the cows moo.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Now, now, girls. Let's not fight.
How about Olympia starts out
today?
                                                            
Abraham goes into Olympia's stable with a metal bucket.
                                                            

30.

OLYMPIA'S STABLE
                                                            
Abraham pets her.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
How's it goin' today, Olympia?
                                                            
Abraham sits on a small stool and puts the bucket under
Olympia's utters.
                                                            
Olympia grunts.
                                                            
Abraham starts to milk Olympia.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No, I didn't bring Tuck. He's
watching the sheep for me.
                                                            
Olympia grunts again.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh, no problem. I know how he
freaks you out.
                                                            
 
INT. COW PEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham picks up the 2 buckets of milk and heads toward the
barn door.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
See you tomorrow, ladies.
                                                            
They each moo.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh, and remind me, Harmony, you go
first tomorrow.
                                                            
Olympia grunts.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I know it sucks, Olympia. But
it's only fair. Bye.
                                                            
Abraham walks out of the barn and shuts the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. FARM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham watches Tuck while he is herding the sheep into the
barn. Abraham shuts and locks the door when they all get
inside. He looks at Tuck.
                                                            

31.

                       ABRAHAM
Good boy, Tuck. Now, let's go
have dinner.
                                                            
Tuck's ears perk up.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You like what I said, didn't you?
We deserve some dinner, don't we?
                                                            
Abraham and Tuck start walking towards the house.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't know about you, but I
worked up some appetite.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham and Tuck enter. Abraham looks at Sarah on the
couch, watching TV.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What's for dinner?
                                                            
                       SARAH
I dunno.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Well, ask Mom.
                                                            
                       SARAH
She's not home.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Then Dad.
                                                            
                       SARAH
He's sleeping.
                                                            
Abraham sighs and picks up the telephone on the coffee
table. He starts to dial a number.
                                                            
                       SARAH
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm calling for pizza...What do
you think?
                                                            
Abraham puts the receiver to his ear.
                                                            

32.

                       SARAH
Dad can't have greasy food,
remember?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Sarah)
Of course I remember. He can make
a salad, okay?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Someone's snotty today.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (on phone)
I'm placing an order for delivery?
Yeah. One plain medium pie and a
tray of garlic knots.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Abraham)
What's Dad going to eat? That's
not fair, Abraham!
                                                            
Sarah gets up from the couch and Abraham pushes her back
down onto it.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham and Sarah are eating pizza on the kitchen table.
Tuck is eating kibble out of the bowl on the floor.
                                                            
                       SARAH
What is Dad going to eat?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Chill, okay?
                                                            
                       SARAH
He's gonna wake up soon and he's
gonna be hungry. We should make
him something.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Shut up, Sarah. Dads a big boy.
He can make his own dinner.
                                                            
Dad enters the kitchen, yawning.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hi, Daddy!
                                                            

33.

                       DAD
Hey, Sweetheart. Whatcha eating?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Dad)
Abraham ordered pizza. I told him
you can't...
                                                            
Dad looks at Abraham, eating.
                                                            
                       DAD
      (disappointed)
That's okay. Eat your pizza. I'll
make myself a sandwich.
                                                            
Mom enters the kitchen. She puts down her briefcase. She
goes to Dad and gives him a short kiss.
                                                            
                       MOM
Hi, Honey. How do you feel?
                                                            
                       DAD
Exhausted. But that's normal.
                                                            
Mom looks at the pizza on the kitchen table.
                                                            
                       MOM
What's this? Pizza?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (points)
Abraham ordered it.
                                                            
Abraham gives Sarah a stern look: "You snitch!"
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Abraham)
I thought we agreed that...
                                                            
                       DAD
No, it's fine. I'll just make
myself something. No big deal.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Why were you late, Mom?
                                                            
                       MOM
Oh, just held up at the office,
Hun.
                                                            
She goes to Sarah and gives her a kiss on the cheek.
                                                            

34.

                       MOM
      (to Sarah)
How was school?
                                                            
                       SARAH
We're having a Holiday Pageant.
I'm the Christmas Turkey.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
The dead or alive kind?
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham... How was you're day?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Okay, I guess.
                                                            
The phone RINGS. Mom answers it.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (on phone)
Hello? Yes. He did? He has?
Well thank you for calling
Mr...McTavish. I will speak to
him about that. Bye.
                                                            
Mom hangs up the phone.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (under breath)
Crap.
                                                            
Mom looks at Abraham sternly.
                                                            
                       MOM
Would you mind telling me what
that was all about?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Beats me... You were the one on
the phone.
                                                            
                       MOM
Stop being smart, Abraham! You
were sleeping in class?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I do it all the time. It's a
normal thing.
                                                            
                       MOM
You got a drug test!
                                                            

35.

                       ABRAHAM
They do that to all the tired
kids.
                                                            
                       MOM
They found opium in-
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I had a poppy seed bagel before
school! You think I'm on
something?! They test every
freakin' kid in that school! Even
the mathletes!
                                                            
                       DAD
Your language, Abraham. Please.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I didn't even curse!
                                                            
                       DAD
I still don't like your language.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Listen to yourself! Trying to be
a parent now that your stuck here
at home with me for another month.
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Dad)
You think now is gonna be the time
to do all that bonding that we've
missed? Think again, Pops. Cause
I have to work! On my farm!
                                                            
                       DAD
Your farm, huh?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I care for every animal, every
blade of grass.
                                                            
                       DAD
I'm the one who brings the steady
income to this house, young man.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm the one who works his ass off
everyday cause you abandoned the
farm!
                                                            

36.

                       DAD
I did not abandon it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh yeah? Whens the last time you
fed the pigs, huh? Picked eggs?
How about milked a cow?
                                                            
Silence.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
That's what I thought.
                                                            
Abraham exits the kitchen.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Abraham, along with other students, is walking to his next
class. He has books in his hand. The intercom beeps.
                                                            
                       INTERCOM
The following students to the main
office: Abraham Farmer, Robby
Henson and Anne Baker. Please
report to the main office.
                                                            
At hearing his name, Abraham rolls his eyes.
                                                            
 
INT. MAIN OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Abraham enters the main office. Robby is sitting in a
chair. Abraham goes to him.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey, Robby. What'd you get called
for?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I parked in a faculty space.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Again, man? How many times are
they gonna catch you?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
As many freakin' times they want.
I deserve a parking spot at this
school.
                                                            

37.

                       ABRAHAM
Maybe if you stop parking
illegally, they'll give one to
you.
                                                            
Abraham goes to the main desk with a SECRETARY, in her late
30's, sitting behind it. She looks at Abraham.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
Can I help you?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah. I'm Abraham Farmer.
                                                            
She looks down at a sheet of paper, then back at him.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
You're not supposed to be here.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What do you mean? They called me
down here.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
No. I mean you're not supposed to
be here in school.
                                                            
Robby starts laughing. Abraham turns around to look at him.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Man, I would kill to be you.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Shut up.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Dad are walking to Dad's car. Abraham has his
back pack on.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
How was I supposed to know not to
come to school?
                                                            
                       DAD
Were you there when the nurse said
not to come to school?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
She said that? When?
                                                            

38.

                       DAD
We need to get a doctor's note if
you want to go back.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You never told me.
                                                            
                       DAD
I didn't need to tell you. The
nurse already said it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It would have helped if you
reminded me.
                                                            
 
INT. DAD'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is sitting in the passenger seat. The car is parked
and Dad is outside Abraham's door.
                                                            
                       DAD
Come on, Abe. It'll only take 10
minutes.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm not setting foot in that hell
hole.
                                                            
                       DAD
It's a doctor's office? How's
that hell?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It's a pediatrician's office. Kids
and infants who barf and crap
everywhere are in there! I'm not
going.
                                                            
                       DAD
You're a kid.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm 17, Dad! Unlike the rest of
the patients who come here, I have
total control of my bowels.
                                                            
                       DAD
Okay. After today, you'll go to a
new doctor, okay?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Fine.
                                                            

39.

Abraham gets out of the car.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
The school bell RINGS and the students take their seats in
Mr. McTavish's classroom. Abraham sits at his desk. Mr.
McTavish addresses the class.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Charles Dickens' is said to have
created his own version of
Victorian England. You're
assignment for today is...
                                                            
The class SIGHS.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
You are to write a one page paper
on your own version of a modern
day city. It is due at the end of
the period. Otherwise, for
homework.
                                                            
The INTERCOM BEEPS.
                                                            
                       INTERCOM
Mr. McTavish?
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Yes?
                                                            
                       INTERCOM
Do you have Abraham Farmer in
class?
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
      (looks at Abraham)
Unfortunately.
                                                            
                       INTERCOM
To Guidance please.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Okay.
                                                            
 
INT. GUIDANCE CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and 3 other students sit around a round table,
bored. MRS. FIELD, the 50 year old guidance counselor, sits
at the head of the table.
                                                            

40.

Anne Baker walks in and takes a seat at the table next to
Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Mrs. Field)
Sorry to keep you waiting, Mrs.
Field.
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
Hello, Anne. We were just about
to start.
                                                            
Abraham, surprised, looks at Anne. She looks at him. They
both smile at each other.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Anne)
Hey.
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
I'm sure that all of you are
persuing college, right?
                                                            
Mrs. Field looks around the table. Everyone nods their
heads except Abraham. He shrugs.
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
Here's some things that will be
helpful to you when you apply.
                                                            
Mrs. Field puts a stack of papers in the center of the
table. Everyone takes one.
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
This will help you to prepare your
Student Resume for the college.
Jobs, Activities, Awards...You all
list on a page. And on the back
of the page...
                                                            
Everyone turns to the back of the page.
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
Is a list of the possible
scholarships offered to high
school students. Coming from a
money-tight family, these really
helped me.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Mrs. Field)
They did?
                                                            

41.

                       MRS. FIELD
Yes. I almost got a full ride to
college.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
But you were an "A" student,
right?
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
Not really. Mostly Bs in my
senior year. With maybe a C or
C+.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Community college?
                                                            
                       MRS. FIELD
University.
      (to Abraham)
Are you thinking of a scholarship?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Still thinking about the college
part.
                                                            
 
INT. HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Anne are walking down the hallway. The each are
holding passes.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Anne)
So, have you talked to Robby yet?
                                                            
                       ANNE
Oh yeah. Yeah, I have. We're
going to the boardwalk tomorrow.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What a coincidence! So am I!
                                                            
                       ANNE
So you're coming too?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
He didn't tell me you'd be there.
Chances are that Carsons gonna be
there too.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Carson?
                                                            

42.

                       ABRAHAM
The other kid from the other
night.
                                                            
Anne nods her head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm Abraham by the way.
                                                            
Abraham shakes Anne's hand.
                                                            
There is silence as they walk. Abraham scratches his head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So, where you headed?
                                                            
Anne looks at her pass.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Physics. You?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
English.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Who do you have?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
McTavish. He hates me.
                                                            
There is silence between them. Abraham looks at Anne and
stops walking. She stops walking and looks at him.
                                                            
                       ANNE
What's wrong? Why'd you stop?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We only have like 10 minutes left
of class.
                                                            
                       ANNE
What are you saying? We should
skip?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What's the point of going back? I
mean, class is basically over.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Uh, the point is to not get
detention.
                                                            

43.

Abraham waves his pass in front of Anne. Anne looks at her
pass and smiles.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL STAIRWELL - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Anne are sitting at the bottom of the stairs,
against the wall. They are sitting across from each other.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I didn't think you'd come.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Well, it's different when you have
a pass.
                                                            
Abraham and Anne smile at each other. Abraham gestures to
her necklace.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I like your necklace.
                                                            
Anne holds her necklace charm and smiles.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Thank you.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
My mom has one just like it.
                                                            
Abraham hangs his head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
That was so stupid.
                                                            
                       ANNE
No. It was kind of sweet.
                                                            
Abraham looks at Anne and smiles.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So are you going to college?
                                                            
                       ANNE
Yeah. Are you?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't know. I want to but I
don't, you know?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I think you should. It'll help
you get a job.
                                                            

44.

                       ABRAHAM
Yeah, but... What are you going
for?
                                                            
                       ANNE
You mean my major?
                                                            
Abraham nods his head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Pre-Med.
                                                            
Abraham WHISTLES, surprised. Anne laughs.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is sitting at a lunch table across from Carson. He
is looking a the scholarship page.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (points to page)
They give 5,000 to vegitarians!
                                                            
                       CARSON
Wow. Really?
                                                            
Abraham shows Carson where it is on the page.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Who knew?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
And there's a scholarship for
farmers!
                                                            
                       CARSON
How much?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (reading from page)
7,000 dollars awarded to any
student with agricultural studies.
                                                            
                       CARSON
So are you gonna sign up for it?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't know. Aren't we starting
an auto shop after graduation?
                                                            

45.

                       CARSON
Look, if you want to go to
college, then go. It's you're
future.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I know. But...
                                                            
MARIE SMITH, a 17 year old girl, walks by their lunch table
with a lunch tray.
                                                            
Carson looks at her, entranced.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What's the deal, man?
                                                            
Carson looks back at Abraham.
                                                            
                       CARSON
What?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
With you and Marie.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I wish there was somethin' goin'
on.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Why don't you talk to her? You
know, ask her out for some ice
cream.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Ice cream? Ask her out for ice
cream?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Am I slurring my words? Ice
cream. Just go up to her and ask
her.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I can't just ask her now.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Why?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Look at her. She's already seated
and eating her lunch.
                                                            

46.

Marie is sitting down with her friends at her lunch table
eating lunch.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Have you ever seen girls with
their friends? They act like your
some dirt on the ground and laugh
at you. And you never get a
straight answer. And if you do,
you never know if it's true.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I have the feeling you've done
this before.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I am an experienced man, Abraham.
Just don't tell Robby cause you
know how he is. He'll make jokes.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Mom are sitting at the kitchen table. Abraham
is holding the college paper in his hands.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
And they give 7,000 to farmers.
                                                            
                       MOM
Really? 7,000 dollars?!
                                                            
Mom takes the paper from Abraham and reads it.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (reading)
7,000...to any...agricultural
student...
      (to Abraham)
So you're serious about this? I
know I've been pushing you...
                                                            
Abraham nods.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
And Mrs. Field said that the
college may even give you more.
                                                            
                       MOM
How much more?
                                                            

47.

                       ABRAHAM
She said at least 5 grand.
                                                            
                       MOM
5 grand? 7,000 dollars? That's...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
11,000!
                                                            
                       MOM
Oh, Abraham! You could go to a
state college with just that!
                                                            
Abraham looks at his watch.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Robby's picking me up in a few
minutes.
                                                            
                       MOM
I know. And who's this girl
that's also coming? Do I know
her?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Her name's Anne. We met her at
the diner.
                                                            
                       MOM
Is she attractive?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Mom... Robby asked her out
tonight.
                                                            
                       MOM
So Robby beat you to her, huh?
                                                            
A car HONKS outside.
                                                            
Abraham kisses Mom on the cheek.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
See ya.
                                                            
                       MOM
Bye, Honey.
                                                            
Abraham goes out the front door.
                                                            
 

48.

INT. ROBBY'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Carson are sitting in the back seats. Anne is
sitting in the passenger seat and Robby is driving.
                                                            
                       ANNE
So why are we going to the
boardwalk? It's October. None of
the rides are open.
                                                            
                       CARSON
We go for the games.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
The arcade games.
                                                            
Anne nods her head.
                                                            
She looks back at Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
You're family owns a farm?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
There's a scholarship for that,
you know.
                                                            
Robby laughs.
                                                            
Anne looks at Robby.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiling)
What's so funny?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Abe's not going to college.
                                                            
Anne looks back at Abraham. He is looking out the side
window. Anne looks at Carson. He is looking out his window
too.
                                                            
 
INT. MELONE ARCADE - DAY
                                                            
Robby and Anne are playing at one slot machine together.
                                                            

49.

                       ROBBY
The trick is to pay close
attention to the slots.
                                                            
Robby pulls down on the slot. The number stops at "7".
                                                            
                       ANNE
How'd you do that?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You watch it. It's a pattern.
                                                            
                       ANNE
I'm not good with hand-eye stuff.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I'll show you.
                                                            
Robby takes her hand and puts it on the slot bar. Robby's
hand is on hers. Robby looks at her watching the slot.
                                                            
 
INT. MELONE ARCADE - DAY
                                                            
Anne goes to Abraham who is playing pin ball.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Hey, Abe.
                                                            
Abraham looks at her, startled.
                                                            
                       ANNE
I can call you that, right?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah. I just didn't think you
would.
                                                            
                       ANNE
What would I call you then?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Oh.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No. It's cool. I like both
names. I'm just used to Robby or
Carson calling me "Abe".
                                                            
Anne nods her head and watches Abraham play pin ball.
                                                            

50.

                       ANNE
So you guys come here often?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (joking)
That's a corny pick up line.
                                                            
                       ANNE
No. No. I didn't mean it like
that. It's just a question.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I know. Chill out. Yeah, I guess
we do come here often. Why?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I don't know. Robby seemed like
the sensitive, romantic type. You
know? Then he takes me out on a
date "here".
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey. Don't be dissing Robby. He
is that type. It just takes him a
while to open up.
                                                            
Abraham looks around.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Speaking of Robby. Where is he?
                                                            
                       ANNE
He and Carson went to grab some
pizza.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Good. Cause I'm starving.
                                                            
Abraham plays pin ball. Anne looks at him.
                                                            
                       ANNE
What's up with you?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       ANNE
You don't want to go to college?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No. I do.
                                                            

51.

                       ANNE
Not according to Robby.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Robby doesn't need to know right
now.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Why not?
                                                            
Abraham stops playing pin ball and looks at Anne.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Robby has anger issues, Anne.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Everyone gets mad.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Not like him. With him you have
to be careful what you say and how
you say it.
                                                            
                       ANNE
It's not like he'll kill you just
because you want to pursue
college.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No. He's not, but he can get
pretty damn close.
                                                            
Robby and Carson come into the arcade with a box of pizza
and paper plates. Robby places the pizza box on the ski
ball machine.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Who's hungry?
                                                            
Abraham takes a slice of pizza and puts it on a paper plate
for himself. He takes a bite.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Finally. I thought you guys were
dead. I'm starving.
                                                            
Anne takes a slice of pizza and a plate.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
You didn't even know they were
gone.
                                                            

52.

Anne takes a bite of pizza.
                                                            
Robby and Carson each take a slice of pizza.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You know, Abe, it feels good when
somebody says they missed me.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Don't lie about those things. It
can get you into trouble.
                                                            
 
INT. MELONE ARCADE - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham goes to Carson playing a "drag and drop" game,
trying to get a stuffed animal.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (concentrating on
       game)
Hey, Abe. What's up?
                                                            
Abraham looks toward Anne and Robby playing ski ball.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Don't you feel weird that
Robby...and Anne...
                                                            
                       CARSON
Are on a date?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Not just that. They...
                                                            
Carson drops the claw in the machine and it just misses a
stuffed bear.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to himself)
Damn.
      (to Abraham)
Are all gushy and stuff?
                                                            
Abraham sighs and leans on the machine.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It makes me sick. Why did he even
invite us if we weren't going to
hang out?
                                                            

53.

Abraham looks at Carson playing the machine.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You know, those things are rigged.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I know. But I am so close. I can
feel it.
                                                            
Carson drops the claw again and it attaches to the bear's
ear. It brings it up, but it falls back down.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Shit.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Do you want me to try?
                                                            
                       CARSON
No. I can do it.
                                                            
Carson searches his pocket for money. He looks at Abraham.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Could I borrow a dollar?
                                                            
Abraham pushes Carson away from the machine and puts a
dollar into it. Abraham drags the claw and drops it onto
the stuffed bear. The claw grabs it and drops it into the
slot.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
Wow. You're good.
                                                            
Abraham turns around. Anne and Robby are behind him and
Carson.
                                                            
Carson gets the bear out of the slot.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Anne)
No. Just lucky.
                                                            
Carson hands Abraham the bear.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (To Carson)
I don't want it. Just leave it in
the slot.
                                                            

54.

                       ANNE
      (to Carson)
I'll take it.
                                                            
Carson gives it to Anne.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Thanks.
                                                            
Abraham looks at his watch.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It's getting late, Robby.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Yeah. My mom wants me home by 11.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Okay, Mamma's boy. We're going.
                                                            
They start to walk toward the exit of the arcade.
                                                            
                       CARSON
What'd you call me? I am not a
mamma's boy!
                                                            
Abraham pats Carson on the back.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Take it easy, Carson. He was just
teasing you.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I'm so sick of it though!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I know, I know.
                                                            
 
INT. DAD'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham's Dad is driving and Abraham is in the passenger
seat. He is looking out the side window.
                                                            
                       DAD
What happened?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't want to talk about it
okay?
                                                            

55.

                       DAD
Are you drunk? Did you have a
couple drinks? Tell me.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (looks at Dad)
Do I look drunk to you? Am I
slurring my words?
                                                            
                       DAD
Why'd you need a ride home?
                                                            
Abraham looks out the side window.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It's definitely not because I'm
drunk.
                                                            
 
EXT. ARCADE PARKING LOT - NIGHT
                                                            
EARLIER
                                                            
Abraham, Carson, Anne, and Robby walk towards Robby's truck.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Hey, Abe, there's a garage up for
rent down the street. Maybe we
should check it out.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Uh, sure.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Why would you rent a garage?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
We're gonna open up our own auto
shop after graduation. Right,
guys?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Yup. Our own place.
                                                            
                       ANNE
But Abraham's going to college.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What is giving you that idea,
Anne? Abe can't stand school.
                                                            

56.

                       ANNE
They have a 7,000 dollar
scholarship for farmers.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Who gives a shit?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (defensive)
Watch it, Robby.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
You don't really want to go, do
you?
                                                            
Carson opens Robby's truck door.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Let's talk about it on the way
home, guys. Come on.
                                                            
Robby walks closer to Abraham.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Carson)
No. I wanna hear what he needs to
say.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
Robby, leave him alone.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Abraham)
Is it true?
                                                            
Abraham doesn't answer. Robby gets impatient.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Tell me, man, is it?!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (faintly)
Yes.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I want to go to college!
                                                            
Robby turns around towards his car, holding his head.
                                                            

57.

                       ABRAHAM
I actually want to accomplish
something in my life, Rob!
                                                            
Robby turns back around to Abraham.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Oh. And I don't?!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Working on cars? Come on, Robby.
You can do more than that.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I thought we agreed on this! I
thought we all wanted this!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We all did!
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Then why college?!
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm thinking about my future.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What about the shop? That was our
future since Freshman year! What
about all the money we saved for
it?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm not stopping you. You can
still start it while I'm gone.
                                                            
There is silence.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Can we head home?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Sure.
                                                            
They all walk to Robby's truck. Carson and Anne both get
in. Robby stops Abraham from entering the car.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey, Robby. Come on. It's just
college.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Get yourself your own ride home.
                                                            

58.

Robby gets into the driver's seat of the truck and starts
the car. They drive off.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You gotta be shitting me.
                                                            
Abraham takes out his cell phone and dials a number.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (on phone)
Hey, Dad. It's Abraham. Is Mom
there? Oh. Are you sure she's
not there? What? Nothing's
wrong? Why would you think
something's wrong? Okay, okay. I
need a ride home. No questions,
please Dad.
                                                            
Abraham shuts his phone.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham's Mom and Dad enter his room. Abraham looks at
them. A book is in his hand and his nightstand light is on.
Tuck is laying on his bed.
                                                            
                       DAD
We need to talk Abraham.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh, God.
                                                            
                       MOM
It's about what happened tonight.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Nothing really happened. Just an
argument, okay?
                                                            
                       MOM
An argument that led to you having
to get your own ride home?
                                                            
                       DAD
That sounds like something.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Me and Robby had a fight about
college.
                                                            
Mom goes to Abraham, sits on the bed and feels his head.
                                                            

59.

                       MOM
Are you okay, Honey? It wasn't
physical, was it?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
We just yelled.
                                                            
                       DAD
I don't see what the big deal is,
Abe. If he wants to go, it's his
future.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I want to go to college. Not
Robby.
                                                            
                       DAD
Since when? Aren't you guys
starting your own garage after
graduation? It was all you've
been talking about for years.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You aren't the only one
dissappointed, Dad.
                                                            
                       MOM
      (to Abraham)
He's not mad, Abraham. He just
thought...
                                                            
                       DAD
      (to Abraham)
What made you change your mind?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
There's a scholarship offered to
farmers.
                                                            
There is silence.
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham, your father and I were
thinking...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What? You don't want me to go to
college either?
                                                            
                       MOM
No, Honey.
                                                            

60.

                       DAD
It's time you got a car.
                                                            
                       MOM
You can't always depend on your
friends to drive you everywhere.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
But I thought...
                                                            
                       MOM
We've decided to give you your
father's car.
                                                            
                       DAD
It's time I got a new one anyway.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Wow guys. Thanks.
                                                            
Mom kisses Abraham on the forehead.
                                                            
                       MOM
Goodnight, Abraham.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
'Night.
                                                            
Mom and Dad exit Abraham's bedroom.
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
BEFORE SCHOOL-
                                                            
Abraham walks to his locker. Robby, Carson and Anne are
further ahead, at Robby's locker. Anne and Robby are
holding hands. Anne laughs and kisses Robby.

Robby glares at Abraham. Anne smiles faintly and Carson
gives a short wave. Abraham faintly smiles back at them.
Robby looks away.
                                                            
Abraham opens his locker.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is seated at his desk. Along with the rest of Mr.
McTavish's students. Each student has a copy of 'Hard
Times' on their desks. Kara is reading aloud.
                                                            

61.

                       KARA
"Mr. Bounderby's first
disq...disq..."
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Disquietude.
                                                            
                       KARA
"...on hearing of his happiness
was occasioned by the necessity of
imparting it to Mrs. Sparsit."
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
      (to Kara)
Let me stop you here, Kara. Can
you tell me what you have just
read?
                                                            
                       KARA
Beats me.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
      (to class)
Let's open it up to the class
then. Does anybody understand
what Kara just read?
                                                            
The class is still and silent. Abraham is looking at the
page in the book, trying to find meaning. He finally raises
his hand.
                                                            
Mr. McTavish looks at Abraham, surprised.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Do you have to use the bathroom,
Mr. Farmer, or do you have an
answer?
                                                            
Abraham lowers his hand.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
      (to class)
Well, does anybody else...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Mr. Bounderby feels nervous about
telling Mrs. Sparsit about his
proposal to Louisa.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
How did you come up with that
conclusion, Abraham?
                                                            

62.

                       ABRAHAM
Well, in the next line it says,
"He could not make up his mind on
how to do that, or what the
consequences of the step might
be." And then he goes through all
the possible reactions she may
have.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Why do you think Mr. Bounderby is
nervous?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Because he would have to kick Mrs.
Sparsit out of his house.
                                                            
Mr. McTavish smiles.
                                                            
                       MR. MCTAVISH
Abraham, can you pick up where
Kara left off? "Whether she
would"...
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
"Whether she would instantly
depart, bag and baggage, to Lady
Scadgers, or would positively
refuse to budge from the
premises;"
                                                            
Abraham looks up at Mr. Mctavish. They share a smile.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
"...whether she would be plaintive
or abusive, tearful or tearing;
whether she would break her heart,
or break the looking-glass..."
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL GYM - DAY
                                                            
There are 20 students in the gym playing floor hockey. Robby
is on the red team. Each team has a different color stick.
There are two teams. Anne is on the blue team with the blue
stick.
                                                            
There are two gym teachers on the sidelines. Robby takes a
slap shot at the goal and gets it in. Anne moves out of
Robby's way after he runs into her to score the goal.
                                                            
Robby puts his hands up in triumph. He starts to walk to
the center of the court.
                                                            

63.

                       ROBBY
Whoo!
                                                            
                       ANNE
Jeez, Robby.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What?
                                                            
                       STUDENT
      (on blue team)      (to Robby)
It's just a game. You don't have
to plow into her.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Student)
Why don't you mind your own
buisness. It was an accident.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
That was the third time.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What do you want me to do, Anne?
Apologize for something I didn't
mean to do?
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
Yes.
                                                            
Robby tosses his hockey stick, almost hitting another
student.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Anne)
I give up. You get mad at
everything!
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
Me?! I get mad? Look at
yourself! I just want you to
apologize!
                                                            
                       GYM TEACHER
Rob!
                                                            
GYM TEACHER goes to him.
                                                            

64.

                       ROBBY
What did I do now?
                                                            
                       GYM TEACHER
Are you kidding? You just threw
your stick.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Gym Teacher)
I didn't hit anyone.
                                                            
                       GYM TEACHER
Barely. Go sit.
                                                            
Robby walks towards the bench.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Bite me.
                                                            
 
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is sitting at a lunch table. Carson is sitting
across from him. They are eating their lunches. Silence.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Look. There she is. It's your
chance.
                                                            
Marie gets on the lunch line and waits.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I don't know, Abe.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What do you mean? It's perfect,
Carson. She's alone. No friends
in sight. And she's waiting, so
you know she can't walk away. It's
pure poetry. Poetry, Carson.
                                                            
Abraham nudges Carson.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Go.
                                                            
Carson looks at Marie, then back at Abraham.
                                                            
                       CARSON
But I have no money.
                                                            
Abraham puts five dollars into Carson's hand.
                                                            

65.

                       CARSON
I already ate lunch.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm hungry. Buy me some fries.
Come on, Carson. It's a perfect
moment. I wish I had my camera,
it's so beautiful.
                                                            
Carson looks at Marie.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I don't know.
                                                            
Abraham nudges Carson.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Just talk. Compliment her. Make
small talk.
                                                            
Carson gets up and goes in line, behind Marie. He fixes his
hair and clears his throat. He moves his body up and down,
relaxing. He takes a deep sigh and looks at Marie.
                                                            
Carson looks back at Abraham, then back at Marie. He takes
a deep breath.
                                                            
                       CARSON
      (to Marie)
Sick shoes.
                                                            
Marie turns around and looks at Carson. She smiles and
looks down at her shoes.
                                                            
                       MARIE
Thank you.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I'm Carson.
                                                            
Marie nods her head.
                                                            
                       MARIE
Carson Reed, I know. You're the
directer from TV production.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Yeah.
                                                            
                       MARIE
I'm Marie Smith.
                                                            

66.

                       CARSON
I know. You're the girl with the
shoes.
                                                            
Marie nervously laughs. Carson smiles.
                                                            
                       MARIE
You're funny.
                                                            
                       CARSON
I like ice cream.
                                                            
                       MARIE
      (smiling)
That's nice. I do too.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Would you like to get it sometime?
You know, with me. Not just by
yourself. Cause that's kinda
boring. Getting ice cream by
yourself.
                                                            
                       MARIE
      (smiling)
Sure.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is sitting in a classroom along with other
teenagers. He has two #2 pencils on his desk and a
calculator. He is tapping on of the pencils on his desk. A
TEACHER, in her late 40's, passes out the SAT exam.
                                                            
Abraham looks in the SAT booklet. He rolls his eyes and
sighs softly. He looks around the room. His eyes wander to
the curtains on the windows.
                                                            
Suddenly, the curtains catch fire. A spark that lands on
Abraham's desk causes the SAT booklet to burn. Everyone
around him is screaming and running out of the room. Abraham
stays seated. He smiles at the SAT ashes on his desk.
                                                            
                       TEACHER (OS)
Time's up!
                                                            
Abraham wakes up from his day dream.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Close your books. That's the end
of section one.
                                                            

67.

Abraham looks at his answer sheet. Only a few of the answer
bubbles are filled in.
                                                            
 
EXT. FARM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Tuck are outside with the sheep. Tuck is laying
down watching the sheep.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey, Tuck. Time to go in, boy.
                                                            
Tuck doesn't respond.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Come on, boy. Let's go.
                                                            
Tuck doesn't respond.
                                                            
Abraham goes to Tuck and pets his head. Tuck looks at him,
startled.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What? Did I scare you? Time to
head in. Come on.
                                                            
Tuck doesn't get up.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Come on, Tuck. Are you deaf or
something? It's time to go!
                                                            
 
INT. VET EXAMINATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Tuck is standing on the examination table. Abraham and VET,
a man in his late 40's, are in the room. Abraham is petting
Tuck as the Vet talks.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So he's deaf?
                                                            
                       VET
Not completely.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
How can you tell? Maybe he just
lost partial hearing.
                                                            
                       VET
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Abraham looks at Tuck and pets his head.
                                                            

68.

                       ABRAHAM
      (to Tuck)
You're going deaf, old man.
      (To Vet)
How is he gonna work around the
farm?
                                                            
                       VET
You have at least a month to find
a replacement.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What? You mean he's gonna die?
                                                            
                       VET
No. That's when he will be fully
deaf in both ears. Maybe you can
start training another pup now to
do his job when he can't.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You want me to replace Tuck?
      (beat)
That's not happening.
                                                            
 
INT. ABRAHAM'S KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is doing homework at the kitchen table. His Pre-
Calc book is open. Tuck is laying at his feet.
                                                            
Sarah enters the kitchen with a script in her hand.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Abraham)
Abraham, can you help me with my
lines?
                                                            
Abraham doesn't look up from his math book.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Can't, Sarah. I'm doing homework.
Go ask Dad.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I can't find him or Mom. That's
why I'm asking you.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (sighs)
Crap, do I have to?
                                                            

69.

                       SARAH
That's what I felt when I had to
ask you. Now can you please help
me?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Just hold on a second, okay?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Come on. Do you know how long a
second is to you? The play is in
2 weeks, Abraham, and I don't know
anything. Please? Now?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You're a roasted turkey, Sarah.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (correcting
       Abraham)
Ham.
                                                            
Abraham writes something on his paper.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Just hold on. I just need to...
                                                            
Abraham pushes numbers into his calculator. He writes
something down on the paper again.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Come on, Abe. I need to learn
these lines. I'm not gonna be
young forever.
                                                            
Abraham writes on the paper.
                                                            
Sarah taps her foot and waits impatiently. Then she starts
jumping up and down.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Jeez. Come on. You never did
homework before. Come on, Abe.
                                                            
Abraham looks up at Sarah.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm finished. See? Good things
come to those who wait.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Waiting is overrated.
                                                            
 

70.

EXT. TOWN - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is walking Tuck on a leash on a sidewalk. The
crowds of people talking don't effect Tuck. A police car
zooms past them, siren blasting. Tuck doesn't react.
Abraham looks at him, worried.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
BEFORE SCHOOL-
                                                            
Abraham goes to his locker. Robby and Carson are further
down the hallway at another locker. Abraham quietly waves
to Robby. Robby glares at him. Abraham sadly opens up his
locker.
                                                            
 
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY
                                                            
Abraham and Carson are sitting at the lunch table. They are
eating their lunches.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Just forget it, man.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       CARSON
Forget college, Abe. It's not
worth it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm not forgeting it.
                                                            
                       CARSON
You really hurt Robby when you
made that decision. He was
looking forward to opening the
shop.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Screw Robby. This is my life and
my decisions.
                                                            
                       CARSON
He's really broken inside, man. We
miss hanging with you.
                                                            

71.

                       ABRAHAM
You could have stopped over my
house if you missed me so much,
Carson.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Robby's been watching my every
move, Abe. He's at my house every
night.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What about Anne?
                                                            
                       CARSON
I think they had a fight. Come
on. Forget this college thing.
                                                            
There is silence between the two of them. Abraham leans
across the table to Carson.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No.
                                                            
Marie passes their lunch table. She looks at Carson as she
passes.
                                                            
                       MARIE
Hi, Carson.
                                                            
Carson looks at Marie and smiles.
                                                            
                       CARSON
Hey.
                                                            
Marie sits at her lunch table. She and Carson smile at each
other.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Carson)
What's the deal now with you two?
Did you hit it off?
                                                            
                       CARSON
There aren't any words to describe
half of it, Abe.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Did you bring her for ice cream
like I said?
                                                            
                       CARSON
All I am saying is whoever
invented it was a genius.
                                                            

72.

                       ABRAHAM
Didn't the Italians invent it?
                                                            
                       CARSON
I don't know. But whoever it is
is a mastermind.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
The dismissal bell RINGS. Students pile out of their
classrooms and into the hallway. Anne goes up to Abraham at
his locker.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (looking at Anne)
Hey.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
Hey yourself.
                                                            
Abraham opens his locker.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Are you okay? I heard about you
and Robby.
                                                            
                       ANNE
I'm fine. He's just a jerk. How's
the college search?
                                                            
Abraham takes out his jacket from his locker.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Great, actually. I'm visiting one
on Sunday.
                                                            
Abraham puts on his jacket.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So what are your plans for the
next two days of freedom?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I'm having a party.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Don't party too hardy cause they
drug test on Monday.
                                                            
                       ANNE
I don't drink.
                                                            

73.

                       ABRAHAM
Oh. Me neither.
                                                            
                       ANNE
You can stop by on Saturday if you
want.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm invited?
                                                            
Anne playfully hits Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
Yes you're invited! So are you
coming?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (smiles)
I don't know. I have a lot of
things to do.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
Abe!
                                                            
Abraham holds his shoulder and steps back, dodging Anne's
hit.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm kidding. Of course I'll go.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Okay. Give me your hand.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What?
                                                            
Anne takes Abraham's hand and writes her address on it in
pen.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I didn't think anyone did this
anymore. Writing on hands is so
ancient.
                                                            
Abraham laughs.
                                                            
                       ANNE
What?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Nothing.
                                                            
 

74.

INT. ABRAHAM'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham is on the couch watching T.V. Tuck is laying across
his lap. Sarah goes to Abraham with her script.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Can you help me memorize again,
Abraham?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Go ask Mom. She'll help you.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I can't find Mom or Dad again. Can
you please help me?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Jeez. What the hell are they
doing? They're gone like every
day.
                                                            
Abraham pets Tuck's head.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Tuck)
I gotta get up, buddy.
                                                            
Tuck, not hearing him, doesn't respond.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Is Tuck okay?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Fine.
                                                            
The front door is heard being opened and shut.
                                                            
                       MOM (OS)
Not so rough.
                                                            
                       DAD (OS)
I'm not being rough.
                                                            
                       MOM (OS)
Yes you are.
                                                            
                       DAD (OS)
It's not like I'm hurting 'em.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Hey guys! Where have you been?
                                                            

75.

Mom and Dad walk into the doorway of the living room. Dad
is holding a Border Collie puppy. Silence.
                                                            
                       SARAH
A puppy!
                                                            
Sarah runs to Dad holding the puppy and pets it.
                                                            
                       SARAH
He's so cute!
                                                            
Mom looks at Abraham, still on the couch with Tuck.
                                                            
                       DAD
Her name is Rosie.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Can I hold her? Please? I won't
drop her, I swear.
                                                            
Dad hands ROSIE, the border Collie pup, to Sarah.
                                                            
                       DAD
Easy now.
                                                            
                       MOM
Abraham, why don't you come see
Rosie?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I did see her. And she's cute.
                                                            
                       MOM
We're going to train her to be a
sheep dog.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
To replace Tuck?
                                                            
                       MOM
He's getting old, Honey.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
It's just his hearing, Mom. He
can still work.
                                                            
                       DAD
We're just training Rosie to help
him, Abe. Tuck's still going to
work, just not as hard.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You mean I'm just training Rosie.
                                                            
 

76.

EXT. ABRAHAM'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Sarah is sitting on the front yard playing with Rosie.
Abraham is standing with his hands in his pockets and
watching them. Tuck is laying down next to him.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (playing with
       Rosie)
Abraham? Why don't you like
Rosie?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What makes you think I don't like
her?
                                                            
                       SARAH
I don't know. You don't seem like
it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm just lettin' you have your
time with her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
You haven't played with her at
all, though.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'll have plenty of time tomorrow
when I'm trainin' her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
At least pet her. You haven't
even touched her yet.
                                                            
Abraham bends down and pets Rosie.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
There. You happy now?
                                                            
A red pick-up truck parks on the road in front of Abraham's
house. Abraham looks at the truck. Robby emerges from it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Sarah, why don't you play with
Rosie inside. It's gettin' cold.
                                                            
                       SARAH
It's not that cold.
                                                            
Robby walks up to Abraham. He looks at Sarah playing with
Rosie.
                                                            

77.

                       ROBBY
      (to Sarah)
Hey, kid. I haven't seen you in a
while. How you doin'?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Robby)
I'm okay.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
      (to Sarah)
Looks like you got a new member of
the family there.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Her name's Rosie.
                                                            
Robby looks at Abraham. Abraham is looking down at Tuck.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Hey, Abe.
                                                            
Abraham doesn't respond. Robby looks at Sarah.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Sarah, could you give us a moment?
                                                            
Sarah picks up Rosie.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Sure.
                                                            
Sarah looks at Tuck.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Come on Tuck. Wanna go in?
                                                            
Tuck can't hear her and stays in his relaxed position. Sarah
shrugs it off and goes inside with Rosie.
                                                            
Abraham still looks down at Tuck.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (sternly, to Robby)
Why the hell are you here?
                                                            
                       ROBBY
I came because...
                                                            

78.

                       ABRAHAM
You're sorry?!
      (looks at Robby)
You came because you felt sorry
for me?!
                                                            
Robby is silent.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Don't feel freakin' sorry for me,
Robby! I don't need sympathy,
especially from you.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Fine! Then I won't apologize to
you! Stop whining!
                                                            
Robby and Abraham are silent.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Jeez, Abe. You're so stubborn.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Me? I'm stubborn?
      (laughs)
That's funny.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What?! You don't think you are?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No, I don't, Mr. "No college".
                                                            
                       ROBBY
For your information, I came here
to-
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't want an apology!
                                                            
Robby looks away in frustration.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Let me finish. Damn, Abe.
      (looks at Abraham)
If you really want to go, you can
go. I shouldn't stop you.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I was gonna go anyway.
                                                            

79.

                       ROBBY
Well, I still wanted to tell you.
College is a great opportunity and
you should take it.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Did Anne put those words in your
mouth?
                                                            
Robby takes a piece of paper from his pocket and looks at
it.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
No. Carson wrote them for me.
                                                            
Abraham smiles and looks at Tuck.
                                                            
Robby follows his gaze to Tuck.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What's the deal with the puppy? Is
Tuck okay?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
He's losing his hearing.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
So the pup's replacin' Tuck?
                                                            
Abraham looks at Robby.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I don't like that word. Tuck
isn't going to leave. He's still
here.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
So you gotta train Rosie?
                                                            
Abraham looks back at Tuck.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yup.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
That's gonna suck.
                                                            
 

80.

EXT. FARM - DAY
                                                            
Abraham, Tuck, and Rosie are in front of the barn. Abraham
opens the barn doors. The sheep exit the barn and Tuck
follows them. Rosie looks at the sheep and doesn't follow
Tuck.
                                                            
Abraham kneels down to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Rosie)
What are you doing? Follow Tuck!
                                                            
Rosie licks Abraham's nose. He closes his eyes and stands
up.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (points to the
       sheep)
No. See them, Rosie? You're
supposed to watch them. You know,
herd them?
                                                            
Rosie starts to roll over on her back.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No, Rosie. Watch Tuck. See what
he's doing?
                                                            
Rosie doesn't listen to Abraham. She finishes rolling on
her back then stands up and SNEEZES.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Fine. You'll just observe today.
                                                            
 
EXT. ANNE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham parks his car in front of Anne's house and goes to
the front door. He knocks and puts his hands in his
pockets. Anne opens the door.
                                                            
We hear music and talking from inside the house.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
Hey, Abraham. Glad you could
come.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yeah. I had to cancel a few plans
to be here, but...
                                                            

81.

                       ANNE
Come on in.
                                                            
Anne lets Abraham in the house and she closes the door.
                                                            
 
INT. ANNE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham and Anne enter the living room. Teenagers are
scattered everywhere, dancing or talking. There is a food
table set up on the side of the room.
                                                            
Abraham takes off his jacket.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (gesturing to
       jacket)
Want me to hang it up?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No, I'll do it. Where's the
closet?
                                                            
                       ANNE
Down the hall, last door on your
left.
                                                            
Abraham exits the living room.
                                                            
 
EXT. ANNE'S FRONT PORCH - NIGHT
                                                            
Anne and Abraham are under the porch light. Abraham is
staring at her adoringly.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Sorry I have to leave early. I
got to go to my sister's pagent.
                                                            
                       ANNE
You're a great brother.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Really?
                                                            
                       ANNE
Yeah. My brothers never went to
my plays.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
What kind of plays were you in?
                                                            

82.

                       ANNE
None. But that's not the point.
You're being very supportive of
your sister by going to her
pagent.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I guess I am. I'm the one who
helped her learn her lines, you
know. Hey, do you wanna come?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I'd love to, Abraham, but I'm
kinda busy.
                                                            
Anne nods her head to the house.
                                                            
                       ANNE
I mean, it is my party and my
house. I can't just leave.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Oh, yeah. I understand
completely. It would be dumb to
leave your own party at your
house.
                                                            
Abraham and Anne look at each other for a moment. Anne
looks away, uncomfortable.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Say something, Abraham. You're
making me nervous.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Really? I make you nervous?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I don't like awkward silence.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Who said it was awkward?
                                                            
Abraham looks at Anne then kisses her.
                                                            
                       ROBBY (OS)
What the hell is this?
                                                            
Abraham turns around and looks at Robby.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Robby, go home.
                                                            

83.

                       ROBBY
      (to Anne)
I'll go whenever I feel like it.
                                                            
Robby goes onto the porch and punches Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Robby!
                                                            
                       ROBBY
What are you doing kissin' my
girl?
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
I am not your girl, Robby. I
thought you understood what I told
you!
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Understand what? You slamming the
door in my face?!
                                                            
                       ANNE
I did more than that, Robby.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (smirks)
Did she slap you and call you a-
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Shut your face, Abe.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Robby)
Just leave. I'm done with you.
                                                            
Abraham holds his face where Robby punched.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to Robby)
You weren't invited.
                                                            
                       ROBBY
Any more comments, Mr. College?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You know what? Screw you, Robby.
I'm going to college. I don't
give a rat's ass about the auto
shop. It's your dream. Not mine.
                                                            
Robby is silent and looks at Abraham.
                                                            

84.

                       ABRAHAM
Yeah, that's right. It was all
your plan. You never asked me
what I thought. The truth is I
hate working on cars. They
confuse the shit out of me.
                                                            
Abraham takes his hand off his chin, looks at it, then puts
it back on his face.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (to Abraham)
Do you want some ice?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'm fine. I'm just gonna go. Bye,
Anne.
                                                            
Abraham gets in his car and drives away.
                                                            
 
INT. ANNE'S HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
EARLIER
                                                            
Abraham opens up a door. It turns out it isn't the closet
and a boy and a girl are on the bed.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Sorry!
                                                            
He quickly shuts the door then opens it again.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Wait. Who's room is this? It
sure as hell isn't yours. Get
out.
                                                            
The boy and girl hesitate.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You heard me. When it's your
bedroom it's okay, but in someone
else's bed? Come on. Respect.
                                                            
 
INT. ANNE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham goes to Anne at the food table. She is preparing a
plate of lasagna.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Find the closet okay?
                                                            

85.

                       ABRAHAM
I thought this was a dry party?
                                                            
                       ANNE
It is.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I just caught two people in your
bedroom.
                                                            
                       ANNE
You did!
                                                            
Anne walks to the couch and sits down with her plate of
lasagna. Abraham sits next to her.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I did.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Fully clothed?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Yes. Be thankful that I caught
them before...
                                                            
Anne puts her hand up to stop Abraham.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Don't say it! Ugh...that's so
disgusting.
                                                            
Anne takes a bite of lasagna.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
So, you think this is a dry party
now?
                                                            
                       ANNE
You think they were drunk?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Uh...They were in your room
getting pretty close.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Love makes you do stupid things.
                                                            
Anne takes another bite of lasagna.
                                                            
Abraham smiles at her.
                                                            

86.

                       ANNE
What? Is there something on my
face?
                                                            
Anne wipes her face with a napkin.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
No. You look fine.
                                                            
Anne puts her paper plate in the garbage next to the couch.
She gets up and takes Abraham's hand.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Dance with me.
                                                            
Abraham shakes his head, smiling.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Come on, Abraham.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I can't dance.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Neither can I. Come on.
                                                            
Abraham stands up.
                                                            
 
INT. ANNE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Anne and Abraham are dancing to a soft song. They are
awkwardly silent.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
What? The smooth talker is
suddenly quiet?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
You think I'm a smooth talker?
                                                            
                       ANNE
I also think you're not too bad a
dancer.
                                                            
Abraham and Anne share a stare.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Let me show you something.
                                                            
Abraham puts Anne's hand in his, he puts his arm on her hip
and her arm on his shoulder.
                                                            

87.

                       ABRAHAM
This is how I was taught to dance.
Of course, I was with my mom and
I was seven, but... Just follow my
lead.
                                                            
Abraham look down at his feet and starts to waltz. Anne
starts to waltz too.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
      (to himself)
One, two, three. One, two, three.
One...
                                                            
                       ANNE
Why don't you look up at me?
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
I'll step on you. I have big
feet.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Just look at me.
                                                            
Abraham looks at Anne and keeps on dancing.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (smiles)
See? You're doing great.
                                                            
                       ABRAHAM
Really? The best person you've
ever danced with?
                                                            
Abraham twirls Anne. Anne lands on Abraham's chest. They
look at each other.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Don't flatter yourself.
                                                            
 
EXT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham gets out of his car and goes into the school.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
Abraham looks on the floor. There are decorative holiday
shapes made of construction paper taped down, leading to the
auditorium.


88.

Abraham smiles and follows the shapes to the auditorium
doors. He opens the door.